Heather's books

Sarah's Key
Room
Rainwater
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Glad to see a nonfiction novel making the Teens' Top Ten nominees

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

We Should Hang Out Sometime

By: John Sunderquist

Genre: YA autobiography

Pages: 336

Published: 2014

Read: July

4 out of 5

I don’t understand why authors of  nonfiction books feel the need to constantly repeat themselves. Sunderquist mentions how is prosthetic leg works in almost every other chapter…I heard him the first time. Whenever authors repeat something numerous times I feel they are using it as a page filler to make story longer. However (and this is a big however), Sunderquist’s story is hilarious and very entertaining. I was glad to see a nonfiction book make the Teens’ Top Ten nominations and believe it was well deserved. As a person with a disability I completely understand the embarrassing, but sometimes even funny to me moments that can happen. I also felt for Josh on how his disability can affect all his relationships even if unwilling to see it himself. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A 2015 Teens' Top Ten nominee - A mystery

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
















Don’t Look Back

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA fiction/mystery

Pages: 384

Published: 2014

Read: July

4 out of 5

It is a complete coincidence, which made it a completely confusing time, when I choose to read this book and listen to We were Liars by E. Lockhart at the same time. They are so similar – an accident, memory loss, discovery of what happened after accident and why no one wants the protagonist to regain her memory. AND they were both published in 2014. However, Don’t Look Back is much better written and more entertaining. It well deserves a place in the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten nominees. I definitely felt Sam’s disorientation and cheered for her’s and Carter’s relationship. Whereas in, We were Liars, I don’t feel as connected to the characters, relationships and therefore story itself.  Armentrout has a way of writing that makes all the characters look guilty and still not have story be unbelievable. When you think you figured it out, there is another twist and turn. I’m looking forward to reading more of the nominees and seeing how they compare to this one. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Similar to Mean Girls, the movie..

Gone Too Far

Gone Too Far

By: Natalie D. Richards

Genre: YA fiction/mystery

Pages: 304

Published: 2015

Read: February

4 out of 5


I have read both of Richard’s books. Her first one, Six Months Later, was nominated for the teens’ top ten award in 2014. This one reminded of the movie, Mean Girls (2004).  There is a notebook with pictures and schoolmates’ secrets, lots of blackmailing and horrible tricks played by all. The mystery is...who is the owner of the notebook? Who is playing these horrible humiliating acts on their peers?  This book is more realistic fiction that Six Months Later, but still seems a little over the top. However, I haven’t been a teen for many years so maybe things have gotten more out of control, sophisticated and crueler.

My favorite childhood book

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret

By: Judy Blume

Genre: Juvenile fiction

Pages: 149

Published: 1986

Audiobook: 3 cd’s (3 hours 9 mins)

Read: February

5 out of 5


This is my all-time favorite pre-teen book. I read it at least 11 times in two years! I guess you could say I was a little obsessed with getting boobs, my period, and boys. I will never forget “We must, we must increase our bust” and will even admit to practicing a times. This was my first time reading it as an adult and I did enjoy the audio version. I also discovered that the story itself involved more than just Margaret’s physically growing up. Margaret struggles with her religious views because she was raised with no beliefs since her parents have different backgrounds. I did not remember this at all. This book will always hold fond memories for me.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Judy Blume = GREAT READS

Summer Sisters

Summer Sisters

By: Judy Blume

Genre: Adult Fiction

Pages: 416

Published: 2006

Read: February

5 out of 5


I forgot how much I loved this book. It is such a quick, easy read that I thought maybe I wouldn’t enjoy as much. However, it brought me back to my younger days and I was completely sucked in again. As a 4th and 5th grade, I read Judy Blume’s Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, about 11 times. It still is my all-time favorite book, if for no other reason than the memories. Summer Sisters is the high school, college, and beyond story of those Margaret, Nancy, etc. to me. Both are coming-of-age stories about growing up, girlfriends, and love. If as a little girl you were a fan of Judy Blume, I highly recommend Summer Sisters and prepare to reminisce. 

An historical fantasy book...

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
Grave Mercy

By: Robin LaFevers

Genre: YA historical fiction/fantasy

Pages: 549

Published: 2012

Read: February

4 out of 5


Ismae’s story is captivating from the very beginning, but did lose me as it continued. Lafevers includes WAY too many characters in the story, which is probably why she starts with a list of characters. I felt I would have been able to grasp and enjoy the story more if there were only half the number of characters. It’s not that all those characters were meaningless, but they weren’t so essential that without them I would have found the story more enjoyable. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, which is the stories of Sybella and Annith, both fellow covent sisters of Ismae. However, I still found the story VERY captivating and intriguing, so 4 stars it is. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

A great read about undocumented immigrants

Land of Careful Shadows (Jimmy Vega Mystery, #1)

The Land of Careful Shadows

By: Suzanne Chazin

Genre: Adult fiction/Multicultural

Pages: 352

Published: 2014

Read: February

4 out of 5


This book was recommended to me by the author herself when she read how much I enjoyed The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Although both are unique in their plots, they both deal with undocumented, or illegal, immigrants.  Careful Shadows is about a Latino homicide detective’s murder case that may or may not involve illegal immigrants. The story captured my attention immediately, but I did find it pretty predictable and the love connection between, Jimmy Vega and Adele Figueroa, an immigrants’ rights activist, felt forced. It is as though it was an afterthought, just to add romance to the story. While I enjoyed Unknown Americans more, I definitely was sucked into this storyline and look forward to reading the next in series.