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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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Skinny Pact??

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 278

Published: 2009

Read: March

4 out of 5

This was another great and important story by Anderson. She has the exceptional skill of writing on timeless relevant topics that ultimate can affect every teen themselves or someone they know.  Although some may find the competition aspect of the disease unrealistic, I believe it can happen. Besides the well know case of the pregnancy pact in Massachusetts, there have also been suicide pacts. A competition between friends to out-skinny each other isn’t so unrealistic. The one thing that bothered me was Lia’s little sister, Emma, she acted more like a 4 year old then a 9 year old. Although she was a very minor character in the scheme of things, it was annoying to me. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Short Stories of the unwound teens



By: Neal Shusterman

Genre: YA Dystopian/ Short Stories

Pages: 320

Published: 2015

Read: March

3 out of 5

I was very excited to read this book. The Unwind Dystology was one of my favorite dystopian series. The short stories in this book are on the lives of the teens before they were unwound.  It was interesting to read their thoughts, actions and tricks before they were unwound or escaped the process.  Some of the stories weren't written by Shusterman, but by family members and friends. I was able to tell the difference and enjoyed the ones written by Shusterman much more. I was able to connect with the characters more in those stories and felt they were better written. Although this book wasn't up to the standards of the dystology, it is a must read if you loved the Unwind books as much as I did.      

Monday, March 21, 2016

Doesn't compare to his Alsaid's debut novel

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Never Sometimes Always          

By: Adi Alsaid

Genre: YA realistic fiction

Pages: 320

Published: 2015

Read: March

2 out of 5

I experienced the opposite feeling with this book than I just did with my previous read, The Steep and Thorny Way.  I considered Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost one of my favorite books and this one doesn’t even come close.  Maybe my expectations were too high, but either way I was disappointed. It started out with a good premise, but quickly came extremely unrealistic and very predictable.  Two best friends, Dave and Julia, who are mere weeks away from graduating high school set about completing a list of tasks they said they would NEVER do. Although some are funny, some just don’t make sense – building a tree house in the school yard large enough for several teens to sit OVERNIGHT; organizing a scavenger hunt in just a few hours with the ENTIRE school orchestra. The characters were one-dimensional and it bothered me that while
the parts of book were written by only one character’s view it was written in 3rd person. I believe I would have connected with the characters more if written in first person.    

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cat Winter's does it again!!

The Steep and Thorny Way

The Steep and Thorny Way      

By: Cat Winters

Genre: YA historical fiction

Pages: 352

Published: 2016

Read: March

5 out of 5

I love when I find an author that continually writes amazing books. Cat Winters is one of them. In all three of her young adult novels, she grabs the reader immediately with her powerful writing and mysterious plots.  Taking place in Oregon during the 1920’s, The Steep and Thorny Way is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  The main mystery is of the resurfacing of the ghost of Hank Denny, a black man, who desires to avenge his death, but that is not all. The KKK is active, mulattos and homosexuals are being chased out of town, and friends turn on each other.  Winters wrote yet another entertaining, intriguing and educational piece of work.

As a side note, she has written one adult novel, The Uninvited, in 2015. In my opinion, this book was not very good.  I am not sure what the difference was, but it definitely didn’t pique my interest or have the same twist and turns as her young adult books.