Reviews written by Margie Cortina

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May 31, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
HUNGRY is fast-paced, original and mind-blowing! Writing is smooth, unpredictable and surprising!

A dystopian like no other! HUNGRY is fast-paced, original and mind-blowing! The writing is smooth, unpredictable and surprising... thought provoking at its best! First, I'd like to point out that you should definitely not judge a book by its cover, blurb or summary. Everything about this...

May 22, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Great intro to the series, its characters, surroundings & plot. Armentrout is a master storyteller!

Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong - give her a speck of dust and she will be able to weave not one story, but billions of stories out of nothing! She has a gift, and definitely knows how to create with it, and share it with us... This...

April 12, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Such a sweet book to share with the little monster... I mean... the child in your life!

Every child at one point or another questions why they have to eat all of their vegetables at dinner before they can have dessert, and why they have to brush their teeth before bed. Most kids also develop a fear or two - of the dark, monsters under the bed,...

March 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
This is a must read! It's free! There's no excuse! It's perfect!

One of the most intense, and shortest, novellas I have ever read! Stacey O'Neale really knows how to torture, squeeze and crush my heart in just a few short pages!!! The writing is amazing! Just enough details to let me picture this world within ours where...

March 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Revelations! Heartbreak! The perfect ending!!!

Take deep breaths! You really need to prepare yourself for this part!!! So many revelations! Heartbreak! And unbelievable reality for Tessa! Poor Tessa! All of her nightmares seem to be coming true... No one to trust. No where to go. Her family is broken....

March 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
And the suspenseful riveting story continues!

And the riveting story continues!!! I don't want to say too much, because I'm afraid I may slip with spoilers - but I promise, this is totally spoiler free!!!... This time, Clara Kensie brings on the swoon and romance between Tessa and Tristan. We...

March 12, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
Sweet, touching, memorable!

One of the most sweetest, memorable and touching children's book I have read in a very long time. I would shelve this in between The Kissing Hand and Good Night Moon... Edward is very fond and attached to his little Blankie. He never goes...

March 11, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Young Adult Nonfiction
Love. Murder. Mystery. Ghosts. Heartache.

My heart aches after reading Liv's story... This is by far one of the best books I have read in a very long time. And will also be one of the most memorable ones. One that I will remember and carry with me for forever... which is rare...

February 01, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An emotional thrilling romantic mystery!

Clara Kensie knows how to write an emotional thrilling romantic mystery! It's a good thing that this is a digital book, I believe I would have ripped pages if it was on paper! I couldn't read fast enough, Tessa's story is so deep and personal. You will not be able...

January 21, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Sweet book for all ages!

Although LEAF was published back in 2009 it is a new favorite! My boys purchased this adorable book for their baby brother because of its memorable and sweet illustrations. The book is told mostly through it's illustrations - words are very minimal, and that's what we love...

January 15, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An original, funny and sad, mysterious story - a take on angels like no other!

Jenna has a lot going on in her life right now - her father has abandoned the family, her mother seems to be in a depression and hardly ever leaves her bed, and her older brother, Casey, is your typical teenage boy that tries to keep things together the...

January 02, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A very fun, quirky, quick read for the younger YA audience!

If you love drama, drama and more drama, comedy and a side of reality thrown at you, then this is definitely your kind of read! Ms. Crompton has a gift for creating realistic and likeable characters... Our main character Shannon is not having the best of high...

July 03, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Perfect intro to a steampunk series!

Usually before I read any novellas or short stories, I read the first book to the series in case of any spoilers, misunderstandings and such... however, this time, I decided to just go for it and read this novella first. I'm happy I did - it gave me a wonderful...

March 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Young Adult Nonfiction
Hard topic, eye-opening, raw emotions!

It was very clear to me from the start that Jessica Verdi did her research for MY LIFE AFTER NOW. This page-turner was eye-opening, full of compassion and knowledge... Lucy seems to have the perfect life until she finds out that her boyfriend is cheated and...

March 18, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
It's Delirium, but from Hana's POV!

After Lena and Hana have their evaluations and get matched, they start to grow apart and their relationship starts to deteriorate. In Hana's story, we get to see what Hana went through in Delirium. Hana is a lot more outgoing, vibrant and free-spirited than Lena. She has been...

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