Friday, June 2, 2017

Overturned, by Lamar Giles

In the novel Overturned by Lamar Giles, Nikki is the daughter of a former professional poker player and casino owner. Nikki is an amazing poker player, and has been playing illegal games for years to save up enough money to go to college. Five years earlier, her father was convicted of killing his business partner, John Reedy, and has been in prison ever since. But suddenly, new evidence has come out of nowhere and her father is released from prison. When he is released, he is obsessed with finding out who framed him and why. However, he is brutally killed and the obsession is passed onto Nikki. As her mother scrambles to sell the casino, Nikki will try to solve the mystery of who killed her father and why. 

She will need the help of her friends Gavin, Molly, and Davis along the way as well as others who owe her a few favors. Gavin and Molly are Nikki’s long time friends, and Davis is the son of the most powerful man in Las Vegas, Big Bert Carlino. Want to know who is responsible for killing Nikki’s father and framing him five years ago? Read the book to find out! I enjoyed reading the novel Overturned by Lamar Giles. It was very well written and all of the events were described well. The author used figurative language to make the book more interesting and a better read. The author described all of the poker games and what was going through Nikki’s head very well. The author split all the chapters at good places, and it made me never want to stop reading. 

I never wanted to put the book down. I would recommend the novel Overturned by Lamar Giles to any teens who enjoy mystery and action novels. The book is very relatable for teens, especially the scenes at school. The book always keeps you guessing who killed Nikki’s father, and I think that teens of all ages would thoroughly enjoy this novel.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Get it Together, Delilah!

Get it Together, Delilah is about Delilah Green a seventeen year old girl who works hard at her father's restaurant and tries to focus in school. When her dad finally goes on a relaxing trip to Europe, she's left to support the cafĂ©. Her best friend Lauren is always there to help her out, even though half the time she's guilt-tripping her, and Charlie is there, being her support outside of school, which he does not have much experience with. Del is so stressed out, she drops out of school. 

Her lazy co-worker is caught (by her) stealing, which leads to his firing. As Del struggles to find a replacent, she realizes that school is just too much. During her work hours, she listens to Charlie talk about his "true loves", while staring across the street at the beautiful Rosa. 

As Delilah struggles to balance the cafe's deteriorating profits, Charlie's out-of-hand passions, and her crush, she finds that even though life is hard, you can get through it, with your best friends, and maybe even Rosa, at your side.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

In the book Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle angering Zeus, Apollo is thrown down into New York as a teenage boy. While liked by many, Apollo is also hated by many, including gods, demons, humans, and many others. To survive, Apollo travels to Camp Half-Blood, a camp where all Half-Bloods (children of a god and a human) stay to escape the monsters that hate the young of the gods. When Apollo reaches the camp, he finds that some campers have gone missing and the Oracle of Delphi has been stolen. 

I loved this book because it continued with the already amazing Percy Jackson series, a series that I have enjoyed reading for years. The book also adds new characters to the series that, hopefully, will have an impact in a later book. The book is also the first in the Trials of Apollo series, a new series that will, again, hopefully bring back old characters from the last two Percy Jackson series. 

The book, along with most other Percy Jackson books, helps use humor to connect to the audience. The last reason I absolutely love the book, is that the book takes place in New York, this is where the first few books took place, and it is very cool to be back. I would recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in mythology and has read at least a few of the other Percy Jackson books.