The Revenge of Magic

Book One

By James Riley

Plot: “Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic. Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government-run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books. But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!”-Publisher Continue reading “The Revenge of Magic”

Unearthed

Book One

By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Plot: “When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance. In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…” -Publisher Continue reading “Unearthed”

Impyrium

By Henry H. Neff

Plot: “For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family’s magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it’s treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel’s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique. Hob, a commoner from the remote provinces, has been sent to the city to serve the Faeregines—and to spy on them.” -Publisher Continue reading “Impyrium”

Harry Potter

Book One

By J.K. Rowling

Plot: “As his eleventh birthday arrives, the time comes for Harry Potter to discover the truth about his magical beginnings – and embark on the enthralling, unmissable adventure that will lead him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, his true friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, powerful secrets and a destiny he cannot avoid …” -publisher Continue reading “Harry Potter”

Best Babysitters Ever

Book One

By Caroline Cala

Plot: You’ve probably heard of “The Babysitters club,” the adventures of four girls from the nineties who “answer a corded telephone, eat various things wrapped in plastic, and minded children for money.” Now it’s Malia’s turn to steal Kristy’s Great Idea and start her own babysitters club. Of course, babysitting and modern business are much harder than Malia and her friends originally thought, especially when Malia’s older and more demonic sister finds out how lucrative a business babysitting really is. Continue reading “Best Babysitters Ever”

Watch Us Rise

By Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Plot: Young writers Jasmine and Chelsea have had enough. They are done with the way girls and women are being treated across the world, even at their “progressive” school. They decide that their voices matter, and start the Write Like a Girl club and blog. Their poems and writing catch the attention and gratitude of hundreds of people, until their male principal decides that the girls are being a little too disruptive… Continue reading “Watch Us Rise”

The Hunger Games

Book One

By Suzanne Collins

Plot: Every year, one “Tribute” is selected from the 13 districts of Panem by the Capitol, who forces the children to fight to the death in an arena. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister is chosen, Katniss volunteers to take her place and has to fight for her life with only a few supplies and her own survival skills. Continue reading “The Hunger Games”

I am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Plot: Many years ago, Libby and May work together to create a comic masterpiece about Princess X, the ninja princess who lives in a haunted house. A couple years later, Libby dies in a car crash… or does she? A long time after her best friend dies, May glimpses a sticker with Princess X’s familiar face on it. How is that possible? Soon, May has to team up with a new friend to find out if Libby is still alive and how to help her. Continue reading “I am Princess X”

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus YOUReview

By Dusti Bowling

Reviewed by Betty

This book was very funny, and I was glad that I read it. The main character has no arms, but she does have a wild imagination. Aven makes up funny stories about how she lost her arms, like a wildfire in Tanzania, and Alligator wrestling. There was also a mystery in the story that was very suspenseful, and kept you at the edge of your seat. The entire story in full was just really interesting and enjoyable. I know it was for me. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it!