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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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The great debate begins....

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Charlie, Presumed Dead

By: Anne Heltzel

Genre: YA mystery

Pages: 272

Published: 2015

Read:  August

3 out of 5

The premise was good and unique, and the book held my interest, but the ending was so bad and rushed it changed my entire perception of the book. This book was chosen as a teen book club choice because one member LOVED it and another HATED it. There is a constant debate between them, so we decided to open it up for group debates. I have very mixed feelings and can see both girls’ point of view, however in the end I feel the book is just an average YA book. There is a definite twist I didn’t anticipate, which I can understand influencing the teen readers, but the book also lacks luster. My favorite aspect was that it was told by three narrators – one being Charlie, who is presumed dead, and his voice was told in second person as though you were him. Interesting choice!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A great book for boys and other tech readers!

Genius by Leopoldo Gout

Genius: The Game

By: Leopoldo Gout

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 304

Published: 2016

Read:  August

3.5 out of 5

A book for boys. I love it! This book is similar to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, without the 80’s references, and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. All about technology and computer games, this series is sure to grab male readers and any other techies. Three genius teens from around the world, known by each other only through the net, are invited to join the game. If they come out on top, they are able to join the team. It is well written, entertaining and included great graphics that enhance the story. I was glad to see this as a Teens’ Top Ten nominee.