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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

Posted by Aubri in Action, Adventure, Mystery.
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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.

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.

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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Adventure, Clever, Science Fiction, Week 7.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was an interesting read to say the least. I am an avid fan of Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams (author) definitely captured some of the style Pratchett puts in his famous Discworld series. In Hitchhiker’s, Ford Prefect saves his human friend, Arthur Dent, just seconds before the planned demolition of earth. Through a bad mishap, the two are saved by Ford’s old friend and president of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and a girl Arthur once met, Tricia “Trillian” McMillan. Ford and Arthur tag along with Zaphod and Trillian as they travel to the legendary planet, Magrathea, to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Overall, Douglas Adams is creative, to say the least, when creating the world of Hitchhiker’s. Adams has definitely influenced the satire and unpredictibility of Pratchett, and also wrote with the cleverness of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society.

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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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!

Ingo by Helen Dunmore July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Adventure, Fantasy, suspense, week 6.
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I just finished Ingo by Helen Dunmore. This book is fantasy but filled with adventure! It is about two siblings named Conor and Sapphire who stumble upon two other siblings who are half people and half seals or Mer. They take them to a place called Ingo, after Conor and Sapphires dad mysteriously disappears. They love Ingo but later in the story find that although it is a beautiful place it is filled with danger. This book was good, creative and sometimes suspenseful. It is a little strange but i do recommend it. I couldn’t put it down!

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.

The Witches July 18, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Adventure, Family/Friendship, Fantasy, week 5.
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The Witches by Roald Dahl

I started reading this book because I was flying on a plane and needed a book to read so I borrowed it from my grandma’s house. I didn’t expect to like it but I actually found it really interesting and kept me entertained. The kid in this story had his parents killed when he was young and is now living with his grandma in Norway but soon are forced to move back to England (?) where they take a trip to this nice hotel for the summer. Grandma always loved to tell stories about witches to the kid but these stories were about real witches who always wore gloves and were bald. The kid loved these stories and was able to recognise the few witches he saw. But one day when he was teaching his mice to tight-rope walk he was trapped in a room with eighty-five witches. Grandma had told the kid about the Grand High Witch and the yearly meeting with all of the witches from that country and now the kid was stuck in this room during the meeting. Now he only has to figure out how to get out.