Friday, October 2, 2015

The Wicked Will Rise Again, by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige is the The sequel of Dorothy Must Die, is as exciting as ever. Amy Gumm a Kansas girl who was whirled off to Oz during a tornado, now finds herself trying to kill Dorothy. After the first attempt on taking Dorothy’s life fails, Amy flees with the Wingless monkeys in tow. She meets with Mombi at the wingless monkey’s kingdom. 

There she is instructed to meet up with the rest of the Witch Order, and to figure out another plan. Will she succeed? Or will Dorothy outwit her and turn Amy’s plan to shambles again? I liked this book because it has a very adventurous plot. Every new event is unsuspected and exciting. You never know what’s going to happen. After every chapter, Danielle Paige makes you want for more, and more, and more. 

I also liked how she imagined a future for all the original Oz characters, and in a surprising turn, she makes the original characters evil! I would recommend this book to teens, but probably girls. It puts a refreshing twist on the original fairy tale. The story is told from Amy’s perspective, so girls could have an easier time relating to her. Also *YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED* As like most teens, Miss Amy sometimes has a dirty mouth, so occasionally she mutters curse words, but nothing really bad. This is such a good book and I hope whoever reads it liked it just as much as I liked it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Lying Out Loud, by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger is about a teenage girl, Sonny Ardmore, whose greatest talent is lying. She lies about everything you could possibly think of to keep her from being humiliated. Her best friend, Amy Rush, is just about the only person who can see past her lies and be there to back her up no matter what. Things are always complicated with Sonny because she just keeps on lying until she can get herself out of the situation. 

However, when it comes to Ryder Cross, Sonny can't seem to come up with any more lies to keep the truth from coming out. Sonny and Amy can't stand Ryder, but when Ryder texts Amy asking her out, Sonny can't help herself but to prank him. They end up chatting all night and it's not until they say goodbye that Sonny realizes that she'd been texting Ryder from Amy's account the whole time. Sonny thinks that she might actually like Ryder, but Ryder thinks he likes Amy when it's really Sonny that he was chatting with, so Sonny does what she does best and comes up with a whole big lie to try to get Ryder to like her and not Amy.

I really liked this book because it was a classic teen novel about crushes and friendships with a twist. I kept wanting to read more to see if Sonny could work her way out of her latest lie. The way that Keplinger wrote this book made it seem very realistic. I also couldn't put the book down because almost every chapter ended with a cliff hanger, so I had no choice but to keep on reading. In addition to this, I was really able to push myself to finish the book to see how everything turned out. Lying Out Loud is a companion to The DUFF, so if you read The DUFF or saw the movie I think you would really like this book.