Book Review: Promise by Judy Young

Hey everyone! Today I am doing a Young Teen Book Review. Young Teen books are for grades 4-8 or ages 8-14. Today’s book is Promise by Judy Young.

Name: Promise

Author: Judy Young

# of pages: 351

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5 (pretty low rating!)

Amazon Rating: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 2015

Amazon Summary:

Eleven-year-old Kaden has managed to stay under the radar for most of his life. With the exception of Kubla, a pet crow, Kaden doesn’t have any friends his own age and he’s okay with that. After all, friends can ask inconvenient questions. Questions like Why do you live with your grandmother and where is your father? Questions Kaden doesn’t want to answer. Apart from school and a few trips to town, Kaden and Gram keep to themselves, living a simple life at their cabins outside the small community of Promise. But now Kaden’s life is getting a lot more complicated. He’s starting middle school, which brings its own set of problems for a boy who doesn’t fit in. And then he learns that his father, a man he has never known, is getting out of prison and moving to Promise. After years of being the outsider at school, Kaden is given a chance to come out of his shell when Yo-Yo, a new boy, moves to the area and offers friendship. But can Kaden trust him? Will Yo-Yo be a real friend after he learns about Kaden’s father?

My Thoughts:

This book definitely had lots of twists and turns in the plot. Because of that, I couldn’t stop turning the pages! Kaden’s father Dennis is definitely an interesting character. I recommend this book to anyone! The age range is for 9-11 but I’m over 13 and really enjoyed it.


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hey everyone!! I’m so sorry I haven’t been on or posting since last weekend!! At least I have an awesome book review for you guys!!

Name: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

# of pages: 433

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh!! I fell in love with this book from the beginning. Cath and Levi are pretty much my favorite book couple ever!!! This is one of the books I can’t wait to be made into a movie. So many awesome and not so awesome things happened that bound the story together. If you haven’t read Fangirl yet, you definitely need to ASAP. I can’t say too much or I’ll seriously fangirl (no pun intended!) I recommend this book for anyone who loves drama, romance, friendship and so much more!


 If  you’ve read it,what do you think of Fangirl? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

 

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hi everyone!! It’s time for the book review I’ve been waiting for. Well, you probably have been too. This was the last Harry Potter book and I am honestly sad the series is over. It’s amazing that I was dreading to read this series at first.

Name: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

# of pages: 784

My Rating: 7.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience.


 

My Thoughts:

Dang!! This final book was not a disappointment! I can promise that there’s no spoilers in this. Because of no spoilers, I can’t say much. During the first chapter a ton already had happened. J.K. Rowling made sure the readers were twisting and turning down a mysterious path throughout the whole book. One part that really got me was the “19 Years Later” part. I am so excited to see movies 2-7 pt 1 and 2. I rated this book 7.5/5 because it didn’t disappoint. If you haven’t read it yet then I definitely recommend it!


That’s my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Review: Dumplin’ By Julie Murphy

Hey everyone! I’m back again. Last night I wasn’t exactly back and I won’t officially be for around a month. Yikes! Today I’m doing a book review. This is a YA book which is a huge change for me. Hopefully I’ll read more of these!

Name: Dumplin’

Author: Julie Murphy

# of pages: 371

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Age Range: 13+

Amazon Summary:

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.


 

My Thoughts:

Dumplin was a great book-mainly. The main character Will or “Dumplin'” is pretty darn loveable. I rated it 4/5 stars because it has a lot of back and forth romance that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Will couldn’t decide who she loved so it was back and forth. I guess that’s how most stories like this are. The ending was sweet and made me very happy. If you’re a fan of love stories, friends, family and so much more.


 

That’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my book review of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Hi everyone! Today I am doing a book review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I finished this book a few days ago but haven’t been too motivated to blog lately. I’m feeling more motivated and plan to be more active again 😀

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter Series #6)

Author: J.K. Rowling

# of pages: 652

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Barnes and Noble Summary:

Amazon and Goodreads Summaries were uncompleted or not the same as the book

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.


 

My Thoughts:

Dang! A lot happened in the 6th book of the 7 book series! I can’t say much but some flirting arises and relationships begin. Dumbledore and Harry continue their battle. I wish I could say more but I know some fellow bloggers haven’t read this book yet so no spoilers 😀

Here are some memes and gifs of Harry Potter for you to enjoy XD


That’s my review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What are your thoughts? Let me know! *NO SPOILERS!*

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the 7th Harry Potter book review!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Hello everyone! It’s time for another book review. This time, it’s time for Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

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I just finished this book last night and can’t wait to tell you what I think!


 

Name: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

# of pages: 870 (a.k.a. a lot!)

My Rating 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Goodreads Summary:

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.


My Thoughts:

This book  definitely kept me turning the pages from page one. J.K. Rowling once again didn’t fail to impress me with her amazing writing and plot twists at the end. I don’t want to spoil anything because some people haven’t gotten to this book or even started to read the HP series. Lots happened is all I will say. Some of my best reactions were:

Holly Cow!

What an idiot

Why won’t you just leave?!

Don’t do this!

This is going to happen isn’t it?

I was correct!

YES YES YES!!


That’s my review of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. It was a great book and I definitely recommend it. J.K. Rowling kept me turning the pages up until the end.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

Book Review:Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze

Hi everyone! I’ve been writing quite a few book reviews in the last few weeks and you guys seem to have been enjoying it. This time I am reviewing Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze by the amazing Sarah Webb.

Name: Ask Amy Green Dancing Daze

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Author: Sarah Webb

# of Pages: 244

My Rating:5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Mills’s ballerina sister has just landed the role of a lifetime – but something is very wrong with the young dancer. A worried Mills begs best friend Amy for help. How can Amy refuse, even though she has big problems of her own to solve?


My Thoughts:

This is a great series!! I feel so close to all the characters. I am on the last book and I am not ready for the series to end. The series is meant for 10 and up. That means that any of you can read this fantastic series 🙂


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review:The Sorta Sisters by Adrian Fogelin

Hey everyone! It’s Monday and that means that Thanksgiving break is over and it’s back to school. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Name: The Sorta Sisters

Author: Adrian Fogelin

# of pages: 279

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Goodreads Summary:

Anna Casey likes living in North Florida with biology teacher Miss Johnette, her latest foster mother. Best of all, Miss J wants to adopt Anna. Still, it is hard grow into a new family, a new life, and a new school all at once, especially when you?ve been rootless nearly all of your life. Mica Delano likes living aboard her sailboat, the Martina, which is docked at a marina in the Florida Keys. Best of all, the marina’s owners, whom she calls Aunt Emma and Uncle Bert, try hard to make up for the sometimes inattentive parenting she gets from her marine biologist father. But Mica fears that her restless father will soon pull anchor, taking them away from the safety of Bert’s Marina. A chance correspondence between these two girls separated by the length of the state of Florida becomes a flourishing friendship. As they share their love of nature, each helps the other cope with uncertainty and loneliness and profound change. When her father gets a grant that will last a year, Mica enrolls in public school for the first time since first grade and suffers the agony of trying to fit in. When her beloved foster mother becomes serious about a suitor, Anna must make room in her heart for a possible rival. In the end, Anna and Mica save each other and themselves with hope, humor, and a shared love of the natural world.



My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much! The ending is so sweet and was so touching. I recommend this book to anyone that loves adventure, family, and a strong friendship.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more book reviews to come!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday and an amazing Black Friday today! I’m bringing you another book review. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to be exact!

Name: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Author: J.K. Rowling

# of pages: 734

My rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 stars


Goodreads Summary:

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller


My Thoughts:

I could not believe how much action was packed into 734 pages. J.K. Rowling seems to love to add plot twists into the last few chapters. There were some pretty terrifying moments in this book. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t read it, but it gets intense. I was on edge most of the time wondering what was going to happen next. I absolutely recommend this book and series who loves amazing characters, plot twists, action, and lots of adventure!


That wraps up my book review on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for many more book reviews to come.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Review: The Swap by Megan Shull

Name: The Swap

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Author: Megan Shull

# of pages: 382

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

“YOU BE ME…AND I’LL BE YOU.”

ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.


My thoughts:

This is an amazing book that has lots of great characterization and adventure. It is directed at people 10 and up. Whether you’re 10 or 75,  you can read this book and hopefully enjoy it. You really get to know the characters and you start to feel like you’re actually there. Megan Shull is an outstanding author and I can’t wait to see what she will write next!


Let me know what you think of the new set up. I realize that this is similar to many other book bloggers. Please let me know if you have a problem or suggestion about this set up. I personally love it ❤

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for another book review towards the end of the week.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀