From Divya Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Melvin Burgess
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess is a book about fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane, who seems like your typical popular boy (good looks, leader,etc.), getting everything whisked away from him when his mother dies after a heroin overdose. Nicholas goes to live with Jenny, his mother’s best friend but he is eventually relocated to Meadow Hill Assessment Center after he gets into a fight at school. This isn’t just any boarding school, it’s one for boys with violence issues and he soon realizes that after a couple of fights. There he befriends a boy named Oliver and both of them have to face the inhumane wrath of the home’s deputy head, Tony Creal. Read this book to find out if the boys get out alive and sane! I would give this book eight out of ten stars (ten being the highest) because it is very interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, this story takes place in Britain, so there are many English terms that you may not be familiar with!
From Carson B, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Walden, Mark
The Overlord Protocol
Otto Malpense and his friends have been attending H.I.V.E. for their second year, and things go wrong. Otto Malpense is a 14 year old boy who is the main character of this book. He is known to be very smart. His best friend is Wing, and Wing is well-known due to his amazing hand-to-hand combat. When Wing’s father dies, Otto and Wing are granted permission to leave campus to attend the funeral. Nero, who is the principal of H.I.V.E, which stands for the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, hires Raven, a professional assassin that makes sure Otto and Wing don’t get into trouble. What Otto and Wing don’t know is that one of the members of G.L.O.V.E., which stands for the Global League of Villainous Enterprises, who’s name is Cypher, is determined to take Nero’s place in the organization. Cypher threatens to kill the students of H.I.V.E.. Otto and Raven try to rescue Wing. It soon is found out that Cypher is Wing’s father. Cypher believes that Number One is one who has a tendency toward killing other human beings, and one of his projects is called Overlord, which nearly killed both Nero and himself.
I would recommend this book to people who like to read books full of action and suspense. This book kept me so entertained, I finished it in four sittings. Also, this book is based on a series, so people who like to read books from a series might want to read this book.
From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pearson, Mary E.
The Miles Between
The Miles Between is a unique story about four unique people. The main character is Destiny Faraday, a student at Hedgebrook Academy who tends to separate herself from the other students. Destiny has secrets, but chooses not to share them with anyone. All she truly wants in life is just “one fair day” where the good guy wins and everything works out for the best. One day Destiny and three of her classmates, Seth, Mira and Aidan happen to find a running convertible conveniently located on school grounds, and for once they decide to break the monotonous routine that has consumed then since they came to Hedgebrook. Throughout that trip they find friendship and much more. The foursome was able to put to rest many of the difficult things they had each endured during their short lives. Destiny is the one who has suffered the most, and thanks to her newfound friends, she is able to find peace and a brighter tomorrow. The Miles Between is a story of fate, friendship, and accepting and confronting our past as a part of who we are as people. I would
recommend this for teenage readers, as the story provides an interesting perspective on life that will make a reader appreciate all that he or she has. It is an emotional story that I will not soon forget.
From Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Boylan, Jennifer Finney
Falcon Quinn And The Black Mirror
This story is about Falcon and his friends. One day, a bus ride brings them to an academy for monsters. Falcon meets new friends at the academy, but while his friends find out what monsters they are, Falcon’s identity is undetermined. Throughout this book, Falcon will go on a treacherous quest to find out who he really is. Will he survive this adventure? Is Falcon even a monster? Find out these answers in Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror.
I thought that this book was pretty good. It had an enjoyable and lengthy plot that is comparable to well-known books of the fantasy genre. The book also featured interesting characters, with diverse personalities. The bad part of the book is that it lacked originality. The character Quimby’s role is practically the same as the Oracle’s (From Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Other characters and events seem very familiar to people who have read a couple of fantasy books. Unlike popular fantasy books, this book features common monsters, like zombies and mummies.
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror is somewhat unpredictable. There are some parts of the story that are obvious, but there are other parts that can be a little shocking. This story is also a lot less serious than other fantasy books, like Harry Potter. I’d recommend this book for kids (and teens) 10-14 years old. If you are new to fantasy books (or you don’t read them that often), then you will most likely enjoy this book.
From Alicia, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Harrison, Lisi
Lisi Harrison, author of the Clique series, has just released her new realistic fiction novel, Alphas. Alphas is about a group of girls that are selected to go to a special school called Alpha Academy in order to reach the highest of their abilities. Skye Hamilton however, has trouble trying to reach her inner alpha because there are no boys around. But when Skye runs into the sons of the owner of the school, she is willing to bend some rules to get to know them. Even though they are strictly off limits, the girls are constantly sneaking out at night and meeting the boys, but one night, things don’t go as planned. When Charlie, one of Skye’s housemates, tells the owner of Alpha Academy that the girls have been sneaking out at night, one of them gets expelled, crushing their dreams of ever becoming the best Alpha. The girls then refrain from their nighttime visits, but only for a little while. When Charlie finds a way around Shira, the owner, she helps her fri
ends meet the boys, all to prove that she is not Shira’s spy and that she wouldn’t turn another girl in.
In this fun and realistic story, girls of any age will enjoy it. If you liked the clique series, then I recommend this new series, Alphas, by Lisi Harrison. The only thing I really disliked bout this book was that the middle was very predictable and boring. Nothing important to the story happened in the middle. But towards the end of the middle was when the book really got interesting.