Great Books!

Below are books that I've read and loved this year.  Check them out!
 

 
 
 

"It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen."

 

This book has to be the best book I've read in years.  The language, the imagery, and the story of these two characters made me feel as if I were riding these horses along with them.  Opening the book a splash of sea-spray hits you in the face, and the smell of sea-salt pervades the senses.  Maggie Stiefvater is an incredibly talented author and I recommend this book to any student willing to take on the challenge.  It's got a lot of higher level vocab, but it's well worth the effort.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn't yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror."


I love fantasy and adventure, and this book is not lacking in either.  Driven by a powerful female protagonist, The Naming is an epic hero's tale.  Maerad, the main character, goes through self-discovery, the pains of growing, and she becomes a beautiful, strong woman.  I was completely taken by the plot line and the fight between good and evil that continues into the next books of the series.  Another higher-level vocabulary, but again, completely worth the time and effort to read. 

If I had to compare it to another series, it's a more intense female version of Harry Potter.

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