Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft is a story about a girl, a guy or two, and a few villains thrown into the mix. This book is an interesting combination of mystery, romance, and suspense. Think of a detective mystery thrown in with a classic love story with a new age twist. The characters are easy to connect with even if they are a bit shady. The plot really pulls the reader in with its characters and setting. Anyone looking for another good mystery story to add to their "books I've read list" should make sure this one makes the list.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Named by Marianne Curley is an emotionally gripping story. This story wields science fiction, fantasy, and a bit of romance like a mercenary wields a weapon, with the utmost expertise. This story uses time travel and futuristic technology alongside ancient magic and genetic gifts. Anyone looking for a story with action, suspense, and a few good plot twists, should read this novel. This book belongs on any teens wish list.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is a must read novel. This is a story of teenage rebellion, a secret society, and even some romance. This story will hook readers from the beginning and keep you reading late into the night. The witty banter and interesting use of English vocabulary makes this book a learning experience as much as it is entertaining. I recommend this book to anyone with a rebellious side, a soft spot for romance, or anyone that's bored with the usual teen centered story.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is a great series to read for teens seeking something new. The four books; Vampire Academy, Vampire Academy: Frostbite, Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss, and Vampire Academy: Blood Promise, are all part of a new and interesting supernatural world. New twists on the vampire folk lore set this series apart from other popular books in the same genre. With dynamic characters and an emotional plot, makes this series a gripping read from cover to cover. The characters are easy to relate to and are plagued with common teenage problems like peer pressure and depression and a few uncommon ones. I recommend this series to any teen looking for a good action or romance story, because this one has a great mix of both.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The books Horseman and Drowned by Christopher Golden and Ford Lytle Gilmore are part of The Hollow series. These books are a new twist on an old classic. This series is a new telling of the Sleepy Hollow legend created by Washington Irving. An explosive beginning sets the mood for the story. The characters are new and interesting additions, while some characters sound awfully familiar. Enemies from the past and new denizens of evil make an appearance. This series is definitely worth reading. I give this book 5 decapitated horsemen out of 5.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Fire by Kristin Cashore is a companion atory to her novel Graceling. This book is a great addition to the world in Graceling. The author uses details and certain features from the first novel to create a different but similar parallel world. This rich new world adds a new cast of characters and new twists on the world. This story is filled with danger, suspense, a mysterious boy with eyes of two different colors and a little romance in the mix. This novel is a great read for teens everywhere.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson is a gripping read. This forensic mystery story will hook readers and keep them reading until the end. This book has a cast of characters that are easy to connect with and dramatic plot full of twists. Those things and more makes this book worth reading. Anyone that likes a good mystery novel or someone that is interested in forensic science will enjoy this book as it gives insight on the life of a coroner. The story is filled with tragedy and some romance and a bit of a Sci-Fi twist. This book is worth reading.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The Demonata series by Darren Shan is a horrifying and gruesome masterpiece. This series is filled with plenty of gut churning injuries and enough action scenes and violence to placate even the most sadistic of readers. This series is filled with plot twists, strong characters, and great imagery. These are just a few things that make this series addictive. Once you start reading you will want to read until your done with the last. This series is worth reading for any fan of horror movies or action fans. Not to be overshadowed, this story also has some teenage angst and romance mixed in. Is this series worth reading? In the spirit of Halloween I give this series two severed thumbs up.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare is an award winning series in the fantasy genre. The three books City of Bones, City of Ashes, and the City of Glass are all worth reading. City of Bones, the first book in the series is a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (SCYABA) nominee. This series is filled with action and romance and well timed humor to keep the pages turning. This story is home to several very interesting characters that will draw the readers attention with their witty conversations and dynamic personalities. By the time you finish the third book you'll wish there were more. This series has been praised by authors and teenagers from all over. I highly recommend this series to everyone.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I Heart you, you Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder is written in an interesting and fun way. The classical story about a girl that finds a boy, a girl that loses a boy, and the twist of the boy that comes back. This may sound like the every day love story but it isn't. This story is a new twist on an old classic. The poetic styles throughout the book are refreshing and new for the everyday novel reader. This story will leave you with a smile. I recommend this to all the teenage guys and gals.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Hex by Rhiannon Lassiter is an action packed Sci-Fi novel. Set in London during the 2300s, this book is a compelling read. This book has everything that any action or Sci-Fi fantasy fan loves. The main characters are teenagers themselves and are pursued by a cruel and prejudice government group. Chase scenes and close call escapes keep the pages turning until the end. Characters walk the line between good and evil as does the government. This book is a great introduction to a new series and a great read by itself. This book deserves two digital thumbs way up.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr is a gripping read for teens. The moments of action and suspense are balanced out with moments of fear and love. The main character Leslie strives to make her own choices and claim her life as her own. Her problems at home and problems among friends makes this book easy for teens to connect with. This book is an emotional roller coaster and will keep the action fans and the romance lovers reading until the end. This book definitely belongs on any teens must read list.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a fantastic book. It is about a world shaken by a global catastrophe and how the people adapt to their ever changing surroundings.The main character, Alex Morales, is like any other teen. He works hard, worries about the future, and doesn't always get along with his siblings. Alex and other characters from the book are easy to connect to and will keep readers hooked until the end. Filled with love, doubt, dread, and a determination to survive this book makes for a great read for teens.