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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.
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- Doyle, Arthur Conan. “Adventure 1: “A Scandal in Bohemia”.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Lit2Go Edition. 1892. Web. <http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/32/the-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes/345/adventure-1-a-scandal-in-bohemia/>. December 03, 2013.
- ISBN: 1-59308-034-4
Year Published: 1892
Country of Origin: England
Recommended Audience: Young Adults/ Teens
Keywords: 20th century literature, British literature, mystery, Sherlock Holmes, sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sherloch Holmes an story revoled about two friends work in many cases that had been abanden by polise try to solve the “Ultimate Myster” cases after cases. The two of them began their jorney when Wasten looking for a job to work for after he retier from the milatary force. Once day, Wasten saw Holmes’ flier looking for an assistence
After Watson got marriage, it had drifted them away from each other. My “own complete happiness, and the home-centered interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment”. Once day, I returning home from journey to my patient when my way lead me to Backer street. Where Holmes’s house, whom the ” most perfect reason and observing machine” also, he is my best friend and a partner in many cases. As i stand infront of this door, i can imagin him under a pial of abook and cases, walking back and forth, back and forth. They I nock.
Sanderson,Brandon.Steelheart. Dragonsteel Entertainment, 2013
Written By: Brandon Sanderson
Report By: Jacob Mendez
Recommended Audience: high school
Ten years, before the Annexation, two years after a burst in the sky had given ordinary people extraordinary powers and were called epics. An eight year old David and his father are in a bank, as if it were a regular day, when an epic comes in and unleashes chaos. Another epic, who wasn’t like the others had intervened and it seemed as if everything was going well until, the epic said, “Give me your loyalty or die.” This epics name was Steelheart, he was virtually invincible, nothing could harm him, until David’s father had shot the epic standing behind Steelheart, and as the bullet passed it had grazed Steelhearts cheek. In rage Steelheart had killed David’s father and everyone in sight, except for young David, who had hidden and had escaped.
Now eighteen, David has been searching for a way to seek his revenge and kill Steelheart and the higher epics, that in a way it has become his obsession. When one day he finds out from a rumor that a group called the Reckoners, who were ordinary people who fought for their freedom from the epics who ruled, had come to his town and had come to kill an epic who is close to Steelheart. He finds his chance to try and become one of the Reckoners. As he intervenes a highly planned out plan to kill the epic, he accidentally almost lets the epic escape, as one of the Reckoners puts an end to the epic’s life. Much to his surprise he is taken to the Reckoners hideout, and is given a chance to explain his reason for being there and also gets a chance to propose his plan to end Steelheart’s reign. Also to his surprise they almost agree, when they decide his plan is full of mistakes. In order to convince them, he takes them to his place where he shows them his highly detailed info of every epic’s, weakness, which could be every thing from being alergic to dust, to being exposed to sunlight, when he almost gets caught by Steelheart’s police, but luckily escapes and after the Reckoners have seemed to like David’s plan, they agree to take on the risk of going after the most powerful epic, who doesn’t seem to have a weakness, Steelheart.
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Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1966. Print.
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
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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2003. Print.
Written By: Mary Shelley
Reviewed By: Anhvu Nguyen
Recommended Audience: High School and College Students
Frankenstein is a dramatic and suspenseful novel. The plot consists of three different points of view. The story opens up with a captain writing letters to his sister explaining the introduction of the story. When he is writing his letters, it is in the present. However, his letters are a story of the past. The story then transitions into a new point of view. Victor Frankenstein is now telling the story to the Captain. With Victor’s story he reiterates a monster’s story. The author transitions back and forth with the three points of view throughout the story.
In the beginning of the story the Captain journeys around areas of the world. He then encounters Victor in the Arctic. When he sees Victor and his emaciated body, caused by the cold weather, he attempts to help him. After a few days of taking care of Victor and restoring his health, Victor tells him the dangers of pursuing the unknown. He begins to tell the Captain of his past. The story then transitions to Victor telling the story to the Captain. Victor explains how he pursued the unknown for knowledge. As a child he loved to learn and apply his sciences. He then grew up and wanted to create a creature of great stature and be proud of his creation. This is when pursuing the unknown became dangerous for Victor. He dedicated all of his time to this project. He neglected the letters that his relatives sent him. In addition he scavenged for body parts. He became obsessed with this pursuit and it grew out of control.
Victor had realized that he bestowed birth upon a “hideous fiend”. Ardently he abandoned the monster and fled the city. He attempted to forget all he had done the past years and returned to his family six months after his creation. Upon returning to his family, they asked him where he had been and what he was doing. He evaded answering their questions and soon discovered that his little brother William had been murdered. He discovered it was the monster that he created who was the murderer. His friend Justine had been accused and condemned as the murderer. Victor later confronts the monster and the monster tells a story about how he felt alone and abandoned. Victor disowns him and in return the monster swears to murder his loved ones. The story then transitions back to the present with the Captain and Victor and Victor is pursuing the monster.
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Elkeles, Simone. Leaving Paradise. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2007. Print.
Written by: Simone Elkeles
Reviwed by: Jessica Jimenez
Recomended Audience: High School Students
Leaving Paraise by Simone Elkeles is based on two high school teens. Caleb Beaker, who spent most of his junior year in juvenile detention. Maggie Armstrong, her junior year in hopitals and physical theraphy. The book starts with Caleb being relased early from his jail sentance. The reason why Caleb was sent to jail was because he had been in a hit and run car accident. He had been drunk and ran a girl over. That girl was Maggie Armstrong. Maggie was nearly killed and has suffered at lot of surgeries. She is filled with anger and is very tramatized and cannot seem to forgive Caleb. While both teens have been away from school alot has changed. Maggies friends are now fake and care alot about how they look. They are forced to invite Maggie to a back to school party. At the party is were Maggie hears about the news that Caleb is back. She cannot belive this and escapes from the party to a park. The last person she excepected to see there is Cabel Becker himself. He is at the park because his mom threw him a welcome back home party. But he could not support it any more so he escaped as well. He hates how every one treats him as a criminal. When they both met in the park Maggie was so shocked that she loses her balnace n Cable trys tobhelp her. She pushes him away and runs home. She relaizes that she is not going to be able to avoid Caleb like she wanted to. Her plan was to leave for Spain when Caleb was to come to come back from jail. But now her plan is runied because hes back and she will have to see him at school as well.
When they both return back to school they are both treated very diffrently. Maggie is an outcast that everyone is sorry for. Caleb ia an Ex-con that everyone wants to get a glimpse of. But Caleb hates all the attention. And on top of that his patrol officer is always on him. He has to complete community service hours with and old lady named Mrs.Reyloids. He also finds out that his ex girlfrirnd Kendra was cheating on him with his bestfriend. He wants anything but more issuses. While Caleb is dealing with his problems Maggie has her own. She recives a letter from the school in Spain that her scholarship has become void since she no longer played tennis, and thats the only way she could get the scholarship. Her moms bosses mother, Mrs. Reyloids offers Maggie a job that will pay all the expensis for the schoool in Spain. Maggie gladly accpeted the job not knowing that Caleb was working for her too.
Maggie confesses to the readers about the love she used to feel for Caleb. She met him when she was younger. Caleb is Maggies ex bestfriend twin brother. So Maggie used to go over to her friends house and play with her and Caleb. She develpoed a crush on him and then that developed into love, but Caleb never loved her back. When Cable ands Maggie are forced to work together at Mrs. Reyloids they slowly being to push the past behind them and start over again. When they face family issuses they find themseleves going to each other to find comfort. Caleb slowly starts to develp feelings for Maggie. Feelings hes never felt for anymore before. Maggie trusts him but not enough to show him her scars from the accident. He does everything he can to gain her heart. But Maggie still does not trust him and denys him his only wish:to see the scars on her legs from the accident. Caleb is heartbroken by this and desides to leave town forever. But just as Caleb is preparing to leave town Maggie discovers a secret from the accident that was kept hidden. If only she had known this earlier her life and Cabels would be totally diffrent and for the better. But now its too late, hes leaving. You’ll never guess the secret. Read the book to find out!
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Green, John. Paper Towns. 1st ed. New York: Penguin Group, 2008. Print.
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.
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Colleen Houck,Tiger’s Curse ,New York: splinter publisher , c2011
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
Elkeles, Simone. How to Ruin your Boyfriends Reputation. Woodbury, Minnesota, Liewellyn Publictions
Written By: Simon Elkeles
Reviewed By: Ragda Khalil
Recommend Audience: High School
Amy Nelson Barak is 17 year old American Jewish girl who is learning not to be a drama queen and live in love and peace.She puts herself in place that she doesn’t wan’t to be in. By signing up for a ten day training Israel Defense Force right when she finds out her boyfriend Avi is on the same base she’s on. Amy doesn’t like the base after she finds out she has to sleep an a buck thats old, eat food with bugs in it, and using the bathroom in a hole. Amy and her friends are in the same team, and their leader is Avi, he doesn’t treat her the way she wants him to.
Boot Camp gets even more worse for Amy when she suspects that Avi doesn’t seem thrilled that she’s there. Amy gets jealous when she suspects that Avi and Liron a strong. tall. beautiful soldier. Liron is everything that Amy wants to be.