book review

Review by Sweksha

The Thousandth Floor, by Katherine McGee

4 and a half stars of 5

"The Thousandth Floor," written by world-renowned author Katherine McGee, is the first novel in the spectacular trilogy. The book is set in a futuristic world where various families live in  different floors of a 1000 story tower. The top of the tower represents the elite and wealthy and the bottom represents the poor and working class. The novel communicates various themes and important life lessons that are emphasized through each of the characters’ point of view. The novel itself is told through an omniscient point of view, which allows the reader to better visualize the plot of the novel through the characters’ eyes.

Review by Sweksha

4 and a half stars of 5

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

"Uglies," written by Scott Westerfield, is a novel that exemplifies one of the most popular ideals in modern society: being beautiful on the inside. The novel is set about 300 years in the future after an oil virus that caused explosions and pollution which completely destroyed civilization. Most of the plot takes place in a small isolated town in the wilderness known as “the smoke.” The main character of the story, Tally Youngblood, is about to turn sixteen years old. In a few weeks, Tally will have the operation that will turn her into a bubbly and beautiful “pretty.” As a pretty, Tally will travel to a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun with her friends. But, Tally learns a life-changing secret and now she faces an impossible decision whether to save herself or everyone else. 

Review by Sweksha

December 14, 2020

Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson

3 stars of 5

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever 1793, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, describes the events surrounding the yellow fever epidemic. The novel includes several plot twists that successfully convey history and engage readers. This novel takes place during the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia in the summer of 1793. The protagonist of this novel, 14-year-old Mattie Cook, learns to deal with the hardships brought on by this awful epidemic.

Review by Sweksha

April 12, 2021

Shatter Me

5 stars of 5

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me, written by Tahereh Mafi, is a story about a 17-year-old girl, Juliette Ferrars, who has a supernatural ability: a lethal touch. The story starts off with Juliette’s 346th day of being trapped in the insane asylum, but she is greeted by an unexpected surprise when she wakes up.

PREPUBLICATION REVIEW of Advanced Reader Copy by Sweksha

Review Date: June 23, 2021 - Publish Date: July 6, 2021

Summer in the City of Roses

4 stars of 5

Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Summer in the City of Roses is a young adult fiction novel written by Michelle Ruiz Keil. This story is inspired by a famous greek myth about Iphigenia and a grimm fairytale about her younger brother, Orestes. This novel follows the events after the two siblings are torn apart, plus their struggle to find each other again in early 1990’s Portland. 

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William

October 28, 2020

Even If We Break

3 stars of 5

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

“Even If We Break” by Marieke Nijkamp is a mystery-thriller about a group of friends who are spending a night together in a cabin in the woods. This group of friends is falling apart and they plan on playing a role-playing game for one final time before their friendship comes to an end. The friends all seem to be hiding secrets from each other, and as the night goes on, the secrets are slowly revealed.

The book has a great premise which interests the reader from the start. The reader begins the book by wondering about the characters’ pasts and is kept intrigued by the reveals of each character’s secrets. Nijkamp also does a great job creating suspense. This book is a constant stream of horrific events, leaving the reader in a constant state of wanting to figure out what happens next.

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William

Review Date: June 10, 2021 - Publish Date: June 15, 2021

Indestructible Object Mary McCoy

4 and a half stars of 5

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy is a heartfelt story about love, relationships, and self-reflection. The book is narrated by Lee Swan, a recent High School graduate who has a podcast with her boyfriend, Vincent. After a break-up, however, Lee goes her own way, starting another podcast in which she explores her parents’ marriage. Throughout this exploration, Lee not only discovers hidden secrets about her family, but also forms new relationships along the way and learns more about herself. 

Review by William

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

4 stars of 5

“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe is one of the classics of world literature. Achebe’s writing, packed with details and proverbs, immerses readers into the life of Okonkwo. This novel takes readers through an emotional roller coaster as it deals with themes such as morals, masculinity, tradition, and change.

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