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Chosen, A House Of Night Novel

Cast, Kristin. Chosen A House of Night Novel. 1st ed.

New York: ST. Martin Cast, 2008. 307. Print.

ISBN: 9780312360306

Chosen, A House of Night Novel

Written By: Kristin Cast

Reviewed By: Cora Barras

Recommended audience: Teenagers and Up

In the book Chosen, A House of Night Novel  written by Kristin Cast, a young girl named Zoey Redbird has been marked by a vampire goddess.  The book starts off with Zoey as a fledgling, or someone who has been bit but has not completed the transformation into an adult vampire.  In the book humans greatly despise vampires although vampires have nothing against humans.  Because of the relationship between humans, vampires along with fledglings live in secret dorms.  In the dorms full grown vampires teach fledglings about vampire history and the futures they will obtain while being a vampire.  Throughout the story Zoey Redbird has to deal with many problems including her three boyfriends she is trying to juggle, the fact that she has an affinity for five elements, and that her dead best friend didn’t actually die but turned into a monstrous vampire and cannot be controlled.

Throughout most of the story Zoey Redbird is in a relationship with three people at the same time.  She must choose between her human boyfriend Seth that she has known since second grade, her boyfriend Eric who is a fledgling as well in the House of Night, and also the adult vampire Lauron Blake who is a teacher at her school.  She knows she has to make a decision, and fast, but she does not want to let any of them go.  Zoey was gifted with an affinity for five of the elements which was given to her by the goddess Nyx.  Because of her affinity she is the leader of a group at her school, called the dark daughters, and she has to perform rituals in front of other classmates. Along with all of the other stress Zoey has in her life, she also has to deal with her best friend Stevie Rae who died and came back to life wanting to hunt humans and kill everyone in her path.

Description of The Book

www.houseofnightseries.com/books/chosen

About The Author

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17010

Video About Book

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=about+Kristin+Cast&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=90B0CAA5EF8C6FF1B49390B0CAA5EF8C6FF1B493

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The Goddess Test

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Carter, Aimee. The Goddess Test. 1st ed. 1. Harlequin Teen, 2011. Print.

The Goddess Test

Written By: Aimee Carter

Reviewed By: Paulina Masley

Recommended Audience: High School

            The Goddess Test is a romantic sci-fi novel with a modern twist on Greek mythology. It will have you wanting to throw the book across the room while not being able to set it down at the same time. The way Aimee Carter explains the emotions of the characters, it feels like you’re actually experiencing the tale yourself.  She combines modern society and ancient Greek mythology so well, it will have you reconsidering your beliefs on what is real or not. All the plot twists and emotion will have your heart racing and melting.

            The story starts out in Eden, Michigan where Kate and her mother, who has cancer, moved. Her mother’s last wish was to return to the place she once grew up. Unfortunately for Kate, she had to start a new life at a new school where she met some peculiar students. She befriended a nerdy, yet thoughtful, boy named James and unintentionally got on Ava’s , who is the school’s most popular, bad side. One night, when Ava was supposed to take her to a party, Ava was actually playing a cruel prank on Kate and took her out to the woods. Right as Ava was about to leave Kate in the middle of the woods, she fell into a stream, cracked her head open and proceeded to drown. As Kate pulled Ava’s lifeless body out of the stream, a handsome yet eerie man that lived nearby told her that he would bring her friend back to life if she agreed to live with him for 6 months. Kate always felt something was odd and supernatural about him, but something about him made her decide to stay and be put to the test.

Description of book:

 http://www.aimeecarter.com/About_the_Books.html

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9681214-the-goddess-test

Video review about the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlCDQ__GJn4

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Dead is a State of Mind

Perez, Marlene. Dead is a State of Mind. Boston,New york: Houghton Mifflin Harcount, 2009. Print.

ISBN: 978-0-547-33136-2

Written: Marlene Perez

Reviewed By: Jennifer Truong

Recommended Audience: Middle Schoolers

This story is about a seventeen year old girl named Daisy Giordano. Her mom is a psychic who solves crimes all over the world using her powers. Daisy and her sisters also have psychic powers as well. Daisy and her sisters have some phenomena when they come to guys like dating ghosts, werewolfs, or undertakers. When they come with supernatural cases, Daisy will figure out how to get the truth with a little help from her sisters and friends.

In this story, Daisy was running late to get to her chemistry class, but bumped into an extremely handsome stranger. The stranger’s name was Duke Sherad, a fortune-teller whocan predict the future. He claimed that he was from a long line of gypsy fortune-tellers. She was a bit skeptical about Duke’s power. But when he predicts that a teacher in Nighshade High is going to end up dead, she is starting to wonder if Duke’s psychic power is really real. Along with this situation, prom is a week ahead, but her boyfriend, Ryan has not asked her out yet and became a bit distant to her. Will Daisy allow to be a match with a werewolf and find out the truth on who is the teacher’s killer? Daisy is going to have a case in her life with supernatural event and a boyfriend problem.

Link:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3392285-dead-is-a-state-of-mind

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/dead-state-mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr1CScir7Ps

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Maximum Ride: The Angel Expirement

Patterson, James, and Abigail Blackman. Maximum Ride. New York: Yen, 2009. Print.

ISBN: 9780316155564

Author: James Patterson

Reviewed by: Jordan Wilson

Recommended age group: 12-16 yrs. old

    Maximum Ride: The Angel Expirement is a story about six young kids, told from first-person by Max, who live on their own. But they are not at all like normal kids. These six seemingly average kids have wings that were created by scientists at The School. The scientists treated them like a group of lab rats and had them caged. One of the scientists, Jeb, saw how cruel they had been and escaped with all six of them, but later leaves them unexpectedly. Max age 14 is the oldest and takes lead, Fang also 14 is a ver emo like character that keeps to himself, Iggy 14 too is blind and very sarcastic. Nudge 11 years old is very optimistic and perky, while Gasman eight years old is a very humorous and mischievous character, and Angel, the youngest, is only six years old  is powerful and also Gasman’s sister.

For four years the six of them live peacefully alone and safe, until the Flock is ambushed at home by strong, horrible half wolf and half man creatures. They are all in bad shape and discover that Angel is missing and taken to the School in California. Max decides that she, Nudge, and Fang will go to save Angel, while Gasman and Iggy stay home. On the way Max decides to help a girl in need and is injured for a few days. When she returns with the group she finds that Gasman and Iggy were attacked and had to escape from the claws of the Erasers. They all continue on to the School. Max, Fang, and Nudge all purposely get captured. They discover Jeb is alive and he tells Max that she was created to save the world and she has been tested her whole life. Still hurt and confused, she decides to not trust him. The scientists plan to transport Max, Fang, Nudge, and Angel in their cages, they escape their cages and get backup from Gasman and Iggy.

They manage to get free of the Erasers and scientists and begin their journey to New York. Max had heard scientists talking about the Institute in New York which had information on their past and they all make their flight across the country. The Flock makes it safely except Max has a chronic migraine that causes extreme pain and begins to hear voices in her head while in New York. With much difficulty they discover the Institute by going through a series of underground pass and sewer. They also discover a whole zoo of cages filled with kids who have been genetically  modified. Seeing them reminds them of themselves and they work to help them all escape safely. The Flock get info on their past before they interrupted a group of Erasers and Jeb.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is an imaginative story about a group of kids who share the same special trait. The author provides insight on the struggle of leading a group of homeless kids by having first-person point of view. This hidden world of merciless scientists and mutated children is very intriguing. Readers can feel the same emotions as Max describes the arduous experiences she endures and get great insight of this hidden world.

Publishers Website

http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_max.php#.UrDdKfTBP3E

Overview

http://blogcritics.org/review-maximum-ride-by-james-patterson/

Video Review

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by | December 21, 2013 · 7:16 am

The Hobbit

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Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Print.

ISBN-13: 978-0-618-26030-0

                            In the book The Hobbit there lives a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who lives in a hole in a quiet neighborhood where he is respected. The hobbits are stout people who are about half the size of humans. Bilbo Baggins is known to be predictable around his neighborhood, which is what makes him respectable by his neighbors, but one day a wizard named Gandalf  comes through his neighborhood one morning while Bilbo is sitting on his porch. Gandalf asks Bilbo if he would like to go on adventure but he refuses. The next day 13 dwarves and Gandalf unexpectedly arrives at his hole he calls home and stays for dinner. They spend the night and leave early in the morning. Bilbo is surprised to see they have left so early and his curiosity gets the best of him as he chases after the group in hope of joining them on their adventure to capture the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug.

                           Bilbo has never been on an adventure. He learns much about his abilities and bravery as his adventure goes on. On his adventure he finds a sword that suitable to his small size,  which he uses to fight monsters such as trolls and giant spiders. He brings peace between 2 groups of people who have disliked each other for years and helps the dwarves and himself not get eaten by hungry trolls. The Hobbit is a great book about adventure and unlikely friendships.

Written By: J.R.R Tolkien

Reviewed By: Tyler Lee

Recommended Audience: High School

Publisher Website

http://hmhbooks.com/hmh/site/hobbit

The Hobbit Movie  Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0k3kHtyoqc

J.R.R Tolkien Biography

http://www.tolkiensociety.org/tolkien/biography.html

The Hobbit book info

http://www.bookrags.com/notes/hob/

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Paper Towns

Green, John. Paper Towns. 1st ed. New York: Penguin Group, 2008. Print.

ISBN: 9780142414934

Paper Towns

Written By: John Green

Reviewed By: Sara Nunes-Naeole

Recommended  Audience: High school

          Quentin Jacobsen was just a normal high school student who had awkward and traumatizing moments like everyone else. But one day when he was a kid he went to Jefferson Park with his childhood best friend Margo Roth Spiegelman, they found a dead body. The strange thing wasn’t so much the dead body but it was the fact that after that day they never so much as said a “hello” to one another. So, Q (Quentin’s nickname) went through high school as if that day never happened. He was close to graduation and was just waiting for the school year to be over when one night. Margo came knocking on the window looking for someone to drive her around seeking revenge on her so called “friends”. Q was as hesitant as anyone would be if there ex-best friend came knocking on there bedroom window, in the dead of the night, on a school night. He didn’t give it much thought and gave into Margo’s offer.

          After a night full of dead fishes and breaking into Sea World, Margo went missing. It wasn’t uncommon for Margo to runaway but this time it was different, her parents didn’t want her back. Before leaving Margo would always leave a clue no matter how strange or blunt it was. This time Margo didn’t leave the clues for her parents, she left it for Q to find. Q thought Margo would have come back after a few days but when she didn’t, he started to search for clues. Unraveling the clues and figuring out how the pieces connected, even using clues that weren’t intended to be clues, was the real challenge. Skipping prom and graduation day weren’t so much as a thought to Q as long as he found Margo.

Author describing book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5ppwMTErrc

Review on book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRx6TEZ6ivY

 

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Tigers Curse

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Colleen Houck,Tiger’s Curse ,New York: splinter publisher , c2011

ISBN: 1-40278403-1

       Author: Colleen Houck 

Reviewed by: Calvin Lai

Recommended Audience: middle schoolers, and high schoolers

          This book is about a girl from Oregon and she lives with her foster parents, because her parents pasted away. She and a white tiger meet at the circus she works at. Then a guy comes to the circus to buy the tiger from the circus. After that she is sent with the tiger to India to let the tiger lose in a reserved area.

         In the beginning Kelsey signs up for a job in the circus. she is to go there to work as a ticket seller and to help feed the tiger. She tells her foster parents about this and Mike her foster dad asked if she need a ride there. Then the next day she goes there and looks for Mr. Maurizio at the circus. When she found Mr. Maurizio he tells her to help out Matt with selling tickets and help out Mr. Davis with feeding the tiger.

           Later on Kelsey is asked to come with Mr. Kadam and Dhiren (white tiger) to go to the a reserved area for Ren. When she agrees with the request Kelsey’s foster parents decides  throws her a leaving party. The next day Kelsey is driven to the airport by Mr. Kadam. Then they board a private airplane and go to there seat and then a flight attendant askes them if they want anything to drink or eat. Later Kelsey goes into the bathroom and sees that it is a very fancy bathroom with a standing shower and a dispensing soap machine. Once she was done showering she sat down in her chair and saw that there was lunch set up in front of her. When the flight attendant opens the cover she sees that it is crusted hazelnut halibut with buttered asparagus, and garlic mashed potatoes

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When I Found You by Catherine Hyde

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Hyde, Catherine R. When I Found You. Black Swan, 2013. 410. Print. <http://books.google.com/books/about/When_I_Found_You.html?id=8Hbbmn1NR_QC&gt;.

ISBN: 9780552775724

When I Found You, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Rachel Beerck, ages 15+

Mr. Nathan McCann goes hunting one morning with his dog. He comes across an abandoned baby boy laying in a pile of leaves, alive. Mr. McCann takes him to the hospital and makes the decision of adopting the boy. Soon after, the grandmother of the baby steps into the picture. He now has no chance to adopt him. He makes a promise with her to see him later in the future to tell him he was the one who found him.

15 years later, Nathan finds the boy again. The boys name was Nat and his grandmother could no longer take care of him. Nathan promises him he will never abandon him. Nat has a criminal background. Nathan wants to help him because he believes anyone can change.

Description of Author: http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/

Excerpt of book by author: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhCe-LthLiw

Book reviews/Description: http://books.google.com/books/about/When_I_Found_You.html?id=8Hbbmn1NR_QC

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torn

   ISBN – 878-1-250-00632-5

Hocking, Amanda. torn. 1st edition1. New York: stmartins, 2010. 1-324. Print.

Written by: Amanda Hocking

Reveiwed by: Samantha Morris

Recomended Audience: 12-15 year old girls

Wendy is a princess and will soon rule a trylle, made of trolls and magical mysterical people.  However, the people are not fairy tale creatures their actually like humans, well with powers.  Some of them have more power than others, their queen is Elora who is very powerfull.  She has the power of persuasion and can make anyone do what she wants them to.  She can also paint pictures allowing her to see an image from the future.  Unlike her persaisan her painting is not voluntary, and until she paints the picture she can not think and has a major migrain.   Later on in the story I found out that when Elora uses her abilites it ages her and she grows very tired.  Princess Wendy is Elora’s daughter, and she is very powerful.  Wendy was a challenging meaning that when she was born she was put into a host family and they swapped her out with a baby boy now named Rhys.  When Wendy returned from being a trylle she was not happy.  She did not want to be a princess, therefore she ran away back to her old house and her old “brother”, Mat. That didn’t work out to well because of the Vittra, which is their absolute enemy.  Wendy is also the daughter of the Vittra king, so the Vittra took advantage of her while she wasn’t being guarded and kidnapped her from her house. The Vittra wanted Wendy for enormous amount of power, Wendy is the best of the best, with training she will be eventual.  When Wendy is in the Vittra dungeon she meets Loki, ad even though their sworn enimes Loki lets her go, when Fin and Duncan came to rescue her.

    Through out the story Wendys biggest problem is the boys.  Wendy is a very attractive girl and Wendy was in love with Fin Holmes!   Fin is a hunk, super hot, but he is  is not ranked very high in their society because he has very weak powers.  Fin is a tracker meaning Fin is Wendy’s body guard and was the first person that she ever meet.  Fin and Wendy liked each other a little too much, and that became a problem because since Fin is very lower class and well she’s the princess and very upper cast they would never be able to be together.  Fin did what was best for Wendy and leftt, well right before they spent the night together smooching and cuddling.  Wendy has an arranged marriage and will marry Tove when she  turns eighteen.  Fin is not jelous of Wendy being with Tove because Tove is gay.  Not many people know that Tove is gay and since he, like Wendy is very powerfull they will make a great couple.  The third guy in Wendys’s life is Loki and he comes to the castle in the story and since he is with the Vittra he is held against his will by Ellora’s powers.  This weakends Elora and Tove is traded with the Vittra, and they promised not to attck unill Wendy is queen.  Loki is in love with Wendy and secretly asks her to marry him.  She says no and they kissed in a magical garden.  Nobody knows about the kiss and it’s a good thing Fin didn’t because he was already jealous of them flirting. Two days later, Wendy found herself alone with Fin and they madeout again.  Fin and Wendy got caught by Fin’s father and Fin left, and if that hadn’t of happened who knows how far they would have gone. The next day was Wendys engagment party with Tove.  Wendy will soon marry Tove while Loki and Fin are still in love with her and she decides which one she likes better.

    Other than boys Wendy has faced herself with some difficult situations throughout the book.  Wendy has been kidnapped by the Vittra, rescued by Finn, and others, even though it was really Loki that let her escape.  She had to leave her life at home behind, her aunt who was her legal guardian, however, she did bring Mat (who she thought was her brother).  Wendy adapted to a whole new life style, living in a palace surrounded by bodyguards and having to act very proper.  Overtime, Wendy made a very close friend named Willa, they had sleepovers, hung out, and Willa taught Wendy to behave like a lady.  Towards the end of the story Wendy caught Willa and her host brother Matt on the couch, smooching.  On another note, throughout the story, Wendy trained with Tove on controlling her powers, never did she know that Tove would become her fiance, or did she realize how much power she actually contained.  One day Elora, Wendy’s mom paints a picture from the future and it looks as if the picture takes place very soon.  The picture is of Wendy being crowned queen!  Wendy asks why she is being crowned so soon, Elora tells Wendy that in order for her to be crowned queen, that she must die.  Now Wendy is very upset because she realizes that her mother is dying and they just got reunited from her being a challenging in a host family.  Wendy also realizes that soon she will be Queen, and fears that she is not ready.  The story ended at the beginning of Wendy and Tove’s engagement party, and I can’t wait to read the next book and find out about how terrific of a queen Wendy will become.

http://us.macmillan.com/torn/AmandaHocking

http://www.worldofamandahocking.com/bio

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Divergent

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Roth , Veronica. Divergent. . New York, New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2011. 1-487. Print.

ISBN 978-0-06-202403-9

Written by: Veronica Roth

Reviewed by: Clark Matthews

Recommend reading age group: 14+

          Divergent is about a 16 year old Beatrice. She needs to choose one of 5 factions to spend her life in. But following a placement test her results don’t give her one clear faction in other words she is one of the few “Divergent”.

           She later makes a choice but she has many struggles with her faction’s intense initiation process and coping with have to hide her identity as a “Divergent”. She also realizes how screwed up her world is when her old faction, the Abnegation, and another faction, the Erudite, start to become tense. As tension builds and emotions rise Beatrice tries to fix this tension.

Movie Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sutgWjz10sM

Description of Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037-divergent

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