Book Reviews



 Scarlet is the long awaited sequel to “Cinder” and is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It rotates between three characters, the gorgeous Prince Kai, our brave Cinder, and finally, an alluring, beautiful, and daring girl named Scarlet. These three characters create an intense, page turning tale.

            Prince Kai is caught in the biggest dilemma of possibly his life. Cinder has escaped, and now the girl he once loved is a wanted criminal. The Lunar Queen is angry with Cinder’s escape and ready for war with Earth.

            Meanwhile, Cinder has escaped prison with a wanted fugitive. She is now on the run, trying to figure out a way to defeat the Lunar Queen and hiding the most important and deadly secret she has: she is Princess Selene.

            Scarlet’s grandmother disappeared not long ago, with no clues or signs to where she has gone although Scarlet is certain she was kidnapped. A visit from her father, who ran away years ago, and is now crazy, confirms her fears. Scarlet soon finds herself having to rely on a mysterious and handsome street fighter named Wolf. He is very secretive, however, Scarlet finds herself falling for him as they go on a mission to find her grandmother.

A bit from Goodreads:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.


Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

            Did I like Scarlet better than Cinder? Heck yes! Scarlet was much more intense and page turning. I was disappointed that we did not hear more from Cinder, but I immediately fell in love with Scarlet and WOLF! Wolf is such a better character than Prince Kai, at least, I thought so. This book was romantically and mysteriously amazing, and since I love fairytale retellings, this book was great for me. I honestly thought that Cinder’s story in this book was incredibly boring and if it didn’t explain some things, I would’ve skipped it every time to get to Scarlet’s story. She was such a better character than Cinder in this book. It was a disappointment because I was so excited to continue Cinder’s story when I picked up this book, but I felt like it was just a page filler. I am so excited for Cress, because it is the story of Rapunzel (or so rumor has it) and you should know I am obsessed with Tangled and that stuff. Excited for Cress, love Scarlet, and Cinder in Scarlet was a big disappointment. I hope she and Kai get a very romantic reunion in Cress.

Shatter Me

I have not touched another human being in 264 days.

Monster. Freak. Evil. Juliette has always been called this, for her entire life. And for a good reason. Her very touch is very lethal and deadly. No one has touched her for years, and the one time someone did, they died. No one has ever bothered to love Juliette, or even talk to her. She has been imprisoned for three years, ever since the Accident. The only food she gets is some chemical slime dumped through her door each evening. She hasn’t spoken a word in 246 days. Until now.

A boy named Adam moves into her cell, and she begins to become more human like again. Then, she fnds out that the Reestablishment wants her. As a weapon. As a killing device. Little do they know, there is more heart in her than any monster like them.

A bit from Goodreads:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My rating:

This book was AMAZING. I say that about every book, don’t I? Well I mean it a lot about this one. An impossible romance, a heartbreaking situation for a goodhearted but deadly girl, and a suspenseful page turner, Shatter Me deserves about 4,000 million stars. I mean it. Put this on the TOP of your to-read list.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Origin by Jessica Khoury

                Origin is a book about a girl named Pia who is a scientist’s greatest achievement, an immortal perfect human being. Pia is beautiful and talented. Her skin is bulletproof and she can’t be cut. The only thing that can kill her is the drop from the elysia flower. She has never seen the outside world, outside of her home in the scientist’s lab in the rainforest. Then, one day on her 16th birthday, Pia discovers something that changes her life forever: a hole in the fence.

                She climbs through and meets a boy named Eio. She finds him intriguing and keeps sneaking back and forth to see him. Pia soon finds the world is not as dangerous as she has been taught. Soon Pia falls in love with the strange boy named Eio. Together they uncover a horrific secret that could change both of their lives forever.

                This is an amazing dystopian romance action book. I freaking love it! My rating: ten out of ten.

A blob from Goodreads:

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost



“You won't tell?"

"I'll add it to the box under my bed labeled 'The Secret Confession of the Immortal Pia'. Good Lord, girl, don't look so mortified. There's not actually a box.”



“That your eyes are like bits of sky seen through the leaves. And that, like the rain washes the mud from the leaves, you... how did he say it? Oh yes. That you wash the darkness from the world.”

“No one should live forever," I whisper. "Isn't that how it goes? There must be a balance. No birth without death. No life without tears. What is taken from the world must be given back. No one should live forever, but should give his blood to the river when the time comes so that tomorrow another may live. And so it goes.”

“He lifts my hand from the root and presses it to his bare chest, over his heart. My breath stops. I wonder if he can feel the pulse racing in my wrist, because it’s beating just as quickly as his heartbeat.


“Do you know the Ai’oan word for heart?” he asks.

I shake my head.

“It’s py’a.” We’re so close, his whisper is right in my ear, and his breath warms the side of my neck. “You are my heart, Pia”

I lick my lips. When did they get so dry?

His other hand cradles the back of my head, tipping my face upward. “A body can't live without a heart. And I can’t live without you.”


“I lied when I said you were ugly. It is not true. You…”

He scrubs at his hair, and his discomfort makes me smile.

“You are in fact very beautiful. More beautiful than any girl I know.”


“Ever since the moment you first knocked me over, then shone your stupid flashlight in my eyes and set your jaguar on me. I was angry, but mostly because I was terrified.”


“Am I really that scary?”

“Your beauty is,” he whispers.




She was different. And none of them liked it. Except maybe Leo.

Stargirl was a different girl, the kind of girl who sang happy birthday to everyone, had a pet rat named Cinnamon, and a ukulele strapped around her shoulder. She is different, and murmurs in their halways, cheering on every team including her own, and shining brightly like a star.

Then suddenly she turns into the weird girl of the school, and is shunned and hated by almost everyone. Leo, who is growing in love with her, begs her to turn normal.

This was a great story with a wonderful lesson:

If you love someone, accept them for who they are.

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)


Forsaken by Lisa M Strasse

Alenna has grown up as an orphan in the UNA ever since her parents were taken when she was ten years old. The UNA gives you a test when you turn sixteen, a test to see if you are a potential threat to society. If you fail the test, you are sent to the Wheel, an island with no escape and a life expectancy of two years.

                On a field trip, Alenna sees some footage of the Wheel, and is shocked to see a good looking boy staring back at her, unlike the mad, half-crazy thugs she has always expected to see. In fact, he looks completely…. Normal.  Then, when Alenna takes her test and fails, she is sent to the Wheel. She is constantly on her feet and narrowly avoiding Death, between fighting the tribes and dodging feelers, things that pop out of the sky and snatch some of the kids, who are never seen again.

                Why was Alenna sent to the Wheel? Why were her parents really taken, and are they alive? And can she defy the UNA and stay alive as long as she can? Find out in this story of survival, mystery, love, and fear.

                This was an intense, page turning book. It is definitely one of my top five favorites EVER. If you have never read it, you must be crazy because it is AMAZING! READ the FORSAKEN now!

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a chance of a lifetime for most girls, a chance to get swept up in a world of glimmering jewels and the showering of riches and affection.

Not for America Singer, a commoner. She is a Five in love with a Six named Aspen. Even though girls are encouraged to marry a higher rank (a lower number, like a Four or a Three) America knows that her heart will always belong to Aspen and is too intoxicated by Aspen’s love that she does not seem to care.

And then the Selection comes along, a chance for 35 girls to compete for the gorgeous Prince Maxon’s affection. Prince Maxon is the future king of Ilea. America knows she could never love Maxon, so she does not even thing about entering. Until Aspen’s affection starts to waver and he encourages her to enter. America is shocked when she sends in the papers and is selected to go.

                Who will America’s heart belong to? The man of her dreams, and the one she will always love, or the Prince, who can give her an unimaginable future?

This book was AMAZING! I would give it a ten out of ten rating. Read it if you liked Starters or Delirium.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan goes to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, which would not be important if it weren't for the fact that her school is a spy school.  She can hack into CIA databases, find out personal information about anyone on the street, and has a black belt in martial arts. When she goes on a mission and accidently meets a boy, she finds herself tounge tied (even though she can speak fourteen different languages) and wanting to know more. The only problem is, she is lying through her teeth. The question she must ask herself is: Does someone truly love you if your entire relationship is a lie? Find out in this stunning series by Ally Carter.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

Fairest (Enchanted, #3)

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Aza is the ugliest maiden in the land, but she also has one of the best voices. Her voice is unique because she can “illuse” her voice; throw it as far as she wants and make it sound like someone else’s. When she accompanies a duchess to the castle for the King’s wedding to Queen Ivi, she meets Prince Ijori and his dog, Oochoo.

                This book has a lot of conflict. The first conflict is that the king goes into a sort of coma when a ring during a performance gets smashed into the side of his head. Then the Queen catches Aza when she is illusing and wants Aza to be her lady in waiting to sing for her, because the Queen Ivy has a terrible voice. Aza does not want to do it, but when the Queen threatens her, she goes along with it.

                Aza would do anything for beauty.  When she finds a flute and some magic potions in the Queen’s bedchamber, she is strongly tempted to use them.  Then, something terrible happens and Aza is falsely accused and sentenced to death.

                This story of love, beauty, and temptation is a wonderful retelling of the classic “Snow White.” I thought it was a great read.


The Guardian by Gerald N. Lund

When Danni recieves a pouch for her 13th birthday, she dismisses it for a simple antique. As she grows older, she realizes its protective abilities and magical qualities. When her family is put in a life or death situation and she (and her best friend Rick)  is the only one who can save them, Danni finds that she has more potenial than she ever knew, with the help of an old pouch.

The Guardian

Beautiful Creatures

Ethan Wate grew up in a small town where nothing ever changed, that is, until Lena moved into their lives. She is mysterious and Ethan suspects she has a dark and dangerous secret that he is determined to uncover. Little does he know, he is going to fall in love with her along the way and be caught in a trap of magic and a curse hundreds of years old.

    This book is about love and the risks it has, especially with Dark Magic involved. A five star book, definitely.

Read the book cover:

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, # 1)

The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Best Book Ever)

Melanie Stryder lives in a future society of Earth where no human is safe. A new species has envaded Earth, called Souls, who take over or "possess human minds and take their bodies. Melanie is sure that she and her brother Jamie are the last humans on Earth, until she meets Jared Howe. He is a human who hid from the souls when they took over, and she falls in love with him.  (Continue this later)


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

The Host (The Host, #1)


Read the book flap:

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Genre: Dystopian

If you liked: Divergent, Hunger Games, the Selection

Comments: Very good book, amazing plot with twists and turns. 5 stars!!!!

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I actually couldn't have said a better summary than the bookflap did, so the summary is off of the book flap. If you liked Hunger Games, you will love this book, because it is a new twisted version of that. I know the flap says it has romance, but it is still a great book to read.

Genre: Dystopian

Watch out for: Says the H word and OMG a few times, brief talk of inappropriate things (just skip over that page, you'll still understand the book if you do)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen.

But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Farworld Book One

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After Hello by Lisa Mangum

Barnes and summary:

Seventeen-year-old Sara’s first trip to New York City, accompanying her father on a business trip, turns into 24 hours she will never forget. An amateur photographer, Sara walks around the city taking pictures; when a boy named Sam wanders into her lens, she is intrigued by him and follows him on his missions to find and trade things for people. They deliver a book to a demanding movie star, who threatens to fire Sam’s brother (who works for her) unless Sara brings her a one-of-a-kind piece of art by the end of the day. As Sam and Sara travel from St. John the Divine Cathedral to Central Park and Times Square, they meet a string of artists and musicians and reluctantly discuss their turbulent pasts. Moving smoothly from fantasy into realistic fiction, Mangum (the Hourglass Door trilogy) alternates between the two teenagers’ perspectives, creating a tense and believable romance. Sam and Sara’s searching, thoughtful conversations form the heart of this story about letting go of the past and gaining the freedom to become an artist. Ages 13–up.



Amazing!!! A modern love story- Sam and Sara (a city boy and a country girl) are joined by fate. With one simple sugar packet and a crazy adventure, they trade their way up to friendship.

This was one of the best romances I have ever read. Read it, and I might trade you a sugar packet. :D

After Hello

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

What happens when Disneyland/ Disneyworld goes to sleep? The Disney characters come alive- literally. Some of them are good like their movies, but the Overtakers, like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and Captain Hook are looking for trouble. Will Finn and his friends (Disney Hologram Tourguides) be able to stop their evil forces?

Read the back of the book:

In this fantastical novel, Disney's Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Finn and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.

If you know your Disney characters and enjoy fantasy, you will "eat" this book up!!!!

Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers, #1)


The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

 Calling.... all Percy Jackson fans, here is a new read for you!!! The Kanes, Sadie and Carter, have been seperated ever since their mother died. While stubborn, rebel and troublemaking Sadie lived in London with her grandparents, Carter has taken planes and cars to his father's "adventures" all over the world. Their father, Dr. Julius Kane brings both of them to the British Museum on Christmas Eve to "set things right" When he disappears, Carter and Sadie join together and uncover a secret: The Egyptian gods are waking, and they must stop Set, before he unleashes his wrath on the world.

If you liked Percy Jackson, The Lost Hero, the Eragon series, etc; you will love the Red Pyramid.

Genre: Mythology, fiction

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

The City of Ember by

Hundreds of years ago, a disaster struck earth. It was no longer possible for the human race to survive there, so the Builders built Ember. They knew, however, that someday the light in Ember would be extinguished, so they made instructions to leave Ember. Those instructions were put in a box, and the box was set to open in 200 years. It was passed down from mayor to mayor, until one day, while it was stored in a closet, the box slowly clicked open.

Now, Lina is worried about Ember. The lights are struggling to stay on, and sometimes they black out, and nobody knows if they will come on again. The food is running out, too. It has been that way for years. Lina is running out of hope, until one day, she finds her little sister, Poppy, tearing some paper. Lina steals it back from her, and tries to piece all the tiny scraps together. Could these papers be their way out of Ember? Doon, one of Lina's friends, helps Lina on an adventure to cover the mystery that has hidden for decades.

This was a very good book, especially if you like dystopian type things. (Dystopian is books about the future, usually ruled by some sort of society; Hunger Games, Legend, etc.)

The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

Entwined by Heather Dixon

more coming soon!


Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

This book was a beautiful re-telling of the classic tale: The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Rose is a princess that disappears mysteriously at night, enslaved to dance by King  Understone. Galen is a soldier returning from war. When he falls in love with Princess Rose and discovers her secret, he is determined to help her, even though the past few who have tried were cursed and died. He will use an invisible cloak, and defeat the evil king once and for all..... or, at least try. 

Genre: Romance, fiction, fairytale

Read if you liked: Ella Enchanted, Entwined

Read the back of the book:

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.


Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

Goodreads Summary:

Ms. Finkleman is just our boring old music teacher. Or is she?

It all starts with a Special Project in Mr. Melville's Social Studies class: Solve a mystery in your own life. For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore: Ms. Finkleman.

Bethesda is convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life, and she's determined to find out what it is. But "no one" is prepared for what she learns. Ms. Finkleman used to be . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works with none other than timid Ms. Finkleman at the helm

But the case isn't quite closed, and the questions continue to swirl for Bethesda. Could there be even "more" to the secret life of Ms. Finkleman than she already revealed? With the help of her rock-obsessed classmate Tenny Boyer, Bethesda won't stop until she solves the real mystery of Ms. Finkleman once and for all

Good Book Review:

This book was very cute,  it was an interesting school story. I would give it 3 stars out of 5. If you liked Frindle by Andrew Clements, or frankly, any of his other books, you will like this book. :D

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman


You Have Seven Messages

Luna's mother passed away a year ago when she was hit by a taxi crossing the street. The police told Luna it was an accident, and so did her father. Luna was grieved by her loss, and so she believed them.

Until now.

Luna goes to her mother's old studio and finds her phone, with seven unheard messages. As Luna listens to each one, she finds herself more and more involved in the mystery. Luna is convinced when she hears the first few messages: It was no accident.

This was a good book, although there is some swearing and- other things. If you liked the Nancy Drew or Sherlock Homes kind of stuff, you will like this book.

You Have Seven Messages

Beyonders by Brandon Mull

If you liked Brandon Mull's Fablehaven, you will love Lyrian, a world without heroes. Join Jason on his adventure to finish the Word.

Barnes and Summary:

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.


A World Without Heroes (Beyonders Series #1)

Sunflowers and Seashells: Summertide

The only reason I put this on here is because I was a semi-finalist for a national poetry contest, and therefore this is my only published work. Other semi-finalists are included in this also!!!! Beautiful poetry-

Sunflowers and Seashells: Summertide

Legend by Marie Lu

Fast forward thousands of years and see what America has become. The Republic rules everything. When you turn 10, you take your Trial. Smarts, physical ability, and talent are required to pass the Trial. If you fail your trial, you are shipped off on a train, and then- you die.

Day had failed his trial miserably. Before he could be sentenced to die, he escaped the train and went into hiding. Now he is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. He is too sly and quick for anyone to catch him. But when he finds out his younger brother is infected with the Plague, he realizes the only way to save him is to steal some medicines, something not even he can afford. He breaks into a hospital and tries to escape with the medicines.

June is the only person to ever get a perfect score on her Trial. She goes to Drake, the finest college, at age 15, and is particularly good at climbing up buildings. When Day becomes the prime suspect for the murder of her brother, she is determined to hunt him down, and show no mercy. But will she avenge her brother’s death, or actually uncover a dark secret the Republic is hiding from her?

Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap

I loved this book, because, although not many people know it, I am a sucker for forbidden romances. This book is about the Roman grand duchess, Anastasia, who falls in love with a guard. The problem in this story is: Anastasia's father, the tsar (ruler) of Russia, is disliked by the peasants of Russia. So when they revolt, Anastasia might be forced to leave everything she knew in life, either that, or probably die.

I had to skip a few inappropriate pages in this book, so be cautious of that. This book is NOT for boys or ages under 14.

Anastasia's Secret

Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem

Mellie hates imagination. Because of it, she is called "Fairy Fat" and thrown slush balls at. All because of Fidius, her Small Person with Wings (they hate to be called faries.) She thought he was real, but he was just a trick of her imagination. Now, when she has a chance to start all over again, she does- but are Small Persons with Wings real? Read to find out!!!

In this book you learn that sometimes in life, you are put through trials, but you only come out better and stronger because of them.

Small Persons with Wings


Barnes and Noble Summary:

The magical, secretive society of JANITORS will sweep the country in the fall of 2011. Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it's draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy "Gullible" Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children's fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You'll never look at a mop the same way again.

Janitors, Book 1

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

This book is about a girl named Creel, whose family is a bit batty (bit being an understatement) and sends her off to a dragon in hopes that a knight in shining armour will come and marry her so they can become rich again and able to pay off their debts. Creel goes willingly, and soon realizes that the dragon that has captured her is not willing to fight a knight... he is too tired and old!! So instead, he offers that if she leaves, she can have any pair of slippers from his hoard that she desires. She agrees to the deal and goes about her way with a pair of blue slippers. On her way ro find work, she meets yet another dragon named Shardas who saves her life. Finding work as a seamstress was easy, but now she has problems with her slippers. Why do they call dragons to her in times of need? What secrets do they hold? If that isn't bad enough, she's in love with Prince Luka, which turns out to be a deadly mistake for her kingdom.



Junie B. Jones: Boo and I MEAN IT!!!

This isn't exactly the scariest book, but it is funny, and Halloweenish. Junie B. Jones is going to be something REALLY scary this year, Screamy the Clown. Who isn't afraid of clowns? Junie B. knows everybody must be, and she has got to protect herself from the secrets Paulie Allen Puffer told her. Junie B. goes Trick or Treating and she realizes, maybe her costume isn't as scary as she had hoped.


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A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

This book was a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, when she wakes up in the moden world and has to deal with the immodest clothing styles, parties, bars, and smoking. She starts to fall in love with the peasant who awoke her, and they find themselves liking eachother more and more. Although the story for this book was very well done and thought out, it was highly inappropriate for any ages. I don't thnk that they should talk about that crap in books, it is just disqusting, but oh well, the damage is done. Overall, young teens and children should steer clear of this book.


The Ascendance Triology: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nelson

If it was possible to give this book a thousand stars, I would. Jennifer did a wonderful job! She did the craziest thing, I have read probably well over a thousand books, and she is by far the one that surprised me the most. I can't wait for the second book to come out!!! This book is about a boy named Sage who lived at an orphanage for most of his life. He had a knack for getting in trouble and stealing things. One day, his life drastically changes when a man named Bevin Conner decides to "buy" Sage and train him. Sage soon realizes that his new master is giving him two choices, death, or a life forever  living lie.

Fantasy, mystery, and maybe some romance makes this book an absolute favorite (one of them) of mine. How Nelson writes with such magic is truly bewildering. Check out the False Prince- LIKE NOW!!!!

 Love, Sarah

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. So when Mark of Athena came out, I was expecting it to be like, you know, the usual amazing Percy Jackson sort of thing. I was completely wrong. Rick Roirdan not only achevied my expectations for this book, he soared high above them and went beyond. I can't say anything that won't give hints about the book, but I can say this: If you read this book, you will not be dissapointed, I promise. Rick writes with alluring and raw talent.

The Hunger Games- By Suzanne Collins

Okay, so who hasn't heard of the Hunger Games, right? But seriously, this book deserves a Good Books Review, I swear, even if you do know the storyline and basic plot. The Hunger Games is set in a place called Panem, somewhere once known as North America. It is controlled by the Capital, who is surronded by 12 districts. Each year every district sends a tribute, a boy and a girl, to the arena, where all 24 compete to the death until there arises one victor that survives. Katniss Everdeen volunteers for her younger sister Prim and goes into the arena. You know all this stuff, right? Well, to get to the point, Katniss finds herself allies with Peeta Melark, and maybe even falling for him. That is the most dangerous thing that she could possibly do in the games if she wishes to survive. Suzanne Collins writes with amazing detail and storytelling. Check out this book. May the odds ever be in your favor.


Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Starcatchers is a re-telling of the classic story, Peter Pan. It is a lovely book that paints beautiful pictures in my mind every time I read it. Peter is a boy that has lived at the orphanage all his life, and when he is shipped away on the Never Land, he befriends a girl named Molly. Molly knows something that Peter doesn't, and Peter is determined to find out what it is. He soon finds himself in an adventure that was more than he asked for. Magical dust, pirates, mermaids, and talking porpises all lead Peter on a journey that could save lives, or make them very, very, bad.

     I loved this book and I know you will to if you find it at your local library. The Never Land is waiting for you to come aboard.


The Hourglass Door by Lisa Magnum

This is one of my favorite books in the entire world, although it probably helps if you know some Italian like I do.... you will see mia donna de luche a lot in the book and it means my lady of light. This book is kind of like a mystery-romance-fiction sort of thing. Abby Edmunds had her whole life planned ahead of her, get into a good college, have a good boyfriend, and hang with her best friends. Abby didn't know that she was about to meet a person named Dante Alexander that would change the course of her life forever. She finds herself becoming friendly with the new Italian foregin exchange student, but also cautious. He is very secretive, he talks nothing about his friends, family, or past. Abby is about to find out that curiosity killed the cat, or possibly endangered time forever.

Lisa Magnum is an extemely wonderfully talented author. Once you start reading her magical and alluring tale, you might loose track of time. Definitely a five star book and one of the best series that I have ever read.

Read the Back of the Book:

Abby Edmunds’s senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He’s mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she’s ever met before. Abby can’t deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.



The 13th Reality by James Dashner

Wow, I love this book!!! It is about a boy named  Tick, who lives the average life.... wedgies, being shoved in lockers, etc. One day his life changes when he receives a letter in the mail... full of riddles and clues. Will he solve all of the Curious Letters and make it to some strange place called the 13th Reality? Read to find out!!!


Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans Summary:

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

Good Book Review:

Michael Vey is a boy who has strange powers, he holds electricity, and a lot of it. When he meets the beautiful cheerleader, Taylor, and realizes that she is like him too, he starts to get suspicous. They find out that a man named Dr. Hatch wants to give all the children in the world these powers, but there is only one problem. When babies are undergoing the "treatment" most of them die.

This book is a very thrilling action/fantasy book. It is nothing like Richard Paul Evans's other writing. You will love this book from page one until the end.  


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted is a newberry honor by Gail Carson Levine. It is a re-telling of Cinderella. Ella is a girl who was cursed when she was a mere baby to be obident to everything. "If someone told me to hop on one foot for a day and a half, I'd have to do it. And hopping on one foot wasn't the worst order I could be given. If you commanded me to cut off my own head, I'd have to do it."-Ella Enchanted, Chapter One.

When Ella falls in love with Prince Char, she realizes how dangerous it would be for him if she stayed. Someone could order her to assasinate the future king of Frell, and then the kingdom and the boy she loves will be destroyed. Torn between the life she wishes for and saving the man she loves, Ella faces the biggest decision of her life. What will she do? Read the book to find out.


On the book jacket

How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?

Ella Enchanted Anne Hathaway Cover 1

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse—once and for all.

In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is  fun and exciting.




Once Upon A Marigold

Once upon a Marigold is about a princess named Marigold that everyone is afraid to touch because she is cursed to read the minds of those she touches. One day, a boy named Chris stars sending her notes by flying pigeons across the river to talk to her. She falls deeper and deeper in love with him, and also the other way around. When Chris becomes a servant at the castle, he overhears that the queen is planning to kill Marigold and the king. To save his kingdom and the girl he loves, he travels too far, and pays dearly for it.

Once Upon a Marigold


Book of the Week


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


All Percy Jackson fans should be welcoming this clever tale by Riordan as he yet again tops off all the books he has beautifully written with this thrilling new tale. Percy Jackson, our favorite character, tangles his way into a prophecy and a dangerous new quest. He has awakened from a long sleep with no memory at all except for his name..... and Annabeth. Can he find her? This quest draws him close to her. As he finds his way to the Roman Camp Jupiter, he meets young demigods Hazel and Frank. Can he delay Gaea from overtaking the world and retrive the golden eagle? Does the line, "The Son of Neptune shall drown?" come true?


Meet Hazel, a girl who is supposed to be dead. She has a terrible secret that is destroying the world. Hazel frequently has "blackouts" of her past. Can she defy Gaea and prove that she is a hero? Can she, a daughter of Pluto, finally earn Elysium, which she gave up once?


Meet Frank, a boy who has nothing good about him. He is shocked when he is asked to lead a quest. He has no powers, no talents, except for archery. His mother died in the war and he is new to the camp. Will he finally find a power inside him? Will he finally learn the meaning of self sacrifice?


Camp Half Blood has prevented Kronos from destroying the world once. But now Gaea is awakening, and giants are taking over. Death itself has been chained, and enemies are no longer dying. This might prove useful for some heroes, but some cannot come back. On top of Mother Earth, vengeful and evil, Percy cannot kill his enemies. Hera, or Juno, has been playing a dangerous game. Will Romans and Greeks unite to finally destroy what is awakening? Find out in the next chapter of Heroes of Olympus: Book Two.


Rating: Five Stars

Comments: Must have! I couldn't put it down!


Visit Rick Riordan's site to see the first chapter!



The Heroes of Olympus:

The Lost Hero


Camp Half- Blood welcomes three new campers, Jason, Piper, and Leo. While in search for the missing Percy Jackson, the camp awaits the seven demigods that are mentioned in the newest Great Prophecy. The new demigods embark on a journey to find Hera and release her from her prison. The only problem: Death is not on their side. First comes the Cyclopes, then Medea, and if that isn't bad enough: King Midas himself. While trying to avoid losing their lives, Jason, Leo, and Piper go through maybe the most difficult challenge yet.


Jason has no memory whatsoever of his life. Sure, he knows his name and everything, but he is surrounded by kids he doesn't know. If that isn't weird and confusing enough, Jason can fly. He doesn't need to be a freak. It seems he has a girlfriend named Piper, but Jason doesn't remember her. And suddenly he is taken to Camp Half Blood by a girl named Annabeth. When he gets to the camp, the camp director Chiron knows who he is but is frustratingly not giving him any hints. Will Jason reclaim his memory?


Piper has had a difficult life. Sure, her dad is a famous movie star, big deal. He never has time for Piper anyway. Except she loves her dad more than anyone, so when she is welcomed to a new home, she feels lonely. Then, as she begins to make friends, she has a shocking dream about the kidnapper of her father. Will she sabotage the quest and betray her friends in exchange for her father alive?


Leo has a hard life that he doesn't want to talk about. He lost his mother in an accident and feels abandoned by his mysterious father. He is good with tools, but what else does he have? He is such an idiot to volunteer for the quest. Why did he do it anyway? He isn't sure. So when the quest depends on him alone, what will happen if he fails?


Don't miss the next chapter of Camp Half-Blood. This fresh, new tale invites the three demigods to go on the most exciting and dangerous adventure of their lives.


The Golden Spiral

The second book in the Hourglass Door series, this book spins even faster paced and is even more intriguing than the first. I can't say much without giving the rest away, so here is the book summary from the inside flap:

The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Although giving him up was the hardest test she ever faced, Abby knows that Dante is the only one who can stop the others from destroying time itself. But almost immediately, things start to change, and Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.

With each change that ripples into her present, Abby’s life continues to spiral out of control. Her relationships with Jason, Natalie, and even her family are threatened to the breaking point. Zo’s power is greater than Abby ever imagined. Will her love for Dante be enough to turn the tide?

The Forgotten Locket

This is the last, (and my favorite) book in the Hourglass Door series. If you have read the other two, you will be equally as hungry for romance, vengance, and the final ending to the mystery.

The Book Flap:

When Abby stepped through the hourglass door, leaving her beloved Dante blind and bleeding on the other side, it was in full faith that she could find a way to repair the damage to the river of time and restore him—as well as her family. It was a desperate chance that seemed worth taking.

But Zo had other plans.

Now Abby is trapped in a full-fledged battle for her own mind and life and heart. Even worse, Zo’s evil intent reaches beyond simple revenge against her and Dante. The whole world is in danger of collapsing unless Abby can summon her courage and undertake a journey that will lead her beyond the origins of the hourglass door.