Book Review: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

 

 

 

 

 

This book is about a depressed mother who has recently gone through a divorce. She has escaped with her daughter to New Hampshire for a “summer vacation.” While there, her daughter finds out she can’t take care of her mother and herself. Thsi book is very well written and keeps the pages turning and keeps you guessing. There was nothing I didn’t like about it. The format is a poem style, which is perfect because it makes you turn page after page. Great book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

Book Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

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This book is about two teens, Mandy and Jill. They each have their own perspective. Jill is a senior in high school who lives with her mom and her dad has dies in a car accident. Mandy is a 19 year old who has recently become pregnant. She was raised by her mother and has had a rough childhood. Jill’s mother wants to adopt Mandy’s baby.

There is a lot of conflict throughout the book to keep you interested. Though I don’t find that the cover design directly related to the book, there was nothing I didn’t like about it — amazing book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

Book Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

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Grace, Gretchen and Greer find out that not only are they triplets, they are descendents of Medusa. And are therefore monster hungers! I liked that there was always a surprise at the end of every chapter. There was nothing I didn’t like — I’d rate this 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend it to ages 12 and up. Also, I love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

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When dark, charming Asher and golden, reserved Devin appear in Skye’s life on her seventeenth birthday, everything in her life changes.I liked that there is definitely going to be a second book, hopefully! There was nothing I didn’t like about this book — I rate it 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend this to ages 12 and up.

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Book Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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When Megan moves to Ireland with her dad, she’s very nervous about going to a new school. But when she meets darkly handsome Adam Deris, everything changes. I liked that at the end of every chapter you were always hungry for more. I didn’t like that it wasn’t, like, 500 pages. I rate it 5 stars- I loved it!

I’d recommend this to readers 12 and up. I also love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Book Review: Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Just when Gaia thought she had escaped strange, harsh rules and saved her baby sister by trekking to the rumored town of Sylum, she finds herself bound in new unwelcome ways, and familiar faces don’t bring comfort the way they should.

This is a companion to Birthmarked (2010). Gaia’s strong character is put through a gauntlet of daunting challenges that help her grow into a more confident person. The beginning is action-packed but still seemed slow. However, in all, this is a satisfying conclusion of an amazing story. The cover is eye-catching and the audience is in the 12-14 range.

I like how two very different societies are compared to each other here. The way Gaia stays true to her beliefs no matter what inspiring. The confusion and tension of multiple love interests vying for her adds a unique twist to liven the plot, as does the mystery of the dying males and “swamp illness” that makes leaving sylum impossible and deadly.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

Book Review: The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer

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This is the story of the headstrong and confident Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart. From her early years in Scotland to her last years lived out as an English prisoner, this is a book that leaves a reader with great sadness at the way poor Mary’s life crumbled into ruin. Once a fearless leader, prepared to rule her country as well as France, her power was slowly stripped from her by the betrayal of those she loved and trusted most.

I had never before heard of Mary, Queen of Scots, but now I cannot get her somber story out of my head. Betrayed and abused, ill and injured, she resisted as much as she could, determined to be a strong Queen for her people. In the end, she was mocked and hated by her subjects and charged with a murder she had no part in. Yet still, in her last hours, she was majestic and queenly, regardless of the twenty years she had been imprisoned. An eye-opening experience for older readers.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15