April 23, 2015

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar (Middle School #3) by James Patterson

From blockbuster author James Patterson comes the third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series!
Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she's terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. 
Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia--a girl who's ready to speak her mind!
I felt in the book that James Patterson had made the book to wear it felt like I was in the story because James Patterson had made the book super detailed.
Publisher-Little, Brown and Company 
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Makayla
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review Middle School: I Even funnier (I funny #2) by James Patterson

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world – and he won't let the fact that he's in a wheelchair get in his way.
After winning the New York state finals in the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie's off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about.
Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family?
Well in this book I felt like I could take Jamie's place when he is up on stage and was getting nervous. Also when Jamie imaginations his friend Joey being on stage and how bad Joey would be so I'm saying my friends aren't as good as I am at some things.
Publisher- Arrow (Young)
Reviewer Rating:5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Makayla
Thank you to the Publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review.

Review: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? 

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. 
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.
Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.
As soon as I started to to read the book I found it really interesting but mid way in the book there wasn't very much going on. But as I continued  to read it got interesting and was hard to but down. The romance in the book was heart breaking at the end. You would never expected who killed her. It really gets you attention of what happens when little mistakes are made. It doesn't just affect you but the people around you. Its crazy going through the book and seeing the lies that not only she told but her dear friend. At the end of the book it shows you that things may get in the way but there always to make things better.
Publisher-Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Destiny (Franklin High School)
Thank you so much to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

April 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 
Just do the following: 
  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Her arm disappeared at the wrist. It was like it had been cut off.

p. 69

by Kathleen Peacock

April 13, 2015

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

This is a fun meme that allows bloggers to get an idea of what everyone else is reading and perhaps help to find our next must-read. So check out what WE are reading and tell us what YOU are reading!!

Lora is Reading: 

by Huntley Fitzpatrick



Cindi is Reading: 

by Kathleen Peacock


April 10, 2015

Author Interview: Huntley Fitzpatrick author of My life next door

1. How did you come up with the concept for this book? 
With my book MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, I thought of a sort of Romeo and Juliet story set in a seaside town (with a happy ending). With WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE, I wanted to know if two characters could find their way back into a good relationship after getting off to a bad distrustful start. 

2. How did you come up with the names for the characters? 

My daughter named Samantha Reed in MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. I came up with Jase Garrett—and actually thought I’d invented it. Very surprised to find it out there already. Gwen in WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE started out as Cate, but the hero had to be Cass, so her name had to change. Also her mother was a big romantic and so I thought she’d give her daughter a name like Guinevere.

3. How much are you and the characters alike?

They all have little pieces of me but no one is me. Probably the one most like me is the red-headed troublemaker in MY LIFE NEXT DOOR—and I am not a teenaged recovering alcoholic boy with a tendency to swear. 

4. Do you read a lot and what are you reading now?

I read constantly. Usually a book a day when I’m not on deadline. I just systematically reread some of my favorite books from childhood—still loved them—Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt, the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I read a lot to my kids, also. 

5. What made you decide to go Young adult? 

It just seemed a natural fit for the stories I had to tell.

6. How did the cover come about? 

I’ve been lucky to have the same talented cover artist do all three books, and she’s given them a signature look—striped spines, a couple, the type face. I’m very lucky. 

7. So what is your next project and when is it due out? 

My next project is THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO, a dual POV YA contemporary that features that redheaded boy and the girl he loves. 

8. Do you have a daytime job or are you a full time writer?

Well, I have six kids, so I have something of a constant job, but I write during the day while they are in school and sometimes into the night.

9. How did you get into writing novels and were you worried about peoples reactions to your books?

I’ve wanted to be a writer all my life, but I spent some time being an editor, which I loved. But finally, I just wanted to tell stories. I try hard not to worry too much about people’s reactions. 

10. One last thing do you collect anything personally?

Seaglass. Well, and books.

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Review: My life Next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
This book pleasantly surprised me. It is a really good and humorous read. The characters were witty (I love witty characters) and well developed. The storyline was very well written and executed. I read this book in a matter of hours. It is a book that at some point I would love to reread. Its a journey that is worth going on this summer and the Garretts are a family worth knowing. Each character has their own personality. I love the dialogue from this huge cast of characters.  The author does a fabulous job of giving each character personality and dialogue and not once was I confused by who said what. It is an awesome read. Pick a copy up this summer and you to may find yourself snickering with these characters. Definitely worth owning a copy!! I can hardly wait to read this authors material....
Publisher-Dial books for young readers
Reviewers Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Lora