The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nick Carroway lives next door to Jay Gatsby’s mansion where there are parties full of people every night, and where rumors about Gatsby center. After seeing his friends, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and learning of their lives once again, Nick is invited to Gatsby’s party. He is quickly swept up in an exciting romance of Gatsby desperately chasing after married Daisy as they escape the average life and star in a fantastical story full of action, dialogue, and romance.
Honestly, I don’t know why this is a classic. It is written very well, and as I was reading through the first three quarters of the book, I enjoyed it immensely. Excellent background for each characters were written in the plot pretty well, and great dialogue and descriptions were very good in this book. I really liked this book and was starting to consider it one of my favorite classics, because of its interesting storyline and plot, and it was easier for me to read than many classics. Until the end. I won’t reveal anything, but the end is very disappointing. It is like the author just got bored and wanted to get the book done. I’m not sure I would recommend it, because I was very disappointed in the ending. It had so much more potential.0
Book 1 of the Infernal Devices series
By Cassandra Clare
Tessa Gray’s aunt just died and she is going to live with her brother in London. But immediately after arriving, Tessa is kidnapped by a pair of warlocks, the Dark Sisters, who will prepare her for marriage with a mysterious Magister by teaching her of a power she has inside, allowing her to become another person, living or dead. She is rescued and soon feels at home at the London Institute of Shadowhunters, angel-human beings created to fight demons. The danger just grows higher and higher as Tessa and the Shadowhunters fight to figure out who Tessa is, and how to get her brother back.
An amazing, spellbinding book full of twists, and mystery, and romance, and action. I couldn’t put this book down, and bought the next one right after, since I was loving the book so much. Cassandra Clare does a great job with her plot & characters, and if you are a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, you’ll recognize a few last names, and a couple awesome characters will return. I highly recommend this book to ages 13 and up.1
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Book 1 of the Nobody’s Princess series
By Esther Friesner
Helen is tired of being overlooked. She wants to be able to control her own life, say yes or no, always. But instead she is at the needle or putting on silly dresses and hairstyles without anyone listening to her. Then someone tells her, “If Aphrodite could get her hands on one of Zeus’ thunderbolts, even Zeus wouldn’t dare ignore her.” And since she can’t get a thunderbolt, she goes with the next best thing, a sword. A completely new perspective of the famous Helen of Troy, this book is full of inspiring women warriors including Atalanta & the Oracle herself, but also includes many, men in particular, who don’t agree with women being able to defend themselves.
This was an amazing book! I’m already dying for the next one. Helen is so spunky and strong you can’t help but admire her for her persistence. Incredibly written with great characters you might just recognize and hunts you may have heard of (think Theseus and the boar hunt), I highly recommend this book to all females & all those who enjoy Greek myths.1
City of Bones
Book 1 of Mortal Instruments series
Movie coming out this summer!
By Cassandra Clare
Fifteen year old Clarissa Fray, known as Clary, sneaks out to a night club with her best friend Simon and her world changes. When she sees a group of strangely marked teenagers kill a seemingly innocent boy, she screams, but no one else can see them. Soon, one of the teens seeks her out and tells her the truth. She’s a Shadowhunter, an ancient breed of half angel- half human demon-hunters, and her father is the biggest threat the Shadowhunters yet.
An amazing book that I picked up and set down too many times before I finally decided to read it. I am very glad I did. Recommended for at least ages 12 and up, this book is full of action, mystery, romance, and adventure. It has believable scenes and characters you can’t stop reading about, and you will pick a favorite supporting character. I already have a bunch.. Satisfying and interesting, the series continues with City of Glass and the movie is coming out this summer!0
Mysterious Benedict Society & the Perilous Journey
Book 2 of the Mysterious Benedict Society series
By Trenton Lee Stewart
The members of the Mysterious Benedict Society were looking forward to reuniting again for a mysterious surprise Mr. Benedict is planning, until Mr. Benedict & Number Two are kidnapped by none other than Mr. Curtain. Now it’s up to the children to find them, all by themselves,
Another fantastic addition to Mysterious Benedict Society series. As usual, the plot is great, the characters are so real, you expect them to jump off the page,and the mysteries are so intricate you can’t help but try to solve them yourself.0
City of Glass
Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series
By Cassandra Clare
Recommended for at least 12 and up
Clary & Jace are still struggling with the new =found revelation they are brother and sister when Clary learns her mother’s coma is because of a spell she set on herself. The only chance to save her is by going to the Shadowhunter city of glass and seeking out Ragnor Fell. But quickly, things become complicated when Clary is left behind and breaks into the city illegally with a vampire at her side. Simon is locked up with a traitor, Clary is shoved away by her friends, and a new, mysterious figure, Sebastian, joins the group. Who is Sebastian and why is he interested in Clary? How can Clary save her mother, and Jace? And how will they ever save the doomed world of the Shadowhunters?
Fabulous new setting in the city of glass, with fresh new characters and situations you couldn’t have predicted. I highly recommend this.0
By Louisa May Alcott
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are four ambitious women with not quite enough money to satisfy them. Their father is in the war and their mother is struggling to keep them happy, to help those less fortunate around her, and to prevent her worrying about her dear husband. The girls fight boldly with their jealously of richer girls and with their silly wishes, determined to follow their strong mother’s lead in the world. Jo meets a kind boy next door with a great family, and the girls & Laurie and many others have many glorious adventures you can’t stop reading about.
One of the sweetest classics, Jo’s adventures and her family’s love is always pleasing and fun to read and reread. With amazingly real-like characters and hard situations they admirably defeat, this classic is always a must-read for everyone.0
By Anne Ursu
Book 3 of the Cronus Chronicles
4 1/4 Stars
This final book of the amazing Cronus Chronicles does an amazing job of answering all the questions you may have, and bringing a last spinning adventure to brave cousins, Charlotte & Zee.
This book was done well, with great twists and turns, and lots of surprises. Definitely my favorite out of the three, because the cousins’ pure of heart and strong determination shines through.0
The Siren Song
By Anne Ursu
Book 2 of the Cronus Chronicles
After narrowly escaping Philonecron’s clutches, Charlotte and Zee are still on edge, haunted my dreams of the mistreated Dead and urges to take revenge on Philonecron. Zee is focused on getting back at Philonecron and doesn’t tell Charlotte about a strange dream warning he received until he disappears. Charlotte is trying to reclaim her parents’ trust after vanishing to the Underworld, and dealing with embarrassment & a disbelieving shrink, until Zee starts acting strange and her family is gifted a cruise around history landmarks..that ends up transporting itself to the Mediterranean. Suddenly, Charlotte is thrown into a mysterious vengeful plot by Poseidon, and it’s up to her to save her family and the cruise ship. But why does Poseidon want to take revenge on her? And what is Philonecron up to?
Another fantastic addition to the Cronus Chronicles. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time, wondering what ever was going to happen next! I highly recommend it.0
The Shadow Thieves
By Anne Urs
Book 1 of the Cronus Chronicles
We begin in the middle.. Charlotte Mielswetski (say it with me: Meals-wet-ski) is a normal moody eighth grader with puzzled parents & a special talent for talking her way out of anything, until a kitten appears in her path and her English cousin Zachary (Zee) comes to visit. Suddenly, Charlotte’s best friend and classmates become deeply ill and strange clay-like men seem to stalk her. Charlotte begins to realize something is very wrong, and learns that the shadowy men were originally following her cousin, and have been infecting all the children with a strange disease. Following an attack by the shadow clay men, Charotte’s English teacher explains that Greek myths are real, the men are stealing shadows to make an army to overthrow the Underworld, and the half god-half demon leader of the army, a (stylish) evil genius named Philonecron is planning on Zee being his second in command, throwing the Dead into eternal torture. Can Zee & Charlotte find out the real truth about the strange happenings before it is too late?
This is an amazing book that has an intense plot but a unique perspective on the story with changing point of views and order of events. I highly recommend it for girls & boys of all ages.0
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Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver
Ages 12 and older
Sometimes you have to die before you can live.
Samantha is supposed to be perfectly happy. She’s at the top of the school, has great friends, an awesome boyfriend, and is invited to fabulous parties. But on the way home from another crazy party, she is killed. Instead of seeing a tunnel of light, she wakes up. On the morning of the day she died. And again. And again. Why is Sam not dying properly? What did she do so wrong in her life that she has to change?
This was a fascinating book. Sam’s frantic search for answers had me sitting on the edge of my seat constantly. It is written beautifully, with alters and twists you couldn’t have predicted. And it made me ask some questions about my own life. The question for all of us is what Sam did much worse than what we do?0