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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz


Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away fom the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

I loved this book!! Maybe because it’s a fairytale spin off…maybe because it brought me right back to my favorite Disney movies…maybe because it sets us up to watch a new Disney channel movie called The Descendants! It’s probably just because it was an excellent story though.

It was an interesting change of pace to read a book from the “bad guys” point of view. Whether good or evil, they are still kids finding out who they are and who they want to be! I loved any part where we got to see what has become of the evil villains we all love to hate as well.

This book had amazing adventure, some Disney movie references that made me incredibly happy, and, of course, some great life lessons! Friendship, forgiveness, being true to yourself, and facing your fears just to name a few!

*I gave this book a 9.5/10*

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

An exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.
Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Now here is a book that will make you re-evaluate your priorities and take stock of all the amazing things in your life.

I expected this book to be very depressing. I’m not entirely sure why. The cover doesn’t look depressing…the title is bright and optimistic! Maybe I just read that it was about suicide and made some assumptions.

Of course there were some dark moments, and some sad moments, but the happy parts were magical! Sparkling! Uplifting!

I would have to say that my favorite part about this book is that all of the places they visit on their wanderings were real. I found myself looking up each place along the read. It was like my own scavenger hunt! Even the online magazine Germ magazine is real! And really neat! It has a section for wanderings!

Half way through I was pretty much breathing this book. I just couldn’t get enough! Near the end I was yelling at the main characters! I’m just glad I read the last half while I was at home…lol

Discover all of Finch and Violet’s bright places and make plans to find some of your own!

*I gave this book a 9/10*

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Miss Peregrine ‘ s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I had heard so much hype about Random Riggs and his novel written around these old creepy photographs that I had to at least flip through this book. Once I flipped, I had to purchase and read. It looked so interesting!!

And it was!

I really did expect it to be a lot scarier than it was. Im sure that if you’re researching this book you have probably already heard this a million times. I had imagined kind of a odd creepy horror book, which it was not. There are only really 1 or 2 scary parts and everything else is suspense and mystery. I think the pictures lead you to believe that the story will be scary…but the story itself makes the pictures less creepy with a little bit of explaining.

This book was hard to put down! I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and their special gifts. I can’t wait to read hollow city to find out more…I can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out…and guys…it’s going to be made into a movie…and I really can’t wait to see what Tim Burton brings to the story!!

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Samurai Jack Volume 3: Quest for the Broken Blade by Andy Suriano

After the Threads of Time failed to return Jack back to the past, he searches for a new way to return to his rightful era.

But will Jack be willing to risk his magical blade in order to open a new portal to the past?

First off, this book isn’t released yet.  The release date is set for March 31st, 2015.

I must admit, while I have heard of Samurai Jack, I didn’t really know that much about him at all. I didn’t know that this graphic novel would include robots and aliens for instance. It took me a couple of pages to catch up, but once I did I was flying!

This story has lots of action, suspense, humor, and some really excellent life lessons about being stronger than you think you are and doing the right thing! The flashbacks were well timed and easy to follow. You really feel like you know the character that much more from having these glimpses into their pasts!

I can’t wait to hear more about Samurai Jack! Not only will I be getting volumes 1 and 2 to catch up, but I’ll be looking forward to volume 4 as well!

* I rate this book 8/10*

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

When I first told one of my friends that I was jumping on the Wimpy Kid wagon, I got the most unexpected response. They said ” I hate Wimpy Kid! He is such a jerk! “.

I honestly didn’t know what to think. This friend generally loves most books, and is, from my experiences, a very reliable source of information on the feel for most books. I had suddenly lost some of that excitement I felt for the series.

I knew it would be fine the first time I laughed out loud. Greg, the main character, is a huge jerk! But he handles real middle school problems in the most ridiculous ways. And he just can’t catch a break! Everything that could go wrong, does. Karma maybe?

If you’re worried about your kids picking up Gregs bad behavior, I would suggest asking your kids to talk about the book with you. Not only will you get a laugh, but you’ll have a chance to ask if they think Gregs actions were right or wrong. This book could be a great learning tool for behaviors!

I now understand the hype. This easy to read, crazy funny, very relatable story is popular for a reason! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Try out The Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Give Jeff Kinney a shot! He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world for a reason!

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce


Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.


This was such a magical read. This story, like so many others, was recommended to me by a friend, and it has been one of my favorites ever since.

Although it is a 3-5 storybook, I have recommended it to the 6-8 age group as well. It’s fun and has enough words to keep a beginner reader interested. I find that anyone who enjoys reading and/or pixar movies tends to enjoy this read as well. It’s got a very pixar- like feel to it.

This story shows just how much books can light up someone’s life and color their world! The right story can make all the difference!

The video version of the book was awarded an Oscar for best animated short film at the 84th Academy awards!

Everyone should check out each version! They are both amazing!!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore:

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Darren Shan’s an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers — Mr Crepsley — is in fact a vampire!

Steve remains after the show finishes, to confront the vampire — but his motives are anything but ordinary! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.

Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal the vampire’s magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic consequences for both Darren and Steve. Their lives will never be the same again …

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw the movie when it came out, and I can’t wait to see where this story will take me in the rest of the series. A funny thing happened once I read the book though. I now really dislike the movie. That very rarely happens. Usually I find things about each that I enjoy and have a great respect for each art form, no matter how different.

They’ve taken out characters, which is fine. They added characters, which is great. I really just cant believe how much they changed the main character. The main character!!

Leaving the movie out of it, the book was great! It was funny, full of action, and really different! It was also surprisingly thought provoking and at times emotional (don’t let this scare you away, it’s not a sob story…I promise). The characters are interesting, and I just want to know more about them. I need to know what happens next!