Book Review: Birth Marked

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read. this. book.
Gaia is an apprenticed midwife under her mother. They live outside 'the wall' and give a quota of babies to the Enclave (inside 'the wall') each month. Ripping them from the arms of mothers who don't want to give up their children at times. After her first time delivering a baby on her own she feels proud, but sick because that is the first baby she ever had to take and give away. Naturally something terrible happens and her parents disappear. Gaia is forced to start questioning everything she has always believed about the system -- it never seemed so bad before and as it is in dystopian novels: it is wrong to question the 'evil' people in charge and to even think that they are evil.
Gaia is scarred from a burn when she was young and has deeper internal scars that tell her she will never find love. Bit then we meet a handsome but troubled soldier sent to question Gaia... it gets really exciting after that
At any rate there is a lot of action, a really well-written romance, wonderful, vibrant characters and a plot line that just keeps you reading.
It's very, very good.
I'm no good at synopsis. I think I always give away too much info but just give the book a chance.
TOTAL cliff-hanger ending. Just read a little comment by the author and some other people and evidently it is to be part of a trilogy and the second book is to be released fall of 2011. BAH! I can't wait! Maybe, just maybe that will change!!! (probably not, but we can hope)

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Book Review: The Second Bend in the River

The Second Bend in the River (Point)The Second Bend in the River by Ann Rinaldi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hm. What did I think? Well. I thought this book was well written. It was a fun and interesting read. I always loved this one book when I was younger about a young girl captured and taken to live with indians and she comes to learn about them... anyway, it was a good book and I cannot remember the name of it to save my life. But when I read the synopsis for this book I was immediately intrigued since it is also about early Americans and their relationships with the indians.

I really enjoy historical fiction and this was well written and well researched. You get a feel for how life was for people when America was still being settled and you get a good look at how the indians and the settlers were feeling.

I'd say: if you like historical fiction and if you like a little love story... this book is a good choice.

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Book Review: Girl to the Core

Girl to the CoreGirl to the Core by Stacey Goldblatt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute book. Fun, quick read, too. It's a 'girl power' type story. Also a story about finding out who out are and being comfortable with that. Oh. And not letting people walk all over you.

Inspirational for young girls. As does almost every contemporary YA for girls fictin it address the 'should I or shouldn't I with my boyfriend' topic. Since this is a girl empowerment book it is nice that this says that falls under the category of standing up for yourself.

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Book Review: Wish I Might

Wish I MightWish I Might by Coleen Paratore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute. That's all. Not a waste of time because it is a quick read but a la meme temps... it was simply and only and forever just cute.

Don't know if I want to read any of the other 'Willa Havashim' books becuase it was so so-so.

I wanted to be impressed. I tried to be impressed.

But something about the 'Skinny Punch' books the author had the character constantly talk about (skinny, quick reads that pack a punch) made me think the author considered or at least hoped this book would be such a thing as that. And it wasn't.

Plus her boyfriend is kinda lame.

And her friends suck.

So. Cute. But not really great.

Not really worth the time it takes to read, but it doesn't take too much time anyway.

The author builds up this 'mermaid' thing but it really isn't much of anything.

Lots of good quotes throughout the book but they are all from other authors and quoted in the book.

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