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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Since You've Been Gone- By Morgan Matson


Since You've Been Gone


Name: America Singer
Age: 14
Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


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 is about a girl named Emily whose best friend, Sloane has left for the summer without any notice. The only thing that Sloane left behind was a list of crazy tasks for Emily to do. As Emily completes the tasks within the list, she finds herself and even makes a few unlikely friends along the way.


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

The cover somewhat describes the book. It shows two girls who you assume are best friends, but that's about it. Nothing else about the plot is illustrated on the cover.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book is that nothing is how it first appears to be. Frank is first described as the typical overachiever, but ends up being a pretty good guy. Collins at first seems just like a guy who is always trying to pick up girls, but later realize that he is more aware of what's going on around him and just doesn't want to be a second choice. Emily throughout most of the book thought that she was nothing more that Sloane's sidekick, but towards the end of the book, she realizes how much more she matters to Sloane.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I wasn't really disappointed with this book. The only thing that got me was that sometimes things got too detailed and I found myself skimming a little bit every now and then.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

Even though it took me a while to finish this book (my own fault, not the book's by any means), I loved every bit of it! I thought the idea was creative and fun and so were the characters.

BZRK Apocolypse- by Michael Grant


BZRK: Apocalypse (BZRK, #3)

Name: Alina Starkov
Age: 17
Title: BZRK Apocolypse
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Electric Monkey


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 is a thriller; the conclusion to a series about good versus evil and people faced with the unavoidable choice: death or madness...

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

The cover was decent, but not my favorite. It did reflect the contents; although a bloody ballroom with people going absolutely crazy would almost be more accurate. 

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

Grant's thrilling plot twists, especially about who Lear and Caligula turned out to be, are amazing. I'm also a huge fan of the author's creativity and intriguing characters. My favorite characters include the former Navy SEAL Imelda Suarez and of course the conjoined Armstrong twins, who are evil masterminds.  

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Definitely not. The whole series was very good. 

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

This book is disturbing on a number of levels. BZRK Apocolypse is the stuff of nightmares! That being said; it is still an excellent novel. If you like action, thrillers, and horror, this book would be perfect for you! Michael Grant is one of my favorite authors, but anyone who has read his Gone series knows how gross and terrifying some of his scenes can be.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


Let's Get Lost


Name: Star
Age: 13
Title: Lets Get Lost
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.


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 is about one girl named Leila who is on a trip by herself to see The Northern Lights. She runs into these 4 teens just when they need a friend. She shows them, love and compassion just when they need it most.


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

I liked the words love, loss, and hope along the road paths. This represents Leilas journeys and what she learned along the way. The colors looked cool too.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

I really liked how Leila help out Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia then in the end helps herself. Also it was nice we got to see Hudson again in the end.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I thought the book was good.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

Is there going to be a sequel?

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally


Breathe, Annie, Breathe


Name: America Singer
Age: 15
Title: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


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.

After Annie's boyfriend, Kyle, dies, she decides to run a marathon in his honor, despite the fact that she despises running. Not only does she struggle to push her body physically through her training, she also begins to have feelings for her trainer's younger brother, Jeremiah. Although Annie's scared of being in relationship again, through rekindling old friendships and making new ones, she realizes that the only way to feel something again and move on is to just put herself out there.

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

The cover does a pretty decent job of reflecting the contents of the book. It shows a girl (Annie) in running clothes lying on the ground. This shows the struggle Annie goes through physically through her training.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book was Annie's emotional journey throughout the book. In the beginning, she keeps mostly to herself and is afraid of feeling something with a guy again, but that completely changes by the end of the story.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

The only disappointing thing while reading this book were the few times the story sort of crossed the line of edginess when it came to the sexual parts of the story. I know these characters are in college, but middle school girls will be reading this.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

Other than the edgy scenes, the rest of the book was really good. Numerous times I found myself getting excited, nervous, sympathetic, and relieved for the characters. By the time I finished the story, I instantly wanted to know what happened to the characters next- heck, I still want to know!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas



Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Name: Jacky Faber
Age: 19
Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J. Maas
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.

After being sent to Wendlyn on an assination mission by the King of Adarlan, Celaena confronts her aunt Maeve, Queen of the Fae, in order to learn the secrets of the Wyrdgates and avenge Nehemia's death. But in order to stop the King, she will have to embrace her true heritage and control her magic, while truly becoming Aelin Ashryver Galathynius.

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

This cover sticks with theme of the other two books in the series which show Celaena in a warriors pose. In this cover she has on Fae armour and instead of a look of deathly rage her face shows controlled determination.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book is that all of the pieces to the story begin to fall together while being told from the perspectives of all the main characters. Another compelling aspect of this book was the large addition of viewpoint from a Blackbeak Witch that adds in another piece of the story.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

While this book didn't have as much action or fighting as the previous two, it instead addressed the psychological battles being fought by each character. It

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)





Name: Beatrice

Age: 17
Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk




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.

Jacob was always told fantastic stories by his grandfather about a home for children with spectacular powers, but he always thought they were just that, stories. When his grandfather is murdered by a monster that only he can see, everyone wants him to believe that he is crazy, but he embarks on an adventure that will uncover much more.

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

The front cover shows a little girl in a tiara floating above the ground, which is one of the characters in the book. It also proves to be an example of the magnificent powers that the children in this book possess. I thought the cover was haunting, much like the book.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of this book was the mixture of a story and photography. This appealed to me because I have an interest in both writing and photography, and the pictures really added to the story.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I just wish it hadn't ended on a cliffhanger.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

The Good Sister





Name: Miracle

Age: 17
Title: The Good Sister
Author: Jamie Kain
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


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.

Sarah, one of three sisters, was supposed to die of cancer; instead, she falls from a cliff. Was Sarah's death really an accident? And how will her siblings cope with her death? Read from Sarah, Asha, and Rachel's perspectives in this compelling story about love and loss, a beautiful debut novel from Jamie Kain.

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

Well, the cover had three sister at the bottom, and the background was clouds and stars. The cover was very simple (the reader learns of some events through Sarah's p.o.v. after her death [hence the stars, I think]), but it represented the book and its contents well.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book is about finding out what really happened to Sarah. When the reader learns about what actually happened, it compels him or her to finish the book.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Yes, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great book. There were a couple of predictable things, but that was kind of expected--what happens in the end with Asha and her friend Sin; and what happens with Rachel near the end. Those two points were the only disappointment, but it was a fantastic book overall.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would recommend this book to those that are looking to read about how one can survive a death in the family. It doesn't matter if that person is close to the loved one or not: there is definitely a way to get around that feeling of grief, loss, or responsibility.