Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Between a Rock and a Hard Place is about a man named Aron Ralston who is climbing in the mountains one day when a boulder fell in between the two rock walls he's climbing through. It smashed his left hand a little and lands on his right hand. Aron is trapped for six days without food and 21 oz of water. He is forced to cut his own hand off with a dull multi-tool. It was pretty grotesque the way Aron described the way he cut his hand off. In the end he hikes a while until he reaches a trail and sees a group of people who rush him to medical care.

The 39 Clues series by various authors

The 39 Clues books are great reads. They are suspenseful and thought provoking. Each book is written by a different author, so the writing style constantly changes, never boring the reader. The mystery flows nicely through the books and has the readers on the edges of their seats waiting for the next book. My family listened to one of the books on an audio cd together, everyone was entertained. The 39 Clues come highly recommended as a mystery series for all ages. The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan is the first book in the series.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries series is a great series for teenage girls. They're the type of books that you just can't put down. They are full of love, friends, and lots more. I recommend these books to any teenage girl. I finished all nine books in less than three weeks.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Throughout the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Riordan has used his sense of humor to appeal to readers of every age. He blends Greek mythology and modern culture to create a gripping story. Not only are readers pulled into the action but they are learning about ancient history at the same time. Riordan's book details the triumph of a mere mortal over the Titan lord, Kronos. In any respect, The Last Olympian makes a wonderful conclusion to the series.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen is a very fun and humorous book. It's about a girl named D.J. and her life on her family's farm. While training Brian Nelson, quarterback on the Hawley football team, D.J. gains interest in trying out for the Red Bend football team. That could be a problem since she would be playing against Brian, someone who she hated before, but got to know over the weeks and became friends with. That, and other family problems, how will D.J. survive with all of this?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fangtastic by Sienna Mercer

In Fangtastic, book 2 of the My Sister the Vampire series, Olivia Abott and Ivy Vega are twins. They only found that out last year on the first day of middle school. Then Olivia found out Ivy was a vampire! Olivia and Ivy have kept the twin secret from their foster parents for a while. The weird thing is, there is more vampires at Franklin Grove Middle School than just Ivy. Now since something strange has happened in the Franklin Grove graveyard with one Franklin Grove student, Serena Star, a newscaster is asking everybody in the school if there's vampires that go there. So Olivia and Ivy switch places and try to save the secret of vampires at Franklin Grove Middle School.

Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

As the third book in the Fablehaven series by author Brandon Mull, Grip of the Shadow Plague will continue the search for the hidden artifacts by Kendra and Seth. I would give this book a high rating because of the action, suspense, and treachery. This book will give you a chill down your spine but at the same time make you laugh with the funny commentary. I recommend this book to any fantasy lover and even if you don't like fantasy this book will make it seem real. I feel that this book is one of many in a selection of great books. Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I thought Dracula was really good and scary, but I didn't like how in more than half the book, Dracula wasn't even there. I mean, it was still really scary like the part where they were chasing him down but in my opinion it could have been better. I though the descriptions of the vampires were excellent, however! It was so scary I couldn't even read it during the daytime. Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks is the sequel to The City of Ember! Lina, Doon, and Poppy (Lina's little sister) were the first to make it out of Ember, the underground city. They went walking during daylight and found a hole in the ground! From the hole they found you could see all of Ember! Lina and Doon wrote a note and tied it to a rock along with the directions on how to get out and dropped it down the hole. In a few days everybody that lived in Ember was out! There were about 400 of them. They walked for a long time. Finally off in the distance they could see a little town. But...what they didn't know was that somebody in the town saw them too. The three council workers did not want more mouths to feed. The people of Ember were assigned the houses they would be staying in for the time being. The rest were put in the Pioneer Hotel. Some of the people had to work. The people of Ember got very little food. One person of Ember really wanted to leave. His name was Tick. Most people of Sparks wanted them to leave too. Torren was the first one who saw them. He had a brother named Casper. Casper was a roamer. His partner was named Maddy. They were going on a trip to an ancient city. Lina stowed away in a large crate in the back of the truck. Casper was going to the ancient city because he thought there was a treasure there. He thought he figured it all out but he didn't. The city with the treasure was Ember and the treasure was the people of Ember. As soon as Lina and Maddy found out they rode off on bikes. Then they met another roamer. They rode with him back to Sparks. Along the way they stopped in other old cities and looked in the houses for old things. Lina found things like a Monopoly board and a magnifying glass. When they got back to Sparks Doon told Lina they were to leave the day after that day and Lina got really mad. The people of Sparks had a weapon! When they were about to go to war the weapon blew up and a huge fire started. Torren got stuck in a tree that was on fire but Doon saved him. The people of Sparks called the fire brigade. Then everyone started helping put out the fire. Lina was the first of Ember to help then almost everybody else from Ember helped too! The only ones who didn't help were Tick and a few of his followers. There was a big meeting at the Pioneer Hotel the day after. The people of Ember were allowed to stay, except for Tick and his followers. They went out to the wilderness and tried to survive. The houses for the people of Ember were to be built behind the fields. From that day forward the People of Ember were to be referred to as the People of Sparks!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

I thought that The Battle of the Labyrinth was a really fantastic book. It was kind of mostly about Greek Mythology and I find Greek Mythology really fascinating. I would suggest this book especially to people who like action and Greek Mythology. The book was also really good because the author was very descriptive. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you would too. Rating: 5 out of 5

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight was the best book ever. Stephenie Meyer made the characters come alive. I felt like I was in the world of the characters and that Bella, Edward and the rest of the characters were in my life. After reading the book I wanted to get up and read the rest of the series. Stephenie Meyer did an awesome job at writing the books. Rating: 5 out of 5