Hello everybody! This is Faith, and it's my first independent post! Okay, so since Amy and Nathan are in college, so far they haven't had that much time to read book, but I have. But even I have been very busy, so even though I have time to read the books, I never get around to posting them. I haven't posted all of them yet, but here are a few.
The Missing--Margeret by Peterson Haddix: This was a great book with time-traveling and really good characters. The subject might sound a little weird, but it really isn't really very wacky and there's even some Christian content. If you want a good adventure book then you should definitely check this series out. I absolutely loved this series. I impatiently wait for the next book! If you want to read more about it, go to Sci-fi.
The Everafters: Of Giants and Ice -- by Shelby Bach: This book is a very fun, light-hearted fairytale book with good characters; it's a very interesting idea. It's a great book. If you're interested, go to Adventure/Fantasy.
Hey everyone! A little update: Nathan and I are now both in college and that's why I haven't been on very much lately. But it's almost Thanksgiving break, and I'm incredibly excited. A few new books just came out that I would like to mention and love to read (just wait till I get my hands on them!).
First off, a new Princess Academy came out in August. I am super excited to read it because it's been five years and I just love the characters. If you liked Princess Academy, then you'll probably want to check out Palace of Stone. And if you haven't, I highly recommend it. It's great for fantasy lovers/people who just love a good read. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Greg is back to writing in his eighth diary, and apparently he's still as wimpy as ever. I haven't read it yet, but Jeff Kinney has been consistently writing pretty funny, light hearted comic-like books following the middle-school adventures of Greg Heffley, a truly wimpy kid. The jokes are very goofy sometimes, but overall it's good for a laugh, and I would love to read it. Check out the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in Realistic Fiction.
In this third installment of the Brotherband Chronicles, Hal and his crew must catch the pirate Zavac and complete their mission before it's too late. Catching the illustrous, murderous pirate is not going to be easy though, and will bringing him down be too much for the Herons to bear? Friendships are strengthened, battles are fought, and disaster narrowly avoided in this conclusion to the first Brotherband story arc. I loved the first and liked the second, and look forward to finishing the third Brotherband. Also check out John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice, which is a great series.
The last Artemis Fowl has come out (July 10th), and one of my favorite series has ended with a bang. I liked it better than the seventh one and the last fifty pages or so are great, but hands-down the first six are the best. One drawback about this 8th and final book: the villian in this one does deal with black magic, and though it's clear that it's evil, if you're not okay with this just stop at book seven, where black magic is just introduced at the end. This series as a whole is fun, fast-paced, humorous, and has great characters and character development. Artemis is a boy genius, and his plans are always clever and make for exciting reads. Add in gun-toting faries and high-tech gadgets, and you get books that are interesting and fun. Read more about it in Adventure/Fantasy or Sci-fi Ages 11+.
July 10th also ushered in the fourth and last book in the Dragons of Starlight series, Liberator. This is a Bryan Davis fantasy series for teens, and as always, it has great characters, Christian morals, and action. I've really enjoyed this series as well as the rest of Bryan Davis' books. If you want to check out the series, it's in both Christian and Adventure/Fantasy. Scroll down to Young Adult.
Hey all! I hope you've had a great July 4th and are having a terrific summer. I'm making a list of good books added for July and will be adding more to this list as the month wears on, so keep on checking back!
-Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 --Richard Paul Evans: This was a very fun book with good characters and super powers. If you like action, a little bit of sci-fi, and excitement in a pretty clean package, this would be a great book to read. If you'd like to check it out, go to either Action or Sci-fi and scroll down to Ages 11+.
-The Jason Experiment: Replication by Jill Williamson: At first I was put off by the cover of this book, but a little digging into Amazon and different summaries and reviews and I decided that it was kosher and Christian. I read it, and it is. It deals with some hotly debated science issues and has good characters and a storyline that's goofy and serious at the same time. I really enjoyed it. Read more about it in Sci-fi and Christian Ages 12+.
-Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs: This is a quirky, funny mystery that has good characters and enough danger in the storyline to make it fun. I enjoyed it, and it's great for a light, funny read. Check it out in Mystery or Realistic Fiction Ages 9+.
Hey everyone! After almost two weeks of vacation traveling, we are back with some great books that we read over the break and throughout June! Here are the new books we found that we liked:
-The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke: It's fun and very popular. For some reason I haven't read it until now. Set in Venice, Italy and with good characters and a solid plot, it's a good, well-written book. Find it in Fantasy ages 9+.
-Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson: I thought this was a very good historical fiction book, giving true facts about a horrible time in a fairly believable story. It's sad, but not too much so. Find it in Historical Fiction Ages 11+.
-The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan: Action-packed with good Christian morals and values. It's very patriotic as well, although it makes it clear as well that America is not perfect. I enjoyed it. Find it in Action and Christian Ages 12+.
Btw, I hope you all are doing the summer reading programs at your local library. You can get free books or other cool stuff (yes, I think books are very cool). Also, there's a reading program at Barnes and Noble, where you can get a free book by reading 8 books. Here's the link for printing out the form, or you can just pick one up at the closest B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/. It ends in September I think. Also, if you're anywhere near Half-Price books, you can get a free 5 dollar coupon if you read 300 minutes in July. Here's the link for the program: http://www.hpb.com/community/fyb/. Have fun!
It's June and summer's finally here! I just posted The Final Quest by Rick Joyner in both the Nonfiction and Christian sections. It's a pretty amazing book relating a series of prophetic visions/dreams both allegorical and real. My family enjoyed it and we highly recommend it. If you want to check it out, scroll down to Ages 12+.
I just read a new book cowritten by Wayne Thomas Batson. The series is called The Berinfell Prophecies and the first book is titled The Curse of the Spider King. It's a fun and fast-paced read and the characters all have different powers. If you like battles, adventure, fantasy, and action, read about it in the Adventure/Fantasy section Ages 13+ and see if you think you'll like it.
Two new books have come out this month! The second Brotherband Chronicles, The Invaders, came out early May. We've been waiting eagerly for it, and it was great, if not as good as the first one. Still, we all enjoyed it. That and the Ranger's Apprentice are two of our family's favorite series, with adventure, battles, tactics, good characters, and humor. Check these companion series out in the Action/Adventure section and scroll down to Ages 10+.
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword came out a couple days ago. This is just a heads up, since we haven't read it yet. Even though there is a little magic and a lot of viking roughness in it, it's pretty funny and they're short, enjoyable reads. Check out the series in Adventure/Fantasy Ages 9+.
Faith just posted a new horse book, Willow King by Chris Platt. It has some kid-romance parts that she says are kind of embarrassing, but they're good. Check out the summary in the Horse section Ages 9+.
Amy, Faith, and Nathan Kim
Through this blog, we can keep people updated on new great books to read as they come out or as we read them. :)