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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

In the future the republic and the colonies are at war. Then, a thief name Day meets a Republican named June. They find out some secrets they should not know according to the Republic. I particularly liked it when Day spit in Thomas’ face. There was nothing I didn’t like –  I completely enjoyed the book.

I would recommend this to anyone. It was a great book. It has an element of mystery in it.

Rating: 5 stars

– Reviewed by Spencer, grade 6

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Book Review: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Dylan and Alek are off to the Siberian wilds to pick up a mystery passenger who turns out to be an eccentric inventor claiming his latest invention – “Goliath” – is powerful enough to stop the war. Alek and Dylan become divided over whether or not to trust Tesla’s odd invention. Then Dylan’s (or Deryn’s) biggest secret is revealed to Alek — will their friendship survive?

Even though I haven’t read Behemoth, I had no trouble understanding what was going on. The plot was action-packed and the Darwinian creatures as creative as they were in the first book. The similar cover styles make this trio easily identifiable and the drawing add a unique flair to the books. This is a wonderful addition to the Leviathan series –a powerful book full of action, adventure, and two types of love — the kind between friends and something stronger. I hope another book is on the way!

Reviewed by Marissa, age 14

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Book Review: The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

Each person aboard the Titanic had a unique voice and a story to tell — this book is a collection of them all, from the time the Titanic left the dock to the last tragic moment. This is a powerful tribute to the lost souls of the Titanic — everyone is represented, from millionaires to the rats. The format of the writing is refreshing, and each voice different and complete. This book is full of ingenious ideas — from the voice of the iceberg to the Morse code inserts/dictionary throughout. It gives readers a faint idea of the horrors and miracles of the Titanic’s last hours. Overall, a wonderful insight into the fated voyage.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 14

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Book Review: The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer

The daring Jacky Faber is in trouble once again. After she and Ravi are swept overboard in a typhoon and stranded on a tiger-infested beach, they make their way to Rangoon, where she is captured by a merchant who puts her to work in his black market. Desperate to get back to Jaimy, she is shocked when she hears that Jaimy has turned to crime and succumbed to madness.

I like that Jacky is as strong a character as ever. She uses her considerable intelligence to triumph over her opponents with wit, humor and that special Faber touch. I love the drawn covers and prefer them over the newer photographed ones. I don’t like that the books seem to be getting shorter — but maybe I’m reading faster! I always look forward to the next Bloody Jack book. It seems to be the perfect combination of piracy, adventure, humor and romance. Jacky is the perfect heroine because she’s not always such a heroine. She is very relateable and real — the kind of girl I want to be! She always has some original bit to say — and it’s usually funny. Just when I thought Jacky had done all she could, the cunning twist of Jaimy going mad is added! Where will Jacky take him – how will she heal him and how will she heal from the discovery of Jaimy’s love for the now-dead landlord’s daughter? Overall, another stupendous addition to the Bloody Jack series!

Reviewed by Marissa, age 14