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”

The Revenge of Magic

Book One

By James Riley

Overview: If you are looking for a fun read with a few fantasy elements set in the real world, this book would be perfect for you! I wasn’t really a fan, but a lot of people have different tastes, and I bet other people would like it. Perfect for ages 10 and up. No bad words or anything, a little bit of violence but it’s mostly okay. Continue reading “The Revenge of Magic”

Unearthed

Book One

By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Overview: Overall, it was a really fun read! There was a lot of action and suspense, and it was a really creative idea. It even got philosophical, and there are a bunch of deep thoughts from these characters that will probably hit you right in the feels. I give it five stars! There were a couple parts that got a little slow, however. Those were hard to trudge through, but the plot sped up again quickly! I’d recommend it to kids ages 14 and up. Content level and reading level are both pretty high. Continue reading “Unearthed”

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”

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

By Carlos Hernandez

Book One

Overview: Soooo good! Sal and Gabi are super smart and fantastic, and I loved reading about them. Every single character is three dimensional and amaaaazing! I would recommend this to people ages 10-14. Kids older than that might even get the jokes and enjoy it, but the reading level is pretty young. There are a few Spanish words used, which I think adds to the story, but if you don’t speak the language it might be a little more confusing. Continue reading “Sal & Gabi Break the Universe”

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”

Michael Vey

By Richard Paul Evans

Book One Cover

Overview: This series was actually pretty good! A lot of the characters were kind of two dimensional, but otherwise the plot was captivating and easy to follow. This fast paced series would be great for people grades six and up. There are some gross electrified rat scenes that might be off-putting, however. Continue reading “Michael Vey”

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”