Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June

Today's book that I just finished is called...

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June
By: Robin Benway
Recommended ages: 14 +
Rating: 4 stars!

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June
      When they move to a new town after their parents' separation, sisters April, May and June recover special powers that they had from childhood.  Powers that come in handy when dealing with the living nightmare... High school.  

The powers also help them cope with the hardest year of their lives.  But could the magic have a greater purpose?
April the oldest can see the future.  The middle-child May can literally disappear.  And the youngest, June, reads minds.  But when April sees a vision of disaster, the girls must come together to save the day or risk falling apart forever.

This book was so good I finished it in three days!  I loved the sisters' relationships with each other, some of the things they said to one another made me laugh out loud a couple of times! 
 Each of the sisters had their own unique personality that fit with their superpowers.  Like for example, April, she is very overprotective so she can see the future and help her sisters when they are in danger.  I especially liked the ending of the story it was really cute!  Another thing I  loved about this book was their names, April, May and June.  It's so cool that their names are months!  Their names also go in order of how old they are, since April comes first on the calender she is the oldest and so on with the May and June. I would definitely recommend this if you want a fast-paced book that will make you laugh out loud! 

-Alyssa :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Max Quick The Pocket And The Pendant

Today I finished a great book called...

Max Quick The Pocket and the Pendant
By: Mark Jeffrey
Recommended Ages: 11 +
Rating: 4 stars!

Max Quick is a pickpocket, an orphan and a thief.  Even so, nothing about him seems particularly special...until one day when time mysteriously stops.  Suddenly, nearly everyone in the world is frozen in time-except for Max.   
Now Max must journey across America to find the source of the Time stop.  Along the way, he meets others who aren't suspended in time, like Casey, a girl who's never been on her own until now.  Together, as they search for the cause of this disaster, Max and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, magic books, and clues to the riddle of stopped time.  But relentless and mysterious villains are hot on Max's heels and will do everything in their power to prevent Max from ending the Time-stop.  And the closer Max gets to the answers, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed.  Racing against a clock that no longer ticks, Max must embrace his past to save his future-and the world-from being altered forever.

I thought this book was great!  The beginning was a little slow but everything that the author says leads up to the EPIC  ending!  This book was really well thought-out and had a really, really good ending, I was so amazed by it!  It was literally just so crazy!!  I liked Max and Casey but I thought they could have been developed a little bit more.  All in all this was a great book and I'd definitely recommend it if you want a quick, but thought-provoking read!

-Alyssa :)