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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire


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Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Wicked
Author: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: Harper Collins 


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 Wicked was a very good book, it is an older book that would probably not be considered for a Teens Top Ten book now. This is my only reason for not nominating it because it was beautifully written and showed a new side to a classic story.

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

The cover got me interested din the book because I could immediately tell that it was going to be about the Wizard of Oz, which I love. The cover reflected the contents in that it showed a picture of the Wicked Witch of the West or, as we know her in the book, Elphaba, being whispered to by a white being which can be assumed to be Glinda. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

This book was very emotional and went into the classic story of the Wizard of Oz from a different point of view. I've always loved stories that reveal that the antagonist wasn't as evil as they seemed because I like to believe that there is good in everyone, and this book reflects that.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with any aspect of the book, but I did see the musical before I read the book, so there were some things that I was waiting to happen that either didn't happen at all or didn't happen the way I expected them to.


How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Friday, January 9, 2015

Curveball : The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick



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Name: River
Age: 13
Title: Curveball the Year I Lost My Grip
Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
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.


Curve ball the year i lost my grip is a romance story about a pitcher who on his freshmen year breaks his ellow, from there things get worse. His grandfather starts to lose his memory and his friend wouldn't listen to him, the good thing to come out of this is Angelika and the photography class. 


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

I loved how it showed the baseball feild in the background and showed Angelika and Pete.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

I loved the conflict between Pete and Aj his best friend and i loved the problems with Pete's grandfather. Also the romance between Pete and Angelika was very realistic and wasn't fake/make believe or anything but a real romance story. 
Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?


At the beginning of every part it would have this passage before the story began and I thought it to be creative but they were also confusing.


How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most


Anything else you’d like to add?

This story has inspired me to be part of the yearbook. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Zodiac by Stan Lee


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Name: Batman
Age: 16
Title: Zodiac
Author: Stan Lee
Publisher: Disney


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.

Steven is normal. All his life he has been normal and ordinary. His grandfather always told him that their ancestors were great and powerful warriors. When Steven hears a scream in the Hong Kong Museum, things take a turn for the worse... or better. His life is turned upside down. He is the Tiger. The Zodiac power choose him to be the Tiger. He is not ordinary, rather, extraordinary. With friends and foes, Steven travels the world, fights evil, and Liam. (You will get the reference if you read it.) 

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

The cover was a picture of the 12 Zodiac symbols. Nothing too eye-catching but good enough.



Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The super powers the they possessed. 



Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

This book wasn't very descriptive. It also left out characters until the very end and by then it seemed they were rushed in and not developed well at all.



How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable




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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams



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Name: Smiles
Age: 13
Title: Diamond Boy
Author: Michael Williams
Publisher: Little Brown 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 book takes you on an adventure deep into the bloody mud pits of Marange, Zimbabwe to look for something that can change your life forever. Patson Moyo is in the diamond field looking for that very thing. Patson makes friends right away and learns the basics of surviving the work and getting diamonds for yourself, he got the hang of it quickly. But when soldiers come into the camps and take charge, things change and patson is sent spinning like a top into a dangerous journey to find truth, his missing sister, and freedom.

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

The cover has 3 diamonds and even though it seems simple it makes perfect sense for the book and catches enough attention to pick up the book 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

That definitely is when Patson loses his foot from a land mine on the camp grounds.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

well he was texting a girl, Sheena, through the whole book but we never got to meet her in the book or really fully understand what kind of relationship they had.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

No 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Eternity Key by Bree Despain



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Name: Tonkes Toes
Age:15
Title: The Eternity Key
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont


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 Greek mythological story of Orpheus and Eurydice with more details added by the author. It isn't just the same story with new characters. It's its own story. 


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

Unlike the first book, it didn't look like a Divergent cover. It looked like it's own book. Yes, it reflected the contents with Daphne in the grove. 


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Bringing a well-known mythological story with a modern twist and how the relate.


Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Really the only thing being it wasn't as long as the first book. But everything that needed to be conveyed was said and that's really all that was important.


How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable


Anything else you’d like to add?

No

Friday, December 5, 2014

Firefight- by Brandon Sanderson


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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