Saturday, December 20, 2014

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Tim, 14
Katie  Alender
Famous  Last  Words
Scholastic 2015

 Famous  Last  Words  by  Katie  Alender  is  the  story  of  a  young  girl  who  is  being  haunted  by  ghosts.  At  this  time  there  is  also  a  serial  killer  at  large.  Then  Willa  meats  Wyatt.  together  the  two  try  to  solve  Willa's  ghost  problem.  But  she  also  finds  out  that  the  serial  killer  could  be  sharing  the  house  with  her.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, December 19, 2014

Big Game by Dan Smith

Tim, 14
Dan  Smith
Big  Game
Scholastic 2015

 In  Big  Game  by  Dan  Smith  we  follow  a  young  boy  who  sets  out  to  prove  himself  in the  Trial.  But  in  the  Trial  he  runs  into  streams  of  bad  luck,  until  he  runs  into  the President  of  the  United  States.  He  decides  to  help  the  President  find  his  way  through  the  woods  and  mountains  to  his  village  before  the  terrorists  get  them.    

Rating: 4 Better than most

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (3 reviews)

Sierra, 16
Kendra Blake
Tom Doherty Associates 2013

This was a really good book. It held my interest. For someone we who enjoys Greek Mythology, it's a really good modern novel to read!

Rating: 4 Better than most

Nick, 18
Kendare Blake
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 2013

I have always been a fan of Greek mythology. This book puts a modern day aspect on the Greek gods. Twilight of the gods. Death of them all. While some do the best to keep their sanity, others have turned into horrid monsters. A real page turner. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Greek mythology

Rating: 4 Better than most


Dylan A., 14
Kendare Blake
Tor Teen
September 2013

Antigoddess was a book of amazing potential.  The Twilight of the gods, how brilliant.  This book as amazing, the death of all old gods to come.  The gods go on a mission to find the prophetess Cassandra of Troy in modern day and Odysseus.  I would recomend this book to everyone.  An amazingly good book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Dylan A., 14
Heather Demetrios
Exquisite Captive
Balzer+Bray 2014

I ABSOULUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Totally better than Aladdin. I loved how they had to pull their magic or chiann from the elements and didm"t just have it in them. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Great job Heather!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, December 12, 2014

Woven by Michael Jensen and David Powers King

tim, 14
Michael  Jensen  and  David  Powers  King
Scholastic 2015

Woven  by  Michael  Jensen  and  David  Powers  King  is  the  well  written  story  of  a  young  man  who  is  murdered  one  night  by  a  mysteries  figure.  Though  he  is  dead  his  spirit  remains  and  the  only  one  how  can  see  him  is  the  princess  of  the  land.  Together  the   two  set  out  to  solve  the  mystery  of  his  murder  and  how  to  bring  him  back.  If  you  liked  Rangers  Apprentice  you  will  love  this!  

Rating 5:  Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (2 reviews)

 Morris Award Finalist

Dylan, 14
Leslye Walton
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Candlewick Press 2014

AWESOME BOOK!!! Had me on the edge of my seat wanting more. To me the beginning was a little hard to read but it picked up right away. Loved it! Great Job Leslye!!!!!


Evelyn, 13
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Candlwick  2014

I loved it!!! It was written very well to my standards Although the plot was very interesting I thought it was very well organized. I can’t wait to read another of Leslyes books.

I would love to have a copy of the book when it is done at the library.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Best of the Bistro

All teens are welcome to the Bistro Book Club. Teens who have belonged and submitted reviews are a very diverse bunch. Some are valedictorians and some are in the Department of Corrections. Some are in middle school, some are in high school, and some are autodidacts. Some are autistic and some are artistic.

The links to the following reviews can help you see what makes a good Bistro-style review. The Bistro Book Club rules are:

  • Never apologize for your reading tastes. (Rosenberg's First Law of Reading)
  • No two people ever read the same book. (Every book is a collaborative effort between the imaginations of the writer and the reader)
  • No one ever reads the same book twice. (Di read The Lord of the Rings seventeen times when she was seventeen. Each time she started it she was different than she had been before)