December 28, 2009

Overdue Book Reviews: Part Two

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundelCheck SpellingFeed by M. T. Anderson
1984 by George Orwell
Death By Bikini by Linda Gerber
Death By Latte
by Linda Gerber
Death by Denim by Linda Gerber
Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez
Dead Is A State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Dead Is So Last Year by Marlene Perez
Stolen Voices by Ellen Dee Davidson
by Elie Wiesel
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Death By Bikini
"A fun, sexy, murder-mystery romance for all teen sleuths!

Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends—much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach—strangled by her own bikini top—and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces."

Once you read the synopsis, the first 90 pages are pretty predicable.

I really like all the characters. Seth is smooth, funny, nice, and believable. Aprha is a very strong character, she's smart, and very realistic.

The plot is original and believable. It's VERY hard to put the book down.

8.2 stars out of 10.

Death By Latte
"It was only a few weeks ago that Aphra Connolly's life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence on her father's secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turned up and stole her heart . . . and provided information that led her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn't quite what she expected. Aphra's mom, Natalie, doesn't seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie's boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he gave her the previous summer. At least Natalie's hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . ."

I still love the characters and they're still original and realistic. It's still very original, but I didn't find the book as hard to put down as the first book, at least not until the end. I had the book open and read it pretty much every time my science teacher paused during the end. It put me on the edge of my seat

Death By Latte definitely did keep you guessing. Linda Gerber did a great job with that.

At some points, Aphra does some dumb things, but you don't hate her because the character is so likable.

7.9 Stars out of 10!

Death By Denim
"Aphra Connolly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom's lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she's in Paris—the most romantic city in the world? When her mom's contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth's location. And her mistake has just put them both in mortal danger. . . ."

I really liked this book. It kept me interested. It was fast-paced. There was so much character development in this, and it was realistic. The book was pretty unpredictable. The end was pretty satisfying, but also suggests that there's going to be another book, so it also builds up a lot of anticipation. I really liked this book, and it made me love Seth even more.

8.7 Stars Out Of 10!

Hope that helped!

Your Reviewer,

1 comment:

missy's storyworld said...

I've never heard of those books, but Death by Bikini and Death by Denim sounded like the most interesting!