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A Book Blog Farewell

In consultation with the primary staff reviewers, we have decided to discontinue the InfoSoup reading blogs. Since 2008, InfoSoup users and staff have posted over 3000 reviews to Books to Hoot About!, the book blog, & Books R Us. It has been a fun ride, but now seems the right time to bring the blogs to an end.

We would like to thank all the users who participated in our reading challenge in 2013 and 2014, all the kids and teens who posted summer library program reviews, and the InfoSoup library staff who gave their time and shared their insight.

We will keep the reviews up for the rest of the year and, relaunch the site in in the new year with more of a focus on booklists and other resources for readers.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Author: Ester Earl

I wanted to read this book because I have a love for writing and saw that it was a book of stories and letters written by someone who shared that love for writing. The first thing I loved about this book was that it went ahead and answered all my questions from the start. It explained when Ester was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer, how she was treated, and her whole story until the end. I found her letters funny, and felt she would have been a very great friend to have if she had lived longer. However, her diary entries quickly became dark, and she mentioned how she wished she didn't feel so dark and hateful, but it's just how she was feeling. After reading this book I looked back and noted all the things we had in common. She was a very relatable person that loved to have fun and wished no harm onto anyone. It was sad though, reading this and knowing the out come. Even after the inevitable was noted, there was more to tell. Somehow she lived on, even months after she had passed, and reminded her family of what she had been like before her sickness. One thing I loved about this book is the fact that is was completly true, and that she never let the cancer define her. It was just something she had, it wasn't her. I think it's a great inspirational work, and that anyone feeling down on themselves should read it to remind themselves that whatever they are going through, they can get through it.

Author: Susanne Collins

The Hunger Games is about a district (district 12 of 12) that is very poor and that is run by the capital. Every district has to have a "drawing" that the mentour chooses 2 tributes from each district from district 1-12  from the ages 12-18 and the tributes from district 12 are Primrose (prim)  Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Prims big sister Katness Everdeen voulenteers for her and so Katness and Peeta have to go have 2 weeks training with 22 other trbuter for 2 weeks in the capital. when they are done they have a tribute parate which is how Katness becomes known as the girl on fire thanks to Cina (district 12's dress/costume degsiner) a horse drawn carrige and some fire retardent outfits! All the tributes then have an interview and they then are taken to a room where they are sent off to the games and they have a 10 second count-down and then they announce: LET THE GAMES BEGIN! then all 24 tributes run to the cornicopia and grab the wepons which for many is a BIG mistake. Of course Katness makes it. and that is how she meets her shadow Rue after 3 days in the games an dthey help eachother survive like when Katniss gets stung by the cracker jackers (very poisenious mechanical bees). Rue then gets trapped by a gang of kids in the games and gets a metal spear throwan at her and that is the end of Rue thus the famous Mocking Jay whistle! after a couuple of days pass by sleeping in a tree she finds peeta under moss down by the lake where she retrived herself after getting hit by a gigantic fire ball! Her and peet then go to the cornicopia where all but 1 dead body lays. Katness and peeta are then chased up to the roof of the cornicopia by a 3pack of hungry,wild dogs! they then kill the boy that is the only surviver other than Katness and Peeta and daylight comes and they get to continue on with their lives. You are going to have to read Catching Fire to see what happens nest because that is basically the whole book!

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

This is a heart waming comming of age story.

The main charecter, Cath, is a fanfiction loving introvert. Cath and her twin sister Wren are starting freshmen year of collage and cath is a wreck. Wren already told Cath that she dosent want to be her room mate, so Cath is left to fend for herself. Cath sepnds every night in her room wrighting Simon Snow fanfictions. That is untill she befriends her room mates boyfriend Levi.

This is a fantastic read! Sweet and hilarious, Fangirl is an allround great story.

Author: Kate Hattemer

Selwyn Academy is a school for the arts; for the prima ballerinas, the future stars of Broadway, the artists who's work is identical to real life. However, the elite school is being destroyed by a reality TV show, For Art's Sake, a sleazy production that manipulates the students and teachers at Selwyn. Or at least, that's what Luke, Ethan's best friend says. Ethan doesn't mind the show that much; it allows him to gawk at Mia, a contestant on the show, whom he has a huge crush on, without being a stalker. But Luke is determined to bring down For Art's Sake and restore Selwyn's honor. Following in the steps of Ezra Pound, Luke, Ethan, and two of their others friends, write a long poem, capturing the attention of their fellow students. However, the people who are behind For Art's Sake are craftier than they realized, and soon the four are surrounded by a web of lies and betrayal that runs deeper than they could have ever imagined. Hattemer's quirky novel, filled with humor, wit, and interesting characters, and a deeper lesson that will resonate will everyone who picks up this marvelous book.

Author: James Patterson

Treasure hunters is about  four kids that are left alone on there ship called The Lost. The reason that there left alone is that there mom was kidnapped so they dont know if she is alive or dead, all they know is that she was kidnapped in cyprus. They were with there dad but he flew off the dech of the ship when they were going through a storm. So these four kids, tommy, bick, rebecca,and storm, have to follow there dads clues to get there mom back and find if there dad is dead or alive.

Author: Wendy Mass

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Reynolds suffers from getting hit in the head by a dodgeball during gym class. She thinks that she has died and gone to heaven. Has she really gone to her heaven that looks like a mall. In her trip she meets a boy who has a drill bit in his head and she calls him nail boy. Nail boy takes to the mall's  lost and found and hands her a bag with stuff in it, then he disappers. No family, no friends, and  all of the stores in the mall. What would you do? What does Tessa do? What is in the bag? Does she live? Well you'll have to read the book to find.  


Title: Lies
Author: Michael Grant

Lies is the third instalment to Michael Grant's Gone series. I was happy to find that the Fayz was the same old same old, but that was untill I got a few chapters in. As it turned out, everything completly changed, even some of the character's personalities. I loved the explination that Michael Grant gave for their changing personalities and emotions and values, mostly because it made so much sence. Again this book was completly stuffed with twists and turns and a plot thick enough for a dictionary, but somehow it seemed slow. Even with all the twists (and well LIES) the book seemed to snail along. I found myself at the edge of my chair nearly every chapter, but the in between scenes were slow, to be blunt. I still found it an amazing read, and would recomend anyone who likes teen powers, mystery, and sifi to read this book series. I can't wait to read the next book in the Gone series, Plague.

Author: Leila Sales

This book had me thinking a lot. There's this girl, named Elise, who always seems so depressed and friendless, who also has thoughts of suicide, but against all odds, she is also an outstanding dj. She has her below average regular life, but then she has her outstanding secret club DJing life. At her club she can be who she really wants to without worrying about the outside people. I feel like it's one of the better books out there, because it really gets your mind into it, and it's a more realistic book, because real people actually have these problems. I mean they don't all become underground djs, but they do have the other problems, ya know?