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Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

This is the 1st male 1st person point of view book that has made it to my favorites.


Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 5

Overall: Great

Characters: Great

Plot: Different

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Girlfriend: Emma, Bree (Yes, it will be another love triangle, but I hope it won’t become an overdone part)

 

My review for Taken:

I give Taken 5 stars. The setting is a futuristic United States in a walled in area of land Claysoot (named after what it looks like). In Claysoot, there are women and boys under 18. Why? Well, there are these Heists that occur. Heists always occur on every boys 18th birthday, and each boy to disappear and be lost forever. Where do these young men end up? Then there’s the wall. If someone tries to touch it, they get electrocuted and die. So in other words, the people are trapped. The main character is named Gray and he’s 17, impulsive, and the opposite of his older brother, Blaine. The brothers live on their own because obviously their father was Heisted and their mother died when they were around fifteen and sixteen. Gray has to prepare to say goodbye to his brother because Blaine is 18 and going to be Heisted that night. Blaine has a daughter too named Kale. How do children come about? Well, the society forces every man to go around each month to a woman in hopes to produce another child. Which brings about Emma. She’s a childhood friend and always seemed pursue Blaine, which causes Gray to want her more. What happens when she’s selected to be with her for the month in hopes of another child born to Claysoot? Gray finds an unfinished letter from his mother to Blaine that causes Gray to question everything. Is there a way to not be Heisted on time? Can you get past the wall without dying?

 

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Review: Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, DO NOT READ ITS SEQUEL, FLAWLESS, OR THIS REVIEW. THIS REVIEW GIVES SPOILERS FROM THE 1ST BOOK.


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Pretty Little Liars

Cover: Intriguing

Rating: M or 17 and up (Cursing, Stealing, Alcohol)

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Great

Characters: Great

Plot: Cool

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Several since it’s told with 4 different girls.

My review for Flawless:

I give Flawless 4 stars. The story picks up right about where it stopped in Pretty Little Liars, but let’s start toward the end of the first book. The girls didn’t find out who killed Ali, but Ali’s body was found dead and buried in the backyard. The girls gather together at Ali’s memorial that was set up and they tell each other that all of them have been getting messages from A. Then they see Toby and Jenna at the memorial, which makes them continue worrying about the Jenna incident right before Ali went missing. After Toby and Jenna arrive, the girls all get the same text that says “I’m still here” –A. Is Toby A? Toby hated Ali for setting off the firework and hated the 4 other girls for going along with the tormenting, but he still took the blame after Ali blackmailed him. What blackmail did she use so that she won’t get in trouble for the firework? Spencer knows, but will she tell the girls? Will Aria be able to tell her mother about her father’s affair? Will Spencer stop going after Melissa’s boyfriend’s? Will Emily figure out who she loves? Will stop torturing the girls?

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/162089.Flawless

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Review: Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This is the final book I had to read for my junior year of high school.

 

Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 3.5

Overall: Good

Characters: Interesting

Plot: Great

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: No

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Can’t tell you

 

My review for The Scarlet Letter:

I give The Scarlet Letter 3.5 stars. The story is worded like the time period where the English colonies started forming. The story is in the New England colonies where there are Puritans who take religion seriously. The main character is named Hester Prynne moved to Boston two years earlier from England. Her husband is still is in England, but there’s a problem. She has a child, a girl named Pearl, and that’s where the story starts. Hester has the child out of adultery, but no one knows who the father is and she won’t tell. So as punishment, Hester is forced to where the scarlet letter, that is an A, on her chest as a sign of shame. Hester has to fight to keep Pearl and teach her properly, but the people don’t think Pearl will be raised properly. Will Hester be able to keep Pearl? Will Pearl’s father be revealed? Will Hester be able to reveal the scarlet letter from her chest?

 

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Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I thought I would try to read a 3rd John Green book in hopes that it could redeem Looking for Alaska.

 

Cover: Different

Rating: PG-13 (Cursing)

Thumbs Up: 3

Overall: Eh

Characters: Ok

Plot: Slow

Page Turner: Not for me

Series Cont: No

Recommend: If you’re a math type person

Book Girlfriend: Several girls by the name of Katherine

 

My Review for An Abundance of Katherines:

I give An Abundance of Katherines 3 stars. To me it was on the slow side and hard to get into. I recommend this book to anyone who is a math geek since the book has formulas in them. There are footnotes at the bottom of almost every page which usually involve some sort of humor. It’s about this character named Colin the summer before college, and his type of girl is those with the name Katherine. He’s depressed because the 19th Katherine has dumped him. His friend Hassan forces him to go on a road trip for sightseeing, and they meet new people. Will Colin be able to move on? Will he be able to love someone else who isn’t a Kaherine?

 

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49750.An_Abundance_of_Katherines

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Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

I had read this a few years ago, but couldn’t get into it. I tried again and loved it.

Cover: Intriguing

Rating: M or 17 and up (Cursing, Stealing, Alcohol)

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Great

Characters: Great

Plot: Cool

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: Several since it’s told with 4 different girls.

My review for Pretty Little Liars:

I give Pretty Little Liars 4 stars. This story is pretty crazy with all the twists and turns it takes. The story is about 4 girls, who are in their Junior year in high school. There were originally 5 best friends, and the 4 girls always told their secrets to Ali only and not each other. The girls were all best friends at one point until in seventh the person who held the group together, Ali, went missing. Three years have past since then and all the girls seemed to change. Hanna is much skinnier than she was in seventh grade, and she starts becoming rebellious with the way she shops. How did she get skinny? Will she get in trouble if she gets caught? What’s her secret? Emily is on the swim team whose boyfriend is in there too, but when a new girl comes to town and starts living in Ali’s house Emily starts questioning herself and what she wants. How will she deal with this and what will she do? What’s her secret? Spencer is an A+ student, volunteers, and does all she can and won’t settle for less. She tries to one up her older sister Melissa, but always falls short. The only difference between Melissa and Spencer is that all of Melissa’s boyfriends become more interested in Spencer. What will happen if her family finds out? What’s her secret? Finally, there’s Aria. After Ali’s death, Aria and her family travel to Iceland where she has completely changed. When she returns to Rosewood, she is this gorgeous looking girl with many talents that most teenage girls don’t have. She likes to go to the bar when she’s feeling uptight, and that’s when she meets Ezra. But Ezra is someone that would be difficult to have a relationship with. Why? So what’s her secret? All the girls get text messages and IMs that say that their secrets will be told if they’re not careful and each message is from a person signed with –A. Could it be Ali or is it someone else? Is Ali still alive, but only missing? Will the girls come together and work together to figure out who is harassing them?

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/162085.Pretty_Little_Liars

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Confession: My Book Substitution

Well, I have another confession. It isn’t a bad one, but I’ve been told that I have a book substitution. My father even told me. So what can I substitute a book for? If you look at my about me, you’ll find it. 

 

Here it is, my confession is that I can substitute boys or a boyfriend for a book. If you think, books are so much better. They don’t usually cause trouble or drama outside their story. Books can give you similar emotions vicariously when you read them, just like a boy compliments or flirts with a girl. For books, you don’t have to be committed to or “shackled” (as some may say) to. You can have fun reading them without worrying about possible consequences.

 

What are your thoughts? You’re welcome to put some comments below.

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Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

This is my second John Green book after The Fault in Our Stars.

Cover: Different
Rating: M or 17 and up (Cursing, Drugs, Alcohol, Sex)
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: Good
Characters: Good
Plot: Slightly odd
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont: No
Recommend: Sure
Book Girlfriend: Alaska?

My review for Looking for Alaska:
I give Looking for Alaska 3.5 stars. It isn’t the type of book that would read or interest me, but a friend of mine recommended it. I would also have to say it drags a little bit, but not too badly. I would recommend this to an adult or an older teen. It’s about a boy named Miles Halter who is going to be a freshman in college. He is ironically nicknamed Pudge, even though he’s super skinny, by a group of friends he meets. One of these friends of his is a girl named Alaska Young. Alaska seems to be in charge of the group of friends and encourages them to pull pranks, drink, and smoke. She’s known as the girl with the messed up childhood. Pudge is intrigued by her and wants to get to know her more. Will he be able to get close to her? But something tragic happens, and the group of friends try to figure out what really happened. So what did happen? How will they deal with it and will that be possible?

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_for_Alaska

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