Book Review: Wake, by Amanda Hocking

wake_coverThe Watersong series by Amanda Hocking is a fantasy series involving murder, sirens, love, and loss. The series begins with the book Wake. Gemma Fisher is a normal, pretty 16 year old who loves the ocean. She is a swimmer and longs to become an Olympic champion.

One day, four strange girls show up in Gemma’s town. Gemma used to think she was the prettiest girl there but now she wasn’t so sure. Lexi, Penn, Thea, and Arista, are beautiful. Their ravishing beauty awes Gemma– but it also raises her suspicions. When the four girls show up, talking and becoming closer to Gemma, four murders follow. Then, one of the strange girls disappears.

On one of her nightly swims in the ocean, Penn, Lexi, and Thea, beckon Gemma to come party with them, and they make her drink a weird concoction. She wakes up ashore, with many cuts and scratches all over her and she knows that something is wrong.

In a twist and turn of events, Gemma is forced to leave with the other sirens to protect her friends and family from getting hurt. Find out what happens next in the second book of this addictive series, Lullaby.

-Annika C., 7th grade

Book Review: Phantom, by L.J. Smith

phantom_coverRecently I’ve read the book Phantom which is part of the Vampire Diaries series. L.J. Smith is one of my favorite authors so I definitely suggest you read her books!

I think that teens would like to read this book because there is that tiny little factor… what if it happened to you? I feel that fantasy books are that tiny hope inside, that 1% chance that the book is real and the stories within it as well.

Phantom is about a 17 year old girl named Elena who is destined never to be normal. Apart from her two vampire boyfriends, Elena has been chosen to be a mortal Gaurdian. Elena and her freinds have battled vampires (bad ones, not her boyfriends!), saved their city from evil spirits, and traveled through the Dark Dimension, but nothing has prepared them for this: a battle of feelings.

A phantom haunts Elena and her friends, making them jealous of each other. Somehow, things straighten themselves out and they defeat the phantom by casting out thier negetive energy. But by the end of the story, a lesson is learned: don’t be jealous of someone else… because it is what it is.

-Annika C., 6th grade

Book Review: Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier

ruby_red_coverRuby Red is a fictional love story written by Kerstin Gier. Sixteen-year-old Gwen is a typical girl with a rare gift. Her family carries an extraordinary gene that seems to only pass down the female line. Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte, seems to be the gene carrier, and has been specially trained since the age of eight. When Gwen finds out she is the gene carrier, things get a little out of hand.

Gwen must be trained on such a short notice, while Charlotte has been training for years. An unexpected twist happens when Gwen falls in love with a male gene carrier named Gideon. Gideon is mysterious and doesn’t trust Gwen, as she is a new comer and does not know of the secrets of the chronograph. Most of all, Gideon doesn’t trust the fact that Gwen may be involved with Lucy and Paul, the traders of the gene.

At the end of the story Gwen and Gideon have just returned from their latest mission. The story continues in the next book, Sapphire Blue. This story makes you wonder if time travel can ever be possible. In this trilogy, you will find exciting moments, and twists at every corner.

-Annika C., 6th grade