Monday, April 23, 2012

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor (Book 2 of Looking Glass Wars)

I have been trying to read this book for months, but this book is always checked out. I finally picked it up and brought it home last week. However while I was in the middle of the book a student asked to check it out again. This weekend I was finally able to finish the book. I am enjoying this series and learning all about the world of Alice and Wonderland. I am thinking about reading the original version now after reading this spin off. I find myself rooting for Alyss and hating Redd and Arch. This was certainly a page turner and I am anxious to finish out the series with Archenemy. 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

I love Neal Shusterman, so was looking forward to reading this book once I saw it on the new Abe Lincoln List for 2013. I felt like the book was very similar to The Green Mile. Misunderstood big man who everyone shuns when in reality he is taking everyone's pain away. I thought the story was good overall but not too original.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I just finished this book and truly enjoyed the story. We meet Lennie a few weeks after her big sister and best friend Bailey has suddenly passed away. Lennie's life has been destroyed with the death of her sister and she needs to pick the pieces back up. With the help of her Grandma, Uncle Big, best friend Sara and two unlikely boys, Lennie begins to take the steps to healing. They might not be the most traditional steps, like kissing her sisters fiancee but they are the steps she needs to complete the grieving process.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The cover of this book did not do a good job describing what this book was all about. I initially thought The Chosen One was a scary story. The Chosen One is about a religious group practicing Polygamy. The main character learns that she is to wed her 60 year old Uncle and she has no choice about the decision. After her Father, and the boy she loves pleads for the Prophet to change his mind disaster strikes her life. I found the story very interesting and educational about the lifestyle of polygamist colonies.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I finished Before I Fall over Spring Break. Lauren Oliver has a new series called Delirium that is popular in the library right now. Overall, I thought this book was a little slow moving but I did enjoy it in the end.
Samantha and her three best friends are the "It" girls at Thomas Jefferson High School. It’s Cupid Day of their senior year, but more importantly, it’s the day Samantha has decided to lose her virginity with her boyfriend, Rob. After a party that night, a fatal car accident interrupts Sam’s plans. It takes a day or two of reliving those same 24 hours before Sam realizes she must be dead, or in limbo of some kind; she notices that she can alter her actions and their repercussions -- but can she save her own life?