Friday, November 29, 2013

Margot by Jillian Cantor


Back-Story: I was fortunate enough to win this book off of Goodreads First Reads. It came within a few weeks which surprised me because the other book I’ve won took eight weeks.

Review: Fantastic. Incredible. Amazing. Intriguing. These are words I would use to describe this book. It is completely fictional, but it kind of feels like it could be true. Like maybe Margot didn’t die at Bergen-Belsen. Maybe she lived and moved to America and started a new life. That’s what this book is about. It shows you what could have happened instead of what did happen. Margot is a character that we don’t know much about. We always hear about Anne and Meip Geis and even Anne and Margot’s father Otto Frank, the only one to survive. Jillian Cantor shows us the possibilities of what could have happened had Margot lived. Margot, now known in America as Margie Franklin, works for a Jewish law firm and is in love with her boss. She hides it from everyone and kind of denies it herself believing that she is still in love with Peter. Margie hides her true identity from everyone, even wearing sweaters in the heat of summer to cover up her tattoo from the concentration camp. While in America Margie learns that her father is alive and married to another woman and he has published Anne’s diary which is now the biggest rage and has even turned into a movie. Margie has to cope with the book, the movie, and the belief that Peter might still be alive all the while helping out Jewish men and women that have survived the concentration camps. The book goes on with Margie’s struggles and how she copes with her past and accepts her future.

Looks: The cover is okay. It shows the decade which lets you know what era it’s set in, but what I don’t understand is the little girl on the right side. Is that supposed to be Anne? Is it supposed to be Margot when she was younger? I don’t see how the little girl could be either of them because the little girl’s hair is blonde and we know that both Anne and Margot had dark hair. What I’m going to assume is that the woman on the left is Margot in America and the little girl on the right is Margot in Germany. (Which really doesn’t make sense either because the little girl would still be too young to be Margot.)

Likes: The book is well written and is a page turner. Not once was I ever bored and waiting to get to an interesting part. The book held my interest the whole time and the author has made it as historically correct as she could to make it fit her story. I think Jillian Cantor has done a great job in creating this story and all its characters. She does well in doing the flashbacks from the Annex and the camps to what is presently happening. She does well capturing Margot mourning her sister and mother, her apprehension towards her father, her fear of being found out, and her avoidance towards the book and movie.

Dislikes: *SPOILER ALERT* I can’t really say that this is a dislike. It’s more of an ‘If I were the author I would have done this instead of this’. The very ending is Margie saying her real name, revealing who she really is. Then it’s the end. If I were the one writing the book I would have shown the reactions between Margie and who she reveals her true identity too. I, as the reader, would have liked to see what happened after saying “My real name is Margot.” Again, this isn’t really a dislike it’s just what I think should have been done instead.

Overall: As I’ve said before this is a great book. It’s never boring and is not something you’ll put down easily. I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I am very, very glad to have won this book. I love it so much that I’d be willing to buy another copy just to buy it.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

Back-Story: In one of Meg Cabot’s blogs she mentioned this book and wrote a blurb for it and since Meg Cabot is the Queen of Writing I decided to read it.

Review: I wasn’t really impressed with this book. I was expecting it to be great but at one point I got bored with it and picked up another book to read instead. Lexi is kind of annoying in the beginning but it’s understandable since her father is making her work one job a week for a year before she can get her trust fund. When she starts to accept the jobs and starts seeing the silver lining, the book starts to get interesting and likeable. Lexi is really hung up on the lies about her mother’s death and when it gets resolved it just made me wonder what the point of it was. It isn’t a major plot point and it kind of seemed like it was just added in for more words and pages.
Looks: I like the cover and I think it incorporates the feel of the book really well, but I like the new cover better.

Content: Cuss words and drinking.

Likes: The middle of the book on and the cover.

Dislikes: It was slow starting and had annoying characters (Not just Lexi in the beginning).

Overall: I would recommend it, but I would warn people that it isn’t as great as it’s made out to be.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Gallagher Wedding by Ally Carter

This story is only 12 pages long and it's really just a deleted chapter. If you're smart and can piece things together then you already know whose wedding this is. I can't really review it because it's so short but one thing I didn't like was that the actual wedding and I do's aren't in the story. It's just the getting ready part that we read about. Overall, I'd recommend getting it just because its a nice thing to have if you've been with the series a long time. If you can't or don't want to get it then its no big deal because you're not missing anything. I feel that this is really just a special thing for the fans that's been there since the beginning.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

United We Spy by Ally Carter

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers*

If you're expecting an amazing, incredible, fantastic book- this isn't it. I've been a fan of this series for a long time. I've read and reread all of the books and loved them, and when the final book was announced, I was a sad. And when I bought the book and read it within the same 24 hours I got it, I was disappointed. You can really tell that Ally was ready to finish the series. For one thing, it took her a while to put this one out because she started a new series. And another is just that it didn't have the fun and the humor in it like her other books. I think that this book (and the fifth one) was severely lacking. The plots were boring and predictable which is saying something because I can never guess things right. There isn't any romance in this either. The most you get out of Cammie and Zach are a couple kisses and that's it. And if you're looking for Mr. Solomon scenes? Forget it. He's only in two. I rarely get annoyed while reading books, but one thing that annoyed me was that the phrase 'Once Upon a Time' is used about twelve times in the book. Its once upon a time this and once upon a time that. I guess its used a lot to capture the feeling of moving on and graduating, and if that's the intention then well done because that's what it felt like. It was draining and at times even I was cringing at what was going on. I realize I'm staying a lot of negative things about this book but here is one positive: it had a nice ending. I liked where Ally sent her characters after graduation. It fit them well and felt right. I'd say the way that Cammie chooses to go is really predictable. You can just tell what she's going to do when she graduates and it's what I expected. I hope in some way Ally can continue the series. I know she has no intention of that, but I think a prequel with Gillian Gallagher as the main character would be pretty stinking cool. In conclusion, If you're a fan of the series then go ahead and read the book, but just don't expect an emotional goodbye.