Bistro Book Club

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

Laura,  18

Alexander Gordon Smith
The Fury
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux  July 2013

This book caught my eye from the library shelf. It was a good book, but wasn't really my cup of tea. I would recommend this book to people who have enjoyed Smith's previous books and to people who like quick paced thrillers with plot turns.

Rating: 3 Readable

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth (6 reviews)

Josh,  14
Veronica Roth
Divergent
HarperCollins 2011

Really good story line but towards the ending it leaves you hanging and I think they should be part of a series...

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Austin, 15
Veronica Roth
Divergent

A girl named Beatrice is turing 16 and when you turn 16 you have to pick a faction to have. In there there are 5 different factions and she has to take a test to help her pick one but when she takes the rest she comes up divergent  and everyone says to not tell anyone because the wardens will kill you. Read more to find out what happens. It was a good book because it tells a great story

Rating: 4 Better than most.

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Cyn-Dee, 16
Veronica Roth
Divergent
Katherine Tegen Books 2011

I would recommend this book because it keeps you on your toes throughout the entire book. You never know what going to happen next. This book is about a girl who has to make the hardest decision of her life. With unknown consequences and possible rewards. This book takes you through a life choice, friendship, and love. If you ever read the Hunger Games you will love this book. i'm only saying that much because I don't want to give anything away

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Anqi,    12
Veronica Roth
Divergent
Katherine Tegen Books    2011

          Set in a dystopian Chicago, Beatrice acts and talks like an Abnegation, one of the five factions that split up the one glorious city. Each faction represents one value that that faction admires and honors. Abnegation is for selflessness, Dauntless for bravery, Erudite for smartness, Candor for honesty, and Amity for peacefulness. But Beatrice isn't satisfied with staying an Abnegation forever. Selflessness comes with its own price-plain food, gray clothes, and the inability to express oneself are some of the things Abnegation requires for their members so that they never think of themselves, but of others. But a chance does come for Beatrice on her sixteenth birthday, when all sixteen year olds gather together to choose their new factions, either to stay in their old faction or go on, and pass initiation to become a part of that new faction. But what Beatrice is about to learn is that each choice has crucial consequences-and this one choice might be the most important of all in this seemingly perfect society that might not be what they all think it is.

First of all, I loved the world of Divergent. Though the premise seems similar to other dystopian novels, like Matched or Delirium, or even the older novel of The Giver, the people in this world don't walk around like their zombies, being controlled by other people telling them what to say and do. In fact, every faction is fleshed out, the characters and culture fresh and original. I also very much enjoyed the voice of Beatrice, later renamed Tris, who comes with her own spunk and isn't monotonous like some futuristic heroines. She is also indeed a very realistic character, and though most of the time she is a very normal teenager, some situations allow her to conform into a different person, which adds even more texture to her personality.

The romance was fun as well, though the similar set-up compared to many other novels I've read was bearable but equally frustrating at points.

The thing that really set this book apart for me was the balanced action scenes; they not only gave me space to think but they weren't all just kicking and fighting, as Tris seems to develop a lot of her character during these sequences. Though this might sound tranquil, it was also very violent; if you fans of the Hunger Games thought that that book was brutal, be prepared for Divergent, because Veronica Roth is not afraid to describe blood and guts here.

Overall, I would suggest you buckle in your seatbelts for Divergent, because you will be forced to jump down not a couple of high buildings. Roth's storytelling is definitely a recent winner of young adult crowds, and the amazing debut author should be ready for an onslaught of fans (me!) when the next installment of the Divergent trilogy is released.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Elric,    15
Veronica Roth
Divergent   

           It was a great book it caught my interest really quick and I think it was the best book I read in a really long time    I want to read more books like this

Rating: 5. Hard to imagine a better book.



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Tucker ,   14
Veronica Roth
Divergent           

This was a really good book and i encourage others to read it

I want this book

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wintertown by Stephen Emond

Traivs, 16
Stephen Emond
Wintertown
Little Brown and Company 2010

I really enjoyed this book because of the comic book type theme. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Darby, 17
Victoria Schwab
The Archived
Hyperion 2013

Victoria Schwab breathes new life into the concept of zombies in The Archived.  Her interesting world of Histories (with a capital 'H'), Keepers, and the Archive drew me and the protagonist hooked me in.  Mackenzie Bishop is now one of my favorite female protagonists.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen (2 reviews)

Talysa, 17
Laura Ellen
Blind Spot
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012

A girl named Roz is leagally blind and she gets put into a life skills class with a bunch  of kids that have special needs, she meets a girl named Tricia and she is wild! The story turned into a crazy mystery about a murder. I couldn't put the gook down. It was so good! Highly Recommended

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Andrea, 14
Laura Ellen
Blind Spot
Houghten Mifflin Harcourt Publishing 2012

I love this book! A great page turner! I couldn't put it down, and when I had to I couldn't wait to pick it up. I recomend that any teen that loves mystery in real life should read this. I love how it was written in the content of which a teen would speak.

It's a book you could read 50 times and not get tired of it.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (6 reviews)


Travis, 16
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
Bloomsbury 2012

This book was good because of the bizzarew twist of old times mixed with witch craft and dark magic with romance... I would recommend this book

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.

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Izyk,  13
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
Bloomsbury 2012

I loved this book; it immediately captured my attention gasping on and not letting go. I want to read it again and again leaving me wanting more. Thank you for an awesome book!

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Joe, 16
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
Bloomsbury 2012

This book was mind blowing fun. It was incredibly fast paced. It keeps you guessing. And Just when you think that you've got it figured out it take a left spiraling turn. All in all it is a great book !!!

I love it !!!

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Kaycee, 15
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
2012

The plot of this book was so good that i would read it over and over agaijn.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Darby, 16
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
Bloomsbury 2012

Throne of Glass is a entralling mix of royal pains and badass assassins.  The romance edges between just right and too much, but the actions of the protagonist make up for it.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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nicole, 14

Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass
Bloomsbury 2012


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was an amazing book that had many unique and surprising twists and turns. I would definately recomend this book to anyone who loves adventure, romance, and mystery stories! That assassin, celaena, definitly has a great aditude and is always burying herself deeper into trouble.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book