Monthly Archives: April 2013

Book Review: The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris

This was a FABULOUS book. I would rank it up with The Hunger Games, it was that good. Set in the year 2074, everything is different. Almost all books are read on ereaders. Wrinkles were cured thirty years ago. Newspaper are completely online. Everyone wears contact lenses that are like computer screens (similar to Google Glass), controlled by rings worn on every finger. But the biggest difference of all: the education at Cragbridge Hall. 

Cragbridge Hall is the most prodigious jr. high. in the entire world. Only top students get in. Not even straight-A honor-roll students. Kids who have achieved something great. Designed a fashion line, starred in a TV show, be a genius. Or be the granddaughter of the founder of the school — Oscar Cragbridge himself.

That’s how Abby got in. She is perfectly ordinary. Her twin brother, Derick, on the other hand, is practically a super-genius. He got in completely on his own. All Abby wants is to go back home. But when disaster strikes her family and the lives of people she loves are threatened, she discovers that she is not average at all.

I ADORED this book. I read the entire thing in one day. My favorite character was Carol, hands down.

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Filed under Adventure, Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15, Books I Loved, Dystopian

Book Review: The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt Series by Stephanie Morrill

These were fabulous books. It’s a trilogy and the three books are (in order):

Me, Just Different (from the back cover):

Skylar Hoyt is a girl who seems to have it all–she’s pretty, popular, and has a great-looking boyfriend. Her senior year should be the best one yet. But a horrible experience at a summer party has changed everything. Now she’s vowing to make better choices, including going back to church. But as Skylar tries to gain new perspective on life, the world as she knows it begins to fall apart. 

Her parents are constantly fighting. Her younger sister has a big secret that Skylar is forced to keep. The guy she’s dating is annoyingly jealous. And the new guy down the street is just plain annoying. In the midst of the chaos, Skylar starts to wonder who her real friends are and, even more importantly, who she is.

Out with the In Crowd (from the back cover):

Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it’s not so easy to change her friends. Even though the old Skylar is gone, she’s still not sure who this new Skylar really is. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can’t win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most?

So Over It (from the back cover):

Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget. She wants a fresh start where people don’t know about her past or her dysfunctional family. A place where she won’t run into her ex-boyfriend every time she leaves the house. When she gets the opportunity to spend the summer in Hawaii with her grandparents, Skylar jumps at the chance to get out of town. But will she truly be able to leave her old life behind? And will she be strong enough to rise above the gossip and live the life God wants?

All three are amazing books!!! I would not recommend anyone under thirteen reading these. They deal with some teen issues that may not be appropriate for tweens.

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Filed under Ages 13-15, Ages 15+, Books I Loved, Contemporary