Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Erin, 13
Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Hyperion 2015

I loved the brave and fantastic heroine, Serafina, who is just a bit different than everyone else. And maybe the residents of Biltmore Estate need someone who is different to save them from a mysterious and deadly fiend. If you love the bizarre, and want an interesting cast of characters that will suprise you, then this is the book for you!

Rating: 4 Better than most

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Erin, 13
Firoozeh Dumas
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Clarion Books 2016

This book was pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite. I enjoyed the plot, and I think it really plays into events happening today. Overall, it was a good book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Titans by Victoria Scott

Erin, 13
Victoria Scott
Scholastic Press 2016

Want a fast-paced, thrilling book? Want a collection of brave, kind, sarcastic and changing characters? Allow me to recommend Titans by Victoria Scott, where the mechanical horses are ready to run, and the jockies are prepared to risk their lives for two million dollars... This book was a page-turner, and besides, who doesn't like mechanical horses called Titans? I thought they were pretty amazing!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

Erin, 13
Pat Schmatz
Lizard Radio
Candlewick Press 2015

I thought that this was a pretty good book, but it wasn't my favourite. The best part had to be the characters, which varied from kind to menacing, but there wasn't an overall plot. It was also a bit hard to understand all of the different ways the characters talked and acted, which took away from the clarity of the book.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Cara, 15
Sarah J. Mass
Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows was a breathtaking book. It is actually one of my favorites by Sarah J. Maas. She has a way of making every little detail count. Every sentence strives to reach the next goal. She does it in a way that makes you keep reading. If you enjoyed reading the city of bones series by Cassandra Clare then you will absolutely love this series. What makes this book good is how the protagonist, Aelin always makes you think. She also doesn't waste time. Aelin is a character that always makes you wonder which is a great way to make you keep reading. She often surprised me throughout the book with her thoughts and idea's.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan (3 reviews)

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!

Ratting 5: Hard to imagine a better book

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

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

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dan vs Nature by Don Calame

Don J.,14
Don Calame
Dan vs Nature
Candlewick Press 2016

Dan vs Nature by Don Calame illustrates a story about a teanger who is sent of to Alaska on a wilderness trek with his soon-be-stepdad when they are separated by a hungry bear and things start to go wrong.

Rating: 4 Better than most