The Midnighters by Scott Westerfield
This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is a fantasy about a group of kids in a small town who have strange occurrences at the stroke of midnight. The world is frozen, except for a select few. They all have different specialties for specific purposes. This book keeps you guessing until the very end, when it's all pulled together. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes books that are beyond reality.
Almost Home by Jessica Blank
This book was, in my opinion, a gut-wrenching look into the lives of a few homeless kids living on the streets of L.A.. I thought the way the author told the individual story of the characters and how they came to be living on the streets and then how this group of kids intertwined with each other made for a realistic view of how it could be today with kids living on the streets. This story was simple and direct with its language, crude at times but again very real to the characters stories. This book had a somewhat happy ending for the youngest kid but left you to wonder about what happened to the other characters. After reading this book, you will want to drive to L.A. and scoop up all the kids on the streets and give them all a home.
Resident Evil #3: City of the Dead by S.D. Perry
Being a fan of the video games, the book really related well to the games and answered many lingering questions. That aspect alone made it very interesting to me. I've never really enjoyed reading books, but once I got started with this one, I couldn't stop. It was suspenseful and action packed. It also had a very unique story line with interesting characters. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an intense, survival, horror type book. I would also recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Resident Evil video games.
The Boy In the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Boyne puts a delightful twist on a tremendously sad event in history. Bruno is a nine-year-old boy living in the unsettling environment of the Holocaust. His innocence often clouds the reality of his situation, leaving him a very lonely little boy, until he meets Shmuel. Discover the hardships of a friendship that is just too horrible to continue. I thoroughly enjoyed the German perspective of this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
I liked this book. It talks about problems in life. Reese, the main character, went down a bad road. This book taught me about taking responsibility for my actions and how important it is to have a plan about what you want in life. Anyone who reads this book will like it a lot!
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
I picked this book out of pure unconsciousness and realized that it was a look into someone else's life and problems growing up. I noticed that Sophie dates all of the "cool" kids because she thinks it's what everyone else does when actually she has a crush on a boy that no one likes. Her mom reminds me of my friends' mom because she is rude, disrespectful, and doesn't care what her daughter thinks or feels. The mother feels that everything should be strictly about her. I learned that growing up is a pain in the butt, however, it teaches you that it doesn't matter what people think or care about. In the end, it's about what you yourself think and care about throughout life.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This was an intriguing book. Throughout the whole story I was trying to figure out who was bad and who Nora, the main character, should trust. It's a fascinating book full of fallen angels, high school crushes, and it has a mysterious plot that will keep you guessing. I highly recommend it!
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
This book could have fallen into the predictable pattern: snobby, popular girl has an accident, she loses all memory of the last four years, she learns to be a better person, and gets her memory back in time to fall in love with her Prince Charming. This book is not predictable...the prince is suicidal, the 'new' girl abandons her true friends, and memories are sometimes lost for a reason.
This book is fast moving and has enough twists in the plot to keep one guessing how it will turn out. Gabrielle Zevin is the author, and her first book Elsewhere, as well as this one, proves how well she is in tune with teen attitudes and problems.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This book was extremely hard to put down. Every chapter/tape offered incomprehensible insight into a young girl's mind, what she was going through, the boy who truly liked her, and his feelings after her suicide. It was an easy, unpredictable, and gripping read. Some points in the story were depressing and sad. It makes one think about they present themselves to the world and how they interact with others on a daily basis as well. I enjoyed the book and would recommend to it to all.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I really did like the book, it kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put it down, it was that good of a read. The book is about a vampire and a werewolf falling in love with a human. Ms. Meyers develops each character well, with their own personalities, leading in to an exciting and dangerous love story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a great love story.