Category Archives: Paranormal

Beastkeeper by by Cat Hellisen

jacket-aspxThe following fairy tale revolves around the mystical life of a girl named Sarah and her family.  In the beginning, teenager Sarah wished to acquire magic.   Sarah and her family were always migrating to different locations to avoid the “cold”, or  magic.  Sarah eventually became a teen without a mom, when her mother abandoned her and her father.  Consequently, bad things happened to Sarah’s father including him turning into a beast.  Sarah’s life began to turn upside down when she discovered the magical curses her family was involved in.  Sarah is my favorite character because she represents the majority of the teenage population in my eyes:  She wanted something, got it, and wanted the total opposite afterwards.  This happens to all teens.  I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 only because it is a fairy tale and not something I prefer to read.  I would still recommend it because it is a very interesting book.

Submitted by M. H.

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Jackaby by William Ritter

jackbyMy review of this book : great!  The reason is because mystery is one of my favorite genres.  This book, Jackaby, is about a girl named Abigail Rook.   She comes to New Fiddleham, England in 1892.  She needs a job and accidentally meets an investigator/detective named R. F. Jackaby.  Jackaby has a superpower which lets him see  other creatures with supernatural powers.  On Abigail’s first case, Jackaby and  her need to find a serial killer  The police think it just an ordinary criminal, but Jackaby and Abigail have different thoughts.  Thanks to Jackaby’s ability they know he is a monster.  The only police officer that believes the two investigators is Charlie Cane.  My favorite part of this spectacular book is when Doctor Who greets Sherlock.  Overall, I loved this book and would love to read the sequel.

Submitted by  Z.H.

A young woman named Abigail Rook has arrived at a small time in New Fiddleham, New England in the 1800’s.  From there, she looks for a job so she can put a roof over her head.  That is where she meets a detective called Jackaby.  He hires her as an assistant since she has good experience.  Jackaby and Abigail must find the culprit of a mysterious serial killer and start their adventure.  My favorite character is Jackaby because he has an eye that can see very out of the ordinary things, and he is good at what he does best.  My favorite part was when Jackaby gave Abigail her own leather cased handbook and a magnifying glass because in the beginning of the book she made a joke about needing them for her position at work.  I give this book an 8 out of 10 because there were parts that were boring, but the mystery was always there.

Submitted by R. T.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Jacket.aspxIn the book The Name of the Star, my favorite character is Alistar.  I like Alistar because he is like me, he listens to bands like The Smiths, The Cure, and Clash, and he is always reading in the library on the floor!  The only difference is that he dressed like a person in the 80’s, and his hair was also a 1980’s hairstyle.  Sadly, Alistar had died in March of 1989.  Rory, Boo, Stephen, and Callum are the only ones able to see him, as he is a ghost.  Each of these people had an accident occur in their lives, a near death experience, which is also the reason they are able to see ghosts.  Meanwhile, in the city of London there are “Jack the Ripper” murders going on again, similar to those in 1888.  Rory, the main character has moved here to start a new life while attending school at Wexford.  She meets her new roommate, Jazza, and a boy named Jerome.  Rory and Jerome share some make out sessions here and there as they get to know one another more.  I would rate this book a 10/10.  It was very detailed and left me on the edge of my seat.  I would recommend it to my friends to read.

Submitted by JV

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Jacket.aspxHubbard whisks together a tale of mystery and suspense with the main character (a poet named Emily Beam) discovering her true self. She is an unusual character, my favorite as well.  The scene in which she strings together the poems is captivating due to the way she organizes them.  Not to mention that it was my favorite! The book deserves a 9/10, and it is a great read that I would recommend to friends due to its mystery, humor, and unusual events.

Submitted by Eram Kabir

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

This book is basically two amazing stories put into one amazing book.  JacketScott Westerfeld’s new book is about Darcy Patel.  Darcy Patel puts a hold on college and everything else to publish her new teen novel.  Having to move to New York with no friends or family, and no Oapartment yet, Darcy wonders if she made the right choice…. until life brings her some joy.  There are also the alternate chapters, the chapters that are from Darcy’s new novel, Afterworlds.  The chapters tell of Lizzie, a teen who glimpses the Afterworld after having a near death experience in a terrorist attack.    After the attack, the character has the ability to go to the Afterworld.  There she meets a a new friend, and finds out more than she should about life after death.  I personally give this book a 4.5 out of 5.  It is a very interesting, and well written book.  I hope that Scott Westerfeld decides to make a sequel on Lizzie and Darcy’s life.  There are still many unanswered questions that we would like to know.

Submitted by Azim Chowdhury

In the book “Afterworlds” you can see that there are two different stories for two different people.  One is about Darcy Patel, an 18 year old teenager that is getting her book published by a famous organization.  You will see her struggles as she writes her first book.  The other story is about Lizzie, the main character  in the book Darcy is writing.  One day after being attacked by a terrorist she becomes a ghost.  My favorite character is Lizzie.  Lizzie must have had a very stressful week when she got attacked, and than realized she was a ghost.  My favorite part of the story is when Lizzie acquires the ability to walk through walls.  This was my favorite part because it is a big step in becoming a good ghost. I would rate this a 9 out of 10 because there was a lot cursing the book.  Yes, I would recommend this book since it has a really unique, funny style of writing.

Submitted by R. T.

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

17572846          As a fan of romance, mystery, and suspense, I can say Goodman hit all the points and more in her book.  The writing is fantastic, and the way Avaline Hall (the character) is made truly allows a reader to connect to her.  At age seventeen she has dealt with more than a girl her age should have.  Her interactions, behavior, and personality in general made me love her.  The elite boarding school she’s attending simply creates more mystery, and all together makes for a good read.  I’d give this novel a 6 out of 10.

Submitted by FR  Khan

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

PoblockiThe book The Ghost of Graylock is all adventure.  It’s about a kid that needs to know about the abandoned hospital.  His sister disagrees, so he goes with a friend he made.  They were not supposed to do anything but sit and wait for their grandma.  The only person who disobeyed or didn’t listen was the younger one who wanted to find out about the abandoned hospital.  It’s totally going to give you nightmares!

Submitted by S.A.

 

Everyone heard about the stories of Graylock Hall.  It was supposed to be a mental hospital, meant to help children, then several patients drowned.  No one knows who did it until one boy named Neil Cady finds out the truth.
Read to find out the secrets and the truth about Graylock with Neil, all leading to the killer himself.  I give the book 9/10; it’s suspenseful, dramatic, mysterious and scary.  Read if you dare.

Submitted by Bookworm Reviews

The Ghost of Graylock is about a group of kids named Neil, Bree, Wesley and Eric.  Neil and Wesley are really close friends.  They find out that Neil lives close to an abandoned hospital.  They say that there is a legend that a ghost had been killing patients there.  So Neil, Wesley, Bree and Eric go to the abandoned hospital to look for the ghost of Nurse Janet.  When they are in the hospital, they see spooky things like spider webs, broken glass and scary things like that.  Immediately Neil got stuck in a hallway and who he believes is Nurse Janet is hurting him.  Things are coming at him from everywhere.  But the….well, I can’t tell you everything so you should read the book

My favorite character is Neil because he is really brave.  If there was an abandoned hospital near my house, I would want to go in it.  I would rate this book 5 stars because I love the way Dan Poblocki shows how effective the ghost of Nurse Janet could be.  So if you want to know if Neil, Wesley, Bree and Eric find the ghost of Nurse Janet, you must read this amazing book.

Submitted by JC

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

LarbalestierTeam Humanis a good book for anyone.  It starts off a little slow and boring, however, after about the first 100 pages it becomes interesting.  The book is about a town called New Whitby which is also know as the “vampire city.”  The vampires usually stay on their side of town while the humans stay on the other side.  One day, a vampire shows up at Mel’s school.  His name is Francis and not only is it bad enough that he is in their school, but Mel’s best friend Cathy seems to be falling in love with him.  Mel, the main character, is doing everything she can to try and get Cathy out of making the worst decision she will ever make.

Will Mel be able to help Cathy and her friend Ana about the mysterious disappearance of her father?  My favorite character in this book would have to be Kit; he doesn’t come into the book until the middle, but he had a big impact on the story.  Although I cannot specify my favorite part, it would have to be everything that happened in the last chapter of the book.

Submitted by CS

CROAK by Gina Damico

DamicoLexington Bartleby is a punk with bad behavior who is mean to her classmates in school.  She is 16 and her classmates wonder how she is so evil, even Lex doesn’t have a reason.  When her parents decide that it’s best to go for discipline in Uncle Mort’s farm, Lex gets agitated at being kicked out.  When Lex finds out that her uncle is the Grim Reaper, she knows why she is evil all the time.  Her family business is to do good deeds by killing people who have done bad deeds, but doesn’t know if it’s right or wrong.  She gets partnered with a rock star, and they deliver all kinds of souls.  She soon becomes obsessed with this power , leading to the murder of someone in her family.
My favorite character is Concord Barlteby, Lex’s sweet and caring sister.  She is the total opposite of Lex.  Cordy was so confident and was always saw the true Lex, who was good hearted.  Cordy had the feeling something wasn’t right, and felt worried about Lex.  I give this book a 2/5 stars because it got so creepy when it talked about Lex’s job as a Grim Reaper; I wouldn’t recommend it to friends.

Submitted by M.K.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Two Reviews!

JacketMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs really is peculiar.  Jacob finds a time loop, following his grandfather’s orders.  And what does he find in it?  Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children of course!  How peculiar?  Well, it varies from flying to creating fire with your hands.  Jacob becomes great friends with these children.  Well, these children look young but are over 100!  He also discovers secrets about not only his now late grandfather, but himself as well.  However, then he must save his friends from a great peril that ONLY HE CAN SEE (it’ll make sense after you read the book).
My favorite thing about this book is that it has photos.  It’s amazing how Riggs took simple photographs and turned them into complex stories!  However, some of these pictures were just a bit creepy.  Overall, this was a really great book.  I’d recommend it to friends and give it 4/5 stars.

Submitted by Omaier

This book is about a boy, Jacob,  who travels to an island (which used to be a prison area) with his father.  The boy looks for Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children because his grand father insisted that he go there and be “safe from the monsters.”  Now that Jacob’s grandfather died from a weapon, Jacob is determined to find out whether all of the fairytale stories about the kids that could fly, and the monsters that were after the kids were true.  But once he gets to the island, he finds out that everything is true.  The peculiar kids live in a time portal where the same day repeats over and over again.
I liked this book because it leads an adventurous tale and Jacob can’t trust anyone except for the other kids.  There are many twists in the story that will surely excite the readers.

Submitted by Katherine

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