Heist Society, the First 111 Pages of it Ends it with 1,202 Pages!

heist societyI have not yet finished this book, but so far I am really enjoying it. As of right now, I gave it a 10 out of 10. One reason it is so amazing is because it is very exciting. There is a lot of suspense and action, so it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also, it is a mystery without being too formal about it. The only reason I don’t typically like mysteries is because they are all about clues, but this book isn’t. It took one bad quality out of the typical mystery, which made it very enjoyable for me. I am also a fan of the diversity in characters. You have a 15-year-old boy that is already a billionaire, the tom-boy girl with brains, and the girly girl with street smarts. Most wouldn’t think that they would make a very good blend, but it gives the book a touch of humor. I can’t wait to finish this amazing novel, and I hope the author has a nice surprise waiting for me when I do!

Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel~ Total Now of 1,091 Pages

angelI read Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson. For most of this book, only the main characters are involved. However, there is a group of minor characters that are very important. This is the Gen77 kids. This makes more sense if you read the book, but I will do my best to describe it briefly. So, the main idea of the Maximum Ride novels is that there is a group of six kids that are genetically altered with bird DNA to have wings. Max, the leader of their “Flock”, has a mission that most would think is too much to ask of a fifteen year old, and that is to save the world. In this novel, a large part of her mission comes is to overcome the Gen77 kids. The Gen77 kids are also genetically enhanced. They are trying to save the world also, but they are trying to go about it by killing all of the humans. They brainwashed the humans to agree with whatever they tell them, so they become supporters of their cause. This is why, even though the Gen77 kids were only mentioned in one or two chapters max, they are very important to the novel. Without them, Max and the others would not have had to save thousands of people in Paris from explosives set off under the sewer system. They make the story, yet most people would not remember them a couple months after reading this book.

Princess in Training (288 pages), adding up to 800!

princess in trainingPrincess in Training, by Meg Cabot, is the sixth book in the best-selling Princess Diaries books, all of which are realistic fiction. In this book, Mia finds herself facing new challenges everywhere she turns. For example, if you have ever read these books or seen the popular movie, you know that Mia is the heir to the throne of Genovia, a small country in Europe. Recently, Mia discovered that the neighboring country of Monaco dumped killer algae into the water near the coast of Genovia. To try to kill of the algae, Mia dumped thousands of snails whose only food source is algae. However, they didn’t eat the algae and other countries became angry because they thought that the snails were offsetting the natural balance of the ocean, and there was lots of controversy to fix the problem. This is just one of the several challenges facing Mia as her Sophomore year begins.

Even though this book is not the best one I have ever read, it is still a nice book. It is very effective in teaching the reader that the best way to solve any problem is to follow your heart. No one should let anyone tell you how to live your life, which is why Mia got into most of her problems. One of the best ways that this author got her point across was through her writing style. She wrote this series in the form of a diary written by Mia in first person, which allows us to experience exactly what she was feeling when she was trying to work out each situation. Had she written in third person, I think that the writing would not have been as powerful because we would not be able to peek inside the character’s feelings.

This book was very interesting to me. I wouldn’t suggest it to boys, adults, or younger people because I don’t think that they would enjoy it as much as teenage girls would. One reason is that they would not be able to relate to it as much. Also, the movie is most popular among that group, so I would think that the books would be too. Most girls my age that comes to me looking for a good book will definitely be sent to this series!

Now I’ve got. . . 512 pages!

princess in waitingI read Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot. At the end of this book, Mia is left with the idea that her “secret talent” is her writing, and she is so excited that she thinks she is going to write a novel. If there were a few more chapters in this book, I think that she would have started on her novel. Considering what she usually writes about is her life, I think she would be writing a biography about her exciting life as the princess of Genovia, a small country outside of France. Then, she would have tried to convince her Grandmother, the Queen of Genovia, to help her get it published. But, her grandmother would want to read it before committing herself to getting the book published, and would not be too enthusiastic about discovering that Mia does not find her grandmother to be the most lovable person in the world. So, she would not have published Mia’s book and the next in the series would begin with Mia trying to figure out a way to get her book published, despite her grandmother. In my opinion, that is the way the book should have ended, which is why I only rated it a 9 out of 10.

144 Pages Finishes Me Off With 1,224!

Princess in Love, by Meg Cabot, is Princess Mia’s third diary. It is also a fiction story. In this diary, Mia finds herself Kenny’s girlfriend, but she is still in love with Michael Moscovitz. She spends most of her time trying to avoid Kenny finding out that she doesn’t love him back. To add to Mia’s filled head of thoughts, her best friend Lilly Moscovitz (who is in fact related to Michael) wants to stage a walkout. A walkout is an organized time when all of the students just get up and walk out of the school. This would have been fine, except for the fact that she planned it for while Mia would be in Algebra. She didn’t want to disappoint her new stepfather, but she also didn’t want to disappoint her very best friend. With all of the decisions to make, Mia finds herself slowly becoming a juvenile delinquent. On top of all of this, she finally decides to express her love for Michael. She writes him anonymous love letters. This is as far as I have gotten in the book, but so far I would say that the theme is to express your feelings. This is also displayed in a minor part of the book when one of the mean girls, Lana, is making fun of her, so Mia smashes Lana’s cell phone. It probably wasn’t the best option, but at least Lana knew how she felt.

I think that the main reason that this book has so many readers is because they are all in the form of a diary, which makes it seem more personal. I like reading them because I always feel like I get to know more than most of the characters about the plot and what is going on. The author is saying to express your feelings, but I think that the way she sends the message is a bad influence. People should know how you feel, but you don’t want to do it in a way that would hurt their feelings, which is often the position that these characters are in. I think that if a character’s only options are to hurt someone’s feelings or hide the truth, they should hide the truth, but it is still better to find a third option. This book is very powerful in giving young women courage to stand up for what they believe in, especially with how Mia solves the walkout situation, but I can’t tell you that because it would be a spoiler. This particular diary is interesting because it is nice to see how much Mia has changed since she first found out about being a princess.

Overall, this is so far my favorite of the series. If you are already reading The Princess Diaries series, you will enjoy when you get to this book because Mia becomes more outgoing and expands her boundaries. Also, she and Lilly become better at sharing their feelings with each other and not keeping secrets. It will definitely hold your attention because of the new twists and turns, and even an unexpected change with Grandmère.

Another 223 pages makes 1,080! (SPOILER ALERT~1st paragraph!)

princess in the spotlightPrincess in the Spotlight, by Meg Cabot, is the next diary kept by Mia Thermopolis during her days in princess training. It is also a fiction story about the Princess of Genovia. In this diary, Mia is introduced to the press by a reporter that her Grandmère forced her to do an interview with. In the interview, Mia is so nervous that she accidentally spills about several secrets, including that her mother is pregnant and her Algebra teacher, Mr. Giannini, is the father, and that one of her teachers never teaches anything. When her Grandmère finds out about the pregnancy, she decides to help plan their wedding. She flies in a wedding planner from Genovia to put together an elaborate wedding at the Plaza. Not wanting such a large wedding, they elope in Cancun, Mexico without even telling Mia. Throughout all of this, Mia was receiving love letters from a secret admirer. She was hoping that it would be Michael Moscovitz, Lilly’s senior brother that she had loved since she first met Lilly ages ago. However, it turned out to be Kenny, her seventh period Biology partner. She accepted to be his girlfriend so that things wouldn’t be weird between them during Biology and she could still copy his homework, even though she doesn’t like him. In the end of the book, Mia says, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, which is what I feel is the theme of this book.

This book was also written in the form of a diary, so it had similar effects as the first. It is like reading post cards from a friend in another country or something of the sort. This book is also not going to be most enjoyed by adults or boys because it also includes female conflicts. It also includes more of the romance and friend issues and not fighting or suspense. It is definitely not the gory, disgusting type of book. The strongest point of this book is that Mia starts to accept herself. It is very important for a high school student to be happy with themselves, and Mia was having trouble with that during her first diary. I’m sure that readers will enjoy the improvement.

This book should only be read by those that enjoyed the first book. If you don’t read this series in order, they don’t make sense. I wouldn’t suggest getting started with the series if you don’t like romance or if you are really into action and suspense. This book is more like the girl’s guide to High School.

283 makes it 857 pages

princess diariesThe Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot, is a fiction story about a freshman at Albert Einstein High School in Manhattan, Mia Thermopolis. She calls herself a dork because she is very tall, has atrocious hair, isn’t very pretty, doesn’t have many friends or a boyfriend, and gets C’s-F’s in every class (I’m not being mean, that’s her opinion, I guarantee it). One day, when her Grandmère came to visit from France, she found out that her dad is the prince of a small European country called Genovia, and she is the next in line for the throne. She tries to keep it a secret, but her Grandmère spills the beans and soon the whole country is calling her “New York’s Royal”. Soon, Mia has no more time to do anything fun. Right after school, she has to attend a review session with Mr. Giannini, the Algebra teacher, because she is flunking his class. Then, she has to go to her Grandmère’s room at the Plaza hotel for princess lessons. On top of her new busy schedule, Mia is angry at her mother because she recently found out that she is dating her algebra teacher (her parents were never married), but Mia can’t tell her mother how she feels because she likes to please her. Also, she was for a while not talking to her best friend, Lilly Moscovitz because she was mad at Lilly for being too bossy. They were able to solve their conflicts, but new ones continued unfolding. (I have to stop to avoid a spoiler!) I think that the most powerful theme in this book is to accept who you are. If Mia hadn’t hidden her identity as princess in the first place, then people would not have been mad at her.

This book is written in the form of Mia’s diary, which makes it seem like you are reading something from your best friend instead of an actual book. I like this form of writing because it makes it feel like I am reading it for no more than because I want to. I actually read it as a trade off with my friend. If I read her favorite book, she would read mine. After I started it, it became one of my favorites also. This book is NOT good for boys or adults. The story only truly fits with a girl’s life because that is all that it relates to. It is a princess fairy tale and an un-love story, two things that girls enjoy. One weak point to the book is that there isn’t a defined climax since it is in diary form. The climax of life is usually over a long period of time, so that would take up most of a diary. In the biography of Meg Cabot on the back panel of the hardcover version says that her biological parents are the King and Queen, so she is definitely qualified to write about the royal duties. This gives the story a sense of realism that allows the reader to trust the characters more even though it is a fiction story.

I would only recommend it to teenagers because it would probably not make sense to anyone under thirteen years old, especially if it is a boy. However, even a teenage boy would not enjoy some of the content of this book because it is some romance and some fairy tale, but no action. However, the entertaining events that make Mia embarrass herself give it something extra, which every book could use.

265 Pages, so I’m at 574!

Only the Good Spy Young, by Ally Carter, is the fourth in the Gallagher Academy series. It is a realistic fiction book about a 16 year old girl named Cammie Morgan and her three roommates, Rebecca (Bex) Baxter, Liz Sutton, and Macey McHenry. They aren’t roommates at just any school though, they are sharing a dorm at an undercover school for young spies. They take classes that help with field operations and how to use their weapons. Their fourth written adventure begins over Winter break. Cammie and Bex went to London with Mr. and Mrs. Baxter. They were ice skating when they saw their Covert Operations teacher, Joe Solomon, running through the streets of London. When he saw them, he came over, grabbed Cammie, and brought her to a bridge. He tried to talk to her, but there were people chasing him. All he had time to say to her was “Follow the pigeons” (her first clue), and then jumped off the bridge into the water. Cammie and Bex later find out that Mr. Solomon was a double agent working for one of the most wanted spy institutes, the Circle of Cavan, or just the Circle. They spend the rest of their Junior year trying to follow the clues that Mr. Solomon had left around the Gallagher Academy that lead to what actually happened so many years ago when he was recruited by the Circle at the age of 16, the same age the girls are now. This book teaches readers that no matter how much you think you know someone, you really can’t trust anyone.

I am very fond of the way that Ally Carter writes. She uses cliff hangers at the end of chapters that urge the reader to continue. She also likes to use figurative language techniques such as personification and imagery that give the smallest details the utmost importance. One of the main themes of this book, as I have said, is that you can’t trust anyone, but I beg to differ. I believe that if you don’t trust anyone, then you can’t form powerful friendships. Without friendships, life becomes dull and pointless, so I think that trust is very important. This book is not informative, but it is a very enjoyable story for anyone looking for a nice book on a rainy afternoon. A major strength that gives this book so many readers is how it is able to relate to the life of an average teenage girl even though Cammie Morgan is nowhere near average. On the contrary, it sometimes can seem as though the author tries so hard to relate to teenagers that she can forget about Cammie’s spy qualities. Even if she is excited, exhausted, relieved, stressed, or heartbroken, she should still be on alert for the many people trying to capture her. At any rate, this book kept me interested and was a very enjoyable story. It triggered my imagination and it was joyful for me to think about what I would have had happen had I been the author.

Overall, this book is incredible. I would suggest it to any teenage girl looking for a fun book with an interesting plot. It includes everything from explosions in underground caves to teenage love. The story will always keep you guessing. It is not very suspenseful, but exciting all the same. Everyone I have recommended it to so far has loved it. As an added hint, the first of the series is slow to get started, but stick with it, they get way better!

A Brand New Challenge~ 309 Pages

FANG, by James Patterson, is a science fiction novel with several qualities of a well-written fantasy. It is the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling series, Maximum Ride. All of these books teach readers that no matter how someone looks, they should still be treated as equals. This is displayed because the six children in the story, called the Flock, are genetically altered with bird DNA to have wings. They are Max (the leader), Fang, Iggy (who is blind, but can sense the color of things if he touches them), Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel (who can read and control minds). In FANG, the Flock meets another child, Dylan, that is also crafted with bird DNA. Jeb, a man that works at the lab that created the Flock, says that Dylan was made to be Max’s “perfect other half”. This causes conflict within the flock because Max is actually in love with Fang. The Flock is against Dylan and tries to get him to leave, but then Angel meets Dylan’s father, Dr. Gunther-Hagen, and gets talked into promoting his product. At the same time, Max is voted out of the Flock because they think that she is too distracted with Fang to be a good leader. Angel, who is only seven years old, wants to be the new leader, and things don’t exactly work out as she had planned. If anything more is said, it will ruin the ending.

I am not one to typically enjoy science fiction, but this particular series has me hooked. The way the books are written add to the story. They are in first person from Max’s point of view, so it is easier to understand her emotions. However, I felt like the other characters are lost in the story because Max can’t get into their minds and know exactly how they were feeling. Maybe if it was written from Angel’s point of view, it would have been easier to understand every character since she can read minds. Either way, it is a phenomenal novel. The action keeps you interested, and it is easy to read because it is targeted towards teenagers. One weak point of the book is that several of the fights that the Flock gets into tend to be similar because there are only so many things that can happen in a fight, and they fight every day. I was hoping for a bit more diversity in the story line besides just flying fists and robots crunching.

Overall, this book is amazing. I would recommend it to any teenager, but mainly girls because of the romantic portion of the books. Likewise, it can also be enjoyable for boys because of the action-filled plot and never-ending suspense. The characters are so unique that they can capture the attention of just about any teen. I know that the main topic of genetically altered bird kids sounds a bit questionable, but I assure you that if you give it a chance you will absolutely love it!