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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George


Quirky dragons? A feisty protagonist? Magic slippers?
     
      Count me in on reading this book!


Summary:

       Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous obligation, and lift the entire family out of poverty. Creel isn't worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries.

        But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only bargains with him for her life, she also ends up with a rare bit of treasure from his hoard, not gold or jewels, but a pair of simple blue slippers-or so she thinks. It's not until later that Creel learns a shocking truth: She possesses not just any pair of shoes, but ones that could be used to save her kingdom, which is on the verge of war, or destroy it
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         THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE IDEA AND STORY LINE, LIKE, YES, PLEASE!

         I loved the characters; Creel was funny, fiery, and loveable from the very first page. Theoradus was endearingly grumpy from the very first time he tromped into the story. And all of the other characters were simply perfect.

        The dialogue was funny and clever, I enjoyed it immensely.

         This book was so innocent and sweet, not to mention hilarious! I would recommend it to any one who loves lighthearted tales of dragons and strong-headed female leads.

         Rating: 5 stars!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Rig by Joe Ducie

The Rig

Reviewed by Alexandra
This book was really good in all ways. Will Drake has escaped from three high-security prisons and was sent to The Rig, aka a giant oil rig in the middle of the Arctic Ocean that doubles as a juvenile rehabilitation center. There is no way off it, as it is surrounded in freezing shark infested waters. Also, each inmate has a tracker that cannot be removed.

The Rig is a prison, but it also holds secrets deeper than anyone knows. The officers and guards have been secretly harvesting a dangerous chemical that holds magical powers.

I loved this book, and there is a sequel, called the Crystal Force. In the entire book, there was like, one kissing scene that wasn't even that bad, and the swearing was really mild. I rate it 4.5 stars.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Worthy by Donna Cooner

       I'm not a fan of non-classic romance most of the time, but I feel like someone should be reviewing romance every once in a while on this blog, so I picked this book up from the library.


       I wasn't a fan of this cover, too mushy for me, but I'm sure someone will like it...

       Despite the cover and the genre, I ended up sort of enjoying this book, but first the summary.

      Summary (from goodreads, like always):

Download the app. Be the judge.

Everyone at Linden's high school is obsessed with Worthy. It's this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy?

Suddenly, relationships implode as the votes climb and the comments get real ugly real fast.

At first, Linden is focused on other things. Like cute Alex Rivera. Prom committee. Her writing. But soon she's intrigued by Worthy. Who's posting the pictures? Who's voting? And what will happen when the spotlight turns... on Linden?




         It was a little cheesy, but even though the concept was cliché, the book somehow managed to be sort of original, which was kind of awesome?!? Seriously, even though this book had a very foreseeable plot twist, I was surprised by how many of the clichés this book managed to dodge! Points for that.

         It had really good characters, my only complaint is about the "best guy friend" character, because unlike the other characters, he was a huge cliché (the boo-hoo, stuck in the friend zone cliché). Points off for that.

        This book was super clean, no bad words or scenes beyond mild kissing, so points for that.

         I like it's message about inner beauty and it's the inside that really counts, more points for that.

         All in all, it was a good book. Not my piece of cake, since I don't like romance, but if you're a lover of romance, read this book, it's great!

         Rating: four stars, I refuse to get over the "guy friend" cliché, that was sad.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando



         She's a fighter. She's a student. She's a spy. She's a fake.
          And she's gotten too attached.

           Seventeen year old Reagan is use to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she's ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents' footsteps, as a top secret spy working for the government. Her entire life is mapped out.
             But when Reagan gets too attached to a town and her friends, she must choose between her heart and what she knows is right, that is, if she even has a choice.

            
              There is some mild swearing, but this book so awesome that it almost makes up for it. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the romance, but I am more anti-romance than most...

              Rating: Four out of five stars.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens- Official Novelization by Alan Dean Foster

Hello peoples. I apologize for my extensive absence. I have missed blogging for all you lovely individuals.

Okay. I am a hopeless Star Wars fangirl. I will rant for hours about Rey's parentage, Finn's history, Poe's hotness, Kylo Ren's... well, everything about Kylo Ren. I love that guy.

So, when I found this official TFA novel, I grabbed it and ran out of the library dancing for joy.
No, seriously. I danced. Physically, not just mentally. Like, skipping around my house screaming. Not just imagining it. Here is the lovely piece of literature that provoked this momentary lapse of sanity.

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HOLY MOLY MACARONI AND CHEESE I LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it three times.

It contains better descriptions and more detail all the way through, and for those of you who ship certain couples *cough, cough* REYLO *cough, cough*, be happy. Your ship sails on.

Read the book. Even if you don't like the movie, the book is amazing.

Elena out.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay




Summary (from goodreads):

     Every girl dreams of being part of the line—the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important.

       Jena is the leader of the line—strong, respected, reliable. And—as all girls must be—she is small; years of training have seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of things. And so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of stew. Or a first.

        But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena question the world she knows? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?



       Deep and subversive, this book was a delight to read and I'd recommended it to anyone who loves strong female leads and a good plot.


      Rating: Four Stars

       it would've been five, but I wish it had more dialogue in it. It had very few conversations between the characters in it, and I wish it had more.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Orphan's Song by Gillian Bronte Adams



Summary:

     Deep within the world of Leira flows a melody that was sung at the beginning of time by Emhran, the Master Singer. Now it is broken, buried, forgotten. But in each generation, a Songkeeper arises to uphold the memory of the Song against those who want it silenced forever.

When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced to flee for her life, she must decide whom to trust—a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or a mysterious creature who claims to know her past.

With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan’s Song.



         This was a pleasant and gripping read, and I'd recommend it any of my peers. My only complaint was that one of the characters has an accent, and I found it a little annoying and hard to read.

Rating: 4 Stars