Reviews written by Megan Kelly

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September 11, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Maybe Right For You, Not So Much For Me

I was really torn on Raven Boys. Our protagonist, Blue, lives in a house full of psychics and gets dragged into a shaky friendship with the boys from the local boarding school, as they search for the ley line, a place where the dead walk. Each has...

September 11, 2012 (Updated: September 11, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
What's Better Than Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian?

Oh man, the ending of Burn for Burn! I knew it was the first in a trilogy, but didn't anticipate how much I'd want to read the next installment in this series. I should have known better; I love everything that both Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian have written. A...

September 11, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
David Levithan Knows Love

I’m jealous of all the young people who get to grow up with David Levithan’s novels in their lives. He is a master of painting the lives of adolescents in all their permutations, and in Every Day, he does this in a way unlike anyone who has come before him....

September 02, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Zita's Back!

Zita has discovered that intergalactic fame isn’t all she thought. Hounded day and night, she is relieved when she meets her exact clone. What could it hurt to send the clone out to pretend to be her while she plays? Unfortunately, the clone volunteers to save the Lumonians’ planet and...

July 22, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Friendship Among Heroines in WWII

I couldn't wait for Code Name Verity to end, and I mean that in the best way. There is so much slow building tension in the novel that I was dying to find out what would happen to our heroines, Maddie and Queenie. This book has gotten...

July 17, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
One of the Year's Best Books

How can I ensure that everyone reads R.J. Palacio's amazing Wonder? It brings to mind the Marian Wright Edelman quote, "Service is the rent we pay for living on this planet." I want Wonder to be required reading for everyone, it's that good. Auggie was born with...

July 06, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
They Found Love in a Hopeless Place (sorry, I had to!)

Ilsa J. Bick is a master of dark novels that suck in the reader. Her post-apocalyptic ASHES kept me up all night, and DROWNING INSTINCT is a book that will stay with me, as well. Our heroine, if she can be called that, is Jenna, a...

June 20, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Royal Drama

It’s been a year since Princess Jenna learned that she was royalty and had her world turned upside down. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been an easy transition, due to the snobby students at her boarding school, the constant media attention, and lots of political drama. The paparazzi have published unflattering photos...

June 19, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
An Essential for Fans of the Movie

Fans of The Hunger Games movie and future film students will adore this book. I was so impressed by the level of detail provided in this movie companion. Covering the history of the series, the cast, the set, props, and costumes, it has everything one could want to know about...

June 17, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
More Fun From Jamie Kelly's Diary

Jamie Kelly is back, and this month she is focusing on manners. Of course, in Jamie's writing, that looks like, "You are cordially invited to stop reading my diary. If you can't accept that invitation, I'd like to offer you an invitation to the emergency room." When the handsome lunchroom...

June 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
It's All About the Photos

THE HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE GUIDE was the hot book for my sixth grade students at the book fair. They are obsessed with the series, so naturally, were excited to buy this book, which follows the tributes until right before they enter the arena. I was also eager to get my...

June 15, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A Fun New Dystopian Series

I can measure how good a book is if I finish it after midnight, willing to sacrifice a few hours sleep because I can't put the novel down. I finished Evan Angler's SWIPE at about 12:15 because I needed to know how it would end. I should have known that...

June 13, 2012 (Updated: June 13, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
1.7
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
2.0
Learning Value 
 
1.0
Drama!

I heard about the drama surrounding this book before actually getting to read it. Google to your heart's content, but the gist is that Scholastic published the "How To Survive Anything" series targeted separately towards boys and girls. I bet you can guess which sex got chapters entitled, "How to...

June 13, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Don't Skip This One!

With its clever wordplay and bright illustrations, Don’t Squish the Sasquatch is a picture book that children will be requesting again and again. Senor Sasquatch wants to ride Mr. Blobule’s bus, but has one request: he does not want to get squished. What seemed simple at first becomes more complex...

May 25, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
A Meandering Fairy Tale

Despite its modern cover, Wendy Mass’ Beauty and the Beast, The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away is set in the era of fairy tales, when beautiful girls live in thatched roof cottages in the woods and princes ride in carriages to visit other kingdoms. Sure, the beautiful girl is...

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