Showing posts with label speak. Show all posts
Showing posts with label speak. Show all posts

Guest Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I actually didn't choose this book specifically, it was included from Amanda along with other books I requested to review for her. When I first pulled it out of the box my face fell, I'm not much into mushy romance or witches. However, I'm so glad I gave it a chance. This book is seriously one of the most addicting books I've read in a while. After I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon to order the next two books!



Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: January 25th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave.

Before her mother died. Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months lefts to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word...especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood--not even from each other.

Guest Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I'll admit as soon as I read boarding school in London and Jack the Ripper, I was sold. I've always loved a good murder mystery and this book seemed life the one for me. As for the boarding school scenario, I actually find myself enjoying them though I haven't read that many (except for Bloodlines, which I loved). So I am definitely looking forward to this one!



The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
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Synopsis:
Jack the Ripper is back, and he's coming for Rory next...

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target...unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
When Amanda offered this book for a review, I thought I'd never heard of it... I later found a copy in the stacks of books I'd found at work. I gad also never known about the conflict this book touches on. Because of this and more, I knew that this was a book that needed to be read.


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk-- documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Slated by Teri Terry

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Can I be a little bit petty and say that the cover hooked me first? The cover is beautiful! I liked the gray misty colors and the green eyes of the girl really stand out. And then the synopsis, government control and mind wipe? Count me in!




Slated by Teri Terry
Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: August 29th, 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
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Synopsis:
Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She's been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance--if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. (Goodreads)

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Honestly, this book has been on my TBR pile for a long while. Obviously, because it's John Green. But what really made me knuckle down and read it was the fact that it was required reading for a YA Lit course I'm taking. In the end, I'm glad I read it, but I have a few opinions I would like to hash out about this interesting book.


Paper Towns by John Green
Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: October 1st, 2008
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows. After their all nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. (Goodreads)

Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
In the spring of 2015, I am going to be taking a Lit for Young Adults class in grad school. We have an awesome list of 12 or so YA and MG books, and this was one of the titles on the list. I ended up getting it on audiobook because I had a long trip to take back to my parents home for the holidays, and that was probably the best choice I could have made.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Puffin
Publish Date: October 22nd, 1999
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

Synopsis:
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country. (Goodreads)

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Sunday, December 22, 2013






Publisher: Speak
Publish Date: November 11, 2011
Format: Hardback 
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian 
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Summary:

The Society chooses everything. 

The books you read. 
The music you listen to. 
The person you love. 

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him. 

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

(Goodreads)


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