Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Radiance by Alyson Noel

Abbie,    12   
alyson noel   
Radiance   
Macmillan    2010

        I love Alyson Noel's books she is a very talented author     Radiance was an enjoyable book for me because it was easy for me to get to know and understand the characters I can hardly wait untill book 2 comes out for me to enjoy   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Danielle,    15  
Alyson Noel  
Radiance  
Square Fish     2010

       I loved it and the series about Ever.     Riley Bloom has finally gone to Here where the time is always Now. The afterlife. After dying in a car crash she and her faithful dog Buttercup are ready for death. After spending some time in Here she recives her job. Her job is to be a spirit catcher and her first job is the Radiant Boy. The soul no one has managed to pass on. Will she be able to do it? With the help of her dorky guide maybe she'll succeed.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, June 20, 2011

Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch

BFYA Nominated, Hope P. ,   16 
Chris Lynch 
Angry Young Man 
Simon and Schuster    2011

       This novel drew me in, and did not let go. Chris Lynch told the story so well, it felt like I was right there with the characters. The writing actually felt like it was from a teen's point of view as well.         Alexander, or Xan, as he prefers to be called, is a misfit. He is awkward, sensitive and…different. His older brother Robert, on the other hand, has everything going for him. He’s got a girlfriend, a job, and friends. Xan doesn’t, he has ridicule and rejection. Even though Robert teases and tears into Xan regularly, he genuinely loved his little brother and will always have his back. But when Xan’s behavior- eccentric at best- turns darker, Robert is worried his brother is in serious trouble. Can Robert save him, or will he pulled into the danger himself?  Chris Lynch uses a unique writing style, relatable characters and brilliant storytelling to convey a story that will stick with you, even after you finish the novel.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (4 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18  
Brandon Sanderson  
The Alloy of Law
Tor    2011

          Set three hundred years after the Hero of the Ages the world of the Mistborn series now resembles Victorian England and the Wild West with a hint of steampunk thrown in for good measure. Waxillium Ladrian, the first law keeper in the Roughs, is forced back to the city when his uncle dies and the responsibility of the Noble House of Ladrian is placed upon his shoulders. He longs to use his Allomantic and Feruchemical powers to push metal and to change his weight to fight against the evil he sees around him as he did in the Roughs but he's in the city now. He must leave the law to the constables and anyhow, everyone knows the city is safer than the Roughs. Right? But when another law keeper turns rogue and begins kidnapping young women Wax quickly realizes that the city may be more dangerous than the Roughs could ever be. I was apprehensive reading this book that I would not be able to understand it since I had only read the first Mistborn book in the trilogy. However there were several explanations throughout the book explaining how the world worked that I believe someone completely unfamiliar with Mistborn could understand and enjoy it. An added bonus is that it's a lighthearted book in comparison to the seriousness of the Mistborn series, making it very fun with detailed action sequences that avoided tediousness and humor provided by the wise cracking sidekick. The same high quality of world building and character development that readers have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson even though the world had already been built in a previous series. 9 1/2 out of 10 on the Brandon Sanderson scale, 10/10 on everyone else's scale.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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anthony,    16 
Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law
 Tor    2011
          I completely loved the first 3 mistborn, as it was the first epic fantasy I had read. This book takes place 300 years after the original trilogy. The main character is Waxillum Ladrian who has the power to use both allomancy and feruchemy. He was a vigilanty in the slums of the world but after the death of his uncle he has to save his noble house from losing all of its money. Shortly after he investigates "the Vanishers who are stealing metals from nobles. I like this book better than the original three because the introduction of guns, because allomancers can use metals to their advantage and guns increase that advantage. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Hope P.,15
Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law
Tor 2011

Set three hundred years after Mistborn, the Alloy of Law revisits the world of Scadrial. On the edge of progress, railways and electricity are new inventions and the first steel framed skyscrapers are being built. But despite this, Allomancy and Feruchemy, the strange inherited abilities that played crucial roles in the first three books, still exist and are as needed as ever. It is in this world that Waxillium Ladrian, lawman from the Roughs and a rare Twinborn, must hang up his guns and take his place as head of his noble House in the heart of the city Elendel. Bored with his sudden switch from rounding up outlaws and protecting innocents to attending balls and trying to save his House from financial ruin, Wax starts to investigate a string of clever thefts and kidnappings, unaware he has just uncovered something more dangerous than he has ever faced. With fast-paced action, humorous dialogue, plot twists and engaging characters, fans of Brandon Sanderson will not be disappointed with his latest novel.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Nate G.,    17   
Brandon Sanderson  
The Alloy of Law       
2011

        This book is well written, but i never finished it. I found it hard to follow because I never read any of the first books in the series. This is vary well written though.       

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce (2 reviews)

Briana,    16 
Tamora Pierce 
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales   
2011

           These stories are unique and revisit well-loved characters. Each story has its own draw. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Kaysee,    15   
Tamora Pierce   
Tortall and Otherlands   
Random House    2011 

          The well written short story's is a quick read that holds your attention through out the book. With every story you meet new people and see some more of the other storys in grater detail. This should be on the best reads because the story stand strong together and never fail to bring you along for the ride with the charters. The  book stands alone with no help from any other writings the author has done before.   

Rating: 3 Readable

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Kaysee,    15
Gayle Forman 
Where She Went
Dutton    2011

        A perfect sequel to If I Stay. In this book we read from the point of Adam not Mia. Three and a half years latter we find what has happened to Mia after the coma. We also learn what Adam's thoughts were on the whole accident We also learn that Adam and Mia broke up. Shooting Star (Adam's Band) has made it big time but now it is ruing the friendship the band had. Gayle Forman could not have done a better job with this book. The writing has a hold on you from the begin. It would be awesome to see a book to tells what happens after the end with Mia and Adam. It could be the perfect ending told from Mia and Adam's points. This is a must read for anyone who has been through a bad brake up or just wanting a fun book to read. 

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Stacie, 18
Gayle Forman
Where She Went
Dutton Books 2011

This book was great! A fantastic love story that continues where the first book left off. I was shocked and amazed at how well this book tied into the first and tied up all the loose ends. I enjoyed it down to the last page!

Rating: 5  Hard to imagine a better book.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bistro Book Club News

This was our first week of the summer schedule and it went well. At the new Fruita location we are meeting in the programming room in the back so if you don't see us please ask at the library desk for the teen book club.

If you want to see what books we have available this year  to read, check out our 2011Bistro GoodReads account.

Looking forward to seeing some new reviews and seeing you on Wednesday at 2 at the Fruita library or Wednesday at 4  at the Grand Junction library.

Happy reading,
D