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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Book Review: The Forgetting

By Sharon Cameron

Reviewed by Alexandra

        Nadia the Dyer's daughter has lived in fear of the next Forgetting, writing down every memory so she could learn who she was again. But she knows that twelve years ago at the last Forgetting, she was the only one who remembered her past. She meets Gray, the glassblower's son, and together they try to find the cause of the Forgetting that occurred every twelve years and why their town was walled in with no gates. They fall in love, but then things happen and Gray forgets everything, even Nadia. She looks for a way to save him and the rest of the town from forgetting, while the town's leader is trying to stop her. Nadia and Gray uncover a secret greater than anything they have ever known.
        The Forgetting kept me interested until the very end, and was very good entertainment. I really liked it, and it was a good change from the ordinary fiction you find. I give it three out of five stars.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
Reviewed by Alexandra

The people of Moorvale believe the legend of the Nethergrim, a mysterious creature that lurks in the mountain with its allies. They thought it had been defeated many years ago by John Marshal, the wizard Vithric and the knight Tristan, but when livestock and a group of children go missing, they know it has returned.
Edmund works in his father's inn, but when his brother goes missing with the other children, he sets out with two friends to find him and slay the Nethergrim. But when John Marshal tells of what he saw when he faced the Nethergrim, will they still have the courage to face it?

If you love adventure, danger, and reading, you will love this book. I would not recommend it to anyone who doesn't love good fiction. I give it four out of five stars.

Book Review: GONE (a.k.a one of the dumbest things I've read in a long time).

The Gone Series
By: Michael Grant
Reviewed by: Gray

       One day I browsing the library looking for some books to read, when one caught my eye. Why? Well, because it was big. I'm talking like Harry Potter seventh book BIG. So I picked it up, and it turned out there were five other books in the series, so despite the mushy looking covers I checked them out. I read through them in about a week (which really goes to show how little a life I have), annnddd don't really know what to think of them. I'll just summarize:

       One day at school, a boy who's name is Sam was staring at his crush, when poof! His teacher disappears!! And so does every other person fifteen and up, because… we don't really know. There is no internet service, but electricity still works for some reason… Science, ya know?

     Meet the characters:
     Sam, a “hero” as everyone calls him, but still no one really cares about him.
     Astrid, an annoying popular girl, who you'll most likely want to die even though Sam likes her.
      Quinn, Sam's friend, who you shall loath with a passion before the first book ends.
      Petey, Astrid's disabled little brother, who will cry over his broken video game, but not will not shed a tear when his sister is getting beaten to death by bad guys.
      Mary, a bulimic and anorexic girl, who wastes food by barfing it up instead of giving it to starving children. Seriously, if you're going to starve yourself, ok, fine. But don't waste food, just don't eat, okay?
      And way too many other characters to name.
      Back to the summary: It turns out that this book series is just a copy of the TV show, The Dome, except with teenagers, more crying, more hormones, more whining, and apparently the teens can shoot lasers out of their hands, because… science, ya know?
      Meet Caine and Diana, the “vile” bad guys, but really the only likeable characters in this series. Meet Drake, a bad boy who obeys Caine like a puppy, but could snap his neck in two. Later Drake loses his arm and grows back a new one… out of a licorice substance, which he uses like a whip… because, science, ya know?

      This book series is just so… so… ridiculous? Awful? I don't know. It was almost good, I mean, the writing is good, Caine and Diana are pretty cool, and I like their love story. So I'd give this two stars, because it had some language, it was a bit of a rip off of The Dome, Sam and Astrid's love story was mush, I hated Astrid, and the science is never explained, which is anserine! So yeah, if you have nothing else to read and need a filler, read these books!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review! The Summer I Learned To Fly

The Summer I Learned To Fly
By: Dana Reinhardt
Reviewed By: Gray

      The beautiful simplicity of this book makes me give it five stars. It's sweet, it's clean, and it's real. I would hand this book to anyone who asked for something to read. It is a light hearted tale of growing up and discovering yourself.

      Drew is a loner. She usually hangs out in her mom's cheese shop or she stays in her room playing with her pet rat, Humboldt Fog. Drew  has a small crush on Nick, the surfer guy who works behind the counter. It's summer, and life is dull. Until one day she finds a book of lists from her dead father and meets a strange boy by the name of Emmett Crane. Together Drew, Emmett, and Humboldt Fog will go on the adventure of a lifetime...

    This book was good. Read it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review: The Book of Ivy

The Book of Ivy
By Amy Engel
Reviewed by: Gray

      Action. Suspense. Assassins. And just a dash of romance. Need I say more about how incredibly amazing this book is? I'll let you decide for yourself with this blurb…

    Ivy Westfall just got forced married the president's son. Expecting, her new husband, Bishop Lattimer, to be heartless and cruel, Ivy is taken aback when Bishop proves himself to be the exact opposite. In fact, Ivy begins to wonder if her new husband is the only person who truly gets her. Slowly, she begins to fall in love with the quiet, shy, and sweet young man she's been paired with, unfortunately there is just one problem; Ivy's father sent her on a mission… a mission to murder Bishop. Torn between a friendship and possibly something more and loyalty to her family and her roots, Ivy realizes that she has to choose, for one cannot have the best of both worlds. She must kill Bishop Lattimer, but as time passes, she begins to wonder if she's strong enough to murder Bishop. In the end, one question rings in her mind; can possibly bring myself to kill Bishop Lattimer?

    Ugh. The feels this book gave me. The hair on the back of your neck just starts to rise from the suspense! I'd give it five stars, if it was a movie it would probably PG 13 for more grownup topics and themes and some language.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Review: Blood Red Horse

Blood Red Horse
By K.M. Grant
Reviewed by: Elena

Blood Red Horse is the captivating first book in the de Granville trilogy, a historical fiction series. It is based during the time of the Crusades, led by King Richard of England. Will and Gavin de Granville, who live with their father, the count de Granville and a beautiful maiden named Ellie, long to join the crusade and go to the Holy Land. When their wish finally comes true, they discover that war is not glamourous. While battling the Saracen enemy, Will struggles with his feelings for Ellie, who is betrothed to marry Gavin. Will the brothers make it out of the Holy Land alive?

This is a great book with plenty of action, a diabolical villain, and an admirable protagonist. I rate it five stars!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines Day review: The Star-Touched Queen!!

The Star-Touched Queen
By Roshani Chokshi
Reviewed by: Gray


      Since tomorrow is Valentines Day, (aka, Forever Alone Day for a ton of us), I have decided to do a review on our first romance book on this blog! And since I am not a huge romance genre lover, it was extra hard to read a newer (not a classic) book that I thought was any good for this post, but I found one! Here it is:

    The Star-Touched Queen, Princess Maya is cursed. With a prophesy that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the disdain and fear of her dad's kingdom. Happy to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is ripped to shreds when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of governmental convenience to suppress outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. HopeBut Akaran has its own secrets-thousands and thousands of locked doors, beautiful gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya begins to suspect that her life is in danger. And she doesn't know who to trust. The destiny of the human and the Otherworldly realms are hanging by a thread, and Maya must unravel an ancient mystery in order to save those she loves most… but can she save herself?

     I liked this book. Which is saying a lot, since its mainly romance. Maya is a strong female lead, she makes up for all the awful female characters we've had in YA recently, Bella Swan, Tris, and Katniss Everdeen, are just the surface of a long line of bland and annoying girls that do not promote girl power. Maya on the other hand, is a strong female character, who can stand on her own two feet. She's almost as strong as Hermione from Harry Potter! This book is also fun to read, with sweeping landscapes, beautifully crafted sentences, and cool characters. It has a bit of a darker theme though, so I would recommend this book to thirteen year olds and up, since it is a bit more descriptive and sensual. Happy Valentines Day, book lovers! 💖

Friday, February 10, 2017

L.M. Montgomery fan? Anyone??

Pat of Silver Bush
By L.M. Montgomery
Reviewed by: Gray

      Pat Gardiner is a girl with lots of questions, some are hard, some are easy, and some are just crazy. Luckily, her Irish housekeeper, Judy Plum, always seems to have an answer along with a ludicrous story or two. For Pat, there is no place on earth more magical than her home, at Silver Bush, and she wants things to stay the same...forever. Enraging her to no end, is change. Pat is heartbroken from all of the changes that have taken place in her life, will she ever come to embrace the new things in her everyday life? Or will she remain bitter and distant? But even with all the confusion of growing up and things changing, Pat knows that Silver Bush will always be waiting for her.

      I would personally recommend this book to anyone! It is clean with good humor. You could read this out loud to a three year old without worrying about taking words and scenes out. If you love L.M. Montgomery or her style of writing, you'll enjoy this moderately unknown book of hers. This book will hook you with real and authentic characters, who will capture your heart the second you start to read. Oh, and by the way, there are actually two books in the duo-logy... series..? Oh, never mind! Anyway, the second book is called Mistress Pat, and it tells the story about Pat when she's older. One can easily not read the last book and still feel happy, so that's up to you. Although, the last book is just as good, (I promise).

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review! The Book of the Dun Cow!!

The Book of the Dun Cow
By Walter Wangerin Jr.
Reviewed by: Gray

     The Book of the Dun Cow is a heart touching tale of good against evil. I would recommended this for twelve and up, since it has a bit of language (not very foul, but still), and some more intense scenes. The genre is fantasy Christian.

     Once upon a time, when the sun turned around the earth and the animals could speak, a rooster named Chauntecleer ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. Only, the animals didn't know that they were the Keepers of Wyrm, a monster of great evil long imprisoned beneath the earth...and Wyrm, sub terra, is breaking free.

       If you love fantasy, you'll love this book. If you love action, you'll love this book. If you love romance, you'll love this book. If you love tragedy, you'll love this book. If you love comedy, you'll love this book. It's all of the great genres rolled into a 246 paged novel!
Here's a picture of my copy, isn't it pretty?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review!! You Must Read This Book!!!

Warrior of the Son
By: Samuel Schiller
Reviewed by: Gray


        I'm obsessed with this series, I've read it a hundred times (I'm not kidding), I need help. Just ask Elena, I got on to her a few days ago for not reading this. Sorry again, Elena! I seriously don't think that you're not a reader!!!

        Warrior of the Son is the first book in the series, it is written by Samuel Schiller. Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Christian Teen. I would recommend it for twelve and up, since it has some intenser and slightly darker (think evil priests), scenes.
        Warrior of the Son is about a fourteen year old half-prince named Evan MacKeth, who is spending a long boring summer in his mother's castle. Unexpectedly, his summer takes a surprising twist when he meets Julian Antony Vorenius, a strange man who claims to be a warrior for the One True God, Iosa Christus. Intrigued by Julian and his strange religion, Evan begins to ask more and more questions about Julian's strange god. Just when it seems like Evan and his mother have seen the light of the One True God, the Evil Priesthood of Moloch convince Evan's half-brother, Prince Osric that Julian's ideas are dangerous and Julian needs to die. A misunderstanding leads to Evan and Julian running for their very lives. Exiled and bitter, Evan yearns to seek revenge and kill his brother. Julian tries to teach Evan MacKeth the ways of Iosa Christus, but resentful Evan will have none of that. He returns home to murder his half-brother, who is now king. But on his way he finds that Iosa Christus has something different in store for him…

        READ. THIS. BOOK. YOU. MUST. I will make you-physically force you to read this series or at least the first book! Just kidding! I most likely don't know where you live, so... you should be safe... *cackles evilly, as I clutch all of the Warrior of the Son books* My precious ones, I love you. Read this book, I promise you won't be disappointed!!!! 😉

The Last Apprentice Series

Seriously, I'm not sure what it is with me and 'apprentice' series, but this one is amazing.


The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney is a horror fiction series based in an era resembling the Middle Ages. Tom Ward is a seventh son of a seventh son, and he lives a fairly normal life with his family in the County- until the mysterious Spook, whose sole job is to protect ordinary folk from the evil entity known as the Dark, arrives on his doorstep. As a seventh son of a seventh son, Tom is able to become a Spook himself- a responsibility that, while he may have the courage to face, will draw him away from his family and doom him to a life of separation from others. When he is accepted as the last Spook's apprentice, will he make it in a job that so many others like him died completing?


The Last Apprentice is rather different than most series I have read, but it keeps me spellbound to the end (no pun intended.) It is not overly graphic, but it has a great deal of violence and many references to demons, spirits, and evil gods. All in all, it will keep you hooked till the end!


Elena

The Last Book In the Universe...

The Last Book In the Universe
By Rodman Philbrick
Reviewed by: Gray

        No one reads anymore. That is the reality of Spaz's world. Why read when you can use a mindprobe needle and shoot images and exhilaration straight into your brain? To Spaz, books were just a thing that existed before the Big Shake, when everything was supposedly close to perfect, and hardly anyone went hungry. Before the world was divided into latches. And before bangers ran said latches, even before the foul proovs ruled everything. Spaz believes that things are what they are, and there's nothing he can do to change it. Then he meets an “old gummy”, named Ryter, who has exotic and extraordinary estimations. Ryter claims to be writing a book, once he is finished with it it will be the last book in the entire universe, and hopefully, as Ryter says, the first. Together, Spaz and Ryter begin to try to change the whole world.

         This book is so amazing. It's suspenseful, yet clean. It will fill your heart with happiness and then shatter your heart into a million pieces, I'm not even kidding. So read this book with care, fellow reader, it will change the way you see the world and perceive the future.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Alexandra
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
7 February 2017
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

      Prepare to be jolted by Paige McKenzie's The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Sunshine Griffith is a teen living in Texas when her life takes a turn. She moves to Ridgemont, Washington so her mother can go after her dream job. Only then does she learn that she has a special connection with spirits of the dead. To pass the test that everyone of her kind must take, she has to over come a spirit that has taken over her own mother. Will she be able to overcome the dark spirit, or will her mother be destroyed under the pressure?
      I give The Haunting of Sunshine Girl 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it to anyone who loves a scary story. Just don't read it right before you fall asleep.
-Alexandra

Book Review on Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Turnabout is a novel set in the future. People are experimenting where they shouldn't. They discover how to slowly turn aging around, but can't stop the un-aging. An elderly woman, close to death, learns that she is slowly un-aging. She is becoming younger instead of older as the rest of the world moves on. She meets another woman who is un-aging. Together, they return to their teen years. They struggle to keep their secret, even while a mysterious person is trying to find out what they are hiding.
Soon, the two realize that they have to find somebody to care for them when they un-age back into babies. Will they be able to find someone to care for them, or will they turn back to babies and be all alone?
I recommend Turnabout to readers who like sci-fi and excitement. I give it three stars out of five.

-Alexandra

Book Review: SWIPE!! By Evan Angler

Swipe
By Evan Angler
Reviewed by: Gray

     Only three words pop into my head when I read the last page of this book: SO. FREAKING. AWESOME!
    Swipe is a science fiction thriller, about a boy named Logan Langly, who is just months away from becoming a teenager and receiving The Mark. In this world The Mark lets people get jobs, use public transportation, or even go out to the movies. Becoming Marked, means becoming free-or so Logan has been told. Five years ago, when Logan's older sister went to get her mark, she mysteriously disappeared, never to be found. Now Logan cannot shake the spine-tingling feeling that he is being watched… He thinks he's wrong… Until he finds it… The wire.
Book Review-The Ranger's Apprentice Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ranger's Apprentice is an epic young adult series of twelve books by Australian author John Flanagan.
The main character of The Ruins of Gorlan is a young orphan named Will, who has no knowledge of his past or parents. His entire life has been spent in the land of Araluen, where he lives in the Ward with his fellow orphans. Until the day of the Choosing- that much-anticipated time when each of the teens will be chosen by a trade master to train as an apprentice.
The short, slim, rather unimpressive-looking Will dreads the Choosing, knowing that he is too small to be a knight, too scrawny for a soldier. He believes that he is doomed to a life of forever falling short- no pun intended- but then he is discovered by the most unlikely trade master possible- the mysterious ranger Halt, who sees potential in young Will.
The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan is an amazing book, one of many that Flanagan has written. It is a story of profound bravery and sacrifice, noble characters, and hilarious dialogue. This is a must-read for fans of Robin Hood and other stories of valor! It is very clean with little romance and limited violence.

-Elena

Book Review! On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness!!!!




On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
By: Andrew Peterson
Reviewed By: Gray

      On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the first book in the Wingfeather series, it is a beautiful tale, of family, friendship, and epic battles. The story is about three siblings, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, who discover they are the long lost heirs of a dead country. Sought by the darkest thing in the world, the kids are forced to run for their lives with their loved ones; their grandfather, Podo, their mother, Nia, and their go-lucky librarian, Oskar N. ReTeep.
      This book series is really good! It is a christian fantasy story that is fun for the whole family! I would personally recommended it to anyone who loves fantasy. Warning: One may want to keep tissues handy you'll laugh so hard you'll cry, and you'll cry so hard you'll laugh!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Welcome

Hey fellow book lovers! 
Have you ever read a book that was so good you wanted to share it with everyone? Or have you read a book that was so vile that you wanted to warn everyone to NEVER EVER touch its binding? Or maybe you simply wonder about a popular title?
You have discovered your haven.  FOR TEENS, BY TEENS
This blog is more than just about reading and talking about books, it's more about giving prospective readers an honest opinion.

Introducing The Novel Society of Clara B. Mounce Public Library - Bryan, Texas
Gray - reader of books and writer of stories
Elena - cruel critic
Alexandra - I know my stuff
Cookie - slow but good

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