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The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand — July 9, 2017

The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand

  • th (8)Victoria is perfect. Everyone thinks that. She gets the best grades in her class, has the cleanest room, and has the proudest parents in all of Belleville. Until she gets a B. For a straight A student this is horrible. That is all Victoria can think about until her best (and only) friend goes missing. Without Lawerence, Victoria has nobody to yell at for not doing their homework, not tucking in their shirt, and in general, no one’s life to run but her own. So, of course, Victoria starts an investigation. Victoria’s investigation leads her to believe that the grown-ups know what is going on. And that they lie about not knowing. Victoria has reason to believe that the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is to blame. After all, some adults have told her things like: Be Careful, and Children Who Go Into The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls Come Out Better, Or They Don’t Come Out At All. Victoria learns things about the Cavendish Home that she is not supposed to know. Maybe she will be next to disappear.
What I Liked
  • Victoria: Victoria is a great main character. I could really connect with her on the best grades thing an d the strive for perfection. I thought that she was a little bit lonely. Victoria deserved more friends and then she got them.
  • Lawrence: Lawrence was the main supporting character. I could connect with him on our love of music and the fact that we did not like our shirts to be tucked in. Lawrence did seem a bit like: I just give up, let us die here. Which I thought was pretty sad but otherwise Lawrence was okay.
  • The House: Lots of adults who had tried to stop Mrs. Cavendish were caught and imprisoned in the house. So when Victoria tries to save everybody the house helps out. Some things are not as they seem.
What I Disliked
  • Mr Alice: Mr. Alice was just wrong. The description of him was just wrong. I mean if you are bloated and sweaty go to the doctor. But no, instead he beats innocent children up with rakes. What sort of person does that/
  • The GophersThe Gophers are these creepy little mole things. I know, they helped in the end. But I still hate them. They are still really wrong. I mean, the book would have been fine without them. What is their use besides being creepy?
  • The Ending: You must be screaming: The Ending? Really Annalee? I’m sorry but the Epilogue really sucked. They died and then the came back to life. The book does not tell you how they came back to life. They just did. I am sorry, but I need an answer.

Well, The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls is okay. I could change some things but all books have their mistakes. Four Stars. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein — July 8, 2017

Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein

download (4)Rose is a normal ATA Pilot who talks, walks, and breathes flying. She has flown since she was twelve. Rose is endlessly grateful to her aunt and uncle for setting her up with this job. After all, she is making a difference instead of just reading about the war in her house in Pennsylvania. She has fun doing things like buzzing the Eiffel Tower and going to dances. Some things are not as fun, like filing incident reports. But all in all Rose likes her job more than the job at the paper mill. Then, flying back from a mission, Rose gets lost. Rose then gets picked up by German pilots who take her to a place that sends her to Ravensbruck (I could not add all the weird German symbols. Sorry). Ravensbruck is the notorious women’s concentration camp. There she makes friends that will change, and save, her life. From the Russian combat pilot to the Polish medical guinea pig, Rose’s friends help her learn about the camp. If Rose’s is not careful, she could be killed.

What I Liked
  • Rose: Rose was just so defined and sweet. She did not let being in a concentration camp get to her, at least not much. Rose gritted her teeth and did the job. At least she was not asking for death. Rose was  someone you could connect with easily.
  • Rose’s Poems: Rose’s poems were great!!! If Rose had not been in a concentration camp she would have been a world famous poet. But then there would not have been a boo so I guess I am glad that Rose’s poems were not as powerful before the concentration camp.
  • The “Family”:  So Rose was taken in by the four other girls that she shared a bunk with who were not friends but family. Not a mean, fighting family either. A nice, friendly, happy family, like the ones you see in those cheesy movies.
What I Disliked
  • Nick: Okay, so Nick planned to marry Rose, she turned down his offer and he pledged to wait for her to accept his proposal. But then he goes off and marries some Red Cross chick. That just makes me so sad.
  • Ravensbruck: What is there to like about this place? It is totally terrible. But I think that it is supposed to be terrible. That is the nature of a concentration camp.
  • The Doctors: Even though they are not main or supporting characters we still hear a lot about them. And it all is bad, especially the medical experiments. It was shocking. But this was also part of Ravensbruck.

So all in all Rose Under Fire was pretty good. Four Stars. If you like historical fiction set in World War II this is the book for you. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston —

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

Elle is a total fangirl of a movie called Starfield. She has a blog about it and she watches reruns on TV. But her father is dead and her stepmother hates Starfield. With her job at the Magic Pumpkin, a vegan food truck, she slowly saves up her tips so that she can get out of her stepmother’s house with the neighbor’s dog. Elle also wants to win a best cosplay costume contest so that she can watch the new Starfield movie in LA. Elle then gets a text from a mysterious male teenager,and she feels herself slowly falling for him.                                                                                             Darien Freedman is the new actor who is playing one of the main characters on Starfield. No one really likes that he is the new main character so he has to fight through that. And he has to do dangerous stunts on camera ,which I think is pretty funny. Then he dials the wrong number and meets Elle and they start texting, and they start to fall in love. Through texting. They have not ever met. They might not ever meet. But then everything changes.

Geekerella is not half bad. It is pretty good. I was screaming in some parts: OMG this is in Cinderella!!! I know what happens!!!! It was amazing.  But I thought that it was a bit too predictable. You knew as soon as they started texting that they would somehow meet and become good friends. That was pretty much obvious. I also thought that the book was a bit drawn out. Sometimes I was screaming Get On With It Already!!!! Elle was funny and sweet and Darien was so… normal. For a movie star. Yeah that came out wrong. I think I meant to say that if he was a normal kid he and Elle would be happily dating right now, living their lives happily and together. It would have been a sweet and normal relationship. But that did not happen, which is what made the book so good. I loved the dunk tank scene. It was so funny. I guess I did not expect the book to go the way it was going. I am pretty good at guessing the way the book will go, so I was very happy when I could not figure out how the book would end. That never happens to me!!! Four Stars. Well, I have officially read 17 out of 100 books this year on my Goodreads list. It only started going on Goodreads again last week. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

MARCH Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell — July 6, 2017

MARCH Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

th (6)By the end of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the  consciousness of many Americans. But there is still resistance for African Americans voting. Every person should have the right to vote. That is not what some other people think. Which can be a problem. Every one tries to help, by registering people to vote, by picketing outside the courthouse, and by marching. But the police are just as ruthless. They have cattle prods, clubs, and tear gas. Some of the people in power, like Governor George Wallace, hate African Americans and don’t care if they get hurt or go to jail. George Wallace also encourages people to hurt the African Americans. Some governor. But other people like Martin Luther King encourage nonviolence and thirty understand that it is better to be nice than to be powerful. But can people like Martin Luther King get African Americans the right to vote?

After I post this book review I will be out of books!!!!!! I need to go to the library today. But at least all the books I checked out were good. I loved  MARCH Book Three!!!! It was amazing!!!! Once again I have nothing bad to say. It is a miracle!!!! I know, the next books I read are probably going to not be as good, or awesome as these. Because this series is my new favorite series. As soon as I buy my own copies they will go onto the beautiful favorites bookshelf. I love these books!!!!!! Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

MARCH Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell — July 5, 2017

MARCH Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

th (5)After the very successful Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is even more committed to change the world through nonviolence. Because of that John Lewis joins the Freedom Riders. As he and his brother Freedom Riders board a bus going into the heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Threatened with beatings, arson, police brutality, imprisonment, and even murder, the movement’s activists put their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. Their courage will attract the eye of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy. And once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis with be thrust into the national spotlight with the rest of the “Big Six”. Soon not after that the March on Washington starts and John Lewis has to finish his speech. 

This book is amazing. I love it so much!!!! I do not even have anything bad to say!!!!! What is wrong with me? This book is so awesome that after I finish reading the third book I will write a letter to Congressman John Lewis to tell him how awesome his books are. Okay, so I know that these books talk about the bad stuff that happened to African Americans but it also describes it in a way that everyone can understand. Which is a great thing. Also that was the third comic book I have read in my life. Okay, so to sum it all up, MARCH Book Two is as amazing as the first book. Or even better. Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons


MARCH Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell —

MARCH Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

downloadMARCH Book One is the first book in the March Trilogy. All three books are titled MARCH. John Lewis also was one of the key civil rights leaders who empowered many others to join the movement. Which is a good thing. He also spoke at The March on Washington. He spoke 6th and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke 10th. But this is not an autobiography. This is a book that empowers people to do something to be the change in the world. March Book One talks about John Lewis’ childhood, his amazing meeting with Martin Luther King Junior, the Nashville Student Movement, and their efforts to tear down the lunch counter segregation leading to the climax at City Hall. Years and years ago, John Lewis and the Nashville Student Movement drew inspiration from a comic book called Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story. Now John Lewis is making his own comics for people to drawn inspiration from.

This book is amazing!!!!! I loved it!!! And it is a comic!!!! *runs around the room and screams* I have not read comics since I was seven. And those were horrible. These are great. I am reading the second one as soon as I finish writing this post. I think that this book is as close to perfect as a book can get. Everyone should read this book. I mean it. Read this book!!!!!!! I want you to read to read this book. I think that it should win an award. Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Fairest, by Marissa Meyer — July 4, 2017

Fairest, by Marissa Meyer

th (3)Happy 4th of July!!!! Have a Great Summer!!!

I am sure that all Cinder fans know about Levana. She is the one who accused Cinder, tried to marry Prince Kai, and helped invent the lumototis disease. So not really a nice person. Fairest is the story of what Queen Levana was like as a child. And her unattainable romance. That is right Queen Levana had an unattainable romance. Maybe that is what turned her bad. But that is the main question. What in Queen Levana’s past was so bad that she turned that evil? I mean whoa. You will find that out in the book. Fairest is a mystery/yafantasy. Why both? Read to find out. And Spoiler: *Queen Levana kills people.* Well if you want to find out Queen Levana’s origin story, this is the book for you.

Well, this book is interesting. I thought that you needed to give more detail on some things and less detail on others. I will not tell you what those are because I already gave out one spoiler in this book review and I am not giving out another one. I liked how the author had the genius idea to write a book from the villain’s perspective. The cover reminds me of the Evil Queen in Snow White. I loved the unattainable romance so much. Here is what I think of it:😳. I loved this book. Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

P.S. Here is a blog you should follow. It is not a Wp blog but it is still awesome. It is called Girls In Action.

The Valiant, by Lesley Livingston — July 2, 2017

The Valiant, by Lesley Livingston

download (2)Thank You to Kristi Meyer of YA and Wine for reccomending this book to me.

Living in the Celt tribe, Fallon, the chief’s daughter, learns to be a warrior, with her childhood sweetheart. Life is good. Even though Fallon’s older sister died ages ago and Fallon still misses her. But on the night of Fallon’s 17th birthday, Fallon’s father, the king, gives her away as a wife to another king instead of making her a warrior. And the man she is engaged to is not her true lover!!!! And then she is kidnapped and sent to a training school for female gladiators. And the school is run by the very man she hates. Julius Cesar. But if Fallon earns enough money she can buy her freedom. But then Fallon falls in love with one of the guards called Cai. Of course, that romance is forbidden. Most things that Fallon wants are forbidden. But maybe, just maybe, Fallon can be happy with her new life.

Okay, first of all this book is amazing. I have not read many forbidden romances in a while. So yay for that!!! All the characters were great. I was not expecting all the twists in this book. But I loved them. I connected with most of the characters in the book, so good job Annalee. The setting and plot were also very detailed and interesting. I loved the whole book from beginning to end. I think that this book should be made a movie. It is just the right kind of book. The Valiant is now one of my favorite books. Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Girl With A Camera, by Carolyn Meyer — July 1, 2017

Girl With A Camera, by Carolyn Meyer

download (1)This the historical fiction/biography of Margaret Bourke-White, one of the first female photographers in America. It tells about Margaret’s life in great detail. From the deaths and sorrows in her family, to the great joys and parties that she has. Margaret goes through life with great bravery and spirit. Especially when others tell her that she cannot do a job because she is a woman. The book ends when she is single, which is not expected in that time because woman are expected to care for the house, husband, and children. Girl With A Camera also shows when Margaret was not rich and famous. She was once quite poor. It also shows some of the pictures she took. It talks about the books she writes with her second husband. From whom she gets divorced. This book talks about the life of Margaret Bourke-White and it does not skimp out on the details.

This book is amazing. When I picked this up I thought, okay, this will just be a time killer. And then I could not put it down. That is how good it is. I mean I had never heard of Margaret Bourke-White before today. And now I want to know more. The author left off right in the middle of her life. What Happens Next? Please tell me!!!!! My one problem with this book was that it did not tell you what the people around Margaret were feeling. I only connected with Margaret, no one else. I like to connect with at least 3 characters in a book. But I could only connect with 1. All in all it was a pretty good book. Four Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’ Hara —

My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’ Hara

th (2)All Ken wants is his father’s admiration and a colt of his own. But Ken is not likely to get a colt, as of he has to repeat the 5th grade. And he accidentally stampedes the horse herd. The whole herd almost dies. So Ken’s father hates him and since Ken’s father owns all the horses Ken will not be getting a colt this year. Ken feels like garbage. But then Ken’s father has a change of heart and gets Ken a wild colt called Flicka. Flicka is the daughter of a wild and crazed mustang called Rocket. Rocket is very pretty and fast but not quite right in the head. Ken has to work hard on training Flicka and erasing all of her bad manners. But then the worst happens. Flicka might die. But maybe, just maybe, if Ken works at it hard enough, Flicka will survive.

I was always waiting for something to happen to Flicka and it only happened in the last 50 pages of the book. There were a few conversations after Ken and Howard, Ken’s brother, went to sleep between Ken’s parents. They were like a welcome breather between the chapters. The author did not go into enough detail about Flicka’s feelings. And the other horses’ feelings. That was pretty much the only big problem I had with the book. There were of course all the little problems like forgetting a word but I do not need to go into detail about that. My Friend Flicka was an amazing book. It is defintly my new facorite classic. Six Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons