Color My Blood

Red Queen
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Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we are going to look at Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

Mare lives in a world that is divided by the color of your blood. In this world, there are Silvers and Reds. Silvers are the nobles and royals, while Reds are the peasants. Silvers all have special powers, which is what makes them different and strong.

Mare is just trying to get by before she is taken off to war just like her three older brothers. Anyone who doesn’t have a job by their eighteenth birthday is taken to fight in the war. Mare’s day is coming, and then the unexpected happens–Mare gets a job. And not just any job.

Mare gets a job working as a servant at the royals’ summer home. While preforming her duties, the unimaginable happens–Mare shoots lightning out of her hands. But Mare is a Red, and Reds aren’t supposed to have abilities. Because of this incident, Mare is forced into the role of a lost Silver Princess and is engaged to the second-in-line Prince.

Ripped away from her life and forced to hide who she really is, Mare is angry. Then she realizes she is in a unique position to help the rebel force, The Scarlet Guard. Mare gets ready to play a power game and maybe even change the rules.

Everything is changing for Mare and she might be in over her head. One wrong move and she will lose her life. This is a game Mare doesn’t understand, but she’d better learn quickly if she wants to get out alive.

Betrayal, death, and affection are all passengers on the wild ride that is Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard weaves an engaging story that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

That’s all for this week, check back next week for another book review. Happy Reading!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Heaven’s Angel or Hell’s Demon

Hush Hush
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Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Nora is just your everyday sophomore in high school. She goes to class, she hangs out with her best friend Vee, and does normal teenage things. She’s never had a serious boyfriend, much to her best friend’s dismay. Nora just hasn’t found a boy she cares enough about to date, until Patch comes along.

Patch gets under Nora’s skin in a way no one else can. He seems to know more about her than even Vee knows. Is this guy stalking her? How does he know all these things about her? Nora is determined to ignore him. If she doesn’t respond to his advances, he’ll go away…right?

Then strange things start happening to Nora. She hits a man with her car and there is nothing to prove it but a tiny fracture in the windshield. She thinks she falls off a rollercoaster, but is safely buckled into the seat. What is happening to her and how is Patch connected to it? None of these weird things happened before he became a part of her life.

Nora soon finds out that there is more to Patch than meets the eye and trying to figure him out might be more than she bargained for. Life and death are hanging in the balance for Nora, but just who is trying to hurt her and why? Is Patch trying to help or hurt her? Find out in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush.

That’s all for this week, check back next week for another book review. Happy reading, everyone!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Beware the Maze

The Maze Runner
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Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Some of you may have seen the movie adaptation that recently came out, but let me tell you, the book is always better (even if I did enjoy the movie). Thomas is confused, he wakes up in a box and can’t remember anything but his name. Where is he? Where did he come from?

Suddenly the box comes alive and starts moving upward. When the box stops moving, the doors at the top of the box are thrown open and sunlight streams in. The opening to the box is surrounded by teenagers who are all about Thomas’ age. Here’s the kicker–they’re all boys.

Welcome to the Glade, a place surrounded by a giant maze that always changes at night. There may not be a way out. As Thomas is shown around the Glade, he finds out that every month, like clockwork, a boy and supplies arrive in the Glade. He also discovers that none of the boys in the Glade can remember anything before waking up in the box. Who put them here and why? What is the point?

When the first day ends, Thomas is just as confused as he was when he woke up in the box, except now he has more to think about. The next day, Thomas gets assigned a job to see what he is good at. He needs to contribute to the Glade running smoothly. Everything is going well until the box alarm goes off…a month early. When the box is opened, there is only one thing inside: a girl.

What does this mean? Why send a girl into the maze? How can they escape the maze? Everything is changing in the Glade, the only option is to get out, but can they get out alive? All these questions and more are answered in The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Thanks for reading and check back for the next book of the week!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

If Roses Could Talk

Rose Bush
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Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about Michele Jaffe’s Rosebush.

Jane is having a bad morning. The night after a big party, Jane wakes up in the hospital paralyzed from a hit-and-run accident. She has no memory of how she ended up there. She’s surrounded by friends and her loving boyfriend, so things start to look better until Jane starts to remember what happened. Jane’s accident might not have been so accidental, but that would mean one of her friends is out to kill her.

As Jane starts to piece together what happened that night at the party, things start to get weird. Jane starts receiving threatening phone calls from someone who claims they want to kill her. The only problem is, Jane is the only one around when they call. Is Jane making up the threatening messages? Is she being paranoid? The police claim they caught the people who ran her over, so why is Jane still feeling threatened? Jane may be losing her mind or maybe someone really is after her.

Everyone is a suspect, and there is no one Jane can trust, but she must figure out who’s trying to kill her before they strike again and finish the job. Time is ticking down for Jane. As she heals from her injuries and can move again, she must prove that she is not going crazy and attempt to catch a would-be killer all by herself.

Michele Jaffe crafts a beautiful mystery that has you hooked until the last page. You’ll be wondering who the killer is or if there is a killer at all. That’s all for this week, check in next week for another book review.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Edtior

This Isn’t Wonderland

Alice in ZombielandHello, readers and welcome back!

This time we are all taking a trip down the rabbit hole as we talk about Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. Alice is just a normal girl with a somewhat crazy dad. He thinks he sees monsters that are going to eat you wandering around at night. Normally this would be fine, but it’s Alice’s birthday and all she wants is to go to her little sister’s dance rehearsal.

The only problem is the dance rehearsal ends after dark, which is against her dad’s rules, but miracles of miracles Alice talks her dad into letting the whole family go. The night was going perfectly until the ride home. When Alice wakes up in the hospital, she is an orphan. She lost her parents and her little sister. Alice ,who now goes by Ali, moves in with her grandparents and tries to put her life back together.

Everything is fine until she starts to see the monsters her dad was afraid of. Ali fears she is going crazy. New house, new school, new life, new craziness. When Ali meets Cole, she starts seeing visions of kissing him, a boy she has never met. This is a whole new type of crazy for Ali. The monster visions start to get worse, and then she discovers she might not be the only person to see the monsters. Cole might see the monsters too. If Cole can see the monsters, does that mean that Ali is sane?

Gena Showalter weaves an amazing take on Alice in Wonderland with a twist. Alice in Zombieland is one wild ride.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Fairy Bad Luck

How to Ditch your Fairy
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Hello, readers and welcome back!

This week we will be talking about How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier. Fourteen-year-old Charlie has a parking spot fairy, which means she can always find the perfect parking spot. One small problem, Charlie hates cars.

Hoping to get rid of her fairy, Charlie has been walking everywhere, which means she has been late to school…a lot. Getting in trouble at school and at home because she refuses to get in cars, Charlie’s life is looking pretty down. There is one bright spot in Charlie’s life and that is the cute new boy–Steffi.

Everything is going great with Steffi until he crosses paths with Fiorenze, who has an all-the-boys-will-love-you fairy. When both girls discover they hate their fairies they decide to switch fairies. What could go wrong?

Fairies run wild in this exciting story by Justine Larbalestier. By the end of the book you’ll be wondering, what kind of fairy do you have?

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Cyborg Cinderella

Cinder
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Hello Readers and welcome back!

Today we are going to talk about Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder has a hard life, she is half-cyborg from an accident she experienced as a child and her adopted mother hates her. Living in a futuristic world that is being destroyed by a plague and is constantly being threatened by ruthless lunar people from space, Cinder is just trying to survive.

As a talented mechanic, Cinder works at the town market and it is there that she meets Prince Kai. An attraction to the Prince is not a part of Cinder’s plan, especially because he would never be able to fall for a cyborg, right?

Everything is just starting to go right in Cinder’s life when her little sister catches the plague. Cinder’s adopted mother blames her for the illness and sends her to be a test subject to help find the cure, all but guaranteeing Cinder’s death, but mystery is surrounding Cinder when it is discovered that she is immune to the plague.

Mystery and romance mix in Cinder and has everyone wondering whether this Cinderella will even make it to the ball. I guess you will just have to read to find out. So happy reading everyone and see you back here next week.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Monsters, Vegas, and Greek Gods

Lighting Thief Book Cover
Lighting Thief Book Cover

Hello readers and welcome back!

Today we are going to be talking about Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. This is a throwback for me because I first read The Lightning Thief in high school. This book is an oldie but a goody.

Percy Jackson, your normal American pre-teen, is about to be kicked out of boarding school. Again. Little does Percy know that he is actually not your normal American pre-teen. Percy is a demigod and he’s being accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

As if finding out you’re a demigod from your best friend (who just so happens to be a satyr) isn’t bad enough, while trying to get to a camp for demigods, Percy is attacked by a monster from Greek mythology. After arriving at Camp Half-blood, Percy finds out that he is being blamed for the theft of Zeus’ lightning bolt. With only ten days to clear his name before Percy gets smote by the gods, he, his best friend Grover (the satyr), and a daughter of Athena set out on an adventure to catch a thief.

Visiting everywhere from Las Vegas to the underworld, The Lightning Thief is one wild ride. Rick Riordan crafts a great new story about Greek mythology that is entertaining for everyone. If you’re looking for a quick read or a brief look into Greek mythology with a fun twist, The Lightning Thief is a good choice.

So happy reading everyone, and tune in next week for a new book review.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Is All Fair in Love and War?

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Hello Readers, and welcome back!

This week we will be talking about The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze. Set in a futuristic England, this book’s world is a bit of a mess. A series of natural disasters has ruined the earth. The sun barely shines, the earth produces almost no food, and people are starving and growing restless. The Royal family is doing the best they can under the circumstances, but that isn’t good enough for one ruthless revolutionary.

When the rebels attack the castle, only Princess Eliza manages to escape, leaving her two siblings behind. All alone and on the run, Eliza decides to join the enemy army in disguise in the hopes of getting revenge on their leader.

Eliza is determined to get revenge even it means dying, but then she meets Wesley. Wesley helps her to remember how to have hope and maybe even how to love, but Wesley has some secrets of his own. In this game of love and war, all is fair.

Revenge, life, death, betrayal, and war–what more could you ask for in a book? Galaxy Craze beautifully carves out this futuristic world and sucks you right in. The Last Princess has you hooked from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the last. You find yourself rooting for Eliza and secretly wanting your own Wesley–I know I did. In the game of love and war, who can you trust? You’ll just have to read to find out.

That’s all for now. Check in next time for your next book and remember to keep reading.

— Sabrina Parr, Assistant Poetry Editor

Murder Run Amok

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Hello readers and welcome back! Today we will be talking about James Patterson’s Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

In this book, Tandy Angel and her three brothers are in for one crazy wakeup call. One morning they find their parents have been murdered and it looks like one of them did it. With secrets running amok in the Angel household what is one girl to do but try to clear her family’s name?

Tandy takes it upon herself do what the police seem incapable of doing — solving the murder of her parents — but digging into perfectionist Malcolm and Maud’s life may be more than Tandy is ready for. How well does she really know her parents? Who murdered them and how did they do it while all the Angel children were in the house, sleeping right down the hall? These are all questions Tandy sets out to answer and the road to discovery becomes quite a ride.

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat from the very beginning with this page-turning mystery. Once you think you have something figured out, everything changes. Who is the murderer? You’ll just have to read to find out. The authors make you question what makes a family and to what end you might go to protect yours? You’re in for a good read with Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Stop by next time to see the new book of the week and remember to keep reading.

— Sabrina Parr, Assistant Poetry Editor