Book Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern

NightfallBook Review:Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Summary

As Marin and her family prepare to leave her homeland, the world around her is changing as it goes from day to night; an event that only happens every 28 years. The closer they get to night, the more strange things they begin to encounter. When a friend goes missing, Marin and her brother race against time to find Line before the boats leave. Will they make it in time? I could tell you, but then you would miss a great book!

Review
I started reading this book because a teacher recommended it to me. The audio was very well done on this. My only frustration is that the second book wasn’t out yet. LOL. One of the things I liked best in this book was the imagery.You could really visualize the story. 

Quotes

At some point when things go wrong, you have to fix them yourself. 

Recommended Grades: 7-12

Genre: Mystery

Overall Opinion: Recommend 

Source: Audio

Book Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

princessxBook Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Libby and May were inseparable friends who worked on a comic together called Princess X. When Libby is killed in a car crash, all the pictures Libby drew are suddenly gone. May tries desperately to find them, but is unsuccessful. Then, one day when she is out and about, she sees their heroine on a sticker. With the help of Patrick; local IT guy, May follows the clues to see if Libby is somehow alive, or if it is all just a trick.

I loved this book and totally understand why it is a Texas Lone Star winner this year. The plot is quick moving and keeps you hooked. I loved the comic graphic novel and text format that seemed so appropriate to the story. I think the cover is beautiful and naturally has high girl appeal. My manga guys will pick it up, but I had to con a few boy into picking it up, before it caught on with that audience. The audio for this is well done because it narrates the illustrations. I listened to part on audio, but liked looking at the novel so switched over to the book.

Quote that cracked me up~

Which meant he had about eight weeks to pull something amazing out of his butt.

His butt wasn’t being terribly helpful.

Recommended Grades: 6-10
Genre: Mystery (includes a graphic novel)
Overall Opinion:   Recommended
Source: book and audio

Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carterseehow

Starting shortly after the incident in book one, (don’t want to give that away-read it first), this book Grace is coming to terms with her history while finding herself right in the middle of another murder…one that she might have accidentally caused.

This is book two in the Embassy Row series. I flew through the first book in this series. This book, while very different, is just as intriguing. The story of this novel is above average. I only gave it an average rating because there were one or two laggy moments in the story and a character relationship that seemed a little awkward. I still am anxiously awaiting book three though!

Quote on feelings:

I have no right to feel this way, but that’s the thing about feelings. You never get what you deserve.

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Mystery
Overall Opinion:  Average
Source: eBook from Edelweiss

Book Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

needBook Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

We all want something. But what do you really need? Kaylee knows that her brother has to have a transplant. She’s heard about this online site granting needs, but she isn’t sure if they will be able to help in time. As more and more teens join the site, the stakes become much higher, as does the danger.

I’ll have to say that I picked this up only because I loved the other series by this author. I was not disappointed. Not only is the plot unique and riveting, but the characters are interesting. You won’t always like them, but I guess because I work with teens, I understood them.

Quotes

None

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Mystery
Overall Opinion:   Recommend
Source: eBook from NetGalley

Book Review: Trust Me I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

trustBook Review: Trust Me I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

If you need a date, a fake id, or even help forging a college acceptance letter, than Julep Dupree is your girl! She’s a master grifter and able to solve most problems. That is, until her father goes missing and her life is upended. Now the people who were after her father are after her, and she must solve the clues her father left behind before it is too late.

Sooo….I looked at this book several times in our book preview room (where we get books to review for school) and didn’t pick it up because of the disparity in book review ages. The cover is kind of unique, so I worried about content. If that is you, don’t worry. Totally fine for junior high or above.

I really liked the voice in this. She is kind of a cross between Ally Carter and Rachel Hawkins…both authors I love. The action is start to finish, but this book is witty and more complicated than I expected, both in plot and relationships. Amazing debut novel. Now I just need to go buy the next book.  🙂

Quote the made me laugh out loud:

Yes, I pay for coffee now-try not to fall over.

Recommended Grades: 7-12
Genre: Mystery
Overall Opinion:   Above Average
Source: Book

Book Review: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

WeWereLiarsJohnny, Mirren, Gat, and Cadence are friends formed by the bonds of summer vacation. After a mysterious accident that Cadence can’t remember she is plagued by horrible headaches and possibly addicted to pain killers. Sure that a summer away will help her memory, Cady begs to return to their family vacation home so she can reconnect with her friends.

This book was wonderful. I loved the plot and the story. The tag hooked me “If anyone ask you how it ends, just LIE”. The only thing that stopped this from being a favorite for me was the language.

There is some beautiful imagery in this book. How the author describes headaches is amazing. This is one sample of the main character describing her friend:

“Johnny, he is bounce, effort, and snark. Back then he would hand our Barbies by the necks or shoot us with guns made by Lego.”

Recommended Grades: 10-up
Genre: Mystery
Overall Opinion: Recommended if you can ignore F Bombs (there are way too many for my taste)
Source: ebook from Netgalley

Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games

Annie and Fia are sisters who have special abilities. Chosen to attend a special school, Annie uses her abilities to predict the future while Fia possesses an uncanny ability of knowing instinctively the right course of action. The trouble? The group is holding Annie against Fia and manipulating her into doing what they want.

Witty and action packed, Mind Games is a great new series from Kiersten White. The story jumps around both in perspective and time so it keeps you guessing while making the characters more relatable.

No real quotes that stuck out sorry!

Recommended Ages: Grades 7 and up
Genre: Mystery
Overall Opinion:  Average
Source: Book