Friday, April 20, 2018

Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher


The book "Sapphique" by Catherine Fisher is the second book, right after "Incarceron", about a boy named Finn who lives in a giant prison that has been sealed from the outside world for a long time. After the events of the previous book, Finn needs to find his way back into the prison so that from inside he can find a way out so all his friends can leave too. However now he is also presented with the responsibilities of being a prince and trying his best to not get killed in the process.

I really enjoyed reading Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher. The characters were well presented and the story, well told. Although at the beginning the book may be confusing because of just how different the prison is from our world, by the end it all makes sense and I was left surprised by how simple but confusing it was. It is an interesting book I'd recommend to anyone who likes science fiction and/or good books.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library


Monday, April 16, 2018

Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo


Diana finds a human struggling to survive on the shores of her island. Humans are forbidden, and anyone who brings on onto the island may face exile. But Diana can't leave the human to die. She rescues the girl, Alia, and hides her in a cave. When she leaves to figure out a plan, the island shakes. The first ever earthquake takes. Diana's best friend, Maeve, is injured. Diana knows this has something to do with Alia. Alia is a warbringer, direct descendant of Helen of Troy. That means that when she turns 16, chaos will fall upon the Earth. The only way to stop this other than killing Alia would be to take her to the spring where Helen was buried, in Greece. Diana and Alia go to the World of Man, to stop density.

I loved this  Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo, so much, it surprised me. I honestly did not think I would really enjoy it, but I was wrong. I did not know about the DC icons series, so I was very excited to hear about. My mind was blown! I definitely recommend this book to Superhero/Adventure lovers. Amazing book, 100%. There were so many different aspects and relations to the real world that makes the storyline even more perfect.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Restribution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin


Mara finds out that she is NOT a patient, but a pawn in an experiment. Angry, she struggles to find Noah, not believing that he is dead. When Jude mysteriously leaves a tape, helping her escape, Mara is surprised. She escapes the Institution with Stella and Jamie, and continues her quest to find Noah, and prove that he is alive. She will do anything for the only one who believed in her.

The Restribution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin, was the perfect conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy. I'm super sad that it's over, but I'm looking forward to checking out the Noah Shaw series. I was really excited when I found out about it. Honestly, I feel as if the books in the series all tied together perfectly, and the plot was spot on intriguing. I highly encourage those who read the other books to finish off the series with this last book. 'Till the Noah Shaw series!

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker

Elizabeth is one of the best king's witch hunters. But things change when she is found with some witch herbs which sentenced her to burn at the stake. However, all of her execution plan was only for capturing the most wanted wizard of the country, Nicholas. The king's men knew he would come and save Elizabeth from it because he knew she would help him with his curse, according to prophecies. Meanwhile, Elizabeth doesn't know that her execution was only a lie so she goes with him. As the story goes on, she realizes of what she and other witch hunters have done to the families of who performed magic and she changes her mind about magic. But, something more is waiting for her. Something she needs to face in order save Nicholas.

 The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker, is about 362 pages, which includes 31 chapters. It's a pretty long book to read and takes some hours. In overall, it is a fine book. Its audience is mostly teenagers and young adults, the main character is exactly like today's teenagers even though the story takes place in old times. I liked the book. It shows you how someone can be change by only seeing the other side of view. It teaches you that sometimes something might be so true and real to you, but only by taking a look out of how it is, you'd understand of how it does not seem right at all. In conclusion, I recommend this book to teenagers and young adults who are interested in adventure, magic, witches, power and a little bit of romance.

Reviewed by Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Endure, by Sara Larson

Alex is still stuck under Rafe's order of protecting him. Fearing this will hurt Damien somehow, she tries all she can to avoid Rafe, hoping he dies to end his command. With war coming lose, Andion needs to prepare. As Damien readies his troops, Alex sets out to free Rylan from the enemy. As Alex sets foot onto enemy territory, she learns secrets she would otherwise have not known.

I think Endure, by Sara Larson, made an amazing end  to this trilogy. Though I loved this book, there were many events I was upset about. But in all, I'm sure the lovers of the previous two books in the series will want to check out this final story. This book is an adventure/fantasy book for teens. I honestly think this book is the same story line (or similar) to the books by Sarah Mass, Victoria Aveyard, etc. Any lovers of those books should definitely read this series.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ignite, by Sara Larson


When twins Vera and Rafe visit the castle, Alexa notices they have something up their sleeve. This theory is confirmed when Rafe takes Jax hostage, and Vera has control over the minds of Damien and the Antonian army. But things don't add up when Blevonese soldiers start attacking. Alexa is stuck between saving Jax, and staying to help Damien. But she is willing to risk her life to save the people she loves.

I think this was the perfect sequel to Defy.  There is a cliffhanger at the end though, which is okay with some, but not others. Ignite, by Sara Larson, is the perfect transition to the next book, Endure. I feel that anyone who read/loved the first book should definitely read Ignite, and will also love it. This book, like Defy, is an adventure/fantasy based book for all readers who love this sort of genre.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz works a plan to get revenge on Van Eck, and destroy his reputation. They have barely survived a deadly heist, and now they must work to free Inej. When an unexpected race of Shu attack, no Grisha is safe. The crew works to end Van Eck, but also plan to send the Grisha to Ravka, where they will be safe. But they all know that once their work is done, they will split up, and possibly never see each other again.

I loved this book, butat the same time I was sad that the series is over. I'm glad the cliffhanger from the first book was solved. The only thing I did not like was one event that happened at the end. I have to say that whoever read the first book, I highly encourage you to read this one. This book met all my expectations, and I am in love with it. I was terribly sad when I finished it. Definitely recommed readers to read this series, starting from Six of Crows, along with the Grisha trilogy if you're interested.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Assassin's Curse, by Kevin Sands


In 17th century London, apothecaries apprentice Christopher Rowe gets invited to the King of England's party when an assassin puts poison in drinks and makes an assassin anion attempt on the King and multiple other nobles. Now Christopher, and his loyal friends Tom and Sally venture to France to get to the bottom of this mystery. While there they discover new friends and enemies and also find a path of clues that leads them to one of the most valuable treasures found yet.

 The Assassin's Curse, by Kevin Sands, is an exciting mystery novel and the third in the Christopher Rowe's adventures. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves mysteries and action books. Also anybody who has read the other books in the series should definitely read this one. What I liked about this book is that it combines real history with fiction and makes it seem like a true story at the same time. It also has many unexpected twists and turns and dead ends. But the clues mean that you can guess along and figure out the clues too.

Reviewed by TJ, Grade 8
Montrose

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Defy, by Sarah B Larson

Alexa and her twin Marcel are forced to make a descion once their parents die. Alexa must disguise as a boy, or face the fate of the breeding house. Marcel and Alexa are taken be the Antonia's army, and must serve in the royal guard. Alexa becomes Alex, and Marcel helps keep her secret. After Marcel is killed, Alex needs to keep her secret on her home. Things become awry when she is assigned to guard Prince Damien. Can Alexa keep her secret, and also fall for the Prince at the same time?

This book has become my new must read series. I have been looking for a book to read after the Court of Thornes and Roses series, and this book showed up on my recommendations list on Goodreads. This genre is the kind I love to read, fictional adventure with a bit of romance. I recommend Defy, by Sarah B Larson for anyone who has read/loved the Throne of Glass, Court of Thornes, and Red Queen series. It has the same feel as the other series I have mentioned. The book should definitely be checked out, and I personally really enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson

Isobel is an artist who creates portraits for the fair folk. She receives her first royal costumer, the autumn prince Rook. When Isobel paints sorrow into Rook's eyes, he is furious.She is spirited away with Rook to stand trial.During their journey, they are attacked. They depend each other on survival, and in turn, fall in love.

This book is a standalone, so I was very sad to see that this book is short.  I would have liked it better if there was a bigger plot. I started getting bored near the end, but the beginning and middle were pretty good. In conclusion, I would recommend this book for those who like standalone, and who don't mind a shorter plot. But in my opinion, this book was not for me.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas


Feyre returns to Velaris,delighted to be reunited with her friends. Lucien is with her, and tension rises with his mate, Elain. Nesta and Elain are now High Fae, and the changes are visible. Rhys and Feyre prepare for war against King Hybern, recruiting allies with the other High Lords. It is a hard task to convince all courts to join them, especially with the Spring and Autum court, who hate Rhysand.

I loved this sequel!  It is the perfect addition to the  Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas series. What I love the most is that there is no cliffhanger! I am excited to see what the 4th book will bring. It's just so sad we have to wait until May, 2018! This book is teen/young adult fiction.

Reviewed by Anisa, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Prospero's Children, by Jan Siegel


Prospero's Children, by Jan Siegel, begins with a 16 year old girl and her family. They move to an old house that they have got it from a relative in England for summer vacation. The house itself, is pretty old and damaged so her father decides to sell the house and get a better place for summer. Her name is Fern and she has to live with her younger brother, Will, until her father comes back from New York. Meanwhile, her father's girlfriend takes the charge of selling the house. However, the house isn't just a regular one, it is full of mysteries. Fern and Will find out more about the house and its history. They start looking for a key to open the gate to the Atlantis, but they are not alone in this adventure. Their father's girlfriend also knows about the key and that is why she has been in charge of the house to find it and gain power. She is the only one who is stopping them from finding it, but she is not sure if the kids know anything about it. As the story goes on, Fern and Will find more and more clues to find the key and so does their father's girlfriend. Will they ever find the key? If they do, what would happen next?

This book at first was pretty interesting. At the very beginning, the story was written so well and strongly. However, it wasn't like this when I continued reading it. For me, events happened so slowly and I almost got so bored and tired while reading it. The problem is, it takes a long time for an exciting scene to happen and surprise the reader. However, some may have other opinions and find this book interesting. Prosper's Children is suitable for teenagers and maybe young adults, but mostly for teenagers since the main characters are about 15 and 16 years old. At the beginning, it made me so excited and interested in what will happen at the end, but as I read more and more, I got really tired and bored and I even stopped reading the rest of it! However, this does not make this book to be a bad and boring one.

Reviewed by 
Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

This amazing book, known as A Wrinkle in Time, has a very unique plot. The book starts off by introducing the main character, Meg Murry. She is not the smartest girl or the prettiest. Meg and her brother, Charles Wallace, have a mother, Mrs. Murry and a father, Mr. Murry that has disappeared. When Meg, Charles, and their friend Calvin, were walking in the midnight, Meg started peeling very tired and weak. Next thing we know, she is on this planet with the other two boys and these three old ladies which all have a last name starting with a "W. This whole book is based on them trying to find Meg's father, Mr. Murry. They all go through a lot of adventures and at towards the end, the book takes a lot of unexpected turns that really makes you wanna read more.

I would definitely recommend A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, to anyone who likes books with adventures. If you are interested in a book based on a lot of magic spontaneous and unexpected events than this is the book for you. I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed the writing style that made me want to keep reading. The characters were really unique and entertaining throughout the whole story. The book does not have any boring parts and is very fast paste. My favorite part of the book would probably the ending because of how unexpected it was. So, if you really like adventurous style books, A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect book for you.

Reviewed by E.B., Grade 8
Grandview Library




Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher


The book "Incarceron" by Catherine Fisher is about a boy named Finn who lives in a giant prison that has been sealed from the outside world for a long time. Finn forgot how he got into the prison but is sure he was not born there because of a strange mark on his wrist. Him and his friends end up doing their best to escape the prison. On their way to freedom they face challenges and eventually reach what they think is the exit.

 The characters were well presented and the story, well told. Although at the beginning the book may be confusing because of just how different the prison is from our world, by the end it all makes sense and I was left surprised by how simple but confusing it was. It is an interesting book I'd recommend to anyone who likes science fiction and/or good books.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s third adventure begins with the rescue of two mysterious half-bloods, Nico and Bianca. During the mission, however, they lose Annabeth, and Percy is determined to find her. Worse, with Chiron gone, the camp now has a new director-a man named Tantalus who cannot eat or drink. With monsters everywhere and a dangerous enemy on the rise, Percy and friends must join forces with the Hunters for a chance at victory.

Not only are the new characters wonderful, they prove to be very surprising. In the book Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, by Rick Riordan, especially, we get some great character moments where we find out truly shocking facts about them-things that you only realize were obvious after they happen. I do wish Bianca and Zoe, along with the other hunters, got more character development. They definitely don’t get enough time for us to appreciate them; just long enough so you become emotionally attached. However, they’re still really amazing in the moments they do get, and I really recommend you read it for yourself!


Reviewed by Griselda E, Grade 9
Casa Verdugo Library

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hikaru No Go, by Yumi Hotta

Hikaru No Go, by Yumi Hotta, follows the life of Hikaru Shindo, who's life gets flipped upside down as he becomes bound to the spirit of a long dead Go master who taught and trained the Emperor of Japan the art of playing Go. Hikaru now trained by dead Go master, Fujiwara-no-Sai, set of to make Hikaru a better Go player so that he may have a chance of playing the Divine Move. Hikaru meets friends and rivals such as Go prodigy, Akira Toya as he makes his debut in the Go community and even catching the interest of professional Go player, Koyo Toya.

The story is actually very interesting, it takes the real world beard game Go, and implements real life strategies, rules, and trivia on the game which has sparked global interest in it. This manga is a great story if you want to relax and read while learning something new, even if you don't put that much effort into learning it you will still passively learn through the events of the story. It is a semi realistic manga with the only real fantasy related element being the ghost of Sai guiding Hikaru, that sheds some light on a game not many know about in the US while giving us likable characters as you watch them grow and excel.

Reviewed by Wes, Grade 9
Pacific Park Library

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mobile Suit Gundam Origin 1: Activation, by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

 The way characters act and feel and somewhat gritty setting emphasizes the conflict between the Federation and Zion. The story is well written and is a great retelling of the original Gundam story. Its a tale of survival and politics on both sides as treaties are broken and wills are tested. The art of the manga itself is a great callback to older styles of manga in contrast to the modern style, giving it a classic feel as Gundam is. If you like Sci-Fi with space action, robots, and some politics sprinkled on top, then you'll probably enjoy the Gundam series.

 Mobile Suit Gundam Origin 1: Activation, by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, is a widely praised franchise and this manga is no different. In the distant future, a space colony has declared independence from Earth and has donned the name, Principality of Zeon. White Base, a Earth Federation warship gets followed by a team of Zaku mobile suits, mobile suits are large piloted vehicles or mechas that can be used for space combat. The Zaku team was sent by the Principality of Zion on a reconnaissance mission to check for anything suspicious from the Federation. The Zakus end up finding a powerful prototype mobile suit known as the RX-78 Gundam which was being transported from a facility at a Earth colony. The Zakus attack and destroy the colony where 15 year old Amuro Ray lived, after seeing the destruction of his home Amuro quickly enters and pilots the Gundam to take out the Zakus. With the Zakus gone Amuro joins the other refugees on the White Base, which took in evacuees from the colony. Amuro then joins forces with the ship crew in order to use the Gundam as defense against Zion forces and get the ship to safety.

Reviewed by Wes, Grade 9
Pacific Park Library

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Michael Vey: Fall of Hades, by Richard Paul Evans.


The book Michael Vey: Fall of Hades, by Richard Paul Evans. is about a teenage boy with unusual electric superpowers. At the start, the Electroclan are introduced to another glow who can make muscles freeze. This power does not work on Michael though because he just absorbs electricity because that's the thing that he does. One of Hatch's officers also ends up escaping and joining the Electroclan. After that things get much more interesting and I just wont spoil it.

I'd suggest the book to anyone who likes science fiction. The story was well written and conflicts are well presented. It is easy to understand and is a good book to sit back and enjoy after a long day. The characters are relatable and the book doesn't get boring even after an hour of reading it. I think its overall a good book and I'd suggest it to almost anyone.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Michael Vey: Hunt for Jade Dragon, by Richard Paul Evans


The book "Michael Vey, Hunt for Jade Dragon " by Richard Paul Evans is about a teenage boy with unusual electric superpowers. In this book, the Electroclan are sent to Taiwan to to save Jade Dragon, a child. While they are there, the team got to try new food that some, but not all, enjoyed. Things however take an unexpected turn. I think its overall a good book and id suggest it to almost anyone.

I think "Michael Vey: Hunt for Jade Dragon, by Richard Paul Evans was a good book.  I'd suggest it to anyone who likes science fiction. The story was well written and conflicts are well presented. It is easy to understand and is a good book to sit back and enjoy after a long day. The characters are relatable and the book doesn't get boring even after an hour of reading it. I think its overall a good book and id suggest it to almost anyone.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Michael Vey: Battle Of the Ampere, by Richard Paul Evans

The book Michael Vey, Battle Of the Ampere, by Richard Paul Evans, is about a teenage boy with unusual electric superpowers. After the events of the previous book, the Elgen are furious with the loss of one of their power plants. The Elecrtoclan's new allies inform them that the Ampere, Elgen's base of operations, will be stopping at a port which will be the perfect time to destroy it and possibly end the Elgen and their threat to the world. Things however take an unexpected turn.

The book was very good. I'd suggest it to anyone who likes science fiction. The story was well written and conflicts are well presented. It is easy to understand and is a good book to sit back and enjoy after a long day. The characters are relatable and the book doesn't get boring even after an hour of reading it. I think its overall a good book and id suggest it to almost anyone.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library 

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner



The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner is a story about a video game. A group of friends play a virtual video game where you are able to do anything you could ever want without consequences. In the game there is a terrorist of sorts that threatens to ruin life in the game. These three friends are set on a quest that leads them to the darkest corners of the game to find and defeat this player and save the game that they love so much. As they traverse through the various environments and settings they slowly come to find themselves in more and more dangerous situations until near the end where they have to make the ultimate choice.

In my opinion I think that this book is a very good and creative story with many amazing plots and twists. To be fully honest the book does start off a little slow and does not explain the details of the world very well. Other than that the story is perfectly written and the plot really draws you in if you make it past the first twenty pages. I was left in shock after the end of the book because the ending holds a twist that you would never think of. Over all I can highly recommend this book to who ever enjoys science fiction and thrilling plot twists.

Reviewed by Kevin N., Grade 9
Grandview Library 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, by Richard Paul Evans


The book Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen, by Richard Paul Evans is about a teenage boy with unusual electric superpowers. Him and his friends go up against a criminal organisation that want to give cheep power and make the world a better place. We are also introduced to the electricity generating rats in this book that eat people and make electricity. In the end all is well and we cant wait for the next book.

The book was really good. I'd suggest it to anyone who likes science fiction. The story was well written and conflicts are well presented. It is easy to understand and is a good book to sit back and enjoy after a long day. The characters are relatable and the book doesn't get boring even after an hour of reading it. I think its overall a good book and id suggest it to almost anyone.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Michael Vey, The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans

The book Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans is about a teenage boy with unusual electric superpowers. He and his only friend, Ostin go on an adventure with his school bully Jack and his friend, Wade to save his girlfriend, Taylor. Upon arriving to the place where the bad guys of this book kept Taylor, Michael discovered that he is not the only electric child and the real adventure begins.

The book was good. I'd suggest it to anyone who likes science fiction. The story was well written and conflicts are well presented. It is easy to understand and is a good book to sit back and enjoy after a long day. The characters are relatable and the book doesn't get boring even after an hour of reading it. I think its overall a good book and id suggest it to almost anyone.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld


The book Goliath by Scott Westerfeld is about a young Austrian prince aboard the airship knows as the Leviathan. The Leviathan, and Alec with it are sent to Russia to rescue an inventor from giant fighting bears. As it turns out the inventor made a machine capable of destroying whole cities with just one blast. The weapon however is all the way in America and before they get to it, Alec and the inventor have to let everyone know about it in hopes of scaring Germany out of the war which would make the war itself end. However things go wrong and that's what this book is about.

 I enjoyed reading Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes history, is a fan of steampunk, or simply enjoys good and long fiction books. I really liked how the characters and other things were presented. Throughout the book there were many conflicts the solutions to which were not always clear but in the end were quite creative. I also liked the illustrations as they helped visualize the setting in the eyes of the author.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Friday, January 26, 2018

Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator, by Jennifer Allison



In the book, Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator, by  Jennifer Allison, the main character, Gilda, goes on an investigation, to see who killed her Aunt Melanie. She had gone to San Fransisco to stay at her uncle's house when see meets her cousin, Juliet Splinter. They find newspapers in her uncle's mansion saying her Aunt Melanie had died mysteriously. They both had to know what her cause of death was. This experience made them very good friends when at the beginning they despised each other. As they had tried to find out what the cause of death was, Gilda had written all of her foundings on her "Magic Typewriter". She had believed that everything she had written on it would be read by her dead father.

I really enjoyed this book. I had read this book last year, and I still find remember the plot by heart. This book was very interesting. It involved action pact scenes and very unique and entertaining characters. The author wrote it in a very simple way, which made everything very easy to understand. I really enjoyed how fast past this story went, which prevents it from being boring to read. One thing that I did not like about the book, is that it did not teach the reader a lesson that could be used in life, which is something a good story needs. If you like an action pact, murder mystery book, you will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by E.B., Grade 8
Grandview Library

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld


The Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is a book about a young Austrian prince who wakes up to the unfortunate news of his parents being dead. What at first seemed like kidnapping to Alec turned out to be a plan thought of by his father to, with the help of Count Volger, get him out of Austria and to a safe fortress where they will await the end of the war until Alec can claim the throne of Austria. Things however take an unexpected turn when the Leviathan crashes near their fortress and Alec just cant resist the urge to help the crew of the air ship.

I enjoyed reading Leviathan, by  Scott Westerfeld. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes history, is a fan of steampunk, or simply enjoys good and long fiction books. I really liked how the characters and other things were presented. Throughout the book there were many conflicts the solutions to which were not always clear but in the end were quite creative. I also liked the illustrations as they helped visualize the setting in the eyes of the author.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel, by A.B. Sina


The very beginning of Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel, by  A.B. Sinabegins with a princess who's in love with dancing finds out that she cannot have anymore dance lessons because her instructor has to leave of what is happening all around. Therefore, she decides to make herself look like a guy by changing her voice, cutting her hair and changing the clothes so she could go out to find out what her instructor meant. As she stays outside of the castle, with the society, life gets tough for her so she decides to leave the city. On the way to the desert, she meets some people traveling in groups, they force her to bring water for them, but on the way, she sees someone in water and that makes her so afraid. However, when they were gone, she decides to go and check if what she had seen was real or just an illusion, but unfortunately, she drowns. This was when the forgotten Prince saves her, he was the one she saw in the water. The main part of this book starts from their love to when they face many difficulties and how they try to defeat the enemy.

Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel, by  A.B. Sina is about 190 pages, but that does not mean it is boring. This one is so interesting instead. Each event has been illustrated with details. However, it might get confusing sometimes if you don't really pay attention to what's happening. The story itself, is such a unique one and is really different from other stories we've ever known. New culture, names and places are what you have to expect from it. However, it doesn't mean that it would be confusing for you to understand because how everything is arranged would make sense to you, as the reader. For me, I liked everything about this graphic novel, but sometimes when I wasn't really paying attention, it got confusing and I was really lost. But, that didn't stop me from reading the rest of it because the story gets you to read more and more without getting bored or exhausted. I believe this would be amazing for young adults and teenagers who are in love with old times stories, it is one of the bests to read if you are looking for something different. At the very end, I felt really good by finishing this book. I really recommend you to read this graphic novel and don't miss it!

Reviewed by Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 1, by Kazuma Kondou

Ten years after a massive earthquake destroyed most of Tokyo, a class is planning a field trip to the amusement park Deadman Wonderland. Deadman Wonderland isn't a normal amusement park though as it doubles as a prison in which the prisoners must work to finish their sentence early. A student in the class, Ganta Irigashi, is planning his trip when a mysterious being comes through the window and destroys the classroom, killing everyone except Ganta. As he is the only survivor he ends up guilty for murder. Now he's on death row in Deadman Wonderland, but he isn't ready to give up yet.

 I really enjoyed  Deadman Wonderland Vol. 1, by Kazuma Kondou. I love the characters and concept. The fight scenes are incredible and the art is astounding. There are thirteen volumes total in this series, and they all fit together perfectly. It made me think abut our crime system and the large amount of innocent people thrown in jail due to lack of evidence. I would recommend this book to a more mature audience, and to anyone who likes anime/manga.

Reviewed by Jackson, Grade 9
Grandview Library

Monday, January 8, 2018

The 100, by Kass Morgan


During the nuclear war that made Earth uninhabitable, There was a colony that decided to live in space. Many years later, the same colony decides to send one hundred juvenile delinquents down to Earth as an experiment to see if they can live there. Among them are Clarke, Wells, and Bellamy. Each arrested for different reasons, they must find a way to survive on this strange foreign planet. And Glass, an inmate who escaped, must learn to live as a fugitive aboard the colony.

Kass Morgan's, The 100, is a very entertaining book. The way it's written makes it seem as if the events can happen in real life. It's suspenseful and mysterious as well as warm and funny. What the characters do is very realistic if one were to be put in that situation. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in science fiction or post apocalyptic books.

Reviewed by Parvaneh, Grade 9
Downtown Central Library

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld


The second book in the "Leviathan" trilogy is "Behemoth". At the start, Alec the Austrian prince, his men, and the crew of the Leviathan along with Dr. Barlow continued their mission in the Ottoman Empire where they discovered it littered with Germans. The Germans have convinced the sultan to block Russian supply ships that were there to deliver food to the Russian fighting bears. As Alec escapes the captivity in the Leviathan, he finds that it's his duty as a young prince to try help end the war.

I enjoyed reading Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes history, is a fan of steampunk, or simply enjoys good and long fiction books.  I really liked how the characters and other things were presented.  Throughout the book there were many conflicts the solutions to which were not always clear but in the end were quite creative. I also liked the illustrations as they helped visualize the setting in the eyes of the author.

Reviewed by Anton V., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Monday, January 1, 2018

Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This classic book introduces the disliked character of Mary Lennox, a gaunt and spoiled little girl. Mary lived in India with her parents and maids who took care of her, dressing her and feeding her themselves. One day, everyone in the house died from a contagious illness and Mary was left alone. Thus, she was sent to live with her uncle in England. Mary stayed there for quite some time, hating everything about the situation she was in until she started to befriend various people at her uncle's immense home; these people being a gardener named Ben Weatherstaff, a maid named Martha, a sickly boy named Colin, and a nature-loving boy named Dickon. Through the relationships of Ben, Martha, Colin, and Dickon, Mary grows into a polite, pretty and truly likeable girl. Her outer appearance grew normal and her personality was cleansed as well.

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of my favorite book that I have ever read so far; the plot, the description of the scenery, and characters had me absolutely captivated. It was so much fun to follow through the adventures of a little girl and how she changed from one thing to another; the way the author worded every sentence blended perfectly with the story. However, as amazing as a book this is, I wouldn't recommend it for just anyone; to feel personally connected with it, this book needs to be read by true lovers of nature and life, who have a thirst for adventure and curiosity. I don't think that just anyone would feel the same way as I do about it. That being said, if you are a person who enjoys a good story, I would definitely recommend it. But, as a personal lover of classic books, I've felt a deep connection with his book and it will remain one of the best books to me until I read another one almost as good as this.

Reviewed by Anna A., Grade 9
Downtown Central Library


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Buddha: An Enlightened Life, by Kieron Moore

Buddha: An Enlightened Life, by  Kieron Moore, is a graphic novel from the very beginning of Buddha's life to the end of his life. Buddha first was a prince, but he was different from others. Even before he was born, the prophecies said that he would not accept to become a king, instead, he will choose a path to be a Buddha and reach Nirvana, helping and inviting others to the religion. His father, as a king, tries to keep him away from the society so he wouldn't find out what really is going on, therefore he would never leave the kingdom. Also, Buddha's wife as promised to the king, tries hard to keep him away from exploring the life out of castle. However, when she gives birth to his son, he decides to leave and see what is really out there. As the story goes on, he tries many ways to reach Nirvana by many teachers, but none of them were successful. Until, he decided to find his path himself and be his own teacher. After trying so hard and teaching himself, finally he finds the way to Nirvana, therefore, he goes back to those who have tried teaching him, but failed, he offers them to be their teacher and guide. Some of them refused it and some didn't. By the time passes, he finds many people following his path, but also he finds enemies too.

The graphic novel is really amazing. Beside of the details of what happened in Buddha's life, the art and the illustration of it give readers a feeling of being in the story. I really liked how the book was arranged and how the story was written.This graphic novel is only 147 pages and it's pretty short. It only takes a day to finish it. I believe this graphic novel would be interesting to those who would like to know more about Buddha's personal life from the very beginning in a short period of time. Also, it is suitable for those who are interested in graphic novels and find them interesting. Moreover, it is more suitable for teens and young adults. I believe that this book is interesting and entertaining.

Reviewed by Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback, by Mitchell Krugel

 The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback, by  Mitchell Krugel, is about the greatest basketball player named Michael Jordan. He's mother taught him to play basketball. He was born in February 17,1963, he went and play basketball at Universal of North Carolina for 3 years he won NCAA championship in 1982. He struggle back in high school year view games that he played. He then got drafted in 1984 selected by the Chicago bulls. He played 19 years in NBA and retired. He had so many award every single session. He average about 30 point per game, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. He is now the owner of Charlotte Hornets basketball team. The company for Nike made shoes for Michael Jordan which is popular to many people who loves basketball.

I like this book because it talks about unknown person to known as person. I think adolescents would actually like this book, its interesting in my opinion.He is a person who always wanted to succeed in NBA which he did! and I recommending that my friends should read the book.

Reviewed by Maximillian, Grade 9
Montrose Library


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Ghostfaces, by John Flanagan

The six book in the “Brotherband Chronicles” follows the Herons on a journey to a whole new land. Hal, Stig, Thorn, and the rest of the herons get swept far away from Scandia and into the Endless Ocean by a freak storm while on a routine trip. Tossed around the rolling waves, a leak in one of the two water barrels makes a bad situation worse. The brotherband reaches land, but it’s nation or land that they know of. After saving two native children from a fearsome bear, Hal and his crew make friends with the tribe whose children they had protected. They then learn of the Ghostfaces, a fearsome tribe of raiders who haven’t been seen for years, are on the move again, and the Herons’ friends are a target. The clock is ticking, and group prepares to defend their new friends.

I think that The Ghostfaces, by John Flanagan, is a solid read, and a great addition to the series. There are a lot of twists and turns, with danger always around the corner. One aspect of the book is the emotional roller coaster that is Stig’s personal adventure with a young native woman who captures his heart. This is a view that hasn’t really been fleshed out in a Brotherband book, and it brings a lot of depth to the characters. The Ghostfaces is one of my favorite novels in the Brotherband saga to date, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed any of the other of John Flanagan’s books.

Reviewed by Eric L, Grade 8
Montrose Library



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman


Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, starts off with two normal teenagers when a scythe comes knocking on their doors. A scythes job is to control the population since dying is a lot less common. So if someone is chosen by a scythe to be killed, he cannot be revived. This scythe that approached both of them took them on as apprentices. But, only one can be chosen to be a scythe, the other would have to be killed by the winner.

This book was gory, had a lot of action, and was overall amazing! The only thing I did not like was a lack of exciting content, most of it was just kind of boring but it peaks up at the end. I did like the storytelling too. It made me feel like I was the main character.  I think this book will best appeal action enthusiasts mostly because of all it's fight scenes and gore. I would give this book a 9\10 and I would definitely recommend it.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 7
Grandview Library

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Johannes Gutenberg: Inventor of the Printing, by Fran Rees

He didn’t invent printing. Nor did he invent the typewriter. Yet what he invented changed the lives of the Europeans and eventually the rest of the world. Johannes Gutenberg, one of the most honorable inventors in the history of mankind, invented the printing press which sprouted the telling of tales and bloomed literacy rate like never before. In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg invented the technique of printing with movable letters in the German city Mainz. Gutenberg’s printing press propagated literature to the multitudes for the first time and this became a dominant advantage during the glorious Renaissance age.

Johannes Gutenberg: Inventor of the Printing, by Fran Rees, is an excellent biography about the infamous Johannes Gutenberg. I had a great time reading this biography because not only did I learn about the life of Johannes Gutenberg but I also got a glimpse of the history of a shift in the print media and how it affected the masses. This biography helped me understand a crucial part of European history since the invention of the printing press changed our world and the effect of the renaissance era.


Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 12
Glendale Central Library

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction is written byAlan Jacobs who is a professor of humanities in Baylor University. Jacobs argue that the number of readers and the strength of reading are not dying in America. He believes that reading is well and alive in America. Jacobs then turns his attention to the ex-readers or the forgotten readers in hopes of pulling them back to the reading world once again. Jacobs boldly and fiercely dismisses books and scholars who discourage the weak readers.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction is a great book for the fallen readers who feel that they are not welcomed in the world of reading anymore. Jacobs has reshaped not only how I should read but also where I should read and why I should even pick up a book at all. Jacobs’ caring tone throughout book serves as a friendly guide to the audience and it also helps us trust his advice and his credibility as an expert in the field of literature.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 12
Glendale Central Library

Monday, December 4, 2017

H2O, by Virginia Bergin




H2O starts off with an asteroid hitting Earth. The worlds only chance was to shoot a rocket at it hoping it will explode. An astronaut pulled the job and saved the world. Unfortunately, there was some sort of bacterium in the asteroid. A few weeks later, there was a disaster in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and it was heading toward the Americas. At this point, the main character Ruby, is at a party at her friend Zak's house, little to know it was seconds away from the crisis. Luckily, Zak's parents knew what was going on and they quickly got everyone in the house. It started to rain, but the reason it was an emergency was that it was fatal, and just one drop will kill you. A few weeks pass and Ruby's friends, family, and neighbors are all dead, and she's stuck with two dogs ( one with a terrible odor), a dork she would never hang out with, and an 8 year old mute on a journey to find her birth father.

I loved everything about H2O, by  Virginia Bergin, its storytelling was amazing. I recommend this book to horror enthusiasts. It was so hard to choose a favorite character because of all the times a main character died. I also loved Ruby who still cared about her appearance in the middle of a crisis. The book made me feel like I was witnessing the true horrors and disasters of the story. I did not want to put the book one bit. It was a great experience reading this book and I really recommend it. I loved everything about this book especially the storytelling.

Reviewed by Anonymous,
Grade 7, Grandview Library

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How Do You Build a Time Machine and Other Puzzles with Science, by Erwin Brecher

How Do You Build a Time Machine and Other Puzzles with Science, by Erwin Brecher, has studied mathematics, physics, psychology and engineering. He finds the book entertaining and fun for those who like science. The book's contents includes an introduction, puzzles and answers for the problems in the book at the very end. In this book, there are 98 pages of problems or puzzles as the book says itself which are suitable for brain training or it can be called as brain exercises. As recommended by the author, each problem is suitable to be spent time on for about a day or two. For an example, the first problem that readers are about to be challenged is about a time machine and everything about time. To find the answer, the reader needs critical thinking and a background knowledge of physics. However, at the very end of the book, readers can find their answers if they were not really able to solve puzzles. Moreover, most of this book includes problems of mathematics and physics. The interesting part of this book is when everything might seem fine and reasonable in a problem, but if reader pays close attention, she or he might find the answer without referring to the answer key. However, as mentioned earlier, most of these problems require a background knowledge of science taught in high school.

To me, I sometimes find mathematics and physics fascinating since science is all about wonder so this book can be so entertaining for me. Unfortunately, I find this book with all of its entertaining problems, somehow annoying since it reminds me of school and homework, but it doesn't mean it is not good. I believe this book would be amazing for those who are passionate about science especially physics and mathematics. There are so many problems that can be so challenging for minds. However, some might not find it really interesting or some may find it annoying solving a bunch of physics problems. So this book is only good for those who are willing to spend their time solving physics problems. It all depends on you if you would like the book or not.

Reviewed by  Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Kill Order, by James Dashner, is book about survivors of a disease trying to get a young girl named Deedee. Unlike most, she is immune to the disease. Mark, Alec, Trina, and Lana must take Deedee to an organization that is trying to find a cure by testing immunes.

I think this book is well written and unlike The Fever Code, it is an independent story.  It has its own story line and it has a lot of twists and turns. If you like fiction, action, and survivalist books then I recommend reading this because that is exactly how this book is written. The characters are very likable and its i'll be honest, I was so addicted to reading this, I only put it down no more than 10 times.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Montrose Library


Fever Code, by James Dashner

The novel, The Fever Code, by James Dashner is a story about the way that the maze was built. It is a prequel to "The Maze Runner" also by James Dashner where it explains how the group ended up in the maze. It shows the building of the maze and how the facility worked. The story follows Thomas as he is first introduced to the maze and all of the horrible things that he had to deal with.

I think that this story was very well written and the characters were accurate to their counterparts in the main book. I thoroughly enjoyed every page as the secrets introduced in the first book were slowly unraveled until the ending of it all. I also enjoyed how the characters were very realistic and behave as a twelve year old would behave in such situations. Over all I think that this book is very well worth your time and would be a great read.

Reviewed by Kevin N., Grade 9
Grandview Library

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Champion, by Marie Lu

This book was about two teenagers, named Day and June, who live in the future society of the United States called the Republic. In this future society the United States is split into two different countries, the Republic and the Colonies. The Colonies invade the Republic and threaten to release a deadly virus onto the whole country of the Republic. Day and June are sent to do anything they can to stop the colonies, even if it means sacrificing themselves or the ones they love.

Champion, by Marie Lu, was really good but I hated the ending. I didn't like how the book ended at all and it made me mad and sad. I literally cried when I read the ending. In my opinion people who liked the Hunger Games and the Divergent series would seriously love this book. It is one of the best books that I have ever read. This book made me realize how fast a country can change and how different the future can be. We really don't know what could happen in the future and this book helped me realize that.

Reviewed by Emily, Grade 11
Montrose Library

Friday, November 24, 2017

Book of Lost Souls, by J. Michael Straczynsk

The Book of Lost Souls, by J. Michael Straczynski is a graphic novel which is about the struggles of life for different types of people. There are six issues or as it can be said, chapters that combines the struggles of life with fairy tales. It all starts from a man called Jonathan who travels with a black and white cat to different places. The first issue starts with a woman who has lived with her husband for a long time, but her husband has been abusing her. She sees herself as a princess who everybody loves her except a dragon. The dragon sometimes wakes up and destroys everything. The princess is afraid of it, but she never leaves because the dragon has taken her love so here comes Jonathan to help her with his cat called Mystery. In other words, in real life, the dragon is her husband who has changed for a long time and isn't the one she used to love. However, she still stays with him, doing whatever he wants, only because she has the hope of her true love to be back. When Jonathan comes to help her, he asks her why she doesn't leave everything behind and go away. As he finds out that the princess is not willing to leave, he tells her to stand up and fight the dragon and let all of these to be over. Finally, she listens to Jonathan and fights the dragon, or in other word, her husband who has been abusing her. In conclusion, this book brings all of the issues we have into fairy tales and how all of these can be defeated and be over only if we are willing to. The princess defeating the dragon was only the first issue which has been mentioned here. There are five more issues that Jonathan and his cat go for them to solve.

I really liked the book, both its art and story. The author has brought today's life into fairy tales. In my opinion, the author is trying to show the audience of how we all can solve the problems we have, no matter how tough they might be. I also liked the art of it and how it has been illustrated with so many details. I believe, this book would be good for teenagers and young adults since it's graphic novel. The good part of this book is that it can teach its audience to never give up and how to face difficulties. Also, it pictures the reality of the world and what's going on, beside of that, it brings up fairy tales which can be seen as dreams. I really recommend this book to those who are struggling with life a lot and need a motivation and also those who need to see and face the reality.



Reviewed by Orkideh, Grade 12
Downtown Central Library