Reviews written by Margie Cortina

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March 18, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Annabel's story: Sad but full of hope!

Annabel's story is very similar to the way Pandemonium was told in that it takes place in the present - Annabel's time in the crypts and her escape - and then flashes back to the past - when Annabel fell in love and then was cured, and then how she...

March 17, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Amazing ending!

Unlike the first 2 books, Delirium and Pandemonium, Requiem is told from a dual personality from two different characters, Lena and Hana. As I have mentioned before, I love when stories are told from different point-of-views. However, at first, I was a bit disappointed that Hana was chosen. It didn't...

March 12, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Emotional! Pivotal! Heartbreaking! Love!

Lauren Oliver has switched things up for us in Pandemonium: every other chapter is written in the present (Now) or in the past (Then), both told from Lena's point-of-view. As soon as I saw this, I was very excited to start reading it. I love when books have multiple narrators,...

March 11, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unique plot, capturing storytelling!

Lauren Oliver's unique plot, capturing storytelling and amazing characters has taken the dystopian genre to a whole other level... the thought of the government claiming that having any type of feelings of love - which causes hate, jealousy, depression and more - is the main cause of all of our...

March 08, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A suspenseful, fast-paced, mysterious, alien adventure!

The Fellowship for Alien Detection is a suspenseful, fast-paced, mysterious, alien adventure! The first sci-fi that I have ever read that is based in the present and highly believable. If you are not a believer, Haley and Dodger will definitely make you into one!!! ...

February 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
More action, more humor and more to love!

I love how this series continues without pause! In the third installment to the Real Mermaids Series, there is more action, more humor and more love! Helen Boudreau has a true gift in creating a world where mermaids really do exist... Jade is still trying to be...

February 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Fast-paced, quirky, adorable and super fun!

Fast-paced, quirky, adorable and super fun! This sequel immediately follows where Jade's first mermaid adventures left off... It's summer vacation time! And Jade's stuck at her summer job. While scooping ice cream for her customers, she's trying to come to terms with a lot of things...

February 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Humorous coming-of-age story combing contemporary and fantasy!

Helene Boudreau has written a humorous coming-of-age story; brilliantly combining contemporary and fantasy! I wish that this book was around when I was a tween - so witty, entertaining and fun - loved every second I spent with Jade! Jade is your average tween just trying to...

February 08, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Super fun quick read with a huge twist!!!

As I was reading this short story, I kept thinking, "Oh, this is going to be so predictable." I was SO wrong about that! Kristin and her friend, Liz, are on a cruise that was gifted to them from their parents after graduation. Time alone on...

February 06, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
A sure to be favorite and memorable bedtime story for everyone!

Christopher is a little boy who is trying to go to sleep in his grandparents home. As he is lying there, he here's an odd noise and uses his imagination to think of what could be causing it. As his imagination gets bigger and bigger and leads him out of...

February 06, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A different kind of sci-fi mystery!

Nobody is nothing like I thought it would be - this is definitely something that I would not have picked up. I am so very happy that I agreed to review it. I did struggle with the first part of the book, and even though there were things that...

January 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An amazing debut about a girl named Fred!

I never thought that I would fall for a girl named Fred; but I did, I really did... Liz Fichera puts it all out there in Hooked - bullying, inequality, racism, addictions, the test of relationships, loyalty and love. I love when an author can be completely...

January 16, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Original and intriguing...

Indigo Awakening is an original and intriguing start to The Hunting Series... Jordan Dane really captured my attention with the concept, or perhaps we can call it a conspiracy theory of sorts, on 'Indigo Children, which are children who are believed to have a supernatural abilities. I had...

January 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A good nail-biting plot!

Daphne Benedis-Grab really knows how to deliver a good dramatic plot full of nail-biting moments! The Girl in the Wall is told in alternating point-of-views between the main characters, Sera and Ariel. The story is fast paced, suspenseful and shocking! It starts with Sera, who has been...

November 27, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A wonderfully dark re-imagination of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!

Leanna Renee Hieber has done it again! This time, she re-imagines the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - with her own gasping twists and turns! The Twisted Tragedy of Natalie Stewart immediately picks up where Darker Still left off, not a moment or minute was...

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