Book Review: Moonset by Scott Tracey

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A group of wizards were born to the rogue band Moonset during a war. Now they are in the hands of the government. I liked the way it tied in the present and the past very well with anecdotes about Moonset and for instance, with Justin finding the scrapbook. Though I didn’t like that some things were not tied in during character development, I would still recommend this book to those who like fantasy books and like dark settings. I rate it 5 stars – I love it!

Reviewed by Spencer, grade 7

Book Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

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In this fourth Body Finder novel, Violet is still dealing with carrying the imprint of the serial killer she was forced to kill. The haunting music follows her without cease, but bodies continue to call out to her. When she discovers a grisly murder on the way to the beach to meet her friends, they become involved, much to Violet’s dismay. Now, she has to chase a lunatic with a small cult of crackhead killers as well as protect her friends–and herself.

Her world, already different and dangerous, is now not what it seems either. Is there a darker agenda for the group she’s been forced into? What did Violet’s grandmother know that she didn’t share? If those questions and stresses weren’t enough, there’s always the confusing, charismatic, handsome Rafe to cause stress between Violet and her boyfriend Jay.

A twisting plot with action, romance, and suspense, this is a series that I would recommend to any fans of the slightly supernatural. Derting moves the story forward without sacrificing any of the past. Her talent for making the otherworldly seem completely reasonable and realistic is incredible. Age is 11 and up for gore.

Reviewed by Marissa, Grade 10

Book Review: Solstice by PJ Hoover

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Piper lives in a world of intense heat, limited water, and dying earth. Global warming spiked 18 years ago, and all Piper remembers is cracked earth, heat bubbles, and the constant moving. New cities, new greenhouses to sustain her mother’s — and her — green thumb that is nearly magic, and always chased by the threat of her ‘terrorist father’. Finally 18, Piper is eager to escape her mother’s incredibly overprotective embrace. Never allowed to date, Piper takes a risk — or two — when two guys start to compete for her. But as always, nothing is what it seems, and Piper’s life may have been nothing but an extended lie. 

A brilliant and compelling creation that melds sci-fi, Greek mythology, and romance, I could not put down this book. Filled with more twists than the labyrinth of the Minotaur, P.J. Hoover creates a somehow realistic tale that is blatantly mythical. Highly recommended to any fans of mythology, provided that they’re 10 & up.

Reviewed by Marissa, Grade 10