Book Review: Ranger’s Apprentice #1 – The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found Ranger's Apprentice when I was searching for books similar to Eragon. I just really felt like a high fantasy adventure. I wasn't expecting too much when I started reading, but once I did, I couldn't help myself from reading more. Flanagan has a great, natural writing style that is simple enough to be comfortable, but poetic enough to stay enticing....Read More

Book Review: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, I just want to say that most of the time I have a hard time with sequels. Series are fine, but often I feel like sequels are a flop, because usually the author never planned to make another one, so the author is just trying to come up with problems to mess up the ending of a story that has already been...Read More
Between the Lines

Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay, I'm not gonna lie, this may be my second time reading this book, because I kind of have no life... But my second impression was actually better than my first, so it's okay! I feel like this book is pretty much the ultimate escape book. Within the book there is a character written into a story who wants nothing more than to...Read More

Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Wow, so I was apparently a little deprived as a child for not having read this. I guess I would have rather read about people than mice. But I've been looking for some third grade books to read aloud to my class and this one was recommended several times, so I figured I'd check it out. Oh my goodness, so cute! There...Read More

Book Review: Forest Born by Shannon Hale

Forest Born by Shannon Hale My rating: 4 of 5 stars Forest Born is #4 in The Books of Bayern. This story follows Razo's little sister, Rin, who possesses a gift that really scares her. It makes her feel like she doesn't belong, so when Razo and Dasha invite her to go work at the palace to work as a lady's maid for Isi, she take the opportunity. But mysterious fire attacks start happening along...Read More

Book Review: River Secrets by Shannon Hale

River Secrets by Shannon Hale My rating: 5 of 5 stars I freaking love this book! (And I have a lot to say about it.) River Secrets is the third of the Books of Bayern. The first book was The Goose Girl (one of my favorite books of all time!) and the second is Enna Burning. River Secrets follows a character named Razo, who was introduced in The Goose Girl and also played a very...Read More

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book. It had a lot of great qualities. It had an intense plot, compelling characters, and a unique story concept. I loved how the story began and I was really excited to read on about the characters that I already found myself drawn to. I was a little disappointed though. About half-way through the book, it really...Read More

Book Review: A Voice in the Wind

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Voice in the Wind takes place in ancient Jerusalem and Rome and features the hatred and violence between the Jews and the Romans and the struggle to keep faith during those dark times. The book had a great range of characters. A Jewish slave, a rich Roman girl and her brother, and a captured tribal chief from Germania sold to...Read More

Book Reivew – Ana and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins My rating: 4 of 5 stars At first this book came off as pretty cliche and predictable. Your typical teenage girl book. And after reading it, I can confirm that it was predictable, because my predictions were pretty much all correct. HOWEVER, I still very much enjoyed it! One thing Stephanie Perkins does really well with is characterization. I loved her characters! They were so lifelike and...Read More

The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophesy

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I'm so tired of Rick Riordan writing amazing books... Like can the guy just be human for a moment and write something I don't like? I think one of the best things about the Trials of Apollo series is his character development. He does a great job at creating dynamic characters that grow and change like real people would. When I read the...Read More