Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Blood of Eden: The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagaway

 You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the monster you truly fear. This is exactly the case for young Fringer Allison. She has spent most of her life as a lowlife Fringer until a sudden rabid attack changes her view. In the face of impending death she chooses immortal life but at what cost. Her old life is practically erased from her memories. Kanin a vampire who turned Allison will teach her the ways of their kind, but can Allison do it. Does she have the guts to cut of her human ties, to feed off of or eventually kill defenseless humans so she can survive. But when Kanin disappears at the hand of the Masters where will Allison go. Will she find refuge with a ragtag band of humans and their Preacher leader or will she live on her own and take her chances with the rabids. She knows she must save Kanin, but until she can do that, how will she survive.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Book 1)

The Immortal Rules is the first book in the Blood of Eden series by: Julie Kagawa. It is a fantastic story full of relatable characters, exciting plot twist, and perplexing moral questions that even affect today's society. Chock-full of twist and turns it leaves readers excited for its following sequel.
I rate this book 5/5.

Shadow and Bones by: Leigh Bardugo


Shadow and Bone is set in a kind of Russian themed world where certain people are born with abilities, these people are known as Grisha, the story revolves around a character named Alina Starkov who is born with essentially the most rare gift ever, stories foretold of her coming, and the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a starving young orphan.

I would recomend this book to people who like reading about supernatural and fantasy books

I would give this book 5 out of 5!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nine, Ten: A September 11 story By: Nora Raleigh Baskin

For people in our age group 9/11 is simply another historical event. A tragedy that we know shook the world even though we did not live through it. This book follows four kids aged between twelve and fourteen as they survive the events of september eleventh. This book takes place over forty eight hours and is very eye-opening for anyone to young to remember this day.

The main thing I liked about this book was that it is suitable for all age groups. It is sad but not too much for someone younger to handle.

The main thing I didn't like about this book was that, because it switches characters, it could be confusing to read at times.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Iron King By: Julie Kagawa

On her sixteenth birthday Meghan's life drastically changes when she find out that she is the daughter of the fabled faerie king Oberon. If this isn't weird enough she must embark on a quest with her long time best friend who turns out to be the notorious Puck from a midsummer night's dream to rescue her brother from a bunch of changelings. With the help of Puck, the talking cat Grimalkin, and the intriguing winter prince Ash, will she be able to save her brother in time.

Oh yeah, she only has about a week to get her brother back or there will be a war between the winter and summer courts. Thought I should I put that out there.

The main thing I liked about this book was the romance aspect. This author in good when it comes to building up a good ship. (See my review for Talon also by Julie Kagawa.) This author is also really good at describing eyes. That may sound weird but it's kind of a big thing in books whether you notice or not.

The main thing I didn't like about this book was that it could be hard to follow at times because of the fantasy world location. Other than that it was great!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Grimm Legacy-- Fun and Fairy Tales

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When someone in the library recommended that I read The Grimm Legacy on the third day of school, I was a little wary that I wouldn't like it. I often like deep reads-- books that make me think about the world. I wasn't certain that this book would provide that type of experience.

I was wrong.

Written by Polly Shullman, The Grimm Legacy  is a story about a teenage girl named Elizabeth. She struggles to fit it, and struggles with the dynamics of having a very strict step-mother. When her favorite teacher sets her up with a job at the New York Circulating Materials Repository, she is excited and nervous to begin the job. The Repository is like a lending library for special and rare objects-- imagine being able to check out Marie Antoinette's wig or Abe Lincoln's top hat!

From day one, Elizabeth encounters strange and unexpected situations at work. She isn't sure if magic is involved, and things only get more awkward when she discovers that her crush also works there. Pretty soon, Elizabeth realizes that sometimes magic isn't only for fairy tales, and that some of the most unrealistic stories have fragments of truth.

This book was not only a fun read, it was also a fantastic experience for those who enjoy fairy tales and mystery. Finding and figuring out all of the parallels was awesome-- and the characters were lively and interesting. Some of the events were a little predictable, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book!

I'd give The Grimm Legacy 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you, student from Mrs. Purnell's class whose name I don't know, for recommending this awesome book! Feel free to swing by and give me some more book advice!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

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I'm assuming if you read this near the time it was posted, you probably haven't read the book yet, most people I know haven't. So go to Target and get it now! Anyways SPOILERS!!!! may happen, sorry, but it's impossible not to do sometimes. The book starts off with Harry's second child, Albus, preparing for his first year at Hogwarts. It's right about where the epilogue of Deathly Hallows ended. Albus goes to Hogwarts, with his cousin, Rose (daughter of Ron and Hermione). He is on the train, and meets Scorpius, who is Draco Malfoy's son. They proceed to befriend each other and Rose, pulling a Hermione, immediately puts him in a position underneath her, and Albus is confused by this. And so the children arrive at Hogwarts and the sorting begins. Rose is sorted into Gryffindor, and Scorpius is put in Slytherin. Albus is also put in Slytherin, slightly to his dismay. He is made fun of, for being, "the Potter in Slytherin." We then proceed to go throughout his days in Hogwarts, Albus becoming more disappointed of his Slytherin role. Albus and his Dad can't really stand each other anymore. Albus and Scorpius steal a time turner from Hermione's office and then travel back and change the world to an alternate timeline where Voldemort won. Scorpius then finds Ron, Hermione, and Snape and sets the world back to the correct timeline. Then the boys meet the enemy who tries to bring about the world Scorpius was in. And the ending you must read for yourself. 4 out of 5 due to the playwriting elements and just not being like the previous series entries.

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Between Shades of Gray-By:Ruta Sepetys

This is an amazing novel. It's about a girl and her family who get taken by their home by the NKVD(aka soviets) in 1941. They get taken with hundreds of thousands of other families. They get sold and are forced to work hard labor for a tiny piece of bread a day. This book is based on things that really happened. It is sad and exciting and was very dificult for me to put down. This book is filled with fear, happiness, family, depression, death, and love. I would highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. I loved this book and it was easily one of my favorites.
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On the Fence By: Kasie West

I will be reviewing On the Fence by Kasie West, which would be categorized as a romance novel.

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Charlotte Reynolds, also known as Charlie, is a tomboy. The sixteen year old knows absolutely nothing about being a girl, so when she ends up working at a boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she has no idea how she will get through this. Other than that, she can’t let her three brother, and honorary fourth brother, Braden, know about what she is doing. It will surely not end well for her. She has also met a guy. A guy who has never seen the side of her that involves tackling a bunch of guys to the ground.

Because of all that is happening, Charlie has taken to having fence chats with her neighbor, Braden. This only causes another problem for her: she’s falling for Braden. How can see reveal this without jeopardizing her friendship with him?

What I didn’t like about this book was that it wasn’t very detailed in their surroundings, so something would happen and what I had pictured would be wrong. It’s just hard to change your view after you have had it a certain way for a while.

What I liked about this book is that she shows the main character’s relationship with her brothers really well.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Michael Vey and the Prisoner of Cell 25: by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey is a pretty normal teen in 9th grade at Meridian High School. Except for one thing. He has Tourette's syndrome. Oh, and electrical powers. Maybe that was a little more important He can shock people, but he tries to hide it. He's had to move multiple times because of his powers, but he's hidden it well for the last few years. With his dad being dead after a heart attack when Michael was 8, it's just him, his mom, and his best friend Ostin.
However, his secret slips out after he reacts to getting assaulted by bullies, and he makes contact with one of the most popular girls in the school, Taylor Ridley. Turns out, he's not the only one with electrical powers. Taylor can read people's minds if she's touching them or if she's touching something metal. Between them and Ostin, they create the Electroclan. What they don't realize is that the Electroclan is going to run into more danger than just the average schoolyard bully.

I liked the action in this book. It's not overdone, at least not for an action/sci-fi book, but it's certainly exciting. I also like how the romance [not gonna say who] isn't extremely cheesy. It's actually played quite well, and it shows that in a crazy world, things don't always work out for the couples.

The thing I didn't really like was how the beginning was kind of slow. It took me 2 tries to finish the book.

Overall, I'd give this book a 4.5/5 stars.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Legend By: Marie Lu

I would recommend this book for more mature readers due to many sequences of torture or characters in extreme pain.

Day has lived on the streets for over five years now. He steals and scams to survive. He is known for having impeccable speed and agility. He loves tormenting the government. And, he is the Republic's most wanted criminal.

June is a soldier. Youngest in her class and downright brilliant, many would covet her high-end life. But when June's brother is murdered she is tasked with tracking down the person accused of it. Day.

When they meet they are no more than enemies. But as secrets start to surface about the Republic and their own pasts they realize they may have more in common than anyone could have guessed.

The main thing I liked about this book was how fast paced it was. It is the type of book you cannot put down.

The main thing I disliked about this book was that there was quite a bit of torture. I have no problem with violence but this went a little too far.

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.