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!
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. :)