Read Mrs. Mitchell's personal reviews on each book below.
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I describe this book as A Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games. It centers on a female protagonist who sees through the traditions of her community and wants more for herself and her sisters. It is set in a dystopian society that treats women as inferiors and believes they possess magic that must be expelled in nature before they can return to society cleansed and appropriate for marriage or work, whichever is deemed appropriate. It is not a smooth journey for the protagonist, and you will find yourself surprised more than once.
Full disclosure: I was not excited to read this book, but I ended up really enjoying it (and I read it in one day). A student described it as being like a Hallmark movie, and it totally is; it even takes place around Christmas time. The main character overhears her boyfriend saying he wants to have a “trial run” at being broken up with her, and she leaves and spends the next 12 days at her grandparents’ home with her extended family. Her grandmother’s brilliant plan to heal her broken heart is for her family members to set her up on 10 blind dates, and it turns into a betting game. It’s not hard to figure out who she ends up with, but it’s still a fun read to get there.
A finishing school that was formed to create “the perfect girl.” In addition to going back decades in terms of gender equality, this school has a secret that creates a nice twist in the story. You first witness the girls’ lives at the academy and what is expected of them. Then, you start to learn, along with the girls, why they are there and how they rebel.
While trying to learn the truth about his cousin’s murder, the Filipino-American male teen protagonist learns about the violence brought on by the government in the Philippines due to the “drug war.” While reading this I was able to make connections to the current BLM movement and information coming out about the child trafficking habits of our politicians and celebrities. Some of the issues expressed about the Philippine government are also true about the current USA government, which some may not notice due to propaganda. I find it to be a very timely and important read. The protagonist, and thus the reader, learns many lessons about life, family, and trust. Stylistically, I love that (most) of the chapter titles are the final words of that chapter.
This book is laugh-out-loud funny. I had so much fun reading this. Two classmates, who strongly dislike each other, switch bodies (remember Freaky Friday?). To try to make the best of it, they make a deal to help each other land a prom date with their crushes. So many things go wrong (and right) while they are on this rollercoaster, and the entire time the author is making pop culture references that are to die for. I would (will) read this again, and I highly encourage you to enjoy it as well!
A girl is sent to a hidden school that specializes in subjects like knife-throwing, accents, and deception. She learns that she has no true idea who her parents are/were and who she is. She is forced to trust people she cannot trust as she tries to survive long enough to find out why she is there, who she is, and how she fits in to this world she never knew existed. This book is full of action and intrigue and is one of my top favorites this year!
Bone Houses are the risen dead. There was old magic lost in the ground that causes those buried in it to rise like zombies. This story follows the protagonist through trying to protect her family and her town from the bone houses and the magic. She ends up travelling to the old castle to find a way to destroy the magic and has a frightening and life-changing adventure on the way.
This Realistic Fiction book deals with opioid addiction. It is told from the point of view of a high school senior athlete who finds herself addicted to oxycontin, and later to heroin. The story illustrates how easy it can be to fall into the trap of addiction, and may put you in a dark place, especially if you have any experience with addiction yourself or with someone close to you.
This story will appeal to gamers, especially female gamers! It is a realistic fiction story that centers on our black female protagonist’s personal relationships and her VR video game creation. Her journey gives insight into the daily struggles of blacks surrounded by whites and white-focused media, the worldwide black community and history, and sheds some light on some of the polarizing positions of members of the black community. It also contains insight into the world of VR gaming.
Fantasy. Demons. Angels. Wardens (which are gargoyles that are alive and trained to kill to demons). This book absolutely slayed me. It is complex, yet easy to follow. It has an AMAZING twist. I found it incredibly interesting, and once I got a few chapters in I couldn’t put it down. There are so many questions the author sparks up in the beginning and you just can’t wait to find out what the answers are. If you enjoy reading fantasy, pick this book up and read it now.
This Sci Fi story takes place in various parts of the Milky Way galaxy. It contains inter-stellar warfare, many secrets, and a misfit crew who must save the galaxy. It started off a little slow for me, but it did not take long to get intense. Even though each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, the plot moves forward continuously. It contains adventure, action, and a variety of character relationships. It is the first in a series, and ends leaving you wanting more.
A Fantasy novel which is set between two lands: the ocean village Varenia and Ilara, a land that houses royalty. Traditionally, each generation the most beautiful Varenian girl is chosen to marry the Prince of Ilara. This story focuses on twin sisters Nor (“coral”) and Zadie (“pearl”), one of whom is chosen as the most beautiful and sent to marry the prince. However, life on Ilara is not a fairytale, and the twins must find a way to save their people from poverty and starvation. This book contains action, suspense, and a variety of character relationships. The story flows quickly, and I often found myself not wanting to put the book down so I could find out what happened next.
This realistic fiction novel reflects the life of a Socio-Economic struggling black family who are trying to live above their means in order to go to a good school. Our female protagonist must work full time to help pay the bills, as well as go to school. The plot line centers on her trying to find a winning lottery ticket that she thinks she sold at work on Christmas Eve, and involves her relationships with kids from school, her mom, and her brother. It contains surprises and twists and will keep you interested from start to finish.
An adventure book that will keep you interested until the end. A plane of high schoolers headed to Costa Rica for a field trip crashes somewhere in South America, and half of the students mysteriously survive. However, now they must find a way out of the dangerous jungle before they die from heat stroke, predators, thirst, or any of the other very real possibilities. In addition to the survival factor, you get insight into the hierarchical relationships of high schoolers and the various personality types that match those of students you go to school with each day. Relationships form and are broken, and I for one really can’t stand the Joels of the world. Read to find out what I mean.
This is a realistic fiction story about two young country music stars who go on tour and develop a relationship. Annie Mathers is the daughter of two country music legends who died when Annie was just barely a teenager. She has inherited their talent and has an overwhelming desire to perform, but she doesn’t want to end up like her parents. Clay Coolidge is a young superstar who tends to get himself into trouble on the road. The label gives him an ultimatum: Get Annie on tour or lose his contract. What follows is a lot of real-life struggles, heartbreak, glory, and love. The record label wants to advertise them as Johnny and June for the tour, and I think their relationship actually follows a bit of that storyline. It’s cute, it’s real, it’s southern.