Heather's books

Sarah's Key
Room
Rainwater
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Eclipse
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


Heather's favorite books »

Friday, May 18, 2018

a mix of mystical realism and realistic fiction

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron


Out of the Blue

By: Sophie Cameron

Genre: YA Mystical Realism

Pages: 272

Published: 2018

Read:  May

3 out of 5

This book begins with angels falling from the sky. Most are dying as soon as they hit the ground, but Jaya has one fall right at her feet that is still alive. Even though this novel is very mystical it deals with friendship, guilt and grief as well. Jaya has to deal with the sudden death of her mother, the disappearance of her ex-girlfriend, and her own struggles with her dad. This is a great debut novel by Sophie Cameron whether you like realistic fiction or fantasy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Bollywood and movie references!!!

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma


My So-Called Bollywood Life

By: Nisha Sharma

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 304

Published: 2018

Read:  May

2 out of 5

This is a typically teenage love story Рwith a twist of Bollywood! Unfortunately, that is the only twist throughout the book. The overall story was very clich̩ and predictable. On the up side, there are a ton of movie references and even a guide of all movies mentioned in the back of book. I thought that was a great feature. Besides learning a bit about Indian culture and Bollywood movies, I feel you can skip this book.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Too much going on...

Picture Us in the Light


Picture Us in the Light

By: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 368

Published: 2018

Read:  March

2 out of 5

There are so many storylines in this book, I couldn’t get emotionally attached to any of them. Some were unnecessary to the story (Danny being gay) and some took away from what I felt was the “true” story (Danny’s parents’ secret). I don’t generally have a problem with multiple plots, but in this particular novel, I wanted to feel more from the characters and the issues they were dealing with at the time. The story wasn’t complex or hard to follow; I was wanting more on each storyline to really feel it.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Take this review with a grain of salt

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead

By: Neal Shusterman

Genre: YA Dystopian

Pages: 504

Published: 2018

Read:  February

2 out of 5

I love Shusterman and I loved Scythe, but for some reason I personally could not get into Thunderhead. It was well written and continues the story of Citra and Rowen nicely, but for some reason I had a tough time getting into the storyline and found my mind wandered a lot. I think my lack of enjoyment was more my fault than Shusterman’s story telling. If you enjoyed Scythe, I still recommend reading Thunderhead. I have heard that some liked it better than Scythe, I just did not.



Monday, February 5, 2018

If you ever wondered about Iranian immigrants, read this book

Americanized by Sara Saedi

Americanized: A Rebel without a Green Card

By: Sara Saedi

Genre: YA Memoir

Pages: 288

Published: 2018

Read:  February

3 out of 5


This is a great memoir about an Iranian teen living in America without a green card. She went through her childhood without even knowing she was an illegal immigrant. Although not seemingly directly affected (she was still able to get a job), but the fear of being departed was always in the background. However, my favorite part was the Frequently Asked Questions added throughout the book. These weren’t directly related to her family, but Iranians in general. I thought this was very informative, while still being entertaining. I loved how the book was written in novel format, but still nonfiction. At first, one may not even realize it is nonfiction.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Another empowering read...

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

By: Renee Watson

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 272

Published: 2017

Read:  January

3.5 out of 5

Jade is one of the few black students in a privileged high school which she attends on scholarship. She has few friends and desperately seeks to travel abroad with the school. She knows it is her only way out of her poor neighborhood. Instead she gets selected to be in a “woman-to-woman” group where she is paired with a mentor. Although this may be a great opportunity, her mentor isn’t as stable herself as she should be. Only with Jade’s determination and learning alongside her mentor makes this a powerful book. They both teach each other a lot about the outside world. Watson’s focus is on teaching the reader’s that you create your own future and that empowerment and standing up for oneself is as important as the opportunities one may receive.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

An Empowering Book

Moxie

Moxie

By: Jennifer Mathieu

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 330

Published: 2017

Read:  January

4 out of 5


It isn’t often that you come across a book with such a strong female character. Viv is fed up with her school and especially the principal. Fed up with the sexist dress codes, sexual harassment, and a football team that can do no wrong and has the best of everything- equipment, uniforms, etc. So one night instead of going to the football game (which the entire town literally shuts down for), she single-handedly creates the Moxie zine. Moxie unites all the girls in the school to fight back. It takes off like rapid fire and soon the Moxie group is formed. This book is fun and entertaining while providing a great lesson in feminism. I feel this book will empower many teen readers. It is definitely a feel good book and will inspire all. Moxie Girls Fight Back!!!