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MARCH 30, 2011
Mimus by Lilli Thal

Rating: Excellent! (5)

"First I want to know if he survives. ... Just imagine, a thimbleful of water and a morsel of wormwood a day! Our Prince grumbles if ten of his favorite dishes fail to appear at once." Little did Prince Florin know that this was to be his fate. In the book Mimus by Lilli Thal, a young Prince is taken captive by an enemy court after a long war against Moltovia. During his captivity, the prince is forced to become a jester under the apprenticeship of a disturbing and animalistic court jester known as Mimus. As the jester teaches Florin his trade the prince must learn the important lessons of humiliation and acceptance, while his father lives imprisoned in the castle dungeon. Readers looking for a book with deep dialogue and fascinating characters should certainly read this. Mimus quickly captures the reader's attention with his ever changing personality that can be just as cruel as it is caring. Although there was not much action, the character development is enough to keep readers' attention through the very last page. Another fascinating characteristic of this book is how it was translated from the German language. Amazingly enough, the translation is completely seamless and it would be nearly impossible for readers to tell it was not originally in English. One of the signature characteristics of the book was the poetry. It flowed so incredibly well it truly enhanced the book and brought to life the characters and their personalities. Mimus is one of the most brilliant books I have ever read. With its brilliant characters and its unique plot, this book will never cease to impact readers both young and old.

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Mimus by Lilli Thal



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MARCH 22, 2011
Deathnote, Vols 1-7 by Tsugumi Ohba

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Deathnote, volumes 1-7, written by Tsugumi Ohba tells the story of 17 year-old Japanese high school student Light Yagami. Yagami has discovered a Deathnote dropped by a shinigami, also known as gods of death or grim reapers. The Deathnote is a plain black notebook that has the power to kill anyone who has their name written in it. Well, those are the basic rules. Throughout the rest of the series Ohba will write the 60 or more other rules at the beginning of chapters, just in case anyone was actually that curious. After acquiring the notebook, Light chooses to use it to go on a killing spree, wiping out anyone he considers a criminal in hopes of creating a perfect world with no bad people. Unfortunately, the government still considers it murder and hires the famous detective L to track down the mysterious serial killer, now called "Kira," who is killing off criminals. Am I giving away too much information? Is the text overload too much for you? Then you probably shouldn't read Deathnote. It's essentially a very long, repetitive detective novel that plunges ahead with its complicated story, never bothering to stop and check if the reader has managed to hang on. And despite the fact that Light is the main character, it's the peculiar L that steals the show. I found myself cheering every time he got close to discovering Kira's identity, if only because I thought it would finally mean the end for this overly-detailed and twisted plot. Due to its mature subject, this series is rated 13 .

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MARCH 21, 2011
Alphas by Lisi Harrison

Rating: Good (4)

Alphas is told from the view point of three girls, Skye, Allie, and Charlie. The three girls attend a super exclusive school for only the 100 most talented girls in the world. This school is run by Shira, a ruthless and powerful lady that celebrities envy. Skye is a very talented and ambitious dancer. Allie A. has committed identity fraud and is attending the school by pretending to be Allie J., a famous singer and environmentalist. Charlie had to dump her boyfriend, Shira's son, to enter the school. All three of them are now at Alpha Academy and are willing to do anything, manipulate anyone to be the last Alpha standing- the Alpha. The book was good, but parts of it were slow and most of the main characters are manipulative, shallow, and conceited. The end leaves you hanging, waiting for more which you can find in the second book of the series, Movers and Fakers.

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Alphas by Lisi Harrison



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MARCH 17, 2011
I Am Number Four

Rating: Good (4)

I am Number Four is a great movie, with a little something for everyone. The movie centers around Number Four, one of nine aliens from the planet Lorien. Number Four goes by the alias John Smith and has human form. The nine Loriens are being hunted down by the Magadorians but can only be killed in the order of their numbers. Numbers One, Two, and Three are dead. John knows he is next.This movie is filled with action, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is also some romance, as John meets Sarah Hart. The only downside to this movie is that the ending feels incomplete. The second book of this series doesn't come out till August 2011 so the movie won't be out for at least a year. Watch this movie for a good sci-fi action flick!

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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MARCH 16, 2011
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Rating: Good (4)

In the book Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, a mystery is traveling through a small town. A teenage girl mysteriously disappeared causing the entire town to worry. Kendall, another girl with OCD, doesn't know this girl all that much, but when months later he best friend goes missing, her entire life goes off schedule. When a strange message is carved into the desk that both missing people sat at, Kendall knows that is new. When strange things begin to happen Kendall questions and leads closer to solving the mystery and finding out what happened to her closest friend. I enjoyed this book for the reason that the author got really into Kendall's head and described her greatly. Though I liked the plot of the book, I did not enjoy the ending, because it left me with an unfinished feeling because it ended too fast. I did not feel like it stood up to McMann's other books though due to this lack of resolution in the end. I did think that her writing style of the rest of the story really made up for it though. Aside from the not ideal ending, I did really like the book.

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Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann


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MARCH 15, 2011
Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Crank is a Realistic book That makes you wonder And keeps you reading. In the book Crank by Ellen Hopkins, a teenage girl named Kristina is forced to go and visit her father who's life was over taken by drugs. When she gets there she discovers an entire new life style and meets a boy named Adam. While with Adam, Kristina is introduced to meth, otherwise known as CRANK. As this "monster"? takes over her body: Her Life Changes. This is a great book all written in verse and all around interesting. This book really has you in the mind set of a drug addicted girl. I enjoyed this book's realistic quality and was a really good change in reading. Also, have no fear is you see this book as really big, being 500 pages or so. It goes by extremely fast due to the fact that there is hardly any writing on some pages. Overall, it was an awesome book!

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Crank by Ellen Hopkins


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MARCH 8, 2011
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is an excellent book. Meet Alex Fuentes and Brittany Ellis. They both live in Chicago and go to the same school. But it's clear their backgrounds are different. He is in a Mexican gang and has grown up as the man of the house after his father was murdered. She is from a wealthy and more stable family but with her mom's frequent nervous breakdowns, she has no easy life either. It's clear their lives are different and they should never meet, let alone fall in love. That all changes when they are randomly assigned to be chemistry partners. Will they find themselves to have 'perfect chemistry'? Find out in Simone Elkeles novel, Perfect Chemistry! This book is a great and fast read and I recommend it to everyone! For those who love this book there are two more in the series: Rules of Attraction and Chain Reaction.

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


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MARCH 2, 2011
A Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Rating: Excellent! (5)

"A Certain Slant of Light" by Laura Whitcomb was a pretty good book. I thought it started out kind of slow, but after reading only a few chapters I could barely put it down. It starts out with Helen, a ghost, feeling someone looking at her for the first time in 130 years. She soon discovers that it is a boy in the class. He had never noticed her before, so why did he now? She finds out that the boy's name is Billy, but it is not Billy inside of him. It is James, another ghost. He went inside Billy because he was empty. Helen soon finds herself falling in love with James, but as a ghost she can't even hold his hand. They decide to find her an empty body too. At the mall, James and Helen found Jenny, a high school girl whose parents were trying to control her life. She was empty. Helen went inside her, but soon ran into problems. She didn't know anything about Jenny's life. Do James and Helen fall in love? Can they get Billy and Jenny back? And can Helen finally find out how she died and why she never made it to heaven? Read A Certain Slant of Light to find out.

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A Certain Slant Of Light by Laura Whitcomb


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MARCH 1, 2011
Cherub by Robert Muchamore

Rating: Excellent! (5)

This is a book about the British intelligence agency having a top secret branch called cherub. Cherub is a spy agency that uses children. James is orphaned after his mother dies, his sister has a different father than him so she goes and lives with him. His sister's name is Lauren and her father doesn't take care of her, non the less himself. James meets Kyle, his roommate in the orphanage. James is invited to join cherub, but must go through basic training, which is a 100 day training coarse that you must pass to go on big missions. The book is wonderful and i would suggest you read it.

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Cherub by Robert Muchamore

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