Monday, February 22, 2010

Beowulf, adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds

In the book, Beowulf, a man who has been called by a king to defend against a monster octopus-like creature and her son, a big and bad troll named Grendell. Beowulf travels to a city that is unknown and on an island. He must defeat Grendell and go after the octopus creature and defeat her before they come and take over and kill everyone in that city. Before coming to the island, he had a swimming race with his friend. Some sea creatures came after them. Will Beowulf defeat Grendell and the octopus creature, and will his friend survive the sea creatures, or will Beowulf and his friend get overcome? Read this awesome book and find out! One of my all time favorite adventure books has got to be this. It has all the qualities to be a full fledged fantasy and thrilling book. This book has a lot of thrilling moments but the reason it get my vote for best adventure book is the story line and events.

-Reviewed by ER, grade 9.

Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, is shown through the eyes of Rose Hathaway, who attends a school for vampires and learns to become the best bodyguard for her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa Dragomir. After being brought back to St. Vladimir’s Academy after hiding for two years, the girls try to fit in again. However, the Strigoi, vampires who kill other vampires, are trying to break into the academy and Rose and Lisa try to survive with the help of Dimitri, Rose’s fighting teacher. This is a great book to read if you are into the supernatural, and it gives a whole new outlook at vampires.

-Reviewed by NM, grade 9.