Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Burning Nation by Trent Reedy

Tim  J., 14
Trent  Reedy
Burning  Nation
Scholastic  Inc. 2015

    In  Burning  Nation  by  Trent  Reedy  we  return  Daniel  Wrights  struggle  to  stay  alive  during  Idaho's  war  on  the  United  States.  As  Daniel  fights  on  with  the  Idaho  Guard  he  is  faced  with  many  hard  choices.  And  in  facing  these  challenges  he  knows  that  the  wrong  decision  could  lead  to  more  terrible  things  then  he  could  ever  imagine.      There  are  not  many  books  that  I  can  read  twice.  After  I  read  a  book  I'll  just  move  on  to  the  next  book.  But  Burning  Nation  is  one  that  I  could  over  and  over  again.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book. I  loved  this  book  and  would  love  a  copy!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman

Maria, 15
Sarah Darer Littman
Backlash
2015

Backlash is a very relatable story of teen problems with Cyberbullying. It hooks you with the many perspectives of the characters and lures you into every chapter.I highly recommend this book to anyone looking on insight as to why some teens do what they do-giving you understanding as to why some teen problems (having to do with Cyberbulling) occur. Interesting and relatable.

Rating: 4 Better than most

I would like a copy of this book at the end of the year.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Tim  J., 14
Trent  Reedy
Divided  We  Fall
Scholastic  Inc. 2014

   Divided  We  Fall  by  Trent  Reedy  is  the  story  of  a  young  man  in  the  Idaho  National  Guard.  When  the  Govener  of  Idaho  declares  themselves  independent  from  the  other  states  he  is  torn  between  his  duty  to  his  country  and  his  state.  Divided  We  Fall  is   an  epic  read  that  you  will  want  to  read  over  and  over  again.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

Dylan A., 15
Kendare Blake
Mortal Gods
Tor Teen 2014

I love this book but the end made me sooooo mad.  I hate when the reazder doesn't know what happened.  i really hope that there is a third book, I want to read it sooooooo bad. But otherwise good book.  Totes loved it

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Young World by Chris Weitz

Dylan A. ,15
Chris Weitz
Young World
Little, Brown and Company   2014

I have read way too many post-apocalyptic books that say the same thing, he loves her she loves him, blah, blah, blah; but this book is nothing like that.  There may be love but the whole book is not focused on it.  I love all the action in this book, it kept me on the edge of my toes from the pig, to the canabalism, to the polar bear in the art museum.  This book is very different and I loved it.  I hope there is a sequel

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Cara, 14
April Henry
The Body in the Woods
Henry Holt 2014

AWESOME!!! I loved this book. I loved the mystery from the murders! It is probably one of my favorite books.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

Dylan A., 14
Cynthia Weil
I'm Glad I Did
Soho Teen, 2015

This book was a little hard to read at the beginning but it picked up right away. I loved how the author made it look like all the clues pointed to Bernie. Thanx for making a great book:)

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (2 reviews)

Echo, 16
Paul Acampora
I Kill the Mockingbird
Roaring Book Press 2014

I loved this book! It was very well written. Every time I put this book down, I wanted to pick it right back up. It gave a new perspective to making people interested in books. I would recommend this book with no hesitation.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Isaac, 14
Paul Acampora
I Kill The Mockingbird

This book was hilarious and genius. I loved it, especially since I just read "To Kill a Mockingbird". I really related with characters and I think they were geniuses.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Tim, 14
Katie  Alender
Famous  Last  Words
Scholastic 2015

 Famous  Last  Words  by  Katie  Alender  is  the  story  of  a  young  girl  who  is  being  haunted  by  ghosts.  At  this  time  there  is  also  a  serial  killer  at  large.  Then  Willa  meats  Wyatt.  together  the  two  try  to  solve  Willa's  ghost  problem.  But  she  also  finds  out  that  the  serial  killer  could  be  sharing  the  house  with  her.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, December 19, 2014

Big Game by Dan Smith

Tim, 14
Dan  Smith
Big  Game
Scholastic 2015

 In  Big  Game  by  Dan  Smith  we  follow  a  young  boy  who  sets  out  to  prove  himself  in the  Trial.  But  in  the  Trial  he  runs  into  streams  of  bad  luck,  until  he  runs  into  the President  of  the  United  States.  He  decides  to  help  the  President  find  his  way  through  the  woods  and  mountains  to  his  village  before  the  terrorists  get  them.    

Rating: 4 Better than most

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (3 reviews)

Sierra, 16
Kendra Blake
Antigoddess
Tom Doherty Associates 2013

This was a really good book. It held my interest. For someone we who enjoys Greek Mythology, it's a really good modern novel to read!

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Nick, 18
Kendare Blake
Antigoddess
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 2013

I have always been a fan of Greek mythology. This book puts a modern day aspect on the Greek gods. Twilight of the gods. Death of them all. While some do the best to keep their sanity, others have turned into horrid monsters. A real page turner. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Greek mythology

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Dylan A., 14
Kendare Blake
Antigoddess
Tor Teen
September 2013

Antigoddess was a book of amazing potential.  The Twilight of the gods, how brilliant.  This book as amazing, the death of all old gods to come.  The gods go on a mission to find the prophetess Cassandra of Troy in modern day and Odysseus.  I would recomend this book to everyone.  An amazingly good book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Dylan A., 14
Heather Demetrios
Exquisite Captive
Balzer+Bray 2014

I ABSOULUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Totally better than Aladdin. I loved how they had to pull their magic or chiann from the elements and didm"t just have it in them. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Great job Heather!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (2 reviews)

 Morris Award Finalist

Dylan, 14
Leslye Walton
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Candlewick Press 2014

AWESOME BOOK!!! Had me on the edge of my seat wanting more. To me the beginning was a little hard to read but it picked up right away. Loved it! Great Job Leslye!!!!!

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Evelyn, 13
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Candlwick  2014

I loved it!!! It was written very well to my standards Although the plot was very interesting I thought it was very well organized. I can’t wait to read another of Leslyes books.

I would love to have a copy of the book when it is done at the library.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Best of the Bistro

All teens are welcome to the Bistro Book Club. Teens who have belonged and submitted reviews are a very diverse bunch. Some are valedictorians and some are in the Department of Corrections. Some are in middle school, some are in high school, and some are autodidacts. Some are autistic and some are artistic.

The links to the following reviews can help you see what makes a good Bistro-style review. The Bistro Book Club rules are:

  • Never apologize for your reading tastes. (Rosenberg's First Law of Reading)
  • No two people ever read the same book. (Every book is a collaborative effort between the imaginations of the writer and the reader)
  • No one ever reads the same book twice. (Di read The Lord of the Rings seventeen times when she was seventeen. Each time she started it she was different than she had been before)