Hey everyone and welcome to my YA book blog. I love to read YA novels so I decided to create a blog and write reviews about the books I read. If anyone would like to suggest a book or wants me to do a review on a certain book please tell me. Also as I am new to the blogging world please bare with me.

...sincerely, a reader

Friday, January 28, 2011

Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler

Hey everyone! I got this book for Christmas and i finally got around to reading it so here is the review. Also i have almost finished Beastly so I will be putting up a review shortly. : )

Plot Summary

"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"
According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie—-she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

My Review
Sarah Ockler's debut novel is a great read full of love, loss, friendship, overcoming fears and finding out ones true self. Twenty Boy Summer was fun and light at times but also sad and deeply heartfelt. It was very well written and i couldn't put it down. The scenery described and the emotions it evoked was magical. I loved the sense of a journey that the main character, Anna, was on. She felt she had to accomplish things whilst at the same time she had to move on from Matt, but never forget. Anna was a very strong heroine, having to deal with secrets, lost love, deception and above all living her life.

Score: 8 out of 10

...sincerely, a reader

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Losing Faith - Denise Jaden

Plot Summary 
A terrible secret. A terrible fate.
When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.

My Review  
Hmmm I'm not sure what to write about this book. It was very different from what I normally read. The book revolved around religion a lot and even though Brie, the main character, was not religious herself the majority of the other characters were, especially her sister Faith. 

I also think the book was a bit slow in the beginning. After losing her sister Brie is kind of just there. She isn't really living, she is confused and broken. I suppose this is how someone would actually feel but I think the author dragged out these feelings a bit long and readers might lose interest. However I was determined to finish the book and about halfway through the plot became much more interesting and tense that I couldn't put the book down. 

So overall I think this was an ok book to read and if you can persevere I think you will enjoy the last half a lot. 

Score: 5.5 out of 10 

...sincerely, a reader 

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Sorry everyone i accidentally got rid of this review so i had to re post it so the date is stuffed up.
Plot Summary:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? 

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.... 

My Review:

Let me start off by saying that I love fantasy and as soon as I started City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, I was roped into the world of Shadowhunters. There was no slow build up or boring beginning it just cut straight into action involving a demon, three young Shadowhunters and of course our female protagonist, Clary Fray.
Clary’s character was resolute on saving her mother and finding out why all of a sudden terrifying monsters were attacking her after witnessing a demon murder and being pulled into the world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, other mysterious downworlders and the horrifyingly mutilated Silent Brothers. Clary is not a ‘damsel in distress’ rather she is a strong character who is able to hold her own in this strange world and the Shadowhunters want to know why. How can a mundane kill a demon with her bare hands?
The plot kept twisting and turning and I never knew what to expect next. I loved all of the characters except Simon got on my nerves a bit because he was always just hanging around. All in all City of Bones was a great fantasy novel involving all the mythological creatures we know and introducing us to some new ones. With a love triangle thrown into the plot, many Young Adults would love this read. Cassandra Clare was able to create a beautiful fantasy world with her descriptive writing and unique characters. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down.

Score: 9 out of 10 

...sincerely, a reader