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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling!! #potterspeedread

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

Find out what I thought about week 5 of the #potterspeedread !! What did you think?!?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

 

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The Siren by Keira Cass

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.


 

I was not entirely prepared for this story to be so epic. The contrast between the magical, supernatural aspects and the contemporary, real life aspects were very well done!

When I sat back to reflect on this very eclectic masterpiece, I realized something. The protagonists were not indie kids. They were not supposed to lead extraordinary  lives. They were supposed to lead mundane, simple lives, and yet I just kept thinking…what a crazy mix of super interesting and tragic stories from these regular kids! I mean, I can’t even imagine having friends who have all gone through such major life struggles, let alone imagine if I had to go through the events myself!

Like I said, the contrast between indie kids and regular kids was very well done! I mean, there really is no question as to who the so called “hero” kids were supposed to be when one was saving the world from vampires and the other was dealing with a workaholic mom, yet each friend could easily be the protaginist in their very own novel. Each and every character had such interesting back stories that there never was a chance for a lull.

Something else I thought was very cool? Each chapter title was actually a blurb on what the Indie kids were up to! If you read each one…it’s kind of like it’s own little story!! It’s like bunch of mini breaks, or lil’ intermissions. I really enjoyed them! 🙂

This story was exciting, moving, heart warming, thought provoking, and fun! I absolutly loved it!

I gave this one a *9.5/10*

Walking Home by Eric Walters

Thirteen-year-old Muchoki, his younger sister, Jata, and mother can hardly believe what has become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived with their family in a quiet Kenyan village, but sudden political violence has destroyed their home and forced them to flee for their lives. Now they live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. Driven by further tragedy they are forced to undertake what seems like an impossible quest: to walk over a hundred miles across Kenya in search of their last remaining family. Even the longest of journeys must begin with just one step – and a bit of hope.


 

I’ve been wanting to read an Eric Walters novel for a long time, and I’m happy it was Walking Home. Not only was it completely different from what I’ve read  before, but Penguin Random House Canada is donating $1.30 to the Creation of Hope for every copy sold in Canadian bookstores! YaY!

This book was hard for me to get into, and that is probably  because it is very different from anything that I’ve read  before.  I also thought that the beginning dragged a bit.  For a book called Walking home, they spent a huge portion of the book at the refugee camp. The walking part took a while to get to. But, oh man, when it got underway I just couldn’t stop talking about it. Trying to imagine myself in the situations the characters were in was tough and scary at times, and very, very humbling. There were a couple of instances that seemed unbelievable, but never impossible.  More like, ” I cant believe that just happened! but it totally could, and I don’t even know what I would do!”

And guys,…the ending…..oh my god. I’m trying to tell you about it without spoiling you. I’m not saying it was happy, or sad, or gratifying, or dissapointing….i’ll just tell you it’s so great! Nice work Eric Walters! Loved it!

I didn’t even get to the cool part. Throughout the book, there are symbols in the margins for things like video clip, picture, map, authors note, etc. When you find one of these symbols, which is surprisingly often, you can go to the website http://www.ericwalterswalkinghome.com and follow along with the digital companion! Real life pics and videos and notes on the journey.

I have to admit. I didn’t follow along very well. I read everywhere I go, and some places don’t have wi-fi. But you can go back later and check out the website after you read the book. Either way, I recommend you check out the website. It is very cool and super informative and really helps you understand the severity of different situations in the book.

This book was a wonderful eye opener and a great change of pace.There were so many wonderfully sweet moments filled with charity and good will and faith and hope.

Everyone should check out this book!! Keep Walking Home! (which is how he signs this book!)