Tuesday, August 12, 2014


After seven years and eight books, James Patterson's Maximum Ride series has come to an end. The final ­installment, Nevermore, officially ends the world of Max, Fang, Iggy, and their friends.

When they're born, the group was genetically altered to grow wings and kept in cages and subjected to strange experiments. These experiments had serious repercussions, including making Iggy blind. Eventually they escaped.

Soon after running away, these half-bird, half-human kids learn that their destiny to save the world. They promote the idea of stopping global warming, but fear it might be too late. In Nevermore, Doomsday is close at hand and the bird-kids try with all their might to stop it, or at least save as many people as they can. But bigger problems loom closer to their hearts. A love triangle forms, forcing the teens to make the impossible decision of what is best versus what they want most.

Patterson's style is blunt and to the point. His characters speak and think as most teens do. Patterson may have been a rookie to the world of young-adult books when he wrote his first Maximum Ride book, but now with the saga's final installment, Nevermore, he's just as popular with us as he is with adults.

The plot is filled with twists and turns and action and adventure. Nevermore is a fast-paced page-turner that's hard to put down. The characters become some of your closest friends and you feel invested in them. Find out if Max makes it to Doomsday, saves the world, and finds true love in Nevermore.
Reviewed by AnubhutiKumar: at Teen Ink blog.

Rock Your Style

by Laura Torres
Create a frame for your favorite photograph, make your own party games, jazz up boring notebooks with colorful covers, and more with Rock Your Style, a fun craft project book that helps you create the trendiest styles around! Rock Your Style in your bedroom, with your school stuff, your wardrobe, and at your party with great ideas like a customized corkboard, backpack zipper pull, friendship bracelets, monster piƱata, and more! With step-by-step instructions and handy hints, this rockin' book also has great 'recycled' alternatives and ideas for supplies you can find around the house.
Reviewed at Amazon.com

Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki is afraid to ask Brandon to the Sweetheart Dance. She is also afraid that before she gets a chance of asking him, he will ask MacKenzie, Nikki's snobby, lip gloss addicted arch-enemy instead of herself. Also, it was revealed in Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All that she and her band, Dorkalicious, will record her original song, "Dorks Rule", with Trevor Chase. However, Trevor calls Nikki and tells her he won't be able to record with the band.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

by Lemony Snicket,
aka Daniel Handler
This 13 part series follows the adventures of the three Baudelaire siblings: Violet, an incredible inventor; Klaus, an extraordinary reader; and Sunny who has four very sharp teeth and loves to bite things.

There is no sugar coating in this story. The Bad Beginning (the first of the series), is just that. The children’s parents are killed by a fire in the family mansion and the children are sent off to live with distant relative, Count Olaf.

Life doesn’t improve for the Baudelaires as Count Olaf turns out to be a nasty and uncompassionate guardian who forces them to cook and clean in his gloomy, dirty house.

The children discover that the Count intends to get his hands on the enormous Baudelaire fortune and has a conniving plan in place. Thankfully the clever kids are able to stay two steps ahead of Olaf’s sinister tricks and they outsmart this fantastically dynamic character.

The popularity of the books saw them adapted in a movie in 2004. If you are a fan of gothic novels with a twist of humor, you can’t go past this series of well-written and entertaining stories.

Review by Catherine Pelosi at the Kids' Book Review blog.

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz
Night fairies are fairies that are most alive and vibrant at night, they are acorn size. Flory is a young night fairy who was born just before midnight. She was born with the prettiest wings. As she is learning to become accustomed to the world a bat mistakenly thinks she is a bug and tries to eat her. Although this bat was unsuccessful, Flory must now learn to live life and survive without her wings.

Without wings, the world is very dangerous. Animals and objects that weren't normally a threat now become a threat to Flory. Flory learns that to survive she must do whatever it takes. She selfishly talks a small squirrel into helping her out with various daily chores. Until one day, Flory runs into a situation that'll change Flory's outlook on the world and her attitude.

Reviewed by Cindy Hannikman at Fantasy Book Critic blog.