Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t really know what to say about this book. The plot is intriguing and the supporting characters are strong. I’m still struggling to like Mare. I feel like she is whiny and only thinks of herself and the sacrifices that she has had to make. She is a act then think person. At times she seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to stop Maven and his mother but other times she shrinks away and cowers. This is all pointed out by the secondary characters as well, so the author knows her character. I’m just waiting to see what will happen with her.

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Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m ashamed to admit it but when I first heard of Captain Underpants I immediately thought, “This is not for me.” I had heard wonderful things about it, how it is so great for reluctant readers, but I just could not wrap my head around it. I like other Pilkey books but for some reason, I just wouldn’t give this one a chance. That is, until the movie came out. I saw the previews for the movie and thought, “Hey, that actually looks kinda fun.” I was sad when I couldn’t see the movie in theater and decided to give the book a chance. I am glad I did. It was funny. I loved Pilkey’s characters and play on words. I could not get over the Flip O Rama, I was having too much fun with it. This is a great book not only for reluctant readers but any kid that loves humor and a little bit of sillyness.

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A Study in Death

A Study in Death (Lady Darby Mystery #4)A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the fourth installment of Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries I felt like the inquiry that Kiera and Gage were involved in was a little weaker than past installments. That being said, I love these books.I enjoy the historical bits of information that Huber gives, such as Burke and Hare and where they used to do their body snatching from. I like that it’s history, mystery, and a little bit of romance all mixed together. Overall, I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next.

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Conspiracy 365: January

January (Conspiracy 365 #1)January by Gabrielle Lord

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On New Year’s Eve, Cal is approached by a strange man who is ranting about something called the Ormond Singularity and that his father was murdered, telling Cal that he needs to go into hiding until midnight one year later. This of course all happens right before the man is dragged away by some “ambulance drivers” presumably never to be heard from again. After that Cal and his family seem to be having a series of bad luck, or is it. Cal must solve the mystery that his dad left behind in order to save his family.

When I first started reading this book I really didn’t know what to think. I thought that it was certainly attention grabbing and fast paced; however, I wonder why Cal’s dad thought it would be a good idea to entrust his 15 year old son with a secret that could end up getting him killed. The ending, cliffhanger. The author really knows how to make her readers want to keep reading. I would definitely recommend this book to any middle grader, especially boys, that love fast paced, suspenseful, mysteries.

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Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall, I liked the idea of this book. No longer wanting to fight a war for somebody else’s cause the Reds decide to rebel against the “special” and all powerful Silvers. Meanwhile, Mare, a Red destined for consignment to fight in the war, discovers that she has her own surprises and gets caught up in a revolution. I did have one problem, Mare. She has the potential to be such a strong female character and yet she isn’t. I thought that the supporting characters had more substance to them. She argues that she is not a pawn in anybody’s game, yet that’s just what she allows herself to be. She expects everybody else to come to her rescue and is always sure that she’s met her end. I hope in the rest of the series that she comes into her own and becomes the character that she has the potential to be.

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Secret Coders

Secret Coders (Secret Coders, #1)Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hopper is starting at a new school and when she tries to introduce herself she is greeted by obnoxious boys who make fun of her, an angry janitor with a mysterious locked shed, and still ends up finding a friend and on their way to solving the schools hidden secrets by using coding.

I admire Yang & Holmes’ efforts at introducing coding in a fun way. While I recognize that this is intended for a much younger audience than Boxers and Saints, I still felt that the story line was a bit lacking.

One thing that bothered me was the principal and the teacher. Clearly Hopper was upset about something and instead of the teacher being concerned she dismissed her and sent her to the principal’s office. Clearly the principal had an unhappy encounter with his previous guest but I felt that his reaction was completely unrealistic.

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zita and her friend Joseph witness a meteor crash and discover a portal that transports them to another planet. Joseph is kidnapped by an alien doomsdayers and it’s up to Zita to find him and return home before the planet is destroyed by an asteroid.

I have to admit that I love Ben Hatke. Even though I hadn’t read Zita before I would usually recommend it to kids who were looking for an adventure book. I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to read it. I thought the story was fun and entertaining. With bright and colorful illustrations and characters and a story line that keeping you wanting more this book is sure to delight.

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