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Friday, December 5, 2014

Firefight- by Brandon Sanderson


Firefight (Reckoners, #2)


Name: Galloran
Age: 15
Title: Firefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

Well, sadly this book doesn't quite surpass the 1st book in the Reckoners series (Steelheart, for those of you that are just starting) ,but it doesn't fall short either, I admit that my view could just be twisted by my love of Steelheart. I leave it up to you to decide. In 'Firefight' the main character, David, goes to Babilar, short for Babylon Restored, to fight an Epic named Regalia (spoiler alert: Babilar was originally Manhattan, before Regalia flooded it). While there he sleeps in a mansion, chases his kinda girlfriend, fights the insane Epic Obliteration, starts the series' of events that will destroy the city, and, oh yeah, becomes an Epic. There's a LOT more to it than that, but if that doesn't get you interested, why in the world a you looking a teen book review site?

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

The cover was good, but it just looks cool, nothing more. The only thing of any interest is the New York skyline at the bottom. I really would have preferred it if they had stayed with the theme of the original Steelheart cover.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Urmm, uhh, ehhh, oh how did I put it with Steelheart? Calamity/Epics. Calamity is this big, red star thing that showed up exactly 1 year before Superhumans, called Epics, started showing up. The whole powers and weaknesses things with the Epics is cool\intriguing.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

It seemed, I dunno, slower, less tense, than Steelheart, but that's not really a problem. Steelheart was edge-of-your-seat, thousand-thrills-a-minute action book. Firefight is a more deep-thinking, revelations-around-every-corner read. And that is absolutely fine.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Independent Study- By Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study (The Testing, #2)


Name: Batman
Age: 15
Title: Independent Study (The Testing Series book 2)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

No

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

Cia survived the Testing. She finished her Early Studies and was placed in the path she least wanted. Cia is strong and determined to make the best of things, even if it means death or murder. After the Induction she is pegged as a cheater... for solving a challenge... that was meant to be solved. Make no sense unless you read it. Rebels don't like the government but the government doesn't like the Testing??? It's weird and kinda boring.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

The cover depicted Cia's identification symbol very accurately. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Probably the knowledge that there is a third one. I have to finish a series when I start one.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

IT was all just... Blah. Nothing important happened, the plot didn't go anywhere until the last five pages. Even then it was badly written and slow moving.

How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work

Anything else you’d like to add?

Not the best book ever, but I think it is worth finishing the series.

Survival Colony 9- By Joshua Bellin


Survival Colony  Nine





Name: Charlie
Age: 15
Title: Survival Colony 9
Author: Joshua David Bellin
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

No


If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

I feel like this book was very unsatisfying and not well written. The character development was basic and the theme overused. It didn't keep my attention at all and was really hard to read. 


What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

To me the cover was the best part of the book. The character is very clearly the main character, Querry, and the background is very accurate to setting of the book. The color scheme is very appealing and eye catching. The font is well chosen and pretty stereotypical for a book of this genre and topic. It is one of the biggest reasons I decided to read this book. 


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the story depends on the reader. I personally found that the alien creatures (skaldi) were very compelling but the book was so dry there wasn't much about them at all. The author had some good ideas but his application of them in a well written and coherent story was nonexistent.


Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I was extremely disappointed. I couldn't even finish this book. I read 130 pages and felt like the book was moving so slow that I barely knew anything about the story at all. And what I did get from the story was pretty stereotypical and not well executed. It was predictable and boring, and I found the book to be pretty awful, but that's just my opinion. 


How would you rate this book?

1- How did it get published?

Anything else you’d like to add?

I personally didn't like this book, but if you want a typical alien sci-fi story you might like this book. It's got some good ideas in it that the imagination can run wild with, but it just wasn't well executed.

Skink No Surrender- By Carl Hiaasen

Skink--No Surrender

Name: Elemental
Age: 12
Title: Skink no surrender
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

This was one of the best books I have ever read! I could never put it down. If you like mystery, adventure, and suspense, this is the book for you.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I like simple covers and this book had one. The handcuffs on the cover represented the illegal activity in the story.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The way the author told the story made me feel like I was one of the characters. The end of the chapters had a lot of suspense, so I could never put the novel down in between them.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I was never disappointed throughout the whole book. There was nonstop action.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

The Murk- By Robert Lettrick

The Murk

Name: Hawk
Age: 12
Title: The Murk
Author: Robert Lettrick
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

The Murk has a reader grabbing plot. A girl Piper, is looking for a flower to save a sister she promised to protect. Even if that means going deep into the swamp to search for a flower that has never been seen with her brother, Creeper, her old friend Tad, and two local guides.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

It is a interesting cover, but not exactly the most eye catching. The cover does reflect the book mostly. There is a lack of an animal that plays a large part in the story.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The action starts within the first few pages. Then it just grew and grew with the huge rising action with lots of fake climax moments. 

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Nothing was really disappointing.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

I have to say sometimes I wanted to skip through the parts from Cole's journal it was nice to read it in that order, but sometimes there was so much action waiting. This is good and bad in a book.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ungifted- By Gordan Korman

Ungifted


Name: Smiles
Age: 13
Title: Ungifted
Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

No

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

This book was enjoyable and fun, but to be on the top ten, the book has to be really amazing. The book didn't really grab my attention until the end, and the story itself seemed to be more for boys than girls.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

The cover was of a robot which made perfect sense, but didn't really interest me much.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

When the secretary realized who caused the atlas incident.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I was hoping something would happen with Chloe and Donovan.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hook's Revenge- By Heidi Schulz


Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, #1)
Name: River
Age: 13
Title: Hook's Revenge
Author: Heidi Schulz
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

Hook's Revenge is a lively story about young Joelyn's advantages. Read about how she takes on her father's challenge of killing the horrible Neverland crocodile, and how she grows as a girl.  

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I enjoyed how it tried into the whole book and how it shows all the details on the charters faces. Yes, it showed what Jocelyn dreamed about what she got and how it ended expect for Roger.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The creativeness of it, the author had fun making the book, it was fun lively, tense and even a few sad moments in there. The plot of the story was good and I loved how Jocelyn had troubles she didn't just have those everyday she wouldn't live up to her father's name. She did have that problem but there was more too it which made the story even more enjoyable. 

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Every now and than there would be a area where the narrator Captain Hook goes away than pops right back which sometimes got confusing. Also I wanted to see Peter Pan a little more or even see Tiger Lilly but that's just my opinion. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most