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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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.

 

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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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Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

 

Refugee | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, my bookish friends! Today I be doing a spoiler free book review of Refugee by Alan Gratz. This was an inspiring and spell-binding book, and it is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: Refugee
  • Author: Alan Gratz
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • AR Reading Level: 5.3

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IMG_0376Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a homemade raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers – – from drownings to bombing to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

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ExpectationsI had high expectations coming in because multiple people had told me that this was a good book. The synopsis caught my attention, and cover indicated that it was an action-packed and excited book. But who am I to judge a book by its cover?*

*It’s OK because I’m a book-reviewer but don’t tell anyone (wink, wink)\

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TLikeshe pacing was spot-on.Β RefugeeΒ was truly a page-turner. I’m not even kidding! Every single chapter ended with a cliffhanger. From the very first page to the last, this book caught my attention and was engaging. I read this book in a book club, and I found it very difficult not to read ahead. VERY difficult.

Alan Gratz not only did an excellent job executing three stories at one time but also making his characters complex, relatable, and three-dimensional. A lot of books in this same format are choppy and difficult to dive into because the plot is divided between different characters. This is difficult to do, and I applaud him for it. Josef, Isabel, and Mohmoud were brave, resourceful, and intelligent. All of them were struggling, in some way or another, but they never gave up and they kept on fighting.

Refugee was genuinely inspiring. I felt more grateful about the things that I have after I read it, and it made me realize what some people have to go through just to have a place called home.

Plus, the twist at the end of the book is AMAZING.

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DislikesThe only thing that I would have changed about this book was give a little bit more back story about Josef towards the end of the book. It was left as a little bit of a cliffhanger and in my opinion ended too abruptly, and I would have liked to see a little bit more. This, however, is my only critique.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, RefugeeΒ was an attention grabbing page turner with, unlike many books with such fast pacing, truly inspiring. The characters were likeable and even though I would have changed a little bit of it, the rest was perfect. The way the characters intertwined at the end was genius and made the book 10 times better. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you like Alan Gratz or action-packed novels.

I will definitely read more books by Alan Gratz in the future, given the quality of this one.

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Keep on Booking,-Katie K