Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry is a well-written book about a girl named Juniper Berry. Her celebrity parents just aren't the same as they were when Juniper was younger. She knows something's not right and when she meets a boy named Giles with the same problem, they team up to solve the mystery. It is exciting and intense, and had me sucked in the entire story.

Laura, 11

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

JakeRansom and the Howling Sphinx is an exciting heart-stopping sequel to James Rollins’s Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow. This book is about Jake Ransom, his sister Kady, and his three friends Pindor, Marika, and Bachuuk. Jake and Kady are living almost normal lives since their last trip to the lost world Pangaea. But when they get sucked into a world they have never seen before they became prisoners to the blood of Ka who forces them to perform different dangerous tasks.You will love this book if you like books that have action in almost every chapter and a lot of gory details. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was funny at some parts and more serious at others.

Tatiana, 10

Monday, May 30, 2011

Angel Burn

Angel Burn was an incredible book. Though it was slow in the beginning, it was amazing once it got started. In this book, angels are portrayed as evil creatures that feed on human’s auras. The two main characters are Willow and Alex. Willow thinks she’s just an ordinary teenager. But really, she has whole other side of her that she never knew existed. She’s half angel. Alex on the other hand, is an angel killer, a life in which he was put into without any say; he’s had to experience some things that no one should ever see. When he is ordered to kill Willow, they are sent into a game of life and death. One wrong move and they could both die.  This book has action and mystery, along with love, heartbreak, and emotional stories. l.a. weatherly wrote a very captivating story of two teenagers meeting and falling in love.  I absolutely fell in love with this book and its characters.
 Joy, 13 


Ashes, Ashes

Ashes, Ashes takes place in the future, when many parts of the world have changed due to flooding. Lucy lives in New York, which has been renamed New Venice because of the water that floods the streets each year. Then the plague hits and ninety-nine percent of people are killed. Only a few who have been vaccinated survive. Yet Lucy has lived through the plague, though she has not been vaccinated and the rest of her family died of the illness. She lives alone in Central Park for a year, surviving by eating wildlife. She meets Aidan, who helps her join a group of people who survived the plague. However, this group is shrinking due to kidnappings by Sweepers, who work for a mysterious place called the Hospital. Lucy and Aidan must work to save their friends.

I enjoyed Ashes, Ashes - the setting seemed like it could be possible in our future. However, I thought that the plot moved too quickly at some times, and too slowly at others. I would recommend Ashes, Ashes to people who like to read books with slightly apocalyptic settings.

Sophie, 13

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Lark blew me away. It was a stunning story about two girls, Eve and Nyetta, left reeling after their friend Lark is brutally murdered. Told from all three girls perspectives, it explores dealing with death and what happens to the people left behind. It was quite a lot like The Lovely Bones and so eerie that I think about it all the time. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who get nervous because it is slightly graphic in parts. This book has left a lasting impression on me, I absolutely loved it. 

Jenna, 14

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow

I liked that there was so much action in Jacob Wonderbar andthe Cosmic Space Kapow.  It is a story about three friends (Jacob, Dexter, and Sarah) who trade a corn dog for a space ship, blast off into space, and accidentally cause a huge explosion (the Cosmic Space Kapow!) that makes a blotch in the Universe. The rest of the book tells about how they get separated and reunited in space, try to steal a Carbon Allotrope (a diamond), become friends with a space pirate/prince and meet the king of the Universe.

The reading is exciting, it seems like every chapter is a new adventure or a new way to fly a spaceship or to find cosmic trouble in outer space. 

Franz, 9

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I found The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making to be incredibly imaginative and thought-provoking. It reads like a fairy tale, but has well-developed characters, an intriguing plot, and important themes. It combines the whimsical nature of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz with serious themes and ideas. 

On her journey, the main character encounters many magical creatures and people and confronts the truth about herself and others. Though this book looks as though it is written for younger readers, I think that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Jacob, 13