Book Review, Flashback Friday, matched, matched trilogy

Flashback Friday: Matched by Ally Condie

Happy Friday! Flashback Friday is where I review a book I loved but haven’t read in awhile or was published over a year ago. If you post a Flashback Friday leave me a link in the comments.

I just re-read this book, and added an update to my review.

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: November 2010
Pages: 366
Series: Matched #1
Source: Library
5 Stars: I Loved It!

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts:
July 2011
I loved this book! Wow! Why is a forbidden romance so intriguing?! I actually listened to this on cd for a trip; then finished listening at home. I prefer books because they’re easier to put down and find my place again when one of my kids runs into the room asking for breakfast in a very loud voice. 

The dystopian storyline and romance (1 girl with 2 boys to choose from) reminds me of other books, but that doesn’t bother me. It’s completely entertaining. I like that Cassia is smart and pretty quick to pick up on things. It’s always annoying when the main character can’t figure out the obvious for most of the book. Not so for this book, I didn’t see what was coming at all or only guessed shortly before Cassia figured it out. 

The 2 boys are Ky and Xander. Both amazing guys that happen to be very attractive. I won’t go into detail on how wonderful these guys are for Cassia; you can discover that for yourselves. 

Update: May 2012
I just finished reading this book for the first time since last time I listened to the audio book. I fell in love all over again! Ally Condie is an amazing writer. The words were so smooth and beautiful, like poetry. I love revisiting books. It was so fun to go back into the world of Matched. I recommend this book to everyone!

Have you read it? What did you think?

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

Buy it!

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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Flashback Friday: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Happy Friday! Flashback Friday is where I review a book I loved but haven’t read in awhile.

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: January 2005
Pages: 498
Series: Twilight #1
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

My Thoughts:
Have you heard about a little book called Twilight? Well, it’s a wonderful love story. I remember reading it for the first time and falling in love with the romance and excitement. It was the first book I had ever read with vampires, and I’ve actually only read maybe one with main character vampires since. Good vampires?! Who’d ever heard of such a thing?

Edward was a true gentleman in a situation he didn’t ask for. It was fun to watch Bella figure out all his secrets and actually be okay with them. I loved Edward throughout the series because of the great guy he was even though I was Team Jacob by book two. 🙂

I know by book two I didn’t like Bella very much, but I can’t remember if I felt that way in Twilight. I think I still liked her in book one. Just in case you haven’t read the books I won’t spoil the read, but I’ll just say Bella bugged me in New Moon because of the way she reacted to something. I wanted to yell at her, “Move on with your life! You’re in high school! Hang out with your friends!”

The part that stands out in my memory the most is the ending scenes. I was terrified for Bella! Super scary, super exciting! It was such a great book that I really loved reading. Here’s what I wrote on my goodreads after reading it in December 2007, “I didn’t think I’d like a vampire book, but I could not put this down!”

Have you read Twilight? What did you love/ not love about it?

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing, sexual tension )
Language: none I think
Violence: mild/moderate ( scary fighting vampires, blood, injuries )

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Flashback Friday: Magyk

Happy Friday everyone! Flashback Friday is when I post a book I loved but haven’t read in awhile. Just so you know these reviews will be lacking in the details department since I have a TERRIBLE book memory. I can remember the characters, but I couldn’t tell you what happened to them or even how it ends sometimes. Hey, it makes re-reading fun and just as exciting as the first read. 🙂

Title: Magyk
Author: Angie Sage
Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books
Release Date: March 2005
Pages: 564 (I think the print is bigger with smaller pages)
Series: Septimus Heap #1
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book and the entire series. It’s been at least five years since I read Magyk. I read five of the six books. This book is great for young teens and old. It’s for anyone who wants to read a light, fun, exciting fantasy. Go read it, have your kids read it, you’ll love it. I think I’ll go re-read it too.

This post is really to just introduce you to this great book even though I can’t remember what happens. That’s embarrassing. =P

Happy Reading!

Content Ratings: highlight between the ( ) to see details
Sexual Content: none
Language: none
Violence: very mild ( I can’t remember, but I think there was mild action/ suspense. )

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Flashback Friday: The Frog Princess

Flashback Friday is a weekly post where I review a book I love but haven’t read recently. I wanted a way to share books I read before starting my book blog. These reviews will not be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on my mind.

What book do you love but haven’t read recently? You can talk about the book or leave a link to your blog post about it in a comment. I look forward to reading where your Flashback takes us.


Title: The Frog Princess
Author: E.D. Baker
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: November 2002
Pages: 214
Series: Tales of the Frog Princess #1
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey’s bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure–a quest to return to human form. 

My Thoughts:
I loved this book! I read it a few years ago so the details are a little fuzzy. The book was funny and exciting. I really didn’t know how it would all end!

Princess Emma and “the frog” are both so likable! I loved the characters which made me love the book. I know I’ve said this before, but I love a good princess book. I guess I was one of those little girls who always dreamed of becoming a princess so I could live in a castle and wear pretty dresses.  Now I just live that dream through books. 

Go read this book! You’ll love it.

Content Ratings: highlight between the ( ) for details
Sexual Content: mild ( some kissing )
Language: none
Violence: I can’t remember! I think it was very mild or none

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Flashback Friday: Assassin

Flashback Friday is a weekly post where I review a book I love but haven’t read recently. I wanted a way to share books I read before starting my book blog. These reviews will not be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on my mind.

What book do you love but haven’t read recently? You can talk about the book or leave a link to your blog post about it in a comment. I look forward to reading where your Flashback takes us.

Title: Assassin
Author: pseudonym Grace Cavendish
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: September 2004
Pages: 208
Series: Lady Grace Cavendish #1

From Goodreads.com:WHEN MARGARET CAVENDISH, one of Elizabeth I’s Gentlewomen of the Bedchamber, lost her life in a bungled attempt to kill the Queen, her daughter, Lady Grace, became a protégée to the monarch, who takes Grace under her wing. Now Grace, a spunky girl who romps through the gardens with the laundry maids and court tumblers and rolls her eyes at her fellow ladies, chronicles the court intrigues that swirl around her. . . .
It’s the spring of 1569 and 13-year-old Lady Grace, the youngest lady-in-waiting to the Queen, finds herself at a glittering ball choosing amongst three suitors. But the Queen’s generosity turns deadly as threats, dark secrets, and even murder descend on the Tudor court. And it is up to Grace to use her intelligence, stealth, and curious nature to solve the mystery that threatens the very lifeblood of England.

My Thoughts:
This is a really great book series for young teens. I enjoyed it too of course. Grace is fun, brave, independent. I always wonder what she’ll do next. After reading these books I discovered that I love murder mystery books!


I recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun, suspenseful, entertaining, read.

My Ratings:
Sexual Content: none that I can remember
Language: none
Violence: mild- murder mystery

Happy Reading!

Book Review, Flashback Friday, soul surfer

Flashback Friday: Soul Surfer

Flashback Friday is a weekly posting event, hosted by me, that gives book bloggers an opportunity to review a book they love but haven’t read in awhile and readers a chance to find a great read. These reviews probably won’t be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on my mind. 

Bloggers, post your own Flashback Friday book review then add your link to the linky at the bottom of the post so others can check it out. I look forward to reading where your Flashback leads us.

Title: Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Author: Bethany Hamilton and Rick Bundschuh
Publisher: MTV
Release Date: January 2004
Pages: 222
Series: none
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing — not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack — could come between her and the waves?

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing — perhaps even less so — than the soul.

My Thoughts:
This is such an amazing true story. I normally don’t read biographies, but I saw this book on another book blog, Clean Teen Books. I decided to give it a try. I loved it! It was awe inspiring. Bethany has such amazing strength physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She would be an amazing girl to meet.
I know nothing about surfing, but that didn’t even matter. It’s been a few months since I read this book so I can’t remember, but I think a few parts were a little slow for me. Overall a great read though! I definitely shed some tears.
On a side note, I really want to see the movie. I can’t believe I haven’t already. Have any of you seen it?
My Ratings:
Sexual Content: none
Language: none that I remember
Violence: mild- injury, blood
Happy Reading!
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Flashback Friday: The Fall of Candy Corn

Flashback Friday is a weekly posting event, hosted by me, that gives book bloggers an opportunity to review a book they love but haven’t read in awhile and readers a chance to find a great read. These reviews probably won’t be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on my mind. 

Bloggers, post your own Flashback Friday book review then add your link to the linky at the bottom of the post so others can check it out. I look forward to reading where your Flashback leads us. 

Title: The Fall of Candy Corn
Author: Debbie Viguie
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 208
Series: Sweet Seasons #2
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
Will Candace survive the shift from cotton candy to candy corn? Fall is in the air, and without completely knowing why, Candace Thompson has signed up to continue what was supposed to be a short-term summer job at the local theme park. Working with Kurt doesn’t hurt, but a surprising kink involving her youth group, as well as the shock of an unexpected setback, threaten to be more painful. Candace’s autumn holds as many surprises as her summer as her rousing romp through the seasons continues.

My Thoughts:
Click the link for my review of book 1 in this series The Summer of Cotton Candy.

I liked The Fall of Candy Corn even better than the first book. I love the fall! It’s a great season. I guess I’d say that for every season because I just like change. The amusement park, The Zone, is where Candace is still working. In the fall they put on an amusement park sized Haunted House where the employees dress up and scare the guests.

I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense in this book. It kept me on my toes. This is a great quick read. Reading it in the month of October will make it even better!


My Ratings:
Sexual Content: mild
Language: none that I can remember
Violence: mild- some suspenseful moments

Happy Reading!

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Flashback Friday- The Juliet Club

Flashback Friday is a weekly posting event, hosted by me, that gives book bloggers an opportunity to review a book they love but haven’t read in awhile and readers a chance to find a great read. These reviews probably won’t be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on my mind. 

Bloggers, post your own Flashback Friday book review then add your URL to the linky at the bottom of the post so others can check it out. I look forward to reading where your Flashback leads us.


Title: The Juliet Club
Author: Suzanne Harper
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 2008
Pages: 402
Series: none
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?
Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.
So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She’ll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she’ll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . . ”

My Thoughts: 
It’s been over a year since I read this book, and I don’t remember a lot of details. All I know is I loved it! It was a really fun read. I think I’m just a hopeless romantic because I would love to visit Italy. 

Flashback Friday is so great because it reminds me of all the great books I’ve read. I think I’ll have to go read this one again. I don’t know about you, but I love to re-read books. Re-reading a book takes me to a wonderfully familiar place.

Happy Reading!

Book Review, Flashback Friday, just one wish

Flashback Friday- Just One Wish

Flashback Friday is a weekly posting event, hosted by me, that gives book bloggers an opportunity to review a book they love but haven’t read in awhile. These reviews probably won’t be as detailed as more recently read books fresh on our minds.

Post your own Flashback Friday book review then add your URL to the linky at the bottom of this post. I look forward to reading where your Flashback leads us.

Title: Just One Wish
Author: Janette Rallison
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: March 2009
Pages: 264
Series: none
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

From Goodreads.com:
Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

My Thoughts:
Oh such a fun read. It’s difficult not to tear up a little during the read though. A six-year-old has cancer! That fact is truly sad and will pull on your heart strings, but, true to the writing of Janette Rallison, there are lots of light and funny scenes as well.

I love how Annika has to try to meet a mega tv star, Steve Raleigh, and convince him to visit her sick brother. What teenage girl wouldn’t love to meet a gorgeous teenage tv star? Lots of laughs!

Favorite Line:
“The problem with internet directions is that they’re not always clear. That is the only reason it took us half an hour to get to the store and not, as Madison claimed, because I drive too fast, pass by streets, and then recklessly make U-turns in the middle of four lanes of traffic.”

Happy Reading!

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Flashback Friday: Emily and the Scot

Flashback Friday is a weekly post where I review a book I love but haven’t read recently.

Title: Emily and the Scot
Author: Kathryn Smith
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 2002
Pages: 273
Series: An Avon True Romance
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

From Goodreads.com:
Emily
At eighteen, Lady Emily Fitzgerald has seen her fair share of scandal. So when this Season’s prime catch proposes to her on a wager, she makes a decision. Rather than face the whispers and stares of London society yet again, she picks up and departs for Scotland, full of romantic images evoked by poetry and her own imagination.

The Scot
Cousin to the laird, Jamie MacLaughlin is nonetheless a simple man, content with the honest pursuit of living in the bonny wilds of the Scottish Highlands. A simple man he may be, but one with deep emotions and a quick temper. So when an impertinent English lass crosses his path, it’s no surprise that the two engage in sparring matches with words as their weapons.

First there’s a misunderstanding over an item of luggage. Then there’s an indecent swimming incident, followed by a muddy pigsty mishap. But what finally threatens to undo them both is a sudden—and unexpectedly delicious—kiss.

My Thoughts:
This is a book I can read over and over again. Emily and Jamie get off on the wrong foot after a misunderstanding. All they can do is argue and fight, but you can see their interest for each other building. I love how the story is told from both Jamie and Emily’s perspectives. Just when you’re wondering what the other person is thinking it changes to their point of view.

If you want to read a wonderfully romantic (and ‘clean’) book set in beautiful Scotland pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Line:
     “Determined to stop staring at his chest, Emily raised her gaze.
     This was too much. He was just a man, for heaven’s sake! She’d met young men who were handsomer, richer–and certainly better dressed–in London. There was no reason for her strange reaction to this one. He was gruff and mocking and rude and completely unlikable.
     Her gaze locked with his. Those startling eyes of his had the crystal clarity of an aquamarine, and they bore into hers as though daring her to judge him, to condemn him. It occurred to Emily then that she unsettled him just as much as he unsettled her.
     The realization pleased her more than was proper.”

Happy Reading!