Speak

Book Blurb

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

My Synopsis

From the beginning of the year Mel has been an outsider. After a party at the end of the last year went wrong she hasn’t been able to socialize normally and she is stuck fighting herself on what is the right thing to do. Everyone thinks she is just weird and quiet but Mel has a secret and it won’t be easy to get her to talk about it.

Review

This wasn’t a bad book I just didn’t enjoy reading it. Saying that however I can understand how younger teens who are just moving on to high school may be able to relate to some of the things that go on, particularly with friendships and I think that it also gives an important message about speaking up when you have been mistreated. 

Due to it’s topic the book is of course quite depressing and it does seem like the main character is moaning but I think a lot of her complaints would be easy to understand if you were moving to high school for the first time again. The other characters in the book do reflect real personalities that you would come across it just so happens that many of them show the negative experience some people do go through. 

As I said before though I think this book does provide an important message and should be available to teenage readers. 

 

Uncommon Criminals

Book Blurb

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. 

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

My Synopsis

After the success of her project at the Henley, Kat is almost drunk on her good luck and has been going it alone trying to use her skills to right thefts. When she is visited by an older woman who knows of her work she is surprised at the job being asked of her but with the use of one name is talked into the task.

This heist isn’t quite as it seems though and Kat is left with an even bigger task than she thought possible to face as well as being introduced to the complicated world of boys. 

Review

Like the first book in this series I wish I had been able to just sit down and read the whole thing in one go. This isn’t a bad book, I really like the idea and  the characters I just feel it misses a bit of excitement and I think reading it in one sitting would allow you to build that suspense to make it a better read.

The story in this one is a little more complicated but on reflection it mirrors the final heist plan and in that way it works really well. I enjoyed the historic back story to this plot too and the new character was also just as exciting as Taccone. I must admit that I was also glad to have a bit more of Kat and Hale’s relationship in this book. As a tumblr user the couple appear a lot and I felt I didn’t quite feel their feelings in the first book but that improved this time around. 

I am going to get the third book in the series but I am going to try and wait to read it when I can do so in one go. I want to see if that builds the excitement up more as with that this series will be just as good as the Gallagher girls.

Double Crossed

Book Blurb

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

My Synopsis

Macey wasn’t looking forward to the society gala but when she see’s Hale she wonders what someone like him is doing there. Hale is just as excited about the party and also a little curious about who Macey really is but neither really trust one another till thing get out of hand and they have to. 

Review

This is just a short story of only 60 pages that brings together the characters of both of Ally Carters series. It was interesting to get to read from the different characters point of view and amusing to see them not trust one another when you knew all about both of them.  It combines all the smarts and actions of her other works just a little shorter. I think this was a really good idea from Ally Carter and would recommend it to anyone who has read the books, even if you’ve only read the one series, I am sure this would make you pick up the other.

The Book Thief

Book Blurb

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

My Synopsis

This is Liesel’s story, but it is told by death. Throughout her life death has seen Liesel three times and her story is one that death hasn’t forgotten. In 1939 she lost her brother and her mother and ended up on Himmel street. Here she learns about life. She learns about loving parents and true friendship as well as how to steal to feed herself when she is hungry and book for feed her love for reading. Unfortunately she also learns about the harsh reality of this time when an unexpected guest comes to stay with them and her freinds and family suffer under the rule of the Nazi’s

Review

I read this book a couple of weeks ago but I finished it the night before I went on holiday so I have only just got round to reviewing it. The book gets a really good review online and I tend to enjoy books about the war so I was expecting to enjoy this book right from the beginning. It did live up to my expectations however it isn’t a fast paced books to read in a day. It is split in to parts and I found that reading it a part at a time worked really well. In each part something significant happened and because it wasn’t always the happiest of stories it allowed you to take it in and appreciate it. 

What I liked about this book was that it was truthful. Liesel was at an age that allowed her to understand what was going on around her but still see some beauty in the world when it occurred. She was dettermind to do her best and she just wanted to be normal. The other characters in the book were also easy to see and it was easy to imagine people truly acting that way in those situations. They all had their faults but they also brought something important to Leisel’s story and taught her something about being a good person, particularly her foster father. 

This is a book I would recommend particularly to anyone who reads WW2 novels. It is a beautiful story with a unique narration that will make you think about life and death and whop or what has power.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

Our topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013. I almost did this topic earlier in the year as a freebie but I say it was coming up so my list was all ready to go.

  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter 
  • Fever by Dee Shulman 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • Fractured by Teri Terry 
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling       

What Have Been Your Favourite Books So Far In 2013?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is the Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List. I tend not to really plan so many books for a summer I like to read what I feel but there are a few I would like to get through over the summer and need to keep up with my Dystopian Challenge.

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris 
  • Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie 
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossenni 
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter 
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs 
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • The Maze Runner by James Dasher 
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dasher 
  • The Death Cure by James Dasher 

What Books Are At The Top Of Your Summer TBR List?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Beach Reads

The Broke and The Bookish have asked us this week for our Top Ten Beach Reads.This weeks topic is quite a hard one for me because I don’t really go to the beach that often and when I do reading isn’t something I so there. I’ve not quite managed 10 books but I have come up with a list of some books I think may but what people go for when reading on the beach.

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler 
  • Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell 
  • Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

What Are Your Favourite Beach Reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is our Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way. I didn’t think I was going to find this topic that easy when I first seen it but once I started thinking about it there were quite a few books to choose from. I have cheated a little by adding a few series but these are the ones I enjoy the most. My favourite is the last one on the list but the rest are in no particular order.

  • Passion by Lauren Kate 
  • Angel by L.A. Wetherly 
  • The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan    
  • The Saga of Lartren Crepsley by Darren Shan    
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 
  • Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter     
  • Between Shade of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury 

What Are Your Favourite Books Involving Travel?