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The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken — October 8, 2018

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken

downloadSixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

This book was amazing!!!! It wasn’t very original but there were some original twists to it. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m ashamed that I waited this long to read the book just so I could watch it. The characters were so realistic and I wanted all of them to have their own happy ending. The writing style was not bad either.

 

The writing style was pretty good, but it definitely gets better as Ms. Bracken continues to write. Her style was fairly unique, but it was not as addictive as I thought it would be. I loved the way the way Ms. Bracken described everything and made me feel things that I probably wouldn’t have felt otherwise. Ms. Bracken is extremely talented and I can’t wait to see how she progresses in Never Fade.

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The characters were so unique and raw. Ruby was so brave and I hated how she put herself down when she deserved the world. Liam was the best and he needs a happy ending more than anyone. Chubs was the ultimate friend and I just want to give him a hug. And Zu was so sweet and small and she needs a normal life and a family that cares about her. All of the characters grew so much over the course of the book, as people and as a team. All of the side characters were as fleshed out as the main characters and I could relate to them well. 

I was really impressed with the way that Ms. Bracken wrote reality. She stressed the fact that in this world the only people who care about the kids are the other kids. And sometimes even that’s not true. It is complete anarchy outside of the camps. I was very interested in the tribal systems that most of the children outside had set up. I think that I would like to run one of those if I was in this book and had survived IAAN.

The plot was not very original but some of the twists were. I was very invested in the story and I can’t wait until I can read Never Fade. There were a lot of plot twists that I didn’t predict and that made me pretty upset. I loved reading about all of the car chases and battles and small child care and therapy (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean). The ending of this book killed me and I wish I had tissues and the next book. *SPOILERS* Chubs can’t die and Liam can’t have forgotten about Ruby!!!! *END SPOILERS*

If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Now. I recommend all of Ms. Bracken’s books. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Girls Who Code: Spotlight on Coding Club, by Michelle Schusterman BLOG TOUR — October 5, 2018

Girls Who Code: Spotlight on Coding Club, by Michelle Schusterman BLOG TOUR

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CoverPerfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code!

It’s almost time for the talent show at school, and Erin couldn’t be more excited. It’s her time to take center stage! Plus, she and her friends from coding club are putting together an awesome coding program for the show. 

But Erin has a big secret: she has anxiety. And when things start piling up at home and school, she starts having trouble handling everything. Her friends from coding club have always been there for her, but will they be as understanding when the going gets tough? Sometimes in coding–like in friendship–things don’t go exactly as planned, but the outcome can be even better than you’d imagined.

First, I have to say a big thank-you to Friya from Penguin Teen for giving me this opportunity!!! Next, I have not read any books from the Girls Who Code but I was able to dive right into this book. I really enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to discuss this book with you guys.

I really loved the writing style and was addicted to it!!! I read this book in one sitting and loved that. Ms. Schusterman writing style was very clear and easy to read. Ms. Schusterman was able to write the book for a younger audience while talking about complicated things like mental health, military deployment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I loved the way that Michelle Schisterman talked about these topics and will probably teach some girls tolerance and the ability to tell girls how important friends are. This book means a lot to me and I can’t wait to see where this story takes us.

The girls were very well-written and relatable. I think that Erin was very amazing and a very role-model for girls all over with anxiety. All of the girls were such great friends and I wish that girls in real life were this kind and friendly. I enjoyed the dialogue that the girls exchanged and how supportive they were. Erin, Maya, Lucy, Lelia, and Sophia were such great characters and I loved what a great friend group they were. I was astounded by the maturity of the girls and how well they reacted to everything. All of the girls were amazing and I can’t wait to see where they go in the future.

The coding aspect of this book was amazing and I can’t wait to see if that is written as well in the other books. I was quite pleased to know that I understood many of the technical terms in this book. The coding was very advanced, so if this is what girls are doing in their girls who code clubs then I am very impressed and need to up my coding game. I loved reading about the coding and how the girls worked together to achieve their dreams.

The plot was very well-written and I really liked it. The plot was based on preparing for a talent show and growing friendships within the club. I really liked this and was engrossed in the building of friendships and websites. I was in love with the way that the coding club girls were able to audition and compete. I was very pleased to read about the way that the rest of the girls dealt with Erin’s anxiety. All of the girls were amazing and I loved them so much. The plot wasn’t very suspenseful but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from the series. I highly recommend this book. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. I got the summary from the publisher. Thank you again to Friya from Penguin Teen for this opportunity. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Schedule:

October 1 – The Readathon – Review

October 2 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

October 3 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review

October 4 – Coquette Maman – Creative Instagram Picture + Coding

October 5 – Buttons Book Reviews – Review

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Michelle Schusterman is the author of I Heart Band, a Scholastic Reading Club pick, The Kat Sinclair Files, and Olive and the Backstage Ghost. She’s also an instructor at Writopia Lab, a nonprofit organization that offers creative-writing workshops for children and teens from all backgrounds. Find out more at michelleschusterman.com.

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Odd One Out, by Nic Stone — October 2, 2018

Odd One Out, by Nic Stone

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Title: Odd One Out

Author: Nic Stone

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Pages: 320

Courtney “Coop” Cooper: Dumped. Again. Normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now my best friend is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin: I’m the “new girl,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. Also, I want to kiss him. And her.

Jupiter Charity Sanchez: The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. I have to make a move.

One Story. Three Sides. No Easy Answers.

This book took my heart and ripped it into pieces. Tiny little pieces that will never be put back together again. It was so beautiful and powerful and it taught such an important message! All opinions are entirely my own. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Stone will write next.

Ms. Stone’s writing style is extraordinary, very addictive, and lyrical. She writes about hard topics that most people don’t talk about, but then after reading one of her books, want to start a movement for. I think that Ms. Stone’s style is one of the most unique writing styles out there and I really love it.

Coop, Rae, and Jupiter were the perfect squad. At least, for one part of the book. They were such unique people – amazing, alone, but better together. When they weren’t fighting, that is. I loved them all so much! All of them were so precious and I want them all to be happy. 

Rae was probably my favorite character. She was so strong and independent and smart. I just wanted to be cheering for her and comforting her and being her friend. She was the most upbeat person in the book and she cared for her friends quite a lot. I loved how kind she was to everyone – even if she was a little bit of a people pleaser.

The plot was one of the most interesting parts of the book. It was organized into three sections, each section in a separate POV, one for Jupiter, Coop, and Rae. I enjoyed Coop’s POV the most because of how he interacted with everyone in his life. I loved him so much because he was kind to everyone and because of funny he was. The plot twists were very unpredictable and complicated. I loved how well things were planned out. You could tell that Ms. Stone planned this carefully. I really admired her attention to detail and her ability to (probably) stick to a plan.

All in all, I really loved this book and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Stone writes. I got the summary from the back cover. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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