Tag Archives: mystery

Allegiant, Movie Trailer

31 Mar

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, Review

30 Mar

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Plot: In this sequel, Kyle and his teammates are back again to compete in Mr. Lemoncello’s first-ever Library Olympics! This time teams from all across America have been invited to compete–but throughout the course of the games it is discovered that some books are missing. Is somebody trying to censor what books are allowed in the library? All the teams must band together to solve mysteries, riddles and puzzles and get to the bottom of this issue. Can they do it in time before Mr. Lemoncello decides to give up on the library?

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars


We Were Liars, Review

12 Oct

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Plot: The Sinclair family is an affluent old-money family who spends their summers on their private island in Massachusetts. From the outside, they appear to be perfect; however, we all know that can’t possibly be the truth. This is their story – of how they spend their summers, of the bonds that tie them together, and the lies which tear them apart. And that’s all I can say about the plot without giving entirely too much away. If you haven’t read this book, you’ll want to have a somewhat clean slate going into it (although I had the same feeling reading this one as I did reading Gone Girl – I knew that there was more going on than it appears, and I knew it wasn’t going to end well for at least one of the characters). This was a quick read, and an interesting look inside an old, established family. It took me a while to see where the author was taking this book, and then I was hooked. There’s family drama, romance, and mystery – this book is pretty sure to please a variety of readers. Where the ending was not totally shocking to me, I can see where some people will be blown away by it. I would certainly pick up another book by Lockhart to at least compare writing styles and topics.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars


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


The Accident Season, Book Trailer

12 Sep

If the Witness Lied, Review

13 Jul

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

Plot: This book relies heavily on technology throughout the book. In the first chapter, Jack discusses “that television is a force in destroying his family,” and there are many more references to the negative effect being in the media spotlight has on Jack and Tris. However, Aunt Cheryl has a much different view of television, watching programs regularly with almost a religious zeal. Her adoration of television and media ultimately leads her to arrange for Tris to become the focus of a reality show. The interaction with the television crew serves as an immediate conflict for Jack, who struggles to protect Tris from further media exposure.

In addition to television, texting is also a featured technology, with Jack and his sisters Madison and Smithy using texts as their primary means of communication. Also crucial to the plot are the cell phone photographs retrieved from Jack’s deceased father’s cell phone, which reveals to Jack and Madison some important information about Aunt Cheryl. Finally, technology is used to help bring resolution to the story, when Jack’s grandparents arrive suddenly on the scene to help the children. Nonny says to Jack, “Darling, this isn’t the eighteenth century” showing that technology makes communication easy, despite the circumstances.

Would you recommend this book? Yes and no. I have read other books by Cooney, and have enjoyed them; however, If the Witness Lied was not one of her stronger books. I felt little connection to any of the protagonists, and Aunt Cheryl came across as a caricature rather than a true villain. The plot has entirely too many holes, and Cheryl’s involvement with the children would have never happened in real life. Technology is the only means to provide any sense of plausibility in this story. The computer records, recordings, and photographic evidence are provided so that the reader will say “this must have happened this way, because there is real evidence to prove it.” Cooney’s earlier thrillers and mysteries were written when digital technologies were either undeveloped or in its infancy, and those plots worked because of the lack of technology. Perhaps Cooney forced the use of technology into her plot too much in this book.

3 stars


Ask the Dark, Book Trailer

3 Jul

Ready Player One, Book Trailer

15 May

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


Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

16 Feb

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Plot: Matt Chase, cabin boy of the airship “Aurora,” was born to fly. He feels more at home in the air than on the ground. But when an old balloonist is taken on board, raving of fantastic creatures in the sky, Matt finds he may not be the only creature born to stay aloft forever.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. Half steampunk romance, half nostalgic adventure, I knew this would be a personal favorite halfway through. The plot is solid, the dialogue witty, and the touches of fantastic realism make for quite an interesting read. What I enjoyed most, however, was the subtle symbolism and continuous themes throughout.

5 stars