Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
A girl named Elisa just turned seventeen and she started experiencing weird things. And suddenly she is thrust into a world she cannot remember from her past lives. She is the Preliator, the one who kills the evils of this world. A protector of the human world from creatures of the Grim. This book is action packed with grim fighting and close to death situations. The author has a way of transporting you to her fictional world and has you sitting at the edge of your seat the entire time. The story is paired with great writing and great personality. And will have you reaching for the sequel, Wings of the Wicked.
5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda J.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
If you're looking for a thrilling set of books that will have you on the edge of your seat until you've lead every last word on their pages, then look no further than the Maximum Ride series .This series actually introduced me too to the Sci-Fi adventure genera of books. The Angel Experiment is the first book of this series and makes a great read for people of all ages. This novel is centered around a group of teens who are normal - or should I say 98% normal... These teenagers were the result of a genetic experiment gone awry at "The School" that led to them being 2% abnormal, on a genetic scale. They were genetically altered and given avian,or bird DNA, giving them wings and allowing them to fly. The teens take refuge on a mountain, hiding from the people who did this to them, but when their youngest crew member, Angel, gets kidnapped the adventure begins.....
Review by Jermemy A.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
To start off I'd like to say that this is a fantastic book and I would highly recommend it to readers of all ages looking for a good book. It's thought provoking plot-line allows you to extrapolate new concepts, ideas and theories about the meaning of the book as well as the authors extra-textual implications about society and communism after each read. It's a very original futuristic distopian type story that could be compared very easily to the divergent series.The novel is about an 'average' teen names Jonas, who lives in a perfect world, with no fear, no pain, or no war. In the Community, there are no choices, colors, pleasure, weather, love, emotions, or any other variable conditions. You can not choose your job, spouse, or anything of that matter. When you reach the age of twelve, you are assigned a job in the Community. Jonas is singled out, and gets special training from The Giver. When Jonas' job in society he becomes the "Receiver of Memory", The Giver gives him the memories of the far past; memories of pain, fear, war, pleasure, colors, and love. When Jonas receives the truth about the world he lives in the adventure begins.......
Review by Jeremy A.
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American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Chris Kyle lets you inside the mindset of not only the war in Iraq but inside the mind of a seal; inside the mindset of someone who is trained to kill. Known as “The legend” he and his team became a force to be reckoned with. Kyle’s battlefield experiences are unforgettable and exhilarating even to the reader sitting safely at home. A small taste of what the war was really like gets left in the mouth of the reader but nothing like actually having experienced it yourself.
Chris Kyle is a retired Navy Seal sniper. He recounts his training and war experiences that lead him to become the deadliest sniper in American history, with more than 160 confirmed kills from 2003 to 2009 during the Iraq war. From BUDS hell week training to firefights in Fallujah and Ramadi, Kyle persevered through it all, a feet that only a very small amount of people could and have done.
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The conclusion of the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus picks up where The House of Hades leaves us. Percy and Annabeth have somehow survived a trip through Tartarus and have reunited with the team. The book alternates between two separate adventures. One is of Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge rushing to transport the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half Blood to stop the war between the Greek and Roman demigods; the other is of the seven main demigods of the prophecy (Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Piper, Frank, Hazel, and Leo) and their quest to stop the giants from waking Gaea.
The Blood of Olympus is a satisfactory ending to a great series, but it leaves you wanting just a little bit more. I was honestly more intrigued by the adventure of Nico, Reyna, and Coach Hedge than the main adventure of the seven demigods. The climactic battle and the resolution felt a little rushed and underdeveloped. I also would have liked to hear a little of the story or the ending in Percy’s point of view. He is the demigod who started it all, and bringing it full circle would have been nice. Nevertheless, I finished the whole book in two sittings so it obviously had me hooked. If you are a fan of either of the Percy Jackson series, the Blood of Olympus is a must read.
I would give The Blood of Olympus 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Jason R.
Siren #1 by Tricia Rayburn
The story follows a girl named Vanessa as she tries to alive the mystery behind her sister's death. Simon, a childhood friend, tries his best to help her find the answers Vanessa is looking for. Vanessa's sister was not the only death to take place that summer in Winter Harbor. Dead bodies wash up on the shores, all with the same plastered face.
This Greek-mythology filled romance mystery is a great way to spice up your day. I found that the writing was great and the story matched that nicely.
Five stars. Reviewed by Amanda J.
Dorothy Must Die
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
After accidently vaporizing his pre-algebra teacher and defeating a Minotaur, Percy Jackson finds his way to a summer camp called Camp Half-Blood. There he finds out that he is a demi-god, a son of the Greek god Poseidon. He also learns that he is suspected of stealing a lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. As Poseidon and Zeus argue over the stolen lightning bolt, Percy discovers that the only way to prevent them from starting a war is to return the lightning bolt to Zeus before the summer solstice. Percy sets off with Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, on a quest to find and return the lightning bolt.
I enjoyed reading The Lightning Thief. It was a fast paced adventure story, with lots of monster fighting (which was little unrealistic at times) and surprising plot twists. The best things about this book are the characters. Percy always manages to crack jokes, Annabeth is both smart and kind at the same time, and Grover is hilarious in his own way.
I would give The Lightning Thief 5 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Sarah P.
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Raphael, who is just a kid, earns a living by combing a trash dump. On one ordinary day he discovers a wallet. The following day, the police show up and search the area, looking for a wallet. Instead of handing the wallet over to the police, Raphael takes it to his cousin, Gardo, and another dumpsite boy named Rat. Together they set off on an adventure through the dirty, corrupt, unnamed third world city to discover the story behind the wallet.
Trash was an interesting read. The plot was a great idea: three dumpsite boys try to solve the mystery behind a wallet that the police are searching for. The point of views kept on switching, though, which made it hard to keep track of what was going on. The story also moved rather slowly, which made the book boring towards the end.
Overall, I would give Trash 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Sarah P.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street is the coming of age story of a girl named Esperanza. At the beginning of the book, Esperanza is a young girl who plays with her sister and neighbors and gets into all sorts of mischief. As she grows into a young adult, she writes and shares poetry more often, and becomes more conscious of the people around her, including her family and the eclectic collection of neighbors who live on Mango Street. She gets a job and makes new friends, but is harassed. These things cause her to dream of owning her own house one day, one that will be better than the one on Mango Street. She continues to develop her gift of writing in the meantime.
This book contained some very interesting characters, and Esperanza is an inspiring protagonist. However, many parts of this book were so poetical that they were hard to understand, and some of the chapters didn’t seem to have anything to do with the basic plot.
Overall, I would give The House on Mango Street 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Sarah P.