Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was recommended to me by my sister, and I thought it looked good based on the inside cover. But upon reading it, I got really bored halfway through. I don’t really know why, it just wasn’t all that interesting plot wise.
It’s basically about this family where the dad dies and they move to the country to get away from the high prices in the city and just “get more in touch with nature” (not a direct quote). When they start searching around the house they are living in now, the Em finds an amulet in her Great Grandfather’s old study (it’s his house by the way), and this amulet has strange and mysterious powers. You also see that there’s someone else in the house besides the family, someone dark and mischievous. That night there’s a noise in the basement and the mom goes to investigate, and gets taken by this creepy crawly into an amazing world that runs on the power of the amulet. The rest of the plot talks about Em finding her power and her mother with her brother Navin.
For the most part that sounds interesting right? Well, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and to be honest I was a little disappointed.
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Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is the first of the series Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. It follows the lives of 4 teenage girls who have a lot of secrets to hide, but one thing links them together. Alison DiLaurentis. She was the girl to be before she disappeared at the end of their 7th grade year. The girl that kept the four of them together, but also the one that each told their secrets that they didn’t want the others to know.
Aria: In love with her English now had even bigger secret to keep. But this one involved her dad. Emily: Could she have been in love with Alison way back when? Who is she in love with now? Spencer: Always stealing things from her sister, but did she take things too far? Hanna: How did she really get that skinny? There was only one person who knew; or so they thought. Could A be Alison come to haunt them? Or is it someone new?
This book was good, not exactly like the tv show, but that’s to be expected. I’m not quite sure if it’s better than the tv show though. There were some places where I didn’t like certain phrasing that Shepard used, places that stood out as bad. Normally that wouldn’t bother me in a fantastic book, but here it did. As far as plot goes however it was just as good as the show and it kept me turning the pages which awarded it the 4 stars. I read this in a very small amount of time for someone who has college to contend with, and I desperately want to read more. I don’t normally like realistic fiction type books, but these have become my new guilty pleasure of sorts. Definitely recommended if you want a guilty pleasure.
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