Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge: The Last Of August

The Last Of August, by Brittany Cavallaro

After falling in love with the first book in this series, and sharing the love with more than a handful of my sevies, I knew the minute this book came out I'd need to add it to the classroom shelves. I did, and it didn't stay there for long - student after student checked this one out, so fast I didn't get the chance to read it until today!

For those who love Sherlock Holmes, this book (the second in the series) takes a new look at Holmes and Watson, setting them in the present day, and as descendants of the originals rather than the original pair.

I already can't wait for Ms. Cavallaro to write another book in the series ... I want to know what happens to Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson next!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge: Flawed

Flawed, by Cecelia Ahern

First up on my summer reading challenge was to finish Flawed. I started this right before school ended, but then it got set down as I closed out the room for the summer and got my grades posted and such. I got back to it last night, and finished it up this morning.

A dystopian novel, Flawed follows Celestine, a teen girl trying to navigate a world where perfection isn't just a goal. It's a requirement. One false move and you can be branded Flawed. Literally, and for life. Always a rule-follower, events unfold that leave Celestine questioning everything she believes, and making some out-of-character choices.

I give this book 3/5 lightning bolts. It's a good start to a series, and the characters are mostly believable. Some of the plotlines seemed obvious, but for my classroom shelves, this book is perfect!