Monday, January 27, 2014

Nyah's Review: Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth

Summary: Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective. Told in the third-person narrative, when one of Nancy's classmate's most special possessions disappears from school, it's up to her to save the day. With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source.

Review: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the first book of Nancy Clancy. Nancy is solving a mystery. She loves to help her friends solve the mysteries and the book is very fun to read. All the kids in the book are funny all the kids who get this book will have fun reading this book.

The book is fun because the characters are fun. Nancy tries to solve two mysteries in the book; the missing marble and the case of the mysterious fingerprint. I enjoyed both mysteries in the book and look forward to the next book in the series.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jordan's Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Summary: Hazel Grace Lancaster a sixteen year old struggling with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer since thirteen, is forced to attend support group, where other kids and teens who are dealing with her same issue go. At support group she meets Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to cancer. They seem to almost immediately become amused with each other, and quickly start dating. Hazel gets Augustus to read her favorite book, and seemingly the only book she reads, 'An Imperial Affliction', and his love for the book becomes just as great as hers. After Hazel explains to Augustus that she desperately regrets using her wish from "The Genies" (a fictional version of Make A Wish Foundation) for Disney, instead of a trip to Amsterdam  to visit the author of 'An Imperial Affliction', he offers Hazel his wish that he had not used so that they can go together. Starting from their first meeting at support, they go through ups and downs in their journey of loving each other, and fighting through cancer. 

Review: The Fault in Our Stars is most definitely deserved of the positive and popular talk it receives from teens all around the world. John Green did such an incredible job of giving me an emotional yet funny feeling throughout the book. There was not a moment that I felt bored in this book, and that rarely happens with me. It seemed as though each page brought to life a new idea or thought from the characters. I had doubts at first, because one, this book is about high school-ers and I am not in high school yet and two, because this book is about people struggling with cancer and I have fortunately not had to live with that. Even though those two things our true, it did not make the book any worse then if I was in high school, or I did have struggles like cancer. I could relate to the book in the sense that I have had emotional struggles before with sadness and anger, and I have great moments of happiness like in the book as well. This is a great book for anyone twelve and older ESPECIALLY for anyone in high school. I thought I'd began to dislike reading again, but this book made me love it again.

Final Take: 5/5

Monday, October 29, 2012

Jordan's Review: Killing Mr. Griffin

Summary: Killing Mr. Griffin is about 5 high schoolers who hate their English teacher Mr. Griffin. They feel that he is cruel to his students, and doesn't give them any second chances on things. One student in particular that is bothered by him, is Mark. Mark has a plan to kidnap Mr. Griffin, and gets other students to help. They only meant to scare him, but things go wrong. Soon, people start to die; and the group has to face that someones a murderer. 

Review: Killing Mr. Griffin was a pretty good book but it was dragged out. The beginning was good, but then it started to really slow down. It seemed that she crammed a lot into the last 50 pages and didn't do much in between the beginning and end. It was a great story and written really well. It has a lot of jaw-dropping parts, and keeps you wanting to read more. I would recommend the book to any 12+.
Final Take: 3.5/5

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jordan's Review: Flipped

Summary: Bryce moves to a new house in second grade, and everything seems normal. But when he and his dad are unpacking, Julianna shows up. Julianna never really had friends, and when she heard someone her age was moving in she just had to meet them. Even at age 7, Bryce found Julianna weird. She somehow managed to creep him out in every way possible. She also continued to do so until seventh grade. When Julianna starts losing interest in Bryce, Bryce becomes fond of her; and things get flipped.
Review: Flipped was most definitely not one of my favorites. It lacked good writing, had a horrible storyline and I didn't relate to it. The whole entire book was the two of them fantasizing about each other with no other subplots. The vocabulary was extremely easy, and gave me no challenge at all. You could read five pages of this book and know the same amount of information as someone who read the whole thing. This book wasn't suited for my age but I would say that kids between the ages of 8 - 10 might enjoy it more than I did. Kids with advanced vocabulary and advanced reading skill would find this book elementary.

Final Take: 1/5

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jordan's Review: When You Reach Me

Summary: Miranda has a pretty good life, with a roof over her head. a good friend, and a great education. Even better, her mom just found out shes going to be on a game show!  Slowly, things begin to go downhill. When Miranda and her best friend Sal were walking home one day, Sal gets punched by a random person.  Miranda tries to comfort him, but he runs away. Suddenly Sal starts to fade out of her life, talking less and less to her. When Miranda eventually realizes they aren't friends anymore, she is devastated. Who else did she have to hang out with? Who will she sit by at lunch? Just when she thinks things can't get worse, she starts receiving creepy notes from an unidentified person. Could  it be her dad that she hardly remembers, or a friend playing a prank? As things grow stranger and stranger each day, she begins to investigate these bizarre occurrences. As she uncovers the meaning to the notes new friendships begin to emerge. Will her and Sal ever reunite? Will she figure out who has been sending her the notes?
Review: When You Reach Me wasn't a bad novel and I could very easily relate to it because I have a girl best friend and understand the dynamic of that relationship. It made it easier for me to see the characters points of views. It had a mix of mystery and realistic fiction which I both love, so that was a thumbs up too. However, the book was extremely easy to read; and think the wording in the book was too simple for someone 12+. I like a challenging book, so this one missed the mark for me.I also felt that the author kind of dragged the story out, and didn't really get to the point as quickly as he could have. All in all,it was an okay book that would be great for anyone looking for a quick read.

Final Take: 3/5

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Jordan's Review: The Great Wide Sea

Summary: The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong is one of my favorite books. While still mourning his wife’s death, a father of three sons, decides to sail the Florida Keys. Sixteen year-old Ben and his two younger brother s Dylan and Gerry think it’s insane, and have a heartfelt, crazy journey while sailing with their father. Many exciting and unexpected things happen, and each page gets more and more intense. Once you pick it up you won't be able to put it back down.

Review: The Great Wide Sea was incredible, and greatly written. I had never felt so attached to a book in my life! Every time I began to read it I kept getting sucked into it. It made me feel like I was there, with them on the boat. No matter where I was in the storyline it kept me entertained. If you thought you could predict what could happen – you were wrong! With each chapter bringing a new twist to the story, you didn’t know what was going to happen. This is a MUST READ book, and I think it would be great for ages 10 and up. After I read it I made my mom read it… and she loved it too! c:

Final take: 5/5

Monday, July 23, 2012

Jordan's Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Summary: Thirteen Reasons Why is about a freshman in high school, Hannah Baker, struggling with her life.  She had been going well through the year, until boys started treating her poorly. Not only that, but she had witnessed something no one should ever have to see.  When she decides she is going to commit suicide, she records a tape for each person she holds responsible for her death.  After sending out the tapes, she takes her own life.  In this book you will go through what it was like for Hannah Baker to go through high school.

Review: I extremely enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why, and thought it showed immense realism, and intensity.  You feel as if you are experiencing what she is going through.  You hear a more intense story tape after tape. Each tape leaves you hanging, and wondering what will come next. I wanted to keep reading so badly, I finished the book in less than three hours. Once you get started you won’t be able to put it down. The more you read the better it gets.  The story also has an amazing lesson along with it.  It shows to not treat girls disrespectfully, and to always be aware of your actions. This book is great for anybody twelve and older. I highly recommend it, and think that it is a must read.

Final Take:  5/5