Bistro Book Club

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

Shaun, 13
Michael Northrop
Gentlemen
Scholastic 2009

Very creepy very heartfelt lies and betrayal from this book. Very touching. All ages should read this book. It's good because it shows you that you aren't always right and shouldn't trust every body. In this book theres four friends and one goes missing they suspects his teacher. I like the ending.

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

Friday, October 28, 2011

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee (2reviews)

Austin,  15
Lisa Yee
Warp Speed

This book was very good because it told a story about how kids can start out being a total bern to being a popular kid. It was a very accurate book I really liked it a lot. It was about a kid that was always geeky and got picked on but one day he stood up for himself and told the bullies off he was unpopular but he changed in to something else. Read to find out.

I read a couple books a week.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

----------------
Colby,    12
Lisa Yee
Warp Speed
Scholastic Inc.    2011

    I recommend the book because it had an air of humor, his geek-jock personality was funny and interesting, and it was generally just fun to read. It also had a just right pace not slow and boring but not too fast either.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blood by K.J. Wignall

Hannah, 14
K.J. Wignall Blood
Egmont 2011

When i first started reading it i could not put it down, but of course you have to. It started off in a back story explain how he got to the state he's at. Which i liked, I also liked how the author described what the character thought of our time. This is mostly about at "vampire" who is trying to come into contact with the guy who created him. I say no further, just read for yourself.



Rating: 4 Better than most



Fang Me by Parker Blue

Taryn, 17
Parker Blue
Fang Me
Bell Bridge Books 2011

from the second i began reading this book i felt like i was enthralled by on the the vampires i was reading about. the mix of good demons and vampires was a new concept. never before have i read a book with good demons and it was amazing!

when reading this book you may want to read the first two books first (Bite Me, and Try Me) each book begins where the last left off. it throws out a few things as refreshers but the previous books are essential. one thing though, i wish i hadnt read the preview of the fourth book now i cant stop thinking about the next book! :)

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (2 reviews)

Taryn, 17
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Trial by Fire
EgmontUSA  2011

even having not read the first book to the raised by wolves series i was hooked in to this book from the start. the mix of suspence and supernatural was enthralling.

Rating: 4 Better than most

-------------------

Linsey,    15
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Trial By Fire 
Egmont    2011

        To read this one, you should read the first one it WILL make your life easy. So you can get this book, so you can know what the characters are talking about.    In this  exciting sequel to the book Raised By Wolves Bryn is now  finally  settling in to her position as alpha of the place  called Cedar Ridge Pack. Everything is going fine.... or at least you can get by that. Youre human, and leading a band of werewolves. Everything is fine..... until Bryn finds a teenaged boy who is on her front porch bleeding. Before he passes out he tells her that his name is Lucas. Now Bryn is facing an other werewolf who wants her dead, in the first book. She is not only facing the werewolf who wanted her dead, but now is up against a new threat. Something that Bryn is now is going to face not only one but now two threats. Now she must face that werewolf and this new one, who are different to other humans. Now she must see what she is going to do without getting herself killed or her pack. What is she going to do, and that choices she has to make now.  It was a good read, and it was suspenseful, and had me reading and I couldent put the book done. I am hoping that she might make a third book to this one.  
Rating:  5 Hard to imagine a better book
----------------------------

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Taryn, 17
Alexandra Adornetto
Hades
2011

The book hooked me from the begining. i love a good romance and the idea that beth and Xaviers' love can connect them through dementions is amazing. Add in the part about an angel being held captive in hell, and i didnt want to put the book down.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick

Luna, 15
Shirley Reva Vernick
The Blood Lie
Cinco Puntos 2011

i loved this book i couldnt put it down, i love everything about it, the lies told in it the messing girl, the accused boy, and the girl of his dreams there was never a moment where i was bored and wanted to stop reading. Things made me mad (gus) and other things made me want to help (Jack)

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Open Wounds by Joseph Lunievicz

Drake, 12
Joseph Lunievicz
Open Wounds
WestSide Books 2011

It was hartwarmingly fantastic, the trials Joseph puts poor Cid through is both clever and bold. I couldn't put it down even long through the night. The way he discribes the shabby city (also known as New York) takes the breath away. I've got only on Question though... when's the next book? I've got an idea for the next book's title, "Stiches of Steel." It's missing one thing... the preformance of the troupe.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Ariel, 15
Alexandra Monir
Timeless
Delacorte Press 2011

"Timeless" by Alexandra Monir is one of my favorite books of all time. It really takes you in the pass with Michele. You can also fell the love and how she fells for Philip Walker. It made me mad she it said, “To Be Continued" because the book really pulls you into the book. I love it and i can't wait until the next one comes out.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

Mary F., 12
Tommy Greenwald
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide To Not Reading
Roaring Brook 2011

it was alot like how i felt when i was in 4th grade. i did not like reading at all. but now i am reading lots of books. i would recomend this book to those out there who love to laugh and read at the same time. cute and definatley worth reading!

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (3 reviews)

Nicholas, 18
Rick Riordan
Son of Neptune
2011

percy is back in this new boook in the heros of olympus in the book 2. percy has no memory of his life nothing at all exept of one name annabeth as he holds on despreatly on to this name and to recover his missing memoryies he stumbles upon a roman half-blood camp wait did i say roman yes i did discover the the other family tree of the gods here he meets hazle and frank two roman demigods that is in cohort 5 the most lowsy cohort in the camp both of them has a dark secret do you want to know what it is well read the book and find out.

Rating: 4 Better than most

------------

Anqi, 12
Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune
Disney Hyperion 2011

I am OBSESSED with this series. As in the Lost Hero, Rick Riordan leaves me with ANOTHER cliffhanger, and this one even more tempting than the last. Why does he DO this? It almost makes me want to tear out my hair. (Almost.) This book continues a few months after The Lost Hero ends, and it is revealed that Percy Jackson is barely alive (being chased by hideous sisters of Medusa really runs some people down) and that he has no idea who he is. A few other characters are revealed in this sequel-Frank Zhang, a Chinese Canadian who's good with a bow but feels awkward in his body and Hazel Levesque, who has a few dirty secrets in her very distant past. I must admit I don't like this series as much as the Percy Jackson series. Maybe because its not told in Percy's point of view anymore-but maybe not. Maybe its because I'm getting older and Percy Jackson really isn't. Either way, I still enjoy the continuation of the plot-it's entertaining, to say the least- but just not as much. The thing that really gets me is the mesh of all the story lines. I love it when that happens-don't you? While reading the Throne of Fire, I was so frustrated that he wouldn't introduce the darn Olympian gods already into the book! He makes me want to scream the same way with The Son of Neptune-the meeting of the Greek and Romans is just making me ecstatic. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE SEQUEL!!!!! Please, Rick Riordan, write fast. Write really fast!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
-----------------------------
Darby, 15
Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune
Disney, Hyperion Books 2011

My first and last thought about this book is that it represents the in-between or the foundation for the web of plot Riordan is creating.  While the book itself is an attention grabber and introduces a new factor into the book, it's just that, an introduction prolonged from the first in this new series.  It mirrors the first book in plot.  Basically it feels like a rerun and while I am still excited for how the series will go on, the book itself was so-so.

Rating: 3 Readable

Monday, October 17, 2011

Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan David Hills

anthony, 16
MK Reed and Jonathan David Hills
Americus
Macmillan childrens books 2011

this is a graphic novel about a high school freshman named neil barton. he lives in a town where the local christian community has gone outragously insane over the fact that a book series has a witch in it. the book happens to be neils favorite series. he tries to fight to protect the book and all in all it was a pretty good read.

Rating: 3 Readable

Dark Song by Gail Giles

Ronnie, 17
Gail Giles
Dark Song
2011

A chilling suspence novel that will send chills down the readers spine and have them peeking around every corner. A must read for teens and adults alike.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Three Quarters Dead

Ronnie, 17
Richard Peck
Three Quarters Dead
2011

A suspenseful horror that will have you guessing at every turn of the page.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shantorian by Patrick Carman (2 reviews)

Hope,     15  
Patrick Carman   
Trackers: Book 2; Shantorian   
Scholastic Press    2011 

           Shantorian picks up right where the first book leaves off, with the interrogation of Adam Henderson. Adam is the head of a group of teens focused on inventing and perfecting technology. Known as the Trackers, the four kids have been sucked into a world of lies and deception. They were supposed to be tracking Shantorian, the world’s most elusive and dangerous hacker; but he was tracking them. Blamed for crimes they did not commit and betrayed by ones they trust, this will be the hardest challenge the team has ever faced. They only have each other, but can they even trust that? Adam tells his story armed with a laptop of videos and a photographic memory; but will the FBI believe him? This was a thrilling read full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the last page.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
-------------------
Jack, 12
Patrick Carman
Shantorian
scholastic press 2011

I LOVED these books because of the group of trackers.They were inviting and the story was AMAZING!I just did not think before picking this book up that it would be this good!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Darby, 15
Kersten Hamilton
Tyger Tyger
Clarion Books 2010

Tyger Tyger presented an amazing adventure in 304 pages which, in my opinion, is way too short. The plot, ideas, and characters are unique and the references to irish folklore created a new doorway to a simply hypnotic story. However, the physical medium crushes this new world to fit inside its frame causing confusion over the subjects that were glanced upon rather than being pruged. A frame is fitted for its picture not a picture is fitted into its frame and 304 pages is not the right frame for this story.

Rating: 4 Better than most