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Friday, July 11, 2014

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Name: Halena
Age: 14
Title: Illusive
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little Brown


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.

Once you really get into this book you can not stop reading it because there are so many surprises, twists, and turns to keep the reader entertained. Unlike many other novels with this type of plot and setting, it was impossible to predict what would happen next. I could not wait to finally grasp the big picture. 

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

I loved the cover with its images and color shading. I thought it really represented the action packed mystery and suspense extremely well. All the shadows in front of the background view really paved the path for the story within. At first glance, the cover was a very attractive feature. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Definitely the most compelling aspect of this book was the amount of surprises. I would constantly say to myself "oh yes, I can see where the author is going with this...I know what would make sense for to happen." And I was always wrong, yet beyond satisfied with the change.  

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

When I first began reading this book, I was wary of the writing style and pace. It seemed nothing was happening in the first 100 pages or so (the type was large though). At times, there was either nothing going or way too many events happening simultaneously. But when I kept reading my commitment paid off. Up until that point, I had read a few chapters per day and then when I really got into it, I finished about 200 some odd pages in a day. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Olivion's Favorites by Troy Cle

Name: Batman
Age: 15
Title: Olivion's Favorites
Author: Troy Cle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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 is the book of the events missing from book #1. When Louis Proof passes out in front of his Uncle's store, it seems as if he is in a coma. His physical body is on Earth but mentally he is on Midlandia. Louis is one of Oblivion's Favorites, a being so powerful not even CE's (Celestial Entities) can take them. Along with Cyndi and Devon, Louis must save Midlandia and get back home to save Earth.


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

The cover only showed a mask that came up once in the very beginning. But it's shiny and glowing so it's pretty cool.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of this book was that you don't know which of the two sides are right/bad.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

This boom didn't reveal as much info a I would have liked but it also made a lot of things make so much more sense.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

This series was published quite a while ago but I feel like they are so great people should hear about them. I would have nominated it but it was published in 2009.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Name: Beatrice
Age: 17
Title: Of Metal and Wishes
Author: Sarah Fine
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.

Wen used to be a privileged girl until her mother died. Then, she moved with her father to a factory for him to work. While there, she becomes caught up in a love triangle with a rumored ghost and a boy from a race that is known to be barbaric.


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

The cover shows a plainly dressed girl peeking out from a veil. This could portray how Wen had to overcome the life where she was handed everything on a silver platter and learn to truly fight for what she wanted.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of this book was the fact that the love triangle wasn't just your normal love triangle. Wen is caught between two beings who both have their share of secrets and turmoil that she has to uncover, and they each come with consequences that she will have to learn to deal with.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I wasn't disappointed with this book.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

Name: Galloran
Age: 14
Title: Fire and Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic

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.

It was really good. Very reminiscent of Hunger Games. This girl, Tella, has a very, very sick brother and one day she gets a device telling her that she has been chosen as a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed (which I think is the coolest name ever), a 3-month-long contest across desert, sea, mountain, and jungle. Each Contender gets a Pandora companion and if they win, they will get the Cure, a remedy for any illness, for any one person. Tella, of course, enters.

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

The cover show a feather that's on fire. In the book, Tella's mom gives her a feather when she leaves. Don't know why it's on fire though.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The Pandora companions. They're just so cool. But since I can't tell you anything about Pandoras without giving away important things, I'll say that the Cure is also a really neat idea 

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

There was a bit a near-nudity, and some kissing, but there was actually a lot less than I've (sadly) come to expect from books of this genre.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Name: Arwen
Age: 17
Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper

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.

The writing style was different than the last two books the ending was highly disappointing.

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

The cover was simple and fit the book well.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

It was the last book in the series and I needed to know how it ended.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

The first two books we written completely from tris’s point of view then this one switched back between her’s and Four’s it made it very hard to read.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable



Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

Name: Alice
Age: 12
Title: Take Back the Skies
Author: Lucy Saxon
Publisher: Bloomsbury

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.

Catherine is trapped in her house by her father during a war. The government keeps taking kids from their houses at the age of thirteen. Cat wants to stop this and figure out what is going on and stop kids from being taken, but can she stop it and come out alive? Will her friends survive?

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

I thought it was cool. It had gears, and Cat loves to mess with that kind of stuff. I thought the colors were really cool.


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

When they get into the fight with her father(I wont go into detail, it might ruin the book!)

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

NO! This book was amazing!!!

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book




Monday, July 7, 2014

While We Run by Karen Healey

Name: Alina Starkov
Age: 17
Title: While We Run
Author: Karen Healey
Publisher: Little Brown

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 We Run, sequel to Healey's novel When We Wake, depicts life in Australia, 113 years in the future. Cryonic preservation after death is the norm, and characters Abdi and Tegan must escape the government's control to tell the public startling details about a secret government project. 


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

The cover matched the first book's cover well, and accurately reflected the point of view in the novel (Abdi) because his face was in the foreground of the cover. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Karen Healey seamlessly weaves complicated politics, science, and environmentalism together to create a future that feels very real. 

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Abdi's point of view was refreshing, especially with his rich family history and interesting qualities, but I preferred Tegan's point of view from the first book better. 


How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Anything else you’d like to add?

This sequel suffers from sequel syndrome, too: it's just not as good as the first one.