Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writing.Β I haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had mediumΒ expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

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Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through!Β So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school.Β But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled Β Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

The Name of This Book is Secret | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello! Today I will be reviewing The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. This was an excellent book and is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: The Name of This Book is Secret
  • Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

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IMG_0376Stop!

Leave now.

This is a secret story about a dangerous secret that I must not reveal. Good. You’re curious. You’re brave. If you join this adventure, I will introduce you to some of the events and people in this perilous book. It is an alarming account of two extraordinary adventurers, a missing magician’s diary, a symphony of smells, and a deadly secret…

But be careful – our enemies are watching. And tell no one…because the name of this book is secret.

(Synopsis token from the back of the book, not my writing)

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ExpectationsI was a huge fan of this series and read the all of the books when I was in the third grade, so I thought that at least the first one deserved a re-read. I was excited to for a re-read, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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LikesThe book had a mysterious vibe that couldn’t be topped. The writing style was excellent, and the author is great at getting the reader hooked. I also enjoyed solving riddles and deciphering codes alongside Cass and Max-Ernest. It kept me engaged in the story and plot. (Which were also very good)

The villains were excellent! Dr. L and Ms. Mavius *sorry I don’t know how to spell her name* were perfect antagonists. Plus, Dr. L’s back story was executed perfectly. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a single character that I didn’t like/didn’t fit well into the story.

Bosch had a signature dark humor that spiced things up, similar to that of Trenton Lee Stewart and Lemony Snicket. He also made useful side notations a which added to the dynamics of his writing style to evaluate on the unique things that were happening in the story, which came in handy.

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DislikesThe only problem I had with this story was how the ending was a little abrupt. It didn’t seem to fully wrap up the story the way I was expecting.*

*This is in a series, which also happens to be very secret, so it may purposely leave on a cliffhanger

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, The Name of This Book is SecretΒ is a must read, especially for anyone who is into mystery books. There was only one minor problem, but it was easily outruled by all of the redeemable qualities which the book possesses. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed if you pick this book up.

 

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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I am proud to say that this is our first 5 star review here on Katie That Bookish Girl! *Cries tears of joy.* I’m so proud of you, books.

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Thank you for reading this post! What did you think of The Name of This Book is Secret? If you haven’t read it yet, are you going to? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Everything Everything | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, squad! Today I will be doing a spoiler free book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Everything Everything
  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Random House Teen
  • AR Reading Level: Unknown/Not listed

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IMG_0376My disease is a rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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ExpectationsI expected this book to be good (even though I typically HATE Romance novels because my sister watched the movie adaptation and loved it. This is great news because usually book to movie adaptations are horrible. If the movie is good, the book is 10 times better.

Also, can we just take a moment to stare at the cover. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

IPFF*

*I predict future fangirling

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LikesThe pacing was average, but the chapters were short and IΒ read this novel in less than 24 hours. The story easily captured my attention and I was quickly engaged in the story and plot.

Nicola Yoon perfectly captured Maddy’s wonder when experiencing new things outside of the bubble she grew up in. I honestly don’t think it could have been done any better.

I am quite impressed! Usually I HATE Romance novels, but this was executed very well.

The drawings also added another element to the story. I especially enjoy books with these types of graphs and doodles. It in general makes the story more engaging and keeps the reader interested.

The ending was absolutely perfect.

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DislikesI would have liked to see a little bit more about Olly’s family life. There were so many chances for more development, but it just didn’t happen. We were only given a little bit of back story, which was disappointing. There was a wide open space for flaweless character development, but it just wasn’t there.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Everything Everything was a wonderful read that easily took the reader away to another world full of truth, discovery, love, and heartbreak. Although some parts were under-developed it was in general a rich novel that almost anyone who picked it up could enjoy.

I recommend this to everyone (especially teens) except those who don’t like romance novels.

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Thank you for reading this post and please follow my blog. I am curious to see what you thought about this book, so please let me know down in the comments section below! I love hearing what you guys have to say.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K