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Reviews from Week Nine

Through the woods

Through the woods by Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll's art in this book was a beautiful serving of darkness that emphasized on the evil that is human nature. Although the collection gives one the impression that it is a collection of ghost stories, the characters that are responsible for the gory misdeeds that happen in the book are revealed to be inherently human. And that serves to make it even more scarier as it points out the flawed nature of the planet's brightest species.— Review by wildurbanchic


Be frank with me

Be frank with me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson is a novel that is not to be taken lightly; and yet, it has managed to squirm itself into my heart and made me cry, laugh, and truly believe that Frank was a real person. Ms. Johnson beautifully portrayed how children don't trust strangers easily, but when they do how completely they do it. It also showed how cruel - children and adults alike - can be to people that don't conform to what the idealized version of normal is perceived to be. Frank's suffering, yearning and acceptance along with his individuality makes it impossible for one not to love him with a sense of relativity and a reminder of how at one point in all of our lives we have felt like we don't fit in. The ending frustrated me, but at the same time fit in with the plot of the book.— Review by wildurbanchic


Antisocial

Antisocial by Jillian Blake

This book proves that nothing that you post online is ever completely inaccessible. Although this book was obviously over dramatized it did serve as an alarming - if not entertaining - read that emphasized that obsessive affection can be a dangerous thing.— Review by wildurbanchic


What girls are made of

What girls are made of by Elana K. Arnold

I feel like this should be a mandatory read for every girl who is confused about feminism and the oppression of women. From the miserable lives of some female saints, to the age long habit of glorifying the concept of women who belittle themselves, to the protagonist's own emotional and physical struggle, this book is a testament to the hardship of growing up in a world mired in sexism.— Review by wildurbanchic


Labyrinth lost

Labyrinth lost by Zoraida Cordova

This book was in a word, magical. Although the theme of the protagonist being reluctant or rejecting of their powers and magical abilities is not new, Alex's struggle is more relatable. She is afraid of her powers and what it might do to the people she loves - something her family doesn't seem to understand because they are clinging to magic to save their dying culture in a world where it is mocked and ridiculed. But, when Alex is forced to use her magic to save her family she steps up to her responsibility bravely and has one eagerly awaiting a sequel.— Review by wildurbanchic


Alex + Ada. Volume 1

Alex + Ada. Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna

A futuristic world where instead of humans being oppressed, it is the robots who are in dire need of a human rescue. In this book we find out that humans are still as horribly prejudiced about things they do not know as they are in our current world.— Review by wildurbanchic


My not so perfect life

My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella

This book surprised me. Unlike Sophie Kinsella's other standalones, the romance played a secondary role in the plot of this novel. I liked how the author chose to focus on Demeter and Katie's tempestuous relationship and how professional women have to constantly try to prove their worth while staying five steps ahead of their male counterparts. The book also highlights that no matter what a woman does (professionally or personally) she will always have to defend herself. She is never good enough, or she is too perfect, or she doesn't deserve to have a perfect life. Or she's too beautiful or not beautiful enough. She just never makes the cut. It's definitely worth reading multiple times.— Review by wildurbanchic


The prom goer's interstellar excursion

The prom goer's interstellar excursion by Chris McCoy

From spine wine, to crazy band members, to college applications to performing in an alien blue whale like creature all while travelling across space in a Scooby-Doo like van in search of a prom date. This book was marvellous.— Review by wildurbanchic


Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 2

Harry is the true owner of the sword of Godric Gryffindor!! At least that's what I think. He killed the basilisk and destroyed Tom Riddles diary. All when he is so young. Good job Harry.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


Wild born

Wild born by Brandon Mull

Spirit Animals Series, Book 1

An okay book but it is definitely nowhere near Harry Potter. It really gets me thinking can Abeke, Connor, Rolland and Melon stop the conquerers.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


Harry Potter and the half-blood prince

Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 6

Phenomenal book. So sad that Dumbledore died. It breaks my heart, he was one of my favorite characters. But this book was not as good as Order of the phoenix— Review by Zekkenabomb17


The sun is also a star

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon

This book is about a girl named Natasha and a guy named Daniel. They meet up one day coincidently and Daniel bets Natasha that he can fall in love with her in one day, 24hrs. Natasha of course doesn't believe this, in fact she knows it. She is being deported back to Jamaica in just a few hours, there's no way this is going to work!!— Review by Potter


Everything, everything

Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon

This book was about a girl, Maddy who has a disease where she cannot go outside. She's perfectly fine with that until a boy named Olly moves next door. Maddy says "Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example I, Maddy, am certainly going to call fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster!" — Review by Potter


Chasing Orion

Chasing Orion by Kathryn Lasky

This book is actually pretty boring. It's about Georgie and her friend Phyllis who has an iron lung because there was an outbreak of Polio. Georgie realized that Phyllis was obsessed with death which gave the book a weird feel . I rate this book 2.5/3— Review by Asiya A.


Your worst nightmare

Your worst nightmare by P. J. Night

You're Invited to a Creepover Series, Book 17

In this book Olivia, Kristi, Bobby, Tim and their class go on a field trip to the Raven Caves. Kristi becomes terrified after hearing the legend about the crying kids in the cave and gets a horrible nightmare in which she gets totally creeped out. Before the kids go to the Caves they go to a gift shop where they buy grab bags for only 25 cents. In Kristy's bag there were clown heads, Olivia's - a dead moth, Tim - a box of matches and in Bobby's - nothing. When they go to the caves Kristy, Olivia , Tim and Bobby get separated from their group and enter 4 different mazes in which they all face their greatest fear except for Bobby. Olivia got attacked by blind moths , Tim was chased by flaming rubies and Kristy becomes frozen with fear when she sees a million clowns chasing her but luckily they all found each other and found a way out. They all jumped off the edge except for Bobby who was afraid of heights and because of his fear he could not jump of and ended up becoming one of the lost children who could not face their fears. I don't understand why Bobby would not jump off. All of his friends faced a death defying experiences but all he had to do was jump off a small hill. At the end of the book I realized that the reason why Bobby's bag was empty was because he did not accomplish his fear. Anyways I give this book a 4/5. I would have given it a 5 if they didn't end the book with a cliffhanger. — Review by Asiya A.


Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix

Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 5

I hate that stupid teacher Umbridge punishing poor Harry like that with the quill. But also like it when Harry trains Dumbledores army and also when they break into the ministry of magic.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


The lightning thief

The lightning thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series, Book 1

Percy is so awesome. His riptide sword is even better. And Percy is absolutely amazing when he slaughters Medusa. 5 star book. — Review by Zekkenabomb17


Memory maze

Memory maze by Gordon Korman

Hypnotists Series, Book 2

Cool book love Jax and Felicity Green is a bit too nosy. Especially love when Jax hypnotizes Axel.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


The hypnotists

The hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Hypnotists Series, Book 1

I feel as if Jax has so much more potential that should be expressed in the next books. BTW love the writing style, it's amazing. — Review by Zekkenabomb17


The mark of Athena

The mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3

Leo is so funny. All of his chapters make me love the books so much more. Although I feel bad that Annabeth and Percy end up in Tartarus.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


The son of Neptune

The son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 2

Major improvement from the previous book The lost hero. I feel that Percy, Hazel and Frank mix so well that they should constantly be together in the next novels. In the end this was an amazing book.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


The lost hero

The lost hero by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 1

Awesome book, but I hate Piper. All the chapters about her were such a bore and it made the storyline less interesting. So all in all there should have been more chapters on Leo and less on Piper.— Review by Zekkenabomb17


Flicker & burn

Flicker & burn by T. M. Goeglein

Cold Fury Series, Book 2

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her family, all while acting as a counsellor-at-large for the criminal organization called the Outfit, and deal with high school. When weird red-eyed creatures riding ice cream trucks start attacking her, she discovers that they may just have a link to her family. While she battles these creatures, she discovers more about her family history and weird ability convey peoples' worst fears through her gaze. Can she get her ability under control and find her family, or will she die trying? This book is the second in the series, and I would rate it a 10/10. I loved how strong the main character was, and how she could take on anything.— Review by TT200206


Prodigy

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Legend Series, Book 2

After escaping a near-death execution, Day and June are on the run to Vegas, looking for the group that helped Day escape: The Patriots. They are recruited by them and given their first task. To assassinate the new Elector. But as June discovers more about the new Elector, see believes he is not like his father. There were TONS of twists and turns.— Review by BookLover74


Falling over sideways

Falling over sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

This book was simply amazing. I loved everything about this book. It is so emotional and I was completely captured by Claire's story. I loved all the characters, the plot, the way Claire's character reacted to her father's struggles. Please check this book out, it is amazing!— Review by maryam162424


I hunt killers

I hunt killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers Series, Book 1

This was a very captivating read! I loved Jazz's character, the conflicts he faced, his doubts, the way he thought and acted. His relationship with the few people close to him were very refreshing and really showed how it's important to have good people in your life to support you through tough times. And the whole nature vs nurture thing in this book was dealt with amazingly!!! The plot was amazing and I honestly wasn't able to figure out who the killer was. Now this picture is sooo big and I can't wait to read the second book!— Review by maryam162424


The reckoning

The reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Darkest Powers Series, Book 3

Surprisingly, this book was good. The first and second books of this series were so boring and slow. This book, however, had a lot of shocking plot twists and interesting things going on. I liked the ending and was so happy. Although some questions weren't answered, and I would've loved to see Tori's reaction towards the truth of her parents. I rate this book 3/5 stars.— Review by Jana A.


Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 3

This book is the third edition to the popular Harry Potter series. This book is full of adventure and uncovering secrets. Harry also finds a person who knew his parents and finds out many things about how his parents were killed by the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.— Review by Vishal P.


Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 2

This book is the second edition to the amazingly popular Harry Potter series where a boy finds he is a wizard and goes to a school to learn to control his magical powers. This book is full of mysteries and adventure and I'm sure you'll have a great time while reading this.— Review by Vishal P.


The sword of summer

The sword of summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series, Book 1

This book is the first edition to the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. This book is hilarious and also full of action. If you want to know about Norse mythology (Thor, Loki, Odin) and have a funny book in your hands. This book is just for you!— Review by Vishal P.


The hidden oracle

The hidden oracle by Rick Riordan

Trials of Apollo Series, Book 1

I'm coming to terms with the fact that maybe I've outgrown Rick Riordan's books. I know, it's a horrific thought, but I just couldn't find any interest in this book. Apollo's constant sassiness grated on my nerves, and Meg's mysteriousness in the beginning was also equally annoying. Definitely not going to read the second book in this series, and I'm probably going to not read any more of Rick Riordan's books, even if they were the best things I had ever read when I was younger. — Review by MidnightLily


Bewitching

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

This book was about Kendra, the witch who cursed the rude guy (lol I forget his name, I read his story a long time ago) to become a beast until he finds true love. So I thought this book would be completely about Kendra, but that wasn't true. It was mostly about Emma and Lisette. Still not sure who was the evil stepsister??? I did like Emma's story and how she found her true love, even if it was kind of unbelievable. What I didn't like were the short sub-stories inserted between Emma's story. Even though I read multiple books at the same time, this kind of writing style annoyed me because I don't like having to switch my focus and point of view to someone else entirely if I like what I was already reading. Still, I'm definitely going to read the rest of Alex Flinn's books. Oh, I forgot to add that I hated Emma. She was so weak and pathetic and gullible. Can't anyone write some good strong heroines? 7/10 stars, only for the plot and how finally Lisette got what she deserved.— Review by MidnightLily


Finale

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush Series, Book 4

For this book, I'm not even going to bother with a summary. It was horrible. Absolutely horrible. Except for the ending. Despite my uneasy feeling for practically everything in these horrid series, I liked knowing that Vee finally got a guy who stuck around for the long run and didn't die. But, the hell battle scene wasn't very good, Marcie dying left me empty inside, and Scott's death made me want to go up to Ms. Fitzpatrick and tell her exactly what I think of her books. Also, I'm not sure why but Patch really annoys me, especially his relationship with Nora and to be honest I don't remember feeling this way about Patch or the entire series a few years ago when I read these for the first time. 5/10 stars for me.— Review by MidnightLily


Silence

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush Series, Book 3

Summary: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick is the third book in the Hush Hush series. It's about Nora, who recently was found after being kidnapped for months. She has no idea what happened to her or life for the past few months. Review: This book was better than Crescendo, the second book in the series, but I'm still not a fan. It's just that so many things that happen in this book make me irritated, and this time not only with Nora but Patch too. This book finally made me realize that Patch/Jev is a jerk. Scott was the only person I actually liked. Also, not a fan of Vee either. Never was and never will be. Sigh. Honestly, these books are slowly becoming toxic, like the Twilight series, and I will probably not read the last book. 4/10 stars.— Review by MidnightLily


Whiskey words & a shovel

Whiskey words & a shovel by R. H. Sin

Whiskey Words & a Shovel Series, Book 1

This is definitely one of my favourite books of poetry. It was fascinating to read someone else's views on heartbreak, self-love, and finding what you deserve from experience.— Review by Izzysoms


Reviews from Week Eight

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series

It was a very good book. I liked the fact that it showed you endless possibilities of how Harry Potter and his friends lives could of turned out, just by little changes made in their past. I love how Hermione's child, Rose, totally represents her but I would've liked her son Hugo to be in it more. I could tell the personality's of Harry and Ginny's kids (James- Mr. Perfect, Lily- cute, Albus- doesn't fit in) and I can understand Rose's personality (worry wart, Hermione type) but I can't understand Hugo's because he was barely in it. Overall this was a very good book and I hope they make another so that we can get to know the new gen characters better!!— Review by Potter


Popularity takeover

Popularity takeover by Melissa de la Cruz

Ashely Project Series, Book 4

The Ashley's rule Miss. Gamble's Preparatory School for girls. Or should I say did. Now Sadie Graham and Sheridan Riley, nobodies last semester, are planning on taking down the Ashley's once and for all. Lauren, however, is stuck, should she be on the Ashley's side or her former friend Sadie's side.— Review by Husky796


Cold fury

Cold fury by T. M. Goeglein

Cold fury Series, Book 1

Sara Jane seems to be living a boring and ordinary life, with her parents, uncle, brother, grandfather, and the family bakery. That is, until one day her family is kidnapped, and many buried secrets about her REAL family business begin to arise. Turns out, her family has been part of a secret criminal organization for generations. Now, she is on the run with nothing but a briefcase full with lots of cash, a gun, an am-ex card, and an old leather notebook. The notebook contains lots of secrets and stories that many people would kill to get their hands on. Sara must do everything in her power to protect the notebook, and find her family. I would rate this book a 9.5/10. It was actually very well written. I loved the pace, and the main character. She always had a plan and was very capable.— Review by TT200206


Antisocial

Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Antisocial is a book that shows the consequences of sharing everything that happens in your life and your thoughts online to someone is never private. I think for the most part Blake did a great job to show how people these days so share too much online. I think it was the few things on the side that make me like this less. I wasn't that attached to Anna's character as she says she has an anxiety disorder but rarely was it expressed in action. Her indecisiveness was annoying at times but I guess that's kind of realistic with teens these days. Otherwise this was a pretty good read.— Review by maryam162424


Friends for life

Friends for life by Andrew Norriss

I think this is a great book about change and hope. The author really shows the significant impacts of what others think about someone else. It shows the importance of friendship and how you need them to make life brighter. This was a great great book, I just kept finding myself detached from the characters! Otherwise it would've been a 5 stars from me.— Review by maryam162424


Gem & Dixie

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

I really really liked this book because at times I found myself relating to how Gem felt as the older sibling. This was a touching book that showed those small struggles and hardships one can face at home can have a life long impact on an individual. I also loved how Gem wanted to always look out for Dixie but in the end she also saw how she needed to take of herself too. Great read!— Review by maryam162424


Alive

Alive by Scott Sigler

Generations Series, Book 1

This was a very compelling book that had me wanting to know everything about this world that Sigler has created. It was just a bit slow in the beginning but totally worth the wait for the ending!— Review by maryam162424


Alight

Alight by Scott Sigler

Generations Series, Book 2

This was so intense and so captivating that I just couldn't stop reading it! I loved practically everything in this book, from the character developments to the plot to everything!!! I was a bit confused for the love triangle that was there but I think it was handled well. People, read this series!!!— Review by maryam162424


Alone

Alone by Scott Sigler

Generations Series, Book 3

A phenomenal ending!!!! AMAZING!— Review by maryam162424


Pretty

Pretty by Justin Sayre

I think this book is very meaningful. Many feeling that Sophie towards good changes in her mother were relatable as she doesn't want to hope for the best of things we're going to go sour. I really like Amara's and Sophie's relationship too because it really shows you how a girl needs a strong role model in her life to get by. Something's I couldn't get myself to LIKE were the friendships Sophie had. They seemed too unrealistic and awkward to me. The dialogue was also annoying at times because after every word a kid would say 'like'. I understand that lots of people say 'like' a lot, but that much?! Other than that I really liked this book and the message it had about the meaning of being beautiful and finding your own value. It's a quick read so do check it out!— Review by maryam162424


A seven letter word

A seven letter word by Kim Slater

This was such a sweet book!!! I loved Finlay, though his narrative did sound a bit younger for a 14 year old boy, but that's okay. I loved the plot and the twist that happened towards the end. Finlay's journey to overcome his insecurities about his stutter was amazing and he really did have character growth. This is an easy, quick, and enjoyable read, do check it out!— Review by maryam162424


To kill a mockingbird

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

One of my favourite classics!!!! Scout, Jem, and Atticus will always be some of my favourite characters!— Review by maryam162424


Lucky broken girl

Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar

This was such an enlightening book and I really enjoyed reading it. Ruthie's voice was so touching that I couldn't help but love her. I loved all the different types of cultures that Behar chose to include and how even though those people are different, there are many things that make them alike. I also just loved Ruthie's journey as a person and most of the things she has to overcome are things everyone else would have to too. Like not being hateful, finding an escape from hard times, learning new things, changing to be a better you. This was a beautiful book and is totally recommended for everyone!!!— Review by maryam162424


Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett Dragna lives on an island with her loved sister, Tella, and her Governor father, who uses cruel punishments to enforce his stiff rules. When he arranges a marriage for her, she thinks that her childhood dream of experiencing Caraval -- a magical, far-away show where the audience is an active participant -- is over. One day, when she gets her long awaited ticket to go see the show, her sister Tella whisks her away to go, with the help of a mysterious sailor. Once they arrive, Tella gets kidnapped by the mastermind organizer of Caraval. This year, it turns out that the show is centred around Tella; whoever finds her first gets the prize of one impossible wish. Scarlett has always been told that everything that happens in Caraval is not real, just a performance. But after being caught up in a whirlwind of clues, mysteries, love, and magic, she begins to question everything she knows. I would rate this book a 10/10! I absolutely loved it. It was full of magic, mystery and a mesmerizing setting. — Review by TT200206


The jewel

The jewel by Amy Ewing

This is Violet Lasting's last day. Soon she will be known as Lot 197. She will be sold to another family. She'll go to fancy balls, wear lavish gowns and eat food she'd never get to eat in the Mash. Sounds Great, right? As Violet finds out more and more about the true Jewel, she gets an opportunity to escape from it. I would have never seen the plot twist coming at the end. I spent all night thinking about what had just happened.— Review by BookLover74


Stranger than fanfiction

Stranger than fanfiction by Chris Colfer

At the beginning, I had my doubts about "Stranger Than Fanfiction", but after just a few chapters, I realized that my doubts were for no reason. A great twist on the "Friends take a cross-country road trip trope", you find the characters getting into strange yet realistic situations over and over again throughout their journey. The 5 main characters, Mo, Sam, Topher, Joey, and Cash are each interesting individuals, who each face a unique problem, and who's interactions with one another are natural yet still entertaining. 4/5 Stars, would defiantly recommend! — Review by saf107ftw


Harry Potter and the deathly hallows

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 7

This book is the 7th in the Harry Potter series. It mainly shows all the things that Ron, Hermione and Harry have to do to get the remaining 3 horcruxes (Salazar slytherin's locket, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup and Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem) so they can defeat Lord Voldemort. They later find out that Harry and Nagini are also horcruxes. Voldemort kills Harry and he come back to life after talking with Dumbledore. And Neville Longbottom slays Nagini with the sword of Gryffindor while Harry and Voldemort are dueling and Harry kills Voldemort. THE END— Review by Zekkenabomb17


Social order

Social order by Melissa de la Cruz

The Ashley Project Series, Book 2

Someone at Miss Gamble's preparatory school for girls has started a website called Ashley Rank. Where all the Ashley's are ranked. Will we find out who's the best? Is it A.A? Is it, Lili? Is it Ashley? Or will it be Lauren?— Review by Husky796


The Ashley project

The Ashley project by Melissa de la Cruz

The Ashley Project Series, Book 1

The Ashleys are number one and they rule Miss Gamble's Preparatory school for girls. Ashley Spencer is the leader of the Ashleys. Ashley Alioto ( a.k.a A.A) is the nice caring one. Ashley Li (a.k.a Lili) just copies what Ashley Spencer does. And now there's Lauren, a loser from last year. But this year she's stepping up her game. She was meant to be an Ashley, her parents got it wrong calling her Lauren.— Review by Husky796


Allie, first at last

Allie, first at last by Angela Cervantes

Everyone in the Velasco family has done something great. Allie's younger sister is an actress, her brother is a soccer champ and her great grandfather was in World War 2. Now let's see how Allie Velasco becomes #1 at something.— Review by Husky796


Double feature

Double feature by Julia DeVillers

The Mills' twins are back. This time they're off to Hollywood. To find out the trouble they cause in Hollywood, read this amazing book.— Review by Husky796


Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

This book is about a ten-year old child named August Pullman who's face is deformed. It's Auggie's first year of school because his mother has been home schooling him because of how he looks like. It turns out that fifth grade is loads of fun and that there are actually decent people in the world who don't care what he's like on the outside but what he's like on the inside.— Review by shiuli_k


Carve the mark

Carve the mark by Veronica Roth

Cyra Noavek was brought up as a Shotet- the cruel people who live on the planet of Thuvhe under the rule of Cyra's evil brother Ryzek. He uses Cyra's gift (to cause pain) to harm others. While Akos Kereseth and his brother had been kidnapped by the shotet because of his brothers gift (to tell the future). Will Cyra change label of Ryzek's scrounge or will Akos save her? It's a great read, I recommend it!— Review by shiuli_k


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge, timeless tales. Volume 1

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge, timeless tales. Volume 1

An illustrated novel full of stories about Scrooge McDuck and his family. They were all full of adventure, well thought out, and utterly hilarious. I loved it! A wonderful read, especially if you are a fan.— Review by TT200206


The traitor in the tunnel

The traitor in the tunnel by Y. S. Lee

Agency Series, Book 3

I'm rereading this book after many years, and even now I am still mesmerized by the plot, drama, mystery, and chemistry. The romance between Mary and James could be improved a bit with a few more descriptive words identifying their feelings towards each other. The only thing I would have changed would have been the lack of.... admiration? for Mary being a spy. Basically, I wish Mary was cooler. 9/10 stars for me.— Review by MidnightLily


Crescendo

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush Series, Book 2

Crescendo is the sequel to Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush. Nora and Patch's romance continues in this book for less than a chapter. When Nora lets her paranoia get the best of her, she has a tearful break up with Patch...... This book was horrible. The problem I had was with Nora. She was a whiny, pathetic, attention seeking weirdo. She broke up with Patch... twice... and then had the audacity to cry and whine about seeing him with Marcie. AND THEN, she snoops around Marcie's, Scott's, and Patch's houses. Like what???? This entire book was an extreme mess, and the only reason I'm going to read the next book is because my heart needs Patch. So there. 3/10 stars, only for Patch, otherwise this book would have gotten -10/10 stars. PS, even if you ignore Nora and her whining, there was basically no plot, and if there was, it was so insignificant that I forgot it after finishing reading the book a few days ago.— Review by MidnightLily


Sideways stories from Wayside School

Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

VERY HILARIOUS!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Each chapter is talking about different students, if they are good or bad, stupid or smart. The most FUNNY chapter I ever READ is Joe, because he cannot count, but he can get the right answer instead of counting the numbers in order. One day he woke up and he learned how to count. He even counted his curly hair.— Review by BigNateJ4


Buried heart

Buried heart by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives Series, Book 3

In this thrilling conclusion to the Court of Fives series... On the run from the murderous new king of Efea, Jessamy must find a way to put Prince Kalliarkos on the throne. Only then can commoners be free from their Patron masters. His rise to power is filled with manipulation and shocking decisions that make Jes question everything they promised each other. When her friends and family ask her for help, is she willing to put Kal and her Patron heritage aside to fight in the rebellion that has been burning amongst the Commoners for years? I personally loved reading the book. I couldn't put it down! The main character was so brave and intelligent. As well, the plot was well thought out. I would rate it a 10/10!— Review by TT200206


Poisoned blade

Poisoned blade by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives Series, Book 2

In this sequel to Court of Fives, Jessamy continues her life running as an adversary in a Competition called Fives for her master. Determined to use her prize money to keep her family alive, she leaps at the chance to visit the countryside and face more competitors there. There, when a fatal attack on her travelling party puts Jes in the middle of the war that her country is fighting against, she must become more than a Fives Champion. She must learn to fight for her country. After reading the previous book in the series, I wasn't sure that continuing the series would be a good idea. Even so, the sequel proved to be a thrilling book, something that I definitely do not regret reading. I could barely put it down! I would rate it a 9.5/10.— Review by TT200206


Ignite me

Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me Series, Book 3

I loved this series! I was so satisfied with the ending and loved the plot twists. The author did a great job in developing the characters especially Juliette and her journey in becoming stronger. I rate it a 4/5! (trying not to spoil).— Review by Jana A.


Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I loved the hidden message in this book- kindness. Every little act of kindness counts. What someone does can change the peoples' lives around them for the worse or better. It's honestly a great read!— Review by iliketrainz0


Reviews from Week Seven

Titans

Titans by Victoria Scott

When Astrid first saw Titans race, she was fascinated by them. She kind of hates them too. Her father lost all their savings betting on them. Now her family is on the brink of being torn apart and losing their home. But when Astrid gets the chance to ride a Titan, will she have a chance to save her family's home? Unlike Fire and Flood Series, also by Victora Scott, Titans is a single book. I would rate it a 10/10.— Review by BookLover74


Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I loved this book because it was quite different from other YA books I've read. It was magical, beautiful, and simply captivating. It was written very well. I can't wait for the next one!— Review by Teamiman


The diabolic

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Summary: The Diabolic is set in the future. Diabolic are human robot people that protect rich people. Review: WOW I am fascinated by this book. I loved the romance and the plot. To be honest, I only read romance books, and I would have never read a scifi book, but the first sentence had me hooked. The problems I had with this book was that Tyrus and Nemisis proclaimed their love for each other so soon, because in no shape or form was their infatuation love. They barely knew each other. But still, loved the idea of the weird future with a completely new religion. Also loved the happy ending. 10/10 stars.— Review by MidnightLily


Our hero

Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm

Babymouse Series, Book 2

This book is basically about BabyMouse going to school on a regular day and her finding out there is a dodgeball tournament. And BabyMouse has to really practice because she is bad at dodgeball. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.— Review by FizsterFizza75


Take the fall

Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth

Who killed Gretchen Meyer? Coming back from a high school party, Sonia and her best friend Gretchen were both attacked. Sonia escaped, but Gretchen's body was found at the bottom of a waterfall. Now the whole town is pointing fingers at who the culprit might be. The top suspect is Marcus Perez; Gretchen's ex-boyfriend, and Sonia's longtime enemy. When he asks Sonia to help her figure out who killed Gretchen, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police needs to prove he's the killer. But as the clues pile up, and many of Gretchen's buried secrets emerge, Sonia grows less and less sure it's Marcus, and more afraid for herself. I would rate this book a 9/10. It was a great read, that I couldn't put down. The story was full of suspense and secrets.— Review by TT200206


Court of fives

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives Series, Book 1

Born to a Patron Father and Commoner mother, Jessamy's life is cut in half between acting like a high Patron, and dreaming of running the Fives (a kind of competition) like a commoner. When the disgraceful death of her family's sponsor Lord leaves her father no choice but to abandon her mother and sisters, and put Jessamy into a training stable for the Fives, she isn't sure whether to be happy or not. But when her father's new Lord's scheming puts her mother and sister in harm's way, Jessamy must risk everything to save them from a certain death. I would rate this book an 8/10 I was pretty good, but sometimes I wished the main character would use her head instead of just her heart. However, the author did an excellent job of creating a fantasy world where there is a great divide between the rich and poor, and both are bound by rules of society.— Review by TT200206


Hush, hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush Series, Book 1

Wow, this was a really cool book. I read this book about 4 years ago and thought I'll read it again. And now I'm finished reading it and lusting after Patch and the second book. Patch is really hot and to be honest Nora in no way deserves him. The chemistry between them is amazing and I love how Patch was so willing to give up all his dreams for Nora. But, I wasn't a fan of the numerous plots and suspicion, and I also didn't like how Nora was always scared and didn't believe in herself. I'm more of a person who likes heroines like Aelin from Throne of Glass; she doesn't wait around for her male counterpart to save her from evil. So I'll give this book a 7/10, only because of Patch.— Review by MidnightLily


The watcher

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Watcher Series, Book 1

Mia experiences paranormal things happening to her and meets a new boy Michael that she is attracted to. Honestly, I don't even want to write a review for this book, it was so stupid. It was basically like the book Fallen, with the same love triangle between the mysterious good and bad boy she feels she has met before. And they turn out to be angels and demons. I also didn't like Mia's unnatural reactions to supernatural things happening to her, and also didn't like how she begged after Michael to love her, and entertained Damiel (the bad demon guy) at the same time. Definitely won't read the second book in the series. 3/10 stars.— Review by MidnightLily


Halo

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo Series, Book 1

My Summary: 3 angels are sent to a small town on Earth to battle the Agents of Evil and spread faith. The youngest and most human angel, Bethany, breaks heavenly rules and falls in love with a human. She then has to battle centuries old evil and prove her love to her friends and family. My Review: I thought that this was a pretty mediocre book. It was interesting in the beginning, but after awhile it seemed repetitive. Also, not a fan of Xavier, Beth's boyfriend. He didn't trust her enough and his love fell through because of a small misunderstanding. And all through this, Bethany cried and groveled for Xavier, when she actually deserved way better than him. She was a very weak protagonist and didn't seem like a powerful angel, more like a pathetic self-centered teenager desperate for attention. I also didn't like how the other angels, like Ivy and Archangel Gabriel, were showcased as weak and unable to do anything to defend against evil. I probably won't read the second book. 6/10 stars.— Review by MidnightLily


The odds of getting even

The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

Mo and Dale Mystery Series

Really good book. Will keep you wondering what will come next.— Review by Umaizing_Ali


Rules

Rules by Cynthia Lord

This heartwarming tale shows us that we take many things for granted. Even our words...— Review by Umaizing_Ali


Just my luck

Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern

Best book ever! It teaches you to look at others problems and put yourself in others shoes.— Review by Umaizing_Ali


Splintered

Splintered by A. G. Howard

Splintered Series, Book 1

This book is by far one of the best I've read. It takes one of our most common tales, Alice In Wonderland, and gives it a dark, chilling twist. It tells the tale of Alyssa Gardner, the great great great granddaughter of Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice in Wonderland. She, like many of her female ancestors, can hear and understand the whispered conversations of plants and insects. She is familiar with the age old tale of Alice in Wonderland, yet when she falls down the rabbit hole, Wonderland is nothing like she expects. Every turn brings a new, only slightly familiar creatures. The White Rabbit turns out to be White Rabid. Jabberwocky is Jabberlocky. As she goes in deeper, she uncovers an unexpected secret about her past that shocks not only her, but also the readers and she finds out that she's been lied to for most of her life. While most of this book is make-believe, I've found that her emotions are often easily relatable. We all know what it feels like to be lost and unsure. To want to find a place where we fit in. Overall, this book is amazing for those fond of fantasy and a dark spin on a classic tale.— Review by Shifa A.