Sunday, June 16, 2013

Between Shades Of Gray
By Ruta Sepetys

This is NOT a part of the Shades of Gray series! I don't know how many people gave me disgusted looks while I was reading this, and I had to explain to them that I was not reading porn in school, because it is not. The shades of gray in this case refers to the areas between right and wrong, sometimes called the gray area.

4 out of 5

Fifteen year old Lina Vilkas was a happy child living in Lithuania, that is until they came for her family. Taken in the middle of the night Lina, her brother Jonas, and their mother are marched out of their house by the NKVD (Soviet police) and put on to a train with other people on the list. This story explains Lina's journey across Russia and Siberia as the NKVD take them from prison camp to labor camp to worse.

I thought this was really good! It really showed a part of WWII that doesn't get talked about a lot and I thought that was amazing. When I was reading it, it reminded me a lot of Code Name Verity because it discussed things that did happen, but that we don't learn about in school. I thought Lena was an amazing lead character, and she was so brave and she never gave up hope of living through her ordeal. If you like WWII, which I do, this is a great book to read.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Rivals (Mockingbirds #2)
By Daisy Whitney

4 out of 5

Alex Patrick has recovered from her trauma last year, and she seems to be doing just fine. She is the new leader of the Mockingbirds, she has a great boyfriend, and she is preparing her application for Julliard. But then her first big case comes in: and it is big. A cheating ring that is using prescription drugs to get an edge on their competition. And the worst part is, everyone Alex loves and cares about seems to be involved. Maia, Alex's roommate, is the number one suspect, and Alex is being pulled every which way trying decide who to believe, who to prosecute, and whose relationships are worth keeping.

This book was just as good as the first one. It was full of tension, red herrings, twists, and revenge. I really liked it, and the ending perfectly sets up for another book to come!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
By Michelle Hodkin

4.5 out of 5

Mara wakes up in the hospital. Scared and alone, and all she wants to do is talk to Noah. So begins the mental treatment of Mara Dyer. She has been roped in, by her parents, to attend a group therapy in order to deal with her "PTSD and other traumas". Luckily, she still has Noah to help her really deal with everything that's been going on. But as they dig for answers, ones that they can't find, what will happen to them? Where is Jude, and what does he want? And, how far will he go to get it?

I just-
This book-
How can-
I have no words to describe this. It was spectacular. Absolutely splendid, I did not see the ending coming, I didn't even expect it to be coming. It was great. Let me start at the beginning. The beginning was perfect, Mara wakes up in the hospital, she's confused, she's scared, she needs Noah. She comes home Noah's there, but he seems a little distant, tentative. That first time Noah came up close to Mara and told her about his empty bed, I knew: this book was going to kill me. I have had a love affair with Noah Shaw pretty much since his first words in
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and he did no disappoint. Actually, he was better. He opened up to Mara, and let her see the real person underneath. And he allowed her to try to kiss him, multiple times, and he restrained himself when Mara got freaked out, multiple times. He never rushed anything or pushed her, but at the same time he was completely there and supportive of every decision she made. This book was a lot darker than the first one, but it was also a lot sexier! (oh la la) I'm excited to read the last book, but just saying this better be some sort of Jace Lightwood bullshit, and everything better work out in the end for Mara and Noah, or I will go Inkheart on this book, jump in there and kill everyone myself.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Once Upon a Tag
By Anna Adams

4 out of 5

When David, a young French painter, unexpectedly meets Rita, an infamous Parisian street artist, his convictions are shaken to the core during a night he is unlikely to ever forget.

I read this short story a few weeks ago, but I decided to post it here because I did really like it.

First I would like to thank Anna Adams, I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
I thought that this was a really good story. It is very short, 18 pages total, so it was a quick 20minute read, but I completely enjoyed it. Rita and David seem to be completely opposite, but really they are quite similar. They both love art, but just in different forms. Rita is the infamous street artist, "terrorizing" the streets of Paris, and David is the preppy, and prestigious art student. Together they set out on a wild race through the French subway system, with twists and turns you'd never expect.

It was really amazing how much actually happened within the few short pages. So cool.
The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

4.5 out of 5

Great Gatsby takes place in the roaring 1920s. Nick Carraway has just come east to New York City from the Midwest. He moves into a small house on West Egg, next door to the mysterious and infamous Gatsby. Nick is distant cousins with Daisy Buchanan, and friends with her husband Tom. Due to this Nick gets wrapped up in one scandal of a summer involving secret affairs, heartbreak, tears, and murder. This American classic is the perfect representation of the lives of the wealthy and privileged in the '20s, and everything that they stood for

I absolutely loved this book! This was assigned for me to read in school, and I liked it so much that I stole my copy. It was at a high reading level, and it was a little confusing at times, but I really liked it. The characters were terribly realistic, and also the entire story is reflective of the times. There are so many quotes and descriptions that I liked, and I have them underlined in my book. I particularly liked Jordan Baker, don't really know why, but I admired her style and attitude. Overall, a very good book.!