Reviews written by Alanna Shaw

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December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Enjoyable

There is a lot going on in Stung. The opening scene begins with Fiona waking from a sleep she doesn’t remember and stepping into a fight for her life. The entire world has changed while she has been asleep, and it’s no longer safe for anyone. Enter the...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Love it!

The ending of The Darkest Minds left my heart in my stomach. But the ending of Never Fade left me with sweaty palms, a racing heart, and sitting on the edge of my seat. It was phenomenal! I’ve been saying this since I read The Darkest Minds, and I still...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Great for fans of Judy Blume (and older readers)

The series continues! This time around Dom is moving on. She's on that dangerous precipice of 'a rebound' but she blows through it. She realizes new things about herself along the way, too. The plot is a lot...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Now I love this series!

The ending of Shadowlands left me questioning whether I would like this series or not. I can say after reading Hereafter, I do like this series. I found Hereafter a bit more predictable than Shadowlands. If you read the first book, you understand what I’m saying...

December 30, 2013
Kids Fiction
heavy on gore, light on plot

Sick was sick. These zombies are hardcore and not for the faint hearted. There was much gore and blood slurping, so teenage boys should be satisfied. If you're looking for a solid plot, though, look elsewhere. There was a lot of action, but it...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Horrifying story

I have mixed feelings toward this book. First and foremost, the content and basis of this horrific story is terrifying. You cannot dispute that. I've actually been aware of the issue of human trafficking for some time, and it never stops amazing me. I...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
eh... not for me

I tried SO hard to finish this book. I tried for nearly an entire month, in fact. But try as I might, I just couldn't do it. I thought this cover was stunning. I thought it was going to be some type of...

December 30, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Good story, but a bit long winded

Reboot is a new take on dystopians. The concept behind the book is unique and refreshing-- in an undead sort of way. I really liked the characters. Wren and Callum were a very interesting combination. You can't help but like Callum. His innocence and...

September 15, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Creepy and good

Conjured was both captivating and terrifying-- all at the same time. There is a mystery surrounding Eve. She's in a witness protection program, but she can't remember why. People treat her differently than they do others; it's almost as if they are afraid of her....

August 24, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Loved it!

I. Loved. This. Book. It is so hard to say what I loved about it the most. I am torn between the characters and the setting. Lets start with the setting. Scotland and Doon. Obviously, Scotland is a fun setting- period. But then you...

August 24, 2013
Kids Nonfiction
So much fun to read

In the word's of my youngest son: "This book is really cool." We LOVED Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I really hope this will become a series because it was so original. You wouldn't think that a book about the color green would be very...

August 24, 2013
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Still annoyed with the characters

I'm going to be one of those people that bursts someone's bubble because I felt Endure lacking something special. I have said this in my reviews of the other books in the series, but Nick annoys me. I was completely put off in book 2 with...

August 24, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Glad I joined the party

Better to be tardy to the party than to never attend at all, right? That pretty much sums my main stream reading up in a nutshell. It seems like I am always way behind the fan club when it comes to my reading. I just read City of Bones, despite...

August 14, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Strong messages hidden within the pages

Ethan is a complicated mess. In one sense he is your typical teenage manwhore, but in another sense he is a victim. Obviously there is some physical violence here, but Ethan is more the victim of a broken heart than anything. His first experience with "love" leaves him broken and...

August 05, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Perfect rainy day read!

Loved it from the first page. I loved the setting, the characters, and the whole idea behind this book. As I started reading Belle Epoque, it became apparent to me that this was similar to The Luxe series. Maybe it's not an obvious comparison,...

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