Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

August 5, 2015

On his Coronation day to become the head of his household, a boy named Oz has commited the greatest sin and was sent to the Abyss. After making a contract with a chain he was sent back to his world later finding out many years have passed since he had disappeared, Now that Oz is back he is trying to find out what is the greatsin he has commited.

I was fond of the way this story alludes to Alice in Wonderland, but like every story that makes such a connection, it becomes a little twisted and creepy. The beginning of Pandora Hearts really captures you and will have you wanting to read.

I would say this is more for mature readers, but if I had to give a preference on which age groups or grades, I would say probably kids of the years fifteen and up (so high schoolers and above).



An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahira

July 29, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes is a fantasy story about two characters living in a brutal world inspired by ancient Rome. This story is told from the point of view of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Their lives intertwine and come together as the story progresses in a fascinating way.

An Ember in the Ashes is a unique story that I fell in love with instantly. Sabaa Tahir writes a plot and world with the detail and richness of an adult novel, but the pacing and writing style of a young adult novel. The characters of Elias and Laia were both strong and determined in a their own way. They both just want to be free and will go to the ends of the Earth to do so. The way their stories come together and their friendship is so interesting and I loved it. It’s kind of like a Romeo and Juliet story, but without the ridiculous romance and more of a ‘let’s kick butt to find freedom’ kind of thing.

I would recommend this book if you like action and fantasy stories, and also kick-butt characters. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure.


Book Review: Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe

July 27, 2015


Review by Iman, grade 6

An ordinary day in Maine turns into a series of wild adventures for Gus, Leo, and Ila. As their mother becomes weak and ill, they realize she is shielding them from a terrible evil and the secret of her true identity. Soon, the children are taken to a mysterious island far away from home. They discover their secret grandmother, the Morai, and find magic they never knew existed. Along with their mother, they are a part of the Folk. The Folk can turn from animal to human forms, but their powers exist for a deeper reason. Together, they must fight the ferocious King of the Black Lakes- to the death. However, there is an ancient tale that whoever kills this villain will die.

This book is appropriate for ages 10-14. The book is filled with “excitement, magic, and the dangers and delights of the sea.” It will leave you wondering as secrets are revealed and magic is found. If you enjoy a science fiction novel, then you will love Lost Children of the Far Islands.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

July 22, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a Russian girl that goes by Anya Brozakovskaya. One day while wallowing in self pity, she falls down an abandoned well and falls upon a ghost named Sarah. Later, after getting out of the well, Anya is constantly being stalked by this ghost who is seemingly innocent, but looks can be deceiving.

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the art work. The storyline was also really fun (but not scary, even though it’s a ghost story). It was interesting to watch Anya change during the book because of all the things Sarah does. Overall, I found this book really fun and a good summer read. I’d recommend Anya’s Ghost to a teen audience. It does have some mature things in it, but nothing too bad.


Book Review: The Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

July 20, 2015


Review by Benjamin, grade 9

As expected of James Patterson, his book incorporates intrigue, mystery, and betrayal. The Angel family is in an uproar after the double homicide of the parents, Maude and Malcolm in an apartment called Dakota. The “perfect parents” were highly successful as were all of the kids. All of the children are now suspects: Young Hugo, with his incredible strength (no this is not The Incredibles), Matthew, winner of the Heisman Trophy and NFL poster boy, musical mastermind Harry, and Tandy Angel, unemotional and curious. Tandy Angel, an abnormal name that indicates oddity, does not mislead because Tandy is strange along with her siblings. In this case, you can judge a book by its cover. The book is best fit for ages 13-17. You can check out this book from Wake County Libraries.

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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Book Review: The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

July 13, 2015


Review by Megan, grade 7

Since it’s summertime, why not read some classic favorites and revisit the Nancy Drew series, which are full of intriguing adventure!

Nancy Drew and her cousins are sent out to discover the mystery behind the phantom horse at their Aunt and Uncle’s ranch house. In addition to unlocking the secrets of the phantom horse, Nancy has an additional challenge when a young lady named Alice asks Nancy to find her father, who recently went missing. I think this book is appropriate for older elementary and middle school students. If you like the first four books in the Nancy Drew series then you will love this one.

You can find this book at Wake County Libraries!

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