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Survivors: The Empty City

I loved this book! I would recommend it to everyone at a fourth grade level and up, and also recommend to read it multiple times to see different things in the book you haven’t seen before. I also love how Erin Hunter can write an action packed story that encourages people to read more and more at a time. ‘The Empty City’ is one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to see what other Survivors books Erin Hunter comes up with next!


This is a very thrilling book and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. The Roar takes you to a place that has no more trees, no more animals, and no more light. I thought that it was very interesting that once Mika and Ellie hugged, the Roar actually started. All because of their love.

hunger games

This book is about a girl name Katniss who stays once North Carolina now its a place split in between 12 districts where poverty is at state and trying to survive the hunger games, a cruel and dangerous game. Only one person will win the games and the person will be chosen to play on the battle field to make the win and become champions of there districts .

House of the Scorpian

Matt is a clone and has an enjoyable life until his former person dies he goes through a rough time in his life and finally gets out of the pain with his other friend. Then he goes to see his best friend and her mom says that he needs to break down the force that both Central America and North America.

A Walk to Remember

In a Coastal North Carolina small town in the mid 1990s, a popular boy from a rich background, Landon Carter, but troubled irresponsible group of students got busted for drowning a fellow student, he was assigned to do community service; which landed him in the High School’s Spring Play with Jamie Sullivan, the unfashionable, nerdy yet beautiful girl with an angel’s heart. They grow hesitantly closer than their previous relationship as old bonds are tested and new awareness are inspired. Will they be able to move on despite odds with Jamie blood Cancer, Leukemia.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, the author Sean Covey applies the principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides shoes a step by step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Unlike a lot of YA vampire books (Twilight, Vampire Academy, Vampire Diaries), the vampires in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown are scary. They kill people and don’t care. And unlike many vampire books, there is some originality in this book. Vampirism is treated like a disease–people are quarantined and it takes 88 days for the infection to pass, if you don’t want to become one of the undead. I also found the main character, Tana, refreshing as a heroine. Oftentimes in YA lit the main character is an awfully wise teen, who makes good decisions for the most part. Tana is no such creature. She makes terrible choices about her well being due to emotional stress, attachments, or not thinking things through. And while I didn’t agree with many of the choices she makes, I did understand why she made them. The final choice at the end of the novel, regarding romance, made me want to stand up and clap. But I won’t spoil anything. The tone of this novel is very reminiscent of Interview with the Vampire (minus the purple prose)–or at least I was reminded of that book. However, the are some annoying qualities, such as the quotes on death at the beginning of every chapter and the weird pacing. But overall a solid YA novel.


I was totally engrossed in the first Divergent book, and I couldn’t wait to begin this one! Although I enjoyed the story of the first book more, I still very much enjoyed this story. Like a silly girl, I was swept up in the story of Tris & Four.

chi’s sweet home volume 10

this story is about a cat who is very curious. She’s lucky she hasn’t been hurt! ( yet ) in this volume Chi tries to get out but her family won’t let her because she might get lost. Meanwhile, Chi’s best friend, Cocchi, waits impatiently, for her to come out and play. Poor Chi! later on in the story, daddy finds a lost sign with a picture of Chi on it. He doesn’t know what to do because he thought that Chi was their pet. he shows it to her wife but she doesn’t know what to do either. Chi meets two other cats that look exactly like her! could they be related?

Honeysuckle Summer

Leaving behind her abusive marriage with the minister, Raylene Hammond is grateful for best friends, the sweet magnolias. They took her in, sheltered her, and shielded her from her abusive husband, making the house her safe haven. Then, she met sheriff’s deputy Carter Collins, and suddenly her safe haven doesn’t feel quite safe.

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