Apr 21, 2017

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken

Summary:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

4.5/5 Stars
SPOILER ALERT

Ok, so I read this book a while ago, but you know... I haven't read anything recently to review and I don't even know what Lark is doing so whatever. I am reviewing this book. ANYWAYS... Ok so like I said, I read this book a while ago, but its really good. So I know the majority or you have probably already read it, but if you haven't you really should. Also, let me start of by saying, before or while reading books I like to find "fan casts" for all of the characters. I know most people would hate to do that because then you can't make up characters in your head by yourself, but I don't know, I am just not creative enough. SO ANYWAYS I was looking for fan casted actors as I do, and EVERYWHERE I looked it was the Hannah Montana movie guy for Liam! EVERYWHERE!!! You know who I am talking about right? It was the cowboy guy from the Hannah Montana Movie. Everywhere I looked, HANNAH MONTANA GUY! So I was like, ok?.... Anyways then I started to read the book and omg he is literally the Hannah Montana guy. Of course they don't cast him in the movie but whatever I don't care its all cool......................... So anyways besides the Hannah Montana guy, another thing I really want to mention is that these powers really aren't fair. Like some people can control fire with their mind, or some people can CONTROL OTHER PEOPLES MIND WITH THEIR MIND and then there are those guys who are just like super smart or something. I mean they are still hated and being chased and whatever and they don't even get a cool power. I mean sure it would be great to be crazy smart, but when everyone can use mind control and all you can do is solve puzzles really fast, I would be pretty disappointed. Ok so like I said (Like three times) I read this book quite a while ago, so I don't have much to say.... So I guess that is all for this review and this week. I really need to read more books so I have more to review so that I am not reviewing books I read months ago. Ok well read this book...
-Lily

Apr 14, 2017

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars
By John Green

Summary:

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


3.5/5 Stars

Ok, so I know that a lot of people love this book, but for me it just isn't five stars. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. I read this a few years ago, and everyone was obsessed with it, and I think the reason that I didn't love it is because I expected a lot more. I did think it was cute, and I do appreciate how nicely it was written, it just didn't wow me. I know that Lily disagrees with me, (sorry Lily), but it wasn't the type of book that I would keep wanting to read and finish in one night. I heard that the movie is really good though..? Okay, I'm making it sound as if I hated it, but it was pretty good. Like I would totally recommend it!!
-Lark
5/5


        I love this book. Lark doesn't know what they is talking about. First of all, everyone loved it BECAUSE IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! It was beautiful and it was unusual. Ok it was that unusual, but it was written in a way that made it seem like it was ok? John Green writes very, I don't know how to say it.... quirky? Kind of that's not really the word that I was looking for but I can't think of it so we are just going to go with that. So anyways, to sum it all up, read the book. Lark is wrong (trust me here) so read the book. Sorry to make this short, but I have a plane to catch (Lark doesn't have an excuse just so you know). Alright, ok so read the book.

-Lily

Apr 7, 2017

Unfiltered

Unfiltered
No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
By Lily Collins


Summary:
In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

SPOILER ALERT
 (but I mean only kind of. I am going to talk about that happens, but it's not a continuous story, you know? Its essays, so its not exactly spoilers but whatever.)

5/5 Stars

Alright, so I love Lily Collins. Everything she is in, everything you does is amazing. Lily Collins is absolutely gorgeous as well! So when I heard this book was coming out I was obviously going to read it. I preordered it and everything. I am not usually a huge fan of books like these. You know, collections of essays and such, but I mean this was written by Lily Collins so it's different. So anyways, I loved it. She had a huge section of her eating disorder in the past and she didn't just skim over it or anything. She really talked about how deep she got into this mindset and how much it hurt her. I also loved hearing about her writing. Lily wrote for magazines when she was only a teenager and later reported for nickelodeon. I loved how she also included so many photos. She had photos of when she was little, photos of her getting her first tattoo, and photos of her and her  parents. Speaking of parents, I think that a lot of people might just assume that Lily became famous because of her dad (Phil Collins), but really she worked hard for it herself. This is going to be a short review because I can't really say to much about it, because like I said it isn't a continuous story, so you really just have to go out and read it yourself. I loved how Lily wrote the book like she was talking directly to you. I made it feel personal and real. Anyways, I already knew I was going to love this book from the beginning because, I mean, IT'S LILY COLLINS! But I ended up loving all of the essays as well. So go read it.
-Lily

Mar 31, 2017

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four
By Pittacus Lore

Summary:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books--but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

4.5/5 Stars

ok.ok. let me start off by saying that this is not a horrible book. I know that a ton of the reviews on Goodreads are 1 star, but honestly don't listen to them IT'S GOOD. Like I had my skepticisms before I read it, not gonna lie, but it's way better than it sounds. It is SO action packed, you will never be bored.... Unless you're one of those people on Goodreads... Anyway.. THIS BOOK has all of my favorite qualities!! If you like action, sci-fi, or romance then THIS is the book for you!! Like if a book has aliens in it, how bad could it possibly be? I mean really, even if they're bad aliens, the mere existence of aliens in the book boosts it up at least a star... Okay, also I would like to address the issue of the characters. One review I read said that the characters were dull................? um excuse me? Like ughhhh. speaking of the characters, Henriiiiiiiiiiiiiii yasss. Ok I'm done. Okay, lemme just summarize the book for some of you guys that are skeptical... Aliens with superpowers pretending to be humans, that are being hunted and murdered by EVIL aliens (also pretending to be humans) .... like someone please explain to be why you would not want to read that????? I'm waiting...... That's right I thought not.
-Lark

Mar 24, 2017

Maggie Elizabeth Harrington


Maggie Elizabeth Harrington
By DJ Swykert

Summary:
Maggie Elizabeth Harrington is the story of a young woman in the 1890s, whose world is a remote northern Michigan mining town, where she tries to save a pack of young wolves from a bounty hunter. A terse historical love story of a young woman’s struggle with environmental and moral issues concerning the slaughter of wolves, and the church’s condemnation of her love for a young man, are as real in today’s global world as they were for young Maggie more than a century ago.
A copy of this book was sent to us by the author, but it will not affect our rating or review
3.5 or 4/5 Stars
Look at me on a roll with the spoiler free reviews! Ok anyways, when we were first contacted about reviewing this book, I wasn't quite sure. I mean it really isn't the genre or kind of book that Lark and I read, but I mean the author seemed like a pretty cool guy (former 911 operator and wolf expert) so we decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is an extremely sweet and touching story.  Also, it was interesting reading about this time period, because it really isn't one I often go for. Also, let me just say Tommie is the best character. I really don't have to say much more about him, he is just the best (you will see once you read it). The main flaw I found with this book, was at times I felt like Maggie Elizabeth didn't talk like a 13 year old girl, she seemed too mature. I mean maybe it could just be the time period, because like I said I really don't know much about it at all, but I just felt like at times she didn't sound young enough. Also, at some points the book's language seemed a little repetitive (and redundant... ahhh Gilmore Girls). I get that maybe it was the style of the writing/book, but it just wasn't for me. Over all though, I did really enjoy this book!
-Lily

Mar 17, 2017

The Distance Between Us


The Distance Between Us
By Kasie West

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
 


4/5 Stars

So one might guess that after having read By Your Side and really not enjoying it, I would either take a break from that genre or stay away from that author. I did neither. So anyways, I didn't have anything to read and I was to lazy to really dive into a complicated fantasy or something like that. I saw this book on my shelf and to be honest I really just started reading purely because I liked the font on the cover. I actually needed up liking this a lot more than By Your Side because Caymen had a personality, unlike Autumn who had nothing. Actually she had really vague and inconsistent anxiety (ok honestly I don't know anything about anxiety so I really don't know) as her personality. I enjoyed hearing Caymen's thoughts because although like 75% of her thoughts were about Xander or whatever that other guy's name was, but at least it wasn't 100%. Ok I am making this sound like I hated this book but I really didn't. I was easy to read. I think I read it in one or two sittings. There was a few times that I really hated the decisions that the characters made or said and I just had to close the book and stare at a wall for a minute or two, but for the most part I really enjoyed it (I swear I use that word in every single review I write). Aren't you proud I wrote this entire review spoiler free? I mean when was the last time I did that. 
-Lily

Mar 10, 2017

By Your Side

By Your Side
By Kasie West

Summary:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

SPOILER ALERT
Also just by the way, if you haven't watched Gilmore Girls you may not be able to understand a good portion of this review... Sorry 
3/5 Stars

I have never really liked the young adult romance genre all that much and I tend to stay away from it. However, I received this book in my February Uppercase box so I decided to give it a try. I thought that it could be a cute story so why not?  So the main character Autumn has this almost boyfriend Jeff. Then she gets locked in a library and meets Dax (well she doesn't really meet him exactly, but they are locked in there together). So there is Jeff this nice guy who she has liked for years, who she is good friends with, and who most likely likes her back. Then there is Dax, who is the kind of overdone loner mystery character who really isn't all that nice. I personally would have gone with Jeff. I just got bored with Dax. He was the cliche loner bad boy, who is secretly really sweet and likes to read (omg Jess Mariano!! But Jess is so much better!! Just saying... It's true. I mean Jess was a much more interesting character and I DON'T KNOW HE WAS JUST BETTER). Ok so I don't really know why Dax annoyed me because he was almost Jess and I love Jess. You know what? No! He isn't just like Jess. Jess had a personality besides just being the "loner bad boy" he was funny and he actually had something in common with Rory (You know I am really really sorry if you have never watched Gilmore Girls and you aren't getting any of my references here... But you really should go watch it...). Dax and Autumn had nothing in common. They didn't really have a "surprising connection" as the synopsis suggests. Dax was kind of just bland. He would randomly completely change his personality. One minute he was being mean and rude (his normal self I might add) and the next he was just telling his entire life story to this random girl he just met. He never actually did anything nice for her, except what? Wait in the park? HE WASN'T EVER NICE! Jeff on the other hand was great. He WAS nice and yeah maybe he wasn't all that interesting but at least he was a decent person!I also got to mention that Dallin was a jerk. At first I thought he was ok. He seemed nice enough, but that kid was a jerk. Ok I am making this book sound horrible and it's not. It isn't my favorite, because I really didn't like Dax, but it wasn't all bad. The parts where she visited Jeff was good. Also, I really liked the part in the beginning when she was trapped in the library, before she and Dax had their nonexistent "surprising connection" (Ok I'm sorry, I'm being mean). I liked Autumn as a character for the most part. So people who like this genre of books, I bet really enjoyed this book. It just isn't really for me.