Sunday, August 17, 2014


by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's society, 16 year old's are divided up into five factions. There's Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent).  If you choose the faction you are not from, you don't get to see your family again. When she takes her test to determine which factor that would be right for her, a very unlikely thing happens. Now she must choose which faction to go to. Her decision even surprises herself. Her life changes drastically, and it will never ever be the same.

My Review
Okay, so I'm going to be very blunt with you in this review. I might mention things that may not be appropriate for young children. Now I'll continue. :)
So this book had an amazing story line to it! I love alternate society books, so this was right up my alley!! I loved the characters and the author made me feel like I was actually there.. I'm not even joking. It felt like I jumped right into Beatrice's shoes and was somehow a part of her life. Weird, I know.
Anyways, I read this book in about a day and it was close to 500 pages. I could not put it down!!!
there were some parts in it. Like naughty scenes, I guess you could say. Nothing actually "happened" though (if you know what I mean). Let's just say it was a bit to descriptive when it got to the romance scenes. I was glad though, that they didn't make that the main focus of the book. I'm a very cautious reader so I thought I would share this info since I would've loved to have known that when I was reading it. I sorta skimmed over those parts so it wasn't that bad. I guess, mostly it was just intense kissing.
 Nonetheless, it was a great book and I hope the romance part above doesn't scare you from it.
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It was a violent book. I don't think it was quite as violent as The Hunger Games though. (I haven't read The Hunger Games, so I'm just guessing.) I normally don't read violent books, but this one I could actually handle. Though, I will never look at a butter knife the same...again! lol! Even though it was violent I still liked it which really surprised me! I am not the sort of girl who reads the new, popular books but I was really curious about this one. So I read it and really enjoyed it.

For those who have already read it, select the blankish, pink text below as if you are going to copy it. This is how you can see what I thought of it.
I loved the book! Ugh, butter knife!?! Anywho, I was so sad when she accidentally killed Will!! I was so sad! The way the author wrote made me feel like I was experiencing everything! It will take me a while to function in our real society now. ;) 

Romance: Yes, read above for detail.  
Violence: Yes!
Language:  A little.
 Genre: Sci-fi, Alternate Society.
Age: 12 and up.

I believe it deserves four stars. Haha, Four! *inside joke* I would of rated it higher if there wasn't as much romance/violence stuff in it.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back Again
 by Thanhha Lai

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Hà is a little girl you lives in Vietnam. Soon, the Vietnam War gets closer and closer to her home in Saigon. Many of their friends and neighbors are leaving to escape the war. After Saigon's fall in 1975,  Hà and her family are forced to leave there beloved country and travel to a place where they can be safe. They soon end up in Alabama. Hà has no idea what to make of this strange place. Everything is different, and everyone seems to not like her. Will she ever feel at home in this strange land?

Okay, so I absolutely loved this book! It is written in free-verse.
If you don't know what that is,
it is written like
a poem.
Like how I am writing,
right now.
This book did not have any bad language in it and was a book that everyone would enjoy.  If you like books with a little bit of history and culture, then you'll absolutely love this! The rich language is something you can really savor in this book. I read this book in about 2 hours or less. 
So it wasn't a hard read!

Romance: None.  
Violence: A tiny bit.
Language:  None
 Genre: Historical Fiction.
Age: 8 and up.

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Make Lemonade

Make Lemonade
by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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LaVaughn is a fourteen year old girl who is determined to go to college once she has enough money.  When she starts babysitting to earn extra money, she meets Jolly.Jolly is a seventeen year old single mother, with two children who both have different fathers.LaVaughn tries to help Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons in her life.

My Review
This book was very captivating to me.
I really loved the way it was told. It was written in free-verse, which is a style I really enjoy.

Free-Verse is like this:
It is written like
a poem.
Like how I am writing,
right now.

  I have never read a book quite like this one. Most books fit into some kind of category (like mystery novels, historical, fantasy, etc.), but this one did not. To me this book was really about life. Even though life can get tough, this book teaches us how to make lemonade out of every situation. I loved the characters, and the language was so poetic and deep, yet simple. I believe it takes a very good writer to write a book like that.

Romance: No, not much.   
Violence: Nope.
Language:   I haven't read it for a while, but I know there wasn't much if not any.
 Genre: Poetic, Life, Fiction.
Age: 12 and up.

5 star rating!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Book Thief

Book Thief 
by Markus Zusak

Liesel Meminger is a young girl who has no family to call her own. Her life changes when she meets her new foster parents that live outside of Munich and becomes their daughter. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares the books she stole with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jew that is hidden in their basement.

My Review
This book was brilliant! The writing was flawless. I loved how poetic everything was. Liesel and Rudy had such an amazing friendship. The only bad thing was the language(as in cussing). Although most of it was in German, sometimes the swear words were in English. To me that was the only not so awesome thing in the book. There was some violence, but it was based in World War II so it was expected. It was one of those books that you can't put done but you also want it to last forever. That book made me laugh and cry and pulled me more and more into book with every word. The characters are all well described, and the book is from the point of view of an unlikely narrator. It's one of those rare pieces of  literature that can change your outlook on life and your perspective on the true meaning of love.

Romance: Some but none of it was inappropriate.      
Violence: Yes.
Language: Yes, but most are in German.  
 Genre: Adventure, Historical fiction, 
Age: 13 and up
Fav quote:
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know?

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”

This deserves 5 stars!

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 by Ally Condie

This book is all about a girl named Cassia. She always believed that the Society she lived in was perfect. In the Society, the people in charge decide when you marry, who you marry, and even when you die. On the day she is matched, she is amazed when she is matched with friend her Xander. They've known each other since they were young. But when she starts to fall in love with someone else, she begins to not trust the Society as much as she did before. Are things really as perfect as they appear to be?

I absolutely loved this book.  It's one of those different society books like, Divergent, The Giver, The Hunger Games, and others. It was so cool to be taken into this society where. The romance was sweet but not overbearing like some. I loved the characters and I could not put it down! I think I read it in like a day or so. It's one of those books I would glad read over and over again. :) If you like alternate society books then you should totally read this. There's not much violence and there's no cussing either(which is a plus)!

Romance: The only romance in it was a kiss or two.    
Violence: Not much.
Language:  None.
 Genre: Adventure, Different Society, Mystery, Romance.
Age: 12 and up.

I believe this book deserves a 5 star rating!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mary, Bloody Mary

Hello and welcome to my book review site. It may be a little bare right now, but that will soon change. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Mary, Bloody Mary
 by Carolyn Meyer 

Princess Mary Tudor has lived in a grand palace ever since she was born. She has beautiful gowns, jewels and goes to magnificent parties. Her life begins to change drastically when King Henry VII, (Mary's father) who had once treasured his daughter, now banishes her. She is forced to live in a lonely, cold place without her money, fine new clothes and is even without her mother. Her father seems bewitched by another woman, and her mother is forced to leave the castle as well. Mary hopes this is all just a big mistake or a nightmare that she hasn't awoken from yet. But when her father abandons the queen, marries the bewitching woman and has a child with her, all hope seems lost. She is forced to work as a servant and is a prisoner in her own home. What will become of young Mary?

My Review
I loved this book! It really made me understand some of the things that Mary Tudor went through in her childhood and how it affected her in her later life. It's one of those engrossing, historical reads you can't put down! 

Romance: Some but none of it is inappropriate       
Violence: A little, but very mild.
Language: Some but is not considered a cuss word in that time.       
 Genre: Adventure, Historical fiction, Mystery.
Age: 11 and up

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