Friday, February 24, 2012

REVIEW: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25

Title: Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Source: Library
Grade: A+

Synopsis from Amazon:
My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.


Micheal Vey can shock anything that comes into contact with him, and I mean seriously shock. He thinks he is the only one with this power until he meets Taylor, who is also electric. Michael and Taylor are the last two electric children that have not been taken by Elgin, a group that wants all of the electric children so that they can create a pure race of electric people. When Taylor and Michael's mom are kidnapped, Michael must set off to find Elgin and rescue Taylor an his mom without being kidnapped himself.

I LOVED this book! It was one that once I picked it up, I could not put it down! It kept me up late at night reading! I loved how Evans created Michael and Taylor to be complete opposites who end up linked together. Evans's imagery made it very easy to picture myself locked up at Elgin with Taylor or being shocked by Michael. My least favorite part of the book is that it is the beginning of a series and now I have to wait and find out what happens!! The second book in the series has yet to be released and I am waiting very anxiously for it. This is a definite A+ book for me! Go check it out!

Happy reading!


REVIEW: Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

Title: Memoir of Milk Carton Kid
Author: Tanya Nicole Kach and Lawrence Fisher
Grade: B +
Source: Bought

Synopsis from Amazon:
Told from the perspective of Tanya Nicole Kach, Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is the haunting story of a girl, lost in the cracks of the system, forced to spend more than ten years as the prisoner of her school's security guard. From her troubled childhood, through her captivity at the hands of a manipulative captor, and ultimately on her road to recovery, Tanya's story is one of pain but ultimately triumph. Her story is told by her advocate and confidant, Lawrence Fisher. For more than five years his impassioned advocacy has helped Tanya as she has reintegrated into society. He successfully blends Tanya's story with his own insight into the legal issues surrounding the controversial case that followed Tanya's release. This multipronged approach gives the reader insight into Tanya's emotional state and the state of a criminal justice system that allowed her ordeal to happen.

Tanya was kidnapped in McKeepsort, PA. which is not very far from my home. This fact hooked me as soon as I heard of the book. Tanya grew up in a troubled household and turns to Tom who was a security guard at her school. As they become closer, Tom invited Tanya to come live with him. Once she moves to his house, he won't let her leave. Her capture ends up lasting for 10 years until she is finally freed by police. Her book is a summery of her capture and her life after.

I m always fascinated by stories of kidnapping survivors, like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard. Her kidnapping is not quite as dramatic as others. I think because she went to live with Tom willingly, I was not as taken with her story. She was not dramatically kidnapped like Elizabeth or Jaycee. It was hard for me to imagine being held captive for 10 years of my life. Tanya lost much of her childhood innocence during that time. I was able to meet Tanya at a book signing where I got this book, and she is such a strong and inspiring woman! She is in college and engaged to be married! Tanya is definitely a survivor and a hero! I gave the book a B because there were some grammar and spelling errors and I wished she talked a little bit more about the kidnapping ordeal and less about her life after release. I got this book at my first book signing and it is a something that will always be near and dear to me heart!

Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

In my Mailbox

This is a collection of the books I have gotten over the past several weeks. I haven't done one in awhile, so I thought I would! I know my camera quality is not the best, but please bear with me=)

For Review
Hollywood Car Wash by Lori Culwell- I have read her newest book and loved it!

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid by Tanya Nicole Kach and Lawrence Fisher- I got this at my first book signing!
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
Night Runner by Max Turner

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe- I am reading it now and loving it!
Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans-I am also in the middle of it and loving it!
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Katarina by Kathryn Winter
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
According to Kit by Eugenie Doyle

Other than reading, my passion is dancing, so I am very excited to have 3 dance related books!

Has anyone read any of these? Any suggestions on which to add to the top of my pile?

Happy reading!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

REVIEW: Climb or Die by Edward Myers

Title: Climb or Die
Author: Edward Myers
Source: Library
Grade: B+

When traveling through a snowstorm, in the Colorado Rockies, the Darcy family crashes into a tree. The parents are injured, but siblings Danielle and Jake are unharmed. It is then up to them to find help. They decide that the quickest way to help is by climbing Mount Remington to get help from the weather station at the top of the mountain. Danielle and Jake must work together if they want to save their parents.

I usually enjoy survival stories. They are usually cliffhangers that keep you on the edge of your seat. This book definitely delivers. Danielle and Jake decide that climbing a mountain would be quicker than walking the 20 miles to the interstate. During several parts of the book I thought they might not make it. They must use some quick decisions and work together to survive. It was a very quick read and it kept me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. I really liked that the adventure started out from almost the first page of the book. There was no long build up to the accident. The only down side was that it was slightly predictable. Even when the book was trying to convince me that they would never reach help, I knew in the back of my mind that they would have to, or the story would be over. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure story!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

REVIEW: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Source: Library
Grade: A

Summery from inside cover:
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present

I was so excited to find this book on my library's shelf! It has gotten a lot of positive press from bloggers. It is hard to remember a time when internet was not a major part of every day life. Emma has gotten a new computer and installed an AOL CD onto her computer (remember those days?). When she signs on, a Facebook screen appears. Emma and her friend Josh are able to see themselves in the future. This causes Josh and Emma to look at life differently and to make different choices that end up changing the future.

I really, really enjoyed this book! When I think of 1996, it doesn't honestly seem like that long ago. In reality, it was 15 years ago. I remember getting internet for the first time in 7th grade. I am not sure what I would have done if Facebook would have suddenly appeared. This was a very quick and easy read. It kept me wanting more. It is easy for the reader to picture themselves as a part of this book. I enjoyed seeing how Emma's and Josh's choices actually effected their future selves. It makes me wonder if even the little things I do changes my future path. This is a book I would definitely suggest to everyone who reads!

Happy reading!