Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Not the book for me...

Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April

By: Naoshi Arakawa

Genre: YA Manga

Pages: 224

Published: 2015

Read:  January

2 out of 5

This is the first manga I have read, so I will be the first to admit that I am probably not the best judge for this book (no good comparison). I felt the book jumped around and added too many unnecessary parts and YES, I read it from right to left. The story did pull me in immediately with the tragic death of Kosei’s parents and the resulting monotone view of his life. However, it seemed to jump around too much – in the cafĂ© buying food to playing with a cat to school being let out for no reason to riding their bikes away in the distance. I just couldn’t follow the side stories and didn’t understand why some aspects were even included (ex: not being able to buy food in their school uniform, WHAT?!?). It may be because I am an adult and a YA librarian, but I did appreciate the notes on Beethoven, Mozart, and music in general. I hope the teens do as well. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Real or Imaginary. That is the question

Calvin by Martine Leavitt


By: Martine Leavitt

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 181

Published: 2015

Read:  January

3 out of 5

Imaginary or Real? That is a tough question for a kid with schizophrenia. I believe it would even be tougher to write from the point-of-view of a person that has the disease. The main character, Calvin, tries to blame Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, for the fact that Hobbes, an imaginary tiger, talks to him. See, he was born on the day that Watterson released his very last comic of Calvin and Hobbes. AND then his parents named him Calvin! Throughout the book, Calvin is writing a letter to Mr. Watterson about his hike across Lake Erie to meet him. Along the travels, Calvin with Hobbes and school friend, Susie, the reader needs to decipher who is real and who generated by Calvin’s mind. Leavitt writes a story that leaves you guessing, but isn’t very personal. Maybe schizo individuals aren’t very personal? I felt this was just an okay story and do recommend for anyone who enjoys realistic, yet fictional stories about schizophrenia. However, there are many other YA novels on mental illnesses that are better and more character driven.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A boring adventure...

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

By: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 260

Published: 2010

Audiobook: 6 hours and 40 mins

Read:  January

2.5 out of 5

This book sucked me in right away (4 stars). I love scavenger hunts AND books, so this was right up my alley. It was fast-paced and fun.  Dash find a little red moleskin notebook in a book store and that starts a trail of clues around town. However, once the two teenagers meet in person the book takes a turn for the worst. No longer interesting the book loses its enthusiasm and roller coaster of adventure. If the premise of an exciting mystical hunt around a town is what draws you to this book, Skip it. I would recommend this only to Cohn fans. Levithan has written much better books – pick up Will Grayson, Will Grayson instead.

Friday, December 15, 2017

A great book for newbies to the Sci-fi genre!

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Landscape with Invisible Hand

By: M.T. Anderson

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 149

Published: 2017

Read:  December

3 out of 5

Trying to read more out of my comfort zone and get a grasp on different YA novels, I picked up Anderson’s latest book. This book and writing style reminds me of The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, which the movie Home is loosely based. In Landscape with Invisible Hand, the world is taken over by the Vuvv and humans have no control or say on how the earth is run. To survive you must fight or concede to the Vuvv. This book is a starred review on Booklist and receiving a lot of hype. I definitely recommend to fans of science fiction and those who want to venture out of their own comfort zone. It’s short at only 149 pages. Therefore, a great book for new readers of the sci-fi genre. Give it a try!

Monday, December 4, 2017

A tragic story...

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This is Where it Ends

By: Marieke Nijkamp

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 285

Published: 2016

Read:  December

3 out of 5

A tragic school shooting told in minute-by-minute detail with four different personal accounts. However, the novel was much more plot-based than character-based and I wanted to “feel” more from of the characters. There were also a lot of characters, even though only four students told the story. This made it a little hard to keep the characters and their relationships straight. However, I loved the time stamped chapters and fast-paced motion of the story. It made the story more realistic and the reader feel that they are actually experiencing the horrific events of a school shooting. I believe this is the author’s intent of writing such a story. She tells a very important story.

Monday, November 27, 2017

a basketball lovers book

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

By: Jared Reck

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 272

Published: 2017

Read:  November

3 out of 5

This book is a slow starter and therefore I think many may give up on it. First, it’s a love story written by a male (which I think is awesome), but it is very heavy on basketball; more so than the love story. I think teen boys with first loves or basketball players would enjoy the story, but will never pick it up because it IS a realistic love story.  I would have liked to feel more of the relationship between Matty and Tabby. I wanted to connect with them in a personal way, especially Tabby. With that being said, if you are into sports of any kind and enjoy a love story twist this book is definitely for you. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First two novels were SOOO much better...

Crazy Messy Beautiful

Crazy Messy Beautiful

By: Carrie Arcos

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 312

Published: 2017

Read:  September

2.75 out of 5

2.75 stars

If I wasn't an adult and I was able to avoid comparing this story to Arcos’ other novels, I may have starred it higher. But I am an adult and I loved her other books. Although there is feeling in this one; it is also just a simple teenage love story that ends happily ever after. I missed the raw emotion and heart-wrenching sadness of There will Come a Time and Out of Reach. I tend to deviate from authors that get in a rut and therefore the books all start to sound alike. Arcos may be attempting to not have this happen and tried a different angle. However, I feel she went too sappy for her writing style and lost the raw feeling. Her characters came off as pathetic instead of sympathetic.