Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie


by Ally Condie

Cassia lives in the perfect world; everything from what you eat each day, how much leisure time you have, where you work, and who you will marry is decided for you.  The Society has all kinds of computer programs and DNA tests to decide the optimal life for you.  But what if you want pie for breakfast?  Or you would like to jog on the sidewalk instead of a treadmill? Or choose your own profession and spouse?  These are the dilemmas Cassia faces after being Matched with one boy and finding another boy’s face on the screen when looking at his data card.  Should she accept the life the Society tells her to lead or fight for the life she wants?  Fans of dystopian futures and science fiction will enjoy this first book in the “Matched” trilogy.


Book Review: Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

by Lemony Snicket

Short and sweet, Lemony Snicket amuses the reader with funny bits of wisdom about the bitter truths of life.  I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book!  It is funny and sad at the same time.  It also gives you perspective about yourself and how you approach the mess that life sometimes throws at you.  I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good chuckle and all fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events series, as Mr. Snicket wrote those as well.

Book Review: The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

Thomas emerges from a box and sees a large group of boys.  He has no memories of them or of his life before arriving at the Glade.  The Glade is attached to a large maze that opens during the day and closes at night.  You don’t want to be in there at night.  No one has survived a night in the Maze.  If you like mysteries, science fiction, and adventure, this is the book for you.  It is the first in a trilogy.

Book Review: Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World

by Scott Seegert

For all those budding megalomaniacs out there, Vordak the Incomprehensible writes the go-to guide for world domination.  Just make sure to follow all his rules, credit him for your successes, and for goodness sake, do NOT write in his book!  Also, make sure to work on your evil laugh (muhahaha!), get a great costume, and watch out for those superheroes who are constantly trying to take you down!

Although this would infuriate Vordak (and I really don’t want him coming after me), but this was one of the funniest books I have read in a while.  Do not miss this one!

Book Review: The London Eye Mystery

by Siobhan Dowd

Ted and his sister Kat visit the London Eye with their cousin Salim.  They watch Salim board the Eye and never get off.  They watched his pod go all the way around and there is no way to disappear into thin air, but that seems to be just what Salim does.  Despite their testy relationship, Ted and Kat work together to figure out what happened to Salim and find him before it’s too late.  Ted’s unique brain is the key to unlocking Salim’s mysterious disappearance.

A classic mystery tale, The London Eye Mystery does not disappoint.  It sucks you in quickly and doesn’t let you leave until the mystery is solved.  Do not miss this book!

Book Review: Stuck On Earth

by David Klass

Ketchvar III, an alien slug-like creature from Sandoval IV, inhabits and takes over the body of 14-year-old Tom Filber to determine whether or not humans, the apparent laughing-stock of the universe, deserve to continue living or should be exterminated to allow for a more superior race of beings to live on Earth.  His initial opinion is that humans are cruel and destructive, as determined by the bullying and unhappy home life of Tom, but the actions of other humans he interacts with make him rethink his opinion and wonder if the humans might be worth saving.  This is a spot-on and funny take on the human condition as viewed by an outsider.  A little sci-fi and a lot of comedy make this a great read.

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy

When 12-year-old Stephenie Edgley inherits most of her wealthy Uncle Gordon’s estate after his sudden death, she unwittingly becomes entangled in the world of magic and the impending end of the world.  Skulduggery Pleasant, her uncle’s friend and a living skeleton, must stop the evil Serpine from finding the key and bringing back The Faceless Ones.  The almost non-stop action and witty dialogue keeps you on your toes and asking for more.  This is the first in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.