Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Publisher: Razorbill

5 out of 5 stars

Warning: This review talks about a very delicate subject, teen suicide. Both the book, and this review, may not be suitable for those under fifteen years old. If you are under fifteen please talk with your parents before reading this.

Maybe someone started a rumor about you at school. Or maybe your parents haven’t been paying much attention to you lately, and you feel ignored. You might even feel like the whole world is against you at the moment and everyone is out to get you. But do any of these reasons constitute a valid reason for someone to take their own life? Well, for Hannah Baker these reasons, and many more, were enough. She was pushed over the edge and decided to make that irreversible decision. What if she could have been stopped though? What if someone was there to help and she never even realized it? Well, someone was.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Author: Kristin Cashore

Publisher: Graphia Books

4½ out of 5 stars

A killer, that’s what she is. A ruthless monster that can kill a man in over a hundred different ways. Whether it is with her bare hands, a sword, or a bow and arrow, this girl can do it all. But is this Grace really a gift, or is it a curse that she must live with forever? To be able to kill, but not be killed? What happens if this power of hers hurts someone when she didn’t mean to? If it were to get out of hand, what would happen next?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Enemy
Author: Charlie Higson

Publisher: Hyperion

 3½ out of 5 stars

What if there were no adults to tell you what to do? No more chores. No more getting grounded for not listening. It would all be one big free for all. Wouldn’t you like this to be real? Well, it is… at least in an alternate London it is. An incurable illness has struck all those over the age of sixteen. Thousands have died, leaving children and teens on their own. However, not everyone died. The adults that have survived the disease have become gruesome, incoherent, walking corpses. They have boils and growths covering their bodies, and are slowly decomposing. They are like the living dead, real-life zombies. And guess what… they will do anything to eat and satisfy their hunger, including consuming their own children.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Seeker by William Nicholson


Author: William Nicholson 
Publisher: Harcourt Publishing

4 out of 5 stars

They have the ability to bend you to their will. They can fight with grace and force. They can appear anywhere, as if out of thin air. You may think that these people would be the bad guys. Why not? They obviously have the power and can do the impossible. But it is just the opposite. They are the Nomana, the Noble Warriors. They use their potent powers for good, not evil. As the name says, they truly are noble. The Nomana are an assembly of warrior monks, and only a select few are ever chosen to join. What are they protecting with all these powers at their disposal? The thing that is of so much importance to them is… the All and Only.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

3 out of 5 stars

Angels… the innocent, pure creatures from the heavens. We picture them with majestic, powerful white wings, golden halos floating above their heads, and a soft, golden glow emanating from their very beings. However, maybe not all of them are like this. What if there was a dark side to these heavenly immortals? Well… there is. They are the fallen angels. The corrupt angels who no longer have their beautiful wings and heavenly glow. But why are they fallen angels? What did they do that was so bad? They fell to Earth.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Unwind by Neal Shusterman


Author: Neal Shusterman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

4½ out of 5 stars

What if you had a stomach that could digest food better than you ever could before… but it’s not yours? How about three fingers on your left hand that are double jointed, however, they don’t truly belong to you? Maybe even an eye that can pick up details that you never noticed before, except it used to be a fourteen year old girl’s right eye. It is a bright blue that matched her favorite pair of tennis shoes, but it’s not hers anymore. It’s yours. You could have any of these body parts, and many more if you needed them. The only problem is that they would come from somebody else. Any one of these body parts would come from young adolescent teens who had their bodies taken from them, whether they liked it… or not.