37. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: Blind Seer

37. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: Blind SeerPeter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Published by Abrams on 2011-12-05
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Goodreads
4 Stars

Just recently, there was a massive boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. After the “fight of the century,” people are already saying that boxing is dying out. But how did punching people in the face even get famous? Well, boxing is competitive, exciting, and extremely fun to watch. For Peter Nimble, a blind boy who’s life is filled with danger, being a thief is his type of boxing.  Although he’s blind, he soon rises to the top of the pack, being able to open any lock that’s put in front of him. One day however, he finds a box that contains six spherical objects of no value. Except those inanimate objects contain Peter’s whole life in the form of three pairs of eyes.

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes  was a book recommended to me by one of my good friends. A great fantasy story, you’ll quickly be addicted to the thrilling story of Peter Nimble. It resembles a bibliography, but is written almost like a fable. With a lot of second meanings, don’t haste while reading this book. The only flaw that I could find with this book was that there was no series! If you’re into fantasy stories with a lot of action and a happy ending, you should definitely read Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes.

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes reviewed by blueberry sour cream

Top 5 Books Teens Should Read Over The Fast Approaching Summer

Here’s my new list of books/series that you should read during the upcoming summer break.

1.  Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas: A fantasy series about an assassin who’s job is to take out the King.

2. Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider, a teen spy, has been given the job to save the world from terrorism.

3. The Swap by Megan Shull: A family/comedy story about a boy and a girl switching bodies.

4. The Sylo Chronicles by D.J. MacHale: The U.S. is at war with itself, and the only possible outcome is complete genocide.

5. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier: A comedic tale about a blind boy who becomes the greatest thief to live(I have not yet reviewed this book, but expect the review to come out next week).

That’s my refreshed Top 5 Books for Teens! Peace

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36. The Darkest Minds: Ruby in the Dark

36. The Darkest Minds: Ruby in the DarkThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published by HarperCollins Australia on 2012-12-18
Genres: General, Young Adult
Pages: 496
4 Stars

If you’re looking for information, where do you usually go? The library: too far away. A dictionary: what’s that? Internet: got my phone. Information on the internet is exchanged rapidly, far quicker than going to your local library or reading through your parent’s old dictionary. Take for example, Ebola. Most people have heard of it through the news and the internet, but the majority of Americans have not experienced it.  What happens when you become that disease ravaged community that is seen all around the world on the internet?

In The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Ruby lives in a world where the normal disease for her is the average flu, but suddenly, her life begins to alter as her fellow school-mates begin to die one by one by a mysterious illness. Instructions are then sent by the government to the parents, helping them decipher whether or not their child has the disease. However, children keep dying, and in weeks, there are only a handful of survivors left. But the longer the disease lasts, the survivors become more resilient, and the government quarantines them throughout the country. The Darkest Minds is a superb science fiction story. The description of Ruby’s fear is incredible and the anticipation is intoxicating. If you’re looking for a dark science fiction story which will hook you the minute you begin the book, you should definitely pick up The Darkest Minds.

The Darkest Minds reviewed by blueberry sour cream

35. The Gift of the Quoxxel: Imagination

35. The Gift of the Quoxxel: ImaginationThe Gift of the Quoxxel on 2014 - 7 - 4
Pages: 122
4 Stars

The Gift of the Quoxxel is a short, quirky fantasy story written by Richard Titus. Its main character, King Norr, longs to see what the world is like beyond his hometown, but his parents and wife believe that their land is a utopia, and to leave it is preposterous. No ships ever stop on Nobb(the island he lives on), making it impossible for him to meet foreigners, so he has to use his imagination to picture the outside world he yearns to explore. To King Norr, his imagination is his only link to the outside world, and an escape from utopia. The Gift of the Quoxxel is an amazing story that was well constructed. The pictures in the front of every chapter lighten up the story and the hyper-links for the definitions of strange words are extremely useful. However, some of the language may be hard to understand for younger teens, but most of the story is easily comprehendible. And if you love those short stories from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you’ll definitely want to add this one onto your reading list. A unique story that will leave you satisfied, you should definitely read The Gift of the Quoxxel.

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34. Sister Time

34. Sister TimeCirque Du Freak #2: The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2007-07-31
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 256
4 Stars

Well, while I was in the middle of reviewing The Gift of Quoxxel by Richard Titus, I discovered that it wasn’t in the Google Book database, so this may take another week for me to post a review. In the meantime, my sister is a special guest reviewer! Peace.

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While I was busy crafting, my brother comes into my room complaining of having some technical difficulties. Since I am such a nice sister, I agreed to help him. I reviewed Cirque Du Freak , by Darren Shan, which was the only book that I can relate to with my brother. Unfortunately, my brother reviewed the first book in the series, but the second one is more, what’s the word… entertaining. In the book, Darren Shan, a half Vampire, learns the details on how to become a vampire assistant. He begins to travel to Vampire Mountain, but during his journey, he decides to turn back and join the Cirque Du Freak(a group of actors who travel across the world).

I really found the second book more exciting and horrific than the first one. It has a lot of detail involving the characters, making you hate them at first, but then they begin to grow on you until they die, and then in your head you’re thinking, “what the heck just happened? ” The Cirque Du Freak actors are very different from the outside world. Darren Shan adds plenty of detail in which you feel like you are talking to the characters face to face. Also, the way that you can tell that Darren Shan(if you’re confused about this, it’s because Darren Shan, the author, uses his name as the main character) doesn’t like the way vampire’s have to drink blood to survive just gives the right amount of stupidity because, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be a vampire?

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Update Time!

Just before I begin, I would like to commend and thank everyone who has sent me their books for review! It’s really nice knowing that people are actually reading my blog. If you want to send me an email of a book to review, definitely email it to me at pievillageforteens@gmail.com.

Next week, I’ll be reviewing The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus, an intense mystery that really puts your thinking cap to the test. Keep reading. Peace.

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33. Heir of Fire: Killing demons all day, every day.

33. Heir of Fire: Killing demons all day, every day.Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2014-09-02
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
5 Stars

*If you want to see the previous two reviews on the Throne of Glass series, go to these links below.

 

 

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Lately, I’ve been reading a bunch of the Throne of Glass series, which is an incredible series that I love. So when I bought the Heir of Fire,(which is the third book in the series) I was ready for the same material, the same writing, and the same characters. But instead, I got an incredibly new book that is totally different from its brothers and sisters. Every chapter is in a different character’s point of view, and while this writing style often fails, Sarah J. Maas executes it perfectly. It starts with our usual main character’s perspective, but Maas shows Calaena ‘s emotional side in this book, which vastly helps us understand Calaena’s character and her magic-side. The next few chapters flash to Dorian(the Prince), Chaol(the gaurd), and then those weird witches that no one cares to read about. I definitely think that this is by far Maas’ greatest book in the Throne of Glass series and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

32. Crown of Midnight: Two Times the Evil

32. Crown of Midnight: Two Times the EvilCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2013-08-27
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 420
4 Stars

My two favorite genres are fantasy and horror/action. When these two genres combine with magic and assassins, the outcome is something incredible. In the Crown of Midnight, Celaena Sardothien is both a creature of magic and death. In this insane sequel of the Throne of Glass, Celaena discovers that the King is not just evil, but is containing something that could destroy the world. But she’s a loyal servant to him, and any outburst against the Kingdom could lead her to her death.

This book is amazing in that it’s a combination of mystery, fantasy, and horror. The effort put into making this book is evident through all the plot twists and insane fights, the ridiculous gossiping and murderous actions, and the hilarious dialogue. Every time I read this book, I always find something new that I didn’t remember reading before or a new angle towards something that I felt I understood. The only flaw in this book is that it gets confusing quickly. If you don’t have your thinking cap on while reading this book, everything you read will become a blur. But if you’re a patient reader who enjoys holding a lot of information in your head, this book is perfect for you.

Crown of Midnight reviewed by blueberry sour cream

31. Over Sea, Under Stone: Mystery

31. Over Sea, Under Stone: MysteryOver Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-03-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Arthurian, Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Pages: 224
4 Stars
After their trip from England to Cornwall, the Drew family stay with their Great Uncle Merry at the Grey House. Bored, the children go on an adventure, and instead of fighting pirates, find an ancient map. With a little research, the Drew children discover that this map leads to a magical grail that contains the source of power for the Dark, forces of evil. Playing a game that could lead them to their deaths, the children discover that not everything is an adventure, and real life contains perils.

Two week ago, my new uncle(married my aunt a year ago) from New York sent me a series called The Dark is Rising Sequence, a mystery/fantasy series about three kids against evil. Somewhat putting it aside for awhile, I finally picked it up this week and was definitely intrigued. I’m more a fantasy guy, but Over SeaUnder Stone is a great mystery/fantasy book that pleases all readers. Susan Cooper perfected her characters in their speech and actions, ensuring a unique book. She makes sure that the Great Uncle Merry’s story is kept a secret and how the origins of the Grey House that the children are staying in is also a mystery. The only fault that I found with the story was that it moved a little too slowly for my taste, but otherwise had all the characteristics of a great book. If I had to recommend a mystery book to young teens, Over Sea, Under Stone would definitely be my first choice. I also plan to read more of the series.

Over Sea, Under Stone reviewed by blueberry sour cream

30. Russian Roulette: Undetectable

30. Russian Roulette: UndetectableRussian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz
Published by Walker Books, Limited on 2013
Pages: 404
Goodreads
5 Stars
Yassen knows that habit is what get's you killed, but he has a secret. His prey is Alex Rider, a British spy who's caused too much trouble across the terrorist world. But when Yassen is told to kill Rider, memories come flooding back to his life in Russia and the time he had met Alex Rider's father. An international assassin, he knows habit will kill him, but it's time to read his story one last time.

When you hear the word spy, the name James and Bond probably pop up into your head. However, when I hear spy, I usually think about Anthony Horowitz’s amazing Alex Rider series. Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz is a spy book featuring the antagonist, Yassen Gregorvich, an assassin working for the cult, Scorpia. The amount of work that had been put in by Anthony Horowitz to find all the dates, places, and ideas is extremely evident in the writing in his book. The only problem I have is that it’s the last book of the Alex Rider series, but other than that, it’s fantastic.  Horowitz shows that destiny is based on the little things in life that are usually forgotten, but in its sum, they carry your whole life on their outcome. I definitely recommend Russian Roulette to everyone, even if you hate spy books because it’s written really well.

Russian Roulette reviewed by blueberry sour cream