Monday, September 22, 2014

A new student review of 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College by Halley Bondy

Lucy posted a new student review of 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College by Halley Bondy. See the full review.

77 Things You Absolutely Have to do Before You Finish College is a really cool book, I'm currently in high school and I'm going to try to do some of those things. Some of the things that they had in the book are already stuff that I already did. It gave me some good ideas on to trying some new and cool things. I decided that when I'm going to college, one of my goals for college will be to try all 77 of the things that are in the book. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A new student review of Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

nictaf posted a new student review of Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. See the full review.

Space Case is an excellent book that comes alive with detailed descriptions. Stuart Gibbs made an extremely intense book that made me feel like I was with Dash the entire way. I also loved the depth of this thriller. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing. This book won't fail to entertain you. I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A new student review of The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

spickle posted a new student review of The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. See the full review.

The Night Fairy was well written, whimsical, and an enjoyable book that I didn’t have to think about.  I was able to appreciate the story without having to wrap my mind around twisting plot lines and characters that disappear and then reappear much later so no one remembers them.  The character development was stretched through the whole book, each chapter revealing a different dimension of Flory, and throughout the entire story you see her mature and learn to make choices.  She retains a little bit of her selfish behavior, until she is faced with a decision that will mean life or death for a completely unknown stranger.  The Night Fairy is a book that I will keep on my shelf to read over and over.         

A new student review of Monstrous Affections An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Klynnj951 posted a new student review of Monstrous Affections An Anthology of Beastly Tales . See the full review.

I really love this book and all the stories and I plan to reread it multiple times. The pages are already dog-eared and loved, and I highly recommend this book for any lover of fantasy fiction or even realistic fiction. If you like to think, you'll love this book. :)

A new student review of Shadows by E. C. Blake

mail4chase@yahoo.com posted a new student review of Shadows by E. C. Blake. See the full review.

The book Shadows, by E. C. Blake was a fantastic story describing a power struggle between those without magic and those with it. Blake’s idea of magic was interesting. It intrigued me that magic was found in a black stone and the human using the magic has a “magic meter bar” letting them hold only so much power in their system. I also enjoyed how Blake described magic in colors, with most people only able to call upon certain colors. Also, the concept of Mara’s ability to pull magic from others was very cool and an awesome idea. E. C. Blake has opened up a doorway into a new style of magical fantasy. Another reason I loved this story was because of the instant connection I felt with the characters, none of the characters were perfect at all, giving me the ability to really relate with each and every one of the characters. To say the least, I am trembling in anticipation for the next book, Faces, to be released. I would recommend both Masks and Shadows to anyone who has a passion for reading or enjoys fantasy style stories.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new student review of Shark School by Davy Ocean

Boomer123 posted a new student review of Shark School by Davy Ocean. See the full review.

 

I liked this a lot because I love sea creatures.  The story holds your attention through the whole book.  Sometimes I didn’t even want to stop reading when my teacher asked us to stop.  All day long I would think about the book and wonder what would happen next.  There are many funny parts that made me laugh out loud.


I felt this book was just right for me.  There were some hard words but with the help of my mom and some hard work on my part I was able to figure them out.      

A new student review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce

moseso posted a new student review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce. See the full review.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is a mysterious book about a flying camper van. It’s a definite page-turner. Frank Cottrell Boyce does an excellent job of continuing Chitty’s adventure. There are some confusing sentences to decipher within the story. That issue put aside, this book is an extremely good read. It would most likely be enjoyed the most by 9-12 year olds. Because it is a cliff hanger, it leaves room for imagination at the end! The five main characters are: Jem, Lucy, Harry, Dad and Mum. The author makes the characters seem realistic. If you’re looking for an exciting and thrilling read, this is the book for you!        

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A new student review of Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant

ClarissaAdeleMorgenstern posted a new student review of Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant. See the full review.

This book was relatively good.  The reader can tell how out of place and uncertain Taylor feels after arriving in South Coast.  The author does a good job balancing Taylor's internal struggle with the outer conflict.  However, the dialogue felt a bit unnatural, and some of the characters' motives were unconvincing.  Many of the characters had only one or no defining character traits, and it was difficult to understand her attraction to some of the men interested in her,   The plot was good, especially the circumstances that caused her to be marked for death.  I also found the concept of the banshee's mark attracting other monsters and hazardous events interesting. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A new student review of Bridge by Patrick Jones

sisto8 posted a new student review of Bridge by Patrick Jones. See the full review.

I liked this book because of the way the kid dealt through his troubles.  He seemed to be able to handle everything that came his way.  He worked through the troubles to succeed in his goal.  The problem I had with this book was that it was short.  Short novels are okay for some people, but I find short novels less interesting because the troubles the person has stop almost as quickly as they start.  Other than that, the story was pretty good.  The characters were realistic.  The setting was great with the characters and troubles.  I recommend this book for kids 12+.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A new student review of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

sarah.g posted a new student review of Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. See the full review.

Quirky and unforgettable, Let's Get Lost features unexpected plot twists and interesting characters reminiscent of authors like John Green. The settings are picturesque backdrops that the characters fit right into. The narration is strong and lively with a clear, distinct voice and style. Through this, the characters really stand out on their own. Your heart instantly goes out to the five protagonists, especially Leila, who is fierce and unrelenting in her efforts to help others, despite the dark secrets she hides within herself.