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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Reviews!

As promised, here are some book reviews!

The best part of working in a school district is that I get to borrow books from the library! Not only do I get to borrow some excellent young adult fiction, but I get some good recommendations too from the librarians.

This past summer I was working in the library and I saw a book I had been meaning to read on the librarian's desk. It was very difficult to wait until the school year started to find out if I could borrow it. For me, when it comes to books, there is nothing better than borrowing a book. This way I can quickly figure out if I will want to read it again and therefore buy it, or I might never read it again, and I don't need to own a copy of it.

So what book was it?

It was called "There is No Dog" by Meg Rosoff. It's about a teenage God and how he is kind of lazy and doesn't really take care of Earth. And every time he falls in love, there is some huge disaster on Earth. He has an assistant who works very hard to keep everything running.

I really didn't like this book. I was very disappointed. The characters were not very likable and I had a hard time trying to finish reading the book. I only kept going because I had heard good reviews and I wanted to see if the story would get more interesting.
It didn't. I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who didn't want to get angry. :)

But while I was in the library picking up that book, there was another that looked interesting.
"Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One" by Jessica Spotswood.
I LOVED this book. I had a very hard time putting it down. My biggest disappointment? That the next book in this series won't be out until next year!  AAAAHHH! I hate waiting, I have no patience. I got to read the entire Twilight Series at once because I didn't get to it until after it all came out.
So what's Born Wicked about?
It's about three sister's who are witches. Cate is the oldest, and she takes care of her sisters after her mother's death. She has a lot of tough choices ahead of her as she tries to do what's best for her family, while protecting their secret. I absolutely loved the style of writing and the characters are likable and REAL (even if it is a different time period). I found a few of the twists and turns predictable, but I truly didn't care because I enjoyed reading it so much. I'm very much looking forward to the next book (and the next!).  I do hate finding a series at the beginning, waiting can be so hard!
You should go read the Amazon link to get a better description of the book...and speaking of Amazon, I should probably leave a review there for these books as well...Hmm. Need. More. Time. In. Day.)

After reading these two books, I was recommended another series by the Librarian.
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth was another one that I couldn't put down. I actually read it in one evening. I stayed up way too late that night, but Anthony wasn't home and I couldn't sleep anyway.
What is it about? A Utopian future...except that life isn't as perfect as you would think. This book reminded me of the Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Again, check out the link for a better description of the book. The good news for me, I can read the next book in the series! The bad news? I need to wait until the high schooler who borrowed it brings it back. :)

This week the librarian dropped off another one for me. I haven't touched it yet, but I should get some reading done this weekend.  I'll review that later.  Being friends with a librarian?  SO COOL!

Today is Friday for me, so more posts next week! Everyone have a good weekend!

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2 comments:

Justin said...

Have you read The Hunger Games yet?
Have you read anything by William Sleator or John Christopher?
Have I already asked you these questions and/or talked about these books?

They're all targeted at junior-high to high school kids so they are all easy reads but they explore good concepts and are well written.

Dani said...

I love the Hunger Games, I have read them twice. :)

And No on your other questions. :)

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