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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Friday, June 9, 2017

Yoon does it again!!

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Pages: 348

Published: 2016

Audiobook: 7 cd’s (8 hours)

Read:  June

3 out of 5

Nicola Yoon is definitely a teen favorite. Not only have both of her books earned a spot in the Teens’ Top Ten nominees, her debut novel, Everything, Everything made the Top Ten list last year. While I have enjoyed both books, they are extremely predictable and way too convenient for my tastes. I did enjoy Everything, Everything a little more because Yoon’s voice was new and different. The Sun is Also a Star is told both in the perspective of Nastasha and Daniel, but also a narrator. I loved this additional voice. He provided character backgrounds, personal thoughts and little snippets of history. Did you know that Koreans own the market for black hair care products? Not me! I listened to the audio of this book (and Everything, Everything) and because of the three “voices” I highly recommend it. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Love Shusterman's books!

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)


By: Neal Shusterman

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 435

Published: 2016

Read:  December

4 out of 5

I love Shusterman’s Unwind Dystology. In fact, Unwind was the first book in the dystopian genre that I enjoyed let alone LOVED!! I still recommend the series to readers. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to read Scythe and I was not disappointed. There is constant action throughout and his novels are so thought-provoking. Even though his ideas are so far-fetched (a community that conquered death so scythes are required to “randomly” kill off people in order to control the population), you are still constantly thinking, What If? I believe this is because he makes the stories believable with the characters – they become your friends or foes, depending on circumstance. Scythe is well deserving of the Teens’ Top Ten nominee and has my vote!

First review for the 2017 Teens' Top Ten nominees

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


By: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA Fantasy Retellings

Pages: 453

Published: 2016

Read: February

4 out of 5

I am not a huge fantasy novel fan, however if I had to choose my favorite subgenre it would definitely be the fairy tale retelling stories. I love comparing the original story with the modern version I am reading at the time. And within that grouping, Meyer is my favorite author. This is the second novel of hers I have read. Teens do still love them more than me, but I highly recommend Meyer to anyone wanting to try a fantasy retelling story.  I am surprised that Heartless wasn’t made a part of the Lunar Chronicles series – Catherine could have fit right in with those characters and their adventures. Meyer is a great author and knows how to keep a teen’s interest. She is a great storyteller and well deserving of this nomination.