Book Review Tuesday (10/17/17/)-Scythe

I kept my promise, here’s an actual BOOK review. I hope you loved my MASSEDUCTION review (see my last post), but we’re back to normal for now, I promise…

…well, “normal” as a relative term.

But anyway, here’s a mind-blowing, creative, and creepy book, perfect for October!

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Scythe

In 2042, humanity eradicated death. But there was a problem-how do we keep our expanding population in check? The answer: Scythes. The Scythedom is an organization of people assigned to kill-or “glean”, as they refer to it-people in order to keep the population under control. Teenagers Citra and Rowan have reluctantly become apprentices to the Scythedom, but they have no idea what’s in store for them. A mysterious self-gleaning and corruption are now in the midst of the Scythedom, and now Citra’s and Rowan’s apprenticeships-and lives-hang in the balance. Can the Scythedom be restored to what it once was?

 

WHOA. THIS BOOK. Amazing in pretty much every way. Spectacular world-building, likeable characters, intricate, well-written…I could go on, but I don’t want to annoy you to death and oversell the book. But anyway, YOU GUYS HAVE TO READ IT. NOW. SERIOUSLY.

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Have a wonderful afternoon (or whatever time of day it is where you are), and I’ll be back with another BRT on Halloween!

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Book Review Tuesday (10/10/17)-Renegades

Hey everyone!

Okay, first of all, I’m really sorry that I couldn’t get to the first October BRT. I had loads of homework, and I had to get a lot of it done sooner due to a Shins concert at Red Rocks and a weekend trip to Vail (both of which were A-MAY-ZING!). And I’ll miss one more in about a week or so because I’m going on another school trip. So, you’re not in for as much BRTs this month, so sorry. 😦

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But anyway, I’ve got a GREAT review today of one of my personal most anticipated books of 2017…

Drumroll please…

…RENEGADES! YEP, THAT’S RIGHT, THE LAST BOOK IN THE RANDOMS SERIES!!! SQUEE!

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Renegades

After his last adventure in space, Zeke Reynolds has landed himself on Earth yet again (unintentionally), at a boarding school for “disobedient children”. The Phands have also begun their ultimate takeover, and are slowly brainwashing the entire human race. But a quick escape by Zeke and his friends put them back into space…and far from their original plan. Now it’s all a mess-Zeke’s stuck on an uninhabited planet with Villainic, Tamret’s kinda-sorta-maybe-former boyfriend, his remaining friends have been captured, and to top it all off…Tamret’s not really his girlfriend anymore (uncertain…). With the help of a misfit gang of rebels and some unexpected allies, will Zeke and his friends be able to stop the Earth from being taken over?

 

OH MY GOD. Words cannot describe how this book made me feel.

Okay, well…they kinda can, but it’s a rather…unarticulate choice of words. I just went on an emotional rollercoaster-laughing, anger, mind explosion, almost crying-the whole shebang. I was in emotional disarray for about a day afterward. I’m pretty sad that one of my favorite series has to end, but it ended with a bang, and I was satisfied.

 

Well then, have a great rest of your day, and enjoy October!

 

Book Review Tuesday (9/26/17)-The Shadow Cipher

‘Sup, fellow bibliophiles! Welcome to the very last BRT of September 2017! I promise, it won’t be nearly as disappointing as my last post…heh heh heh…NOT SORRY! HAH!

Anyway, I read this book while I was on the school trip that I mentioned earlier, and I thought it was really interesting. Enjoy your review!

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The Shadow Cipher

In an alternate version of New York City in 1798, unimaginable technology unlike nothing the world had ever seen powers and advances everything, all thanks to the Morningstarr Twins, a pair of genius architects and inventors. Just after their ideas were put to use, they vanished, leaving only the Old York Cipher, a puzzle that takes you through the grand city, with great treasures promised to those who solve it. Now, almost 220 years later, no one has solved it. But siblings Tess and Theo and their friend Jaime believe that they can. This time, there’s more at stake than treasure-a slimy real estate developed has announced that the apartment complex they live in, constructed by the Morningstarr Twins themselves, will be torn down in thirty days. Can they solve the Old York Cipher before they lose their home?

 

Though The Shadow Cipher wasn’t mind-blowingly amazing or anything, it was still a very interesting read, with writing and mystery that will keep you turning the page. For instance:

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Let’s just appreciate that line for a second.

 

(Honestly, that might have been my favorite part of the entire book…😂)

 

So there’s something to look forward to if you do end up reading The Shadow Cipher…don’t worry, there’s certainly more than that.

 

Well anyway, I hope you liked this week’s book review! Have a great rest of your day!

Book Review Tuesday (9/19/17)-Ravenwood

Hello everyone! I’m back from my school trip-I had such a fun time in Moab! I blew through a stack of library books (as well as some Kindle books too, of course), and the following is one of those. Don’t be fooled by the low-ish rating on Goodreads (3.30 out of 5)-Ravenwood is wonderful. Here’s your review!

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Ravenwood

Ark is an apprentice plumber in Arborium, a nation where life is centered around a giant tree where everyone lives. With one of the worst jobs possible and a domineering, abusive boss, times are hard for Ark. But everything changes when he overhears a plot to kill the king  and destroy Arborium forever. Knowing that he cannot keep this information to himself, Ark embarks on a dangerous quest to get the word out before Arborium is lost forever. Will Ark save Arborium, or will it be lost to time?

 

 

Like I said earlier, this book has a kind of meh rating on Goodreads. A lot of people in the reviews said that some negative things, like that the plot was too complicated, there was too much detail, blah, blah, blah. Don’t listen to them-Ravenwood is unlike any book I’ve read in a long time. And for your information, the amount of detail really adds to the plot and makes it easier to picture the world of Arborium. The world-building is outstanding as well. So, go ahead and read Ravenwood! You won’t regret it!

 

 

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day, and stay tuned for the last BRT of September 2017!

 

Book Review Tuesday (9/5/17)-The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first BRT of September 2017! I hope you guys have had a nice, relaxing first portion of your month. Ahh, it’s finally starting to cool off…sorta.

Anyway, the book I’m going to review is more of a *ahem* summer read (hence the name, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets), but it really doesn’t matter when you read it, right? Riiiiiight?

Okay, here’s your review!

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The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

Allie Jo  lives at a historic hotel in Florida, along with her parents, who work and live there as well. Chase and his father are just visiting for the summer. Neither of the two kids know that this summer will change their lives. One night, Allie Jo spots a beautiful, ethereal girl coming out of the hot springs near the hotel. She begins to notice her more and more frequently, hanging around bodies of water near the hotel. And something about her just doesn’t seem quite human. Allie Jo and Chase know she’s hiding something, but what? Will they ever find out the secret of the strange, aquatic girl?

 

 

I’ve been reading a lot more YA books lately (as opposed to MG), and I thought this was a nice break from it all. Interesting and wonderfully written, yet nice and fluffy enough to read in a short sitting. If you read it, I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great rest of your day! 😉

 

Also, I will not be able to do a BRT next week, as I will be on a weeklong overnight trip with my class. So, I’ll see you sometime after then!

Book Review Tuesday (8/29/17)-Fear the Drowning Deep

Hey there, everyone, and welcome to the very last BRT of August 2017! I hope you guys have had a great August (and a great year in general) and read LOTS OF BOOKS! Here’s just another one to add to your to-read pile (Oops, I think I used “to” too much in one sentence…)! Enjoy!

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Fear the Drowning Deep

You’d think that living on an island your whole life-specifically, the Isle of Man-would make you used to and comfortable with the ocean that surrounds you. Not Bridey Corkill. Ever since her grandfather drowned when she was nine, Bridey’s had an intense fear of the ocean. Now, young girls are disappearing from her small town, and those that return are dead. Stranger still is Fynn, a strange boy who washes ashore soon after one of the girls, whose origins are unknown. As Bridey is apprenticed to the local witch, she begins to uncover strange secrets, and possibly even answers to why the girls are going missing-and what Fynn really is. But some secrets aren’t meant to be washed ashore…

 

I thought this book was really interesting, especially the mythological aspect. All of the uh—OOPS, I ALMOST JUST SPOILED SOMETHING…okay, I’ll just leave you at that. Still, great book. I encourage that you check it out! *confidential whisper* YOU HEARD NOTHING

Anyway, have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you in September!

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (8/22/17)-Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain

Hey there, everyone!

Well then, summer’s over, schools’ begun, the solar eclipse happened (I got to see it-even the totality!!!! So amazing), and TODAY’S MY FOURTEENTH BIRTHDAY! I’m too lazy this time to post my presents, but I got some new clothes, a Wonder Woman poster, and some other awesome stuff. Now, without further ado, here’s your book review! (HEEEEEEY, THAT RHYMES! *pointless giddiness*)

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Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain

In San Fransisco, superheroes keep the peace. Some of those superheroes happen to be the parents of thirteen-year-old Penelope Akk, who dreams of being a superhero just like them. The only thing is, she has no powers. Then, when trying to slap together a project for the Science Fair, she discovers she has a talent for mad science. Penny uses this power to create The Inscrutable Machine, a device that follows her everywhere and can turn any object back into the raw materials it was made of. But after an accident involving another local sidekick and Penny’s two friends-Ray and Claire-the public calls them supervillains. At first, Penny is disappointed, but soon discovers she is better at being a villain than she thought. Now, she and her friends are thrown into the crazy world of villainy…let’s just hope her parents never find out.

 

I thought this book was great! I generally don’t read many superhero books (as opposed to comics), but this was probably the best superhero book I’ve read! To my knowledge, there’s three other books in the series. I’m not sure if it’s ongoing, but that would be pretty cool. Once I get the chance to read them, I’ll try and review them here. 😉

 

I hope you guys have a great night and a happy August!