Sunday, October 29, 2017

ARC Review: The Beautiful Lost

Short Summary: The Beautiful Lost is about two teenagers, Maia a girl who’s gone through depression and almost committed suicide, and Billy, a boy who’s had a hard time going through foster care. Maia sets off to visit her mother in Canada. At the last minute Billy, her crush, goes with her. The two go on a road trip and both learn secrets about each other they never thought they would tell. Over time, the two realize that they might be more than friends.

Additional Information: I have a favorite character, and I really like this one! She has problems just like rest of us, and she’s human. The author didn’t make someone who has everything going her way. My favorite character’s name is Maia. She’s not perfect, which is what makes her relatable. She’s gone through a lot: her mom left, she attempted suicide, and is coping with depression. I know others who read this book will be able say that’s how they felt if they can connect with any characters. Maia wants to see her mom again, and she doesn’t like her stepmother. Maia’s struggles with life and is by far my favorite character and helped me enjoy the book even more.

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Recommendation: I would recommend this book to seventh grade and up. I really enjoyed the book because I enjoy seeing the two people become more than friends throughout time. I also like that Luanne Rice created two flawed main characters. Both of them, not just one. She also made them go through real life experiences, such as foster care, divorce, a parent leaving and not communicating a lot, and depression. I give the book 5/5 stars because it is such an amazing book for all these reasons. You’ll want to keep reading and reading, and will be sad when it’s over.   

Disclaimer: *Our class received an ARC of this book to read and review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Title: The Beautiful Lost
Author: Luanne Rice
Published By: Scholastic
Released On: June 27, 2017
Review by Mariela C.

The Hundred Lies of LIzzie Lovett

by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is one of those books that are impossible to put down! Hawthorn Creely is probably one of the most unpopular kids in her high school. However, once Lizzie Lovett, the most popular alumni of Hawthorn's school goes missing everyone freaks out. Everyone is frantic, but after a month everyone doesn't care anymore, except Hawthorn. Hawthorn throws herself into Lizzie's life, taking herself on a mission to get the bottom of Lizzie's disappearance.

Almost everyone in Hawthorn's life has said or done something to doubt her. Hawthorn feels like nobody understands her and she is the only one who is still searching for the things less ordinary. My favorite quote from Sedoti's book is after Hawthorn is doubted, "I felt very alone. I lived in a world practical people, like Emily and Rush and my parents, people who had stopped believing in the impossible a long time ago. Where were the other people like me? Locked up probably. Getting called crazy and delusional." Hawthorn is never praised, liked, or honored. She can accept she isn't popular, but she never quits. 

My favorite character would have to be Connor. Connor is always by Hawthorn's side and never stabs her in the back. He is there when Hawthorn is down, and he is there to comfort her. Connor is the kind of person that is rare to find in a world of people that just want to be popular. While Sedoti provides the reader with an incredible story, she also teaches us to never quit, just as Hawthorn never did. I highly recommend The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett to anyone who loves a good mystery and likes a little laugh.

*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Published by: Sourcebooks
Released on: January 2017
Review by: Kristina K.

New To Our Shelves: Scythe


by Neal Shusterman

Not even the future of the human race is safe in the new novel Scythe. The book Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a futuristic fiction novel. It takes place in the future of “MidMerica” when humans have finally conquered death and disease. The “Scythes” are the artificial grim reapers created to control the population. The main characters Citra and Rowan get the chance to become one of these bringers of death, and never have to worry about death or their families again. 

One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Human nature is both predictable and mysterious; prone to great sudden advances, yet still mired in despicable self-interest.” A quote like this  intrigues me because it makes me truly think about the way humans act. It’s as if humans will always be prone to care about themselves first being predictable, but every once in a while someone will do something great and bring everyone closer together. 

Of course, a book couldn’t be good with good characters. My favorite character in the story is Citra. She is a bold and clever character, always wanting to do the right thing. She cares very much about her family which is an admirable trait to me. I find her very believable and could fit in modern time as well as the future. 

Neal Shusterman wrote this story to entertain and did a spectacular job at it. If you’re interested in finding out more about the author click this link: . I would definitely recommend this book for any kind of reader. It has the perfect amount of action and calm that fits most readers. It also has an amazing storyline you definitely will not forget. I would give this book five stars.

Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Released on: November 22, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Review by: TJ

Summary: Citra and Rowan are selected to become scythes, and learn to glean or kill. Things get a little hairy as the year of training goes on when politics in the Scythedom start changing. Who will become the scythe, and who will die?
I’d have to say that my favorite characters are either Citra or Scythe Faraday. They just seem like very deep, characters. I would like to see Citra develop, but I want to hear Faraday’s backstory. What he did. What his aspirations were and that is what I want to hear in the second book. Scythe shows what is possible if we achieve peace and immortality. It would still be far from perfect, but what would come from it. 

Overall, I’d give this book a 4.9 out of 5, because it was just that good. I highly recommend this book to people who are into fantasy and YA books, but want to read something else. I am a big fan of fantasy, and this book quenched my thirst enough, while bringing different tastes to the table, like being able to relate, and connect with the characters as there journey presses on. I think that is the key to a story, especially one starting a series.

In conclusion, I love Scythe. It was a fun experience that I had while reading it and it left me hanging on for more. I can't wait for the next installment to the series, Thunderhead, expected to come out in January of 2018.

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Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Released on: November 22, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Review by: Patrick C.

New to Our Shelves: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Five people, one detention room, all for the same reason. A cell phone was planted in their backpacks to help enrage a teacher who doesn't like cellphones in his class. The reason for this prank is a mystery. The teacher leaves the room, meanwhile, the students are asked to stay inside and wait for him to come back. The outcast, Simon, drinks a cup of water thinking nothing is wrong with it. The simple drink quickly turns into a twisted event.
As the book progresses, every other student is interrogated about that fateful day in detention. My favorite character throughout the book is Addy, because she always finds a way to get through the rough parts. She is just always an interesting character and her chapters are always the ones I looked forward to reading. 
Which of Simon's friends is lying throughout the whole book? Read to find out!

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I recommend this book for people who love page turners and cliff hangers. Every chapter leaves you with a question the next chapter will answer. With a rating out of five I recommend this book a FIVE.
Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released on: May 30th, 2017
Review by: Alaina F.
Genre- mystery, non-fiction

ARC Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
by Alexandra Bracken

Does it ever feel like some people just have way too much luck? Well, In the novel The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, the main character Prosper Redding finds out that their luck comes at a terrible price. His great great great great grandfather made… and then broke a contract with a demon who exchanges eternal servitude for fame and fortune. Now the demon lives inside of Prosper and it is up to him… can he really survive, or is he doomed? With the help of a few people, Prosper has a chance of saving himself and his family. 

My absolute favorite character is Nell. She is what is known as a learning witch with crazy features. With purple hair and funky outfits, she was a very bright and quirky character throughout the entire book. Nell is also very protective, because she really wants to save Prosper… even at the end (but NO SPOILERS :) ). Nell is just a character looking for a way to help anyone and anything. She is a great addition to the story, because even though the plot features more around the darkness in Prosper’s life, she balances out the story with some quirkiness and a bright personality. 

As an 8th grader, I love this book, but it is definitely also directed towards a younger audience. It was a very easy and fun read and I loved the innocent sense of humor! The story arc flowed page by page and it just made me read more and more. I would recommend this book to all ages! The plot will suck you in and it’s an ultimate page-turner! This will definitely go down as one of my 5 star reading recommendations!
*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.*
Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: September 5, 2017
Review by: Emmi C.

ARC Review: All The Crooked Saints

All The Crooked Saints 

by Maggie Stiefvater

Miracles, the random occurrence of good luck that we hope for in desperate situations, are not always gained by a lucky break. The Soria family have been given the great ability to perform miracles and expel the darkness of other people. In Maggie Stiefvater’s All The Crooked Saints, the Sorias must take care of the pilgrims that stay to finish miracles, which they can't talk to, and they must also take care of themselves in the crazy world.

My favorite quote came from the point when as one of the Saints left because he was corrupted by darkness, his crush came after him, and she stated,  “I had to start somewhere. I can’t imagine him out here alone. And his family can’t help him. I can do something and so I will.”

The best character in the story has to be Joaquin because he is a risk taking rebel, and he has an illegal radio station in which he performs the miracle of good radio for everyone listening. He is a believable character because there are people who do bad things, like illegal radio, for the right reasons all the time. I think the author wrote this book to entertain. The very intriguing story and great character development pulled me right in, and I was quickly interested.. The plot can leave you on edge at any time with its depth and drama. The small hint of humor put the final touch on this great story. More info about the author can be found under

I would recommend this book to people who love a deeper reads with slight bits of fantasy, from the shadowed plot and miracles. There is also a small romantic element between a couple of characters. I give it 4.3 out of 5 stars because of the deep plot and exciting, but short, spouts of adventure. This book is definitely worth a look.

*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Title: All The Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Scholastic 
Released on: October 10, 2017
Review by: Charlie W.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Inspiration On Our Shelves: Philanthroparties!

Philanthroparties! By Lulu Cerone

Do you find yourself seeing problems in your community, but aren’t sure how to make a difference and help others around you? Well, this might be the book you are looking for! It is very inspirational and touching, and has definitely motivated me to give back but in a fun way.

During the 2010 Haiti earthquake, when Lulu was ten, she was deeply affected by news footage and the horrendous conditions and suffering of the Haitian people. Desperate to help in some way she decides to organize a competitive “boys v.s. girls” lemonade stand for her 5th grade class to raise money for Haitian relief. It was a huge success! They ended up raising a total of $4,000 dollars! Lulu and her classmates learned that even they, at such a young age, could make a difference in people’s lives. Lulu was hooked, so she created her own,non profit, LemonAID Warriors,where she spreads her message of giving back and showing others how to have fun while positively impacting the world and local communities.

I found this book quite enjoyable and I liked the way the author goes about telling her story and how she made me feel inspired and positive. The book is not only bright and colorful but it is fun and interesting to read, there are so many crafts and fundraisers I would like to try now thanks to her amazing book! I feel more powerful after reading Lulu’s book and encourage you to read it too!

Written by: Lulu Cerone
Published by: Aladdin/Beyond Words Books
Released on: May 9, 2017
Review by: Lilian B.