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The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

hammer of thorReview by Ethan Romer

In the second installment of the Gods of Asgard series, by Rick Riordan main character, Magnus Chase is living up life as a dead einherjar – a warrior of Odin.  A couple weeks ago Magnus and his friends went to re-tie the the ropes binding the mighty Fenris wolf.  They arrive only to find him escaped and had to save the world from Doomsday – Ragnarok.  Your typical Rick Riordan book.  At the beginning of the book Magnus is having coffee with Thor’s slaughter goat (don’t ask) Otis.  Next thing you know a battle axe is in Otis’s chest and a masked man is running away.  Magnus catches up to the goat murderer, and the pro butcher says don’t find Thor’s Hammer – Mjolnir, or else you will die.  Can Magnus and Samirah find Mjolnir? Or will they end up butchered like Otis?
Rick Riordan once again successfully tells the same story he has told countless other times.  A demigod must save the world and not die.  ‘The Hammer of Thor’  is still a “great” book though.  One example of why this is still a “great book” is its attempt at great humor.  For example some chapter names are “Can you please stop killing my Goat?” and “Loiterers will be shot, then arrested, and shot again.”  This book will only entertain those who want a very predictable book with cheesy jokes.

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Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson

Review by Dhruv Jhaveri Imagine being chased everyday by evil people with unimaginable powers, who want to kill you. That is exactly what happens to David Charleston, who miraculously defeat them every single time, even though he has no powers, thanks to his team, “The Reckoners.” Ever since he killed “Steelheart” an epic (or person […]

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A Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lord

Review by J.J. Stoen Imagine having to deal with an old blind dog that you love, and trying to save his life? In the realistic fiction story A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord, the author explores the challenges of having a sick dog. Lily, a girl who lives with her grandparents, has a poor […]

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Zeroes, by Scott Westerfeld

Review by Sal Meehan Would you risk your life to save a friend that betrayed you? Zeroes is about six teenagers named Riley a.k.a. “Flicker,” Ethan a.k.a. “Scam,” Kelsie a.k.a. “Mob,” Nate a.k.a. “Bellwether,” Thibault a.k.a. “Anon,” and Chizara a.k.a. “Crash.” The summer before the book begins, the Zeroes were all friends, brought together by […]

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