"I picked up this book because it's the sequel to a first book in a series, and I felt kind of obligated to continue the series to find out what happens. So what's going on is there's this oppressive ruler, and he's basically made himself God. He's lived for thousands of years and there are these street urchins that start a rebellion to overthrow this guy with the thought that 'we're going to make the world safe and good again'. They come across this Chosen One who's insanely powerful for her age, and with the help of their friends they invade the palace to complete their objective. I'm really liking it, I'd recommend it to people who enjoy fantasy, and don't mind a romantic subplot, which is something I can't really get into."
"Boy Nobody is this action-packed thrill ride, kind of reminiscent of The Bourne Identity, actually. Ben, the main character (which isn't his actual name FYI), has been a trained killer since the age of 12. He was made this way by the people known to him as 'The Program'. He moves from to school to school, every time with a new identity and stays just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to "disappear". When his new assignment lands him in New York City and in the arms of the mayor and his daughter, they drag up feelings and memories in him that he thought were long gone, but he is also experiencing this internal war knowing that The Program is watching his every move."
"The Scar Boys is a way less dark, thank goodness. It's a about this boy named Harry, who has most of his body covered in scars from when he was basically struck by lightning. He meets this kid named Johnny who takes him under his wing, and they become best fiends and grow up together. One day they decide to form a punk rock band, and through an unusual series of events they get really good, and they, along with their bass player, Cheyenne, and their drummer, Richie go on a tour over the summer. Things don't go as planned though and everything gets pretty rocky toward the end; it's a really good coming-of-age story. The cool thing about this book is that it's told in the form of a college essay, and I thought that was an awesome layout for the story."
Abby: "This book is historical fiction, first and foremost. It takes place in 1918, the time of the outbreak of the Spanish influenza in America and the time of WW1. The book follows the story of Mary Shelley Black, a teenage girl who has recently come to live with her aunt. First of all, Mary Shelley is a really strong female protagonist so that was an automatic thumbs-up from me. This book also combines ghosts with a historical setting that gives it a huge creepy factor. It also ties in a bit of romance without being too much, and weirdly enough it only added to the overall eery vibe that the book exudes. This book has seances, spirits, heartache, a giant mystery, and a girl who is determined to solve it all even if it means losing her own life in the process. I definitely recommend to fans of mystery, ghosts, and historical fiction."
Claire: "I picked up this book because it was a part of the Clarksville Montgomery County High School 'Battle of the Books'. It's about a teenage boy named Gerald who was in a reality TV show when he was younger. He got really messed up because of it; he has a lot of anger issues and acts out regularly. He also has a pretty bad home life. Although his family is really well-off financially, he has a pretty crazy sister who needs psychological help and parents who are pretty checked out when it comes to him. Then he meets Hannah, and he starts to have feelings for her, and with her comes a series of events that helps Gerald understand himself better, and to realize that he is not 'that boy who pooped everywhere' anymore (you'll have to read the book to get that, sorry). He's real, and his future is his own. It's a really great book."
Kristine: "This book is about a dystopian society. In the society there are two types of people: Red bloods and Silver blood. Reds are poor and the bane of society, basically, while Silvers possess powers and are wealthy. The story centers around Mare, who is an anomaly because she has Red blood but Silver powers. Because of this, she becomes of interest to the royals and has to live in the palace using a disguise. She's thrust into this world of deceit and power, and it's really interesting to see how this plot progresses. There are so many twists. It's a great beginning to a new series. I'd definitely recommend it."
"I had read another one of Ted Dekker's books before called Skin and it was one of the best books I had read in a while. I like psychological books that make you really think, mixed with a bit of horror. Thr3e tells the story of a man named Kevin Parsons who is being stalked by a psychopathic killer. The killer tells Kevin riddles that he has to solve in the allotted amount of time, and if he doesn't then a punishment is given. The whole underlying plot of the book is that the killer wants Kevin to reveal a sin that he has committed to the entire world, or else."
Kyle: "I started reading this series because of the covers. All of them are really eye-catching and unusual, and that's what made me pick up the first book, The Outcasts. This is the fourth book in this series. It tells the story of this Scandinavian guy, Hal. He and all of the other Scandinavians in this village practically live on boats and travel out into the waters and protect other villages from outside forces. They used to raid other towns but they don't do that anymore because the new guy in charge has family in the towns they would attack, and so now they just aid and protect other slave ships. Hal is part of a Brotherband, which is the rest of the guys that work on his ship with him. In this installment, another Brotherband who trained with Hal's has gone bad; they've started raiding and pillaging towns and are involved in people trading, and so Hal and his Brotherband are setting out to stop them."
Kay: "This is a book in a series about some warriors who were created by the government in order to win a war. The warriors were created using human flesh and parts of various creatures in order to give the warriors inhuman strength and abilities. Throughout the series the warriors discover what is truly going on with the war and rebel against the government they were created under. They have to defeat creatures stronger than can be imagined. The whole series is a really just about how people who you would think don't have that kind of power build themselves up over several years, growing mentally and physically, and come out heroic. I'd recommend it to anyone, even if you're not really into graphic novels."
Tahana: "Years ago, I had a teacher who would read fragments of this book in class every day, but we never got to the ending. I was intrigued by it and finally found the book here and re-read it until the end.
This book is written in the form of a diary of an anonymous teenage girl who is addicted to drugs. Her problem began at a birthday party when she tried some, and now she does anything and everything. She ends up running away with her friend to get away from her problems and family. They live in a sort-of drug store. They sell drugs, do drugs, but at the same time they're trying to fix everything they've messed up. The girl ends up getting arrested, and her parents come and get her. She quits drugs, and things start to be looking up for her, but then she lands a babysitting gig and has some food at that house that was spiked with drugs. She goes crazy; she ends up in an insane asylum. The ending is a huge shocker-I couldn't believe it. I definitely recommend this book. It's an insight into this girl who has real problems, and is very eye-opening."
Willow: "This is the second book in Red Queen series. I'm usually not into books that deal with powers or caste systems, but this is really good. In this world there are Silver bloods and Red bloods; Silvers possess powers, like the ability to control water and fire, for example, and are the elite of society. Reds are poor workers and live in slums because they're 'normal'. Mare, the protagonist of the story, is an anomaly because she has Red blood but possesses Silver powers. She can control electricity and create lightning, and I think that's really cool."
"This book is the third book in this series. I started them this morning, actually! It's about a girl who asks this popular boy to coach her in romance because she's never had a boyfriend. The whole time she was in middle school she played softball, so she never had time for boys, and now that she's in high school she's determined to have an epic romance. The problem is that she ends up falling in love with the popular boy, Yoh, which was the exact thing he told her NOT to do. The story is romantic and about first love, and I really like it."
Olivia: "I picked up this book because of the cover. I thought it was very interesting, and then I read the very first page and was immediately hooked. It's about this girl whose grandmother was the inspiration for the book Alice In Wonderland. The girl can talk to bugs and flowers, things like that. But then there's this family curse, and the girl confronts her mother about it because she's trying to find a way back to Wonderland."
Arianna: "The thing that made me pick this book up was the great cover. I was looking for something that was kind of a mix between Ellen Hopkins and the "classic, cheesy teenage romance", and I thought this seemed like the perfect book for that. It's about a girl named Devon who has a huge crush on her best friend, but then this new guy Ezra comes along, and he fits the whole "bad boy" cliche. I'm really looking forward to reading more of it."
Always on the lookout for something good to read, we looked for inspiration in the halls of Clarksville High School.
Bookish Quote of the Week:
"Books have to be heavy because the whole world is inside them."
- Cornelia Funke, Inkheart