Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole
Author: Peter Abrahams
Reviewer: Joseph

Peter Abrahams’ Down The Rabbit Hole is the first book in the Echo Falls series and other than its adventurous hero Ingrid Levin Hill the most interesting character in the book has to be Echo Falls itself. There are multiple storylines at work here and they are all extremely intriguing, from Ingrid who has to find out who killed Cracked up Kate, to Ingrid’s grandpa (who is probably the reason Ingrid is so feisty) who has to save his house, and a love story in Echo Falls’ history that could be the key to Ingrid finding the murderer. Thanks to Peter Abrahams fine hand we become captured by most of the characters in the book including Ingrid’s dog. It is one of the best mysteries I’ve read and definitely one of the best mysteries for kids.

Check out an interview with Peter Abrahams at Kidsreads.com:

Other books in the series:
Behind the Curtain - Book 2
Into the Dark - Book 3

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Reviewer: Kurtis

the love of your life
right before your eyes.

You think:
I’ll never get
to tell him
what I wanted.

There’s so many things
I wanted to do.

It’s as if
your life…
will never be the same.

he comes back.

This is exactly what happens to Ava in Lisa Schroeder’s I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. This was a particularly interesting story, creatively told in verse. It’s the story of a girl who struggles to move on from her dead boyfriend, Jackson. Of course, who wouldn’t have a hard time forgetting when he is there every day to remind her. It becomes even harder when she meets a “real” boy and Jackson becomes overly jealous for her attention. Her only way to move on from this ghastly situation is to let go and not blame herself for his death. But she can’t bring herself to do it.
I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, is a gripping story of love and remorse. I would definitely recommend this one.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me Book Trailer

Lisa reads from I Heart You, You Haunt Me on her official release day.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Reviewer: David

Note: If you haven’t read “The Lightning Thief,”
this review contains spoilers. And why haven’t you read it yet?
It’s awesome. Go get it. NOW!

“The Battle of the Labyrinth” written by Rick Riordan is a very hooking and comic adventure. This fourth establishment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, that started with “The Lightning Thief,” is definitely one of my favorite books and one of the best at mixing comedy with action/adventure. In the middle of the most serious circumstances, the author will crack a really funny joke that isn’t corny. This series reflects on a modern day world with the Greek gods. The main character, Percy, is a half-blood. That means that his dad (Poseidon) was a god and that is mom was a regular mortal. During this series the titans are back and are trying to take over Mt. Olympus.
This epic starts with a surprise attack on Percy by a demon-cheerleader while at a summer orientation for a new school that he is trying to go to the next year. He luckily escapes, and meets up with his friend Annabeth (also a half-blood). They go to Camp Half-blood and real adventure starts. They discover that Luke (a half-blood who betrayed the gods, and joined the titans in an earlier book) and his army of monsters and evil half-bloods, is trying to attack the camp through a nearby entrance to the Labyrinth. So, together with his friends Annabeth, Grover (a satyr), and Tyson (a cyclops), they enter the labyrinth.
This odyssey is amazing and is a must-read!! This adventure shows the theme of having great friends that you trust to the death. Their friendship prevails no matter what the odds are. If you like mythology and action/adventure books like “Lord of the Rings,” then this book is definitely right for you. If you are looking for a great book that will keep you on the end of your seat throughout the story, then this is the next book for you. So, read this book!!!!!!

The first three of this four book series:
TheLightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titans Curse

Friday, May 9, 2008

Teen, Inc. - Stefan Petrucha

Teen, Inc.
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Reviewer: Jason

Jaiden Beale lived an ordinary life…Well, as ordinary as it gets if you’re worth forty million dollars and you’re adopted by NECorp, a multimillion dollar company. With all of his decisions being made by the company, Jaiden is forced to live a life in secrecy. No one knows of his identity of the boy adopted by a company. Teen, Inc. delivers a fast paced adventure about Jaiden and his discoveries about the horrible crimes that NECorp has been hiding. But Jaiden’s hardest decision in this story is between whether he chooses the only “family” he has ever really had, or what he thinks is right and ultimately betraying NECorp. Stefan Petrucha’s Teen, Inc. is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to any adventure loving readers.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Big Slick- Eric Luper


Big Slick
Author: Eric Luper

A while back Eric Luper had a contest. He needed a book trailer for his book Big Slick.
Our very own Kurtis was instrumental in assisting in the production of the winning video.
If you haven't already read it, this book is highly recommended!
Don't take our word for it. Watch the video then go check it out for yourself!

Keep your eyes open, there are more books to come from this awesome author!