Bistro Book Club

Monday, April 30, 2012

What Comes After by Steve Watkins

Allyson, 17
Steve Watkins
What Comes After

Iris became my friend, this book is well written and was absolutley wonderful . Her strength, gives you strength and makes your problems feel silly in comparison. Great book highly recommend!!

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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (5 reviews)

Leann, 16
Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is about a girl who comes out of a coma from an accident with her 3 best friends when a building colapsed. Mara was the only one who survived, out of all her friends. She now tries to live her not so normal life with her friends spirts haunting her. I would recommend this book .
Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Ashley, 16
Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer blew me away. I would highly recommend this book to my fellow peers. Mara Dyer is the only who survived when her and her 3 friends were in the midst of the Aslyum collapsing. This book is about how she is handling her greif. She suffers PTSD. She meets a beautiful boy named Noah at her new school . Together they encounter many strange things.

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Austin, 15
Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

When i first started reading the book I never thought it would turn out the way it did, but it was a really good book. The main character Mara Dyer she wakes up in the hospital not remembering what happened. Her parents fill her in saying that she was in an accident and her friend died and she didn't. [spoiler deleted]

Rating: 4  Better than most.
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Anqi,     12
Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing    2011

        Mara Dyer is unraveling. Ever since her two best friends and her boyfriend died in a horrible building collapse a few months ago, Mara has been seeing hallucinations, hearing voices, and having strange things happen to her whenever she is unaware. After moving to a town in Florida, Mara expects that the new atmosphere will let her live a normal life after their deaths, but things get even weirder. She believes there is much more to what happened to her friends than she knows, and discovers more mysteries along her way then she could have ever imagined. But more than anything, she didn't think that she could fall in love...but she can. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was the best suspense novel I have ever read. It read like a thriller, each page leading you to the next. Paranormal romance blends with horror in this chillingly fast read. Michelle Hodkin's beautiful imagery makes for the perfect story set-I could just walls falling and voices slipping in behind me that weren't really there like it was a movie. Mara was a beautifully developed character, capable but troubled, which made her all the more interesting and realistic. The romance had a lot of chemistry and was a continual gathering of energy that was electrifying and sweet all at once. The book gathers speed through every page, and still doesn't end when it reaches the last. I am soo excited to read Hodkin's next book; every quality in this book leaves me practically begging for more. For readers who especially enjoyed Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls, or any other paranormal/horror/suspense movie and book, you will love The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-I mean it!   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Flor, 16
Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Simon and Schuster  2011

This book was very interesting, creepy at times, it still deserves to win a prize. I loved how unusual it was and that the suspension kept me hooked through most of it. The ending was probably my favorite part of the book; I was left so surprised!

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We All Fall Down by Nic Sheff

Leann, 16
Nic Sheff
We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down was a great book for me, it has opened my eyes that I'm not the only one living with an addiction. I would recommend to anyone who is living with an addiction to read this book for an insight. The book was very well written in detail for me reading it, I couldn't put it down. That's how good it was

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

The Auslander by Paul Dowswell

Troy, 17
Paul Dowswell
The Auslander

An Austrian boy's parents die and he gets to an orphanage then he is taken in by some German family, he doesn't feel right so he runs away

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

BADD by Tim Tharp (3 reviews)

Troy, 17
Tim Tharp
BADD

This book is about a girl whose brother got shipped off to Iraq. When he returns he is very different, his sister tries to find out what happened. She ends up falling in love with a very weird boy

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Anqi,   12
Tim Tharp
BADD 
Knopf Books for Young Readers    2011

        Badd, a story about the effects of the war in Iraq and the people who witness this, both overseas and close to him, is a heartfelt and beautiful story, with an innate sense of good storytelling and enrapturing style. Ceejay, a girl who takes after her older brother, Bobby, is desperate to have her brother back when he comes to visit his family again after a respite from the war- but when he does reappear, Ceejay is disheartened to discover that he isn't the same 'badd' boy as he once was when he lived in Ceejay's small town. Her whole life, Ceejay has known who she is because her brother knew what he was- so if her brother's gone, who is Ceejay? Desperate to find an answer, and regain the brother she once knew, she embarks on multiple adventures with her brother and the friends she has always known and friends that she has just discovered, and Ceejay is surprised to find that things aren't always what they appear to be. With laugh-out-loud humor, a hilarious romance, and a beautiful message at heart, Badd, although it starts out slow, gradually livens up into a memorable book that should be read over again and again.

5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Jordan,    17 
Tim Tharp 
Badd   

          This book was interesting because of how she looked up to her brother so much. Then she saw he had changed and it helped her change and grow up a little as well.        Rating: 3 Q. Readable.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

Ashley, 17
Rae Mariz
The Unidentified

This book was full of surprise. A lot of the details would catch me off guard-but putting everything together, it completely made sense. Kid is a girl living in the future. She attends a high school that is known as "The Game." It used to be a mall at one point. A prank takes place that absolutely intrigues Kid. She starts her own conspiracy theory and she finds out she isn't too far off. The school is ran by sponsers and if you are considered "valueable" you'll gets branded-everyone dreams. The corporation finds out that Kid knows a lot more than most kids and is not the most important player.


Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Black Is for Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Jenidy, 18
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Black Is for Beginnings

I like how it's a comic book but a novel at the same time. The book was very good. If you like romance and magic, this book is for you. It's a quick and easy read and you don't want to stop because you stay interested.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Soul Thief by Jana Oliver (3 reviews)

Bree, 16
Jana Oliver
Soul Thief
St. Martins

Soul Thief picks right up where the Demon Trapper's Daughter leaves off. Riley is still trying to find her father and is dealing with a huge demon attack. Riley learns some dark things and it may change things forever.

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

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Ashley, 18
Jana Oliver
Soul Thief
St. Martins Griffin 9-2011

Soul Thief is a great second book to Demon Trappers Daughter. In this book Riley realizes who she should trust. She loses someone she loves and she tries to find her father. I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first book.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Brandon, 16
Jana Oliver
Soul Thief
2011

This is a great book. I absolutely loved it. This book tells the life of a very unfortunate girl who has to deal with the death of both her parents and betrayal from everyone she trusts.

Rating: 5  Hard to imagine a better book.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Bree, 16
Jennifer Estep
Touch of Frost
Kensington

I like how the book is based off of ancient mythology. Anyone with an interest in history or Gods could very easily enjoy this book. Gwen is a great character to fall in love with and I could hardly put this book down.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Bree, 16
Jana Oliver
Forgiven
St. Martins Press 2012

Forgiven is the 3rd book in the Demon Trappers series, and by far the best so far. With Atlanta slowly being taken over by demons, the Vatican comes to restore peace but what they don't know is Riley owes it to heavan to stop Armagedon, and that day is coming soon.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Drake, 13
Kate Messner
Eye of the Storm
Walker and Company 2012

I found this book very intertaining and fun because it puts a new and vibrant spin on storms, the future, parent/child relationships, technology, and naturally grown food. Kate puts a monkey's wrench in the expected

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard

Shalyn, 12
Kami Kinard
The Boy Project
Scholastic 2012

Awsome I might even try that formula love the book wish it was longer

Rating: 3 Readable

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (3 reviews)

Krys, 15
Kendara Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood
Tor Teen 2012

This book made me want to leave the lights on when I went to sleep. I enjoyed following Cas throughout the story. A very compelling book, I didn't want to close the book. it made me jump at every little sound. The story is just so realistic!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Dria,    17
Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood   
2011

        Cas Lowood has taken over his father's job as ghost detroyer, after his father was eaten by one of his ghostly suspects. His journey leads him to a very frightening and violent ghost called Anna Dressed in Blood, who kills anyone that trespasses in her house. But for some reason, when he is thrown into said house by some football jocks, Anna doesn't kill him. This book was suspenseful and full of turns (both unexpected and sought out). I loved the accuracy of the supernatural aspect, the author did her research. I also loved the voice both from the writer and from each individual charecter. This is definitly not a shallow book. It kept me on my toes, which is a must have for any book I read.    the ending was a bit open ended and left much to be desired, I'm certain a sequel is possible and probably coming but the way the story played out I don't think it should go there.

Rating: 4 Better than most


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Briana,    16
Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood   
2011

          Cas is a unique character. As the story developes, you are drawn farther into his world. The book has a final plot twist that will keep you riveted.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Croak by Gina Damico


Briana, 16
Croak
Gina Damico
Houghton Mifflin 2012

This book takes a normally gloomy or depressing topic and makes it something new. The idea of being sixteen, with anger issues,and getting a job as a grim reaper has not been done. This book was alternatly halariously funny and depressingly sad. (At appropriate moments) Great read, hope to see the sequel soon.

Rating:  4 Better than most

Should this book be on a list of best books for teens? Yes
I want a copy of this book at the end of the year 

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

Krys, 15
Ellen Potter
The Kneebone Boy
Feiwel & Friends  2010

I fell (extreamly) in love with the book. I loved all the characters. Ellen makes them come to life and makes it seem like they are on their adventure right now. I would love to have this book, then i could read it as much as I want. I didn't want to stop reading it. I didn't want it to end! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and even piecing things together.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Kaysee, 15
Abby McDonald
Getting Over Garrett Delaney
Candlewick 2012

How much would you change or give up for a guy? Wow this book is beyond amazing. For all the girls who have ever changed for a boy or just like good books will get a kick out of this book. McDonald has crafted a book that could be any teen girl in high school today. Sadie is completely in love with her best friend. Sadie has to understand how to get over a love as well as understand how to become her own person. This book will help anyone as well as find yourself. This book outlines how to deal with being in love. This book was wrapped up amazing.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (2 reviews)

AJ, 14
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Future of Us
2011

The Future of Us is an amazing book pushing two old friends to come together and learn about their future through the power of Facebook. I would recomend this book to anyone who loves technology or or mystery.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Amee, 14
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
The Future Of Us
2011

This book takes place in 1996 where two friends had discovered facebook. Emma and Josh constantly try to do things to face their future and rely on the aspect of time change. This is a great book to always keep you guessing! This book is good for those who have always wondered what little things you do in a day may change your future.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

Darby, 15
Meg Medina
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
Candlewick Press 2012

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind... the title promised me an adventure of magic. Yet, it was anything but it. Long story short, It was amazing and unexpected. The main character, Sonia has spent her life being the hope of her small town because of the circumstances of her birth. She is forced to wear all of her people's hopes and dreams as a heavy shawl. Very different. The story drew forth many emotions from me and boredom was not one of them.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Darby, 15
Andrew Lane
Death Cloud
Farrar Straus Giroux 2011

Death Cloud was a remarkable twist on the well known character, Sherlock Homes.  However, this one is a teenager. I loved the young Sherlock because it was easier to connect. As an added bonus, the mystery and plot were indulging.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, April 13, 2012

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly (3 reviews)

Darby, 15
L. A. Weatherly
Angel Burn
Candlewick Press 2011

In Angel Burn, there are angels that behave like demons. They eat human's souls/life energy while they release toxin, angel burn, that not only creates disease but also makes the human think the angel is their salvation. It was different and very original. Alex, however, knows what the heck they're doing and is hunting them down. He was a great character. Willow Fields was the most kick-ass weird chick who streamed cool at the beginning of the book. I absolutely loved her. All in all, it was a great book and I'm definitely excited to see if the expected sequel will be up to par.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Danielle, 15
L.A. Weatherly
Angel Burn
Candlewick Press 2011

Angel Burn is one of my favorite books from all time. It is a twist on angels, portraying them as evil creatures that prey on human's energy. Alex is a hunter dedicated to killing them but it's interesting to see what happens when he meets a half angel, half human hybrid. Willow has always known she was different and, with the help of Alex, she learns who she is. This book is truly fantastic.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Briana,    16   
L.A. Weatherly
Angel Burn
2011

      This is definitly worth more than one read.    This is an origional take on angelic beings. As the protagonist deals with her psycic abilities and attempts to save the world, you become drawn into the story and feel connected to the characters.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

Elizabeth S., 16
The Watch that Ends the Night
Allan Wolf
2011

    The Watch that Ends the Night was an incredible book that recreated the sinking of the Titanic. The aspect I liked about it was that it focused more on the actual people on the Titanic, instead of the mechanics involved in the Titanic's sinking. The story is told from the point of view of about twenty characters, each of them unique in their own way. It's easy to tell that Wolf did his research. Wolf did such an amazing job describing the people, it felt as though they were long-lost friends, or people I had always known. Once the end of the book came, I was genuinely distraught when some of them didn't make it in the end. I highly recommend this book for Titanic fans, or even people who don't know much about the Titanic - I was one of those people, and this book is easily on my top five book list! It's an amazing book that I know I'm going to read again and again!

Rating:  5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, April 6, 2012

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

anthony, 17
Lex Thomas
Quarantine: The Loners
Egmont 2012

Quarantine is the start of a series in which pre-pubescents spread a disease that kills adults. The disesase starts off in David's high school, and the school is quarantined shortly after. The book takes place a year after, and all older students die off as they reach the end of puberty. Many factions have been formed in the school, The Jocks, the Pretty ones, the Geeks, The Nerds, The Sluts, and the Freaks. every two weeks supplies are dropped, and there is all out war in the school. David is a member of no group and is a loner with his brother. The leader of  the Jocks hates him so he has to hide out most of the time. This book was great, one of the best that i have read in a long time. I cannot wait until the sequel is out.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne


anthony, 17
Emmy Laybourne
Monument 14
Fiewel and Friends 2012

Monument 14 takes place in the near future where technology is only a little more advanced than now. It takes place in a smaller town in the mountains. everthing starts on a normal day to school when suddenly bricksized pieces of hail start raining down. six kids make it into a nearby grocery store and after a huge earthquake a govenment made bio weapon is accidently released. the six kids seal themselves into the grocery store. I thought that this book was very realistic because the technology and the way that there was very little gasoline is a possible future for us. I thought it was well written and I greatly  enjoyed the story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys apocalypse style novels.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (3 reviews)


Kaysee  C., 16
Cassandra Clare
Clookwork Prince
2012

The Clockwork Prince is a amazing book that is a perfect book for The Infernal Devices series. The book is one that could stand alone but would be a little hard to understand the relationships between the charters. I would recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of the Mortal Instruments series. This book does set up for another book.  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Jessica, 15
Cassandra Clare 
Clockwork Prince 
Margaret K McElderry Publishing 2011

Clare has outdone herself! An amazing sequel to the prequel of her original series, The Immortal Instruments. Clare expands on her world of Shadowhunters and gives her readers exactly what they want while still leaving enough mystery for us to get up and pre-order the next book.This second installment in The Infernal Devices took my expectations, crazy-glued them to a NASA rocket, and launched them into space. Needless to day, I have every one of her out-coming novels on pre-order.



Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


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Beth, 16
Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince
McElderry Books 2011

Cassandra Clare has always been on my watch list. She writes a book, I know I must buy it. She never fails to impress. Clockwork Prince was no exception. The sequel to Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince has an equal amount of Elizabethan tastefulness with a twist of modern passion. I love how her characters seem so human one moment than completely human the next. It makes them easy to connect to and I must say that as a reader when you can find a similarity between you and a character it makes the book that much more enjoyable. It feels like Clare always tries to incorporate a diverse range of characters in her novels so anyone can relate, which takes real skill in my opinion.

Keep writing, Cassy!! I think I would have to hunt down the culprit if you ever stopped. . . You are an inspiration!

Rating:5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Fire by James Patterson

Brandon, 17
James Patterson
The Fire
Little Brown

This is a great book, it really grabbed me. I liked the storyline behind it but I disliked the way it was told in some parts.

Rating: 4 Better than most.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (2 reviews)


Bree, 17
Maureen Johnson
The Name of the Star
GP Putnam's sons

A girl named Rory starts attending a school in London. The day she returns is the day after the first "New Ripper's" murder. Rory is the only person to witness this man near her school, the site of another murder.

This book is extremely well written. I love reading and whenever this book wasn't in my hands. I was dying to go home and read more.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.

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Briana, 16
Maureen Johnson
The Name of the Star
g. p. putnam's sons 2011

Louisiana native Rory is tossed into a modern day rippermania in London. The book is fun, catchy , and kept me pulled in until the end. The ending was good, but it was almost an obvious cliff hanger. It was kind of odd, but still good.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greeland

Kaysee C, 16
Shannon Greeland
The Summer My Life Began
Penguin Publishing 2012

A fabulous romance with a very unexpected guy . . . The opportunity to explore her love of cooking . . . The freedom to be whomever she wants . . . DETAILS: This is what seventeen-year-old Em gets when she goes to spend a month at her aunt’s island resort. It’s a dream come true—and exactly the break Em needed from her strict family and their high expectations of her. But when Em uncovers a long-buried secret about her family, everything changes. And suddenly, Em finds herself making some big choices about her future—choices she never dreamed she’d have the chance to make . . . This book is a fast read that grabs you from the first page. The book is a little long but reads extremely fast. The twist and turns of Em summer will leave you guessing the family's secret tell the end. Hard to imagine a better book. This book was from netgalley.com

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Darby, 15
Colleen Houck
Tiger's Voyage
Splinter 2011

This book is too much of a good thing when every other book is a good one.  The continuous love triangle of Ren, Kishan, and Kelsey seems to be Twilight Team Jacob vs. Team Edward all over again.  The first in the series was good but now it's just repeating over-done plots.  This might be good in ten years (after all similar book die down in popularity), but right now it is a gem in a pile of rubies.

Rating: 2 Needs work