• Six of Crows

    Bardugo, Leigh

    Reviewed: November 24, 2021

    Six of Crows is a fantasy novel about a thief and his crew who are attempting to pull off a heist. Kaz Brekker is the leader and his crew consists of a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, and a heart render. They come across many different obstacles as they try to perform this heist. This book was so interesting to read. It had just the right amount of action and you easily fall in love with the characters. The characters are all so different but you can feel for them. If you are a fan of fantasy or magical beings, I definitely recommend this book.

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  • The California Drought

    Perdew, Laura

    Reviewed: November 17, 2021

    If you’re really into geography, this is the book for you. When reading this book you will not only learn about the troubles California has gone through due to the drought it has experienced, but you will also learn about different actions that people, communities, and the government can take to decrease the amount of drought we see in California. This book has many interactive visuals that will also help you understand different topics about the California drought. So if you’re a visual learner, this is a great book for you. The book covers all types of topics in regard to the last five... Read Full Review

  • The Song of Achilles

    Miller, Madeline

    Reviewed: November 10, 2021

    I could not get enough of this book, I had moments where I was stuck reading it for hours. It's about a boy, Patroclus, who is exiled from his home and sent to live with other exiles. There, the boy meets Achilles who's a little hesitant at first but slowly becomes his friend. After spending days together, the boys end up falling for each other but this leads to problems with Achilles' mother. The boys leave for training but are soon called back home to participate in a war against Troy, which Achilles will lead. I have to say this book kept me on my toes! It had a great love story, good... Read Full Review

  • Shadow and Bone

    Bardugo, Leigh

    Reviewed: November 3, 2021

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is a magical book. One in a seven-book universe focuses on Alina Starkov, a seemingly ordinary orphan who works in the army, as a mapmaker, alongside her best friend Mal Oretsev. Then all of a sudden, she finds herself on a fateful trip into the Fold, a dangerous land-sea of shadows and monsters. Once she is inside the Fold, all-hell breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, it is revealed to her, and all those around her, that she is Grisha, a person who can manipulate the elements to their benefit, and a powerful one at that. Suddenly, she is... Read Full Review

  • A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

    Park, Linda Sue

    Reviewed: October 27, 2021

    This book is a dual perspective from Salva who is the main character and Nia. This is about life in the 1980s and south Sudan when the Civil War was going on. Salva was used to being part of a farming family, he would take care of the cattle and occasionally go hunting with his siblings. One day at school, they heard gunshots and the teacher told him to run into the bush because they didn’t want them to be recruited as child soldiers. It’s about Salva walking through the desert with others and eventually, he eventually meets up with his uncle by chance. His uncle is in a group of these... Read Full Review

  • The Secret Life of Bees

    Kidd, Sue Monk

    Reviewed: October 21, 2021

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is an amazing coming-of-age fictional novel. It’s set in 1964 and follows the struggles of a 14-year-old girl named Lily Owens whose life has been built around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. She runs away from her abusive father with her nanny Rosaleen on her fourteenth birthday after personal and societal troubles consume her life. They go on a quest to Tiburon, South Carolina to discover what truly happened to Lily’s mother when Lily herself was only 4 years old. It focuses on the racism that occurred during... Read Full Review

  • The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher

    Sapkowski, Andrzej

    Reviewed: October 5, 2021

    The Last Wish is a short story collection and the first book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series. The Witcher is probably a familiar name to those who are a part of the video game community. The Witcher games are well-renowned for having excellent narratives and beautiful regions to explore. The most recent release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, won the 2015 Game of the Year Award. Now, this may come as a surprise to some, but The Witcher books are not spin-offs of the games; rather, the games are sequels to the books. The novels... Read Full Review

  • Scythe

    Shusterman, Neal

    Reviewed: September 28, 2021

    Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a good book for a lighter read. Scythe follows the story of two teenage apprentices, Citra and Rowan, as they compete to become a "Scythe" (killers who keep the population in check), although neither really wants to win. I really enjoyed the world-building of Scythe and all of the layers Schusterman created as if it could become a reality for our current world. This created a sense of perfection at the beginning but, as you read more, you realize how flawed their society truly is. As I read, I found myself switching sides between what... Read Full Review

  • Dune

    Herbert, Frank

    Reviewed: September 15, 2021

    Thousands of years in the future, the life-lengthening ‘spice’ is the most valuable substance in the universe and its only source is the extremely inhospitable desert planet known as Arrakis. The Duke, Leto Atreides, and his family are sent to this planet by the imperial emperor to replace the Harkonnens as the resident vassal house. Once there, the Atreides family enters a fierce battle of political intrigue to keep control of the planet.

    Dune, authored by Frank Herbert, is a very big name in the science fiction genre. The book is indeed worthy of high praise. It’s a... Read Full Review

  • Renegades

    Meyer, Marissa

    Reviewed: September 2, 2021

    Renegades by Marissa Meyer is an action-packed, riveting book. The first in a three-book series that takes place in a high-tech dystopian city called Gatlon. It is full of crime-fighting superheroes, morally grey villains, and all those who fit in between. The story focuses on Adrian, the son of two of Gatlon’s most notorious heroes, and Nova, the niece of Gatlon’s most infamous evil-doer and leader of the villain gang called the “Anarchists”. When Nova, a.k.a. “Nightmare”, decides to infiltrate the superhero team known as the “Renegades'', she starts to doubt what she has been... Read Full Review

  • They both die at the end

    Silvera, Adam, 1990-

    Reviewed: August 24, 2021

    What if you got a phone call that told you that today is your last day alive? In They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, two boys, Mateo and Rufus who live completely different lives receive a phone call from a company called Death-Cast, who calls you on the day you’re going to die. But with this knowledge of only having 24 hours to live, they ultimately cross paths on Last-Friend, an app where people who have received a phone call from Death-Cast can find a friend to make their last day special, and decide to live their last day to the fullest together. On their last day,... Read Full Review

  • The Dead and the Dark

    Gould, Courtney

    Reviewed: July 27, 2021

    To start off, I think this quote summarizes some of the book pretty well: “Maybe Bug was right. Either way, if she wanted her old life back, she needed to end this. She needed to find Tristan, find the killer, and find the old Ashley who didn’t spend every day afraid of the dark. She wanted the old Snakebite back one way or another. No more ghosts; she wanted this to end.”

    The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould is a mystery/thriller young adult novel that follows a queer family and ghosts! Yes! Queer! All of Them!

    When this family of three (Logan the daughter and... Read Full Review