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Logan's July Top 10s

July 14, 2017

Helloooooo, everybody! This is something I planned to do with the rest of MJ Squared, but we were really slow with it so I'm just going to get it done with right now! These are all books I've read, what with a combination of very suspenseful books and calm ones that make you want to call your friends and tell them you miss them. I'll give the summary of the book, then my biased, hard-hitting short review. :) You're probably looking at this post saying, 'Only Logan.' (Or Jordan depending on how you know me) That's right, only me! I'm special!



Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?


This book in three words: Fast-paced thriller

Why is this book on the list?

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is on this list because of it's fast pace and endless suspense. Suspenseful books are perfect for the summer, because you have more time to READ! The Angel Experiment is wonderfully written, and will leave you hungry for more, which is perfectly fine, because it's summer!



This Is Where It Ends

10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.


10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.


10:03 a.m.

The auditorium doors won't open.


10:05 a.m.

Someone starts shooting.


Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


This book in three words: Ohhhhhh myyyyy gosh

Why is this book on the list?

This Is Where It Ends is on this list because, like Maximum Ride, it's fast paced and the suspense has you on the edge of your seat. I was walking around reading this book, and that's honestly something you can only do during the summer. And, if you're like me, you'll feel really emotional at the end, so just take a day off and text your friends.


The Lightning Thief



I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things really started going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive.


This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.




This book in three words: All Hail Perseus

Why is this book on the list?

The Lightning Thief is on the list because it's funny, it's crafty, and it'll have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect summer material. And why not get another #book1 going? Series are fun! Summer is fun! Thus, read series in the summer!



The School for Good and Evil

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds she knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile , Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed-and they'll quickly find that the only way out of a fairy tale...is to live through it.


This book in three words: Plot twists everywhere.

Why is this book on the list?
Okay, whenever I talk about this book, I get super pumped. I'm going to try to stay calm. This book... *agh* This book has nothing you expect. You think you know where it's going, chances are, you don't (unless someone spoiled it, you've seen the movie, or you're a magician). When I was at the end of this book, I was reading quotes to everyone around me, screaming, gasping, doing whatever. That's something you definitely want to do during summer.





On a remote island in the Pacific, scientists privately funded by the mysterious corporation Corpus have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings-the Vitros-have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.


Seventeen-year-old Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island to find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. WIth the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives - and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: She has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus's dangerous research.


Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach. 


From the brilliant young author of Origin comes a daring new novel that explores the question: When does science cross the line?


This book in three words: There's no words...

Why is this book on the list?

Vitro is on the list because it has turns you never see coming. And I mean it. It's also a really intriguing book, and in summer, you have plenty of time to research, and read more Jessica Khoury books.



The Pull of the Ocean

On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older brothers, all twins. He lets them know that they must flee their home--or risk being killed by their violent father. Without question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so begins their remarkable odyssey toward the ocean--as well as an unforgettable story of brotherhood.

The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer who believes they've run away, the baker who gives them bread--each of the many people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does little Yann express his reasons for his galvanizing actions.


This book in three words: Never seen coming

Why is this book on the list?

The Pull of the Ocean is on this list because of it's hidden surprises. I first picked up this book because its name caught my eye and I found the summary interesting. I first started and, to be honest, I found it... okay. And then, suddenly, something was thrown at me in the middle of the story, and I was hooked. I like to think that if a book can't hook me within 100 pages, I'm not interested. And The Pull of the Ocean just made it. I was completely into it by the end, unwilling to put the book down. And that's what makes this book so enjoyable. It's completely unexpected, and I don't know about you, but I love stuff like that.



A Mango-Shaped Space

Everyone thinks I named my cat Mango because of his orange eyes, but that's not the case. I named him Mango because the sounds of his purrs and wheezes and his meows are all various shades of yellow-orange...


Thirteen-year-old Mia Winchell appears to be the most normal kid in her family. Her younger brother, Zack, keeps a chart of all the McDonald's hamburgers he's eaten in his lifetime. Her older sister, Beth, dyes her hair a different color every week and might be a witch. But Mia knows she is far from ordinary. She is keeping something from everyone who knows her: the fact that sounds, numbers, and letters have color for her. When trouble in school finally convinces Mia to reveal her secret, she feels like a freak. Her family and friends have trouble relating to her as she embarks on an intense journey of self-discovery. By the time she realizes she has isolated herself from all the people who care about her, it is almost too late. She has to lose something very special in order to find herself.


This book in three words: Pleeeeaaase read this

Why is this book on the list?

A Mango-Shaped Space is on the list because well, one, this book is exactly what the synesthetic community needed, because synesthesia is a phenomenon that is not well known, and thus, not researched very much. That and it brings you that much closer to synesthetes. Beyond my obviously biased thoughts on synesthesia, I think this book was very well written, and I know that if I hadn't already done extensive research on my own condition, I would have researched synesthesia after reading A Mango-Shaped Space. Again, summer: best time to do that!


Counting Thyme

When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.

After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

With equal parts heart and humor, Melanie Conklin’s debut is a courageous and charming story of love and family—and what it means to be counted.


This book in three words: Heart-wrenching story (wait is that considered two??)

Why is this book on the list?

Counting Thyme is on the list because it is truly a wonderful story that really makes you think what would happen if you had to leave everything behind because your relative is sick and needs treatment. The way this book is written, your heart really reaches out for Thyme and her family in sympathy. It's almost impossible not to feel sympathetic, and that draws me in. I found this story very interesting and yet had deeper meanings as well. Definitely an awesome summer read.



Two Naomis

OTHER THAN THEIR FIRST NAMES, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common-and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way.

Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother.

When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other-and maybe join forces to find new ways to define family.


This book in three words: Makes you think

Why is this book on the list?

Two Naomis is on the list because, for me, it made me very thankful for what I have and definitely made me think. I thought about how different my life could be, and how lucky I am. *dinging noise* SUMMER BOOK! This book was genuinely beautiful, and I loved it and am super glad I had the time to take it slow and enjoy it during the summer.



The London Eye Mystery

Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye, but after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off—except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. 


This book in three words: Very interesting mystery

Why is this book on the list?

The London Eye Mystery is on this list because you really won't figure it out. I'm really bad at solving mysteries, so I knew it wasn't going to happen for me, but normally in other books, I have some vague idea. This time I literally had nothing. And if you're the kind of person who REALLY wants to figure out that mystery, trust me. This is the book that requires the summer to do it. And it's a really interesting book.


All right! There is your new style of blog post that took me three gosh-darn days to write! Enjoy and have a good summer!

- Logan

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