Wednesday, February 17, 2016

City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire is the final installment in The Mortal Instruments series. Sebastian, Clary's evil brother, is finally ready to wage his war against Shadowhunters and Downworlders and take over with his army of demons and Shadowhunters turned evil. Institutions around the world are attacked and Shadowhunters are kidnapped or killed. Clary and Jace, along with their friends, must take initiative and fight back against the orders of the Clave and save humanity.

I really loved this book and this series! I was not expecting to fall in love with these books but it's definitely one of my favorites. The romance between Jace and Clary left me breathless and the action was suspenseful and exhilarating. I'm so sad the series has come to an end. I would recommend City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare, to fans of the series and I would rate it a 10 out of 10!

Reviewed by Rebecca S., Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, by John Boyne

The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, by John Boyne, is about a young boy who was taken to a concentration camp and held captive with none of his family members there. This little boy was only 8 years of age. He meets another young boy however this young boy us outside of the camp and is son of the general who owns and keeps the prisoners captive at this camp but his son being young doesn't know any better. Soon they become friends after meeting every day and the son sneaks food to the young man behind the fence in the camp. The son makes one mistake trying to help the young boy trapped.

I thought it was a really beautiful book. To me it shows people from two different worlds can connect and care for each other. I didn't like how the son had to pay the price for his fathers actions. I think a variety of people would like the book because of the emotional roller coaster as well as the importance of people connecting with one another.

Reviewed by Felicia-Maria, Grade 12
Glendale Central Library