Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Rise of Nine

After reading I Am Number Four and The Power of Six (which I strongly recommend) I was anxiously awaiting the next book in this amazing series to be released. I have to say it exceeded all of my expectations, I was very impressed by boldness of the new characters and how the old ones like John and Sarah have changed.
I hope that other people who read this will enjoy it as much as I have.

Juliette, 11

Monday, August 27, 2012

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly is about a girl named Eleanor, who lives in Victorian England. Her brother, Elijah, has gone off to New York and delayed his return twice, leaving their family in poverty. On the day Elijah is supposed to return,  the walking dead rise at the station where Eleanor is waiting for him. She is left behind in the rush for the exit and is delivered a telegram that he will not yet be returning. Eleanor is sunk up to her neck in mystery and juggles with staying in her normal life and looking for Elijah. I loved this book and would definitely read it again.

Lauren, 10

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass contains all the qualities of a typical teen novel: love, actions, fantasy, and mystery. It tells the story of Celaena Sardothien, a notorious assassin serving time in the salt mills of Endovier. One day, she is presented an offer by the Prince of Adarlan: her freedom. Now the only thing standing in her way is 23 other competitors, all fighting in hopes of becoming the King of Adarlan’s champion. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was never a dull moment, and the competition scenes delivered exactly what I envisioned. Aside from this, there were some confusing aspects (the setting and the dreams) and it was too predictable at times (the love triangle forming and who would be the last two contenders left). I would recommend this book to fans of The Hunger Games or anyone who likes fantasy/love/mystery/action type books.

 Joy, 14

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Fire Chronicle

Siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma are the children destined to retrieve the three Books of Beginning. Kate uses the time traveling atlas she found (read The Emerald Atlas for more) and gets stuck in New York City, 1899. Now Michael has to find The Fire Chronicle without Kate. But Michael and Emma are getting chased by their enemies, slowing down their progress...

My favorite part about this book is when Michael and Emma are facing the same enemy in the present that Kate is facing in the past. It makes me feel like the bad guy is so powerful, he won't leave anyone alone! I would recommend this page-turning sequel to anyone who likes to read fantasy adventures.

Keerthana, 9

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dear Know-It-All: Read All About It!

Dear Know-It-All: Read All About It! is great reading for you if you are having issues with friends. It helped me solving some problems with friends of mine own.

It is about a middle school girl who gets picked as the "know-it-all" for an article in a school newspaper. She receives unsigned letters from students with  problems they are dealing with  at school and she has to find a way for them to solve these problems.

Find out how she resolves  these situations . . . probably  some of them are already familiar to you!

Sofia, 10

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Defiance was nothing out of the ordinary. The plot was not groundbreaking, and character development was linear, and everything was predictable. That being said, I found that I really did enjoy the book. It was a nice beach read, with a romance and lots of action. So while I can't say I recommend it, I will say its a fun read for someone not looking for something challenging.

Jenna, 16

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Secrets from the Sleeping Bag

I enjoyed reading Secrets from the Sleeping Bag. It has some nice pictures and characters.

It is about someone named Sofia, and her 4 weeks long camp adventures. 

I liked how Sofia and her friends pull pranks on each other. 

They fill the soap dispenser in the other cabin with clear nail polish, so the kids in the other cabin put Vaseline on their door knob.

I would recommend this book. 

Bleda, 7

Monday, August 13, 2012

False Memory

False Memory was a great book! Miranda wakes up on a park bench with no memory. She then releases a mysterious energy that makes everyone panic, except a boy named Peter. Deciding to trust him, she learns she is part of a group of teens, genetically altered to become weapons. Miranda has to readjust to her old life, but finds it difficult, especially with Noah, her boyfriend that she doesn't remember. Soon Miranda discovers an evil secret, the real reason behind everything.

Sophie, 13

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hunter Moran Saves the Universe

Hunter Moran Saves the Universe is about a boy named Hunter and his twin Zack who have to sneak away from their 4 siblings and their parents to save their town from destruction. They find a piece of paper that says REVENGE at Vinny's Vegetables dump, and a phone number with a missing digit on the other side.  After they figure out the phone number, they call and find out that the dentist is planning  to bomb the town.  So, it's up to Hunter and Zack to disable the bomb before it blows up.  This book is funny and has a twist to it, and is a great book to read.

Conrad, 9