Tiffany’s review of Blood will Tell by April Henry

22718684Troubled teen Nick is a suspect of a murder of a young woman that lived a couple blocks from his house. Being part of a the Search and Rescue team and having dreams about one day becoming a war veteran , some people label Nick as obsessed with violence. His two friends from the Search and Rescue team who are girls try to clear his name for justice’s sake.

The mystery was so fun and it really showed how our justice system works and how troubled young people could just fall through the cracks. But part of the plot does not kick in until less than half way through the book.

Tiffany rates this book 4.8/5 Stars

A review of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

51n97tw7ual-_sy344_bo1204203200_Last Sacrifice is the last book of the award winning series Vampire Academy . This fictional book revolves around good mortal vampires, called Moroi and immortal blood thirsty vampires called Strigoi. The main character, Rose, a dhampir who is a cross between Moroi and human, has been wrongfully accused of murdering the royal king. Rose’s friends and father, Abe Mazur help her break out of prison so that she can track down the real killer behind the death. Rose’s best friend, Lisa, with whom she has a psychic bond, tries to distract the court by running for Queen as one of the youngest Moroi to ever do so. In the course of the book, Rose finds out that Lisa has a sibling, who is illegitimate and also that their Strigoi teacher has been turned back to Moroi. In the end, with the help of Sydney and Dimitri, Rose reveals the murderer who caused the Queen’s death. However, she also finally makes a choice between the two men she loves, and this causes a rift between her and one of them.

I would recommend this book for anybody who enjoys reading series that combine paranormal romance and fantasy. I would suggest starting with the first book of this series, called Vampire Academy. Rose is an inspiring character who always protects those that she loves and does the right thing. The series shows her loyalty to those around her and also guides us through her life of ups and downs. It shows us that one can always survive rough times if they have their friends and family beside them.

Rated 4.5/5 Stars

A review of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

51t8mom-znl-_sy344_bo1204203200_What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

I love this book so, so much. Which sounds like I’m being unenthusiastic, but it is. I’m not mentally great right now. I checked out this book during my period of not-mentally-great and I wasn’t sure if I was going to read it and it turned out so. beautifully. I spent like half of it crying (albeit just a little) even though it wasn’t supposed to be sad. I don’t think it was supposed to be sad. (which means that if you don’t like sad books I’m still forcing you to read it.) This is a book about the people who AREN’T going on some quest to save the world. I was playing with writing a similar concept but it didn’t work out; this one did. The characters are good at quipping (oops) and are weird and quirky and are occasionally part cat god and deal with mundane things like mental health and elections and car crashes and concerts and mini-golf. All with a touch of Magic, Explosions, and Destruction (trademarked). Cats are good. I offer you hugs, and I love you, and if you’re not feeling that great, READ. ❤

This reviewer rates the book 5,000 Million Stars

Review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

81pujydq2ylThis novel is a great story, one full of excitement, perseverance, and wit. The main character, the country’s best assassin, who is wanted for a King’s Champion, is put in a competition against others. She uses her wit and strategy, as well as some help from others, to fight her way towards freedom from the salt mines she had slaved in. When an evil source enters the palace, the assassin must fight against it to protect herself and the country’s throne of glass.

I would recommend this book to all fiction and fantasy lovers, as this novel involves the Fay. I would also recommend it to other teenage girls, like myself, because this novel revolves around a heroine and shows how, with determination and wit, you can do a lot, as this novel’s heroine did. It is against sexism, as it shows how girls should not be overlooked.

Rated 4.5/5 Stars

Julia’s review of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

23677316Sonya Petrova is an Auraseer, one with the power to sense the emotions of others, living in the Tsarist Russia-based fantasy country of Riaznin. After a terrible tragedy, she is made the Sovereign Auraseer whose job is to serve the emperor and protect him from those who wish him harm. Slowly, however, she is caught in the feud between Emperor Valko and his brother, Anton, just as the sparks of rebellion stir in the empire.

I would recommend this book to people who are fans of the genre. If you like Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, you may enjoy the similar setting. This book also touches upon politics, and the dichotomy between an absolute monarchy and a democracy. And if you like books that develop a deep antagonist-protagonist relationship, this might be the book for you.

Julia rates this book 3/5 stars.

Cynthia’s review of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

518eq5pqzcl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies. Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power. As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.

Basic thoughts: if you like goats, you will enjoy this. I like goats; ergo, I enjoyed it. Not-as-basic thoughts: This made me laugh! because of the goats! and also, food fights! and at least half the characters are like “Life is good. We’re going to die.” Also translated as: Cynthia sucks at quipping. And deadpan humor. I am confused because of the love triangle and it confuses me. Also, I Have Problems with graphic violence. Which this book contains.* * technically torture but I Have Problems with that too. BUT STILL! I LIKED THE ENDING! AND THE GOATS! AND ALL THE CHARACTERS AND TALIS AND STUFF! JUST NOT THE GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND BLOOD! This is Not. A. Middle grade novel.

Cynthia rates this book 4/5 stars.

Kulsoom’s review of The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddA fabulous take on a classic story, The Forbidden Wish is a breathtaking read, with magic and mystery, heartbreak and hatred, deception and desire. Based on the original Aladdin tale, this book weaves a different version- one where a beautiful jinni named Zahra is fated to serve the masters of the lamp. But, the last time she was free, destruction rained down around her, when she dared to love. When Zahra finds herself trapped in the same web again, what will she do to save the one she loves, and free herself of her chains?

People who like fantasy and romance novels. This is definitely not for those expecting a simple plot, and readers need to be prepared to be on the edge of their seats. This isn’t the average magical love story. This is way better.

Kulsoom rates this book 5/5 stars.