Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Queen Geeks In Love

Who knew that Geeks had a social life? Shelby Chapelle is a normal sophomore who likes Sci-Fi flicks and chocolate. She and her best friend, Becca, have big plans for the school year. First, they will recruit more Geeks for Queen Geeks. Secondly, they will throw the best and first Geek Fest the school has ever seen. But there are complications, Shelby is having some boy trouble with her boyfriend, Fletcher. Becca and Amber have fallen for the same guy. And why is Fletcher singing karaoke? Shelby's life pretty much revolves around peace and love. Did I mention she has a robot?

I really liked the book Geeks In Love.It was a real page turner. Shelby is a funny person that you just want to scream out, "Don't do that!" while you are reading. The plot was excellent. How can you pull together Geek Fest, comic-con, and Shelby's Halloween party all at the same time? To me, this book pretty much compares to some of the other books I've read, but it was still good in it's own way.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

They do swear in this book and some relational scenes and content.

Reviewer Age:12

Reviewer City, State and Country: Minooka, IL United States

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Herion Diaries

Nikki Six, the Lead Singer of Motley Crue, is stuck in a
life filled with drugs, alcohol, sex, and money. This sounds
like a cool way to live life. What happens when Nikki wants
to escape this life,but is surrounded by it and can't get
out? And then the band goes on tour. Everything starts off
good, but when Nikki falls back into bad habits he crashes
to an all time low. Will Nikki be able to fight and win this
battle with drugs, or will he be pulled down to it's darkest
depths and never be able to resurface?

I was kind of shocked by how deep Nikki was into drugs.
As I turned page after page I kept asking myself, why is
this dude still alive????? I did enjoy reading this book,
because it explained the pressure of how hard it is to be a
rock and roll star. And it also put into perspective how
hard it is to be around people who do drugs. This book is
one I will think about for a long time. If I ever consider
doing drugs in the future, all I have to do is look at the
cover of this book.I will remember that drugs are something
I do not wanna mess with because the drugs always win.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Sex, drugs, alcohol

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Casa Grande, Arizona
Unites States of America

Girls That Growl

Okay, we've got disappearing All Star football players(no
big loss there) and cheerleaders are starting to...growl(and
I thought all they were supposed to do is hook up with
football players). And, of course it's all up to me, Rayne
McDonald to figure out what's going on behind closed doors
with those cheerleaders. It's all up to me to find the
jocks, and get the cheerleaders back to normal. And then,
with an impromptu visit to Europe, my hottie vampire is
starting to doubt our loving relationship.(And we are blood
mates. It's not as if we can just break up. We are stuck
with each other for life!!!). Will I be able to survive this
semester? Come on people!! I am a vampire after all...

A refreshing new vampire story, Girls that Growl is
different from all of those other vampire stories about
bloodsucking vampires coming to get you (I'm thinking Dracula
here). It has a very original plot, and I am surprised
Paramount hasn't made it to a movie yet. Girls That Growl is
an enjoyable high school story, one that will appeal to
almost everyone. Its got love, its got drama, its got parent
problems. In fact, the only thing this doesn't have
is...well I don't know what it doesn't have but there must
be something!!

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

sexual content and mild language

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Casa
Grande, Arizona Unites States of America

Monday, October 29, 2007

King of the Lost and Found

Raymond Dunne sneezes. A lot. And he's prone to nosebleeds and fainting, too. Sure, people notice him...but not exactly for the right reasons. So Raymond comes up with a daring plan...and if it works, everyone in school will know his name. With the help of popular-but troubled-grade twelve student Jack Alexander, Raymond begins the transformation from lonely nerd to the only guy who can get you into the hottest club in town. A club that unites the cool and the hopelessly uncool. But how long will it last? And what will Raymond do without it?

King of the Lost and Found was a very funny and insightful book. Every chapter held a new and unexpected surprise. At first, I wasn't really drawn into it, but after a few chapters I was hooked. King of the Lost and Found had such unique characters and an interesting plot. The characters were very realistic and humorous to read about, especially Raymond. Reading this book gave me a sense of hope that even if I'm not necessarily the most popular, I can still come out on top by being myself, being loyal, and just being a friend. I think everyone should read this book.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Leopold, MO 63760

The Lighthouse War

In The Lighthouse War, Jamie and Ramsay return to the planet
Altair. In order to do so, however, they need to convince
Ramsay's older brother to help them recharge the Salmon used
to travel between worlds. With his help, they break into a
power plant and recharge it. Brian, Ramsay's brother, then
orders that he goes first. He comes back to say that men in
hoods, and a lady attacked him. Then, Jamie's mother gets grabbed (the second time), after coming to the lighthouse. Sheand Brian are captured, while Ramsay and Jamie get away. They travel back and land on the Sacred Isle, where Alkhavansoldiers are attempting to take down the lighthouse.
However, the Oraland soldiers, lead by Lorca, drive them
off. It is then that Jamie discovers that, after the year
of his absence, Wishaway had married Lorca. Ksar has by
then become the leader of Alkhava, with his sister the Witch
Queen. Lorca convinces his grandfather to lend him ships
and soldiers to help rescue Jamie's family from the Witch
Queen. Ksar knows of his attempt, and plans an ambush.
During this time, Jamie has tried, unsuccessfully, to talk
to Wishaway. She is angry that he continues to talk about
her marriage. When they arrive in Balanmanik, the Witch
Queen's home city with the glacier to the north, the Witch
Queen herself meets them. Brian and Anna, Jamie's mother,
are brought out. Jamie and Lorca take them and are about to
ride off when the entire Alkhavan army attacks. Once the
battle is lost, Brian, Anna, Jamie, Ramsay, Wishaway, and
Lorca run off on top of the glacier to escape. The
Alkhavans then pursue them.After several days, they reach
a spot where the ice thins. After a few hours, the ice has
faded and it is much warmer. The Alkhavans are getting
close. Finally, the group reaches what the Alkhavans call
the Tomb of the Ice Gods. Those members of the group from
Earth, however, realize it's a space ship.After opening it
with the Salmon, Brian and Ramsay work on opening it. The
others gather berries to eat and snow to melt and drink.
However, once they figure out how to work it, Lorca decides
not to go to Earth. Wishaway, however, refuses to surrender
to the Alkhavans. Lorca leaves and tells the Alkhavans
everything he knows. They attack while Jamie and Wishaway
are gathering berries. Ksar attacks Jamie and Wishaway, who
manage to stop him. Lorca, meanwhile, realizes what he had
done and attacked and killed the Witch Queen, himself dying
in the process. Jamie and the others escape to Earth, but
Ksar sneaks on and hides in the ceiling. When he attacks
them, they overpower him and Ksar dies. On Earth, they
crash land the ship off the Scottish coast and are picked up
by a radio station barge. No one knows that they came on a
spaceship, having been told it was a light aircraft.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

This book was, if possible, better than the first. It
was nonstop action, with some romance thrown in to spice it
up. The characters were dynamic and changed with every
twist of the plot. They were round and you ended up crying
and laughing with them. There was even plenty of comic
relief. The Lighthouse War gets a ten out of ten from me.


Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country:
Chambersburg, PA US


Once upon a time, in a land so far away we've not even heard
of it... Hai, a young girl living under Wyvern's Court, is
basically a rouge. Half-family with royalty, she's an exile-
a half-breed. She was born to a falcon mother that forgot
her and a cobra father who'd died years ago. Her magical
powers are strong; although so strong, she can only
partially control it. That is, with the help of her friend,
Nicias, the royal guard, who'd saved her life once before.
However, when the ruler of Cobriana (snake country) leaves
the throne to run off with her girlfriend, Hai's visions go
wrong- everything from King Salem dying, to the destruction
of a whole generation, to Wyvern's Court burned to bits.
Worried for her land, Hai's prepared to sacrifice
everything, even the trust of her people.

I believe my opinion may be affected by the fact that I
didn't understand much of the book- I'd not read the first
books, so the setting and characters were completely alien
to me. However, although the writing was beautifully and
poetically done, the characters seemed almost without a
shred of humor- and when they laughed, it was something
morbid that caused it. It seemed on the darker side of
fantasy- maybe too dark for me. I don't think it's
appropriate for young children, just because of this dark,
complicated style, and although it's a lovely tale of
suffering and suspense, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd
wished I had.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6

I don't think that the book was inappropriate to the
extent of censorship. However, Hai, the main character, has
her coquettish moments.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country:
Mahomet, Illinois United States of America

Good Ghouls Do

Would you be afraid if your boyfriend was going to kill you?
Would you want to have nothing for food but blood? And do
you think it would just be horrible not to be able to get a
tan? If you would answer yes to these questions, be glad
you're not Beth Frasier. She has to deal with all three of
these situations, and that's the reason why she really
doesn't want to be a vampire anymore. She thinks her
boyfriend wants to kill her because she transformed him into
a vampire, and the only way he can be human again is by
killing her. She wishes she could eat something good,
without throwing it up. Blood is the only item on the menu
for her! And Beth can't go outside at all, so she can never
get a tan! Unless she can figure out an Old Latin formula
that would allow her to see sunlight again, or kill her maker,
without being killed herself, she'll be stuck a vampire forever.

I didn't think I would enjoy this book at first, but that
just proves you should never judge a book by its cover. I
love vampire books, but I thought this would just be like
every other one I've read. This book wasn't as it was
different, fun, and an exciting page-turner. It was a little
confusing throughout, only because I hadn't read the
prequel. But I did catch onto the plot quickly. If you like vampire
books, I'd definitely recommend Good Ghouls Do.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Tarpon Springs, Florida
United States

Saturday, October 27, 2007

My Swordhand is Singing

In the dead of winter, when its wrath is at its peak,
something stirs. Something so evil and full of hate, there
are no words that can describe it. In the small village of
Chust, Tomas and his son, Peter, make their livelihood as
woodsmen. As attacks upon livestock occur, rumors of the
Shadow Queen drift back and forth around the village. When
the wandering gypsies come to Chust, painful memories of the
past flood through Tomas. An ancient evil has once again
risen, and Tomas must go out to face it.

I thought this was an extremely suspenseful read. As I
read along, I began to make predictions about what was going
to happen next. Unfortunately for me, just about all of my
guesses were incorrect. Towards the end of the story, it
becomes just a smidgen more suspenseful, and even a little
more horrifying. Personally, I thought the book would be
longer and have more scary deeds. I was also hoping for more
action. All in all, it was a fast paced, enjoyable, and
chilling little read.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Denair, California America

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Violet on the Runway

Violet on the Runway is about a teenage girl that gets the
chance of a lifetime. She gets the opportunity to walk the
runway of Fashion Week in New York City. Before Violet's
life hit the fast lane, she saw herself in a very negative
light. Violet is a very tall, and very skinny girl in her
high school. Because of the big differences between her and
her peers, she feels like an outsider and just wants to be
accepted and popular. When she gets her chance to stand out
in the crowd, she takes it. Violet decides that modeling is
what she wants to do with her life and tries to settle into
the world of super models and celebrities. However, Violet
soon finds out that all the glitter and glamor seen from
the outside is not what the model life is about. A big
decision needs to be made, either continue with her life as
a star or go back home to her best friends she left behind
in her "plain" life.

Violet on the Runway is one of the best leisure books I
have read in a long time. The book kept me interested as I
dove into the plot. The author, Melissa Walker, did an
excellent job. She told a story of glitter and glamor on
the surface but a mess deeper inside. The main character in
the book thinks all her dreams are coming true, something is
finally happening the way she wants it. But, later the
reader decides with Violet whether or not this celebrity
style life is really what Violet wants. I have to say, as a
girly girl, this is currently one of my favorite books that
I am recommending and sharing with all my friends. I
absolutely loved it. Kudos to Melissa Walker, kudos.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

There was some drug content in the book as well as mature
issues that are faced.

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country:
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Paraworld Zero

In this fantasy novel, the main purpose of the story was to
entertain. It was not a really deep novel, even though
there were a few personal and moral conflicts. It was an
action-packed story set in a series of parallel worlds.
Most of the characters had magical abilities. The main
character, a boy named Simon, leaves planet Earth with a
magic user trainee named Tonya. They are stranded on a
paraworld completely devoid of magic and make friends there.
Soon, Simon discovers that he is the only person that can
perform magic on that particular planet. With their
newfound friends, Simon and Tonya must save the world and
make their way off the planet. In the other paraworlds,
sinister events are taking place. The ending answers the
immediate questions, but leaves some questions to be
resolved later in the series.

As a fantasy and science fiction lover, I greatly enjoyed
the story. However, if you are not into fantasy, it may not
be the best choice for you. The author did a great job
creating a setting completely unique to his series. The
plot could be a little jumpy or rushed at times, but it was
fairly easy to follow the story line. It is a must read for
anyone who loves fantasy and for anyone who loves a good
adventure/coming-of-age novel.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford,
Pennsylvania United States

The Ice Dragon

Adara is the protagonist, with the heat, her father, and the
war as the antagonists. Adara must overcome her cold heart
and experience death and life to understand warmth, but she
was born in a snow storm, which killed her mother. Then, in
the midst of a cold childhood, Adara meets the ice dragon.
It is even colder than her, breathing ice instead of fire,
and freezing rivers that it settles next to. But just as her
friendship with the ice dragon blossoms, a war is upon her
father's farm. Adara has to choose between her family or a
cold life with the ice dragon, in a land where winter never
ends... the decision is up to her.

The Ice Dragon was a captivating book, with a tragedy and
a mystery wound into it. Adara is a mysterious little child,
unloved by her father and shunned by the rest of the village
children. But the most interesting thing is that she doesn't
care, preferring to go and build ice fortresses alone than
torture ice lizards with the other children. When the ice
dragon is introduced to the story, at first I was afraid for
the villagers; and the Adara befriended it, so the fear
abated. The climax point (where Adara chose which life to
live) was thrilling, and showed a clear hardship for Adara.
The only thing that I thought could have been made more
clear was the location, as it only included Uncle Hal
talking about the king. But other than that, the overall
book was definitely a page-turner, keeping me from other
tasks to read it.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle Creek, OR USA

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa

This book follows the journey of Jeff Swiller as a Peace
Corp volunteer in the village of Mununga in Zambia. Swiller
is legally deaf and has learned to use hearing aids. But
this puts him in a difficult situation- he doesn't fit in
with the hearing community, nor with the deaf community.
When Swiller goes to Mununga, he believes that this is
finally a place where his hearing ability doesn't matter.
But Mununga also has the harsh realities of life. Swiller
witnesses sickness, death, disease, a mob, and a violent bus
crash. He finds good friends, but also makes some enemies.
In the end, his Peace Corp trip will change the way Swiller
views the world and himself.

This book is not a larger-than-life story about how one
man made the world a better place. Rather, it is a honest
memoir about real life. It is not a cheerful book, but it is
something that will make an impression. The book deals with
many different issues, including issues faced by deaf people
in America and around the world, issues about understanding
different cultures and places, and issues about life and
death. The book is very detailed, and in some cases I
thought the details were excessive. This is definitely not a
book to read for a happy bedtime story, but don't let that
put you off - it is definitely a book worth reading,
especially if you are interested in learning more about the

bad language, sex

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Urbana, Illinois USA
Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Dragon Maze

Dragon Maze is the story of a girl, named Shiloh, who
time-travels into ancient Babylon. Sad because her father
is dead, she looks through his boyhood toys and finds a very
old puzzle. The puzzle is a portal that sends Shiloh from
our world into Babylon. Once there, she gains new friends
along with many enemies. Desperately trying to find a way
home, Shiloh takes on a quest to save dragonkind and mankind.

Dragon Maze is a fantastic book that takes you on a
magical journey through time. The author draws you into the
story with fascinating characters and detailed description
of an older time and place. Even though the book is a
fantasy, the author has a way of making it believable. This
is my first time travel book but it definitely won't be my

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Two people got their tongues cut out, one person got
stabbed and died, and another got eaten by demons.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Hamilton, OH USA

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Aya Fuse is fifteen and living in the time after the world
of uglies, pretties, and specials. People don't care about
how you look. They care about how famous you are. Everyone
has a social status that is monitored 24/7. Aya is a
miserable extra, someone that no one knows about and is just
there. She wants to be famous so she kicks stories, or
writes stories about others to get fame. When she finds a
secret group, the Sly Girls, she plans on kicking a story
about them and a weapon that could be the end of the world.
Her story gets kicked and instantly she is extremely famous.
Then, they need to save the world with just herself, a
famous guy named Frizz (who she has a crush on), her brother
Hiro, his friend Ren, and a couple other people who are so
famous they can't be seen.

I loved Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. Extras was just
as good as the rest. The setting is in the future, but it
seems so realistic and I find myself in their world.
Everything is described well and the book has great imagery.
One problem was that in about the middle of the book it
starts saying that she is talking in Japanese. I think that
is a really cool thing, however, I don't recall it ever
mentioning it earlier so I had no clue she wasn't talking in
English! Westerfeld could have added that earlier on in the
book for a better understanding. I recommend Extras to
mostly girls who like futuristic suspense, but I think
everyone would love it.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
United States of America

Pageants of Despair

Peter is a normal boy, living a normal life, until that
fateful day.

His mother was out walking and was molested. Now Peter is
on a train away from his hometown to visit with his aunt and
uncle. On the train, he meets a stranger named Gilbert.
This stranger is stranger than any person Peter has ever met
before. He says he is from fourteenth century Dunfield.
Gilbert takes Peter back in time to save a play that is
turning the unsuspecting actors into the characters they play.

When the story takes a turn for the worst, what will Peter do?

First off, this book was brilliant. The idea behind the
plot was fascinating. On the other hand, the plot was
sparse, and confusing. The author would explain bits here,
and there, and then the rest would be up to your

His characters didn't have a lot of depth, they seemed
unnatural, unlike real people. Hamley didn't do a very good
job of getting into a young boys mindset. It sounded more
like an older man contained in a twelve-year-olds body.

The book didn't always make a whole lot of sense, definitely
an advanced read.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 5

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA

The Silver Kiss

Zoe is depressed. Her mother is spending weeks at a time in
the hospital because of Cancer. One day, she meets a boy.
His name is Simon. They start spending time together when
he tells her his secret. Simon is a vampire. His mother
was murdered years ago by a demonic vampire. It was this
vampire who changed Simon. Zoe must help Simon to avenge
his mother's death and find a way to help herself deal with
her mother's illness.

This book is a definite read for any vampire romance
lovers. It ranks right up there with the Twilight series.
Simon is one of the most in-depth characters i have ever
come across. He was well thought out and described. Zoe
was the same way. She always seemed to be doing the thing
that her character would do, meaning, she would never go out
of character.

The book's plot was a little sparse. It was slow in the
beginning, and sped up in the end. In the beginning, Clause
paid much attention to detail. By the end, she wasn't
explaining herself fully. She left me with some unanswered

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

It talks of love,kissing and sex.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA

The King of Mulberry Street

In Napoli, Italy, a nine-year-old boy (later to be called
Dom) lived his regular life with his aunt, mother, uncle,
and younger siblings. But one day his mother woke him up
early, and suddenly set him on a ship straight to America.
Dom found himself alone on the streets of the strange town
the civilians called Five Points. Dom discovered friends on
the streets and realized that he had to rely on himself more
than on others. Even though he was Jewish, Dom was forced to
go to a Christian church and eat un-kosher foods. Soon he
settled into life and blended into the New York crowds.<

p>The King of Mulberry Street was amazingly written, and
suspense was included in all of the appropriate places to
polish it off. Donna Jo Napoli helps the reader visualize
the life of an orphan living on the streets in New York in
the 1890s. I think this novel could become a well-known
historical book about what life was like for nineteenth
century American immigrants. It might be as popular as the
novel Stones in Water, another one of Donna Jo Napoli's
books. The King of Mulberry Street is definitely a page turner.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Some adult situations that some children may not understand.

Reviewer Age:11

Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lily Dale: Awakening

A girl named Calla is recovering from her mother's recent death when she is sent to live with her Grandmother in a little town called Lilly Dale. Unbeknownst to her this town is a haven for mediums and clairvoyants who call themselves followers of Spiritualism. Calla is shocked when she learns this and she abruptly plans to leave. Suddenly however, she herself begins receiving visions from a missing girl. Will she be able to forget her misconceptions and trust her instincts? Read the book to find out.

This book was very good. It held my interest with an exciting mix of mystery, fantasy, and romance. Calla was a likable main character that had you rooting for her. The only thing I did find odd, if not necessarily bad, was the fact that the whole book was written in the present tense. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book as a well written and exciting novel.

There were points that contained descriptions of ghost that may be mildly scary for some readers. People may not be comfortable with the Spiritualism either.
e were points that contained descriptions of ghost that may be mildly scary for some readers. People may not be comfortable with the Spiritualism either.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA Franklin

Hot Mama

Fiona Fine, also known as Fiera, is one of the most famous
superheroes in the world. As part of the Fearless Five, she
has made it her mission to rid the world of ubervillians,
especially after her fiance was killed by one. After a year
of grieving, she decides that she needs to move on, and
happens to meet Johnny Bulluci at her friend Carmen's
wedding. While her love life slowly starts to improve, her
superhero life gets more complicated. Siren and Intelligal
are two villains intent on taking over the world and it's up
to Fiera and her fellow companions to stop them before it's
too late. But then another fighter, Johnny Angel, comes on
the scene and it's not to save the day, and rather causes
more trouble for the Fearless Five.

The last time I read anything with superheroes was back
in grade school. This new book gives a fresh look on a
rather childish idea, but this story isn't childish at all.
The story is filled with romance and action and makes a
great read for older readers. Once I started the book, I
couldn't put it down and read it pretty much in one sitting.
I'm excited to see that the author will continue to write
about superheroes and I look forward to seeing what Jennifer
Estep will come up with next.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

sex scenes

Reviewer Age:20

Reviewer City, State and Country: Philadelphia, PA USA

Friday, October 19, 2007

Peter Cameron

James Sveck, an eighteen year old misfit living in New York
City, doesn't know what to do with his life. Because he
doesn't like being around people his own age (or anyone,
really) he doesn't want to go to college, but his gallery
owning mother and lawyer father can't understand this. For
some reason everyone thinks that he's gay, his poodle hates
him, and his therapist wishes that he will stop being "too
clever for his own good." Of course, when you throw in a
gallery full of blasphemous trashcans, one hundred genius
government students, and a nasty trick played on a coworker,
James' life gets even worse- and running away is only
effective for so long.

This book was simply amazing. Incredibly reminiscent of
"Catcher in the Rye," it takes the classic's themes and
modernizes them in a wonderfully hilarious way. It is easy
to empathize with James, even though he is such an original
character that it would be hard to find something in common
with him. Though this book explores some deep matters and
is, in fact, entirely about James' mental turmoil as he
struggles with growing up and facing the world, it still
manages to be hilarious and easily readable. Besides
creating an intriguing book, this theme means that this book
will certainly be enjoyed by a wide range of readers,
especially teens. Be sure to pick up a copy of "Someday This
Pain Will Be Useful To You" as soon as you have a chance-
you won't regret it!

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

This book contains much discussion of homosexuality and a
bit of cursing.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Ellicott City, Maryland
United States

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Telling Pool

Rhodri Falcon gets lost at the village fair and meets a
blind blacksmith. The blacksmith tells him of the Telling
Pool, which is a magic spring that a few chosen people can
see the past, present, and future. Rhodri's father has to go
fight in the Crusades and Rhodri doesn't want to stay in the
village. He wants to be a hero. He learns information in the
pool and when his father comes back he is a bitter person.
Rhodri has to use the knowledge he learned to save his dad.
He must also find the one sword that will save his country.
Without taking on his destiny the whole country might die.

I thought this book was an excellent read. The author
used many, many adjectives to describe the setting and it
was done extremely well. Not only was I visualizing the
setting, I could feel what was going on around me. The
narrator was very detailed in everything. My favorite part
of the whole story were the words. The writing was very
beautiful. I have never read a book that took place in this
time period so it was interesting to read about how people
acted and what they did. The story was very exciting and was
a page turner. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a
little bit of fantasy with adventure. It was wonderful!

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
United States

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

High Spirits

As children Maggie and Kate were big trouble makers. Leah,
who was much older, did not live with them. However, things
changed as they grew up. In the middle of the 19th century,
Maggie, Kate, and Leah managed to convince people of
knocking spirits and ghosts. As time went on, the knocking
ghost noises meant something different to each sister; some
scamming, some popularity, and some money. Many people found
them crazy and full of witchcraft, as their lies became a
way of life. Maggie met an arctic explorer who gave her a
chance to turn her life around from the lies and deceit. It
was time for her to decide how her whole life would turn
out. This book shows what family truly means to the
characters and lets them explore different worlds.

The style of the work is original and different to read
but to put it frankly, I did not enjoy this type of book. I
found it drawn out and hard to stay focused while reading.
I also found it hard to review because of how drawn out it
was. The characters were great individuals, but the
vocabulary and whole theme of the book couldn't make me that
interested. My mindset is more on the creative, artistic
fiction, and science fiction types do not draw me in one
bit. This is just one persons review so I would recommend
that you look around at other reviews. It is a fine book
though, in itself.

This book deals with some stressful things as in infamy,
deceit and lies, and tedious scamming. Use best judgment.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: , Pennsylvania USA

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saving Zoe

It's been one year since the brutal murder of her older
sister, Zoe, and fifteen-year-old Echo is still reeling from
the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving
on, and the awkward start of her freshman year proves she'll
never live up to her sister's memory. Until Zoe's former
boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoe's diary. At first Echo's
not interested, doubting there's anything in there she
doesn't already know. But when curiosity prevails, she
starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister's secret
world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover
the truth behind Zoe's life so that she can start to rebuild
her own.

Overall, I think Saving Zoe was a really good book. In
the beginning, things were a little slow. After Echo
received Zoe's diary, it became really interesting, the plot
got exciting, and I became engrossed in the book, barely
able to put it down. I thought the plot was very original.
It had a great combination of heartbreak and humor,
creating an awesome storyline. Alyson Noel's descriptions
of the characters and setting made me feel as if I were
actually in the novel. While reading Zoe's diary and what
was going on in Echo's life, I felt a deep connection with
them. They seemed so real with their complicated and
interesting lives. I really liked the ending, too, because
it tied up all loose ends and didn't leave me hanging.
Noel's writing was beautiful and powerful. From reading
this book, I have learned to appreciate the time I have
with my loved ones. I recommend this book to every teenager
out there!

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

The book contained several accounts of underage drinking,
drugs, and sex.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Leopold, MO United States

The Lighthouse Land

The Lighthouse Land is about Jamie O'Neill, who had his arm
cut off to cure his cancer. Since then, he hasn't talked at
all. His mother inherits Muck Island in Ireland, and a
mysterious lighthouse lies on it. Jamie and his friend
Ramsay explore the lighthouse and find the Salmon, which
opens a wormhole to another world. On this world, Jamie
talks and has both arms. This world has an island nation
about to be attacked by the Alkhavans, a group of pirates
who use Iceships carved from glaciers. Jamie and Ramsay
meet Wishaway, an alien from Aldan, the island being
attacked. They save her father, Callaway, from the
Alkhavans. Then, a group of Aldans plan to overthrow the
Alkhavans. They want to make Greek Fire, an explosive that
would burn on ice. However, when they sneak into the city
to get one ingredient, they're captured. Meanwhile, the
Salmon is running out of energy. On their way to Alkhava,
the ship stops. Everyone has come down with the chicken
pox, and as no one except Ramsay, Jamie, and Wishaway, who
traveled through the Salmon's wormhole, has an immunity,
it's killing them. Jamie saves them with a syringe by
taking Wishaway's blood and injecting them. They go and are
about to capture the incapacitated Commander Ksar of the
Alkhavans when a group who hasn't succumbed to the pox
attacks them. However, Ksar attempts to use the Salmon, but
he wasn't in the right location. Therefore, it didn't work.
The leader of Alkhava then attacks, but the Aldans have
been cured and attack with Greek Fire. Then, Jamie, having
fallen in love with Wishaway, decides to stay while Ramsay
leaves. Unfortunately, he hears his mother screaming
through the wormhole and is forced to go. Ksar breaks from
his bonds but Jamie throws him off. Jamie saves his mother
and finally talks back on Earth. However, the Salmon is out
of power, so they can never return.

This was the best book I've ever read. It has romance,
action, and suspense. There's even some comic relief thrown
in. All of the characters are round and dynamic. They
change at every turn in the story. It's like no book I've
ever read. This gets a ten out of ten from me.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA USA

The Shadow World (The Eidolon Chronicles)

Ben Arnold's mother is going away. He's not happy about it,
but he knows she has to go. See, she's not just his slightly
wacky, laughing mom. She also happens to be Queen Isadora of
the Secret Country of Eidolon, and things in her kingdom are
not going well without her. So, Queen Isadora, Ben's mom,
needs to leave her husband and two of her three children
behind to go back to Eidolon and try to restore the balance
between the two worlds. She'll be taking baby Alice with her
as Alice, it seems, is destined to be the future Queen of

Book II of the Eidolon Chronicles, THE SHADOW WORLD picks up
the story of the evil Dodman, a villain who's eight feet
tall and has the head of a dog. Dodman has enlisted a crew
of goblins, trolls, and an ugly giantess (who wears leather
and spikes!) in his quest to take over the Secret World. All
he needs to do is get Queen Isadora out of the way. With the
help of his sneaky ally, the Sphynx, Dodman puts his plan
into motion and Ben's sister Ellie, who doesn't share any of
their mother's magic is in real danger. Can Ben save Ellie?
Will Queen Isadore take her rightful place and restore peace
to her kingdom, or will Dodman and his dark minions be too
powerful to beat? Read the SHADOW WORLD to find out!

I thought The Shadow World was pretty good. I liked the
personalities of all the characters, especially Iggy the
cat. I loved the way that Iggy could communicate with Ben
and his mom by talking to them. This was my favorite thing
about the story. This book would probably be a great read
for anyone who has read and enjoyed the Narnia Chronicles,
as it's got plenty of magic and fantasy. I would recommend
this book to readers ages 10 to 13, especially those who
enjoy fantasy and science fiction.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:11

Reviewer City, State and Country: Saugerties, NY USA

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

Dragonhaven is a first-person narrative story of a teenage boy who lives at a dragon preserve. Most of human society doesn't think much of dragons, so they're no longer around in most of the world. In Dragonhaven, Jake rescues an orphaned baby dragon. He raises the dragon, and realises that dragons are much more than most of the world seems to think. The entire book is written in Jake's voice--the voice of a teenage boy.

Dragonhaven didn't immediately grab me. I wasn't totally caught up in it from the first page, but once it got going, I did enjoy this novel. I liked the idea behind it, too. I just wasn't particularly thrilled with the voice of it, which may have been true enough to the character, but didn't make for a particularly good read. Good characters, good story, but Dragonhaven is just not the greatest narrative.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6

Reviewer Age: 16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Asheville, NC USA

Runnerland by John Burns

Peter is a normal high school kid, just trying to get through life. Suddenly, his dad dies and makes everything change. While looking for something, Peter discovers that he is adopted! He decided this was a big thing that his parents didnt tell him, so he decides to run away from home. Peter ends up being involved with a guy who is involved with gangs, but will this change Peter? Will he give into what he trys to tell him?

I really enjoyed this book. The author really made it so I knew exactly what Peter was going through. It was also like I could feel everything that was being described throughout the book. The main character, Peter was very realistic sounding. He goes through many things in the book that an average teenager goes through. I think that the vocabulary used in this book was appropriate; it wasn't for a little kid, but it wasn't too bad. There wasnt much swearing in this book, which made me happy. I would recommend this book to others because it is a good book to read if you are wondering what some people go through. I know for me it was a change because I never realized that people actually have to go through things like this.Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.

Content: There is some swearing in this book, and some violence.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Newville, PA USA

Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim

In Israel, an average family of two children and two parents
are living in Gush Katif. The two children, Yair and Efrat,
are growing up as all children do, but with one large
difference: the Disengagement is looming over their studies
and every-day life. Their parents, Yoram and Miri, are doing
their best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but when the
family finds gun shots at night normal, perhaps it is time
to become worried. Yair, Efrat's younger brother, finds his
new hobby as finding live bullets, while Efrat goes into
recession, trying to escape all the Disengagement horror...
while their government crumbles around them.

Grains of Sand begins a little too calmly. However, once
I got four chapters into the book, it began to pick up the
pace. The descriptions of all the different objects were
wonderful, ranging from a bloodied moon to a fluffy dog. The
action was wonderful (once four chapters in), ranging from a
peaceful walk across sand dunes to a protest led by
teenagers. And most of all, the psychological message was
powerful. All at the same time, it informed me of the
happiness of a regular family, moving onto the frustration
and anger of that same family, all because of a government
that could not sustain itself. Grains of Sand closely
follows the story of a once happy community destroyed by
powerful outsiders.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle Creek, OR USA

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Stevie and Susan are teen writers and stars of a new TV
show, Kids-Sports. They go to lots of events as reporters,
but it seems wherever they are a deep, dark secret is
uncovered. But, this time, during the Super Bowl it's not
going to happen. I mean it's the Super Bowl, what could go
wrong? Because of a slinky business deal Susan and Stevie
aren't working with each other. They soon realize that the
only way their problems can be solved is if they work as a
pair. The hard part is everyone around them doesn't want
them working together....

This book was a delightful read for me since I absolutely
love football. Even though Stevie is the opposite gender of
me, I felt at many points I could really relate to his life
and thoughts. I believe any football or sports fan would
enjoy Cover-Up and want more when it's done. This is John
Feinstein's third book about Stevie and Susan and definitely
my favorite. A bit of language and boyfriend/girlfriend
content, but overall a very suitable book.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Durham, NC USA

Friday, October 12, 2007

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools is about a young half-elf
jester whose father has recently died. Sebastian embarks on
an adventure to the kingdom of Keladon to seek employment,
which his father never got to finish. Along the way,
Sebastian (and his pessimistic buffalope, Max) meet a
Golmirian warrior named Cornelius and a spoiled princess
named Kerin. Sebastian is shocked to learn that Kerin is the
niece of King Septimus of Keladon. After saving Princess
Kerin from the barbaric brigands and wolflike lupers, they
get to Keladon and are welcomed by Septimus. But little do
they know that the treacherous King Septimus is plotting
against them...

I loved Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools! It was filled
with action, comedy, suspense, and even drama! It had an
entertaining, if unfortunately, slightly predictable plot.
However, if you can make it past the first two chapters, the
plot gets a bit more interesting with the addition of new
characters and different segments to the adventure. The
characters are colorful and even though there is so much
going on that is fantastical in nature, the author manages
to keep it grounded in a way that makes it believable. It
was interesting to see the way the characters change
subtlety over the course of the book, too. If you want a
good, entertaining book, Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools is
the way to go.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Saugerties, NY USA

Speak Easy

Speak Easy is an informational book comprised of 52 ideas to
help you become a better public speaker. Along with the
main text of each chapter, small bits and ideas are scrolled
along the margins. Also, each chapter concludes with a
question and answer page. Idea topics ranging from the
events at which you choose to speak, to handling a
technological failure during your presentation are
discussed. The author offers stories, anecdotes, and
easy-to-remember statements in order to make you a better
public speaker.

I thought this was a very informative book. The author
really covered all aspects of public speaking in presenting
the 52 ideas. This book is one of a series that portrays
the theme of 52 ideas. I really liked how the author
incorporated smaller ideas into the main idea of each
chapter. It allows readers to choose which ideas they like
and wish to try. The flexibility of this book is its
strongest asset. At first, I didn't agree with some of the
points the author was making, and I was left wondering about
the consistency of the arguments. However, I realized the
author's purpose, and can now understand and appreciate the
basis of the book. This book would be great for all
speakers, but I highly recommend it for beginner and
intermediate level speakers.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Eden Prairie ,
Minnesota United States

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Case Against My Brother

Carl Matsuki and his brother Adam are living in Portland,
Oregon with their Uncle Pete ever since their mom died.
Adam has always been the one that Carl relied upon,
especially now, being Polish Catholics living in an
anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic area. However, Carl's world
is turned upside down when his brother is accused of
robbery. Carl sets out to clear his brother's name, but
uncovers a secret underworld on his journey. He takes
charge to help his brother, even if he must witness
blackmail and murder to do so.

This book was a thought-provoking novel. I learned a lot about the time period it was set in. However, the story seemed too short. There is very little actual action. Most of the novel just seems to describe the time period and the characters. It was still good, but could have used more of a plot and more action.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6
Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, PA United States

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

Spanking Shakespeare is an amusing, and witty book. It is written in first person, as a boy who is trying to survive his senior year in high school. The boy writes memoirs, college essays, and obituaries for his classes. It seems like his life is just one big joke. (He hates his name, he was born on Hilter's birthday, he doesn't have a girlfriend, and he still can't figure out how to blow his nose!) I think Jake Wizner is a talented author, because he teaches us that it's okay to laugh at ourselves once in a while!

When I first started reading Spanking Shakespeare, I thought it was a funny and an interesting book. But as I read further some of the content was inappropriate for girls my age. The book got to a point where I did not feel comfortable reading it any more. I would suggest that the author cut out some of the offensive parts, and replace them with his hilarious jokes. Also I would change the age group to 14 years and older, and direct it to male readers.

Content: See my review.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7
Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Renton, WA USA

The Hollywood Sisters: Caught On Tape by Mary Wilcox

Jessica and Eva are back, doing what they do best. Jessica has to find out who is in charge of the tour buses that are wreaking havoc among the celebrity neighborhoods, and also, how to stop them! And Eva is under more pressure then ever, trying to make her televsion series Two Sisters gain ratings, otherwise (*gasp*) Two Sisters may have to stop the shows altogether. Of course, Eva still has time to find the perfect boyfriend for Jessica. But who will Mr. Right be? Jessica's celebrity crush or a made-up man named heathcliff.

The Hollywood sister:Caught on Tape is a funny, realistic story that makes you feel as if you were right next to each character as different disasters occur. Mary Wilcox makes you feel the humilation and joy that emits from the Ortiz sisters everyday. Well-written. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that, thanks to the title, you could figure out how the culprit works way before the main characters did. But other than that, it was one of the best books I have read recently, and I am sure hundreds of others will feel the same way!

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Casa Grande, Arizona Unites States of America

The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

Which boy will she choose? Lori loves to swim, wakeboard, and hang out with her friends at her lakeside home. She and her neighbors, the Vader boys, are terrific friends and love to spend the hot, humid summer days together. Lori and Adam, the youngest Vader brother, are inseparable friends who do everything together; although she can’t deny her crush for Adam’s older brother, Sean. She’ll do anything to get his attention, even if it means “fake” dating Adam, which involves making out with the boy who she has always considered to almost be her brother. After realizing that getting Sean’s attention is going to take a lot more work than expected, she decides to crank things up a notch with her and Adam’s relationship. After taking things to the next level she realizes that maybe it’s not Sean that she wants after all. But even if it is, she has gone too far to turn back now--or has she?

I really enjoyed The Boys Next Door because it mixed the right amount of romance, suspense, and irony to get the perfect concoction. The author, Jennifer Echols, picked a wonderful theme for the plot of this amazing story. I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down, and I stayed up for hours into the night and lost a ton of sleep just to find out what would happen next. This is a great read year-round that will get your love life sizzlin’. I recommend The Boys Next Door to teenage girls who love reading novels that have a twist of a romantic conflict.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age: 13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA United States

Queen Geeks In Love by Laura Preble

The Queen Geek Social Club, started last year by Shelby and her friend, Becca, seems to be getting bigger. With 2 other officers and a new plan to start a website, things seem to be going great. But when boys are factored in, everything seems to go downhill. Shelby is happy with her boyfriend, Fletcher, though she thinks they’re getting serious way too fast. The problem really lies with Jon, their comic book designer, who has two queen geeks fighting for him. As the summer comes to an end, the girls realize that they need to come up with a new and exciting project. That’s when they come up with Geekfest, a talent show to showcase all the best geeky talents their high school can offer. But as the year goes by, the girls realize that they should stay true to their geeky selves and not let anyone, especially guys, come between their friendship.

The next adventure in the Queen Geeks books was just as entertaining as the original. Laura Preble’s writing style is comical and the plot kept me interested until the very end. Shelby is a likeable character and I think many girls can relate to her. I would definitely recommend this to teens who are looking for a light, entertaining read. I hope the author will continue to write about the Queen Geeks.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age: 20

Reviewer City, State and Country: Philadelphia, PA USA

Monday, October 08, 2007

Beyond Cool

Beyond Cool is the second book about Floe Ryan, a thawed
"frozen zombie." That's her term for it, but really Floe was
preserved after her death (vitrified, or "frozen,") which
happened about this time, and then "thawed" a decade later.
Even though it's only ten years, things are a lot different.
For one thing, Floe's younger sister, Sunny, is now her
older sister! Also, people don't drive anymore--they
hoverdrive (something Floe's having a bit of a problem
with). Teachers and movie stars are computer-generated.
Luckily, Floe's got another frozen zombie to help her deal
with all of this--her boyfriend, Taz. Of course, when Taz
starts acting kind of distant, and Floe finds out that she
and her fellow frozen zombies are suffering from weak immune
systems that make them susceptible to major diseases, plus she's having trouble learning to hoverdrive, life as a
teenage popsicle is less than fabulous.

Beyond Cool is just as good as the first book in the series,
I Was A Teenage Popsicle (which I recommend you read first).
The characters are wonderful, and the premise of the book is
highly original. It's a quick read, and well-written. Beyond
Cool is a funny, interesting story. It's sci-fi, yeah, but
it's also a very human story, and one that I highly

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10

Reviewer Age: 16

>Reviewer City, State and Country: Asheville, NC USA

Balancing Acts

A winter to remember. Or else a winter to forget. Harley,
Dove, and Melissa arrive from three different parts of the
country to begin their jobs at a ski resort in the Alps.
Each girl has a secret they want kept in the past, as
they begin a week full of work, fun, and romance.
Harley has a mission here--she knows what she wants and she
knows how to get it. For Dove, this week is just seven days
away from her wonderful vacation with her far-away
boyfriend. Melissa has other plans, she has taken this job
to forget the past and begin anew--but will the past creep
up on her? As tasty as the treats Melissa serves, as wild as
the parties Harley attends, and as mysterious as Dove
herself, Balancing Acts throws readers into a winter
wonderland of fun and romance.

Balancing Acts presents three different girls, each with their own story, and twists them all into one. Harley, the wild child, becomes a lovable
character without whom the story could not blend. Melissa
and Dove are both sweethearts maturing and understanding
more about themselves and past experiences as the winter

Emily Franklin presents heartwarming characters as well as
an adventurous plot that becomes wild with romantic twists
and gives the reader a chance to imagine a life of hard work
and secrets blended into one. The beginning tale of Harley,
Dove, and Melissa is worth reading--just grab a mug of hot
chocolate and sit by the fire and you are set to go.

This is a book centered on three eighteen (or nineteen) year old
girls. A prominent theme in the plot is sensuality.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country:
Concord, MA, 01742 United States

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Cloud Chamber by Joyce Maynard

When Nate Chance arrived home from school, he new something was wrong. There were multiple police cars and an ambulance at his house. As he got off the bus, he saw his dad being supported by two police officers. Then he noticed the blood dripping down his fathers face. Nate soon discovers that his dad tried to commit suicide. Nate’s father is alive, but unfortunately has no recollection of the event. The police are blaming Nate’s mother, accusing her of attempted murder. No one in his family will talk about what happened, and they will not even allow Nate and his sister Junie to visit their father. Nate’s mother pretends like her husband never existed and acts like nothing has happened. Nate begins to grow frustrated and upset, so he tries to take matters into his own hands, even committing crimes.

The Cloud Chamber by Joyce Maynard is an emotional drama depicting a family’s tragedy, through a child’s eyes. It is a heart wrenching account of a boy who is struggling to understand his family’s reaction to his father’s attempt at suicide. This well written book will likely bring you to tears. I enjoyed reading The Cloud Chamber because it demonstrated many good life lessons regarding honesty and morality. In addition, it gave you a perspective of how children really feel in difficult situations, showing a child’s powerless position as well intentioned parents make horrible mistakes. Although this was an excellent book, I was extremely disappointed in the conclusion of the story.

Content: The father in the story shot himself, so the book is slightly graphic and very depressing.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lemoore, CA USA

Lizard People by Charlie Price

For the past few years, Ben's mother has been growing steadily stranger. She talks of lizards dressed as people, who hate the color red and can only be identified by a seam in the back of their mouths. She has even gone so far as to attack people in searching for the proof that they are lizards bent on destroying the human race, and has been hospitalized quite a few times. And now Ben's father has walked out- so what's a seventeen year old boy to do when left to take care of a crazy woman? But that's when Ben meets Marco, who claims to have just moved in and have an ill mother himself. This arouses Ben's curiosity, and he eagerly befriends the strange older boy. Marco has a problem, and Ben thinks that he might be able to help- but he never expected that the problem would involve a story about wormholes in oak trees and a civilization two thousand years in the future, and Ben certainly hadn't predicted that Marco's story would strangely mirror his own life.

I expected to love this book. But, to begin with, I wasn't so sure. The writing style is juvenile and awkward, and I found the protagonist boring and hard to relate to (he is solely described as a fly fishing wrestler with a crush on his best friend's older sister.) Marco's story seemed out of place, and was so much more interesting than the rest of the book that I wished that Ben's life would stop butting in. However, as the book went on it got more interesting, and I realized that, somehow, I had begun enjoying it! Though the beginning drags and the prose is annoying, the story is worth reading for its insightful exploration of mental illness and its intriguing combination of time travel and realistic fiction. Overall, while this book is nothing amazing, it is certainly a worthwhile read for science fiction readers or fans of Charlie Price's first book.

Content:3This book contains teenage drug use on two occasions, drug use by a character's parent, talk of a woman committing suicide, and a character's role model having sex in exchange for drugs.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 5

Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Columbia, United States

Friends and Enemies by David Field

Tommy is a normal 15 year-old boy living in 21st century England. He lives with his Mummy and Daddy, and they go on vacations just like all families do. While on vacation in a chateau in France, something strange happens. The house is more like a castle, with big towers and old pictures; and one of these pictures draws Tommy’s attention more then the others. It’s a picture of a girl—roughly Tommy’s age—from over 400 years ago. The strange part happens next; and Tommy is magnetically drawn back into the year 1599. Tommy is confused, but he goes with the flow of whatever is happening to him. He actually thinks it’s kind of cool. But then Tommy and the girl in the painting run off together for adventures, and that’s where all of the fun begins. Tommy still has his cell phone from the 21st century, which may be his key back to his world…

I really liked how David Field was able to bring a lot of history into this book and still keep it modern. It was neat when Tommy was staying in the house in the 21st century and then he stayed in the house back 400 years. I didn’t really care for the writer’s style, though. David Field went a little too fast, not explaining things where he should, and also made things very unrealistic. Tommy also wasn’t a character I could very easily relate to; he fell in love almost immediately with the girl in the picture, which was a little strange. All in all, I didn’t particularly care for this book, but someone with a love for Sci-Fi historical fiction might enjoy it a little more.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 2

Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Boothwyn, PA US

Demon Envy by Erin Lynn

Kenzie is a regular sixteen year old girl who doesn't really fit into her world. She isn't perfest like her little sister and the guy she likes won't give her a second look, or even a first look at that. One day when Kenzie drops face cream in her tub, a demon portal is opened and she unleashed a demon named Levi. Levi is supposed to make her envious of everyone else's life, so he decides to make her life tourture. First, he becomes the most popular guy in her school after about 3 weeks of being there. Second, he takes the most popular girl in school to the Homecoming dance. Third, he makes the guy that she likes ask her to the Homecoming, so Kenzie doesn't think he likes her. The most important f all is that she has to close the demon portal before even more demons are unleashed into the world.

This book is one of the best I have read in a while, but it does have its downpoints. I do not believe the book is for the age group that it was preposed for: the writing is a bit to big for young adults and the novel is a VERY short read. I do think the story line is really intersting and I can't wait for the author to come out with the next book in the series. The best part of the entire book, in my opinion, is when she first meets Levi. At first, she thinks he's a dream and she has sort of a mini panic attack. At the same to of her 'issue', Levi is trying to calm her down and show that he isn't a dream, and it turns into quite a bit of a fight. My favorite character would have to be Kenzie because she is so sarcastic and really funny, but her only downfall is that she doesn't have a very good self-image. I love the way the author developed the characters and made them seem like real life people.

Content:2The book talks about hell and demons.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Pottstown, PA United States