Young adult

Homeroom Diaries – James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou ★★★★

Blurb; James Patterson introduces the best selling “illustrated fiction” format to teens! It’s “Middle School” for high schoolers!

In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

My Review; If you’re finding it hard to read at the moment or concentrate then this book is for you. It’s a super easy YA read with plenty of illustrations throughout. Set out in a diary format. A bit of a weird and whacky read but the illustrations really brought it all to life for me.

A group of misfits/outsiders come together to make their school a happier and more accepting school. To all work together. They face a lot of challenges along the way… but can they do it? A well deserved four stars from me. Devoured it in a day. Highly recommend! I love the cover on this book too. Its an eye catcher.

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fantasy · suspense · Young adult

School’s Out Forever – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; In this eagerly awaited follow-up, brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to “school.” There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she’s supposed to save the world, and she faces her greatest enemy–a clone of herself.

My Review; Book two in the brilliant Maximum Ride series. I am still invested and absolutely loving this series. YA/Fantasy. I find them such easy reads. I love them. I enjoy them. I get so lost into their world and lives. It’s just such a different read for me at the moment.

In this story we see plenty more fights against flying enemies this time, so they’ve upped their game since book one. Plenty of escapes, death dodges and uncomfortable positions. Its tense and fast paced. The flock in book two are determined to find their birth families but are soon sent back to normal school or so they thought… dun dun dun.. Another cliffhanger so I cannot wait to see what happens for the flock in book three. They’re all such a lovely flock/family. I would highly recommend this series and book. A well deserved four stars from me again.

Max is still very much the leader/mother of the flock and she is brilliant when she comes up against a perfect enemy clone of herself but will the flock believe her?

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fantasy · Young adult

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment – James Patterson ★★★★★

Blurb; Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.

My Review; Book one of the maximum ride series. After reading book 10 I was already familiar with the characters however in this book they are extremely young with the youngest being 6 and the eldest Max being 14. A huge difference from book 10.

It was a great start to this series that explains how they came about, came together as a family/flock and escaped. This story is mostly about them surviving and searching for answers as to where they came from and about their parents. Even in book one you can see Max is the lead character of the flock, the mother. I love her for it. But she faces a lot of fights and challenges ahead of her against the erasers (their enemy).

Absolutely loved it all fell in love with Angels character the youngest member of the flock at 6 years old. I just love the whole flock & how they stick together and always have a plan regardless of no home. No biological family. Sometimes it hard but they have each other.

Another brilliant 5 star read. Highly recommend. Perfect YA, fantasy read. I’m on to book 2 now. Love this series.

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