coraline_coverCoraline by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully creepy book.  It tells the story of Coraline, a young girl who has just moved into her new flat.  While exploring, she finds a door that leads to a bricked-up wall-until one night, it leads to a passage.  Following that passage, Coraline discovers her other mother, and a wonderfully intriguing world similar to her own, yet not quite the same.  Choosing to go back to the real world is when the story really begins.

Coraline is a wonderful book, written in the same way as a children’s book, but covering older material.  I enjoyed it very much, and any fan of fantasy and spooks is sure to love it.  The fact that it is being made into a movie is what made me pick it up, and I think picturing it as a movie helped add to the experience even more.  I highly recommend this book.

 

 

Links: The official web site, Neil Gaiman’s site, Book Nut’s Review

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the-luxeThe Luxeby Anna Godbersen is a classic love story-the kind where everyone falls in love with the wrong person.  The main character, Elizabeth Holland, is scandalously in love with Will, the coachmen.  Will is also sought after by Lina, the miad, who plays an important part in the book’s final twist.  Elizabeth is engaged to Will Schoonmaker, who is in love with Elizabeth’s sister, Diana-who loves him back.  To wrap it all up, Elizabeth’s best friend and rival is also in love with Henry, and can’t stand to lose him to Elizabeth, who by the way, is only marrying him because her family has become poor.  Intriguing premise? Definitely.  Does the book live up to it?  Absolutely.  Pick up this book and you’ll be dying to figure out what happens in the end-especially after seeing Elizabeth’s funeral within thee first few pages!  Packed with intrigue, gossip, scandal, and love, The Luxe is one book I couldn’t put down.  While it may not be well written, and the characters are not as fleshed-out as I usually like, I still couldn’t put it down.  It’s a soap opera, plain and simple, but a very good one.  I can’t wait to read the sequel, Rumors, and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Links: The official book site , Book Nut’s review, Chicklish’s review, Becky’s Book Reviews

book200Looking for Alaska by John Green is the story of Miles Halters’ (aka Pudge’s) search for a Great Perhaps.  He leaves home for boarding school, convinced this is the only way he’ll ever find one.  Once at boarding school, he begins a great journey of love, loss, and the eventuality of death. 

Looking for Alaskahas been raved about by many a reviewer, including the notoriously snarky Steph of Reviewer X.  Oddly enough, this made me wary of the book.  It can’t be that good can it?  I was prepared for disappointment (like Pudge in the first chapter).  Boy, am I glad I was wrong.  First of all, it had nothing to do with Alaska the state, which I was immensely grateful for due to the fact that I have read wintery, Eskimo stories, and to be frank, I disliked them.  I hated them.  I despised them.  But Looking for Alaska was amazing.  It’s one of those books you just can’t review without being fan-girly.  It had a wonderful plot, it kept you guessing (100 -something days til what?) and it dealt with characters and emotion very well.  If you are one of those people that dislikes a well-written book with an amazing plot and even better characters, I would not recommend this book.  But everyone else- go get it.  Now.  You will devour it.

Links: Author’s site, Book Nut’s slightly negative review,A TeenReads review, Em’s Bookshelf review,

cover_thirteenreasonsClay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Thirteen Reasons Why was one of those books that you cannot put down.  I started it eighth period Monday and finished it at about 8:30 that night.Jay Asher’s characters are very real, and the emotions are expressed very well.  The only qualm I had with this book was that Clay’s reactions to Hannah’s stories sometimes got in the way.  Other than that, it was an amazing read that I would definitely recommend to teens.

Links: The book’s site, Jay Asher’s blog, Hannah’s Reasons, Becky’s Book Review, Teen Book Review, Boys Blooging Books Review and Interview

Revelations is the third book in the Blue Bloods series, so I would reccommend that you read Blue Bloods and Masquerade before tackling this one.

That being said, Revelations is the continued tale of teen vampires living in New York City.  There’s Schuyler, a half-blood who’s mother is in a coma, Bliss, a tall red-head seeing apocalyptic visions, and Mimi and Jack Force, twins of the dark side.   This is mostly about the Schuyler-Jack-Mimi-Oliver love triangle, and some really confusing sort of plot movement…I think.  Something about evil Silver Bloods?  I kind of missed it as it sped by.

All in all, I though Revelations was a big rush to get to the ad for the next book at the end of this one.  The plot was confusing, the characters were flat, and the big “ah-ha” at the end was really a “where did they get that from?”  I enjoyed the first two books much more, and was disappointed in this one.  The publication date was changed from end of November/December to October, so maybe de la Cruz really was rushed.  I would not read this book if I were you.

Second Opinion: Super-fast Reader

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult is about Mariah White and her daughter, Faith.  After walking in on her husband with another woman, Mariah’s life is turned upside down, as is Faith’s.  But while Mariah slowly learns to come to terms with her divorce by herself, Faith has a little support, an imaginary friend she calls God.  As you can imagine, when a 7-year-old starts talking to God, it’s a little odd.  But what about when she starts bleeding from her hands?  What do you do, as a mother, then?  What about when her father asks for custody?  You can find out all this in the book-but not whether Faith is really talking to God.  That, you have to decide for yourself.  And the fact that you do is one of many reasons why Picoult is such a great author.

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult was wonderful.  It’s very controversial, like all her books.  Is there a God?  Is s/he really talking to a non-practicing Jewish 7-year-old?  You decide.  But before you do, read the book.  It will definitely be worth your time.

 

~LML