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Want a new book to read, but can’t figure out what? Well, that’s what this page is for! Every week, I’ll add a new book that I recommend; along with a description of the book, what I liked about it, and a link to the author’s website if they have one.
Check back every Thursday for a new post! And thanks to quickswifts for the idea.
-July 26, 2012
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
“The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students recieved extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it’s really a school for spies.
Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she’s already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (one of which involves a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her forr is what to do when she falls for a boy who thinks she’s a ordinary girl.
Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through town without his ever being the wiser - but can she have a relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s beginning her most dangerous mission - falling in love.”
This is my all-time favorite book. And the characters are so easy to relate to, and you’ll be picking out your friends quickly in this book. Well, maybe your friends don’t think the Tokyo.
Cammie is the kind of girl we all secretly wish to be. She breaks the rules, has amazing friends, and a hidden relationship. It doesn’t help, though, that her mom is the headmistress of the school and that the school’s newest teacher is a super-sexy super-spy, but it’s fun watching Cammie sneak around them.
This book follows Cammie as she goes through her first semester of the Covert Operations course. And she uses the lessons she learns to help ’study’ her boyfriend.
It’s a book unlike any other. There aren’t many books about spies that are geared toward the teenage populace, and even fewer that are written for girls. I first read this book when I was in sixth grade, and now that I’m in college, I still read this book and all the others in the series.
-July 19, 2012
Playing James by Sarah Mason
“Rules? What rules? Plucky beat reporter Holly Colshannon has a flair for the dramatic, a nose for trouble, and the remarkable ability to smile through any indignity - though her latest assignment is about to test her mettle. Newly “promoted” to crime reporter for the Bristol Gazette, she must shadow the unsmiling (though undeniably delicious) Detective James Sabine through his action-packed days, and then capture all the danger and thrills of a cop’s life in a daily column for the rag.
Well, on the bright side, she gets her own byline. On the down side, delectable James is hardly overjoyed to have her around. But soon her columns are a hit with readers who can’t get enough of her personal adventures riding shotgun with the sexy crime stopper.
Who ever expected law and order to be so romantic? Certainly Holly’s rugby-playing boyfriend and James’s super-gorgeous fiancee are enough to keep any sparks of electricity in check? In the end, though, love always evens the score…”
This book takes place in England, a place I’ve always wanted to go to. And as being my first adult chick-lit, this book did not disappoint. Playing James is funny, action-packed, and full of characters you will fall in love with.
As Holly runs around and follows after James, you’ll quickly realize she’s clumsy and just like anyone else. And James… How can I describe the most amazing cop in the world? He seems like such a big jerk, but he really is a character you will quickly fall in love with.
A friend of mine had given me this book to read, and it was the first ‘British’ book I had read. And I loved it. Now I’m sending it out to you. Check out this amazing book. But keep an eye on younger readers. I’m not a person to tell someone not to read, but this is a book for more mature readers, and not ten year olds.
-July 12, 2012
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
“A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
But sometimes unexpected things can happen - things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amaing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, is it really better to be safe than sorry?”
From loving friends to a crazy family, this book has it all. And in the end, you will gain something from it. This book taught me to trust my heart and friends. It’s a quick read - only about 370 pages - but it’s perfect. Dessen writes Macey as though she could be your best friend, your neighbor, or even you. You will cheer her on and will flip through the pages to see what happens next.
I’m a lover for YA (Young Adult) books, but this is by far my favorite non-series book. I feel as though ever girl (or boy) who is in high school should read this book. It teaches you not to judge, and that everyone has something in their past that hurts. It shows that you don’t have to be perfect, and that no matter how hard life might be, you don’t have to go through it alone.
And here’s something fun about all of Sarah Dessen’s books: although they aren’t series, you can find connections between each books.
-July 5, 2012
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
“Joey is a warhorse, but he wasn’t always. Once, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War I came storming through and everything changed. Albert’s father sells Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off the battlefields. Amongst the clamoring of guns and slogging through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end. And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?”
I absolutely loved this book. It was well-written, and anyone who has a love for horses will fall in love with this horse - Joey.Amazing lessons can be learned through his eyes, and you’ll fall in love with this young horse. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll come away from it with a smile on your face. Whether you’ve read it just for the horses, or because it’s a war story, this is something everyone can relate to.