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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
.


         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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#Famous by Jilly Gagnon




Summary (from goodreads):

      In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?


       This fluffy romance was so cute and funny, I really enjoyed it. It was complete fluff, but who cares? It gave me good vibes and feels.
       My only complaints are that it had a few bad words and it was only fluff, but then, aren't most YA romances?

Rating: Four Stars

   I would recommend this to anyone who loves a sugary sweet, but heart throbbing at times romance.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Remake



Remake
By: Ilima Todd
Reviewed by: Gray


Summary (from Amazon):

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision
and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom
Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is
pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test
her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?



       This book was really good. In fact it's the best non-classic romance novel I've read in a long time. Although it did get a little too mushy in a few parts for my taste, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Plus, it was clean. There was no swearing at all, which was re-freshing.

     Rating: Four stars
it would've been five but I wish that instead of the book focusing on the romance, that it had focused on the actual plot, the world, the laws, the science behind it all, because it's very interesting and there's still a lot of unanswered questions that I had that I feel should've been answered in the first book. Hopefully the next two books will focus more on the world.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Book review from guest blogger:



Jake and Lily
by Jerry Spinelli

I'll start off by saying that this book is amazing. It's narrated by twins, Jake and Lily, who are eleven years old. Despite the fact that they're younger, I enjoyed this book very much.
This book is lovely on many levels. Mr. Spinelli gives Jake and Lily totally different personalities, and he sticks by them. Their lives and wording are very consistent with their personalities throughout the book.
This book deals with the bittersweet subject of twins trying to live their own lives. I'm a little biased because I'm a twin myself, but I think only children or people without twins could understand anyway. You could feel their emotions on the subject. Mr. Spinelli managed to intertwine humor with the subject, though, and I was impressed.
The writing of this book in general is very special. Jake and Lily take turns narrating, and it's treated like a journal. Mr. Spinelli has good grammar, spelling, etc., so there were no problems with that.
The more I write about it, the harder it is to find something wrong with this book. Um..... I'm thinking. * thinks harder * Sorry, my peeps. Please don't call me a biased bean that won't accept that one of her favorite books isn't perfect!!!! If you read it and find something, please feel free to share, but I seriously can't.
Lol.
Okay, so I would rate this book:  5 stars


Again, please feel free to comment your opinion.
-GJE

Friday, June 2, 2017

Confessions of a Murder Suspect



Confessions of a Murder Suspect
By: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Reviewed by: Gray

         
     Summary:

     On the night her powerful parents are brutally murdered, their daughter, Tandy, is one of the last people to see her parents alive. Tandy and her brothers are the only suspects, and as she begins to remember flashes of disturbing past events, she's forced to ask herself one terrifying question: What is the Angel family truly capable of? She decides that, even though she isn't sure she loved her parents, and even though she isn't sure that they loved her, that she will find out who killed them... even if it was herself.


       This book was a thrilling bone-chilling mystery. There is some swearing, but barely. My mom read it and loved it after I read it, and she's really big on no swearing, so that just shows how little there is! And there is a scene or two, but also barely anything.
        Personally, I think this book is great! It's very captivating and engrossing to the very last word on the last page!!


        My Rating: four stars
points off for the bad words and for not being as awesome as Warrior of the Son or Harry Potter!




Sunday, May 28, 2017

Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted-reviewed by Elena

Scythe of Darkness
Dawn Husted
3.5 out of 5 stars


Scythe of Darkness is a romance/dark fantasy story by Dawn Husted. It is one of the most well-written romance novels I have read so far and will be released on June 13th of this year.


The official summary (these are not my own words, just so y'all know):


"For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and attending the occasional party. After breaking up with her boyfriend, who she didn't even like, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along. Mia finds herself lured by the mysterious new student with two-toned eyes. Determined to find out who Thanatos is, what he is, and why he seems so interested in her, she accompanies him to his home where a sinister world awaits. Discovering the truth, a supernatural connection intertwined with her past, Mia's life is at risk- and she doesn't know who to trust."


OMG I will not lie to you, this was some of the first true romance fiction I've ever read (shame on me) and I was not disappointed. The story was very gripping. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of foul language and several kissing scenes. I cannot condone those parts, but I loved the story and could barely stand to put it down. I highly suggest it for older teenagers, as some content is a bit bloody and, well, it's romance- let's just leave it at that.


Please note: I reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of Scythe of Darkness for Ms. Husted, look for the story starting on June 13th!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Door Within

The Door Within
By: Wayne Thomas Batson
Reviewed by: Gray

 Summary:

          Three ancient scrolls bring Aidan Thomas into another world. Where knights, warriors, kings, and creatures roam and rule. Aidan realizes that it is his destiny to become the twelfth knight of the King's elite group, that will join the kingdom of Alleble in it's fight against the evil Paragory. With the fate of two worlds hanging by a thread, will Aidan be willing to risk everything to trust and follow the One True King?

       This is a Christian trilogy






It's super good, clean, and just action packed.

         My Rating: Four stars

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fable- The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 3

Fable                    
The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 3 by Chanda Hahn                     

Back again! This book was my favorite of all of them. So Mina's house goes up in flames, supposedly taking her brother, Charlie, with it. But a Fae creature is behind it, so Mina goes to the Fae plane where she goes up against a relative of Rumpelstiltskin's to save Charlie. Then, (spoiler alert) Jared gets reunited with his evil twin brother, confesses his love for Mina, gets stabbed, and almost dies.

I give this book five stars! It was really good, but also really sad and emotional towards the end.
-Alexandra

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fairest- The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 2

By Chanda Hahn

Second book! Yay!

       Not really. This book was my least favorite of the series. It was considerably drier, with less action. Of course, it could just be me. So basically, Mina has a hundred more quests to complete before she can end the curse on her family. Then she loses the Grimoire, and people start disappearing everywhere. Including Jared. I really liked this book too, but it just didn't meet the standards of the others. This one gets three stars. For a review of the first book in the series, (in case you missed it), then look back somewhere in March.


-Alexandra

Fairest

Friday, May 12, 2017

Strangelets


By: Michelle Gagnon
Reviewed by: Gray


             I don't have enough words to describe this book. But it was so good. I haven't read a book this good in a long time! It was gripping, raw, and powerful.


          Summary:

         When three teenagers die at the same time in three different parts of the world, something unusual happens. Instead of going to whatever lies beyond life, Seventeen year old Sophie, seventeen year old Declan, and eighteen year old Anat wake up in an abandoned hospital filled with other teens who went through the same thing. They find that they are all trapped inside this hospital, somebody or something has cheated them of death, and now they must band together to survive. Each teen carries a deadly secret, but one of them has a secret that could save them all... or kill them all...

           OH. MY. GOODNESS. THE SUSPENSE. THE FEELS. AND THE CHILLS THIS BOOK GAVE ME!
            It did have swearing in it, Declan swears profusely in his Irish accent, but come on! He's been trapped with a bunch of strangers in a place crawling with deadly secrets and monsters, you really can't blame him. The story was so good, so good. It is a must read for anyone who loves suspense.

       My Rating: Four Stars

          READ IT!

        

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Week of Mondays

By: Jessica Brody
Reviewed by: Gray




       I'll be honest; my number one reason for checking out this book was the name. A Week of Mondays?! Gosh, that sounds relatable! But sadly, it wasn't.
       I don't want to be harsh, but I hated Ellison the main character. I found her annoying, whiney, and just plain dumb. I don't know, maybe some girl out there will relate to Ellison's fickleness, but I didn't.

Summary:

          The story starts when Ellison's boyfriend dumps her, which is understandably heartbreaking for Ellison, but girl. Ellison basically spends the rest of that chapter having a pity party, even though it was pretty apparent from the beginning that her boyfriend was a player. But anyways, things change drastically when she wakes up the next day only to discover it's Monday again. So she decides to try and fix her relationship with her boyfriend before he dumps her again. But of course, she fails, and he dumps her again, and she has her little pity party again. The next day is the same, and the next, and the next. Every time Ellison tries something different and equally dumb. You'd think that after re-doing the same day over and over again would show Ellison how incredibly shallow her ex is, but no. And then of course at the end she finally realizes that her boyfriend is in fact a loser and that her best guy friend is the one for her! *Gasps* Oh my gosh, guys! The cute, sweet, underdog guy friend gets the girl in the end?! I so didn't see this coming!!! (I didn't put a spoiler alert on that, because there's nothing to spoil, even someone who isn't familiar with this cliché won't be surprised).  


         This whole book was ridiculous. In fact, I'm not the only one who thinks so, because my mom started reading it over my shoulder with me! And she said this about it, "Ugh, it's like a soap opera in book form."
        And she was correct. It is. Seriously, I read books to escape into a better world, if I wanted to deal with petty teen drama I'd go hang out with the cheerleaders or the plastics, but please don't make me do that.
         But if any of y'all love soap operas and teenage drama, read this!!!

        My Rating: One Star

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Don't You Trust Me by Patrice Kindl

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This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it was made better by the fact that there was like one swear word total.

Morgan is a thief and a liar. So when her parents try to send her off to boarding school, she switches places with a girl who was separated her from her boyfriend and sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Her new life as Janelle Johanssen is good. The real Janelle is living with her boyfriend in a fishing cabin somewhere far away. Then Morgan makes a reputation of herself as a really good fundraiser, while she is also (secretly) stealing the cash donations. As Morgan is making changes to Janelle's life, she is also secretly plotting her escape.

This book made me laugh, gasp, stare at the pages in horror, then laugh again as Morgan/ Janelle's life unfolds. It was not Christian, but I only saw one or two swear words in the entire thing. I rate it three out of five stars.


Reviewed by-Alexandra

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star

       


              Considering all the hype that surrounded this book when it came out, I decided to read it! And I must say, I understand why it was such a big hit...


            Summary (from Amazon):

             Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

             Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

             The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?



               So clearly this book isn't Christian, instead it basically says that the universe takes place of God and brings people together, which is, I suppose a nice thought.
                The story was a bit cliché in some parts. The usual boy meets girl, the boy is a hopeless romantic and the girl is the complete opposite. However, I did like the diversity this book brought into YA, that was nice. Also it did have a lot of swearing and crude jokes, so I'd recommended this to the more mature teen.  

                 Rating: Three stars







Monday, April 24, 2017

The Dead Boyfriend


The Dead Boyfriend
By: R.L. Stine
Reviewed by: Gray


            Anyone here loved the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine when they were younger? I did. And I was so overjoyed when I began reading YA and found his series for teens: Fear Street
             Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I felt like he tried too hard to relate to teens, and in trying to make his characters realistic, he ended up making them dull. I also could not stand the extreme mushy and over-the-top romances that EVERY SINGLE book had! But his newest book in the series has given me hope.
             The Dead Boyfriend is still a bit mushy, but it's better. R.L. Stine seems to have realized that even teens enjoy his cheesy charm and puns that he sprinkled in his Goosebumps series. Instead of being super annoyed with the characters as I usually am, I found myself  liking them, and even relating to them in some ways.


            Summary:

            Caitlin lived an average life as a tenth grader in her small high school, but then she met Blade. Obviously meant for each other, the pair hits it off and begins to date right off the bat. Despite her friends warnings that she is going to fast and that Blade might be a phony and that she might be taking things to seriously, Caitlin becomes completely smitten. But when Blade betrays her, she loses it. Caitlin snaps, and everything turns red. When she wakes up, Blade is dead-lying on the ground in a puddle of blood with her knife that she bought for self-defense when she walks home from her part time job laying beside him.
               But then, if Blade is dead how does she keep seeing him staring at her from the shadows? And why does he keep following her??


Rating: Four Stars. It was interesting to say the least.


If you read this book be warned; the plot twist will leave you stunned...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Truthwitch

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Reviewed by Elena


Truthwitch is an EPIC story about the Witchlands, a land where magic is part of everyday life. Witches, both male and female, can be found around every corner. In this land, noble-born Safiya and her best friend, or 'Threadsister' Iseult, get on the wrong side of the law when they are caught hijacking on the roads of their home. Safiya is a Truthwitch, and she can determine whether people speak lies or truth, a rare gift which makes her a potential pawn for many kingdoms. Iseult is a Threadwitch whose powers are refusing to cooperate. When they become the target for a bloodthirsty assassin named Aeduan who is bent on catching them, can they escape with their lives?

This book is so amazing I can barely sum it up. Imagine all your favorite qualities in a fantasy novel- swordplay, a bloodthirsty villain, strong friendships, magic, and romance. This book and its sequel, Windwitch, are most definitely not Christian. There is one kissing scene in Truthwitch, but it goes no farther. There is some minor bad language. It is semi-violent, not overly descriptive. The magical side of things never bothered me, but for those of you who are worried about that, the book is full of magic.

Read it. I will find you and make you.

Or just ask nicely... :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DragonSpell


DragonSpell
By: Donita K. Paul
Reviewed by: Gray

         Magic. Evil. Quest. Dragons. Love.
             What more could one want in fantasy?


Summary:

        Kale was once a slave, but now she is forced into an unexpected journey to become a servant to the great and mysterious Paladin. Yet, this young teenage girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.
         But not all is well in the kingdom... Kale finds herself in the midst of danger as she sets out on a quest to find the last meech dragon egg, stolen by the foul and cunning Wizard Risto. She and her new comrades must race to save the hatchling and the human race before it's too late.


          This book was really good! It's Christian, so it has no swearing or sexual stuff, which is a breath of fresh air. It was well crafted, and I very much enjoyed it. It is the first book in the DragonKeeper Chronicles, and I have read the whole series, and I assure all of you that it stays just as good and gripping to the very end.

Rating: five stars.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry; reviewed by Novel Society

Do you know about the religious crusades?  The Spanish Inquisitions?  do you want to be blown away by what the church was doing centuries ago?  If you don't like upsetting stories-don't read this.  If you want to risk it, be prepared to read about very courageous people trying to live their simple lives but having to obey the church in every way, I mean every way. Printz Honor Book.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

          
A List of Cages
By: Robin Roe
Reviewed by: Gray


          Book Summary:

          When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. It might mean a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD... But he how can he complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends? Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--his ex foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
          Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives..


         This book was really painful to read. Maybe it's because my family is fostering, and this book held all of my worst fears for the little guy we're taking care of. Julian goes through so much, and it all feels so real--too real. There were parts where tears streamed down my face, because I felt like I was right there. A List of Cages is a beautiful but brutally honest and raw gripping novel. It is very graphic, so I'd recommended it for a more mature audience of teens, since it deals with more heart wrenching things like abuse. It also has some swearing, and stuff like that.

            Rating: Four Stars. It was beautifully written, the characters were gripping to say the least, and it had an impact.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just One Wish



         How have I not reviewed this book yet? It's so good!

        I love Janette Rallison's works. Her fun quirky characters. Her bubbly storyline. Her funny romances in her books. The life and love that shine through her novels is breathtaking. But this book was different… this book was better, if that's even possible. Usually her stories are lighthearted and happy, but this one had a bittersweet note to it, that just made it so much more beautiful.

        Summary:
      
        Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
         But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curve-ball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol will visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star and convincing him to come home with her for her little brother. Piece of cake, right?


         This book was so awesome. It's funny, endearing, and just full of hope. It has some romance, but not over the top or the cheesy “I'm going to barf” kind, but the sweet kind. I would recommend this to Robin Hood fans, since the actor that Annika is trying to see is playing Robin Hood in a TV series in the book.
          Rating: I give this book FIVE STARS!! It was lovely. You should read it.