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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Book 1 by J. K. Rowling August 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, week 8.
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This is the second time that I have read the first Harry Potter and I loved it a lot. I decided to read it after I saw the sixth one and just new that I had to read the series again.
Harry Potter may seem like an ordinary kid at first glance. Floppy hair, lanky. But if you got to knew him you would know he was different. Up until Harry is eleven he has lived with his aunt and uncle and cousin Dudley because his parents died in a car crash when he was one. But on the night of his eleventh birthday a strange, large man appears and changes Harry’s whole idea of the world. Harry soon finds that he has magical powers and is wisked of to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. Soon Harry befriends Ron and Hermione and seems to generally fit in at school. But soon strange things start to happen to Harry and the kids at Hogwarts.
This is a suspensful and thrilling book filled with magic and fun. I loved it and I am in the process of reading the second.
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Split Second by David Baldacci August 10, 2009

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I just finished reading Split Second by David Baldacci. It was an amazing and thrilling book and I can’t wait to read more of the books. Ex secret service agent Sean King has finally begun to have a normal life again after letting the presidential canidate he was guarding get shot. But when a man in Witness Protection turns up dead in his office, his new life comes crashing down around him. At the same time, secret service agent Michelle Maxwelle allows a presidental canidate to comfort a grieving widow, alone, and he ends up being kidnapped. When Michelle looks closer she finds some startling revalations, and those finds bring her together with Sean. Could the assasionation of Clyde Ritter, the abduction of John Bruno, and the murder of several people all be connected? But as the body count rises, they become more and more convinced that this is no coincidence. People are dying, and if they aren’t careful, they might be next. Teaming up with the seductive Joan Dillinger and WITSEC agent Parks, Sean and Michelle find themselves deep in a mystery that has more questions than answers. When more and more people turn up dead, they become frantic to find the mastermind behind all of it. But Sean and Michelle know far to well that everything can change in a split second.
This is an amazing book that I recommend to anybody looking for a good mystery that will keep them up all night. While it’s not overly scary, this book has that deep seductive undercurrent that makes it impossible to put down. I highly suggest this book to everybody.

Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich. August 7, 2009

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I just finished reading Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich. Alex Barnaby (a.k.a. Barney) is Sam Hooker’s head mechanic, and ex-girlfriend. Nicknamed Motor Mouth in the garage, she’s knows a lot about cars, how they work and how to drive them. (Well not so much the driving part…) So she gets real suspicious when car number 69 wins the championship race, and barely knows how to drive. She’s sure he’s cheating. As Hooker and Barney search to find evidence, they end up “borrowing” an eighteen wheeler NASCAR hauler. What they end up realizing is that this hauler not only carries their timid friend Gobbles, but also a dead man. As Hooker and Barney attempt to solve this case, they stumble upon more bodies, a very pissed off widow, and a lot of prunes. A hilarious mystery, Evanovich keeps you wanting more, even when the case is solved… and Hooker is cheered up again. I strongly suggest Evanovich, to anyone in the mood for mystery, humor, and characters you’ll never forget.

Bloodhound; Book Two by Tamora Pierce August 4, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Romance, suspense, week 8.
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In this sequel to Terrier, Beka has been promoted to a Dog. But Beka can’t seem to keep a partner. One of Beka’s “birdies” tells her that the rye crops are going bad and when the bakery raises prices a riot breaks out. In the riot, Tunstall breaks both of his legs and must stay in bed for weeks. Then a large amount of false silver coins start apearing in shops and markets and when they find a trail leading to Cayn (not spelt right) two dogs must be sent to find the false coins. With Tunstall’s legs broken Beka and Goodwin are sent on the job. They must go undercover as visiting Dogs learning about the cities own Dogs. But a little surprise comes along when Beka sees Dale from the riot. Soon Beka and Dale become very close but Beka worries what will happen if he is one of the false coin makers, or what will happen to her heart? But Beka tries to put that behind her as she searches or clues leading to the coin makers and finds some astonishing news.
This book is really suspenseful and full of action. Not to mention a little romance. I really enjoyed this book and really suggest that people read it. But remember to read the first one first!

Pendragon: The Merchant Of Death By D.J. MacHale August 2, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Week 7.
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Bobby Pendragon is just a normal boy. He has a dog, plays basketball, kisses his crush… So what happens when his very cool, very secretive Uncle Press asks him for help? Soon, instead of normal 14 year old boy problems, he’s dealing with creepy shape-shifter Saint Dane, frightening “quigs”, and the thought of being a Traveler, someone who can travel flumes that transport him through space and time. Bobby ends up with the expectation of saving the planet Denduron. There he meets the gentle, but enslaved, Milago, and the arrogant Bedoowan who rule over them. He is given the challenge of leading the Milango’s revolution. But Bobby never asked to be a Traveler, and Loor – a girl his age from Zadaa, a warrior territory – believes him to be a coward and not worthy of the title: Traveler. As Bobby experiences the life of the Milango, he slowly comes to realize what he must do for this territory. But, although Bobby’s intentions soon become helpful, he might just make the biggest mistake of all…
This was a very well written sci-fi book. It reminds me of a very old series (Gor) in a way, but with a modern twist (obviously). A story about science, adventure, and the choices you have to make in life, Bobby Pendragon is a very good role model that could inspire many a teen to make better choices (or just not to trust your vague uncles…). The Merchant of Death was a superb start to a series.

Flight of the Fisherbird by Nora Martin July 29, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Historical, Week 7.
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Bellingham
It is 1889, and Clem Nesbitt’s life in the beautiful San Juan islands is near perfect. But then her newly orphaned cousin Sarah comes to stay, followed by Clems Uncle Doran, and things become, well, fishy. While out in her boat, the Fisherbird, Clem sees two boat dangerously close together. One of them appears to be her Uncle’s boat. Shouts and splashing noises stun her into silence. It sounds like someone went overboard. As the boats drift off, Clem goes to investigate, and spots something brown floating in the water. After pulling it aboard, she finds a live chinese man wrapped in a burlap suck! He was trying to be smuggled into the country illegally, after the Scott Act of !888 prohibited chnese to return to the country. But what does this all mean, and how is Uncle Doran involved?
This book is great, and takes place right here on our own San Juan Islands. It also is historically accurate, but not boring in the least. It is a thrilling story, with a twisted ending. I highly suggest it to everybody who wants to learn about history in the least boring way.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Week 7.
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I just finished Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter. Callie Morgan (a.k.a The Chameleon) takes a trip to see her famous roommate Macey, in Boston. Callie thinks it’s just going to be an exciting end to the summer, watching Macey’s dad run for vice president and meeting a lot of new people. Neither girl anticipated a kidnapping attempt on the roof, where Macey’s agenda clearly specified she should be. Thankfully, with their fantastic spy skills, they are able to escape; But just barely. As their junior year begins, Macey is still expected to be out campaigning with her father. The security is Secret Service but, being a Gallagher Girl, Callie finds cracks in their surveillance, and is none to pleased. If Callie wasn’t stressed enough about ¬†Macey’s “protection”, Zach comes along, as mysterious (and sexy) as usual.
Callie, and her other roomates, Bex and Liz, need to solve this crazy kidnapping before the enemy gets one lucky shot. But what is Zach doing around? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep Macey safe? The truth may be a little hard to swallow…
This book isn’t amazing or anything, but I had read the previous two and knew I couldn’t just let the story slip. Hopefully there will be a fourth, because the ending wasn’t very good. It was confusing, and basically no questions were answered. But other than that, a good read.

The Ranger’s Apprentice #2: The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, week 6.
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Lynden Library

I loved this book so much, no matter how much I hated some of the things that happend in it. This is the second book in the series (The Ranger’s Apprentice) about a boy named Will who goes from being a Fief Orphan to a Rangers Apprentice, being that his Master, the famous Halt, took him in to become what he is now. There is a war brewing between the kingdom and the infamous Morgarath, who has been up in the Rain and Night Mountains building an army of fowl beings called Wargals for over 15 years now. While Will, his friend Horace, and another Ranger named Gilan are sent south to go to find the Celts (people in a different kingdom), they encounter some major surprises, taking them all on the wildest adventure of their lives. You should definitely read this book!

Deception Point by Dan Brown July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Mystery, week 6.
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Central Bellingham Library

Deception Point was a good read, and very interesting, but not quite as plausible as Angels and Demons. Not to say it wasn’t a great book. The Washington Post called it “Unputdownable” and I agree. Rachel Sexton is daughter of the man running for president, but works in a security office– so basically she works for her father’s opponent. When one day the President asks her to meet with him, Rachel suspects a political scheme at work. To her surprise, she is sent to the Arctic Circle to verify a find made by NASA. Needless to say, this is big news, especially since her father is fighting to shut NASA down. At first, all is as it seems. But when she and the handsome Michael Tolland find the unthinkable– evidence that NASA and the president are being tricked– they are forced to fight for their lives while being pursued by a deadly force known only as ‘Delta’. With the presidential election balancing on the tip of a knife, something like this could force one man into the light, or crush another’s campaign. Rachel and Michael are left with only one option: discover who is behind this. But that just might be the greatest deception of all…

With nothing but the astounding writing I’d expect from Dan Brown, Deception point is a thrill ride from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in politics, aliens, deceit, special opps, or any kind of action.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Better than the movie, Intense, Mystery, Myth Related, Not for young kids!!, week 6.
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Lannigirl
Central Bellingham Library
 
For those of you who think that you don’t have to read this book because you saw the movie, tear that idea out of you head and throw it to the wolves. This book is absolutely amazing. When a religious scientist is brutally murdered and branded with the symbol of an ancient demonic cult, Robert Langdon gets called in to identify the group. What he discovers sends shockwaves through the world: the Illuminati, a thought-to-be-dead group of scientists bend on bringing down the Catholic church– specifically Vatican City. Teaming up with the smart, sexy scientist, Vittoria Vetra and the Swiss Guard, they find that at every hour starting at 8:00, a cardinal will be killed. At precisely midnight, a bomb made up of antimatter is set to destroy Vatican City. To make matters worse, conclave is being held, meaning that every Catholic cardinal belonging to the church is sitting on top of a bomb. Chasing after shadows and ancient secrets, together Robert and Vittoria fight for the truth, and make the most startling revelation of all.

Dan Brown is an amazing author with a great gift for making an everything seem real. I highly recommend his books for anyone who wishes to be pulled into a story so captivating that it’s impossible to put down.