Numbers

Summary- Certain parts of this numbersbook are inappropriate and is not for younger audiences.

Jemma Marsh, a.k.a. Jem, is fifteen years old and living with a foster mom, Karen, when she meets a young black boy named Terry, who is called Spider by his friends. Jem initially tries to stay away from Spider because she sees numbers associated with the death date of every person she makes eye contact with.  Jem already knows that Spider is going to die in just a few months. However, Spider intrigues Jem, and he is like no one she’s ever met before. Soon, she finds herself accepting an invitation to his house. There she meets his grandmother, the only family Spider has, who sees auras and recognizes Jem as a kindred spirit, but she doesn’t initially realize the depth of Jem’s gift or exactly what it does.

Jem and Spider begin spending a great deal of time together and Jem finds herself liking him more and more. One day, she and Spider spend the day in town, at an amusement park with a huge Ferris wheel- the London Eye. While waiting in line, Jem  begins to realize that every single person has the same number. It leads her to believe that something at the park will be the cause of their death. She urges Spider to run away, and they are nearby when a bomb explodes, killing several people.  Some people remember Jem and Spider running away before the explosion, and it makes them first on the suspect list.

Spider and Jem begin to go on the run of their lives away from the police, and away from dangerous gangs. Can they survive their ordeal or will tragedy befall them?

Review

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was a very different perspective on the world. It showed that sometimes people are stuck with their lot in life, and that life is not always butterflies and happiness, it can be dark and painful. This book is the first in a trilogy. I really only like this one, the others seemed unnecessary. I would give it a 8.5 out of 10 in total. You should really take the opportunity to read this book.

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Farworld: Water Keep

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Even though, thirteen- year-old Marcus Kanenas is restrained to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far  far away, a world where magic is as common as breathing, where animals tell horrible, corny jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their  delicious fruit. He even has a name for this place- Farworld. When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.

But the Dark Circle- a group seeking to control Farworld- has learned of Master Therapass’s secret and their influence and power are growing. Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals: water, land, air, and fire , and convince them to open a drift between the Farworld and Earth. As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them; Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul by sucking out your magic and your life ; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S Bae. Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.

Review

This book is a thrilling novel that has you gripping the edge of your seat at every turn. It is an extremely well-written book, that is easy to connect and has a sort of reality to it even though it set in a magical world. This book is the first of four, and I can confidently say that all of the books are amazing. I would give this book a 9.5 out of 10, because sometimes, I was extremely confused on what was even going on. All in all, this book is a must-read, and I hope you give it a chance

The Great Library: Ink and Bone

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Powerful, cunning, and ruthless the Great Library of Alexandria is a presence in every singlethe great library major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. The library can create new books, possess them, and even copy them through alchemy, but for anyone who does not work in the Great Library books are expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell is a boy who’s gains his knowledge by reading illegal books that his family owns or has obtained, from the black market. Jess also believes that the Library is extremely valuable, because books are in his bones and in his blood. He lives for books and loves them. Jess is sent out by his

father, as a spy, to try to get a place in the Library staff and smuggle out books. Unfortunately, as the training goes on, Jess starts to see the Library in a whole new light and his loyalties are tested.

When one of Jess’s new friends accidentally commits heresy, by inventing a device that could change the world and the power the Library holds over people, Jess finally realizes the true corruption of the library. Jess begins to understand that the Great Library values books over human life. Soon both books and people will burn.

Review

This book is probably an 8.6 out of 10. It is a hair-raising, breathtaking, and exciting book. In my opinion, the author did an amazing  job of  showing how all the characters developed from the start to the end. I also loved how, even if something important was revealed there was always a new question that needed to be answered. It added a cliffhanger to almost every chapter. The one thing that I probably didn’t like about the book was the fact that some times it was a little repetitive. Nevertheless, it was still an awesome book. This book is the first in a trilogy. While I have not yet read the third book, I can confidently say that the second is just as amazing and even more gripping than the first. I hope you decide to read this absolutely magnificent book.

 

Adventurers Wanted: Slathbog’s Gold

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   Alexander Taylor is an orphan who lives with his uncle’s family and has a fairly normal life. One day after work Alexander finds a sign on a bookshop that reads: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” Alex finds the sign extremely peculiar, and goes inside the shop to investigate.

   After going to the shop Alex is quickly roped into going on an adventure by Mr.Clutter, the man who owns the shop. After meeting up with an elf named Arconn, and a dwarf named Thrang, Alex is readily accepted into the adventure as the eighth and final man. While Alex does not know anything about this new world, he can’t help but feel like it is home.

Alex meets up with other members of his group and finally gets to hear what the goal of this adventure his. His group’s quest is to kill the infamous dragon, Slathbog the Red, and take his gold. To Alex, killing a dragon seems nearly impossible with only 8 people, but this whole thing is technically impossible, so who is he to judge. Along the way Alex faces wraiths, and trolls, and many other magical creatures. Can Alex make it out this alive?

Review

I would give this book and 8.5 out of 10. It is a thrilling and captivating book that manages  to take you from the real word and transport you to a land of magic and adventure. This book is the first in a series of five. The fifth book has not been released yet, but it should be published soon. I hope you give this book a chance, because it really is a whole nother world.

 

Isabel of the Whales

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Isabel is a plain old eleven-year-old girl that lives in Provincetown, MA. She believes that she is destined to accomplish something spectacular. It could be for saving the world, winning the lottery, or some other random thing. All she knows is that is someday in her life, her spectacular moment will come. Now, one thing you must know about Isabel is that she loves whales. Her love of them stems from her grandmother, who told her that whales were magical creatures, with powers unlike any other. That love of whales is probably where the trouble all starts.

When Isabel’s 5th grade class goes on a whale watch she is excited. She has been waiting for this for her whole life. On the trip something amazing happens: dozens of species of whales surround the boat. The whales begin to slam against the boat pushing Isabel overboard.When Isabel is falling underwater she is astonished that she can hear and understand what the whales are saying. They tell her that she is mermaid, and that she is the Chosen One. Isabel is destined to live among the whales long enough to change their lives in some way while teaching about the human world.

Isabel enjoys her time with the whales and learns a lot about herself, but she misses her family, friends, and her old life. Will Isabel ever return home, or is she destined to be a whale forever?

Review

This book is great if your looking for a quick read. It is a short with adventure, humor, and a little bit of romance. I would probable give it a 6.5 out of 10. That is probably because it just as magical a plot as I would have preferred. There is a sequel to the book . I haven’t read it,  but I do plan too, in the recent future. Nevertheless, this book is an amazing story that has the ability to sweep you off your feet.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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The Dursleys were proud to say that they were perfectly normal people, and much better than everyone else. There is just one problem in their perfect little lives. Harry Potter. His parents died in a car crash, and since he was family, he was dumped on the Dursley’s doorstep, and they didn’t want him at all. Whenever Harry Potter was around weird things seemed to happen. Things that were not normal. Now,  whenever Harry had to go out with them, they treated Harry as an almost human being, but at home they made no move to hide their dislike of him.  He became their personal slave; doing the family’s cooking, cleaning, and any other work they demanded of him. On Harry Potter’s 11th birthday it all changed.

Hordes of owls were dropping letters into the Dursley household, and it seemed that Vernon and Petunia Dursley- the parents of Dudley Dursley, and adoptive parents of Harry Potter- knew exactly where they from. It also seemed that they were absolutely scared of who they were from, and what they meant. Now after some very stupid tactics to get away from the letters- that seemed to come wherever the Dursleys went- the contents of the letter were finally revealed, and in one of the strangest ways. The Dursleys and Harry were in some far-off island sleeping, when a giant of man stormed in, and demanded to know where Harry Potter was.  He introduced himself as Rubeus Hagrid, Gamekeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he then proceeded to explain to Harry that he was a wizard, and that he and his parents are considered heroes in the wizarding world. When Harry tells Hagrid that his parents were normal, and died in a car crash Hagrid became outraged. Hagrid takes his anger out on the Dursleys. He gives Dudley a pig tail, and then gets angry at Vernon and Petunia for not telling the truth about the death of Harry’s parents; that they died heroically at the hands of the feared Lord Voldemort.

Soon Harry is swept into a world of magic. He becomes with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.  He also makes a couple enemies along the way. Namely Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape.  Harry faces cruel professors, unwanted fame, and exhilarating. Another thing he could possibly be facing is death, but the Boy- Who-Lived can get through it can’t he?

Review

I love this book, and the Harry Potter series. It is probably one of my favorites in the whole universe. It goes beyond any scale you could ever set for it. It has magic, dreams, and a captivating plot. It takes you into a world that you wish that you could be a part of. A lot of people say “Oh, the first book is boring, I couldn’t get through it.” Don’t give up reading this series, because one book seems too boring. The series is absolutely amazing. You will fall in love with it and then one day join the HP Fandom on Pinterest or Tumblr (I did). Have fun readers!

Tuesdays at the Castle

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There is a castle that changes something about itself every Tuesday. It is a magical castle, and is respected by those who reside in it. They are better know as the Glower Family. King Glower the 79th, Queen Celina, and their children Bran, Lilah, Rolf, and Celie live in Castle Glower and rule the kingdom. Their life has always been peaceful and happy, and really quite normal. Things can’t always be that way though. When it came time for the king and queen to leave and get their son Bran from the College of Wizardry it seemed like the day was going to go like any other, but when the Royal Carriage arrives in front of the palace it looks as if it has been attacked- and that isn’t far from the truth.

Only the sergeant has returned, and he has terrible news. He talks about how the group was attacked in a pass on the way back to the castle. There was dead bodies everywhere. All that was left was a part of the queen’s gown, and the king’s ring. The only assumption that was made was that Bran, the king and queen were dead. This shocks the children of Castle Glower. It seems that they have lost half their family in one fell swoop, but the children are hopeful. It feels like the castle is sending them signs that their parents are not.

When they try to show other officials in the castle no one will listen to them. After some investigating the kids find out that their father’s own council was committing treason in order to put an exiled prince who was power hungry on to the throne. Along with that other kingdoms have come to take an assessment of how strong everyone in Castle Glower is, and see if they are susceptible to any attacks.The kids of Castle Glower have a huge obstacle in front of them, can they defeat it and keep their beloved castle?

Review

This book is a 10 out of 10. I never get tired of rereading it. Every single time I read it  just whisks me on an adventure with twists, turns, suspense, and laughter. This book is part of a series. I don;t know how long the author wants it to be considering she hasn’t released all of them. Each book in the series is named after the days of the week following Tuesday. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out on an amazing read.