Erebos

ErebosTeenager Nick notices that a disc has been passed around the school. He thinks it’s a music CD, but once he gets a hold of it, he finds that it’s a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) which the “Messager” runs. Nick thinks it’s an awesome game, but there are rules that if you break, your character won’t be the only one in danger.

1. ALWAYS play alone
2. NEVER talk about the game
3. NEVER tell your nickname
4. ALWAYS follow the Messager’s direction

And one more thing: To level up, you need to do quests. REALITY quests. In return, the game levels you up, and gives you what you want in real life.  It’s a game, it watches you …

Nick is my favorite character. Smart and resourceful, he gets the job done, but sadly, he breaks the rules of the game, and mysteriously can never play it again …  [JoelFromTheLastOfUs]

The Fire Within

Twenty-year-old David Rain has just become a Elizabeth Pennykettle’s (and her 11-year-old daughter’s) new tenant. But not everything is exactly as it seems in the Pennykettle household. They have a cat. That’s not very strange, is it? What’s really strange about the Pennykettles are the DRAGONS. Tons of them, everywhere. Sometimes they seem to flit around by themselves. But is that just David’s imagination, or is it real???

This is the first book of one my favorite series of all times: The Last Dragon Chronicles. My favorite character is probably Gadzooks throughout the entire series (and all the other dragons, but you don’t really find out much about them until the second book, I think), but I won’t say why, because that would ruin it. In this book, though, I’d say my favorite character would probably be Lucy, always on an adventure to save a squirrel, dragging David along.  [pinktlrb]

Along for the Ride

Auden’s life has always been structured and educational – or in other words, a huge bore. She gets the best grades, studies constantly, gets treated like an adult, and basically ignores the fact that she has a peppy and pregnant new stepmom who lives at the beach with her writer dad. That is, until she gets an email with one too many exclamation marks from her stepmom, Heidi, asking her to stay for the summer in the wonderful town of Colby. Although she doesn’t know if she really wants to, in order to have an okay summer before college, Auden goes, leaving her brilliant mom alone. Since she isn’t very good at being the new girl, Auden manages to kiss the playboy of Colby, Jake, meet his recently ex-girlfriend the next day, and get a job at the same place as the ex-girlfriend and her friends – Heidi’s boutique. Over the summer, though, Auden learns how to be friends with the girls at the boutique, and she also forms a strange friendship with a fellow insomniac, Eli, Jake’s older brother. By that time she is starting to enjoy Colby and her brand new sister Thisbe. But will things start to get rough when Auden sees her old classmate Jason again? And what will happen when Auden is forced by Eli, who is starting to become more than a friend, to face her toughest challenge yet … learning how to ride a bike?

I loved this book – it was my favorite of all the Sarah Dessen books. This book includes details from The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key, and Keeping the Moon, and I really liked how Sarah Dessen did that. My favorite character was Auden because she was smart and eventually learned how to have fun. I absolutely hated Jason because he was just a school-obsessed jerk in The Truth About Forever, and he was a work-obsessed evil person in this book. If you like romance books, especially any Sarah Dessen books and The Summer I Turned Pretty, you should definitely read this one.  [trh99]

City of Bones

City of BonesThis book is about a girl named Clary who has a mom, her mom’s best friend Luke, and a best friend named Simon. She thinks that she has a normal life … until she finds out that her dad Valentine, who’s supposedly dead, is alive first of all, but is also evil and wants to turn everyone into a Shadowhunter and his slave. A Shadowhunter is basically a demon hunter who uses marks to give them certain powers. So Clary one day meets some Shadowhunters named Jace, Isabelle, and Alec. When they find out that Clary’s mom was once a Shadowhunter, they take her in and she secretly vists them for a while, learning about Shadowhunters and trying to figure out where her dad is hiding. On this journey she finds out that she loves Jace and Jace loves her. They will do everything in their power to keep it that way.

I absolutely loved this book!  Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  I would recommend this book to everyone!  It has all sorts of things like action, drama, romance, and a little bit of violence.  If you do read it, the next ones in the series are City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels.  Book 1 of The Mortal Instruments.  [KATNISS 21]

The Poisoned House

The Poisoned HouseYou won’t get scolded. You won’t get a beating. Death seems like a reasonable choice in Greaver Hall. A lot of it has been going on there. Fourteen-year-old Abi suffers a day-to-day basis of work and boredom. The housekeeper, Mrs. Lillian Cotton, is strict and uptight, so why not have a little fun? Maybe trick her into thinking her dead sister’s ghost is haunting her. But when the prank goes too far, a different spirit visits the house – one with no good intention.

This book was amazing, great, spectacular! I loved it so much, and the ending, oh the ending! It was shocking, a major twist. Like a giant crescendo in a great musical piece, it ended with a big bang. I highly recommend this book. The writing style and words make it seem like the reader is in the late 1800s. I loved it, so should you!

Th1rteen R3asons Why

What if you came to school one day and someone was missing? Someone you cared about, like your friend, crush, or student? And what if they never came back? That is just what happened to Clay Jensen. His long time crush, Hannah Baker, killed herself, but that wasn’t the end of her. She left behind thirteen tapes, reasons why she killed herself. Everyone who contributed to her decision got a tape, explaining how they helped. So when Clay receives the tapes on his doorstep, he is baffled. But the rules of the tapes say you must listen to all of them, so that is what he does. He hears each and every story and visits the places on the map she left as he tries to figure out what he did. He wanted to be someone Hannah could trust with her problems, not be a problem himself. By the time he reaches his own tape he despises pretty much everyone else, and he isn’t sure if he will be any different. He didn’t do anything, right? Maybe that was the worst thing he could have done.

I loved this book even more than usual! Although it was sad, it seemed like it could happen to anybody. I didn’t particularly like any characters, because they all helped end Hannah’s life in one way or another, but I didn’t like Clay the least. My favorite scene was when Clay listened to this tape, because it was very bittersweet. Boys and girls would like this book, and it was VERY suspenseful! It reminded me of the song “How to Save a Life” by The Fray.  [trh99]

My Sister’s Keeper

mysisterskeeper_110Imagine if you just found out that you’re only alive so you can give spare parts to your sister, who is dying of cancer. That you were actually made in a test tube, and that you were genetically engineered to fit your sister’s chromosomes. And you were only 13. Well, Anna Fitzgerald is in the same position, yet she has known for years. She has to donate white blood cells, bone marrow, blood, and a whole bunch more to her sister, Kate, who is slowly dying of leukemia. After a while she gets sick of it – so Anna files for medical emancipation. But what is her real reason? Is it just because she doesn’t want to have only one kidney, or is it something else?

I honestly loved the way that Jodi Picoult wrote this book. It switches characters’ points of view with each chapter, so you get the history and thoughts of everyone (well, almost everyone). At the end your mouth will be hanging open. I loved the part when Kate was a toddler, and it was from her mom’s point of view when they first found out that she had cancer. I loved this book, and I’m sure you will too.  [That Girl]

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsConor O’Malley awakes one night (12:07 to be specific) to find a monster. You would expect him to be scared, but he isn’t. He’s only scared of the monster from his nightmare. This monster is different. It doesn’t want his life. It wants the truth, which only Conor can deliver. Conor’s mom is suffering from a deadly disease and he figures the monster has good intentions. He believes the monster is here to save his mom. But the monster is only here for one person: Conor O’Malley. Dealing with these strange recurring visits every night at 12:07, when the monster tells him strange stories, Conor deals with bullies, his dad, his mother’s health, and destruction – lots of it. Will Conor be able to bear this pressure?

At first I thought this book wasn’t that good. It confused me by not giving any background information, like where the story took place. You had to infer it, which I began to like by the third chapter. After knowing that there was a secret, the truth, I had to finish it! This book was not only a horror story, but also something to cry about. READ IT!  [rocky158]

The Hunger Games

Panem is a country made from the ruins of North America and has 12 Districts and the Capitol. The Hunger Games is a contest where 24 kids go in and 1 comes out rich and famous, created by the Capitol as a punishment for the rebelling of the Districts long ago. Katniss is a 16-year-old from District 12 with the power to survive and a BFF named Gale.

Simple, right? Not when Katniss’ sister’s name is called to participate in the Hunger Games. To save her sister’s life, Katniss volunteers to compete for her. But she must compete with Peeta, the sweet baker’s son who rescued her all those years ago. Katniss also has to worry about how her family will survive, and what Gale tried to say to her before she was taken to the Capitol. While training in the Capitol, Peeta, Katniss, some stylists, and a couple of crazy mentors come together to try to send a victor from District 12 home, until Peeta admits in an interview that he likes Katniss. Is it all for show? After that, Katniss is wary of Peeta and this continues even during the Hunger Games. But while she is trying to survive, Peeta is keeping an image – it could be the one of a ruthless killer or a lovesick schoolboy, and Katniss can’t figure out which. Who will survive the infamous Hunger Games?

This was an AMAZING book! I would recommend it to everyone. It has sci-fi, fantasy, crime, and a LOT of romance. It reminded me of Communism and ancient Rome a lot. My favorite scene was at the end when Katniss admits her true feelings, because it’s a time when Katniss finally lets someone other than Gale know her emotions, and Peeta sort of tells her off. Peeta is my favorite character because he was really sweet, kind, and honest. I didn’t like Katniss because she needed to have more fun and not be so mean.  Book 1 of The Hunger Games series.  [trh99]

Cryer’s Cross

Cryer's CrossFix the trash can so the dent is facing just the right way. Align the dry markers for the eraseboard in a row, ROY G BIV order of course! Straighten the curtains just right. Adjust the desks so there are six at each quadrant. This is Kendall Fletcher’s (a senior girl with OCD) morning routine. Nico, her boyfriend, always sits comfortingly next to her. Nico starts acting weird and disappears just like Tiffany Quinn. On top of all this, Kendall is stressed because soccer is canceled and she worries about not getting into her dream college. All is better when Kendall sits at Nico’s desk. She hears his sweet voice beckon,”Come to Cryer’s Pass.”

This book is filled with horror, suspense, adventure, and drama. Anyone would easily love this book. It made me bite my fingers to little nubs from all the tension. It almost made me cry at the end. Lisa McMann’s style of writing is awesome. I highly recommend that you read all of her books – especially this one!  [rocky158]

Girl, Stolen

Girl, StolenCheyenne Wilder is staying by herself in her stepmom’s car for just a few minutes while her stepmom is getting something inside a building. Suddenly someone steals the car. On the road the thief realizes that Cheyenne is in the back. Cheyenne is taken on a dangerous adventure of being kidnapped. The adventure is even more dangerous because she has pneumonia and is blind.

This is a fantastic book! Don’t let the cover deceive you and make you think that it is scary. It’s actually a brilliant story. Plans and techniques used by the characters in the story were constantly surprising me. For some reason, the story just hypnotized me! A lot of other people who have read the book feel the same way.  [meow person]

Last of the Mohicans

lastofthemohicans_110This story takes place in North America during the French and Indian War and follows the journey of a scout named Hawkeye and the daughters of General Munro, Cora and Alice. Hawkeye is traveling with a party of two Native Americans, Chingachgook and his son Uncas. They are the last surviving members of the Mohican tribe. Their lives are put in even more danger when Cora and Alice are kidnapped by the deceiving Huron, Magua. It’s now up to Hawkeye and his allies to save the two before it’s too late.

Awesome! Although this book was written over a hundred years ago, it is definitely a book that I couldn’t put down. A few words and phrases made it a bit difficult to understand, but the reader will get used to it. The plot was in such an unusual setting too; it just really interested me. The pictures in the book were so colorful and vivid. It gives the reader a clear picture of the setting. For those who love great adventures and heroes, this book is for you!  [Wild Pancake]

A Farm Through Time

A Farm Through TimeThis is an informative book about a farm through the years. It shows pictures of the farm from the Middle Ages to the present day. It talks about the roles of different farm workers played, the clothes they wore, and how the surrounding countryside changed. Each page is illustrated with a different part of the farm.

This book was okay. It would have been better if each illustration was of the same part of the farm, instead of different parts. That way I could have seen the little differences over the years. Also, I didn’t like how it dragged out the Middle Ages, but skipped straight from 1900 to 2000 – I’m sure a lot of changes happened then. Overall this would be a good book for someone interested in history.  [rkd]

Lifeblood

LifebloodThis book is about an area of the world called Darkside, which is almost another world, but is on planet Earth. It’s almost impossible for people to cross from the regular world (Lightside) to Darkside because it causes so much pain that it can kill you. Darkside is a place for criminals, almost like a jail, but an entire city. Murders happen every day and it’s okay. A young boy named Jonathan is not like that. He has never hurt a fly, but he’s stuck in Darkside because his mom has disappeared. There have also been two gruesome murders which Jonathan has  somehow linked to his mother’s disappearance. He will do anything to find out what happened to his mom. Someone or something is hunting him.

This book was great! It was full of action and there was a surprise in every chapter. It was impossible to predict what was going to happen next. In fact, this book had the most surprises of any I’ve ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes scary, gruesome, murderous stories. This book also has a lot of action and mystery.  Book 2 of the Darkside series.  [Nd]

Second Chance

Drama High: Second ChanceThis is about a girl named Jayd who finds her true love. His name is Jeremy and he’s white. Jayd is black. She used to date a black guy, but she broke up with him because her best friend (or so she thought) started to date him. Jayd is over him now  and has a big crush on Jeremy. So far, he is charming her. They have a lot in common. They like to hang out and chill. They always pass notes to each other during class. Jayd knows what is expected from her mother, who tells the truth even if it hurts. She does her best with Jayd.

My favorite character is Jayd. She knows when the time is right. To me, she keeps it real all the way. She really takes her time when she does her hair. It probably takes her two or three hours. She always has a mother to support her no matter what, just like me.  Book 2 of the Drama High series.  [unicorn 123]