The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By Suzanne Collins

Overview: This prequel was really fun to read, even if I wasn’t captivated by all of the characters. Coriolanus is just so deliciously murderous and controlling. His imminent sanity break was obvious the whole time, and every time he did something sneaky I was just thinking, There’s the President Snow we all love to hate. Probably best for kids ages twelve and up. Same amount of violence and blood, definitely a couple of graphic scenes. (I mean, this is a Hunger Games prequel, what do you expect?) I think there were a couple bad words, but nothing too bad. Continue reading “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

Impyrium

By Henry H. Neff

Overview: I was absolutely blown away by this amazing book! It took me a few chapters to get really hooked, but only because there was SO MUCH world building involved. This is such a rich universe, and I loved reading about it. Once I slipped into the reading trance, I didn’t come out of it until like, midnight. I’m not sure I have ever been this entranced by a single-book fantasy, it was that good. This book would be great for anyone ages 10 and up. Content level is fine, there are a few bad words and a little bit of violence though. Continue reading “Impyrium”

The Hunger Games

Book One

By Suzanne Collins

Overview: The first book in this series is amazing! It’s super suspenseful and exciting, very entertaining! This book would definitely be better for people ages 13 and up. If you’ve heard of this before, you know that the premise is very violent so expect a lot of blood and violent content. Just be prepare if you are squeamish at all! Continue reading “The Hunger Games”

Spill Zone

By Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland

Book One Cover

Overview: This graphic novel is a really exciting adventure, not to mention a little creepy, but in a good way. I thought the illustrator did a good job rendering the creepiness, and the color choices were great, they really emphasized the whole radioactive feel. Grades seven and up would like this book. There are a few bad words and ghost-like things and mutants and such, but otherwise it’s okay content wise. Continue reading “Spill Zone”

Renegades

By Marissa Meyer

Book One Cover

Overview: Another great series from Marissa Meyer! The premise is super interesting and very thought provoking, fans of the Scythe series will definitely love this. It does a lot of questioning what’s right and what’s wrong, just like Scythe. Young people grades seven and up would enjoy reading this. It has an easy to read yet in depth writing style, but there is a lot of violence and a little bit of romance. Continue reading “Renegades”

The Lunar Chronicles

By Marissa Meyer

Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles

Overview: This series was so beautiful and entertaining. The futuristic twist is so creative and makes for a super entertaining read. Kids grades six and up will love reading this series. A few scenes with graphic violence and such, but overall the content is pretty tame. Continue reading “The Lunar Chronicles”

Scythe

By Neal Shusterman

Book One Cover

Overview: It’s books like these that blow me away. The Scythe series is not only entertaining, but its also very thought provoking. Persons grades seven and up would love this book. The topics might be hard for younger kids to wrap their heads around, and the reading level will be harder for anyone under those ages. The entire premise is pretty much centered around murder, so it may not be for you if you get squeamish. Continue reading “Scythe”

Dry

By Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Overview: Wow wow wow. This book was insanely good. I’ve learned to expect that from Neal Shusterman, and I would definitely recommend checking out some of his other books too. The premise was interesting and captivating, and I really enjoyed the way the story progressed. I think anyone grades six and up would enjoy this book. It is a definitely a higher reading level, and it definitely gives you a lot to think about, but the content is relatively tame. There is a lot of death described and some bad words, but other than that it’s okay. Continue reading “Dry”

Mortal Engines

By Phillip Reeve

Overview: The plot and whole premise of Municipal Darwinism was actually super interesting. It was crazy to think about how that works and the worldbuilding was actually really good. I did not like the way it was written, however, (see the My Thoughts section) but I would recommend it to people grades seven and up. There’s some murdering and violence and such, but nothing too hard to handle. The writing is pretty simple, not to complicated. Continue reading “Mortal Engines”