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Book Reviews: Week 1

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Reviews from Week One

The hunger games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series, Book 1

Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 - a district amongst 11 other districts in the futuristic country of Panem. To remind the 12 districts of the previous failed rebellion, the Capitol has arranged an annual Hunger Games where two tributes from each district are randomly chosen and put into an arena to fight each other to the death. Katniss felt obliged to take her sister's place as a tribute with Peeta Mellark. The Hunger Games is a interesting and intriguing novel and is the first book in the series.— Review by shiuli_k


When it's real

When It's Real by Erin Watt

This book was surprisingly more profound than I thought it would be. The author managed to showcase the flip side of fan culture and it's dark side without putting it too much on a pedestal that readers couldn't relate (i.e. Oak fangirling over King). The romance itself was sweet, but not the central focus of the novel. The book dealt with issues like bad financial management, rape culture, peer pressure, image control, vulnerability on social and mainstream media, and dealing with adulthood. At the same time, it was funny, and sweet and manages to entertain the reader. Definitely a worthy summer read!— Review by wildurbanchic


Iqbal

Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo

An excellent book about children working at a carpet factory. A heartfelt story about a boy who brings hope to other children.— Review by Somerset1


Ghost

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Track Series, Book 1

5 out of 5 stars. A sad and tough story that tells Ghost's past and present. The author captures the reader's heart by cheering on the main characters.— Review by Somerset1


Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 1

5 out of 5 stars. Lots of adventures and exciting to read. I couldn't put it down. Book is way better than the movie! — Review by Somerset1


Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 3

The plot has lots of components that keep the reader interested. There are plot twists which aren't predictable. Something really rewarding is that you can watch the movie after reading the book, which is really fun and interesting!— Review by ProudNERD14


The lost twin

The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy Series

This book is good. It is all about a girl named Ivy trying to find the mystery behind her sister Scarlet's death. If you really like mystery books you will like this book. I would give this book a 8 out of 10.— Review by cupcakes


The girl who walked on air

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

This book like okay. A girl was a ticket seller then she was a girl that walked on air. She walked on a tight rope really well so that is why the book is called The Girl Who Walked On Air. — Review by cupcakes


The lost children

The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan

A girl named Josephine Russing has 387 pairs of gloves. She's given a new pair every week by her father. Everyone wears gloves for some reason that I don't know. The children of Gulm have been taken. No one knows where they might be. Except the mysterious and terrifying leader of the land.— Review by cupcakes


Brambleheart

Brambleheart by Henry Cole

This book is mostly about a squirrel and he or she is trying to find a name for when he or she is older.— Review by cupcakes


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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

This book is really good. It is a scary book. So if you like scary books you might like this book. — Review by cupcakes


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Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone

This book is okay. It has love in it so I did not like this book. It had a lot of drama. If you are a person that likes drama books you might like the book Deep Down Popular. — Review by cupcakes


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The Dance in the Dark by Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy Series, Book 3

The book Scarlet and Ivy dance in the dark has a lot of detective things happen. It is a good book to read. Scarlet and Ivy has a lot of problems that they face like the old principal sister came to the school. She was trying to make all the girls of the school leave. — Review by cupcakes


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 1

Very funny book.— Review by Kesian12


Spider-Verse

Spider-Verse by Marvel Universe

Book was amazing and very cool. It had a lot of adventure.— Review by Kesian12


Code of Honor

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

This book is about a boy named Kamaran who is the most popular kid in school until his Older Brother Darius, is accused of being a terrorist. Overnight Kamaran and his family are captured by spy agents and brought to Washington to question him. Kamaran knows that his brother isn't a terrorist even though everyone even his best friend thinks Darius and Kamaran are terrorists. Everything changes after Kamaran escapes the 'prison' to find his brother who is in Arizona with the help of some friends.

This book was truly amazing and a page turner. It had action packed scenes as well as mystery. Overall this book was amazing and I hope you get the chance to read it. — Review by Muhammad A.


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Twilight by Erin Hunter

Warriors: The New Prophecy Series, Book 5

This book was AMAZING. I love the warriors series and this book was dramatic as ever. If you have never read the Warriors series the first book in the series is The Prophecies Begin Warriors into the wild. — Review by Leafpool


The Ostrich Conspiracy

The Ostrich Conspiracy by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

It was a really good book. It was a mystery / action book and I really enjoyed it.— Review by jacsian1


The Keepers: The Harp and the Ravenvine

The Harp and the Ravenvine by Ted Sanders

Keeper Series, Book 2

It's part two. It shows another person going through the find with a broken instrument who goes on an adventure to find the lost piece with the help of a tuner and a boy. They also show what's happening from the first book after it ended. Really exciting! — Review by FastReader


The Box and the Dragonfly

The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders

Keeper Series, Book 1

It's a really good book filled with adventure and action. Just the kind of book I like. My favorite part was when everyone went through the find and mastered their instruments. — Review by FastReader


Maybe a Fox

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt

I found this book very interesting. It was mixed with fantasy and modern life. I was recommended this book by a friend because of the themes based in the book. This story is for young adults but deal with themes also meant for older adults. This story will leave you with a new aspect on how you view the world around you. — Review by Kcarveth


A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Court of Thorns and Roses Series, Book 3

*Contains Spoilers*. I'm such a big fan of Sarah J. Maas and her books, and I have read all the books she has written so far, but this book has to be the worst of all of them. I love her books because of the complex and powerful characters who break stereotypes, and the intricate plots, but this book seemed more like a fanfiction from an overeager fangirl than a novel from bestselling author Sarah Maas. The beginning was promising, but Feyre's entrance into the Night Court was not really realistic. I expected a really dramatic scene between Feyre, Rhysand, and their Inner Court. And after that, everything that happened was one big blur, to be honest. Characters, battles, and obstacles came out of nowhere and didn't seem like something Sarah J. Maas would write. I expected more detail and thinking would go into this book, but it was a disappointment instead. — Review by MidnightLily24