Tag Archives: murder

The Casquette Girls, Book Trailer

20 Nov

The Good Girls, Review

28 Sep

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard (sequel to The Perfectionists)

Plot: Where we last left off, Julie, Parker, Ava, Mackenzie, and Caitlin suspected their teacher, Mr. Granger, of being involved in the death of their classmate Nolan Hotchkiss. The girls had played a prank on Nolan who later ended up dead, though not by their doing. This book revolves around the girls trying to clear their name, which is made more difficult as more people they know end up dead. Suspicions are raised; are the girls now starting to suspect each other?

Would you recommend this book? Yes. There was a major plot twist close to the end that I was not expecting at all. It made me want to go back and reread the first book as well as the second book to see how I missed it. Perfect for fans of mystery and suspense. The ending is also set up for another book, should the author wish to continue the series.

5 stars

–Jen

The Good Girls, Book Trailer

25 Sep

Copper Sun, Review

17 Aug

Copper Sun by Sharon M Draper

Plot: This is the story of Amari, a young African girl captured and sold by slave traders, is kept as a “gift” to the plantation owner’s son, and eventually escapes to her freedom. The story opens in Amari’s tribal village, and I had a very difficult time knowing in what time period the story was set, as the village seemed timeless. I had a difficult time trying to understand what it must have been like for Amari to watch her family be slaughtered, and then to be captured and sent away to a new world on a ship. One scene from the book that made an impression on me was when Amari was forced out of the holding cell at Cape Castle and ends up in the bright daylight on the shore. In the middle of a horrible ordeal, Amari still is overcome by the vast beauty of the ocean, saying “…nothing could have prepared her for water so blue, so beautiful, so never ending” (Draper, 2006). Once I read this, I knew Amari would be a survivor, because she was able to find beauty in the world, despite her circumstances. This was reinforced at the end of the novel when Amari has hope for her (and her baby’s) future, despite the circumstances that brought them there. One other factor that had an impact on me was the importance of a name. Amari must reluctantly respond to the name given to her by her owner; however, as soon as she is free, she reverts back to her given name. In addition, I did learn something new when reading this book: I was not aware of the sanctuary provided by Fort Mose for people of all colors and backgrounds. It took me longer than expected to get into this book; however, when I did, I was really taken in by the story. It’s obvious that Draper wants readers to be aware of the cruel treatment of the slaves and the hardships that had to be endured. However, Draper also touches on the role of women during the time period as well, and provides a broad look at their roles through the characters of Polly (the indentured servant) and Mrs. Derby (the plantation owner’s wife). This book provides an interesting look at pre-Revolutionary War slavery from a slightly different perspective, which is refreshing, honest, and effective.

Would you recommend this book? Yes

4 stars

–Lisa

The Perfectionists, Book Trailer

17 Jul

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Review

13 Apr

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Plot: Will “Hamburger” Halpin is the new kid in school, which is hard when you’ve only ever been in a special school for deaf students. He doesn’t stand much of a chance of being popular, especially since the only other student who even tries to talk to him is low-man-on-the-social-totem-pole Devon Smiley. Will’s class begins a new unit on coal mining, and takes a trip to a local coal mine. While there, the star of the high school football team plunges to his death down the mineshaft – and the police think he was pushed! Will discovers that his lip-reading skills are very handy when trying to solve a murder mystery. Who killed Pat Chambers? Was it the flirty math teacher, Miss Prefontaine? The beautiful cheerleader? The snobby rich girl? The pot-smoking bus driver?
Will, Devon, and some other friends set out to solve the murder mystery, and uncover some very interesting secrets in the process – including one that hits Will pretty close to home.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It had a really interesting mix of comedy and mystery, and the main character is very unique.

4 stars

–Lisa

The Perfectionists, Review

28 Jan

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Plot: This is a new book by the author of the Pretty Little Liars, and it is definitely set up for a series or at least a sequel. This book revolves around five girls (sound familiar?) who are not really friends, but end up thrown together for a school project and involved in some potential wrongdoing at a party.

Mackenzie, Parker, Ava, Julie and Caitlin all share a dislike for the popular Nolan Hotchkiss (well, most of the school dislikes him, really.) They jokingly plot his murder, but when he turns up dead in the exact same way they talked about, will they get pinned for it? Or is somebody out to get them?

Would you recommend this book? Yes. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and a lot of secrets not revealed to the reader right away, but after I was able to wrap my head around all of that and keep it straight, it was just as enjoyable of a read as the Pretty Little Liars series.

4 stars

–Jen