Rebel Bell by Rachel Hawkins

October 29, 2015

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Harper Price is a southern bell that was born ready for a homecoming tiara. But when the night of her crowning goes crazy, she is given the powers of a Paladin. Now she is a guardian with agility, super strength, and lethal fighting skills; she is charged to protect her least favorite person in the universe, David Stark. Things get complicated when Harper starts to fall for him, and learns that his fate could be to destroy the Earth.

This book was pretty good. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t one of my favorites. I liked how the main character kept saying that she wasn’t a Paladin, she was a cotillion girl, homecoming queen, and a southern belle. I loved how she’d be fixing her makeup, then she’d knock out six bad guys, then finish fixing her makeup. The plot was good, with just the right amount of action. It also had a really good ending and thankfully, no major plot twists. I will be looking forward to the (hopefully) sequel. It was good, and I recommend it to you.

~Erin

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

October 8, 2015

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I read the book Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is about a girl named Lia who is a senior in high school. Right at the beginning of the book, you find out that the girl who was her best friend for 9 years has just died. The book primarily deals with Lia coping with this and an eating disorder. She has been admitted to special hospitals twice for it.

I loved reading this book. The writing style was interesting and made it easy for me to identify with Lia. The author used lots of interesting metaphors and various forms of figurative speech. At certain points, it almost felt like spoken word poetry. I could really feel Lia spiraling. The character development was also very strong. In her stepmother this was especially prominent. Overall, the way it was written was enjoyable for me.

In my opinion, the end of the story wasn’t written extremely well. That isn’t me being bratty because I didn’t like the ending (because I did!). It was neat and wrapped up nicely, it just wasn’t well executed. I still really liked Wintergirls,even if the ending wasn’t so powerful.

This book made it onto the shortlist of books that have made me cry (that list includes Challenger Deep and Harry Potter). There were some extremely strong moments that left me sobbing. I strongly recommend this book, except that a younger crowd should not be reading it, unless they can be mature about it.

All in all a good, powerful book that I’m really pleased I read.

~Grace


Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

July 15, 2015

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There’s one thing Guy Langman does really well- nothing. And he likes it that way. His friend Anoop then asks him to join forensics club, and he thinks, “why not?” But when he and Anoop show up at a fake crime scene, they find a real dead body and freak out. Guy and Anoop then are trying to solve the murder along with diving into Guy’s deceased father’s past and trying to get back a sunken treasure that was stolen.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

July 8, 2015

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Code Name Verity is a historical fiction novel about two allied pilots in World War II, Verity and Maddie. While flying over enemy territory, their planes are shot down. Throughout half the book, you listen to Verity confess to the enemy about her past. In the second part of the book, you read about Maddie and what she goes through as she fights to free Verity.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

July 1, 2015

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It’s been one year since it happened- when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident. After shutting out everyone but her family and three best friends, Paige has decided to rejoin the world, and she’s armed with a plan. 1) Date a boy: her old crush Ryan Chase is a perfect choice; 2) Attend parties: with friends like hers, this should be easy; 3) Join a club: It’s high school, so this is easy; 4) Travel: hey, a girl can dream; and 5) Swim: terrifying, but possible, right? She has her plan mapped out, but Ryan’s nerdy cousin max moves to town and recruits her for Quiz Bowl. This throws her plans for a loop, and she has very little time to get back on track.

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

June 24, 2015

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a story about, well, a southern belle named Harper Price who thrives on being the most perfect girl in her town. On homecoming night, Harper is determined to win homecoming queen, but sadly forgets her lipgloss. As she applies it in the bathroom, she hears Mr. Hall, a middle aged janitor for the school, burst in, with a gash across is stomach. Harper, terrified, watches as he dies in her arms, and at the same moment, her history teacher, Mr. DuPont, marches in with a blade in his hand. Harper’s life is about to change in a big way.

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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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