Sai’s review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

22840421To generally start off, the genre of this book is romance. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger suggested by the man who is at the right hand of Jane’s cousin, King Edward (the king must get someone ready for the throne because he is sick and about to die). However, there is also a conspiracy that people trying to rob him of his throne. Unfortunately, right after Jane’s marriage there are rumors in the country that the King is dead. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. Unless…

I would recommend this book to a person who is interested in revenge, adventure, and romance. I would recommend this book to someone who is willing to dedicate their time to read it thoroughly. Even though there are detailed details on very page, every page kept me going. I have finished this thick book in a matter of two days! It’s really good!

Sai rates this book 5/5

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalA Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is set in the Faery world that is separated from the mortal worlds by a wall. The main character Feyre (Fey-ruh), a huntress whose family is struck by poverty kills a Faery wolf. Later, Tamlin, a High Fae returns for retribution. Feyre not only breaks the treaty between Faeries and the humans but she also kills Tamlin’s closest friend who happened to be in a wolf form. When she is taken to Tamlin’s mansion in the Faery world, her hate for Tamlin and his people changes when she finds herself in love with him. This is the first book of a Trilogy followed by A court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruins, which will be out in May.

I really like this book even though the main character is not as cool as Celaena from the Throne of Glass series (Maas’s other book series) I found myself liking the setting and Maas’s writing. Her character development is exceptional and her world building is phenomenal. The only negative thing about this book for some people is that it is very violent and does contain adult content. Other than that, anyone above the age of 15 can read it.

This reviewer gives this book a 5/5

Alicia’s review of The Rose Society (Young Elites book #2) by Marie Lu

512bflulfz5l-_sy344_bo1204203200_“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.” Adelina Amouteru has the ability to create different types of illusions, including the illusion of pain. These powers are fed by fear and hate and have started to grow out of control. After being turned away by everyone she cared about, she does not trust anyone and has grown a bitter, dark heart. Adelina tries to destroy the Inquisition Axis, the people who tried to kill her, while struggling to find the good in herself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fast-paced, dark fantasy novels. This was unlike any book I have ever read before, and it was an exhilarating ride! But beware, Adelina is not the heroine of the story; instead, she is the anti-hero fueled by anger and hate. Yet, the reader is able to sympathize with her journey and hope the best for her.

Alicia rates this book 5/5

Surya’s review of Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

love-and-gelatoThis book is about high school student Lina who makes an unexpected move to Italy, to live with the father she never met. All she wants to do is go back home to the US, but then she reads one of her mother’s journals, uncovering mysteries about her mother’s life in Italy and her father’s strange past. She and her friend Ren travel to the stunning city of Florence, and find the answers to her burning questions about her parents’ love – as well as exploring her own.

I would highly recommend this book to students grades 9 and above. It is a thrilling modern day love story, set in one of the most beautiful, romantic, and historic cities in the world. This novel was charming, exciting, and bittersweet – I couldn’t put it down! Every chapter leaves you wanting to read more. If you want an exhilarating novel where love is an escapade all on its own, then this book is definitely for you.

Surya rates this book 4/5

Review of Boost by Kathy Mackel

41v3dmn22bwl-_sx330_bo1204203200_Savvy has an older sister called Callie and is a freshman cheerleader. They both need to boost their game to earn their position. Callie is too heavy to be flier and Savvy is too skinny to be a basketball player. Therefore, both of them need to work hard to get into action and off the bench. But then, steroids were found in Savvy’s gym bag, which ruins her accountability and respect. People on the team start accusing others and no one knows who is telling the truth. Savvy knows she didn’t put it in her bag and the book tells you who actually puts the steroids in Savvy’s bag. Therefore, in competitive sports, no one should be allowed to boost their game up by cheating.

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys basketball and other sports. Basketball players find this book interesting because of the intense games that Savvy has and what happens when players are accused of taking steroids.

Rated 4/5

Alicia’s review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

8490112Karou, a girl with magical blue hair, is mysterious–she draws monsters and seemingly fantastical creatures, disappears on mysterious “errands”, and speaks many languages. She actually collects teeth and items for Brimstone, her father-like figure who is not what he claims to be. However, black hand prints are appearing around the world, including on Brimstone’s doorway. What is happening? Karou also does not know who she is; she has no memory of life before Brimstone. When Akiva sets his sights on Karou, they begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding the fantastical world. Who is Karou and why is she related to these creatures?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and magical elements in a story. Laini Taylor has a way with words, and her writing is flowy and beautiful. Taylor is also very creative when coming up with these unique monsters and creatures.

Alicia rates this book 5/5

Joshua’s review of The Titled Americans by Elisabeth Kehoe

51edxpxgj8l-_sx330_bo1204203200_The Titled Americans follows the life of three American sisters who use their wealth to marry into British nobility. Yet, due to lavish partying and high expenses, they were almost always short of cash (aka: terrible credit score). Their stories parallel to the larger movement of the time, in which many recently wealthy Americans wanted to add a title to their name.

If you’re a history buff (like me), this is a book you’ll want to read. It analyzes a trend that typically gets little attention. Whereas World Wars and international crises are the focal points to countless writings and papers, the American urge to marry into nobility is something that many do not know about. I will note that while the analysis to very thorough, the language is rather dry.

Joshua rates this book 3.5/5