One Minute Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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The Summary:

Something is happening in Sunshine’s new house. Something not right. Something paranormal. The worst part is that the weirder things become, the less her mom believes her. Is something haunting her house? And what can Sunshine do about it? Especially if she’s the only one who is aware of it?

What I liked:

Another fast paced book and a quick easy read. I really liked that the author did a decent job of building up tension and some kind of creep factor.

What I didn’t like:

It was a little bit predictable after the first. . . act, I suppose, of the story. However, this didn’t leave me cold, and I’ll probably get the next installment in the series, if it’s easy to get a hold of. I will admit though, that it’s not so memorable that I would probably actively look for it.

Verdict:

I would recommend this book for people who like their books to have some creep factor. At the end of the day, though, it’s a fairly typical YA novel, so for those of you who do not enjoy that, be forwarned.

One Minute Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

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The Summary:

Dorothy lives. Amy Gumm has failed. Her mission has become complicated. Because now she must not only kill Dorothy, but she must remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, and take the Lion’s courage. All while carting around the poor, loopy princess of Oz, Ozma herself. Because now this mission isn’t just about saving Oz, it’s about saving Kansas too.

What I liked:

The manipulation of the world was pretty good. I liked the Ozma storyline well enough.

What I didn’t like:

This one fell really flat for me. The first one was so good, I really loved it, and then I got to the second one, and I wanted to love it, but it felt like it wandered and meandered through this world, not really accomplishing much. I’m not certain if I will read the third in the series, I know it’s a trilogy, but after this one, I’m rather disenchanted with the series.

Verdict:

I can’t recommend this one. If you’re like me, you’re probably reading it because you read the first, but be warned. You may not enjoy it as much.

One Minute Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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The Summary:

Amy Gumm lives in Kansas and her life is bleak to say the least. Her mother could care less about her comings and going, she’s bullied at school, and she wishes she could go anywhere else. Kind of like another famous Kansas girl. Except going over the rainbow isn’t really a possibility for her. . . or is it?

When a tornado hits town, Amy finds her mobile home sucked up inside it and she travels… somewhere. Could this be Oz? Because it’s not what she expected. And neither is Dorothy. In fact, Dorothy seems decidedly evil.

Amy must make her way in an Oz that seems turned on it’s head, where the good guys are evil, and the bad guys might just be good. She’s been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and charged with a mission. Because Dorothy Must Die.

What I liked:

I liked this book. It was good, it was fast paced, action packed, it started quickly, and moved quickly after that. That’s what I’m looking for when I read a Young Adult novel. I want things to escalate quickly, I want them to move along quickly, and I want to just really enjoy the book.

What I didn’t like:

This novel felt cut off. I understand that this was probably done purposefully, but it felt very much like cutting off this book before it’s natural conclusion. It’s a very fast read, and I know YA writers — and often readers– love a good cliffhanger, but it felt contrived here. I wished that it would have done a little bit of wrapping up, instead of leaving us smack dab in the middle of the narrative.

Verdict:

This book is good enough that I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading YA, or a fast paced read.

One Minute Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Summary:

Charlie is an awkward high school freshman, who has always sat on the sidelines. But you can’t sit on the sidelines forever, and Charlie had decided to make an effort to “participate”. So we follow him through his first year of “participating” in high school, as he writes his Dear Friend chronicling all his experiences.

What I liked:

This book was everything I wanted The Catcher in the Rye to be. No, I mean that. I read The Catcher in the Rye a while back and I was pretty disappointed with it, so when I picked this book up, I just couldn’t get Catcher out of my head. Because Perks kind of has that feel. But you feel the things Charlie feels and you relate to what he has going on. It felt very authentic, and there was definite growth in the character throughout the book.

What I didn’t like:

It’s been a few days since I finished this book and I still can’t come up with anything I didn’t like about this book. It maybe started a little slow. But once I got into the book, that was negligible.

Verdict:

I enjoyed this book, I thought it was a strong coming of age story, and I can see this becoming a classic, so I would definitely recommend this book.

One Minute Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Summary:

The story of two star-crossed teenagers and the year that they experience together.

What I Liked About It:

It was one of those books that I read because I kept having this uneasy feeling that something absolutely horrifying would happen at the end. I liked the writing, and I was really interested in Eleanor’s backstory. I really couldn’t get enough of that. And I liked Park’s family. The characters were decent, and Eleanor and Park fell right in the believable teenager category. If I were younger I think I would have finished it and reread it immediately. The love story was a bit lacking, but considering that teens were the subject matter, I found it believable because that’s just being a teenager. Boom you’re “in love” without rhyme or reason. So basically, I felt it was a believable story.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

There were a few things about the adults that just struck me as off and frustrating. Not so much Eleanor’s family, they were scarily believable. But Park’s family, particularly Park’s father at the end allowing his son to drive so far away bothered me. It also bothered me that though Eleanor and Park felt so strongly about one another, and particularly Eleanor feeling like she was living for Park, she kind of left him behind and that was that. I realize this was the 80s, but I remember the 80s, and it’s wasn’t such a bleak prospect leaving a friend behind. I kept touch with lots of friends through letters and regular phone calls, so this bothered me.

The Verdict:

I liked this one. It drew me in, and kept me hooked, and even though I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the ending, I didn’t think it marred the entire book. It was a good solid, character driven story. That being said, if you like plot driven, this might not be the book for you.

One Minute Book Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Summary:

Lena and Ethan have made it home, but things aren’t the same. Gatlin has gone apocalyptic with endless heat, swarms of locust-like grasshoppers, and it alls seems to be the result of Lena’s Claiming. Even the Casters seem to be experiencing the Chaos as their powers start misfiring in dangerous ways. Even scarier, Ethan is starting to lose pieces of himself and his memories. And the only key to stopping all this may be Ethan himself.

What I Liked About It:

The authors really seem to have hit their stride with this one, and even though I saw the answer coming, I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. I’m going to stop there before I reveal too much.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

This is one of those times where I can’t find anything to not like!

The Verdict:

GO READ IT ALREADY! No, seriously, I enjoyed it that much.

One Minute Book Review: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Ethan Wate used to think that no place could be as boring as Gatlin, until Caster Lena Duchannes came along. With her as his guide, Ethan discovered a secret Gatlin he never knew was there, one full of hidden perils. But he’d always felt that he could face all of that as long as Lena was by his side.

But following the tragic loss of someone close to her, Lena starts pulling away from Ethan, keeping secrets and excluding her from her world. This time Ethan will have to follow Lena herself deeper into her world, one that holds countless perils for a mortal. Will they survive this, and more importantly, will their relationship survive Lena’s new secrets?

What I Liked About It:

This book was a little more otherworldly, and the authors did a great job of refining their world a little more. Even more so, they really added those elements that any southerner, or person living in the south, will recognize. The elderly with their quirks and secrets feature heavily in this one, and I love that, as well as an expansion on the intricate family tale that began in Beautiful Creatures, and even better, meshing the Ravenwoods and Wates together even further.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

This one was a little bit predictable. I definitely knew what was coming before it came, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book.

The Verdict:

I would recommend this book because it does contain an important piece of information that you will need going further. The writing was good, and the “southerness” of this book was still apparent, and definitely worth the time you spend reading it.