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Teen Book Review – Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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I was originally going to review another book this month but then I remembered that I needed to return this book soon due to others having holds on it. Therefore, I’m writing this review now before I lose the book and can no longer skim through for the details. So, this month I read Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare; aka Book 3 of the Dark Artifices, a spinoff from the Mortal Instruments or better known as the Shadowhunters series.

To start off… This book is ENORMOUS. I couldn’t bring it to school in fear of having my shoulders fully dented by the sheer weight of this thing… I’d say the only other book I’ve read of this size would be Kingdom of Ash, from the Throne of Glass series. I cannot reveal too much of the plot since this is still a pretty recent release but I can say the Emma and Julian (the two main characters) have a lot to deal with in this book and there are actually numerous side plotlines happening throughout which revolve around the Blackthorn siblings as well as the Seelie and Unseelie faerie courts. A few new characters are introduced although not many deaths of old ones. I think I’ll stop here and give a rating: 4/5 stars. Not a perfect rating…BUT I have absolutely nothing against the plotline or characters or even the writing. I just feel as if everything was wrapped up a bit too perfectly to be realistic/believable for me. Other than that, I highly reccommend it :))

Teen SRC 2018 – SilverFin by Charlie Higson

Image result for silverfinJames Bond will one day become the world’s greatest spy, but he wasn’t always like that. At the moment, his biggest challenge is to fit in at his new school, making friends, learning the rules, and standing up to bullies. However, unknown to him, there is something deadly lurking in the water — SilverFin.

Meet the young James Bond during his teenage years  at Eton, and join him on his many adventures spanning over the 5 books in this series (I’m only counting the first 5 that were written by Charlie Higson, as technically there are 9 books). Have I told you I love mystery books yet? Maybe? Just a few times? Well, I don’t even know where to place this series on my favorite series list, as IT’S JUST SO GOOD!!!!! The beginning may be a little slow, but trust me. When the action parts begin, it’ll all be worth it.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas

SImage result for three musketeers booket in France in the 1620’s, this is a tale of adventure, esponiage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. There is the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory, the evil seductress “Milady,” the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu, the weak King Louis with his unhappy Queen, and, of course, the three muscketeers themselves. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto of “all for one, one for all” has come to represent friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, stolen letters, and great bouts of swordplay and fights, this book is infinitely entertaining.

This book was so engaging that I managed to finish it almost in one go in a single day. It was one of the first actually classical book I’ve ever read, and it was GREAT!!!!! I seriously recommend this book to anyone who loves action and historical fiction.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

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Great news, everyone!!! Our favorite author of the amazingly witty Artemis Fowl series is back again, this time with a teen novel!!! I just found out about it not long ago, and I was so excited to read more of Eoin Colfer’s work. This series is honestly so good that I wasn’t satisfied with only three books in the series.

It’s about a boy named Riley from the Victorian era, who somehow gets transported to modern day society. There, he meets the young FBI agent Chevie Savano, and together they try to stop Albert Garrick, the assassin-for-hire who has followed Riley from his own time, from returning to his own time with knowledge about modern society.

 

Teen SRC 2018- Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

First of all, before starting this review, I think I owe an apology to the library staff who, generously, hosted the Escape Room on August 14th. I had registered for this event, but hadn’t ended up going. I had to go to the hospital for a family emergency at the last minute, and had no time to un-register the class. I’m sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused.

So, on to the book: 🙂 This book was an awesome novel that has just the right amount of Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4)horror and murder! I think I’m emotionally drained… Oh, and be warned: This is the 4th book in the series: “The Naturals”. But nevertheless, I read this book without reading the first 3 books, so I guess you don’t really need to read them in order…I loved this book with all my guts! So, this book was about a girl named Cassie who joins the FBI Natural’s program. Her main goal is to find out what really happened to her mother- if she was murdered or not. And Cassie makes a discovery that is just what she suspected: her mother is alive-but she’s held captive somewhere secret. The people holding Cassie’s mother captive are much more powerful than anticipated. Cassie and her team start to little by little uncover the truth about the secret society that has been murdering innocent people-as it seems. But as the bodies pile up, Cassie’s team realize something-they’re not just following the hunter, but they’re becoming the hunted.

I wanted to take my time and savor each word, but like I always do, I whizzed right through. But my main reaction was: THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED BUT SO MUCH MORE! :)💖

Teen SRC 2018- The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison

The Killer in Me

Long review short, this is an extremely addictive thriller about a girl who knows more about a murderer than anyone could ever want to. I loved the whole twisty plot of the book and it hooked me up by the first sentence! But the thing is, by the first paragraph, I was jumping at every little noise, checking my doors and windows, and locking practically everything that has a lock. 🙂 So. This book was really horrifying and awesome at the same time.

This book is about a girl named Nina who knows about the Thief. The Thief is a killer. Or, as the book says: ‘a death vacuum’. Nina knows how the Thief hunts, his killing methods, how he disposes of the bodies….and….I think that’s enough. Nina, after all this time, tracks the Thief (with the help of her former best friend, Warren) 2000 miles-to his home turf. But when she finally meets the Thief, the man she sees is nothing like the crazy psycho who is somehow ‘connected’ to her is a strange way. But then, as Nina gets to know the man more and more, she starts to wonder: is there even a Thief in the first place?

I loved all the suspense, and I was really surprised by the plot twists that were in the book. I recommend this book to people who are a fan of mysteries and plot twists! 😛

Teen SRC 2018 – Fire by Kristin Cashore

FireFire; by Kristin Cashore may not be as well known as Graceling but it is certainly an amazing book as well. Sometimes full-on, rich, fantasy can be a bit hard for me to read but Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue were very rare exceptions. I have already written a review on Graceling and Fire was the second book I read by Kristin Cashore so I am reviewing it now. Fire is a human monster, just like her dad was. This doesn’t mean she hides under the bed, has scales and sharp teeth though, no! In fact, it means that she is extraordinarily beautiful and possesses the power to manipulate somebody by putting thoughts into their mind. This makes people distrust her, that, and the fact that her father had basically singlehandedly brought her kingdom down to its knees. That was just a little introduction to the story and hopefully it already has you convinced but I will say that this book was one of the best series I’ve ever read, and it is currently on my “Top 30 Books List”, which I’ve mentioned in a few of my other reviews. I really, really, really recommend this book, it has ALL the components needed for a captivating story. Another thing is these three books can probably be read in any order without confusing the reader, however the ideal order to read them, and this is strictly my opinion, would be Graceling, Fire, and finally Bitterblue. Which, luckily, was indeed the order I read them in. So, last note, 75/5 stars, THIS IS AMAZING! Go get a copy IMMEDIATELY.

Teen SRC 2018- Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

I soooooo love this book! I honestly never disliked a book from John Green, come to think of it… Let’s go back on track and discuss this book: So, just to ensure I don’t spoil too much, I’ll copy and paste what it says on the book:

“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…”

I loved this book from the first word. Honestly, I don’t know how John Green does it. His books make me feel like I’m in Q’s shoes for the whole path. 🙂

Teen SRC 2018 – The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill was not a very interesting book. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the story was definitely not a page turner. I felt that the large amount of characters made it hard for me to like and focus on them. The Girl Who Drank the Moon might appeal to those who enjoy reading fantasy books about wizards, dragons, fairys, etc.

Teen SRC 2018- Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

“Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away.”

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)Really, this book was a matter of life or death;from the very first page. Cata, Fergus, and 5 other teens have insomnia, and have volunteered to be a part of a new treatment. This treatment has only been tested on one other patient. But when the get put under, nothing goes as planned, and the teens are trapped in a dream-or, really, it’s a nightmare world where their worst fears come true and the teens are forced to bond together to fight their way out. In the real world, the doctors think that the kids are in a coma. But, apparently, not.

I loved the plot of the book and it really made me feel like I need to read this x1000 more times! 🙂