And although The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau, is certainly not one such novel that will go down in history, it is at least a very entertaining read, filled with suspense, intrigue, and all of the qualities expected in a dystopian thriller.
The 5th Wave is creepy good, steeped with a smidgen of classic sci-fi storytelling at its best and infused with fresh perspectives about what it really means to be human.
Cricket’s narration vacillates between hyperbole and thoughtful introspection, making the text feel uneven in places; this reflects Cricket’s development, as the narration matures along with Cricket.
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
Some parts made me laugh, others shocked me and few brought me close to tears. An intricately detailed romantic fantasy carved in an unconventional, original world with description, flawless humour and a faultless build-up of suspense, Siege and Storm is truly a story that leaves you breathless and wanting to read more.
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.
“My Brother’s Book” has echoes of Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale,”...and it contains some of Sendak’s richest and most incantatory language.
"Reached" practically groans with its wide-ranging ambition . . . readers will mourn what's lost.
Where Blood Red Road (2011) was fast-paced and chaotic, this meandering book just bogs down.
Meticulously researched from beginning to end, this literary tour de force is certain to become a modern day classic.
Although the last page of "Son" is heartwarming, readers of Book 3 in particular will be all too aware of the plot work required to get there.
But while the story is well-executed, with characters readers will grow to care about, its reliance on well-worn themes of governmental corruption and class warfare may make it difficult to stand out in a crowded genre.
I can’t say that I was terribly impressed with the book, it felt like filler for the proposed series.
Smart readers will find a heroine in girly, intellectual Gigi—all the while winking at her nerdy jokes.
Overall, I thought that the book was very funny and good; it just wasn't for me. However, I would recommend it to teenage girls who want a funny and heart-warming read.
All in all Scary School was a hit in my house!
Jenna Burtenshaw has a dark imagination and an amazing talent.
If you love Persuasion and have been on the fence about this one, grab it. I think that you'll find it does a magnificent job of retelling without copying.
Engrossing and frequently humorous, this compassionate look at living after a loved one's death amidst the tangle that family can be is a wonderful read.
It's a girl's story who is pulled out of one world and put into another, one all sparkles and another quite the opposite, both of which she can't seem to fit into. It's the type of story that I've always been a sucker for, but has much MUCH more. To say more than I have, would be to ruin it, but READ it or you're seriously missing out!