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15 02, 2015

Review: Starlighter by Bryan Davis

By | February 15th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Children's Christian Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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starlighter book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Jason has grown up hearing the myths about a planet of dragons whose inhabitants kidnap humans and enslave them, but he never believed in those tales until now. After Jason’s brother, a believer, goes missing and leaves behind a cryptic note, Jason must open his mind to the possibility that the stories are true. As he searches for the fabled portal that leads from the dragon’s realm to his own, Jason becomes the scapegoat in a political assassination. In the depths of the dungeons, Jason reconnects with his childhood friend Elyssa, who was thought to have been taken and mauled by hostile bears. Elyssa has powers of her own that are a threat to the current government. With Elyssa and Tibalt, another prisoner who has ties to the dragon realm known as Starlight, Jason will enter

30 01, 2015

Review: Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

By | January 30th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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mitosis book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Mitosis is a novelette sequel to Steelheart (which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read!). I think the narrator of the audiobook, Macleod Andrews, did a great job reading. If you have never read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work, you could do much worse than give this a listen. If you already like what he writes (and I certainly do!), I’d recommend starting with Steelheart before setting  your sights on this one.

Mitosis is about a world of super powered people. Unfortunately, all of them seem to already be or to turn insanely evil. It’s a planet with supervillains devoid of any superheroes. So it took a few regular people to become regular heroes and stand up to them. This story takes place after the first successful revolt of the regulars.

It is still too early for the

23 01, 2015

Review: Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

By | January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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meritropolis book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

After the “Event”, the surviving humans have worked together to build a new life within the the walls of Meritropolis. Unfortunately, the population of 50,000 lives in fear of a brutal system that assigns each citizen a merit score that determines whether they get to live or die. Most of the population have accepted this as simply how life works now and are content with the trade off of being allowed to live from day to day. But for one high scoring individual, conforming is not an option. Charley is seventeen years old and has an agenda. He wants to bring the system down in the name of his brother, who was unjustly put outside the gates to die.

Charley soon finds out that he has bit off more than he can chew and that brute force may

15 10, 2014

Review: Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

By | October 15th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

If you are familiar with the TV show Dexter, then you will know what to expect when reading the book, Killer Instinct. S. E. Green’s debut novel is about Lane, a female version of Dexter who struggles with the social awkwardness of high school and her dark urges to eradicate serial killers. Dexter was able to pull off his dark behavior, and the show was a success; however, I felt the novel fell flat and that Killer Instinct was unable to pull off the melodrama.

Throughout the book, we are given a look into Lane’s fascination with killers and her desire to become one. She wants to stop the urge inside of her that is calling her, so she decides to find people to “hunt” and kill. This is her story of discovering what works and what

20 09, 2014

Review: Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop

By | September 20th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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51wBXoWn7qL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Surrounded By Sharks is the first book I’ve ever read that had anything to do with frightening sea creatures, but upon reading the synopsis of this book I was excited to give it a shot. Sharks have become a well-known symbol in pop culture, with the culmination of the much anticipated Shark Week series that the Discovery Channel showcases every year.

In Surrounded by Sharks, by young adult author Michael Northrop, the main character is indeed in the middle of a number of the predators. But to me, the more immediate danger would have been not the animals, but any number of other things that could have killed the boy: exposure, exhaustion, thirst, and above all, drowning. Whatever antagonism Davey experiences, Surrounded by Sharks is a thrilling novel that is sure to keep teenagers engaged with its danger and suspense.

The

4 07, 2014

Review: The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian

By | July 4th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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18079706Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Office of Mercy is a young adult dystopian story. I have noticed a trend–the last few dystopian books I’ve read are using the ‘1984’ ending, and while that packed a powerful (and depressing) punch, I much prefer the ‘Fahrenheit 451’ type ending.

I’ll say for a YA book it’s pretty good; I’m very sure I wouldn’t have seen the holes in the arguments for why things were done as they were and thus would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I were a teenager. As it is, I’ve read enough and thought enough about the issues presented that things just didn’t quite fit well enough to make the story ‘great’.

Natasha Wiley is an Epsilon, the youngest generation currently living in America-Five, only 24 years old. She works for the Office of Mercy. Her whole department’s job is to euthanize

10 06, 2014

Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

By | June 10th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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download (9)Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Sometimes it takes me a while to fully get into a book. I read a few pages, put the book down, read a few more, forget about the book. This is how my reading adventure with The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian began. I’m glad to say about half way through the book, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself enthralled with the story, but more so, I wanted to know the past of each of the characters.

The premise of this book is that in the near future, the government has created a new way of deciding if an alleged criminal is guilty or not. It’s called the Compass Room. Basically, these alleged criminals are put into this arena of sorts, kind of like a Hunger Games situation. They spend 30 days inside the arena.

29 03, 2014

Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

By | March 29th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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17406847Reviewed by Sarah Horwath

Defy by Sara B. Larson is an action packed thrilling love triangle. Alex/Alexa has hidden as a boy for the past three years in her work as the prince’s guard. And it’s worked–she’s a bad to the bone fighter and no one suspects that she is a girl. However, her entire life is a lie. Until the day she is captured and does not know what to do. Will she make it out of this story alive?

I enjoyed this book. It was very different from the typical books that I read. The world that Alexa lived in grabbed my attention, as did the chemistry between her and Damian. Alexa is awesome. She’s smart and strong and fights like no other. She’s kept the fact that she’s a a girl hidden from everyone and it’s interesting to read her

8 02, 2014

Review: The Bad Apple by T.R. Burns

By | February 8th, 2014|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Humor, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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9781442440302_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Seamus Hinkle has been in trouble at school before–but nothing as serious as the kind of trouble he’s in now. In fact, he’s done something so bad that his parents decide to send him away to the rough Kilter Academy, which promises to give him a complete turnaround.

But once Seamus gets to Kilter Academy, he’s both shocked and a little bit horrified to learn that the boarding school is actually a training ground for misbehaved kids to develop into professional Troublemakers! Although Seamus is ashamed of what he did to earn his ticket to Kilter, he soon discovers that he has a natural knack for getting into trouble–and at this school, that makes him the star pupil.

The Bad Apple was a cute middle grade novel with heart, and a unique take on the “kid gets sent away to

21 08, 2011

Review: The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

By | August 21st, 2011|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

Within the space between two worlds exists the last of the 13 faire roads – the Dark Street. Situated on the North end of the street are the Iron Gates. These gates connect Dark Street to New York City at precisely 12am every night. At the South end of the street are the odious Glass Gates. These gates lead to the world of the fairies and were sealed 500 years ago by the great magicians at the end of the Faire Wars. Dead center of Dark Street is the Pendulum House which is home to the Wizard. Between the gates and surrounding the wizard, an entire community arose, complete with museums, theaters, dress shops, and casinos.

It was into this world that the Wizard’s apprentice and niece was born and it was in this world that she wished