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Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass SwordTitle: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Published: February 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

As a huge fan of fantasy, when I read young adult author Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, I had to know what happened next. In Aveyard’s novel Glass Sword, a young woman is accidentally thrown into a world of glittering jewels and magical powers in a futuristic take on the future of the United States.

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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireTitle: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins. It’s a continuation of the first book, The Hunger Games, and to be perfectly honest, a more intricate book that delves deeper into the human condition than even the first could have.

In the second post-apocalyptic revolution novel by Collins, Katniss Everdeen suffers the mental damage done to her in the first Hunger Games she participated in in Collins’ novel The Hunger Games, and is forced to relive everything all over again.

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning ThiefTitle: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published: July 2005
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

Recently, I’ve been reading so much literature written specifically for children and young adults I’m surprised my brain hasn’t melted a little.

But, to be honest, I am enjoying reading these novels that don’t make you think. One of those novels is Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, a Percy Jackson and the Olympians novel.

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Book Review: Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett

Mother of EdenTitle: Mother of Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden #2
Published: 2015
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 480
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Chris Beckett came out of left field. The British author, who does social work as well as writing novels, wrote a novel called Dark Eden, which takes a biblical approach to a group of astronauts stranded on a distant planet they named Eden.

Mother of Eden takes place two hundred years later. In those two hundred years, the inhabitants of Eden have made technological advances in mining and creating weapons and armor, but seem to have taken steps backwards in the ideas of society and equality.

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Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

HeirTitle: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Published: 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 6/10

I didn’t think it was possible, but The Heir made me want to be a princess even less than The Selection.

American author Kiera Cass continued her Selection series with The Heir, which focuses on the eldest child of America Singer and Maxon Schreave, Eadlyn. In order to quell unrest in the country, Eadlyn’s royal parents convince her to host her own Bachelorette-style Selection, and she gets a variety of suitors. Some look at her breasts, others are easy to get along with, and one even doesn’t speak fluent English. He’s probably my favorite. He’s adorable.

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Book Review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

Rebel AngelsTitle: Rebel Angels
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 2005
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 548
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

The second installment of American author Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, Rebel Angels takes on the next phase of lead character Gemma Doyle’s life in England after her mother dies in India and Gemma realizes she has supernatural abilities.

Gemma and her friends spend the Christmas holiday at home in London, attending teas and dances, and using the magic to enter the realms and try to keep everything as it was.

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Book Review: A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

Lion Among MenTitle: A Lion Among Men
Author: Gregory Maguire
Published: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 309
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 6/10

Author Gregory Maguire set the stage for (pretty much) all his future work when he published Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It can be hard maintaining that kind of celebrity, especially after such a popular book (turned musical). But, I think Maguire succeeds fairly well in the aftermath.

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