Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

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Category: YA Fiction (Teen)

Published: October 2008

Read: December 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Review: This was a great read to kick off another holiday season. The perfect part about reading this book is that when I started to read it, it actually started to snow where I live. It was a pretty picture to go along with my book. I have also never read any of these authors (I know not even John Green) and was excited to check out a bit of their work. 7201c0d4401ed6af670b5986412cc751

I am a huge fan of short stories and these did not disappoint. The book consists of three stories from each author. They are all set to the back drop of a HUGE snow storm hitting a small town. When they talk snow storm they are talking, white out and can’t drive anywhere snow storm. Stop a train snow storm! They are all connected as only stories set in a small town where everyone knows everyone can.

blizzard-011You start out with The Jubliee Express by Maureen Johnson. It’s about a girl Jubliee who is on her way to visit her Grandmother in a quick last min trip and get’s stranded in said small town when her train breaks down. She meets Stewart who lets her come to her house to stay. Minus the never go anywhere with a stranger thing that bothered me it was a cute story where two people who don’t know proper romance love meet, and well…the rest I am sure you can figure out. They are both strong characters and mesh well together.

The second story is by the famous John Green, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle. I must say I LOVED this story by far. I found it funny and action packed and great characters. You meet one who’s catch phrase “Ass Hat” is used throughout and I must say I noticed I was saying it myself as I was reading this book. It’s a cute story of three friends trying to make their way to the waffle house because there are cheerleaders stranded from the storm. To teenage boys this is a really big deal. Chaos ensues as different groups try to make it there in this storm. Hence the humour throughout the whole story. For my first John Green story I was impressed and loved it. From this alone I would read another one of his books. 7502878b29ed67ed816baf4b1323c75a

The last story if about Addy, in The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle. I didn’t like this one so much and this is why I gave the book a 4/5. I found the main character very whiny and I couldn’t stand her at all. I know the story was about her and getting over her “me me me” attitude but it was hard for me to get over it. It wasn’t  a bad story but it was annoying and I found myself just struggling to get through.

For a teen book it is what you expect. There was talk of sex and some drugs but nothing hard core. It would be a good read for the younger to the older teens, and a great little book full of Christmas spirit. It is all based around Christmas eve and morning so that is the nice part about it. I would recommend this as a stocking stuffer or a great gift for any teen girl or anyone who loves quick short romance stories without the heave PDA.

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Review: Minrs by Kevin Sylvester

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: September 2015

Read: November 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) In space. Underground. And out of time. Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet, Perses, as colonists of Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the earth. Dozens of families like Christopher’s have relocated, too, like his best friend Elena Rosales.
A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. It’s okay, though, because the colonists have prepared, stockpiling food and resources to survive. But they never prepared for an attack. Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Now in a race against time, Christopher, along with a small group of survivors, are forced into the maze of mining tunnels. The kids run. They hide. But can they survive?

Review: This is an action packed adventure set in space with a bunch of kids that have to survive without getting in fights with each other and missing their families. digger-kevinsylvester

It’s all from the point of view of Christopher who after seeing his parents get killed by the “landers” takes a leadership role and helps rally the survivors of the attack when the black out happens on Perses. It’s the planet they are living on mining metals to send back to Earth as Earth has lost all the resources they have. They retreat to the mines to hide and gather resources all while trying to work together. They are a rag-tag group of kids, of all different ages and find it hard listening to anyone who isn’t a parent. They also have access to the equipment left behind. They try to take the “landers” in different ways and trouble ensures. The book is left with “they are coming”. minrs-cover

It’s a great book. It’s easy to read and despite some death and hard subjects it’s innocent in the way that it’s a bunch of kids fighting for their lives. It’s well written and overall a good story line. I gave it a 4 out of 5 because it was such a cliff hanger ending and I don’t have the 2nd book yet.

mmposter2For kids this is a great book and I highly recommend it. It’s an action story with a science fiction twist and situations that kids that age  can totally relate too. It does have some death moments in it so if your child is a sensitive one maybe this isn’t the book for them.

I can see it being a longer series, as this is also the author of Neil Flambe. He knows what he is doing and is big in the series for kids world.

Overall a great book, happy I read it and I cant wait to read the second one in the series.