A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J Anderson

 

In Tarretown, a place run by magic, where nobles and the higher classes rule over the poor, Isaveth and her family only have enough money to use common household magic to heat their home or light it. This magic was made for the lower class who could not afford the expensive magic reserved for people in higher classes than them.  But, one day Isaveth’s father is wrongly accused of Governor Orien’s murder using common magic. Lawkeepers are forced to suspect him because of a suspected grudge against the governor and the fact that common magic was used to kill him. The poor were not allowed to use higher forms of magic, leaving them to only use common magic to do things or misuse them by killing someone. Isaveth and her three sisters are heartbroken, which leaves Isaveth to sleuth around and figure out who the real murderer is and clear her father’s name. Along the way, she meets a peculiar eye-patched boy named Quiz. The two are an unstoppable pair, finding more clues every step they take. But, is Quiz really helping Isaveth out of friendship? Or does he have hidden motives of his own? And, will Isaveth be able to clear her father’s name and find the true murder?

 

This book was amazing, and I wished it didn’t end after I read the last word. I loved the huge shock of Quiz’s true identity, and learning who the real murderer is. At first, it was hard to derive the book’s meaning because of the unexplained magic, but eventually the book explains, so don’t worry! I definitely recommend this book. I would give this book a 10 out of 10!

 

Cheers,

Cupcake

Invasion by Nandita Nair

 

Autumn lives with her mother and little sister Sierra. She is usually not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but, when a series of strange events goes on in her town and globally, ones that are blamed on aliens, she starts to believe.  Soon, strange abductions are taking place, and people are dying.  It’s not easy for her to fully believe, but she witnesses it for the first time, during an alien invasion. What will happen to her and the rest of humanity?

 

This book was amazing! There is a great plot twist at the end, and it’s fun to read about Autumn’s experiences throughout the invasion. This book really gets the reader to question what they would do during the end of the world in an alien invasion. I would give this book a 10 out of 10!

 

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This is now one of my favorite books, so please read! Please comment if you read this book and liked it!

 

Cheers,

Cupcake

Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio

August Pullman was always seen as strange to other kids. Not because of his behavior, but his facial features. He was born with a cleft palate, which makes his face disfigured. This story is about August Pullman’s struggles with other kids and the bully Julian, and not being excepted for him. His life is a roller coaster of emotions, starting from a betrayal of a best friend to so many other events that he has to push through. Palacio is a great author, who wrote a great book.

I loved this book, it is definitely a must read. Please, please, please read this book and give it a chance, you won’t regret it. I would give this book a 10/10.

 

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If you liked this book, this is not technically a series, but there is a book which gives the point of view of the other characters in this book called Auggie and Me, there is also a movie coming out, soon ,based on this book.

Cheers,

Cupcake

 

 

Sophia’s War by Avi

If you all have noticed, I have not been writing for quite a while now. I just needed to catch up on my reading is all. Today, I’ll be writing about an amazing book called Sophia’s War.

When America is fighting against the British, a vast amount of people were split up into two groups, those who supported the British ( Loyalists ), or those who wanted to fight for their freedom and become a separate country ( Rebels ). Sophia, who is seen as “just” a girl in 1776, had a simple life with her parents, and brother fighting in the war on the rebel’s side. But, it all changes when a British officer is forced onto Sophia’s family in their loyalist town. Sophia and her family have to keep their secret of being a rebel to them selves. But, one day something very strange indeed happens to Sophia, especially since she is a girl. She is enlisted as a rebel spy. Her being a girl is the biggest cloaking mechanism that works for her, because no one suspects a girl of doing anything such as what Sophia’s new job is. When her spying gets her some information that just might change the whole war, Sophia has to get it to the American generals. But, she has to hurry, for if she fails in delivering her information, the Americans will lose the war and if her identity is figured out, she will be condemned to a death by hanging…

I loved this book. It is so inspirational to girls who think they are less to anyone else. Sophia is a very strong character indeed. This is definitely a book worth reading, one that I of course recommend. I give this book a 10 out of 10!

 

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Please comment if you read this book and liked it. Again, I would love to know! 🙂

Cheers,

Cupcake

 

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

When Marty Preston comes walking home one day, he sees a scared dog who flinches when he comes near. When the dog starts to follow him home,Marty gets attached. He has to keep the dog secret from his family because they can not afford to keep a dog, so Marty eats half his meals and gives the rest to the dog who he hides in his backyard. One day, Marty finds out that this dog already has an owner named Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun. Turns out the dog ran away from his former owner. Marty is determined to keep the dog (whom he has now named Shiloh) from his abusive owner, which is the reason Shiloh flinches when Marty tried to pet him at first. But, that can’t happen because he does not own the dog. How will Marty keep his beloved Shiloh safe?

This was a good book that that pulls at the reader’s heart strings, and if you are sentimental about dog books, this one is ok to read because the dog does not die at the end, which I am happy to say. I would give this book a 10 out of 10!

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Cheers,

Cupcake

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

After his mother dies Crispin is lost, with no family or place to call his own after the villagers burned it down. While wandering through the forest, Crispin accidentally stumbles upon a secretly held conversation between the steward, who held all the power in his town, John Aycliffe and a mysterious man. Crispin was obviously not supposed to hear the conversation, so he ran from the angry steward clutching the last thing his mother gave to him : a cross made of lead with a little writing on it ( Crispin can’t read) .On his way he meets Bear, a man who captures him and makes him his apprentice. But, the questions start coming, who is Crispin really? And what does his cross say….

This book was good. It made the reader question so many things along the way, and when they finally got the answers it was a big shock! This book needs some time to start going, because it is a little slow at the start. I used to not like it, but then it became really good. Other people don’t really like this book because of the slow starting, but it really just needs a chance. This is not a a book for everyone, if you like to take chances with reading then pick up this book, you won’t regret it! I would give it a 8 out of 10!

If you would like to buy it see below ( amazon is a shopping website):
https://www.amazon.com/Crispin-Cross-Lead-Avi-ebook/dp/B003X4KVSG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500688233&sr=8-1&keywords=crispin

Book cover so you can know what to look for!

Crispin

Cheers,

Cupcake

 

Holes by Louis Sachar

When Stanley Yelnats comes home from school one day, everything changes because of his no good, rotten, dirty, pig stealing great, great grandfather. He thinks he got accused for a crime he did not commit because of the bad luck cursed onto his family member. At a trial Stanley has only two options ( very severe ones I think ) : go to a camp to dig holes ( in the hot, hot sun), or he goes to juvie. ” I’ve never been to camp before “, are the words Stanley says that seals the deal. It’s camp Green lake for him. But, what is the whole purpose of this camp? It can’t just be for building character by digging holes like the warden says, if that were true then why do campers get a day off for finding something interesting in their hole? If the whole purpose of the camp is that one thing, then finding something interesting shouldn’t be such a big deal….

Wow! The ending and surprises in this book were so great! I really loved this book because it has some unexpected twists! I definitely recommend it even though it is not exactly my favorite book. It was kind of hard to derive the meaning of the book at times because of the style of writing, but overall it was amazing and I give it a 9 out of 10!

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Cheers,

Cupcake

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Crabenstein

After writing a class essay on why he loves the new public library, Kyle Keeley along with 12 other children are selected as winners to a contest. The prize being a one night lock down and the new and improved, high-tech public library. At the lock down each child must use their wits to make it out of the new library, for Mr. Lemoncello, a game lover, has made the book filled building into a game for the one night lock down. The children shall use clues to finally find the exit to this game, using only three help options: ” ask an expert”, “Librarian Consultation”, and ” extreme challenge “, ( if the player wins the extreme challenge, their prize will be wondrous.) Will the children find the way out of Mr. Lemoncello’s  library?

This was a great book! It made the reader play along with the characters in the story, trying to think ahead with the given clues and find the exit. I really enjoyed it, but thought the style of writing could of been a little better. I would give this book a 7.5 out of 10!

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There are more books in the series, but I have not read them. Please comment about how the rest of the books were if you read them, or if you read this book. No spoilers 🙂

Oh, and exciting news, you can search me up on bing now!!!

Cheers,

Cupcake

Dear Dumb Diary : Let’s pretend this never happened ( Book 1) by Jim Benton

This book is great for light reading. Its a funny book about middle schooler Jamie Kelly, and all her antics at school with her best friend Isabella and enemy perfect Angeline.

I really loved the books in this series that I read ( I have not read all the books in the series ) but I definitely say it is a must read ! This series is something to read laid back on a Sunday afternoon.:) I give it a 10 out of 10!

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Please write in the comments if you read this book, or any other books in the series and liked it, I would love to know! 🙂 Please include the title of the book you read in the series!

Cheers,

Cupcake

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