Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it's too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her.  Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants--but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain.  As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her.  The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers.  His kindness is confusing Britt.  Is he an enemy?  Or an ally?

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book was not what I expected.  Although I know I was supposed to like the character of Britt, I really didn't care for her or her best friend.  The only one I liked in the whole book was Mason.  I guess who the killer was pretty early on.  I did however like how the book ended.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Book Review: The Death Curse - James Dashner

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
It's the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends--the Gladers.  But it's finally over.  The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone Survive?

What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think.  And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze.  He survived the Scorch.  He'll risk anything to save his friends.  But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
A great conclusion to this trilogy.  Even though the group lost many people and went through so much they were still able to stand up to WICKED and think for themselves.  I really like how the series ended.

Book Review: The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers.  But WICKED isn't done yet.  Phase Two has just begun.  The Scorch.

There are no rules.  There is no help.  You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch--the most burned-out section of the world.  And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested.  Loyalties will be broken.  All bets are off.

There are others now.  Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction--and they're determined to survive.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
The story continues with Thomas and his friends.  They got out of the maze in one piece and just when they thought things were over, all hell breaks loose.  They are given two weeks to walk 100 miles in a world they don't know in order to make it to a safe haven.  Along the way they find out just how harsh the world is and the affects the Flare has had on humanity.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name.  He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze.  It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives.  The first girl ever.  And the message she delivers is terrifying.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I have had this book on my to-read list for a very long time, saw that it was going to be a movie so finally decided to read it.  The premise of the book is very intriguing.  Thomas is thrown into this new world where he has a million questions that no one will answer.  The one thing he knows is that his name is Thomas and he wants to be a runner.  He gets to know boys at the Glade and makes friends as well as enemies.  Also the girl arrives and he someone how even though he doesn't know it, knows who she is.  The ending was great and really had me wanting to read the second one.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Book Review: The Paper Magician - Charlie Holmberg

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart.  Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal.  And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic...forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined--animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes.  But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An excisioner--a practitioner of dark, flesh magic--invades the cottage and rips Thane's heart from his chest.  To save her teacher's life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane's still-beating heart--and reveal the very soul of the man.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book was very different from other magic books I have read before.  The time period as well as people having an affinity for a certain type of magic.  I really liked the character of Thane and how weird he was.  Ceony was an interesting character as well.  I love how we really got to know Thane and the way that we got to know him.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself - Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith

Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself
Bright siblings--and amateur inventors--Nick and Tesla Holt are back in this fourth installment of their whiz-bang middle-grade series.  This time, the twins are out to save science itself, as they race against the clock to figure out why a robotic assortment of history's greatest scientist and inventors keeps going haywire.  Is this sabotage, robo-geddon...or something more sinister?  To unravel the mystery, they'll have to keep adding all-new gadgets to their cyborg glove as they stay one step ahead of a hidden adversary.  Together with zany scientist Uncle Newt and their friends Silas and DeMarco, Nick and Tesla won't give up until an answer is found...but can they do it before time runs out?  In this book, readers will learn how to construct a super-cyborg gadget glove that has four incredible functions:  LED signal light, ultra-loud emergency alarm, handy sound recorder, and UV secret revealer.  Science and electronics have never been so much fun!

4/5 stars (really liked it)
When I asked my 10 year old what he thought of this book he said "There better be another book because the ending sure made me want to read more"  So after he read it, I read it and now I know what he meant.  This book takes place in the new museum and it is the night before grand re-opening but looks like someone is trying to sabotage things.  Of course all the kids use their sneaking and cool gadgets to find out who is behind it.  I think this book was more full of action than the previous books.  I also hope that in the near future we meet Nick and Tesla's parents.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: The Revenge of Seven - Pittacus Lore

The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5)
The worst was supposed to be over.  We were reunited after a decade apart.  We were discovering the truth of our past.  We were training and getting stronger every day.  We were even happy...

We never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us.  We were fools for trusting Five.  And now Eight is lost forever.  I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible.  Instead I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

I've spent my entire life hiding from them, and they've stolen everything away from me.  But that stops now.  We're going to take the battle to them.  We have a new ally who knows their weaknesses.  And I finally have the power to fight back.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

Number Three in Kenya.

And Number Eight in Florida.

They killed them all.

 I am Number Seven.

I will make them pay.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
This book was told from the point of view of Six, John Smith and Ella.  I really liked that they were all fighting the Mogadorians.  I especially like that Adam (the good Mogadorian) has become such a large part of the Loriens.  Also fighting along side them is humans like Sarah, Sam and Mark.  There were so many things going on with all the characters.  I also learned to hate Setrakus Ra even more.  Although we do learn a little background on who he really is.  And also there was a lack of BK in this book, I missed the little guy.  I can't wait to read the next book.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Book Review: Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation
When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings.  Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about.  Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation  is an unforgettable and classic American immigrant novel-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I really enjoyed how this story begins with Kimberly as a young girl coming to America to a young woman that has adapted in America.  Her story made me think of my own story of coming to the U.S. and all the things you have to go through, especially in school to fit in.  I came to the U.S. from Central America when I was 9 years old not speaking any English.  Like Kimberly I was put in a normal classroom where I did not understand any of the students and teachers,  I didn't dress how they dressed and I just didn't fit it.  Although my financial situation was better off than hers.  But her mother's superstitions reminded me of my mom.  I really enjoyed the book, although I was not too happy about the ending.