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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Faye is struck by lightning. And she lives. How many other fourteen year olds can say that? When she tells her parents of this striking event, they act like it’s nothing. They hand her a summer camp brochure and send her away. Out of the five other kids who have no idea what kind of camp they are going to, is Benji. He is Faye’s crush and happens to be the only person who saw her get struck by lightning. That can’t just be a coincidence. While the campers are given odd tasks to complete by the wicked director, Faye must put aside her feelings for Benji so she can focus on what matters more. Why are they here? How can they get away? But those eyes … that smile….
Milestones is so enjoyable and fun! It’s unpredictable and had me thinking hard. Everything is a riddle and it’s amusing to sit back and read how the characters piece together the puzzle. The characters are so different from each other that their interactions are very entertaining. The cover doesn’t show how much fun the book is and isn’t the best fit. The formatting is a bit odd, having fifty-two chapters that vary in length. It’s also full of unnecessary sixth grade curse words. Though the storyline is choppy, the book is perfectly unrealistic! It’s unlike the other books I read and it’s refreshing. It is just … fun! I can’t wait for the next ones in the series.
Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges
252 pages, published by Hungry Goat Press, ages 14+
4 out of 5 stars
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Since her father has a business trip to China, Rebecca is sent away to live with a family friend in New Orleans for the next six months. Spending time away from her friends and the gossip in New York doesn’t seem too appealing. Especially when she has to spend it with the odd gothic Claudia that plays with Tarot cards for a living. When Rebecca meets the arrogant snobs of Temple Mead Academy, she is instantly on their bad side. Except for the attractive Anton Grey who seems to be interested in her but is sadly unavailable. After wandering into the cemetery one night, Rebecca comes across Lisette, a ghost only she can see. And it seems Lisette has been waiting over a hundred years to get the revenge she longs for.
Ruined is perfectly paced and has a constantly intriguing storyline. I wasn’t attached to any of the characters and they lack personality. I was going back and forth “I hate this book!” “I love this book!” It repeated Rebecca’s thoughts too much when all I wanted was to dive deeper. It’s amazing how author Paula Morris kept the story going with so few settings. This book is packed with a lot of interesting historic info without being overly descriptive. It introduced me to the New Orleans I never knew. It had a huge twist I didn’t see coming that made me gasp out loud. I wasn’t fully satisfied with the ending because the “feel” didn’t fit the rest of the story. You’d have to be very patient to read this book but over all I think it’s worth the read.
Ruined by Paula Morris
315 pages, published by Point division of Scholastic, AGES 13+
Contains: satanic arts, brief gruesome description