Author: Lisa Mandina

Gateway 11: The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

This book was okay. The story was somewhat interesting. Obviously anyone who is interested in mysteries and detective stories will enjoy it. And I wanted to really like it for that reason alone. But all in all, it was kind of eh. I rated it lower because I didn’t feel it was probably going to […]

Posted October 11, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Gateway 10: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

This was a really good book. It really hit hard on the school shooting topic. It also focused in on the bullying issue. The main thing that I really liked about this book, is how it takes place from the point of view of the shooter’s girlfriend. The person who actually started the “hate list”. […]

Posted October 11, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Gateway 9: Liar by Justine Larbalestier

All I can say about this book is WOW! It started out as what seemed to be a total realistic fiction type YA novel. Our main character Micah, is a liar, hence the title. She lied when she came to her new school, or just let a misconception spread without correcting it. And when that […]

Posted October 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Mini-Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella/Nook Review

This blog will serve as two reviews. Since I read Mini-Shopaholic while I was borrowing a Nook from the bookstore, I will review both at once. Our main character Becky is back. This time she has a two year old daughter named Minnie, who seems to be a terror. She’s gotten them kicked out of […]

Posted October 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

This was another of the Penguin YA advanced readers books I got back in August. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it. The cover is a little freaky for my taste. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover, but be honest, it’s hard not to just a little. Anyway, this is another […]

Posted September 19, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Gateway 7: Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

I think kids will enjoy this. And I do think it was an interesting look at the war from a young soldier’s point of view. There are some obvious liberal, anti-war statements in the book. Which to me kind of make it so the book is not objective, giving kids a chance to make their […]

Posted September 14, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

The Icing on the Cake by Alison Kent

Yet another book I got through Shelf Awareness for free. This is supposedly a romance based on a real story through Match.com. As someone who has tried out Match.com, and knows it for what it is, something that still only works for the attractive people, just as in real life. I had to choke through […]

Posted September 14, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments