Cassandra’s Book Review: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson takes place after the awesome Mistborn trilogy. The main character, Waxillium Ladrian, returns from the dusty Roughs ( a place that is similar to the frontier in America during the late 1800s) to the busy city of Elendel where he must take his place as a prominent house lord. Even so, Waxillium finds it hard to adjust to the life of a nobleman, and he desires for an adventure. He soon finds out that Elendel is packed with mysteries of its own. In Elendel, a series of robberies and kidnappings pull Waxillium, his sidekick Wayne, and the young Marasi into a intriguing mystery that they must solve before the entire city is thrown into chaos.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and mystery. The Alloy of Law is packed with plot twists and funny moments. The book might also fit people who like steam punk, because the story takes place during the “industrial revolution”. Either way, the Alloy of Law will suit anyone who just wants a fun read.

Cassandra Rates this book 5/5 stars.



Nikita’s Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

A 17-year-old girl name Lucinda falls for Daniel, at her new school, Sword & Cross. She soon finds out that Daniel and her are meant to be; they’re soulmates. Daniel is a fallen angel and he and Lucinda have been together in many lifetimes prior to this one. As another fallen angel at the school catches Lucinda, Daniel starts becoming protective of her. But Lucinda isn’t satisfied with how things are turning out and is determined to find out the whole truth for herself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes any other novels by Lauren Kate and fantasy lovers, especially those who enjoy Biblical stories. This book really delves into fallen angels and their connections to mortals. This book and the rest of the series also delves into any Biblical connections that fallen angels have as well.

Nikita rates this book 4/5 stars.

Michelle’s Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden tells the story of the Trask family, beginning with the patriarch, Cyrus and going all the way down to his grandchildren, Cal and Aron Trask. The book primarily deals with the decision to choose between good and evil, rejection of love from the ones one cares for most, and the power of wealth and riches in society. Each character has a complicated backstory that explains the way they act and contributes to the overarching message that it is possible for one to break out of their predetermined future and choose to do good in the world.

I would recommend this book to all audiences because many people can relate to some of the conflicts that the characters go through. Emotions like empathy, pity, and compassion will arise throughout the story.

Rated 5/5 by Michelle

Mehek’s book review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

burn-for-burn-9781442440760_hrBurn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian is about three girls named Mary, Kat and Lillia.  Lillia is popular, Kat is the rebel, and Mary is practically invisible at school.  Mary was hurt by Reeve Tabatsky, the school’s best football player; he called her “Big Easy” because of her weight and she had a crush on him.  So she, Lillia and Kat team up to avenge Mary’s hurt.  The plan is to make Reeve fall in love with her, and then dump him so he’ll learn a lesson, but there are complications along the way.

This is the second book in a series, but I hadn’t read the first one.  This book gave enough background information me to enjoy it though, and I like the perspectives of Lillia and Kat in particular; I didn’t enjoy Mary’s perspective as much.  I look forward to reading Ashes to Ashes (the third book) and maybe Fire with Fire (book one).

Anyone looking for a good chick-lit novel might enjoy this book — it didn’t remind me of another book or movie.

Mehek rated this book 3.7/5 stars.

Mehek’s Book Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

16068780The Jewel is about a girl named Violet who is a surrogate.  Surrogates have special abilities, so they are raised away from their families, and then sold to wealthy women in the famed Jewel.  The women of the Jewel can’t have kids so they have children through their surrogate.  Violet soon learns that the Jewel isn’t just nice dresses and money, and some people will kill to have their way.

I loved how original the plot was and how the characters were 3D and developed through the story.  I’m looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, The White Rose.

Anyone who enjoys dystopian novels might enjoy The Jewel.  The plot is extremely original and doesn’t remind me of another book/movie.

Mehek rates this book 4/5 stars.

Nathan’s Book Review: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Sam-I-Am is a terribly annoying pest who tries to persuade the main character to eat from his plate, which has green eggs and green ham, presumably shaded with the help of food coloring. The main character does not want to eat the food, but Sam-I-Am keeps bothering him, pushing him to wit’s end. Finally, the main character explodes and takes a bite of the green eggs and ham, and, much to his surprise, he enjoys the taste of the dish. This is a clear allegorical piece meant to represent the mid-1900s civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the pro-minority community kept pushing equal racial rights to legislators and white supremacists, finally succeeding. This parallels Sam-I-Am’s struggle to communicate the positive aspects of green eggs and ham to the main character.

I would recommend this to elementary-school-and-below readers, as it is for readers at their reading level and is extremely beneficial to their initial development in reading comprehension. Not too challenging and not too easy for young children, this is a perfect pick.

Rated 3/5 by Nathan

Nikita’s Book Review– Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother’s Life with a Daughter’s Anorexia

Clare Dunkle is the mother of two teenage daughters, has a loving husband, and a successful career as a novelist. One of her daughters is diagnosed with depression and resists help from her mother. Shortly after she runs away, her other daughter is diagnose anorexia nervosa. Dunkle spends her time looking for the best diagnosis and treatment for daughter while travelling between the States and Germany.

I would not recommend this book to anyone because it does not approach or describe anorexia nervosa properly. While this is a memoir, this book is the perfect example on what not to do if someone close to you is affected by this or any other disease. While Dunkle misses some of the early signs of anorexia, even as her daughter is diagnosed, she continues to ignore those signs, justifying it with other reasons. Overall, Dunkle conveys her experience honestly, but she also outlines her mistakes just as honestly.

Nikita rates this book .5/5 stars.