November 13, 2008

Review: Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Title: Don't Judge A Girl by Her Cover
Author: Ally Carter
Pages: 263
Hardcover, Hyperion Books CH

Goodreads Summary:
When Cammie "The Chameleon" Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she's there to watch Macey's father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world's best school (for spies), "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers' plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can't shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn't feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion's corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey's private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth...

My Review:

**spoiler alert**

Okay I've formed a theroy, somewhat. Since you don't really get to know much about Zack, he's still this huge mystery, I'm thinking he's a legacy like Cammie, but only all his relavtives, or some, are evil. Or just working for the wrong side. Hence his 'sources'...

Blackthorne is liek the opposite of Gallagher Academy, (no duh) but I don't think the guys there are trained to work in the CIA, FBI or those kinds of things, but trained to work for both sides. Like they get to choose where they want to go when they're done.

I keep thinking in one of the future books Zack is going to say his line: "I'm someone who doesn't have anything to lose."

And then Cammie will go up to him and be like Yes you do. You could lose me. OMG I know that's kind of dorky but hey, that's how it works in my head.

Also, what is up with Aunt Abby's comment. "Well, someone had to do it." Does this mean Cammie's mom was crushing on Mr. Solomon? Cause that's kind of weird....

Okay so the whole Circle of the Caravan has something to do with Cam's dad. I think it's connected to how he died, because after all, "Someone knows." That's why everyone was freaking out, including Mr. Solomon who said. "They won't stop until they get her."

I'm mean seriously!! Could Ally Carter have left it at the worst/best cliff hanger ever? I mean I love it!! I totally can't wait for GG4 too come out.

I'm really glad Macey's dad didn't win. That would have sucked majorly because then Macey would have had to go and live in the white house because they weren't going to be able to keep Abby as her only secret service agent. The plot would have gone all weird because then it would be back to the threesome we never read about.

Overall, this was a really good book. I deffiantly give it 4/5 stars and I reccomend it to everyone!


October 19, 2008

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Pages: 759
Hardcover, Scholastic Publashing

Goodreads summary:
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.

The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix's flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. --Daphne Durham

My review:

**spoiler alert** This was a really good book. It was the best of the series, filled with so much emotion.

In the beginning you automatically know something bad is going to happen because, hello? mundungus coming up witht that idea? yeah right.

when hedwig dies, its so sad, you don't suspect it to happen because she was Harry's first friend besides Hagrid. Then when you learn of Moody's death, it comes as a shock because Moody was a really good auroa. George got his ear cut off was a little unexpected and all this happened in like the first 50 pg or so.

they're adventure is amazing and unbeliveable. When Ron ran off, it was a shock. Ronald Wesealy had just left his two best mates and apparated to Bill's house. Horrible. when hermione and harry found his old house, you were touched.
The death of brave Dobby was a tradegy.

The ending was incredibly. A true fight for justice it was. Harry's sacrifice was sad yet you felt proud because he was doing it to save them all. Percy's reunion with his family was heart-warming. The re-intro to old favorite characters was fun.

Harry dieing was unexcpeted. His coming back was unreal. The fight was amazing, it made you want to join in. Neville defeating Nagnia was a classical. Good old Neville ccoud always be counted on.

The deaths of Tonks and Lupin was sad, espically knowing they'd left their first and only son Teddy. Deja vu when harry found out he was grandfather.

Belatirx death was a victory, Fred's death was heartbrakening.

The end was indescribable. You knew it had to end, yet you didn't want to let go, you wanted to know more, the adventure to last.

The epilouge was heart warming. They children were adorable and the family was picture perfect.

All in all, this was a turely amazing book.

And I'm just so sad that this is the last one of the series!


August 4, 2008

Review: Breaking Dawn *Spoilers*

Normally, this would be a spoiler free zone, but honestly, I need to vent:

Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Pages: 756
Hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Goodreads summary:
Twilight tempted the imagination. New Moon made readers thirsty for more. Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon. And now, the book that everyone has been waiting for...

Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away

My review:
**spoiler alert**
Worst book in the series.

This really was a waste of money. Stephenie seemed to have rushed to the ending to quickly, didn't let the characters develop enough, introduced new ones to fast.

The fight scene with the Volturi was horrible. More than half the book consisted of preparing for it, gathering troops. Then it ends up with them talking it out!!! Nothing happened, no one did anything! Nothing happened at all! No one died except one of Tanya's clan, but we didn't know enough of her to feel bad about her.

Then Steph goes off and Breaks her own rules!!
She goes and gets Bella PREGNATE! After saying that vampires couldn't have kids, she goes off and gets her pregante!

There was no EdwardxBella love. The whole enitre time, Edward was feeling sorry for doing that to Bella, making her suffer. Ugh.

The end was so Harry Potter! In the last book Potter goes and dies, giving the love shield to everyone he loves like Lily, his mother, did for him, there for not letting anyone get hurt.

Bella's was the exact smae, except it came out from her mind! A love shield!!!

And lets not get started with the kid's name. Carlie was cute, I admit that. But Renesme?! That is so werid and hard to say and so not cute. She should have sticked with Carlie.

And then there is Jacob. How could he imprint on her! A half-vamp, half-human girl! not even a week old and yet there he goes, imprinting on her! ugh.

This was the worst story ever and Stephenie Meyer should have taken her time to write it