Stars — 3/5
Summary — Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years. (Goodreads)
Thought — It was okay. I didn’t like it too much, but there were parts I enjoyed. It didn’t really have the same thrill factor as the rest of Stephen King’s books which made the plot less appealing. I was expecting a supernatural horror involved, but turns out the character was just crazy. There really isn’t much to say about it. The book didn’t meet my expectations. All in all, it kind of sucked, but I have enjoyed several other Stephen King novels and highly recommend them.
Age — 4+
Stars — 4/5
Summary — The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
Thoughts — I loved Otherworld. It was funny and somewhat serious at the same time. It almost felt like reading about a possible future for our world, just because in reality, technology is so advanced now that it’s kind of scary. The characters in Otherworld all had their own attributes that made them, them. Like, Simon had his nose, or Kishka as he called it.
Simon was my favorite character. He was hilarious even though his parents didn’t seemed like they cared at all. His childhood wasn’t full of loving memories and his parents were rich and constantly gone. That just made me love him more. I’ve also found that characters with the name Simon have gone through so much, but they have a great sense of humor.
Another thing that was great about this book was that I got to meet Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at Yallfest a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. They were hilarious and I stood in line for twenty minutes to get the book signed. Their panel was awesome!
Age — 13+
Stars — 4/5
Summary — My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.(Goodreads)
Thoughts — Everything Everything was an amazing book. I expected something like The Fault In Our Stars, but I was really surprised. I got a different plot line. Lately, I’ve read a bunch of books with similar plot lines and I was really happy with this one.
My favorite character had to be Olly because he gave Maddy something knew and he was a survivor. He was kind to Maddy and he understood the boundaries. Olly was also a really funny character.
There were a couple parts of the book I thought were a little pointless, but I won’t say anything about them because they might spoil something and I would hate to do that.
Summary — First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric — but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent … when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away — dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking — if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all. (Goodreads)
Thoughts — Honestly, this was one of the best takes on a classic fairy tail that I have ever read. The only other fairy tail retelling I’ve read and enjoyed is the Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t enjoyed any of the others I’ve read.
My favorite character would have to be Jagger, because he just had that personality that I’m always drawn to. He was like Jace, or Thomas Cresswell, or Carswell Thorne, sorry, Captain Carswell Thorne. (Lunar Chronicles thing, read it, it’s freaking amazing!)
Snow was really awesome, when you think of ice powers I don’t know what you think of, but I think of Elsa. Snow was nothing like Elsa. I loved her character. She was strong, sarcastic, and pretty brave and loyal.
The only part are really didn’t like about it was how Snow had three love interests. I understand having two, the competition is nice, but with three it gets annoying. Especially when the first known love interest is okay at first and then it’s kind of like, okay, it’s time to stop. Like, okay Snow, you have two other amazing guys that are like totally in love with you, forget Bale and just stop. I mean I didn’t hate Bale, but I didn’t love him. He had an important role in the plot, but what he does to Snow just annoys me.
Age — 13
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+
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!!!
Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing IFunny by James Patterson!
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.