Friday, November 25, 2011

The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Summary:(from book jacket) Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns, and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time travel adventure. Suddenly on board a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamour of this opulent age and slips into a life of secrets, drama and decadence.
Review: I actually won this book from a blog giveaway and it's not something I would have picked up myself. This is a light and fun read that I read through pretty quickly. I didn't really think the plot was all that surprising or exciting. I pretty much knew what was going to happen from the beginning which took away from the story a little bit. I was surprised to discover that this book is going to be the start of a series rather than a stand alone. I am interested to see where the author is going with the story, but at the same time it feels like I already know. I really liked the historical aspect of the story though. I always like books that incorporate historical events into the story line and this was no exception. I also thought Louise acted older than she really was. I would have imagined her to be in high school rather than only twelve. I think younger girls who are interested in fashion would really enjoy this book and although I thought the premise was interesting and I kept reading it wasn't one of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Everfound by Neal Shusterman

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
 Summary:(from book jacket) The final battle for Everlost has begun... As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchman begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary's army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda. Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast.  At his side is Nick the Chocolate Ogre who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever. It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.
Review: This book is the third and final installment in this trilogy and I think it wrapped up pretty nicely. I think this series could almost be considered middle grade but I still really enjoyed it. I have liked getting to know all the characters throughout three books Nick and Allie are really unique characters I enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. Although the plot was kept pretty simple it was still exciting and fast paced and I flew through this five hundred page novel surprisingly fast. This book was largely focused on the final battle for Everlost. I was interested to see where the story would go and I was not disappointed. However, my only problem was that the ending was a little bit anti climatic. With the whole book building up to this one moment I expected it to be more intense. The way the story ended for all the characters made sense for each one of them, except for Mary. I was really annoyed with the way her story ended. Overall, I think this is a pretty good series especially for a younger audience.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary:(from book jacket) Rules are different outside the Society. Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his sure death- only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Review: I absolutely loved Matched, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book and find out what happens next. I really liked that as this story went on I slowly got more and more of an idea about how the Society operates and the history behind it's beginning. A large part of the beginning of the book was Cassia trying to find Ky and I thought things dragged a little during that part of the book. I really liked the fact that this book alternated between the perspectives of Cassia and Ky. I thought it was really interesting to see what both of them were thinking and feeling during their journey. This plot really lacked anything that was shocking or really surprising, but I really liked the way it ended and am already looking forward to seeing how this story goes on. My favorite part about this book was the characters. I felt like this book was much more emotionally driven as all the characters try to come to terms with their pasts and look forward to the future. I also thought Ky was really awesome in this book. getting inside his head made me like him even more than I did before. I understand him so much more now. I can't wait for the sequel to this book. Apart from a few slow parts I was hooked to this story.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary:(from book jacket). Incarceron, the lving prison has lost one of it's inmates to the outside world:Finn's escaped, only to find that Outside is not al all what he expected. Used to the technologically advanced, if violently harsh, conditions of the prison. Finn is now forced to obey the rules of Protocol, which require all people to live without technology. To Finn, Outside is just a prison of another kind, especially when Claudia, the daughter of the prison's warden, declares Finn the lost heir to the throne. When another claimant emerges, both Finn's and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn's convincing the Court of something that even he doesn't fully believe. Meanwhile, Finn's oathbrother Keiro and his friend Attia are still trapped inside Incarceron. They are searching for a magical glove, which legend says Sapphique used to escape. To find it, they must battle the prison itself, because Incarceron wants the glove too.
  Review: This book was a pretty good continuation of where the last book left off. it took me a while to fully get absorbed by the story but once I did I couldn't put ti down. i think the bet part of this book is the fact that there is always a lot happening. The plot moved quickly and there were some surprising twists that kept things interesting. My main problem was the fact that I do not connect with the two main characters. Claudia and finn were both kind of annoying and I thought a lot of their turmoil was pointless and unnecessary. I was also dissapointed to hear that according to the author's website there is not going to be as sequel. I think the ending would have been a lot more fitting if there was more to the story. I don't think every thing was wrapped up as nicely as it could have been. anyone who wants action and excitement with a very unique premise should start here. Overall, I thought this book was good but not great.