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Teen Summer Reading 2016 Blog Contest!

Published on Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teen Summer Reading 2016 Blog Contest!

June 4 - August 4, 5 p.m.

**This contest ended on August 5 2016. Congratulations to everyone who participated!**

 

Welcome to Teen Summer Reading 2016! This is the blogging portion of the program.  

Here are the rules for entry:

  • Read what you want, and tell me about it. For each book you’ve read, write an entry telling me the title, author, what you liked about the book and why.  You can only do entries for books that you read this summer.
  • To blog, just scroll beyond this message and go to the box that says: Leave a comment. You will put your entry here.
  • Include: Your name and contact information in the fields asking for this information. (Don't worry. I am the only person who will be able to see your contact information.)
  • (For each entry your name will be put in a drawing for a gift card. If you have done more than five entries, your name will be added to an extra drawing for two $50 VISA gift cards. I will also draw for ten $25 VISA gift cards. Depending on the number of participants, you could win more than once.)

 

The last day to complete and submit an entry is: August 4, 2016 by 5:00 pm. The winners of the drawing will be contacted on August 5, 2016. 

 

All clear? If so, you can start blogging away!  Questions? Send an e-mail to Eboni: harris@monterey.org or call: 831-646-2094.

Thanks and good luck!

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Joshua Russo

6/10/2016 5:01 PM

Mark Walden has written an amazing book called H.I.V.E. The reason I like it is because it seems to have a "plot within a plot" at all times. It is very intriguing in many ways, including a secret found out by one of the characters. I really like books that have side plots going on at all times and H.I.V.E. exhibited that perfectly


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Eboni

6/14/2016 1:50 PM

I think it is awesome that you love HIVE. I'm always recommended to people who are just as interested in the super villains as the super heroes. Great entries. Your name will be entered in the drawing for both your entries!


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Joshua Russo

6/10/2016 5:07 PM

Another book that I liked by Mark Walden is H.I.V.E. The Overlord Protocol. It had the same general properties of the first H.I.V.E. book, but with a twist at the end. I personally love twists. It gives meaning to the "is not over when you think it is" element.


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Jupiter Berrysmith

6/10/2016 8:25 PM

I read Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is told entirely in letters between two boys, Ollie and Mo. Both of these boys have rare medical issues: Ollie is allergic to electricity, while Mo has no eyes and extremely good hearing similar to echolocation. But they can never meet, because the only way Mo’s heart is able to function is with a pacemaker, and if Ollie was around him he would have a seizure and possibly die.

The premise of the book fascinated me from the start, and I think primarily because it did not mention anything about romance. Although that does come into play a bit later, it is not a love story. It is a story of friendship, and there are far too little YA novels similar to this one.

One thing I appreciated about the book was that it did not glorify the two boys’ disabilities, if one could call them that. I have read books that romanticize illnesses, for example The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and it is just a very unhealthy attitude. Thomas’s book did not romanticize Ollie and Mo’s medical problems at all, and in fact it might have done the opposite. Nothing wonderful happens to them because of their special cases, they are not magically cured, and they are also much more than their illnesses.

The characters were very well-developed, even the supporting characters. Ollie and Mo’s arcs were not so intense as a complete change of their personalities, but subtle and similar to the way people in real life develop. Ollie’s letters start very bubbly and optimistic and somewhat naive, and although those traits don’t really leave his character, we see him become more jaded and mature. He also becomes much more motivated to see the outside world, and he has hope for once. Mo’s character also developed drastically. When he begins writing to Ollie, he is stuffy and pretentious and extremely negative. Ollie helps him open up to the world and make positive changes in his life.

(I know this is getting on the long side, but I just have one more thing to say. Or two.)

From Mo’s first letter, I adored him, as stuck up and annoying as he was. I tend to like darker and cynical characters from the get go (see Draco Malfoy), and his character matched that mold perfectly. I basically adopted him as my son and was rooting for him the entire time.

(Last point, I promise.)

I really liked the diversity in the characters, and not even talking about race or sexuality. It was all very much realistic. Mo’s friends, Fieke and Owen (who happen to me siblings), are very different and as a trio they do not have much in common, but somehow they work. Fieke is a punk, badass girl who is just trying to protect her brother. Owen (the aforementioned brother) is kind and soft-spoken and very gay. I also very much enjoyed the gay factor, because books just seem so heteronormative these days. I think this group of friends spoke to me, because although my friends and I are not all the same and we may not have a lot in common, we all work together.

Overall, this book was a work of art I truly admire. It is impressive as Thomas’s debut novel, and I hope to see more of her in the library soon!


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Eboni

6/14/2016 1:59 PM

Hi Juniper!

Thank you for your well-planned and thorough entry. It is true that life-changing disabilities and terminal illness has been romanticized in a lot of literature, and sometimes reading too much of the same thing can be a bit dull. I'm glad you found a book that takes a different view on certain situations.

I think it's hilarious that you like dark characters, like Draco Malfoy (one of my favorites too, btw), and that you aren't the biggest fan of romance. I also prefer it when romance is something that might happen, but it's not integral to a book's plot. Sometimes it's hard to find YA that does this trick, but it's out there. If you come into the Library, try to find me. I can point you to some more books that don't have romance as a main plot, and I will definitely keep an eye on Leah Thomas to make sure we get more of her future titles.

Your name will be entered in the drawing for this entry! Good luck, and blog more! :)


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Phil Wilkerson

6/18/2016 8:34 PM

Wow, I have to read this book now! Also, yes, Draco Malfoy is my tiny baby!!!!!


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Amani Gibbs

6/14/2016 5:20 PM

The first book I read to kick off the summer was the book called Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. Maus is about a son trying to write a war story based on his father's and late mother's experiences during WWII as Jews. This story is a graphic novel with a strong vocabulary. The main characters are portrayed as mice, the nazis as cats ( which I thought was so clever) and most others as pigs.I chose this book to read because it was on the list of books required to read this summer for MAOS but I enjoyed it way more than I expected and now plan to read the sequels. I love how the author made the characters tell the story as a flashback and kept coming back to present time to eat a meal or go to the bank. I also like how the father speaks broken English and when he yells it's even more broken. All in all this book is just amazing and I would recommend it to advanced tweens and teenagers interested in historical fiction.


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Amani Gibbs

6/14/2016 5:50 PM

Another book that I have read is The Arm of the Starfish by Madeline L'Engle. Again, this was on the list of the requirements for incoming MAOS freshmen. But like the previous required book, it did not feel like an assignment, and I enjoyed it waaaaaaay more than expected. This book is full of suspense and seems to secrete glue from the pages so I couldn't nor wouldn't put it down. I was up until 2 am one night ( or morning?) trying to finish the book. I enjoyed this book mostly because of the plot twists, the build, and even after the climax it's like the plot is still climbing. The Arm of the Starfish is about a 17 year old boy that goes to work for a scientist of the coast of Portugal for the summer. On the way, he runs into the scientist's daughter and they take the same flight to Gaea. Somehow she goes missing on the plane and is held responsible then Adam is caught in a whirlwind of spies, picking sides, secret science experiments, and the threat of leaving, or worse being killed. This book is hands-down one of the best books I've ever read. It would be great for anyone who likes adventure, suspense, mystery, and drama.


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Eboni

6/14/2016 6:11 PM

Hello Amani!

It sounds like you read two great books that you might not have read if it wasn't for school. Those are always great discoveries though. Madeline L'Engle is a fabulous author. I haven't read The Arm of the Starfish, but I've read some of her others. Maus is a good one too. The Library does own the sequel if you are looking for it :)

Your name has been added to the drawing twice. Thank you for your entries and keep blogging!

Take care!


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Amani Gibbs

6/14/2016 7:06 PM

I read the book, Drama by Raina Telgemeier. It is a graphic novel and honestly I'm not sure what the genre is, I mean it could qualify as historical fiction but an autobiography at the same time. So it's about the author's high school years but not entirely true.Think of it like a jelly bean, the sugary hard shell is true but soft juicy innards of the jelly bean not so much. Anyway, it walks the reader through an average life of a teenage girl.Losing and gaining friends, being part of the stage crew for a play, boys, all that good stuff. It's short but sweet and really captures the essence of normal human being. This is a girly book so maybe not the best choice for teenage boys but definitely teenage girls.


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Amani Gibbs

6/14/2016 8:52 PM

The most recent book I read was,Smile a graphic novel also by Raina Telgemeier ( I love her work). This is a jelly bean story too but more hard shell this time. Its about a girl, who is about to get braces, but one night messes up and loses her two front teeth in an accident after a girl scout meeting. The reader follows on her path through middle school with braces and fixing her teeth, making friends, getting acne, boys, losing friends, starting high school and finally getting her braces off.This is a cute book, and is great for rainy days or if you're tired of watching tv.


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Aaakeilah Rice

6/15/2016 12:37 PM

The book I read was called I WAS HERE by bestselling author Gayle Forman.

This book has a main character named Cody who just lost her best friend under a serious circumstance "SUICIDE". Cody is devastated every memorial she goes people are always saying "sorry for your lose" and asking "are you okay". I think I relate to Cody because we have all been there and if you haven't you at least know how it could feel to have someone you love be here than disappear the next day.

As Cody is going through devastation she is asked to go down to the college to recover her friends stuff. When Cody goes down to the college she uncovers many secret and goes through more devastation about how she couldn't stop her friend from doing this. In the middle of her devastation she meets a boy who has secrets of his own named Ben he then helps her through part of her devastation which he also has because he also has a relation ship with Cody's friend. Cody then goes on a adventure with him to find the person who she thought caused the suicide, Soon it turns out she was just to devastated to see that this person didn't cause her friends suicide her friend did. At the end she learns to forgive everyone and also herself. I love this book because its about someone learning to forgive themselves and be brave in heartache. I love Gayle Forman books especially if I stay best book every .


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Eboni

6/15/2016 2:46 PM

Hi Aaakeilah!

Thank you for your great review! Gayle Foreman is a wonderful author. Her stories are very touching and I like the deep character introspection she gives. I'm glad you liked this book, and that you have read the If I Stay series as well. I hope you'll continue blogging this summer. Your name has been entered in the drawing!

Take care!

Eboni


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Kirsten Santos

6/17/2016 8:25 AM

Well, I had just recently finished Looking for Alaska by John Green, this is my second read of it. I felt like re-reading it over this summer opened my eyes for minor and intricate details. What I loved about the book was the compelling plot and journey of Pudge (Miles Halter). The constant attraction Pudge felt towards Alaska was rather adorable and amusing to read. John Green just has ways of melting my heart and all the while crushing it with the concept of tragedy and moving on. It was amazing, and I am simply lost for words. And speaking of words, I loved the last words he used, "It's very beautiful over there." accredited to Thomas Edison. It truly gave me a lingering feeling of the novel.


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Kirsten Santos

6/17/2016 8:31 AM

After Looking for Alaska, I read Half Lost by Sally Green. I'll admit I was awaiting for the stunning end to her Half Bad series. Particularly, what I loved about the book was how Green built up her characters. Nathan was a dark and desolate boy in the first book, Half Bad, however, she as more and more piled on he turned out to become more mature as tragedy after tragedy struck. He eventually grew more independent and used to it all. As for her ending, it twisted my heart, but I loved it. I won't spoil anything, but, it was something I most definitely didn't see coming... I'm still a bit sad, haha. I've gotta say though, Sally! Why do you always kill off my favorite characters?! Still, the first book beats this third one. I definitely enjoyed the ride, though I'm a bit saddened Nathan's journey had come to an end.


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Eboni

6/17/2016 12:31 PM

Hi Kirsten!

Glad that you're reading during your move! I will admit that I haven't read either of those books yet, but I've been holding on to a copy of Half Bad for over a year now. I will get around to reading it, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed both books. Re-reading books is always fun too, it's like reconnecting with an old you haven't talk to in years. You know, I think you might enjoy The Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Thank you for replying and your name will go into the drawing for both of your entries. Take care!


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Jupiter Berrysmith

6/17/2016 1:49 PM

I read We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I was very excited about the book's premise when I picked it off the shelf–a gay guy who gets kidnapped by aliens and has 144 days to save the world? Yessssss.

First of all, a book featuring a gay main character that wasn't all about being gay! Finally! So many books with LGBTQ+ characters are focused on them coming out or struggling with their sexuality/gender. This was a refreshing novel that didn't follow that basic plot.

I really enjoyed the plot. If one looks past all the supernatural elements, it is a very plausible story that i think reflects real life. Relationships were complicated and sometimes unclear. No one jumped into a romance. Bullying was a main theme, and it was actually addressed by adults who weren't passive as in lots of YA.

I only had to problems with the book: the ending and some...how do I say it, sexual aspects. It is told in the point of view of a teenage boy who has relationships with people, but sometimes it seemed unneeded. I also was not satisfied with the ending. There wasn't any closure! And one of the main points in the book was not resolved. I like endings to wrap up nicely, even if they're sad.

Despite the two (minor) aspects I didn't like, this book was very good and I would definitely recommend it.


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Phil Wilkerson

6/19/2016 9:27 AM

Holy crap I must read this. You have such great taste in books omg.


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Annabel Chen

6/17/2016 2:20 PM

I read Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson which was about a girl called Carter Moon who lives in Little, California, a town where almost nothing ever happens. Then a movie star Adam Jakes comes around to film a movie and everyone immediately falls in love with him. Everyone except for Carter. Which is why she's hired and paid to become his girlfriend. She needs the money, so she agrees to do it. Then it gets complicated and she actually seems to fall for him.

I thought this book was okay, I felt like it followed a script that most romantic novels followed. I did like the personality of Carter, although at times it did seem like she was too much of a Goody-Two Shoes.Other than that, I guess I would recommend it.


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:25 AM

Welcome back Annabel! I was hoping you'd compete again this year. As always, I love reading your thoughtful reviews and have been looking forward to seeing what you are reading this summer. Keep up the good work!


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Annabel Chen

6/17/2016 2:58 PM

I also read The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This book was about Tim and Alice, and how Tim is trying to come back from his wild past and also how his dad has kicked him out until he can be a man. But then, consequences of Tim's wild past comes back at him, and Alice, the girl he thinks he loves, is caught in the middle.

I thought this was a pretty good book. It certainly passed the time for me. I like the personalities of Tim and Alice, and I guess I liked the plot as well. It wasn't like any other book I had read before, which is good. I would recommend this book for any teens who feel like they have some time to pass.


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Annabel Chen

6/17/2016 3:04 PM

Last week I read the book This Shattered World, which is book 2 of the series Starbound, bu Meagan Spooner Amie Kaufman.

I thought that the fact that these two authors were smart to have based this book on two other characters in the same world... or should i say GALAXY... because I just think that it's refreshing to the readers. It also gives different perspectives of sorts and also gives you the opportunity to figure out what's going on if you read the first book about the whispers.

This book really keeps you on the edge of the seat because of the action and visions/dreams and also the interaction between Lee and Flynn, because they weren't supposed to even talk to each other (the effect of being on opposite sides of the war), let alone have a relationship of sorts.

I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you aren't a fan of science fiction, I wasn't and I still loved the book!


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Annabel Chen

6/17/2016 3:09 PM

Last week I also read the last book of the Starbound series, called Their Fractured Light.

I thought of 5 reasons why I loved the book:

1. I loved the different characters and their unique voices and personalities that you can automatically recognize by the tone of their voice or whatever.

2. In this book especially, there's a bond of sorts that connects the two characters, Gideon and Sofia. I won't tell you, because I would spoil it, but since the description already says so, it has something to do with Gideon being the Knave and Sofia having to do with that. And I loved that bond.

3. Sofia. Yup! She sort of reminds myself of me, in a way. How she shot Lilac's father as revenge because she was headstrong and stubborn and willing to risk her life for revenge. I think I would have done that too if I were her. Also, her deceptiveness and ability to talk, actually talk, is miraculous. You see, I've always wanted to be able to do that, but no can do. *sighs*

4. It's the last book of the series that I thought I would never read. Of course I would like it! I told myself to anyway...

5. I'm not a big science fiction fan, but as soon as I saw this series, I knew I had to read it. And I did, giving it a chance. I found out that I really did like it, and so, even if you aren't a science fiction fan, I still think you would enjoy it very much. Plus, if you have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon...


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Phil Wilkerson

6/18/2016 8:40 PM

So I recently finished 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman (my favourite author) and can I just say wOW. The book is about a young man, Tristran and his promise to a girl he fancies to catch a fallen star. It's funny, beautiful, sad, and adventurous. Its definitely fantasy but it seems so real!! I highly recommend it.


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/20/2016 7:23 PM

That book sounds familiar. Might pick it up this summer! (My name used to be Jupiter on here btw, in case you don't recognize me.)

(Sorry if this posts twice my computer is messed uo)


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Annabel Chen

6/19/2016 4:07 PM

I read None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio. One of the reasons I love this book is because I actually learned something from it, which is intersex. I found it quite interesting, and I also think it's sad that not a lot of people know about it. This is about a girl named Kristin who finds out that she is intersex, which means she is a girl on the outside but has boy parts. The whole school finds out and this is how she deals with it.

I really loved it and I really do recommend it for teens and adults, because they should know about it too. I also found out that the author is also a doctor and has had a patient who was intersex and I thought that was a good reason to write the book.


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Annabel Chen

6/19/2016 4:20 PM

I read Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland. I really like the whole series and Tui is one of my favorite authors of all time. I have 4 points to make here:

1. I love how Tui got into Peril's character so fast! And right on point too, or on point of what I thought would be running through her mind. Like the way she thinks of Clay. let's just say. Ooh, that rhymed.

2. I loved that plot twist at the end, a small one, but still worthy of being a plot twist. I definitely did not expect that, let's make that clear. And I even brainstormed and such. Hey- I was on a long long road trip with nothing to do but stare off into deserts.

3. Peril's good heart. Yeah, you'll see, once you read the book. Or if you've already read it, you know what I mean.

4. Surprising characters. Like Turtle, Ruby, Tourmaline (is that it? I'm going by memory here.) And again, you'll know what I mean once you've read it. It's just so creative!!

I recommend it to children who are at the level of this book and above. I think it's a book for everyone.


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Annabel Chen

6/19/2016 4:24 PM

I read Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando.

It's about 2 girls who have just emailed each other, like they just met, and they are already telling each other everything, for some reason. They confide in each other what they could not tell their closest friends. (And the title is Roomies because they are going to be sharing the same dorm room at a particular college)

I thought it was really quite interesting... I gave it 4 stars because I like the idea of the book, but at times, the plot was a little dull... I liked the characters, though the less major ones were hard to keep track of.

Pretty good book overall, so I'd recommend it to you- whoever's reading this right now.


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Annabel Chen

6/19/2016 4:29 PM

I also read the book Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland. Sutherland is a great author, in my opinion, and in her earlier books, featuring the dragonets of destiny, I thought it was creative to write each book in a different dragonet's perspective. I like this book because it is featuring a different character, Moonwatcher, who has the gift of mind-reading and being able to catch glimpses of the future. And the 5 dragonets are now teachers at a school they've built for all dragonets of any kind, so they get mentioned now and then, throughout the book. Anyway, Moonwatcher is at this new school, and overwhelmed with so many thoughts from the other dragons in her "winglet". Then she hears this clear voice in her head, who she can communicate with just by using her thoughts. It claims that he can help, but Moon isn't sure. After all, there is something or someone who wants to destroy the school, and Moon knows about it because of the visions she sometimes gets. But should she risk telling her friends her secrets, or let them die from whoever wants to destroy them?

I really like this series, and I really like having something simple and easy to understand to read, which was the case when I read the book. I think I would recommend this book from children all the way to adult.


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Annabel Chen

6/19/2016 4:49 PM

The most recent book I read was Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast.

I really felt like, since I read (most of) the House of Night series, that I had to read this book. So I tried it. And I just couldn't read it. I tried several times too! It's just a really easy book to put down.

The construction that Elphame was doing just slowed the book down way too too much. And the slowness was at the beginning too! I just couldn't bear it. After all, I am a very impatient person.

So one star. I will recap and put down my reasons in a nice, orderly list for you guys:

1. Too slow

2. Way too slow (and at the beginning... why???)

3. Confusing. The Incarnate (?), Etain (?), the building of the castle and its spirits... (?) It doesn't give you an introduction to who's who, like the House of Night series did, for the most part.

4. Just really looonnnggg.

Feel free to read it though! (If you are patient enough) Recommended for teens.


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/20/2016 7:22 PM

That book sounds familiar. Might pick it up this summer! (My name used to be Jupiter on here btw, in case you don't recognize me.)


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Annabel Chen

6/24/2016 8:30 AM

Sorry, I read really fast.

Anyway, I read the book The Epidemic, the sequel to The Remedy by Suzanne Young. It's about this girl who calls herself Quinlan McKee, she is a closer, a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased to help give the families closure. She wants to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who's been controlling her life, and find out who she really is - and other people too.

I liked this book a lot, even if I didn't like The Program. I liked the creativity of it though, and the backstory to how The Program was created. I also liked the plot, and how with each chapter or two, there were more secrets and plot twists that were under-covered. I would recommend this book to tweens and above.


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Amani Gibbs

6/24/2016 8:40 AM

Hey so I read a book called Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary and originally my sister asked me to read it to her but then I realized I had never read it myself. It is a short fiction novel about a mouse that can ride a motorcycle. He's tired of living with his family so he runs away from his home to a near by summer camp. where he comes into close contact with both a cat and a dog. A little boy picks him up and begins to take care of him. Anyway, its not on a 9th grade level but it was still a good read. My little sister really enjoyed it too.


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Annabel Chen

6/24/2016 8:41 AM

Kill the Boy Band - Goldy Moldavsky

Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated--and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.

So, I thought I would have liked this book even more, but after I finished reading it, I thought it was pretty average. I haven't read a book like this before, so it was pretty new, and creative of the writer, to me. But I have never been a fangirl, and upon reading this... well, fangirls are a little scary. I had no idea that they would do that to someone they adore. Or obsess over. Anyway, this book was a sort of a new experience for me, and I would still recommend it for anyone who wanted to read it.


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Amani Gibbs

6/24/2016 8:44 AM

Hey Jupe, how'd you get your picture like that? it's really cute btw. P.S. these books that you're reading sound so amazing, do you just pick them up or are they recommended to you how do you find them?


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/28/2016 8:54 PM

I honestly don't know how my picture got like this! At first I thought it was connected to my email so I changed it but this image didn't change. I used to be a blogger, and I think my account might be connected or something? Sorry that I don't know.

And I kind of just browse through the teen section of the Monterey library until something catches my eye. It's very inefficient and definitely not a good way to find books, lol. Also, as I mentioned before I used to be a book blogger and I still kind of keep up with that world and sometimes have books I want to read that are popular. If you want good recommendations, I suggest getting a Goodreads account. I used to use mine a lot and it's very good for keeping up with the literal community, especially young adult fiction.


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Annabel Chen

6/24/2016 8:58 AM

The Great Hunt - Wendy Higgins

When a savage beast attacks in Eurona, the king proclaims that whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter, Princess Aerity, but things get complicated when Aerity grows fond of a specific, royals-eschewing hunter, Paxton Seabolt.

I liked this book very much (4 stars), even though I'm not very fond of over-the-board romances. I enjoyed the plot of it all, even though the idea of "whoever kills the beast will win the hand of the princess" is classic and has been used many times. The ending is not as expected though, and I liked that surprise as well. Let's just say it's not such a happy ever after.

I would recommend this book for tweens and above, or whoever wants to read it!


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Annabel Chen

6/24/2016 9:12 AM

My favorite book I read this week? Genius:the Game by Leopoldo Gout.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary, Kiram, who has a secret.

The Players:

Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother who disappeared years ago.

Tunde- This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius who single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village. Being targeted by a ruthless military leader who wants him to build a weapon.

Painted Wolf- One of China's most respected activist bloggers exposing corruption to the world, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father's new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

As I said before, my all-time favorite book. Love it.

1. I love how the author included a girl in this book, instead of just all boys. I mean, girls are as smart too! So, I was happy.

2. The illustrations and different designs scattered all around the pages, and different in style for each narrator, were really cool. It made it seem as if you were reading a children's book (so you were relaxed), but you were actually reading a book of a higher level.

3. Each of the characters had a unique personality, there were no similar names or characteristics of any of the characters so that you could get them mixed up.

4. I loved how the plot ended with what it said on the front flap of the book. I did not expect it to.

5. This book is one of those books that you can reread over and over again without getting bored too soon. I like that.

5 stars! Recommended for whoever has the time to read it (not that long, slightly less than 300 pages long) and basically everyone.


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Alexandra Roden

6/24/2016 4:11 PM

The book "Lady Midnight" by Cassandra Clare continues the story of Emma Carstairs, Julien Blackthorn, and the Blackthorn family. The plot begins with the dilemma of fairies approaching them for a mission in exchange for their missing brother, Mark Blackthorn, who has been in the hunt for five years now. Many problems arise as they examine the evidence and past even more. I love how Cassandra keeps the reader on their toes. While reading, more and more problems seem to exist, yet they are solved incredibly and unexpectedly. I am very excited for the next book to see how the new characters are connected.


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:27 AM

Hi Alexandra!

I love Lady Midnight. Mark Blackthorn has become one of my new favorite characters along with Jace, Alec, Magnus, Will and Jem. I'm glad you enjoyed it too. Don't forget that The Shadow Hunters Academy comes out in novel form this fall!


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Alexandra Roden

6/25/2016 11:55 AM

My friend suggested a book a bit ago yet when she mentioned the title, I questioned her interests. "Sex Education" by Jenny Davis, although sounds scientific and physical, is quite the opposite. This story tells of a freshman, Olivia or 'Livie' (as David calls her). Thought the story, she and David (a boy in her class) learn to care for others. Although this book begins in biology class, much of the story is out of school as David and Livie struggle to care and help others around them. Surprisingly, I have become attached to this little book (as it is 150 pages), due solely to the fact that it tells an interesting story in a unique way in which I have never read before. I find it interesting how these young characters can learn and have taught me so much about love and caring for those around them. I hope you are not thrown off by the title and take some time to read this tale. This sweet love story may teach you a thing or two about love as well.


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Nicole Munoz

6/25/2016 1:52 PM

I read The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, and I thought it was a really good book, with lots of details. The book was about two children who get trapped inside another world that they had only dreamed about. It was a great book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:29 AM

Hi Nicole!

I'm glad you enjoyed The Land of Stories. I have not read this series yet, but I hear a lot about it. I will have to put it on my "to read" list. :)

Thank you for your entry!


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/28/2016 9:00 PM

(I read a lot of books recently, but I'm just now catching up with reviews--oops!)

I read Pretty Tiny Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. It is about a ballet school and is told in three different perspectives. This book was very, very intense. I would not recommend this to anyone who wants to go to a ballet school. The dancers were so horrible to each other and there was this horrible culture of eating disorders!

I did like how it was a very diverse group of characters, and the characters definitely developed throughout the book, some for worse rather than better. It also touched on lots of topics: different sexualities, eating disorders, and abusive parents.

It was a very hard book to stomach, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/28/2016 9:13 PM

I recently read a book I adored called The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten. This book was very eye-opening about what OCD actually is like.

In general, I really like books that feature characters with mental illnesses. They are very educational, but with an interesting plot surrounding the brain and the character's thoughts. Mental illnesses just interest me anyway. I have read another book about OCD, but I feel like this one did a better job of getting inside the main character, Adam's, thoughts.

There was a main plot of romance, but I didn't think it was unnecessary like in other books. The love interest was actually a person and she was interesting. I fell in love with both of the main characters. The writing was very vivid and none of the characters two dimensional.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes YA contemporary and learning about mental illnesses.


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Jupe Berrysmith

6/28/2016 9:26 PM

I read Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, who is one of my favorite authors. This is a collection of short stories about her series that just finished, The Lunar Chronicles.

I can't really say much about this because SPOILERS but it was cool to read backstories of lots of the characters. It was kind of hard to get into at first because I haven't read her books in so long, but once I started to remember, it was really good.


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Diana Libelo

6/29/2016 1:31 PM

I just love the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, I just finished reading the 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. It's such a great book! It's all about how Harry goes to see the Quiditch match beetween the Irish and Bulgarian teams and then the Dark Mark appears above the forest behind the tents where everybody was camping. Then while everybody was in a panick Harry realized that he had droped his wand somewhere and then he finds it and runs into workers from the ministry of magic and accuse Harry for having put up the Dark Mark.Then they check to see if it was true ,which it turned out to be. If I write any more about the book it would probably take up a lot of space. I love the Harry Potter books because of the way J. K. Rowling made it seem so realistic and life-like. Please don't judge me by my writing, I normaly don't or i'm not allowed to use a computer + this keyboard malfunctions alot.


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:35 AM

Lol, you write just fine Diana! I'm so glad you're participating and enjoying Harry Potter. It is one of my favorite series, and Goblet of Fire is my favorite book in it. I hope you continue on and complete the entire series. You know the play "The Cursed Child" based on Harry Potter and endorsed by JK Rowling comes out at the end of July!


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Diana Libelo

6/29/2016 1:33 PM

Pluss I'm Bulgarian.


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Alexandra Roden

6/29/2016 5:39 PM

"The Darkest Part of the Forest" by Holly Black, tells the story of a girl, Hazel, in the bizzare, tourist attraction, magical town of Fairfield. This odd town is on the border of fairies and humans. The struggle of living peacefully between the two increases as Hazel and Ben (her red headed brother)'s prince is awakened from his Snow White like slumber. Jack, a changing, joins them as they try to save the town from destruction.

Yes, the plot may sound a little clique, but I love the interaction between the fairies and humans. It's similar to other books I've read by Cassandra Clare in that the fairies can't lie or make twisted promises. I've been attached to this book over the past week, deciphering the story and messages. I highly suggest it and am currently pressuring my friend to read it! And it's a really pretty cover, so there's ever more of a reason...

Have fun!


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jeriel

6/29/2016 7:29 PM

"Spirit Animals" (book 1: By: Brandon Mull, tells the story in the world of Erdas four kids discover they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beasts and they both have great powers and each child summons a beast of their legend and they go on a dangerous quest.

I like this book because it has a lot of adventures , and its a but animals!

must read!


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:37 AM

I've been meaning to read some books by Brandon Mull. I've owned a copy of The Beyonders for a while. I know he's highly regarded as a great author. I'm glad you are reading this series! Thank you for your entry, and I hope you enter more!


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Madison

7/16/2018 2:50 PM

If you plan on reading brandon mull's books Fablehaven is my favorite


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Annabel Chen

7/1/2016 10:36 AM

I recently read a book called A Kiss In Time written by Alex Flinn. This book is basically the tale of Sleeping Beauty but in modern civilization. The princess, Talia, wakes up from her 300 year sleep by a kiss from a boy named Jack. She finds out that her kingdom is now ruined because modern civilization has taken over. She ends up fleeing with Jack and taken to Miami, where he lives.

I thought it was a cool twist to a fairy tale, and I would recommend it for tweens and above.


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Annabel Chen

7/1/2016 10:51 AM

The Accident Season - Moïra Fowley-Doyle

So, I liked it.

Some things I want to go over that make it a good book:

1. It's creative. I would have never thought of there being a month (october) where accidents would happen.

2. Plot twists. Ooh, there are so many!

3. Romance. Yup, there's quite a bit in this too. Kissing. And not only limited to boy and girl. Which I found interesting. Didn't think that would actually be one of the ideas expressed in this book.

4. Keeps you hooked, keeps you interested. Some books that are sort of similar to this one have made me bored and think of throwing the book halfway across the room because the plot just moves toooooooo slowly. And because it's just boring. But this book wasn't like that. All the creative-ness and plot twists really made it stand out.

5. The characters. Their individuality. Fo example, one of the characters, Bea, is said to be a witch. And then there's Elsie, the girl in which the main character/narrator finds in all of her photographs. All of them.

Now for the points that make it not so good. (sorry guys)

1. It's sort of, umm, I would say paranormal, or a bit weird I guess. It makes you feel as if you're not really there reading the book, like you're a spirit that just floats above it and everything... you know, I'm not making much sense. I thin you'll figure it out when you read it. Or if you eventually do end up reading it.

2. It fits the bookshelves of specific readers. I'm usually an open reader, I could read anything as long as it's not boring. (the same probably goes with lots more people out there)

3. I had to question some of the actions that the characters made during their accident season. You'll see. Don't want to spoil anything here.

I think that'll be all for now. 3.5 stars. Definitely recommended though.


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Annabel Chen

7/1/2016 11:04 AM

Sooo...

I went to the Monterey Public Library and just browsed through the shelves a few days ago. And I saw this book, Struck By Lightning. It looked pretty good. (I know, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover) But it did. So I took it out of the shelf, opened to a random page, and this is what I read.

"The Cheerleading Club: Also known as the Future Trophy Wives and Soccer Moms Club. The cheerleaders travel around campus in a vicious pack ,emotionally scarring innocent bystanders they encounter. Warning: They do everything as a team, including menstruate." -pg 39

I knew, after reading that, that I absolutely HAD to get this book. So I did. And it was the first thing that I read. What I got home.

Summary:

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips, who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker. At once laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously dark, and remarkably smart, Struck By Lightning unearths the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school. At a time when bullying torments so many young people today, this unique and important novel sheds light with humor and wit on an issue that deeply resonates with countless teens and readers.

Reasons I thought it was a great book!

1. Hilarious. Made me laugh at least thrice in each chapter. Or, err, journal entry that he makes.

2. Carson's personality and attitude. Reminds me of myself. (but not to brag or anything) He also has big dreams. Checkmark.

3. His depiction of high school. It's basically everyone else's (they hate it, it's like hell, that sort of thing) but he tells it in a unique way.

4. The BIG plot twist at the end. Corresponds heavily with the title. Did not expect it, actually.

5. The characters, big or small. I loved each of them.

6. The literary magazine that he put together. The author really did a good job with putting each of the character's voice and personality into writing.

I don't think I have any reasons for why this book was bad.

So, that's it. All I have to say for now. 4.5 stars! (I'm a rough grader)


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Amani Gibbs

7/4/2016 1:33 PM

I haven't blogged in a while, I was working on a few over the summer assignments for Monterey High. This book that I read is a simpler version of Beauty and the Beast, By Madame le Prince de Beaumont. I liked that it was a short easy read. I really liked how it wasn't like the movie, I wasn't expecting Beauty to have so many siblings or that the beast was over flowing with magical powers. Overall I liked the sense of relaxation I felt from reading this book and how sweet it was.


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Savannah

7/6/2016 12:44 PM

Have you ever read a book that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat? A book that you just can't put down? I have. And it was called, "The Land of Stories, The Wishing Spell". It is one of many great books in a series written by Chris Colfer. I absolutely loved this book! Colfer creates a world where fairy tales do exist and two young teens get trapped in such a world. The characters are relatable and intriguing. And the setting, oh the setting! Colfer paints beautiful pictures in your mind and you can't help but be pulled into the book, thirsty for more. This book is the first book in the series and I simply must read more!


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Eboni

7/8/2016 11:39 AM

Hi Savannah,

Wow, I really need to read something by Chris Colfer! The Land of Stories has been getting so much love lately, and I know he also wrote the Artemis Fowl series. I need to get with it! Thank you for your entry and recommendation. I hope you'll continue to blog!


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Annabel Chen

7/10/2016 8:48 AM

So this time I read Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. It's about Harper Price, a peerless Southern belle, who was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance she becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. And she's charged with protecting David Stark, Harper's least favorite person. I liked this book a lot because it's creative, funny, and a fun read. I can't wait to read the second book!


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Annabel Chen

7/10/2016 9:12 AM

I also read The Key to the Golden Firebird written by Maureen Johnson. It's about three girls. Mayzie (May) is the brainy middle sister, Brooks is the beautiful but conflicted oldest, and Palmer's the quirky baby of the family. In spite of their differences, the Gold sisters have always been close.

When their father dies, everything begins to fall apart. Level-headed May is left to fend for herself (and somehow learn to drive), while her two sisters struggle with their own demons. But the girls learn that while there are a lot of rules for the road, there are no rules when it comes to the heart. Together, they discover the key to moving on -- and it's the key to their father's Pontiac Firebird..

I enjoyed reading this book because it just seemed real, like it was happening in real life, because the things that May and her sisters go through I could imagine happening in real life. One thing about this book that made it not so good was that I wished Brooks and Palmer could have appeared in the story a little more. It was centered around May for too much of the book, even if it was told in her perspective. 4 stars!


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Annabel Chen

7/11/2016 2:43 PM

I read The Hidden Oracle written by Rick Riordan. I had waited for this book for a pretty long time, because I've read the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series each a couple of times. And Riordan's one of my favorite authors of all time, so...

Anyway, I really liked this book because it's a funny read and also because I was looking forward to it so much.The interesting new set of demigods involved in this novel is so diverse and likeable (though I didn't like Meg all that much). But I do I like their distinct voices and personalities and the genuine feelings and thoughts they have, especially Apollo's.

We do have a great plot in this book. You know the drill, it involved prophecies and all but I still find it intriguing especially that it will scavenge other areas of Greek and Roman mythology.

Finally, we've got to see again some of the familiar demigods we loved in the previous series and got the answer we're waiting for! (You'll see)

5 stars and I cannot wait for the next book!


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Rubina Shrestha

7/13/2016 12:19 PM

A few days ago, I read a book called "I Am Princess X" by Cherie Priest. I actually know about this book because some of my friends were reading it and it looked interesting. As I began getting deeper into the plot, I realized it was a a type of murder mystery and I absolutely love mysteries.

This book is about two girls named May and Libby, who are best friends. Together, they create a super-heroine named Princess X. But one unfortunate night, while Libby and her mother were driving a bridge, Libby's mother lost control of the car and the car swerved off the bridge. Libby and her mother died, and Princess X died with her. Or that's what May thought....

Three years after Libby's death, May is living a lonely life. Her life takes a new turn when she sees a Princess X sticker on the street. After some more researching, May discovers that Libby may be alive. With the help of some other friends, May goes to the bottom of this mystery as she tries to find her best friend.

In my opinion, this book is awesome. The way this book is written is relatable and funny. I will be looking forward to any books Cherie Priest writes for kids my age.


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Rubina Shrestha

7/13/2016 12:38 PM

This summer, I read a book called "The Shadow Queen" by C.J. Redwine. I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time now, so I was excited to read this book. I had some expectations for this book, but it exceeded my expectations. I feel like this book is a Snow White retelling with a twist (maybe because it is).

This book is about a girl named Lorelei, who is a princess and a type of sorceress called a "mardushka". She is the rightful heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ravenspire, but Ravenspire is taken over another mardushka named Irina. When Irina murders people close to Lorelei, she plots to take back her kingdom from Irina.

Meanwhile, Prince Kol of Eldr is in trouble. he has been handed responsibility for something he is not ready for and his kingdom is in peril, for giants have attacked them. Desperate for help, Kol asks Queen Irina for help. For Irina's help, Kol has to bring Lorelei to Irina. When Kol and Lorelei meet, they are drawn to each other. With the help of some friends, Kol and Lorelei devise a plan to overthrow Irina.

I think this book was really good. There is action, magic, romance, and dragons. I really liked the part about dragons. I would recommend this book to anyone 10 or up and who loves magic and the classic tale of Snow White with a twist.


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Rubina Shrestha

7/13/2016 1:02 PM

Due to a recommendation that my best friend gave me, I read a book called "Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger. This is the first book in a series. I loved the plot of this book so much, I literally didn't stop until I was finished. I finished the book in half a day. I have to say this book was a good recommendation.

This story is about a twelve-year-girl named Sophie Foster. She is a Telepath- she can hear the thoughts of people around her. When she meets a boy named Fitz, who is a Telepath like her and has beautiful aquamarine eyes, she doesn't know how to feel. Fitz whisks her away to a new school for elves. There, Sophie can learn to control and improve her ability.

As Sophie is making new friends and enemies, learning new things, and dealing with feelings towards Fitz, random memories resurface about secrets that the elven government wants to hide. With some guidance from friends, she records those memories and realizes that these memories were planted in her. And that they were incredibly dangerous.

I loved this book so much. This book has suspense, small touches of romance here and there, action, and magic. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!


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Annabel Chen

7/13/2016 3:17 PM

One of the books I read a few days ago but did not have the time to blog about was a novel written by Melissa Kantor, called Invisible I. This book is the first of the Amanda Project series, which, I sadly have to say, the Monterey Public Library does not have the whole series, only the first book. But I would recommend reading it anyway, it's seriously a great book.

It's about a mysterious girl named Amanda (or not, maybe it's just a name she chose for herself). She was new and she chose three people— Callie, Hal, and Nia; to guide her through the choppy waters of her new school. Except she didn't tell them about each other.

When Amanda disappears, the three of them, Callie, who is part of the popular group; Hal, a dork and an artist, and Nia, someone who just disappears into the background and is known to everyone as the weirdo of the school, get thrown together when the principal accuses them of conspiring with Amanda.

Of course, the three of them declare that they did not know her, but ti turns out the principal called them together because of the drawings of their so-called "spirit animals" on the front of their lockers.

And so begins the hunt for Amanda Valentino. But once they start piecing together the cryptic clues that Amanda herself is leaving for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew about her is false. The more they dig, the mystery of where; and who Amanda is deepens.

In addition to being the first of a new series, though, this is also an interactive project where readers can posit theories about Amanda, contribute music and art to the project website, and generally determine the trajectory of the series using the website www.theamandaproject.com. It's a really cool idea and I'm excited to see what kind of response it gets. In any case, the book is great and I highly recommend it. 4.5 stars!


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Amani Gibbs

7/14/2016 7:24 AM

I recently finished a book called Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Before I begin let me just say WOW. This book is a tale of a boy and a girl. The boy just tries to fit in and the girl is the exact opposite. She is all over the place with her pet rat and her ukulele. The boy tries to get her on the school news show and they fall in love. They both change so much through out the story. The boy learns a lot of valuable lessons about who he his and how he views the world around himself. I am probably gonna read this again four more times before the year is over I LOVE this book.


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Savannah Chappell

7/26/2016 3:13 PM

Once again, I was amazed. Chris Colfer has succeeded in making a sequel just as good as the first with this book, “The Land of Stories, The Enchantress Returns” When reading this book, the words seem to dance of the page, and melt into a land of mystery and adventure. Once again, the main characters are called into the fairy tale world to save the land and all the legends who live there. But can two “kids” save such a place from the greatest danger they have ever faced?


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Savannah Chappell

7/26/2016 3:14 PM

Have your heard the mighty roar of a fierce dragon? Have you felt the rush of adrenaline as you fight to save what you love? This book, gives you all of that. In “The Land of Stories, A Grimm Warning”, a breathtaking novel, the author Chris Colfer has you fighting alongside the main characters in a battle against one of the most dangerous beasts in all of the worlds, a mighty dragon.


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Savannah

7/26/2016 3:15 PM

Worlds collide, in this beautifully written novel. The main characters must fight to save not only the fairytale world, but their own. Join them in the race against time, fighting horrible beasts, and discovering crucial clues. “The Land of Stories, Beyond the Kingdoms” was written by Chris Colfer. Full of adventure and mystery, this book is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.


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Savannah Chappell

7/26/2016 3:19 PM

And i meant to post this first :)

Have you ever read a book that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat? A book that you just can't put down? I have. And it was called, "The Land of Stories, The Wishing Spell". It is one of many great books in a series written by Chris Colfer. I absolutely loved this book! Colfer creates a world where fairy tales do exist and two young teens get trapped in such a world. The characters are relatable and intriguing. And the setting, oh the setting! Colfer paints beautiful pictures in your mind and you can't help but be pulled into the book, thirsty for more. This book is the first book in the series and I simply must read more!


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Chris W

7/27/2016 9:43 AM

The Magician's nephew

By C.S Lewis

I liked this book because it was interesting and not boring at all

It was about different worlds, like Narnia. The evil witch that got into Narnia tried to kill Aslan the lion who created Narnia.

Recommend yes


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Chris w

7/27/2016 9:50 AM

After reading the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia the second book The Lion ,The Witch And The Wardrode by C.S. Lewis was just as good. My favorite part was when one of the four children betrays the others.


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Chris w

7/27/2016 10:00 AM

The Hores and His Boy

By C. S. Lewis

In this book a boy who is treated like a slave runs away with a talking horse. They meet another runaway and discover a secret plot to destroy

Arkanland and Narnia, so they must race an army to the castle to warn them.


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Chris w

7/27/2016 10:22 AM

Prince Caspian

By C.S. Lewis

I liked this book because it has adventure, some mystery and battles. Everything a good book need. =]


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Chris w

7/27/2016 10:28 AM

The Last Battle

By C.S. Lewis

This is the last book in the series. Narnia gets destroyed and everyone goes to a brighter more wonderful world. Is it the real Narnia or a different world? Read the book for yourself to find out.


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Eboni

7/27/2016 12:36 PM

Hi Chris! I'm glad you enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia. It's a fun, yet deep, book series with lots to analyze. I will admit I did not expect for the last book in the series to end quite that way. And the change in Susan's character surprised me, but in a good, realistic way. Keep reading, keep blogging, and thank you for your entree!


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Annabel

7/27/2016 10:35 AM

I recently read a book written by Eileen Cook called With Malice.

This new novel, well, it's about eighteen-year-old Jill Charron who wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. There is a press team, a lawyer, the police... all involving in this accident that maybe wasn't an accident.

As it makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. (ooh) It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With more and more evidence being found that is against her, there’s one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened?

The book promised a plot twist ending, (on the front back cover) which as I read through the book, I tried to guess what would happen. And I did, although I wished that it was a little more... exciting, like BOOM. There you go. Except it wasn't. Cook just said it and then walked away by ending the book soon after.

But I did like how the book was written, with news reports and interviews with witnesses and acquaintances and it was fun to see how each friend or adult would act. And the Facebook comments from Jill's page as "evidence" against her.

And then there were the plot twists hanging around every few chapters or so. Those were unexpected, which was good.

Gave it a full 3.5 stars! Recommended for those who like mysteries and need to pass the time.


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Annabel

7/27/2016 10:39 AM

So I also read a book called The Naturals written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

I absolutely love mysteries and books that follow the plot of like, 'following a set of clues to find whoever but really, she or he was right there the whole time'. It's a miracle I haven't gotten bored of it. Yet.

I loved the characters (Cassie, Michael, and Dean especially) because they're all so different. It's not everyday that you have so many characters in one book and some don't just fade or blur together with other characters. This book stood out to me because of that.

I loved the plot of the book, as I mentioned before, and the several plot twists that occurred every few chapters or so And just the overall theme of the book.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Killer Instinct. 4 stars, and definitely recommended.


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Annabel

7/27/2016 10:44 AM

Run - Kody Keplinger

I actually did not think I would like this book. But I gave it a chance because I loved Lying Out Loud (LOL) and The DUFF, so... why not?

But, it turns out that I actually really liked it. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! And I'm glad.

This book is about a friendship between two girls, an unlikely one, and how when one of them (Bo) has to run away, the other readily agrees to go with her (Agnes).

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter from what Agnes doesn't know.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away in a stolen car, with little money, and the police chasing after them leads to confronting some ugly secrets.

4 stars - Keplinger has not yet disappointed me.


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Alexandra Roden

7/27/2016 11:58 PM

The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong, tells the story of a rich, white, 14 year old girl in an art high school with a passion for directing rather than acting. While in the bathroom after her first period, she experiences a traumatic event and is soon after sent to a home for teens with mental problems. Through my disjointed reading I began more and more to comprehend Chloe's thought process and priorities (as it was not automatically clear as a reader). As the story continued, I was not expecting the obvious plot twist of the story.

I enjoyed the book and found it to be interesting. I don't like Chloe as a character all that much, although she does have some relatable quirks. The story didn't really pick up my attention until at least 2/3 through the story. It was a good book and I was disappointed to see it come to a close. I might recommend it, although I didn't love it. It takes a new twist on super powers and society.


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Susanna Quayle

7/28/2016 10:19 AM

So, even though it is almost impossible to have a favorite book, I think I have finally chosen one. "Front Lines" by Michael Grant is one of the best books I have ever read. I found it when I was browsing through the bookmobile, and after I got it it sat on my shelf for two weeks, unread, but one day I was extremely bored and remembered I had borrowed it and I opened it up. Since then, I was unable to put it down. Like, seriously, I stayed up until 3 am to finish it!

This book is about if women were able to join and fight in WWII. It is centered on 3 women, Rio Richlin, who joins the military on a whim with her best friend, Rainy Schulterman, a young Jewish woman, and Frangie Marr, a black girl who joins to help pull her family out of debt. Through the book they face the difficulty of adjusting to the harsh military life, deal with the racist and sexist men who think they belong back home washing dishes, and worst of all, the front lines of one of the worst wars in history.

One of the things I really loved about this book is how real it seemed. When I read it, I actually felt like I was there, feeling what they felt. The anger at some of the rude men in their company, the happiness of making it through the front lines and finding your friends still alive, and also the sadness of some of those friends not surviving.

The writing in this book is amazing, and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

I'd give this 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great book if you like a brilliant combination of happiness and some tragedy. There is some language, but other than that, i think this book is pretty amazing!


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Annabel

7/29/2016 1:52 PM

I recently read a book titled After the Woods, written by Kim Savage.

It's told from the perspective of Julia, a high school student and Liv's best friend. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

I have to admit, this book was a little confusing at times because the author did not stick with the perspective of Julia, for example, there were things she couldn't have seen, but were still described in her perspective.

And the end was also a bit sketchy, and I thought the killer Donald Jessup would have a greater role in it, or actually, in the whole book, but he was only stated in a few of Julia's flashbacks/memories and talked about by the reporter and his mother, who probably had a greater role in the book - unfortunately

And the truly unsettling notion this novel leaves us with is that the psychopath who kidnaps teen girls in the woods might not be the worst monster in this story.

I'd recommend this book for teens who want to read/like mysteries, although this gives a little bit more than what you would expect a "normal" mystery book to be like.


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:28 PM

Bone, "Treasure Hunters", Author: Jeff Smith

I like this book because it is simple n, easy to understand and this is one of my favorite books, and I read it all the time!

Phone: (831)-324-3863


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:32 PM

Author: Geronimo stilton, "Thea Stilton and the Hollywood Hoax",

The The sisters are visiting a friend in hollywood CA, and an important movie film is missing , finally they find it in the hands of a secret agent mouse working for the king of mousetania.

Phone:324-3863


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:38 PM

Author Geronimo Stilton, ("The Race against Time"), "The Third Journey through Time",

Geronimo Stilton and his cousins and friends go on a third journey through time and visited Ancient Greece and Renaissance. He encountered wooly Mammoths and enormous bears, wrote and starred on a play, and even helped a bad guy in Prison!


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:44 PM

Ribsy, Author: Beverly Clearly

Henry Huggins dog, get's lost in huge mall parking lot and ends up being with different owners.


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:47 PM

Geronimo Stilton, "The first Mouse on the Moon",

Geronimo Stilton is the First Mouse on the Moon and he has a mission to trap the Pirate Cats from destroying history


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:52 PM

Author: Jean Fritz. Title: The Great Little Madison.

In 1814 the U.S seemed about to unravel. The country was in another war with England, and this time the Americans were losing. In New England there were threats of secession. Washington, D.C, had been captured by British troops, and they had burnt down the President's mansion. The only person standing up to these enormous problems was the man named James Madison.


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 3:57 PM

Author: Geronimo Stilton. Title: Following the Trail of Marco Polo.

In this adventure, Geronimo Stilton has to face his worst enemies: the pirate cats. They have discovered a way to travel back to the time when Marco Polo lived. Their evil plan is to steal Marco Polo's journal and claim the adventures as their own, so that they will be famous. Little did they know the historical fact that when Marco Polo returned from his visit to China, he had no journal.


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 4:03 PM

Author: Margaret Davidson. Title: Frederick Douglas Fights for Freedom.

When Frederick Douglas arrived at the White House, he was very nervous. "I was born a slave", he thought. " And in a few moments, I am going to talk to the President of the United States." As Frederick came into the office, the President began to rise. "Mister President, my name is…", Frederick began. The tall man smiled as he held out his hand. "I know who you are, Mister Douglas", Abraham Lincoln said. "I know you work well. Welcome to the White House."


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Jeriel

7/29/2016 4:14 PM

Author: James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier. Title: Jump Ship to Freedom.

Young Daniel Arabus and his mother are slaves in the house of a Captain Ivers of Stralford, CT. By law, they should be free, since Daniel's father fought in the revolutionary army, and earned enough money in soldiers notes to buy his family freedom. Sadly, Daniel's father is dead, and the payment isn't honored. Ms. Ivers had taken the notes from Daniel's mother instead of releasing Daniel's family. When Daniel bravely steals the notes back, a furious Captain Ivers forces Daniel aboard a ship bound for the West Indies and slavery. Daniel then decides to join the military like his father, so that he can help his mother be free from the Iver's grasp.


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:07 AM

I read a book called The Girl is Murder written by Kathryn Miller Haines about a week ago and forgot to blog it.

Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception.

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night.

I loved the plot line and the sneaking about, which I am never going to be able to do in real life, and also the title of the book. It gives off this dark vibe or something. Recommended for teens who love mysteries and fans of Veronica Mars.


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:15 AM

You Killed Wesley Paine

written by Sean Beaudoin.

He's come to do a job.

A job that involves a body.

A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field.

You Killed Wesley Payne is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of "The Body" before it solves him.

This book was truly humorous and filled with what you could say was dark humor. There's a bit of language, though not that bad nor creative, and the author substitutes other similar words for your normal curse words.

So original and creative, I think it's maybe one of the best YA novels in terms of originality. Seriously. Good job.

It was fast-paced, but sometimes the plot wouldn't get a move on and I had to tell myself to keep reading, and sometimes the humor was a slight bit confusing. Dark humor is what I love but the humor in the book wasn't *exactly* what I had in mind. I did love Dalton's character personality, and basically all of the characters in there. Even the three Jenny's who were actually just one Jenny. Ehh, you'll get it once you've read it. Never would have guessed that. Bra-vo! And then the Foxes... The leader of it... Can't remember her name, started with a C or something. Liked her and her involvement with the case and Dalton. And of course Macy, the little sister of The Body. Never saw that coming. Serious plot turns. Applause to Beaudoin.

3 stars! Would recommend for tweens/teens who like mysteries (again) and also those who are willing to keep reading even if they don't want to. Cause it's worth it. Maybe.


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:27 AM

Killer Instinct - Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Naturals #2)

Killer Instinct picks up right where the first book left off with the whole team recovering from their near death experience when a new serial killer started brutally slaughtering people. And there’s a twist… this new killer on the loose is a copycat of Dean’s psychopath father.

Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

This book, I thought, was not quite as good / well-written in terms of the plot, as the first book in the series, The Naturals. This just didn't strike me like the first book did. Probably because this case wasn't as connected to Cassie.

But I did like how the characters matured... ? or maybe the better word would be... gained-a-mutual-trust-/-relationship-between-each-other or maybe worked a lived with each other better. It was almost as if they were real people and I knew them or something.

Anyway, I would recommend this book (series) to teens or tweens. 4 stars!


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:37 AM

On The Fence

written by Kasie West.

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But talking to him won't solve her biggest problem : her heart.

This was a really cute book, maybe even too cute, just how everything turned out alright. But I guess it was okay overall. Recommended for teens.


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:50 AM

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. Which I can't tell you because then I would spoil it. But the truth is really quite something, something I had never expected. And it comes back in the 2nd AND 3rd books, and so well too!

This story is incredibly original, and unlike any other scifi book I've ever read before. Leaps and bounds above most YA science fiction for sure, and with an interesting mood/tone that you don't often find in this genre. So, yeah, I really liked it.

Would recommend for teens who can read for long periods of time and are interesting in sci fi.


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:57 AM

Sorry, the earlier book is called These Broken Stars, also written by Amie Kaufman. This book is called This Shattered World. (These books are part of the Starbound trilogy)

4 stars!!!!!!

To start off with, Lilac and Tarver are in this book, though only for a small part of a chapter. Just so those who have been looking for an answer to the question of "WHERE ARE LILAC AND TARVER" there you go!!

This book was easier for me to understand... These Broken Stars was confusing for me, though only at the end. I reread it earlier, right before I read This Shattered World because I thought it would be really crucial to the plot, but it turns out that it wasn't. So you can read the second book without missing out on too much. :)

I thought that the fact that these two authors were smart to have based this book on two other characters in the same world... or should i say GALAXY... because I just think that it's refreshing to the readers. It also gives different perspectives of sorts and also gives you the opportunity to figure out what's going on if you read the first book...

It is still a bit confusing at parts and I had to reread some parts to understand what was going on.

Overall, I really liked this book and the third book is just as good!

RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE!!


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Annabel

7/30/2016 11:59 AM

Wow.

So, I was on a road trip with my family, touring Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and the rest of California, which is where I currently live. And believe me, it's countless hours of driving through the deserts at temperatures of 93 degrees F and above. Boy am I glad to be back in Carmel, where the highest it gets is maybe 65 degrees or so.

This book basically saved me during the long long car rides. Even though I got many headaches from the twists and turns from driving into the mountain ranges I still managed to finish the book. In one day.

Here's what the book summary is:

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

Now onto the review. 4 stars. Here's why.

1. I loved the different characters and their unique voices and personalities that you can automatically recognize by the tone of their voice or whatever.

2. In this book especially, there's a bond of sorts that connects the two characters, Gideon and Sofia. I won't tell you, because I would spoil it, but since the description already says so, it has something to do with Gideon being the Knave and Sofia having to do with that. And I loved that bond.

3. Sofia. Yup! She sort of reminds myself of me, in a way. How she shot Lilac's father as revenge because she was headstrong and stubborn and willing to risk her life for revenge. I think I would have done that too if I were her. Also, her deceptiveness and ability to talk, actually talk, is miraculous. You see, I've always wanted to be able to do that, but no can do. *sighs*

4. It's the last book of the series that I thought I would never read. Of course I would like it! I told myself to anyway... :)

And that's my say. Hope you end up reading it!


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Rubina Shrestha

7/31/2016 11:05 AM

A few days ago, I read an awesome book called "Walk on Earth a Stranger" by Rae Carson. I thought this book was awesome because it was set in the California Gold Rush-era and it was a story about girl power and being unique.

This story is about Leah "Lee" Westfall, a girl living in Dahlonega, Georgia. She has loving parents and a best friend named Jefferson, who actually cares about her. She also has a big secret. Lee can sense or feel gold in the earth around her. She keeps her family full for several winters because of this power.

When Lee's parents are killed for their hidden gold, she has no choice but to disguise herself as a boy and run away to California. First, she goes to Independence, Missouri to find Jefferson, who had also run away. Then, she joins a wagon train to California. Lee faces many problems and obstacles along the way, but she tries to overcome them with determination and perseverance.

This book was amazing because it gives a powerful message: that girls can do anything they want. I would recommend this book to kids about 10 and up and to people who like historical fiction.


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Rubina Shrestha

7/31/2016 11:41 AM

Yesterday, I finished reading an awesome and creepy book called "Anna Dressed in Blood" by Kendare Blake. This book is scary, thrilling, and romantic. I had been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I was really excited to read this book.

"Anna Dressed in Blood" is the story of seventeen-year-old Thesus Cassio Lowood, or Cas Lowood, who is a ghost hunter/killer. He goes around the world killing ghosts, a job he inherited from his father, who was murdered when Cas was seven.

He moves to Thunder Bay, Ontario to kill Anna Korlov, a girl who was murdered in 1958. When she was murdered, she was wearing a white dress which is now soaked in blood, hence earning her the nickname "Anna Dressed in Blood". Anna has killed every single person who has entered her house where she was murdered. For some reason, when Cas meets Anna, Anna spares him.

As the story goes along, Cas finds himself falling for Anna. Suddenly, his father's murderer returns to kill Cas. Can devises a plan to get rid of the murderer, but it came with a sacrifice which Cas wasn't sure he was ready to fulfill.

I found this book very intriguing and thrilling, Normally, I would stay well away from horror/ scary stories like this one, but this book got the best of me. Something just made me want to read this book. Maybe it was Anna calling me.... ;D


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Rubina Shrestha

7/31/2016 12:15 PM

I read "The Winner's Curse" by Marie Rutkoski. This is the first book in a trilogy. I really liked this book because it has action, romance, and suspense.

"The Winner's Curse" is about a Kestrel, a young but wealthy Valorian lady and the daughter of one of the most respected generals in Valorian history. At a slave auction, she buys a slave named Arin. What Kestrel doesn't know is that Arin is actually a spy planted in her household by the Herrani rebellion. Arin strikes her as mysterious and defiant. He asks questions, instead of putting his head down and working. Arin becomes a kind of friend to Kestrel.

As the story goes along, Kestrel finds that she had feelings for Arin. When she finds out that Arin is part of the Herrani rebellion, she doesn't know how to feel. She wants to be with Arin, but she also doesn't want to betray her country. Will she listen to her head or her heart?

I loved this book and I'm sure I'll love the other two books as well!!


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Rubina Shrestha

7/31/2016 12:54 PM

An awesome book I read this summer was "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" by acclaimed author Cassandra Clare. This is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. I really liked this book because there is action, romance, thrill, and the slaying of demons.

This book is about Clary Fray, a fifteen-year-old girl who thought her life is normal. But when she witnesses a murder that nobody else can see, she figures out that she is special. Swept away into the world of the Shadowhunters, special demon-slaying people who help rid the world of Otherworldly creatures, Clary discovers many new things about herself. She meets new friends, including handsome and charming Jace.

When her mother is kidnapped, Clary has no idea what to do. With the help of new friends and some old friends, Clary tries to find her mother and discovers secrets that changes her life forever.

This book was fantastic and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!


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Annabel

7/31/2016 3:48 PM

The Orphan Queen - Jodi Meadows

So this book is about a girl named Wil, who is secretly a princess of an overturned/taken over by the Indigo Kingdom, and later, the wraith-land and plans to sneak into the castle and pretend to be one of the nobles from a fallen-wraith palace and study their enemies. But enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

I was really excited about this book, and I had high expectations, but when I finished, I felt like it wasn't that good overall. I thought the plot was good and creative, but I just didn't find it as appealing and interesting and well-written as the summary of the book entails, or hints at, even.

3 stars. Would recommend it anyway.


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Annabel

7/31/2016 4:11 PM

Beastly - Alex Flinn

So, a fairy tale told in the modern world. A modern twist on an ages-old fairy tale. Basically Beauty and the Beast in modern day New York.

When Kyle Kingsbury - the perfect guy, with the looks and the money and ALL of it, gets turned into a beast by a girl in his English class with only one way out of the curse/spell, he must find someone who will learn to love him.

I thought I enjoyed reading this book, especially since I had time to pass. I gave it 3 stars.

Ways the book was good:

1. The transformation of Kyle to Adrian is remarkable. Which is what fairy tales are, but, I mean... It was astonishing to see how a jerk like Kyle could turn out to be one of the nicest guys (or beasts, should I say) I've read about.

2. I really liked how the rose he gave Lindy when he was still human, sort of came back to him I guess, like since as a beast his life is about roses. That connection I know isn't what most people would notice but I thought it was a nice touch.

3. The characters, of course. Kendra/Magda, Will, Adrian, Linda. I have to say, Will's my favorite.

Ways it wasn't so good:

1. I knew what was going to happen. I mean, I guess everyone would, right? Unless you didn't have a childhood, I mean. Then I'm very very sorry.

2. It sometimes lacks the emotion or character. Sometimes the internal dialogue was just... ehh. Like, just there. You would read it, and you could tell that it was just something that the author had really wanted the readers to stop and read again because it was so symbolic or something, but I didn't find it really worthy of stopping and reading over.


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Annabel

7/31/2016 4:17 PM

Places No One Knows - Brenna Yovanoff

Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.

Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.

But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

Ummmm.... I didn't really like this book... not really. The dialogue was sort of weird... comparing things that shouldn't be compared with, and it just sort of made my head hurt.

Nevertheless, I finished it. Barely.

The idea was good, creative, I guess. But the characters were... iffy. Not well-balanced. Completely different and I don't know how they would eventually love each other or something (though I guess that's the point of the book... ?? ).

2 stars.


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Annabel

7/31/2016 4:22 PM

Story of a Girl - Sara Zarr

When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend—Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to escape a life defined by her past.

I thought this book was incredibly raw... straightforward, I think. Zarr addressed the issues of psychological immaturity of girls like Deanna and what it means to satisfy their need for intimacy, companionship, and attention that they don't get from family and friends. 3 stars...


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Rubina Shrestha

8/1/2016 5:07 PM

A few days ago, I read a book named "Tell the Wind and Fire" by Sarah Rees Brennan. I did not like this book at all. Half of the time, I could not understand what was happening and when I finally do catch up, I'm literally like: "What happened? I don't remember this happening!!" After a few pages into the book, I would usually know whether I would like the book or not. A big no from me.

This story is about a girl named Lucie Manette, who was originally born in the Dark half of the city. Through trickery and scheming, she "earns" her way into the Light. She gets everything that she has ever wanted, but at what cost?

When Lucie learns that her boyfriend Ethan has been keeping a dangerous secret from her, she can trust no one. With a rebellion brewing on the Dark side of the city, will Lucie make it out alive?

Honestly, when I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued. The writing was okay, but the story could have been better developed. My rating for this book is 2.5 stars of 5 stars.


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Rubina Shrestha

8/1/2016 5:41 PM

Very recently, I finished a book called "Burning Midnight" by Will McIntosh. I have to say, this book was one of the best books I have read this summer. A couple of pages into the book and I was devouring it. Before I knew it, I was finished with the book.

This awesome book is about seventeen-year-old David "Sully" Sullivan. Sully is a sphere dealer/seller. He doesn't earn much from it, since Alex Holliday had practically taken over the sphere-selling business, but it was enough to make ends meet.

Spheres were like marbles. They were different colored and each one was valued at a different price. When a person "burns" a pair of the same spheres, they get genetic enhancements. The more better the enhancement was, the pricier the sphere.

One day when Sully meets Hunter Valdez, a girl who can find spheres super easily, they find an extremely valuable Gold sphere. Nobody knows what the Gold sphere can do because nobody has ever found something like that. Knowing that some people could kill for a sphere like that *cough, Alex Holliday, cough*, what would they do with it? With Alex Holliday on their trail, what will Sully and Hunter do? Give their life or the sphere?

There is much more content in the book than what I have just briefly summarized here, but I gave the basic plot and also, I want to leave out some surprise. There are a few curse words, but nothing too extreme. One more thing I thought was that the ending was perhaps a bit rushed, but everything else was fine. I did have some thoughts about how I would like this book, so in other words I was judging this book by its cover. Despite my thoughts, I read this book and it definitely exceeded my expectations. This book is absolutely fantastic and I would recommend this to sixth-graders and up.


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Rubina Shrestha

8/1/2016 5:49 PM

I'm pretty sure I watched a movie with the same plot and same characters... Oh wait, I did. I had no idea there was a book to the movie. If you haven't watched the movie, it's on Netflix.


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Annabel

8/3/2016 3:01 PM

Anatomy of a Misfit - Andrea Portes

On the outside, Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl in school. But inside, she's a freak. Dark thoughts, evil plots, and maybe vampire DNA if you choose to believe in the rumors. But when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September, more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can't get involved. It would be a shame to throw away her social security for a "nerd".

This book was funny - but in a this-is-so-sad-it's-funny kind of way. It made me laugh a couple times throughout the book, until the very end, when the book announced something very tragic and broke a million hearts in the process. It's a powerful and well-written and beautiful novel that I might sometime read again. I give it... 3.5 stars and recommend it.


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Annabel

8/3/2016 3:10 PM

In Real Life - a novel written by Jessica Love

This novel is about two best friends Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper, who have been best friends since the 8th grade. They talk for hours at a time on the phone, text each other constantly, and regularly receive gifts from each other. But... there's a twist: Hannah and Nick have never actually met. In person.

Since Hannah's been spending her entire life doing what she's supposed to do and not breaking any rules, during a week where her parents are out of town, she decides to go on a road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister Grace and best friend Lo in tow. She wants to surprise Nick, but her plans backfire when she gets to Vegas and finds out he's been keeping some big secrets from her. Hannah only has one night to figure out how she feels about all of it and what to do, while finding out how life and change when you break the rules every now and then.

I thought this was an entertaining read about friendship and secrets that come along that I finished in one setting. It was pretty simple, straightforward, and hardly required much thinking at all! Which I was glad for. Overall, my rating of this novel was in the range of 3.5-4 stars.


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Susanna Quayle

8/3/2016 3:54 PM

I just read (like literally JUST read it, like, finished it 10 minutes ago) A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass, one of my favorite authors. I'd been looking for this book for a while and finally found it at the bookmobile last week, and it was definitely worth the search!

It's about a girl, Mia Winchell, who sees colors and shapes along with words, numbers, and sounds. Up until 3rd grade she thought that everyone was like her, until she mentioned it to her class who immediately laughed and called her a freak. Since then she's kept her secret, trying to appear normal, but with the start of 8th grade she can't keep her secret any more.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and I really related to Mia, even though I don't have synestheia. The book ended a little abruptly, which I didn't really like, and some parts seemed like the author had writer's block but absolutely had to meet a deadline. That was rare though, and overall i'd give it 4 stars. Or maybe 3.8 stars.... Anyway, it was a great book and I definitely would recommend it to anyone looking for a book to read!


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:16 PM

I read We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I think this was one of those books I couldn’t put down. I actually loved this book. I might have misjudged it from the start, since I thought the cover had said “We Are The Stars” and was some cliche story about two star-crossed lovers. It wasn’t, though. We Are The Ants, in one sentence was: a fiction story about a gay boy, Henry, who has 144 days to save the world. And yes, this is one interesting book.

Several things I found interesting (and pretty cool):

Having a gay guy (and it being normal in the book) as the main character, I think, sort of breaks barriers for novel-writing.

Bullying is such an important factor in this book, and I really liked every moment Audrey, Henry’s friend, busted the classroom bullies. Teachers even noticed the bullying and tried to stop it as well.

I loved, loved, loved the character changes in this book. Now, I’m not going to fully credit Diego, the guy with the “secret past,” for completely “transforming” Henry Denton’s outlook on life. But I am going to give some credit to Charlie, Henry’s older brother. Once Charlie’s girlfriend gets pregnant, Charlie changes. Really changes. He, in my opinion, becomes more mature throughout the book and starts to act as a role model for Henry. And of course, how could I forget Henry’s mom? Henry’s mom starts out as a smoker, and she is stressed out with her life. But, in the end, she says to Henry that because she’s losing Henry’s grandmother to Alzheimer's, and Charlie is going to become a dad, she wants Henry to at least be normal. Too late for that, Mom! But I like how her life got better, and generally, towards the end of the book, everything got happier.

Except for one thing. This book ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER. And I was very upset. And I advise those who despise cliffhangers to avoid the last couple pages. It will be very annoying at the end, and then you will say to yourself, Why can’t this book end on the day that he presses or doesn’t press the big red button? But it doesn’t, sadly.

Last good thing about this book: I haven’t read (so far) a coming-of-age incorporated into a sci-fi novel. Which, I guess, is a good thing?

I really recommend this book to people who like aliens or teens who just want to pass the time.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:23 PM

Way earlier in the summer, I read Battle Hymn of the Mother Tiger by Amy Chua.

First off, I want to recommend this book to everyone-especially daughters and mothers.

This is not a parenting book, nor is it a piece of work that condemns American culture and states that Chinese parenting is better than American parenting. This book is simply a story of her journey that she took to find out if she could parent her 3rd generation half-Chinese daughters the “Chinese” way.

This memoir (more like diary) will make you laugh and understand what it’s like to be a mother like Amy Chua, and just like a novel, you will understand and love the characters: Rebellious Lulu, Calm and obedient Sophia, mother Amy, who tries to do everything for the best, and husband Jed, who tries to convince Amy to give the girls a break for once!

Battle Hymn of the Mother Tiger is actually one of the best memoirs I’ve read. It’s honest and straightforward, and it doesn’t seem to sugarcoat anything.

I would honestly love to meet Amy Chua, she seems like an intelligent and amazing person!


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:29 PM

A few weeks ago I read A Night Divided, by Jennifer A. Nielson.

One of the reasons I love books like these is that realistic fiction helps me understand the life of the past.

Also, I love character change A LOT. For example, the main character, Gerta, changes from an innocent naive girl to a more mature, aware lady. And a once hostile enemy of her and her brother decides to help them.

And while this book isn’t the best all-around laugh, cry, and just good book, it’s certainly worth reading if you like studying this material and reading about the past.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:35 PM

A few days ago I read The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner. This is actually a kids book, but when I read on the synopsis something about wishes and family problems, I knew I had to check this book out.

I loved this book mainly because the main character learned a lesson: that not everything can be solved by wishes.

And I have to say that I was impressed. There was some foreshadowing, and good plot twists. And most importantly, this book addresses drug addiction, which, I think, is probably hard for some children book authors to do.

This book is short; I read it in one sitting. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars, and I definitely recommend it for children who are curious about the long-term effects of listening to a wish-granting fish.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:43 PM

A few weeks ago, I read The Program by Suzanne Young. This book is a 4 out of 5 stars.

I had no idea what I was in for when I wearily picked up this book at the new Teen Fiction area. I can’t even describe this book in one word.

It’s a mixture of everything--humour, mystery, a sprinkle of romance, and this book presents something that can actually happen.

In an interview Young described The Program as “alternative reality.” So, somewhere between a memoir and Legend/The Hunger Games? Sure. (By the way, the Legend series is so worth reading. Plus, there’s a graphic novel for it!)

I really recommend this book to teens and above. It really gives you an alternative outlook on society and epidemics and everything in between. I might have read this all in one sitting; this book is hard to put down.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:54 PM

Right after reading The Program, I read (you guessed it!) The Treatment.

I think this one was better than The Program, which is rare for sequels especially. And I cried at the ending, in my room, at 2 in the morning. I read this book in one sitting, and I didn’t get up for 2 hours.

SO MANY Plot Twists!!!

And I think I like Realm the best. And then James, then Evelyn Valentine. But that’s about it, I think the characters are kind of getting…………. Worse? But the plot is getting better. And I love every time when I find out something new.

And oh, I forgot! Kellan Thomas, though very mysterious, he has good intentions and is a nice person!

This interesting sequel is one of those rare books that keep you turning those pages until you are literally finished with the book. And Suzanne Young is very good at doing just that.

I would love to meet Suzanne Young some day; She is very, very creative.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 4:58 PM

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief:

I finally took this summer to read all the Percy Jackson books, and I love this series!!

Even though all of the book contents are not true (it's fiction, for gods' sake!) , Rick Riordan is hilarious and has a really creative mind.

I love Annabeth, Percy, and Grover. They are they perfect hero trio.

And, even though Ares is annoying at times, he's hilarious as well.

I recommend this series to children and above. So worth reading.


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Michelle

8/4/2016 5:01 PM

I read The Remedy and the Epidemic by Suzanne Young.

These two books provided the information on what started The Program.

I was a little disappointed though, because The Epidemic kind of left off with a cliffhanger, but otherwise was okay.

Both were very worth reading, and I liked the characters.

Still, I like The Program and The Treatment better.


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Mark Chitwood

7/21/2017 7:44 AM

July 21, 2017

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was a very thrilling and engrossing book I can't wait to read the sequel Firefight. The way it makes you think of how to defeat the Epics is very stimulating and makes you think of child's solutions but with some sort of intelligence. Brandon Sanderson is now one of my favorite authors.


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Mark Chitwood

7/21/2017 7:45 AM

July 21, 2017

Renée Ahdieh'a Flame in the Mist was very stimulating and addictive. I can't help but feel the need to read her other books. The way it portrays the struggles of a woman in feudal Japan is fairly accurate and reminds me of Mulan. The end was very anticlimactic but left it open for a sequel, which I hope she writes.


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Madison

7/16/2018 2:47 PM

BFF* by Judy Blume (Two books in one) was about two girls who go through all the troubles of friendship. One book was in one girls perspective and the other was the other girls perspective. They have to deal with jealousy and new friends. Not my favorite book but it was good.


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Madison

7/16/2018 2:54 PM

The Romantics by Leah Konen is a wonderful where a boy deals with heartbreak,rebound and has to find his new love. It is told in the perspective of love itself and is very interesting. Definitely a great book, would recommend t anyone who likes romance and comedy. Definitely NOT for younger people.


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Madison

7/16/2018 2:58 PM

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne is a great book. A weather anomaly results in a chemical outbreak that either makes you a murder, blister and die, hallucinate, or be unable to have children. High school and kindergarten kids have to survive through this all in a superstore. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is in at least high school.


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Madison

7/16/2018 3:02 PM

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne is the sequel to Monument 14. This time its about both brothers the one who stayed and the one who left. They have totally new issues to deal with and have to make it to denver. Again not for anyone younger than high school age.


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Madison

7/16/2018 3:05 PM

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is about how the world is inhabitable and kids have been sent into a maze to be tested. Thomas the main character becomes a Runner and has to save everyone. Many people die.


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Madison

7/16/2018 3:09 PM

The scorch Trials by James Dashner is the sequel to MAze Runner. This time they have to fight another group and make it across the desert full of "zombies". They make is to WICKED and it leaves off as a cliffhanger.


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