Thursday, August 25, 2011

Though sisters, Rosie and Skate couldn't be more different: Rosie seems weak and hopeful about her father coming back from jail, while Skate is bold and decisive and tries to cut off any ties with him. As the story unfolds, though, it becomes clear, through narration that alternates between the sisters, that Skate's togetherness is anything but strong and that Rosie is stronger than she appears. One thing that appalled me about this story was that the drunk father was anything but mean and violent. He was the opposite (which bothered me more). Also, I liked how the progress of the plot unraveled the true identities of the sisters. I recommend this to everyone because I find it kind of like a "coming of age" novel...

<3 ~Deblina Mukherjee~ <3

Thursday, August 18, 2011


My book review (from the Garden State Teen Book Awards Phamplet) for The Summer I Turned Pretty:
Every summer since before she was born, Belly's spent time at the beach with her family and her mom's best friend's family. This summer will be different, Belly can feel it. She's turning sixteen and she's determined to prove that she's not a kid anymore. But Belly's caught between the past and the present; clinging on and letting go; Jeremiah and Conrad. This summer is her turning point towards womanhood and she can just feel it. This is not a regular book full of fluff, but a spectacular read. Please read this book to find out how her summer turns out and how she will feel about it.

~Deblina Mukherjee~



My book review (from the Garden State Teen Book Awards Phamplet) for The Devils Paintbox:  
 
When orphans Aiden and Maddy Lynch first meet trailrider Jefferson J. Jackson in the spring of 1865, they’re struggling to survive on their family’s drought-ravaged Kansas farm. So when Jackson offers an escape they naturally take it. This book is about their journey to this place that is supposedly the end of all their troubles. The book's plot was not very interesting and was expected. The language in the first pages were atrocious, but overall, the book was OK and selective readers might like this book :)
 
~Deblina Mukherjee~

My book review (from the Garden State Teen Book Awards Phamplet) for Tofu Quilt
 
Yeung Ying leaves Hong Kong to spend the summer with her Uncle Five and his children in mainland China. When she recites classical Chinese poems for him, he rewards her with a special treat. The poems in this book reveal her struggles to be a writer in a sexist 1960's China... The thing is that I have read lots of books with this theme (except the settings have been different)... The book would have been more enjoyable if there was a twist or something unique about it :)
 
~Deblina Mukherjee~

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I am Number Four I had high hopes for, the movie looked awesome (though I haven't seen it yet) and it has a great concept and a good cover.......sadly, no matter how much I wanted it to be amazing, it was only alright. I kept trying to make it amazing, kept talking to myself, "wasn't it cool when such and such happened?" but alas, my feeling upon ending the book was satisfaction as having finished, but that was all.  No need to rush out and find out more (even though it did have a bit of a cliffhanger ending).......no wish to ever revisit it.....just....ok, finished, one more down........so there you have it.....



Glimmerglass on the other hand, blew my mind!  I love when authors include fairy as a bit of world that's always been there....in this case it's Avalon... a sovereign nation near Europe with its own borders and everything.  The main character runs away to Avalon to meet her father in the hopes of having a normal life unlike the one she's been living with her alcoholic mother.  Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have the pre-requisite knowledge of how treacherous the Fae can be.......and off goes the story.......intrigue, double crosses, angst this book has it all.....oh and romance too....sweetly flavored for teens but fun for all.......definitely a thumbs up for this one!




Marbury Lens is an odd but interesting little story.  The lens in the title refer to the glasses the main character finds when on vacation in England.  They allow him to see another dimension, actually throwing him into his other self's life........and the experiences are quite addicting.  You never really do get a good answer as to whether the glasses are real or a powerful delusion, but either way the Smith has managed to give an excellent look at how powerful mental addictions can be and wrapped it into an intriguing SF story.......give it a try, it's worth it



Finally we have Gemini Bites.....I ate this book up like a chocolate cake!  Ryan sets up the premise of these two twin siblings who absolutely hate each other, and then in the middle of the rivalry is a boy......and they both are intrigued and seduced by him....is he a vampire as he claims? Is he into boys or girls?  Using Garret as a catalyst, Ryan takes us on a ride and the reader won't know up from down until the end..........loved it!
This book is probably the most unique book I have ever read in my life! From the beginning to the ending there was none of the traditional good vs. evil plot... They were all intermingled and part of something bigger and much more significant. In addition to the engaging plot, there is a lot to learn about Hispanic culture from this book. Dia de los Muertos is explained in great detail to the point where the reader will feel like they are in the story themselves. The only parts of the book that I would never like to reread again are the scary demonic descriptions :)
 
~Deblina Mukherjee~

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  A Quote to Consider: “With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of...