Friday, April 30, 2010

Dirty Little Secrets - C.J. Omololu

Can you imagine living in a dumpster? This is what life is
like for Lucy. With her mom's obsession of keeping useless
stuff and shoving it futher into her trash-compacted
house, Lucy has never been able to have friends in her
home. But things are turning around for Lucy. Her long-
time crush finally wants to date her and she is making the
popular girls envy her. But one day she comes home to find
her life completely turned around. How will she live a
normal life? You'll have to read the book to learn
her "Dirty little secret".

In my opinion, this book is crawling with mystery, horror, and sorrow. I found myself crying for Lucy as she struggled with her temperamental
mother. I never met a dull moment in this book. Secrets are a part of everyone's life, but Lucy possesses a secret that could never be matched. I also felt like I was in the cramped house, crying with Lucy. I could read this book over and over and never tire of it. C.J. Omololu has
created one of my favorite books.

It's scary.

Reviewer Age:12

Reviewer City, State and Country: Panama City, Florida United States

The Family Greene by Ann Rinaldi

The Family Greene, by Ann Rinaldi, is a post-Revolutionary War book about the family of a well-known general who served second in command to George Washington. The two main characters are Caty Littlefield Greene and her daughter, Cornelia, whose stories are told in the two parts of the books. The book begins with Caty as she ventures out of her small world and into an exciting new life with her aunt, and then moves on to Cornelia, who is confused and upset after being confronted with the realization that she might not be her father's child. Throughout the book, Cornelia seeks to find the truth about her parentage while her mother, Caty, deals with struggles of her own. Readers will be captivated by this historical fiction account of two women's struggles to find a place in their family.

This book, while not my favorite by this author, was an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know the two main characters, whose likeable personalities made me want to keep reading. The setting did not serve to spark my imagination, but I was still interested in the characters' surroundings. I thought the relationships between the characters were strong and believable, but I was left wanting a little more action besides what they did in their everyday lives. In my opinion, the quality of writing was the same as other books by this author, but the plot was a little lacking. I liked the ending, and I also enjoyed learning about the real family, the Greenes, who this book was based on. I would recommend The Family Greene to all historical fiction lovers, or anyone else who enjoys a story with strong female characters.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Bayside, WI U.S.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shadowglass by Erica Hayes

In the dark fairyworld of the Shadowfae, hidden in the human world, Ice is just one fairy trying to survive the violence and catastrophe that surrounds her. The fairies are obsessed with clubbing, sparklies, and sex. Ice lusts after the hot metalfare, Indigo, a dangerous thief with a secret. When he turns her down, yet again, she throws herself into the arms of the demonlord, Kane. After a sultry night at his apartment, she leaves and steals a shiny mirror from his coat pocket. Soon, she and her friends begin to hear whispers after they looked in the mirror. The mirror shows Ice her counter-self, and it scares her deeply.

This dark and sultry novel kept my attention all the way through to the end. The storyline was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat constantly wondering if the characters would figure out the mystery behind the mirror. The author made an exciting mix of romance, action, and psychology into this one novel. Although the storyline was intriguing, I was somewhat disgusted by the amount of sex scenes in the book. It seemed as though one was happening every other page. At the beginning of the book, I was reminded of Tithe by Holly Black because of the genre. However, Tithe is a more PG-13 alternative to the rated R Shadowglass.

Sex scenes

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, PA USA

Monday, April 26, 2010

Think Again by JonArno Lawson

Think Again makes you do just that (think again). Filled with short four-lined poems, this book keeps the mind intrigued while trying to guess at the deeper meaning in each one. The sometimes-puzzling poems get you thinking about the meaning of every word and are most enjoyable to read. Most of the lovely little poems are about mysterious young love and are very realistic. Every poem portrayed a unique mood, which kept the book interesting and guessing at what would come next. Each page has a cute well-drawn illustration that incorporates well with the poem. The author did a good job at using interesting words in every line to get the most appeal out of each poem.

I enjoyed reading Think Again and it was nice to pick up and read when I had a few extra minutes throughout the day. It was very convenient to read because it presented many different opportunities/places to stop at since it had a new poem on every page. I thought the poems were cute and pretty creative and the author did a good job at writing it. One thing I didn't like, however, was the shortness of the book. It didn't take very long to read and I was disappointed when I came to the end. I think Think Again would be great to take to the beach or just read before going to bed. It made me light-hearted and I got a few good laughs from this quirky book of four-lined poetry written by JonArno Lawson.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA USA

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

The novel Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready features a relatively normal girl named Aura, who has the ability to see and speak to ghosts, like everyone else born after the mysterious Shift. She lives with her Aunt, Gina, since her father is missing and her mother is deceased. On her boyfriend Logan’s birthday, due to excessive alcohol and drug consumption Logan dies during the after-party, which is supposed to celebrate his band’s success at a performance. However, Logan sticks aroundas a ghost. Aura becomes confused as her relationship with Logan continues, especially after meeting the peculiar Scottish Zachary, who has quite a lot of convoluted secrets. He helps Aura with her thesis, which involves Stonehenge, Newgrange, stars, and her deceased mother. Aura learns some surprising secrets about both Zachary as well as her mother.

Shade was a decently written novel with a mildly interesting plot and characters. It seems as if pretty much as if all of the supernatural beings, such as ghosts, werewolves, and vampires, have pretty much been written to death, but that does not stop even more from continuing to be published. While Shade had some unique characteristics, such as using obsidian and the color red to ward away ghosts, for the most part, the story-line and setting were not especially unique. I was intrigued by the strong and willful character of Aura, who kept going, even after her mother and boyfriend died and her father disappeared. Shade was a decent read, but it was definitely not a masterpiece.

Alcohol and drugs were part of the plot.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Adventures of Jack Lime by James Leck

In this wonderfully written little novel by James Leek, the illustrious character of Jack Lime, self proclaimed private eye, is out to tackle his high school's biggest mysteries, from vanishing bikes to hamster hostages to missing brainiacs. There is no shortage of modern adventure or intrigue as our cool and confident protagonist Jack wanders about getting into all sorts of sticky situations. The book stands as a new sort of mystery novel, giving a youthful, fun take on the classic whodunit genre, throwing in just enough teenage romance and cliches to keep it light and fun. A short and sweet book that combines a mix of cleverly crafted characters and witty escapades, The Adventures of Jack Lime radiates mirth and mayhem.

"The Adventures of Jack Lime" uses convivial details to add to a solid, enjoyable plot. Leck uses his characters to add great panache to the tale, cleverly supplying the main character Jack with catchy sayings and endearing quirks. The book doesn't aim to be thoroughly thought-provoking, and instead intends to entertain and amuse readers, something it does well in its concise 126 pages. Written entirely in the first person, the book continually involves readers although it does not flow as one long tale. The book begins in the middle of the action and ends with the proper back story into Jack Lime's P.I career, but this backwards way of story-telling manages to work with Leck's atypical flare. The book goes down like a chilled glass of lemonade in the summer: tangy, refreshing, and just what you need to kick back and relax with. A nice read for middle and high school students, The Adventures of Jack Lime proves an easy yet highly entertaining novel that will keep you grinning with every page.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: South Pasadena, CA U.S.A

Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Gaia Stone lives in a future world where she is a midwife alongside her mother. Gaia's world is divided in two, those who live inside the walls of the Enclave and those outside. Gaia is on the outside. Gaia serves the Enclave, as many do. Every month, the first three babies she delivers are brought to live inside the Enclave. When Gaia's parents are arrested for things Gaia believes they never did, she begins to question all she knows. Is life inside the Enclave really all its made out to be? Gaia has a choice, sneak into the Enclave and find her parents or live the rest of her life asking questions with no answers. Join Gaia as she learns the truth about herself, her parents, and the Enclave.

Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien was a good book. Birth Marked is a little bit creepy because it takes place in the future and could possibly, but hopefully not, happen. The creepiness is part of what makes this book so good. The science in this book is about DNA. The scientists in the book have to check people's DNA to make sure no siblings marry each other. There were a few slow parts in the middle but other than that it was very interesting. O'Brien's writing style reminded me of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Hidden books. I enjoyed both of these authors so if you like the Among the Hidden series, you will probably like Birth Marked. Overall, Birth Marked was a very interesting and captivating book.

This book is fine for young adults, but, since the main character is a midwife, there is a lot about giving birth in it.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Harleysville, PA USA

Worldshaker by, Richard Harland

Filthies are nasty. Filthies are dumb. Filthies aren't human. This is what Colbert Porpentine has grown up learning. But after a midnight visit from a Filthie, Col learns that he may have been lied to his whole life. As Colbert becomes more involved with the Filthie girl, Riff, his eyes are opened to the horrible injustice occurring on "Worldshaker," the juggernaut that Col and his family and many others live on. A revolution is rising. Relatives aren't what they seem, and Colbert Porpentine just might be in the middle of it.

This book was one of the best that I have read in a long time. It had a revolution, surprises, twists, turns, and just a little bit of romance. I kept turning page after page as fast as I could to get to the end. The author describes the juggernaut where the characters live with such vivid details that I think I might could navigate the structure! The part of this steampunk story that I liked the best, though, was when Colbert, the main character, realizes exactly what kind of person his grandmother and grandfather are. Let's just say nothing in this story is what you'll expect, but everything fits. ANYONE who gives this book a chance will love it. Guaranteed!

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX U.S.A.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Gates by John Connolly

The book, The Gates by John Connolly,is a fantasy book
about a young boy, Samuel Johnson, and his dog, Boswell.
Not meant to necessarily be comic reading, the author
weaves the story with a funny twist, so as to render a
laugh or two in the process. Here is the plot of the
story. Samuel and his friends (and dog) happen to stumble
upon some strange activities going on at a neighbor's
house, just a few days before Halloween. The neighbors,
the Abernathys, while tinkering around with some
recreational devil-worshiping, just so happen to
mistakenly call forth Satan who ventures through a pair of
very large gates - the "gates" of Hell. It is then up to
Samuel and his friends to save the world from Satan and
his often funny demons by closing the gates before Satan
takes over the planet. The adults in his world don't
believe that the gates exist and that makes it harder than
ever to fight the battle.

Overall, I really liked this
book. I felt like the author brought me into the plot and
I could actually see myself as one of Samuel's friends,
running around with him and trying to save the planet.
I'm also a dog lover, so I easily identified with Boswell
and his keen senses and intelligence. As a follower of
many fantasy books, this one held my interest throughout
the entire story. There was enough of everything - scary
parts but not too scary, funny scenes, scientific
information (which I can identify with, too, since I am
interested in all types of science and experiments), and a
good, follow-along and kid-friendly story. I couldn't put
the book down for too long because I kept wanting to see
what would happen next. The characters were all developed
well and I could easily follow who did what and when. My
favorite characters were some of the demons. The story
flowed nicely and it wasn't too confusing like some books
can be. This book was probably one of my favorite to
review ever.

Reviewer Age:14
Towson, Maryland U.S.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Conspiracy 365: February by Gabrielle Lord

On December 31st Callum Ormond was told by a stranger to stay in hiding for 365 days, and that it had something to do with his father's mysterious death. After being framed for a crime Cal didn't commit, he's one of the most wanted teenage fugitives. Now its February and not only are the police after him but two dangerous gangs and worst of all he has no clue why. Relying on his best friend Boges, Cal must get to the bottom of what his father involved in, but who should he trust?

Since I read the first book I've been itching to read this one, and it lived up to my expectations. February's book went by really fast, but was still written very well and was overflowing with action and excitement. Even though I felt frustrated at the cliff hanger ending I still really applauded it. Before delving into this story, though, I recommend finding out how it all beganin Conspiracy 365: January. Ages 12 up.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: , New Mexico USA

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lawn Boy Returns By, Gary Paulsen

In this book Lawn Boy continues his lawn business. Then a shady character named Zed shows up. After that Joey Pow, the boxer Lawn Boy sponsors, wins a fight he wasn't supposed to and then they have to fight off these guys who plan to really mess things up. So once they stop them Zed steals lots of food from Lawn Boy's house and leaves. After all of this Lawn Boy decides to move up north and quit the lawn business. Then the story is set-up so that there can be a sequel and the story is over.

I like how in this book it flows very smoothly from the last. I like how his friends come back and they help him out. I like the new character Zed. I really like the ending how Lawn Boy moves up north and gets an ice-cream maker. It sets the book up for another sequel.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas United States

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Book of Samuel by Erik Raschke

The Book of Samuel is about a twelve-year-old boy named Samuel. He lives a normal life with his two parents and his grandmother. He was a happy teenage boy, hanging with his friends, jumping at the ramps, and doing whatever it is that teenage boys do. Until his father goes out on a mission to preach to the world. After his fathers departure, Samuel not only does some crazy things, such as; blow up his friends garage, make-out with the hottest girl in school, and gets in some terrifying fights with a girl at school, but he also learns a lot about himself. Through it all Samuel makes some important decisions and grows in the process.

In my opinion this book was ok. It was definitely not my favorite book I have ever read, but it was probably the most interesting. Some of the things that I didn't like about The Book of Samuel would be, the plot. There really was nothing for me to hold onto in that area. I couldn't exactly get into the book when the main idea of the story was a mystery to me.
In The Book of Samuel there is some very questionable content. Some may not be very suitable for younger children. Such as graphic fight scenes, racism, and some foul language.
Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas United States

Monday, April 19, 2010

Green Dragon Codex by R.D. Henham

To ten-year-old Scamp Weaver, an old mahogany chest is just too incredible to keep whatever secrets it holds inside. Especially when he finds it by a dead dragon! When Scamp brings it home to open the chest with his older brother, Mather, and his best friend, Dannika, they discover that the chest contains an odd stone and a mysterious tablet. But before they can even wonder what these items might be, they are attacked by dragonslayers who come to take the strange objects for themselves. Forced to flee, the trio begins a journey to save their lives and possibly many others. Soon they find what they contents of the chest are from a stranger as a green dragon hatches from the stone.   

I very thoroughly enjoyed the Green Dragon Codex. The harrowing tale of a boy who stumbles upon a dragon egg was very intriguing. I think many would love this book for its surplus of high adventure and suspense.  Its fast-paced action and nerve-racking mystery really kept my attention. Of course, this is my opinion. So pick up this book and decide if you can handle the story. 

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas America

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Swoon at your own risk

Polly Martin has quite the dating history, and along with each ex (or in Polly's
case ex-ex-ex-ex) a club she took up to be with them. Her latest ex, Sawyer,
got her roped into working at Wild Waves Western-themed water park. Now
Polly has sworn off guys, there's new temptations in the form of a once fourth
grade desk-licker turned cute mysterious skateboarder. Thank goodness her
advice columnist grandmother, Miss Swoon, is moving in! But will Polly be able
to learn to love and be herself? Only summer will tell.
While reading, 'Swoon
At Your Own Risk', I was found sitting in a room, by myself, literally laughing out
loud! I thought Sydney Salter did a wonderful job capturing the essence of a
hectic teenager's life. She was able to include many components young girls deal
with, such as a family's messy divorce, embarrassing swimming pool moments,
emotional breakdowns, and soul searching. I liked how the author was able to
create such a realistic world in 'Swoon At Your Own Risk'. This book was very
entertaining and I can easily see myself reading it again because it was so
enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, or rather, funny
romantic comedy.
Mature content and innudendos
Reviewer City, State and Country: Seaside, OR US

Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

When Cooper Blake suddenly finds himself victim of a horrendous car crash and his football career destroyed, he is also met another life changing surprise: Samantha. Samantha is beautiful, slightly obnoxious, only visible to Cooper and definitely not alive. This not only all Cooper knows about her, but all she knows about herself. Together, they are trying to unearth Samantha's hidden past and discover how she died. Enter Delilah, the head cheerleader with powers beyond Cooper's comprehension, and Brent, Delilah's ex-boyfriend who can hear everyone's most intimate thoughts. Brent and Delilah both dabble in the supernatural and are pushed together in order to discover who or what Samantha is, before she puts Cooper and those around him in grave danger.

Token of Darkness, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is a fun, quick read. It is not overly challenging to digest but still has an imaginative and intriguing plot. It takes an unusual (but welcome) turn away from the typical ghost story and still maintains some of the familiar elements of the genre that will keep the reader in their comfort zone. Atwater-Rhodes presents interesting characters that are vividly rendered and always have a certain aura of mystery about them. The characters who I found most enjoyable to read about were Cooper and Samantha. The dynamic and fun banter between them were excellent elements of the novel and their developing relationship was a great part of the novel. The one thing I really disliked about the novel was the relationship between Delilah and Brent as all their interactions seemed contrived and out of place. I also think that there were too many loose ends at the end of the story that I would have liked to see tied up. Other than that, this novel was very entertaining and kept my attention the whole way through. The settings felt true-to-life and were very well described. The dialogue between characters was, for the most part, natural and flowed very well. I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys reading about the supernatural and is looking for a quick, roller-coaster of a book. I definitely look forward to reading some of the author's other books in the future.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: San Diego, CA USA

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Changing the World edited by Mercedes Lackey

Changing the World is an anthology (book of short stories) about the Heralds and Companions of Valdemar. This book includes stories about a young woman whose heart is broken when her love leaves to be a Herald... A young man who is so wrapped up in love that he can only be shown the truth by a Companion he refused to follow... A young herbalist who has to choose between her home and her duty to her country... and more! Companions are horse-like animals with silver hooves, soft blue eyes, and a dazzling white coat & mane. Heralds are people with gifts that are chosen to help the Companions. Some of the things Heralds do are solve family feuds that have grown too large, help towns in trouble and judge trials that will affect the whole country.

I thought a lot of these stories were great! In certain stories, the characters have a lot of depth. I think Mercedes Lackey (The creator of Valdemar) could have done a better job of editing. A handful of the stories weren't even about the Heralds and Companions. One of the stories called "For Want of a Nail" takes a lot of background to understand. Even though the stories weren't long, you got attached to the characters quickly. You felt their pain, happiness, and grief. Over all it was a very good book.

A few of the stories may require guidance for 13 and 14 year olds as they contain sexual innuendo or references. I didn't notice them, but my mother did and thought this should be mentioned. Most of the stories are quite safe though.

Reviewer Age:10

Reviewer City, State and Country: Rockwell City, IA USA

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Clearing by Heather Davis

After being in an abusive relationship, Amy just wants her
life to be different, even if different means moving into
a small trailer in a rural area with her Great-Aunt Mae.
Henry Briggs wishes that he wasn't stuck in the eternal
summer of 1944, avoiding the tragic events that would
occur if he had lived past that day. One day Amy discovers
a clearing, where she meets Henry, the most polite and
decent boy she has ever met. He helps her deal with her
past and she helps him deal with his future.

I thought
that this book was okay, but not great. I generally don't
read love stories, so on this type of book I haven't read
enough to compare it to other books. The story was great,
but it wasn't carried out as good as it could have

Reviewer Age:12

Reviewer City, State and
Country: Garden Ridge, TX USA

Before I Fall

It seems like Samantha Kingston has it all: three best friends, a cute boyfriend, and adoring students at her high school. Sam is popular, and though she feels guilty at times for the way she and her friends treat other students, she still loves her life. That is, until Friday, February 12, when Sam has a fatal car accident. Sam discovers, however, that she is given a chance to relive her last day on earth, and she better make the most of it. As she relives the day over and over again, she struggles to learn what to do to break the cycle.

I really enjoyed reading “Before I Fall”. The novel was so original, because even though I have read books that involve a dead protagonist, this one had one day repeating over and over again. This concept might seem boring, but each day Sam does something different and the author reveals new information that makes you want to keep reading. I also really liked Sam as a character. In the beginning, she's not the nicest person. She's rude to other students at school and shows no respect to her parents at all. But as the novel progresses, Sam begins to appreciate life more and sees the mistakes that she has been making. I thought “Before I Fall” had a great message, to appreciate every day, and I think the author executed her ideas flawlessly in a well-written story.

This book contains material such as underage drinking, strong language, and drug use, which is only for mature readers.

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania, United States

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A World of His Own by Arlette Gaffrey

Andre De Javon, a handsome, determined young Frenchman, arrives in New Orleans seeking a place to belong. What he discovers is a world far beyond what he could have imagined. Swept into a world of balls, beautiful women and wealthy families, his new home is a far cry from his life in France. With no surviving family, his goal is to make a name for himself, but he is unsure of what he wants to do specifically. Shortly after his arrival, his friend, Charles du Fray, introduces him to Monsieur Charleviox, a very successful plantation owner. Almost immediately, Andre decides that he wants to start his own plantation.

On top of meeting Monsieur Charlevoix, Andre also meets his daughter, Julie Marie, a stunning girl, but much younger than Andre. He thinks nothing more of it, and returns to the city with Charles, where he meets Gabrielle Ste. Claire. She is a gorgeous young woman, but as the reader soon discovers, she is spoilt, full of pride, vain and flirtatious, and will use her beauty to her advantage.

Andre is persuaded to marry Gabby, though he does not love her, he only lusts after her. Her large dowry convinces him that it is the right choice, and so she gets what she wants. However, she is clearly unprepared for many of the things that come with marriage, and Andre finds it very difficult to deal with her and keep her secrets and scandals from their family and friends.

Years pass, with numerous adventures contained in them, and Andre finds that his only sources of happiness are talking to Julie and reaping the rewards of his land.

Andre now finds himself facing an incredibly difficult situation. What will he do?

Arlette Gaffrey has interwoven history and fiction beautifully in this book. I really loved the depth of the characters and how none were completely stereotyped. The language is easy to understand, but does not lack in descriptiveness. I liked that the relationships in the story all faced unique problems and how the story showed that looks can certainly be deceiving. It was refreshing to see that not everyone in the story had a perfectly happy ending, making it more like reality.

I cannot compare the story to anything I have read so far, though parts of the story reminded me of the movies True Women, The Duchess and The Other Boleyn Girl.

As an Australian, I didn't know much about American history, and even less about New Orleans. This book was a wonderful introduction to the society of the Creoles and the situations that they faced in life. I found the book very interesting and was very happy with the ending, though I wanted to know more about the children. I would love to read a sequel that explores them growing up.

Although perhaps accurate to the society and period, there are quite a few sensitive topics. As a result, I would only recommend this book to older readers, at least 15 or 16 years old.

There are multiple sensitive topics in this book including alcoholism, slavery, sexuality, rape, depression, abuse, violence and suicide.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa

The Color of Heaven is an intriguing graphic novel about how seventeen-year-old Ehwa begins to understand and experience love and relationships as she says good-bye to her love, the man she plans to marry. She, only having her mother as a role model, waits for her love to come back to her. This book concludes the trilogy and is beautifully written to bring together Ehwa and her true love. The author, Dong Hwa Kim, creates interesting characters that the reader can easily relate to, in such ways as relationships, patience and love.

Even though the authors voice is clear throughout the book, it becomes tedious and redundant at times. The story is lovely altogether, but while reading this book you feel as if you're reading through pages and pages of the Ehwa, the main character, waiting for her love. A wonderful end to the trilogy, though not as good as expected.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Bayside, Wisconsin United States

Hastur Lord, by Marion Zimmer

We've all heard stories of nobles that don't want the crown or royal position that they are destined to inherit. But have we heard one in space? Flip open the pages of "Hastur Lord" and discover, Regis, a noble in that position. When another empire seeks to change the Terran Empire's Class D Closed World status, Regis has to begin to pay more attention to politics. The fate of his country will soon rest in his hands. Hop into your spaceships, readers, and blast into this book!

Unfortunately, the review of this book will be slightly biased. Personally, I
don't enjoy many science-fiction novels. There were times in this novel where I became lost and was left wondering, "which empire were we talking about?" I never quite understood why the ecological systems were involved, and I thought this book had many awkward moments dealing with the gay relationship of Regis and his lover, Danilo. I suppose if I had read the other books about Darkover before reading this one, the story line might have made more sense. This book is appropriate for high school students, and I believe science-fiction fanatics would enjoy it. For others that are not avid science-fiction readers, I would recommend they pass this one by.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas U.S.A.

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

In this final installation in the Last Survivor's Trilogy, Miranda and the rest of the Evans family begin to undergo some major changes yet again. When Miranda's father and step-mother arrive on the scene with their baby and a few strangers, the Evans family must learn to survive in a whole new set of circumstances, especially when reality finally seeps in that the world will never be the same again. One of the strangers is Alex Morales and as he and Miranda slowly share their stories, Miranda must make a decision that will change the course of her life forever.

Like the rest of the "moon trilogy", This World We Live In was a nail-biter. What sets this book apart from the rest of the trilogy however, is the emotional honesty we see from all of the characters. There comes a time in this novel where everybody finally realizes that things aren't going to go back to "normal" and that they must make choices that will permanently adjust their way of life. In the previous novels, we witnessed a shocking lunar event; the terrifying story of Alex and his family; and now, as Miranda and Alex's stories are intertwined, we begin to see how the past events have changed them. Miranda is no longer innocent towards her tragic environment and Alex has become extremely reserved and protective because of his devastating past experiences.

Once I started reading This World We Live In, I could barely tear myself away. The special thing about this trilogy is that the setting is so realistic; however, the one thing that I did not buy with this book was the relationship between Miranda and Alex. I'm not quite sure if there was something "between the lines" I couldn't grasp or if the author was just trying to speed things up, but Miranda's romance with Alex didn't seem real. It was rushed. In fact, the last quarter of the novel was very rushed. I wanted to know exactly what happened to the Evans family, but instead Pfeffer left you with a cliffhanger. To me, this one of most unfair moves for author to do to his readers, especially at the end of a series.

Even though I was disappointed with the ending, I'm glad I didn't have to wait very long to read this final chapter in the lives of the Evans and Morales family. I think this is a great series for anybody and should go right up there with Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. I do hope Pfeffer will have more adventures to share with us in the years to come. In the mean time, have your library get this series! They won't regret it.

Recommend to ages 12+. Graphic descriptions of death and some sensuality.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: , NM USA

The Story of Cirrus Flux

The Story of Cirrus Flux is a fast-paced adventure. The book switches between the year 1783 in London and events in the past. In 1756 James Flux, Cirrus’ father is on a ship near the Antarctic Circle and he sees a magical wall of light in the sky, some of which is captured in the small metal globe he wears around his neck. Then, in 1771, he sets off in hopes of seeing the light again, thinking it is the mystical substance known as the “Breath of God.” He leaves his newborn son, Cirrus, and the globe at the foundling hospital, because his wife has died and is never seen again. 1783 finds Cirrus still at the hospital, hoping to be apprenticed. A mesmerist comes to the hospital hoping to take Cirrus, because she thinks he possesses the Breath of God, but the governor persuades her to take Pandora instead. Pandora learns that her mistress, Madame Orrery, as well as another shady character, Mr. Sidereal, are both pursuing the Breath of God, hoping to harness its power. A series of wild adventures, discoveries, and narrow escapes follows, during which Cirrus begins to learn the truth about his father and his past.

The book is fun to read because there’s a lot of action, including many thrilling incidents, which really draw the reader on to the next chapter. The author keeps you guessing about which characters are sinister and which kind. The names of characters in this book are unique and interesting, and sometimes even funny, as in Cirrus’ best friend from the foundling hospital, Bottle Top. Though this book is set in what seems like a historical London, there are some fantasy elements, such as a bird made of fire (which turns out not to be a phoenix) an all-seeing eye and magnetized water.

The main weakness of this book is that the author never reveals the true nature of the “Breath of God” even though all the action in the book relates to it. I think this book would have been more interesting if the ending had been more satisfying, for example, if Cirrus had gone traveling with his father’s friend. Most of the characters’ plot lines seemed unresolved at the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fast-paced adventure with a hint of fantasy.

Content: 1
Rating: 7
Reviewer Age:11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake City, IA USA

The Returners by Gemma Malley

Fifteen year old Will Hodges is different from the other kids in his school. His mom committed suicide which he witnessed when he was eight, his old shrink thinks he's paranoid when Will says "freaks" are following him around everywhere he goes, he's a witness to a murder and he has weird nightmares about people getting killed. One day one of the "freaks" tells him he's a Returner and for some reason he doesn't remember things he is apparently supposed to. As Will struggles to decide whether the Returners are real, Britain is starting to feel that the immigrants that come into the country are making the country a worse place. Will's destiny is realized as Will becomes more absorbed into who the Returners are.

The beginning of the book was a little different. It takes place in 2016 in Britain. If you don't understand some British talk it could be a little bit confusing. Also during the first few chapters you realize how loner-ish and depressing sounding the kid is. But after the Returners are introduced the plot gets better. Another thing that’s mildly annoying is the characters of Patrick and Will's dad who are in the party who don't like the immigrants that are in Britain. The ending of the book was pretty good because Will realizes things about his destiny and past lives that are interesting. All and all the book was good it wasn't an epic page turner but it was worth reading.

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Loves Park, Illinois United States

Only One Wish by Mia Ikumi

There is an angel who will grant any one wish for you, but there is a catch. She tends to be mischievous and will warp your wish. Several young girls fall prey to her scheme. All they need to do is text the dark angel and make their wishes. The angel has granted girl's love wishes, revived the dead, and brought revenge. With each wish, however, the angel warps the wisher's dream. Be careful what you wish for...

This manga by Mia Ikumi is a fun read. I would say that it does not rank near the top of others that I have read, but it was still decent. The drawings are very complimentary to the story, and the plot is intriguing. I like how the characters are different for each chapter, but the angel and her personality remain the same. This book is appropriate for any age; there are no references to derogatory themes. I recommend this book to one who likes manga or a person looking for a quick read.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America

Behind the Columns by Arlette Gafrey

This story is about a southern belle named Desiree Bordeaux, a beautiful Creole living in the year 1846. She is wooed by the evil Philippe Jaunet, a cruel and mean man who only wants her grandfather's plantation, Chene Vue. When she meets the handsome American, Lance Van Buren -who falls deeply in love with Desiree- her life, definitely takes a twist. When her grandfather dies, someone needs to take over Chene Vue, and whoever takes the farm, takes charge of Desiree, too. In this incredible love story, and exciting page turner, Desiree makes decisions that will change her life forever.

This is a strong and very descriptive book. It has a very well thought-out plot and is very easy to understand and visualize every scene. This is definitely a book like no other I have ever read before. I think it had a certain style to the writing that made you feel really connected with Desiree and her feelings, and you got her point of view. Although this is a book for an older audience, I would definitely recommend it to those of you, who love the old time romance, and challenges of the 1800s lifestyle.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas United States

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monster Fliers by Elizabeth MacLeod

"Monster Fliers" by Elizabeth MacLeod is an incredibly informative book. Nineteen amazing creatures from pre-historic times are highlighted. Each has a page or so and a small chunk of text. Name pronunciation, metabolic facts, descriptions, and overall miscellaneous facts are given. There are even questions every so often that are answered. Also included is a picture of each creature in its habitat performing some sort of action.

The pictures illustrated by John Bindon are marvelous. There is a pristine quality about them that makes them appear quite real. Besides the lively illustrations, the facts are presented in such a way as to not appear intimidating to young readers--small sections of information are given, instead of massive chunks of wording. As a non-fiction book, this will excite readers and, contrary to the title, even girls will enjoy this book. Additionally, this book is not overtly pro-evolution.

Some pictures show creatures eating other creatures

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY USA

Friday, April 09, 2010

Vampire Sunrise by Carole Nelson Douglas

Delilah Street is a paranormal investigator living in post-Millennium Revelation Las Vegas. She recently discovered a group of Egyptian vampires living in one of the city's hotels after they tried to kill her and her boyfriend, Ric. Delilah is also being framed by her possible twin sister, Lilith, who doesn't want Delilah around. So, with the help of her wolfhound Quicksilver, Ric, her mirror-walking abilities, and her silver familiar, will Delilah be able to take down these vampire enemies?

Vampire Sunrise was an interesting book but it definitely was not one of my favorites. There wasn't much plot to the story and it was very confusing. The reader is introduced to too many characters and you have to try to remember who is who. I later found out that this book is part of a series which could explain some of the confusion. The author, Carole Nelson Douglas, did a good job of keeping us in tune with some of the characters thoughts and feeling. She also kept the story going and didn't over-explain unimportant details.

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana United States of America

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Night Head Genesis by George Lida

Two brothers, Naoto and Naoya, have amazing psychic powers. When they were abducted from their parents many years ago, they were taken to an institution that studied their powers. Years later, Naoya starts having visions that mirror Kamiya-sams's visions. They both see the destruction of mankind by virus. Endangering everyone is not who they thought. Kanako Kurahashi-san is the head of a lab that is developing a cure for Aids that causes mutation. After poison and death face them, they save the world. But a new threat has surfaced and they must soon fight it for their survival.

I thought the author did a very good job of telling the story. Since the book was a manga book, the setting wasn't difficult to visualize. The book kept a constant action feel. The characters were very believable and their powers were pretty cool. Some parts of the book didn't fit well with the others and I got confused in some points.

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Oakville, Pennsylvania USA

Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin

Snap, a bubbly and creative woman living in an native clan named Kura is on line to be Mother, or ruler of the city. But, when her mother's mate dies in a hunt, she chooses to accept Bapoto, a foreigner as her mate. This man has unheard of ideas about a god called The Great One , hunting rituals, and male leadership in the clan. Many people are starting to practice his religion, and Snap and her mate are getting worried. Soon, the males leave for the summer to hunt, but Bapoto stays. He gradually takes control of the leadership roles, and Snap has to make a very important decision, whether to try to fix things and Kura, or leave the clan forever.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get into it, but it was worth my while reading it. The characters were so real, and scenes so descriptive that I had no trouble making them into a mental movie. The book talked about real life problems, like difference in thoughts about leadership and different religion. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was that here and there, the author would use an African word. There is a glossary at the back of the book with the words in it. This made the words genuine, like there was actually someone saying them, only many years ago. The characters, scenes, conflicts, and even words in this book were real, and that made the book fantastic.

Sexual content

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leawood, Kansas United States

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson

The High Priestess of Cleveland, Ohio has disappeared. To restore order out of chaos, the town holds a competition for the new leader. As a future key player in the town, Persephone (Seph) Alcmedi must compete for the job. When people start disappearing from the competition and one woman is murdered, it's becoming harder and harder for Seph to hide her biggest secret from the judges; to add to the trouble, her sexy boyfriend, Johnny, is having trouble with some fairies. Will Seph be able to handle everything without completely breaking down?

I adored the novel. It always kept my on my toes, and I thought the plotline was interesting. In this time where everyone is obsessed with vampires and magic, it's refreshing to see a twist on the classic vampire-is-in-charge-of-human plotline. All of the plotlines were tied up at the end, and I put the book down feeling satisfied. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy with a roll-and-roll twist.

Sexual situations.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Pottstown, PA United States

Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold

"Paper Daughter" by Jeanette Ingold. Maggie's father died in a hit-and-run accident, and it made her determined to follow in his footsteps and become a journalist. As she interns at her local newspaper, the truth about her father and his past that she's never doubted is collapsing. Maggie grows bolder and sets out on a quest to discover her ancestry and clear her father's name as she uncovers a local scandal. Intercut with Maggie's story are chapters following the story of Fai-Yi Li in the 1930s, who illegally escaped to America as a "paper son" with his sister, Sucheng, because she killed a man. In the end, it is revealed that Fai-Yi Lin is actually her great-grandfather.

"Paper Daughter" is a good enough book, but not spectacular. Maggie didn't show very much emotion at her father's death and, because of that, I couldn't feel like I was looking through her eyes. I also was confused by the ending. It was cookie-cutter precise -- Maggie got better at her job, her father's name was cleared, the scandal was exposed, and she found out who her ancestors were -- except for Sucheng Li. She never received any justice for the murder that she had committed, except for living in "a shadow world of madness." That does not make sense to me -- Maggie's father is killed trying to expose the truth and she gets to walk?

However, I did like how Maggie grew stronger throughout the novel by exposing her family's past instead of closing her eyes. Accepting a paper-thin lie instead of the truth made her stronger, and we all can learn from that.

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Seaside, Oregon United States of America

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne

This was a great book. I know that this book is very light reading for me but I have always loved this series. In this book Jack and Annie are sent by Merlin on a Merlin Mission. They go to Ireland in the 19th century and their mission is to inspire a girl named Augusta so that she can share her amazing gift, her mesmerizing potential with the rest of the world. Jack and Annie face a few obstacles along the way but after all that is one of the milestones in making a great story, creating conflicts. They successfully achieve their goal in the end.

This was a good book. I personally liked it. The only thing that I don't like about this series is that the author always follows the same format. She never varies or differentiates from her strict format. Other than the story itself. That is what gets you fed up with the series. You know, if you're not a 7 year old.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: flushing, New York United Sates of America

Dear Big V by Ellen W. Leroe

Dear Big V is about a young girl, Courtney, who is battling with her club, Donuts and Coffee, and her school's sexual activities. Donuts and Coffee is a club that Courtney founded to announce and protect girls' and boys' virginity. As the book progresses Courtney finds that she is slowly falling for the school's biggest hunk and player, Lance Lindsey, and is losing the one thing that matters to her, her virginity. Courtney finally makes a decision that will not only determine if she stays with Donuts and Coffee or to go against everything she ever believed and throw away her virginity.

Reviewer Age:14

Monday, April 05, 2010

Savind Maddie by Varian Johnson

Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson is difficult to put into words. The synopsis makes it seem as if this is about a wayward girl with low morals that is brought back to the Church by a preacher's son that must resist her temptations. However, Maddie never returns to the Church. She claims to still believe in God but renounces organized religion. She drinks, smokes, wears provocative clothing, and is not sexually pure. She does seduce the preacher's son and causes him to rethink why sex before marriage is wrong--something the author does not explicitly use Scripture to back up.

There are some parts in the book that are unnecessary. Sure, Maddie and the preacher's son never "make babies," but they get awfully close and in detail that readers will not want to hear. Also, while God is mentioned, there is not any explicit discussion of Jesus. There are even points in the book where Catholicism is subtly demoted compared to other forms of Christianity. Towards the end of the book, readers discover why Maddie acts the way she does. There is a seed of sympathy, but that seed is not planted on good soil (pun intended for Bible scholars). The book is engaging, but readers are left unhappy with the ending, longing for a more Christian basis for a book with a cross on the cover, and an edition of the book with perverse scenes deleted.


Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Still Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Mina (Hamilton) Smith is a regular teenage girl about to start her senior year of high school. She has a boyfriend, George and a best friend, Serena, both of whom she cares for deeply. She argues with her parents and even does a little bit of rule breaking. There is one thing, however, that makes Mina different from other girls her age. She is a newly turned vampire. After her changing, Mina's life starts to go downhill. The Vampire Council stages her death, changes her name, and forces her family to relocate. Against all rules, she manages to let Serena know about everything that is going on. But her life continues to get worse. Her family moves to Cartville, a tiny town in the middle of Louisiana so that her dad can play historian with some vampire doctor who is older than the earth itself; her boyfriend goes to Brazil to reconnect with his absentee parents and she has not heard from him since he left; the only other vampire teen in town, Cameron, is oh-so-complicated, mysterious and smells way too good to be allowed; and, to top it all off, a weird, vampire wannabe, Goth girl, who got kicked out of Mina's vampire (propaganda) preparation classes, is stalking Serena. Add to that the fact that neither girl should know anything about the existence of vampires and Mina is in a whole lot of trouble.

Kimberly Pauley sucks the reader in with her capture of Mina's voice. Her writing style makes a reader feel as if Mina is their close friend. Her sarcastic and witty humor keeps a reader laughing at every turn. I was glued to this book from start to finish and if a reader enjoys teen fiction, then they will be too. Mina's life is a roller coaster of laughs and thrills all the way to the finish.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leverett, Ma USA

The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger

The Seven Rays, a fantasy and science fiction novel by
Jessica Bendinger, is about a girl named Beth Michaels, a
seemingly normal girl who's a senior in high school and
on her way to go to Columbia University, after a lot of
hard work. She receives a strange golden envelope, at her
school, with an intriguing message that's not even
addressed to her, rather to an Aleph Beth. Then she
starts seeing things, strange things, like dots, bands,
and ropes. She has surgery done to her eyes because she's
so worried about her strange vision, but it doesn't work.
She also falls in love with a guy from school, Richie. He
happens to be the brother of her best friend's love
interest. Beth eventually ends up in a mental institution
because she keeps seeing things and has episodes. She's
diagnosed as a schizophrenic. While she's there, she
befriends a girl that happens to be deaf, learns difficult
truths about her mother and best friend, who actually
turns out to have a terrible character, and discovers that
she's actually not crazy.

The Seven Rays started off
pretty boring, when Beth got her golden letter. It got a
lot better in the middle, when Beth was at the mental
hospital, but got worse when she got even more messages in
golden envelopes. It was somewhat interesting when she
broke out of it. The plot was interesting, though not
spectacular, and Beth was a decent character. It was,
however, pretty predictable. I could tell that something
was off about her mother from the beginning. This was not
one of my favorite books, but neither was it one of my
least favorites. It was pretty strange when Beth got a
tattoo and started talking to a deaf person, who talked
back, at the mental hospital. I got mildly sad after
Richie, Beth's boyfriend, left. If you're looking for a
fantastic book to read, go somewhere else. If you're
looking for a decently written book with interesting
characters and an somewhat unusual plot, then read The
Seven Rays.

There were some inappropriate and
disturbing scenes with Beth and Richie.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC US

Friday, April 02, 2010

Prowling The Seas by Pamela S. Turner

Daniel Corrigan just moved to Nodle's Green, Pennsylvania and notices something strange. Soon, he figures out that his new friends have superpowers. One can fly, one is super strong, and another can turn invisible. These kids watch over the town and keep everyone safe. The only problem is that the superheroes are disappearing one by one because when they turn thirteen, their powers and any memories of them disappear. To find the villan that is stealing the powers of the kids of Noble's Green, everyone will have to work together and stop him once and for all.

This book is now one of my favorites! The author made me feel like I was actually there. I felt like I could relate to all of the characters in some way. I also liked how the author described eveything in great detail so you knew exactly what was going on. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure or mystery.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Enon, OH USA

I Kissed A Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Alley knows how it is with vampires.She has them as daily life.When she goes to review the Sorry Marios there is a mysterious new guest that she falls under his musical voice. When they start dating she is so head over heels in love she can't see that he wears the same clothes,has a weird smell,and can't talk a lot. He's a zombie... She knows that they have to break up but,later learns that she can't shake him.Then figures out that another guy(dead) is after her and has an expirement in mind.Will she survive the expirement and dating her boyfriend?

The book I would say have mainly the ideas of the book have love,fighting,death.I would say Alley has the characterictes of in a popular and a stab in the back with disses.She really likes to make fun of people.It was kind of dull. Adventure here, attack over there. Lots of talking. A little weird with some of the things.Make it some more romantic. If she did a vampire I think it would been a little more exciting.I don't think I would recommend it to others with how the story went.

Reviewer Age:11
Reviewer City, State and Country: katy, Texas U.S.A.

Hunted by P.C.Cast and Kristin Cast

Zoey Redbird, and her friends are at it again. The secret about Stevie Rae and the other red fledglings is out, but there is a new secret to crack; Neferet has a new console, Kalona. No one else seems to think there is anything suspicious about him, but Zoey and her friends have their doubts for various reasons. He is gorgous, and he seems to have everyone under a spell that makes them blind to the truth about him. It's up to Zoey to try and break the spell, but along the way, she discovers truths she dosen't want to know, and secrets that she feels should be kept hidden. With all the pressure of boyfriends, and the red fleglings that seem tohave aged, but have they really?

I thought that Hunted was an amazing book. It was really suspenseful, and had me reading all the time. I couldn't put it down. This book is filled with action, friendship and romance.Zoey's romance problems were unpredictable, and exciting. I recomend this book to anyone who likes vyampire fantasy.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springfield , Ohio US

Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf M.A.

Defining twilight is a workbook that helps you learn vocabulary that often appears on SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT. Brian leaf has done all of this and he also uses one of the most popular books written in the past fifty years. Stefanie Myer's Twilight! This workbook helps you learn over 600 vocabulary words. Also you learn synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook.

Teen girls will find this book very useful with their studies. They may even find it fun, I know I did. Brian Leaf found a way to teach teens vocabulary, and it's fun. This workbook makes you think and if you are a vocabulary buff like me it does have words that even you won't know. I hope this book helps you I know it helped me :)

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tipp City, Ohio United States

Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby

Christmas is near, and the Ferguson family has just finished decorating thier Christmas tree.But later, when the family is drifting to sleep, others are waking up. In the living room, on the tree, the ornaments, lights, and other decorations are awakening from a year of slumber. As "Tree-Dwellers" catch up with one another, Larry, a joly snowman, spends hours searching for his brother, Terrence, who has seemed to dissapear. After giving up on his search, Larry- along with his girlfriend, Debbie; his long time companion, Tinsel; and a new-comer, Splint- breaks the laws of the Tree Elders and escape the prickly branches in search of Terrence. But how will Larry and his friends fin Terrence without being noticed by the family and the "Tree-Dwellers?" Will they make it back to he tree in time to be packed away? And why is this new-comer so eager to help?

Secrets of a Christmas Box is a wonderful holiday story. Steven Hornby captures the essence of Christmas while making the book thrilling and exiting with a happy and justified ending. Beautifully sketched illustrations help tell this tale without taking to much away for the reader's imagination. The story made me want to run out to my garage and find my family's Christmas box. All in all: a magical children's tale any one could fall in love with. Soon to be a Christmas classic.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fortuna, California USA

Timeshares by Jean Rabe

Timeshares is a book made up of short stories. All the stories are related to timeshares in one way or another. Sometimes the narrator is a customer or maybe a rival or just an employee. Timeshares is a travel company; they can take you anywhere, wait, no anywhen. All of the stories have at least one problem. If you expected that every story has a happy ending, then you are far wrong. In some of the stories, the character fails, it might be in their mission or they just might die. There are also some happy endings too though. Most of the times the author leaves you on a cliffhanger so you have to infer about what would happen next.

This book is an okay book for me. I don't really like short stories but since timeshares is all related to the timeshares company, it is better than some of the other short story books that jump from one subject to another. I liked this book the way i do is because to me, the subject of time traveling is confusing and challenging to understand but that's what I like in a book. The last short story changes everything if it WAS real life. It's pretty surprising. I really like the last sentence in the book: I did it for mystery" I cannot tell you why without spoiling some of the stories and taking away some of the suspense.

There are cuss words and adultish stuff

Reviewer Age:10
Reviewer City, State and Country: katy, texas United States Of America

Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala

Cat Burglar Black tells the story of K. She is an orphan who has lived a fairly difficult childhood. One day, she is invited to a mansion by her aunt, whom she hasn't seen in a very long time. When she gets there, she finds three other girls at a mysterious academy her aunt runs. Only one issue: her aunt is very ill and the staff of the academy have taken it over while her aunt is laying in bed. They begin to train K to become an expert burglar, which they have already been doing with the other three girls. They have to steal paintings from around the village to solve a mystery hundreds of years old.

This book was fairly interesting. The plot was a little slow at certain points of the story, yet it was still captivating and I was excited to see how the book would end. The artwork was slightly distracting, as it was drawn in an intentionally unpolished style. I got used to it after awhile, but I found it somewhat hard to concentrate on the story with the drawings the way they were. I would recommend this book to fans of other graphic novels and definitely for fans of spy stories.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH United States

The Sapphire Sirens by John Zakour

This book is about Zachary Nixon Johnson,who is the last Private Investigator on the earth. The story takes place in the future, when humanity has evolved into a robot friendly environment. His own best friend is a hologram with a brain! Things are going great for Zach, and he seems to be putting together a life that works for him.

Then, one day, he is kidnapped and brought to the island, Lantis, with only women, to solve a crime. The queen of Lantis had been killed and it's up to Zach to find out who the killer is, and the suspects include the queens daughters themselves!

I really liked this book because it has tons of action, and even a trial of faith between Zach and the Amazonian women! The book went a little slow, but not everything in life is fast, and the author stayed in the role of Zach the whole time. Some parts are hard to understand and I found myself skimming every once in a while, but then the action grabs you and keeps you on your toes until the end! I felt that the setting could be our possible future, and the author portrays everything excellently. I would recommed this to peoplewho like to read fiction and science fiction.

I rated this a two becuase it would be a little mature for som people under 12.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: New York, New York United States of America

Moyasimon 1 by Masayuki Ishikawa

Tadayasu would have loved to experience the college life as soon as the year began. Of course, he could not. The first day that he arrives at his university, Tadaysasu meets his professor at a possible human murder scene. The second day of school, he is already sick from eating infected curry. To make matters more interesting, Tadayasu can see bacteria with his naked eye. More than one person at the university wants to take advantage of his ability, whether for bootlegging sake or research. Who will he help?

Moyasimon is a book that does not follow the normal manga plotline. Oddly, Tadayasu does not meet any cute girls or have a fan club. Instead, his character serves as a puppet for the other characters' desires because of his ability to see bacteria. I love science, and this book was all about microbiology. This made it very interesting and unique to read. Being a manga, the end of the story leaves plenty of room for more volumes to come out. I look forward to reading them too.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America

The Goldsmith's Daughter by Tanya Landman

In the book, The Goldsmith' Daughter by Tanya Landman, fourteen year old Itacate lives in Tenochtitlan, at the heart of the Aztec Empire. Ruled my the emperor Montezuma and blessed by the gods, the city thrives, but Itacate lives in fear, for it has been predicated that she will bring ruin to those around her. When her father, a goldsmith, discovers Itacate's talent for crafting fine jewelry and statues, she becomes his apprentice, even though the profession is forbidden to women. Her skillful work is soon noticed, and when it attracts the attention of the emperor, Itacate finds herself playing a dangerous game of deception. But nothing is staying the same in Tenochtitlan, as the rumors of pale strangers approaching the city cause fearful acts. Itacate wonders if her the prophesy foretold at her birth is coming true. With her heart full of fear, especially for her family's safety, how can Itacate live through it all?

I truly loved this book, from the moment it begun. Every page is filled with so many enticing details that the author included, and made the book all the better. The way the author writes makes you think you yourself are in the bustling city of Tenochtitlan. There was not any graphic writing or inappropriate context that would make the book more belonging to the young adult category. I give it ten out of ten stars, and I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to read a good, suspenseful story from the ancient past.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fortuna, CA USA

The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem

What happens when you live in a forest and you see a boy whose skin is gray and resembles dead bark with thorns covering his body. Well that's exactly what happened to Stucks Cumberland. When his friend Ronnie tells all of his summer friends , Vivek ,Emily, and Robin, the story of the Pricker Boy everything goes down hill. If you are caught alone in the woods past the Widow's Stone then you will get kidnaped by the thorns and disappear forever. Is the Pricker boy real, or is he just someone making a big joke. When you adventure with Stucks and the gang you will find out in this thriller adventure what is really out there.

I believe this book was pretty good. Some of it was confusing but it all made sense in the end. The author did a really good job in making it feel like you were in the woods for the summer figuring out this mystery. I really liked what happened in the end and it really tied up all the loose ends well. This book "played" with all your emotions. I was very sad at some parts and cracking up at others. I believe the author found a good balance of mood. It also kept me on my toes the whole time I read it. I didn't find out every thing till the end which was good. I believe it was a little slow at some parts and that was the only thing that the author needed to change. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a woodsy ghost tale and to people who like thrillers and adventures.

There was an incline to suicide, kids smoking cigarettes, and some cursing.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Northport, NY USA

A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott

This is a good book but, it goes very slow.In this book, Genna gets transported into Brooklyn in the time of the Civil war.I got to page 50 and she still didn't get transported.This isn't a book where the author captures you and makes you want to keep reading.If you like reading about history,be ready to wait.

I found this book not a book to read.I found this book dull.After 20 pages I felt like abandoning the book.This book also has colorful words(bad words).I am never going to read this book again.

For book's content I gave it a 2 because it has colorful words(bad words).

Reviewer Age:10
Reviewer City, State and Country: Katy, texas United States of America

A Brief History of Mantmaray by Michelle Cooper

The kingdom of Montmaray lies on a tiny island in the
Atlantic Ocean. It consists of a few villagers, a three
remaining princesses, and a crumbling castle. You'd think
it would be boring...but think again. Jump into Princess
Sophia's diary and experience her day to day adventures.
From nursing a love for the housekeeper's son, battling
storms, calming her tomboy sister, and occasionally
combating her mad uncle to unannounced airplane visits and
Nazi soldiers, Sophia's life on the brink of World War Two
is anything but boring. Experience the anxiety, love,
tears, and relief of "A Brief History of

Readers who enjoy historical fiction will
have their jaws dropping in amazement when they finish
this story. The story is told through Sophia FitzOsborne's
diary and begins with an interesting plot: an almost
forgotten kingdom with a small, sweet family of royals.
Michelle Cooper did a fantastic job of giving her
characters individual personalities that everyone could
relate to: Veronica, a bookish young woman who seems to
always be in control; an ambitious Simon Chester; a young
man, Toby, who's not quite ready for his responsibilities;
a tomboy by the name of Henry; and of course, a mad uncle.
I think some of the best parts of this story are the
subjects that are not necessarily discussed in other books
in this genre such as a king's funeral. I think anyone who
is interested in a thoroughly enjoyable good read would do
well to pick this book up and give it a try.

Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX

The Less-Dead by April Lurie

In the book, The Less-Dead, Noah Nordstrom hates being the son of the famous Bible Answer Guy, and constantly likes to rebel against his parents. Whether it's eating crackers topped with apricot-has jelly or coming home drunk from parties, Noah loves to test his father's patience and claim that he's spreading hate. When two gay teens are murdered, Noah is almost positive that it's been a frequent caller on his dad's show. Then Noah meets Will Reed, a cool guy that understands him. But when he finds out that Will's gay, he gets a bit freaked out, and even more when Will seems really into him. Meanwhile, the killer is still out there, and has found it's next victim. Will. Filled with guilt, Noah is determined to find out who has been killing off these gay teens. After pocketing Will's journal at the scene of the crime, Noah uses clues with the killer wrote down in a poem format. The closer Noah gets to uncovering the murderer's identity, the more his own life is put into jeopardy.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. The suspense scenes made me chew on my lip, and can easily keep reader's wondering what comes next. On a rating scale of one to ten, I give it an nine. The way the details are written by the author are very descriptive, and makes you envision the characters and the setting. I don't have any negative comments, except for that their could have been a few more clues to who the killer was and that would've lengthened the book by a little more. There was a lot of content that was always there, but took some studying of the words to get the concept. I suggest no on under the age of 13 reading this.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fortuna, CA USA

Watching July by Christine Hart

"Watching July" by Christine Hart is a mix of teenage angst, thrilling mystery, and supernatural sci-fi. When July's lesbian mother is killed in a hit-and-run incident, July [with her other mother's partner] move to where her mother used to work as a shrink and bring the family on vacation. Sad and lonely, July writes in her diary, eventually manages to make friends, and even snags a hot boyfriend. However, she is perturbed by odd sensations she feels in her rural home that make her think she is being followed. Drama escalates when July's boyfriend becomes controlling and jealous.

This book feels a bit like "The Lovely Bones," but it has enough differences to not seem like a direct copy. The author has some predictable moments, but others are truly twists (e.g.- who July's mother's real killer is, who is following July, etc). In terms of lessons, it's great that July's gorgeous boyfriend is seen as obsessive. Usually, culture paints the good-looking as virtuous, and it is essential for teen girls to learn that appearances do not always reflect character. In terms of detail, there are no explicit details of relations, but the author hints at events that make this not suitable for very young readers.

There is some swearing, sexual innuendos, and the fact that the main character has "two mothers"

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Mango for the Beginner Chibis by Christopher Hart

"Mango for the Beginner Chibis" by Christopher Hart is an instructional drawing book for kids. A chibi is a term for a short, stock, cute character in Japanese manga (cartoons). They tend to represent children or are supposed to be adults transformed by emotion. Their bodies are only about as long as three of their large heads, and their expressive eyes take up most of their face. This book both shows and tells readers the basics of drawing them and then goes into the more complex nature of motion, backgrounds, costumes, sidekicks, and more.

This book is great for kids that want to draw cute little chibis. Girls will probably enjoy this book more than boys because, while there are some action drawings and weapons, for the most part, the drawings are fluffy and girly. While chibis are a form of Japanese manga, this book does not show just Asian-looking characters; providentially, there are some Aryan looking characters as well as some African looking characters. Additionally, while some manga has a bad reputation of depicting boys and girly grossly immodestly, this book shies away from that and does not draw characters with "adult" bodies. Overall, this book would make a great gift for young artists, especially girls.

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dark of the Moon

Brittany, a young girl, strives to be a Dark Guardian, a group of powerful shifters. She wants so badly to be a Dark Guardian. But, to be one, you have to be a shifter. Unfortunately, Brittany did not experience shifting and she was devastated. She acted normal, assuming everyone thought she was a shifter. She became close with Connor, a longtime crush. Connor and Brittany were captured by Mason, a scientist, and while they were locked in a cage they grew closer. Will they escape?

I really liked this book. I was not at all into fantasy books before reading this. But this book kind of ties romance with fantasy, and it makes the book more interesting. I would totally suggest reading this book! It describes vividly what is going on and puts you in the moment.

Reviewer Age:12

Reviewer City, State and Country: Cedar Park, Texas United States