Explanations (Not A Book)

Okay, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've just been a little behind with things. I know, "No excuses."
It's not an excuse, I promise. 
So, here's some news:
There will be short stories posted on here regularly. If you have one, send it to me, I might put it up.
Well, that's pretty much it. 

And so it goes...


Rikers High : )

I fell in love with this book on the first page.  Paul Volponi weaves sentences and creates characters that get you thinking.  Rikers High was so well- written, it had me crying... twice.  The first day I got this book, I had read the first fifty pages, taken a nap, and finished the rest of the book.  Only one other book has made me want to wake up from a nap to finish it.  I really have to hand it to Volponi;  he can really pull you in.

Martin Stokes could hold his own in the tough New York City neighborhood where he grew up, but that's nothing- nothing- compared to Rikers Island.  Martin's been in the Rikers Island jail for five months and counting, locked up for a crime he didn't even mean to commit.
After his court date is delayed yet again, Martin gets caught in a razor fight between two warring inmates.  Now his face will be forever marked with a jailhouse scar.  But one good thing comes from this attack: Martin is transferred to a different part of Rikers, where adolescent inmates a required to go to school.  There he meets a teacher who genuinely wants to help Martin turn his life around.  Will he see the light, or be consumed with getting revenge on his attackers?

And so we go.


Looking for Alaska : ) : ) : )

Looking for Alaska mad me laugh, cry, and almost throw the book at the wall.  For his first book, John did a really great job with detail and storytelling.   I felt like the person telling the story.  I felt all of the feelings that Miles Halter felt.  I have so many phrases to descrice this book, but only one stands out:  I have found the Great Perhaps (read the description, you'll know).

Miles Halter is fascinated by last words- and tired of his safe life at home.  He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."  Much awaits Miles at Culiver Creek, including Alaska Young.  Clever, funny, screwed- up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull miles into her labyrinth and catipult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.  A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

And so we go...


Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment : )

Wow.  I couldn't put this book down.  James Paterson has written another action- thriller that pulls you in after the first sentence.  This first- person novel puts you inside the head of a teenage girl in the fight for her life and five others.  This book will make you laugh over and over and cry five minutes later.  I really don't know how many times I reapeted a line to my friends and family.  Patterson really pulled through on this one.

Max is just your average teenage girl.  Well, maybe not so average.  She, and the rest of her "flock" have wings. When Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel were just little eggs, they were... Umm.. Mutated, I guess you would say.  The flock was born in a lab, with workers and scientists poking them and testing their abilities.  In short, Max and the rest of the flock were lab rats.  The barely got food and water and rarely got to go outside.  Until their "friend", Jeb, busted them out.  He took them to Colorado, where they would stay for years. 
A couple years go by with no incidents from the "School" ( that's what they called the lab).  Then Jeb left.  He just, kind of, dissappeared.  Not a note or a word about it.  Max thought he was dead.  Since Max was the oldest, the smartest (apparently), and the girl, she took charge.  So many years went by with not a word from Jeb or even an encounter with the Erasers, werewolf- like creatures made by the School to track down the flock.  Until one day, when the group went to pick berries from a group af bushes, they were ambushed by Erasers.  Angel, being the smallest, and even with her unnatural strength ( which was much more than a grown man's), was taken by the monsters, back to the School.  Max, fang, and Nudge, being the three oldest (Iggy doesn't count.   He's blind), took chase after the Erasers.  Flying was what they were used to, so they flew after the helicopter that had taken Angel to her certain death.
In a race against time, Max and her friends set out to find Angel.  Meating new people and fighting new issues, they get angel and head away from the school.  But they can't go back.  So where do they go?  Read the book to find out.

And so we go.


The Hunger Games : )

Okay, guys. This book is probably one of the best books you will ever read. But that's just my opinion. This book was so full of suspense and drama and twists that I almost missed church because I got lost in the time. Suzanne Collins is a very creative writer who can write paragraphs you will want to memorize and repeat to your friends. Or maybe that's just me. Hat's off to Mrs. Collins!

Set in the future after a great revolution, The Hunger Games is a first- person suspense about a teenager named Katniss who lives in "the Seam". This means she is very poor and can barely afford to pay for food. If it weren't for her good hunting ability (which happens to be illegal) she and her mother and sister would have died. Plus, she has to put her name in a drawing. In the time of Katniss, when you turn eleven you have to put your name in a drawing to be a tribute in the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, there are two tributes in each district, and there are 12 districts. The tributes are transported to the Capitol (basically Washington D.C.) to be prepared to go to the arena. Where they are supposed to fight the other tributes for their lives. The last one left is the winner. Want to know what they get? Their lives. This is supposed to show that everyone is under the power of the Capitol. Well, at the ceremony of the drawing, which is called the reaping, Katniss's little sister's, Prim, name is drawn. But there can be volunteers. So Katniss volunteers just to keep her sister alive. In a tale of twists and turns and scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Collins weaves a story of love and hate, life and death. Winning and losing.

Sorry I didn't get a picture of the book.


Happy Birthday!!

What, did you think i was going to skip celebrating my birthday? Well, my birthday is tomorrow! Same as Inependence Day. But I just want to say that I hope i have a good one...

YAY!! So... Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, etc.


The Hawk and the Jewel :)

Whoa! I loved this book! I'm a Christian, so I read this book and instantly LOVED it! Lori Wick is and astouding author. I've read many of her books, but this one seems to be the best! It's full of well- developed characters and exiting settings. From India to England, this book captures your attention like no other!

Sunny Gallager and her family went on a boat trip when she was just a one-year-old. But not all of them returned. A big storm came and wiped the boat out and Sunny and her mother were swept to the shores of India. The ruler there,Ahmad, found them and brought them to his castle. He liked Sunny so much that when her father came looking for her, Ahmad hid her. 13 YEARS LATER Shani, Ahmad's adopted daughter, is from England. She's known it all along, but didn't know her family was alive. Until now. Ahmad, the ruler, realizes that Shani has grown enough to know the truth. That she is really Sunny Gallager. In the next half of the book, Sunny is adapting to life in England and her "new" family. There is also a bit of a love story in there for all of you who might like that. But over all, this was a well- planned out book that i absolutely fell for after the first five pages. Enjoy!


Schooled : )

Sorry I don't have a picture, but at least I can review the book. Schooled was a brilliantly written book written by a respected author. At least im my opinion. Ha ha. Written by Gordan Korman, this book shows what it means to be truly strong.

Capricorn is a boy who, after being in a commune for all his life, has to go to a real school after his grandmother, Rain, falls out of a tree and breaks her hip. It is at the school that Cap realizes that he has missed out on a lot. Like tv, lockers, P.A. systems, and even money. Life as a "hippie" was hard. But as Cap goes through 8th grade, he begins to understand it all. He then gets in trouble for doing something with the school's dance budget. But you'll have to read the book to find out how.

And so we go.....


Pretties : )

This is the next book in the Uglies series. I loved the way Westerfeld created twists at every page. I never wanted to put it down. It was that fascinating. I couldn't believe the way he made it seem like the end was near, then changed it at the last second. More props!!!

The book starts out in New Pretty Town after Tally Youngblood gave herself up to Special Circumstances. She is now a pretty- basically what you are called after MAJOR plastic surgery. She is still friends with Shay, a thrill- seeking pretty. Tally is also a Crim. A Crim is someone who does stuff like going up in hot- air balloons and jumping off of buildings- with bunjee jackets of ocurse. There is a special guy in Tally's little group of friends. His name is Zane. Zane knows there is something wrong with the system and wants to change it. i can't tell you hte ending, but I will tell you it is filled with action, betrayal, and something like comatose. But I'm not giving any more information about it. You have to read to find out.




Wow!! What a ride!! This book was so good, it was hard to put down. Filled with action, friendship, and love, Westerfeld has absolutely outdone himself! This book was easy to read, yet it kept you thinking about it for days on end. Props to the author. I read it in two days and loved every minute of it!! Sadly, it ended and it took my two weeks to get the second book. That was bad!

Fifteen-year-old Tally Youngblood has waited all her life to be a pretty. A gorgeous person due to an operation when you are sixteen. But one night she sneaks away to see her friend- who is already a pretty- and her life is never the same. She meets a girl named Shay. Shay is not a typical "ugly"- that is what they call people before the operation- Shay creates mischief. Tally later learns that Shay knows about a place called "the Smoke". It is a place no one knows about until now. And now Tally has reveal what she knows or not have the operation!!! What will she do?? A great novel that is filled with suspense, Uglies will keep you wanting for the second in the series. Pretties. The review will soon appear for that. But until then, good bye and remember, there is always a book out there to read!!!

A Little Bit About This

Okay, this blog is not going to be political, frilly, or for nothing. It is going to be about books... That is why it is called "The Review". Simple, yet bold. So, to start this off, I am going to tell you what this will be about.
I will tell you how I liked it... If I even liked it... haha... I will tell you one thing, though. If the title has a smiley face beside it, :), then I liked it. I am very open to your opinions on my reviews, but please... no, I am telling you this... NO CUSSING!!!! That is the only rule I have besides have fun and enjoy!!!! Peace be to ya!!!!