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Sofia’s Book Reviews: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

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Such a simple cover, but such a detailed book.
In the previous entry, I wrote about how I stopped halfway through reading CITY OF LOST SOULS to read another book. This is that book.
I have heard about this book through Twitter for a while now, and all everyone was saying was that it was amazing. So I went out and bought it. When I got home, I skimmed the synopsis on the inside of the cover, and immediately thought that I should have done this while at the store. I had bought a cancer story.
Now, don’t take this the wrong way. I have absolutely nothing against people with cancer. I know three people that I love very much that have had cancer at one point in their lives. But, I don’t really like curling up and reading a book that’s going to make me cry. And when I saw the words “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis”, I became a stereotype and immediately assumed that this would be exactly the book that’s going to make me cry. And I was right.
If you must know, I did cry. But only two single tears! So I’m not that much of a wimp.
I do wonder about the other book wrote by this author, LOOKING FOR ALASKA. I’m considering reading it because this book was so good. Has anyone read it? Leave a comment if you have, and tell me if you think I should check it out.
Now, this author also has a YouTube channel, and you can watch him and his brother Hank (the Vlogbrothers) here.
He also has over a million followers on Twitter, which is amazing (@realjohngreen).
Anyways, this book is sad, funny, and romantic. It’s a really easy read (I stayed up late and finished it in a night), and that’s a good thing, because you won’t want to put it down.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading, and please feel free to leave a comment, because we love hearing from you. If you do though, please don’t say anything that would give away the story, because there might be people that haven’t read it yet but want to. Thanks!

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Sofia’s Book Reviews: CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare

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If you’ve been to my house… many of you reading this probably (and, no offense, hopefully) haven’t, but one of the things that you’re likely to see is that I have a square on my bookshelf that holds my favorite series’ of books (well, more like crams them in, since my bookshelf is not as big as I would like it to be). I enjoy a lot of books, but the ones placed here are different. This shelf is kind of like the hall of fame for my library.
And, if you know me, you can probably guess that THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series is placed in this shelf.
I started reading the series last year. I had heard about it a little, and saw an advertisement for it in a magazine, but I always decided to pass it up in the bookstores, not willing to take the risk to spend the twenty dollars to buy it. I think what finally pushed me to just live a little and try it was the small, signed-by-the-author postcard that was pinned up on my teacher’s bulletin board. She usually had good judgement when it came to reading, so the next time I walked into Boarders, I picked up the book that had a guy with no shirt on on the cover (after about a twenty minute hesitation). Coincidentally enough, Anna bought the first three books the next week.
Even then, though, I didn’t start reading it until a month and a half after I bought it.
Needless, to say, I became hooked.
Now, the fifth installment of the series came out last month, and I FINALLY was able to buy myself a copy. My big sister was gawking at me when I showed it to her. “How many pages is that?” She had asked.
“About six hundred, I think.”
She didn’t say anything back, but I’m pretty sure her theory that I was insane grew.
The book was great, really, but for some reason, I just couldn’t seem to get into it like I had the others. Maybe it was because of Jace’s… situation (I’m trying not to give anything away!), but I actually put the book down halfway through to read another one I had just bought. Although that wasn’t a major problem, because I finished that one in a night, but still. It’s rare for me to stop in the middle of reading.
There is also one thing that I was… not very happy at all about that happens in the epilogue. I mean, seriously, WHY?! If you read the book, you might understand what I’m talking about. Stupid vampire.
I rate the book four stars out of five stars, because even though all it sounds like I did was complain in the entry, it’s still a work of Cassie’s that I loved. Can’t wait for CLOCKWORK PRINCESS!
Please feel free to leave a comment, we both always LOVE getting those. But, if you do, please try to stay clear of exploiting anything that will give away the book, for the courtesy of those that have not yet read it and want to.