We Are Okay — Review

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Christmas break has begun, and the students have all gone home, but Marin has chosen to spend the holiday all alone in her college dorm. Orphaned when her grandfather died last summer, Marin not only has no place to go, but isn’t sure she wants to return to the home they shared in San Francisco. Staying in New York keeps the ghosts at bay, and helps Marin keep from slipping back into the emotional abyss she fell into when she discovered her grandfather was gone.

But New York is so much colder than California, and while snow is pretty, it’s a bit much for a girl raised near beaches and sun. And now that her best friend, Mabel, has come to visit, Marin finds herself facing some tough questions. Will she stay in New York or come back to California? And, if she does return, who exactly will she be?

Told in chapters that alternate between the present and the summer prior to Marin’s coming to college, this novel explores the events leading up to her grandfather’s tragic death and the subsequent grief she chooses to navigate on her own. While Marin and her grandfather had lived together since her mother died when she was three, the two navigated in separate circles that overlapped in the shared center space of their home. Marin does not question the fact that she has never entered her grandfather’s bedroom or study, nor has he ever ventured into her rooms at the front of the house. She simply believes it is because they both like their privacy, and doesn’t think the arrangement odd until her friends question why she doesn’t even know how many bedrooms her home contains.

This separation and the revelation of several secrets Marin discovers after her grandfather dies leaves her not only grieving his death, but questioning their relationship and whether she ever even knew who her grandfather was. In addition, Marin must face the fact that she had been deeply lonely her entire life, and that she is worthy of the love and support Mabel and her family continue to offer her.

This novel, which was selected as the 2018 Printz award winner by the Young Adult Library Services Association, is a very strong novel that I would recommend to any teen reader.

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Lunar Chronicles Cress book review

 

This is the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles Series.  This book revolves around a girl named Cress who is trapped in a satellite.  Cress is related to the story of Rapunzel. As Cinder, Throne,  Wolf, and Scarlet join together in their journey, they find out the girl who warned Cinder about Queen Leanna in the first book. While communicating with the Rampion spaceship, Cress asks Cinder’s crew to rescue her from the satellite where she was imprisoned by Thaumaturge Sybil Mira. However, this rescue mission takes a dangerous turn when Thaumaturge Sybil Mira finds out that Cinder’s crew is going to rescue Cress. Another new character is introduced known as Jacin Clay, the pilot who flew Thaumaturge Sybil Mira to Cress’ spaceship in order for her to lay out the trap for the crew but, Jacin Clay joins Cinder’s side and plays an important role throughout the rest of the series.

THE TRAP THAT SEPARATES THE CREW…

The trap results in Throne and Cress close to death with Wolf so injured that he is unconscious, and Scarlet captured by Sybil Mira. Cinder is the only one left who thinks Throne and Cress are certainly dead.  So she decides to go to Africa to meet with Dr. Erland. On the other hand, Throne and Cress land on the Sahara Desert but, soon rescued by a group of people who turn out to be Lunar traffickers that kidnap Cress and take her to Dr. Erland. What they don’t know is Dr. Erland and Cress are related… and Throne goes after Cress and the group is reunited again except for Scarlet.

KIDNAPPING THE KING…

The crew together hatches a plan to kidnap Emperor Kai who fell in love with Cinder in the first book, but is marrying Queen Levena to prevent war with Lunars.  Later on, the crew decides to go to Luna and declare Cinder as the missing princess Selene, and have a plot to overthrow the queen. Many dangers takes place in this plan, causing some to die.

NEW LOVE!

A new love story is created between Throne and Cress! This brings them even closer as they get stuck together in the Sahara Desert.

RATING

I would rate the book a 9 out of 10 because of its surprises, twists, and turns. It really makes you  think what will happen to the crew when they reach Luna as Cinder is back to her home planet,  and will Wolf meet his parents after many years. This also makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens to the crew and will they succeed?…..and what is Queen Levena plotting?  This is a great book! Definitely read this book but, first read the first two books in the series if you haven’t yet.

The Giver review

 

The Giver was an interesting and exciting book that made me want to keep reading. What I liked the most about The Giver was how it always left you wondering what will happen next. The book was a little short and had little detail. There were not a good amount of dreams given to Jonas that the book talked about and his dreams were mainly just about physical pain and lacked dreams with emotional pain. The ending of the book was disappointing and I wish Louis Lowry would have made just one book with a resolving ending instead of making three more books. I am confused by the beginning where Jonas sees a jet is important. I like how the conflict is persistent and makes the book very dramatic. I thought this book had a very noticeable plot. It also had an abundance of rhetorical devices that completed the book. The setting was very mysterious, for there is no description on what state this book takes place. I like the enthusiasm that Jonas shows compared to the other normal people. I don’t agree with every decision Jonas makes, but he does it for a good reason that I can understand.

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle Book Review

 

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Hello readers!

My name is Rachel and today and in my next few posts, I am going to review Rick Riordan’s Trials Apollo series.  First off, if you have not read his original Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus follow up series, then please do so and come back, since there are many spoilers to those series in both this review and the Apollo books themselves. 

        To start, in this series is the book that Riordan set off with, The Hidden Oracle.  I would highly recommend this book and here’s why.  In this book, Riordan creates a wonderful new spinoff using the fact that the god Apollo has angered his father Zeus, in the last book of the Heroes of Olympus group, and because of this has turned human and is now enslaved to a little girl named Meg.  He uses this idea to run wild with a new danger to Earth and a whole new character.  I believe this helps the book in creating a concept that is not boring since it is a fresh idea.  Looking at the plot, the problem that is presented is the fact that all of Apollo’s oracles are not functioning in the way they should because three evil emperors have captured them under the order of Python, an ancient snake.  This creates a sense of suspense in that the reader, knowing how selfish and kind of wimpy Apollo is, questions if Apollo can defeat them.   The first emperor they run into is Nero at Camp Half-Blood.  Not going to go into too much detail, as that would spoil the book.😬  The fact that this is set in a familiar place(Camp Half-Blood) shows two things: one, is the sense of familiarity in the readers’ minds; two, is  the after effects of the huge war v. Gaea, and creates some side things that will stress Apollo out, but also leaves some closure to the other series.  Similarly to this, he also cameos old characters from previous books and further evolves their personalities and lives, giving them a better conclusion and many old questions about certain myths are answered.  Lastly a simple note to his change in writing style.  I have talked to people about this and not many people noticed it.  In his original series and even the Kaine Chronicles, he establishes a serious tone but uses jokes to make it light hearted.  In the terrible and stressful times he remains serious and doesn’t make too many corny jokes and a lot less frequently than in normal times.  This contrasts to his new series which have more of a goofy feel to them and creates the silliest of jokes during both sad and serious moments.  This doesn’t, however, change the quality of these books.  That being said, this could be his style or the fact that this is a first person story of a new character. 

       Well to sign off I will say I hope you read this, as it is a great book and if you still need more convincing then I will also review the other books in the series in future posts. Please note that more books will be coming out in the future! 🤩Thanks for reading, Rachel.

The Runaway King – Review

book cover for "The Runaway King" - a broken sword on a green background

The Runaway King is the second book in the Ascendance Trilogy.

Jaron has just barely become king when an assassination attempt forces him to begin making plans. As pressure mounts on his shoulders, he finally concludes that deserting the kingdom is likely his only chance to save it. Or, in other words, going to the Avenian Pirates is the only lead he has on how to begin saving his country. Resuming his old identity of Sage, he is forced into dangerous situations in hopes of pulling off a miraculous save. Jaron must face his past, learn his friends from foes, and who he truly can trust, or more correctly, who he cannot.

I really enjoyed this book. Jaron is the sort of character that you love and cannot help but be driven up the wall by at the same time. This new adventure is full of exactly the sort of ridiculous things I could see him doing, and he does them perfectly. Or not perfectly, I guess, but incredibly well, given what the actions themselves are. He is hilarious and determined to save the day,  no matter the personal cost.

I would give this a 4.6/5. Jaron is determined to save everyone and everything, and this book shows that determination perfectly.

The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler

The Truth About Us book cover - a teen girl and teen boy embracing in front of a brick wall

Seventeen year old Jess has dealt with more problems than most teenagers her age. After a tragic incident in the past, her family can never be the same again. Her life becomes a ball of confusion and anger that only ends in her sabotaging her only true friendship with her best friend, Penny. After Penny and Jess stop communicating with each other, Jess gets involved with the wrong crowd, leading her to get into trouble with her father and being sent to help out at the Local Soup Kitchen for the whole remainder of the summer as punishment.

When Jess goes to the Local Soup Kitchen for the first time, she ends up seeing Flynn, a poor boy who eats there with his family and also helps out when he can. Whenever Jess sees him, her heart flutters. Soon, Jess feels like Flynn is the only person that understands her. They end up wanting to be together but since Flynn and Jess live different lifestyles, both families disapprove. Sometimes opposites attract – but can this relationship withstand the pressures against it?

I would recommend this book to mature readers. If you are up for a good romance story that will make you cry at times but also make your heart skip a beat, this is for you!

The False Prince – Review

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The False Prince is the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Neilsen. It is the fast-paced intriguing tale of a careless orphan named Sage.

When a nobleman named Conner buys Sage from the orphanage, despite Mrs. Turdebly’s warnings, Sage is suspicious that Conner has ulterior motives. Once Sage and three other boys have been gathered, Conner reveals a treacherous plan he believes will save Carthya from a war that will surely destroy the country. The boys are forced to compete with each other for the “privilege” of posing as the long-lost son of the queen and king, and now heir to the throne, each knowing that if he is not chosen, he will die, and if he is chosen, he will have to lie the rest of his life to avoid much worse than death.

Lies, deception and duplicity blend together in hopes of pulling off the greatest scandal in Carthya’s history, and a truth is revealed that is as dangerous as all the lies together.

Sage is a character that one cannot help but adore. He is defiant and uncaring and almost definitely too clever for his own good, and this, along with his wit and humor, endears him to readers.

I really like how the author keeps the story moving with secrets to be understood, arguments to be fought, and overall Sage being as defiant as possible while making his own plans to win this awful game, but on his terms.

I would give this book a 4.6 / 5 . incredibly clever and fun to read with plenty of adventure and danger along the way.