Bistro Book Club

Friday, May 27, 2016

Courier by Gerald Brandt

Levi, 15
Gerald Brandt
Courier
DAW Books INC 2016

I'll start by saying that this book is an adult book but still worth the read to any teens out there looking for a good read. The world is set in the far further where multi level cities and space cities have been built. 3 major corporations rule the world and send messages they want to keep private through people called couriers. Our heroine is a courier who has run away from home and is scrappy by. But after she picks up a package to deliver that's not supposed to exist she gets targeted by the corporation who the information is about. She must then survive and avoid getting killed after being intercepted by a group who want the corporations to be taken down. Great story for anyone who like scifi and a good read!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Robert, 17
Diane Duane
Games Wizards Play
HMH 2016

At the first glance of Games Wizards Play, by Diane Duane, I knew that I had found a good book to read. As I started to read the first chapter, I was immediately hooked on every word. Reading deeper into the book, I found a plot that had many twists in it that gave the book a great sense of anticipation that led me to wonder at every page turn what would happen next. With a deep plot and great points of comic relief, Games Wizards Play is one of my favorite books to have read this year.

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Black River Falls

Baylee, 13
Jeff Hirsch
Black River Falls
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

In Black River Falls By Jeff Hirsch, Cardinal Cassidy is a 17 year old, high school student, hiding from the virus that has hit his town. All by himself in the woods, Cardinal is hiding, afraid of getting affected. He finds himself befriending an old bully named Greer who comes with a group of kids. Cardinal is the only person, beside the guards, who isn't affected by this virus that left everyone else without their memories. Through out the book, he refers back to what happened the night the virus hit a year ago. The only problem a year ago is that there is no known cure for and how he could be affected easily. Cardinal can leave but will he actually leave his town or figure out what actually went down the night the virus hit Black River Falls?

Hirsch pulls you into the book and this book will never let go. As the story progressed, I felt like I was there the entire time and I literally stayed up late to finish this book. I was always curious of what Cardinal and his friends were going to do next

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander


Molly, 14
Sarah Alexander
The Art of Not Breathing
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

It was an interesting romance, involving a lone twin facing her biggest fear all for a boy she just met. In this short read you are filled with drama and romance. This was not my favorite book but definitely not the worst.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer(3 reviews) by Rick Riordan

Robert, 17
Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer
Disney Hyperion 2015

Rick Riordan's new novel is a great beginning to a great trilogy to come. Every page is filled with the great mythology humor you would expect and gives a great look into Norse mythology with a twist on every character that makes you love every one of them. A great book for all.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Molly, 13
Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the The Sword of Summer
Hyperion 2015

Truly I can't imagine a better book than this. I stayed up countless nights reading and laughing so hard that my eyes watered. This book is a real page turner full of jokes, fantasy, and adventure. Magnus Chase and three friends travel the nine realms on a quest and are chased by giant man eating squirrels; fish for the giant world serpent; and play catch with giants, all with the antics of the Norse Gods, whom I will never see the same way again with Riordan's modern twist. Also, for all the Percy Jackson fans, you will see many similarities and hidden jokes.  Now that you know this book exists, get up, find this book, and read it.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


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Tim  J., 15
Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase:  Sword  of  Summer
Disney  Book  Group 2015

 This  was  a  great  book!  Complete  with  talking  heads,  deaf  a  death  and  mute  elf,  a  fashionable  dwarf,  a  talking  sword,  and  a  vicious  giant  squirrel.  I  loved  this  book  and  highly  recommend  it  to  any  book  reader!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Arena by Holly Jennings

Levi, 15
Holly Jennings
Arena
Penguin Random House 2016

Let me start off by saying that this is an adult book, it does have some adult themes in it. One of which is drugs which is a major part of the story. The setting is 50 years in the future when virtual reality has become a thing and people watch tournaments of people fighting to the death gladiator style. It follows a team of 5 in the tournament who's teammate just died by a drug overdose but the tournement has covered it up, not wanting the public to know of how much of a problem this is. This team is forced to recruit a new member or be kicked out of the tourney. One of the main themes in this is balance and how important it is, which is what the main character is struggling with and the new teammate helps her with that. Would highly recommend for anyone who is a gamer or just wants a good read!!

Rating 5:
 Hard to imagine a better book

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan (5 reviews)

Robert, 17
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Disney Hyperion 2016

Shadow magic is a book not to miss. Every aspect in it will give you an exciting chill as a new view on a necromancy society takes place in a fight to keep their lands and traditions as those with light magic try to change and convert the land. I loved every second of this book and hope that I see a sequel on this book for sure.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Erin, 13
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Hyperion 2016

This book was amazing! It was dark, humorous, and a definite page-turner. The characters were one of the best part, with all of them different, mysterious, and funny. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy!

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

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Molly, 13
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Hyperion 2016

"I defy you not to love this story." -Rick Riordan I couldn't agree more. This story was very exciding and mysterious, and the ending had  few twists you couldn't see coming. Throughout the whole thing it was clean and well written. One of my favorite things about this book is  that each chapter has a different view of one of the characters: Lily, Queen of Gehenna, the land of the Dead; Thorn, a squire to an executor; and K'leef, the prince of the  Sultanate of Fire, along with additional characters.

I don't want the cover art to change.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Tim  J., 15
Joshua  Khan
Shadow  Magic
Disney  Book  Group 2016

 This  is  a  good  and  well  written  book  but  it  is  definitely  a  book  written  for  younger  kids  so  it was  hard  to  get  through  and  I  eventually  decided  not  to  bother.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Sophie, 15
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Disney 2016

Shadow Magic was an interesting book. The overall feel of the story is very similar to Rick Riordan's books. It's character's, while not being particularly developed or relatable, were engaging. A recommended read for young teens who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

Being from a religious background, I was slightly bothered be the portrayal of "black" magic being good and "light" magic being bad. However, modern American culture has become so saturated with this, "bad is good, and good is bad." mentality, that I don't think it will really effect anything.

Rating: 3 Readable