In Wisconsin, Eagan has been training for the Olympics as a figure skater since she learned how to skate. She's active and wild. In Michigan, Amelia tries to get used to homeschooling and multiple hospital appointments. She's shy and wishes she was a normal girl. These two girls never met each other, but they are joined together by a heart. Not love at first sight, but an actual human heart. A small mistake caused Eagan to lose her life, but Amelia's life just started with Eagan's heart. Amelia has had heart failure ever since she was little. She couldn't do anything. Should she be happy for the heart or guilty that someone had to die for her to live? This book has two different points of views describing the story: Eagan's and Amelia's. Eagan's "in-between" death rewatching her life from her family secrets, her troubled relationship with her mom, or Amelia. However, Amelia doesn't know what to do when she starts to take strange characteristics after her heart transplant. Everyone says it's a gift from her heart donor. Amelia tried to find her heart donor even though that piece of information is confidential. She traces it all the way to the suburbs in Wisconsin. She decides to escape to Wisconsin, but something happens on the way that shocks everyone. I enjoyed this book because I'm always used to happy endings, but in this book there isn't. Eagan doesn't come back to life and everything's fine. My favorite part was when Eagan and her grandfather built a chair to surprise her mom. It was really sad that Eagan's mom didn't find out until after she died, but this part of the book reminded me about my childhood. This book is realistic fiction and I would recommend it to teenagers who love books that are meaningful and have a lesson to them. You can really relate to one of the two girls or even both. It makes you think about what might happen when you die and whether you should consider being an organ donor. It also taught me to let go of the past. Eagan needed to learn, forgive, and forget to move on in heaven. This book was a great, quick read.
Amber House was a home for many families generations back. When her "crazy" grandmother passed away, Sarah Parsons and her family inherited Amber House, one of the wealthiest and grandest estates in Maryland. The house even has a name. Sarah's icy, manipulative mother, Anne, wants nothing to do with the mansion and plans to leave right after the mansion is sold. Sarah and her little brother, Sam, have never been to Amber House and they soon find out that Amber House holds secrets, legends, betrayals, and crimes. Sarah always thought that she was a typical teenage girl, but she soon finds out that she is not so normal. While looking for the lost diamonds with the help of her new friend, Jackson, she learns that she can see visions , or "echoes" of the mansion's history up to three centuries ago when the house was built just by touching an item from that time period. Anything Sarah touches can lead to memories of pleasure or cruelty. The past is trapped in the house forever. Sarah starts seeing her artistic mother when she was a little girl tied in with a tragic accident that happened to one of her relatives. Could this be the reason of her mother's unhappiness? What might happen when she sees a problem rising between one of her family members and has been told from a fortune teller that the solution is most likely DEATH. Plus, puzzling Jackson is hiding a secret from Sarah, something that might make her hate him forever. Sarah has to find a way to change "the web of the past" if it were possible. My favorite part of the story was when the fortune teller was giving Sarah her fortune at the open house and everything was true. I'm a very superstitious person so it was very shocking when the fortune teller's cards were pointing towards death. This book had so many visual descriptions that really scared me. This book is fantasy, horror, and romance with a hint of drama. I would recommend this to teenagers who love horror and spooky stories,but also history as well. This is the first book in the Amber House Trilogy.
Most of the books I have read this quarter are of all different types of genres. All of the books have drama in them because I think drama makes a book more interesting to read. Here is my list of books filled with adventure, love, friendship, and DRAMA.
Save the Cupcake!:Lisa Papademetriou- Haylie's life is in the mixing bowl. Her parents are divorced, her mom has lost her job, her friends are suddenly different to her, her sister is a handful, and she has to work at her grandma's tea shop. Baking deserts and sharing them with the people she loves has always been Haylie's favorite thing to do when she is facing a stress overload. When her new best friend's mom decides to ban cupcakes and treats at her school, Haylie has to make a stand. This is the first novel in the Confectionately Yours series. It was a very easy and fun book to read!
the daughters join the party:Joanna Philbin- Emma Conway is the daughter of a loveable New York senator. However, she is a rebel that is nothing like her preppy parents or her so called perfect brother. When Emma accidentally announces that her dad is running for president a year early, she is whisked into the world of campaign speeches and being perfectly relatable. She needs all the help she can get from her best friends Carina (daughter of a billionaire writer), Hudson (daughter of a famous pop singer), and Lizzie (daughter of a gorgeous supermodel). It's not easy when the whole nation is watching YOU. This is the fourth book in the the daughters series. Great and interesting book that took you inside what it was like to live in a prestigious life.
Out of Sight, Out of Time:Ally Carter- Cammie Morgan ran away last summer to protect her friends and what was left of her family. The Circle was going to do whatever it takes to get information and kill her. In September, she woke up in the mountains without her memory of what she did over the summer. Now, she is back at her spy school with deadly spy skills she never knew she had and doubts on who to trust. Cammie and her best friends must retrace her steps all over the world to find out what she knew and did using only the wise clues Cammie left behind. This is the fifth book in the Gallagher Girls series. I love this series so much! By the end of the book you will be thinking about the next book all day.
Abandon:Meg Cabot- Pierce Oliviera is not your ordinary girl. She was born rich and drowned in a pool trying to save a bird. She accidentally decided to stay with John Hayden (guard of the Underworld), but escaped at the last minute. She cheated Death which is unacceptable. The Furies (souls of the dead) want revenge. She tries to live like she used to even though no one believes her story and the Furies are trying to hurt her to get to John. She wants him to leave her alone, but he always ends up saving her. How will Pierce save herself from going back to the Underworld when she starts to fall in love with John? She has to make a decision. This is the first book in the Abandon series. Amazing book based off of Greek Mythology and The Myth of Persephone. You'll end up getting the second one.
Underworld:Meg Cabot- Pierce is back in the Underworld FOR GOOD. Everyone is looking for her. When she sees a vision of what will happen to her cousin, Alex, from the Underworld, she begs to go back to Earth to save her cousin. On the way, she learns the truth between John's past and how to permanently kill Furies with the help of John's cursed necklace. Will she be able to save Alex in time and at what costs? This is the second book of the Abandon series. Extraordinary sequel that will leave you wanting more!
the Calling:Kelley Armstrong- Maya is a skin-walker and all of her friends have super powers as well. When Maya and her friends tried to escape the forest fire, they ended up in a sinister plan. Their helicopter crashed and someone made it look like they died. Now, they have to survive in the wilderness and protect themselves from those trying to "save" them. Maya has to learn how to use her cougar powers and trust her instincts on who to trust. Sometimes the people she least expects goes against her. This is the second book in the Darkness Rising Trilogy.
Zeitoun:Dave Eggers- During Hurricane Katrina, a man decides to stay in New Orleans instead of leaving with his family. Zeitoun observed destruction and devastation when the hurricane hits and after it. He wants to stay to help people and animals, but there are some roadblocks on his way that could lead to a lot of trouble. This book is nonfiction and makes you really think about what really happened after the hurricane. Overall, this book was very exciting and unbelievable.
Sixteen year old Maya Delaney has always felt different from everybody else. She was adopted as a little girl and was relocated in a small town that you can't even find on the map. All she knows is that she has a paw-print birthmark at the edge of her hip, has a Navajo background, and is considered the fastest climber and runner in town. However, this town is no ordinary town. It is part of a medical research facility and is extremely successful in just about everything. From swimming to running this small island dominates. Ever since Maya's best friend, Serena, died in an accidental drowning everything has fallen apart. How does the captain of the swim team drown suddenly in a small peaceful lake? The researchers say a side effect from medicine, but that could just be a cover for a dark secret. After her death, the town has been in a frenzy with recent cougar attacks, a new nosy reporter, and mysterious new neighbors, Rafe and his secretly brain damaged sister. Maya and her best guy friend Daniel team up to uncover more on the town and her friends' gifted, but extraordinary talents. Who can she trust? She learns a new vocabulary word, “skin-walker", that will change her life forever. This book has so many interesting parts, but my absolute favorite is when Maya and Daniel are trying to find Annie, Rafe's sister, when a forest fire starts "accidentally" and they are trying to escape. It made me feel like I was actually there and what I would do in that situation. I would categorize this book as an urban fantasy book, but it can be put into so many more genres such as mystery, horror, adventure, or teen romance. I would recommend this to anyone who loves an exciting supernatural story of adventure, mystery, friendship, and love.This is the first book in the Darkness Rising Trilogy.