Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thirst by Christopher Pike

Where do I start? Christopher Pike writes about a mystical, outrageous, and fantastic world in his book, Thirst! This book has kept me reading it every day and nonstop until my eyes get worn out from too much reading. Thirst has three books in it, which is the reason it's very large. Thirst includes in it, The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice. Each book made me fall in love with the characters as well as the author, more and more! Thirst may be a spectacular book, but there are 3 more waiting for me to explore.

Alisa Perne may look 18 years old, but she really knows her true age! She's been to Ancient Rome, Egypt, mostly anywhere in the world. Her true age, she would probably kill me for telling, is 5,000 years old. I was wondering how on Earth is that possible, but truly think about it. Wanting to kill me, by drinking all my blood! Really answers to -- VAMPIRE! Alisa Perne, the 5,000 year old bloodsucking MONSTER!

Alisa's secret has been discovered, now she's on the hunt to find who's sending men after men to capture her and "experiment" on her. Of course, from dangerous, out of the world adventure always comes...Romance! Alisa, the dangerous, is she "that" dangerous to survive?

I'm only going to recommend this book to VAMPIRE LOVERS, obviously obsessed readers, and also people who want to discover Pike's crazy and mystical world. If those qualities fit you, pick up the book and join Alisa in her adventure of life or death!

Review by Travis L.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Published by EgmontUSA
Published June 2011

I was very intrigued by this book because it keep me interested and on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. This book contained mystery, supernatural powers, and a twisting plot with a very unexpected ending. This is the best time traveling book I've read, and it was definitely one of the best page turner books I've ever read. I loved the book, and I would encourage people who like supernatural, time traveling, mysteries, romance and unexpected endings to consider reading this amazing book.

Review by Karen G. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wake, by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann
This fantasy novel follows the life of Janie Hannagann who involuntarily gets sucked into the dreams of other people around her. She suffers through her ability and is unable to control her body when she is pulled into the wild dreams of strangers and her close friends. Janie has to fight her visions on her own due to her fear that people will judge her or think she’s crazy if they found out what she can do. Then she meets Cabel, the only person she trusts to reveal her ability to. However, Cabel’s dreams prove to be more dark and mysterious than Janie can handle. Throughout the story Janie struggles to control her ability and to understand why she was blessed or maybe cursed with it in the first place. This is a great read for anyone interested in unique abilities and the power that dreams can hold over us.
-Julia, 18

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
This story follows the main character, Molly McClure, as she is sent by her family on a mission to find her grandparents who they have lost contact with. This story takes places in a post apocalyptic world where food is scarce and most people are left with no money and no place to live. Living on an isolated farm in Canada, Molly knows little of the danger of the outside world but when she ventures from her safe home she sees the reality and the conditions of the world. Throughout the story Molly meets a suspicious character called Spill, who helps her in her mission but has questionable motives. This story is an enthralling tale of a girl who perseveres through her hardships to connect her family once again while battling the evils of the world that is crumbling around her. This 306 page novel is a great read for anyone who loves stories about adventure and the obstacles placed upon people by the outside world.  -Julia, 18

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Initially I decided to read The Future of Us because I loved Jay Asher’s other book 13 Reasons Why. However, I discovered I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The book focuses around Josh and Emma who are neighbors. The story takes place in 1996. Josh gives Emma a CD for AOL. The internet is brand new for these teens so they are both excited. However when Emma tries out the CD it somehow connects her to the future. Not just any future, but Facebook. The idea of this book is brilliant, but personally I do not find time traveling intriguing. They soon realize the actions of their daily lives affect their future lives that they see in status updates and wall posts on Facebook. They both attempt to change their futures because neither of them is happy with what they will become. Maybe it was because I was expecting more from Asher since I had read his previous book, but I did not think the writing was done that well. It was an interesting idea, but I simply did not enjoy it. If you are a reader who enjoys time travel and science fiction-type books, you might love this book. ~L. Mishkin

Paper Towns, by John Green

If you liked John Green’s other book, Looking for Alaska, you will love Paper Towns! The book centers around the protagonist, Quentin Jacobson, or better known as “Q”. He lives in Orlando, Florida and is neighbors with the other main character, Margo Spieglman. The book begins with a flashback to when both characters are young and best friends. They discover the dead body of Robert Joyner, who committed suicide. The next part focuses on when both teens are in high school. They are no longer friends, but Quentin has admired Margo for all these years. Suddenly the story takes a turn when Margo shows up at Quentin’s window asking him to sneak out with her and help her get revenge on all the people who did her wrong. They start with Margo’s ex-boyfriend who cheated on her. A fish and a blue “M” is left at each person’s house the two visit. At the end of the night the kids say their goodbyes and retreat to their homes. At this point I began to really like Margo as a character. She had the same quirky attitude that Alaska had in Green’s previous book. Quentin as high hopes for the future of him and Margo, but he finds out the next day Margo has gone missing. However, Quentin believes Margo has left him clues to find her. Just like Looking for Alaska, an adventure begins. Quentin and his two hilarious best friends set off to see where Margo has gone. I think what makes this book great is the mystery aspect of it. It is written very similarly to Looking for Alaska. I like how real Quentin and his friends are as well. Green personifies a typical American teenager when he writes as Quentin. I would recommend this book to most teenagers, either boys or girls. It’s a quick, easy read that will be enjoyable to anyone!
~ L. Mishkin

Low Red Moon, by Ivy Devlin

I recommend the novel, Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin to young adults 12 and up. This novel is about Avery Hood, who after witnessing her parents' deaths, tries to make sense of what she saw and what it means. Then a mysterious new boy arrives at school who can potentially explain what she saw. If you like the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyers, you will enjoy this novel and its supernatural secrets, twists, and turns. This novel explores the themes of grief, love, and loss. ~Ellen M., Age 17

Thursday, May 10, 2012

girl vs. superstar, by Robin Palmer

I recommend the novel, Girl vs. Superstar, by Robin Palmer to girls 10-13 years old. This novel is about a pre-teen girl, named Lucy, who is struggling to make new friends and discover her own identity in middle school. She continues to try to discover herself especially when her mother starts dating a father of a known celebrity. Lucy will discover who her true friends are in this universal coming of age story. This novel explores the themes of individuality, friendship, and family. ~Ellen M., Age 17