Friday, January 26, 2018

Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator, by Jennifer Allison

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