I have some really amazing news. Bookfreak is now offering online book clubs! We will do one book every month, and during that month you will receive an email with questions. If you would like to be part of this new endeavor, please comment on this post with your email. After the month is up we will continue with a new book. The first book we will be starting with is “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan. I guarantee it will be a great read. Please consider joining.
HELLO! I know it has been FOREVER since I have last posted. The good news is I have read SO many incredible books during that time that I am going to blow your mind. The first one I am going to post about is My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. This is by far one of the saddest books I have read in a long time, so I definitely recommend reading it with a box of tissues. The story follows the Fitzgerald family throughout the whole book The Fitzgerald’s are like any other family, except for one small detail, their oldest daughter Kate has leukemia. Throughout the book you hear several back stories, mostly from their mother Sara. These stories go through Kate’s diagnosis, and treatment.The unique part of this book is not Kate’s illness. Yes, that’s a huge part of the book, but the majority of the book is not about Kate. It’s about her younger sister Anna. Anna was born for the main purpose of being a donor for Kate. In fact, when she was conceived scientists made sure she would be a genetic match. The only problem is that Kate needs something that Anna’s not prepared to give. Will Anna triumph over the system or will she be forced into donation? This book is exciting and different. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 it is fresh, new, and I guarantee you will love it.
The Great Book Challenge is my new idea to inspire reluctant readers. Starting in the month of May I will assign a new book that you will be challenged to finish by the end of the month. There will be three different levels: Reluctant Reader, The Average Joe, and Book Obbsessed. Each level will be assigned a different book to read. The amount you read depends on the level you pick, I will tell you how many pages you need each month to suceed. Okay, I know what your thinking, whats in it for you. Well, besides the satifaction of finishing a book without being forced; I will post a super winner certificate. That you can print out and give to your parents to brag about at dinner parties. The challenge doesn ‘t officially start until May, but I will post the books now. That way you can start a little early, and get a head start.
Reluctant Reader – Salt by Maurice Gee – Total pages 272 - 9 pages a day
Average Joe – The Mysterious Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart – Total Pages 512 - 17 pages a day
Book Obbsessed – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Total Pages 1048 (Hardcover) – 34 pages a day
I realize that depending on the type of book ( hardcover or paperback) , total pages will differ just account for this and plan ahead.
Out of Sight Out of Time, continues the perfection known to the world as the Gallagher Girls series. It continues the exciting journey against the Circle of the Carvan.The book starts when Cammie is found in a convent, a little after the beginning of the school year. She has absolutely no recollection of her summer break. Throughout the book they try to find where Cammie’s quest lead her during the summer. What they find changes not only her life, but the lives of everyone around her. This book was really well written. I give it 5 out of 5 stars it kept me entertained until the very end.
Salt by Maurice Gee is in gripping tale that is in a class of its own. Its different, and has an unusual plot. The book is mostly slip between two main characters Hari and Pearl, who meet under extraordinary circumstances. The uniqueness of the book is amazing, its like nothing I’ve ever read. The story line wasn’t the best, but the freshness of Salt, made up for it. It had a dash of rebellion, a pinch of romance, and a spoonful of action. If it would have been cooked, and left to set it would be better than perfect. Overall it was good, but the characters were swallow with little to no depth. I will emphasize on the redeeming quality of the plot which made the book. I rate this 3.5 it kept me entertained, it just needed more depth.
Heist Society by Ally Carter is a gripping novel about a teenage thief named Katarina. Okay, maybe gripping is too strong of a word. It was, shall we say, interesting. It was overall a good book, but certain parts were confusing, and not good for short attention spans. As I said before it is a book about Katarina, a thief, and her thief friends. It does have perilous danger, incredible romance, and the perfect touch of youth in it, but during their operations it got kinda blurry about what was going on. Fortunately the story line was brilliant, and entertaining to read. The constant struggle inside her mind between what she wants, and what must be done is fascinating. I give it a 4.0 rating. Good for girls and boys of all ages.
May contain spoilers
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in the amazing Hunger Game series. It continues Katniss’ life after her near brush of death in the arena. Though out of the games, Katniss is still in perilous danger. The Capitol was not pleased with her defying stunt with the berries, and are out for blood. Plus major event are drastically changing the dystopian society she lives in. She is torn between being herself and staying fake for the camera’s.Will Katniss be able to play the games a second time or will she die trying? Catching Fire was definately a good read, it transitioned well from the first book, and kept the readers entertained. I was immediately hooked. I give it a 4.5 rating it was well worth it, but not as good as the original.