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Book Reviews: Week 4

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Beautiful creatures

Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures Series, Book 1

At first I didn't enjoy this book but the further into it you get, the better it becomes. This book has a spooky and mysterious air about it that was thrilling and exciting.— Review by Rachel H.

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

This book had an appeal to it and kept me hooked while I was reading it. The mysterious aura of the theme persisted throughout the story and kept everything feeling alive and exciting.— Review by Rachel H.

Furiously happy

Furiously happy by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy is hands down one of the funniest books I've ever read. Lawson's humour will bring any reader to tears and keeping them in anticipation for every next word. Has course language so discretion should be used.— Review by Rachel H.

A different blue

A different blue by Amy Harmon

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Keep in mind that it is suited to a more mature audience and should be read with discretion. The plot was exciting and the love story kept me swooning at every turn of the page.— Review by Rachel H.

Carry on

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On was a humorous book with a mysterious spin. The characters were fitting with the thematics as well as the plot line. The constant change of pace in this enchanting story kept the reader on the edge of their seat.— Review by Rachel H.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series, Book 1

Long ago, there was a war between the Capitol (the city that rules Panem) and the twelve districts. The Capitol won, but as punishment for the rebellion, they created the Hunger Games, set on controlling and taunting the Districts to demonstrate their power over them. One boy and one girl are chosen from each District, and they must try to survive in a landscape-based arena while trying to kill off all the other competitors. When Katniss Everdeen's sister gets chosen for the Games, Katniss volunteers herself instead. Now she must survive the Games, and, with dread, kill all the other players.— Review by literary-licorice

The 65 Story Treehouse

The 65-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Treehouse Series, Book 5

Very funny and entartaining.— Review by Kesian12

Graduation Day

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Cia has found out the big secret. Now the president wants her to kill everyone, anyone on her list. But now a search has begun for any rebel students. No one is allowed out. Will Cia's plan backfire? I was a little disappointing at the end and it didn't end as I hoped it would, but still a total MUST-READ this summer — Review by BookLover74


Legend by Marie Lu

Legend Series, Book 1

This book kept me all night. Day is a BIG time wanted criminal from the poorer side of the Republic. June is the sibling of a soldier called Metias. They have no reason to meet. But when Day accidentally kills Metias, June swears to find Day and bring him in. But when June finds something, she has reason to believe that someone else did murder Metias. — Review by BookLover74

The Biggest Poutine in the World

The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andrée Poulin

This book was awesome! But it was a very touching story. It was about a boy who was abandonned by his mother and stuck with his father (who is not interested in his own son at all) on his fifth birthday. So he decides to make the biggest poutine in the world!— Review by Somerset1

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir

Love it, love it! A meticulously researched, briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars, presumed dead, who must now figure out how to survive and let the folks back on Earth know he is alive and needs rescue. This is hard-science science fiction. Parts of it read like really complicated (but amusing) word problems, juggling mass and time and weight, etc. But all of that adds to the realism. You can tell Andy Weir loves his space exploration and knows a ton about it. He totally had me convinced, anyway. The Martian is a fast read, and the main character's irrepressible sense of humor will have you cheering for him as he tries to survive against impossible odds. I will also never eat another potato again. (Long story.) If you're looking for a fast-paced, believable space adventure set in present day, this is your book.— Review by TammySmellsFear

I so don't do makeup

I so don't do makeup by Barrie Summy

Sherry and her friends investigate a mysterious case of bad makeup. Makeup that doesn't cover up your blemishes but increases them. Because of this incident, will she become one of the makeup-less Janes- anti makeup freaks at her school. Lets just hope that Sherry doesn't start to say "I so don't do makeup".— Review by Umaizing_Ali

The raven king

The raven king by Maggie Stiefvater

Raven Cycle Series, Book 4

Wow, what an amazing end to an amazing series. I really, really liked this book and it was a great conclusion that did not disappoint me! It had me shook.— Review by teamiman

The raven boys

The raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Raven Cycle Series, Book 1

I liked this book a lot because it was different from other books I've read. All of the characters have different and rich personalities which was a big factor of why this book was so enjoyable.— Review by teamiman

Ruin and rising

Ruin and rising by Leigh Bardugo

Grisha Series, Book 3

This book was very slow and I didn't like it. It got quite boring at times, and sometimes the protagonist made irritating choices. I was disappointed by the ending to this trilogy.— Review by teamiman

Siege and storm

Siege and storm by Leigh Bardugo

Grisha Series, Book 2

I really liked this second book of the Shadow and Boone series, although it wasn't as good as the first one.— Review by teamiman

Because you'll never meet me

Because you'll never meet me by Leah Thomas

This book is amazing. I had my doubts at the begining, but 3 pages into Ollies letter I was hooked. The two protagonists, Ollie and Mo, have a great dynamic, one being a downer and the other an optimist. They each tell their own compelling stories, and show significant character development throughout the book. The creativity behind each of their illnesses is unique and refreshing, and it is definitely something I would read again. 5/5 stars, something everyone should read.— Review by saf107ftw

The uppside of unrequited

The upside of unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This book, sucked me in right away. Becky Albertalli, has a fun and unique style of writing that just hooks you in. The book has a fun and diverse set of characters, and the main character, Molly, is relatable and actually not annoying. It's a bit cliche at some points, but still a refreshing romance story. Overall, I would rate it 4/5 stars and would recommend.— Review by saf107ftw

The Flame Never Dies

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

In this sequel to The Stars Never Rise, the Nina Kane has finally escaped the holds of the United Church, run by demons in human bodies, who are raising humanity like cattle, so that they can never run out of new bodies to inhabit. On the run with her childhood friend, her pregnant sister, and a group of young exorcists, she teams up with a group of freedom fighters to fight a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. This book is a suspenseful blend of adventure, friendship, betrayals, and sacrifices. I would give it a 9/10. — Review by TT200206

One for the Murphy's

One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Carley Connors life changes in a matter of seconds. She is sent as a foster child to the house of the Murphys. There she finds out what love is. It's what makes a house a home. When her biological mother reaches out to her, she walks away, scared. She doesn't want to see her past possibly reenact. — Review by Umaizing_Ali

Until the Beginning

Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

In this book, Juneau is trying to escape from a famous businessman who is after her and her clan who specialise in making a special elexir that helps with old age - a special anti-aging formula. The cruel businessman's son has decided to turn against his father and help Juneau save her clan and protect the elexir at all costs. — Review by shiuli_k

Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen

Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 9

In this book, Nikki's arch-nemesis steals her diary and writes her own experiences in it. As well as feelings. After eventually getting her diary back from Mackenzie she realizes that Mackenzie may not be such a brutal villain after all-star she just needs some help and some true friends.— Review by shiuli_k

The stars never rise

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

This book is about a girl who lives in a post apocalyptic world where demons possess people and eat souls, and the country is ruled and Governed by the United Church, who punish sinners. When sixteen-year-old Nina Kame finds out that her sister has committed a sin that threatens their very lives, she is willing to do anything to protect them, even if it means joining a team of rogue exorcists, and running from the Church. Overall, this book was pretty good. I liked how the main character was brave, and willing to do anything to protect the people she loved. She had been through a lot in her life, trying to feed and clothe her younger sister from a young age, since they couldn't rely on their deadbeat mother. I would give this book a 9/10.— Review by TT200206

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I think it was a fantastic book good for all ages of book lovers; children and adults, boys and girls alike.— Review by emilauren

The magic thief

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

The Magic Thief Series, Book 1

It took a bit longer for me to get in to it, but I overall really liked it and I am reading the next book.— Review by cakepage

The leaving

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

A book about six children who go missing for eleven years and come back at the age of 16 missing all of their childhood but they figure out that one is missing from their group and none of the 5 who returned remember them. A mystery novel.— Review by MCTWD128

Double down

Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 11

Double Down is the newest edition to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and is packed with funny events that happen to Greg Heffley. This book would be good and funny book for anyone in stress or anyone who just wants a funny book.— Review by Vishal P.

The blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 5

This is the fifth and final edition to the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This book is full of action and mysteries and also has the final battle against the primordial goddess, Gaea. If you like action packed books and Greek and Roman history, I hope you find this book as a good read!— Review by Vishal P.

Hold still

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Oh this book was fabulous. The pain, the slow walk towards a better life, the hope, all of it seemed so real and heartbreaking that it makes you love this book. I love Caitlin's attempts at trying to become social and make a new friend. I love the guilt she felt but then understood how she deserves to have a friend. I love Caitlin's character development and I love her parents, photography teacher, everyone!— Review by maryam162424


Borderline by Allan Stratton

A good read, sad at times with the circumstances as well. First half was boring but I liked the ending. It dealt with really important issues and made it very important for me to read.— Review by maryam162424


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I really liked this one. With the pictures and the words, it made it an interesting and new read for me. I loved Ben's journey and bravery through his journey and I like how the author was able to connect Rose and Ben in a very sentimental way that I actually felt. I loved little Jamie, he seemed so genuine and sincere!! Would've loved to learn more about what happened next, but I am still happy with how it ended!— Review by maryam162424

Anything but typical

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

A really good book about trying to fit in a world where you're really different. Loved reading Jason's thoughts and to see how he perceives the world as well.— Review by maryam162424

Ten things I hate about me

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

I really like this book! Is she Jamie or Jimilah? She's Aussie born but she still feels like an immigrant because her father can't speak English properly and is a taxi driver. She doesn't want to be that stereotypical Lebanese-Muslim girl and so she hides who she is with her bleached hair and blue contacts. To make things worse, the students at her school really hate immigrants because snobs like Peter feel that they are a nuisance and since Peter is the most popular kid at their school everyone technically worships the ground he steps on. But Jamilah really needs to choose who she is at her tenth grade formal where her Arabic band has been chosen to perform. She needs to learn to ignore people whose words shouldn't matter and listen to those who don't mind where she comes from as long as Jamilah is herself.— Review by shiuli_k

All the bright places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places, starts out good. Violet and Finch have good dynamics with one another, but are good characters on their own as well. You get really hooked watching Violet get over her sisters death, and finally move on. The reader will also enjoy Finch's relationship with his family and his fathers family. The idea behind their project to scout out different places in Indiana is really interesting. I personally found the ending unsatisfying, and pretty depressing, but still realistic as well. Overall, it's a good time killer for those who want to have a real emotional read.— Review by saf107ftw

The blackthorn key

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

This novel is about a young boy, Christopher Rowe who runs an apothecary who is taken from a miserable life at an orphanage and apprenticed to the gentle, absent-minded apothecary Master Benedict Blackthorn, he displays both curiosity and intelligence.— Review by shiuli_k

Strange times at Western High

Strange Times at Western High by Emily Pohl-Weary

Natalie Fuentes is new to Western High. Wherever she goes trouble is bound to find her. A brutal attack occurs on school grounds and Natalie happens to be the only witness. It's up to her and her new friend Jacob to reveal who the attacker was.— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-glam TV star

Tales From a Not-So-Glam TV star by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 7

Since Nikki's band (named I Actually Don't Know Yet) was chosen to record their songs in a real studio, they were invited to go backstage and meet their producer, but Mackenzie created a diversion and stole their backstage passes making them illegally sneak around. Mackenzie was eventually caught and they even got to earn money for an orphanage!— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-happy heartbreaker

Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 6

It's Valentine's Day and Nikki has asked out Brandon to the Sweetheart Dance at her school. Since Brandon rejected Mackenzie, she'll do whatever she can to undermine their friendship (by stealing Brandon's phone while Mackenzie wrote rude things to Nikki and Nikki thought it was Brandon and not Mackenzie, putting posters up around the school with embarassing things on it about Nikki making her think that maybe Brandon isn't such a good friend after all...)— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-smart Miss Know-It-All

Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 5

In this book, Nikki, Chloe and Zoey toilet paper Mackenzie's huge house as revenge and Nikki joins the newspaper team to keep an eye on Mackenzie so she doesn't write phony things about her, Brandon, Chloe and Zoey— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-graceful ice princess

Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 4

Nikki Maxwell can't skate, but her BFFs Chloe and Zoey have their hearts set on entering the skating competition in which they'll not only earn money for themselves if they win, but they'll also earn money for a charity/orphanage/shelter/store of their choice! When Nikki discovers that Brandon's favourite animal shelter threatens to shut down, Nikki decides to participate in the skating contest with Chloe and Zoey. Not only is that shelter just Brandon's favourite, it's his home too. His grandparents run it and he has to live with them after his parents died. Mackenzie seeing Nikki's situation and her horrible skating skills wants to make sure that she won't win, but Nikki, Chloe and Zoey turn the tables on her!— Review by shiuli_k

Always, forever

Always, Forever by Nancy Ohlin

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like this book. Was this a happy ending or not? This book didn't seem like my cup of tea, I'm more of a healthy romance kind of person and the main relationship seemed toxic and weird. The ending proved that. Also, I hated the protagonist and how naive and childish she was. Seemed more like a dark paranormal book. Will definitely not read another book by the same author because this is the second time the ending has been ridiculous and the storyline stupid. 4/10— Review by MidnightLily

Revenge of seven

Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

Lorien Legacies Series, Book 5

I think that this might be the best book or the series (that I have read so far) I loved the twist at the end and I really want to read the next installment in this series. I could not believe that number five would betray the garde but the killer ending made up for this loss.— Review by Andreread