Review: The Hiding Place

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imageTitle: The Hiding Place

Author: Corrie ten Boom and John and Elizabeth Sherril

Series: None

Publisher: Batnam

Publish Date: October 1 1984

Genres: NonFiction, Biography

At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the Idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue.

Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp. The Hiding Place is their story.

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Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

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imageTitle: To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Series: None (but soon to be!)

Publisher: NA

Publish Date: July 11, 1960

Genres: Contemporary, Fiction

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.

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Review: Champion

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imageTitle: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Series: Legend Series

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Publish Date: November 5, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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Movie Review: Grease

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imageMovie Review: Grease

I’m pretty sure everyone has seen the movie, it’s a classic. (Warning: If you have not seen this movie, I suggest you watch it before reading this review, spoiler alert). But I don’t believe it should be a classic. Hear me out on this, think about what the movie’s main message is. If you can’t get the guy of the dreams its your fault. And to get the guy, completely change the way you look/act to what he likes. It is also has themes of the dangers of teenage pregnancy. And last but not least the douchest of all douche guys all in one high school.

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Movie Review: Love, Rosie

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Boom Third Post this night, thank you Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha
This movie was so cute, adorable, and just perfect. It is a British film that was released on October 22, 2014 in the United Kingdom. It stars Lilly Collins as Rosie and Sam Clafin as Alex (you will always be Finnick in my heart R.I.P.) The movie centers around their relationship and their relationships with other people.

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Review: Our Beautiful Child 

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imageTitle: Our Beautiful Child

Author: Annalisa Crawford

Series: None

Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press

Publish Date: June 2014

Genres: Realistic Fiction, Horror

“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.” … so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know. People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin. Ella finds love, a moment too late; Rona discovers a beautiful ability which needs refining before she gets hurt; and Sally meets the captivating Murray, who threatens to ruin everything. Three women. Three stories. One pub.

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TV Show Review: Downton Abbey

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This show is amazing. Most people, probably all over the world, have herd about this show. It centers around a Dutch and Dutchess’s family along with the staff that runs the estate. Lord Grantham is the main man of the house, but really his butler, Carson, runs the show. Lord and Lady Grantham have three daughters, which at the start of the shows are all teachers. Lord Grantham’s mother also is main facet to the show.

One of the main reasons why I love this show is the time period a of the show. The early 20th century was a time of great change all over the world. It brilliantly displays the progression of the old world to the new world. I had the oppertunity this past Christmas to actually see some on the costumes used in the show first hand. The amount of detail that goes into each costume in so short of time is truely amazing. Currently Downton Abby is on its fifth season. I’m not sure how long it’s going to last becuase it now takes place in the mid 1920s. I would love to hear your thoughts on this show if any of you watch it.

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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imageTitle: Prodigy

Author: Maire Lu

Series: The Lengend Series

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Publish Date: January 29th, 2013

Genres: Post Apocalyptic, YA, Dystopian

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

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Book Review: The Young Elites

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imageTitle: The Young Elites

Author: Maire Lu

Series: The Young Elites

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Publish Date: October 7, 2014

Genres: Post Apocalyptic, YA, Survival, Dystopian

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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Review: Life as We Knew It

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book reviewTitle: Life as We Knew It

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Series: The Last Survivors

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

Publish Date: October 1, 2006

Genres: Contemporary, Post Apocalyptic, YA, Survival

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

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Review- Isla and the Happily Ever After

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: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephine Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publish Date: August 14, 2014

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance,

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Review: Let It Snow

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imageTitle: Let it Snow

Author: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

Series: None

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publish Date: October 2, 2008

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Christmas

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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Review: Mockingjay (Re-Read Challenge)

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WARNING THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW…

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!


Title
: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games Series

Publisher: Scholastic Corporation

Publish Date: August 24, 2010

Genres: YA, Dystopia

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

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Review: Matilda (re-read challenge)

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imageTitle: Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Series: none

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Publish Date: 1988 (was not able to find exact date)

Genres: Childrens, Brithish Literature

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

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Movie Review: Into the Woods

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Reviews image Movie Review: Into the Woods Into the Woods was released on Christmas Day, (It seems like a theme is occurring) It is a musical movie based on a play. It focuses on the retelling of the Grimm Fairy Tales (not Disney). The main characters are a baker, the baker’s wife, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (from the Jack and the beanstalk), Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince, and the Witch. The plot centers around the adventures of each of these characters as they travel through the woods. The movie contained most of the songs that are in the play, but some had to be redone, others were cut out entirely from the poem. Continue reading

Review: Dracula

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January: Dracula, by Bram Stocker 

Original Publication Date: May 26, 1897

Publisher: Constable & Robinson

Dracula is a 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.

Dracula was my first classic novel that I read (well, actually listened to) for the classic challenge. The book is told through letters that each of main characters have written. Through these letters, Count Dracula is portrayed as a mysterious man. Continue reading

Review: Eleanor and Park

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Title: Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: none

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: April 12, 2012

Genres: YA Contemporary, Romance

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Series: none

Publisher: Dutton Penguin

Publish Date: January 10, 2012

Genres: YA Contemporary, Romance

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Review: Girl Online

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**Diclaimer: this is my first review, bear with me**

Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Series : none

Publisher: Keywords Press

Publish Date: November 25, 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

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