Max has always lied, but now it’s how he makes money. By selling fake permission slips and cover stories to his fellow classmates Max creates Liars Inc., and the cash starts flowing in. But when his friend Preston uses one of Max’s cover stories to visit a girl he meet online, Preston is never seen again. Preston is dead and all the evidence points to Max being the killer.
What I Thought of Liars Inc.
Most YA thrillers are boring, but not this one! This book will keep you up all night reading with a realistic protagonist and creative story. The fast-paced writing provides lots of suspense and a sense of urgency to solve the crime. Additionally, Max is clever and even funny at times. I recommend this novel to fans of The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen or Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger.The most memorable part of Monsters of Men is the ending. Out of all the books I’ve read, I’ve never seen a more sensational ending.
The most memorable moment is when the reader finds out Preston is murdered. It was shocking and made the book much more engaging!
The fifth wave is in full swing when Cassie, Ben and the other group members escape Vosch to an abandoned hotel. Cassie faithfully waits for Evan’s return, but the other group members know they can’t stay for long as Vosch and his army of brainwashed children are hunting them down. Ringer takes the responsibility of finding a new location and after scouting out a few locations, Ringer finds caves that would shelter the group for the winter. But before telling the rest of the group, she is captured by Vosch. Will Evan return? What happens to Ringer? And most importantly, will the group survive? Read the book to find out!
What I Thought of The Infinite Sea
Everything is kicked up a notch in this stunning sequel to the 5th Wave. With even more characters, the same fast-paced storytelling and a clever plot twist you’ll never see coming, this book will please all fans of the previous novel. In the last book, Cassie grouped up with Ben and those from his military barrack which means we get to follow some more awesome characters! All of the characters have unique personalities and it’s interesting to see how the different characters react to a crisis and surviving without adults. Also, in this novel you really grow to love Poundcake! In addition to that, the Infinite Sea is action-packed and is never dull. Rick Yancey utilizes the same multiple POVs to tell his story which, although is still sort of confusing, makes the Infinite Sea fast-paced and captivating. And with a plot twist that blows minds, there’s no reason to dislike this book. I can’t wait for the sequel!
The most memorable part of this book is the plot twist mentioned above, again I am not spoiling anything! You have to read the book.
At 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Craig’s suicidal ideation gets him checked into Argenon Hospital. Craig is stressed out by his school’s intense academic pressure, his inability to fit in, and his crush on Nia, who’s dating his best friend. Initally, Craig feels like he shouldn’t be in the psychiatric hospital, but as he meets some other patients just like him, he may be able to finally confront his depression.
What I Thought of It’s Kind of a Funny Story
The synopsis this book gives doesn’t sound very funny but believe me, if you take a chance on this book you won’t regret it! With lots of humor, a great message and interesting story I absolutely enjoyed this novel. The best part of It’s Kind of a Funny Story is the humor. Lighthearted and witty, I found myself laughing quite often. Because it’s such a sad concept, the humor really lifted up the story. The plot in this book is also fantastic. It’s realistic, original and well-done. The author was actually hospitalized briefly for depression himself, so he was able to connect with those of the same problems, and educate the rest of the public. This is why It’s Kind of a Funny Story provides such a great message. It teaches us that mental illness is no ones fault and it’s a curable problem with the right help and support. So if you are looking for a new wonderful read, It’s Kind of a Funny Story will surely satisfy you.
The end is the best part of It’s Kind of a Funny Story. It’s heartfelt and I’m glad it concluded the way it did.
Ponyboy Curtis is an outsider. He and his two brothers, Sodapop and Darry live without parents in the poor side of town. Known as “Greasers” they rival with “Socs”, the west-side rich kids who beat up Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny. When Ponyboy and his friend Johnny are outnumbered in the park by the “Socs”, Johnny panics and kills one of the “Socs”. Now Johnny and Ponyboy are on the run and the police are after them for murder. Even though it was self-defense, who will believe them when all the stereotypes are weighing against them?
What I Thought of The Outsiders
There’s a reason why this novel is viewed as a YA classic by critics and teens alike. The Outsiders is a suspenseful, appealing read with notable themes and lovable characters. Usually, I don’t like the summer reading books that my county provides but this book wasn’t like the rest. Instead of being dull and childish, The Outsiders was action-packed and thoughtful. It gives a realistic interpretation of gang activity in the 1960’s and showed me how I shouldn’t judge people based on status or wealth. In addition, I loved the characters who were smart, kind and tough. All in all, the Outsiders, with all it has to teach us about stereotypes and kindness, is an impressive read that deserves it’s critical acclaim.
The most memorable moment in this novel is when Ponyboy and Johnny save the little kids from the burning church. It was heroic, and showed both Ponyboy and Johnny’s true character and selflessness.
Melinda Sordino is entering her freshman year of high school with a horrible secret. Her friends think that she called the police just to crash their party, causing everyone to socially reject her. But little do they know that’s not all there is to it. Depressed and alone, Melinda’s only comfort is art class where she may finally face what happened to her and speak up for herself.
What I Thought of Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson is truly the master of realistic fiction. Speak is a thoughtful book that tackles real issues that usually aren’t covered in young adult novels. There’s great writing, a heroic female protagonist and a conflict that many can relate to and even more need to know about. Laurie Halse Anderson writes fluently and smoothly with structure and the perfect amount of drama. She knows her audience, and writes with purpose and voice, therefore enhancing the novel. The way she crafted Melinda is equally well-done as she is relatable but also becomes a role model later in the novel. Depression, social rejection, bullying and assault are all themes in Speak that reach out to those who are struggling and educate those who aren’t. It makes you realize how you can’t judge people because you haven’t been in their shoes, which is an important lesson for all teens and tweens. In conclusion, Speak is a worthwhile and timeless read that you are bound to enjoy.
The most memorable part of Speak is when we learn Melinda’s secret. It’s shocking, realistic and dramatic all rolled into one.
It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged, and so far, a lot has happened on Godspeed. Together, Amy and Elder have solved the murder mystery, uncovered Godspeed’s deepest and darkest secrets, and took control of the ship. With Elder being the new leader of Godspeed, he is determined to right all of Eldest’s misdeeds. This means no more drugs in the water and, most importantly, no more lies. But after learning shocking news about Godspeed, Elder and Amy must untangle the string of lies that has carried the weight of the entire ship for centuries. And with the ship on the verge of collapsing into total chaos, there’s only one solution: they have to get off Godspeed, and fast.
What I Thought of A Million Suns
In many ways, I enjoyed A Million Suns more than it’s successor, Across the Universe. There was evident growth in Elder’s character, a host of nail-biting action and drama, along with more of the same great world building. In A Million Suns, Elder has transformed from an shallow follower to a smart, confident leader with a complex personality and opinions. This really emphasized how Amy affected Elder to follow his heart and come into his own, instead of shadowing Eldest. It also highlighted Elder’s strengths and weaknesses and how they compared to Eldest, or other characters such as Amy. Another component I liked about A Million Suns was how Beth Revis hooked readers with anticipation and exciting scenes. My middle school english teachers have always taught me to use the topic sentence to hook your audience, but in A Million Suns Beth Revis treats every sentence this way. If you aren’t riveted by the suspensful discoveries or tense fighting, you are preparing for it. That, unless you are witnessing Beth Revis’s fantastic world building! To paint a picture of being aboard Godspeed, Beth Revis utilizes realistic social structure, politics and psychology which will please anyone who fancies his/her novels to be reasonable, like me. 🙂 With all this, I will surely be reading the sequel soon!
The best and most memorable part of A Million Suns is the ending. If you thought the first plot-twist was jaw-dropping, just wait until you read this one!
The Spackle, thinking as one, are at war to avenge their people. Mayor Prentiss, greedy for dominance and control over all, will defend his faction at all costs. The Answer, just as greedy for the power, is preparing to rebel against the Mayor’s rule. Every thought, every decision made counts as Viola and Todd find themselves in the middle of a ruthless three-way war. And with Viola’s ship full of new settlers approaches, will peace prevail or will everything be destroyed as love and desires outweigh the greater good?
What I Thought of Monsters of Men
Everyone should read this series, and especially this book. Monsters of Men is fast-paced and captivating, with remarkable characters both good and evil, and features you won’t find in any other novel. Told in alternate points of view, there is rarely a boring moment and when you are not engrossed in the constant action, you are learning more about the characters, which are spot-on. Patrick Ness understands why people act the way they do, and he explains this in the book. Readers get in-depth glances into all of the character’s thoughts and motives, which are realistic and ring true to teens and adults alike. Even the antagonists of the story are relatable in more ways than not. And with all of the same great themes and qualities from the first book, this novel is truly unlike any other. So what are you waiting for? Get this book at the library as soon as possible, you won’t regret it.
The most memorable part of Monsters of Men is the ending. Out of all the books I’ve read, I’ve never seen a more sensational ending.
For popular and pretty Sam Kingston, February 12 should be just another day of her perfect life. But in a surprising twist of fate, a car crash with her and her three best friends makes it her last. The catch: Sam gets seven chances to relive her final 24 hours, and is determined to help those around her, and possibly save her own life.
What I Thought of Before I Fall
Before I Fall is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, mainly because it seems to have something for every type of reader. For starters, it depicted the typical life of a popular high school girl in its rawest, most accurate form. Before I Fall certainly doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but I loved that about it. Next, it had a pretty unique supernatural twist to it with Sam’s seven day resurrection sequence, which would appeal to science fiction and fantasy lovers. The author did a fantastic job of not overdoing the fantasy aspect of Before I Fall, so it would also be perfect for realistic fiction readers.
The absolute best part of this book was definitely the characters. Sam, Lindsay, Ally, Elody, Kent, and even little Izzy felt like old friends by the time I finished the book because of the amazing characterization. My favorite books are always the ones that aren’t afraid to go into the tiny details of characters, and Before I Fall does that very well. Even the characters with significant flaws that I wanted to hate, I couldn’t help but love. Additionally, the strong bond between Sam and her friends, even when they weren’t getting along, was exceptionally written.
The only problem I have with this novel is that it was quite predictable. It was clear from the beginning that Sam would have to make changes in her behavior in the days after her death, and I practically knew the ending from page one. However, this isn’t actually bad because knowing the final result didn’t make the journey less beautiful or interesting. Overall, with plots that crossed into several genres, lovable characters, and a realistic depiction of high school life, this book has a lot going for it which is why I grant it a 4.5 stars rating.
The most memorable part of this book is when Sam finally comes to understand why she has been given the chance to relive her last day. It was probably the only part of Before I Fall that surprised me, which is why it is unforgettable.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Since Jacob was a little boy he has idolized his grandfather, Abe. With all of his fascinating stories and strange pictures, Jacob is nothing less than wonderstruck by his grandfather’s life. Yet as Jacob grows older, just like with Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy he stops believing his grandfather’s odd tales. But then when his grandfather dies and Jacob comes face-to-face with the monster that killed him, Jacob realizes that those outrageous stories may not be so outrageous after all.
What I Thought of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
When you first stumble upon this book, you’re already drawn to it from it’s cover. Creepy, mysterious and utterly intriguing, there’s no way you can walk past this book in the library. And you’ll be glad you didn’t because there’s no other book quite like this, especially in Young Adult fiction. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children deserves five stars for it’s creative story, it’s funny characters and completely awesome pictures. Although the first few chapters are a little dull, once the mystery begins to unfold you become more and more engrossed in the story. There’s enough plot-twists to keep you on your toes and the plot is never too elaborate. Another plus is how funny the characters are (especially Millard!). All of the peculiars had very different personalities and strengths, but all of them were entertaining and downright hilarious at times. However, the real reason why I loved this book was the photographs. I still wonder, where did Ransom Riggs find all of these great photos?!
There’s a lot that’s memorable in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but the pictures are by far unforgettable. All the pictures are creepy, vintage and they relate well to the plot, enhancing the story.
Steven Harmon is in jail. He’s doing his best to cope with being thrown in there until his trial for murder. If things don’t go well, he might end up with a permanent cell and no chance of making it back to the world he used to know. Steven Harmon is sixteen years old.
What I Thought of Monster
I absolutely devoured this book, reading it all in one day and practically in one sitting. This is probably because Monster is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. In an odd yet brilliant way, it’s a movie within a book within a court transcript. It tells a captivating story with a writing style unlike any other. In addition, it has understandable and relatable characters. It is amazing that the author was able to convey clear characterization through just trial Q & A’s.
In fact, reading Monster was like being a jury on this case, and that’s the best part about it. Each reader has the liberty to make their own decision about who they think is guilty and who should be charged with what. Never has a book allowed me to disagree with the main character, but Monster offers that and more. Of course, I wanted the best for the protagonist Steve, but I also got to think critically about the evidence for and against him and form my own opinion on the situation. This novel is truly one of a kind. Monster is a quick and incredibly rewarding read for anyone who enjoys mystery or realistic fiction, and gets a great 4.5 star rating from me.
The most memorable part of this book are the final statements from each side of the case. I thought they were very powerful and equally strong, and they certainly left a lasting impression on me. These statements summed up the book and the case perfectly, which is why they were my favorite part of Monster.