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The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights-…

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

1. The Hobbit and LOTR Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - Tolkien's is the best epic fantasy adventure ever told. The world he creates is so very vast and imaginative, and the lore, rich.

2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter is probably the most iconic fantasy read of today's time and rightfully so because it is a wonderful and magical coming of age story. Every one should know about The Boy Who Lived.

3. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman - I love that this is a mixture of fantasy and a little steampunk/sci-fi. Plus the whole theology element in it makes it a bit different. It has characters and magical creatures too. Who could forget Lyra and the deamons, and the Great Polar Bear, Iorek.

4. The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner - Smart and witty fantasy novel steeped in political intrigue. This series is unlike any other I've read.

5. Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud - One Word. Hilarious. Bartimaeus is a wise cracking djinn that everyone will love…

In Hero Years...I'm Dead by Michael A. Stackpole

Summary from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago someone stole him away from Capital City. Having been released from captivity he returns to find everything changed. The great heroes of his day, men who could move planets or tear apart criminal syndicates, have all retired. A new breed of hero has sprung up to deal with a perplexingly new brand of villain. It's a world that makes no sense, and a world which, if he persists in playing the hero, will surely see him dead. 

In Hero Years... I'm Dead mixes action, dark humor, satire and strong characters into a thrilling page-turner. It's superheroes facing challenges both in costume and out, battling a cunning enemy bent on destroying all they have worked so hard to preserve.

It turns out, I was right about Michael Stackpole. His reputation does precedes him; being a game designer and author of Star Wars and Battle Tech novels and a future World of Warcraft novel; he does understand fantasy and sci-fi. The world Stackpole created here is…

Hero by Perry Moore

Summary from Goodreads:

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Summary from Goodreads:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team.

It's been awhile since I've had a historical read. And it's been years since my reading of The Book Thief, my first and only WWII themed book. Not counting an excerpt from The Diary of Anne Frank that a teacher had us perform as a play, ba…

Top Ten Series I'd Like To Start But Haven't Yet

My list includes the series that I am most interested in starting but haven't yet due to any or all of the following reasons: There are quite a number of other series that I have already started on and thus must finish first before starting any new ones; Overflowing TBR as it is; Not enough cash; Not enough guts (horror genre); And or mood swings. 

1. The Lion Hunters Series by Elizabeth Wein - I found out about this through Chachic of Chachic's Book Nook, whose taste in books I find closely similar to mine, so I have a feeling I'll adore this book just like most of the titles she recommends to me.

2. A Song of Fire and Ice Series by G.R.R. Martin - This was huge last year, with the HBO series starting all the buzz. So, I am hoping to jump into the bandwagon someday. Besides I haven't had any epic high fantasy since LOTR.

3. The Ender's Series by Orson Scott Card - They say, if you're a sci-fi newbie, go with this one. Plus, a movie adaptation is coming out soon.


Required Reading 2013: March

Before I tell you about my March Required Reads, I thought I'd first give a report of how I fared in the February Required Reading Challenge. I had four titles lined-up, all of which are romance themed, and all of which I happened to finish ahead of time. Yay! So I had a little extra time to pick up other books that suit my mood along the way.  Anyway, I was quite happy with the four titles that I included in my February Required Reading List. It constituted a proper mixture of young love and heartbreak. 

FRRC Report
1. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay - 4 Stars
2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen -4 Stars
3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - 3 Stars
4. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan - 3.5 Stars

Now onto the March Required Reading Challenge.

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Every year, I always look forward to Superhero Movies. And my sister recently gave me the news that they'll be doing another X-Men movie! They say it might be called X-Men: Days of …

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Summary from Goodreads:

When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lo…