You've probably heard the sayings "all good things must come to an end" and "life is good," right? Well, obviously life must come to an end. You don't...moreYou've probably heard the sayings "all good things must come to an end" and "life is good," right? Well, obviously life must come to an end. You don't need sayings to know that. But in this futuristic tale by Gemma Malley, the good life never has to end. Every legal 16-year-old gets to choose. So, what's the choice? Eternal life or a child. Just sign the Declaration and you're in - forever.
The problem for 15-year-old Anna is that she's not legal. She doesn't get that choice or any other choices because she's Surplus. All the children who weren't supposed to be born are Surplus. For Anna that means Grange Hall, a training facility, where she's being programmed to serve the `immortals' until her short miserable life is over. She's been beaten, starved and brainwashed to believe that her parents were selfish to have her and that it would take her whole life to atone for their sins.
Then 16-year-old Peter gets dropped off at Grange Hall by the Catchers. But Peter's no ordinary Surplus. He's got confidence and spirit and all his attention is focused on Anna. He tells her he knows her parents and that they love her. He says he got caught on purpose so he can help her escape. He's definitely getting into Anna's head. Anna's life depends on her ability to continue her training without distraction but it's getting harder and harder for her to maintain her focus. What if Peter's telling the truth? How long can she suppress her hidden hopes and dreams for a real life outside of Grange Hall? Is this a trick? Is it a test to see if she's ready to advance in her training? Or could everything she believes in be one huge pack of lies?
The Declaration is a thought-provoking read and the way things are going now it may not be too far off from tomorrow's truth. (less)
This is an amazing book. There are a few good books out there aimed at teens who want to start their own business but none are as valuable and engagin...moreThis is an amazing book. There are a few good books out there aimed at teens who want to start their own business but none are as valuable and engaging as this one. Without authentic language the message is lost. Rankin's language rings true. Without pinpointing passions, strengths and weaknesses the reader may blindly grasp at anything just to get a project up and running. Rankin provides checklists, quizzes and brainstorming sessions so a reader can find a project that matches one of their passions with something that other people really need. Rankin provides a sample business plan linking each section of the plan to a chapter in the book that explains it. Young entrepreneurs need to document sources of their capital investment, gather a board of advisors, determine pricing, prepare a budget, and provide a marketing analysis and strategy. Each chapter ends with a list of online resources for further research. For any teen with a passion, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make some hard-earned money, this is the book for you. (less)
It seems that Beddor has uncovered the truth. Children all over the world have been told only the "nice historical version" of Alice's adventures as w...moreIt seems that Beddor has uncovered the truth. Children all over the world have been told only the "nice historical version" of Alice's adventures as written by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland - and what a fantastical tale it was! But as we all know, there comes a time when adults must push the happy children's tales aside and reveal to their maturing children the truth of the matter. Unless, of course, they'd prefer that their children learn the truth on the streets! Children will not be duped forever. Now, for the first time, the whole truth of Alice's adventures comes to light.
First of all, Alice's name is really Alyss Heart. It seems that someone went to great lengths to conceal Alyss's identity - for her own good, I'm sure. Now, you finally get to read the full scope of Alyss's adventures from her forbidden childhood romance, her willful nature, her struggle and loss of control of Wonderland, her escape to our world, her troubled childhood as an orphan in both worlds, her struggle with her destiny as Wonderland's rightful queen and her eventual return and fight to reclaim her rightful place as the new Queen of Hearts.
So, you think I told you too much? You think I spoiled the ending? Ah, but that's the beauty of this book. You can't know the outcome of this tale until you get there. This story is even more fantastical in its telling than the well-known children's version we all grew up with.
You could say that The Black Tattoo is another of the countless good vs. evil tales where a trio of characters battle to save planet Earth from the fo...moreYou could say that The Black Tattoo is another of the countless good vs. evil tales where a trio of characters battle to save planet Earth from the forces of darkness. You could say that. Until you read this book.
The author's cast of characters could be any of the teenagers attending your nearby school. Charlie, the misfit, is bored with school, doesn't do homework, can't get a girlfriend, hates his life and desperately wants to be like his ultra-cool, good-looking, smart and ever-popular friend. Jack, of course, is that friend. Then there's Esme. She's trained her whole life for this mission. It has been her total focus for as long as she can remember. Just think of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and you've got the talents, skills and finesse of Esme.
The author draws the reader into this story through his integration of vividly described action scenes, fantastical settings, realistic characters, and quick pacing. As the main characters are deeply involved in surface issues, they are also dealing privately with individual issues of ethics, morality and loyalty. They must each deal with their own personal demons regarding these issues in order to be ready to accomplish the task at hand. Cleverly, the author provokes the reader's contemplation of these issues as well.
Join Charlie, Jack and Esme as they battle inner demons, interpersonal relationship issues, and the battle of their lives. Together they must go to the very depths of hell to save planet Earth from total destruction. You won't want to miss it!
If you've ever thought `my life's a living hell' then you've got to read Geoffrey Huntington's Sorcerers of the Nightwing. Hell literally knocks on De...moreIf you've ever thought `my life's a living hell' then you've got to read Geoffrey Huntington's Sorcerers of the Nightwing. Hell literally knocks on Devon March's door - his closet door to be exact. All the hordes of hell seek to drag him into their fiery depths. He knows he has the power to defeat a demon or two and to cast them back into their hellholes but he doesn't understand why. The key to Devon's future lies in his past but the time to learn of his heritage is quickly running out. The Madman, an evil sorcerer bent on ruling the world, knows Devon's powers better than he does. Will he uncover the truth of his heritage in time to save the world from the Madman? Does he even possess the power needed to defeat him? He'll have to go into the very depths of hell to find out. Of course, getting into hell won't be a problem for Devon. The question is ... will he be strong enough to fight his way back out? (less)
Hopefully, you won't consider this statement to be a spoiler. Neither Rob nor Sara is an online predator. This story falls outside the media frenzy wh...moreHopefully, you won't consider this statement to be a spoiler. Neither Rob nor Sara is an online predator. This story falls outside the media frenzy which warns of the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet. Wouldn't it be nice to be valued by someone without concern for looks, fashion or finances? Rob has dealt with the circumstances of his life by running away - often resulting in harm to others - and now finds himself in a boot camp for troubled teens. If he doesn't stay put at "Camp Feelgood" his next stop will be prison. Sara, an army brat, has lived all over the world but has no place to call home. Just when she gets comfortable, her father is transferred and she has to move again. Worst of all, high school friends don't travel well. Rob, Sara and others meet in an online poetry chat room to critique each other's poems. Rob and Sara connect when they find things in common other than writing poetry. Their friendship flourishes through online letters. With Sara as his confidant Rob resists the urge to flee and in so doing discovers `the real Rob'. Sara finds in Rob an anchor and confidant. Together they take on the challenges and angst of teen life.
Rob&sara.com kept me up until the wee hours. I just couldn't put it down! With plenty of surprises along the way, this book is a satisfying and enjoyable read. (less)