The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped PajamasSynopsis: This story takes place in 1942 Germany. Bruno’s father receives a promotion within the German military and the family is forced to move to accommodate his new position. Eight year old Bruno does not like this move because he left all he knew behind. His friends, grandparents, and his beloved town are all far away. The new home is nothing like his old one. Everything is of less quality. There are no children near by from him to play with. Over time, he explores the house and the surrounding woods. During one adventure, he reaches the fence he can see from his bedroom window. As luck would have it, someone is near the fence on the other side. A chance encounter changes their lives. A unknown (to the boys) forbidden friendship is born between a son of a Nazi officer and a Jewish boy.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: First, I saw the movie and thought it was really interesting. When I found out it was based off a book, I knew I had to read it. I believe this is considered a children’s book, even though the ideas and what is going on is very serious. It is told from eight year old Bruno’s point of view. He sees things that he does not understand, but we as readers probably do. This is an excellent story to illustrate that children do not have the same views of the world as adults. When Bruno sees Shmuel, he sees a boy just like himself. For the most part, the movie follows the book fairly well. However, the ending in the book is different. I like the ending in the movie much better. The same thing happened basically, but the reactions from the parents and his sister are … melodramatic.

Read September 17, 2012 — September 25, 2012

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host

Synopsis: The Earth has been invaded by an extraterrestrial species. However, this invasion is different than one might think. At first, no one knows they are actually beginning invaded. The aliens are taking over people’s bodies and shutting off their minds. Melanie Stryder and her younger brother are a part of the few human left, but not for long. She is captured and become a host. However, Melanie still fights. Wanderer, the invading “soul”, is filled with visions of a back she has never meet and emotions she is not used to having. Together they search for a man they have both fallen for.

5 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Ugh. My synopsis does not do justice for this book. First, I started reading this book because CK recommended it. I already liked Twilight, but for some reason I tried to stay away from books from the same author. I have learned my lesson with this book. I wasn’t too sure if I would like this huge book. I bought the Kindle edition because I saw how big CK’s paperback edition was. I love a lot of the characters. It is a very interesting romance story. I am so glad my favorite character (I’m keeping it a secret because of spoilers) was able to find his happy ending. I am hoping that Stephenie Meyer will continue on and make this a series. I have hear and read several rumors, but I am not sure. I just really, really want the series to continue.

Read August 2, 2012 — August 19, 2012

I Am Number Four: Eight’s Origin by Pittacus Lore

Eight's Origin

Synopsis: This is a very short telling of Eight’s life. This is similar to the novellas, but much shorter.

My Thoughts: This is a bonus, available on the I Am Number Four website. There are only eleven pages, but it is still worth reading. So far, there is little information available on Eight, so this is nice.

4 stars
Read September 13, 2012

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The Fallen Legacies by Pittacus Lore

The Fallen Legacies

Synopsis: This novella sheds light on the fallen Garde, Number One through Three. The two main characters in this book are very surprising. Two people that you would never thought would be telling the story. I can’t say much more than that without slipping out a spoiler.

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I LOVE the main character. He probably my favorite character in the whole series. Once again, you will be able to gain a better understanding on what is going on with the big picture in these shared series. I not including a lot of information because I want you to surprised like I was.

5 stars

Read July 24, 2012 — July 27, 2012

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Nine’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore

Nine's LegacySynopsis: This novella goes through Nine’s history in more detail. Probably starting around the same time in his life as Six’s. You are able to see what his Cepan is like and how they lived before things became worse.

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My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files series. I thought it was interesting that this group lived so different from all of the other known Garde and Cepan. You can gain a better understanding of why Nine acts the way he is.

4 stars

Read July 19, 2012 — July 21, 2012

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Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore

Six's LegacySynopsis: As the title suggests, this book is about Six. It goes into her past, when she was growing up and training with her Cepan, Katrina. It is told from her point of view and gets us a glimpse into her thoughts.

4 starsRead Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts:  This is the first volume of The Lost Files novellas. I actually love this series because it explains more of some times than in the main series. This novella is available by itself on Kindle and iBooks but there is an omnibus version with the first, second and third novella available in print (called I Am Number Four: The Lost Files The Legacies).

Read June 27, 2012

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The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

The Rise of Nine

Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I’d been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we’re looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.

But they’ll have to fight us first.

— From the I Am Number Four website

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Book three in the series. This book came out on the first of one of my semesters, so I didn’t have all the time I wanted to read it. I had to use the blurb again for the same reason as before. Hopefully, I won’t have to do it again. I am to do a good review. My review on goodreads doesn’t help much (not a whole lot there). I might have to reread the whole series when the next book finally comes out.

Read August 21, 2012 — September 16, 2012

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The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six

I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.
And I’m ready to fight.

— From the I Am Number Four website

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: Volume two of this awesome series. I had to use the blurb because I can’t remember where the book started and ended. There is just so much action and different things happening all at once. Also, it has been a while since I have read this one. I might do a better review if I re-read it. Once again, this is one of my favorite series. I believe this one ended with a huge cliffhanger.

Read June 27, 2012 — July 19, 2012

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number FourSynopsis: There were nine of them. They are one the run. They have to survive. They are able to stay in hiding for a while. They have to be killed in numerical order. One through three are dead. Number Four is next.

4 stars

Read Via: iBook on iPad (own it)

My Thoughts: This series will probably be really hard form me to review until I catch up with the newest books. This is one of my favorite series.  It will be hard not to included information I know from the other novels and novellas. I love (most) of the characters. Pittacus Lore pseudonym, by the way. Also there is a character within the story by the same name, so don’t get too confused. There is a movie, which I watched first and what get me interested. However, as in most cases the book is so much better.

Read June 24, 2012 — June 26, 2012

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Synopsis: The world is very different in the year 2044. Society has been declining for years. Things are not that great. This is very little space left. Electric and fuel are hard to come by. There is only few ways to enjoy life during this time. The OASIS, is that the time of that list. Its a virtual world where anyone can be anything. Not only can it be used for entertain but also for education. Wade Watts, the main character, escapes to this world everyday in search for an egg, a prize. Inside OASIS the creator, James Halliday, has hidden the grand prize, which is his entire fortune before his death. Millions are searching with clues Halliday has left behind.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was unsure about this book at first. Wade is easy to like. You root for him. If you were growing up in the 1980’s (I believe) you might be able to enjoy it more than I. There were a lot of references from that time period. I did not know or understand a lot of those because I grew up in the 1990’s. It was still very good.

Read June 19, 2012 — June 23, 2012