Reviews by Category: Adrenaline

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Book Cover: Last Pick: Born to Run: Comic book style illustrated cover with a girl running towards. She is in a blue space suit and has asymmetrical blue hair.

Born to Run

By Jason Walz
5
Rated by
Eva B.
Mar 4, 2021

        I didn't read the first book, but Last Pick: Born to Run was gripping and beautiful. It checked all of my boxes: murderous aliens (and more importantly, a not-so-murderous one), people banding together to find hope in the dark times, empathy, and, well, two friends falling in love. I was disappointed that it ended.

Teen Review
Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz

Nightshade

By Anthony Horowitz
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Feb 25, 2021

Nightshade is the twelfth installment of the Alex Rider series. When a secret agent is killed by a ruthless 16-year-old assassin in Brazil, teenage MI6 spy Alex Rider is sent to Gibraltar, a maximum-security prison, assuming the identity of his lookalike nemesis, Julius Grief. His mission? To bond with and extract information from the assassin, Freddy.

Teen Review
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

The Bird and the Blade

By Megan Bannen
5
Rated by
Brooke G.
Feb 22, 2021

The Bird and The Blade is set in the ancient Mongolian empire. Jinghua, our protagonist, is a slave in the Khipkhak Khanate, that is, until the kingdom is taken over by enemy forces and the only people able to escape are the Khan (King), the prince, and Jinghua. Together they journey across the kingdom, fleeing pursuing forces. With no other options, Khalaf plans to marry Turandokht, the cunning and beautiful daughter of the Great Khan. Easier said than done.

Teen Review
Max Einstein The Genius Experiment by James Patterson

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

By James Patterson
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Feb 20, 2021

Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein is a smart girl. She has a brain just as big and creative as the legend Einstein. She loves Einstein and has a passion for him. She is living above a horse’s stall, and learning at a college. One day she is taken to the CMI: Change Makers Institution, and is chosen to become a team leader to save the world. Max and her friends go to a place trying to solve the problems in cities around the world. But, the problem is that Dr. Zimm and his team, Corp, is trying to find Max Einstein, and take her away from the CMI.

Teen Review
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent

By Veronica Roth
4
Rated by
Taylor E.
Feb 18, 2021

The second book in Veronica Roth's ​Divergent​ series, ​Insurgent​, is good, but it's underwhelming compared to its predecessor. As a war between the factions surges, Tris must make harsh decisions to save the people around her. This book was a rollercoaster, and while it wasn't boring by any means, it didn't quite capture my attention as ​Divergent ​did.

Teen Review
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins
5
Rated by
Zachary D.
Feb 12, 2021

This next installment in The Hunger Games series follows now 17-year-old Katniss Everdeen as she struggles with the aftermath of her victory in the 74th Hunger Games. The foundations of this mighty and cruel country shake as districts prepare to revolt, apparently encouraged by Katniss’s stunt with the berries that led to her victory. A personal visit from President Snow frightens Katniss, and she must decide if she wants to try to stop the uprisings or join them.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book I Killed Zoe Spanos

I Killed Zoe Spanos

By Kit Frick
5
Rated by
Neha K.
Jan 20, 2021

I Killed Zoe Spanos is a thrilling book by Kit Frick that leaves you on the edge of your seat with an intricate plot.  In this book, our main character, Anna Cicconi, takes a summer nanny job in a wealthy neighborhood. Little does she know, Anna looks eerily similar to Zoe Spanos, who has disappeared since New Year’s Eve. As she gets sucked into the mystery, Anna is convinced she is somehow related to Zoe Spanos. Three months into the job, Anna turns herself in after Zoe’s body is found.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins
4
Rated by
Zachary D.
Jan 17, 2021

The book follows the life of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in poverty in a dystopian country called Panem, governed by the rich and cruel Capitol. She, along with a boy Peeta whom she kind of knows, is selected to compete in the Hunger Games, a life-or-death battle between twenty-three other teenagers where only one can survive. Katniss must balance surviving the Games and determining the seemingly endless limits of the Capitol’s cruelty, all while maintaining a relationship with Peeta that may or may not even exist.

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