The Latte Rebellion
By Sarah Jamila Stevenson
After Asha, high school senior, gets called a racial insult at a pool party, it sparks an idea to make money for a post-graduation trip. They’ll design & sell T-Shirts that promote the idea of the Latte Rebellion. Eventually the business becomes more than just a way to earn money. A club begins that raises awareness of the “lattes” of the world, the idea that everyone is mixed. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. And this idea takes off, taking over Asha’s life much more than she planned. Will this idea ruin her dreams, or improve the world as we know it? How much risk is Asha willing to take?
Oh my goodness I love this book. I picked it up, not expecting much, and read the first few pages..and was hooked! This book is eye-catching, humorous, and written very well, with underlying themes of finding yourself and the mixed-races in our world. Perfectly balanced between Asha’s struggle with her parents, friends, and family, and her wild campaign ideas, you will love this book!! And it’s perfect to read with a mocha, capucchino, or better yet..a latte.0
You’re a grown up, and you get to decide what behaviors affect you for five minutes versus what behaviors change you as a person. ”
By Kelly Williams Brown
Just because you don’t feel like an adult, it doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. This book is an incredible guide to all the nitty-gritty parts of being an adult, including what to look for in an apartment, what to put in your apartment once you have one, how to stay away from your co-workers, and so much more. From work, to cooking, to family and dating, this book can teach you everything about being an adult. Whether you just need a few tips, or you’re completely clueless and need the whole book, buy & read this book.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s written superbly well, with great humor and even better tips. This author isn’t afraid to tell her embarrassing, trying-to-be-an-adult stories and amazing other adults have chipped in with advice. I highly recommend this book. Oh, and check out her blog too..adultingblog.com.0
I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have. ”
Book 1 of the
By Anna Godbersen
Elizabeth Holland is at the top of the social ladder in New York, 1899. She is stunningly beautiful, perfectly mannered, and wealthy. Her younger sister, Diana, rules the wilder side of the lifestyle, kissing and flirting with any cute man she stumbles upon. But that all changes when they find out the truth about their deceased father, and that their social standings may not be as secure as they think. Elizabeth is forced to take the high path and save her family, marrying the man of her best friend’s dreams and giving up on her own dreams, while her sister struggles with feelings she wasn’t prepared for. This book is full of romance, back-stabbing, gorgeous couture & parties, and surprisingly deep family/self revelations.
I loved this book! I recently read “Gossip Girl” and this reminded me a bit of that, but not in the insanely shallow intricacy of that. This book is well-written and the girls are all relatable, and you can understand the back-stabbers. I felt for Elizabeth as she described how trapped she was, and still yearned for Diana’s forbidden love to work out in some way. If you’re looking for a romantic & deep, girly, book, I highly recommend this one.0
Throne of Glass
Book 1 of the Throne of Glass series
By Sarah J. Maas
When magic is gone from the world and a vicious king rules over the kingdom, an assassin comes to the castle, not to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty three other killers, thieves, and criminals, she will become the King’s Champion, the personal assassin of the king. And after that, she’ll be free. She is Celaena Sardonithan. Two men love her. Everyone wants to kill her. And only she can save them all.
Celeana is such a great character. Raw & real, she’ll have your sympathy as soon as you read her story. The book is packed with action and mystery, twisted with betrayal, friendship, and romance. Very well written and exciting. Highly recommend! Can be a bit gory, so keep above age 12.1
#1 of Gossip Girl series
By Cecily Von Ziegasar
Serena is back from boarding school. Her best friend, Blaine, isn’t happy to see her, because when Serena was gone, Blaine was the It Girl. With the man of Blaine’s dreams. The man of Blaine’s dreams, Nate, is struggling with his own feelings toward Serena, and trying desperately to keep his own secrets hidden. Serena doesn’t understand why everything can’t just go back to the way things are. The rich girls and boys are about to get tattled on, because lovely Gossip Girl is about to spill all their secrets.
This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and you definitely have to been in the right, girly mood for it. It’s written very well, with clean character switches, well-developed plots, and interesting, deep characters. I highly recommend to girls who enjoy this sort of thing (you know who you are!)0
Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries #5 (to be read in no serious order)
By Donna Ball
Raine Stockton has three dogs. Two Aussies, Mischief & Magic, and her sweet, search-and-rescue trained golden retriever, Cisco. With Cisco by her side, she has solved many mysteries in her picturesque small town in North Carolina. When a newborn appears in the place of a toy Jesus in a Nativity festival, Raine’s festive night goes awry. An abandoned box of golden retriever puppies, disappeared baby Jesuses all over town, and missing girl just add to her problems. And then she hears of the murder.
Oh, my gosh. This series is the best thing that’s ever happened to me in mysteries. Heart pounding mystery plots, combined with adorable doggie moments & descriptions, with a tinge of romance, this series is a must-have! I actually started with this one, since it was the Christmas one, not realizing it was a series, but I was just fine. The author did an excellent job explaining it all! Well written, thrilling and adorable, with great characters, this is a must-read for any that love reading, mysteries, and/or dogs. I highly recommend!0
Spirit and Dust
By Rosemary Clement-Moore
Daisy Goodnight can talk to the dead. And no, it’s not because she was struck by lighting or saved from the cusp of death. Her family has always had special talents. With her talents, Daisy has solved many mysteries with the help of the handsomest FBI agent, Taylor. But when she comes across one dead body, Daisy is swept into a dangerous whirlwind of curses, magic, love, and destruction.
This book was fabulous! Had me on the edge of the seat the entire time, waiting to see what would happen next. Daisy is such a great character, with humor and unashamed personality. The two love interests are perfect bad boys with dry humor and a sweet side, and I love them! Above the romance, the mystery and action is so exciting and intricate, with twists and turns nobody could predict. I highly recommend this book!0
By Karen Cushman
Matilda, raised by a priest to be pious, hard, and learned, is sent away from her childhood home into Blood & Bone Alley, to be the assistant of Peg the Bonesetter. To Matilda’s dismay, she is to light fires, run errands, and heal people, much below her earlier practices of Latin, writing, and reading. Her narrow views of the world bring other’s pity onto her, to her confusion, when she believes they are the ones to pity. Gradually, however, Matilda Bone learns that her world and God are not as they seem, and maybe it isn’t so sinful to speak up, make her own choices, and laugh.
This is a wonderful book for children, and young teens. In a unique perspective, Matilda’s story is much like all of our struggles to find ourselves and our place in this world. Well written with greatly developed characters and dry humor, I highly recommend this book!0
Book 1 in Divergent series
By Veronica Roth
Movie in March 2014
In a futuristic Chicago, to keep the peace, you must decide your life at sixteen. Will you be honest in Candor, peaceful in Amity, intelligent in Erudite, selfless in Abnegation, or brave in Dauntless? Beatrice Prior has always pushed herself down to be the daughter of an Abnegation leader, but even then, she isn’t perfect. So when it comes time for her to decide, and she finds out she is Divergent, which means she has the ability for three- Erudite, Abnegation, or..Dauntless. Going against every instinct, Beatrice picks Dauntless. In Dauntless, she becomes Tris, and learns how to jump trains, fly off cliffs, fight and kill people, and shoot a gun. And there’s a boy, of course. She learns the meaning of Divergent, and learns that she must keep it a secret at all costs. That people would kill her if they found out. And that her peaceful society has a breed of plotters, about to start a war.
Oh, my. I have heard about this book for a very long time, and though I searched for it in the libraries, I never found it. Until the other day when I saw it peeking out of the shelves. I picked it up, opened the pages, and I was hooked. This book is impossible to stop reading. It had me on the edge of my seat. The author writes with an unmistakeable voice, and characters so developed they will blow your mind. The one part I didn’t like about this book was the tinge of violence to everything. Knives, blood, guns, easy death, suicide, sure that’s all fine in small doses. But over and over it can prove to be too much. Overall though, I loved this book, and am dying to find the next one. I highly recommend it.0
The Hot Zone
5/10 Stars. It really depends on the person.
By Richard Preston
Ok, if you want a thriller, that is “terrifyingly true,” you have come to the right place. The Hot Zone. Probably the scariest book I have ever read, simply because it is all true.
A deadly, highly infectious virus has arrived in America from the African rain forest, completely out of the blue. There is no cure and 9 out of 10 people who get the disease are killed a few days later. The viruses are called Marburg or Ebola, and they are some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. The author takes the reader through the past histories of the virus, and explains (in gory detail) how the virus kills a person. How can this virus be stopped? After all, no virus ever goes away. They simply hide.
Ah! This was a Biology assignment from school and I picked this book because I thought, if anything, it wouldn’t be boring. I was right. This book grossed me out and made me want to walk in a bubble for the rest of my days, but it is definitely not boring. I don’t recommend reading this if you are not interested in how easily you can get infected and die, but I do recommend it if you are interested in that sort of thing.0
Life As We Knew It
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Everyone is talking about the meteor that will be passing by. Miranda’s teachers are assigning projects and essays about it. But everything goes wrong in a split second..the meteor hits the moon. Miranda quickly learns that in this new world with the moon so close to their planet, it’s survival of the fittest. Her family piles the food, and already begins the rationing, and when people start dying, it just gets worse. The temperatures drop and Miranda and her family shelter in their home squished & starving. While earthquakes rock the world, dormant volcanoes explode and tsunamis drown the coasts, Miranda is forced to adapt to a world much different than her past one.
This book freaked me out! The whole time reading it my heart hammered and I planned what I would do if the world became Miranda’s. It was scarier than a horror book for me, because it felt like this situation could actually happen. I hope we are more prepared if it ever does! This is a really well written book, and includes snatches of love, teenage difficulties, and interesting takes on the world. I highly recommend it- if you are looking for a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.4