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AUGUST 25, 2011
Halo 3 by Bungie

Rating: Excellent! (5)

This game is amazing. If you haven't played the first or second, do so now! This series would be an amazing reason to buy an Xbox 360. If i could go above 5 in the rating scale i would. You still play as Master Chief and his UDST squad are still are killing hordes of the covenant onslaught. This (and Kindom Hearts, another great game) are what made me into the gamer i am!!! i seriously recommend this game if your parents will let you.

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AUGUST 23, 2011
Sunlight And Shadow by Cameron Dokey

Rating: Good (4)

Sunlight And Shadow  by  Cameron Dokey

Sunlight and Shadow is a pretty good book. It is based on the opera "The Magic Flute"?, but don't worry if you don't know that story because I didn't either. Sunlight and Shadow is about a girl named Mina who is the daughter of Sarastro, Mage of the Day and Pamina Queen of the Night. They don't really get along, so Mina is raised by her mother. Her parents had an oath that when she turned sixteen she would go to live with her father so he can pick out her husband, but Sarastro breaks the oath and steals Mina early. This story is about Mina's escape. It is also about everyone trying to find the person whose heart's song matches their own. Sunlight and Shadow is kind of confusing because the point of view changes a lot, but it is a good book if you want a quick read, being only 184 pages. It took less than a day for me to read. I would probably recommend this book.

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AUGUST 19, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Rating: Excellent! (5)

In the final adventure, Harry Potter has one mission he must accomplish. He must defeat Voldemort. This last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is only made up of the last 1/3 of the last book for the main reason, he has one goal which must be accomplished. Because of this the movie is fully packed with special effects and battle scenes. Many are calling this the best movie in the series, which I almost agree with. I think I may have enjoyed the other ones due to character development. The other movies all take place over an entire year, so there are much more characters and you see changes in them as the movie goes along. In the last movie there is not a lot of character development, but more of "we have to get Voldemort defeated". Not that I don't like that, it just made it different from the other movies. When talking about the movie related to the books though, the movie stayed completely true to the books, which I loved. The movie was pretty much how I imagined it when I read the book, but even better. Because of that, I recommend it to all, because it really was such an awesome movie. So go watch it!! :)

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AUGUST 19, 2011
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

Rating: Good (4)

Bitter End  by  Jennifer Brown

In the book, Bitter End by Jennifer Brown, the reader follows Alex, a senior in high school whose mom left before she can remember. Her mom was on a mission to go to Colorado, but why? On the way to Colorado though, her mom died in a car crash, leaving Alex with only pictures. Since she was young she had wanted to go to Colorado, see what her mom was looking for. Now her and her 2 forever best friends, Bethany and Zach are dedicated to work on planning out the trip they will all be going on, their own journey to Colorado. Just as everything is going as planned, a new person enters Alex's life. Cole. Alex sees him as the most perfect person ever. Possibly her soul mate? Both Alex and Cole seem to think so. But as time goes by, Alex notices changes. The Cole now is not the Cole she knew before. This is a mean Cole who puts her down and increasingly is commenting with violent threats. As problems with Cole grow larger, Alex finds herself loosing friends and also the boy who she thought was the greatest person to ever enter her life.

This book is intriguing in the way, because the reader forms their own opinions on characters and compare what they would do if they were in Alex's position. Because of that I found myself shaking my head at some of Alex's choices disagreeing, because if I were in her shoes, I would have done things differently. But I guess that is why people read books, because they don't know what is going to happen. If the scenes in books went the way people expected then they really would end up boring, right? Also, when reading this book, I felt that is was very well written as Jennifer Brown, writer of Hate List, usually is. Though I liked the book, I didn't like it nearly as much as her other book, Hate List. Bitter End, to me, seemed a little predictable though. I could tell what the theme was going to be right away. When I found out that the theme was exactly what I thought it was I was a little disappointed. I love surprises, but there was no surprise there. Even though I thought it would have been better if there were more surprises, I did like the book for other reasons. It was just something interesting and different to read. For that reason I would put it probably at a solid 4, because it was good, but not marvelous.

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AUGUST 17, 2011
Party by Tom Leveen

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Party  by  Tom Leveen

School is over for the high school in Santa Barbara. To celebrate the end of school, there is of course going to be a huge party, and EVERYONE is invited. When so many people of different cliques and social group are in the same place, drama is bound to happen. Especially for 11 different people. Some are there just to have a good time while other are there to get back at their parents or even saying goodbye. As you follow the story through 11 high schoolers point of views, you will get answers to others stories and form questions of your own.
I loved this book. I think I just love every book that bounces back who is telling the story. What was interesting about this story in particular was the fact that it never went back to who was telling the story, meaning every character was only the narrator once. You got closure on every narrator's stories though because they would be brought up in others stories. For that reason, I though the book was so well written. It was one of those books that kept my captivated and made me really not want to put the book down. I recommend it to really everyone. It is a book that I believe can be read by girls or boys. Also, because there are so many different types of characters, every reader will have a character that they gravitate to more the rest. The unique writing type of this book along with the large number of people to relate to has me giving this book a 5! It was excellent.

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AUGUST 15, 2011
L. A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Rating: Excellent! (5)

L.A. Candy  by  Lauren Conrad

When Jane Roberts and her BFF, Scarlet move to the big city of Los Angeles, they don't know what to expect. Jane plans to begin an internship with L.A.'s hottest event planner around while Scarlet plans to hit the books at U.S.C. Though these two knew that this was definitely going to be a new experience, they never expected that they would be picked up to be on the new reality show, L.A. Candy. In the book, L.A. Candy by reality T.V. star, Lauren Conrad, the reader is brought along to follow Jane and Scarlet as they enter a new world and the drama the show brings with them. This book is for those who are looking for a new series full of drama and relationships (good and bad). The reader gets to watch the classic girl next door transform into the main spotlight on T.V. For readers who enjoy stories about media and gossip with stars I do think they will enjoy this book. It is a book which is not very complicated and in my opinion, gets better as it goes on. This cliffhanger ending will leave the reader wondering if a few chapters were left out of the book, to discover it is only the first in the series. I did like this book a lot and will definitely be looking for the sequel next time I stop by the library. The fact that the reader gets the chance to go into multiple characters stories, making it third-person omniscient, always makes it very interesting to keep reading. For these reasons, I did very much enjoy the book and would give it a 5.

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AUGUST 4, 2011
Bunny Drop By Yumi Unita

Rating: Good (4)

Bunny Drop  by  Yumi Unita

In a world that is drowning in slice-of-life manga, Bunny Drop by Yumi Unita is a breath of fresh air. It tells the story of 30-year-old Daikichi, who discovers along with the rest of his family that his grandfather had a 5-year-old daughter named Rin. Unfortunately, the family doesn't learn about Rin until the day of "Gramps'"? funeral, at which point the question becomes, "where will she go?"? After watching his family squabble and grumble about how hard it is to raise a child, Daikichi steps up to the plate. He takes Rin home and their lives are changed forever.
I love how realistic this series is; Unita doesn't gloss over any of the problems Daikichi has to face. He has to find a day care, shop for clothes, switch jobs, and change his lifestyle so he can care for Rin, all the while wondering who and where her mother is. Rin is an incredibly sweet girl and it was wonderful watching how she interacted with the world and Daikichi. I'd recommend this volume and series to anyone middle school age on up.

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AUGUST 1, 2011
The Secret Prince by Violet Haberdasher

Rating: Excellent! (5)

With memories of the last year's near expellation, the way the other knights in training at Knightly Academy treated him as an outcast, and of the dark, sinister secrets just over the border in the Nordlands that could mean war still haunting him, Henry Grim is about to uncover more secrets than he ever hoped or wanted too. He reunites with his two fellow outcasts and commoners, Adam and Rohan, at the academy for future knights with confidence that the school term would be more exciting and enjoyable the last. But Henry has no idea that it includes the chance to make friends with an enemy, the chance to start a forbidden society that could cost him his future as a Knight Detective, and the chance to save hundreds of lives while endangering his own friends' lives. Will Henry prove himself honorble and worthy of what is unexpectadly bestowed upon him, or will all he has ever learned and prepared for be in vain? Read The Secret Prince yourself, and be drawn into the author's humorous, addicting, and adventure-filled Knightly Academy world.

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