The first book I read in March was We are all made of molecules by Susin Nielson.
I thought that this book had a wonderful story. It’s about a boy named Stewart, in grade eight, who a couple years after his mom died, moved in with his Dad’s girlfriend and her daughter, Ashley. Ashley does not like the idea of living with Stewart or his father but worst of all is that she has to share some grade 9 classes with him since he’s some genius prodigy. Stewart on the other hand, loves the idea of his dad moving on and being able to have a family again. Ashley also has a few problems herself though, one of them being that her dad is gay and her super hot and popular boyfriend, Jared, is starting to get a bit creepy. After a New Year’s Eve get together turns into a party disaster that is hosted by Stewart and Ashley while their parents are away, everything starts to fall downhill. Though Ashley’s starting to warm up to the idea of living with Stewart, her boyfriend turns out to be some creepy guy and all of her friends are turning on her. Jared and Stewart were becoming friends due to their relationships with Ashley, but when Ashley finds out about Jared, Stewart isn’t too pleased with him anymore and being the school mascot, he does something he is both proud and ashamed of. In the end, Stewart and Ashley become a lot closer and things start to fix themselves. Ashley starts making new friends and Stewart is happy. Ashley surprises Stewart with an amazing protection squad against Jared.
I don’t want to giveaway too much so you’ll have to read it yourself if you’d like to find out what happens in the end.
Overall I thought this was a very well written book and encourage many contemporary readers to pick it up!
Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
The second book I read was The dogs by Allan Stratton.
This book is about a boy named Cameron who loves with his mom. They are always on the run from his creepy dad, and constantly moving as soon as they find out that he’s found out where they live. Cameron doesn’t know why his dad is so bad, but his mom keeps telling them that he’ll know when he’s older.
Cameron and his mom end up moving to an old farmhouse outside of a small town. The house is rundown, and in the middle of nowhere. Cameron finds it creepy that there’s a coalroom with lines counting the days on the wall. Also the fact that the attic is sealed up..
When Cameron gets on the bus the first day of school, some of the kids start trading him about The dogs. Later he finds out that something bad happened between the old owner of his house and his guard dogs, also his son and wife.
After looking into it, Cameron believes that the father killed his wife and son but while he’s investigating he gets into a bit of trouble.
Cameron starts talking to a boy named Jacky, after seeing him in the barn and out in the clearing. Only thing is… Jacky has been dead for many years. Cameron is afraid of Jacku at first but then starts to become friends with him. Meanwhile his mom is becoming very close with her boss, who’s been staying at they’re house to protect them.
Later on Cameron starts calling his dad, which he’s knows he shouldn’t do, but his number is blocked so he can’t be traced. Only his father still finds him, and comes to take him away from his mother. On the phone his dad seemed nice, but that’s not the case.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next, but if I say, I would be giving the whole book away…
I would definitely recommend this book. It’s a bit on the scarier side and though I’m not one to read horror books, I absolutely loved this one!
Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The third book I read was Walking home by Eric Walters.
I’m not going to say much about this book but here’s a quick synopsis.
This book is about a 13 year old boy named and his 7 year old sister and their journey to find their mothers hometown and family. After all of the violence in Eldoret, their hometown, their father was killed and shortly after, heir mother dies of Malaria. The two start on their long journey to Kikima, their mothers hometown in hope of finding their family and staying together. After fleeing the night before they were being sent to separate orphanages, they run into some trouble on the roads, but it always passes. Most of their journey was spent walking but with some help of an old Kamba story and fellow Kikuyu tribe members, they make it to Kikima. Their journey lasted about six days, and finally payed off when they met their uncle in Kikima. Meeting their uncle soon led to meeting their grandparents and cousins which then led to the shelter of their new home with their family.
It took me a while to finish this book and a couple of times I considered putting it down but I kept pushing through it. The ending was truly the only part I really enjoyed but I still thought that the whole story and meaning of this book was beautiful. I don’t read this type of book very often so that may come into play a bit but I still did not enjoy it very much and wouldn’t reccomend it.
Rating: 2/5 ⭐️⭐️
The fourth book I read was Uncerain soldier by Karen Bass.
I’m not even going to summarize this book because it truly was terrible.
Here is the back if you’d like to read it…
The only reason I did not put this book down was because I am reading it for The forest of reading program at school. (If you are unsure of what that is see my blogpost on The Forest of reading…)
I read this book in less than six hours because I just wanted to get it done and over with but right from the beginning all the way to the end I honestly never enjoyed any part of it.
It pains me to do this but I rate it 0/5 stars…
The fifth book I read in March was Thirty five and a half conspiracies by Denise Grover Swank.
This is the latest published book in a series so instead of giving you a synopsis of this book I decided to give you a synopsis of the first book in this series so it’s not quite as confusing.
The first book is about a twenty four year old girl named Rose that is a bit peculiar. She may seem an ordinary girl but rose often gets visions of something that’s going to happen in the near future to the person she is closest. Though having visions may not seem like a big deal, Rose always blurts out what she saw as soon as the vision has passed and she has no way of stopping herself. Most people in her small town—Henryetta— in Fenton county don’t mind that she’s telling them that they’re toilet will overflow or some other thing she saw in her vision, most just thinks she’s a bit odd. I mean, she does still live with her mother… Rose has never seen herself in a vision before but when she sees herself dead, she starts to get worried. Instead, she finds her momma dead on the sofa when she returns home and is convinced it was supposed to be her. She’s never had a great childhood, due to the fact that her momma thought she was too unusual and would lock her in dark closets when she had visions, but the town of Henryetta is convinced that she had murdered her own mother. After being released from her mothers care, Rose realizes she has wasted her whole life living under her momma’s rules. She makes a list of twenty eight things that she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true and she winds up dead, but some of her tasks seem just a little to hard to complete… Joe, Roses new neighbour decides to help her with her list but won’t help with number 15—Do more with a man—but she soon finds out that Joe has some secrets of his own. When Roses house is broken into and another person she knows is murdered, Rose realizes that someone thinks she has something of theirs and will do anything to get it. The only problem is, she doesn’t know what they want or who wants it but she has a few people she thinks have something to do with it—Joe included.
This book was so amazing! It sent me through a roller coaster of emotions and I absolutely loved it! This is the latest published book of the Rose Gardner Mysteries which I’ve loved every single book of! I mentioned this series in my Underated books I recommend blog post if you’d like to learn more about it.
Basically this book had a bit of everything I needed in it! There was romance, heartbreak, betrayal, loyalty, mystery, and not to mention amazing characters! Denise Swank is one of my favourite authors and I will definitely be picking up more of her books!
Overall I wouldn’t ever give this book less than 5/5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The next book I read was Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
This is the second book to Red Queen, so iim not going to go into a description for this one since I know some people wouldn’t understand it if they haven’t read the first book.. But if you haven’t read Glass Sword yet, don’t read my review below because of spoilers! I don’t think I really gave away too much but just read the rating if your afraid of me ruining the book…😁
Oh my god was this book ever slow! I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy but it took so long to get into it.the book started off with an exciting chapter and then went to not quite as exciting things for the next five. I felt like this went on throughout the whole book..
Basically the whole time they were searching for the people on the list, and though that was interesting, I feel that the first book had a lot more action in it. I do love the new characters in this novel s well as the old ones.. I also really love the relationship between Cal and Mare! They are so adorable! I also really really really really really loved the end of this book!
The next book I read was The Cat At The Wall by Deborah Ellis…
This book is kind of hard to explain but it’s about a girl named Clare who died at the age of thirteen. She was reencarnated as a cat and woke up somewhere across the worldSShe ends up in a place where there is war and conflict and she has to fight for food. Clare never really though about trying to find a family to take care of her but when she wanders into a house with some Israeli soldiers, she meets a young boy and grows to love him and the soldiers. The book switches back and forth between her first and second life, between cat and girl. When she’s a girl she mainly talks about one of her teachers, and how she got many detentions . In those detentions she would have to write out a 17 line discipline poem and I guess in the end tt did reache her something.
Overall I thought this book had a really good story and it was a less harsh way to tell of war. Some parts were sad and some parts were sweet but I think that this Novell is a great middle school read.
Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
The with book I read in March was Gilded by Christina Farley.
The back of the book pretty much explains it perfectly so here it is:
Sixteen year old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, deadly proclivity with steel tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenge will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean Grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demigod,haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.
But that’s not Jaes only problem.
There’s also Marc.Iirresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barrier around Jaes heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. but Mbrc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jaes been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always wanted.
First of all, isn’t this cover just gorgeous A. Secondly, this book was AMAZING!
The characters in it are just so perfect, especially Marc and Jae! The bit of romance in it is so amazing because it ties in with sacrifice and the fantasy in this book! Speaking of fantasy, Haemosu and the other Korean mythological creatures are just so amazing! Also after reading this book, I am in love with Korea!
Overall I thought this book was so amazing and I’m definitely going to be picking up the second and third book in this series!
Rating: 5/5 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️