From Carly Skudin, Teen Book reviewer
author: Scott, Elizabeth
Grace by Elizabeth Scott is about a girl named Grace who was raised to be an angel; a messenger of death by suicide bomb. She refuses to die for the cause and is on the run in search for freedom. She is traveling to reach a border she may never find. On her journey she travels amongst evil-minded soldiers on a battered and broken-down train across the desert. She is accompanied by a mysterious and puzzling character named Kerr on her journey for freedom at the border. Grace struggles to be invisible, but her fear of discovery appears large as she remembers and recalls the sequence of events and her struggling past that delivered her to her questionable or uncertain fate.
In this book Elizabeth Scott creates a world where you are told what you will be. A life without choices and many, many sacrifices. A colorless life, without beauty and connection and it is excessively cruel. In such a basic story the reader’s mind is continuously swirling as it puts together the pieces of information and the actions of the protagonist, Grace, and Kerr.
To me, this book was exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat when you wanted to find out what the next obstacle would be on Grace’s quest for freedom. It was a bit confusing, however, with the characters and the fact that some characters were spirits. This book had some historical fiction and religious beliefs to it, with all of the sacrifices for an almighty Keran Berj. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction, suspenseful books, and someone who can keep track of characters. Overall, it was a well-written book.
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Maberry, Jonathan
Rot & Ruin
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, is a great sci-fi novel about how humans would exist post-apocalypse. Benny’s earliest memory is of the First Night, when his brother Tom ran away with him, leaving behind his parents to be taken by zombies.
Now, fourteen years later, the two Imura brothers live in the village of Mountainside, where only a fence separates them from the Rot and Ruin, home of the zombies. Fifteen-year-old Benny now has to get a job in order to keep his food rations, and he finds one in the “family business” of bounty hunting. However, his entire view of the world is altered when he ventures into the Rot and Ruin for the first time with Tom. All of his heros aren’t who they seem and he realizes he is always in constant danger, both from zombies and people. All the while, this teen has to deal with his crush on his best friend and the loss of his parents. I would definitely recommend this book (9 out of 10 stars) because it has action, suspense, mystery, and romance all in one. So go out and read this book!
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Gross, Andrew
The Glassman family are found brutally murdered in their home. Ty Jauck, an ex-cop now a private security investigator, was April Glassman’s friend. He tries to solve the crime and becomes entangled in a worldwide economic terrorism plot. As the body count rises, banks collapse and global panic sets in, Ty joins forces with Naomi Blum, an agent from the U.S. Department of Treasury, to find the masterminds and to prove that he is not the murderer.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Farnsworth, Christopher
The President’s Vampire
In this sequel to Blood Oath, vampire Nathaniel Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must save mankind from creatures who not only kill but spread their contagion that changes humans into snakeheads. Suspend your disbelief for a wild non-stop action thriller adventure, the interaction between Cade and his sidekick Zach are worth the trip.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Meaney, Roisin
Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes
Hannah Robinson’s life is perfect. She is dating a great guy and she is starting her own business. The grand opening of her cupcake shop is days away, her friends are having a party for her and Patrick announces that he is leaving her for another woman. Small town life holds no secrets and everyone immediately knows about her painful situation. It is a story about heartbreak and tragedy but also shows the warmth of family, friends and love in this small Irish town of Clongarvin. A good summer read and who can resist a little tears, romance and cupcakes?
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Thurman, Rob
Blackout : a Cal Leandros novel
What would you do if you woke up on a beach littered with slaughtered giant spiders? Usually, this is a typical day for Cal Leandros but he doesn’t know who he is or where he is, he just knows that he is a killer. He begins to discover little things about himself and starts to create a new life until one day someone arrives in town who claims to be his brother and wants to take him home. This brother, Niko, is a stranger and home is a place where monsters live. Blackout is the sixth book in the series.
From Gene, Teen Book Reviewer
author: McCormick, Patricia
titl: Purple Heart
Patricia McCormick has already enlightened the world with Sold and Cut. Purple heart is no different. Purple Heart is about a young Matt Duffy who awakens in a hospital in Iraq with no idea how he got there. He was also injured and because he has a traumatic brain injury he does not know how or why. The one little memory he has is of a little Iraqi boy being blown up. The next day he is awarded the Purple Heart medal.
After he has recovered and joined his squad, he keeps having flashbacks about the young Iraqi boy being blown up. Matt soon finds out that the boy was Ali the Iraqi boy that his squad had befriended. With this memory his conscience keeps nagging him. Could he have been the one who killed him? In the second half of the story Matt goes on a series of missions. Although some of the members of his squad get killed, he learns how to pull through and protect the others.
Patricia McCormick uses figurative language and has such a way with words that you feel like you are actually fighting alongside Private Duffy. And the idea with using a younger man with modern war was excellent. I recommend this book to young male readers who have interest in wars. This book is also good for parents who have teenagers that play games such as Call of Duty or Halo Reach. If they like to play those action packed video games, then maybe they’ll like this action packed book.