Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Giver/ If I Stay

Name: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Rating: 4/5

A major theme of this book is accepting differences and overcoming the obstacles created by these differences. This novel is set in a society that values conformity and makes every attempt to eliminate individuality. I included this novel in the text set, so that readers can begin comparing a society that struggles with accepting differences to one that strives to do away with them all together..

My Review: This was the first time reading this book, and I got to tell you its brilliant, I wanted... no craved more at the end.... what a cliffhanger there. I'm planning to read the rest of the series soon!

Name: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Rating: 5/5

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia Hall has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.This book will bring tears to your eyes at one point and laughter at another.

My Review:
This book was amazing, so much storytelling as the author flings you into the past to talk about Mia's family, I found myself crying like a little baby thru the book. This story is about the strength of love from family and friends. I'll be reading the next book to see what happens to Mia, Adam and the rest of them!

Confessions of a Wild Child

Title: Confessions of a Wild Child
Author: Jackie Collins
Rating:  5/5

Who is Lucky Saint? She's a fifteen year old wild child who discovered her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool when she was only five years old. In Confessions of a Wild Child you will follow Lucky as she navigates her teen years - boys, drugs, family dramas, and many adventures from Greek islands to Vegas penthouses. You will meet the Santangelo family. Gino Santangelo, Lucky's father, a powerful man with a dubious past, who owns hotels in Vegas and struggles to control his willful and stubborn daughter. And Dario, Lucky's gay teenage brother who is too scared to reveal his sexual preference to his father. In Confessions of a Wild Child you will discover how Lucky strikes a path to become the powerful and charismatic woman she is today. Super-heroine of seven books and three mini-series, Lucky Santangelo is Jackie Collins' most popular and beloved heroine.

My Review: This is my first Jackie book, and I got to say if the rest of the Santangelo series is like this I will be reading it soon and enjoying it. I loved it and it was an easy read :)


Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Rating: 4/5

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.   For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.  If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked-surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.  There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed...and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose-and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Questions will be answered at the end of this month- beginning of next month!

Questions at the back of the book/instead of a review :P :

1. Do you believe that your life's work should be determined by a test you take when your 17?

2. What kind of job do you think would be assigned if you took that test now? When you were 25?

3. If your life was limited by restrictions- your job, the area where you live, having only one child and going to Elsewhere when you turn 60- do you believe you would be eager to achieve and succeed in life?

4. Kitty's dyslexia limits her future. Do you think children and teens today who have dyslexia are also under unfair burdens? Do you know people with dyslexia, and how do they cope? How do their families and teachers react?

5. What would you give up to get out of the life that was predicted for you?

6. Do you believe that life in a meritocracy is "fairer" than one where your family or a lucky break benefits you? What happens if someone plays with the system?

7. One of the reasons why this America became a meritocracy was overpopulation. Do you think that the strain of overpopulation might lead us in this direction unless changes are made? What can be done to create a better future?

8. Instead of an elected official, this America has a prime minister, and the role is inherited. How does the idea of one family in power match with the meritocracy in this country?

9. Kitty gives up her own name and not-so-bright future to take on another girl's name and family. Would you be willing to give up your own life to live someone else's?

10. Even in an ordered society, there are those who find a way to rebel. Do you think Tabs was right to encourage Kitty to follow in her footsteps?

11. Almost everyone- except for Benjy - is keeping secrets in this book. Are you good at keeping secrets? How would you live lying to everyone around you?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Killer Frost

Name: Killer Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Rating: 4/5

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before — and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death…most likely mine. Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic, and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about. Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

My Short and Straight to the Point Review:
I loved the book, but noticed that she repeats info from the other books, like how characters look and assorted events. But that didn't stop me from loving the book. And reading it all last night... all 290 something pages done in less than 4 hours. *hugz book*