The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud


This is the first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy. Some summary: there are two main characters, Nathaniel (a human magician’s apprentice) and Bartimaeus (a djinni or demon, although he gets mad if you call him that). Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus at the beginning of the book, a magical feat that is supposed to be much too complicated for a twelve-year-old apprentice to accomplish on his own, and sends him on a mission that ends up getting the two of them in a whole lot of trouble. The book is a lot of fun to read, and split between both Nathaniel’s and Bartimaeus’ perspectives–personally, I enjoyed the Bartimaeus sections a lot more, partially because he is sarcastic and irreverent and very amusing to read, and partially because I find Nathaniel irritating and prideful and I sometimes want to smack him. It’s a very fun book to read though, and I’m excited to start the second one.


The Host by Stephenie Meyer


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This book was really, really interesting- I could hardly put it down! I would read a bunch and then it was- ‘just one more chapter’, and then ‘just one more chapter’, and so on until I had read five more chapters. The main character, Wander- later Wanda, was really likable and it was easy to relate to her. The people in the book seemed like real people, and I liked them. Wanda is a spirity-silvery being, and her race acts likes parasites in that they take over people’s bodies. Wanda gets a girl, a host, named Melanie that won’t go away, and so they both live in the same body. It’s a big book, but it will go fast because it’s so cool.



Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel


This book is set in caveman days. It is about a young (toddler) girl that gets separated from her family by an earthquake. She is found by another tribe of cavemen that are different than her people. They take care of her, but don’t ever accept her as one of them. This is an interesting book about early civilization and anthropology. It is the first in a series.



Deception Point by Dan Brown


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Everyone has heard of DaVinci Code but Dan Brown has written other things that are very thrilling too. Deception Point is about a government plot to help the space agency have a much needed victory to get public support back on their side. It is amazing the lengths they go to, to deceive everyone. Even murder is easy for them to justify. This book is a nail biter. You will be surprised at the end.

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