Friday, May 25, 2012

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Briana, 16
Jennifer R. Hubbard

Try Not to Breathe
Viking


        A very well writen book. Hubbard focuses on a young man who has attempted suicide and how life changes for him. There are some very well thought out plot twists that make the book unpredictable and draws the reader in.

Rating: 4 Better than most 

Above World by Jenn Reese

brittney, 12
Jenn Reese
Above World
Candlewick 2012

well this book was about how these people found out that the water and land were separated. it was good but i was reading other books. the lesson it taught me that were equall even if there is different worlds. good book

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter


Brittney,            12           
Ellen Potter
The Humming Room           
Feiwel & Friends 2012

            it was good its about a girl who finds a secret garden and shares it with a secret kid... she found out her uncle was involved in crime.. a tough time she went through knowing  a secret might save her life                       

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (7 reviews)

Ashley, 15
Laini Taylor
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone
Little, Brown and Company 2011

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved how the life stories of these characters entertwined with each other towards the end of the story. This book kept me guessing and thinking of possible outcomes. While reading this story I thought of what i would do given the events. I don't think I've ever read a book that kept me reading and wanting more. Now that I've read the book, I can't wait for the sequal so I can see what happens next.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Hannah, 14
Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Little, Brown 2011

I really liked this book it kept me on the very edge on if they will be able to stay together or if not. I would really like to tell you the answer to that but it would give the entire book away. You will just have to go read it yourself. I believe this book would be good for the people who enjoy romance and forbidden love. I Enjoyed it very MUCH!

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Danielle,    15
 Laini Taylor  
Daughter of Smoke and Bone  
Little, Brown and Company    2011

       This book is the best book I have ever read. The writing was excellent. I loved the way she portrayed the characters. It is the story of a girl torn between two worlds. She faces angels and devils but good and evil are hard to find.      I can not wait for the next book. I love this author.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Sara, 14
Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Little Brown 2011

This book was so good in the beginning, there was a lot of action and it kept you wanting to read it. Then in the middle, it started to slow down. And the storyline started to become predictable. then in the end, the action started to pick up once more. Overall, this was an amazing book. I enjoyed reading something different from the average fantasy book.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Dria, 17
Laini Taylor
The DAughter of Smoke and Bone
2011

Karou is your typical teenage art student in prag... with vibrant blue hair and the weirdest job ever, collecting teeth for a chimera named Brimstone. Until black handprints start showing up on portal doors. Wishes and alternate dimentions, the perfect blend of funny and suspensful. I loved almost every minute of it. Laini TAylor has an amazing writing style and I'm super excited for the sequel, which this book will have or I might have to hurt somebody, the cliff hanger ending leaves much to be desired later on.
Rating: 4 Better than most
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Ursula, 18
Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Little, Brown and Company    2011

       I thought the setting was good, but I wasn't really hooked.  It sounds like a good book, but I guess it wasn't the kind of book for me.    Set in Prague, Czech Republic, where an art student named Karou lives a strange life.  She has no nationality, has blue hair, and works for a man named Brimstone who deals wishes in exchange for teeth, which she collects on her "Errands".  But strange things are occurring, like black hand-prints on doors, and a war that's been secretly going on, and she is in the middle of it.  

Rating: 3 Readable

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

RD, 13
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The False Prince
Scholastic 2012

A very intriguing tale about an orphan and a fake prince.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, May 21, 2012

See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles


Shalyn,            12           
Jo Knowles           
See You At Harry's           
Candlewick Press            2012                       

OMG this book actually made me cry it was so sad but it had a great ending                       

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Shadow Collector's Apprentice by Amy Gordon


Shalyn,         12        
Amy Gordon        
The Shadow Collector's Apprentice        
Holiday House         2012         


love it so mysterius and awsome wish there was more

Rating: 4 Better than most

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Dalen, 14
Janet Lee Carey
Dragonswood
Dial 2012

basicaly a girl is acused of being a witch and she slips that her friends go into the "forbiden forest" Dragonswood. She and her friends are on the run from a whitch hunter.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen (2 reviews)

anthony,    16 
Joshua C. Cohen 
Leverage 
Dutton Books    2011

        This book was extremely sad. The things that happened made me want to hate the book, but it was written so well that i love it. i think that this book came out at the perfect time too, because this story shows how the school system is ruled by each district wanting to have the BEST football team and the schools that do have the "best" let those students get away with anything and they get a free ride in life even though most are incredibly cruel people. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Kyle, 17
Joshua Cohen
Leverage
Joshua C Cohen
2011

Seemed like an average book about sports till later on a steroid pumped football player went crazy and did things. Its also told in alternating voices with different characters...not for the weak minded.
Rating: 3 Q. Readable.

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Bree, 17
Jennifer Estep
Kiss of Frost
Kensington 2011

Jennifer Estep is a great author, and Kiss of Frost helps prove that Gwen had fought off the reaper Jasmine Ashton in the previous book, and is now convinced another one is after her. With the winter carnival all weekend and meeting a cute boy, she stops worrying so much, which could be her greatest mistake.

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Forgotten by Cat Patrick (4 reviews)

Lizzy, 18
Cat Patrick
Forgotten
Little, Brown and Company 2011

Forgotten was a great book, a little slow in the beginning, but picks up later on. It's one of those books that a person has to read from the beginning to the end in order to fully understand what is going on which i thought was fun. It had a couple of twists and turns although some of them were predictable, but that kept me more involved in the book. The ending was ok i kind of wish there was a little bit more of and explanation of what happened afterwards especially with London and Luke's relationship.:( Overall it was a fantastic read!:)

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Ashley, 16
Cat Patrick
Forgotten
Little, Brown and Company

The general theme of the book is Mystery. It's about a girl who was in a car accident when she was little. She ended up losing her short term memory. Every night when she goes to bed she writes a note teller her abou the day before. She ends up meeting a guy that she knew from her childhood and falls in love. But she has been having strange dreams that she thinks are memories so she decides to investigate. She ends up finding out information that changes her life.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Linsey, 15
Cat Patrick
Forgotten
Little, Bronw and Company 2011

Forgotten is about a 16 year old girl named London Lane, but before she goes to sleep she must write down what had happen that day. when London wakes up she will forget what had happen or what happens that day or week. When any thing can't get any worse with high school and forgetting everthing scenare with school, dating the hot guy whose name that she forgets. London starts having some really  weird experience with disturbing visions. She realizes its time to learn more about her past that she always to be forgetting........ Before it destroys London further.    This book had to do with a mystery a bit of romace, and psychologica drama as well. It makes you think what will happen next in the book. Its a slow but yet a fast paced kinda book. when i read it it was slow, but it slowly works its way up.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Danielle, 15
Cat Patrick
Forgotten
Hachette Book Group 2011

Forgotten is a story about a sixteen year old girl who loses her memory every morning when she wakes up. She tries to discover things about her past but her mother wants to keep her in the dark. This is a thrilling tale that had me thinking late at night. It was interesting and the characters were well thought out.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden

Mary, 14
Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
Joe Golem and the Drowning City
St. Martin’s press 2012

it was a whole new look on the way you would see the world.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding (3 reviews)

Lolita,  16
Julia Golding
The Glass Swallow
2011

Although i had a hard time getting in to this book because it was slow I’m really glad I didn't give up on this book.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Darby, 15
Julia Golding
The Glass Swallow
Marshall Cavendish 2011

The Glass Swallow is a well-written, cute book with a happy ending that shines.  The protagonist, Rain is strong-willed and straight-forward. Peri, a man she meets in her travels, is pulled along by her current.  I loved the books and I loved the characters.  It was a great breather from the everthing-that-can-go-bad-will-and-the-main-character-will-be-screwed.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Briana, 16
Julia Golding
The Glass Swallow
2011

Golding has once again created a book that holds the interest of the reader from start to finish. I am always wary when I pick up a book from an author I've read before and liked. I dread reading one of their books and finding that I dislike it immensely. This is not the case with this book. 5 out of 5 for a captivating, orginal read.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

shalyn, 12
Katie Kacvinsky
Awaken
Houghton Mifflin 2011

great book. awesome combo of love and adventure.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

First Hero by Adam Blade

Drake, 13
Adam Blade
First Hero
Scholastic Press 2012

It was a really good book. I found it way too short, Adam needed to bring more to this book and probably the other books as well. The whole idea of it though was really cool.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

shalyn, 12
Allison Rushby
Shooting Stars
Walker & company 2012

Awesome. Shooting Stars is a great combination of romance and photography

Rating: 4 Better than most