Rengades (Book Review)

Renegades

Stars- 5/5

Summary – The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone … except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.(Goodreads)

Thoughts – I absolutely loved Renegades! It took me less than a day to read it. I couldn’t put it down, just like I couldn’t put down any of The Lunar Chronicles books or how Heartless was impossible to stop reading. That’s what I love about Marissa Meyer’s books — they pull you in and they won’t let you out until you’ve devoured the entire story.
This month, I was lucky enough to meet Marissa Meyer and see her in a panel with Cassandra Clare which was amazing! She was super nice and I got Cinder and Heartless signed. I wrote a review on YALLfest so go check that out!
My favorite character in Renegades would have to be Nova. She was strong and though her abilities weren’t showy, they were silent and powerful. On the other hand, my least favorite character was Ingrid, she was just horrible to the other Anarchists.
I highly suggest this to anyone that likes superheroes or anyone that enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s other books.

Age – 12+

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YALLfest Review

Yallfest

Last month, I went to YALLfest in Charleston, South Carolina. It was amazing! I met so many amazing authors and went to so many fun events. I even got five free books, and three of them were advanced reader’s copies!

Both days, I carried bags of books and got almost all of them signed. My favorite part was the very last event, The YA Smackdown. Most of the authors were there and they were all super funny. There was a part where a bunch of the authors split into two teams, Team Harry and Team Voldemort, for a lip synch battle. It was hilarious, and while this was happening, Veronica Roth was sitting right next to me!*Squeal*

To close the event and YALLfest, Tigerbeat performed. Tigerbeat, a band made up of a group of YA authors, was amazing! My favorite cover of theirs was a rock version of You’ll Be Back from Hamilton.

I went to panels for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, Becky Albertalli and Angie Thomas, and Marissa Meyer and Cassie Clare. They were all really funny and I’m super glad I was able to make it to all of their signings and panels. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Cassie, but I did meet all the others and they were all super nice! During Becky and Angie’s panel, they tried mystery Oreos and hated them, but they still gave it to the audience to try. During Marissa and Cassie’s panel I was all the way in the back, unfortunately, but Cassie surprised everyone at the panel by releasing the cover and release date of the third book in the Dark Artifices Series!!!!!!!

I was so happy I got the opportunity to go to this amazing event! I can’t wait to go again next year!!!

IFunny by James Patterson Review

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing IFunny by James Patterson!

 

Image result for ifunny by james pattersonStars-4/5
Summary- Jamie Grimm is a hilarious, handicapped middle schooler. After an accident that took away his ability to walk, Jamie learns that laughter is the best medicine. IFunny takes place a while after the accident in Long Beach, New York. Now, living with his aunt, uncle, and cousins, who he sarcastically calls the Smiley’s because they don’t smile, Jamie has to deal with the bully, his cousin, Stevie.
Stevie, always torturing Jamie, makes middle school terrible for Jamie, but Jamie always gets back up and continues making cheesy, ridiculous, and strangely funny jokes.
With the support and encouragement of his friends and family, Jamie works up the courage to enter into a comedy contest. Armed only with his jokes and wit, Jamie competes in The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest. (My own summary of the book, I didn’t spoil anything, I’m so proud!)
Thoughts- It was really funny. I thought Jamie was strangely hilarious. The fact that he had been through so much in the past and was now in a wheelchair only made it better, because Jamie never let any of it stop him from doing something amazing. Even after losing his ability to walk, his own cousin didn’t stop beating him up and making fun of him, but Jamie just kept joking his way through.
He may not have saved the world or stopped some horrible monster from destroying a bunch of people, but he made people laugh. And, in my opinion, that’s the best thing anyone could do.
Like the rest of his books, James Patterson’s writing was amazing. I love his books and he’s one of my favorite authors. Even though IFunny is kind of for a younger audience, I recommend this book to all ages.

Age-9+

The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas Review

Stars- 4/5

Summary- Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined. (Goodreads)

Thoughts- I won’t say too much since it’s the sixth book in the series and came out six days ago, but I will say that it was amazing. I didn’t like it as much as I liked the other Throne of Glass books just because of the lack of my favorite characters, but it was still super good. Chaol was still super serious and Chaol-y and Nesryn was still super awesome. I definitely didn’t expect a lot of the events and pairings in the unexpected stuff just made it better. I’m really excited for the next Throne of Glass book and hope it’s just as good as all the others!

Age- 14+

Next review September 15th on Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King.

The Year of the Hangman Review

Cover of the book The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood

Review by shipperprincess52

Stars- 2/5
Summary- In 1776, the rebellion of the American colonies against British rule was crushed.  Now, in 1777—the year of the hangman—George Washington is awaiting execution, Benjamin Franklin’s banned rebel newspaper, Liberty Tree, has gone underground, and young ne’er-do-well Creighton Brown, a fifteen-year-old Brit, has just arrived in the colonies.  Having been shipped off against his will with nothing but a distance for English authorities, Creighton befriends Franklin, and lands a job with his print shop.  But the English general expects the spoiled yet loyal Creighton to spy on Franklin.  As battles unfold and falsehoods are exposed, Creighton must decide where his loyalties lie…a choice that could determine the fate of a nation. (Goodreads. Been a while since I read this book and I didn’t like it so I didn’t want to write my own summary for this one.)

Thoughts- I didn’t like it. The characters weren’t interesting and there wasn’t really any action. Creighton was annoying and bratty, he didn’t know how to do anything on his own and that made him extremely unlikable. The whole thing was twisted and boring. It was practically a Revolutionary War AU Fanfiction. It’s the complete opposite of the real war. I really couldn’t stand any of the characters and the plot bored me to tears. (I won’t say anything about the plot just incase I spoil anything.)

Read it at your own risk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Age- 12+

30 Day Book Challenge(Completed)

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By shipperprincess52

Day 1- The Hidden Oracle
Day 2- The Lightning Thief
Day 3- Percy Jackson
Day 4- The Mark of Athena
Day 5- A Court of Mist and Fury
Day 6- The Fault in Our Stars
Day 7- Fairy Tail
Day 8- Twilight
Day 9- A Court of Thorns and Roses
Day 10- Fairy Tail
Day 11- Teardrop
Day 12- Alice in Zombieland
Day 13- Rick Riordan
Day 14- The Lightning Thief
Day 15-  Rhysand
Day 16- Aelin Galanthynius
Day 17- “Hercules,huh? Percy frowned. “That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn–there he is.”
-The Mark of Athena
Day 18- The House of the Scorpion
Day 19- The Sorcerer’s Stone
Day 20- A Window to Yesterday
Day 21- The Lightning Thief
Day 22- The Clockwork Princess
Day 23- Attachments
Day 24- Bad Girls Don’t Die
Day 25- I don’t know
Day 26- Twilight
Day 27- Stalking Jack the Ripper
Day 28- Marie Antoinette Serial Killer
Day 29- Obsidian
Day 30- A Court of Wings and Ruin

July Wrap Up & August TBR

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By shipperprincess52

July Wrap Up

  1. I Funny School of Laughs by James Patterson
  2. Not Without Courage by T. Elizabeth Renich
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  4. Maximum Ride Manga 1 by James Patterson
  5. Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
  6. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  7. Black Butler 23 by Yana Toboso
  8. Maximum Ride Manga 2 by James Patterson
  9. Maximum Ride Manga 3 by James Patterson
  10. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  11. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

August TBR

  1. Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan
  2. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  3. The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
  4. House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  5. Persepolis by Marjane Strapi
  6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  7. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  8. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  9. Otherwise Engaged by Eileen Goudge
  10. Sorting Out Billy by Jo Brand
  11. Evening by Susan Minot
  12. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  13. Lottery by Patricia Wood