Books4Hearts – Book Reviews: May 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

blog carnival

ok, people??!!
I have delayed the deadline for the blog carnival, because I need more submissions!!! I know you people read this blog!! please, just do a book report and post it on your website/blog! or, if you don’t have a blog, if you could post it on your friends blog or something, that would be great! so far, the only submission I have gotten is the one I sent in!! even if you don’t want to read a new book, do a book report on one you’ve already done!! I really need more!

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan

Surviving the Applewhites is a book about a juvenile delinquint who has been kicked out of every school in North Carolina, including one that was supposed to be IMPOSSIBLE to be expelled from. So he has been transfered to a certain ‘Wit’s End, Creative Academy’, and as fancy and private-schoolish that might sound, what Wits End really is, is the Applewhite Family Homeschool. The Applewhite family is a creative family that has it’s hold on many arts, except for (if you want to be technical) ED who is more organized and specific then the others. Will Jake Semple turn out to be just like the other Applewhites and pick up his own special artistic talent? I cannot answer that question, you will have to read the book. 🙂
Ok, so I have very mixed opinions about this book alltogether. I like the subject matter and the positive view on homeschooling, as well as the character development; specifically on Jake’s part. I give this book… 3 stars. I think that might be the lowest I’ve ever given a book since I’ve started reviewing books here, but I could be wrong. You see, as much as I like the story, I would never probably read it over again, and the problems lie here; I will describe them. The book is absolutely chaotic. For me it was hard to realize which character was who, what relation. I didn’t know Archie was older and was Lucille’s husband until almost the end of the book. I thought Randolph was a child and Hal was the husband. I was kinda unsure as to who Sybil Jameson/Debbie Applewhite was at first…. It’s just, everything is really not organized in my opinion, and I just couldn’t keep track of what was going on.. to my surprise. The ending; well… It was sort of like… There was no ending? I mean Jake made his decision, but it didn’t just even near end there you know… He can’t just become part of the family or anything like that, but it was wrecklessly left there. But that is just my personal opinion, and heck, I could’ve been imagining it… But it just wasn’t really my type of book. Anyway, still pretty good though 🙂
So anyway, keep reading Bookworms. 😛 -Cat!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Hey bookworms, :P, Cat here to review a well known and totally awesome book, Eragon, by Christopher Paolini! 🙂 So, I read this book because everyone said it was amazing, and at first, to tell you the truth, I didn’t get into it. The first 50 (approx…) pages were kind of dry, very descriptive, which proved an amazingly vivid image, but that’s the reason I can’t get into say.. Narnia? TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION, and that’s fantastic, of course, but its just… boring to me. Although I know lots of people do NOT agree with me I am sure, which is fine. 🙂 But after that, it turns into an exciting, vivid, but not to much, amazing, book! Introducing elements of adventure, romance, drama, magic, mystery, personality and much more. This book, much like, say… Harry Potter? Has something for everyone.

Summary: Eragon is a normal farm boy in Carvahall, a small town. Little did he know that it would ALL CHANGE when he found a shiny rock in the forest that he thought might put meat on the table for the winter for his family. That rock, turned his world upside down. Saphira. ’nuff said. 😛 I’ll stop there, you’ll have to read it.

I give this book 5 stars. Seriously amazing. I mean, I’m sure anyone who liked Harry Potter, or any number of other fantasy books will find this book pretty great. I also find the author amazing, seeing as he wrote Eragon when he GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL at 15. That just shows that anything can happen, right? 🙂 YAY him. lol. He may be older now, but still pretty young (at I think 23) to be an accomplished author with 3 books, Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and I’ve heard another soon to come. So if you like fantasy, or reading, or anything I promise you, that you will appreciate this book!

PS, I do reccomend this book for pretty much, mature 11 year olds and up, as there are some sequences of extremely vivid and gory violence.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar

“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…” She whispered to herself. Somehow, some way, she would rescue Lucky!
When Katie walks home one day after school, she passes right by the junkyard. There, sitting next to the fence, is a dog. He doesn’t look good. he is thin, and dirty. When Katie finds out that no one is feeding him, she brings him food. But then, the worst thing happens. The mean old Junkman sells the refrigerator which the dog, Lucky, had been using for a shelter. Now, with cold winter weather, Katie has to hurry to convince the junkman to let her make Lucky a new shelter, before its too late and he dies!

I really liked this book, a lot. I got it for my birthday, but I didn’t start it until last night. I stayed up an hour reading it. It is a rather short book, but it is very good. I would give it five stars out of five.

I want to say thank you to Trilly, who gave me this book. you can find her blog here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Tail Of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

okay. This is it. You mau of guessed by now, or you might not. it doesn’t matter. All that matters that you promise never to tell anyone:
I had become a mermaid.
When Emily Windsnap signs up for swimming lessons, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. she lives on a boat, The King Of The Sea, yet
she had never been totally submersed in water. Until the day of her first swimming lesson. She knew something happened in there, in the school pool, something strange.
And I didn’t have a clue what it was, but I knew one thing for sure- you wouldn’t get me back in that pool for a million dollars.
And, besides that suprising secret, she has to figure out who exactly the light house keeper, Mr. Beeston is, and what he has to do with the mermaid king, and, in the midst of all this,
where does her father, who dissapered a few days after she was born, where does he fit? with the help of her new mermaid friend, Shona, she will find out the answers to all of these questions.
But remember, it’s just between you and me!

I really liked this book a lot. Emily, the main character, was likable, and so is Shona. the mean girl is suitably mean, and I like how Liz Kessler created the mermaid world. I would give this book four and 1/2 stars.

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