Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Island of Mad Scientists by Howard Whitehouse

"The Island of Mad Scientists" by Howard Whitehouse is a wild book, indeed. The stories of over ten characters are intertwined when an island used for scientific research comes into play. Not far from this island, the Collector spies on the scientists and kidnaps the ones he wants to hold prisoner. In the book, he is after two young avionics. The other characters in the book are are related to the kids, friends of the kids, or merely people the kids meet on their journey. The story kicks off when a mad scientist steals a car and all those associated with him are on a most wanted list. So, the characters split up to flee to the isolated island of mad scientists. Little do they know what this island will have in store for them.

This book has the stories of characters divided in each chapter. It is rare for all the characters to actually be in the presence of the others. Also, the infamous island is not reached until well after the midway point in the novel. The plot events are hard to keep track of, and some are a bit incongruous (hence the madness). Sometimes satirical and other times just plain silly, this book is definitely unique. Due to the accents in some of the dialogue, grammar is thrown off. While this adds depth to characters, it can be detrimental to little eyes just learning sentence structure.

There is brief mention of rum, paganism, and unintelligible swearing (to make certain characters appear more silly and block-headed)

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Monday, June 29, 2009

Girl Force by Nikki Goldstein

What are you an air, fire or earth girl? GirlForce by Nikki Goldstein tells you this then uses it to give you a guide to your life. Fire girls should exercise in a calm and meditative way and dress in mostly blues. Earth girls should eat bitter foods and air girls should stick to slow, gentle yoga moves. All this information, plus more, is inside GirlForce.

GirlForce has a cool idea, basically you take a test that tells you if you are an air, fire or earth girl then it uses this information to give you advice on every aspect of your life. Sadly, this concept doesn't come through very well. Although some of it is quite interesting and shockingly true most of it is kind of goofy. It provides a good laugh but isn't as deep as it is made out to be.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Greenwood Village, Co USA

Girl Force by Nikki Goldstein

What are you an air, fire or earth girl? GirlForce by Nikki Goldstein tells you this then uses it to give you a guide to your life. Fire girls should exercise in a calm and meditative way and dress in mostly blues. Earth girls should eat bitter foods and air girls should stick to slow, gentle yoga moves. All this information, plus more, is inside GirlForce.

GirlForce has a cool idea, basically you take a test that tells you if you are an air, fire or earth girl then it uses this information to give you advice on every aspect of your life. Sadly, this concept doesn't come through very well. Although some of it is quite interesting and shockingly true most of it is kind of goofy. It provides a good laugh but isn't as deep as it is made out to be.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Greenwood Village, Co USA

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang

Come fly into these three graphic novels in only one book! Meet Duncan, he's charming and brave and also the princess's favorite. Is he enough to go get the frog kings head and win the princess and her kingdom? Then there is Gran'pa Greenbax, a greedy old frog, longing for a pool full of gold. When a peculiar smile appears in the sky, will it satisfy him? Or will it lead to more greed? Finally, there is Janet; her nine to five life spins when she gets a romantic email from a Nigerian prince. She is chosen to liberate his family fortune; all he needs is her bank account. Is it a scam or will a true prince finally rescue her? When you read these three graphic novels, they will take a turn and lead to unexpected places.

These graphic novels were great, but I thought they were a little slow. For example, in the first one, I wish there was more fighting. The second one with gran'pa frog took a little time for the story to build, but once it did, it was very good. My favorite was the last one, though the character didn't act as you expected, which I liked. Janet shows the reader that any dream or wish can come true. Overall, these graphic novels were really good!

Some Adult themes.

Reviewer Age: 16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Northport, NY USA

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

City Boy by Jan Michael

Sam has grown up very comfortably as an only child. Every morning he is driven to a private school which he attends up until the day his mom passes away. Sam's mother and father both die a slow, painful death caused by AIDS. His Aunt, Mercy, willingly takes him in. Sam now has to say goodbye to the life he once had. He is forced to live in poverty and struggles with the drastic changes in his life. He lives with four other children in a small house that doesn't even have electricity. He also has difficulty making new friends. Sam feels alone and confused. His journey is filled with challenges and lessons to be learned.

City Boy by Jan Michael is an inspiring story about a young boy. The book has many strengths such as its use of mood and imagery. The author uses a very creative vocabulary that helps to paint a picture in the reader's mind. The author also has one weakness that stands out. When reading I found parts of the book boring. So boring that it made me want to put the book down. The ending was one of the best parts of the book, everything was resolved and all the loose ends were tied up. The authors message in the book was whatever happens, you will always have family that will love you, and where ever you are, your home is where your family is. I recommend this book to anyone who loves books with happy endings.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Sandy, Oregon United States

Monday, June 22, 2009

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Chen Yong has been seeking the truth behind who his parents really are. He meets a young woman, Ai Ling, as she struggles to find and rescue her own father. Chen Yong gladly accompanies her, but she begins to experience a power that is growing within her. Ai Ling can hear people's thoughts, and that helps the travelers as much as it lures evil towards them. Along the way of finding their family, Chen Yong and Ai Ling also find monsters, goddesses, and romance.

I really enjoyed reading Silver Phoenix because of its mix of genres. Adventure, romance, and fantasy are all incorporated in this delightful book. The introduction to the novel seems at first meaningless, but as the reader gets further along in the story it make sense and makes a better read. The clues and hints that are thrown in the plot are very beneficial to the reader when the events they foreshadow occur. I loved the characters and the way that their emotions were well described. If there were a sequel to this book, I would read it. I recommend it to anyone who likes one, or all, of those three genres.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America

How To Buy A Love Of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson

In Carley Well's life, reading wasn't one of her top priorities. Her personal trainer, her tutor, and her English Teacher, Mr. Nagel, are not some of her favorite people in the world. When Carley answers one of Mr. Nagle's questions of "What is your favorite book?" with "Never met one I liked.", Mr Nagel and Carley's parents decide to fix that problem. Carley is to have a book written just for her, that meets her standards, and has to impress Mr. Nagel along with the town of Fox Glen.

After reading this book I was amazed. Not only was I amazed by the actual story line of the book, but I was stunned at the language that was used. At the same time, I came to understand that without the cursewords that were used in the book, the characters would not be who they are and the whole book would be completely different. Other than the cursewords, I found the book to be very interesting but yet maybe not at the age level that it should be. I would recommend this book to an age of a higher level of reading such as maybe 16 or 17 years old.

I rated the content of the book a 2 because I felt that they used some curse words that may be have been too mature for the reader and also spoke of sexual interaction throughout the book.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Springfield , Ohio United States

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Terribly Twisted Tales by Jean Rabe

Approaching famous fairy tales from a different direction, the eighteen stories in Terribly Twisted Tales will challenge the reader's preconceived notion of a fairy tale. This anthology edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg includes stories by Dennis L. McKiernan, Annie Jones, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Mary Louis Eklund, Robert E. Vardeman, Kathleen Watness, Jody Lynn Nye, Jim C. Hines, Steven D. Sullivan, Brendan DuBois, Paul Genesse, Ramsey Lundock, Skip & Penny Williams, Elizabeth A. Vaughn, Janet Deaver-Pack, Kelly Swails, and Michael A. Stackpole.

From Grimm to Andersen, classic fairy tales are taken from new angles and sometimes transformed so much that the reader can hardly recognize the original. These stories range from funny to heartbreaking to slightly disturbing, each one distinct from the stories preceding and following it. Some of the best stories include the tale of Snow White's falling out with the seven dwarfs, another of Rumpelstiltskin as the victim, and of Red-Riding Hood challenging a suffocating religious force.

Anthologies in general are often hit or miss. Terribly Twisted Tales falls somewhere in between, with quite a few absolutely fascinating stories that are scattered among mediocre tales along with a couple that are so complex they aren't at all enjoyable. Nevertheless, it is worth picking up this anthology just for those great twists on your everyday fairy tales. In particular, McKiernan's Waifs, Pierson's Once They Were Seven, and Swails' Three Wishes are not to be missed as they are very well-developed despite being short stories and are absolutely captivating. Also, fans of Jim C. Hines' The Stepsister Scheme will appreciate a glimpse of Red who will be central to the third installment of this Princess series. Terribly Twisted Tales is a great read for those who only have short increments of time to read as the varying lengths of the stories and their independence makes the book one that is easy to pick up and put down.

Reviewer Age:19

Reviewer City, State and Country: Farmington, CT USA

The Lost Fleet: Relentless

The latest installment in The Lost Fleet series,
Relentless, continues with the narrative of Captain
John Black Jack Geary and his endeavors with the
Alliance Fleet. The Lost Fleet: Relentless commences with
a reminiscence of Geary, which serves to both chronicle
the occurrences of preceding novels for inexperienced
readers, and refresh the memories of returning hands.
Geary dreams about his prompt evacuation from the Alliance
heavy cruiser Merlon, his entrance into cryogenic sleep,
and his subsequent revival a full century later. Geary was
miraculously recovered by a surpassing Alliance battle-
cruiser after suspension in cosmos for over one hundred
years. At this juncture, it is introduced that Geary was a
legendary commander of Alliance space forces throughout
the initial stages of the Alliance - Syndic conflict,
giftedly conducive to both intricate strategies and the
full-hearted support of his associates. Upon awakening,
Geary reveals that he has guided the Alliance fleet
through Syndic-controlled space for the past several
months, carefully circumventing declining fuel sources and
superior enemy presences. The majority of the plot
converges upon Geary's efforts to return the exhausted and
resource-strapped fleet to Alliance held space with the
Hypernet Gate key, which is hoped to be of use in
converting the deluges of the War hitherto. Geary is also
required to subtly maneuver the political and military
conflicts which arise from his iconic status, as well as
ensnaring and ejecting the traitorous officers dispersed
in his ranks. Campbell does an excellent job of
amalgamating the new plot elements with the gist of the
plot of his previous novels; having never read other books
in The Lost Fleet collection, I was still able to clearly
grasp previous occurrences in the storyline so far.

The Lost Fleet: Rendezvous marks another successful
foray of Campbell into the science fiction genre, with a
satisfying superfluity of combat, elaborate and convincing
substitutions for space engagement tactics, and a superbly
crafted narrative, which proves capable of fully fleshing
out the nuances and general keystones of war in mutual
countenance. Campbell displays remarkable astuteness at
seamlessly integrating the myriad conflicts that are
harbored within Relentless' pages, as they never seem
unwarranted or superfluous. Similarly, the extreme
echelons of drama and detail never function to detract
from the velvety flavor and progression of the novel. On
the contrary, they are well assimilated, operating to
truss the discrete constituents of the plot in a textbook
comportment and further impelling the progress of the
residual pages. The rare fractures which intermittently
conceal Relentless' genius concern mainly the sparse prose
and short plot, details simple to overlook in face of the
glut of the supplementary content. Fans of various other
science-fiction authors, chiefly Eric Nylund and William
C. Dietz, may regard the unpretentious and rather down-to-
earth tone of Campbell with distaste. However, this
disparity from the norm is easy to disregard after the
passage of the first few pages, due to the authority and
strength of Campbell's rendering literary skills and
elaborate content. The other dominant and most manifest
blemish regards the frustratingly diminutive contribution
of Relentless to the overall advancement in the plot of
The Lost Fleet series. Despite the profuse number of
pages, the plot only takes Geary from Syndic-occupied
space to a more native location, instead of progressing
the overall plot of the Geary series further as was hoped.
Luckily, the saturation of lesser conflicts and
occurrences alone provide any reader with motivation to
enjoy Relentless, and shortness, after all, is an
objective facet of any literary work. Ultimately, the
novel proves a paradigm for science-fiction writing,
incorporating superb descriptions of military combat and
tactics with a tactile and impressive storyline to produce
an extraordinarily deep, gratifying, and near perfect

Strong language is ubiquitous in this military themed

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9
Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Shrewsbury, MA USA

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Ink Exchange is a fiction novel that should be categorized as fantasy and romance. This novel is about a teenager who is growing up in a troublesome household. Her mother has left, her father is a drunk, and he brother is a drug dealer. Leslie has to live her life day to day in fear and feels nothing is for herself. She decides to get a tattoo so that something is finally her own when things go awry. A man starts showing up everywhere she goes and she begins to learn that the world she thought she knew was more different than she ever could have imagined.

I would recommend Ink Exchange to those who like to live in alternate universes. This book took me a few chapters to really get into the story line but once I did, I was hooked. Melissa Mar makes her faery world seem like it could be real and makes you take a second look at the world we live in. The author makes a vulnerable weak person like Leslie look like a hero by the end of the book. You don't have to be big and strong to live your own life and not let others take it over for you. This book was very good and if you like fantasy novels you should read this book. The beginning is a little dry but the middle and the end won't let you put it down.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Mantua, NJ United States

Pirouette: Ballet Stories by Harriet Castor

The Pirouette is a collection of fiction short stories
based on ballet life. Harriet Castor has chosen the
stories for the book. The book has sixteen short stories
meant for teens. The focus is the different problems and
achievements made by young girls in the ballet world.
Harriet Castor wrote one story called Grace, based on how
a young girl who did not have the dream of ballet but her
mom did.

Each of the stories focused on one young lady
in the ballet world. One story may be about school and
ballet or about repeated frustrations during work outs.
Most stories were set in English schools and homes. It was
hard to see them due to not knowing England's countryside
or the differences in school systems that came up
frequently. The book would be wonderful for hopeful future
ballerinas. The everyday teen may have a hardtime sticking
with the book due to its focus solely on

Reviewer Age:20

Reviewer City, State and
Country: Marble Hill, Missouri Bolliger

Friday, June 19, 2009

Assassin's Apprentice by SR Vaught & JB Redmond

Assassin's Apprentice is a fantasy novel about Aron Brailing, who was Harvested from his Home to go to the guild of Stone. This book is in the adventure genre. After Harvesting, Aron and his new Guild Master make the Journey to the Guild of Stone's HQ, Triune. On the way they must battle manes, and Aron befriends a girl named Dari who is a Stregan and looking for her sister. When they arrive at Triune they learn that Lord Brailing and Lord Altar have declared war on the other dynasts and Aron begins his training and has been punished to go woth the person he loathes most, Galvin Herder, to The Ruined Keep, where they might die.

In my opinion the book is a very engaging read. The authors are very good at describing all the characters. They have also got a talent for fantasy writing and keeping you curious until the end of the story. Their writing style makes it easy to imagine the scenes in the book. I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy novel and a page-turner.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Chippewa Falls, WI USA

The Sorceress by Michael Scott

The Sorceress picks up where The Magician leaves off. Nicholas Flamel (aka The Alchemyst) has decided to take the twins, Sophie and Josh, to London. Kind of a bad move since it's Dee's hometown, and The Magician has got A LOT of backup there. Mainly, Nicholas is trying to find a place to re-group and rest until he can figure out where to find Gilgamesh the King. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Perenelle is still stuck on Alcatraz. Perry has yet to think of a brilliant plan to get off the'sland. By now, the Elders are getting impatient, Dee's Elder especially. At the moment, they trust Machiavelli more than The Magician. Basically, Dee has one more chance to prove himself.
I liked this book, but the action was kind of slow with getting Perenelle off Alcatraz. Also, The Alchemyst was worried sick, but he still couldnt think of a way to help her, and the author just kept coming back to that. What really bothered me most though, was that the author never said anything about Scatty, one of The Alchemyst's strongest allies, who disappeared in the previous book. For most of this book, I was wondering, "Where's Scatty going to come in? Is she even alive?" Despite these shortcomings, fans of the Alchemist series will enjoy this next adventure.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Round Rock, Texas United States

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You, Maybe by Rachel Vail

Josie is very content with her life, which includes working as a clown for children's birthday parties, having the funkiest friends, and being friends with a cute boy who is more like a friend-with-benefits than anything else. So when the hottest boy in school, Carson Gold, lands his sights on her and approaches her during lunch, she is happy with just having an occasional hook-up, but that only works when both people agree, and Carson wants more than just kisses; he wants her for his own. She tells him that she doesn't want to date but after a lot of begging and a little singing, she reluctantly says yes. Little does she know that by saying yes that she is in for way more than she could've ever expected, and that's not always a good thing. Her and Carson's relationship continues to grow as her other ones--as well as her life in general and everything that she once knew and believed in--crumble and fall apart. Sometimes instead of trying to fix the destruction that was caused, what's causing the destruction should just be gotten rid of, which in this case is Carson Gold, but for Josie that's going to be harder than she thinks.

The author, Rachel Vail, always does a splendid job of incorporating the book titles into her stories. You, Maybe made me laugh, cry, and feel all of the many emotions of the up and downs of teenage relationships, before, during, and after the break-up. It was easy to relate to Josie since we're both teenagers in high school, she was kind of shy, and the author described a lot about her thoughts, character, and personality. I could picture the scenes very well since they were well described. I liked most of the characters and their unique personalities except for the hunky Carson Gold because he seemed like a preppy snot who played girls and always seemed to get his way. The ending was fairly enjoyable and came as quite a surprise to me since it wasn't the perfect fairy-tale ending I was expecting. Overall this story was well-written and a fun read, but it left a few questions unanswered such as the outcome of her mother's health. I recommend this romantic and drama-filled novel to teenage girls looking for a quick summer read.

There was some sexual content and references.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA USA

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Jill McTeague is your average high school girl. With the help of her best friends Ramie and Daria, she embarks on a mission to be Tommy Knutson's prom date. As she becomes more involved with Tommy, he opens up to her with a secret similar to her own. Can she tell him why she is really gone for four days each month, something she won't even tell Ramie?

Meet Jack - he lives for four days every month. Jill physically and emotionally transforms Jack, anatomy and all, and for the last few years he has been content with spending those days locked in solitude in Jill's room daydreaming of Ramie. Anti-Jack Mrs. McTeague keeps his needs satisfied with food and pornography, while Mr. McTeague has confined himself to the basement to meditate and practice yoga.

But Jack's contentment has reached its end. If life wasn't hard enough having such a secret, Jill must resist harder to keep him one as he fights to be known and released from his captivity.

Lauren McLaughlin did a wonderful job when writing Cycler. She discusses gender issues in a practical yet unrealistic way that allowed me to see a whole different perspective. The story is full of twists from the beginning that kept me reading. Just as I thought I knew what would happen, BAM! I think that some of the surprises were unnecessary, but overall I would recommend it to any young adult reader.

Reviewer Age:20

Reviewer City, State and Country: Bay City, Texas United States

See No Evil

"See No Evil" is the tale of a girl named Nettie. She does not go to school like all other kids; instead, she has a private tutor. Her favorite of these tutors, Miss Kovachev, disappears under mysterious circumstances. After her parents refuse to tell her why, she asks for the help of her friend Bennie, the night watchmen's son. They soon begin to uncover the horrifying reality behind Nettie's father, Vladamir (aka Vlad the Impaler), and many other shocking truths.

I found this book extremely hard to follow and could not understand what was going on for the majority of what I read. All of a sudden, I'd understand something, but it wouldn't make sense in the storyline, since I didn't know what was going on in the first place. I thought Nettie was not a very interesting main character, nor was anybody else in the story. Her disdain for every tutor she had (except Miss Kovachev) made me think she was just a bratty main character and the disappearance of her favorite teacher is hardly a good reason to investigate. I was interested in the fact that Vlad the Impaler was Nettie's father, but even that was not enough to keep my interest in this book. I definitely would not recommend this.

Content: 1
Rating: 2
Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH United States

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Guinevere's Gamble by Nancy McKenzie

"Guinevere's Gamble" by Nancy McKenzie is a lengthy book set in the Dark Ages. It follows Guinevere, the girl who is to one day marry King Arthur. However, King Arthur is scarcely mentioned as a present character in the novel. Additionally, there is no interaction between the two, let alone talk of marriage. Rather, the plot sticks to Guinevere's friends and enemies. A large part of the book talks about one of Guinevere's friends being falsely accused of kleptomania.
Book two in a four part series, this book is easy to follow. Events and characters are explained in depth. The only bad part is that major plot events in the legend of King Arthur are omitted; these are most likely saved for the proceeding books. Most of the book is either full of drama or mystery. While well-written, this hefty book does have some parts that make the book unnecessary longer.

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

Nina Khan is skunk girl. Not because she stinks, but because she has a stripe of soft hair that runs along her spine. Nina and her family are from Pakistan and she has genes that make her hairy. She and her sister Sonia were born in the United States and have never been to Pakistan, but her parents grew up there and were all about the traditions. These traditions include never dating, arranged marriages, and not being allowed to party. Nina is having a tough time with these rules, not that a boy has ever asked her out, but she'd like to have parties and some fun like any teenager would. On top of all of that, her parents aren't as impressed with her as they are her sister Sonia, the "supernerd", because she knows she can't live up to those expectations.
Then, the new school year starts. Her friends Bridget and Helena are easy to find boyfriends and they try hard not to make Nina feel bad. Deer Hook High, being the small town that it is, no one new ever moves in, but that all changes when the boy of her dreams comes from Italy. He's Asher, he's handsome, and all the girls want him, including Nina. Asher soon dates Nina's archrival Serena, but Nina can't help but think that Asher doesn't truly like Serena, that he really likes her. But how would that work, her parents wouldn't approve of a boy non-Pakistani, and she would feel guilty going behind their backs.

This book was good, but a little cliche. Its plot was basic and a lot of other books I've read have the same kind of thing. Girl meets boy, girl wants boy, girl can't have boy, and so on. When you get to the middle of the book, you can pretty much guess what happens for the rest of it. Although, it did have a turn around from other books with this plot. The fact that Nina was Pakistani, it had a lot of their traditions, language, and food. I thought it helped me understand the culture a little bit because I didn't know anything about Pakistan.

Some drinking, mentions of sex, but no details.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Norristown, Pennsylvania USA

Monday, June 15, 2009

Flirting with Boys by Hailey Abbott

Every summer Celeste Tippen has to work at her family's resort. She also has to deal with the son of their family's wealthiest clients, Nick, flirting with her constantly. This year is different. Celeste's boyfriend, Travis, has a job at the resort as well. Nick and Celeste need to plan a party that will be the biggest event that her resort has ever seen, but Travis cannot leave Nick alone. Celeste's feelings change towards both Travis and Nick as she learns more about who they really are.

I thought that this book would be an easy, but fun, read. It was entertaining, but the level of difficulty was too low for me. Almost every event in the book was conventional and expected. The book was not unique, but it was still a good book. The dialogue between the characters seemed to be unrealistic at certain spots, and the characters' emotions were pretty extreme. This book is most likely suited for girly-girls. I would recommend this book to teenage girls who want a fun book to read in the summer.

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

Sixteen year old, Brit Hemphill can be seen as your typical semi-rebellious teen. She is lead vocals in her rock band, sports a tattoo, and can't for the life of her get along with her father and step-mother. Any other parent would just let their child live out their rebellious teen years. But not hers. Her father and step-mother send her to Red Rock; a boot camp like institution that breaks people down in order to "share their emotions." Here, Brit learns about her real mother, who lives in an institution with schizophrenia. Along the way, Brit meets four other young women who encourage each other to stay sane in this insane environment. These "Sisters in Sanity," as they call themselves, must stick together and find some way out of Red Rock; back into normal, real life.

I really liked this book. I have to admit, as an eighteen year old, it took me a little longer to get into the book. The issues Brit dealt with were very much so for a sixteen year old, like having her first crush and being totally against everything her parent's said. But once in Red Rock, I was intrigued. The situations each girl was in were very real and raw. For example, one of the girls, Cassie, was a bisexual. There was no hiding behind a blanket; the girls' issues were thrown right in front of you. At times, especially the end, the book jumped quickly from one scene to the next. I know the book can't go on forever but I saw some scenes that were more important than others and they were left for my imagination. But maybe that's how a good writer writes. Overall, it was a good book that made me take a step back from my sheltered life to see what other girls have to deal with in theirs.

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country: Villa Hills, Kentucky United States

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rise of the Heroes - Hero.com #1 by Andy Briggs

When Toby, Lorna, Pete, and Emily stumble on a website that gives them superpowers it soon gets them in trouble. In order to get hero points they must perform jobs. When Toby and Lorna's mother is kidnapped they have no choice but to save her. With their friends' help of course. Can they do all of this even though they get bullied all day from the school kids? Will these mere kids be enough to stop a super villain? Find out when you fly through the pages of this book!

This was a really good book. I loved the concept of how a website could give you super powers. Giving the super powers to little kids and not grownups made the book even better. The book was very simple with a few hard words and I flew right through it. The book had very vivid imagery which felt like you were in the experience with them. Though when your mother is torn away from you I believe you would do anything in your power to get her back!

Mild Violence
Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Northport, NY USA

Friday, June 12, 2009

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

"Love, Aubrey" by Suzanne LaFleur is about a girl whose
little sister and father die. Traumatized by the experience, Aubrey's mother just walks out on her one day. The grandmother takes Aubrey to live with her upon
discovering that Aubrey is alone. Up in Vermont, Aubrey makes friends with the girl next door and learns to cope with her life. In the end, when her mother comes to her
senses, Aubrey must choose between moving back home and staying in Vermont.

This book revolves around a melancholy issue, but it does not make readers sad. Rather, it makes readers think about their own lives and just how precious
life is. The plausible drama in the book makes it a page-turner. Also interesting are Aubrey's meetings with her guidance counselor and her letters she writes to her
sister's imaginary friend and dead family members. This book is great for young ones, making them think beyond their years.

Content: 1
Rating: 9
Age:18 Staten Island, NY USA

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival by Dene Low

What if your uncle (and guardian) started eating bugs? What if, on the day of your coming out party, two important guests - and later, your dearest friends - were kidnapped? What if your heart's true love still treated you like a little sister? And finally, what if your pesky, insane relatives got wind of this scandal and came knocking at your door?

Preposterous you say! But it's exactly what happens to Petronella Arbuthnot. Now it is up to her, Uncle Augustus, the handsome Lord James Sinclair, several old biddy aunts, and some bumbling investigators from Scotland Yard to rescue the threesome, and possibly save England. Grab your intelligence, a copy of Insectile Creatures (in case Uncle Augustus gets hungary), and some relatives to boot! This quirky Victorian story is bound to tickle you pink and leave you waiting for the next preposterous adventure!

Complete with zaniness and historical events, The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival (whoa, even the name is preposterous) was quite an entertaining book. Not to mention it was nice to read something different for a change! It wasn't an extreme page flipper, but it had just enough fun and mystery to keep you occupied. It reminded me a lot of a Charles Dickens novel, but minus the sad or dark approach because this book was always light and humorous. The language was easy to understand,despite it staying true to the 20th century grammar or the "large" words throughout the novel. "Large" words? Hey, don't be scared off that easily, it was just part of Petronella's character! I found Petronella to be a very good heroine since she stayed completely one top of the kidnapping case and wasn't afraid to "tally-ho" into danger (or rather relatives with pointy umbrellas). What of Petronella's bug-eating uncle? Now, that was the best addition to the story - never a dull moment with him on the scene!
I truly think Low has a knack for the preposterous: funky wordplay and the outrageous characters. All in all, this book was fun and I would highly recommend. Mind you though, stay away from the Tou-eh-mah-mah beetles or you'll wind up like Uncle Augustus....

Recommended for ages 11 to teen
(Nine yrs. seems a little too young for the semi-Victorian style language)

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: , NM USA

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look

This is a funny book about Alvin Ho, a second grader, who is afraid of everything. When his father suggests going on a camping trip, Alvin is terrified. He asks his brother, Calvin to help him be less afraid. Calvin orders special camping equipment, including night vision goggles. The camping trip was filled with some unexpected moments and Alvin learned to overcome his fears. In the end, he actually enjoyed it.

I liked this book because it is the funniest book I have ever read. Alvin met a friend while he was camping and they pretended to be superheros. His sister, who was usually annoying, was a big help on the trip. The best part was that Alvin faced his fears while having fun. If you like to laugh and like adventure, you will love this book.

Reviewer Age:10

Reviewer City, State and Country: Baltimore, MD USA

Peril on the Sea by Michael Cadnum

Sailing the seas in the summer of 1588 was a risky voyage for many people and for the heroic Sherwin Morris, it was a job that he must do. Riding on the sea vessel named Vixen, captained by the pirate/gentlemen Brandon Fletcher, Sherwin is assigned the job of writing the life story of Captain Fletcher. On their perilous journey, they manage to strike a deal with the once wealthy Sir Anthony Westing to kidnap his own vessel. They are told to hide it away from the Spaniards and other men who would love to get their hands on its precious cinnamon and spice cargo. In the mean time they are also to take his daughter, Miss Katharine Westing, along with them so she will not be caught in the middle of the Spanish Armada attack. Little did they know that they were sailing right into the Spanish Armada and who knows what lies ahead in their path.

I had hoped this book to be a lot better, but it wasn't. It lacked excitement, and seemed to linger on the same subject forever. It took me a little while longer to read it because it didn't interest me as much. It also took a long time to get to the battle scene, and when it finally did I didn't have a clue what was going on!! It did have a good story line and yes I would recommend it to someone who likes historical fiction. If you like books with a lot of action, this isn't the book for you. I would recommend this for ages 13 and up.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: , New Mexico USA

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Lights, Camera, Amalee by Dar Williams

Amalee has inherited a unique memento from her grandmother, who has just passed away--a large champagne bottle filled with over a thousand dollars in coins. Told to do something special with the cash, Amalee sets out to make a movie on what she is most passionate about-- endangered species. Over the course of the summer, Amalee has fun making her movie, with help from family, friends, and neighbors along the way. She also finds a connection to her mother, whom she never got the chance to know. From behind the scenes, Amalee learns more about herself and the people closest to her.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book to read. I felt that Amalee's efforts and achievements seemed quite realistic, and this story was portrayed from a reasonable middle schooler's view. I felt that this book reflected a good theme--the importance of friends and family. In addition to that, many of the characters were fun to read about.

Unfortunately, this book was slow at times. I also noticed that this book lacked some interesting descriptions and details in parts. I would recommend this book to girls ages 10-13 because I believe that they will really be able to relate to Amalee's story of finding herself.

Reviewer Age:13

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

Monday, June 08, 2009

Dessert First by Hallie Durand

Dessert First by Hallie Durand is a pleasant little book for young readers. The main character Dessert starts third grade, and her new teacher tells the class to march to the beat of their own drum. Dessert interprets this to mean that she should do whatever she wants (i.e., eat dessert before dinner at home). Drama ensues in her family with this, and Dessert ends up eating a special dish her mother made for a birthday party. To make up for this, Dessert does something very special that teaches readers a valuable lesson.

This book is great for little eyes. The thin book has large print, and it is not at all intimidating. Additionally, the black and white illustrations hold the reader's interest with great detail and often facetious depictions. Interestingly, Durand makes the text larger when characters are being loud and smaller when they are being quiet. This is unique and especially beneficial to young readers because it encompasses the full scope of the story's scenarios.

Reviewer Age:18
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

One Lonely Degree by C. K. Kelly Martin

Change is gradual, and for Finn, she can never remember when everything was exactly right. She can'' remember when her parents started to fight and she doesn't recall ever being normal in school. But when Jersy (her best friend from age six) moves back into town, things start to change. Finn finally starts to like him when her best friend, Audrey, starts dating him. They date for the remainder of sophomore year, but when Audrey leaves for the summer, Finn gets closer and closer to Jersy no matter how much she didn't want to.

This is a book of love and loss, a book that depicts the teenage life of a high-school girl and a book that I couldn't put down. This is a book written for and about teenage girls. Finn experiences some of the problems that girls have today and for girls to able to read about it will give them something to connect with. I liked this book so much and didn't put it down until I was finished. So, pick up One Lonely Degreeand read about Finn's adventures through her high school experience. Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country

Tempo Change by Barbara Hall

Tempo Change is the story of a girl named Blanche Kelly who has a rock star for a father. Because he left when she was in 1st grade, no one at her school knows her dad is famous. Her mom doesn't understand that her dad, as an artist, needs space to be happy and make music and that's why he left them. Blanche is in touch with him through email but doesn't tell anyone, including her mom about it. Suddenly, Blanche decides to make a rock band for the school's talent show and they become popular enough to qualify for a big music festival. She realizes that this could be a way to see her father again and get a better chance to talk with him. More importantly, this could be a chance for him to see her and her band. Self-discovery and family issues are an important concept of this book.

I found the book really interesting and different. Blanche had a very strong voice and was also a realistic character. Throughout the book, she was sarcastic and independent, but not always completely sure of herself. She questioned herself and those around her often, showing well her confusion as a teenager and making her someone I could relate to. The other characters were also believable, because they changed their minds and went through problems with their own families or ideas. All of the people in the book sounded genuine, because of the diversity and imperfection in their personalities. Details weren't a huge part of the book, but when the author really described something, I could picture it well and tell it was important. Sometimes a little more detail was needed, but most of the time that added to the style of the book. The plot was original and the author wrote it well. I learned about the relationship between teens and their parents and would recommend this to people who don't require lots of action but like a good storyline and strong characters.

Reviewer Age: 13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Needham, Massachusetts United States

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head

"Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head" by Nancy Viau is a fun chapter book for young readers. It recounts the scientifically passionate life of little Samantha, a tomboy in the fourth grade. She goes on a class trip to a cave, performs at a talent show, sees the Grand Canyon, and develops her first crush. In general, she is in love with rocks and earth science. Aside from the main plot events, there are also parts where Sam needs anger management, learns to get along with her sister, discovers facts about her late father.

The love of science is portrayed greatly and may inspire children to make little science journals of their own. However, the stereotype that girls are not good at math is subtly implied. In the book, Sam has problems with fractions and writes them backwards (which may confuse young readers). Also, when the journal entries are written out, some words are misspelled or have incomplete descriptions with questions. Although it may be realistic since the journals are supposed to be written by a fourth grader, they do not help young readers pedagogically.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Lincolns by Candace Fleming

The Lincolns by Candace Fleming is a fabulous non-fiction book about the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Everyone has heard the story of Abraham Lincoln, but I loved it because it also told the story of Mary Lincoln. It was interesting to see the contrast between Abrahams and Marys childhood. Abraham was a hard working farm boy and Mary never worked a day in her life, coming from a rich family. In this book the reader also learns about the lives of the Lincoln's sons, Tad, William and Thomas.

I liked this book because it contains hundreds of little articles. This is a book written like a scrapbook and is filled with pictures, timelines, letters, and newspaper articles. I wish the author spent more time talking about Lincoln's assassination. Still, I think this the best book for kids about both Abraham and Mary Lincoln. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves facts and biography fans.

Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake Bluff, IL USA

Darkborn by Alison Sinclair

Darkborn only survive in the night and burn in sunlight. Lightborn are the opposite, but some lightborn are given the power of magic. Rarely their is a darkborn mage. Darkborn and lightborn are separated, living in different worlds. If they dare enter the others' world, they will die. Darkborn alternates between Balthasar, Telmiane, and Ishmal. Balthasar is a darkborn doctor in training while Temaine is a lovely woman from the royal family. The very unusual gift Talmaine has is to touch-read peoples minds, so she insists on wearing high gloves everywhere she goes so she cant read their minds. Ishmal is a darkborn mage in training and a shadow hunter. When a former friend of Balthasar comes to him one night, pregnant with twin boys, he must take her in for the day. After the twins are born, men arrive and nearly beat Balthasar to death. When Balthasars wife, Telmaine, and Ishmal arrive and as the men were hurrying to leave, they snatched Telmaines oldest daughter from her arms. As Telmaine and Ishmal enter, they find out Telmaine is a Darkborn mage as she heals Balthasar. As Telmaine, Ishmal, and Balthasar head of to find their daughter, who kidnapped her and the limits of Telmaines power, they discover old friends that arent their friends at all.

Alison Sinclair does a wonderful job with her details that make the reader seem that they are in the scene with the characters. In the beginning of the novel, the differences between darkborn and lightborn are confusing. Too many questions come in the beginning that arent explained until later. These questions drive the reader on, curious as to what happens and what is the limit of power Telmaine possesses inside of her, waiting to come out. This book stands high among my favorite novels. I adored this book so much I am sad to see that there are more books to read till the whole mystery is figured out and happy to read more to find out how their journey ends. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magic, love stories, fantasies, and figuring out destinies. It is a marvelous book that is perfect with detail, story line, the characters bonds, cliff hangers, and an ending that leaves the reader wanting more.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake Bluff, Illinois United States of America

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson

Bad Girls Club was the dark, heart wrenching novel by Judy Gregerson that explored how two sisters’ lives can be changed forever by mental illness. At the beginning of the story we learn pretty quickly that Destiny and Cassidy’s mother has a mental illness and rage issues. Destiny tells us how her life falls apart while trying to keep her family together. Throughout the story we learn how her mother’s illness started and the reason why her family is so tediously working towards a better life. All members of the family are manipulated by the pressure and responsibility of taking care of her mother, that Destiny is neglected and the problems she can see disregarded. We see Destiny’s almost normal life fall apart until she has nothing to live for. To overcome their mother’s illness and a childhood of trauma and uncertainty sisters Destiny and Cassidy, must look out for each other, stick together and decide what is right for themselves.

This was a very powerful and emotive book. Bad Girls Club shows you how much of a problem mental illness can be for some families and shows you the journey one teenage girl took to overcome her familial restraints. I thought this was a capturing and moving book that gives you an insight into others pain and troubles; this book gave me a great sense of perspective and made me appreciate the family I am in. Gregerson writes with such colour and brutal description that allows you to sympathize and understand how the characters feel and the way they are interacting. She showed very well the effects abusive and negligent parents can have on children of all ages. We were also able to see the amazing road Destiny had to take to work out her own life and what was best for her precious sister. This was a worthy read filled with disturbing scenes and warming passages of strength and redemption. A book that will not soon be forgotten.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8
Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Melbourne , Victoria Australia

Claire and the Bakery Thief

Claire and the Bakery Thief by Janice Poon is a fun graphic novel for children. Claire is in a new town because her parents want to start their own baking business in the country. While her parents work, Claire goes outside with her dog to play during her summer vacation. Claire makes a new friend, and they discuss family troubles they are both having. Claire’s mother leaves her father for a bit, and her friend’s father absconded to Mexico when she was younger. Later, a villain enters the picture and suspense ensues as Claire and her friend must save the day together.

Told in graphic format, the black and white story comes to life. Little diary entries are interspersed to inspire girls to write their own feelings down. This graphic novel for youngsters features an excellent role model for young girls; Claire is healthily proportioned. Better yet, at the end, there are fun recipes children can try with adult supervision.

Content: 1
Rating: 9
Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

World of Warcraft by Christie Golden

Arthas Menethil is the Crown Prince of Lordaeron and heir to the throne. He quickly became the most powerful figure as he emerged as the Lich King. This book tells the story of his journey from his peaceful childhood to his reign as the evil Lich King. Wars are fought and blood is shed. The journey takes us through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne. Will his plan to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft succeed? The future is uncertain.

Not being a World of Warcraft fan, I was not very captivated by this book. I did not know any of the characters beforehand, so it was very hard for me to follow them. But I'm sure that a person who knows the storyline very well would find this to be a very entertaining read. It is action-packed and plot-oriented. But it's not only just about action - it also contains rich emotion and details. Christie Golden did a great job of portraying Arthas throughout his life. The bottom line is - if you love World of Warcraft, this 320-page book will truly be a rewarding experience!

Reviewer Age:15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Palo Alto, CA USA

Monday, June 01, 2009

L.A. Summer by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson

"L.A. Summer" by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson is a highly disappointing read. It chronicles mainly the story of three teenage girls. Accessory characters are mentioned, but the focus is on Stacy's old best friend Mikki visiting for the summer only to find Stacy has a new best friend named Charlette. Anyway, all three have boyfriends for the moment and tend to only discuss boys. Over-the-top drama ensues as the girls argue. There is little suspense, and the plot is highly predictable. Sadly, the whole story can be summed up from the back cover.

Derogatory, sexually perverse, and grammatically incorrect, this book is a train wreck. The teenage girls are described by how much curves they have. Sentence fragments flood the pages, and slang words from the eighties are profuse. Girls give up their virginity in horrific detail. While set in LA, the story is anything but classy. The African American characters are just further stereotyped as hoodlums.

perverse graphic nature

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 0

Reviewer Age: 17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

The Princess and the unicorn

"The Princess and the Unicorn" by Carol Hughes is a modern fairy tale. It mixes the age-old themes of mystical creatures and royalty with up and coming devices like laptops and cell phones. The plot jolts back and forth between Eleanor (the princess) and Joyce (the fairy). Basically, the unicorn helps keep Joyce's forest thriving. When Eleanor takes the unicorn with her, Joyce just try to get her back. Suspense ensues when someone close to Eleanor betrays her and prevents her from helping her newfound fairy friend.

With a majestic unicorn and blonde princess on the pink cover, readers expect the same old happily ever after story. The book is full of frolicking; right? WRONG. Hughes manages to weave a masterful plot that both engages the readers and makes them think. Additionally, the descriptions take readers to a far away place of fantasy and beauty. A page-turner in every sense of the word, "The Princess and the Unicorn" is a must have for girls that want to be lost in a book that is both girly and 'literarily' strong.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA

Arrival Of The Prince by James Rutledge

It is September of 2007, and the world is in turmoil. Major religions all agree on one thing: the end of days is fast approaching. What roles do an expert linguist, a geneticist, and a professor of archaeologist play in the heavenly drama? This question and others are answered in a flashback to the summer of 2006. Myla de Naci is searching for the first genetically modern human, an individual that she believes revolutionized the human race almost overnight. Her research leads to her to Dr. Robert Pearlmutter, whose archaeologist team is conducting a South African excavation in a mysterious cave that he believes housed the very humans Doctor de Naci has been searching for evidence of. Another researcher somehow linked to this puzzle, Dr. Gideon Law, has received several ancient stone tablets which point to a hidden message revealing information about the fast-approaching apocalypse. These three brilliant experts in their fields soon find that they, as well as some of their other colleges, are merely pawns in a larger plot, one devised by Satan himself.

The idea behind this novel is very nicely conceived, well-thought out, and interesting. Unfortunately, the writing doesn't back up the storyline and often hinders progress on the reader's part. Reading this book was a chore. The different time jumps and scads of characters don't mesh cohesively until about the middle of the book, making the beginning less than engrossing. Many characters were poorly developed and strangely accepting of the bizarre circumstances in which they find themselves. It was sad to see such wasted potential in a book, as some of the part could have been developed into really interesting reading. I wouldn't recommend it, but will perhaps look out for other work by the author, James Rutledge, in the future.

This book contains a few explatives, mild sexual content, and descriptions of violence.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA United States

Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk

Slightly humorous with an interesting character, Magic in the Blood is an exotic story put together in a way that a reader can connect. Because of a new concept of magic, crime different to what is known can be committed, such as living as a ghost after death. Something a little out of the ordinary, yet easily understandable, Magic in the Blood is just a taste of the more modern genre of fiction.

I did not enjoy the book Magic in the Blood for a multitude of reasons. From the lack of detail throughout the book to the rhetorical questions asked by the character during thought process, I found the book extremely disappointing. Magic in the Blood left out all of the romance of loving the setting, theology, and plain magic of being able to transport your mind to a different world, which should be found when reading all fiction books. Devon Monk did achieve the purpose of keeping the plot simple. The writer was very successful in her description of characters throughout the book, but not in describing settings or objects. In all, the author had a great idea, but she did not exactly follow through.

The book mentions some sexual intercourse.
Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake Bluff, Illinois U.S.

Running For My Life by Ann Gonzalez

Andrea McKane has Post Traumatic stress disorder. Her Mom has schizophrenia,
a disease which makes her do crazy things. Andrea needs a way to escape and
leave her problems behind. When she discovers running, it does just that.
Andrea also goes to Samantha, her therapist, who helps her straighten out her
life. This realistic fiction book really opens your eyes to the hardships you never

I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. I never imagined
someone would have to face the challenges Andrea had to face. This book was
quite powerful. It made me want to help kids with post traumatic stress
disorder. The characters were unique, and I could connect to them easily. The
plot was really interesting, but I had never heard of either of the disorders. I
really enjoyed the writing style because it captured how Andrea was feeling
perfectly. I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed the book Rules,
by Cynthia Lord

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Lake Bluff, IL United States

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

The Fountain family has faced endless grief within the last couple of years and their future seems quite bleak as well. First the childrens mother died, after refusing treatment for her fatal cancer so that she could give life to their baby brother Tris. Then, just two years later their father dies in a terrible accident leaving the four Fountain children alone and parent less with only their self-involved Aunt Cheryl left to care for them.

Within weeks the two Fountain daughters, Madison and Smithy flee, one going to live with her godparents and the other going to a boarding school hundreds of miles away. This leaves Jack to be the strong one, the one to take care of Tris, because Cheryl really only cares about herself and home makeover shows on TV.

As Tris third birthday approaches, Cheryl decides that she is ready for fame and sells the familys soap-opera story to a reality television producer and Jack knows that his life is about to be thrown upside down once again. The thing is though this event brings the family together again. Along the way they find out some troubling information that makes them question if the witness of their dads death lie?d

I believe if you looked Caroline B. Cooney up in an encyclopedia you would find & author of heart-thudding thrillers. I could literally not stop reading this book and absolutely gobbled it up. The book as a whole was great, but there were definitely some holes that I wish had been patched up.

First of all, the plot was very original and was the driving force behind the heart-thudding feeling you got while reading the book. I loved how the author took a mystery and turned it into a novel about family, friendship, trust, loss, and love. These themes melded perfectly throughout the book and really made the reader take a step back and evaluate their own life in a different light. I did have a couple issues with the plot though. Some of the events, such as Cheryl gaining custody automatically over the children and there being no original investigation into the fathers death, were completely left out. This left a big gap for me as I felt it could have been a crucial part in the story. The storyline was also a bit predictable, but the suspense created by the little details really helped the reader to not focus on what was coming next.

As for characters, this is really where the book lacked. All of the characters were one-dimensional; especially the adults, and I wish they were so much more. The little we did get to learn about the characters though was great. Jack was definitely the hero in the book and by far a favorite, as he sacrificed his social life in order to step up to the plate and care for his younger brother.

Another plus for this book is the authors writing style. She made the book incredibly realistic and all throughout the story I felt like I was reading an article from the local newspaper instead of a piece of fiction. Also the point of view she wrote the book in was quite interesting. It felt like a mix between third and first person, but all in the present tense, much like in Lisa McManns novels. This quirky style took a while to get used to but in the end it definitely added to the book.

Overall this was a good novel that all teen readers will enjoy. It had enough action to satisfy anyone and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved how the author dealt with the breaking and healing of a family and really showed what love is and its immense powers.
TSamb - Reviewer Age:16 Reviewer City, State and Country: Currituck, NC United States