Book Review by Noah Lee: Runaway Ralph

This book is the second in the series, and is about Ralph, a mouse that lives under the couch with his precious motorcycle and his crash helmet and loves speed, action, and of course motorcycles. This time, his family enrages hi enough to cause him to run away to a camp, where he’s caught by a child named Brad, and soon returns to the Mountain view Inn.

I’d say the genre is adventure and action, since the book has many scenes where there is a lot of action, like when Ralph breaks out of his cage. Although many people can enjoy this book, I’d recommend this book to people who love mice, motorcycles and adventure will like this book. People around ages 5 to 12 should read this book.

My favorite part of the book is when Ralph makes the deal with Brad but finds it difficult to keep his part, since he needs to return a watch without making it seem like Brad had returned it. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars, since in the book, Ralph realizes how much he misses his family and goes back and even gives his cousins rides. You learn that friendship and family is important to life.

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Book Review by Noah Lee: Secrets According to Humphrey

This book is about Humphrey, class pet of room 26. The class is on an Egyptian unit and is facing a problem on secrets clubs and gestures! Joey doesn’t want to read other books other than Robot the Rabbit, people are keeping Humphrey and Og, the class frog in the dark, and someone is leaving, but for some reason, Mrs. Brisbane is happy for them. Humphrey must visit the library, searching for answers and solutions, like the answer to “What animal walks on 4 legs in the morning, 2 in the day, and 3 in the night?” To make matters worse, when Humphrey drops his notebook and Aldo throws it into the trash, he must go get it! Unfortunately, that leads to the garbage bag spilling and Aldo putting traps about! Finally, the secrets come to an end and Humphrey understands everything that the adults and children talked about.

The genre is comedy and fiction, since Humphrey and many of the characters do goofy things that are sure to make you laugh, and fiction is pretty self-explanatory. People around 4 to 10 years old would enjoy this book. People who would be the most interested would be people who have already read the Humphrey books, or people who like hamsters/ needs to learn how to deal with secrets.

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars since not many books make the lesson on secrets interesting, and if you didn’t understand the lessons, it is written much more clearly at the end.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Prisoner’s Throne by Holly Black

The Prisoner’s Throne by Holly Black

A review by Mina Nguyen

A spin-off series to The Folk of the Air series, the second book in this duology continues to follow the story of Oak, the younger brother of Jude and Taryn, and Wren. After Prince Oak’s betrayal, he is imprisoned in the North and bound to the new queen, Wren. As an attempt to save the stolen heir, Jude and Cardan are willing to do anything to retrieve Oak, but Oak will have to decide between regaining the trust of the girl he’s always loved or to remain loyal to Elfhame by ending her reign.

While I wouldn’t recommend reading this series before reading The Folk of the Air series, this duology in itself is good. It doesn’t compare to the original series, but Holly Black does a stellar job of bringing to life side characters and developing them wholly as the main characters in their spin-off series. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Wren and Oak and how their issues were different and not a replica of what went on between Jude and Cardan. Wren and Oak clearly have their own personalities and aren’t characters that attempt to mimic the original couple. Black is great at writing fantasy with a romance subplot. I really enjoyed the political turmoil in this book as well as in her previous series; she does a great job of showing the stakes; however, this one is a bit more romance-forward compared to her previous series. If you’re reading this and expecting Jude and Cardan, you’ll probably be slightly disappointed but Black makes a point to write Wren and Oak as her main characters, and she does it well. When reading the second book, I honestly couldn’t stop flipping the pages; I was constantly on the edge of my seat, even though it was slightly predictable. I really enjoyed the betrayals, which I wasn’t expecting alongside the well-developed political intrigue. While I wouldn’t recommend this as a stand-alone series, I will say it’s worth giving a read after The Folk of the Air series!

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BOOK REVIEW: Funny Story by Emily Henry

Funny Story by Emily Henry

A book review by Mina Nguyen

Engaged to Peter, Daphne always loved the way Peter described their story of how they met and fell in love over a flying hat. Knowing that he was “the one,” Daphne uprooted her life to Michigan and merged friend groups. Everything was perfect, until Peter’s bachelor party where he realized he was in love with his childhood best friend Petra. Now, Daphne is stranded in Michigan without her friends or family and a dream job as a children’s librarian and now roommates with Petra’s ex, Miles. Miles is the exact opposite of Daphne, scruffy opposed to Daphne’s organized life. When wedding invitations come in the mail, Daphne and Miles propose a plan to post misleading photos of their adventures together but what happens when these fake adventures start to mean something a little more?

While not my favorite of the Emily Henry romance books, Funny Story deserves a high place for rom-coms. Opposites-attract is a typical rom-com trope, but Emily Henry knows how to turn a cliche trope into something that can be heart-aching and wholly romantic on an incomparable level. The chemistry between Daphne and Miles was off the charts, especially since I wasn’t sold on Miles since he isn’t the stereotypical rom-com-love-interest-type, but I loved the relationship that formed between the both of them. It was mature, open, and communicative. What I really enjoy about Emily Henry’s writing is that she sets realistic expectations for relationships. Within their relationship, there were ups and downs, reflective of real-life relationships; sometimes the arguments are valid but sometimes the arguments are a reflection of how the character’s day went. It’s realistic, but Emily Henry knows how to turn it into a romantic scene. Additionally, I find this book so successful because these characters can survive on their own as individual characters; they’re fully flushed out and developed and don’t lose their personalities when they inevitably fall in love. They’re individuals on their own, and Emily Henry heavily emphasizes that. Also, I find that Emily Henry does a great job of giving her side characters a background that makes them integral to the story. Ashleigh, Daphne’s new friend, is an additional relationship that Daphne must consider in her life because Daphne’s life does not only revolve around her love interest. I loved the friendship between them, especially when they had their own set of problems and the way they both discussed their fears; it was a great way to show their insecurities without it revolving around a man. As an avid fan of New Girl, I found that this book was also reminiscent of Nick Miller and Jesse! While this wouldn’t be the first Emily Henry rom-com I would recommend, I would put it high on my list as a must-read rom-com for the summer!

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The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

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