Wednesday, July 24, 2013

what's new?????

There is a new label!! yeah I figured out how to add new labels. Yay for me! This new label is for discussions, and it is called discussions (shocker). It is right in front of Friday's finest mini reviews. Click on it and it will take you to a topic that you can comment on with your opinion. I have commented. Please actually comment so I am not discussing with myself. A new discussion topic will be added when the current discussion gets boring or when one of us thinks of a new topic. If you have ideas for topics, you can post them on this post. Please discuss with me!!
                                                                                  -Keep reading, Alyssa

First discussion topic...

Kindle vs. Paper book

Comment with your opinions!!

P.S. no opinions are wrong and this is a place to freely give your opinions. This is a place where opinions can be heard and accepted :)

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Book- 4/5
Cover- 5/5

One night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) the police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone--maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?

This book is really strange. I enjoyed it, but you really have to keep reading even when it gets really strange. There are some things that are hard to understand and some things that are flat out weird. It is full of mystery like you might expect from the cover, and there is definitely suspense. Tandy is the main character and she becomes the most effective investigator in the murder case. While trying to solve the murder, she finds out many tings about herself and her family. She remembers events she previously had no memory of. She uncovers many, many scandals among her family members. She continues to get leads on who the murderer's identity that turn out to be dead ends. This book gives readers a glimpse into Tandy's strange life where nothing is known for certain.

Read this book if you want to find out part of the mystery of the Angel family and the murder of Malcolm and Maud Angel. When it get really weird, stick with it.
                                                                            -Keep reading, Alyssa

Gone by Michael Grant

Gone by Michael Grant
book- 5/5 stars
cover- 5/5 stars
Dystopian/science fiction

In the blink of an eye.

Everyone disappears.


Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.

The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

Yes readers, here is another dystopian book! I love dystopian books which is one of the reasons I picked up this book. I ended up really enjoying it. It has suspense, action, adventure, a little romance, and a lot of weird stuff!!

Everyone in this book is fourteen or younger. Maybe you were like me and thought the characters were younger than you, so they wouldn't relate to you.  This statement is totally untrue. The thing about having no adults anywhere is that people grow up fast, so their age isn't a problem.

The book is in third person, but it does switch between different characters' stories. The stories eventually come together. The story really hooks you from the beginning. There is not a slow beginning at all. The mystery and suspense had me flipping pages as fast as I could. One thing I also enjoyed was the characters had a sense of humor. It could have been a very serious and dark book, but the characters keep it from being so dark with little funny remarks through out the book.

The main characters are Sam Temple and his friend, that just so happens to be a petty girl, Astrid. Most of the story is about his journey through this new world that comes to be known as FAYZ.

You should definitely read this book to find out what happens to Sam, Astrid, and the FAYZ.
                                                                           Keep reading, Alyssa

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: July 3rd, 2012
Pages: 292
Cover: 5/5 stars
Plot: 4.5/5 stars

"This is a love story, but not like any you've heard. The boy and girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case." 
- Chapter one, page three of Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily is the story of the girl with a crow feather in her hair and the seemingly fearless boy she could run away with. I was enthralled by the promise of Neverland, a magical place where no one grows old. This book has a story that captured my heart almost immediately. As I got tangled in the words, time around me would grow at a standstill because there would be nothing more I'd rather do than finish this story. Like The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, I felt like I could be lost in the world forever and wouldn't mind a bit.

I think above all, Tiger Lily made this book one of my favorites. She's an outcast, even in her own tribe, and her heart hardened over the years. She's careful and precise, fearless to me. Tiger Lily is a character completely out of the ordinary, so unlike any I've encountered. Despite their infamous reputation, she let Peter and the lost boys in and for a while it felt like she could escape when she was with them. All I wanted was for her to be happy, and I suppose she did. Even though the book didn't quite follow the story that most of us are used to ( the classic Disney movie), I knew how it was going to end. Tiger Lily doesn't get Peter, because we all know about the Wendy bird that one day fell into their lives.

Peter is a curious character. Fearless but afraid. I never really thought he was anything special before, but I began to let him in slowly like Tiger Lily. He's such an interesting character, and it was hard to predict exactly what he would do. Even though he would never finish his carvings, they were so precisely placed around his room. He's gentle with Tiger Lily yet once killed a pirate in the book with no hesitation.

Tiger Lily is a really good book, maybe not for everyone, but I'll always hold something dear for it. I adored the writing, the story, and the characters. I can't say that this book is traditional, because for one the characters I loved were so different. It broke my heart a little bit and I didn't regret it at all.

- Palak