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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Plus One- Elizabeth Fama

Plus One



Name: Jaws
Age: 14
Title: Plus One
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar Straus 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.

No, because it had too much cussing, particularly the word f***.
There also was a very adult "scene", if you will, that I completely skipped.




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

The cover was pretty dull and did not reflect any of the contents of the book.



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

There wasn't anything compelling about the book.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Yes, mainly because of the cussing and the adult "scene".
Also the plot was extremely boring and did not keep me interested.




How would you rate this book?

1- How did it get published?



Anything else you’d like to add?

No

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ready Player One

Ready Player One


Name: Nessie
Age: 16
Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Random House



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.

Wade Watts is a teenager who lives in the far future, where the only thing that he has going for him is the chance to win the OASIS challenge made by its late creator. The creator left behind a massive easter egg hunt in his own game of OASIS and it has been unsolved for years. The game is themed around the 80's and it's grand prize is a massive fortune. 



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

The font is mainly what shows on the title aside from a cartoon stick figure jumping for a key. I like this cover because it gives off a cartoonish look that fits the air of the story.



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The egg hunt was thrilling to read through out and made me want to read on.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I wish the book touched a little more on the society that Wade described and wrapped up what happened in the aftermath, instead of leaving it open ended.



How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Anything else you’d like to add?

No.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Divergent

Divergent (Divergent, #1)


Name: Arwen
Age: 17
Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:



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.

All though you may at first get a Hungergames vibe at first the book is its own. The characters are well thought and develop throughout the book. I cant wait to read the next in the series!


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

The cover is wonderfully created and very appealing.


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The characters are developed through the book yo slowly get to know them and see how they change.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

No.



How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Anything else you’d like to add?

No.

Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars


Name: Arwen
Age: 17
Title: Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher:



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 book quickly grasps you into the story holding you by what could be the outcome of Hazels fight with cancer. the story line kept you dangling i never wanted to put the book down.


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

The cover is simple yet pleasing to the eye. It doesn't really reflect any thing in the book.



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The book had a very nice flow to it there were no “breaks” or pauses to the story which was nice.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

The ending was predicable and as I was reading I knew that I would be let down by it and I was.



How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable



Anything else you’d like to add?

No.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Splinterd

Splintered (Splintered, #1)


Name: Arwen
Age: 17
Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher:



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 book gives a twist to a classic childhood tale. It expands the once simple Wonderland logic and understanding to so much more.


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

Nathalia Sullen did an amazing job of capturing the depth of Splintered including several details and aspects of the story.


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Much like falling down the rabbit hole the plot got deeper and deeper, pulling you in.


Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

NO!



How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Anything else you’d like to add?

No.

Derek's Gift

Derek's Gift: A True Story of Love, Courage and Lessons Learned


Name: Juno
Age: 11
Title: Derek's Gift
Author: Derek Sheckman, Michael Tougias and Buck Harris
Publisher: Nortia 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.

When Derek Sheckman was diagnosed with cancer, he started keeping a journal of his experiences. Derek's teacher Buck Harris and bestselling author Michael J. Tougias wrote Derek's Gift to share the journal and all the things we can learn from it. 



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

I really liked the cover, because it showed a picture of Derek prior to cancer, which is how he wanted to be remembered. 



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect is the way Derek never gave up, and how he always thought of others before himself, even in his last few weeks of life.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

No.



How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Anything else you’d like to add?

No.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Allies and Assassins

Allies and Assassins


Name: Galloran
Age: 14
Title: Allies and Assassins
Author: Justin Somper
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company



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.

O.K. book, definitely better than some books I've reviewed, but I'm just really not into mysteries, even ones set in medieval times. The book is about Prince Jared, Ruler of All Archenfield, who ascended to the throne after his brother Anders became the first ruler of Archenfield ever assassinated in the country's turbulent history. Jared suspects someone important murdered his brother and embarks on a quest to navigate the kingdom's convoluted government and exact revenge for his brother's death. 



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

The cover showed a rather ornate battle axe. I'm not sure why it does this, as a battle axe is only mentioned breifly in the book and is by no means important. It is a cool axe though.



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Um, the whole ruling system and politics of Archenfield is very... interesting, I suppose. The Blood Price is also a cool concept, though the book doesn't go into much detail about it.



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Well, the ruling system of Archenfield and the politics of the region were both rather badly defined, and he kept alluding to important events in the country's history without really saying what actually happened.



How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable



Anything else you’d like to add?

I'd say needs more work, but I think that's a suggestion, not a rating.