Kids Books - Science Fiction
Plants vs. Zombies Volume 1: Lawnmageddon
By Paul Tobin
This was suprising. I thought they would make a movie, but this is better! From the famous franchise "Plants vs Zombies" by Popcap and EA, this is a well drawn book. Although they introduced new characters, like Nate Timley, they really put them together well like Peanutbutter and Jelly. This was funny and interesting, a new twist to the game.
Nic Bishop Snakes
By Nic Bishop
This is a wonderful book about snakes and why you shouldn't be afraid of them and their cool other sense that all snakes have and one only pit vipers have.
Running Out of Time
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jessie, a fourteen y/o girl has lived in Clifton, Indiana almost her entire life. When children start getting horribly sick from a disease called diphtheria. Jessie's ma tells her that it IS NOT the year 1840 it is actually the year 1990!! Jessies ma and pa had moved to a historical preserve when she and her sister where very young and have lived there since with other families. Now with the other children being so terribly sick and the medicine supply has stopped it's up to Jessie to secretly leave Clifton and find a man her Ma knew and trust to send help... Before it is to late. I loved this book! I look forward to reading part 2. Very suspenseful and exciting and dangerous through out the entire book. He ever a dull moment. Thanks for reading -Ajg16's reviews
The Finisher (Vega Jane, Book 1)
By David Baldacci
I have never before read a David Baldacci novel. I know he's incredibly popular (that all his books are on the bestseller lists) but that's not enough reason for me to read a novel. That said, hearing the premise for his first venture into Young Adult fiction was enough reason for me to buy this book. This is a young adult fantasy novel set in one town in the middle of nowhere, a town surrounded by a wild land called the Quag, which it is forbidden to set foot into because of the creatures that live out there. The heroine of the story is Vega Jane and she's a boundary pushing individual who gradually comes to discover the secrets and abilities linked to her bloodline. The ideas of this book are excellent, I loved the grand world-building in every way. I also loved the protagonist, who was a realistic female character trying to make sense of her world. However, I felt there was room to play with some of the themes and ideas a little more. For instance this was another novel that talked about the fears of humans (though these individuals were Wugmorts and not necessarily human they acted as human) and the ways in which we allow walls to be built to protect us from the outside. Walls, which, in reality, keep us trapped inside. It's a theme which is particularly post-9/11 and from an era that includes the war on terror and the rise of social media, yet it is a universally applicable theme that could have been tapped into further. I also did not like the staccato nature of the writing in sections, which felt as if it 'told' the reader too much rather than 'suggested' or 'showed'. In other words, the writing was more or less predictable. All in all there is plenty of untapped potential in this novel and it feels as if there may be a sequel in the works. Though I have not heard anything about this as such. That said I would be interested to read the sequel. Can I recommend this novel then? Well as much as I recommend the average young adult novel: for enjoyment's sake rather than for a deep philosophical venture. If you want something deeper and more well-rounded there are other young adult novels I could point you to.
The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants)
By Melissa de la Cruz
This book opens like any other: Once upon a time. But it's not your typical happily-ever-after. Queen Belle and King Beast of Auradon banished all the villains of the fairytale world to the Isle of the Lost, an island protected by a magical barrier that traps all the evil-doers inside, and takes their powers away in the process. All the villains are stuck there with their kids-- yep, that's right, the villains have kids! But this book is about 4 certain descendants: Mal, daughter of Maleficent; Jay, son of Jafar; Evie, daughter of Evil Queen; and Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil. Ever since Mal wasn't invited to Evie's birthday party when they were younger, she's been determined to get her back. This year, as her Evil Scheme project at school (yes, villains teach their kids how to be evil at school😜) cunning Mal is planning to really get her. And it's going down at her midnight party, with the help of her thieving partner, mischievous Jay. Meanwhile, beautiful Evie and intellegent Carlos try out Carlos's new invention: and it breaks a hole through the barrier! Even if it's only a small one, it allows them to grasp a bit of magic from the mainland. And as they discover later, this magic awakens Diablo, Maleficent's raven sidekick, and Maleficent's infamous scepter. And there's different reasons everybody wants to venture to find it: Mal's evil scheme to "dethrone" Evie never worked, and she's looking for a way to prove to her mother that she really is evil. Jay wants to get the scepter so it can be the "Big Score" his father has been raving about, the one that will make them rich. Evie just wants to make friends, and live on the mainland. Carlos wants to get away from his mother, who treats him like a maid, and continue his inventions. For these reasons (that they all keep to themselves), they band together and journey through the Isle of the Lost to find the scepter. Through the obstacles and challenges that face them on their way, they find that they need to use every one of their different strengths to help them continue on. Will they find the scepter? Who will make the move to take it for themselves? And are these villains really that bad?! As the back of the book states; Bad tree. Bad apple?? This book was so good! I love the idea of descendants of the classic villains! Melissa De la Cruz did a great job bringing this idea to life in her amazing writing. I actually watched the movie Descendants (BTW, it's a great movie if you want to check it out) BEFORE reading the prequel, but luckily that didn't really matter. All in all, I recommend this book for anybody! 5/5 stars!
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Graphic Novels Series, Book 1)
By Rick Riordan
This is the first book of this serie, and I like it the most because it's most original, and that's when everything happened, the truth is revealed. So, this is about a boy named Percy Jackson. All his life is boring, he lives with his mom, and mean step father that always beat up his mom and him. He was told that his dad left him since he's only a baby. he has difficulties reading english, because the words always change into different patterns he always thought that he has ADHD. Until one day, when he went on a field trip to a museum. A teacher asked Percy for a private talk and transformed into a monster and tried to kill him, because she thought that he's the lightning thief (the person who stole the lightning bolt from Zues). And then he found out that he's actually a half blood, half god (Poseidon), half human, and his best friend Grover is a half goat to protect Percy. After what happened in the museum, Percy is no longer safe, so he went to the half blood camp thing so that it will protect him. And later on this story, he will find the real lightning thief, return the bolt back to Zeus which saved the peace of Earth know as the human world. I really love this book, because it's very intense, and its about Greek mythology which I'm pretty interested in, love the movie too! Enjoy.
Soul Eater, Vol. 1: Slipcased Edition
By Atsushi Ohkubo
This book is awesome! Well I've read up to the 4th book and I LOVE it so far! If you like manga and don't mind seeing a naked chick every now and then, you should read it! The story is overall very interesting ang it catches my attention. It is very unique and I will continue to read the series! I reccomend this!