Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Reviews: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Often scary, in-your-face action abounds in this sci-fi thriller. Vividly imagined, dark and utterly engrossing, Dashner leaves you little time to recover from one shock before something else takes us on yet another thrill ride. Not the best written novel ever, but by the time you’ve been alongside the characters – fighting Grievers and each other, trying desperately to escape the maze – you tend not to care as much about the writing style. Recommended for ages 14-18. Contains violence, mature themes and coarse language. WARNING: You may find yourself yelling unusual curse words whenever something bad happens after you read this book.
Star3.5

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View all current information on the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790864/?ref_=sr_1

Book Reviews: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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**WARNING: This is not going to be a positive review, I apologise to any fans of these novels and hope this will not deter you from the rest of this blog, but I really did not like this book**
I so, so wanted to love this book, the idea seemed so crazy but also sounded like it would prove to be an interesting look about how our world rates worth and beauty. Sadly I found myself incredibly disappointed by the result. Predictable, poorly written and with a plot that plods along rather then spiriting. Tally is severely unlikeable, incredibly annoying  and appears rather moronic at several points throughout the book. The idea was fantastic, but in the end it felt like Westerfeld was trying to encourage girls to judge one another by their looks instead of telling them not to. I have not bothered with the other books but am told that they are even worse then this one – even going as far as to almost glorifying things like self harm. My strong advice is avoid this book! Recommended for – well, no one… but ages 14-16 if you really want to give it a try. I have tried hard to forget the contents of this novel so I have no idea what to warn you about – Let’s just say violence, coarse language, sexual references, mature themes and stupidity.
Star1

View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24770.Uglies
View all current information on the movie adaptation (here’s hoping the premise can be done justice this time): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986270/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Book Reviews: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

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While the writing can occasionally be confusing, this very different YA read is nonetheless well worth a look. The premise at first appears to be a very basic dystopian one, but underneath that lies a highly original and absorbing story. Not the best book in the world but thoroughly enjoyable. Recommended for ages 14-17. Contains violence, coarse language, mature themes and sexual references.

Star3.5
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Book Reviews: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Clare once again delivers with her prequel to the fantastically amazing Mortal Instruments series. This time the location is different but the same magic and powerful writing that made The Mortal Instruments such a success still remains. The fandom couldn’t have asked for a better spin-off. Recommended for ages 14-17. Contains violence, coarse language, mature themes and sexual references.

Star4.5
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Book Reviews: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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A chilling, terrifying adventure that Ness navigates us through with apparent ease. A thrilling, wildly emotional ride which keeps up with it’s twists and turns right down to the final page, never a dull moment or a break for Todd on his journey to truth and freedom. Prepare to laugh, cry and be caught in this book’s grip and never released. Recommended for ages 13-17. Contains violence, mature themes and possible coarse language.

Star4.5
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View all current information on the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2076822/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Book Reviews: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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In this fierce, fabulous novel, Cohn and Levithan effortlessly capture the essence of relationships of all kinds in a simple, yet clear and honest way. In just a couple hundred pages, Cohn and Levithan’s story explores friendship, romance, acquaintances and relationships with parents in a way that all teens should be able to understand. Naomi, Ely and all the supporting characters are incredibly relatable and fun, and drive the story even through the deeper, more complex parts.
A clever, easy-to-digest novel of mixed feelings, misunderstandings and life at it’s craziest and most difficult. Pure teenage book-nerd heaven.  Recommended for ages 14-19. Contains sexual references, coarse language and mild themes.
Star4.5

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Book Reviews: Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda

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While these books are generally targeted at younger readers, they should definitely not be overlooked by anybody. Heart-pounding action and fantastic magical realms – the perfect little adventure to curl up with. Recommended for ages 8+ but that shouldn’t stop any older readers!! Contains violence.

Star4.5

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