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A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
Beauty Queens
Libba Bray

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist Review on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0SoOsoIuyc

The Hobbit

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien Check out my Youtube review: http://youtu.be/dBOYhQjh8fk

City of Bones: Mortal Instruments, Book 1

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare Freakin' awesome plot, descriptive backstory, wonderful characters, and hilarious, sarcastic dialogue. Check out my video review on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp-9lAy3Omg

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #5)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #5) - My Youtube review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1iXeXRNYQ

Percy Jackson and the Battle for the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) - Rick Riordan My Youtube review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1iXeXRNYQ

Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan My Youtube review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1iXeXRNYQ

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2)

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2) - My Youtube review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1iXeXRNYQ

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) - My Youtube review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j1iXeXRNYQI had heard a lot about this book and also heard that many compared it to Harry Potter. Usually when I hear books being compared to Harry Potter, I need to read them so I can challenge those comparisons. These were my thoughts: I loved that the book was told from Percy Jackson's point of view. I believe [a:Rick Riordan|15872|Rick Riordan|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1204641046p2/15872.jpg] did an amazing job at portraying Percy. Percy starts out at, I believe, 12 years old, so the writing is very easy to read. It's not poetic, metaphoric or filled with symbols. It is an amazing story told from a trouble teenage boy's point of view, which allows it to be a little relaxed on writing style. I fell in love with Percy's character. He's brave, funny, slightly sarcastic and a supportive friend. I really enjoyed the other main characters, especially Annabelle and Grover.I thought the plot was intense and exciting right from beginning to end. I especially enjoyed the mixture of Greek mythology and the real world. I found it interesting how[a:Rick Riordan|15872|Rick Riordan|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1204641046p2/15872.jpg] tied the idea of Greek Gods into the Western world.In regards to the comparisons people have been making to Harry Potter: STOP. They have very different elements of adventure and fantasy to them. I think both series are epic stories, but should not be compared.Overall I give The Lightning Theif five stars because it was a fast read, an epic story and I LOVE PERCY JACKSON.

Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery

The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery - Justin Richards Before I read this I was completely aware that it wasn’t the same book that’s in the episode, The Angels Take Manhattan. I’m wasn’tsure what it was intended to be…a prequel or something completely different. Nevertheless, I was disappointed. Reading the first chapter, I had to stop part way through just to laugh. I thought the writing was terrible. It felt rushed to me and it didn’t capture the essence of River Song. As a huge fan of River Song, I would expect a better story from her. I understand that she’s a fictional character and therefore can not write the story herself. Though, River is an archaeologist and a professor, therefore a lot more capable of writing a decent piece. There were far too many cliches throughout the book. My favourite cringe moment was after reading, “I glanced out of the window now, and saw that in a sense it was still raining cats and dogs”. At that point, I had given up all hope of a great story.What was worse than the writing however, was the mother of all plotholes that was this story. It’s obviously set in the same place and time as The Angels Take Manhattan but it makes no sense in relation to the show, or the entire Doctor Who television series. The Angels in The Angel’s Kiss are helping a movie producer (or something of the like, I’m bad with remembering character names) to turn ordinary people into clones of actors. These people have no recollection of their former self, and eventually they rapidly age, die and turn to dust. The Angels then feed off that time energy. However, Angels don’t work this way. They have never done this in a Doctor Who episode, so why are they doing it in this book? If The Angel’s Kiss was a prequel to The Angels Take Manhattan, then why was this important new ability not mentioned in the episode? I feel an evolutionary trait is important to the show. To me this story feels like a poorly written AU fanfiction. It makes no sense as a prequel. It makes no sense in relation to the show. The Doctor is only mentioned once and not even by name, the Ponds aren’t mentioned at all and River’s personality is nothing like that of her personality on the television show. Not to mention the Angels are never referred to as ‘The Weeping Angels’.The story ends with, “But I am Melody Malone, with ice in my heart and a kiss on my lips. In the city that never sleeps and should never blink, mysteries are my business”. This is perhaps the only piece of the story (besides the ‘about the author’) that suggests it is a prequel to The Angels Take Manhattan. Perhaps if it had been written by Moffat, or another writer for the show, it may have made sense.I for one am disappointed that the BBC didn’t release the book that featured in the episode. I would absolutely love if they printed that book and sold copies. I am a huge fan of River Song and I long for more to her story arc. To have a copy of that book and to be able to read about River’s struggles with what happened to her parents…I WANT THAT SO MUCH.

Holes

Holes - Louis Sachar I had this book read to me in intermediate school and I hated it. Though after seeing the movie, then reading the book myself, I soon realised it wasn't the book I hated, it was the way it was read out aloud by my teacher.Every child should read this book at some point.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska - A favourite young adult novel of mine. It explores lust, love, lost and grief. It's beautifully written through the eyes of the most intriguing character.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - A hauntingly beautiful book. My history teacher recommended it to me a few years ago but told me nothing of it, said it's better to read it while knowing as little as possible. It certainly shocked me.