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Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins — August 16, 2017

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

download (7)Gregor lives a normal life. During the summer, he has to watch his two year old sister, called Boots, while his other younger sister, called Lizzie, gets to go to camp. Gregor is eleven. It has been this way since Gregor’s dad went missing. Two years, seven months, and thirteen days ago. No instead of being middle class, Gregor’s family is poor. Somehow, Boots discovered a portal to the Underland. And went through it. So Gregor has to go through the portal as well now. When Gregor lands in the Underland, he finds many amazing things. Everything talks. And I do mean everything. Apparently, Gregor is the mysterious warrior in this Prophecy of Gray. Or whatever. And the Underlanders have told him that his father is down here too. But captive of the rats. So Gregor decides to go rescue his father. But the question is: Can Gregor succeed?

What I Liked
  • Gregor: Gregor was just an awesome person. I loved him. He just cared about others so much. Gregor also impressed me with how much he matures in the book. I always hope that a character matures a little bit in a book. 
  • Boots: Boots was adorable!!!! She could not speak proper sentences yet, but she was still really cute. Everyone wanted Boots to love them. She respected everyone and made sure that everyone was treated equally on the trip. I really loved Boots.
  • Vikus: No matter how uncomfortable Gregor was Vikus always explained it to him. It was really nice of him. If I had landed in the Underland I would want Vikus to guide me. He also told the best stories. 
What I Disliked
  • Henry: At first I thought that Henry was a nice guy. That he cared about Gregor, Boots, and Luxa. But he didn’t. He liked the rats more. He was a backstabbing little traitor. I was glad when he died.
  • How Short This Book Was: This was to short. All the information was crammed together. I think that a hundred more pages would have been great.

Gregor the Overlander was pretty good. There were some places where I didn’t like the book. But those are behind me now. I think that everyone should read this book. It is really fun. Four Stars. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

The Sandcastle Empire, by Kayla Olson — August 15, 2017

The Sandcastle Empire, by Kayla Olson

download (6)Eden used to live the perfect life. Ice cream, sunrises by the beach, air conditioning, and friends. Then the Wolfpack came. They took everything. So Eden decides to escape. On a green frilly sailboat, with four other people, to go to a place that may or may not exist called Sanctuary Island. It apparently is some kind of amnesty island. Where if you go there they will be kind and give you food. Clothes. Pure Water. All the things that you never get when you live with the Wolfpack. When they land on Sanctuary Island nothing is as it seems. With her new friends, she explores Sanctuary Island. What they find is frightening to the fullest. Nothing on Sanctuary Island is as it should be. In fact it is as if the island itself is alive, and trying to kill Eden and her friends. Eden learns secrets and also learns that some secrets are better left untouched. 

What I Liked
  • Eden: Eden is just a likeable character to me. I enjoy her optimism and the hope that she has for everything to turn out all right. And the ship with Lonan. It is so sweet!!!!!! I loved it so much.
  • Lonan: Lonan does not seem so nice in the beginning of the book, but then you get to learn more about him and you think, Oh that poor child. Lonan is quite nice, but sad. Very, very sad. 
  • The Island:  The Island was not supposed to be nice or happy. It was not supposed to be filled with birds and butterflies either. I liked it the way that it was just fine. I liked that the wilderness was not always nice.
What I Disliked
  • Eden’s Dad: Eden’s Dad was a jerk. You don’t just leave your daughter in the barracks and tell her that you are dead. Not cool. That shows what a bad parent you are. And then you turn your daughter into a spy. Bad parent.
  • Cass: Cass is just mean. I mean I get that your girlfriend is a Wolf, but she said sorry and you still treat her like crap. Not cool. What is his problem?

I loved this book, except for it’s challenges. I loved Eden, Lonan, and Alexa. I would recommend this to every YA fan. Four Stars. Thanks for Reading!!!! I missed you!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons