School is only a couple months away from ending! I can't believe how fast this school year has gone by. This has been a great school year and I had a fantastic time making new friends and developing better relationships with old ones. I am feeling a little antsy, though, to get out of school. Just one more marking period!!!
       I'm very excited for the summer because I plan to be reading lots of books that take place in summer. I already bought a couple and I can't wait to share them with you all. I haven't read them yet because if I do I might cry from lack of actual summer.
       The other day I recieved some very exciting news; I WON A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF OFF PLANET BY AILEEN ERIN!!! Every day I check the mail hoping it'll come in even though I know it'll take at least a week to get here. I'm just so excited! Speaking of Aileen Erin, check out my new cover reveal!
       That's all for now and I hope you come back tomorrow for more! (Last updated 4/1/19)

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A Fairy's Guide to Disaster
by A.W. Hartoin

Tiny fairies. Huge adventure. Matilda Whipplethorn is about to get what she?s always wanted, and it?s a bad thing. Being a babysitter isn?t much of a dream for the average thirteen-year-old, but Matilda is anything but average. She?s half a centimeter tall, invisible to the human eye, and hearing-impaired. Her mother won?t let her forget any of that. So for Matilda, adventures are in short supply. Finally agreeing to let Matilda take some responsibility, her mother gives her a list of emergency procedures for babysitting. The only problem; humans aren?t on the list. Minutes into her first job, watching her sister and an obnoxious neighbor, humans appear in isolated Whipplethorn Manor. They tear her home, the fireplace mantel, right off the wall of Whipplethorn and Matilda?s afternoon babysitting job goes long term. When the mantel ends up on display in an antique mall, the security that Matilda always took for granted is gone. She can lock the doors, but that doesn?t keep the kids in or spriggans and the fly-eating phalanx fairies out. Matilda?s up for an adventure, if only she could hear it coming.

This book was really good! Four stars, because there was room for improvment. I will tell you this, it was hilarious! I loved Horc and Soren and Gerald. The spriggans were so evil and funny at the same time. Poor Matilda, her first babysitting job was the worst EVER. And I thought little kids hated ME. Such a funny great book. Good for a weekend when you have nothing else to read.

A Farewell to Charms
by Lindsey Leavitt

Desi Bascomb is a princess substitute prodigy--she's the fastest employee ever to advance to level three in the Facade Agency, and the youngest to ever be a full-time sub. But now with all eyes on Desi, the only thing she wants is a moment alone to talk to Reed, who's a Facade legacy and secretly a sub for princes As Desi trains for her new role, she spies more than a few cracks in Facade's perfect appearance. But uncovering the agency's dark past might require more than a princess sub can handle by herself. Desi is no damsel in distress, but sometimes a girl needs a knight in shining armor.

I thought the first one was great, the second outstanding, but this Princess for Hire book was just not agreeing with me. I thought that surely this one would be the best, but it just let me down. I didn't like a lot of the things that happened in this book like I did with the others. Honestly, it felt more like a chore, reading this. I gave it a three star because there were still some things I liked.

A Girl Named Digit
by Annabel Monaghan

    Farrah "Digit" Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group's number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping-- all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in . . .

    There are few spy/superhero books that are done right lately. This would be one of them. A Girl Named Digit is funny, exciting, and very appealing. For once, I would feel comfortable recommending a book with romance to a guy. I know that sounds really sexist, but I just can't imagine a guy reading some of the same books as me.
    Anyway, I loved the parts where Digit would think she was speaking in her head, but really wasn't. Sometimes, it was absolutely hilarious depending on what she was saying. The only thing I wasn't liking is how short the book was. I want more Digit!!!!! Good thing there's a sequel...
    That's all for now, and thanks for reading.
   (A four star book)

All Fall Down
by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely is absolute certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy
2. Her mother was murdered
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her - so there's no one she can completely trust. Not even her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexi, the Russian Boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
  Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace - no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her... and if shw doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

I've read almost every book this author has writen, so you'd think I know her well. So wrong. All Fall Down was so unpredictable, I loved it. I started and finished it in one day because I couldn't put it down. I love Ally Carter's books, and my uncle says she is his favorite teens author. All Fall Down gets a five star, but I must warn you: there is an element of sadness through the whole thing, but it gets super sad at the end.

Alpha Divided
by Aileen Erin

Life has been crazy since Tessa McCaide moved to Texas. She’s gone from being a normal-ish girl with visions to a super-powered werewolf. She’s fought off vampires and broken a nearly unbreakable curse. And she’s got a hot mate, Dastien Laurent, to keep her busy. Things are looking up until the full moon ceremony rolls around. Before Tessa can strengthen her bond with Dastien, the local coven crashes the gates, demanding that Tessa—their heir apparent—be returned. If the pack wants to avoid a war with the witches, handing Tessa over is the only option. Tessa doesn’t want to cause an all-out fight, but joining a dark-magic coven isn’t on her to-do list, especially if embracing her magic side means parting with Dastien. When the coven leader tries to control Tessa with dark-magic, Tessa realizes she has to dismantle the coven or prepare the pack for war. Either choice will change her life—and her world—forever.

This series is one of the best! So of course, it's a five star(but what isn't on here?) Anyway, this book made me want to cry at the very end because one of my fav characters dies. But I also wanted to laugh. Tessa's attempts at magic utterly failed and she went crazy without Dastien. It was pretty funny, but also very action packed. I love how Tessa can laugh even when marching into battle.

Alpha Unleashed
by Aileen Erin

Tessa McCaide has had it up to here with supernaturals. Luciana may have failed to steal Tessa’s magic, but she’s just getting started on her crusade for magical domination. If her demonic summoning isn’t stopped, it could mean the end of everything.
  Tessa’s allies, including her mate Dastien, are ready to fight, but they’re no match for Luciana’s power. A little help (and ancient Inca mojo) from Tessa’s cousin, Claudia, may give the side of good a chance if she can make it home in time, but stopping the war is no longer an option.
  When witches and wolves fight, no one wins. Only time will tell who will still be standing after the last spell is cast.

I had been anxiously awaiting the chance to read this book, the fifth installment to the Alpha Girl series. To my disappointment, I didn't like it as much as I liked the rest of the series. This was my first four star book for the Alpha Girl series. I was a little scared this would end in a cliffhanger, that Tessa couldn't possibly fix the problem in what little time she would have. But I shouldn't have doubted my fav werewolf, she fixed it in the end. I can't wait to read book six, which will be about Meredith. Werewolves are AWESOME.

A Million Miles Away 
by Lara Avery

When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.
  As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.

I saw that Goodreads recommended this book to me, so I read it. I didn't expect it to be so...touching. I mean, the girl was stealing her dead sister's boyfriend! What could be touching about THAT?! I found that I could connect with the main character at some parts. And I really liked Peter. He he he... Anyways, I thought this book was sweet, but could've been sweeter if there was less cursing. And I have to warn, it was a little mature. I give A Million Miles Away a four star rating.

Anwen of Primewood
by Shari L. Tapscott

      Gypsies are trouble. Handsome princes may be worse. All her life, Anwen's father has told her to avoid the gypsies that travel through the kingdoms of Elden, but it isn't until Anwen is robbed and deserted by Dimitri, a handsome gypsy prince, that she is forced to accept the wisdom of her father's words. Now Anwen must find Dimitri's troupe and take back her family's greatest treasure-the changeling stone. The first place to search for Dimitri is in Lauramore, where the largest marriage tournament in over a decade is drawing in hundreds of traveling performers. While posing as a tambourine girl, Anwen meets Galinor, a melancholy prince who is having a rough month himself. After a little cajoling, Anwen convinces the prince to help her retrieve the changeling stone. Joined by a ragtag party of royals, they set out on a seemingly simple mission, but soon the pair faces complications in the form of stolen horses, mischievous fairies, and a dark creature that stalks them through the forest. Despite the odds against them, the hardest task in front of Anwen may be tending Galinor's broken pride-and trying not to fall head over heels for him. Because gypsies are certainly trouble, but handsome princes may be worse...

     I was very disappointed with this book. The first book in this series, Pippa of Lauramore, was fantastic and I read it twice in one year. Anwen of Primewood was slow at some parts and it did not contain the adorable romance and witty humor that Pippa did. I can only give this book a 3.5 star rating.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
by Krystal Sutherland

       Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.
       As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 
       Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Page after page had me laughing like a maniac. That is, until the end of the book. It was a fun book, but the author added a ton of stuff about mental health that kind of ruined it for me. I know it's an important topic, but it just really brought down my mood. I'd recommend this book to people who like books with humor but also deeper themes than that. I give it a three out of five stars.

As Old as Time
by Liz Braswell

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father's reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle's mother returns-a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.
  But when Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, intruiging images flood in her mind-images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

This gets a 3.6 which is really good. Just not good enough for a five star... I was able to call a lot of what was going to happen. It was pretty sad at the end, I wish it had been happier. And why doesn't Gaston die?!? That's just disapointing. It took me close to two weeks to read this book because I was so caught up in the Alpha Girl series. Oh well, great book, great author, sort of great ending.

As You Wish
by Cary Elwes

Since there wasn't a summary on the cover of the book, I think this is the first time ever that I'll be putting a summary of my own on here. Anyway, As You Wish was a book where Cary Elwes recalls the events of the filming of the classic movie The Princess Bride. For the 25th anniversary of the movie, he decided to write a book telling all these stories from behind the scenes of the set. From breaking bones to missing stunt-doubles, it's almost as crazy a story as the movie!!!(There is added comentary on like every other page from fellow cast and crew members.)

I thought that this book was awesome. The Princess Bride is one of my most favorite movies ever. What's not to like? I could watch it a thousand times and it would never get old. I loved reading this book because it shows you that the cast and crew had a lot of fun and got along great together. It was just compliment after compliment. I gave this book a four star rating and recommend it to any fan of The Princess Bride​.

A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.
Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

This book=LOL! Adam Gidwitz is SO funny. Five stars! Hansel and Gretel did almost get eaten by a witch, but that's not the whole story. You wanna know the rest? Read the book! It includes a trip to H-e-l-l, and a dragon, and parents that are never perfect. But also a lot of blood. Definitley not for the faint of heart.

A Tale of Two Centuries
by Rachel Harris

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.
  One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.
  With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

This book was so amazing! I give it a five out of five stars because I loved it so much. The author actually outdid herself! I liked My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, sure, but I still felt this one was better. Less and Austin were so cute together and the ending was still sweet! (Although I did find some holes in it.) I  wish every book was this adorable. I found myself giggling and blushing along with Less as if Austin Michaels was right there in front of me. A truly awesome book.

Audette of Brookraven
by Shari L. Tapscott

       When Audette pictured her wedding day, she never imagined leaving her intended at the altar. And though Irving, a prince with a reputation for trouble, never cared to picture the grand event (and had rather hoped he could somehow avoid it altogether), he certainly wouldn't have imagined being abandoned. 
       But when Audette receives a cry for help from the mysterious, secret order she leads, the princess doesn't think twice about jilting Irving. With her brother and closest friend at her side, and her loyal order of knights anxiously awaiting her arrival, Audette travels to the distant island kingdom of Ptarma, not once expecting Irving to follow her. 
       But that's exactly what he does. 
       Now, trapped together until the ships sail again in spring, Audette must learn to get along with the infuriating prince if she's to track down the darkness that's wreaking havoc in the night. For in the shadows, the dark beast of legend looms, and only together will they have a chance of defeating it...

       All the books in this series are just so good! I absolutely loved Audette and I laughed a lot while reading it. I'm glad that Irving finally got his happily ever after!!! Throughout the series Irving has been one of my favorite characters, and now I'm adding Audette to the list. If you haven't read the rest of the series yet, please do! I recommend the whole thing, especially this book and I give this five out of five stars. Happy reading!!!

Autumn Falls
by Bella Thorne

New girl Autumn Falls definitley isn't flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some real friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school's queen bee... and finds out that the guy she likes hangs with the mean crowd.
  When Autumn vents her feelings in a special journal, all her wildest dreams come true. Is it a crazy coincidence? Or can the journal solve all her problems?

  I guess this is somewhere like a 3.5. I only had three feelings while reading this book: depression, annoyence, and very rarely, happy. Some parts were funny, but it becomes depressing real quick. I like J.J. and Sean, but Autumn is kind of an idiot. I dunno, just not my type of book. But I'm still gonna read the second and third books.

Autumn's Kiss
by Bella Thorne

Everyone knows how crazy junior year is, but Autumn Falls never imagined it would be so flirty. Because trying to decode what's going on with her and Sean, not knowing how to react when J.J. tells her he's the one she should be with, and feeling a little starstruck when a pop star makes a major play for her, Autumn is totally confused.
  But boys are only half of it. The drama is about to get even BIGGER when Autumn is given a map that takes her anyplace she wants go go. At first it seems like an amazing, crazy-fun gift. But showing up IRL where you're least expected has life-changing consequences. Is Autumn ready to handle the fallout.

I read the first book and thought THAT was bad. Then I read this one and realized I didn't know the meaning of bad before. I only laughed at the beginning, then it got sort of depressing. I wasn't satisfied with the ending much either. The only redeeming quality was the Princess Bride references. That was pretty awesome, but the book got a 1.5 in all. This is the first book on here with lower than a two. Sorry, but I'm just not liking Autumn or Bella Thorne's works.

Autumn's Wish
by Bella Thorne

Senior year is here and everyone has a plan - except Autumn Falls. So many crazy-important decisions lie ahead, and she's scared to make the wrong one. So when she recieves a magical locket that enables her to travel through time (!!!), Autumn hopes she can correct her past mistakes - with her friends, with boys - and maybe even prevent her dad from dying. But the locket doesn't work that way. Instead, Autumn dicovers that she's only able to visit the future - and she doesn't like what she sees. Autumn can change her destiny... but what does she really want.

Honestly, I wouldn't really care if every copy of the books in this series burned and was never seen again. I was not a big fan of this series and wondered many times what I was doing with my life as I read them. This one wasn't that great, yet it was still the best in the series. This one got a four becuase I would've liked it if we found out if one of the characters dies and if the good future Autumn had seen for her and J.J. actually happened.

Avoiding Alpha
by Aileen Erin

Seventeen-year-old Tessa McCaide has come a long way since her abrupt entrance into the world of werewolves, but she still has just as far to go before she’s comfortable with turning full wolf. In the meantime, she’s avoiding the topic of shifting to four legs any way she can. Thankfully her mate, Dastien Laurent, is quite the distraction. When she finds her best friend, Meredith, getting sick in the bathroom, Tessa knows something’s majorly wrong. Meredith was cursed years ago, and the dark magic kept her wolf dormant—only now the wolf is awake, and that same spell is killing her. Tessa has no intention of sitting around while Meredith wastes away. Even if it means playing with magic she doesn’t understand, she’ll do anything to save Meredith’s life. Including bargaining with the local coven of witches and its crazed leader, whose only goal is getting Tessa to join the witchy ranks. Can Tessa save her friend without losing herself?

I read this book in less than 24 hours. I went right from book one to this one and finished it the next morning. Yeah, I liked it THAT much. It gets a five star just like book one. I wasn't worried about Meredith for a second, I believe in Tessa. Dastien and Tess are such a cute couple and I hope I get to read all of their adventures. Tessa's humor and crazy adventures are what bring me back to the world of St. Ailbes. I have a new werewolf obsession because of this series. Love you Aileen Erin!

by Cat Hellisen

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She's grown up lonely, longing for magic. She doesn't know that it's magic her parents are running from.
  When Sarah's mother walks out on their family, all the strange, old magic they have tried to hide from comes seeping into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents - people she didn't even know they were alive.
  Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast... unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

I'm sad to say, this is my first one star book on LenniLand. It's actually my first one star since I started tracking my reading a little less than a year ago. I was highly disappointed with this book and really couldn't care less if it burned. The ending wasn't happy, it was impossible to get into, and very confusing all throughout. I really didn't like this book and I don't recommend it to anybody.

Beastly Beauty
by Lena Mae Hill

      Will Stella ever escape the shadow of the wolves and make it back to her old life? Or is she forever marked by what she's seen and done?

      I'm so happy I think I might explode!!!!!!! This book was so sweet and amazingly romantic. I want to marry this book right now... The whole thing was great, but the ending was especially perfect. I cannot wait to read the next book!!! I'm a little mad at Stella because she makes a big mistake at the end, but I believe that it'll be fixed. I mean, it has to be fixed because I will forever hate the author if it isn't. Lol. That's all I have to say about this book series for now!!!
      (A four star book)

Beauty and the Beast
by K.M. Shea

Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is unwillingly forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
  Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. He has given up all hope of shattering the curse, and has only disdain for Elle.
  Unfortunately, the pair can’t seem to avoid each other thanks to the meddling of the chateau’s cursed servants. Eventually Elle’s playful manners and Severin’s hidden gentleness draw the pair together.
  But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country. When Elle risks everything to save Severin, will he be able to forgive her for her lies?

This book was so adorable! Elle and Severin were so funny together in the end. And Emele's crush on Marc was pretty cute too. I give it a five star rating! Such a big surprise(note the sarcasm)! I loved how Elle and Severin grew to love each other over the months Elle was stuck at the chateu. Great news: there is a short story that takes place a few months after Elle and Severin are married. It's only ten pages but it's still amazing(like this book!).

Because of Mr. Terupt
by Rob Buyea

It's the start of fifth grade for the kids at Snow Hill Elementary School. There's Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, but having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second and your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

I give this book a three star rating. It was about challenges a lot of people suffer through and dealing with these problems.

Becoming Alpha 
by Aileen Erin

One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over. Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind. But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves. Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent. When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems

      I cannot express how much I love this book in words. I've read it twice and I've recommended it to so many people because I can't get enough of it. I'm crazy about the characters, the plot, and the romance. This book is the reason why I now read werewolf books. It was funny and exciting and so sweet. I've read the whole series and every other book this author has to offer. She's super talented.
      I recommend this book to people who love romance and action but have never picked up a werewolf book. Oh! And if you're trying to find a clean werewolf book, you should also look here. People would be surprised at how few there actually are. I love Becoming Alpha, I even consider it my favorite book ever with a perfect score of five stars.

Beware the Little White Rabbit

   Thirteen powerful voices in young adult fiction invite you to journey into startling new Wonderlands in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE. 
   Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant. Through rich historicals, castles and keeps, wild wormholes, secret workshops, deadly plagues, and gritty urban explorations, we present new tales of Alice and her white rabbit. 
   Whether an intrepid reporter, a would-be car thief, or the last human in a world ruled by machines, at the heart of each story Alice is a girl discovering who she really is in worlds that never fail to surprise.
   What wonders await, oh curious reader? Leap down the rabbit hole and discover the truth...

This anthology was really great. I loved the in here, especially Alice in Wilderland and The Watchmaker's Ball. Some, though, were absolutely terrible, such as Alice and her Shadow and The Aviary. I averaged all my scores for the stories together and I give this a 3.7 in total. Even though there are probably going to be stories that you'll hate in here, there are also ones that you'll love and that's totally worth running into something terrible.

Big Game
by Stuart Gibbs

Teddy Fitzroy has caught a lot of bad guys at FunJungle, but when someone takes a shot at Rhonda Rhino from inside the park, he finds that this might be his toughest case yet. Now Teddy has to catch the hunter and save Rhonda - all while trying not to become animal chow.

I swear, this is like the shortest summary ever. But whatevs, this is STUART GIBBS. Just so you know, he and E.D. Baker are my two favorite authors of all time. So naturally, this book gets a five star. My brother has been complaining there aren't enough books for boys to enjoy on my website, so here. Happy? Stuart Gibbs's books are for any gender. Even though is says 8-12 on the back, I still really like these books. A good, long, and almost completely free of romance mystery.

Bookishly Ever After
by Isabel Bandeira

   In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. 
   But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

This was the perfect book for me for so many reasons!

1) I love books, Phoebe loves books.
2) It was recommended for fans of By Your Side by Kasie West.
3) The main character struggled in the ways of love. Like finding a good person to crush on. #StoryOfMyLife

Booishly Ever After was just SO awesome and I'm so happy I got to read it and meet the author. I give this book a four star rating and hope that every book nerd gets a chance to read this book.

by Svetlana Chmakova

      In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different - math is hard, getting along with friends is hard...Even finding a partner for the class project is a big problem when you always get picked last. And the pressure's on even more once the school newspaper's dynamic duo, Jenny and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama. Jensen's always played the middle school game one level at a time, but suddenly, someone's cranked up the difficulty setting. Will those daring daydreams of his finally work in his favor, or will he have to find real solutions to his real life problems?

      This book was very enlightening. It was so sad to see how much Jensen got bullied. I was so mad at those boys for bothering him so much! I think the part that hurt me the most was how much Jensen reminded me of my brother. If Jensen gets bullied that much, I'd hate to see what happens to my brother in school.
      The author of this book makes a lot of valid points in this book and it just made me want to stand up to bullies and the school dress code. I give this book a four star rating and recommend it to people who like cute school stories.

Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training
by Jonathan Bernstein

Up until Bridget's birthday the most exciting moment in her life was when Dale Tookey maybe, sort-of smiled at her one time. But that was before - before she found a mysterious present at her doorstep, before she was transported to a covert CIA agency called Section 23, and before she became Bridget Wilder, spy-in-training. Now Bridget's busting boys out of detention, being chauffeured by a talking car, and infiltrating the popular girls' clique to steal secret codes, all while maintaining her cover as a semi-awkward middle school girl.
  But what happens if Bridget can't keep her double life hidden from friends and family? And what if Section 23 is keeping secrets of its own?

Bridget puts new meaning into the words loser, outcast, gullible, and idiotic in this 2.5 star book. The first few pages were AWESOME! I was like, "Man! This book has potential!" And then it became unbelieveable and manipulative. Not to mention that Bridget changed significantly throughout the book, and not in a good way. I hate to say it, but Bridget Wilder was just not cut out to be a spy. I was NOT feeling this book.

by Aileen Erin

Claudia de Santos has always looked out for every witch but herself. She fought from the shadows as her coven turned dark, and with a little help from her half-witch/half-Alpha werewolf cousin, Teresa McCaide, Claudia is doing everything she can to keeper friends and family in the light. 

Now the coven has splintered into two factions: Luciana’s army of witches wielding dark magic, and Claudia’s few stragglers who fight with the wolves. War is coming, and it won’t be much of a battle if Claudia can’t find the spells to counteract Luciana’s demonic power. But Luciana strikes before they’re prepared, and Claudia’s twin brother pays the price. Suddenly, going to Peru in search of ancient Incan magic doesn’t seem so crazy. 

Fighting evil will require a pure spirit, but her quest is full of temptations, including a handsome Peruvian guide with secrets of his own. Finding love is the last thing on Claudia’s ever-growing to-do list, but sometimes what you need has a way of seeking you out.

Lol, I'm addicted to this series. Is it just me, or does it seem to be that every book by this author is close to the beginning of the alphabet? Anyway, this is a five star book. Although it's part of the Alpha Girl series, this book isn't about Tessa, it's about her cousin Claudia. I was like, maybe I'll just skip this one and go right to the next book about Tessa. I'm happy I didn't though, I really liked this book. Now I don't want to go back to Tessa, I want to stick with Claudia. Claudia has a super awesome, super scary, super dangerous mission just like Tessa always does and I love it. Keep adding Alpha Girl books, AIleen Erin!!!!

Buried Secrets
by Carolyn Keene

When Nancy saves handsome young candidate Todd Harrington from a sniper's bullet, she lands in the headlines - the hard way. Reporter Brenda Carlton publicly dares her to crack the unsolved death of Todd's father, who was mayor of River Heights.
  As soon as Nancy starts nosing around, strange things start to happen. First a phantom prowler warns her to drop the case, then someone tries to run her car off a mountain road. But the shocker comes when Nancy discovers that Hannah Gruen, her family's housekeeper, is linked to Mayor Harrington's death. Suddenly Nancy is trapped in a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a desperate criminal determined to keep his frightening secret buried forever...

This book was way better than the last for many reasons. For starters, I wasn't able to solve the mystery before page 40. This book had more action too, and I like the mystery better. The summary fails to mention that Brenda Carlton challenged Nancy to a detective duel. Lol, what kind of an idiot does that with Nancy Drew? Good book, 5 stars.

By Your Side
by Kasie West

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't thing things could get any worse. But that's before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn't know that much about Dax except that he's trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
  Only he doesn't come. No one does.
  Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn's old life, and love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax's side?

OMCheese its!!! This book was so adorable, and awesome, and just plain OMCheese its!!! Idk, I'm just trying to make that a new saying. It's so much cooler that OMG. But back to the books, I loved By Your Side and it's my favorite Kasie West book so far. I thought that Dax and Autumn were just so cute together!!! Okay, so I was a little sad about the Jeff thing, but at least Autumn is happy. I can't believe Autumn was trying to get out of the library! If I was locked in a library I would do nothing but read all weekend. I loved this book so much, it's gotta be on my top 10 favorite reads. By Your Side is awesome and I give it a 5!

Cake Pop Crush
by Suzanne Nelson

Alicia Ramirez has always loved baking. Her family owns Say It With Flour, the small bakery in town. And Ali's specialties are cake pops: delicious confections on a stick. But Ali's sweet life turns sour when a sleek coffee shop opens across the street, giving her bakery a run for its money. The owner's son, Dane McGuire, is Ali's age, and he loves to bake, too. Plus, he's annoyingly cute. When Dane and Ali engage in a bake-off, will Ali be able to rise to the occasion? Or will her crush get in the way?

A four star rating. My advice, don't read this on an empty stomach because you'll get real hungry. The food they mention sounds SO good.

by Cordelia Castel

Rilla Perrault is not elegant or charming like her step-sisters. She cannot dance, is incapable of serving an elegant tea, and, according to Mother, curtseys like a constipated boar. When Rilla is betrothed, by force to Lord Bluebeard, a man suspected of murdering his previous wives, she escapes to the capital with Bluebeard's slave, Jack.
Having paid a hefty bride-price, Lord Bluebeard sets his mercenaries on the chase for the runaway pair. Now, Rilla must reach the capital, a place where ogres like Bluebeard are forbidden to enter, before her murderous betrothed and his blood-thirsty servants exact their vengeance.

I got this book for free, and I'm happy I didn't spend any money on it because it was a terrible book. I mean, I think it's really the author. I thought this book would be really good. It sounded good, it looked good, I thought this would be great. I gave this book a 2.5. This book was just...bland. There was nothing enjoyable, it was like a dish you've eaten 1,000 times. I hated this book. Please, if you're trying to find a good fairy tale retelling, look somewhere else.

by Jen Calonita

It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia’s most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School…indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.
  Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don’t laugh) to unmask a spy…before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom. 
  Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it’s good to be bad…

The first one was better, but this still gets a four star. Some of the time, it felt more like a chore to read this book than anything else. But, I did like the whole Royal Ladies-in-Waiting fiasco. I totally ship Jax and Gilly! Whenever I read the Gallagher Girls, I think of this book series, lol. So, a four star book with a semi dissapointing ending. It was a cliffhanger and you guys know how much I hate those.

by C.D. Bell

      The forest is full of secrets.
      Nessa Kurland is adjusting to life as a weregirl—she is transforming with ease and running with a pack she cares for deeply. Her boyfriend Luc is a fellow shifter, and Paravida, the corporation responsible for unethical genetic experiments on the residents of Tether, has pulled out of town, leaving the community safe. 
      But that’s just how it appears on the surface.
      Nessa returns home from a run with the pack to find an FBI raid and the shocking news that her mother Vivian is being held without bail for violations so serious she may be facing life in prison. What did Nessa’s mother, a small-town vet tech, do to threaten Homeland Security? Vivian’s secret past leads Nessa to discover there is more to her own story than she ever imagined. 
      The wolves that are running through Tether’s woods are not the same pack Nessa knew before. These are not all natural wolves. And they are breeding. 
      Nessa’s transformation is only just beginning. 

      I'm sorry to say that I didn't like this book as much as I did the first one. I think my problem was that I had lower expectations for the first one and very high expectations for this book. Also, I liked reading about Nessa getting into the hang of being a werewolf, but by the time this book takes place, she already has everything down. What I did enjoy about this book was the fact that Luc and Nessa were dating and they are cute together. I don't have much else to say other than the fact that this one was a little sad and the last one wasn't really sad to me. Alrighty, well, I hope you guys enjoy this book!
      (A 3 star rating)

by Jenni James

When Prince Anthony spies Eleanoria Woodston outside her family home dressed as a servant, he knows something is amiss. Pretending to be John, his cousin’s outrider, he decides to take matters into his own hands and figure out why Ella hasn’t been seen at court. And more importantly why the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in the kingdom dresses like a pauper.
  Ella has had her own bout of trials, including losing her beloved father and facing the wrath and jealousy of her stepmother and stepsisters. Becoming a servant doesn’t seem all that bad until the handsome John comes into her life, now he appears to be upsetting everything. Never before has she been so unsettled. Just his presence is making her dream of a life beyond this one.
  When John invites Ella to the ball and she grudgingly accepts, he wonders if he’s truly losing his mind. How would he ever pull off pretending to be John while obviously hosting the ball as Anthony? Especially when the stubborn girl has made it quite obvious she would never attend a ball with a snobbish prince.

I thought that this was one of Jenni James better books. I love stories of childhood friends falling in love, and this was one of them. It was fun to read about their secret meetings in the orchared and I loved the ending. Although a little sad at parts, this version of Cinderella was awesome.
(A four star book)

Cinderella and the Colonel
by K.M. Shea

   Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.
   Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.
   From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.
   Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

This could possibly be the best Cinderella retelling I've ever read! It was crazily unique and extremely adorable...literally EVERYTHING about it was perfect. I had been scared to try this one, too, after reading "The Little Selkie." I'm so happy I did read this one. I can't express in online words how amazing I felt this book was. So the question is, do I think you should read it? Well, duh. If you like unpredictability that's very predictable, humor, romance, and mystery, you've found the book you want. That's all I have to say! (Except for that this is a five star book, but that's pretty obvious.

by Aileen Erin

Alone and on the run, Cipher doesn't talk about her secrets, her powers, or the people chasing her. She can’t let anyone get that close. At least, she shouldn’t. Knight is working undercover for the bad guys. He’s done things that have marked his soul, but it’ll all be worth it if he can save the girl who means everything to him—the girl who saved his life by putting herself in danger. It’s been twelve years, but Knight knows she’s still alive, and he’s made it his mission to find her and keep her safe. When Knight finally catches up to Cipher, electricity sparks. He’s crazy gorgeous, stupid brilliant, and begging to lift the burden from Cipher’s shoulders. Can she really trust him with her secrets? With her life? She doesn’t have long to decide, because Knight isn’t the only who’s been looking for her. Now Cipher can’t run without leaving him behind. What good is being together if they’re both dead? To save Knight, Cipher will finally stop running…one way or another.

This book takes place in a futureistic world. I really hope our future doesn't come to this though. Anyway, it was a pretty good book, but I was left with a lot of questions at the end. So after battling with myself for a while, I gave it a 3.8. I don't exactly remember what my questions were, but I know I wanted them answered. Very disapointing. It was a good book though, with lots of action and people with super powers. Not to mention Cipher and Knight are hilarious.

Class is NOT Dismissed
by Gitty Daneshvari

After discovering that each of her former students has secretly regressed, eccentric headmistress Mrs. Wellington requests the presence of Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison for a mandatory summer of retraining. Facing their fears was terrifying enough, but when the foursome learns they'll be joined by a fifth student, things start to get even scarier.
  To make matters worse, the students quickly find themselves tasked with saving their school. And because failing means spending the rest of their lives with unresolved phobias, this is one test they all plan to ace.

I'm not the biggest fan of this series. It's nice, and it's funny, but not the best. I gave it a 3.5. Sometimes I was laughing, but mostly at the beginning. Mostly I was quiet. It was actually a little sad at parts. An okay book, maybe it's just not my type.

Close to Famous
by Joan Bauer

When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

It's clear how this author has won so many awards. This book was amazing. I wasn't sure what it would be like since I've only read one other book by her and that was in fifth grade. My taste in books is so much more different than it was back then. Luckily, I still enjoyed this book enough to get a 4 star rating. Close to Famous didn't cease to keep me entertained. Some parts made me laugh, others caught me nail biting as I anticipated what would come next. It was a great book and I very much recommend it.

Codename Zero
by Chris Rylander

There are places in the world where heroes are born. There are places where brave men and women fight a never-ending battle against evil in order to keep our country and all other countries safe. There are places where the fate of our planet is being decided, even now as we speak, the consequences of which will echo through history.
  None of these places are in North Dakota.
  Carson Fender, seventh grader and notorious prankster, knows this. He's lived in North Dakota for his entire life, going to the same boring school every day, the same boring movie theater every week, and the same boring state fair every year. Nothing ever changes, and nothing ever happens. That is, until today. Because today a desperate man is going to hand him a package with a dire set of instructions. And that package is going to lead Carson to discover that there's a secret government agency operating in his small, quiet North Dakota hometown.
  And that this agency needs his help.

This book was funny and it drew me in with the first page. I was not a fan of the blood at the end, but I was excited by the ending... total cliffhanger! Codename Zero is about a boy who isn't satisfied with the way his future looks. He claims it's the same old North Dakota life where nothing good will ever happed. But that all changes when a guy gives him a package that's going to self destruct. One thing leads to another and soon Carson is living a life he never even dreamed of. Lol, I love it. I gave it a four star because it was missing something. I recommend it to fans of the Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs.

Countdown Zero
by Chris Rylander

There are people in this world who lead secret lives. There are people who fight the evil that lurks in the shadows so that the rest of us can live free from tyranny and fear. There are people - perhaps the person sitting across from you on the bus, or waiting tables at your favorite restaurant - who put it all on the line for us, every day, whose names we will never know.
  None of these people are Carson Fender.
  At least, not since he was let go from the secret agency who enlisted his services to help foil a nefarious plot perpetrated by one of their former agents. Carson is back to hanging out with his friends, pulling pranks, and not having to lie to everyone about how he's spending his days. And that's for the best. Isn't it?
  Of course, this is all before a note showed up in his school lunch, informing him Agent Nineteen has three days left to live, and that there might still be someone inside the Agency working against them. Carson has always been able to rely on his friends - but what happens when there's no one left to trust.

Lols, Carson is supremes funny. I loved the first book and this one was great too. It lost a full star for predictablitiy and not enough action to the action. It lost another half star because for once, I wasn't anxious to know what happens next even though it ended on a cliffhanger. This brings the book down to a 3.5, but I liked everything else about the book. Maybe a little too much death to call a children's book, but I liked it, and I totally recommend Countdown Zero.

by Jerry Spinelli

Everybody knows Crash Coogan, seventh-grade football sensation. He's been mowing down everything in his path since the time he could walk-and Penn Webb, his dweeby, vegetable-eating neighbor, is his favorite target. After all, Webb's not just a nerd, he's a cheerleader too. 
  Crash and his best buddy, Mike, can't think of anything more hilarious than making Webb's life miserable. But Crash starts to realize that Webb has something he may never gain, no matter how many touchdowns he scores. And when Mike takes a prank too far, maybe even for Crash, the football star has to choose which side he's really on.

Three stars. To me, this book is about making choices. Plus, it's really depressing near the end, I don't recommend this book.(and what's with the mustache baby?)

Crisis Zero
by Chris Rylander

There is a computer program so unspeakably powerful that its mere existence is unknown to all but the most senior government agents. This computer program is capable of controlling every aspect of communication, transportation, and defense on the planet. This computer program must never fall into the wrong hands or civilization as we know it will be utterly destroyed.
  This computer program is in North Dakota.
  Carson Fender—a.k.a. the retired Prank Master, a.k.a. Agent Zero, a.k.a. the all-in-one World’s Greatest Hero and World’s Greatest Screwup—must protect this program, codenamed Exodus. He is paired once again with his best friend, Danielle, aka Agent Atlas. Together, they must expose an enemy agent working from inside their school—an enemy agent with the mandate to stop at nothing to help secure Exodus. Can Zero and Atlas foil this enemy before it is too late? Carson’s final mission will test his loyalty, smarts, and courage as never before.

This book was already going to get a four star since it isn't the most original. Then I thought of something while reading. Isn't it kind of manipulative to force CHILDREN work for secret government agencies? I mean, it wasn't force at the beginning, but as the series progressed, it see seemed like they were being forced. And to think that there are many other books like this where kids are forced into working for their agencies. Idk, but I just wasn't feeling this one.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is back, and it's clear that her life hasn't calmed down since the events of I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie's elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys' arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school's top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.

Five stars to the second Gallagher Girls book! I loved book one and I cried at the end of it because I felt so connected to Cammie. In this book, I wanted to hate Zach just because, but I couldn't. Zach is cool chiz and so is everybody else. I loved Gallagher Girls and I'm sure all you spy fans will love this series.

by G. Willow Wilson

Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of--by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with...a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more! The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is! Plus, see what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jemma Simmons goes undercover at Kamala’s school!

Another very cute adventure with the beloved Ms. Marvel. I totally ship Kamala and Bruno, lets see if it works out. But anyway, I love how we get to see a regular, nerdy girl turn into a super hero despite her extreme awkwardness. New Jersey needs its own superhero. I can't describe the fun I have reading these books, even if they are only around 100 pages each.

Dead City
by James Ponti

Normal kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow isn't normal. In fact, she's far from it. Molly goes to the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, a school for gifted students, and hangs out at the morgue. (To be fair, her mom used to work there, so it's kind of a second home.) But Molly's learning about more than math and dead bodies...Molly is becoming an expert in zombies. Yep. Zombies.
  New York City is full of them. Some of them look just like the living- only dead - and just want to be left alone, but some of them...well, some of them aren't too happy with their...condition. It's these ones that Molly and her band of zombie-hunting friends, known as Omegas, have to keep an eye on. And when it turns out that a group of zombies is plotting to take over the city, Molly finds herself in a fight to save everything she cares about.
  After all, when your mom was a famous zombie hunter and has secretly trained you to be one too, you kind of have to follow in her footsteps.

I read Framed!, a mystery book, by James Ponti and have been anxiously awaiting its sequel. When I discovered he wrote zombie books, I was like, "Why not?" and so I gave this a go. Zombies aren't really my genre, but let me tell you, this book was AWESOME. It was funny just like Framed! and I loved it enough to give it a four star rating. I am so happy I read this book! There is a cliffhanger ending though, so be warned.

Deadly Doubles
by Carolyn Keene

Nancy is abducted by terrorists when she poses as a government courier to deliver a document vital to top-secret negotiations with a country on the brink of revolution.

Sorry, I got real lazy on this ones summary. I gave it a four star rating. It's sorta sad at parts, but also exciting at points. Yay. A short read for the lazy mystery lovers.

Deadly Intent
by Carolyn Keene

With backstage passes to Radio City Music Hall, Nancy and her three best friends meet the members of the country's hottest rock group, Bent Fender. But the fun is over when, minutes before the concert, the lead guitarist vanishes. Nancy takes the case.
  Soon her list of suspects reads like the WHO'S WHO of New York rock scene. And her clues read like a puzzle: What do a wallet with a dragon emblem, a license plate, and two anonymous men have in common with the missing musician? Then Nancy's boyfriend shows up, eager for romance. Nancy feels she can't spend the time - until, through Ned, she uncovers a conspiracy that could blow the lid off the music industry.

The second Nancy Drew Files. A 4.5 becasue they basically tell you who did it, then you just read about Nancy trying to stop them. Come on, I like solving it for myself! But it was still really good. Funfact: Carolyn Keene is a phantom writer. This means that she isn't a real person, but many, many people have written Nancy Drew books under that pen name.

Deep Down Popular
by Phoebe Stone

6th-grader Jessie Lou is deeply, madly, passionately in love with Conrad Parker Smith. Too bad she's a tomboy with only one on-again, off-again friend, and hair so short you can't spit on it. Too bad he's the most popular boy in their small-town school.
  But then Conrad hurts his leg and suddenly can't keep up with his old pursuits anymore. Jessie Lou and Conrad start spending a lot more time together, but she can't help wonder -- is she just a substitute friend? And will Conrad forget her when his leg brace comes off and he's king of the school once again?

I'm not a big fan of this author, I really don't like her stuff that much. In fact, I only got into this book like 100 pages away from the end. At the beginning, I was actually ready to give up on this book, it was THAT bad. I gave this a 3.3, but maybe it's more of a 2.7. Either way, I wasn't into it and I don't think I'll be reading anymore from this author.

by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered she's actually a demon, and her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping her kind off the face of the earth. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good - or kill her.
  But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery: someone is raising demons in secret and planning to use their powers to destroy the world. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

OMG!!!! I LOVED the first book in this series and this one was great too. Although...I DID have a hard time deciding if this gets a 4 or 5 star rating so I setteled for a 4.5. If you plan on reading this one, you should also have the third book with you since this one ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger. Besides the ending, I also loved all the parts with Archer. I KNEW they were meant to be! So, I'm going to end this review now before I end up spoiling something. Happy reading!

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella
by Megan Morrison

Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in a sweatshop, and Ella wants every laborer in the Blue Kingdom to receive fairer treatment. But to make that happen, she'll need some high-level support . . .

Prince Dash Charming has one wish: evolution. The Charming Curse forced generations of Charming men to lie, cheat, and break hearts -- but with the witch Envearia's death, the curse has ended. Now Dash wants to be a better person, but he doesn't know where to start . . .

Serge can grant any wish -- and has: As an executive fairy godfather, he's catered to the wildest whims of spoiled teenagers from the richest, most entitled families in Blue. But now a new name has come up on his list, someone nobody's ever heard of . . . Ella Coach.

Four stars! This is the sequel to a book called Grounded: The Adventures of Rupunzel. I LOVED that book and couldn't wait for this to come out. I love how the author can take a fairy tale and twist it until it's barely reconizable, in a good way. You should probably read the first book before this one because there's a lot of refrences to Rupunzel's story. And it's cool how Megan Morrison took background characters from her first book and turned them into main characters in this one. Personally, I think the first book was better, but this one was still good.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
by Ally Carter

When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.
  As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?
  Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth. 

Yay! Anthor Gallagher Girls! Sadly, this book was a half star worse than the others. I don't know why, maybe it's because there wasn't enough Zach. Yeah, I'm officially obsessed with him even though I used to hate him. I was happy there was a lot of action and craziness. I feel like a character I like will be killed off soon. I really hope not, but with the kind of lives these characters lead, you never know. I really like this series, I'm so happy I discovered it. A 4.5 star book. Can't wait for book four!

Donut Go Breaking My Heart
by Suzanne Nelson

Sheyda is a behind-the-scenes girl. She loves helping out in the kitchen of Doughlicious, the donut shop run by the parents of her best friend, Kiri. And Sheyda loves designing stage sets while Kiri performs in the spotlight.
  Then lights, camera...surprise! Tween heartthrob Cabe Sadler is filming his next movie in Doughlicious! Kiri is sure this will lead to stardom, and perhaps a date with Cabe. But somehow it's Sheyda who gets picked for a small role in the film.
  To make matters worse, Cabe seems spoiled and rude. Too bad he's so cute. Can Sheyda overcome her stage fright, get to know the real Cabe, and find her own kind of stardom?

Maybe if this book wasn't exactly the same as the rest of the books in the rest of the series it could've gotten a higher rating, but I gave it a 3.5. Friends fight over a boy, boy is rude but turns out nice, girl gets the guy in the end. There's nothing original in this book. I usually like Suzanne Nelson's books, but I just wasn't feeling this one.

Double Digit
by Annabel Monaghan

    To say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. Her talents are so off the charts that her laptop is under surveillance by both the CIA and an ecoterrorist named Jonas Furnis. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law.

    To sum up my whole feelings about this book, it was the not-so-great-sequel-to-an-awesome-book. The first book is, for those of you who thought this one sounded interesting, is titled "A Girl Named Digit." I thought it was a perfectly written spy book. It's so hard to find enjoyable spy or superhero books anymore because the majority are supremely stupid.
    I didn't think "A Girl Named Digit" even needed a sequel. It had ended neatly and the characters were all living their own versions of happily ever after. This one ended not-so-neatly and gave me mixed emotions. Do I like John anymore? Why would I not? UGH! I am very frustrated with the author.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you were happy with "A Girl Named Digit" and you thought the ending was perfect, don't bother with this one.
(A three star book) 

Dramatically Ever After
by Isabel Bandeira

     Senior year is not shaping up to be the picture perfect movie Em Katsaros had imagined. Her super hot leading man is five thousand miles away. Her dad just got laid off. And Em can kiss her first-pick university goodbye if she doesn't snag a scholarship.
     To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech competition and manages to cinch a spot in the US Youth Change Council national round. She gets to spend a week in Boston and her prayers might be answered if she can kick butt and win one of the national scholarships.
     Everything seems to be going by the script until she finds out Kris Lambert--senior class president, stuck-up jerk, and her nemesis--is going, too. Cue the dramatic music. In Boston, Kris is different. Nice. Cute, even. But she knows his game way too well--be nice to your opponents and then throw them under the bus on your way to victory. Instead of becoming his next victim, Em decides to turn the tables by putting her acting and flirting skills to work. Unfortunately, as they get close to the final competition and judging, reality and acting start to blur.
     Can Em use the drama from the stage to get the future she's been dreaming of?

     I loved the first book in this series, "Bookishly Ever After." Let me tell you, it was no different with "Dramatically." I enjoyed the scenes with Dev and the scenes with Kris. He was definitely one of the best characters. Altough Em is way different than me, and not very relateable, I still loved reading her adventure. I cannot wait for book three of this totally awesome series to come out!

Eden's Escape
by M. Tara Crowl

      Eden's new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who's also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting--only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world's leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp's power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly's plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris--home to Electra's headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

      I don't have much to say about this book, other than I liked the first book better. I guess one thing that I wasn't that crazy about was the fact that there were barely any people Eden's age helping her throughout the story. Mostly, the characters were adults. Also, why is it that the masters have perfectly normal names while the genies that they named have the funkiest names ever, such as Bola? It doesn't make any sense to me. I give this book three stars.

Eden's Wish
by M. Tara Crowl

   All twelve years of Eden's life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.
   When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won't be sent back after three wishes.
   Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth's pleasures--but quickly learns that this world isn't as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power--even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp's magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.

   I have been often disappointed by middle grade books with such awesome covers. I was actually surprised how good this one was!!! I was hooked because of how funny just the first chapter was to me. The whole book was funny, exciting, and cool. I often enjoy reading books where the character must adjust to their situation like Eden did here. Eden's Wish is a magically fun book you don't want to miss out on reading.
(A four star book) (Also, my review on Goodreads is better)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather. At night he’s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack’s woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she’s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam.

I thought this book was going to be AMAZING. The summary was so awesome! I thought it would be a little like The Face on the Milk Carton minus the romance, but I was so wrong. This book, I'm sad to say, was AWFUL. I can't say one thing I liked about it, so idk why I gave it two stars. I probably thought something was funny. Anyways, I'm really not sure how an author who has won two Newbery awards could write such trash. Trust me on this one, you don't​ want to read Eleven.

Eliza and her Monsters
by Francesca Zappia

      In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
      Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
      But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

      Where should I start? I guess I could start with THIS BOOK IS SUPREMELY AMAZING AND EVERY PERSON ON EARTH SHOULD OWN A COPY. Yep, that sounds good. Seriously, though, this book was phenominal. The author did such a great job of writing this beautiful book. I was actually singing about how much I loved "Eliza and her Monsters." You may recognize it since it was in the running for a Goodreads Choice Award 2017(it did not win).
      I think what I loved most about this book is that it was so easy to be sucked in. I felt all of Eliza's emotions along with her. If she was sad, I was sad. If she was happy then I was in a dancing mood. Plus, the romance in this book was adorable and I couldn't stop smiling and giggling whenever it came up. "Eliza and her Monsters" deserves at least a try from you because it is a phenomenal book. I give this book a complete five star rating!

Enchanted Secrets
by Kristen Middleton

   Kendra lives in the shadow of her twin sister Kala, who is not only thinner, but one of the most popular girls in high school. Kendra struggles with the death of her father, her ballooning weight, and taunts from the cruel kids at school. Then one day, she meets a mysterious stranger named Tyler, who introduces her to a world of magic and witchcraft that is both exhilarating and frightening.

    I was not expecting much from this book, and the author went maybe a smidge over those expectations. I'm not sure if it would be considered good or bad, since I thought this book would seem quickly thrown together and a little hurried. I wasn't disappointed with the time I spent on this book, but the end didn't have me begging for more. "Enchanted Secrets" was just OK. Here are some of my hashtags for this book.
#Cheesy #Predictable #FreeOnKindle
    Since this is free on Kindle, I recommend you get it just for the heck of it. Maybe if you have some free time you can read it. I wouldn't cross your fingers for it to be your next favorite book or anything, but it's enjoyable enough that I wasn't bored, so you should give it a shot.

(Sorry about this sloppy review. Also, this is  a three star book)

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

   My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
   But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
   Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

    This is the story of a girl who risks everything for love. It was so beautifully written and magical that my words do not even give it justice. The characters were amazing and so was the romance in this book. What Madeline and Olly have was pure, true, and beautiful and you'd be lucky to find anything half as amazing.
    Besides the romance, I was also enjoying the humor and the heart that Madeline has. Although she cannot go outside, she often dreams about it and it's sweet to read about it.
    I watched the movie after reading this book, and let me tell you, it was not good. I couldn't stop comparing it to the book which had so many things different. The movie's romance was not believeable and I felt there was more awkward silence than anything else. Everything, Everything is an amazing book about taking chances and finding love that I believe would be enjoyable to lots. Also, I gave it four stars. 

Evil Spy School
by Stuart Gibbs

ROUGE AGENT: Ben Ripley, age 13
MISSION: Infiltrate SPYDER's evil spy school.
OBJECTIVES: 1. Find out what devious plot SPYDER has concocted.
2. Don't get caught. And, for crying out loud, don't get sidetracked by the cute evil spy girl.
3. Thwart SPYDER's dasterdly plan and get back in the CIA's good graces.
NOTE: This mission is unsanctioned and unapproved. Proceed at your own risk.

Spy School has yet another amazing, funny addition. I feel a little bad for that girl Ashley and I feel really bad for Nefarious. That was seriously his name! Not a nickname or anything! It's like his parents planned an evil life for him. Anyway, I love spy school and this one was just as great as books one and two. Another five star for Stuart Gibbs.

Fairy Bad Day
by Amanda Ashby

While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

I knew from the second I saw the title of this book that I HAD to read it. And the cover? A+!!! But what's on the cover is nothing compared to the world printed on the paper inside. Fairy Bad Day has the perfect mixture of humor, romance, and adventure. I loved the characters, especially the fairies that mocked Emma. And beside all the things I've already said, there were some pretty awesome twists. Some may have been sad, but others were awesome. This whole book was awesome. I give it a four star rating.

Fairy Stopwatch
by Emily Martha Sorensen

   Eileen comes from a long line of people who've had fairy senses. So when she gets a magic stopwatch that gives her the sense of chronoception, she knows exactly what she wants to do.

   I know, this review is so short! But, it's all I could find on Goodreads. Oh well, I can explain a little better. Eileen is a huge trouble maker who wants a fairy sense like every other person in her family. When she finally gets one, she hates it and decides that she doesn't want it anymore.
   I didn't know if I would like this book too much, but I actually had a great time. The book was funny and the characters were all very lovable. I'd love to read a book about one of the other characters, Aneeka.
   In the end, I gave this book a total of four stars.

Fairy Toothbrush
by Emily Martha Sorensen

      Li Mei doesn't like attention. But she's about to get it, because her brand new toothbrush gives her the sense of fairy taste.

      I'm probably too old to be reading these, considering that they're written for children, but this author is really good. I guess if you aren't into childrens books you could read her book Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy since that one isn't as childish. Not that this one is childish... ugh. I'm bad with words. Anyway, I'm sure you're all more interested in knowing about this book.
      This story was short, sweet, and it even had a bit of Chinese culture. I enjoyed it and the fact that all the books in this series are connected. The author makes a really cool world by doing that. I give this a four star rating.

Fairy Wings
by E.D. Baker

Tamisin has always been a little unusual. Her freckles look more like sparkles, and the full moon makes her want to dance. But nothing could have prepared her for the day when she grows real working fairy wings.
  As she tests them out, Tamisin learns that wings can be really fun: she can fly! But hiding them while she's at school is tricky. And then there's the new guy, Jak, who seens to know something she doesn't. When some scary guests show up at Jak's Halloween party, Tamisin is pretty sure they aren't wearing costumes... and they might be dangerous. As her world grows stranger and more magical by the minute, Tamisin finds herself on an adventure that will teach her more about her wings-and the fairy world-than she ever imagined.

A four star book. Fact: This book was originally named Wings but then changed to Fairy Wings. Personally, I think E.D. Baker has written better books, but this one was still really good.

False Moves
by Carolyn Keene

A daring thief has managed to snatch the fabulous Raja diamond from a dancer's costume - right in front of a national TV audience. Although Ned and Nancy have split up, Ned asks her to investigate. The bad news is, he expects Nancy to clear his new girlfriend, the rising young ballerina who was onstage when the theft occured.
  Once the chase is on, Nancy discovers that the old magic with Ned is still there. And she can certainly use his help on the case. For one thing, she has too many suspects - from the ballet company's feuding directors to its star ballerina. But most disturbing of all is the mysterious black-clad figure stalking Nancy's every move.

Sadness. That is the only feeling I had reading this book. It's no fun when I'm able to solve a mystery before page 40. And I found the whole Nancy and Ned thing really annoying. I am happy I got around to reading this, though. It gets a three star, after all, I had to keep reading to figure out the motives.

Fatal Ransom
by Carolyn Keene

Nancy is asked to investigate the kidnapping of Hal Colson, teen heir to a huge fortune. His handsome young uncle, Lance Colson, is sure the unsavory types Hal hangs out with are holding him captive. Lance's girlfriend feels Hal doesn't deserve the near half-million dollar ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
  Things really heat up when Nancy asks her friend George to keep tabs on Hal's punk pals. First someone tries to blow up Lance's Maserati-with Nancy in it. Then Nancy and her friends are grabbed. How big a price will the kidnappers put on their lives?

This was better than the last NDF book. Unlike "Heart of Danger," this one was not easy for me to solve. I only knew who did it when Nancy said it. This is a five star. I don't really have much more to say, each of these books are around 150 pages, so they're quick.

Finders Reapers
by Anna Staniszewski

Lena's not ready for any more supernatural surprises. She just wants to impress her drama teacher so she can star in the school play and maybe go on a date with Marcus. Who is a cupid.
  But her powers are totally out of control! And now she's being haunted by a ghost who loves practical jokes. Ha! Her life is a joke...
  Because Lena's and Marcus's powers are still intertwined! And if they don't figure out how to unwind them, the whole world could go crazy. No really, like power of love-and-death CHAOS.
  No pressure, right?

Is it just me, or are the summaries on these books not helpful? And I really don't get how two people's powers could mess up the whole universe. It doesn't make any sense. But, the book was still pretty good. You can tell this author supports gay people because she has them in all her books. It was a four star book, because I really think this series needs more action and humor.

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents
by Lemony Snicket

       Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

       Okay, so it's not that much of a real summary, but it's just a book of short stories. None of the stories are related to each other, but they're all really good considering how short they are. I enjoyed this book a lot and it's a fun read between the "All the Wrong Questions" series. Five out of five stars!!!

First Class Murder
by Robin Stevens

   Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are taking a holiday across Europe on the world-famous passenger train, the Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class travelers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: There's rumor a spy is in their midst.
   Then, during dinner, a blood-curdling scream comes from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished, as if into thin air.
   The Wells & Wong Detective Society is ready to crack the case - but this time, they've got competition.

   I love this series and I was so excited to read this book, the third installment. This one was a little bit of a disappointment since I was able to mostly solve this mystery on my own. But even then, the author had some things I never would've seen coming. I love this series!!! This book had a new character, Alexander, who I hope appears in other books. Plus, I loved how Hazel would refer to some things as "Daisy-ish." This book was a lot of fun, but I hope the next book is better.
(A 3 star book)

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

I don't see why someone shouldn't read Fish in a Tree. It was truly an amazing book to read. I really liked Mr. Daniels and Ally. Really, I liked all the characters. This book was great for my research on dyslexia that I was doing at the time. I don't really have more to say, but there were a lot of really good quotes on here.
(A 3.5 star book)

by Jen Calonita

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good theif(if she does say so herself). 
  Until she gets caught.
  Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School-where all of the teachers are former(super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder just how good these bad guys are.

Five star book. It took me longer than I wanted it to for me to finish this book, but i still got it done and I loved it. It was a little funny and I loved all the plot twists!

Frosted Kisses
by Heather Hepler

Former Manhattan girl Penny has quickly discovered that life in a small town is never dull. Not when there's a festival for every occasion, a Queen Bee to deal with, an animal shelter to save, and a cute boy to crush on.
  There's a new girl in town: Esmeralda. She's beautiful, French, and just happens to be Queen Bee Charity's best friend. Penny hopes the arrival of Esmeralda means Charity might be too busy to keep making her life miserable.
  But Penny doesn't have a lot of time to worry about Charity. Her best friend, Tally, has recruited her to help raise money to save the local animal shelter. Then there's Marcus, the adorable and mysterious boy who Penny thinks maybe likes her as much as she likes him. Plus, this is Penny's first holiday season as a "divorced" kid--although she has no idea what this means.
  Can Penny help her friends save the shelter, navigate her new family dynamics, and get the boy, or will Charity and Esmeralda find a way to ruin everything?

Yes, I know! You're probably like, "Lenni, a romance, really?" But it's the sequel to a killer awesome book! The Cupcake Queen and Frosted Kisses are both amazing books! A five star and I wouldn't mind a third book. It's about adapting to changes, basically. And despite the title, there's barely any kissing. I hate the cover and I can just tell my parents don't approve.

Generation Why
by G. Willow Wilson

Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won't stop her from protecting her hometown. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time - by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers. But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future.

Ms. Marvel is a really good comic series for teens. It's clean, for one thing, and Ms. Marvel's outfit could not, in any way, be considered inappropriate. That's one of the reasons I like Ms. Marvel. A lot of female superheroes have huge boobs and crazy good hair. It's so unrealistic it's kinda hard to enjoy. Ms. Marvel is a regular teenage girl who is easy to relate to, not some grown woman who would make a lot of men drool. I give this book a five star becuase I love the hero and the adventures she goes on.

Ghostly Snow
by Lena Mae Hill

      When Stella's plan to live as a loner is rudely interrupted by a mysterious shifter, she takes refuge with a band of misfits on the mountain. 

      This was probably the best book of the series!!! I loved the rest, but this one takes the cake. The romance was at its highest and the story all comes together perfectly. I'm a little sad because I want to read more of Stella's adventures. I'm seriously in love with Harmon right now. I give this book a perfect five stars and recommend the whole series to people like me who love fairy tales and romance.

by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.

Personally, I think this is Raina Telgemeier's best book yet. Smile and Sisters were okay, I hated Drama, but I thought this one was pretty cute. It was easy to read, considering that it was a graphic novel. Maya is so adorable, I'd love to have a little sister like her. There's no horror or anything spooky, if that's what you are looking for. Good book, five stars.

Hansel and Gretel
by Jenni James 

Hansel's father finds a child lost and alone during a violent thunderstorm. After bringing her in from the tempest, he and his son are startled to discover that she is Gretel, a princess of Larkein--the enemy kingdom their own king has just destroyed. Fearful for her life, Hansel pleads with his father to save her. He believes they can make Gretel good by teaching her their ways. His kindhearted father agrees, but with great trepidation.
   Ten years later, Gretel has grown into a lovely young woman who both infuriates and drives Hansel to distraction while he attempts to not lose his heart to her. When the Larkein witch comes back in the guise of a beautiful woman and marries their father, everything is set into a tailspin. Now they must figure out their new stepmother's plans and prevent her from destroying them all before it is too late.

Sometimes Jenni James can write the cutest books! I loved how Hansel would purposely get on Gretel's nerves and I loved that she was a princess in hiding. Is it just me, though, or are stepmothers always evil? Why can't we have an evil stepfather or an evil birth father? It doesn't seem fair that women always have to be evil. But anyways, I thought this story was really cute and Jenni James should be proud. This book gets a five star rating, but maybe it should've been a 4.5.

Happily Ever After
by Kiera Cass

-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations

      Yeah, that's all that is offered in the summary department. But, I very much recommend this book for fans of the series because it allows you to see into parts of some of the other characters lives! My favorite part may have been the epilogue because you get to see America and Maxon married! Let me tell you, it is super cute.
      Another part of this book I really liked were the illustrations. I listened to the series as audiobooks, but I read this one so I don't know if they were already in the regular books or whatever. If they aren't, you've gotta pick up this book, even if it's just to look at the pictures. They were truly magnificent.
      I give this book a five star rating and recommend it to people who didn't want the series to end!

Heart of Danger
by Carolyn Keene

An undercover assignment draws Nancy out West when Texas rancher Robert Reigert recieves a ransom note demanding half a million dollares for the return of his daughter Catarina. The problem is, Catarina died in a plane crash fifteen years ago. Or did she? With the note is evidence that she survived.
  Posing as the ghostwriter of Reigert's autobiography, Nancy finds that kidnapping is just one of his problems. To begin with, someone is trying to poison him. Then a stray bullet convinces Nancy she's also in trouble. If Nancy doesn't solve this case fast, she may lose more than her client.

I gave this book a 2.7, but maybe it's just a two. I solve the mysteries and figure out all the plot twists before they come int this series. It's actually kind of sad. I wish these weren't so easy to solve, I hate those kinds of books. But, I'm not going to stop reading this series, considering how I have bought like $30 worth of them. Oh well, maybe this is more for the not-so-good detectives.

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
  Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
  For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way. 

My uncle said I might like this book and I figured I would give it a try. Plus, it's by Ally Carter. I knew immediatly at the beginning of this book that I was going to like Hale. It was okay and I don't have much more to say about it. It was a little unbelieveable. Not saying that you or I should try it out, but I highly doubt the Louvre would go down into lockdown if someone touched a painting. But what do I know. This book gets a 3 star rating, maybe I'll like the next book better.

Hex Hall
by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
  By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
  As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I checked this book out from Overdrive because I just really needed an audiobook. I'm so happy that I did check this out. I was a little upset because there was cursing, and I hadn't seen that coming. Plus, I totally predicted some things. I KNEW EXACTLY who Sophie would fall in love with THE SECOND he appeared in the book. The book ended with me desperate to know what happens next. I give Hex Hall a four star and can't wait to read what happens next.

Hidden Like Anne Frank
by Marcel Prins

Jaap Sitters was only eight years old when his mother cut the yellow stars off his clothes and sent him, alone, on a fifteen-mile walk to hide with relatives. It was a terrifying night, one he would never forget. Before the end of the war, he would hide in secret rooms and behind walls. He would suffer from hunger, sickness, and the looming threat of Nazi raids. But he would live.
  This is just one of the true stories told in Hidden Like Anne Frank, a collection of eye-opening first-person accounts that share the experience of going into hiding to escape the Holocaust. Some were just toddlers when they were hidden; some were teenagers. Some hid with neighbors or family, while many were with complete strangers. But all know the pain of losing their homes, their families, even their own names. They describe the secret network that kept them safe. And they share the coincidences and close calls that made all the difference.

Congragulations. You are currently looking at my first review of a non fiction book EVER. I'm not into non fiction but something caused me to step out of my boundaries. And I'm glad. I was able to learn a lot from this book, stuff they never mentioned in school. One girl in this book ACTUALLY knew the real Anne Frank. I recommend this one for people who are into adventures.

Hit and Run Holiday
by Carolyn Keene

Sun, surf, and boys are all Nancy, Bess, and George have on their minds when they cruise into Ft. Lauderdale for a week of fun. But that changes abruptly when their friend Kim, who's been in town for a week already, is struck by a hit-and-run driver - and not by accident.
  As Kim lies close to death, Nancy sets out to find the driver. Her only clue is the name "Rostia" - Kim's last word before losing consciousness. Nancy combs the beaches for a face to match the name, but all she finds are handsome guys eager for romance and a jumble of clues that lead nowhere. Suddenly, the would-be killer strikes again. But this time it it Nancy who is wanted dead.

Four stars. This book was all about illegal immagrants and stuff. It was pretty good, and of course Nancy almost dies like in all these books. But I don't get why she let the random lifeguard guy kiss her at the end when she still has her boyfriend Ned.

Hot Cocoa Hearts
by Suzanne Nelson

Emery Mason is not a fan of the holidays. Unfortunately, this year, Em hasto work at her parents' Santa photo booth at the mall. There, Em meets Alejandro Perez, who works at the hot cocoa shop next door. Alex is cute, but he's nothing like Em's real crush - the brooding and artistic Sawyer Kade.
  But the more time Em spends with Alex, the more she realizes that she may not be the Grinch she thought she was. Soon, a blizzard and a Secret Santa surprise throw Em's world upside down. Can she embrace the magic of the holidays and  find the perfect boy to kiss under the mistletoe?

   I don't get it, who doesn't like Christmas!?! Something is very wrong with Em, but with a little help from friends, that's all fixed. A four star book. I was really into it, actually. I half expected a Christmas breakfast and snow out the window. Big disapointment when I came back to the real world.

House Arrest
by K.A. Holt

Stealing is bad.
I know.
But my brother Levi is always so sick,
and his medicine is always so expensive.
  I didn't think anyone would notice,
if I took that credit card,
if, in one stolen second,
I bought Levi's medicine.
  But someone did notice.
Now I have to prove I'm not a delinquent,
I'm not a total bonehead.
  That one quick second turned into
a judge
a year of house arrest,
a year of this court-ordered journal,
a year to avoid messing up 
and being sent to juvie so fast my head will spin.
  It's only 1 year.
Only 52 weeks.
Only 365 days.
Only 8,760 hours.
Only 525,600 minutes.
  What could go wrong?

This book was amazing. It's sad, but the main character has a way of making it sound funny. This book really gets you to think. It makes you wonder how people in actual situations like this feel. I was amazed by this book. It's one big poem of amazingness. I wasn't too satisfied with the ending, but hey, maybe this means there will be a sequel.

Howard Wallace, P.I.
by Casey Lyall

Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he's got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else - least of all, friends. So when a hot case of student council blackmail lands on his desk, he's ready to take it on himself... until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to hire her as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick - and a friend - is such a bad thing after all. Then he breaks one school rule too many a choice: lose Ivy's friendship or quit the P.I. biz forever.

Howard Wallace, P.I. was such an adorable book good for 4th and 5th graders. I love Howard and I'd totally hire him for any mystery if I lived close to him. He was the typical stereotype for a preteen boy, and I liked that. I also liked how he didn't let a lot of things bother him. And how he had a "smart" mouth. Smart, as in, he talked back to his elders. I just loved this book, and I think anybody looking for a cute mystery should read it.
(A 3 star book)

How to Break a Heart
by Kiera Stewart

Nick Wainwright is definitely the love of thirteen-year-old Mabry Collins's life, and when he dumps her in the most mortifying way possible, her heart is shattered. So, maybe they'd never kissed, but they had shared something special. They'd shared LOVE. True love. She's sure of it. 
  And Mabry would know. She's watched countless episodes of her favorite telenovela with her best friend, Sirina, and the characters have taught her everything about romance. 
  But when Sirina's usual methods for comforting Mabry fail, she has an idea: it's time for Mabry to break a heart of her own. And who better than Thad Bell to teach Mabry how to do it? He was the source of her very first heartbreak, and he seems to have his own reasons for wanting to see Nick suffer.
  Mabry decides to give it a shot, but she's pretty sure Thad's advice will lead to disaster. After all, his sole passion is a burrito with extra hot sauce. Anyone with any sense knows that true love doesn't come in a foil wrapper! But if Thad can help her win back-um, that is, break-Nick's heart, then it might just be worth it.

I always pick up a book because I think it sounds good. I always hope that it will live up to my expectations, and usually they do. Sadly, this was not the case with How to Break a Heart. I thought this book was kinda stupid at parts and I wasn't very into it. How stupid can one person be? You might think you know the answer, but then you read this book and you know that Mabry is a million times worse than anything you've ever seen. I just didn't like this book, I give it a two star rating.

How to Ditch Your Fairy
by Justine Larbalestier

If you lived in a world where everyone had a personal fairy, what kind of fairy would you want?
  A clothes-shopping fairy(the perfect outfit will always be on sale!)
  A loose-change fairy(pretty self-explanitory)
  A never-getting-caught fairy(you can get away with anything...)
  Unfortunately for Charlie, she's stuck with a parking fairy-if she's in the car, the driver will find the perfect parking spot. Tired of being treated like a personal parking pass, Charlie devises a plan to ditch her fairy for a more usful model. At first, teaming up with her archenemy (who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy) seems like a good idea. But Charlie soon learns there are consequences for messing with fairies-and she will have to resort to extraordinary measures to set things rights again.

A book that is definitely not for younger girls. It also isn't as good as I thought it would be. I didn't enjoy it as much as I wish, but it still gets a 3.5 rating. And you know how they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well, I shouldn't, but I do, and I was highly disappointed there was no fairy squashing. But anyway, it was a good book, but I don't recommend it to girls who don't like books with a bunch of romance issues(such as me).

How to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer"...but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb?

A couple years ago, I would be laying in my room while my brother and father read this book together down the hall. My brother and father would be constantly laughing, and I thought I would have to give this book a try. Sadly, I think I'm too old for this book because I didn't laugh once. This is one of the sad and rare cases where the movie is better than the book. Really, I thought that How to Train Your Dragon was a really boring book and only gets a 2 star rating.

I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school - typical, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest chemical warfare in science, and students recieved extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.
  Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man seven different ways with her bare hands, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.
  Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist" - but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

There's three reasons I read this, and none are for the mushy romance, which is exactly what this book is. Reason 1) I got it for Christmas and had nothing better to read. Reason 2) If I want my website to be used, I need to read more popular books. This is a popular book. Reason 3) I've always had a thing for spy books. Little did I know, I was going to fall in love with this book. Cammie was funny and so were her friends. I have to say, it was a little confusing at the beginning and I was once again picked on(by my own family!!!!) for reading a book because of it's title. I was so sad at the end, I literally started crying. I still feel sad thinking about it, but I'm still reading the rest of the series. A five star book for young adults(girls may enjoy it more).

I'm With Cupid
by Anna Staniszewski

Dared to kiss the adorkable Marcus Torelli at a party, Lena thinks it's the perfect opportunity to cross First Kiss off her list of "Things to Accomplish Before I Turn Fourteen."
  It's only when she gets sent on an assignment the next day she realizes something went horribly wrong. That ZING she felt wasn't the thrill of her first kiss - she and Marcus have swapped powers! Lena is not your average eighth grader; she's a soul collector with a serious job to do. And Marcus turns out to be a supernatural matchmaker (like cupid, but without the diaper).
  Now logical Lena finds herself with the love touch, and kindhearted Marcus has death at his fingertips. The truth is that Lena should never have taken that dare...because one little kiss has Lena and Marcus in a whole lotta trouble.

I wish I could stop reading books with such mushy titles. But no, I had to read this book and my uncle gave me such a hard time. Anyway, the summary was kind of confusing for me, so here is is, easier to understand:
  Lena is like the grim reaper and Marcus is like cupid. They play dare or dare and have to kiss. The next day Lena makes an old lady fall in love and Marcus almost kills a woman. This is when they realize that the kiss they had switched their powers. Better? I thought so. Anyway, this book was okay, I gave it a 3.5 because it was a little stupid. It's also not as good the second time.

In a Glass Grimmly
by Adam Gidwitz

If you dare, join Jack and Jill as they embark on a harrowing quest through a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Follow along as they enter startling new landscapes that may(or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true, in this hair-raising companion to Adam Gidwitz's widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark and Grimm.

What kind of a summary is that? Here let me explain what happens: Jack and Jill are cousins that go on a journey together to find a magical object. It's very gruesome, so when the author tells you it's about to get bloody,  believe it. This is part of a trilogy, but you can read it in any order you want. Each book is about two different children and a different story, so you could read this as a stand alone. Five stars, I love this series. Although, I do think that the first one was funnier.

Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst

       Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, The Wild, from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.
       Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.

       I fell asleep reading this book. That immediatly should warn you about how boring this book is. My friend Alexa was going on about how much she liked it, but I can't see why. The book has been tagged as a YA book on Goodreads, but personally, I think it's more for 3rd and 4th graders. I guess that's the main reason I didn't like this book, I'm too old for it. Anyway, I give this book a 2.5 star rating. I hope that if you read this book, you like it better than I did.

Jack and the Beanstalk
by Jenni James

Jack Waithwrite is livid when he learns that his fiancée, Rachel, has been stolen by a giant and taken up to a kingdom in the sky. Without the means to save her, he travels with his sister to Larkein, the place where dark magic abides, to discover a way to help Rachel. While there, a cunning witch knows who he is and offers to help him. However, when he finds out the kidnapping was orchestrated by the witch to use him as her pawn for her own schemes, his true quest begins. Now Jack must outwit a giant and stay one step ahead of the witch in time to save Rachel. 

This book was cute, just like the one about Jack's parents, Hansel and Gretel. I liked how this one tied Jack and the Beanstalk with Jack and Jill AND Hansel and Gretel. Sorry the picture of the cover isn't the best, but you get the general idea of what it looks like, so be happy. I gave this one a four star, which Jenni James should accept greatfully since I've also given her a 1.5 and a 2 in the past.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
by Wendy Mass

When Jeremy FInk receives a mysterious box on his thirteenth birthday with the words The Meaning of LIfe engraved on the lid, he and his best friend Lizzy can't wait to find out what's inside. But when he discovers that the box is locked, he and Lizzy set off on an adventure around Manhattan to find the keys to life's biggest mystery.

Five Star. Did you know that I actually met the author and she signed my book? Well it happened, and I learned a lot about this book when I met her. Wendy Mass is one of my fav authors and this book is one of the reasons why. Totally recommened to people who like funny but serious stories.

Just Add Magic
by Cindy Callaghan

Take three friends. Add an old cookbook. Combine with cute boys and a pinch of magic…and see what kind of chaos ensues! When Kelly Quinn and her two BFFs discover a dusty old cookbook while cleaning out the attic, the girls decide to try a few of the mysterious and supposedly magical recipes that are inside. To their surprise, the Keep ’Em Quiet Cobbler actually silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and the Hexberry Tart puts a curse on mean girl Charlotte. Is it possible that the recipes really are magic? Who wrote them and where did they come from? And most importantly of all, when boys get involved, what kind of trouble are the girls stirring up for themselves?

You know how they say the books are always better than the movies? Well, I'm not so sure it's true about TV shows. I saw the TV show Just Add Magic one time and I really liked it. Then, I learned there was a book and I knew I had to read the book. I shouldn't have bothered. The book was not great. I honestly have no idea what rating to give it because I hated it but also because I liked some parts. So yeah, Just Add Magic has no rating on the Lenni scale.

Just Ella 
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

 It's a familiar story: In spite of the obstacles put in her way by the wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride. Now she's comfortably ensconced in the palace, awaiting marriage to the man of her dreams. It's happily ever after time, right?
  Wrong! Life for Ella has become an endless round of lessons and restrictions; even worse, Prince Charming turns out to be more like Prince Boring. Why can't she talk with him the way she can with Jed, her earnest young tutor?
  Slowly, Ella comes to realize she doesn't want the life she fought so hard to win. But breaking her engagment proves more difficult-and dangerous-than escaping her stepmother's tyranny.

This book is about a 2.5. I was expecting some sick plot twist, but Margaret Peterson Haddix let me down. And I didn't like the story so much either. It just wasn't my type, I guess. People looking for action, look somewhere else. 

Just One Wish 
by Janette Rallison

Annika is desperate to get the famous (and hunky) Hollywood actor who plays Teen Robin Hood to visit her little brother. That shouldn't be too difficult, should it? Actors must do that stuff all the time.... Annika's madcap (and mortifying) adventure proves that stalking is easy, but convincing someone to grant your deepest with is hard.

Just One Wish really touched me. In fact, it moved me. It shows that family is important which I agree with 100%. I loved Just One Wish and I would read it again. It was SO funny, I was laughing like you would not believe. It was a little serious at parts and the ending is really sad, but I still loved it. Annika is awesome! I hope that I'll get to read more from this author sometime soon.
(A five star book)

Last Days
by G. Willow Wilson

From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she's been challenged. But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe. Lucky she's got the help of Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers! Between teaming up with her personal hero to rescue her brother and trying to keep her city from falling into an all-out frenzy, Kamala has barely had time to come to terms with the fact that the world is literally collapsing around her. But the truth will catch up to her, and soon. When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? Kamala knows the answer. Let's do this, Jersey City.

What an epic ending to a series I've come to love! And getting these graphic novels from the library was SO much cheaper than buying every comic from one of my usual comic stores. It does mean I didn't get those Marvel insider points, though... But enough about me, you want to know why I decided this book was a four star book. I wasn't happy with the very ending, it wasn't satisfying. And it ended so...weirdly. There were too many changes, I can't believe they would end the series like that! But everything else was great. Sort of... I didn't like the part where they left the cats to die.

Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer

      Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
      Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
      When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

      This book was recommended to me so many times by Goodreads because of all the other books I've read. I knew there was no way that I wouldn't like it. Neither Goodreads nor I were wrong. I recommend it to fans of "Tell Me Three Things" because of the deeper thinking each book provokes and presents.
      I loved the fact that almost the whole entire book, neither character knew who they were really speaking to. It was adorable because the whole time the reader knows and they don't. I believe that's called dramatic irony? Anyway, I thought that was funny and cute. I also wanted to say that the book was beautifully written and didn't only focus on the romance but also on the hardships of life.
      I give this book a four star rating.

Lions and the Living Dead
by Ruby Loren

                           Can a scam phone call pave the way to murder? 
     When Pendalay Zoo’s Halloween preparations gain a grisly, genuine prop, Madi is forced to conclude the answer may be yes. 
     She’s facing her greatest test yet, trying to save a zoo full of animals who’ve been left in a terrible condition - but that’s not her only challenge. 
     One of her new colleagues has a stalker… and they’ve just graduated from dirty tricks to murder! 
     It’s not long before Madi discovers she’s worryingly close to the stalker’s victims… and there’s no telling who they’ll kill next. 

     When this was nearly published, Ruby Loren said that she thought it could possibly be her best book in the series. I still think it's "The Silence of the Snakes," the second book. Still, this one was a great mystery. I'm a little heartbroken over the condition of the Pendalay, but at least Madi made it all better... and rid the people of a murderer too. Lol. That's all I had to say, other than this book wasn't that exciting. I know the author was rushing to write this one for her deadline, so I guess that could have something to do with it.
     Happy reading everybody!
     (A 3.5 star book)

Little Miss Red
by Robin Palmer

When Sophie Greene goes to spend Spring Break at her grandmother's house in Florida, she never dreams she'll end up catching the eye of the hottest guy she's ever seen. As much as Sophie craves excitement, she's a seat belt-wearing, three-square-meals-a-day, good girl at heart....She doesn't even have the guts to wear Dark as Midnight nail polish. But Sophie dreams of being the girl who isn't afraid to live on edge. So when a motorcycle-riding hottie calls her "Red" and flashes her a wolfish grin that practically screams Danger, what else is a nice girl to do but jump at the chance to walk on the wild side?

The tale of Little Red Riding Hood is about this dopey girl who trusts a WOLF. Isn't it a little weird that every other creature of the forest can't talk, but this wolf can't? Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, I can see why someone would want to redo the story. But Robin Palmer, I'm sorry, you failed. Little Miss Red was horrible. What happened here? Cindy Ella and Wicked Jealous were great books! How could an author so epically fail? I gave Little Miss Red a 1.5 star rating.

Locker Hero
by Rachel Renee Russell

​Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School. There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker. If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comics. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!

  For years, the Dork Diaries has been a supremely popular series with girls. Now, from the same author, we have Max Crumbly. I found some parts of this book very funny, but some just a little weird. My fifth grade brother loved it, and I'm no boy so maybe that's why he liked it better. It was still okay and I can't wait to read the next book. (A three star book)

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West

   Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—
   She wins!
   In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
   Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

   Yay!!! Another Kasie West book! Although this was not her best work, it wasn't her worst either. Unlike On the Fence, this book was very relateable for me. I made tons of text-to-self connections, but also text-to-text connections. Lucky in Love reminded me, in a way, of The Distance Between Us. Only, The Distance Between Us is better.
   Something that's never happened before in any Kasie West books I've read is that she covers some issues with the stereotypes about race. I thought that was really cool because a lot of people read Kasie West, so a lot will become aware of the issue.
   That's all for now, enjoy!

by Amy Alward

Samantha Kemi comes from a long line of old-school alchemists, which has fallen on hard times.
  When thouroghly modern Princess Evelyn is poisoned by a positively ancient love potion, a hunt is called to find the antidote. 
  Winning this hunt will revive Sam's family's reputation. And soon Sam is traveling the world for the rarest ingredients, venturing deep into magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
  Sam's greatest threat? Zain Aster, her foremost opponent on the hunt. Rumor has it he was the intended recipient of the princess's love potion. With that smile, it's not hard to see why...
  Falling for Zain is a terrible idea. So why can't Sam get him out of her mind? Is this magic at work.

I saw this book in a scholastic book order and thought that it looked good. I was very happy with it and I liked it even more than I thought I would. This book got a 4.5 because it was missing just one puzzle piece, if you know what I mean. It just needed something more. I was still satisfied with Madly, which also goes by the title "The Potion Diaries." I hope I get to read the rest of this series even though the public library does not have any of the other books.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews

  Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
  Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
   Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
  And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Interesting title, right? That's why I picked this book up, the title. Let me just tell you, right now, that if you're looking for happily ever afters you can look somewhere else. And it's not like I'm spoiling anything for you since the author announces on page 2 that Rachel dies at the end. Anyway, I wasn't too big on this book. Although it could be funny at times, the main character was a real pervert and his best friend curses a lot. I can say this book has very "colorful" language. I gave Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a 2.5 star rating.

Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne

   There's no actual publisher's summary for this one, so here is the unofficial LenniLand one:

   Dean wasn't expecting to get stuck in a supermarket after a huge, killer hail storm. But that's okay, there are plenty of supplies until his parents come for him. Except, they don't. Nobody comes for the fourteen kids that were supposed to be in school. Watch as each character struggles to overcome the fear inside and grow up a little, or risk death.

   I hope that helped. Honestly, I'm not really good at the whole summary writing. I hope that I can get better because there's got to be other books without summaries out there. Anyway, I guess we should continue to my review.
   Monument 14 sounded interesting enough, but dystopian isn't a genre I read too often. I'll stick with my happily ever afters and all that jazz. When I started reading it, I thought it was awesome. I loved the action and the fact that it was extremely realistic. But, around half way, there was "bed stuff." It went downhill from there. You come to despise some of this characters, but I don't know if that was the author's purpose. Oh well.
   I give this a total of 2.7 stars out of five.

Mother's Misfortune
by Cordelia Castel

*No Summary*

    You know how they say to never judge a book by its cover? It's very true. There might be a picture of a boy picking his nose on the cover, but the book has no nose picking boys inside. Or, it could be a cover with a picture of a fairy that has been squashed with a hammer(look at "How to Ditch Your Fairy") Spoiler alert: There was no fairy smashing.
    This book is one that fits that whole no judging thing perfectly. You think that, for some odd reason, it has a very pretty and appealing cover and that means this book will be great. It wasn't. Nope, it was TERRIBLE. DO NOT READ. N-O. First of all, the author left me with waaaaay too many questions at the end, and I don't think they are answered anywhere in the series. Not that I'll be reading it. Ich. I have no words to describe just how dull and boring this book was. Please don't read this unless you are suicidal.

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls
by Beth McMullen

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have—at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…

I can say that this is one of the few spy/superhero school books done right. It didn't make me want to melt my brains out or anything. This book was, short, funny, and had enough action to keep me reading. I loved Toby and I hope that he's in the next book(if there is one, which I hope there will be). That's all I have to say about Mrs Smith's Spy School for Girls besides, enjoy!!!!
(A 3 star rating)
(P.S. The beginning may be a little hard to get into, but keep reading!!!)

Mud City
by Deborah Ellis

Parvana's best friend, fourteen-year-old Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to buy her passage out of the country. An incident with a dishonest man lands her in jail, where she spends the night, terrified and despairing, before well-meaning Americans she met when she was begging rescue her. They take her to their home in a residential part of Peshawar, and for a time she has a taste of a life where children have food to eat and warm beds and toys to play with, and she feels safe for the first time. But just when she thinks the family will ask her to stay with them, disaster ensues, and Shauzia finds herself driven back to the refugee camp, where she discovers the old choices are not so easy any more.

Living in Aghanistan or Pakistan like the main characters of these books have to is way harder than the author can really show you. Unless you've done it, you'll never truly know what these people go through. This series is amazing and I think I like this one the best. This one is the one that really reached me. I am happy to be living in the place I live in with my family and friends and an education. I hope that everyone who reads this book changes for the better.
(A five star book)

Murder is a Monkey's Game
by Ruby Loren

   Madi is horrified when she witnesses a strange, fatal paragliding incident. But when her private detective boyfriend, Lowell, arrives on the scene, he recognises the dead man right away. 
   Does someone know about Lowell’s dark past that he shared with the victim? 
   Who are the man and woman - who turn up in the village wearing suits and asking questions - really working for? 
   All of a sudden, Lowell is on the list of suspects for a crime where the only witness to murder is a monkey.

   This book was one crazy mystery that I could not solve...AT ALL. At one point, the author even had me thinking it was the monkeys who were killing people!!! I'm so happy that I discovered this author and then signed up for her beta team because she rights some truly lovable books with great characters. I'm super obsessed with Lowell.
(A four star book)

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
by Kelly Jones

       The year is 1818, the city is London, and our heroine, 16-year-old Annis Whitworth, has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.
       Annis always suspected that her father was a spy, so following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.
       Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on.
       She’ll follow the clues her father left behind and discover what befell him.
       She’ll prove she can sew an impenetrable disguise.
       She’ll earn a living without stooping to become a—shudder—governess.
       It can’t be any harder than navigating the London social season, can it?

       I did not enjoy this book very much. I think mostly the reason for that was because I was rushing through the whole thing and I didn't really take the time to enjoy it. Although, I can say that there were a lot of parts that would've bore me even if I hadn't been rushing it. For example, not all of the characters were very enjoyable. The first one hundred pages of the book were super hard to get into. After that, it got a little exciting, but the most I can give this book is a 2.5. I would recommend this book to people who like less action.

Murder on Ice
by Carolyn Keene

A weekend on the slopes is just what Nancy and Ned need to rekindle their romance. Joined by Bess and George, they head for the mountains - and run straight into deadly peril. First, Nancy's towline breaks, then she and Ned careen toward cliff's edge in an out-of-control Jeep! Among the suspects is a good-looking ski instructor who's already got George falling for him. Nancy's got to move fast - before an avalanche of murder buries them all!

Amazing! Five stars! Third book in series. Nancy and Ned almost die a million different times! This is probably one of the best NDF books. This book is overflowing with action and amazingness. Apologies about how blurry the pic turned out.

No Normal
by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the damage of her newfound powers, she also unlocks a secret behind them. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her prove too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. 

I could tell the second I finished the True Believers edition of the first comic that I would like this new hero. Or old hero, since Kamala is just recycling a name. I love Kamala becuase she is easy to relate to and I ship her with Bruno! Lol, I could read this all over again because I just love Ms. Marvel.
(A five star book)

My Fair Godmother
by Janette Rallison

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight.

We're always reading about the nerd on the sidelines who wishes they could get the guy/girl. It's about time we read about the popular one being in the nerds shoes!! It sort of reminded me of All American Girl by Meg Cabot because the main character wanted her sister's bf. But, the best part of this book was when Savannah first meets up with Tristan in the middle ages. That part was one of the funniest along with Chrissy and her failure at granting wishes. I liked My Fair Godmother and it gets a three star rating.

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother
by Janette Rallison

Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar: a gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel wearing fairy godmother in training. She misinterprets Sadie's wishes and sends her back in time to be a part of The Little Mermaid story and then makes her one of the twelve dancing princesses. Wishes are permanent, and if Sadie wants to get back to her home, she'll have to strike a magical bargain--one that involves stealing a goblet from a powerful fairy queen.

I have had no fun reading "Twelve Dancing Princesses" until Janette Rallison came and wrote it. This book was no disappointment to the series, let me tell you. This book was SO funny, SO sweet, and even super cute! And when I say it was funny, I mean outrageously hilarious. I hope there's another book like the ending hinted at. It would be a lot of fun to read one more adventure from this series. I think what makes it the most enjoyable is that the characters are somewhat relateable(I've never been sent to a fairy tale) and they always disagree in the beginning. Plus, some people get to learn more about fairy tales if they didn't know them already.
   Book #2 was definitely the best, but you must read the rest of the series because it's just too good to pass up. (A 4.5 star review)

My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business
by Dick van Dyke

I was not able to find a summary for this one, so here is my own:
   Dyke van Dyke has brought laughter to us through the years. The fact that he's so famous makes you think that his life must be easy. But it's not. In this book, you'll see all the hardships Dick van Dyke has gone through to get where he is now. Trust me, you'll be surprised how long it took him before he was finally successful.

My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business was a really amazing book. The only reason I picked it up was because I like the Dick van Dyke Show. I didn't even realize that Dick van Dyke had a lead role in Mary Poppins! But that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are some really awesome stories in here, some sad ones, and all are inspiring. I enjoyed reading about the life of one of my favorite TV stars.
(I wasn't sure how to rate this)

My Name is Parvana 
by Deborah Ellis

On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan — and Parvana.
  In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.
  As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

I read every book in this series, and every one of them made me rethink my ways of life. Dressing like a boy, starving yourself to save food, avoiding mine fields... this sounds like some crazy plot to an action movie. But this really does happen to people every day in other countries. Every book in this series gets a five star and I hope you get to someday read these books too.

My Not So Super Sweet Life
by Rachel Harris

       Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.
       Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.
       As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.
       Well, and the stalkerazzi.

       Five out of five stars! This book was no less awesome as the rest of the books in the series! A lot of the scenes from this book and book two are always fresh in my mind because I loved them so much. A girl can dream about having the type of romance Cat and Lucas experience in these books. If you need a laugh out loud romantic comedy, you've found yourself what you wanted! Although it has to deal with time travel, I promise it's still like a typical contemporary YA romance. Don't let the time travel steer you away from it.
       The romance in these books is so adorable and endearing, you won't want to miss it, trust me. I hope you read this book and have a happy reading!

My Unfair Godmother
by Janette Rallison

Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn't exactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She'll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control.

My Fair Godmother was a great book, but My Unfair Godmother was a billion times better. I loved the humor and the plot. Hudson was totally awesome. I would date a guy like him. Anyways, I thought this one deserved a five star because it was just totally amazing. It made me reconsider what I've said about never ever having a baby. But don't think that means the main character has a baby or any of "that stuff." My Unfair Godmother was an awesome book and I REALLY want to read the next book.

by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

It is no surprise that this book was a finalist for the National Book Award. Nimona was AMAZING! I don't know why, but I just LOVED this book. I felt a little uncomfortable about the relationship between Goldenloin and Blackheart, but other than that, I loved Nimona. Nimona has spunk! The ending was a little sad, but only a little since I was able to not cry. This book was hilarious and serious and just plain AWESOME. Seriously, that all in just one book. A definite five star rating.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Rachel Harris

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze. 
  Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. 
  Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

very  funny beginning to a trilogy. And a great ending! It has a cliffhanger that didn't bother me too much since I already had the second book in my arms. I did find it awesome how Cat came back to find that she had influenced the future. I don't have much more to say, so I'll just say I gave this a four star rating and happy reading!

Nobody's Secret
by Michaela MacColl

       One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger.

       Five out of five stars!!! Although I was very sad over the death of Mr. Nobody, the book was a great mystery and I ended up enjoying it very much. The characters were fun and very lovable, especially Emily. The author really couldn't have done a better job with this book. Now's the time where I point out the flaws this book had. But I can't because there were none. So, tata for now, and I hope you end up reading this book!

Once Upon a Cruise
by Anna Staniszewski

When Ainsley's mom told her they'd be spending the summer on a fairy-tale cruise, she pictured herself lounging by the pool. Instead, she's running all over the ship doing favor after favor for her cruise-director mom. This is her mom's first new job in years, and with the captain breathing down their necks, Ainsley has to be perfect. 
  But things start to go wrong: The laundry turns pink, Ainsley keeps needing to be rescued by the annoying guy playing the PIg King, and her mom expects her to be in a hundered places at once. Is this fairy-tale cruise under a wicked curse? Or can Ainsley stand up for herself and make the cruise end happily ever after?

FIVE STARS!!!!! I loved this book sooooo much! It was so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing! This is a good book for elementary girls or less advanced female readers in middle school.

One Silver Summer
by Rachel Hickman

After losing her mother in an accident, Sass in sent to the English coast to live with her uncle. Far from her native Brooklyn, the rocky shores, crumbling castles, and wild hedgerows of Cornwall seem like the perfect place to hide her grief. And when she stumbles across a silver horse in a sunlit meadow, Sass feels a surprising sense of peace...only for it to be broken by a boy.
  Arrogant and distrustful, the horse's trainer, Alex, doesn't approve of the trespassing American. Yet after a few chance meetings, he begins to feel a connection to the curious girl with the sad eyes, and eventually offers to teach her to ride. Sass never expected to feel anything - least of all love - but the lessons reveal a far different Alex, and soon their friendship turns into something more.
  But Alex has a secret - a bombshell about his real identity that could shatter Sass's fragile trust...and force him to abandon the only girl who made him believe in himself.

I had thought this book was going to be amazing. It sure SOUNDED amazing. Instead, this book was a real let down. I felt that this book went WAY too fast. One page Sass and Alex hated each other and the very next they were all kissy. And I suppose I would've liked it better if the book took place in more of the past. I was really not feeling this book, and in the end, I gave it a 2 star.

Only the Good Spy Young
by Ally Carter

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
  Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

The fourth book is the best so far! OMG, I love this series SO much. I messed up my whole reading schedule just so I could read the fourth installment in this amazing series. I'll be sad to see it go... Anyway, I loved all the crazy twists in this book. I also liked that there was more of Zach. Lol, a five star to a killer-awesome series.

On the Fence
by Kasie West

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
  To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

After reading one book by this author, you can predict the way the rest of these books turn out by reading the summary. Still, I enjoy reading her books for their humor. Too bad I wasn't too big on this book. It was a little boring and I didn't get some parts. Plus, I feel like Kasie West likes to use guys who have troubles with their fathers which gets a little old. I was entertained by the whole "Don't tell Charlie" thing when it came to the secret about her mother. I gave it a 3 star but even that seems a little generous.

Out of Sight, Out of Time
by Ally Carter

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an Alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must now face the fact that her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie's summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
  Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It's a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

The fifth Gallagher Girls book, and the most action packed, in my opinion. I didn't like the beginning too much and the end confused me at parts. At least there was a lot of Zach. I like him, he's cool chiz. I laughed so hard at parts and at others I was biting my nails because I was so nervous for Cammie. I hope the sixth one is good. I also hope it's long. I don't want Gallagher Girls to end!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, yeah, this book is a 4.5.

by Stuart Gibbs

     FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet—Li Ping—a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. But when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.

     Stuart Gibbs writes a lot of good books, and this one was no different. The mystery was crazy and I couldn't figure out who did it unlike with other books. Mr. Gibbs is a very skilled writer who writes the perfect books for people who want fun adventures with little to no romance and male main characters.
(A 3.5 star book.)

Pants on Fire 
by Meg Cabot

   But she can't exactly tell the truth, either--not when she's juggling two boyfriends, secretly hating the high school football team everyone else worships, and trying to have the best summer ever. At least Katie has it all under control (sort of). Her biggest secret, what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the junior high gymnasium wall, is safe.
   That is, until Tommy comes back to town. Katie is sure he's going to ruin all her plans, and she'll do anything to hang on to her perfect existence. Even if it means telling more lies. Even if, now that Tommy's around, she's actually--truthfully--having the time of her life.

When I was in 6th grade, I was absolutely obsessed with Meg Cabot. I read all 20 Princess Diaries books and all I wanted was more Meg Cabot. The one book that I never got a chance to read because I couldn't find a copy of it was Pants on Fire. That is...until now!!! And after reading this book, I was reminded of all the reasons that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Meg Cabot books. This was just so funny and so adorable, I'm very happy that I found a copy of it. I recommend this one to fans of Kasie West's The Fill-In Boyfriend.
(A 3.5 star book)

Parvana's Journey
by Deborah Ellis

In Parvana's Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war -- an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel together, forging a kind of family out of sheer need. The strength of their bond makes it possible to survive the most desperate conditions.

After reading this book, you will regret every time you've ever thrown away food or complained about the quality of your food. You'll worship whatever diety you worship because they have blessed you with good health and a safe country to live in. That's how I felt after reading this book. Parvana is just a fictional character, I can't begin to imagine what people who actually live like this feel. I don't understand what the Taliban get out of killing people. I give this book a five star because it is so amazing and it shows you that you have much to be thankful for.

by Sara Pennypacker

Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds.

Pax was such a touching story about friendship and loyalty. It really touched me and made me wish that I had a pet like Pax as a little child. Pax is a book that works to show you what a true friendship should look like. Both Pax and Peter were very set on finding each other. If you like stories with happy endings, though, I don't recommend this book for you. I nearly cried at the end. But don't worry, there's no death.
(A four star rating.)

Penguins and Mortal Peril
by Ruby Loren

  When the penguin keeper is found dead at the bottom of the penguin pool, zookeeper Madigan Amos is determined to find out what happened to him… even if it means apprehending armed intruders, getting caught in the middle of a terrorist attack, and sparring with a machete wielding murderer. 
  The police struggle to conclude whether or not the death was accidental, but it’s not the only recent, unexplained happening at Avery Zoo. Since the tragic, avoidable death of a serval, animal rights activists have plagued the zoo. Activists with a reputation for extremism. Do they have something to do with the penguin keeper’s demise? 
  Madi also has her suspicions about two new zoo employees, but what exactly do they have to do with the goings on? Are they activist spies, or do they have their own scores to settle? 

I became an advance copy reader for this author because her books sounded interesting and I love finding typos. This is the first book I ever read by this author and I fell in love. The cover= awesome. The characters+events= even better than cover!!! Madi was an awesome protagonist and I loved how she could handle the many obstacles thrown at her. She didn't even faint or flip out when she found the body! I do have to warn you, though. This book is written in British English so it may look like there are a lot of typos to any Americans. I gave this a 3.5 and cannot​ wait for book #2!!!

Pennyroyal Academy
by M.A. Larson

A girl from the forest, with no name and no idea why she is there, arrives in a bustling kingdom only to find herself at the center of a world war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, gived the name "Evie," she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steely glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies.
  As Evie learns what it truly means to become a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could have imagined.

FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!!! This book was amazing!!!!
It reminded me a lot of "Harry Potter" and "The School for Good and Evil." This book had lots of action, suspence, and romance. You might have a lot of questions at the beginning, like why Evie was in the woods, but they will be answered some point in the book and the answers are awesome. I love you Pennyroyal Academy! 

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop and W. W. Hale the Fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of lovable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the seemingly most perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting - or stealing - whatever they want.
  When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion-dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. This time, Hale might be the mark.
  As she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible - but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.

Ally Carter is a great author, Her books make you turn every page, desparate for more. Or at least, that's how I felt with Gallagher Girls and Embassy Row. I never really felt that way with the Heist Society series...until Perfect Scoundrels. As far as I know, this is the last book in the series, too. It's a shame that the best one was the last one. And I still have questions that went unanswered, which is why this book lost half a star, making it a 4.5 star book.

by E.C. Newman

       Sophie Todd hoped that her senior year would be different. Unfortunately, different seems to mean getting punched in the face for sticking up for the new girl, having her offer of friendship spurned by said new girl, and finally gaining the attention of her long-time crush, Ezra Varden, but for all the wrong reasons.
       It's a tenuous friendship at best, but as Juliet starts to open up to Sophie, they both realize that the Vardens, Juliet's foster family, is not your average family. They're extremely close-knit—freakishly so—but they welcomed a complete stranger into their home, which just so happens to have the largest meat freezer anyone's ever seen...
       ...and certainly no one said anything about Ezra and the wolves.

       This  was the book that I went to when I ran out of other werewolf books to read. It isn't difficult to find werewolf books, but it is hard to find werewolf books where the romance is completely clean. Luckily, the main character of this book is super innocent and there's nothing dirty about this book.
       If this book sounds interesting to you, I recommend that you read the preview on Goodreads or Amazon. If you like it, I recommend you buy the book because that basically prepares you for what the rest of the book is going to be like. So, if you don't like the preview, I recommend you find something else to read because the tone and the characters basically stay the same throughout the book. Personally, I liked this book and I gave it a 3.7 star rating out of five.
       Good luck finding your next book and I hope that Phase ​appealed to you!

Pippa of Lauramore
by Shari L. Tapscott

For as long as Pippa can remember, she’s looked forward to her eighteenth birthday. The number represents freedom—and the end of her boring lessons with dreary tutors. Unfortunately for the princess, it’s also the age she is expected to marry Lionel, the stern prince of Vernow.
  Eager to escape her future with the Lionel, Pippa convinces her Father to hold a traditional marriage tournament. Thirty men travel to Lauramore to compete, including Galinor, the dark-haired, blue-eyed prince of Glendon.
  Galinor is everything Pippa dreams a prince can be. He’s handsome and strong, virtuous and true. Immediately smitten, Pippa decides she will do everything in her power to ensure Galinor wins the tournament—even if she must convince her friend Archer to win it for him.
  Dragons and fairies, poison and lies—Pippa will let nothing stand between her and Galinor’s future.
  But despite how well the tournament begins, Pippa may soon learn even the right prince can be the wrong man.

Pippa of Lauramore is a fun book about a princess who falls in love with a man she cannot marry. As you loyal followers know, that is a common theme in the books I read. I enjoyed this book more than I could describe. It was amazing and I think Pippa and Archer make one of the cutest book couples ever. It is a totally clean romance and I would gladly read it again at a later date. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
(A five star book)

Pivot Point
by Kasie West

       Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
       In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.

       I honestly avoided reading this book for a while. I love all of Kasie West's YA contemporaries. In fact, I'm kind of addicted. I didn't know what to expect from these books, considering that they're science fiction, so I just pushed them to the side. Finally, I decided to give this book a go and I'm so happy I did. Personally, I think this book is better than some of Kasie West's contemporaries! I especially enjoyed watching Addie struggle with a lot of our less advanced technology.
       The love triangle in this book drove me crazy. I could never figure out who I wanted Addie to end up with. All I wanted was to skip to the end and find out who she'd choose. Luckily, I waited to find out and I was happy with both my choice and Addie's. I recommend this book to Kasie West's fans and I give it a four star rating.

Playing Cupid
by Jenny Meyerhoff

Clara Martinez knows what it takes to make a good match. So when her school assigns a project to create a business from scratch, Clara decides to start a matchmaking service for her fellow classmates. But things get complicated when Clara startes receiving mysterious notes and sweet gifts in her locker. Clara has a secret admirer! But she has no idea who it could be...
  Despite being a love expert for her friends, Clara's a total novice when it comes to her own love life, and truth be told, it all sort of scares her. Can Cupid Clara gather the courage to fall in crush.

When I found out about this book, I knew I had to read it. It sounded SO GOOD! I was a little more than disappointed reading the book. I wasn't sure I liked the whole Logan and Mateo problems too much. Honestly, could a person really be THAT stupid? I felt the book could've been way better than it was and I only gave it a three star. After all, the love notes Clara got were so cheesy they were funny.

Princess for Hire
by Lindsey Leavitt

When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you want to become a substitute princess, do you:
  a) run
  b) faint
  c) say yes!
  For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite c) - that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Eygiptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily inot the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
  Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more that wearing a tiara and waving cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off - and you're sure she would want you to change his mind?

This book was very funny, I enjoyed Desi's adventures as a different person. I did find some holes in the plot costing it a star, but it still got a four star rating from me, so whatevs. It was a little sad at the end with the whole Karl thing, but I'm sure it'll get fixed somewhere along the line. Just saying, I totally would've gone for d) none of the above. Hello? A random lady appeared in your BATHROOM. Obviously you should chase her out. Lols, I loved this book and I hope you guys do, too!

Princess of the Midnight Ball
by Jessica Day George

Princess Rose is the eldest of twelve sisters condemned ot dance each night for the wicked King Under Stone in his palace deep within the earth. It is a curse that has haunted the girls since birth - and only death will set them free.
  Then Rose meets Galen, a young soldier-turned-gardener with an eye for adventure and a resolve that matches her own, and freedom suddenly begins to seem a little less impossible. To defeat the king and his dark court, they will need one invisibilty cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and the most critical ingredient of all - true love.

I'm not too familiar with the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I actually know nothing about the original tale. I have read two different versions of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and I wasn't a huge fan of either like I was hoping I would be. This one was still decent and I thought the ending was absolutely charming. I give this a three star and I'm still willing to read the rest of the series.

P.S. I Like You
by Kasie West

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough, Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered-and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She sets out to unravel the identity of the letter writer-but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could ever imagined it to be. Can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

Omg, this book was so funny and exciting. I loved this book so much! Lily and her pen pal were so cute. I'm happy the way this book turned out in the end. I was a little mad at Lily's friend, Isabelle or whatever, since she had been a little selfish and I didn't like her boyfriend that much either. I was still happy to read this book and I can't wait for more by this author. 
(A five star book)

by Lola Dodge

Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
  The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
  Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

Because the person who wrote this summary is a butt and made it rediculously long, this summaray will be short. I wasn't planning on reading any of the other Shadow Ravens books, but I was craving something dystopian and I decided to go with this book. It was pretty good, but also very bloody so this isn't for the weak of stomach. I gave this book a four star and I know that when you read this, you'll understand why.

Quanta Reset
by Lola Dodge

  Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
  The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
  While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
  Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.

  Another great book about the Shadow Ravens with even more action than the last! And just like the last book, this one also gets a four star rating. What I love about these books is that there are no love triangles and the people who fall in love are serious about the relationships. Altair would do anything to protect Quanta and vise versa. I hope I find a love like that. These books are for the big dystopian nuts.

Quanta Rewind
by Lola Dodge

  With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.
  But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.
  If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.
  And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.

This is the last Quanta book! Well, that's what the author said in a reply to a message I sent her through GoodReads. But, that doesn't mean the end of the series. I suggested a book about Devan and she said that she was thinking about a book for Cassie! She also said she'd give my request for more Cipher(<3) to Aileen Erin!!! Anyways, this book was thankfully the last Quanta book. Don't think I didn't like them, because I did, but I think that if there had been one more I would have started getting bored. It would appear that I've given it a four star rating on Goodreads, but I wrote no review so who knows anymore? Anyways, I thought this book was good and it sparked an interest in knowing about Devan. I totally ship her and Dex!!! That's all for now!

by Jenni James

On Rapunzel’s sixteenth birthday, her parents are turned to stone by the evil witch, Lady Vactryne, and the girl is taken to be forever hidden away in a tower. The young princess is afraid and all alone, and as the months pass by and her attempts to escape become more desperate, she begins to lose hope that anyone will come to save her. 
  Prince Jonathan of Balligyrn has loved Rapunzel since they were children and has vowed to battle the witch, bring Rapunzel back, and restore her kingdom, no matter the cost. It has been years since he last saw her and asked her to wait for him to return from school. Now Jonathan only hopes he is not too late. 
  The cunning witch has other plans for them both, one that does not involve losing her dreams to mere fools. Who will win—the woman bent on revenge, or the young girl determined to overcome it all? 

This is what I was expecting! This is like the first book I read by this author, The Frog Prince. I immediately added almost every book by this author to my to-reads list. But, after reading the last book, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, I was scared that this author was going to let me down.
Rupunzel was awesome! I LOVED the first chapter, it was so adorable. I hope that the rest of this series is more like The Frog Prince and Rupunzel than The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath
by Helene Boudreau

Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: it's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.
  Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird? 

I could tell from the moment I finished the first book that I was going to like this one. I love it when I can make connections to a character in a book, which I can do with this series. No, my mom is not a mermaid and I didn't get mermaid genes passed down to me. But, I was able to make connections to the realistic parts of Jade. Lol. I give this book a four star and I'm happy with the ending.

Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels
by Helene Boudreau

The only thing that terrifies Jade more than the ocean is dancing at the Fall Formal. Because Jade has two left feet—er, flippers. Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-size aqua-phobic mer-girl? At least her only drama is of the human variety...
  Or not.
  The Mermish Council has just declared that all land-dwelling mers but return to the ocean. Pronto. But there's no way Jade is going to let her mom, or Luke, her...boyfriend? mer-guy-friend?, disappear into the deep, dark ocean. Again. After all, a girl's got to have a date to her first dance.
  If Jade can stop mer-mageddon, finding a plus-size dress that doesn't look like a shower curtain should be a piece of cake.

Okay, so I don't know how long it's been since this author was in middle school, but things sure have changed since she went. Nobody does "armpit farts" anymore, that was so third grade. And this book brought cringey to a whole new level, I cringed more than should be humanly possible. But whatever, I still thought the book was pretty cute and I give it a 3 stars. I'm super excited to read book #4.

Real Mermaids Don't Sell Sea Shells
by Helene Boudreau

Sun, surf and tropical breezes are no ‘day at the beach’ because being a teenage mermaid never takes a vacation.
  With all the mers in Jade’s life now safe, happy and legit (with passports to prove it) and the underwater mer-world off the coast of Port Toulouse on the road to democracy, it’s time to relax and plan for the future. Jade can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a tropical wedding in the Bahamas with Mom and Dad to finally make their family ‘official’.
  Soon, Jade is enjoying the tropical sunshine, all-you-can-eat buffet, and island day trips. But when Jade gets lost in the island’s famous waterfront Straw Market, something doesn’t feel quite right. A body splashes into the water as a cruise ship enters the harbor and a teen boy selling conches from his boat behind the market knows more than he’s willing to admit.
  With no body, no leads, and no other witnesses, though, the local police don’t seem too concerned. Maybe Jade’s imagination has been acting up on her, just like Cori said, considering everything she’s been through in the past few months.
  But with Mom and Dad off on a honeymoon excursion it wouldn’t hurt to check things out, would it? Little do Jade and Cori realize, they are about to uncover more secrets about the splashing body, dangerous cruise ship cargo, and more questions than answers lurking in the nearby Caribbean waters.

Alright, so I don't have a lot of space to type this review because someone thought it would be fun to make a ridiculously long summary. Anyways, it may have taken me months to finish this series because I had a limited amount of checkouts from the online library each month, but I still liked this series very much. Jade could get into some embarrassing situations that had me cringing for her. I laughed occaisonally, which is good. I gave this finally to a nice series a 3.5 star rating.

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
by Helene Boudreau

First zit. First crush. First...mermaid's tail? Fourteen-year-old Jade feels like a freak-of-nature when she finally gets her first period while trying on an XL tankini at the mall. It gets worse when she runs into handsome Luke Martin in the feminine products aisle while her dad Googles 'menstruation' on his BlackBerry. But 'freak-of-nature' takes on a whole new meaning when raging hormones bring on another metamorphosis - complete with scales and a tail. When Jade learns she's inherited her mermaid tendencies from her late mother, it raises the question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

So, I kind of cheated with this book. It doesn't exactly count as reading when you're listening to an audiobook. It wasn't my fault, I accidently wasted one of my two checkouts per month on an online library on the audiobook version of this. I wasn't going to not listen to it since I only get two checkouts a month. I liked this book, it was pretty good. I was able to make a lot of connections to this book. I didn't like that the book started out with a girl having her first period and that the reader just made all the characters sound constipated. I wasn't really sure what rating to give this book.

Red Rope of Fate
by K.M. Shea

In a land where humans and elves find it difficult to communicate, Tari—an elf—is bound to Captain Arion—a human military officer—in a ceremony designed to promote friendship between the two races. When the ceremony is over the pair discover that the impossible has happened: they can understand each other in spite of the language barrier.
  Thrown into a storm of politics, Tari and Arion are put in danger by those who want humans and elves to remain separate.
  To make matters worse, Tari realizes she has fallen in love with Arion, who has the emotional capabilities of a rock. As both societies dictate that an elf and a human can never be together, Tari must conceal her feelings. Unfortunately the taciturn Arion is watchful and attentive to Tari’s well being, constantly pushing her to her limits with his loyalty, friendship, and dreadfully informal habit of touching her.
  If Tari and Arion survive, their tumultuous relationship will either strengthen their countries’ alliance, or cripple the human courts of nobility. The deciding factor will be Arion, and his indecipherable feelings for Tari.

Jeez, this summary is like my worst nightmare, it's too long! But whatevs. Anyway, I got this book for free on Kindle but don't bother looking now because it's not free anymore. Red Rope of Fate was very interesting but also a little confusing. Plus, it was very predictable at parts. I loved the way it ended, although you could see that coming a mile away. I was a little sad for Prince Benjimir, but very happy for Tari and Arion. I gave this book a four star because it just wasn't something I would usually read.

Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt

Kevin has a bad attitude. He's the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way--and he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Rhyme Schemer is a touching and hilarious middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.

K.A. Holt's House Arrest is what led me to reading this book. Boy am I happy I did. Rhyme Schemer could be funny, but also crazy at parts. The sudden change from being on top of the mountain then to the bottom...just wow. It makes you realize that every human has feelings, even if they're trying to block them out. I think everybody who's been bullied needs to give this book a shot.
(A 3.5 star rating.)

Rise of the Isle of the Lost
by Melissa de la Cruz

Deep beneath the waves, King Triton’s powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost—keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal’s longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can’t believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew. 
  A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they’ll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does. Luckily, they seem to have a talent for locating missing magical objects. 
  As Uma readies for the high seas alongside Harry, son of Captain Hook, Gil, son of Gaston, and the toughest rogues on the Isle of the Lost, the reformed villains of Auradon devise their own master plan. And with King Ben away on royal business, they won’t have to play by all the rules. Using bad for good can’t be totally evil, right?

We thought it was happily ever after for the four former villains of The Isle, but we were wrong. They have another adventure for their fans! When I heard there was another movie coming, I wasn't expecting another book. And you all know how much I love books. I was actually expecting this to be a terrible book and I thought I would be embarrassed to be caught reading it, but it wasn't all that bad. I gave this book a 3 star rating. And if you haven't yet watched it, I'm just saying, the movie was way cheesy, cringey, and I had a hard time watching it and keeping a straight face since it was THAT stupid.

Rosie of Triblue
by Shari L. Tapscott

       Rosalina knew there would be a day when Irving stepped back into her life. A year and a half after she and the prince parted ways, that's exactly what he does. 
       Now, dragged along on a sea journey to find Marigold, Rosie must sort out her feelings. Unfortunately for the gypsy, there is more than one man who holds her heart...

       This is a short story in the Eldentimber series. This was a fun short story. We revisit a character that first appeared in Anwen of Primewood, the second book of the series. It's good to see that Rosie is also getting a happily ever after. And there's another character that we all love appearing in this story... Irving!!! Irving is such a flirt, making him one of my favorite characters of the series. I'm excited because the next book in the series is about him finally finding himself his true love. *Finally*
       I give this short story a four star rating. You're supposed to read it after Seirsha of Errinton and before Audette of Ravenbrook. I hope you all are enjoying this series as much as I am.

Saturdays at Sea
by Jessica Day George

Celie and her family have traveled from Castle Glower to the seaside kingdom of Lilah's betrothed prince, Lulath. In this strange new country, the only thing that eases their homesickness is their excitement over the construction of a grand ship built from parts of the Castle. As the ship begins to take form, it soon becomes clear that, like their Castle, this Ship has special magic embedded deep within it - magic that only Celie's family can understand. When things don't go quite as planned on thier maiden voyage, can Celie and her family learn to trust the Ship, like they've always trusted their beloved Castle?

I read the rest of this series about a year before I read this book, so I was afraid that I would be completely lost. I was very greatful that there were A LOT of refrences to the previous books. I'm pretty sure that this is gonna be the last book in the series, which is a little disappointing because I REALLY wanted Celie and Pogue to become a thing. But if this is going to be the last book and I never know what becomes of Celie and Pogue, I'm at least happy that it ended really well. I give this book a four star rating.

Saving Lucas Biggs
by Marisa de los Santos

   When thirteen-year-old Margaret's father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family's secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.

   Ugh. I don't even want to write the review for this book. It was extremely boring. Also, when I met one of the authors, David Teague, I told him how the town's separating reminded me of Great Britian and the American colonies. You want to know how he responded? With a grunt. That doesn't tell me that he cares about my opinion. Alright, back to the review of the actual book.
   The beginning of the book was terribly boring, but I found that it gets better right around the middle. Plus, the ending is very sweet and it satisfies the reader. That said, I don't think I'd read the sequel if the authors were to write one. Happy reading!

School for Sidekicks
by Kelly McCullough

Being a hero isn't always what it's cracked up to be in this funny and genuine novel from adult fantasy author Kelly McCullough.
  Evan Quick is a GIANT superhero geek who dreams of one day becoming a superhero himself. Every morning he checks to see if he's developed his powers overnight, and every day there's nothing. No flying, no super strength, no invulnerability—that always hurts to check—no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to turn off the alarm clock without smacking the switch.
  But then Evan somehow manages to survive a supervillian's death ray, and is sent to the Academy for Metahuman Operatives. Unfortunately, his new school is not what he expected, and instead of fighting bad guys, Evan finds himself blacklisted, and on the wrong side of the school's director. If Evan ever wants to realize his dream, he must convince his "mentor" Foxman, a semi-retired has-been, to become a real hero once again

I really feel like all the books I read with superheroes are dissappointing lately. Plus, I found the whole "Let's kiss Burnish" thing at the end weird. I have one question, what is Blurshift's actual gender? Does it even have a definite identity. I found this book kind of weird and boring. I planned on giving it a 3 star, but something at the end changed it to a 2.8.

School of Fear
by Gitty Daneshvari

Everyone's afraid of something..
  Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs, especially spiders.
  Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying.
  Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces.
  Garrison Feldman is terrified of deep water.
  Which is why this may be the scariest summer of their lives. Worse than detention or summer school. Even worse than the orthedontist. The foursome must face their phobias at the exclusive and elusive School of Fear. The school is unusual, to say the least. But "terrifying" would be a more accurate description.
  The curriculum is simple: Conquer your fears in six weeks or find out just how frightening failing can be.

Although I really enjoyed this book, I am unsure what rating to give it. It was funny and very educational when it comes to phobias. I would be really scared of a teacher whose lips naturally changed colors, though. And just saying, who DOESN'T have a fear of dying? I'm just not crazy enough to call my family every hour to make sure they're alive. Seriously, that's how silly this book is. I garuntee people with tastes similar to mine will love this book.

School Spirits 
by Rachel Hawkins

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.
  Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.
  Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

I gave this book a three star rating. You may be like "Three stars? That's a pretty good rating!" But honestly, I don't think it is. You want to know why I gave this a three star rating after giving the Hex Hall series this was spun off such great ratings? Because the ending was horrible. I feel like I missed something because immediatly this book starts out with Finnely missing and the Hex Hall series ended with Finnely perfectly fine. And when I ship two people, it's because they'd make a cute couple. Not a cute siblings, not a cute coworkers, not even cute just friends. A cute COUPLE. Grrrr. I am not liking this book at all. It was such a disappointment after the Hex Hall series.

Secrets Can Kill
​by Carolyn Keene

No one has been able to catch the elusive theif who is stalking the nighttime halls at Bedford High. So Nancy goes undercover as a transfer student. When she meets her contact, Daryl Gray, a gorgeous senior with blueberry eyes, Nancy thinks this new case would turn out to be a lot of fun. But she is dead wrong.
  Dangerous secrets run deep at Bedford, and Nancy learns the hard way when she takes Daryl for a ride in her Mustang - and the car ends up exploding in a ball of fire. Though her suspect list is long, Nancy is almost certain she knows who the theif is - until her top candidate is found sprawled outside the video lab, very dead.
  Suddenly it's a whole new game, a game called murder. And Nancy is the killer's next target.

This is the first book to the Nancy Drew Files series. These books are about 30 years old and hard to get. They're a quick read for people who like lots of adventure in only 150 pages. I give this book a five star rating.

Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave
by Deron R. Hicks

An ancient riddle etched into the frame of a family portrait.
Rumors of a hidden family treasure.
A string of unexplained accidents and mishaps.

These are Colophon Letterford's only clues to a mystery that is threatening to destroy her family Time is running out, and she will need more than book-smarts to unearth secret passageways and to brave locked mausoleums by moonlight. Will Colophon solve the mystery of her family's fortune and rewrite the pages of literary history? Will she discover the link between her family and Shakespeare's tomb - before it's too late?

I feel like this book had so much potential, but it let me down. I liked some parts and the ending was very awesome, but that's not enough for a five star. There could have been a bit more mystery and a bit more action. I give it a three star rating since as I said before, I liked some parts.

See How They Run
by Ally Carter

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother's murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.
  But the truth has only made her a target.
  And the past?
  The only wasy to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.
  On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim, love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive, and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

This series has been really intense so far. It also ends with me anxious to know what happens next. This ending was crazy! I NEED to know what happens next. The time between now and when I can go to the library is slowly killing me. Ally Carter does not cease to amaze me.
(A five star book)

Seirsha of Errinton
by Shari L. Tapscott

         The people of Errinton are cold, but none is more so than their distant and aloof princess. At least, that's how Seirsha hopes to be seen. After living in the shadow of her father, the cruel King Bowen, the princess has learned to keep her distance, hiding her feelings and the love she has for her people. Seirsha finds peace only with a peasant family in the village and a very unlikely friend from the caves near the castle. 
       But after her involvement in the death of the male heir to the Errintonian throne, Seirsha's defenses begin to crumble. The search for another successor begins, and the one man with the power to strip away the princess's walls steps back into her life. 
       Seirsha knows she should keep her distance from Lord Rigel—the only man in Errinton with a legitimate claim to her father's throne—but when Bowen orders her to keep the dark lord close so she may spy on him, the princess must make a choice. With another Dragon War looming and Errinton's oppressed rising against their leaders, will Seirsha betray her blood or turn her back on Rigel—the man she's loved her entire life?

       A beautiful book! In fact, I loved this book so much I think it may be my favorite in the series  this far! The characters  were fantastic and the romance was so perfect.  After the disappointment of the last book, I was a  little afraid of what I'd find. But Shari L. Tapscott did such a great job of creating Seirsha, Rigel, and Errinton. Altough this book could be a bit dark and gloomy, the author also made it fun and exciting. This book gets four stars from me!

Shattered Pack
by Aileen Erin

Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alpha werewolves alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, she has never been so wrong.
  In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is go with him. Cosette just warned her that the Irish pack isn't so happy about Donovan's choice in mates.
  But Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just an angry pack that stands in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan.
  Meredith is thrust into a deadly game of pack politics, one a fey beast has happily joined. When the magic and dust settle, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

Honestly! These characters need a break! But, lol, if they got a break the book wouldn't be so exciting. I usually love this series, but this book and the last one haven't been the best. It was cool, getting to know Meredith and Donovan, but I would have preferred another book about Dastien and Tessa. I gave this a three star because I really wasn't feeling this Alpha Girls book.

by Maggie Stiefvater

       For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.
       Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
       Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

       This book was not impressing me at all. It starts out with Grace, one of the main characters, getting attacked by wolves. I'm talking they were trying to eat her. That's not a pleasant way to start out a book. It's a really gross way to start a book. And it doesn't get better - not really. Apparently this book is mega popular, so maybe it's just me, but I thought this book was weird. I did enjoy some parts enough to give the book a 3.5. I mean, albeit a bit odd, the relationship between the main characters was cute. They definitely have something that can last.
       Basically what I'd say about this book is give it a shot. You may like it, you may not. Try getting to about page 30 and if it's still not working for you, don't bother with it any more. Happy reading and I hope you can find your next book!

Sky on Fire
by Emmy Laybourne

    Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. 
    Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .
    Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .

I liked this book waaay  more than I liked the first book. Book one was really sad and it seemed like there was no hope for the group. This one was better because it didn't make it seem like the people were never going to get anywhere. They at least escaped the supermarket here. Also, I enjoyed the way the narration switched from Alex to Dean here because it added more suspense. That's all I have to say for now!
(A 3.5 star book)

Smile and say Murder
by Carolyn Keene

A series of death threats sends Nancy undercover at Flash, the country's top teen magazine. THe target is Yvonne Verdi, co-owner of Flash and wonder-girl of the magazine world. Hard-nosed and driven, Yvonne has a talent for making enemies, any of whom could be out to get her. But no one has more reason to want her dead than Mick Swanson, Yvonne's moody, violent partner.
  Fond of gruesome practical jokes and hungry for control of Flash, Mick quickly becomes Nancy's top suspect. Mick looks dangerous, so Nancy calls in her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, to play bodyguard. But that backfires when Ned appears to fall head over heels for Mick's sister. Then the would-be killer strikes again. Nancy's on her own, and she's got some fancy footwork to do, before the killer strikes her.

Three stars. I figured out who did it so quickly that the book got boring. And why does it seem that someone's romantic relationship suffers in every one of these books? It's just really weird. It was still good as a mystery, I guess, but it could have been better 

Spell Bound
by Rachel Hawkins

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.
  Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

I really hadn't expected such an ending to this series when I had picked up the first book. I hadn't expected to fall in love with the plot and the characters. I was a little sad at the ending of this book, it was very sad. Although my adventures with Sophie are over unless I reread the books, there is still one last book about Sophie's cousin. I hope that every person craving adventure and cute couples gets to read the Hex Hall series.
(A 4.5 star book)

Spy Camp
by Stuart Gibbs

When Ben Ripley finishes his first year of spy school, he's ready for a summer back in the real world, where assassins don't lurk around every corner and a kid can just be a kid. So it comes as a shock when Ben is told he's required to attend summer school at a rustic wilderness camp, where he'll partake in rigorous survival training.
  But enemy organization SPYDER is after Ben once more, and their mole has infiltrated the camp. Can Ben and his friends root out the enemy before they take him out - for good?

Lol, if I found out I had to go to summer school, I would collapse on the floor dead. Not that Ben would have to do that himself, SPYDER would be perfectly happy killing him theirselves. This is the sequel to Spy School, although they mention enough from the first book so you could read this one without the first. I love this author, he's tied for first on my list, and spy school is the reason why. I really needed to read something funny after reading a sad book, so I picked this up. It was a pretty smart move, I was laughing in no time. A five star book once again. 

Spy Ski School
by Stuart Gibbs

AGENT: Ben Ripley
MISSION: Operation Snow Bunny: Thwart international crime boss Leo Shang's illegal activity in the Colorodo Rockies on your first official CIA assignment.
1. Enroll in ski school and get close to Shang's daughter- but not too close. Save your smooth moves for the slopes.
2. Be wary of unsuspected guests who might drop in and threaten to blow your cover.
3.  Figure out Shang's nefarious plans and do whatever to take to stop them.
4. Try not to wipe out in front of any spies you might have a crush on. And as always, do your best not to get killed.

I love this series and this author. He's my fav author of all times! But, I was a little disappointed with this latest installment in the Spy School series. I felt like Erica looked a little weak and Cyrus seemed to think that he was the only one who could do anything when he usually thinks Erica can handle herself. Because of those two things, the book lost a star, bringing it to a four star rating. A little disappointing, but I loved it just the same. The bonus material at the end was pretty funny to. Mike is one of the best characters and I hope that he's in the next book.

Something of Substance
by Tia Souders

     Part of the in-crowd at Providence High, she is steps away from being asked out by the most desired guy at school, winning a prom queen nomination, and her parents’ approval. If she can just get skinny enough, be pretty enough, and popular enough.
     But Grace is thin on the outside and fat on the inside. No amount of weight-loss ever seems enough. Convinced the melting pounds will solve her problems, every pound lost brings her closer to her goals. But flesh and bone can only hide the weight of her secret for so long.

     I don't think it's possible to express how much I loved this book! It was fantastic! Honestly, I didn't have high expectations for it, but I read it anyway and fell in love. The book was enlightening and brought to mind the girls at my school who call themselves fat, but weigh less than 90 pounds. I hope they realize they're beautiful.
     Besides dealing with the issue of anorexia, this book also had some amazing romance. I LOVED the character Jake. I want to marry him. He was so funny and he had everything a girl could possibly want in a boyfriend.
     I am so happy that the author, Tia Souders, discovered me and offered me a copy of her book. It's a beautifully written book about a girl who is beautiful but needs help to see it. Also, I recommend it for fans of "If There's No Tomorrow" by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Happy reading everybody!
(A four star book)

Take the Key and Lock Her Up
by Ally Carter

Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed... or so everyone thought.
  Now Grace Blakely knows the truth: There was one survivor, and that survivor's blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution - which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.
  There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.
  If she wins, she will inherit the throne.
  And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.

First of all, I LOVE this cover, and my awful photography skills ruined it. I couldn't get the picture withough the reflection of me. Sorry. But anyways, at the beginning of this series, I was like, "WOW." Ally Carter is one of the most unpredictable authors ever. I NEVER saw this coming. To say that I loved this series would be an understatement. Take the Key and blah blah blah was crazy and a little sad. To think that people HUNG two little boys...they never got a chance at living. That made me want to cry. And so did the things that Grace learned about her mother, in this book and the past ones. I will miss this series, but I'm satisfied with this ending.
(A four star book)

Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum

      Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
       It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
       In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

      This book was so beautifully written! I knew that I would love it just by reading the summary. A girl with a secret email friend whose identity she must figure out... awesome!!! Plus, this book was super funny. I loved the conversations between SN and Jessie the most. SN is by far my favorite character. I was not disappointed when Jessie figures out who it is.
      This fantastic book is perfect for fans of "By Your Side" by Kasie West and "Cindy Ella" by Robin Palmer.
      (A four star rating)

The Apprentice Witch
by James Nicol

   Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch-- much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma.
   But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. 
   With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch--even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.

   Honestly, I'm not in the mood to write a review for this book. I've been holding it off for a while though, because I don't think this book is even worth my time. I gave it a whopping 2.5 out of five stars, so you can already tell I didn't like it. I felt that The Apprentice Witch was slow and boring. The characters weren't that enjoyable and it could become hard to understand this book in some parts. My personal opinion is to stay away from this book, don't read it.

The Austere Academy
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader, 

   If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire arc intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. 
   Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system. 
   It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book. 

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

  I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
  In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
  It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

You can tell, just from the summary, how great this book is going to be. I decided to read this series since a new TV show came out for it and I didn't want anything spoiled for me. The Bad Beginning is sad, but also happy at times. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it for anybody who needs a great children's book.
(A three star review)

The Beautiful Pretender
by Melanie Dickerson

  The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
  Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
  Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

This book had such sweet romance and just a great story. The characters were amazing and so was the ending. This is only the second book in this series, but I already believe it'll be a great series. I give this book a four star rating and I can't wait to see what comes next from this author.

The Book Jumper
by Mechthild Glaser

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to Lennox House, her mother's childhood home on the island of Stormsay.
  Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House - but not in the usual way. Amy learns that she is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts - at whatever cost.

I knew I would like this book!!! I mean, LOOK AT THE COVER. Technically, that is judging a book by its cover, but come on. It's awesome!!!! Anyway, I loved the plot of this book and it really captured me. It twisted this way and that, I didn't see a lot of things coming. I still feel sad because of the ending. It wasn't exactly sad, but it wasn't the happiest either. You'll understand once you read this 4.5 star book. I was a little sad at the ending, yes, but that shouldn't stop YOU from reading it. The Book Jumper was awesome and sort of, in a way, made me remember Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan.

This book really makes you realize how often you over look things. I complain about school and I'm often picking the things I don't like out of my food. Parvana, she can't do that because the Taliban took that away from her. I regret a lot of the things I complain about after reading this very amazing, five star book.

The Candymakers
by Wendy Mass

In the town of Spring Haven, four childern have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?
  Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?
  Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink?
  Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather?
  Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook?
  The contestants face off in a battle of the wits and sugar, but they realize that things are not what they seem and they find themselves in a candy-filled world of surprises, suspense, and mouthwatering creations.

Ummm... I sorta kinda don't know what to give this book. But it was really good. And I read it near Halloween, lol, perfect! But anyway, it is a really funny book! You learn a secret about each character when it comes to their section, and trust me when I say you won't see them coming. And you know how it says that Miles is allergic to rowboats and pink? Well there's more and their way funnier. Great book! Now for the sequel.

The Captive Maiden
by Melanie Dickerson

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

I thought this book had real potential. I really did. I was very disappointed as we neared the ending. I thought the ending was slow and a little boring. Not to mention it was weird to read that Sophie was pregnant. Sophie is from The Fairest Beauty, the book before this one. I did like that multiple books were tied to this one. It was a very different telling of Cinderella and it was cool to find something new. Too bad I just wasn't feeling this ending and had to give it a three star.

The Classy Crooks Club
by Alison Cherry

  Twelve-year-old AJ dreads spending an entire month with her strict Grandma Jo, who wants to transform AJ into a proper lady. But AJ's summer takes a turn when her grandmother recruits her to join a secret heist club. AJ agrees, as the band of thieves claims to steal only for ethical reasons. When she starts to doubt their motives, she must decide for herself what it means to be one of the good guys.

  First of all, sorry if there are any typos, the summary was written in all caps on the back and I was a bit confused. Okay, so I thought this book would a be a bit better, but I still enjoyed it. And even though it says the grandmothers steal in the summary, they prefer the term liberate. Lol. For the most part, I enjoyed this book and the ending is so worth the boring soccer practice parts.
  I liked how we saw AJ go from a girl having a lot of fun to a girl who's not so sure she should be doing what the old ladies want. I also enjoyed the fact that the book was about a bunch of evil grandmas!!! That's really all I have to say about the book, so peace out!

The Crown
by Kiera Cass

       When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
       Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

       A great way to end the series! I'm quite satisfied with how all things turn out in this book. Also, sorry the image was so blurry, I could've sworn it wasn't like this when I took the picture... Oh well. Anyway, so this book had a lot of funny parts to look forwards to and it's great to see the final happily ever after for this series. I only had one little problem with this book which is that the author made two of the characters a gay couple. That's a big thing nowadays that I'm not a huge fan of. Personally, I think it's gross and I'm disappointed that Kiera Cass felt the need to add that into this series.
       I give the book a three star rating because I've never been overly impressed by these books. They're just average to me. But, if you like princes, princesses, castles, fairy tales, and happily ever afters, this series is for you!

The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler

When her mom decides to leave Manhattan and open a cupcake bakery in Hog's Hollow, Penny gets dragged along. She doesn't know how she'll survive high school without her lifelong friendsand big city comforts. To make matters worse, her father is staying behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for them. And if that weren't enough, Penny's clumsiness leads to a cupcake-avalanche mishap at the Queen-Bee's birthday party that instantly makes her a social pariah.
  But small town life isn't all bad. Penny finds bright spots in Hog's Hollow - like the art studio and her free-spirited friend Tally. Then there's Marcus, the cute and engimatic boy who is always running on the beach... and into Penny.
  Just when Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down.

A 4.5 star book! I didn't really understand some of the things but whatevs. Oh, and you'll need to know what lard is to read this book. Question: Why on earth would any girl want to be crowned HOG QUEEN? That's just weird. It was a really funny book, the first page had me hooked. Can't wait to read the sequel!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

   Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
   Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was on the list of books I could read for my assigned summer reading. Since it was a mystery, I decided I could try it out. It. Was. Terrible. I HATED this book. The main character was not very likable and the plot...*insert shuddering here* I gave this book a 2 star rating. But, my friend Gavin also read this book and LOVED it. So, maybe it's just me. Good luck finding a book!!!(Not that this review would help...)

The Dirt Diary
by Anna Staniszewski

Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mom's new cleaning buisness. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.
  But Rachel picks up more than smelly socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty...

I remember reading this book in fifth grade going, "Wow! I love this book!" Now, reading it for a second time, I know that fifth grade me had good taste. This book was funny, quick, and totally points out all the downs of having to clean. It also shows the struggles that teens may go through when they have split parents and issues with the popular people. I though this book had a happy ending and there are now three more couples to add to my shipping list.
(A five star book)

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after a years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence - he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know that his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's sthat the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

I was a little scared this book sounded kind of boring. I was in for a great surprise. The Distance Between Us was AWESOME. I loved this book, but I feel like it was a little different than Kasie Wests other books. It seemed a little more romantic, but it was still clean. That's actually why I like this author so much; she writes teen romances that are clean and have no cursing. This one got a four star.

The Door by the Staircase
by Katherine Marsh

Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever. 

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!

But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.

This book... I'm not sure about. It was awesome, don't get me wrong! I loved characters like Jacob the second we met them. But I don't know what to give it. A four star sounds good, but I would feel bad. I mean, just because I figured out Madame Z's deep dark secret before it was mentioned doesn't mean others will. So, this isn't for the huge fairytale lovers, but, it is for magic lovers.

The Eighth Day
by Dianne K. Salerni

The day after he turns thirteen, orphan Jax Aubrey awakes to a world without people. His reaction? It must be the zombie apocalypse. When everything goes back to normal the next day, he's sure he's lost it.
  Then Riley Pendare, Jax's eighteen-year-old guardian, breaks the news: yesterday was the Eighth Day, an extra twenty-four hours between Wednesday and Thursday. "Transitioners," like Jax and Riley, live in all eight days. Others, like Evangeline, the teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.
  The thrill of having a secret day wears off when Jax discovers Evangeline is being hunted by people who want to use her to eliminate the seven-day world - and everyone who lives there. With the threat of human destruction hanging in the balance, Jax has to make a choice: Trigger an apocalypse or save his new friend? That's a lot to figure out... even with an extra day.

I met the author of this book at a book festival and I thought for sure this book was going to be awesome enough for a five star rating. But I actually found some parts just boring and I'm not into Arthurian legend which was oozing out of this book. I ended up giving it like a three star rating or somthing, which is a decent rating, but I still feel that the author could've done a way better job.

The Elite 
by Kiera Cass

      The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
      America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

      I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first book, The Selection. I think it may be because Aspen annoys me a lot and he's in this book more than he was in The Selection. Plus, there are a lot of bad things that happen in this book that haunt me. If you aren't the type of person who likes to read books that can get very... bloody, then I don't recommend you continue with The Selection series any longer.
      Another thing I wanted to mention is that I noticed that the king seems  a lot  different than he does in the short story titled The Queen. And the difference is not a good one. For these reasons, I gave The Elite a three star rating and I don't necessarily recommend reading it.

The Fairest Beauty
by Melanie Dickerson

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? 
  Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. 
  When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

This story was another take on another fairy tale. But instead of dwarfs, apples, and true love's kiss, we have an even better story. Plus, it's less gruesome than the original tale. I really enjoyed reading The Fairest Beauty and would gladly read it again. But I would also like the read the rest of the series. Lol. I give this book a five star because I was very satisfied with the turnout and the fact that it was completely clean.

The Fill-In Boyfriend
by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable...convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. The problem is that days after prom,vshe can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?

In my school, this book had been really popular one year. I felt like every girl was reading it and it had looked really interesting to me. But, every time I asked if I could borrow it from someone, my answer was a mile long waiting list. Finally, I got to read this book, and I'm so happy I did. It was funny and cute. Beck's stress relief ideas were the best and the ending was really funny. I was a little sad that Gia still had some problems with her friends at the end, but at least it ended on a good side.
(a five star book)

The Final Exam
by Gitty Daneshvari

Dear Parental Units,
  In an unforseen turn of events, School of Fear finds itself on the brink of total and utter ruin. Rather regrettably, one of our students (I'm not mentioning any names, but she does have a certain fondness for ferrets) informed tabloid reporter Sylvie Montgomery not only of out existence, but of our deepest secret! And now, with a mere three weeks to stop the publication of the career-annihilating article, your children have chosen to stay on and fight.
  So while you may see them simply as your children or, as I once did, as an arachnophobe (Madeleine), a thantophobe (Theo), an aquaphobe (Garrison), a claustrophobe (Lulu), and an isolophobe (Hyacinth), I assure you they are much more. Regardless of the outcome, they shall return to you different than they came to me a year ago, or even at the start of this very summer, and that is because they are different. They are School of Fearians.

So, the last School of Fear book. I wasn't sure what to rate book one, and book two was not the best. But, this book was by far the best. It was SO funny. I loved characters like Fitzy, Bard, and Herman. This one was by far the best in the series and I give it a 5 star.

The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron

       Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
       In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
       But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

       This book was the perfect dystopian novel! Mysterious and thrilling, it kept you wondering what was going to happen to Nadia and everyone else during the next Forgetting. It's also the perfect example of "Not everything is what it seems." Trust me, there are going to be a lot of crazy plot twists in here for you. I was reading on Goodreads that some people felt that there were slow parts that dragged, and I have to agree that the book should've been a bit shorter. A whole 403 pages of this was too much.
       I give The Forgetting a four star rating and recommend it to people who like sci-fi and surprises.

The Frog Prince 
by Jenni James

A prince disguises himself to find true love - Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe - the woman whom he has been betrothed since infancy - and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise-something that would show him her true nature. Nolan askes and old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female-a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgements and find a loving princess waiting for him?

A five star book! I NEED to read the rest of the series. Don't worry, each book is about a different fairy tale so you aren't missing anything reading this one and not the others. I'm not sure which book it is in the series since Goodreads says one thing and Amazon says another. Happy reading!

The Frog Princess Returns
by E.D. Baker

Princess Emma never could have imagined her true love would appear to her in the form of a frog. But now that she's helped turn Prince Eadric back into a human, they're ready to live happily ever after. If only everyone else was, too.
  Emma's kingdom, Greater Greensward, is in grave danger when Fairy Queen Willow goes missing. Without her, htere is no peace - crops are dying, water is drying up, and scheming enemies want to rule the land in Queen Willow's absence. Only brave Emma with her knowledge of the magical realm can figure out exactly who is causing all this trouble - sending her on a journey unlike any before, one that will test her courage and determination.

I read the whole Frog Princess series last school year and I was in love with everybook. The only thing that disappointed me was that after book four there were no more books about Emma. So, when I learned about this book, I immediatly put it on my must read list. You would not believe how much I was scared E.D. Baker would decided to back out of this project. I very much enjoyed this latest tale of the frog princess at a 3.5. The only let down was that it was missing our beloved character Li'l the bat. Happy reading!!!

The Golden Braid
by Melanie Dickerson

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.
  After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.
  After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

This was NOT one of Ms. Dickerson's best books. I thought that it was in the middle, so I gave it three stars. I thought that mostly, it was a little predictable, but only since I've read all the other books before it. If you read this one first, the parts I found predictable would be completely crazy for you. That's really all I have to say about this book, nothing really stuck with me. So yeah, happy reading.

The Gossip File
by Anna Staniszewski

Rachel is visiting her dad at a resort in sunney Florida and is ready for two weeks of relaxing poolside, trips to Disney World - and NOT scrubbing toilets. Until her dad's new girlfriend, Ellie, begs Rachel to help out at her short-staffed cafe. That's when Rachel kinda sorta adopts a new identity to impress the cool, older girls who work there. Ava is everything Rachel wishes she could be. But when the girls ask "Ava" to help add juicy resort gossip to their file, Rachel's not sure what to do...especially when one of the entries is a secret about Ellie.

Rachel makes so many mistakes that it makes me want to bang my head on the wall. And not in a good way. My actual rating for this book was a 2.5. Really, all RACHEl had to do was tell girls her name wasn't Ava, but Rachel. Instead she starts making up a fake ID. Come ON!!! Talk about stupid. Anyway, I was just really disappointed in the main character and totally agree that Ellie was awful. 

The Grimm Conclusion
by Adam Gidwitz

Once upon a time, fairy tales were grim. Cinderella's stepsisters had their eyes pecked out by birds. Rumplelstiltskin ripped himself in half. And in a tale called "The Mouse, the Bird, and the sausage," a mouse, a bird, and a sausage all talk to one another. Yes, the sausage talks. (Okay, I guess that one's not grim....) Those are real fairy tales. But they have nothing on the stories in this book.

I loved this trilogy, I'm a little sad to see it go. But only a little, it was extremely bloody and gruesome. I'm not the type to read gross, bloody books, but this series was SO funny, I couldn't stay away. I have the whole series on here if you want to give the first books a try. (I highly recommend that since they mention things from the first and second books in this one) This one gets a five star, I can't wait to find a book I liked just as much as this whole series.

The Grimm Legacy 
by Polly Shulman

   Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library - a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That's where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales; seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.
   When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime or captured by the thief.

   I didn't expect to like this book so much! I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's ingrained in our minds to do that. I think that if this book hadn't been recommended to me, I probably never would've picked it up, just because of its cover. Which would've been a shame because this book was so unique and original! I would LOVE for a place like the Grimm Collection to exist.
   The characters that Ms Shulman created were really funny. I loved how much Elizabeth and Aaron would fight, causing such hilarious scenes. Plus, as the book advanced, you watched the characters change in such a cool way. My final rating for this book is a 4.5.

The Healer's Apprentice 
by Melanie Dickerson

Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
  When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny. 

Mmm... clean fairy tale romance that doesn't have any cursing. This is like the book equivalent to my true love. Lols, jk, that's probably gotta be Ella Enchanted. But anyway, this could technically be called a Christian fiction since there was A LOT of Bible talk. It could still be enjoyable for other non-Christians if you aren't super against God. 
  Apparently it was loosely based off of sleeping beauty. But let me tell you, I saw no sleeping beauty at all reading it. Only after I read it and heard that was I able to make the connection. I liked this book and I give it a 5 star rating.

The Heir
by Kiera Cass

      Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.
      But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
      Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

      I liked this book! It's like a continuation of America and Maxon's relationship, but also with a new character's point of view. It wasn't the best book ever, but I give it 3.5 stars! I guess I didn't like the thing about how the characters we originally loved seem a little old in this one...
      Anyway, so I thought there were a lot of very cute ships to make in this book. Eadlyn's got a hard choice to make! I don't even know who would choose. There's a twist ending, so beware of that. Other than that, I guess I don't have anything else to say!!! Happy reading!

​The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw
by Christopher Healy

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

I loved this series beginning to end. I watched, or read, I should say, as our beloved League of Princes defeated a witch, failed to stop a wedding, and ran from bounty hunters. I was a little sad that Ruffian the Blue never found his daughter, but also very happy that everyone found their happily ever after. I totally predicted who would end up marrying who. I'm happy that the series ended like it did, and I'll probably read it again some day. Until then, I give this book a four star and I can't wait to find another book that's just as good as the adventures of the League of Princes.

​The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy

Prince Liam. Prince Fredrick. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rupunzel, repectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Fredrick, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to overcome various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, becoming the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
This book was a four star. I did like the fact that the author introduced his characters as the story advanced instead of dumping them all on me in the first sentence. Plus, this book was extremly funny. I cant wait to read the next book!

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
by Christopher Healy

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming, who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses--Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose--to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms. 
  But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening--even if no one will ever know it was they who did it. 

I picked the first book up because boys might be interested in it(if I want people to use this website, I need to widen my book selection) and because it was recommended to me twice. I actually enjoyed it and thought it was quite funny. I needed more of the League of Princes so I picked up the third book. This one ends on a cliffhanger, so I'm really excited to read book three. I gave this a four star just like the first book, it wasn't quite good enough for a five star. I love this series so much, I'll be sad when I'm done the next one.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest 
by Melanie Dickerson

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
  For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
  When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.
  The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

This book is like Robin Hood and Swan Lake fell in love and had babies! That sounds kind of weird...whatever. Anyway, I loved this book and all the awkward moments between our main characters. Totally adorable!!! I give this a four star and recommend it to people who adore romance and love triangles.

The Last Present
​by Wendy Mass

In 11 Birthdays, Amanda and her best friend, Leo, stopped speaking to each other for a year. What happened when they started talking again led to the adventure of a lifetime. Now they haven't spoken for another year, but this time it's not about them. Their friend's little sister, Grace, has fallen into a strange frozen state on her tenth birthday, and Amanda and Leo know that somehow Angelina D'Angelo - the mysterious old woman behind all the magical happenings in Willow Falls - is involved.
  But Angelina never gives anyone the whole story, and it will take some old friends - like Rory and Tara - to help put the pieces together. Amanda and Leo must race against time to untangle the threads of the past and the present. They wind up traveling much further than they'd ever imagined - and learn that it's not just Grace they're saving.
  Welcome back to Willow Falls, a town where anything is possible and there are no coincidences. But be warned... once you get there, you may not want to leave.
Such a great book! 5 stars for sure! This is the fourth in the Willow Falls series, but also one of the best. And if you like Willow Falls, I've got good news. I met Wendy Mass and she said she might be adding a sixth to the series. Yay! This series is magical, funny, and addicting. Give this a try if you are into magic and stuff.

The Liar Society
by Laura and Lisa Roecker

   Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure. Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...

   First of all, how cool is it that two sisters got together and wrote a book? My brother and I can't even sit  in the same room! But that had nothing to do with the book, so let us move along.
   Never have I gotten really bad anxiety, so it was crazy that the first time would be from a book. It was one of the weirdest experiences of my life!!! I'm not trying to say you shouldn't read this, because it was a really good book. Just... very creepy, something I'm not used to in my books.
   My rating for this book is a 3.5. I recommend it to anybody who is tired of horror but still wants something that will give them chills.

The Lies that Bind
by Lisa and Laura Roecker

   Just when Kate Lowry thought she had life at elite private school Pemberly Brown figured out, she cracks open a fortune cookie to find a message from her best friend Grace--who's supposed to be dead.
   Another Sister Gone
   A classmate has gone missing, and Kate soon realizes that the disappearance is tied to the secret societies that rule her private school. Her best friend died for their secrets, and there's no way she'll let them get away with it twice. It's up to quirky outsider Kate to get some answers, but in a school where every answer leads to more questions and nothing's as it seems, who can she trust?

   This book is so haunting! When I finished reading it, Kate, Liam, and Grace were all I could think about. Plus, when I finished it, I had the weirdest feeling ever in my stomach. I think it's the suspense, mystery, and death that does it to me. I'm not used to reading books like this. All I want to do is read the next book. I hope my crazy-talk-filled review helps you at all!
(A three star rating)

The Little Mermaid
by Jenni James

  Pearl has always dreamed of visiting the land of humans, to walk with them, eat with them, and learn everything she can from them. But no one in the North Seas agrees with her. In fact, they are all convinced that the landfolk are a dangerous, scary group of people who would harm the mermaid if they could. 
  Keel, the great merprince of the North Seas, has never loved anyone as much as he loves Pearl. He knows of her fascination with mankind and realizes she will never be truly settled until she has walked among the humans. So he finally relents, giving her a potion to grow legs of her own so she can experience the world above the water. He vows to come on land and protect her, as he doesn’t trust humans and never will.

I didn't like this version of The Little Mermaid, sadly. I like Jenni James because she usually has her characters gradually fall in love. But this time, she started them off being in love and that's how it was for the whole book. What fun is that?! At least the ending was better than the ending in the original tale. I have nothing more to say about this book other than the fact that I hated it.
(A 1.5 star book)

The Little Selkie
by K.M. Shea

Dylan—a selkie—makes a terrible mistake when she brashly chases an evil sea witch onto land. Captured and stripped of her pelt—leaving her unable to return to the sea in her sea lion body—Dylan’s only chance of survival is to serve as the sea witch’s tool. Instead of allowing the sea witch to use her selkie ability to control water, Dylan asks a wandering enchantress to seal her voice, rendering her unable to use her selkie magic. Stranded—with no allies and no way to contact her family—Dylan fears she will never successfully steal her pelt back.
  Luckily, Dylan is not alone. She is befriended by Prince Callan, a kind, human prince whose country is being pulverized by the sea witch. Combining the strength of humans and the intelligence of the selkies, the pair unites to save their people.
  But when the storm is over will Dylan choose to stay with Callan, or return to the sea and leave him behind…forever?

I wasn't really feeling this book, but I did find a lot of parts funny. Lord Dooley was definitely my fav character. I thought that the ending was kind of sad but still happy in the end. Nessa was also a pretty great character, though I wasn't liking Callan that much. Funny since he's the prince charming in this one. I give The Little Selkie a 3.5 star rating.

The Little White Horse
by Elizabeth Goudge

When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor she has no idea how she will be recieved by her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin Merryweather. Maria soon discovers that things are very different from her early life in London, and that every person and every animal she encounters adds a little more mystery of the unhappiness of Moonacre Manor. Soon it is apparent that many wrongs must be righted, and many misunderstandings resolved, before Maria will again see the symbol of perfect happiness - the little white horse.

I had waited TWO YEARS to read this book because I love the movie The Secret of Moonacre and I was very disappointed. I thought this book was a little slow and hard to get into. Although... I DID think that Maria and Robin made a really good couple so I at least got a ship out of it. I gave this book a three star, but honestly, I think it should go down just a little.

The Merchant's Daughter
by Melanie Dickerson

An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf s bailiff a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

I like this author a lot. She writes Christian fiction and actually makes it interesting. The way that Annabel was desperate to read the Bible made me want to read the Bible. Besides being Christian fiction, this series is a bunch of retellings of fairy tales. Unlike the first book in the series, I had no problem figuring out which tale this was. It was actually a very interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. Although it was a little sad at parts. Oh wells, I liked this book and I is giving it a five star rating.

​The Mighty Odds
​by Amy Ignatow

A bus crash suddenly gives four ordinary middle schoolers very odd powers:
  Nerdy Nick can teleport...four inches to the left
  Outcast Farshad has super strength, but only in his thumbs
  Artist Martina can change her eye color
  Popular girl Cookie can read minds, when those minds are thinking about directions
  Though they wouldn't normally be caught dead in the same group text, these reluctant heroes must pool their powers to figure out what happened to them and, more urgently, to their weird subtitute teacher, who has suddenly traded and embarrassing enthusiasm for yo-yos for a dangerous habit of setting things on fire with his mind.
You're probably reading this and going, "Wow! I SO want to read this book!" Well, that's exactly what I said after meeting this author at a book festival. The author was so funny, I thought for sure this book would be too. Instead, I found this book really serious and a little racist. Okay, so a lot racist and not funny. I remember laughing ONCE at the VERY END. I did not like this book and although it ended on a cliffhanger, I'm not anxiously awaiting book two. A three star on Goodreads, but maybe I should've made it a 2.5.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" 

Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

   I had a lot of fun with this book, although I did find it a little hard to keep reading. I wonder if there's any way the author could shorten it? Plus, it's a five book series or something like that, so why does book one have to be so long?
   This book was really cute and funny in some ways, but it didn't draw me in and I was easily distracted. Also, a lot of the book was very predictable. I guess I'm trying to say it was a book I could enjoy, but not one that I would consider the greatest of all times.
(A 3 star book)

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
​by Katherine Woodfine

      You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
      Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…

      "The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow" was a mystery book I'd had my eye on for a while. Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens write similar books, or so I've heard. I was a little disappointed with what I got. The book was just a little...bland. There was really nothing exciting and the book went by very slowly. I give this book two stars out of five.

The Miserable Mill
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

   I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.
   The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.
   I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

I'm not planning to rate the rest of the books in this series including this one. I feel that, when one reads a series, they begin to not know how to rate a book, especially if it's a really long series that you've mostly enjoyed. I will have the rest of the summaries for the rest of these books on here, but I will not be giving any ratings. Thanks!

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger...and by an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.

  I recieved The Night Gardener as a free book one summer and it took me almost a year to get around to reading it. And although this book is catagorized under children's, this could give some children nightmares for weeks, months, or even years! I know that if I had read it at age 10, my parents would have lost a lot of sleep thanks to my fears and nightmares.
  Altough very creepy, The Night Gardener really pounds this one thing in your head: Greed makes even the strongest of people weak. It's a very valuable lesson and if you need to remember that, this is a great book to read.
  The characters were brave and lucky, and there was a lot of action and adventure in this book. It could be very exciting as well as scary; I didn't want to put it down! I recommend this book to adults and only the bravest of children.
(A five star book)

The Noble Servant
by Melanie Dickerson

   The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
  On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
  When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?

I'm not familiar with the story of the Goose Girl, which this book is based off of, so I was excited to read this. Plus, the first two books in this series had been so...sweet. But, sadly, I was very disappointed with this book and can only give it a 2.5. I just couldn't find a lot to enjoy about it, you know? I found it dull and boring. I did like that Avelina and Lord Thornbeck were in this book, it was sort of like an update on the characters. That's all I have to say about this book. Maybe the next will be better!!!

The One
by Kiera Cass

      When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

      "The One" is probably the hardest book in this series to read. You get attached to all the characters in this series and this is the book where a lot of them die. I guess you can say that it was like the series conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. 
      There were also happy moments in this book. The characters that don't die all seem to get happy endings. If you want even more of an ending, you can always read "Happily Ever After" and books #4 and 5 because they're about America's daughter. Who did she have the daughter with??? Well, you'll just have to read "The One" to find out!!!
      I know this is a bit odd, but I give this book a 3.8 star rating. I was torn on what to give this because I was really upset about the people who died and happy about how it all turned out in the end.

The Peacock's Poison
by Ruby Loren

      Jenna Leary, Avery Zoo’s resident ‘proud peacock’, is found murdered. 
      Unfortunately, her flirtatious lifestyle leaves more than a few suspects. 
      Madi knows whose feathers Jenna has been ruffling. 
That knowledge could make Madi the next person to die… 

      Very funny and I liked this one better than book four. I can't believe I'm already half way through the series!!! I was a little sad about the deaths in this book and the fact that Lowell and Madi aren't doing very good. I thought they were cute. Still, I'm happy for Madi and something great happens to her in this one. Want to find out? Read the book!
      I especially liked the Christmas-y feeling this book had. I definitely don't recommend reading this in the summer. It'll make you miss the cheery Christmas lights and hot cocoa that come with the winter months.
      I have so much fun with this series and I give this book four stars. I'm always excited for the next books. Well, see you next time for a review of "A Memory for Murder."

The Poe Estate
by Polly Shulman

      Sukie's been lonely since the death of her big sister, Kitty-but Kittys ghost is still with her. At first that was comforting, but now Kittys terrifying anyone who gets too close. Things get even weirder when Sukie moves into her familys ancestral home, and an older, less familiar ghost challenges her to find a treasure. Her classmate Cole is also experiencing apparitions. Fortunately, an antique brooms at hand to fly Sukie and Cole to the New-York Circulating Material Repositorys spooky Poe Annex. As they search for clues and untangle ancient secrets, they discover their histories intertwine and are as full of stories of love, revenge, and pirate hijinks as some of the most famous fiction.

      I found this book boring, predictable, annoying, stupid, creepy, and many other things that would make this list too long. Let's just say it was a major disappointment. First of all, Edgar Allen Poe was barely a part of this book. They maybe mention stuff by him and his life five times or less. Plus, the main character was super weird and I didn't like her. I really didn't like this book in general. But, on the bright side, Elizabeth appears and mentions something that makes me think that she got married to Aaron. That makes me happy.
      Over all, I don't think this book should've been written. I give it a two star rating. Oh, and if you want a book that's more like the Grimm Legacy, don't look here for it. This book lacked all the humor and cute romance that made me fall in love with the Grimm Legacy.

The Prank List
by Anna Staniszewski

Rachel Lee never thought she'd fight for the right to clean toilets. But when a rival cleaning buisness starts stealing her mom's clients, Rachel will do whatever it takes to save herself the horror of moving to Connecticut - which would mean giving up her almost, sort of boyfriend, her fantastic new pastry classes, and her best friend Marisol.
  Operation Save Mom's Cleaning Buisness is a go!
  But when a series of pranks Rachel and her BFF cook up to take down the competition totally backfires, Rachel worries that her recipe for success is a dud. You know what they say - if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen...

Honestly, I think Rachel is an awful friend. She knew Marsiol REALLY didn't like the thought of sabotaging Ladybug Cleaners so why did she practically force it? That isn't fair to Marisol! The summary calls the pastry class Rachel took fantastic but through the whole book all she could say was bad things about the class. So clearly whoever wrote this summary wasn't really reading the book. I give this book a 3.5.

The Princess Spy
by Melanie Dickerson

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men. She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only does she tend to talk too much, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life--and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man's wicked plot.

The Princess Spy has no spying. Well, it does, but for like three paragraphs. There's no more spying after that which is so not fair to me. Don't name it a spy book without any real spying! Sorry, I don't really know what I'm saying since it's almost midnight as I type this. So, before I start saying things like my credit card number, I'll end this review like this: I'm SO happy that I'm not being forced into marriages with old guys and this book gets a 3.5 star rating.

The Princess Trap 
by Kirsten Boie

Life as a princess = a dream come true, right? Girl, please! Between palace rules, a mean queen-bee roomie at her posh boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi - and, BTW, her unrequited crushing on Jonas - Jeanna feels superstressed, and finds herself wishing she were a plain old nobody again. Which is why she tries to run away...only to get trapped in a scheme to overthrow her uncle the king!
  Major drama.
  Suddenly - seriously? - Jeanna must stop a civil war. When all she really  wants is her first kiss.

Five stars! This is the sequel to another book called The Princess Plot. Although, I'm 99.9% sure Jeanna didn't have a crush on Jonas in the first one. But anyway, this book was really good. Jeanna gets really tired of being made fun of at school and runs away from a party. But of course, she gets kidnapped, I mean, she's a princess, she should have expected that. Fun fact, this book was originally written in German. Not-so-fun fact, there are only two books to this series. I loved this book, though, and I think middle school girls into romance and adventure would also like it too.

The Queen
by Kiera Cass

      Before America Singer's story began, another girl came to the palace to compete for the hand of a different prince…

      Thanks, Goodreads, for the very vague summary. Basically, this is the story of the Selection that Maxon's parents went through. The story is told through Maxon's mom, Amberly. It's a little bittersweet reading it if you've read all the other books in the series since you learn things about this pair. But, it was very interesting to see this semi-softie in Clarkson. Too bad this book wasn't longer, I enjoyed this little piece of background. I give this a four star rating.

​The Reader
by Traci Chee

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
  Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

Exciting, action packed, and not too much romance! A five star book. I loved this book like you would not believe. Every so often, there would be a word next to the page number and if you wrote down all the words like I did, you got a message! Plus, there were some chapters about other characters, not just Sefia and Archer, that make you wonder, 'Who are these people and why are they in this book?' My answer: just read man. It'll all make sense in the end. This book takes place in a world where only a few people know what a book is and the people that do know about them will go as far as murder to get their hands on the books.

The Reptile Room
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

  If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
  In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they'd hoped never to see again.
  I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

This second installment to the Series of Unfortunate Events series is just as imaginative as the first book. But, just like the first book, there is no happy ending here. I know that in a way it's kinda mean that I enjoy reading a series about orphans who have terrible things happen to them, but there is the mystery of who Beatrice is that keeps me reading. A quick read that I gave a 3 star rating to.

The Royal Treatment
by Lindsey Leavitt

Desi Bascomb had every girl's dream job - she's a princess substitute. Thanks to her rare magic potential, Desi was discovered by the super-secret Facade Agency. All she needs to do is apply Facade's special formula Royal Rouge, and - presto! - she transforms into the look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Now that Desi has advanced to Level Two at Facade, her job is bigger and better than ever. What girl wouldn't swoon over the outrageous perks like free jewelry, designer clothes, the chance to hang out with crush-worthy Prince Karl - and best of all - one-on-one time with the head of the Facade, Genevieve, who's taken special interest in Desi and her magic?
  But between Desi's BEST (Betterment of Elite Sub Training) program, starting the eighth grade, trying out for the school play, and dealing with the cute-but-bossy new boy, Reed, she's beginning to feel like she's in over her head. Even worse, Desi learns a secret about the magic that keeps Facade running, she realizes that not everything is as perfect as it seems. Can she really trust Genevieve? And what is behind Facade's power? Only Desi can uncover the truth - one princess at a time!

I totally wish I could be a sub for a princess. I'd spend all my time in the palace library even if it means that I get fired. Access to all the books I want for the day, even if it gets me fired, would be AWESOME!!! I really like this book, and I do believe it could get a five star, if only things weren't so unbelieveable. It makes me kind of sad that this got a 4.5 from me even though if the author just found another way to do the whole time-stopping thing she could've gotten a five star. But the book was great! I thought it was super funny and I love Reed! I'm supremes excited to read the third book.

The Selection
by Kiera Cass

      For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
      But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
      Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

      I'll admit, I did not have high hopes for this book. I had tried to read it once before and I didn't find it appealing. But, once I got past the parts with one character, Aspen, I fell in love with this book! Now I understand why it became so popular!!! This book was so cute and now I'm totally loving Maxon. I recommend this to people who are into dystopian, romance, and fairy tales. Also, although the books takes place in the distant future, it is so easy to forget that it isn't another fairy tale book. The author did a great job! (A 3.5 star rating.)

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy
by M.A. Larson

A triumphant victory over the witches has proven that Princess Cadet Evie really does belong at Pennyroyal Academy. News of her heroism has traveled far and wide, giving hope to the greatful citizens and inspiring a fresh wave of academy recruits.
  While it's good to be returning to the academy as a second-class cadet, things are not as they should be. Evie witnesses the vicious attack of an innocent woman - by a trio of princesses. Pennyroyal's Headmistress General, Princess Beatrice, is dubious about what Evie claims to have seen - princesses are defenders of the realm, not thugs. But Evie isn't so sure. Then, amidst piles of adoring letters, she finds an ominous threat. A secret society has com out of the shadows with a wicked plan, putting the academy in peril. It's up to Evie and her friends to unravel the devious plot and save the Academy.

As much as in pains me: 4 stars. I'm really mad that one of my fav characters was discharged from the school.  Plus, if you have a little case of deja vu while reading this, here's why:
Seriously, houses, a school that teaches magic, the main character coming back and being super famous... Harry Potter! But it was still a really good book. I love Evie, Remington, Basil, Maggie, and Demetra.

The Shadow Cipher
by Laura Ruby

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.
Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

This book was awesome!!!! No wonder it was a finalist for the National Book Award. There were such lovable characters and a great plot! My favorite character was Cricket, even though she was barely in the book. Although I was a little disappointed with the ending, I am still happy because it most likely means there will be a sequel.
(A four star book)

The Silence of the Snakes
by Ruby Loren

Madigan Amos is on her second-ever zoo consulting job, reviewing animal welfare conditions to recommend improvements. She didn't expect it to include lions attacking one of the keepers, a series of thefts from the mansion of the family that owns the zoo, having a sick green mamba turned over to her by a stranger, or a woman dead of an ax to the head. She's not at all sure she's going to get out of Snidely Wildlife and Safari alive.

Do you want a fantastic book with a fantastic adventure and a fantastic mystery? You've come to the right place! Just like the first book in this series, The Silence of the Snakes was fantastic! Actually, I think this book was way better than Penguins and Mortal Peril. The Snakes was SO much better. Great job, Ruby Loren! I'm excited for book two and I hope you are too. You can't go wrong by reading this five star book!

The Silent Songbird
by Melanie Dickerson​

Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
  To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
  Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn't even a servant.
  Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England's monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

This is going to have to be a short review, sorry. If you lost your faith in this series, this book will totally renew it! I loved The Silent Songbird beginning to end and I really recommend it. I gave it a four star rating and hope that everyone who likes cute romances gets to read this.

The Siren
by Kiera Cass

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen could kill, she can't resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.
  Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude...until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can't talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny...and Kahlen doesn't want to.
  Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean's rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen's feelings, she'll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

I opened this book unsure how I would feel since I've tried to read The Selection by this author TWICE and never could get into it. I finished this book still not knowing how to feel, but in a good way. Reading this book, I was happy, sad, angry, nervous. I think that, because my emotions were so mixed, I just couldn't decide what rating to give this book. Some parts were really sad, but others were just SO funny! I LOVE Akinli!!! I'm still not sure if I can give The Selection a chance, but I'll tell you that I DID like The Siren.

The Treasure of the Sea
by Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are needed to help Aquamarina, the magical land of the ocean! The enchanted Music of the Sea has stopped playing, and no on knows why. If it doesn't return soon, the realm will perish!
  The mouslets and their friend Will Mystery travel to the underwater world to find the magical music. On their mission, they swim through dangerous waters, encounter strange and fantastical creatures, and even reveal an ancient mystery. It's a mousetastic aquatic adventure.

I gave this a three star, but only because I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have if I was in fourth grade. They solve their problems too fast. Go into the cave, defeat a dragon, come out. That's it. Just a page and a half. But it is really just meant for 1st-4th graders. And I want to know why the series is named after Thea when she barely appears in these books. Whatevs. The ending had a pretty good twist. And I wish MY last name was Mystery. That would be cool.

The Truth Game 
by Anna Staniszewski

Rachel Lee thought that ninth grade would be different. That she would be different. She'd get to hold hands with Evan in the hallway, become president of the cooking club...but it just feels like she and BFF Marisol are drifting apart. At first, Rachel thought the Truth Game app would be a great way to do a little anonymous confessing, to see how others handle their friendship fails. But when her painful truths becomd public, Rachel's in danger of losing her best friend - permanently.

Honestly, I can't stand Rachel, the main character of these books. She can be so idiotic. She gets herself in these impossible situations by doing things she knows she shouldn't be doing!!! You definitely should NOT post some of those things you're posting, Rachel! And she gets mad at Marisol for not going along with her plans that not even she feels uncomfortable doing. No wonder your friendship is so rocky!!! I don't know why, but I still gave this book a 3 star rating. I'm so happy the author said she isn't adding any more books to this series.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
by Jenni James

  As the castle gardener, Aleck is paid well, has his own room above the stables, and he is able to support his mother and younger brothers and sisters. Why would he risk it all for one girl?
  For weeks now, Princess Cascadia and her eleven sisters have awakened each morning to swollen feet and tattered dancing slippers without any recollection of what happened. Why would someone do this to them? The king calls all the worthy men in the land to come and help solve the riddle of the twelve dancing princesses. The man who is able to sort the mystery will be allowed to choose one of the princesses to wed.
  Cascadia immediately turns to Aleck for assistance. If anyone can help her, she knows it is him, and she knows of no man she would rather marry. But will Aleck be able to unravel the mysterious happenings and save the kingdom before those behind the scheme succeed?

After reading The Frog Prince, I wanted to read more by this author. I especially wanted to read this book since I was unfamiliar with the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Sadly, I didn't any of the style I fell in love with in this book and I was very disappointed. I hope that it wasn't a waste of money to buy a whole ton of other books by this author.
(a two star book)

The Vile Village
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

      You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket 

The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy
by M.A. Larson

Evie and Maggie are still enjoying the glow of their victory as they travel into the forest on their coach. But the happiest day of Evie's life is suddenly turned upside-down when they're ambushed by witches. They dash back to the Academy, only to learn that the witches have been attacking every coach that tries to leave. With their supplies nearly depleted, the Academy surrounded by witches, and new dangers looming outside the castle walls, Evie must devise a plan to save her friends and clear a path for the princesses and knights to escape. 

I loved this series, but book one was definitely the best. I was ready to give this book a 4.5, and then I reached the end. You spend the whole series believing something about Evie, and then you find out it's false. I was SO disappointed! I ended up giving this book a four star. Which means it still wasn't absolutely terrible. I actually had a really good time reading this book! Everything turns out really great and I'm hoping there's just one more book. If you want a great series, I have to say, Pennyroyal Academy would be a fantabulous place to look.

The Wells Bequest
by Polly Shulman

   Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself!
   His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!

   I'm a little sad that this book was not as exciting as The Grimm Legacy was for me. I'm guessing part of the reason this one wasn't as enjoyable is the fact that this one had genres like sci-fi and time travel. The Grimm Legacy was more my style, with fantasy and many fairy tales that I could recognize and enjoy reading about. That said, this book still earned itself a 3.5 star rating because it was fun and I really like Jaya. Speaking of, there weren't a lot of character cross-overs which I had been expecting. I really wanted to know how Elizabeth and Aaron were doing!
   I hope this review was helpful and that you enjoy this book!

The Wide Window
by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted; but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Who else was sad at the death of Uncle Monty? Like, "Come on, Lemony Snicket, he was such a great person!!!!" Just a heads up, if you didn't like that ending and want a refund of your time, you shouldn't continue with the series. Anyway, I loved The Wide Window and reading about all of Aunt Josephine's fears. Sometimes, the Baudelaire's misfortune is just too funny. Another unfortunately awesome book by Lemony Snicket which I give a 3 star rating too.

The World's Greatest Detective
by Caroline Carlson

Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s crime-solving business, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. But he sees his chance to prove he could be by entering Hugh Abernathy’s crime-solving contest in his uncle’s place.
  Toby’s friend Ivy is the best detective around—or at least she thinks so. But she can’t show off her sleuthing skills and take the title because she’s not allowed to join the investigators’ ranks. Even though the competition is being held at her house.
  Then a detective is found murdered before the games begin and his death becomes the World’s Greatest Mystery. And Toby and Ivy may be the only two who can crack the case.

Step over, Nancy. Move, Sherlock. Take a hike, Hardy Boys. It's time for the worlds actual greatest detective to shine. I loved this book, although it took me forever to get into. As long as you get to the end, I don't believe this book will be too disappointing. I was kind of hoping for one thing to happen, but it didn't. I can't say what that this was, either, because it would be considered a spoiler. What I can say is that I would like to read more from this author. My true rating is a 3.5. My recommendation is for fans of R.J Anderson's Pocket Full of Murder.

To Prevent World Peace
by Emily Martha Sorensen

   The villains are dead. The world is at peace. And now the magical girls want to conquer it.
   Chronos has the power to see the future, and that’s the future Chronos foresees. All she wants is to get a good night’s sleep, so she decides to have a simple conversation with the fated ringleader in hopes that it will set that horrible future straight.
   But Kendra is not an easy person to convince. Kendra wants to save the world. And if she has to cram that down the world’s throat, well, so be it.

I hate to say this, but this book was awful. Without a doubt, this is a one star book. I couldn't even finish it! I was confused, bored, and put out trying to read this. I hate that I felt this way because I'm sort of friends with the author, but she's done so much better. Nothing was enjoyable about this book. I hope that if you decide to read this book, you can enjoy it and finish it unlike me.

by Jen Calonita

Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School.
At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff.
But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there. There's only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS.
It's time to out-trick a trickster.

I didn't expect this book to be so good! I had a surprisingly great time reading this. I even gave it a 3.5. I think it was a lot better than book #2. And even better, it seemed to me this would be the last book and FTRS would just be a trilogy, but by the way it ended, I believe there will be at least one more book. Which is great, because Jax and Gilly STILL haven't kissed like I've been hoping they would since book #1. Fans of Hex Hall may enjoy this, if they're also into books for people a bit younger.

Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy
by Emily Martha Sorensen

Henina tends to irritate people. She can't help it — she's bad at shutting her mouth. So when a prophecy is made that someone will stop the war, she figures she's the worst possible choice. 
  Too bad. 
  The Fates have their sights set on her, and it will take all her cleverness and quite a lot of offending the king to foist the prophecy off on somebody else instead. 
  But she can do it. After all, there are a lot of potentials to choose from.

I recieved my copy of this book from the author as an ARC. It's not often that I recieve any ARC copies(as in, it's never happened before) so I was VERY excited to get to reading it. I was not disappointed like some may have been with this book. The main character was very annoying very fast and I rather enjoyed it, but some may not have. Henina was intelligent but also lacking in knowledge. She was courageous because she talked back to her king and mocked the Fates. I guess that also makes her pretty idiotic. Henina and her adventure were quite enjoyable and I recommend this four star book to people who are not easy to annoy.

Two Points to Murder
by Carolyn Keene

Nancy searches for the practical joker who is stalking the Emerson College basketball team before the team blows its chance for the playoffs.

Don't let the title decieve you, there is no murder here. There is however, a big problem with Nancy and Ned's relatonship. I gave this book a five star. Although it was about basket ball, they never really talked about the actual game so non-jocks don't have to worry about not understanding this book.

Uncommon Criminals
by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. 
  There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.
  Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
  Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

I ship!!!!!!! Okay, I'm just really happy that one of my book ships finally happened. I liked this book and I think it was better than the first one by just a smidge. The fact that the picture came out pretty good makes me happy too. It's still not satisfying the way that the Gallagher Girls was, but I still like Heist Society. I can't wait to read the next book and I hope that the next one is good too.
(A four star book)

United We Spy
by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist orgainzation called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle's leaders and stop them before they can implement a master plan that will change Cammie - and her country - forever.

I loved the Gallagher Girls and I was very satisfied with the ending that Ally Carter gave us. You can tell that Cammie will be spending the rest of her life with Zach, her partner in crime. Or maybe I should say her partner in busting crime. Lol. I loved this series and I'm sure all you who are reading this summary did too. (You wouldn't come this far if you hated these books!) I have good news: There is a short story that takes place after book five that is free on Kindle and Nook and another short story that takes place after this book. You can find the last one on Ally Carter's website like I did. A five star to the last book in this killer-awesome series.

Unlikely Magic
by Lena Mae Hill

      Devastated by her father’s sudden death, Stella barely protests being shipped off to live in a secluded forest encampment with the mother she never knew. Upon arrival, things go from bad to downright creepy. Everyone in the cultish community stares at her like she’s a mutant, including the two sisters her father failed to mention in her fourteen years, and her mother promptly locks her in the attic. Her only companions are a mouse and fantasies of befriending her own sisters. 
      Desperately lonely, Stella watches from the window as her family leaves for a night each month to attend mysterious “lunar meetings.” While they are gone to one of these meetings, Stella escapes the attic, only to discover why her mother has kept her locked up her since her arrival—the entire community is made up of werewolves. Intensely protective of their privacy, they would do anything to keep their secret from outsiders…outsiders like Stella. Once she knows their secret, she must fight for her freedom...and her life.

      This book was fantastic. It was the perfect Cinderella retelling!!! Plus, with the werewolves mixed in, I think I'm going to go crazy! "Unlikely Magic" was so awesome and I loved it. The ending is a total cliffhanger, though. So, beware the ending!!!! This book was amazingly romantic at parts and just beautiful other times. I hope that you all enjoy this book as well.
      (A four star book)

by C.D. Bell

Nessa Kurland is running for her life. A college scholarship for crosscountry is her one route out of Tether, Michigan, a town on the brink of shutdown from effects of notorious corporate polluter Dutch Chemical. Talented teammate Cynthia Sinise leads Nessa on a nighttime run through Tether's overgrown forest trails. But Cynthia speeds ahead, leaving Nessa to discover a trapped wolf. When Nessa tries to free the animal, she is badly bitten instead, dashing her hopes for a strong fall season. Nessa'a freakishly quick recovery is then followed by improved running times. All her sensess are heightened.
  Nessa has transformed.
  She has become a werewolf.
  In her new state, Nessa learns there are things about Tether that powerful people want to keep hidden. Why does a Nobel laureate work at the smalltown medical clinic? Are top college athletic scouts really interested in her emerging talent?
  Can she trust Chayton, the motercycle-riding guide her friends have faith in? Follow Nessa as she navigates her junior year and true human darkness, while making peace with her new, wild nature.

After finishing the Alpha Girls series by Aileen Erin I've been craving werewolf action. When my friend gave this to me to borrow, I was unsure. She said I would like it, but the summary didn't sound that great. Boy am I happy to have read this. Weregirl was AWESOME!!! It's not often anymore when I find a book worthy of a four star rating. But this, this got a 4.5! I am SO excited to read book #2 when it comes out. I REALLY recommend Weregirl because it was just so thrilling and crazy!

When Did You See Her Last
by Lemony Snicket

      I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.
      In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All The Wrong Questions.

      Lemony Snicket does a fantastic job in writing mysterious books that make you think and wonder. I love his humor and his style of writing. I don't have much more to say because it is hard to think of things to say about Snicket's books. If you've ever read one, you understand the difficulty of describing them to others.
(A four star rating.)

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

      Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
      Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
      The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
      Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

      I can't believe how popular this book was because it was just so awful. I can't tell you how much I hated this book. I give it a two star rating. First of all, the author should've written this book in a first-person POV instead of a third-person. Second, the romance was not believeable. I'm not buying that Rishi and Dimple were really in love. And lastly, this book was just really boring. It took me forever to finish because I was just so bored with it. I don't know why I didn't just quit. If you're looking for a good book, keep looking.

White Water Terror
by Carolyn Keene

When George wins a rafting trip on a wild Montana river, Nancy and Ned agree it's time for a vacation. Bess is persuaded to go because there will be boys in the group. But a sinister telephone warninga and two near-fatal "accidents" soon put the vacation on ice and Nancy and her friends on guard.
  Then when one raft capsizes and another is slices to ribbons, it's obvious someone is sabotaging the trip. Everyone is a suspect - until one of the rafters is killed and another disappears. It's clear that Nancy and her friends are being stalked by a ruthless murderer. But why? If Nancy doesn't find some answers soon, she can kiss her vacation - and her life - goodbye.

Five stars. This book had action, suspense, and romance. So you can tell this belongs in the NDF. It's the sixth book and I liked it. But doesn't Nancy ever ONCE wonder why mystery follows her everywhere?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?
by Lemony Snicket

   Here is the unofficial LenniLand review so I do not get sued:

   Asking the wrong questions can get you in quite a pickle, just ask Lemony Snicket. He asked multiple wrong questions in his youth. Four though, were very wrong and caused very big problems. This is the account of the first wrong question which also includes stealing, kidnapping, and disappearing people.
   I know it's not a very good summary, but I don't know how else to describe this book. Well, I don't know how to summarize it. Describing it is very easy. The All the Wrong Questions series is hilarious, mysterious, and exciting. Lemony Snicket has a way of making his readers anxious to know what happens next in his story.
   If you have recently read a book you found sad and are looking for something to balance the sadness out with, this may be the book you need. This or some ice cream. Ice cream is good. Anyways, that's it for now. Happy reading!
(A five star book)

Wicked Jealous
by Robin Palmer

With her snow-white skin and a habit of hiding behind her long black hair and Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets, Simone Walker is used to being The Weird Fat Girl at L.A.'s Castle Heights High. That is, until she's adopted by a troupe of Zumba-ing fairy godmothers, discovers the perfect French vintage look, and sheds more than a few pounds. With the help of seven college guys she's moved in with for the summer, her happily-ever-after seems almost within reach. But with her soon-to-be-stepmother scheming on the sidelines, Simone quickly realizes that people aren't always what they seem. Is there more to her than what the mirror on the wall shows? Will she figure it out in time to find a Prince Charming who loves her for who she really is?

I really don't believe the summary tells you what you should know, but I'm not saying anything because I might spoil something. I liked this book better than Geek Charming. Way better. But it was not as good as Cindy Ella, it takes A LOT to get onto my top tens list. I gave this one a four star because I felt like... idk, some things I just didn't like. But the cover! OMG the cover is AWESOME. I love the cover, I love the pages inside, I can't wait to read Little Miss Red.

Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes

Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar.

So, I read this book in about a half hour. Yes, that is how short this book is. I don't really have a lot to say about it because of that. I guess it was pretty imaginative. And I'm sure that fans of Fish in a Tree might find this appealing. Personally, I gave it a 3 star rating. The end.
(Happy reading)

Worlds Collide
by Chris Colfer

   In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world!
   With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Worlds Collide was SUCH a great ending to a fantastic series. I remember starting the first book, and feeling sceptical. But I don't know what I was thinking. This whole series has been amazing and I just love all the characters. In this conclusion, everything you could possibly be worried about is resolved. Every character is important and every detail is something that will be important later. You never know what this book will have in store for you next. Heck, it's like that with the whole series. I totally recommend this to action craving fairy tale fanatics.
(A five star book)

You're Bacon Me Crazy
by Suzanne Nelson

Tessa loves working at the trendy food truck her aunt runs in their native San Francisco. Serving yummy BLTs to her classmates after school, Tessa feels like she's living the dream. Then the dream turns into a nightmare. Popular, arrogant Asher starts working at the truck! He can't make a sandwich to save his life, and  he's frustratingly cute.
  But when the city's big food festival is canceled, the future of the truck is suddenly at stake. Can Tessa and Asher set aside their differences and work together? And will Tessa finally admit to herself how she really feels... about Asher?

Five stars! This book was extermly funny and it had issues some people face in their every day lives(minus the food truck). My uncle actually made fun of me for reading this "non-kosher romance novel" as he puts it, but I found it pretty good. I love this author's work.

11 Birthdays
by Wendy Mass

On their first birthday, they learned to walk. On their fifth, they planted seeds in handmade pots. On their tenth, they learned there are some words you can never take back.
  Amanda's eleventh birthday should be a happy occasion. Instead, she's dressed in an itchy costume her mother picked out for her boring Hollywood-themed party. Meanwhile, across town, her ex-best friend Leo is celebrating their joint birthday with a huge bash including a hypnotist, a giant iguana, and a rock band. SO no fair!
  Amanda can't wait for the day AFTER her birthday so she can stop thinking about the fight that led her and Leo to have separate parties for the first time in their lives. There's just one problem. The next day is her birthday all over again.

Five star book, but then, this whole series deserves fie stars. This is the first book in Wendy Mass's Willow Falls series, the one that got me hooked. Willow Fall is a mysterious town and strange things are always happening there. Fun fact, Amanda and Leo are named after babies two of Wendy's friends were having when she wrote this book. People who like humor and magic should give this a try.