Month: August 2014

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Back to School, With a Supernatural Twist

Not many of us are excited to go back to school, but if you need a way to make the back to school time of year a little more enjoyable, then check out some of these novels that make school seem more exciting.  Let’s just say these are not your average schools…

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashbyzombie queen book cover

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

greatterriblebeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

avalonhighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

CrossMyHeartCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world…for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school’s top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie’s name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskeyjekel loves hyde book cover

YA FANTASKEY, B.

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

legaciesLegacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy book cover

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Reviews by You!

if i grow up book coverIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

DeShawn is growing up in the poorest area of New York where there are two main careers: gang involvement or fast food. When the responsibility of caring for his grandma, sister, and twin niece and nephew, with a baby on the way, become too much, DeShawn joins the Disciples to help cope financially.

Review by Paige

Catching Fire book coverCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

This book was amazing! It had action and some problems with the Capitol which made it so much harder to put the book down. I would rate this book 11 out of 10! This book is by far in my top 10 favorite books.

Review by Gabby

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, N.

This was one of the best books I ever read. It starts out with a girl named Chloe who fell asleep in study hall. When she wakes up, it is six months later and it is snowing. She finds out that her crush is now her boyfriend, she scored a really high SAT, but her best friend won’t talk to her. Chloe must figure out how it happened and do something to fix it before it’s too late.

Review by Theresa

alex rider: Scorpia book coverScorpia by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

Full of twists and surprises, from one truth to the next, a real page turner and impossible to put down.

Review by Lia

Dualeddualed book cover by Elsie Chapman

YA CHAPMAN, E.

A girl named West Grayer lives in a place where they have twins (with the same DNA) from different parents. Now it’s West’s turn to try to kill her twin or she will be killed.

Review by Brigitte

Allegiant book coverAllegiant by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

Allegiant was a great way to wrap up the Divergent trilogy. Although I was upset by the way Roth ended the book with an unexpected event, it is worth reading. I enjoyed Insurgent more than Allegiant due to the fact of Insurgent being more people-pleasing and ending happily.

Review by Kristen

A Long Way GoneA Long Way Gone book cover by Ishmael Beah

YA 966.404 BEA

This book was really good. I really liked that there was so much detail involved. I didn’t like to believe that it was a true story because it is so sad. Overall I would recommend this book.

Review by Sam

the hatchet book coverHatchet by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Hatchet is an amazing book! It is about a boy who gets lost in the wild and has to survive. This realistic fiction book is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read on. So, for overall rating, I’d give this book a 9.5/10.

Review by Adam

saving the world and other extreme sports book coverSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

YA PATTERSON, J.

This is a really good book to read during the summer. Maximum Ride is a 14-year-old girl that has wings and can fly. She and her flock go on a mission to save the world and have to stop the crazy scientists from killing half the people in the world.

Review by Zoe

Something Wicked This Way ComesSomething Wicked this way comes book cover by Ray Bradbury

YA BRADBURY, R.

I thought that this classic book was really interesting. It made me think a lot! It was pretty scary and creepy, but it would be a great sci-fi read for anyone!

Review by Abby

Reviews by You!

pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

I really liked the idea and descripton mixed in with action and excitement. A must read series!

Review by Lia

SeaofMonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

It’s another great action-packed book by Riordan. It is very detailed and definitely one of my favorite books. I love how the characters are well-developed and have a sense of humor. It’s full of all emotions and feelings.

Review by Jill

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent book cover

YA ROTH, V.

5 stars!! A tale about true love and fighting back. Rebels, peacemakers, lovers, fighters, all come together. I really liked this book and I’m sure others will too!

Review by Natalie

ShadeOfMoonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

YA SF PFEFFER, S.

This book was an amazing read. It was interesting and a quick read.

Review by Ammu

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally CarterI'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you book cover

YA CARTER, A.

I really liked this book. 5 stars. It was exciting, romantic, and full of action. If you are looking for romance, excitement, and action, then read this book.

Review by Alexandra

DareYouToDare You To by Katie McGarry

YA MCGARRY, K.

The story is about trusting yourself. It’s about Beth who struggles with figuring out who she is and Ryan who does not know what his future should look like. I highly recommend this book to teen girls everywhere.

Review by Olivia

Does My Head look big in this book coverDoes My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.

This was a very good book filled with laughter. Abdel-Fattah really does understand the life of a typical teenager. She wrote an amazing book! One of my favorites by far.

Review by Patricia

RunawayKingThe Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

I really liked this sequel to The False Prince. It was action-packed and you never get bored. There are twists and turns that keep you reading. I hope there is another book in the series.

Review by Mia

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

Downsiders is a wonderful book. Lindsay discovers a hidden world underneath her city. When she goes to the secret city with her new friend, Talon, she unknowingly puts his world in jeopardy.

Review by Kyra

BeachBlondesBeach Blondes by Katherine Applegate

YA APPLEGATE, K.

Sun, sand, water– how nice did that sound? It sure did sound great to Summer Smith. She was on her way to Clam Claw Beach, Florida, when a tarot lady tells her she she will find love. The lady tells Summer that she would meet three guys: mysterious, dangerous, and the one.

Review by Elizabeth

Reviews By You!

Matched by Ally CondieMatched book cover

YA CONDIE, A.

5 stars!! An awesome story! A dramatic tale about making your own choices, falling in love, and rebelling. All the while, telling yourself to always believe in what you think is right.

Review by Natalie

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones book cover

YA CLARE, C.

I thought this book was really good. It had a lot of twists that want you to keep reading. It also makes you want to read more about all of the characters to see what happens to them all.

Review by Micaela

The Book Thief by Markus Zusakthe book thief book cover

YA ZUSAK, M.

A wonderful book that describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during World War II. Also, it is a fantastic book that anyone should have the time to read.

Review by Junghoo

All Unquiet ThingsAll Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

YA MY JARZAB, A.

A high school student attending Brighton Day was shot and killed. Everyone thought the case was closed but Neily and Audrey are not so sure. But what will the truth cost?

Review by Emma

House of HadesThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

It’s a great book! It is very hard to try and stop reading. Rick Riordan, as usual, made us hungry for more, as Percy and his friends try to close the doors of death and stop Gaea from rising.

Review by Benjamin

WhenAudreyMetAliceWhen Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

YA BEHRENS, R.

When Audrey Met Alice is a cleverly written book for people who like adventures and some suspense. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 4.

Review by Marissa

WishWish by Joseph Monninger

YA MONNINGER, J.

Wish is about Bee and her brother’s vacation from the Blue Moon Foundation. Her brother, Tommy, has cystic fibrosis. This book should be read by anyone who loves sharks. Their vacation wasn’t really what they expected. You’ve got to read the book to find out what actually happens.

Review by Emily

messengerMessenger by Lois Lowry

YA SF LOWRY, L.

Messenger weaves the wonderful story of a boy finding his place in life. He must make a choice that will decide whether he lives or dies, and how his previously perfect home will be affected.

Review by Lisa

AllegiantAllegiant book cover by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

The finale to the Divergent series did not disappoint! It was a great book with an unexpected and wonderful ending. I seriously love the ending to this series and it was my favorite ending to any trilogy ever! 4.5 stars out of 5.

Review by Sarah

TigersQuestTiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

YA HOUCK, C.

An awesome book! Everyone should read the whole series!

Review by Beetal

Reviews by You!

navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

YA VANDERPOOL, C.

This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.

Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.

Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain

YA MCCLAIN, L.

Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.

Review by Jacqueline

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent book cover

YA ROTH, V.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.

Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, D.

I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.

Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker

YA SHOEMAKER, T.

5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.

Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).

Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

YA MILLER, K.

I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.

Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer

YA PLUMMER, L.

An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.

Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

YA ZADOFF, A.

Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.

Review by Bennie