CATCHING FIRE by: Suzanne Collins

 This is the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy. As the tension grows in Panem, Katniss Everdeen is thrown back into the Hunger Games. Just like in The Hunger Games book, I don’t want to give you much of a summary because it will give a lot of things away. This book has a lot more drama than the first book, but it really fits into the setting. There are tons of huge surprises around every corner. It is cool how Katniss has such a deep and troubled character, it seems as with every decision something new appears. I give Catching Fire 5 out of 5 shields. This book keeps you guessing the whole time! WARNING! This book also has a lot of violence, gore, and a little bad language! It was on the edge with my parents whether I would be allowed to read this book.

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

The movie release for The Hunger Games is even closer! It comes out on March 23! I am so excited!

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm  Comments (5)  
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THE HUNGER GAMES by: Suzanne Collins

 Katniss, a fourteen year old, finds herself at the 74th annual Hunger Games; ready to fight to the death with 23 other “tributes” for food and for their life. Can she survive? The reason my summary of this book is so short is because the author has so many twists and turns put in that I don’t want to give anything away. This book had me hooked from the very start. Suzanne Collins puts so much detail and emotion into this book. I give The Hunger Games 5 out of 5 shields. This book is one of the best that I’ve ever read. WARNING! The book is technically classified as young adult. You might want to check with your mom or dad whether you can read it or not. The reason it is young adult is for the violence- there is a ton of it, gore, and some swearing. My mom read it first and said I could read it, but it was on the borderline of what she would normally let me read. I tagged it for 12 and up. It is still a great book! The Hunger Games is the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Here is a heads up about the Hunger Games movie: It comes out on March 23. I’m so excited! I would highly recommend that you read the book(s) before the movie. I think I might have Peeta, oh, I mean pita bread with dinner that night.

Published in: on January 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm  Comments (8)  
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THE AKHENATEN ADVENTURE by: P.B. Kerr

  Strange things have been happening to John and Phillipa, but when they have their wisdom teeth pulled out, the strangest of all happens, they get visited in their minds by their uncle Nimrod. He tells them that they should visit him in London instead of going to summer camp. The kids go home and they tell their parents that they want to go to London and surprisingly their parents agree. When they get to Nimrod’s house they realize that they may not be just human! I loved this book from the start. It had really great writing and the storyline was awesome! In one part you think that the book is over, but the author comes back with some really cool stuff. This book is great for people with an interest in ancient egyptian history and magic or just someone looking for a good book. The Akhenaten Adventure gets 5 out of 5 shields.

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

SEA CUTTER: BOOK 1 IN THE CHRONICLES OF NATHANIEL CHILDE by:Timothy Davis

 When Nat’s mother goes to Maine and his father presumed dead he is left all alone. Nat’s friend Wayland comes over one afternoon and has a huge sea chest. Nat immediately recognises it as his father’s. They open it up and it has a mysterious message. Nat opens a case meant for his mother and finds a huge pearl. He thinks that it is a clue that his father is  on an island that has never been found, Perlas Grandes. Wayland suggests that they search for Perlas Grandes on his boat, the Sea Cutter. Nat gets excited, but Wayland ruins it by saying that he has to get permission from his mother to go. Nat soon finds a way around it, but what will he do about the deadly stowaway onboard the Sea Cutter? This was my first e-reader book! There was a little violence(someone gets stabbed), but I think a 9-year-old could handle it. This book reminded me of Treasure Island a little bit. I liked how in one part(I’m not telling you which) a character reappears from the beginning.  It had a ton of twists and turns with some cool nautical stuff. Sea Cutter get 4 out of 5 shields. Here is a link to Mr. Davis’ website www.timothydavisauthor.com/.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

ATHERTON: House of Power by: Patrick Carman

Here is my Patrick Carman review thanks to Erik at This Kid Reviews Books  www.thiskidreviewsbooks.wordpress.com.  Check out his awesome blog.

Edgar works on the Grove. He helps produce figs to trade for water. The Highlands, the highest part of Atherton, controls all of the water. It is forbidden to climb the cliffs to get to another level of Atherton.  Edgar does it anyway and finds a mysterious book.  He cannot read it though so he must take it to the Highlands. What will happen when the book’s secrets are revealed? I couldn’t put this book down. I fees like Edgar is your friend. Mr. Carman went to great lengths to describe the geography and science behind Atherton. The website for the book is pretty cool too, here is the link: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/athertonseries/index.html.    This book really takes you to a whole new place.  Atherton gets 5 out of 5 shields.

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

THE SON OF NEPTUNE by: Rick Riordan

  Percy Jackson finds himself running into a Roman demigod camp with his memory stolen. The kids at camp have their own problems to worry about: One guy’s life depends on a stick! The Mother Earth and her giants want to take over the world. Can Percy and his friends band together and stop the giants from rising again and learn to use their “gifts”? The characters all have a gift/curse so it is interesting how they try to solve their problems. I read this book in one day it was so good! The Son of Neptune gets 5 out of 5 shields. This is book 2 in the Heroes of Olympus series. You can check out Mr. Riordan’s site at www.rickriordan.com. There are tons of cool facts on all of his books. ;D

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

THE SHIFTER by: Janice Hardy

Nya is a taker. She can shift pain into other people. Nya’s sister, Tali, disappears and Nya must find her but she must also get to the bottom of what’s happening with government officials. I loved the characters in this book-everyone has a very distinct personality and they really develop throughout the story. I also like the setting very much, there is a war going on and it’s set in the desert. I give this book 4 out of 5 shields. This is book one in The Healing Wars Series. I can’t wait to read the next one. To learn more about these books you can check out Ms. Hardy’s website at http://www.janicehardy.com.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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HATCHET by:Gary Paulsen

When Brian goes to see his father the pilot of his plane suddenly has a heart attack. Brian manages to land it, but can he survive with only a hatchet? Can he face the dangers of the wild? I give this book 4 out of 5 shields. I really liked the parts about the little things that Brian starts to notice while he is in the wild. The situations and problems Brian gets into are very creative. You can always count on Gary Paulsen for a good survival story. Here is a link to his website: www.randomhouse/features/garypaulsen.com.

♦♦♦♦◊ 4 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 9, 2011 at 12:03 am  Comments (5)  
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THE QUILL PEN by: Michelle Isenhoff

 Micah lives in an ordinary town with ordinary people… or so he thought. When his strict father sends him to help an old widow clean her attic, he sees a brightly colored quill pen that he keeps. At first he writes a journal entry and strangely enough it comes true! Then he writes again and again and every time he writes with the pen it comes true! He then learns dark secrets and mysterious tales. He meets an invincible man and fights a murderer. Follow Micah as he goes on his adventures with the quill pen. I loved the suspense in this book! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading! I give this book 5 out of 5 shields. Great job Michelle Isenhoff!  You should definitely check out this book at www.michelleisenhoff.com

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields

Published in: on November 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Comments (7)  
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THE ROAR by: Emma Clayton

Mika is distraught by his sisters disappearance. He is stuck living poor and hiding from the animal plague (it is set in the future). He sees an advertisement for an arcade game called Pod Fighter. The next day his counselor has a hunch that he may find his sister by playing Pod Fighter. He immediately enters and starts to win, but it isn’t just Pod Fighter they are playing now. It is a maze of lies and deception. Will Mika find his sister?! I loved this book so much I read it in two days. The suspense factor in it is amazing. You feel Mika’s pain and his victory. Great job to Emma Clayton! I give this book 5 out of 5 shields!

♦♦♦♦♦ 5 out of 5 shields