Revenge of the Cheerleaders – 107 Pages

After Chelsea is completely humiliated by her little sister’s boyfriend because of his new album, dedicated to making fun of cheerleaders, particularly Chelsea. She wants to make Rick pay, once and for all. All Rick wants is t win the High School Idol Audition, so Chelsea and her fellow cheerleaders decide to sing their own song to beat Rick. Will Chelsea and her friends be able to get back at Rick to make sure he never sings the humiliating songs about the cheerleaders again?

This book is most likely for middle schoolers and highschoolers, because teenage kids could relate to the book best. I’ve only read about 100 pages so far, but I would rate it as a 6, because the story wasn’t that deep, and I sometimes found the plotline to be a bit boring.

 

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron

I LOVED this book. It’s about a teenage girl, and as you can guess from the title, her name is Amanda Woods, but then she changes it to Amanda K. Woods. Don’t you think it sounds better that way? Amanda realizes that she is not who people thinks she is, and she’s determined to change that. Even though the odds are against her, she has amazing perserverance, and always keeps trying. I learned a lot from Amanda — she is strong, confident, and proud, and she makes sure that people know it.

I would give this book a 9.5 out of 10. It was actually quite motivational.

 

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw is not “anyone special.” The kids at her school make fun of her for having the funniest last name ever. Gram hand makes her clothes out of polyester. And to top it all off, her teachers hate her because she never speaks up. Gram always tells Naomi and her little brother, Owen, to think positive, and they always do. Naomi’s life isn’t bad — it’s just simple. But, of course, there always has to be a problem to every book, and that’s when Naomi and Owen’s mother reappears after seven years. As the reader knows, this causes a lot of problems for Naomi and Owen. Soon Naomi finds herself making a last attempt at keeping her family from falling apart.

This book was kind of depressing for me, but I always found myself feeling whatever Naomi was feeling. She grew a lot during the story. She became a little more outspoken and even made some new friends. I would give this book a rating of 8 out of 10.

 

Lost and Found by Anne Schraff

Darcy Wills is scared to death. One day after school, she finds herself being followed by a mysterious stranger. And if that’s not scary enough, he keeps following her. Then she finds a threatening note on her desk at Bluford High School. And finally, her sister disappears. Then, she finds out that the stranger is her very own father that left her family five years ago. Darcy doesn’t know where to turn to help, but she must act quickly, or else her family will be damaged forever.

DO NOT read this book if you get scared easily. It’s very interesting, but it freaked me out when I went to bed at night! So, beware! I would give this book a rating of 8 out of 10.

 

Where I’d Like To Be by Frances O’ Roark Dowell

Twelve-year-old Maddie knows that she’s special because her Granny Lane told her that she was saved by a ghost as an infant. Maddie believes her grandma, but feels like she’s not special at all. She spends the majority of her time being transferred from one foster home to another. Maddie longs for a home. She glues pictures of places she’d like to live in her “book of houses.” Then one day, a new girl arrives. Murphy shows up at the Home with tales about her many exotic and exciting travels. Maddie has finally found a best friend, but when Murphy offers her something that she’s never had before, she knows that she finally has a home.

I personally didn’t find this book that enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, it was an okay read, but it got pretty dry in some parts of the book, and I just prefer to read something with more action in it. I would probably give this book a rating of 6 out of 10.

 

Cloaked

Well, I’m reading another book by Alex Flinn! She’s just such a great author, I can’t seem to put her books down! This time I’m reading Cloaked, which is about a teenage boy named Johnny. He and his mom live on their own, and they don’t have a whole lot, but Johnny trys to earn some extra cash by repairing shoes at the local shoe store. The one day, a princess tells Johnny that her brother has turned into a frog, and she needs Johnny to help her out. Johnny falls in love on the way through his adventures, but not with the person he expected. Like in her other books in the “series,” Alex Flinn writes an interesting retell of a few different fairytales. I would give this rating a 7.5 out of 10, because sometimes it could be boring and I’d want to skip a couple of pages. Read this if you’re in for a romance!

 

A Kiss In Time

A Kiss In Time is a GREAT book! It’s by Alex Flinn, and I started reading it because I had already read Beastly, also by Alex Flinn. I really enjoyed Beastly, so I thought that I’d give another one of her books a try! Turns out, it was a really good decision on my part. I think that I like A Kiss In Time better than Beastly! A Kiss In Time is about a high school student, Jack, who isn’t really living life to the fullest. He’s into gardening, but his dad is already set on Jack taking over the family business. During the summer, Jack’s parents send him on a tour of the museums of Europe. There, Jack and his friend Travis skip the tour and go exploring. They find a real live castle with people in it, but the weird thing? They’re all asleep! Jack and Travis don’t know what to make of this, until they find a beautiful princess, who is also asleep. But for some reason, Jack feels the need to kiss this girl. He does, and suddenly, the princess awakens.

I loved this book because it has such an interesting twist on the children’s fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. I would give this book a 9.5 out of 10 for its complex twists in the plot. Alex Flinn also wrote the book with alternating perspectives from Jack and Talia, the princess, so that the reader knew what both characters were feeling and thinking. If you’re a girl who enjoys romance and a little bit of suspense, read this book!

 

Soccerland by Beth Choat

Beth Choat’s novel, Soccerland, is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Flora Dupre lives for soccer, and so did her mom. That is, before she passed away from cancer. Before this disaster strikes, Flora promises her mom that one day, she’ll play for the U.S. Women’s National Team.  Flora is used to being the best of the best. She has always been the star of her soccer team, but when the 14-year old soccer maniac is invited to the International Sports Academy for a national team tryout, everything changes. For once, Flora is not the best player on her team. Her stingy coach also makes her play in a position that she never thought she would. While Flora is away at the Academy, tragedy strikes in her family, and Flora is forced to decide just how much soccer really means to her.

I really think that Beth Choat succeeded in getting her point across to the readers of this book. Soccerland teaches you to never give up, no matter what happens, and to always, always, ALWAYS follow your dreams. This book also educates the reader in friends, family, and the beautiful game of soccer.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is really dedicated to a certain sport. I play soccer, and it’s very important to me, so I could really understand the situations and feelings that Flora was going through. Soccerland had me both laughing and crying. I enjoyed reading this book so much, that I even read it a second time.

Reading Counts, my friends. Reading. Counts.

For my Reading Counts book, I read Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Basically, it’s about a fifteen year old girl named Tally Youngblood. People in her city are ugly until they turn sixteen. On that special day, they receive an operation that will make them “pretty” for the rest of their lives. What Tally doesn’t know is how dangerous the operation can really turn out to be.

I was planning on reading the rest of this series by Scott Westerfeld, (Pretties, Specials, Extras) but I didn’t really find the first book very captivating. It had exciting moments, but I found myself re-reading paragraphs numerous times. This book was written in a second-person perspective. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like reading, or gets bored easily.

 

3,545 pages – WOW!

The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner (492 pages)

Atticus Higginbottom, or Tick, is practically a genius. He is shocked when he receives a mysterious letter from Alaska, telling him that if he followed all the directions in the letters, he would be in a very dangerous situation, with many lives at stake. The letter is signed with the initials “M.G.” Tick is completely dumbfounded, but decides to participate in the seemingly ridiculous directions that M.G. has told him to follow. Along the way, Tick will meet some strange allies, both good and bad. Who can Tick trust? Who is M.G.? And the most difficult question of all, can Tick have the courage to continue on his dangerous journey through the “Realities”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 13th Reality: The Hunt For Dark Infinity by James Dashner (504 pages)

As Tick continues on in his dangerous quest as a Realitant, Master George tells him, Paul, and Sofia that very bad things are happening in the Realities. People are going insane, and Tick and his friends discover that there are worse things among the Realities than Mistress Jane and her “fangen.” Master George has learned that Mr. Chu, from the Fourth Reality is working on a very dangerous weapon called Dark Infinity. Tick finds that some enemies will become his allies when he and Mistress Jane are forced to compete against one another in the battle to reach the weapon first. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 13th Reality: The Blade of Shattered Hope by James Dashner (493 pages)

Since the near disaster in the Fourth Reality, things have changed for Tick. He is being homeschooled in the subject of science, and trying to understand the growing level of Chi’karda that Tick contains within. Just as he begins to master the subject, Mistress Jane shows up in his basement, scarred from the incident in the Fourth Reality. But this time, she is much more powerful than anyone could ever imagine. She has created a new weapon that could destroy all of the Realities if it is not stopped. Will Tick be able to convince Mistress Jane to stop the chaos for the Realities’ sake?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR THIS WHOLE SERIES: I thought that The 13th Reality series was written extremely well. I found myself feeling the same things that Tick, Paul, Sofia, Master George, Mothball, and Rutger all felt. You will LOVE this series if you enjoy science fiction, action, mystery, and adventure.

 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (371 pages)

Annabel Greene used to be normal. She received decent grades, had a best friend, and got along with her family nicely. One night, at a party, everything changed. She stopped being best friends with Sophie. Later on, she discovered that her sister had a majorly dangerous eating disorder. Annabel shut down. She no longer had any friends at school, and she didn’t talk to her family as much. That is, until the day she meets Owen Armstrong – the boy who always tells the truth. With Owen’s help, will Annabel finally be able to open up about the night she stopped being friends with Sophie? If you’re a romantic girl, no matter what age, READ THIS BOOK. I personally liked it because it was about music, honesty, and the true definition of love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans (304 pages)

Mark Smart doesn’t have anything going for him. He dropped out of college, works as a janitor at the local highschool, his girlfriend of four years dumped him for a rich doctor, and his landlord is always on him about the rent. Then he meets Macey, and everything changes. She’s beautiful, funny, and most of all, she actually cares about Mark. However, Macey has an ugly past that she’s still trying to move on from. She wants to find her long lost sister, who she was separated from at the age of five. Will Mark help Macey let go of the past and move on towards her future? This book spoke to me because it is about true love, family, and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace by Richard Paul Evans (307 pages)

Eric is an average fourteen year old, until he meets Grace. She ran away from home “just for kicks,” she tells Eric. Eric is a kind boy, so he invites Grace to live in Eric’s treehouse in his backyard. Grace is grateful, and they soon grow fond of each other and start dating. While this goes on, the police start looking for Grace, thinking that she is kidnapped. However, Grace doesn’t care. Eric knows that the girl he is in love with is not telling him the whole truth, and asks her about it. Grace tells him, and they become a team, dodging the police and Eric’s parents. Finally, Eric is forced to choose between the law and Grace. Which path will Eric choose? What will become of Eric’s first love? This book is about first love, friendship, and honesty. SPOILER ALERT: This book WILL make you cry, but only if you’re sensitive, like me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans (352 pages)

Beth Cardall used to have everything – a happy marriage and a sweet daughter, Charlotte. Then tragedy strikes, and the only thing that Beth has left is six year old Charlotte, who doesn’t understand what Beth has gone through. Then, on Christmas Day, she meets Matthew. He is strikingly handsome, kind, mysterious, and romantic. Beth and Matthew fall in love, and only after this does Beth realize that Matthew has a secret, but it is too late for either of them to back out of their relationship. What is Matthew hiding? And will Beth be able to deal with the pain and sorrow that comes with it? This book is about true love, and will warm the hearts of every reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Daddy by Louise Plummer (176 pages)

Mira lives with her mom and her her grandma, who she calls Bella. Mira and her family had left her father when Mira was just a toddler. Bella and Mira’s mom refuse to talk about him, so Mira decides to look up and find her father once and for all. She calls him, but is too scared, and hangs up. She finally emails him, and comes to the conclusion that her father is very kind and sincere. She and her father make plans to meet at an airport that is close to Mira’s house. Meanwhile, a stalker has broken into Mira’s house, killed Bella, and almost killed her mother. Mira now needs to see her father more than ever. When they meet however, Mira figures out that her father may not be as nice as he seems, and that her mother may have left him for a reason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home of the Braves by David Klass (368 pages)

Joe Brickman is a senior and the captain of the soccer team at Lawndale Highschool, which can be pretty tough at times. There’s a lot of fighting, and Joe participates in some of it, but usually only to defend himself. Joe has always had his neighbor, Kris, the girl which he secretly loves, to count on. Then Antonio “The Phenom” Silva moves to town. He’s from Brazil, and word has it that he’s an amazing soccer player. When Joe asks Antonio to join the team, Antonio refuses, saying that Joe’s team “does not play soccer.” Joe comes to the conclusion that The Phenom is a rich, snobby, stuck-up kid who thinks he’s all that just because of his soccer skills. Joe comes to hate him even more when Antonio starts dating his crush, Kris. I liked this book because I play soccer, but I also liked the romance aspect of it. Personally, I thought that this was an okay book, but not exactly enthralling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer (178 pages)

Bree isn’t just a quiet teenager – she’s a vampire. Riley is in charge of her coven, and tells all of them to keep a low profile. Bree finds a friend in Diego, and when they get talking, they agree on one thing: they were created for a reason. All they know is that Riley will not tell his coven who their creator is, because their thoughts weren’t safe. Riley tells them that they would have to fight the “yellow eyes,” strange mysterious vampires who were trying to attack Riley’s coven. Bree knows that Riley is lying, but she doesn’t know the actual truth, so what else can she do but follow Riley? This book goes along with Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, all by Stephenie Meyer. Instead of Bella’s perspective, it’s Bree’s. I found this book interesting because you get to see a newborn vampire’s point of view. I personally didn’t think it was a great book, but it was decent.