The hobbit, or, There and back againThe Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Michaiah's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, non-adventurous life, living in The Shire. Then Gandalf the wizard and thirteen dwarves show up on his doorstep and tell him they want him to accompany them on a dangerous adventure to reclaim the hoard of treasure stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug. Bilbo reluctantly joins them on their quest, encountering trolls, goblins, elves, giant spiders, and deep within a cave, a creature known as Gollum protects a special ring. 
This is an amazing book! It has a really good story line and it can make you laugh (and possibly cry). There aren't a lot of details that Tolkien threw in there that you have to get through. It's a great book and I think anyone would enjoy it! 
A world without youA World Without You by Beth Revis
Teodora's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Bo has a secret. He is a hero learning how to control his time-traveling powers at an academy meant for kids just like him. But it's all in his mind. When his girlfriend at the academy with the "power" to turn invisible commits suicide, Bo believes that she is only stuck in time and he can save her. Bo's world quickly falls apart as he begins to understand reality and break away from the fantasy in his mind. 
A summary can not do A World Without You justice. The entire time reading it, I was delightfully surprised by just how vivid and convincing Bo's mind really was even though I, the reader, knew it was all a lie. For example, Bo describes the time stream as being a collection of strings, a tapestry of fate, with frayed ends leading to numerous futures. Such colorful writing that really exemplifies 'show, don't tell' is just one of the reason's why Beth Revis's book is a must-read. Bo's sister, Phoebe, gives her point-of-view in various chapters; a clever plot device to bring readers in touch with reality including her own story with all its troubles. Filled with so many great characters, beautiful writing, and a most intriguing concept, I was sucked into this book. The ending, though I won't spoil anything, managed to make me feel sad, yet smile. Would recommend to all; especially those who are interested in the inner workings of the mind. 
The stolen chaptersStory Thieves: The Stolen Chapters by James Riley
Michaiah's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Owen Conners and fictional magician Kiel Gnomenfoot wake up in a burning library with absolutely no memory as to how they got there. Then they're told by a weird guy in a question mark mask and a Sherlock Holmes hat, that Bethany , their half fictional friend, is in great danger, and if they don't figure out where they are, where she is, and why, she'll drown. Unfortunately they can't figure out why Kiel has lost his magic, why the police are after Owen, and why they can't remember what happened before they woke up. Can Owen and Kiel save Bethany and escape? Or will it be too late by the time they get to her?
This is a really great book! There are so many twist and turns, you won't want to put it down! Since their memories were erased, the books starts several chapters in, so that kind of gives the story it's own original twist, which admittedly, I found confusing at first but once you read the first chapter it all makes sense. The author is really talented and knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! This is the second book in the Story Thieves series, so if you've read it's prequel and you liked it, you'll fall in love with this book as well! 
Magi. 3 : the labyrinth of magicMagi Volume 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka
Teodora's Rating: ★★★

Review:
After being found by the desert-faring Kouga tribe, Aladdin begins to learn about the legendary bird-like Rukhs that he can see when others can't and what they symbolize. Adjusting to the tribal life for only a short time, Aladdin and the rest of the Kouga tribe are offered the chance to join the Kou Empire to achieve peace. An offer that seems so fair, yet may lead to bloodshed when the wrong people get involved.
Magi Volume 3 created a more serious atmosphere to the series with the corruption of the general of the Kou Empire's army. The lesson of solving problems with words is very prevalent. It was exciting to discover more about the Magi of this world and especially be given a more formal introduction of a Magi by the name of Judar. I'm already looking forward to his role in this wonderful manga series.
It's kind of a funny storyIt's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Teodora's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Craig Gilner is an ambitious New York City teenager who has big plans about his future. He has managed to get into the prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School after studying diligently and that's the first step in completing his plan. Overall, Craig is a model teenager that others can admire. Then, one night, he breaks and his life is never quite the same. Suffering through depression, Craig struggles to continue being a model teenager at school, forcing himself to eat food, and becoming obsessed with his condition. After planning to kill himself one night, Craig takes action and gets checked into a mental hospital. With five days to get better will Craig be able to "shift" his brain out of depression? And will he finally learn what it means to live?
It's Kind of a Funny Story is also kind of a realistic story. Craig Gilner suffers through depression just like many other teenagers his age, making the story all the more relatable. Ned Vizzini gives a powerful insight of the daily struggles that one has to go through and tugged at my heart strings. It was quite suprising that Ned Vizzini was facing his own depression like Craig, but unfortunately lost the battle and took his own life. All of the characters presented something new to me (especially those in the mental ward) and there was barely a dull moment. My only issue with It's Kind of a Funny Story was the rushed ending and lasting character development; but overall this is a must read for all teenagers.
Magi. 2 : the labyrinth of magicMagi Volume 2 by Shinobu Ohtaka
Teodora's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Following the first volume of the Magi, the young Aladdin and his newfound friend, Alibaba have managed to defeat their first dungeon baddie, but at the expense of Aladdin's strength. Wile looking over his friend while he rests, Alibaba has the displeasure of coming face-to-face with the downright cruel Lord Jamil and two of his highly skilled slaves. Taking Aladdin for mysterious reasons, Lord Jamil then forces Alibaba to lead them to the treasure room and is given no choice but to comply. But Alibaba has some tricks up his sleeves. 
What a great second volume from the series! With more entertainment and character development, I was flipping pages with no plan to stop. Alibaba took the spotlight and used it well, showing his cleverness, loyalty and other character traits along with an unexpected backstory. Paired with amazing art (especially during an exciting fight scene), Magi is one manga I'll be sure to continue. 
Puella magi madoka magica. Vol. 1Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Volume 1 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage
Teodora's Rating: ★★★

Review:
Madoka Kaname is your typical school girl who is about to go through some not-so-typical events that might just change her life forever. After dreaming of a teenage girl and a catlike creature asking her to make a contract to become a magical girl, Madoka is shocked to see the characters from her dream come to life when she wakes up. What's even more shocking is that magical girls are real and that she and her friend, Sayaka, can become one too! But is being a magical girl all it's out to be, even if her greatest wish can come true?
Being a magical girl is not all about pretty dresses and defeating bad guys in this world. There is a cost to pay that maybe is not worth it. Madoka Magica had created a darker side of the happy-go-lucky franchise; which I congratulate the authors for managing to deal with this risky move. The artwork was very clean and depicted emotions and actions fluidly. All of the characters had a set personality that made them different from each other with plausible motives that made them relatable. The story was quick-paced though sometimes lingered too  much with details on how the world works; even for a first book. My biggest problem with this manga has nothing to do with the story, but the dark theme which I am not a fan of. With no doubt, I would recommend this manga to those who would enjoy a dark twist on a light topic.