Eden West by Pete Hautman 

June 17, 2015

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Eden West follows the story of Jacob, a seventeen year old boy, living in the  isolated paradise of Nodd. Nodd is a world within a world, a secluded land that protects its members from the evils of the world. Jacob has grown up in Nodd his entire life, surrounded by green pastures and faith that the Angel, Zerachiel will come to save him and the people of Nodd. However in the year following Jacob’s seventeenth birthday, he is tempted by a beautiful girl, Lynna, from the outside world. As Jacob becomes further involved  with Lynna, things in Nodd begin to fall apart and so does Jacob’s faith and allegiance to his community.
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HellHole by Gina Damico

June 10, 2015

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Max Kilgore’s name sounds like something out of the latest action blockbuster, but his personality is the total opposite. His passion for dinosaurs and crossword puzzles, along with a really bad haircut, put him at the bottom of the food chain, and with a squeaky clean record Max is the epitome of a “good kid”. So imagine his surprise when one day, after digging for fossils on his local hill, he opens up a hole straight into hell. Now he has to deal with Satan (who has a passion for Doritos and Call of Duty) while taking care of his terminally ill mother.

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Book Review: Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

February 6, 2012

I’d like you to meet my good friend Alex. He’s really just like you and me. He’s seventeen. He’s a high school student. He has a crush on one of his teachers.  Sometimes he does the right thing, and sometimes he just messes things up.  He writes down everything in his diary and… I read it. Actually, that’s how I know so much about him.

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

August 23, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure – and terror – of reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (to be published in November 2011). In her debut novel, Mafi paints a rich, gorgeous, and terrifying post apocalyptic dystopian world that left me trembling and eternally grateful for free speech and ice cream. But while I hurriedly checked to be sure that my books and pets were safe and reassured myself that I wouldn’t incinerate if I stepped outside, Mafi’s vision lodged itself into a small but growing knot of anxiety in the back of my mind. I speedily ingest dystopian fiction, from the recent Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent, to the classic 1984 and The Giver. Okay, perhaps I’m taking all of this a little too seriously. How likely do you believe it is for the government to remove color from the world, as described by Lois Lowry? Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

March 17, 2011

I was going through the available downloadable audiobooks when I found this: an extension off of Eclipse. Do you remember that newborn vampire that the Volturi killed at the end of the book? Yeah, it’s that Bree Tanner. It’s the short second life of Bree Tanner.

It starts out with Bree hunting in Seattle. She’s one of the careful ones, one of the ones who only feed upon the ones that won’t be missed. But unfortunately, not everybody is that careful. Not everybody listens to Riley, their leader. But on that night, Bree meets somebody that, perhaps, she can…trust: Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: The Lost Hero

February 28, 2011

YES. I’ve finally borrowed this book from a friend. Rick Riordan has written another series called The Heroes of Olympus, and this is the first book. Unlike his OTHER series, the one involving Egyptian gods, this one continues on with the Percy Jackson series, you know, the Greek mythology theme. It commonly alludes to the Percy Jackson series, so I suggest you read those books first if you haven’t already. Read the rest of this entry »


Last Sacrifice Book Review

February 4, 2011

Last Sacrifice is the conclusion of the six book bestselling series, Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead. Typically I am scornful of the new genre which takes up three shelves at Barnes and Noble: Teen Paranormal Romance. Yet, Vampire Academy perhaps has something many of the other series (Twilight, House of Night) don’t, or at least a particular something which appealed to me enough that I wanted to finish the novels out.

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