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Let it snow is a collection of christmas themed stories written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Each novella depicts the romance of the three individuals, connected by a train accident in Gracetown, Virginia. Love is clearly evident in the book.The development/realization of romancie it the main focus of these stroies.
 While Jubilee and Staurt's relationship is is lovely it is not realistic. Although the deveopment of such a connection wins, it is far too fake.
The affiliation between The Duke and Tobin vibrates with a greater sensation. The backround and development, while not common, is much more realistic. A Childhood friendship turned romantic relationship is far dreamier and relatable.
Reality come to life by far ine Patron Saint of pigs (the third novella in the novel and story of Addie and Jeb)Addie,while very whiney in my opinion, expresses a very believable reaction to her argument and break-up with jeb.She drags on the negative feling a little longer than nessesary. However she makes up for the drama with her self-discovery and relationship with Gabriel.The ending result are more realistic than any in the novel.
Let it Snow was a good and dreamy collection. The plotline was very cute but not best-seller good. It was a charming holiday novel with no real point.
I give it a 3 out of 5 stars

 
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Well, for those of you who have read the wonderful Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, I would hope you would find this book interesting as well. It is a wonderful set of back stage information of characters, files, diaryies, and even a sobering recipe by Sarah Heap called sauteed frogs... and yes, it is what it sounds like . XP. The illustrations provided by Mark Zug have a childish wonder to them, and there are plenty of these wonderful pictures to be found! There are accounts of the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, and her graded assignments written by her apprentice, Septimus. Oh, if you enjoyed the Harry Potter books, think of this as a bunch of backround information on Hogwarts and etc. I seriously recommend that if you are interested, you should read the other books before this one, which are; Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, and Dark. I am sure that more are on the way!!!

 
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.Pretties by Scott Westerfield (Uglies Series, Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld

Themes: Romance, Action, Violence, Dystopian Society

Background: Pretties is set in the distant future of America in which a society that is obsessed with beauty has split its population into two groups: the “Uglies” and the “Pretties” (from which the book acquires its name). The Uglies are a group of children, from the ages of twelve to sixteen who are forced to live together a primitive society with significantly less privileges than there counter parts, the Pretties, until they under go mandatory cosmetic surgery to make them “perfect.” The main goals of the Uglies are act like juveniles, pull pranks, and break the law because when they can become a Pretty they can do anything they want. The Pretties are people who have had the mandatory cosmetic surgery, continue to recreationally participate in the surgery (for scars, reduction in height, etc.), and party 24/ 7, 365 days a year. Cutters, a faction of Pretties that cut them selves to stave off the affects of the Nanos injected into their brains during their cosmetic surgery, Smokies, a rebel faction that opposes the government, their secret goals, and the separation of Pretties and Uglies, Specials, the Enforcing Unit in their society, are also introduced in this story.

Main Story: Tally Youngblood has finally been made a Pretty, but she must now deal with the lesions in her brain as a result of the Nanos by using the “antidote” and combating the side affects of the Nanos using caffeine to stay alert and clear-headed (the Cutters use pain to stay focused), while she and Zane find a cure. Tally and Zane become the objects of the other Pretties’ suspicions, so they are outfitted with tracking bracelets and watched. Now, they must escape and continue with their rebellion, while Dr. Cable tries everything in her power to recruit Tally as a Special.

Interesting facts: Both the Uglies and the Pretties are afraid of the Specials. The Specials undergo a special cosmetic surgery that makes them both extremely scary (i.e. more pointed teeth) and pretty.

Criticisms: Too much use of slang word like bubbly. Also, the violence depicted in this book can be a little disturbing/graphic at times. Ex. ”They all watched, and then, one by one, they cut themselves. And as each did so, their faces transformed to become more like Shay’s: ecstatic and insane.”

Praises: This book was a great continuation of the first book in the series. It was very suspenseful and left me wanting to read the next book!

 
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   Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
    Okay so most of you I know have never read Pride and Prejudice but  i can garauntee that you've seen some sort of on screen adaptation and automatically fell in love with this period romance. Whether it was staring Kiera Knightly or Colin Firth you knew you were watching a timeless love story. Personally when I first saw the movie (the Kiera Knightly one of course!) I thought that Jane Austen was a genius. Although sometimes the archaic diction is hard to get through her books are quite intertaining.  The book is sweet and unforgettable. The charaters have so much detail that they feel real and one of the best things about this is that the movies always follow the book. If you havent read it READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!
if you would prefer a modern portrail of the story here is a link below to the very awesome Lizzie Bennet Diaries!
https://www.youtube.com/user/lizziebennet?feature=results_main

 
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  Uglies (Uglies Series, Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld

Themes: Romance, Action, Violence, Adventure, Dystopian Society

Background: Uglies is set in the distant future of America in which a society that is obsessed with beauty has split its population into two groups: the “Uglies” (from which the book acquires its name) and the “Pretties.” The Uglies are a group of children, from the ages of twelve to sixteen who are forced to live together a primitive society with significantly less privileges than there counter parts, the Pretties, until they under go mandatory cosmetic surgery to make them “perfect.” The main goals of the Uglies are act like juveniles, pull pranks, and break the law because when they can become a Pretty they can do anything they want. The Pretties are people who have had the mandatory cosmetic surgery, continue to recreationally participate in the surgery (for scars, reduction in height, etc.), and party 24/ 7, 365 days a year.

Main story: The main character, Tally Youngblood, a sixteen year old Ugly, is fast approaching her scheduled day of surgery (her sixteenth birthday) and she is extremely excited at the prospect of becoming a Pretty, she can go to all the parties she wants and get away with almost any “crime.” Until one day, she meets a boy who is not from around “town,” and begins to have doubts about the government and there true purpose in requiring all Uglies participate in cosmetic surgery. Her government is hiding a BIG secret about what they truly do to an Ugly/ Pretty in the operation. This secret threatens to destroy her whole world and its up to Tally to find out the truth.

Interesting facts: Because Pretties are the perfect example of a perfect person they are allowed to do whatever they want: drink, party, stay out late, make out on campus, pull pranks that by today’s standards would get us arrested, etc. They even get the best technology such as hover boards and floating ice rinks. Although some Uglies are in possession of hover boards that they have stolen and use in secret.

Criticisms: The slang words that the Pretties use (i.e. “bubbly” and “bogus”) get very tiring after a short while because they are used frequently throughout the book, but it does add to the overall secret of the governments machinations.

Praises: At first, Tally is a somewhat vapid character who is obsessed with surgery and worries about how she will look, but throughout the book she begins to grow into herself more and more as she is challenged with various adversities. Also I LOVED the technology, especially the hover boards, it made really want to own one!


 
 
There is much debate about whether or not Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a dystopian novel or not. Many consider this book an incredible psychological work, but is it a dystopian novel? What is your opinion?
 
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  Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. - The Faults In Our Stars

I've always been the type to avoid realistic fiction. When it came to reading I was all about the unreal; Ghosts, werewolves, vampires, dragons. To me these books held a certain type of magic, a world we couldn’t touch but have longed for. A world in which adventure was never far and hilarious imagination kept me company. There are so many possibilities and so many different meanings in fantasy there ever has been in realistic fiction. It is very rare indeed when I find a realistic fiction book I like but ever so often an author will surprise me. At first it was with Sarah Dessen and then it was with John Green in looking for Alaska. These authors were so good at weaving their tales that I often came back for more reading book after book. John Green's latest, The Faults In Our Stars, paints the tale of teenage first love with a main character who knows she will not live to see Adulthood. Hazel Grace is terminal and despite that fact that she had more time than she thought she did she never thought she'd live life long enough to actually enjoys it. Then she meets Augustus Waters who suffers from cancer as well and the learn about the meaning about life and all consuming question: Will I make a difference/ Will I impact anyone? This book is full of laughter, love, sadness, just the right amount of teenage angst, and 1NO MARY-SUES. This book was sheer awesomeness and I hope you guys like it.

1A girl character who is too one dimensional. Everyone loves her, she always gets what she wants, everything comes easy to her. All the hot guy characters throw themselves at her. Selfless to the point of whininess.Ex) Bella Swan