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Spark a Reaction Teen Summer Reading
For ages 13—18.
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City of Heavenly Fire
Too Complicated to Classify
This was the perfect wrap-up to a perfect series. Tessa and Jem are together, Clace is real, Magnus and alec are dating, and Jonathan, not Sebastian, finally was free. However, we have yet to find out what will happen between Jem and Emma Carstairs, and what will happen at the Los Angeles Institute. Sequel, here we come! City of Heavenly Fire
It was amazing. Of course, Sparks made me shed some tears, but that's OK. The Last Song
The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge
Phoebe lives in a world where metals are abundant, and they are used for everything. Her father has an important job at the foundry, the place that makes all the modern conveniences that the people of Meridian enjoy. One day men come for her and her father, but Phoebe escapes them with Micah, the servant boy that always antagonizes her. They discover where all the conveniences of Meridian come from, and find that all technological advances come with a price.
I don’t want to read the sequel. The story was okay, it’s the typical Avatar, Pocahontas story, where the savior comes from the very people or things you need saving from. This always annoys me in books. Why would their creator choose someone from the land that is trying to destroy them. I just never was able to to get into the story, it just never grabbed me. It was okay. The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge
The School for Good and Evil
Sophie is pretty, and has always wanted to be a princess, Agatha is weird and silent and her mother wants her to be a witch. Agatha and Sophie are best friends. Once every year two kids from the village are kidnapped, one good, and one evil. Agatha and Sophie are kidnapped, but they are switched, Sophie in the evil category and Agatha in the good. Now they have to make things right and go home, before the school claims them as its own.
I liked the premise, but it fell short. It was really annoying, because all the girls who were supposedly good, were exactly like Sophie, who was evil. I believe if any of them were in Sophie’s place the same thing would have happened. It diluted the power of the story. Secondly it was so confusing, it went back and forth on some things and it again diluted the power. For example the big climax of the story, I went back and forth between thinking that Sophie had turned good, and she was still evil. I didn’t really expect much of the book, but that was also because it was sometimes nonsensical. I can see why people like it, it seems good, until you really think about it.
After a particularly violent run-in with the Green Men, Digger wants nothing more than to leave the city and lay low for a while. As luck would have it she encounters a boat filled with nobles, drifting down the river. Soon she ends up as the lady’s maid to Merista, at her family’s home up in the mountains. DIgger soon finds that she is not the only one who is hiding secrets, secrets that could get them all killed.
I enjoyed this book, not as much magic as I hoped, but it the adventure made up for it. I don’t see the point of Digger’s “Magical ability”, it seems useless, except maybe for use by the Green Men. I think that the driving force of the plot, her discovery by Lord Daul, isn’t as compelling as the author may think. About halfway through the book, she could have gone to the Nemairs, because she had enough dirt on them, and Daul to not be sent to the Green Men. If she had done that earlier, then she would have been able to avoid a portion of the ending.