This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp

Cover image for This is where it ends / Marieke Nijkamp.

Sylvia and Autumn were in the auditorium with most of the school. Claire was running with her track team; they were excused from the assembly to practice. Tomás and his best friend (other than his twin sister Sylvia) sneaked into the principal’s office to look at a file.

Then someone pulled out a gun.

Although his attack only lasted fifty-four minutes, the boy with the gun would haunt them forever… This is Where It Ends is the terrifying tale of Autumn, Sylvia, Tomás, and Claire’s desperate attempts to survive a former student’s revenge on those who wronged him.

I would highly recommend This Is Where It Ends to anyone who loves suspense or thrillers. It’s told from four points of view, and all four had a reason to be afraid. It had a very satisfying ending, and while it didn’t end with everyone living happily, it was very believable and heartwarming. Marieke Nijkamp did an amazing job describing the relationships between family, friends, and more-than-friends. The fear people felt for their loved ones and the sacrifices they made were fantastic. And when each chapter only covers the span of a few of the fifty-four minutes, it’s incredibly hard to stop reading!

Overall, This Is Where It Ends was a very good book, and I would not hesitate to give it 10 out of 10 stars!

-Caitlyn O.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available to download for free from Libby.

The Saga of Darren Shan, My Favorite Series!

Calling The Saga of Darren Shan a page turner is an understatement. It’s an incredibly dramatic, quick paced thriller, with more brilliant plot twists than you can count on your hands! Just reading one chapter is impossible. Each page leaves you excited for more, until soon enough you’ll realize that you’ve spent nine hours reading on your couch!

When the series starts, we learn that young Darren Shan has always loved spiders. So when he and his best friend Steve Leonard, nicknamed Steve Leopard for his wild and unpredictable nature, saw a beautiful spider at a freak show they were forbidden to go to, it piques his interest. And of course, there’s a plot twist. We find out that Larten Crepsley, the beautiful spider’s caretaker, isn’t who he seems to be. This begins the thrilling destiny that both Darren and Steve are tied to. 

Throughout the series you’ll meet good and bad vampires, a whole lot of spiders and toads, some freak show performers, a couple of dragons, a blob monster, a family of snake people, a passionate vegan, and even a pirate. There’ll be heartbreak, tragedy, mystery, suspense, and so many incredible plot twists that you’ll wish you had amnesia so you could enjoy them again!

Now, are you interested in reading The Saga of Darren Shan? Here’s what to do. First, get all twelve books. Don’t torture yourself by having to wait in between books. Second, clear a day to read. When you start, you will NOT want to stop until you’ve finished the series. Third, find a comfy space to read where you won’t be interrupted. Maybe grab a bottle of water or some snacks; you’ll be there for a while. 

-Caitlyn O.

The works of Darren Shan are available for checkout at the Mission Viejo Library. They can also be downloaded for free from Libby.