Publisher: Aladdin

Book Review: Sky Raiders

Book Review: Sky Raiders

Halloween is supposed to be all fun and games, until Cole and his friends end up in a creepy basement and are taken through a portal and made into slaves in the Outskirts. He has followed them through when he could have left them but ends up captured as well and sold to the Sky Raiders, who loot floating castles that only appear for hour to days at best and often can be very dangerous. Cole meets Mira, who has a small amount of shaping powers, which his friends were taken to the castle for. On a dangerous mission, he […]

Posted August 23, 2018
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Book Review: Dead City

Book Review: Dead City

Dead City was a book I anticipated reading, as it seemed to take a more action themed look at dealing with zombies. I thought it was an intriguing idea of having a group of kids that do not hunt zombies, but police that society. Beyond that, I love strong female characters and the fact that Molly is a smart girl who doesn't realized she has been trained for being a part of MIST her whole life. So when she is asked to join the team, she finds that she is passing all of the tests with flying colors. Different than […]

Posted January 3, 2014
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Book View: Walking to the B..

Book View: Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues

  Short & Sweet: Alfa lives with his sister Zinnia and grandmother in Alabama during the bus boycott and are always struggling to pay their rent money. Someone keeps stealing part of their hidden rent money and they must find out who it is before the rent is due. When they go to clean a house with their grandmother, they are accused of stealing two thousand dollars and must find who did it so they can get their pay before their rent is due. I loved the pace of this book and the intriguing mystery of rent money disappearing. Alfa […]

Posted March 31, 2013
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Book Review: The Unwanteds

Book Review: The Unwanteds

Billed as a magical tale with a sprinkle of dystopian, The Unwanteds came to my attention simply due to my previous experience with McMann's work. Through her Wake series, I fell in love with her writing and ability to take readers to the edge. Now with her branching into the Middle Grade genre, I knew that I had to give The Unwanteds a shot.   While Reading: In the land of Quill, everything is by the book. You follow their rules. Their ideals of how this society should function. If you step out of bounds, you can earn an Infraction; […]

Posted August 28, 2011
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Book Review: The Limit

Book Review: The Limit

  Matt's society is very much like our own. We all live relatively normal lives and have X amount of money to spend. The only difference? In Matt's society, every family has a limit. An amount of money that they can freely spend without facing the consequences. Consequences that Matt never thought he would need to face. While The Limit has all the elements needed to make it a wonderful novel, the dystopian element, for the most part, fell flat for me. The reader gets a decent glimpse into Matt's government controlled world, yet it is really never explained or […]

Posted September 23, 2010
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Book Review: Knightley Acad..

Book Review: Knightley Academy

Let's just say that I think it rivals that of Harry Potter. It has that same friendship interaction, forms of bullying, and the underlying evil plot that will hopefully bring everyone together by the end of the series. I think this is the next big thing. It's epic enough, involving enough and it has the diversity that every series needs. I have a big thing for underdogs getting what they deserve in life and this book is it. Definitely check this book out if you want nearly 500 pages of engaging YA literature that will keep you thinking for days. […]

Posted September 9, 2010
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Book Review: Jack Blank And..

Book Review: Jack Blank And The Imagine Nation

  From the first pages, I fell in love with Jack Blank And The Imagine Nation. The tale is comprised of young Jack. A child who knows next to nothing about this family or about what the future holds for him. His only joy in life currently lies in the hands of a hidden stash of forbidden comic books. In these books, he is able to imagine that life is not confined to the drab walls of St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost. A place that delights in dashing Jack's hopes and dreams. A place whose […]

Posted August 29, 2010
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Book Review: This is Me Fro..

Book Review: This is Me From Now On

When Francesca moves in, Evie's life is turned upside down. Francesca is beautiful, weird, and has some issues with lying and deception. No matter what she does though, Evie can't avoid her new neighbor and finds herself becoming friends with Francesca. But their friendship is pulling Evie's life in a different direction than she's used to and she's not sure if that is good or bad. This book really delved into the issue of friendship and what it truly means. Evie's your average middle school girl. She has a good life, two best friends, and a safe routine of how […]

Posted July 20, 2010
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