Bistro Book Club

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Corsets & Clockwork

Hope P.,    15   
Various   
Corsets & Clockwork   
Robinson    2011 

             Corsets and Clockwork is a collection of 13 short stories, all with the theme of steampunk romance.  With contributions from authors ranging from Caitlin Kittredge and Kiersten White to Michael Scott and Jaclyn Dolamore,  readers will be sure to find a story they enjoy in this assortment  of tales.  The blend of different worlds, enchanting characters and brilliant story-telling  pulls the reader in again, and again, and again.    

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Meetings of Bistro Book Club

Bistro Book Club is open to readers of high school and middle school age.
Starting June 1, 2011 we will meet:

Wednesdays at 4 pm at the Central Branch of Mesa County Libraries (5th and Grand).

Wednesdays at 2 pm at the Fruita Branch of Mesa County Libraries (in the new Rec Center)

Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster (3 reviews)

Danielle,    15  
Mike A. Lancaster  
Human.4  
Egmont USA    2011

        Human.4 was the creepiest book I have ever read. It interested me though and I greatly enjoyed it. It was different from other books I usually read but still had qualities that interested me. This book was very good and an intriguing read.       

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Tahirih,    15 
Mike A. Lancaster 
Human.4    
Egmont    2011

     Sometime in the early 21st century, Kyle Straker recorded an incredible story about a shocking event on a set of three casette tapes. Found hundreds of years in the future, it's listeners can hardly believe it's contents. Kyle lived in a small village called Millgrove, somewhere in England. With only 1,000 citizens inhabiting it (at the max), Millgrove doesn't have much in the way for entertainment. However, an annual talent show is held every year. This time around, Kyle's friend Danny joins as a hypnotist. When his act comes up, Danny doesn't recieve any volunteers, and Kyle, feeling sorry for him, volunteers along with three others. His life afterwards was never the same. The four of them awake to a frozen crowd, mouths gaping and eyes wide with terror. Nothing they do will wake any of them up. When they try to turn on a TV in hope of gaining some insight into the situation, call a neighboring town, and even try to access news from a computer, nothing works. Eventually the villagers wake up, but they're not the same. Kyle and the three others who know what happened aren't believed when they share their stories, and soon run away from their estranged families and friends. Now the question is: What really happened? 

   My intial thought on the book is easily summed up: Creepy. It wasn't terrifying, bone chilling, etc. but the idea is still really creepy, especially if you imagine yourself in Kyle's position. Overall, it was a great book :) 

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Spencer,    13
Mike A. Lancaster
Human.4  
Egmont    2011

          I enjoyed this book very much it was a sci-fi novel but was very intriguing and was sort of dark. But I enjoyed how it made me think about how I would react and cope with the world freezing and eventually everyone but four people being "upgraded" by some unknown force. I loved the mystery and the tension that it supplied. I kept me on the edge of my seat beginning to end. Sequel? Maybe? PLEAAASE!?!?!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

Sage,    13   
Kirby Larson   
The Fences Between Us   
Scholastic    2011 

          Piper Davis's brothers went to Pearl Harbor. Piper is sad that her brother is gone for a long time.   

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen

Danielle,    16   
Alexandra Bullen   
Wishful Thinking   
Point    2011

         Hazel Snow hates her life. Her mother gave her up when she was a baby and her adopted father has left her three times. However on her eighteenth birthday she finds something that changes her life. Her mother's name. As she tries to go meet her she recives three dresses with the power to grant one wish each. Her first wish being? She wishes to go back and know her mother. Over the course of one summer Hazel learns things she never thought of and falls in love. She blossoms into a different person then before and learns the true consequnces of wishful thinking.     I loved it. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The FitzOsbournes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

Andrea F.,    18  
Michelle Cooper  
The FitzOsbournes in Exile  
Alfred A. Knopf    2011

          The sequel to "A Brief History of Montmaray", this book picks up right where "A Brief History" left off. Sophie and the rest of the royal family of Montmaray, the tiniest country in the world with only 10 or so inhabitants, have been forced to leave their beloved, broken down castle by an invasion of Nazis. Turns out Montmaray is a perfect strategical point for Nazi planes to land on their way to Spain. Sophie and her independent cousins are now living with their Aunt Charlotte who has happily forgotten Montmaray and whose only goal in life seems to be marrying off her young relatives to earls and baronesses. However Sophie and her best friend and cousin Veronica are not so willing to give up Montmaray. They try everything in their power to prove that not only have Nazis invaded their home, but that giving the Nazis this strategical point is a danger to all of Europe. The problem is it's hard to convince someone of the grievous harm done when all they want to know is: "What is Montmaray again? Some kind of cheese?" An excellent sequel to "A Brief History of Montmaray." Plenty of humor, excellent historical facts (if you ignore that Montmaray isn't a real place), and political intrigue. Sophie's voice conveyed through her journal is once again a pleasure to read. Her bluntness and mostly sensible, but at times silly teenage girl behavior makes her an instantly likable character. I would recommend reading the first book before reading this one but it is possible for this one to be stand alone.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Fox & Phoenix by Beth Bernobich


Andrea F.,    18
Beth Bernobich
Fox & Phoenix   
2011

          Fox and Phoenix is a mixture of modern technology, ancient Chinese mythology, and magic. It follows Kai, former street prince who became friends with the Princess of his kingdom and is now a respectable kid. Unfortunately the king is dying and the princess cannot be contacted at the university where she is studying in another kingdom. Kai is sent to find the princess and bring her home to help cure her father's mysterious illness. Along for the trip is Kai's best friend who might be his girl friend, Kai's cheeky pig spirit companion, and a stuffed, reanimated tiny griffin. Along the way signs that something is very wrong through out the kingdoms appear. The entire magical supply of towns is drying up. Assassins try to kill Kai and his friends multiple times. What was once a simple mission quickly changes into a deadly political game. This book was not memorable partly because the author was not willing to take advantage of the great resource she found for her book's world. Chinese mythology and modern technology should've created a rich, expansive world. It did to a degree, but the author was not willing to world build enough to make the world memorable. Fine, I've read many books that did not have interesting worlds but I still enjoyed them. However, they usually made up for the lack of world by creating complex situations or deep characters. This author did neither. It made for a mildly entertaining but instantly forgettable book.

Rating: 3 Readable

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Lauren,    15   
Christine Johnson   
Claire de Lune       
2010   

        Claire a girl with a normal life well almost normal until her mom brings her into the woods after a seires of attacks. On her sixtenth birthday things seem as normal as they get for her, her mom back from one of those extravegent photagrapher trips. Then another attack happens and this one is closer to home, after flirting with her crush everyone leaves her party to go home and stay out of trouble with their parents. After hours of not sleeping her mother comes in and takes her away into the forest where everyone is now afraid to go, she asks questions but none of them register with her mother. After a few minutes of stumbling around and following her mothers careful footsteps they come upon a circle of figures surrounding a fire as they came into reach of it they turned and greeted her mother.....Claire comes upon chalenges that in what she would call her old life would never apear. Read and learn what it takes for her to make decisions and taking chances on her own through this new world she has only discovered. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes a mystery with a hint of romance through the story.   

Rating: 4 Better than most

Mistwood by Leah Cypress (5 Reviews)


Jessica,    15   
Leah Cypess   
Mistwood   
HarperCollins    2010       

           Absolutely amazing. Cypess took my expectations of the description as if she knew them and bypassed them with (seemingly) no effort at all. This novel is better even than the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!     For anyone who loves figuring out the twists and turns and trying to see what the spunky heroine will do next.    

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Lauren,    15 
Leah Cypress 
Mistwood     
2010     

  Waking up was probalbly the worst idea for Isabel. First she comes to the conclusion that she can no longer remember who she was. Then she finds out that she can't shift! A Shifter has to shift its what they do who they are. Mist Wood is about the story of The Shifter as in the beast that walks through the mists of the wood but can only be tamed and used as a guard by the crowned king. Created from Mist and Wind she is to be the protecter of the throne and its family it is her purpose in life to protect them in a time of need. From the start things are weird for Isabel coming into a new life where there are rumors that King Rokan isn't really the king at all, and so she starts to get down to the truth she finds out who she is and what she should do.....read! read! READ! This book is great for anyone who enjoys books in general, books that are all about mysterys, books that are all about double agents, books that make you and cry. For a book it has one great twist to it. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Shelby
13
Leah Cypess
Mistwood
Greenwillow Books
2010

It is a great read for anybody!
It is about a girl named Isabel and she is the Shifter. Meant to protect the royal family even if it endangers her life. This book is full of "twists and turns" that keep you turning the page. Great for fantasy lovers!!!
I would like a copy of this book.

5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Mistwood
by Leah Cypress

Reader:    Trina Age:    13
Today's date:    November 22, 2010

Publication date:    2010
My review:    You have the power to change into anything, and you forgot your past, what would happen? It went a little like this for Isabel, but instead, a new king needs her help, assassins have been sent for him and he doesn't know who they really are, or maybe he does....With the power to save the king would you save him? Let me re-phrase that, if  you could save a king who kept the most valuable secrets from you, would you save him?
Would you nominate this book for an award?:    yes
How much do you read?:    I read a couple books a week
Quality:    5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity:    4P Broad general teen appeal

I would also like to say:    I would love a copy of this book!! I picked this book because (check as many as you like):    I heard someone talking about it
I got the book from:    The Bistro
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Review 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 was amazing

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
The twists and turns in the book were excellent.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
I didn't like the ending; not because it was bad, but because I had hoped for a different outcome.

How would you rate the book?
4/5

Isabel is supposed to protect the king. That is all she knows. Isabel is a shifter, able to change her shape on the slightest whim. She exists only to protect the king and the royal family; that's what everyone says. But Isabel can remember nothing. There's a explanation for that; every time her services are not needed, her mind goes blank. Other prickly questions do not have explanations, however. Like how come no one speaks of the old king. Or who is supossed to try to kill Rokan, the newly crowned king. Or why Isabel, a nonhuman being, has human feelings like anger and empathy? Or...most eerie of all; why can't Isabel shift? This is an amzing novel, well written and full of twists. I hope Leah Cypess rights another novel soon.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (2 reviews)


Danielle,    15 
Kiersten White 
Paranormalacy   
Harper Teen    2010

    I loved this book. It was perfect for me with it's mix of supernatural, romance, and action. Kiersten White is a fantastic writer.     In Paranormalacy, a girl named Evie is a supernatural hunter. She finds supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and hags as just a few. She arrests them so they can not hurt humans. One day she meets a supernatrual creature unlike anything she's ever seen. His name is Lend and his gifts are quite unique. As she gets to know him she uncovers secrets, betrayels, death and a prophecy that could change the world.  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Lauren,    14
Kirsten White
Paranormalcy   
2010

        Okay picture this your job is to hunt things that shouldn't exist but they do, and the people you work for can't decide what to put you as the things that go bump in the night or their allies. Evie a girl who can't remember her life before the one shes living; not knowing where you come from can create a lot of problems even for your boss. Living life is so simple to Evie well that was before he came; the invisible guy that can take anyones form. Well life for Evie has been resrictions after restrictions, living a life where theres no school, no kids but her best friend who is a mermaid( yes a mermaid) can get pretty boring. Then her interests turn to the boy that tried to con the most international top secert government agency in the world well it didn't end well for him, and so Evie starts sneeking in to see and talk to him and what do ya know they got along....through her adventures with Lend (the boy who she can barely see in his normal form) she battles against her enimes and his...... soon she discovers why she is here on the earth and learns about where she came from..... see which of the two boys in the story will win her heart.....see if she'll ever return to capture paranormals...read and you will discover what she has to take on someone long forgotten....I recomend this book to anyone that loves a passionate literature piece that involves mysterys, emotions, and romance.    cant wait for the next and if i have to I'll camp out on the authors lawn its so good

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wolves, Boys, & Other Things that Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler (4 reviews)

Tahirih,     15 
Kristen Chandler 
Wolves, Boys & Other Things That Might Kill Me     
2010

      Sorry for such a long review, there really isn't enough that I could say about this book! Superbly written from start to finish!    KJ Carson lives in the middle of nowhere. With a high school consisting of no more than 20 or 30 students, a town full of hunters, farmers, and ranchers, and a convenient distance from Yellowstone National Park, you can't help but be tough and outdoorsy. A survivor. And that's exactly what she is; living in a small house with only herself and her father after her mom passed away, they run an even smaller guide business and fishing shop. Her life runs normally, day by day, in an almost monotonous fashion. Then, someone new shows up at school. In the first place, why would anyone pick such a "godforsaken" town to move to? And who is he? As it turns out, his name is Virgil and his mother, a college professor, has come for hands on research. About wolves. Now, this is a hot topic in this teeny town that just happens to be splitting it in two. At this point in time, the U.S. Government was considering the reintroduction of the gray wolf into Yellowstone. Because of this, there are the "pro-wolf tree huggers" and the ranchers that are completely against the wolves. Both have their own reasons for choosing their sides in this schism, but KJ, surprising even herself, slowly leans towards the pro-wolf group when she is assigned to write weekly articles on the preyed upon predators for her school journalism class. Virgil is also assigned to the article as it's photographer, and the duo begin to produce thrilling and controversial work. Many people claim that they will stop at nothing in the removal of this article, of the "tree huggers," and especially the wolves, but how far will they really go? The momentum increases and soon enough there is no in between and no turning back, and KJ has to decide between what she feels is right or wrong, why she is doing the things she's doing, what she really feels for this strange new boy, and how it's all connected.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Tyler, 15             
Kristen Chandler
Wolves, Boys & Other Things that Might Kill Me    
penguin group      2010
               This book is about a young girl that lives in a small town and she loves wolves. She gets the boy of her dreams and does the work to save the wolves.

4 Q. Better than most.    4 P. Broad general appeal.
I read a couple books a week.
This is a pretty good book more than what i expected!

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linsey,    14
Kristen Chandler
Wolves, Boys & Other Things that Might Kill Me       
2010

          In the book Wolves, Boys & Other Things that Might Kill Me  is about a girl name KJ(Katherine Jean last name Carson but everybody calls her KJ) and her home town lives near Yellowston National Park. She lives with her dad. And he is a fishing and wildlife guide. The most compelling aspect of the book is that when KJ and Virgil the new kid in her school, and he is there for centen resons. Anyway that Virgil and KJ are trying to show the town folk that not all wolves are bad and don't hurt or kill pepole. But the town folk are mad and want to send back the wolves to Washington so their live stock will be safe and some won't have to be killed or hurt. I would recommend this book to people who like wildlife and it can be both a boy and a girl book, and who likes wolves.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Logan,    13
Kristen Chandler
Wolves, Boys and other things that could kill me    
Viking    2010

           This book was hilarious showing things that wouldn't really happen but puts you in her spot

Rating: 5. Hard to imagine a better book.

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Tahirih,    15 
Frances O'Roark Dowell 
Ten Miles Past Normal     
2010

                  In Ten Miles Past Normal, high school freshman Janie is regretting her once wholehearted dream to live on a goat farm now that it has branded her as an outcast. Unfortunate mishaps, things like coming to school with goat droppings on her shoes and goat milk drenching her front, have not only gotten her an unwanted social status, but the teasing and negative attention she never wished for. Actually, the only thing she ever wished for was to fit in, which only looks like an impossible fairy tale life. Janie struggles to blend in with the normal crowd, and just as she thinks she may succeed she meets outcasts such as herself that she just can't give up (Verbena, an angel faced, personal tattoo artist and Monster, 6 foot giant of a bass player). As Janie fights for normalcy, events taking place in her life in and outside of school force her to question herself and what she really wants, the person she wants to be.  

       For most of the book I was displeased with Janie's attitude towards life, school, her family and her friends, even towards herself. Fortunately, several things took place that eased my conscience. If I could only name these off without spoiling the book! Alright : ) Overall, pleasing ending to an insightful book.   
Rating: 4 Better than most

Red Glove by Holly Black

Hope P. ,   15
Holly Black     
Red Glove
Margaret K. McElderry Books    2011

             Disclaimer: If you have not read White Cat do not read this review, as it contains possible spoilers.   In Cassel Sharpe’s world, small populations of people are able to ‘work’ others by touching a bare hand to skin. They can control emotions, luck, memories, even life and death. Naturally, these people are outcasts and feared, usually employed by the mob and conmen. In this world, Cassel Sharpe thought his life was just returning to normal, at least, as normal as his life could possible return too. After believing he was the only non-worker in a family of mob-henchmen workers, he found he is a Transformation worker, able to transform any object into another with just a bare touch. Not only that, but his best friend and long-time crush Lila is back, and cursed to love him by his mother. But he is able to maintain a semblance of normalcy until his oldest brother is murdered.  The Feds try to recruit him to help find his brother’s killer, going off their only clue of an image of a woman in red gloves. However, the Mob also wants Cassel’s talents. He is caught between the two, forced to choose to become an informant-one of the most hated things a Sharpe can become- or stick with his highly illegal roots. And there is no one Cassel can truly trust, least of all himself. Holly Black had outdone herself with this brilliant sequel and I cannot wait for the next installment in The Curse Workers.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Stay by Deb Caletti (2 reviews)

Anqi,    12  
Deb Caletti  
Stay  
Simon Pulse    2011

           In a new novel by award-winning author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, Deb Caletti presents to us a story about starting over and hope in dark times. The story starts as Clara, our narrator and voice, sets the background when she introduces Christian, her future boyfriend, when they meet at a basketball game. From there the plot issues in a whirlwind of events, presenting Clara as she flashbacks from the past to the present. At first, Christian seems to be the perfect boyfriend, kind and devoting. But when Clara starts noticing the obsessive behavior that surrounds her seemingly flawless 'other half', doubt is quickly planted in her mind. Her past story deftly told in chapters between the present, she now finds herself in a little town to escape Christian, and to start anew. Through happy and bright moments, Stay is a book that I loved to read. Being new to Deb Caletti's style, I enjoyed the footnotes which added detail while never really taking away from the story. The author's moral is clear, and the development of Clara's character is a proof of that. By the end, I was shaking with relief, (and a little bit of creepiness) but I found myself satisfied with the whole of the novel, and would love to read Deb Caletti's past young adult realistic fiction.  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Hope P.,    15 
Deb Caletti 
Stay 
Simon Pulse    2011

          Clara Oates thought she had the perfect relationship with Christian. He was attentive, devoted, and had eyes only for her. But quickly his attentiveness becomes possessiveness, his devotion obsession, and his eyes fixated on her.  She leaves him behind as quietly as she can, fleeing to the ocean with her father. She tries to salvage her summer and start over, unable to contact any of her old friends. She gets a job at a lighthouse, makes new friends, and meets an intriguing new guy. Things are finally looking up. But Christian is not far behind, and he is not ready to give her up so easily. This was a quick-paced read. Interlaced with truly realistic characters, descriptive writing and an underlying thread of suspense, Stay was a very satisfying and compelling novel.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan

Gavin, 12   
Darren Shan   
The Thin Executioner  

            I personally lost interest not becuase it is a bad book, but not my type of book. Darren Shan is a great writer    In this book an executioner's son was shamed by his dad in public. He goes on a quest that requires a scarifice and a companion. But the son made a friend and might not sacrifice him/her.

Rating:   4 Q. Better than most.

Trapped by Michael Northrop (2 reviews)

Duane,    14  
Michael Northrop  
Trapped

              This book should be nominated for an award in my eyes    I would definately would recommend this book. It is the first chapter book I ever read and its the best, What is good about it was it keeps you wanting to read more and more.

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Remember... no two people ever read the same book.
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Kaylin,    12 
Michael Northrop 
Trapped 
Scholastic Press    2011

           This book was pretty good in the beginning, but then it got slower and slower and kinda lost me in some places. I didn't really like it because the narrater, Weems, kept on saying things that didn't make sense at all until I was halfway through the book. It was about these seven kids who were waiting for their parents to pick them up from an early release because of a huge snowstrom. There parents are still not there when the snow is up to eight feet high so they decide to take matters into their own hands. 

Rating: 1 How did it ever get published?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Queen's Daughter

lauren,    13   
Susan Coventry   
Queen's Daughter        2010 

          A girl that has a hard time to trust others even her family. A life that takes danger to a whole new level. In the time where kings fought over land and the royal family seperates. Even though this book goes on and on you can see that Joan has a lot to learn about herself and others, take that journy with her in the book "The Queen's Daughter" and see yourself in a whole new light.   

Rating: 3 Readable

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

lauren,    14   
Alexandra Bracken   
Brightly Woven       
2010       

    Brightly Woven was a top pick on the amount of books that i have read over the period of time in my book club. This novel is all about actions that cant be explained when our heros journy to their destination they come arcoss: theives, bandits, seperation, wizards, and many more unexplainable things in their world. A girl who can change everything she wants; sydelle an amazing young woman whos whole life changes when she encounters a boy. Then a young wizard who goes out of his way to get her away from home, so that she would be safe; wayland a boy with a death wish wanders into town bringing a rainstorm with him that stops their deadly drout. Reading this book you will find adventure and some unexplainable things that will uncover in due time. With a little romance and magic this world is something that you cant wait to join in on; so read the book and review it all you like, but you better read or else you'll know you haven't!   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Eona by Alison Goodman (3 reviews)


Darby,    14
Alison Goodman
Eona
Viking    2011   

    Eona, amazingly enough, outraces its prequel, Eon. This conclusion to the saga boils your blood, chills your veins, and wrenches your eyes into the book... all in the first sentence. From there, it pulls you into the depths of its pages in an unrealing grip only a good book can pull off! I would definitly recommand this series for any reader.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Jessica,    15
Alison Goodman
EONA
Penguin Group    2010

       If you love strong-willed women, you will be gladly sucked into Eona's adventures, first as Lord Eon, a Dragoneye, and then as Lady Eona, Naiso to the emperor.    EONA lived up to my expectations born from EON and flew beyond what I expected. Action, Mystery, Hero(ine)ism, with a satisfying dallop of romance thrown in. I had waited for this book for at least two years and was delighted in the results.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Paul, 16
Alision Goodman
Eona
2010

the age is more of a range of about 14-18

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Silver Sea by Julia Golding (2 reviews)

rebecca,    13  
Julia Golding   
The Silver Sea 
Marshall Cavendish 2010

       I LOVE THIS BOOK it was amazing and i wanted to cry when *** spoiler deleted*** it was amazing one of my top favs.    freydis's village was been attacked by her families srown enemy sulke and they've taken her older brother toki with them! when her father finally returns from his year long sea voyage he angry, angry with sulke, and most of all he is mad and angry at freydis beilieving shes the reason toki was taken and that she isnt his daughter. now shes forced to go on the search for toki with enno or "blue man" as some call him, a very different slave,as protection. can freydis handle this strage slave, her brother being at the risk of death and her fathers hatred towards her?  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Ronnie, 17
Julia Golding
The Silver Sea
2011

An action filled romance that will grip the reader.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Entwined by Heather Dixon (2 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18  
Heather Dixon  
Entwined      
2011 

        There is nothing more that Azalea and her eleven sisters love than their mother and dancing. But in just one night wrenches both of these loves are wrenched from them, one by death, the other by custom. But the sisters discover vestiges of magic left over from the days when the kings were wizards who trapped their enemies in mirrors and stole their souls. Azalea and her eleven sisters go every night to a magical silver forest where the mysterious Keeper creates a new scene and new dances every evening. Here they can escape their grieving, controlling father and their own mourning. But the Keeper is called Keeper for a reason. Once he has ahold of something he does not like to give it up. Another very enjoyable adaption of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" with great character development and well balanced doses of dark magic and humor. Plenty of romance to keep the sappiest girl happy and a excellently paced plot to provide for everyone else. 9/10.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Anqi,     12 
Heather Dixon  
Entwined 
Greenwillow Books    2011   

       I received Entwined a few weeks ago from my book club, and marveled at its beautiful, enchanting, and fantastical cover. I am always drawn by anything that I deem 'fairytale-ish' or 'fantasy-ish', and Entwined no doubt seemed to fit both descriptions. However, as I picked up the book and scanned the first two pages, I found the writing tasteless and dry. I set it down and decided to wait a week before deciding whether to pick it up again. A week later, Entwined is sitting on my bed, and staring at me with a frown. I'm contemplating whether or not I should return it, and then I decide that a book with a cover that beautiful should at least get a try of fifty pages. And so I start it again, and soon, minutes later, I am getting close to my fifty. But I can't stop! The writing is wonderful, the pace smooth and unwrinkled, and the characters absolutely delightful! Entwined is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses. Azalea, our main protagonist, has a beautiful mother with 11 younger beautiful sisters. But when her mother falls ill and passes away, the once happy and cheerful castle is put into Mourning, the year in which Azalea and her sisters must spend the time inside, wear black clothes, and no dancing whatsoever. Azalea and her sisters, who love dancing more than anything else, are hung over with grief-but then Azalea discovers a secret passage under the princess' room. Underneath is a magical world with silver trees and a magnificent pavilion that allows them to dance the night away. And the man who is the caretaker of this wonderful world, Keeper, invites them to come back every night and dance again and again. But when Keeper slowly starts to entwine them all, Azalea must find a way to escape his clutches-or remain his for eternity. Entwined was beautiful and almost indescribable. It's romance was delicious, and it's characters warm and inviting. I enjoyed Heather Dixon's style of writing, and the humanity found in her words. Though Entwined does not call for a sequel, I will be eagerly waiting for her next work, and ready to devour that one as well. You can call Entwined one of the best books I have read in a long time.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Makenzie, 15           
Aimee Friedman           
Sea Change             
2010           

            I really enjoyed this book! I would recommend it to all girls that like a good love story. I liked it because you never knew what was going to happen next and it kept you wondering.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most. I read a couple books a year.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Tasters Guild by Susannah Applebaum

Angelo,    14   
Susannah Applebaum   
Tasters Guild: Poisons of Caux II   
Borzoi Book: Alferd A. Knopf    2010 

      This isn't my cup of tea but it may yet be for someone else.    Again a wonderful book but more detail is put into the setting than the characters. Mabye add some information the characters to ballance or tweek out the real unimportant sceneries to give the story some character feel. This book could interest male and female readers with just a little change.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (2 reviews)

Ronnie, 17
Jackie Morse Kessler
Hunger
2010

A gripping novel that provides a refreshing and insightful look at anorexia with a supernatural twist. This book is a fantastic read for teens and adults alike.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Angelo,    14  
Jackie Morse Kessler  
HUNGER  
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company    2010

         A wonderful book ,but needs more character emotion and reaction. Lisabeth Lewis seems more dead than alive to me. She needs a past that shows some turnpoint in her atitude. Fix that one little quirk and readers of this book should double. Though this book is still nonetheless an intresting play off of the harbringers of the apocalypse or of death. A definate girl book.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Rikers High by Paul Volponi

Allana,    14   
Paul Volponi   
Rikers High   
Penguin Group    2010     

      Rikers High is the story of a teenager that is in prison even though it isn't his fault. Throughout the book Martin, the teen in trouble, is switched from his prison house to another and has to deal with new people and a new territory. This is a good read because it the troubles in the book and the problems with the kids are very realistic. This book could be read by guys or girls but there are no girls in the story and the characters don't think very nice thoughts about girls so maybe not. A problem with this book that really bugs me is that there are a lot of bad words in this book because they are in prison and I was going to stop reading it because of this but I wanted to finish the Martin's prison story. I think that the author could tone the language down a bit to make the book more enjoyable and comfortable.   

Rating: 3 Readable

The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau

becca,    13  
Laura Resau   
the ruby notebook   
random house childrens books     2010      

i LOVE this book its amazing!!!!!!    zeeta travels the world with her mom layla. a new country for every new year. but theres more to this little city in france then she thinks. a phantom who has past knowledge of her life, an interesting family that is said to be immortal, and an fun and crazy circus act in the town square, and her boyfriend is coming as well. can 17 year old zeeta handle all this  and her tutoring jobs as well. well find out in the ruby notebook.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Runaway by Meg Cabot

Mauryn,    13   
Meg Cabot   
Runaway   
Scholastic    2011 

          I thought thhis book was really good. I liked this book because it was the right amount of romance, mystery, and humor!! :) i would give this book a 9 becaause at some points it sounded like it repeated itslef! Also it was very adventerous!! theyy were very entertaining!! :)   

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge (2 reviews)

Anqi,    12 
Caitlin Kittredge 
The Iron Thorn  
Delacorte Books for Young Readers     2011

        Aoife is not your typical teenage girl. Not only does she live in an alternate 1950's, filled with a disease called the necrovirus and a crack-down on rational thought and reasoning, but both her mother and her brother have turned mad, leaving Aoife abandoned and orphaned. And not only that, but both Aoife's brother and mother went crazy when they reached their sixteenth birthday, leaving Aoife no doubt that her life as a Rationalist is ticking as the clock nears her own. As Aoife struggles to compete in the highly educational School of Engineers, she is surprised to find a letter find its way into her life one night, saying these words: HELP-Find the witch's alphabet. Save yourself. Aoife immediately recognizes the letter as her brother Conrad's, and worries that he might be in trouble, mad or not. Bringing along with her Cal, her best friend, and Dean, an irresistible guide, she travels to find her brother Conrad and unravel the truth about her impending madness and her family. The Iron Thorn was beautiful and eerie, reminding me of a very dark Tim Burton movie. The imagery was poetic and stormy, and the themes just plain creepy. I loved Caitlin Kittredge's style, and the astonishing surprises that were presented in the end of the book. The romance, though cheezy, was welcomed as well into The Iron Thorn. I'm excited for the next book in the Iron Codex, and can't wait to see what happens to Aoife next    5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Hope P.,     15
Caitlin Kittredge
The Iron Thorn
Delacorte Press    2011

       The phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" holds true for this novel; the dark overtone and peasent-style dress the girl is wearing has a somewhat misleading appearance.

        This beautifully written novel is based in an alternate 1950’s; one where rationality is the only law and if something cannot be explained by science; it is illegal and forbidden. All talk of magic, fate or even fairy tales is grounds for life sentences in jail, if not execution. Evil creatures born of a necrovirus stalk the streets and heretics are burned or banished. Heretics hide in the shadows. The eyes of the law are everywhere.  In the midst of this world, young Aoife Grayson’s family has the most annoying habit of going mad. Her mother and older brother both went insane on their sixteenth birthdays; and her own sweet sixteen is only weeks away.  Despite all, she is trying make a normal life for herself by attending Engineering school. One fateful night she receives a coded message from her brother urging her to find the ‘witches alphabet’ and to save herself. But from what? The Proctors, the cruel and unyielding enforcers of the law? The madness that overshadows their family? Or herself? Accompanied by her best friend Cal, a charming Heretic named Dean, and her own wit, Aoife must uncover the clues her brother left for her and discover the truth about herself; a truth linked to her uncanny ability with machines, her father’s legacy, and the world of Fae. Caitlin Kittredge uses well-wrought imagery and realistic characters to carry a truly gripping story that the readers can lose themselves in.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Briana,    15   
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes   
All Just Glass       
2011   

       This was a great continuation of one of her other books. She doesn't do sequals often, but it is always worth reading.   

Rating: 4 Better than most

Liar's Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Briana,    15  
Elizabeth C. Bunce  
Liar's Moon      
2011   

       Liar's Moon is a stand alone book. While there is a first book, you can still enjoy this book without the first. It is a well developed setting with great characters.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Kaysee,    14   
Erin McCahan   
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else   
Scholastic    2011

           Bronwen is getting married to Jared... or is she. In this wonderful novel you get the inside life of Bronwen. She is eighteen and will be married August the sixth. With just finishing up high school do you ever really know who you are or who you are going to be when you get to College. In this book we can see a change in the character as a person. Bronwen is just a normal girl who is discovering who she is along the way. Will this girl be married before summers end? The writing style of how she starts and ends with the same sean just show how different Bronwen truly is from begining to end.   

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Marissa,    12  
Erin McCahan   
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else       
2010  

        Bronwen always believed she was switched at birth. She dreamed that she was actually Phoebe Lilywhite and came from a family with brunette hair and ketchup-haters. But she was Bronwen Oliver and even though her brother and her mom are blonde, she is a brunette. And she hates ketchup while everyone else loves it. So when Bronwen gets engaged at 18 to Jared, “who is truly, the sweetest guy in the world”, she finally feels her fantasy life come together. She feels accepted into Jared’s family, where as her family always made her feel awkward. She is ready to start her new life with the man she loves- this book is actually kind of boring. There is a twist towards the end, but I saw it coming from the fourth or fifth chapter. Not the most exciting book ever.    

Rating: 3 Readable

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Andrea F. ,   17 
Jackson Pearce 
Sweetly 
Little, Brown and Company    2011

        Sweetly is a modern revisioning of the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Ansel and Gretchen are kicked out of their stepmother's house after their 18th birthdays, and they stumble upon a dying Southern town where they find a sympathetic girl named Sophia who invites them to live with her in her sweetshop. Some say that the only hope for the revival of the tiny town is Sophia's magical tasting candies, but other inhabitants say that Sophia is the doom of the town. Girls disappear at Sophia's annual chocolate festival and are never heard from again. Ansel and Gretchen cannot possibly believe that sweet Sophia has anything to do with their disappearances, but soon Gretchen suspects otherwise. A danger lurks in the forest surrounding Sophia's house, a danger from Ansel and Gretchen's past. A mouthwatering book that made me run to my secret supply of good dark chocolate and savor it as I read, Sweetly is a delight. It retains the feel of a good, old fashioned fairy tale but it's not afraid to be original and to add material.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (7 reviews)

Hope,     15
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation
Tor Books    2011

             Jack Holloway is only interested in himself. Having worked on a distant planet mining minerals for years, he has learned to look out for number 1, no matter what. He is months away from his contract running out, his money is running out even faster, and he is generally not well liked.  When he makes a mistake and discovers a giant collection of valuable gems, everything changes; except for the not well liked part. He is one of the wealthiest men on the planet, much to the chagrin of ZaraCorp, the company in charge of the surveying and mining of the planet. When an adorable animal finds its way into Jack cabin, he doesn’t think too much of it; until the little creature (whom he names a ‘fuzzy’) begins to signs of extraordinary intelligence. If a creature can be proved sapient, ZaraCorp must shut down all operation instantly; losing a lot of money. Jack loses money if his gems can’t be mined, as well.  It would be better for everyone involved if the fuzzys were simply creatures; but Jack is not so sure they are. Torn between a personal fortune and the right thing to do, he begins digging a little deeper, looking for proof of the little creatures’ intelligence. His quest for the truth brings him closer and closer to danger, as ZaraCorp will stop at nothing to eliminate the threat to their payroll, whoever or whatever that may be. And when you’re one-hundred and seventy-eight light years away from earth, there are not too many places to run. This was a very enjoyable book that will be a must read for a fan of science fiction, adventure, or fast paced action, with plenty of humor and realistic human emotion thrown in.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Shaun, 13
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation

John makes writing alternative worlds so easy very good writing from the start. Could not get enough Fuzzy Nation. If you like fiction read this book. This book is about a guy on a planet hundreds of miles from earth but when he finds a stream of gems and the "Fuzzy's" he has to find a way to protect them. I like this book because of his determination to save a life form

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Cody,    17
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation
Tor    2011

        A disbared lawyer leaves earth to bacome a private excavator on a planet. When he hits a motherload find of valuable sunstones and a new species of fuzzy monkeys his life is suddenly turned upside down.

Rating: 5. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Ben,    17
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation
Tor    2011

          Fuzzy Nation is down right compelling, from the start I couldn't put it down and didn't want to. This delightful blend of Stephen King and Orson Scott Card that strings you on untill the end and doesn't disappoint once you get there.

Rating: 5. Hard to imagine a better book.



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Jason,    14
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation
Tom Doherty    2011

           I thought the book was good. I liked how they were going to that big tree where he lives with bunch of lizards. But it got sad at the end of the book. I think that it was a good book everyone should read it!

Rating 4. Better than most.
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Kenny,    16
John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation
Tom doherty    2011

    Full of interesting twists and turns, making the reader hungry for more. I would recommend for advance readers. Could have been a little more interesting       

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Tyler,   18        
Fuzzy Nation
John Scalzi
Tor 2011      

Fuzzy Nation creates a compelling story of discrimination and sentience. The mystery kept me from putting it down. 

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New reviews soon.

I'm back from the New Jersey Library Assn. and will hopefully be posting some of the backlog of teen reviews that have piled up. This afternoon is Bistro Book Club at 4 pm at the Central location of Mesa County Libraries, 5th & Grand in Grand Junction.