Bistro Book Club

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rune Warriors by James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker

I thought that Rune Warriors was very well written. This is because the word choice was very varied with words like irascible. This helped to better understand what is going on without having to use the same mundane words.
I also liked that the characters were very different as well, specifically Jarl. Most characters are easy to compare to other books, but Jarl is both narcissistic and able to fight at the same time. That is not the kind of character that you see in other books.
The book overall was pretty good, my only qualm being that it seemed that the storyline was a little bit predictable in some places. I did laugh though, when I noticed that they were treating Thor’s hammer like a nuclear weapon. Anyway I thought that it was a very interesting book.

Michael, GJHS

Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

I found that Necropolis was an excellent book partly because it was a page turner. I always love a book that makes me want to keep reading even when a teacher says to pay attention. I like how you easily are able to switch from one point of view to another in a way that is very easy to follow.
I usually don’t really like dark books all that much because I don’t like when main characters wallow is self-pity. I am very glad that you did not go in that direction. Everyone has there down moments but when the main character can’t even attempt to think in a positive way, well, I have a hard time continuing to read. Once again in a nutshell I am glad that you did not go that way with Scar.
I am not really sure how I feel about some of the characters possibly being gods reborn or something. I mean all of the gatekeepers are connected right? So if they are connected then how are Matt and the twins related to Pedro and Scar? It leaves an interesting thought that I hope you will address in the next book.
I have also wondered if anyone from the past will come to replace one of the five. I mean I can see how a person from the future can look at the past and understand what is going on but how could a gatekeeper from the past be able to figure out what is going on in the future. I guess I will have to hope that no one dies because a person from the past might not be up to it…. except maybe if it was Scott that was kill… never mind.
Overall it was a very good book and I look forward to seeing how they will reunite to defeat the old ones.

Reader: Michael, GJHS

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley


The Stolen One
by Suzanne Crowley


Reviewed by Rebeccah W.



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes. It's a compelling story that hasn't been used before. It incorporates the history of Queen Elizabeth I that everyone is familiar with but gives it a twist. It's very unique.

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
The use of red and the background of green leaves shows you Kat as she is, the look in her eyes to the pear she is holding makes you want to open the book and learn what makes her tick.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
The only thing Kat has known is lost to her so she goes on a search to find out who she really is, it's filled with romance and adventure and you keep turning the pages to see if she figures out her own past.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
No

How would you rate the book?
4/5

The Stolen One is about the Elizabethan era but it takes an unusual story and weaves it into the history we know so well. Instead of reading the same story about Queen Elizabeth, Suzanne Crowley surprises us with a witty young girl whose only passion in life is to find out who she is. She knew she never fit in with the family that raised her and now that she is free of them she goes on a search to find her parents. What she learns on the way brings her new perspective. The unique storyline gives the reader a reason to keep reading because you don’t know how it will end.

The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott


The Pale Assassin
by Patricia Elliott


Reviewed by Rebeccah W.



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes. This book is such a fast read with compelling charcters. Within the first few pages you are sucked into a world of rebellion and romance. It's well written and incorporates history in a fascinating way in which after the book you want to learn more about that time period.

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
The cover is very interesting because it shows Eugenie staring you down, so you want to pick up the book and find out why she has that look in her eyes.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
The most compelling part of this book was when they were finally trying to leave France, but of course there are twists in the plot and you never know what is going to happen. It leaves you guessing each time.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
No

How would you rate the book?
4/5

The Pale Assassin shows an unlikely side to the French Revolution. Instead of showing it through the rebellious peasants or the greedy king, Patricia Elliot shows it through the eyes of a young aristocrat. After losing everything she has ever known Eugenie is faced with staying in the land she loves or making a treacherous journey to be free again. Filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end one never knows what young Eugenie’s fate will be. Filled with action, war and romance The Pale Assassin is a fast read with a fascinating story line.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison


Just One Wish
by Janette Rallison


Reviewed by Andrea F.



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
I really did not like the cover. It's not really a chick flick and yet the cover makes it look like one.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
I enjoyed the ending very much. I can't tell you anymore than that or I'll spoil it.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
No not really

How would you rate the book?
4/5

I don't think I need to write a summary because this has already been reviewed before, but I will say that this book danced a fine line for me. It edged into sappy and then sprung up with realism and humor. It's not a chick flick, no matter what you think. It's a book for anyone who enjoys long road trips for improbable reasons. It's for anyone who's ever secretly dreamed about meeting a celebrity, and also for the people who are disenchanted by Hollywood. It's a book that when I finished it I didn't think "Well that was a waste of time!" It was worth every minute.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

City of Screams by John Brindley


City of Screams
by John Brindley


Reviewed by Tyler S.



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
No

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
The cover was OK and did refect the contents. One child in a burning city is a little overdone.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
Flying people.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Yes, The authors only apparent reason for writing this book was to bash christianity, elders, and obediance.

How would you rate the book?
1/5

This book is about a group of people that have progressed in evolution peing taken over by another group of people who have progressed in technology and the fight to take back their land. Although this sounds great and the book is well written, I felt like the entire book was writen just to get a few points accros in a way that the author could say "It's just a story" to any argument brought against his paper. I think this should have been a persuasive essay rather than a fiction book.

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley


Lipstick Apology
by Jennifer Jabaley


Reviewed by Jade



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
I like the picture of the new york skyline with a face melted in but a little bit too much pink.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
That Emily does not want to know what the apology meant, i for one would be a detective and try to find the meaning of te book.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Why diddnt she just take anthony istead of her friends (Lindsey and Andy) stupid advice about anthony. Emily shoulsd have llistened to her heart in the first place. Then again that is a part of the book if she just fell for him it would be a really short book. All in all it was kind of d

How would you rate the book?
5/5

The book was fantastic and quite a mystery, she will learn things about herself she never knew.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


Rules of Attraction
by Simone Elkeles


Reviewed by Ash



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
The cover is way cute and I think that I could never ever be another cover that could beat it.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
That the Carlos and Kiara were always at ends with eachother and then all of the sudden they find themselves in a strange kind of love. Carlos is in deniel and thinks that he will never be able to love her because of the horrible figure in his life.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Yes, I would have liked for her to go on deepier into the story. The contents seemed a little rushed.

How would you rate the book?
5/5

The fact that is a amazing romantic book, and the fact that she goes so deep into the character's minds. You feel as if you are in the character's head. You get to go all the way back to their past.

I LOVE this book! When is she going to write anouther one. I would die for it.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (4 Reviews)


Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler


Reviewed by Ellie G.



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
Yes

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
I thought the cover perfectly reflected the contents. It caught my interest and then cleverly tied into the story.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
The most compelling aspect of this book was the raw emotion, emotion that she let seep into the reader and sweep them away.

How would you rate the book?
5/5

20 Boy Summer was beautifully crafted novel about copping with loss, trusting your friends and loving with all your heart. It made me want to cry and sing all at once. This book made me think about things that would have never occurred to me and let me experience what the characters felt. I loved it.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray


Going Bovine
by Libba Bray


Reviewed by Ash



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
No

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
I like that the main character is shown on the cover as a cow and the fact that he is carrying a litle guy.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
It was all very thrilling from the moment when he found out that his brian was being slowly eaten away. Also the fact that he had to save the world from destruction.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Yes, the plot was way to long and I lost intrest in it half way through the book.

How would you rate the book?
2/5

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray


Ostrich Boys
by Kieth Gray


Reviewed by Hope P., age 14



Would you nominate this book for Teens' Top Ten?
No

What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
The cover made me want to read the summary instantly.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
The devotion the boys had for thier lost friend.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
The ending was really abrupt for all the build-up it had. And one of the characters seemed to be whining the whole time; making him a little annoying.

How would you rate the book?
2/5

Blake, Sim, and Kenny's bestest friend Ross has died. His bike and an oncoming car had a fight and the car won. The pain of losing the friend that brought them together has hurt the boys; so did his lousy funeral. They decide to take thier friend's ashes to the town of Ross, Scotland; a place Ross always wanted to go. They're planning on a quick two day trip from thier home in England up to the little town. But they get involved in a little more them they expected. I really like the book in the beginning, but I really did not like the ending. It was way to sudden for the book leading up to it. And the twist at the end had already been planted in the begining, so it wasn't that much of a twist. It was readable, though.