Crank Book Review

•written by Ellen Hopkins
•5 out of 5 stars 
•I found this book so hard to put down
•the pacing was so fast, you could read 100 pages and not even realize it
•the way it was written (in verse) made the story feel so much heavier and more powerful 
•just incredible 
•summary: it is about this girl named Kristina who is a junior in high school. She goes to visit her dad for a couple of weeks in the summer because her parents are divorced. There, she meets a guy named Adam who introduces her to life on cocaine (or crank). She develops an addiction to it, but can’t admit it to herself so when she gets back home, she finds it hard to get her fix and go to school as well as get along with her family. This novel is based on a true story I think, and it takes you through the life of a teenage girl that is addicted to drugs. It is a very realistic story which makes it all the more powerful. 

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The Time Keeper Book Review

The Time Keeper
•written by Mitch Albom
•5 out of 5 stars
•such a good book that it left me speechless. 
•it was a nice short read, but it was very powerful
•one of the lines that i want to remember forever is: “There is a reason God limits our days.” “Why>” “To make each one precious”
•this book really made me sit and reflect about myself and i didn’t expect it to do that.
•Summary: This books tells the story of three people. The first person is Father Time himself, and it takes you all the way back to the beginning of his life, and to when he creates time, well measuring time. Then you learn about an older rich man that is dying, but is trying to break death’s rules. He has planned on freezing himself so that when there is a cure, he can be revived and continue to live and work and be rich. Finally, the third person is a teenage girl named Sarah. She is smart, but not popular and she goes through a lot in this story. But Father Time takes them on a journey so they can learn the value of time, and there lives, all while he learns a little lesson himself. 
•Beautiful. Just such a beautiful story. 

Insurgent Book Review

Insurgent
•written by Veronica Roth
•i gave it 4 out of 5 stars
•the ending was the best out of the whole story in my opinion, but i didn’t find it to be as much of a cliffhanger as everyone says
•didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first one
•i read it in like a day, but i feel like i didn’t absorb everything that was going on – it was too fast paced. 
•Four (Tobias) is still my favourite no matter what happens
•Not as much character development in this book compared to the first, but Tris still learned from some of her decisions, which altered her thinking on others. 
•not the best sequel i’ve read, but i still found myself obsessed with it
•excited to see what happens in the third book
•Summary: Without giving too much away if you haven’t read the first book, some conflict’s begin between the factions, and Tris finds herself in the middle of it. 
•There is a lot more action than romance in this book, which makes it pretty enjoyable. At the same time, it kept reminding me of the third book in the Hunger Games series, only kind of different. 

Divergent Book Review

Divergent
•written by Veronica Roth
•i gave it 5 out of 5 stars
•First thing i have to say, it reminded me a little to much of the Hunger Games trilogy. Second, holy crap that book was good. 
•There is a lot of hype around this book, and i have to admit i did think it wouldn’t be as good, but it definitely was! It is a very fast paced book and the 480 pages go by so quickly. 
•I found there was a good amount of action and romance, without me getting annoyed about it. 
•The way the author describes the scenery’s, and the different factions, i found it easy to create a mental picture. 
•I enjoyed how Tris started out as a seemingly insecure, quiet kind of girl, but as the story progressed she became a riot that nobody should get in the middle of. 
•I plan on starting Insurgent right away
•Summary according to GoodReads: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Garden of Shadows Book Review

Garden of Shadows
•written by V..C Andrews
•i gave it 3 out of 5 stars
•i enjoyed this book the most out of all of them, which surprised me because i originally had no interest in reading this prequel. I liked being able to get all the extra background information, plus things i didn’t know. There were many interesting twists in this plot too, which kept it interesting. 
•Summary: This story takes the role of the grandmother’s point of view, and goes all the way back to when she first meets Malcolm Foxsworth. It tells you all the challenges that she has had to deal with while living in the Hall that you had no idea about while reading the previous books. She marries Malcolm but later realizes there never was any love, he just wanted her fortune, even though he himself is rich. They start a family and Olivia (the grandmother) doesn’t seem to think things can get worse. But they do once Malcolm’s father returns with his new wife. 
•With everything you learn in this story, i didn’t feel so much hatred toward the grandmother, but i actually felt pity. 

Seeds of Yesterday Book Review

Seeds of Yesterday
•written by V.C Andrews
•i gave it 2 out of 5 stars
•i found there was no climax in this story, which made it very hard to keep my attention. i kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the story was very boring. 
•definitely not a young adult book
•Summary: Cathy and Chris are continuing on with their lives after Cathy’s son Bart inherits the Foxworth estate, and continues on his journey of “finding himself”. As usual in her books, there are some tragic moments, but none that can’t be predicted. 

If There Be Thorns Book Review

If There Be Thorns
     •written by V.C Andrews
     •i gave it 3 out of 5 stars
     •each chapter was written in a different perspective of either one of her sons
     •I couldn’t seem to get into it, and i didn’t start to enjoy it until i was about 300 pages through, which was very close to the end
     •i enjoyed this book more than the others, just for the different perspectives
     •Her son Bart was very creepy and i didn’t like how one moment he was fine, then the other he was this ravage thing. He was only ten years old but he acted a lot older than that, but not so much more mature. 
     •Summary: The story is about how the lives of Cathy’s children unfold while she is hiding her secrets. Someone moves into the abandoned house next door and they know Cathy’s secret and start to tell Bart which makes him act a little crazy. It all unfolds from there and secrets get revealed, and as usual in her books someone dies.