Gone

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Author: Michael Grant
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary (Amazon):
In the blink of an eye.


Everyone disappears.


Gone.


Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.


Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.


It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.


The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.





My Thoughts:


I hate to do this, but this is one of those times when I can’t say that I really like this book.


I guess the stuff in it, just wasn’t right for me. Maybe it was the adults disappearing, or the characters getting random powers, or what. Maybe it was… I don’t know.


This is a time that I can’t really write a lot about it, no matter what. You know that saying… If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say it.


If you like horror-dystopian-adult disappearance-scary and weird creatures-type books, then you should read it, no matter what I think of this book.


-Read it if you want to!

Endless Summer: The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer

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Endless Summer: The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer

Author: Jennifer Echols

Release Date:

Summary (Goodreads):

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer. Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen—not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it. Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?




My Thoughts:

I had read the first story, The Boys Next Door, before the second one had come out, and I thought it was great.

So, when I saw the first one and the second one, together in one volume, I thought “I might as well, since I enjoyed the first book, I’ll probably even like the second.”

But… I thought it was better where the first one left off. I thought that it was great as is, and that the second one was just kind of… hanging over.

BUT, I did enjoy a lot about the second one, not to mention the first, also. I liked that in the second one, it alternated POVs (Point-of-views) between Adam and Lori. I also like the wee bit of cliché in the first one. What book isn’t good when an author successfully uses it?

I also like the little bit of a twist, but you’ll have to read it to know what that is.

The book is great for those of you who like contemporary young adult romances. If you like the more adventure/paranormal/non-romance genre-type person, then don’t read this because it has none of that type of stuff in it.

Also: This is a great summer/ beach-y/ travel read!

-Read, Read, Read!

The Goddess Test

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Author: Aimée Carter

Release Date:April 19, 2011

Summary (Goodreads):

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.



My Thoughts:

This. Book. Was. Great!

I absolutely LOVE modern books with the Ancient Greek Gods in it (I’m sort of in that phase right now). This book was just the right thing to read.

I liked how all of the characters who were supposed to be the Gods had completely regular, everyday names. If you hadn’t read the ‘Guide of Gods’ in the back, it’d keep you guessing. Kate seemed like a completely normal girl.

I also like that Henry kept looking over and over for the right person, and that Kate never gave up, no matter what. You could tell how much they loved each other.

I have let two of my friends and my sister read this book (of mine), and they have all absolutely loved it. We can’t wait to read Aimée’s next book, Goddess Interrupted.

Anybody who loves to read young adult romance and adventure books should read this; I am giving my full-out personal recommendation.

Happy Reading!

The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1

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Author: L.J. Smith

Release Date(As volume): July 22, 2008

Summary (Amazon):

The circle's power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.



My Thoughts:

At first, I thought this book was a bit weird. Really, the only reason why I was reading it was because it was by one of my favorite authors, L.J Smith, and I had just finish some of her other books, like Night World. It really wasn’t going for me with the cliché of the main character liking her friend’s boyfriend.

Let me tell you that I was wrong about thinking it was weird! 

I really like the L.J. Smith’s style of writing, so even if I still thought it was weird, I’d still like it. But, I liked it for other reasons too.

I loved the main character, Cassie, and how she gets around being in a new place, and then learning about what she really is, a witch.

I also liked that although Faye seemed like a enemy, she really wasn’t that bad.

Oh, I almost forgot! The romance… That part was especially great, since I’m a huge romantic.

Anybody who liked L.J. Smith’s other books like The Vampire Diaries, Night World, Dark Visions, should read this book/ volume. And if you’re a romance fan like me, you need to certainly read this book and the others that have come out, or are coming out.

I hope you take my word for it!

P.S. I realize that this is now a TV. series, but I’d rather read the book than watch the show, anytime.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

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Hey, everybody!
So, I'm back from my hiatus (as you can see)! I'm going to sort of change up what I do on here, so... I'll let you all know when and what changes will take place! For now, here's a review of Maximum Ride!




Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Author: James Patterson

Summary (Goodreads):

In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?



My Thoughts:

I have to start out by saying that this book was great!

I got this book when I was about in sixth grade, and I’ve read it over and over so much that the front cover (paperback) is about to tear off. I doesn’t help that my sister is always reading it, too.

Back when I first read it, I was all into the adventure/ paranormal genres, though now I’m not. Even though I prefer romantic genre books, I still love this book! This was one of the first actual novels I’d read, and it was a great first to start out with!

I enjoyed reading about the main character, Max’s plight in trying to save her little sister, and try to protect and keep the rest of her family together.

I hope that anyone who wants to read an adventure/paranormal story that isn’t necessarily based solely on one gender, reads this book!

Also (hint, hint) I hear that they may make this into a movie, so if you want to start it before everybody else starts reading it, then there you go.

Enjoy!