This is the first book that I've read since having a baby that I
actually finished; one that kept my attention and that I enjoyed. It has
elements of that movie "The Village" in it, with some paranormal powers
thrown in. I will be reading the next in the series.
June 4, 2013
(first published 2010)
This review is also by my 11 year old daughter. All opinions are her own.
The problem in the story is the cell phone. Nikki keeps
getting these random and crude text messages that are supposedly from Brandon,
her “boyfriend.” It’s pretty obvious they are not. That leaves one person. Who
would be jealous of Nikki and enjoy ruining her life? I wonder if it might be
At the end of the book, when
Mackenzie receives the text from “Nikki to Brandon” that said there was a
diamond necklace in the dumpster behind the school.Number one, why would Mackenzie believe that
Nikki really threw away a diamond necklace? Number two, why would she dive into
the dumpster with her amazingly expensive dress still on?
As I said, the cell phone is the
whole problem. Plus, it doesn’t make sense when Brandon tells Nikki, “When have
I ever used a smiley face?” He uses a smiley face on every text he sends!
Example, he sent a text to Nikki telling her “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Sitting
here eating your box of chocolates and thinking of you J!!” I double-checked that.
And this swim thing, I know some
high schools that have pools in them, but no middle schools! Maybe they went
down to the high school every day. That part of the book was timed very wrong. The
swim lessons and skills tests were in the middle of the winter! Nikki can’t
even keep her head above the water in a 4-foot pool. She blacked out before her
feet touched the bottom. What’s the deal with wearing scuba gear to a skills
test? She thought it was allowed because it wasn’t on the sign posted in the
front of the pool. Which said, “NO RUNNING!” It’s not on there because if it
were then every other obvious rule in the world would have to be on it. She
also wore a kiddie float toy and put it around her waist. Nikki is 14 years
old! Did she ever take swimming lessons?
This book had a way too happy ending. Also, at
the end, everything went perfectly right for Nikki. There’s a dance in this
book, I wonder if Nikki could POSSIBLY go with Brandon! There’s also a
“sweetheart queen” I wonder who MIGHT win! Also, the cliffhanger at the end
could easily be the end of the series. Every book so far has looked like it is
the end of the series; I’m tired of all the happy endings.
This is the 2nd review my daughter has written. Also, she wrote this all on her own with no help from me. The thoughts are all hers.
There are too many smiley faces and exclamation marks in
this book, and way too many “OMGs.” I know this is the age of cell phones and
texting, but this is a book! I don’t want to read someone’s texts. It’s sheer
luck when Nikki gets into the ice skating show.If you want to perfect something, you always practice, not try to find a
way out of it. Nikki’s friends pretty much forced her to get in the show, and
she wanted to stay in it, and she kept finding a way to hide the fact that she
Why does the author call it Dork
Diaries? These girls are NOT dorks. They are dressed really nice, and Nikki
always seems to have a different pair of boots on every day. Plus, their
skating outfits are amazing!
I also am very against the part
when Nikki keeps bugging her parents to get her a really expensive iPhone. Then
she finally gets it. This is teaching girls that if they keep asking and
begging for something illogical for them to have, they will get it anyway. This
cell phone causes a lot of problems later in the books. Nikki says that she
would pluck out her eye with a dirty spatula rather than read Moby Dick. Moby Dick
may be a little boring in different parts of the book, but it is a pretty good
story. Instead of making a list of things she’d rather do, why doesn’t she just
get it over with?
Why did the owner of Fuzzy Friends (Brandon’s
grandma) let Nikki skate for the shop and not Mackenzie? Mackenzie did ask
first. I also hate that Nikki says she found out about Brandon’s family by
accident, she really peers over bathroom stalls and fence completely on
purpose. Chloe and Zoey are so nice to Nikki and give her things, but Nikki
gives them nothing in return. Chloe and Zoey still hang out with
Mackenzie locks Nikki, Chloe and Zoey in a closet
in the skating arena to die! This has gone too far! 14-year-olds don’t attempt
murder! Nikki is still freaking out about whether or not Brandon likes her.
Brandon flat out told Nikki he likes spending time with her! At the end, they
all get away with everything because of some crazy miracle. The end is happily
ever after for everyone, again.
The following review was written by my 11-year-old daughter. She wrote this completely on her own without any help from me. What a smartie!
This book was a stretch. None of
this would actually happen in a normal middle school. A normal 14-year-old girl
would not focus this much on popularity.
Nikki, the main character, is
pretty spoiled. Nikki’s little sister, Brianna, is the girl that was supposed
to be a pampered brat. Oh yes, she certainly was. I have noticed that in this
book, everything is totally exaggerated. So Brianna is treated like an adorable
kitten. Her parents think everything she does is so cute. The problem is that
when Brianna makes a mistake, like spitting food in a fish tank, she is never
corrected. Nikki has to clean up after her, not what a normal sister would do.
If I was Nikki, and, say, Brianna spit her food in the fish tank, I would not
fish it out immediately, I would bring her down and show her what a mess she
made. It’s so sad that Nikki hates her sister.
Mackenzie, on the other hand, is
even more spoiled. She is just so… glittery. She’s so glittery it’s unnatural,
and gross. Normal girls her age, even popular and rich girls, would not be this
way. Where are her parents when she is strutting through the halls like she’s
at a fashion show? No parent would approve of her having gazillion designer
purses! If Mackenzie were real, she would be broke. No matter how rich she was
to begin with. The whole “CCP” thing is just something the author probably made
up at the last minute. I read the part about Mackenzie keeping Nikki out of her
locker, and it’s completely uncalled for. 14-year-old girls don’t do that. No
one would do that!It also doesn’t make
sense that the teachers and the parents in the book have no idea what’s going
No one in the book acts the way a
normal person would. Nikki doesn’t do anything when Mackenzie is being so
terrible to her. What bugs me is that instead of talking to a real person, like
her mom or dad, Nikki is constantly whining to her diary about how horrible her
life is. Someone needs to tell her that it could be worse. She has friends, she
has her own room, and she is talented.
What’s the deal about Nikki’s
parents pulling her out of school to go to a funeral for someone they didn’t
even know? I also hate the part in the beginning of the book when Nikki says
she thinks that it’s better to tell your secrets to the world rather than write
them in a diary. I just hate it when
Nikki calls her mom “brain dead” when she gives her a diary. Personally, I keep
a diary, and I think it has helped me a lot. The author should not have put the
part about Nikki starting off as a diary hater, and the next day turning into a
full scale, 4-page-a-day writer.
Nikki is not a good role model for
girls. The whole cell phone thing is just dumb. I know I wanted a cell phone
once, and my mom sat down and told me why not having a cell phone is better
than having one. Someone needs to tell Nikki to let the dream die. The whole
book is just drama, drama, and drama.
Nikki also has a computer in her
room. I am totally against her ordering things online without her parents
knowing. Who in their right mind would order a payphone off eBay and put it in
thing I liked about this book was the art. Although it is not something a
14-year-old would draw, it is amazing.
I just say that if this was the last book in this series, I would have
seriously had to hurt someone. The ending TOTALLY sucked. I was so
bummed the entire rest of the day, because for some reason I thought
that this was the end. Luckily I got on Goodreads to check. Whew.
Disaster averted! As it is, I still have mixed feelings about this
installment in the Violet Eden series. Some good things happened. Some
bad things happened. There still was all the violence and sexual tension
that appear in the previous books. And some significant things happened
and knowledge shared. But what's next? I suppose the "financier"
will have something to do with the next book - obviously. There was a
huge fat question mark floating above his head at the end of the book. I'm just happy that there is another book. Although, I'm hoping Number 5 is the last. There's only so much I can take, you know?
enjoyed this last book (we hope) in this long series of Ranger's
Apprentice books. I can't believe there are 12 of them! I appreciated
the plot and the fact that finally!!! there is a girl Ranger's
apprentice! It took the author long enough to figure out that girls
would make fabulous Rangers, too. Maybe he'll do a spin-off series
focused on this. We'll see. Expect the same great action, adventure
and bad-guy slaying you read in the other 11 books. Flanagan has proven
that he knows how to write adventure stories for all age sets.
379 pages Published
April 22, 2014
by Orbit A great, happy ending to this action-filled sci-fi romp through the universe. Loved it! There
is a sex scene and more than a smattering in s-words throughout the
book. I may just have to read some of Rachel Bach's other books; let's
see if they are as good as this trilogy was.
If you like christianity being shoved down your throat and all things "The Bachelor," this book is clearly for you. Now,
I am a christian, but this book is just not my cup of tea. Every page
has some religious ideology and prayer on it. Religion for me is a
personal thing. I go to church - I enjoy it, but I don't want my beliefs
turned into a YA romance filled with saccharine, eye-rolling and lack
of plot. It may have helped if the writing was better and the relgious
down-the-throat-shoving was toned down to just "religious overtones." The
only reason I gave it two stars is because there is no swearing, sex or
bad stuff. And it obviously touts the benefits of christian thinking -
forgiveness and love. And I finished the thing. I guess that counts for something.
578 pages Published
Sept. 18, 2012
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers I
enjoyed this book, mostly. Sometimes the flapper language was annoying
and too persistent and the book was a little too long - plus there is a
developing love triangle (ick!), but I overlooked all that in favor of a
great, twisted, and delightfully dark plot. There is some - no, quite a
lot of gruesome killing scenes, so beware. I skipped most of them. All I
needed to know was who got dead. I haven't read many books set in
the flapper and prohibition era, so this was a good introduction to
speakeasies, spiritualism and old-time New York. What a crazy time. I may pick up #2 when it comes out. We'll see.
Luckily, this book - the 2nd in the Pulse Trilogy - is better than the first. It does not make you wait as long for the action like in the first book. Our heroine already has her powers, so we can get right to the juicy stuff. The bad guys are stronger and badder, with a devious plan. The ending contained an awesome twist. Will be reading #3.
The first half of this book was very slow, but I was so intrigued with the premise and where the book could go, that I stuck it out. It finally picked up after slogging through the boring stuff - I'm glad I stuck with it. A promising new trilogy by one of my favorite authors, Patrick Carman.
to me, I skipped the 2nd book in this series and didn't realize it
until I was halfway through this book. Hmm. I'm not exactly sure what
that means ... At least now I don't have to read Book #2. It must
have been not that enlightening, since I was following Book #3 right
along with no problem.
323 pages Published
June 5, 2014
by HarperCollins Children's Books I'm glad this series is over. It ended well, too, which was nice. It even had an epilogue! I love epilogues. I'm not sure there is much depth to this series, but if you want a mindless, entertaining beach read, this is a great choice.
wavering between 2.5 and three stars, because this book just wasn't all
that great. Actually the whole series wasn't all that great. Not bad,
just not stellar. But I read all three, so I guess that says something. Maybe it was the whining characters, or the endless killing, or maybe it was just boring. I'm glad it's over.
I love these books. This book follows the continuing stories of Finley, Griffin, Mila and Jack. Much like a soap opera jumps from one storyline to the next, this book follows that pattern. In one, Finley is trying to free Griffin from the evil clutches of Garibaldi; and in the other story, Mila is discovering the world.
Mild swearing and implied sex. Nothing to make you blush.
I hope there are more of these books in Kady Cross's head.
If you can get past all of the questions that are asked in the narrative (and there are so many, I started skipping those paragraphs), this is a great ending to a pretty great trilogy for kids. The questions asked by the main characters were so plentiful that it detracted from the pace and action of the book. Instead of asking so many questions, like "Is this the right thing to do? How do I know?" etc. the book's action and pace would be better served by decisive decision-making.
Despite that, the book was full of moral themes that I would love to have my kids adopt. Themes such as valuing friendship, being loyal and having faith.
I can recommend to any kid or teen wanting a action-packed, yet still clean book to read.
May 6, 2014
by Sourcebooks Fire
(first published Nov. 12, 2013)
Finally, finally! I am done with this series. And fortunately, I didn't waste my time. The last book was quite possibly the best of the bunch. It was full of action and soul-searching and more action. The only thing that bugged me was how the the huge, pivotal change of heart that Violet had that changed the outcome of the book was handled. It was like the suffering that she had endured for the past two years was changed in two paragraphs. It was unsatisfying and abrupt.
Besides that, I enjoyed the book immensely. There was one sex scene (not graphic) and little to no swearing.
I can recommend to anyone looking for a not-too-many-books series, in which they've all been published. (Don't you hate having to wait for the next book in an on-going series??!)
March 13, 2012
by Aladdin (first published March 12th 2012)
I read this book while visiting my in-laws down in Utah while waiting for our things to arrive at our new house in Washington. It was a great escape for me - there were 6 kids running around the house having a grand (loud) time, and I just needed to live in a world other that my own for a while.
Great action, completely kid-worthy and clean. I've just started the last book in the trilogy.
As far as sequels go, this one is a winner. I was ecstatic about the first novel, Fortune's Pawn, and was eager to get my hands on No. 2 in the trilogy. I did! And I read the thing in a day. While sick. And while my 20-month-old was sick. It was that engrossing.
The book is full of all the good stuff that was in the first book, minus the sex scene. Plus lots of answers and explanations. Not all, but definitely enough to satisfy me. I am on the waiting list for the last book, and can't wait to read it.