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Teen SRC 2018 – Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq

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Ramses: Son of Light by Christian Jacq

The first book of the Ramses series begins with 14 year old Ramses II, son of Seth.  He is sent through a test for pharaohs.  Before Ramses knows it, he is surrounded by friends and enemies.  Moses the intelligent Hebrew, Setau the snake charmer and mage, Ahmeni the frail scholar,  Ahsha the politician, and Shanaar his corrupt brother.  Is Seth going to leave his power to Shaanar or Ramses? As I read through the book, it revealed many beliefs in Egypt that I never knew about. It was full of secrets and plans. This book is great for people who like to read for a long time and people who like Egypt.

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- Swagger by Carl Deuker

Swagger

This book is about a boy named Jonas. He has his eyes out to jump from high school to college basketball. He plans to bring Levi, his quiet best friend, along. While playing basketball, they meet a guy called Ryan Hartwell. Levi is not doing well in school and needs to get his grades up in order to stay on the basketball team. Ryan and Jonas tutor him, but what Jonas doesn’t know is that Hartwell is abusing Levi. He has to debate between calling Hartwell out on it or ignore it to keep his spot on the basketball team.

I really loved this book. Believe me when I tell you that you’ll fall in love with the characters. They really stuck out! I really recommend this book to people who have an interest to basketball or just books that will make you cry and laugh and cry and laugh all over again. 🙂

Teen SRC 2018- People Like Us by Dana Mele

People Like Us

I  am, honestly, throughly afraid of horror murders, but I just couldn’t resist. This book’s protagonist, Kay, is a star soccer player and has a tight-knit group of friends. But the day when she and her friends find a girl’s body in the lake, Kay’s life is on the brink of self-destructing. She has carefully buried her past away, and the past is the past…right? The dead girl has left Kay a computer coded message…or, as one might say: a scavenger hunt. But Kay starts to realize something. The detectives are starting to suspect Kay more than anyone else. Kay only has a limited amount of time to find the murderer, or her life is at stake. 🙁

I recommend this book to people who are fans of: Pretty Little Liars, Dangerous Girls?Dangerous Boys, and murder mysteries in general! 🙂 So, this book was like a buy-every-copy-available-and-force-all-my-friends-to-read-it stage of awesome. Seriously. Although I didn’t really force anyone to read it. 😉

Teen SCR Review – Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina is about a young girl discovering hidden knowledge about herself.  The book is well written with an interesting plot line, however, when I first picked up Seraphina I thought it would be a nice fantasy novel.  It is based in fantasy, however, the further I got into the book I discovered it is more of a dialogue on racism, war, and romance.  There are lots of fantasy elements, but it simply is not what I expected.  If I were into reading books on those topics, I think I would have enjoyed this book much more than I did.

 

Teen SRC 2018- A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Nowadays, we don’t really struggle to live a good life, but it hasn’t always been like that. I read this book a quite long time ago, so here’s what the book says:

“A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.”

There are some stories that need to be told regardless of how sad or horrifying they might be. This is one of those stories. It shows the perspective of two kids fighting for a good life. 🙂

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- Almost Adulting by Arden Rose

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

Honestly, I can sum the whole review up by: “ehhhhhhh…..” . It wasn’t the best book, neither was it the worst. But this book was a little repetitive and didn’t really teach me much (as stated on the cover: all you need to get it together (sort of) ). But I didn’t really find anything helpful. But one thing I absolutely loved about this book was the little pictures throughout the book. It added so much character! Plus they were so adorable! 😛 Honestly, until the end of the book, I had no idea the author was a youtuber. Yeah. A YOUTUBER!!!! So, this book is about how to manage life as an adult. Obviously, I am so far from being 18, sooo….anyways. I still took it because my friend recommended it. Sorry, but I didn’t really like it as much. 🙁   It talks about life choices and how to make a good choice in life. (Wait…those are the same things..right?)

I sat down to read this book, and surprisingly, finished it really fast (but then, of course, I’m also a very fast reader). But this book is one of those that you can finish in one sitting. I would give this 2 stars out of 5, and I’m being generous. :/