Monday, February 15, 2010

Airhead, Meg Cabot

Title: Airhead
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Sci Fi
Rating: PG-13, Thumbs up

What I like: I love the main character Emerson Watts, she is funny, smart, sarcastic, and totally not in the 'in-crowd', she loves hanging out with her best friend Chris and playing video games. I like the plot, because it's a spin off on something that's day been done many times before, but this is fresh and funny. All the romantic elements in this book are really fun, I found my self smiling and laughing while reading this book--and that's always a good sign.

Synopsis: (Spoiler-Alert--I'd rather just have you read it, but if you want to know... here it is) Em Watts is dead. At least her body is, after the tragic accident at the Stark Mega-store grand opening, where one of the plasma t.v.'s came crashing down on her. The thing is at the same time, Stark's face, a beautiful super model Nikki Howard suffered an aneurysm. Both girls are rushed to the hospital where a top-secret transplant takes place. Em Watt's brain wakes up in Nikki Howard's body. And if that's not hard enough, no one outside her immediate family knows she's not dead. Not even her best friend Christopher. Em Watt's has to find a way to be Nikki. Which reminds me the second book "Being Nikki" is really good too. I can't wait for the third book, "Runaway" it comes out May 2010.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Genre:YA Sci Fi
Rating:PG, Thumbs up

What I like: I like how the author doesn't just overwhelm you with information, he gives you pieces at a time, it can be a little frustrating, because you just want people to tell Thomas what's going on, but at the same time it keeps you hooked because you want to know all about the maze. I really liked the characters in this book too, and the names, they were unique and clever. It may be a little too sci fi for The Flying Dutch Pig, but I really liked it. Even if the crazy things running around in the Maze were a little hard to wrap my head around.

Thomas wakes up without a single memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything before he was sitting in the metal lift with a group of boys surrounding the opening. He barely remembers his own name.
The boys fill him in on his new home,the Glade. They are in the middle a huge maze with enormous doors that shut them in the meadow every night, no one remembers anything from before the lift, and a new Glader arrives every thirty days.
Thomas reluctantly takes his place as newby as the others go about their normal routines. The very next day, Thomas is ousted from his newby status by an unexpected newcomer--a girl, the only girl that has ever come to the Glade.
And she comes with a message. The message, and her strange connection to Thomas has everyone on edge. Thomas must try to unlock the secrets hidden within his mind, in order figure out what is really going on--in order to unlock the secrets of the maze.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightening Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Rating: PG, Thumbs up

What I like: This book was cute, I didn't really know what to expect. I'm not really into Mythology, but it was a fun read. And I think I'll read the next books. I really like having a romantic subplot in books, there isn't really one in this book, but there's potential for the next books, so I'm curious to see what happens with that. It does read like a middle school boys book,(who probably don't care about romantic subplots) but it's fun.

Synopsis: Percy Jackson is not like other kids, he's bounced around from school to school, he's dyslexic, has ADD, and is known as a trouble maker. Bad things just seem to follow him. It's when Percy's math teacher turns into a monster and tries to kill him he knows it can't just be bad luck. With the help of his mother and his best friend Grover, Percy finds out he's a hero, a half blood--son of a god and son of a mortal--and better get into Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for kids like Percy, before any other monsters can track him down. Percy is summoned on a quest, and must prove himself to the gods by turning his weaknesses into strengths and fulfilling their requests.

Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson

Title: Leepike Ridge
Author: N.D. Wilson
Genre: Juvenile fiction, Adventure
Rating: PG, Thumbs Up

What I like: This book was fun to read, I felt like the plot winded like the river Tom rides on in the book, you're not sure where it will end up. It's an interesting book about survival and taking chances. Other people have compared this book to Hatch, by Gary Paulson and Holes, by Louis Sachar. I really like that the author said he ripped off Tom Sawyer, the Odyssey and Robinson Crusoe--sounds crazy but it totally worked.

Synopsis: Tom Hammond falls asleep on a piece of Styrofoam out of a Refrigerator box that's floating in a pond near his house. Tom wakes after the foam has floated out of the pond and down the river. It's a matter of seconds, after he wakes that the river plunges underneath the Mountain and down into a series of caves. With no hope of rescue Tom must find a way to escape.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien Anos de Soledad)
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Genre: Ethnic Mind-bender
Rating: Thumbs almost down, pg-13.
What I like: More like what I didn't like. Trust me the book is very long and it feels like it takes a hundred years to read it. Honestly though, there is a constant sadness to this book with the main characters being a family unit. The mythical place of Macondo is intriguing and Marquez does a great job of describing detail but the labyrinth that is the story can be frustrating. In some editions there is a family tree to help the reader discern which person the author is talking about. Many of the male characters have the same name and it can be difficult to know what place in time or which person Marquez is speaking of...the ending is what makes it such a mind-bender.
Synopsis: The novel chronicles a family's struggle and the history of their fictional town, Macondo. Although the title implies that the story spans one hundred years, it is unclear exactly how much time the narrative covers. This ambiguity contributes to the novel's treatment of time, as there is a notion that time lapses, repeats, changes speeds, or stops altogether at different parts of the story, and that all the events in some sense happen simultaneously.

Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot

Title: Nicola and the Viscount
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: PG, Thumbs Up

What I like: I didn't know what to expect with this book. Some of Meg Cabot's books I love, others I've put down. But this was really different. It wasn't in her quirky tone that Princess Diaries and Airhead were written in, it's more Jane Austin-y, which really surprised me. It was a cute fun read, not a classic per se, but really cute.

Nicola Sparks is an extremely lucky orphan, stepping into society with the help of her friends and their families. Nicola is infatuated with a Viscount, Lord Sebastian, who amazingly shows interest in her as well. Will Nicola find the love she has been looking for or are Lord Sebastian's intentions driven by something else?

P.S. I think the pink and blue cover makes this book way more appealing, I had a hard time picking it up with the girl in the red dress on it... I have such a hard time not judging books by their cover! Poor authors who get crappy book covers!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pictures 1918

Title: Pictures 1918
Author: Jeanette Ingold
Genre: Historical/Realistic Fiction
Rating: Thumbs up, G

What I like: I enjoyed this book, I felt like I was watching a black and white movie, it was a slower paced book, but not in a bad way, just a way that was like real life, the way things happen, it had a really good sense for the time period.

Synopsis: Asia is heart broken when her baby rabbit is trapped inside the burning shed on the back side of the chicken coop. If only she had a picture to remember straw-bit the way he was and not the image in her mind of him jumping amidst the flames. When she sees an automatic camera in the window of a store in town she is determined to get it. Things are rapidly changing in her life, if only she could catch them and keep them how they are. Like her relationship with Nick, the beautiful trees, her Grandma, her summer trip to the river, she needs the pictures to remember, before everything is gone.