I am very happy I read this book. This is not a book I would have normally picked up on my own, but I am very happy my book club chose it. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is a suspense/ action/ mystery novel. This book starts when a girl wakes up and doesn't remember anything. Then, a man comes and drags her to the woods to kill her. During all of this, the girl still remembers nothing, not even her own name. Then she escapes from her abductor. As the story goes on, the main character starts to learn more about her past but her memory is still mostly gone. From the very first page to the last page, this book had me on the edge of my seat making me want to read on. This book is short in length and well paced, however I did feel the ending was slightly rushed. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is also a Truman nominee. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book and I am looking forward to reading more of April Henry's books in the future.
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid is a futuristic/ dystopian novel with a hint of mystery. Insignia is about a boy named Tom. Currently World War 3 is going on but this war is different from all the others. This war is fought entirely in space with teenagers piloting them on earth. Meanwhile, Tom hops from casino to casino with his dad trying to win games. The games Tom plays are completely virtual though. Tom also attends a virtual school. Suddenly, Tom finds himself getting recruited to work for the government. Then Tom finds himself wrongly accused and has to protect his friends. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed Insignia. I had no idea to the solution of the mystery. This book is part of a trilogy, which I am looking forward to reading. Insignia is also a nominee for the 2014-2015 Truman Readers Award list.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is a dystopian fiction book. The Testing is about a girl named Malencia Vale who is sixteen years old. It is graduation day for Cia, and her burning question is whether she will be chosen for the testing, or not. The testing is how the government decides who is going to be the future leaders of the United Commonwealth. Cia is chosen. Before she departs her father tells her what he remembered of the testing. He tells her of dark stories full of death. Before she leaves he tells her to trust no one. To find out what happens to Cia read The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is part of a trilogy which I am looking forward to reading. This book is also a Truman nominee for 2015-2016. You can find my post about the Missouri Reading Award Nominees at: http://www.walleysbookreviews.com/news-links/missouri-nominees-2015-2016-ben .
Legend By Marie Lu - Ben
Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian fiction book. This book has two main characters: Day, a 15 year old criminal, and June a fifteen year old military prodigy. At first the two characters seem complete opposites, but as the book progresses the two paths intertwine. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, and make you want to keep reading. One thing that I liked in particular about Legend was that since the chapters alternate between the two characters, when one character was narrating the font was one color, and when the other character was narrating the font was another color. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is the first in a trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the other two books.
Variant by Robison Wells- Reviewed by Ben
Variant by Robison Wells is a mystery/ suspense/ action novel. This book is about a foster kid name Benson Fisher. Benson applies to attend a boarding school, and once he opens the door a kid says to him "We can't get out of here." At first this book seems boring but after you get into it this book is amazing. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you like Variant by Robison Wells ,then I recommend reading the sequel: Feedback.
The Eighth Guardian By Meredith McCardle is a science fiction/ futuristic/ mystery novel. This book is about a girl named Amanda who is a junior at Peel Academy . At Peel Testing Day comes without warning. Testing Day is when all the juniors and seniors go through intense testing for people to see if they are ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda already plans that she will head to CIA with her boyfriend Abe. The CIA is where most graduates go. But she plans to go there next year because no juniors have graduated in decades. When they graduates are announced there is a big surprise and Amanda finds herself having to make decisions dealing with her family, Abe, and more. I recommend this book to kids ages 12+ with parents consent for the use of language. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I hope you enjoy The Eighth Guardian By Meredith McCardle.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is a futuristic action/adventure/mystery with a hint of science fiction. The Eye of Minds is about a boy named Michael who is a gamer like everyone else. He spends all his time playing on the virtnet which offers full simulation of the game that you are playing. In the virtnet there are some rules but if you have some hacking skills you can bend these rules to have more fun. Hacking these rules can be dangerous because some of the technology is to dangerous. Suddenly reports claim that one gamer is hacking the impossible and keeping gamers hostage inside the virtnet. Since the government runs the virtnet they know to catch this gamer they are going to need another gamer. So Michael finds himself chasing this gamer and trying to figure out his motive and how he is doing this. I could not put this book down! This book is very suspenseful and is full of plot twists. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mystery,action, adventure, and/or science fiction.
Steelheart By Brandon Sanderson is a Science Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery Young Adult Novel. I couldn't put this book down. Mr. Sanderson is a great writer I thought I had the mystery all figured out but everything changed right at the end. Steelheart is about a boy named David who's dad dies due to a "epic". Epics are regular humans who somehow gained superhuman powers right after a explosion in the sky. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mystery and/or : fantasy, & science fiction. I'm really looking forward to the sequel to this book that comes out in January.I hope you enjoy Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz is the first book in the Alex Rider series.
This book falls into the adventure genre. The main character is named Alex Rider a 14 year old boy who went to live with his uncle when his parents died in a plane crash. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll give you a very brief overview. Events happen and suddenly Alex finds himself caught up in the world of espionage, and he goes on his first mission. I absolutely loved this book. The plot keeps your attention and makes you want to keep reading until the very end. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I hope you like Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz as much as I did.