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Welcome to the book blog, featuring reviews for teens from InfoSoup librarians and users!

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Author: Lucy Christopher

This book reminded me a lot of the book "Living Dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott. However, this book is not as violent. And in "Living Dead Girl" the criminal wasn't as much of a sympathetic character as the criminal in this book. The protagonist is a teenager named Gemma who is kidnapped by a young adult named Ty, in the Bangkok airport, after he drugged her coffee. He then takes her to Australia. Through the course of the story we discover that Ty stalked Gemma in London for years. The book is written as if Gemma is speaking to Ty. Basically, Gemma does suffer from Stockholm Syndrome--she ends up deeply caring for Ty. Even after she discovers some of the lies Ty has told her, she finds reasons to like him. We, as the readers, do, too. He is a creative, tortured, clever individual who loves the nature of the Outback and feels out of place in crowds. We know he is wrong in confining Gemma, but we are left hoping for positive outcomes for both of them. Gemma has had a tumultuous relationship with her parents who are both working all the time and somewhat self-centered. How will this tragedy change the way they treat Gemma? The book was astute in the way it left the reader with lots to ponder:

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Author: Michael Scott

In the Alchemyst, fifteen year old twins Sopie and Josh Newman find themselves intertwined in an Nancient prophecy after meeting the great alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel (yes, that Nick Flamel). Life will never be the same for the two twins, now that the worlds fate is in their hands. Teaming up with various Immortals to retrieve the stolen Codex from the evil Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, and saving Perenelle Flamel, Nicholas's wife, from their cluthches, the small group run into danger, the undead, and discover their hidden powers. This book is a must read for anyone who loves history, Magic, or is a fan of the Harry Potter series.

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Author: Sarah Dessen

This was my first Sarah Dessen book and I really really liked it. The main character, Ruby, wears a necklace with a key on it that becomes symbolic of letting go of her past and embracing her future. Ruby is in high school and is abandoned by her mother. She ends up living with Cora, her older sister, who has a completely different lifestyle, a wonderful husband, and an interesting young male neighbor who befriends Ruby. I love characters and this book is studded with interesting ones. Among them are the boy who tutors Ruby in calculus, the woman who hires Ruby to work with her in the mall, the young woman who works at the movie theater and becomes her friend. Ruby is shedding her old life gradually and living fully in her new life. The book is very sweet and ties up very nicely at the end but is also very realistic. I love books about second chances. This was a super one! Terrific writing, too. This is an author to watch!

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Author: Gordon Korman

A delight! What would it be like to be a son of a mobster dating a daughter of an FBI agent? Pretty tough! This clever book is written from the point of view of Vincent, "the son of the mob", who finds the "vending machine business" distasteful and just plain wrong. Vincent is torn between the perks of being in a mob family and his personal need to disassociate from them. There are a few mysteries interwoven in the book and lots of humorous situations. Very entertaining!

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Title: Lord Loss
Author: Darren Shan

 “My hand's on the door knob. My fingers won't move. I keep my ear pressed to the wood, waiting...praying. A tear trickles from my left eye it dries on my cheek from the heat. Inside the room somebody giggles. Low, throaty,sadistic. Not Mom, Dad, or Gret. There's a riplling sound followed by snaps and crunches. My hand turns. The door opens. Hell is revealed.”

Have you ever thought of demons? And if they were real or not? Have you ever felt so alone. Well, Grubbs Grady has been through Hell. First, he's been the eyewitness of the murder of his mom, dad, and sister. Two, secrets are revealed. The world is cruel, and Magic is as real as your presence.

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Author: rodman philbrick

The last book in the universe is a book of many mistories it tels of a boys journy to the union. It talks of a boy who has to leave his adoptive family because his adoptive father thought that he was gettin to close to sister who had cancer. The boy ends up havin to run from his sector, to see what else there is out there in the near by areas. Before he leaves his area he meets one of the oldest man left alive and the man had the last book left on the earth. Before the boy left his area the man went with him on a journey that brought the boy to savin his sister and figuring out who his real father and mother are. overall i would rate this book at a seven out of ten.

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Author: E.D. Baker

Quite sadly, I hardly have time to review these days. Heck, I hardly have time to READ these days! But when I came across 'The Wide Awake Princess' by E.D. Baker, I knew I had time enough to read it.

The story is simple enough: Princess Gwendolyn (aka Sleeping Beauty) has a younger sister, Annabell (or Annie), who is completely unaffected by magic of any kind, due to the one spell placed on her. In fact, she reverses any magic in the area where she is. Her family stays away from her so that their magically enhanced beauty, charm, and grace do not fade. Annie is just herself. Even though she is a little lonely at times, she doesn't want to be someone she's not, due to magic. At any rate, when Annie's sister's curse comes true, Annie feels the need to break it. The whole kingdom is at stake while the castle sleeps! So she sets out on a quest to find Gwendolyn's true love: a prince of any kind. And she runs into all kinds of princes...

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Author: Lisi Harrison

I had to read this to see why teens love it so much. I have to say that now I get it! The five main characters are so wealthy, self-absorbed and spoiled that it is laughable. However,they are really friends with one another and they are maturing so they are interesting to read about. The writing is very clever. For example, in this book the Tiffany's jewelry box takes on a whole new meaning and life for itself at school. I don't want to be a spoiler so I won't say anymore. For sure, if I was a teen I would be picking up the others in the series. They are fast reads and chock full of the texting terms and circumstances that teens are dealing with.