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The Good Guy by Dean Koontz – Book Review

This officially was my first Dean Koontz read! I know tons of people have discovered his incredible talent before me and I know I’m slow on the update ūüôĀ ¬†. But I’m just glad I know of him. This book was very suspenseful and almost had enough close calls to make it a thriller. I know I say this every book review but I LOVED the characters in it. The way they were written made them so compelling and real it was like I was seeing a movie. The way that Koontz subtlety puts in the character of each person makes a person really connect to what they’re reading and get on with the story.

The Good Guy is based on the suspenseful tale of two people; Tim Carrier and ¬†Linda Paquette. The story is told from Tim’s point of view and the book begins with him...

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Book Review : After The End by Amy Plum

So I’ve been taking a break from reading for awhile now. Not to make up excuses but I’m been preparing to go back to school and other things like that. Not to veer away from the main point of this article; which is books and I recently went to the library yesterday to get a movie and check out some books. When browsing the titles I was captured by two whose covers were very poignant and intense. The first book in the series titled “After The End” showed a girl dressed in red with two dogs by her side and they were approaching a city. The thing that really captured me was the contrasting colors of the sky and the dark gray ground beneath it. I decided to get it and also the second interesting looking second book in the series.

As you can probably guess by the ominous title “After The End”, ...

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness : Book Review

A Monster Calls is a very moving and emotional book. The story is very sad and many, like I, would like a good cry. Not to mention it gives very good lessons on telling the truth, family values, and ¬†coping mechanisms after a death. I think this novel would be beneficial in teaching young kids a pm valuable story while letting them read something that isn’t real. As we all know the author, Patrick Ness, is a master of his work and has many great fiction novels out there for young and old alike.I thoroughly enjoyed “A Monster Calls” and I hope others will too.

“A Monster Calls” is about boy named Connor and his mom. Connor’s mom is dying of cancer and there is nothing he can do about it. Every night that he goes to sleep, he dreams of a monster in one of his nightmares...

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Book Review : Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

This has got to be one of my all time favorites (EVER!!). I’m usually not the girl to read mystery/whodunnit novels, but when I read the back cover of “Hold Tight” I was hooked. When searching for books I usually don’t come across involving the story of an whole family unit, and I thought this was a refreshing change. I just have to say that the author, Harlan Coben, is a master of what he does. The way he switches characters perspectives in the book plus the way he reveals all the suspenseful happenings. I’m really glad I discovered this book and can wait to read more of Coben’s work.

“Hold Tight” is about family named the Baye family (pronounced bye). It consists of 4 members : Tia, Mike, Jill, and Adam...

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger : Book Review

I recently read this book after seeing the movie trailer for it. One of my most important rules, that I follow, is if a movie is based off a book I’m going to read the book first. So that’s what I did with “Duff” and I had high expectations for it. I mean if a book is going to be a movie then it has to be pretty good, right? Well no, if you assume that before reading this book you would be wrong! I didn’t really like this book and because of several reasons: poor timeline of events, lousy potrayal of characters, and unrealistic events that unfold in novel. ¬†I felt like this book was just to get teens to like and sell to the masses. Although I wasn’t blesses about th book, I still finished it, and now I know true agony (just kidding).

“Duff” is about a high school senior named Bianca...

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Gone by Michael Grant : Book Review

I know we’ve all become tired of the fake wannabe, dystopian society books that followed “Hunger Games”. Every time I see one I get really mad because I’m just really exasperated of seeing the same plot line and story over and over. When I was scanning the title and synopsis on the front page, I immediately thought it was going to be just like those aforementioned, and didn’t even want to finish reading the short paragraph. When I kept looking for a book to check out and couldn’t find one, I thought of “Gone”. My mind went back to flashing to the cover image (it’s very eye-catching/intriguing) and I got it. I enjoyed this book extremely and because of it’s odd storyline, alluring characters, and exciting plot...

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Book Review : The Shining by Stephen King

I have to admit that before reading “The Shining” I hadn’t really given a second thought to Stephen King, as a writer. I had heard of him but thought “oh, he’s ¬†played out and probably isn’t good”. I couldn’t have been more wrong! When I recently went to the library with my older sister, I slowly drifted into the adult hardcover fiction section. Everytime I go, I usually stay in the teen categories but I was tired of seeing the same book covers wanted something different. When I saw the books by Stephen King, I grabbed one trying to see what all the fuss was about. The book I picked was “The Shining” because the title seemed interesting enough. After reading I would want to spread the message to everyone who hasn’t read one of S.K.’s novels to go their nearest library and grab one...

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Dairy Queen By Catherine Gilbert Murdock : Book Review

When picking a book to read, I was immediately drawn to Dairy Queen. Quite simply because it has a dreamlike quality to it which features a boy and a girl laying down opposite each other, just looking up at the sky. I liked it because it made me want to go outside and just experience the outdoors. I have to tell you after reading it, that it has become at the top of my favorites. I really connected with the book because the main character D.J. Schwenk is a teen, has big family responsibilities, and she sometimes feels as if nobody is on her side. This delightful story will make you laugh, bawl, squirm, and smile in happiness.

Dairy Queen is about a teen girl named D.J. Schwenk who runs a farm...

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Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher : Book Review

I recently checked out this book from my local library, and to tell you the truth it wasn’t worth the trip. Although I’ve heard about this book for years and it has always been at the top for teen fiction, I did read it. I never really got the opportunity to see it and had been dying to finally see what all the fuss was about. I started really optimistic and didn’t really know what to expect. Then when finishing it I was disappointed and mad at the fact of it being a less than stellar read. Before I go into on why I don’t like the book, I will tell you about the story.

So “Thirteen Reasons Why” is a book about a teen girl named Hannah who has committed suicide. It is told from the perspective of a boy named Clay Jensen who receives these tapes on his porch ( two weeks after Hannah dies)...

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Book Review

This book is one of my all time favorite. Patrick Ness (the author) weaves everything into it: including action, romance, an dystopian world, and most surprisingly braveness in the face of misfortune.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is about a boy named Todd. He lives on a planet called New World after settlers came there when Earth is ruined. Todd lives in a town called New Prentisstown that is filled with all men. He is close to becoming a man at 13 years old. One day while Todd is in the swamp is hears the impossible, silence, in a world where a man’s thoughts are projected and nothing is private. He goes home and reveals what he saw to his father, Ben. Ben hurriedly tells him to needs to leave thrusting a bag, Ben’s knife, and his Mom’s book (he can’t read) into his arms...

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