Teens

Jul 27, 2021

Simone Garcia-Hampton is positive for HIV. Simone’s mother died when she was young. After moving from her old school, Simone made new friends and decides to start over. Simone is a really smart kid as well as being the student-director of her school play, Rent. At her school, Simone meets her crush, Miles. She loves him and dreams about kissing him, etc. But how will he react once she tells him she has HIV, while someone is threatening her to stop talking to Miles?


I think this book is really good for those struggling with something. Whether mentally or physically, I like how Camryn Garret

Jul 26, 2021

Bang! Bang! POW! Normal 16-year-old Starr Carter’s world is turned upside down after witnessing the traumatic shooting of her best friend, Khalil Harris. The incident quickly becomes the talk of the town and it is later revealed to the public that Starr was the witness of the shooting. Will Starr be able to speak out and uncover the truth behind Khalil’s death? Will Khalil be served justice? Dive into Angie Thomas’ young adult fiction novel The Hate U Give as Starr faces the harsh reality of racism, police brutality, and using her voice to speak up about what is right.


This book is a very

Jul 25, 2021

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is probably one of my least favorite books I have read in a while. The story attempts to paint trauma and mental illness in the eyes of a teenager. It tries to be relatable to the reader, and while I believe that this could have been achieved, the main character of the novel is quite frankly a horrible character.


The main character is a rich white girl by the name of Cadence Sinclair. You can already see how being relatable to the reader is going to be hard with this character. The author attempts this by trying to show her as a flawed character, who makes

Jul 24, 2021

The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer is a mystery novel with complex twists and turns.  Abby Goodwin has always been the overprotective sister. Saving her sister, Maya, was almost like a part-time job for her. Unfortunately, as they grew up and matured, they started drifting apart. One day, Abby finds Jefferson Andrews, the popular, the smart, and the “perfect” boy at their high school dead. As she slowly unravels and follows the trails of clues, everything points to Maya and everyone suspects Maya. Will Abby be able to protect her sister one last time?


I enjoyed this book but not as much as

Jul 23, 2021

Olive Torres is and has always been notoriously unlucky. From getting stuck in a claw machine to getting fired from her job to being struck by lightning, it seems like something bad always manages to happen to her. So, it should come as no surprise when Olive is forced to go on her sister’s honeymoon with Ethan Thomas, her longtime archnemesis and sworn enemy, when a nasty bout of food poisoning takes out nearly everyone at the wedding. But posing as a married couple is a small price to pay for ten days of paradise in Hawaii, and all Olive and Ethan have to do is survive each other. What could

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo

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Jul 22, 2021

Cecila’s life was going well, until one day. She fell, and when she woke up she could not hear anything. She became deaf out of the blue. She had to go to a deaf school, and learn, which was hard for her. Instead she got a hearing aid, and she gets to go back to a normal school. But it did not feel as normal for Cecila. She looked different with the hearing aid, and it was harder for her to make friends. Do you think she will have a good and fun school year? Read El Deafo to find out!!


I enjoyed reading this book, but for me this is not the right book for me. I think that I am not a fan of

Jul 21, 2021

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton provides a look into what teenage life looked like in the 60’s in America. A book targeted towards teens, The Outsiders tries to capture a more accurate perspective on these children. Almost sixty years have passed since its release, however, meaning that most of the book is not applicable to today’s society. As attitudes and culture throughout the years change, it is foolish to use this book as a guide for what teenagers in today’s society will do when placed in hard situations.


Even back when it was first released, it is hard to believe that some would

Jul 20, 2021

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography by Maya Angelou. The story revolves around a young girl named Marguerite, who is also known as Maya Angelou, the author. Marguerite lives in Stamps, Arkansas. She is a black girl, living with her Uncle Willie and her grandmother, who she soon calls Momma. Marguerite has one brother named Bailey.


I believe that Maya Angelou’s autobiography was well-written. I enjoyed reading this book because it includes many events and details about what has happened to Marguerite. It shows her hard work and determination to do things. The book also shows

Jul 19, 2021

The fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s famous A Song of Ice and Fire series was just okay. This novel is essentially a repeat of the events from A Feast for Crows but from different characters’ perspectives. I was excited to revisit some of my favorite characters that I didn’t get to hear from in the last book, but they didn’t really add anything to the story. Daenerys had the most exciting scenes, in my opinion, but even she didn’t further the storyline; basically, in over 1,000 pages, nothing was accomplished. Overall, I was disappointed in this novel. After reading the previous books in the

Jul 18, 2021

Dragonslayer follows the story of three children and their experiences with dragons in the land of Pyrrhia. Wren was left by her village as a sacrifice for the dragons. She runs away and finds a lost dragon, and the two of them travel the world together. Leaf is distraught by her sister being eaten by dragons, and swears revenge against them. He sets out to become a dragonslayer and protect humans from what happened to his sister. Ivy thinks her father, Dragonslayer, is not trustworthy. She teams up with her friends to find out the truth about her father and what happened when he killed the

Jul 17, 2021

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story about friendship in the face of adversary, a story about loyalty to others, a story about destiny. Tolkien’s world building and character development is extremely well executed. Bilbo Baggins as a character works extremely well with the obstacles presented to him and the characters that he meets, allowing the reader to get engaged with the story and with Bilbo. The descriptions of the fantastical areas in this world are extremely detailed, allowing for more immersion in the story.


While the book excels in these two departments, there are some

Scare Me by K.R. Alexander

Scare Me

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Jul 16, 2021

Every year, teams of kids compete against each other to see which team can frighten people. But, the kids are all going to lose, because the haunted house has awakened. The house will eat everyone and will not be happy until it does. Even though it started as a game, it will not end like one.


Scare Me is a really good book. K.R Alexander adds many suspicious details to make the book more interesting. The plot is also really good, and I enjoyed the book. Secondly, there is a big twist towards the ending. I like how all the kids thought they could easily beat each other in the contest. I like

Jul 15, 2021

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a metaphor for human society and a commentary on the communist governments of the pre-Cold War era. A bold novel opposing some of the pro-communism sentiment in the country at the time, Animal Farm tells the story of the USSR and other communist countries from the viewpoint of the citizens within, and the ones that control from above.


Animal Farm, as you can probably tell by the name, tells the story of animals on a farm, who overthrow the farmer overlooking them in order to create a freer, more just society. Things start smoothly, but the pigs begin to take

Jul 14, 2021

Sixth grader Josie, her sister, and her mother both moved to their grandmother's house. Even though Josie does not like the town, she has to adjust to it. Weird things happen once her grandmother starts giving off warnings and rules. Then, one day at school, Josie meets a new girl named Vanessa. They become best friends. Suddenly, people from her school start to disappear. What or who is behind the disappearance?


The Collector is a really good book. K.R. Alexander adds many suspicious details to make the book more interesting. The plot is also really good, and I enjoyed the book. Secondly

Jul 13, 2021

The Tyrant’s Tomb is a fantasy book by Rick Riordan. It is an absorbing page-turner that I could not put down. The book is the fourth book in the Trials of Apollo series. The Tyrant’s Tomb is about a former god named Lester Papadopoulos and his master Meg McCaffery. They go on two quests to find out information about their enemies. When they return from their second quest they find their temporary home nearly destroyed.


I think the most compelling aspect of this book is its humor. When I read The Tyrant’s Tomb, I felt like crying and laughing at the same time. I rate his book 5/5 stars.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca

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Jul 12, 2021

Rebecca is the first wife of Maxim De Winter. He lost his first wife due to a tragic incident. Maxim married another woman. When she enters Manderlery, she notices that Rebecca is everywhere. She fears that everyone loves Rebecca and hates her. But, one she realizes and learns things about the true Rebecca, her intentions and feelings change. Both Maxim and his new wife realize that Rebecca is haunting their memories.


I think this book is really good. Usually, I would not read books which were published long ago, but this book is very interesting. The servant, Mrs. Danvers, does not quite

Jul 11, 2021

Our Dark Duet is the sequel to This Savage Song. It’s been six months since August Flynn fell. Six months since Kate Harker fled V-City. Six months since the world they knew was ripped apart. Kate is working as a monster hunter in the neighboring territory of Prosperity, while August is learning to embrace his duty as a monster, reaping the souls of sinners in South Verity. Without the iron fist of Callum Harker gripped around North Verity, it has long since become the domain of Corsai and Malchai, monsters born out of violence and sin. But there’s a new monster in town, one that feeds on

Jul 10, 2021

Illuminae follows Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, two teenagers living on the planet Kerenza in the year 2575. They broke up the day before a fleet of BeiTech ships attack their planet, where they are forced into three different ships; the Alexander (where Ezra ends up), the Hypatia (where Kady ends up), and the Copernicus. The Alexander is damaged and unable to make a wormhole gate, meaning the three ships have to travel six months to the nearest jump station, the Heimdall. In close pursuit by BeiTech destroyer Lincoln, the three ships are tasked with trying to make it to the jump station before

The One Kiera Cass

The One

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Jul 9, 2021

Kiera Cass has written a thrilling, magical, suspenseful novel that will leave readers wondering what comes next. The One continues the story of the competition, and America discovers who her true love really is. At the same time, the rebels attack frequently, setting a charged atmosphere throughout the entire story. America fights her way to Maxon, and discovers that her rivals aren’t to be underestimated. She realizes that friendship is always the better choice, and it’s bittersweet when the official winner of the selection is announced.


The One is a fantastic book, full of varying

Jul 8, 2021

This historical fiction book written by Jennifer A. Nielsen is engrossing and suspenseful, with crazy plot twists and diverse characters. Chaya (the main character) is a resistance fighter against the Nazis. She teams up with a girl she despises at first and quickly learns to love her like a sister. They move from ghetto to ghetto, trying to help their people fight. This book discusses the struggles the Jews had to face in the hands of their enemy. Resistance has made me realize what true courage and strength is. The most appealing aspect of this book is when Chaya reunites with a lost family

Jul 7, 2021

Vampire Diaries Season 1 is a fantasy, fiction TV series by Julie Plec. It follows the story of Elena Gilbert who lives in a small town called Mystic Falls. Elena’s life is normal and happy until a tragic day when her parents die. Then a pair of vampire brothers move to town named Stephan and Damon Salvatore. In the midst of love, violence, and friendship also lies vampires and witches. With her romance with Stephan and the violence from Damon, will Elena be able to keep everyone safe?


This is my all-time favorite TV show. For anyone who loves fantasy and romance this is a perfect show that

Jul 6, 2021

Ender’s Game is a Science Fiction movie which tells the story of a boy named Ender Wiggen. This futuristic film takes place years after aliens invaded Earth almost causing the end of the world. In order to be better prepared to take on the aliens, the government created a battle school for brilliant children to learn how to fight, fly fighter jets, and take down the aliens. Ender Wiggen is one of the most brilliant kids in this program. As he makes his way up to leadership, the government wonders if he is going to be the one to save the human race.


This movie is based on the novel version w

Jul 5, 2021

The world is broken. The “Phenomenon” has fractured Verity into the North and the South, led by two leaders who have drastically different ideologies of how to rule. In the chaos, acts of violence and sin are physically manifested in monsters — Corsai, who feed off of fear, Malchai, who feed on blood, and the rare Sunai, who survive on the souls of sinners. August is one of the three Sunai that exist in Verity under the protection of Henry Flynn, the leader of South Verity, and is constantly torn between the desperation of wanting to be a human and the overwhelming hunger that reminds him that

Jul 4, 2021

Red Queen is a Fiction, Fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard. This book tells the story of a 17-year-old girl, Mare Barrow, in an Alternate reality. In this world, the color of your blood determines whether or not you have superpowers. People with red blood are powerless, and people with silver blood have superpowers. Mare has red blood and lives in a poor town called the Stilts, but when she finds herself working in a silver palace, she discovers that she has a power of her own. Now that she and the royal family know her secret, she has to go undercover as a silver princess to hide her secret

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Poisoned

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Jul 3, 2021

Poisoned brings an interesting alternative plot line to the classic fairytale Snow White. Sophie is both compassionate and the heir to her father’s throne. Her stepmother shares different ideas when it comes to ruling. She orders for the hunter to bring back Sophie’s heart. Unlike the traditional tale, the hunter accomplishes his task. Sophie is thankfully saved by many mysterious strangers that she meets along the way. She of course has also saved many creatures of sorts, and many of them return the favor. Sophie must learn to gather enough courage to defeat a yet strong and dangerous enemy.

Jul 2, 2021

Love and Gelato is about a young girl named Lina, who just lost her mom. Before her mom passed, she urged Lina to live with an old friend of hers in Florence, Italy. Lina was obviously hesitant about it, but she decided to go anyway. She discovers more about her mom's past than she ever thought possible. Her mom was gone, but it felt like she was right there with her. Plus, Lina meets the cute and sweet Lorenzo and they become fast friends, maybe even more.


 This book is like a slice of summer, even on the coldest of days. I give it 5 stars. The main characters are relatable, comedic

Jul 1, 2021

This fantasy book by J.K Rowling is one of my favorites. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is about an 11-year-old boy named Harry, who is taken in by his cruel aunt and uncle. One day he gets a letter that changes his life forever. He meets new friends and enemies, and adventures towards his old enemy.  I think the most compelling aspect of this book is when Harry learns about the wizarding world from a big man named Hagrid. I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to explore the land of fantasy.

Jun 30, 2021

In If You Come Softly, Jeremiah and Ellie are seen by society to be on opposite poles, however through clashing events, their worlds collide. Ellie, a Jewish American girl is learning of Jeremiah’s African American culture. During that time, they are faced with backlash from others that continuously attempt to separate them. Despite this, the pair manages to fall in love and become an interracial couple. Across many obstacles, the pair still believes that they fit perfectly in each other’s worlds.


This book is a quick read and very fast paced. I would recommend this book to basically anyone

Jun 29, 2021

This fantasy novel by Rick Riordan (Book 3 in The Trials of Apollo series) is a book that lifted my spirits and crushed my soul. In The Burning Maze, we go back to Meg’s roots and the “people” there help Lester (Apollo) and his friends defeat the burning maze. Lester and his friends help him get on the enemy’s ship to steal a valuable object. The most compelling aspect of this book is when we meet two old characters from Riordan’s other series.


Personally, I recommend this book to anyone who would like a good laugh and a good cry. I rate this book 5/5 stars because I can’t imagine a better

Jun 28, 2021

Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and a new generation of witches and wizards are born. Albus Severus Potter, the son of Harry Potter, gets put in the house that no one wanted, Slytherin. After this, Albus changed drastically. He has a new attitude and a new friend, Scorpius. But not any Scorpius, Scorpius Malfoy! With this Albus has uncovered secrets and uses time travel to change the past. But, with that comes a lot of problems. Do you think they can fix these problems before Harry, and the golden trio find out? Read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to find out.


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