Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe Book Review

I loved this book when I was in fourth grade, and I love it still. Before you read this book, I do advise that you read The Magicians Nephew. I'm sure you've guessed the book by now! Yes, it is....

  The Chronicles of Narnia
         The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The First Sentence
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.

Summary (Copyright of
"They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed," whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins."

c.s Lewis is a amazing writer.It's amazing how he came up with the idea that it was inside a wardrobe, and about the white witch and Aslan. This story is full of adventure, Magic, and mystery. I love how he incorporated as much as he could, and just made it very enjoyable to read. I also enjoyed that the beavers could talk, and that C.S. Lewis made up some animals too, and described everything flawlessly, and made everything very compassionate! This is on My list of TOP 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2010. Please check my newest page, TOP 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2010!

Plot-cat (5 stars-amazing)
Character development-Cat (5 stars)

Ending-Cat (5 stars-very satisfying!)
Suspense-Cat (5 stars)
Setting/Description- Cat (5 stars)

(If you do not understand why names of animals are on the rating scale, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and read Blue Fingers by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel's rating. Thank you!)


-<3 Bethany

Alexa Rivadeneira Author Review

Alexa Rivadeneira published her first book at the age of 13, called Confessions from the heart of a teenage girl. Alexa has been kind enough to anwser my questions!

1.How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I came up with the idea for the book pretty randomly. I just started writing the first few chapters, not having any idea where it was going to go. As I started to write I realized what I was going to write about and I took it from there. Some of the stories and experiences within my book are real life experiences.

2.Is there anything that inspired you to write?
There is nothing in particular that inspired me to write. I've always just had a strong passion for reading and writing, which led me to writing books.

3.Did you model any of your characters after people you know?
I did model some of my characters after people in my life. Some of them are pretty much the exact same people and others are just mixes of a personality trait from one person or another. By doing this it helped the characters come to life.

4.What is your favorite part in your book and why?
I don't think I have a favorite part in my book!

5.Did anything in your book happen in real life?
Yes. Some of the experiences that I have in my book and the stories happened in real life. For example though, my parents are not divorced and I do not have a long lost step sister. What is real in my book is mostly the mini stories- like flashbacks from Paige's 6th grade experience.

Confessions from the heart of a teenage girl is available at:

- <3 Bethany

Monday, June 28, 2010

My Twitter Page

Hi everyone! Bethany here. Okay, because I review books, if you are a author that is published, or would like to be published, feel free to tweet me on twitter, or sign up with goodreads and tweet me your username, and I will contact you. If you have any suggestions for my blog, tweet me!

Oh, and I have to give some credit to Melina reading vacation for letting me use her idea of 'The First Sentence." Thank you Melina! Check her website out at!

Friday, June 25, 2010

What I'm doing now

Right now I'm going to the Rock the boat kickoff party. Rock the boat is a library program that happensevery summer and tries to encourage children to read. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a few good books for me to review. Hopefully.
Actually, it was really fun-even though I didn't see how it was connected to reading. We learned how to dance to thriller and cottoneyedjoe. We also bombed everyone with water bombs and we ate carrots, lemonade, water, and pizza. The reading program is actually quite nice. I just got a new book called a corner of the universe-and I can't wait to read it! (and yes, I promise to review it.)

Twilight By Stephenie Meyer Book Review

Well, today there's this kickoff party at my local library for this new tweens reading program-and I'm trying to cover my whole entire surfboard (you have to read 15 minutes for every box on the paper surfboard) and I'm trying to read as much as I can. Now, the book I'm about to do is really really common-and it's third book is just about to come out in a movie next month. Okay, here's a clue-it's about vampires, love, and it's by the New York Times Bestseller Author.... (drumroll)....Stephenie Meyer!Yes, that's right-It's Twilight. I do have to say-some people hate this book, some people LOVE this book. I don't LOVE it or HATE it, I think it's okay. Maybe a little bit too sappy, but overall, probably not Bad. Okay, that's get to the review.

by Stephenie Meyer (Author)Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) (Paperback)
     By Stephenie Meyer

The First Sentence
I'd never given much thought to how I would die-though I'd had reason enough in the last few months-even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.

Summary (Copyright of
Isabella 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. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Okay, as I said before, maybe this book is a little bit too sappy. But what I like about it being so sappy, is that you can actually feel the emotion, and the tension, and everything that is going on between Edward and Bella. It's nice that Stephenie Meyer gives details that show how Bella feels, what Bella thinks of herself, as well as Edward, but some parts aren't very clear. I had to go back and reason out some parts because they don't exactly make sense. But I love how Stephenie weaved in action, and made the love flow along at the right pace. It's also awesome how she decided to make Bella find out the truth about Edward. This story DEFINITELY has bite. There are so many things that are wonderful about this book, but there are a few flaws too. But it was totally unessacary for Stephenie Meyer to have Bella describe some of his body, and ruin the story by using so much large vocabulary. It just breaks the flow of the story. And the story is basically only a love story. So....we should see both sides of the story first. So check out Stephenie Meyer's website to find out Edward's side of the story. Click on Other projects, then click on the link Midnight sun on the left hand side. Enjoy! Please leave some comments. I will try to review Midnight sun when I get the chance. 

Plot-fish (1 stars)
Character development- rat (1 star-Bella is still the same useless Pawn she's always been.)
Ending- hamster (3 stars)
Suspense-fish (1 star-BESIDES the ending.)
Setting/description-dog (4 stars-it may have really good description, but Stephenie meyer may have been overdoing it.)

(If you do not understand why names of animals are on the rating scale, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and read Blue Fingers by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel's rating. Thank you!)


Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard Book Review

I woke up this morning at like about 4:00, and I was looking for the book I was reading-Killer by Sara Shepard-a pretty little liars novel. Unfourtanately, because I haven't read the whole book and I don't know where it is, I'm going to do the first novel of the pretty little liars books. Pretty Little Liars is also a TV episode on abc family at 7/8 central.

Pretty Little Liars [PRETTY LITTLE LIARS #01 PR]      Pretty Little Liars
                       By Sara Shepard

The First Sentence
Imagine it's acouple of years ago, the summer between seventh and eighth grade.

Summary (copyright of
Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna.

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.
But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.-A

This actually wasn't too bad of a book! Originally, I only thought it was a TV show-until I found out that it was also a book! It's not really meant for ages 10 and under-maybe for thirteen and older. If you like murder and mystery, I'm sure you'll like this one. It's mysterious how Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hannakeep on getting these odd text messages signed with an A. And they're wondering, "Could it be Ali?" This is a action-packed myster book. So pick it up from your library today! warned. This story will make you freak out if you read it at night.

Plot-cat (5 stars)
Character development-fish (2 stars-the characters are still pretty-and liars; they're still going along with their bad old ways.They really didn't change-at all.)

Ending-cat (5 stars)
suspense- cat (5 stars)
setting/description-dog (4 stars)

(If you do not understand why names of animals are on the rating scale, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and read Blue Fingers by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel's rating. Thank you!)


This book is avalible at:

Miss me? You'll be lucky if I don't blurt all of your secrets to the world.-B
P.S. :) I'm just kidding!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spring Pearl The Last Flower By Laurence Yep

Guess what the newest book I just read is called...

Spring Pearl: The Last Flower (Girls of Many Lands)
Spring Pearl
The Last Flower
By Laurence Yep

The First Sentence
            "Miss," the boy said, "We should be going."

                "A girl named Spring Pearl lived in China. Her parents died when she was little. A nice rich man takes her into his home so she can have a nice place to live and people to care for her. She has to do a lot of work to earn her keep but she can do it." Ashley Nobis, resident scholar.
This is an extraordinary book. It has everything that captures the suspense of the moment. It's compassionate,and it shows a girl trying to find her place. I would definitely recommend this book to any girls who are trying to find their place in the world, as well as others. I really hope you read this book-because it has alot of potential going for it.

Plot-cat (5 stars)
character development-dog (4 stars)
ending-cat (5 stars)
suspense-cat (5 stars)
setting/description-cat (5 stars)

(If you do not understand why names of animals are on the rating scale, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and read Blue Fingers by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel's rating. Thank you!)


This book is availible at:

--<3 Beth 

Nature Girl By Jane Kelley Book Review

Recently this morning, I just finished reading....

Nature Girl    By Jane Kelley

               The first sentence
                        "Can you hear me now?"

            Summary (from
     Eleven-year-old Megan is stuck in the wilds of Vermont for the summer with no TV, no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all, no best friend. So when Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail with only her little dog, Arp, for company, she decides she might as well hike all the way to Massachusetts where her best friend, Lucy, is spending her summer. Life on the trail isn’t easy, and Megan faces everything from wild animals and raging rivers to tofu jerky and life without bathrooms. Most of all, though, Megan gets to know herself—both who she’s been in the past and who she wants to be in the future—and the journey goes from a spur-of-the-moment lark to a quest to prove herself to Lucy, her family, and the world!

This is a OK book. It's definitely not one of my favorites, and I like the middle and ending-but not so much with the beginning. The cover of the book is OK too. Overall, I think this is an OK and a average book. If you took away all of the first few chapters, maybe it could be even better. This does have a pretty good moral (that you can do anything you put your heart to) but maybe Jane Kelley could improve the beginning a little bit. 

Plot-dog (4 stars)
Character development-cat (5 stars)
Ending-dog (4 stars)
Suspense- fish (2 stars)
Setting/description-hamster (3 stars)

(If you do not understand why names of animals are on the rating scale, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and read Blue Fingers by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel's rating. Thank you!)



This book is availible at:


-- ♫

 ♫ ~Bethany    ♫
 P.s You can do whatever you want to accomplish, as long as you work hard enough for it.

Blue Fingers A Ninja's Tale By Cheryl Aylward Whitesel Book Review

I am so super excited! This is my Very First Bookablog book post. So, The book I reviewed was a historical Fiction book called...

       Blue Fingers
     A Ninja's Tale
    By Cheryl Aylward Whitesel 

The summary of the book (copyright The power and prowess of ninja never seem to lose their appeal to young readers, especially boys. Blue Fingers, a suspenseful, action-packed coming-of-age story set in feudal Japan, offers an up-close look at this noble, fierce way of life. Through an odd twist of fate, a stubborn twelve-year-old boy named Koji is kidnapped by a secret ninja clan and taken to its hidden camp high in the mountains. He wants desperately to return home, but that is forbidden. He must forget his old life and become a ninja-or die. In this carefully researched and well-crafted novel, Koji must learn to survive in the mysterious and dangerous world of the ninja and fulfill a destiny far different from any he could have imagined.

First Sentence
Koji peeked between the rain shutters of the thatched farmhouse and watched for his twin brother.

Almost every single book I read, I say "This was a awesome book!" But sometimes, I can realize that the book is just a normal story about something that is just repeated over and over again. I have to say, this story isn't like that. The book cover jacket grabs your attentiona nd never lets you go-as does the story. There's so much suspense, and so many qualities that are good about this book. It's wonderful how everything seems to be going right for Koji, but it felt like everything was going wrong. Cheryl Aylward Whiteselis a wonderful author, and I look forward to reading some of her other works.

Just to let everyone know, I have a different system of rating. Instead of giving it five stars, or a number of stars, I give it a animal rating. Of course I still add up the points, but I think with animals, its more fun to rate that way. So... the animal rating is-
rat=1 star 
fish=2 stars
hamster=3 stars
dog=4 stars
cat=5 stars

Plot-cat (5 stars)
Character development-cat (5 stars)
Ending-cat (five stars)
Suspense-cat (five stars)
Setting/description-cat (five stars)

This book is availible at