Sunday, July 29, 2012

Storm Runners by Roland Smith (2 reviews)

Jose, 15
Roland Smith
Storm Runners

Storm Runners is a good book and very thrilling. Chase is a teen that is well prepared for whatever natural disaster come his way. Thanks to his father. There is a heavy winded hurricane that just punishes him while he is on a bus. His father tires to find him because his satelite phone is not working.. Chase goes through devistating phases to get and his friends home

Good Job


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Darby, 15
Roland Smith
Storm Runners
Scholastic Press 2011

I enjoyed this book till the last chapter. The plot drew me in and held my interest. Although the character development was a bit shallow in my taste, I loved them as a whole. Until the end I was fully prepared to give this book a 4. However, the last chapter simply and entirely ruined this book. It felt like enjoying a countryside car ride with the windows down, feeling the soothing breeze, only for the ground to disappear under you. The ending filled me with bitter resentment as it seemed like the author chopped the book in half just to have a sequel. Instead of having a closure with a mild cliffhanger it simply ends, like the last chapters have been ripped from the bidding. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... >:(

Blood Red Road by Moira Young (5 reviews)

Travis,  16
Moira Young
Blood Red Road
Margaret McElderry 2011

This book is full of non-stop action and thrill that will keep the readers booked. It is also inspiring. I would recommend this book for young adult readers.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Nathan, 17
Moira Young
Blood Red Road 
2011

Miora Young is ana amazing writer just how everything can go from good to bad or when the unthinkable happens and not even think its going to happen. She blows my mind  Good Job

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Jose 15
Moira Young
Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road is one of a kind novel with one exciting story. Sabu is feirce and does so much even though she was raised from nothing. Her brother Lugh was kidnapped and Sabu goes head over heels to get him back even though she risks her and her friends lives to do this .

Good job Moira Young, I have never read your books this is my first time and it was so good!

Rating: 5. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Troy, 17
Moria Young
Blood Red Road

This book is about a girl, who has her brother taken from her and ends up going on a long trip to find him. But before she goes looking for her brother, she goes to give her little sister to a family friend.  She ends up finding her brother where her family started.
Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Anqi,    12
Moira Young
Blood Red Road 
Margaret K. McElderry    2011

          Saba has always felt her brother Lugh's presence at her side, and she loves him more than anyone else in the world. Her mother being dead, her sister so needy and scrawny and her father blank and unseeing, there is no one else she can count on besides him, and they have been just like that, ever since the day they were both born, eighteen years ago on midwinter's day.

So when riders approach their desolate home in the middle of a deserted country called Silverlake and takes Lugh with them, Saba begins an epic journey to search for him, fighting haunting memories of the past while pushing forward, forever looking for the one thing that she knows is there for her, as she is for him.

Everything about Blood Red Road is truly epic. I can't say how many times the perilous fight scenes have left me breathless, or the romance bubbling and budding between Saba and her interest, Jack, left me shouting in frustration. At first glance, Blood Red Road could be perceived as an action-packed fantasy; but as you look closer, you see hints at a past civilization not unlike ours. That's what I enjoyed most about this novel. Not only has Moira Young taken the dystopian genre and put a good character to it, but she picked the most awesome plot and world as well. Instead of being a pristine, seemingly perfect society-like civilization, the land that we explore in this book is gritty and lawless, along with being almost completely devoid of technology. To me, it seemed like the perfect mix of the Graceling series and the Hunger Games. Saba, being fiery and a natural surviver, but being set in a world similar to Graceling's appealed to me a lot. I also enjoyed the author's use of style-in Blood Red Road, dialect is used to emphasize Saba's culture and the place from which her world had risen from. I could also find poetic musings scattered among the novel-though Young's work is never really based on sensory detail (instead, it is her character's which are really fleshed through and developed) you can still feel beauty in her simple phrases and vocabulary.

As I mentioned before, the romance was a great addition to Blood Red Road. It certainly added some interest to a plot that might have otherwise been boring without it. Jack and Saba's relationship was a lot more realistic and true-to-life than a lot of other romances I have happened to pass by in my reading discoveries. It was also fun to read because it seemed to integrate into the story rather than encompass the whole thing, which I rarely find in other novels. All in all, it was an amazing love story that had a lot of bumps along the road like real relationships often do.

I LOVED the hints of magic in this one. Though futuristic, it strayed away from sci-fi, and was more fantasy than anything. Right at the beginning, Saba mentions how her father seems to know things when he reads the stars, and how he often does magic 'circles' to bring rain. Saba also receives a necklace early on in the book, called a 'heartstone' which warms up whenever you are near to your heart's desire. Though you never really are sure if they are mere tricks, you can be sure that something supernatural is going on, and that just amps up the suspense that is already present in this book.

I just can't say how awesome this book truly is. Though I'm not sure if there will be a sequel to Blood Red Road, I can say it was a very intense stand-alone book, and that I'm not going to find anything like it soon. I'm just glad I'm a patient person, or else I couldn't stand to wait for another book by the author of this shining debut.

Rating:    5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (5 reviews)


Robert, 15
Jo Treggiari
Ashes, Ashes  
2011

This book is the best Apocolips book for new teens. This is a action pact book with a twist of romance in the end of the world

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Izyk, 12
Jo Treggiari
Ashes, Ashes

Ashes Ashes is a good adventure/ survival book. I loved when she tries to go find the kids. When I picked up this book you totally won my mind. Thanks so much for the book it was GREAT!!

Rating: 4  Better than most. 



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Ezequiel, 16
Jo Treggiari
Ashes, Ashes

I would really recommend this book to readers because the book is well paced its not too fast or to show and when ever you are reading you are always wondering what is going to happen next. Thats why I highly recommend this book.

Rating: 3 Q. Readable.
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David, 16
Jo Treggiari
Ashes, Ashes

This book was a shocker. Lucy this girl stuck in NY after this plague has killed almost everyone. THe ocean has been flooding NY and has been tough to live there. Lucy meets this guy and he saves her from the dogs and is in his debt. This guy takes her to his camp and these people are trying to fend off the sweepers from taking them.

This one kept me on the edge of my seat

Rating: 4  Better than most.
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Daniel, 15
Jo Treggiari
Ashes, Ashes

The book was very good. Its about the end of the world. A very young women that lost her family tragic earthquake adn hurricans andd has to learn to survive in a hard world. 

Rating: 3  Readable.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Kaylyn, 18
Sean Beaudoin
The Infects
Candlewick Press 2012

This book is one of those that you have to have a taste for, in my opinion. You have to have a crude/semi-dark sense of humor, a tolerance for fowl language, mentions of nudity, sexual themes and insanity/mental-illness. I originally wanted to read it just to find out what was with the chickens on the cover and how they connected to the story; once I found that out, I was sucked into the evolution of the Z and how Nick "Nero" was part of it and what happened to Petal through the first half of the story. I loved what I found. Again most won't like the weird, dark and crude humor, but those that do will like or love it and how there is detail of attacks is plus in my book.

This book is weird, but good and worth a read. I want to know if he has a sequel coming after this or a companion story.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Frost by Wendy Delsol

Jessica, 16
Wendy Delsol
Frost
Candlewick Press 2011

Seeing as I did not read Stork, nor did I know that Stork existed until about halfway through Frost, this was a pretty good standalone. Delsol gives you enough background to keep one from feeling completely left out and keeps the reader's focus on the here-and-now. Note that Stork is the first novel in the series.

Rating: 3 Readable

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Jessica, 16
Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue
DIAL Books 2012

Cashore brought back our original cast and then created an entirely new one with the same fervor in which she drew up our favorites. Bitterblue is a journey of dealing with what's past, finding what it means to be yourself, and struggling to recover stolen memories, with all that that entails.

I didn't really understand why it is called a sequel to Graceling. While it did have Katsa and Po, the story itself was not about them; it was about Bitterblue. It would be better classified as a companion novel.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, July 16, 2012

Return to Exile by E. J. Patten

Jessica S., 14
E. J. Patten
Return to Exile
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2011

I loved it. This book was a mixture of some steampunk and fanstasy. This was a fast page turner, but became a procrastiread because I did not want to finish it. It had many shockers and a great climax. Great for anyone that loves fanstasy. For anyone that loves a fast page turner with mythical monster and creatures.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Jessica, 16
Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds
Hyperion 2012

Bracken pulls you in from the first page, bringing forth intricate characters with dark pasts and the hopes of brighter futures. You will laugh, cry, and cheer WITH the characters, and for them.

Di, I LOVED it. Thank you for letting me take it first.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (2 reviews)

Briana, 17
Kiki Hamilton
The Faerie Ring  
Tor Teen 2011

The main character, Tiki, is a strong character, as are those who come in contact with her. The story has originality and was well written with incorporated research and new ideas on fairies and/or fae. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Jessica, 16
Kiki Hamilton
The Faerie Ring
Tom Doherty Associations 2011

Hamilton gives us just what we need: a tough heroine with no qualms about doing what's right. I was hard pressed to put this book down.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Jessica, 16

Pamela Mingle
Kissing Shakespeare
Random House Children's Books 2012

An enchanting blend of modern commonality and Shakespearean sentiment. Mingle has woven a tale that Shakespeare himself might have enjoyed.

Rating: 4 Better than most

I want a copy of this book at the end of the year

Monday, July 9, 2012

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick (2 reviews)

Jose, 15
Jordan Sonnenblick
Curveball
2012 Scholastic

A good book for high school. It tells how it goes  and if you lose a thing you do best you might as well try something new while you are recovering. A 15 year old kid dislocates his arm and he was an all-star pitcher but now he has to do something else while his arm recovers. His best friend is always tempts him to keep playing sports.

A wonderful book.

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shalyn, 12
Jordan Sonnenblick
Curveball
2012

this is a very fun good book and i would recomend it to all my friends that like romance, funny,and photography. great book

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Linsey,  16
Robin LaFevers
Grave Mercy
Houghton Mifflin 2012

17 year old Ismae has been blessed with a gift by St.Maron himself also known as death. Its a dangerous gift that he had given her. So in the first chapter she is in a arranged marriage when her husband finds out that she had a scar across her back so her husband goes and gets a priest to calen her. So when the pirst comes he helps her to get away where she can be safe and people who can help her. So she is sent to the sanctuary. So when she gets there they give her a choice either be the handmaiden to Death for go with another and be married off to someone else.  So to make a new life she must now take lives of others. Now Ismae’s fist important assignment takes her to the high counts to Brittany. There she meets Gaviel Duval, a darkly mysterious who has been under a cloud of a suspicion. So now Ismea must make impossible choices  she must make only a deadly  games  of love and intrigue. Now how can she deliver Death's vengeance as the handmaiden of Death she must do. But as Death Vengeances upon a target who against her will that person who has stolen her heart.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo

Briana, 17
Kate Klimo
Daughter of the Centaurs
2012

Malora survives three massacres and remains strong and resilient. (The third massacre is an opinion.) Going from village life, to being alone, then to a ridged society shows her adaptability. This book has numerous fantasy themes.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Linsey,  16
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every Other Day
EGMONT 2012

Every Other Day is about a girl named Kail D'Angelo, a 16 year old girl who is human every second day......and every other... well she is well not human i should say. So on those days that she is not human she becomes a hunter. Such as hunting demons, hellhounds, zombies, dragons, you know the paranormal  supernatural creatures like things that try and threaten her world. So on days she is "human" she is just like you and me. You know like no superhuman powers just plain human. ( not there’s nothing wrong with that... what I’m just saying) So, when the other days, well lets just say she can’t get hurt like we do. So one day Kali notices the mark on a popular girl at school, and right away she knows that she has been marked for death, and her death will be one of these supernatural paranormal creaturer. and will there is no pressure........ there, right, just save the popular girl right......?? Just that she just only 24 hours to save her.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book