Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In the Hand of the Goddess, by Tamora Pierce

In the Hand of the Goddess, by Tamora Pierce, is about fourteen year old Alanna of Tredbond is entering her second year in her knighthood process: being a squire. Her squirehood is not going to be easy because she is the squire of the second most important man in the kingdom: Prince Jonathan, the heir to the throne. Her life is not getting any easier but she is learning tricks on how to keep her identity a secret. Some things are good and others bad. One good thing is that no one knows her true identity. Unfortunately, she is falling in love with the prince. With her ordeal soon approaching Alanna wants to spend the majority of her time practicing, not loving. But with the mysterious Duke Roger lurking in the shadows at court all Alanna will think about is destroying him and proving to everyone girls can be knights too. But is it worth it?

Any one who has a love of the medieval knighthood process should read this book. It is one of my all time favorite books. The free spirited Alanna has plan that is bigger than the whole kingdom. Her free will and true friends are just a small factor in the quest to prove her. The sequel to Alanna: the first adventure is one that should be read over an over again.

-reviewed by T.A., grade grade 10.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantanskey

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantanskey, is about 18-year old Jessica is just planning on stressing over her senior year in high school. Her life seems normal, living on her families' farm, going out, and experimenting with hair. But when a Romanian exchange student comes and claims to be her vampire betrothed, she doesn't know what to do. Not only is Lucius saying that they are engaged but that she is also a vampire princess. With all this going on Jess is also beginning to feel her vampire instincts kicking into gear. With her vampire fiance courting the most popular girl in school Jessica is very confused. Does she give into her newly found vampire instincts and marry Lucius or does she stay in the U.S and risk civil War?

Vampire lovers reunite for this exuberant novel by Bath Fantanskey. The story is one not given before. The shy and quiet main character finds out that she is a vampire princess. With her powers obviously rising and maturing Jessica is in a state of awe. Her supposed fiance is also making things difficult on her. He does not seem to understand her. With a case of Edward Cullen on her hands Jessica's story is one that should be read. I liked this book and I hope others do to.


-Reviewed by T.A., grade 10.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Cay, by Theodore Taylor

The story "The Cay", written by Theodore Taylor, is about an 11 year old boy named Phillip who survives a fatal shipwreck and Timothy, and older black man, rescues him onto a raft. Phillip is really mean and disrespectful towards Timothy because of the his racist thoughts he learned from his mother. After a few weeks, Phillip an Timothy start to get along with each other and go through many adventures together. However, Timothy dies while saving Phillip during a severe hurricane, and Phillip uses his skills he learned from Timothy to survive, and Phillip is rescued and is returned home by the US Marines.

This book was really spontaneous and I really enjoyed reading it. The book kept me turning the pages one after another without stopping. It was really adventures and it teaches people many morals about prejudice and etc. Also the story cold change peoples view of being racist. I hope all the other readers enjoy this story as much as I did.

-Reviewed by anonymous.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hero, by S.L. Rottman

Hero, by S.L. Rottman, is about a young boy from the ghetto. Is abused by his mother and never sees his father. Suffers from lack of love and care. When caught for curfew, James is sentenced to community service on a farm. There he learns many important virtues of life. He discovers him to turn his lofe around. He is adopted to a nicer family. Also, takes a bullet for a couple who he helped give birth to. He becomes a better person.

The book "Hero", is an ok book. The book wasn't my favorite but it is better than most of the books I read, but it gives good advice to following life. There is lots of drama and action. Also, there are many situations that are tense. Overall, I say it is ok. A pretty good book to read.

-Reviewed by Nate, grade 9.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bloody Jack, by L.A. Meyer

In Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer, a thirteen year old girl named Mary "Jacky" Faber goes from homeless on the streets of London to becoming a sailor of the ocean. It's a great life for a boy but the only problem is Jacky is a girl. Jacky has to disguise herself as a boy and trick the captain into letting her on the ship. Being a teenage girl pretending to be a boy (named Jack) brings many challenges fro Jacky which she often has to face alone along with the help of a few towns people. Like most girls, Jacky has a crush on a boy named Jaimy. Jaimy and Jacky work side by side on the ship and even have to share the same hammock at night. Jaimy suspects nothing and that is how Jack would like to keep it. The book continues to follow the adventures of Jacky and Jaimy as their friendship grows throughout their travels.


In my opinion I really enjoyed the book. It was full of adventure and action and even a little romance. I could really connect with the main character because I know what she is going through. I would definitely recommend the book for any teen who loves a good quick read.



-Reviewed by anonymous, grade 9.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead, is about recent attacks on St. Vladimir's Academy that have left many dead and others turned. Rose lost a part of her when Dimitri, the love of her life was taken. Now Rose will do anything to get him back. Reaching to any heights will involve traveling to his hometown in Siberia. Through Adrian she funds herself into one of Russia's most elite night clubs and through various sources travels to his childhood home. The guilt of leaving Lissa back in everything going on back home. So when Avery Lazar comes to the academy her first instinct is to protect Lissa. The only problem is that they are an ocean and continent away. This entire time Roses main task of finding ands killing him is getting even more unbearable. Is it time to finally join him in eternal life?



This is the fourth book in the Now York Times best Selling series Vampire Academy. This is a series in which everything is predictable through foreshadowing. Richelle Mead is a self proclaimed genius for bampire stories. She makes sure that the reader is never bored. Most of her stories are left as cliff hangers and that cachet the reader's undivided attention. This story is one that no one ever expected. With Rose over seas traveling to find Dimitri, the plot can change through her travels. The pattern that the plot portrays is caught if you read the book very carefully. Read this second to last book and see if the plot makes you wonder. What will happen next?

-Reviewed by T.A., grade 10.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey

The novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, was written about a fun-loving rebel named Patrick McMurphy. He is sent to a mental hospital instead of prison. There he pushes the authority of Nurse Ratched, who demands complete submissiveness. His defiance develops into a bleak struggle between the two. This book really makes you think about morals and procedures. It shows the thin line between how much is too much. I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in dramatic black humor.


-Reviewed by Jackie, grade 9.

The Angel and the Sword, by Cecelia Holland

"The Angel and the Sword" by Cecelia Holland is set in the dark and bloody days of the ninth century. A courageous young princess named Ragny runs away from the castle and disguises herself as a brave warrior, and also as a man, to get away from her father after her mother died. Since Markold, her father, doesn't have royal blood, so he has to marry in the family. He tries to force Ragny to marry him, but she escapes, with Markold's second hand man, Seffrid, accompanying her along the way. On the way to Paris, they meet a group of travelers. There's a man named Leovild there, and sson she falls in love with him, though he still doesn't know "he's" a she. When they reach Paris they realize they have to defeat Vikings for the town to finally ne at peace. Will they ever stop the war? Will Leovild realize Ragny's a woman? Has the princess truly escaped from her evil fathers clutches? I really enjoyed this book, and I'm sure others will also.

-Reviewed by M.P., grade 9.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

This story, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, is written in a nightmarish version of the future, in which criminals take over. The central character is 15 year old Alex. He's already a hardened criminal. After he's thrown in prison, a new procedure is tried on him which he is completely stripped of his criminal instincts. This leads to a disastrous chain of events. This book is good for science-fiction lovers and people who like action. However, there are some very graphic scenes, so it's not for everyone.



-Reviewed by Jackie, grade 9.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

In City of Bones the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare it is a boy meets girl story with a twist when the beautiful Jace meets Clary. When they meet Clary has just witnessed a murder. All of a sudden soon after Clary is in a completely different world with different people including Jace. Her mother is missing and she was a attacked by a demon and has no idea why she is a normal teenage girl. Or is that only what she thought?

I really enjoyed this book because of the magically amazing story this is. I think it can really be enjoyed by many teenagers and adults. This book contains fantasy, guy drama, and adventure. It will make you hold your breath and wish you were in the story.



-Reviewed by Anonymous, grade 9.