Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner (5 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18
Multiple Authors edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
Welcome to Bordertown
Random House    2011

          According to the introduction, Bordertown is a concept that originated in the 1980s when urban fantasy was just beginning to get a foothold in the literary world. The concept is this: There is a town between the two Realms, the Realm of Fairy and the Human Realm where runaways from both worlds can begin new lives and where magic and technology only work most of the time and are often combined together to make devices such as motorcycles that run on spellboxes. After the world was created some of the greatest names in fantasy were unleashed to write short stories and poems within Bordertown. Among those great names were Charles de Lint, Terri Windling, Emma Bull, Patricia McKillip, and Will Shetterly who brought their love of rock and roll and elements of the cities they had lived in to create a city where the blood red river water turns you mad and elves and humans are in the best rock and roll bands ever. Their characters became friends, stories crossed over, and everyone managed to contribute something original without straying from the accepted parameters of the world. Unfortunately because there have been no new writings since the 1990s Bordertown has become a little known world to 21st century teen readers. Therefore a new anthology has been formed to introduce the kids who grew up on Harry Potter and Twilight to the wonders of Bordertown. Many of the original anthology writers have contributed as well as some more familiar names for younger readers: Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Jane Yolen, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Annette Curtis Klause. Altogether there are 13 short stories, 8 poems, and 1 graphic novel that made a collection of short stories that I could barely put down. I loved Cory Doctorow's story of the struggle to bring the Internet to Bordertown where bytes are transmitted by carrier pigeon and Janni Lee Simner's tale of what happens when two teens raised on Twilight face real vampires and werewolves. Despite the general dislike for short stories I think that teens will embrace Welcome to Bordertown wholeheartedly. Crank up your favorite rock and roll music and go looking for Bordertown.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Anthony,     16 
Many authors 
Welcome to Bordertown 
Random house    2011

            Bordertown is a place on the border between the human and fey (although they prefer trueblood) world. Bordertown was recently lost for thirteen years on the human side but only thirteen days on the borderside. This is a collection of stories from many authors about life on the border. Lots of stories I liked and some I didn't. There is a story for everyone in bordertown. 

Rating4 Better than most
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Briana,    16   
Welcome to Bordertown   
2011

       I do not enjoy scary or depressing stories. This book was not a favorite, but it was captivating.    This is a collection of dark and funny stories that made me laugh, cry, and cringe as I read it. I enjoyed some of the stories and suffered thru others. This collections of stories covers numerous types so most people will find at least one story to love and relate to.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Kaysee,    15
23 different authors
Welcome to Bordertown
Random House    2011

          Welcome to Bordertown by twenty-three authors is an outstanding book. While this my be short stories it holds you to the book there are all diffrent types of writing. There is something for everyone in this book no matter what you like to read. The book is a complete stand alone.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Philip, 15
Many Authors
Welcome to bordertown
Random house children books
2011

Welcome To bordertown was a great colection of different storys for the town of bordertown and was a great book

Rating: 4 Better than most

A Web of Air by Philip Reeve

Dalen, 14
Philip Reeve
A WEB OF AIR
SCHOOLASTIC PRESS
2010

A WEB OF AIR was a book of epic poportions. A steam Punk instant classic. The storyline takes place in the future and i loved it. (had not read Forest Crumb)

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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anthony,    16 
philip reeve 
a web of air 
scholastic press    2011

          I really loved the first book so i decided to read this one. I thought that in a web of air, fever was a completely different character than before. In the first book she was strong-minded and didn't want to back down. In this book, at the end, she completely just gives in to her mother and lets them keep flight generations away. She also begs arlo to take her with her in a complete breakdown.I thought this removed her good character factor. Overall I thought it was a very disapointing sequel. 

Rating: 2 Needs work

The Space Between by Breanna Yovanoff

Dalen, 14
Breanna Yovanoff
THE SPACE BETWEEN
Penguin Books Ltd, 2011

The Space Between is a book about the daughter of Satan and she urns to be in the Earth with the humans. It's an intense journy with a bit of intensity. i dont want to spoil the story so you will have to read it to understand.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Between by Jessica Warman

Luna,  15
Jessica Warman
Between
2011

this book is one of my new favoirtes even tho i kinda hate it haha Liz truned from a jerk to a sweetheart and i love happy endings. this book really got me thinking about what if there are ghosts and are watching us but cant make any signs to let us know kinda freaky :D i think ever teen should read it, ill bet you love it!:)

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Eve by Anna Carey (2 reviews)

Darby, 15
Anna Carey
Eve
Harper 2011

Eve is one of the most original books I've read for awhile.  The plot entails a different twist that I absolutely loved.  The main character, Eve, has a compelling personality while being rather funny.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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lolita, 16
Anna Carey
Eve
2011

amazing book i loved the way the writer described the way the main carecter felt and the way things went. left me hungry for more cant wait fo the next book

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy

Brie, 18
Sharks & Boys
Kristen Tracy
Hyperion 2011

 When reading Sharks & Boys, it was really hard to follow and get into. Something’s weren’t as detailed as other where it was slow moving and didn’t grab my attention. Over all the entire Theme is great. Eight teens do what they can to do in order to survive. It’s realistic and intense in some areas. Something like this can actually happen, so it gives the reader a perspective on what it’s like to be stranded with no food and no water. I don’t think I can recommend this book. I guess it just depends on who is reading it if they like it or not.

Rating 3: Readable

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett (3 reviews)



Julia, 14
Tracy Barrett
Dark of the Moon
Harcourt 2011

In a strange twist of the odd myth of the Minotaur, a young girl named Adriadne is raised with the title "She-Who-Will-Be-Goddess" by the religion that her home island worships. Her mother, She-Who-Is-Godess hosts the soul of a goddess during a festival and picks a man who hosts the goddess's husband, Velcanos, and sacrifices him after three days to keep the island safe and plentiful. She is currently training to become She-Who-Is-Goddes when a strange twist of events occurs when a tribute group sent to the island from Athens holds young Thesus, and when everything seems to begin to spin out of control, Ariadne struggles to keep her mentalites in one piece. Oh! Did I mention the The Minotaur is Adriadne's brother? And he isn't what everyone say he is to be... Recommend to all adventurous and mythical lovers!! I would kill for a copy of this book!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Drake, 13
Tracy Barrett
Dark of the Moon
2011

This twist of the old tale, in my oppion, is far greater than the original. it was a fantastic read that I felt was brilliantly crafted.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Danielle,    15
Tracy Barrett
Dark of the Moon
Harcourt Children's Books    2011

        Dark of the Moon was an excellent book. I enjoyed reading the new takes on many Greek myths. The character Ariadne is a very interesting person who is destined to be the next Goddess. She gives up everything to help her brother who was born a monster. It was very well written and I liked it a lot.     

Rating: 4 Better than most

A Templar’s Gifts by Kat Black

Drake, 13
Kat Black
A Templar’s Gifts
Scholastic Press 2011

I found it interesting none the less, but I felt like I spent to much time in Tormod's head.

Rating: 3 Readable

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

Chelsea,  15
Mary Lindsey
Shattered Souls
2011

This book had me from the start, a book about ghost and love. The main character named Lenzi or she's knows as Rose to every unearthly friend she makes on her Adventure. She learns about her past lives and helps earth-bound souls along the way. She defies rules to save the love of her life and almost loses her life as she goes. This was an amazing book and I couldnt keep from turning the pages and reading on. If there is more books to come please tell.(: It was one of the best books I've ever read.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Athena's Son by Jeryl Schoenbeck

Dani , 12
Jeryl Schoenbeck
Athena's Son
Papyrus Publishing 2011

I'm not a big fantasy fan so i was very happy to find the title of this book somewhat misleading. its not about magic and greek gods its about Arcimedes a young scientist in ancient egypt. its a great mystery with lots of surprises.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book