|I loved this book. Classified as a romance novel, Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, was not solely based alone on the romance angle of the plot, with some action intermingled with character development. |
I grew to appreciate the characters for themselves and wanted to cry when they did something stupid and scream happily when they overcame a fault. For me, that is the crowning jewel of the book, if I cannot relate to the character’s struggles or there is no development in their moral character, I lose interest, but that was definitely not the case with this book.
All of the main characters had some visible faults, some overcame them and some let it rule and dictate who they were. This book is a keeper for sure, with the plot moving at a greater speed than some of the original romances like Jane Austen, and is perfect for readers who need quickly moving plots to hold their attention.
This book was honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. It was really intriguing, and when I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. I read Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus before this one and it’s the reason I chose One of Us is Lying.
This book in my opinion was even better than the one I read before which makes me want to read more of her books. In this book they are trying to figure out who killed Simon and I like how each person has a reason why they would want him dead, which makes them all suspects.
In my opinion this makes the story even more interesting because you start trying to put the pieces together but because there are so many people who don’t like him, it makes it harder to solve the mystery and leaves you wanting to read more.
I also really like how they tell the story from each character’s perspective because you get a different idea from each person and what they say sometimes changes your opinion or idea of some of the characters in the book. That being said, I definitely think this book is great and worth reading especially if you love mystery books.
Crime Travelers Book 1: Brainwashed by Paul Aertker is rated five out of five stars.
Lucas Benes, 13 years is a crime fighting super spy! Living in a hotel and being hotel-schooled is very boring. That all changes the day he is on a roof and sees a abandoned baby in a shopping cart.
He is kidnapped but then strangely is set free. Lucas, his sister Astride and three of there friends travel to Paris in France, to try and stop the villainous Siba Gunnero, and her horrible Good Company. Will they be able to stop the kidnapping and brainwashing or will they fall victims themselves?!?!?!
I thought this was a outstanding book! I love books with super spy action and adventure. This book had both. This book is great for ALL ages. Also all ages will love it. ( ALL AGES). It has a perfect combination of spy, action, adventure, mystery, comedy, teenager(ish) power with a healthy dose of French. I recommend this book for anuone and everyone. #GreatBook!
The book The House Next Door by Darcy Coates is about a young woman who lives next to a haunted house: Marwick House.
Over the years many have lived in this house and all have left after a mysterious sighting. The last family left in the middle of the night leaving all of their belongings behind. Eight months later a young woman moves in all by herself. Josephine the main character, greets her new neighbor and learns a bit about her.
This book is not your typical ghost story. I loved this book because from the beginning and throughout all the following chapters it kept me guessing what was going to happen next. Almost every ghost story tells the same thing, but in this one I never knew what to expect.😃
The book An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a wonderful read!
It has a very unique story line and very interesting imaginary lands. Thanks to Sabaa’s amazing illustrations you can see where the story takes place and what the protagonist is seeing. You can imagine the layout of under ground secret tunnels, a school built on violence and cities full of rebels.
This book has horror, adventure, romance, and mystery all mixed up in one fantasy realm where monsters lurk around every corner taking on different forms and appearance were Laia (a free-born Scholar) has to work her way through a maze of finding herself, saving her brother, and figuring out who to trust in a world that is made on darkness and lies.
I would recommend this book to teens who want to shake up their reading list because it puts the reader in a totally new and unexpected experience.
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story is the perfect read for anyone obsessed with the musical Hamilton. This cute and romantic book written by Melissa de la Cruz explores the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
This is a fictional novel, even though some of the characters are real people and there is real places mentioned. The story switches perspectives, so you get to see what both Eliza and Alex are thinking.
If you want to know more about the love story of Elizabeth and Alexander, pick up this book!
“Not very much is know about Alex and Eliza’s romance, except that they fell hard and fast and were so in love that Eliza carried a poem he wrote for her in a necklace she wore until the day she died.” -Melissa de la Cruz, page 358: Acknowledgments
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice may be an old story, but it is still on our shelves for a reason! The story has all the excitement that comes when love and family matters collide with the charm of England from long ago. The story focuses on the five Bennet sisters as they navigate the customs of English society in the early1800s. Elizabeth Bennet, who is the main protagonist, is prejudiced against the arrogant Mr. Darcy for his pride. Their complicated relationship lies at the heart of the story.
The language can be difficult to read at times, but the adorable, if somewhat frustrating, story is worth the read. Austen’s subtle commentary on society’s pride and prejudice is clever and adds another layer to the story. Pride and Prejudice is a great book to read if you’re looking for a classic and a love story.
Abby, 12th grade
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about two boys who end up making a film for their friend Rachel, who is dying of cancer. Written by Greg, the main character, the book follows his interactions with Rachel and his friends and family, his life at school, and his films. After many visits with Rachel, who is now a fan of his once secret films, he loses his low profile at school.
This book is full of funny moments and charm. Even though the book is sad at times, Greg, Rachel, and Earl (Greg’s friend), always give you something to laugh at. The book is full of ups and downs for these kids, but will have you smiling.
Teen Book Review:
The book Mice and Men is about two guys that are friends and are always together. Their names were Lennie and George. Lennie was kind of special he was a slow learner, which made him appear dumb. Lennie was sometimes a bother to George and he always got them into trouble. Lennie is a big guy and he sometimes is careless. He got in some big trouble when a lady accused him of raping her. But, all was not true because Lennie just touched the lady’s red dress because he wanted to feel it. That caused them to run away and find a new job. They found a job, but what was to come there way was going to change their lives forever.
The book Mice and Men was a good book. It was an entertaining book, even though sometimes you found yourself confused throughout the story. Each character in the book was important even if that character just came out rarely throughout the story. Each character had a dream, which was fun to see in the end if the characters achieve their dream in the end. The end of the story was sad and can change your perspective from some of the characters. But overall the book was interesting to me.
Diana- 10th grade
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is a light read about following your heart and forgiving your family. The story follows Hadley, a teen from the U.S. who travels to England for her father’s wedding. Although she is dreading the wedding, Hadley’s trip improves when she meets a cute British boy on her flight. They grow close, but get separated once in England. Reluctantly, Hadley goes to her father’s wedding. When Hadley chooses to listen to her heart, her journey becomes much more exciting, and she may have a chance at mending her relationship with her dad and finding the boy of her dreams.
I enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which was an easy read. While the story is unlikely to occur in real life, it had some elements that can relate to anyone. Jennifer E. Smith portrayed Hadley’s struggle with accepting her father’s new life beautifully. I also enjoyed the ending, which provides closure for every character. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read with meaningful themes. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will definitely leave you wanting to hop on a plane to England right away!