The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

16-year-old Katniss Everdeen is thrown into a national death tournament involving the 12 Districts of Panem. The Capitol controls everyone and holds the annual Hunger Games. For the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers for her sister and competes against the Career tributes, fierce and violent tributes and forms alliances with a small tribute. Her and Peeta Mellark are competing for District 12. The only question is, will they make it?

I recommend this book for people aged 13 and over. It is captivating and impossible to put down. I thought it would be bad, but I started reading and couldn’t stop until I was too tired to continue. The sequels are Catching Fire and Mockingjay. There is a parody by the Harvard Lampoon called The Hunger Pains. I recommend you read all of them.

JT

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel, the greatest Alchemyst, was born in Paris, 1330 and records show he died in 1418. But did he? Nicholas Flamel is still alive and protecting the Codex/the Book of Abraham the Mage, which the secret to eternal life is hidden. He and his wife, Perenelle, are trying to fulfil an ancient prophecy by finding the twins of legend.

Josh and Sophie Newman are regular teenagers, but when the Flamels find them and tell them they are the twins of legend, they are forced to travel with them, while trying to escape an evil mastermind out to kill them, Dr. John Dee.

Josh and Sophie have found themselves in the centre of the greatest legend of all times.

The sequels to this book are The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock and The Enchantress (The Enchantress isn’t available yet).

JT

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Back at the dawn of man, two dominant species exist: humans and neanderthals. After a huge earthquake, five year old Ayla is seperated from her family and injured in an encounter with a cave bear. She falls in with a tribe of neanderhtals who take her in despite her differences. However, she is still not accepted by the leader’s son, who makes her life miserable and against whom she rebels. This book is about rebelling against unfairness in an ancient environment.

 

Reccomended for 15+. There are adult style scenes.

 

Overall, a marvelous book, one in a series of six. It is an amazing read, and will keep you enthralled till the end.

 

TE.

The Den of Shadows quartet

Four books in one:

In the Forests of the Night: Three hundred years ago, Rachel became Risika, a vampire. Now her past has caught up with her

Demon in my view: Jessica doesn’t fit in at her high school. But when two people arrive at school, they look very much like the two vampires in her book she wrote.

Shattered mirror: Sarah Vida is a vampire hunter. And when Christopher Ravena and hisb sister Nissa arrive at school, Sarah is the only one who knows the real truth about them

Midnight Predator: Turquoise Draka is a vampire hunter. She has to kill one of the most powerful vampires in history, and to do that, she must enter the vampire relam as a human slave . . .

RT

 

 

 

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Sixteen year-old, Ever Bloom, is the only survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, dog and little sister. But her little sister, Riley, haunts her and Ever now lives with her aunt Sabine. Ever can see dead people, read people’s auras, read thoughts and know a person’s entire life story by a single touch.

Her life is normal. She is bullied by a girl called Stacia, she has two best friends, Haven and Miles. But her life changes when a new guy comes to school named Damen. Ever tries to ignore him, but is falling for him. Little does she know that going near Damen is luring her into danger every second.

JT