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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: The One (Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3) 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):   The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

My Thoughts:  I've loved this series since book one and I wasn't disappointed with The One.  I am very happy with the way it ended and I'm happy with the choice that America made.  

America finally grew up and dealt with things with a little more maturity.  She doesn't spend her time whining about how unfair things are and she finally makes a decision as to what she wants and decides to fight for that choice.  

I am glad that America was able to put aside her bad feelings for Celeste and they started to become somewhat friends.  It was refreshing to see Celeste as a decent human being instead of the horrible one that she was in the first two books.  She still has issues but at least she is tolerable now.

I do think that America could have handled her relationship with Aspen so much better, especially when it came to telling Maxon about him.  There were many opportunities when she could have spoken to Maxon about the relationship and America was never brave enough to do it.  In the end, it (of course) causes a lot of unnecessary heartache.  

I thought there was a good amount of action in the book and I liked how America tied all the pieces together about who was involved with the Northern Rebels and how the Northern Rebels were so different from the Southern Rebels.  I enjoyed the new characters that were from the Northern Rebel gang.

I thought the book ended on the right note.  America gets to fight for her man (whether she gets him or not is another question) and the trouble with the Rebel groups keeps things interesting and action packed.  If you have enjoyed the other two books in the series, I think you will be happy with this one as well.

Book Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Clair Legrand

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)

But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t come out at all.

If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy

My Thoughts:  This book is the perfect book to read before Halloween!  It is a creepy book that is guaranteed to give you the shivers! 

Victoria is the perfect child.  She is obedient and very smart and ambitious.  She doesn't put up with silliness at all and because of this, Victoria really has no friends.  Victoria decides to become friends with Lawrence to "fix" him.  She doesn't realize that she is actually coming to care for Lawrence until the day Lawrence disappears.  

As Victoria tries to find out what happened to Lawrence and some of the other kids that have mysteriously disappeared from  her school, she starts to discover the mysteries of the Cavendish House for Boys and Girls.  The House is at the end of the road and although it is an orphanage, no one ever sees the children out and about.   Now Victoria has to figure out how to save Lawrence and the other children.

This book had me hooked from the very first page.  I could relate a lot to Victoria as I have the same personality (although not quite to her level).  I loved the creepy old house with its mistress and her gardner and all her creepy puppets and birds.  

Mrs.Cavendish was perfectly creepy and her house was so mysterious.  It took me a long time to figure out if her house was helping Mrs. Cavendish or helping the children.  The beetles were a great touch and the little goblin creatures were horrifying.  

If you enjoy spooky books you will honestly love this one.  The book's ending will have you wanting to find out more and leaves you with a slightly unsettled feeling.