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Friday, October 24, 2014

Second Star- By Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star



Name: River
Age: 13
Title: Second Star
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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.

It wasn't really that good, i did not like it.  

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

I liked how it showed the plot, kind of and yes it did reflect the contents. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Wendy was a strong charter and the plot was okay just boring, also how creative it was just take it away from the whole never land thing and make it her own. 

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I'm a Disney fan so this book was a spit in the face to my ideas on Wendy, Peter,Captain Hook ext. Also it was boring not at all exciting at all. Pete wasn't that strong of a character, and so was all the other surfers. 

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Anything else you’d like to add?

It's okay, just not a book I like but I know people who would love the story. It's just not my kind.

The Testing - By Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing (The Testing, #1)

Name: Batman
Age: 15
Title: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 


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.

While this was a great book about deception and distrust, it did get a little dry and boring in the middle. Cia is a Testing candidate and the government put her through all these terrible tests. She did get kind of extremely obsessive over a guy, but that wasn't the focus of the book. Like I said it got boring and repetitive toward the middle in the part that you would think would be the most exciting. The excitement came at the end. 

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

The cover inaccurately gave you a visual of Cia's Testing symbol. Kind of a bummer. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The conspiracies. But for real, the government!!

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Like I have mentioned it got repetitive and she obsessed over the guy. 

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Anything else you’d like to add?

I like how this book branched from the two most common Sci-Fi plots. The Wall Plot: the government doesn't want you to know what's over the wall. The Virtual Reality Plot: Immerse in a virtual reality but it is actually bad or you really already were in a virtual reality. Anyone else agree. Feel free to leave any comments or whatever.

Flesh & Bone - By Jonathan Maberry

Flesh and Bone (Benny Imura, #3)

Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Flesh & Bone
Author: Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster


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.

In the third installment of the Rot & Ruin series, Benny, Nix, Chong, and Lilah continue their search for the jet and a new home. They run into even worse enemies than they have ever dealt with before, a cult obsessed with something called “the Darkness” known as the Reapers. They also stumble upon some shocking research about the zombie plague.

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

The cover was very similar to those of the other books in this series, but I’ve always liked the inside part of the cover that shows the zombie cards. It’s kind of like a sneak peek to the book since it only portrays new characters that are going to be revealed in that particular book, and it also gives them an appearance and back story.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

I loved the two books that came before this, so I was definitely ready to delve into the adventure even deeper!

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

The only thing that disappointed me was the cliffhanger that it ended on!

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Billy Graham: Unto All the Nations By Sam Wellman


Billy Graham


Name: Daimond
Age: 14
Title: Billy Graham: Unto All the Nations
Author: Sam Wellman
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.


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 would not nominate this book because it is a very adult book. In order to read it you have to have a very open mind and worldview. The concepts hard to understand, and the book can be hard to follow at times because it moves from one place in time to another very swiftly.

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

I liked that the cover showed what Billy Graham looks like. The globe on the front of the book definitely shows how Billy Graham evangelized all around the world.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book was the things that Billy Graham did to further the gospel, and how many people he reached.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

The only thing I found disappointing about the book was it's fast pace. Which made it hard to follow along.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Anything else you’d like to add?

It is very inspiring.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Firebug by Lish McBride

Firebug (Firebug, #1)

Name: Galloran
Age: 15
Title: Firebug
Author: Lish McBride
Publisher: Henry Holt


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.

Firebug was a good read, but I try to be rather elitist when it comes to what I nominate, and Firebug just wasn't great enough. Don't get me wrong, Firebug was a good magic\fantasy read with a cool twist, but it isn't a book I would go out of my way to read again.

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

The cover showed a girl's hands just spewing fire. As the main character is both a girl and a pyrokinetic, this works quite well, without giving anything away. I like it.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Definitely the Coterie. The idea of a magical mob, especially the way Lish McBride presents it, is absolutely fascinating.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Well, like I said, it was good, just not great. There was also some very confusing parts where characters did things and you never learn why they did them.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?



Sanctus by Simon Toyne

Sanctus
Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Sanctus
Author: Simon Toyne
Publisher: Harper


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.

There is a place called the Citadel in a town known simply as Ruin which is rumored to contain one of the most important religious artifacts in the world, the Sacrament. The monks that reside there are sworn to protecting this treasure but, when one of the monks kills himself and draws his sister into the mix, a prophecy predicting the end of the Sacrament and the beginning of a new age begins to become evidently true. This causes everyone associated with the Sacrament to seek the sister, who is a normal woman who doesn’t know what’s coming.

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

The cover of the book shows a symbol that resembles the cross but is actually a symbol known as the Tau in the story. The Tau is what put this whole event into action, so I would say that the cover reflected the contents of the book pretty well.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of this book was the mystery. This book really kept me on the edge of my seat, and I couldn’t stop reading it because I had to know what happened next. It was incredibly thrilling.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

No, I thought the entire book was brilliant.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

This book is fictional, and it does hint at some parts of the Bible untrue. If this would offend you, do not read this book. It approaches religion in a different way than most books do.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming
Name: Margo Roth Spiegelman
Age: 15
Title: The Cure For Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books


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.

Olivia Mead is an aspiring suffragist and supporter of the temperance movement, and her father has had enough of her "unladylike dreams". He hires a hypnotist to stomp any desire to vote out of her, but the young showman actually gives her the power to see how influential the words of some and the silences of others can be.

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

Yeah, I liked the cover. It actually depicts something that happened in the book for a change.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Olivia's ability to let her more easily see the intentions of people and how a few unquestioned words can silence others definitely made it clear that casual remarks actually can affect how we view the people around us.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I'm not coming up with anything. I really, really liked this book.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?