Books read: 4.75
Pages read: 1,904
Favorite book of the month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Reason for rating: I gave this book only 3/5 stars because although I found the information within the novel very interesting and eye-opening, Blaser could be very repetitive and by the end of the book that got a bit old. But, Blaser included some very interesting metaphors and stories from his life and from others which kept me engaged. Plus, through this book I might've discovered my calling in life(: Check out the blog on antibiotic resistance I wrote for my AP Language class here.
Who I would recommend this to: I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in current issues and/or biological sciences.
Star Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
Reason for rating: Niven managed to include a book with very unique characters that had amazing character development. However, I felt that the relationship development was somewhat lacking and that there could have been a little something more to this book that could've helped it receive a higher rating. If you want to read my full non-spoiler review click here.
Who I would recommend this to: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading the YA/ contemporary genre who enjoys reading about character growth as they overcome humongous obstacles. This would be a perfect book for a somewhat light and quick read.
Star Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
Reason for Rating: Going into this book was an interesting experience as it is the second book in the Red Queen trilogy and I honestly did not remember anything from the first book (which I read two years ago) except for the last scene. So, after reading a quick summary of the first book on Wikepedia and struggling through the first fifty pages, I was finally able to immerse myself in the book. This book's plot line was very exciting, especially since it's been a while since I last read a fantasy book. Although there were many unique characters and exciting twists, I found this book a little lacking. Mare, the main character, began to annoy me with how emotionless she has become and how she seemed to mope constantly. The same types of scenarios continued to occur and it got very repetitive and perturbing to me. I already purchased the third book, The King's Cage, so hopefully it's better!
Who I would recommend this to: Readers who love YA and fantasy, who are looking for an exciting plot line to immerse themselves into!
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reason for Rating: This book was simply amazing. Within less than 500 pages Thomas was able to make me feel so engrossed into Starr's life. I knew who her friends were, what the drama was, her strong family dynamic, her love life, and her internal battles within herself to do what's right instead of what's easy. Thomas effectively makes the reader as if they are Starr which allows her to convey her message on police brutality and discrimination so well. Check out my full non-spoiler review by clicking here.
Who I would recommend this to: I want as many people as possible to read this so I would recommend it to everyone. This book is extremely important. However, if you are a parent wondering if this book is appropriate for your child, make sure that your child is old enough to be able to understand what is going on as they will most definitely have questions about discrimination. In addition, there is some profanity in this novel and very little sexual moments.
I was meant to finish it this week but I have been really busy and not feeling well (I have strep throat, a sinus infection, and a 104 degree fever currently). This is the third book in the Red Queen series. I thought this was the last book in the series but turns out there is another after this book. I just hope that doesn't mean the book is going to be too drawn out but we shall see. I'm currently on page 403 out of 528(: So far, I'm enjoying this a lot more than the second book in the series.