Monday, July 6, 2020

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


Hazel and Ben live in an unusual town, Fairfold, where magic is common and the Folk roam around. Inside that forest, a boy with horns lies in a glass coffin, in a deep, deep sleep. One day, this boy awakens, and the people of the town are eager to find him. Due to his awakened presence, a monster named Sorrow, who obeys the Alderking, terrorizes the citizens in order to find this boy. Both Hazel and Ben were both once in love with this horned boy, later known as Severin, but Hazel has another secret, one that may tear the siblings apart. Hazel risks everything and travels to land of the Folk with a Faerie, Jack, whom she falls in love with, too, to uncover answers. She also learns dark things about herself that she didn't know before. However, Hazel knows that it is up to her to save the town.

I really enjoyed this book because it was the first fantasy fiction book that I've read and enjoyed in a while. Well, I've read plenty, but they all usually have the same plots or conflicts about fighting a corrupt government, or falling in love with princes or princesses, but this one was different. There were many "oh my gosh" or "I wasn't predicting that" moments. The Darkest Part of The Forest is also a book that I can connect to, of course we don't live in a Faerie world, but the way the book talks about "being normal" is not always great and it's okay to be different, inspires the readers. I believe that anyone who enjoys reading something new would love reading this book. I hoped this book would be a part of a series, so that I can continue reading on with it, but it's not. If I were to rate this book out of 10, 10 being super amazing and 1 being absolutely horrible, I would definitely rate this book a 10.

Reviewed by Raeesah, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


An unnamed disaster has ravaged the land, bringing the apocalypse. A man and his son travel a desolate road, desperate to get to the coast, where they hope to survive. As they face death and violence, the boy is faced with questions that the man cannot answer. A story of hopelessness and grief, the boy must learn to grow in a world of uncertainty- one where death is imminent and violence is around every corner.

I really enjoyed The Road, even though the writing style took a while to get used to. Written in a simple prose, it shows a strangely riveting description of a hopeless, dark world. I think people who enjoy post apocalypse novels and books about survival would like reading this. However, I also think people who want to try a new kind of book would also like this- it is a very unique, riveting book. I would definitely recommend this to other people.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan


This is the second book in the arrangement Trials of Apollo. Apollo has reestablished the main prophet, however, there is a lot more to come. Apollo is currently at Camp Halfblood as a human named Lester. Apollo has confronted a few risky and embarrassing trials at Camp. His next target is to go right to the American Midwest into a cavern that conceivably holds answers for him. This isn't as simple as it appears. Apollo should now leave the security of Camp Halfblood and set out on a hair-raising excursion. An evil Roman emperor remains in his way. Apollo will require quality, fearlessness, and backing from certain partners in Camp Halfblood. Apollo has existed for around 4 thousand years and this will be his greatest test yet.

This novel is very similar to the previous one. Apollo sets out on an exciting journey and faces near-death situations. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in fiction, adventure, and thrill. This book has a vocabulary that might be a little difficult to understand at first, but after you get the plot and purpose of it, it is pretty straightforward. I really liked how the author conveys the characters and helps the reader connect to them by using imagery and literary devices. Apollo is a dynamic character meaning he learns from his experiences and it is nice to see how he develops throughout the story. This book is made for teens and adults but children can also read it as long as they can understand the book. Apollo's journey really grasps the reader into the book which makes it so interesting.

Reviewed by Aryan S., Grade 8


Friday, June 26, 2020

Revived by Cat Patrick


At a young age, Daisy fell victim to a bus accident, in which she was then given a second opportunity to live. A drug referred to as ‘Revive’ had saved her and several others. However, this wasn’t ordinary to the real world and the drug had not yet been disclosed to the public. Ever since the accident, she has been revived four more times. Daisy, along with the others revived, has been a crucial variable throughout the research of the drug. Moreover, after every revival, families must move and alter their names. Unlike most teenagers, this did not have an acute effect on Daisy at all. This was mainly because she had never been part of a true friendship at school whom she had an emotional connection with. That is until she arrived at Omaha. There she met two siblings Audrey and Matt, who soon became her best friend and boyfriend. After this, she finds herself in a complex situation in which she must find a solution.

I strongly recommend any reader who has experienced numerous twists while reading. Revived is nothing like you could predict, the twists are out of the ordinary and open your eyes to a new and far more interesting view on life and your surroundings. Author Cat Patrick beautifully emphasizes the meaning of friendship along with the risks you choose to take despite all the hardships. Ultimately, Revived is truly an amazing book that deserves more recognition from the public.

Reviewed by anonymous, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Leaving by Tara Alterbrando


Eleven years ago, six children went missing from a school during a shooting. Five of them are back- and they seem fine, despite not remembering the last decade of their lives. What happened to them is a mystery- the only clues they have are their subconscious minds and the habits they have. Jumping from the perspective of a survivor of the Leaving, and the sister of the child who did not return, the hunt is on to find who took the children and why.

I thought the book was okay. The idea was intriguing and the mystery was interesting, but the execution was lackluster. The solution to the mystery was vague and didn't seem like it flowed/ continued well in my opinion. However, the novel did a good job at showing feelings of loss and sorrow for the characters and the emotional aspect of the book was well written. I think readers of sad stories would enjoy this, but I can't say I loved reading it.


Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Wild Lands by Paul Greci


When a raging fire razed Alaska and it was disconnected from the rest of the United States, Travis's father chose to stay. However, food is now running low and the land is unusable. The few people that they meet are hostile. His father, finally realizing staying means death, gets the family ready to leave. The trip will be brutal. When tragedy happens and Travis and his little sister need to set off on their own to get to the lower 48 states, they must somehow survive the terrible weather, dangerous people, and maybe even form strong alliances with others.

I liked reading this survival-adventure novel. The idea of living in a destroyed, isolated place and struggling to survive the aftermath of the apocalypse was an interesting premise that I enjoyed reading about. The characters seemed realistic and their motives and actions were also very well written. The mindset of some of the characters was also fun to read about- such as the ideas of the hardcore survivalists. However, I felt as if the novel did not have a satisfying ending, something I hope the author will remedy with another book. People who like reading about post apocalyptic scenarios and survivalism would love this book and its intense action. Overall, I would recommend this novel as a great read for anyone.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, June 15, 2020

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray


Marguerite Caine is the main target of a powerful alliance, called Triad, spanning three realms of the multiverse. As the daughter of the geniuses who made it possible to travel between worlds, she has been to these other worlds- exploring herself and her relationship with others in radically different worlds, and thinking of the ideas of fate and destiny. When she learns that the goal of Triad is to destroy the other worlds to bring her sister back to life, she must go on a mission- righting Triad's wrongs and stopping their sabotage. Along the way, she has to deal with death, destruction, and the idea that she might be fighting something that might be too big to stop.

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I think it was a fitting ending to the series and a great, suspenseful read overall. The descriptions of the different worlds and the idea of fate was very interesting to read about. I also liked the story, and it made me think about the multiverse theory and its implications. People who have read the previous books and other books by Claudia Gray would enjoy this book, but it wouldn't make much sense without reading the previous books in the series. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy science fiction and are interested in the idea of different universes and realities.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Friday, June 12, 2020

Jade City by Fonda Lee


On the island nation of Kekon, jade is the most important, valuable substance that everyone wants. And not for an unimportant reason either- jade from Kekon enhances the abilities of people and gives them magical powers. However, this jade is not available to anyone. One must have the genetics and training that let them withstand jade cravings. When tension between two clans of jade warriors rises, the Kauls of the No Peak clan must unite and do all they can so they do not lose some of their own. The new No Peak leaders are young and inexperienced and the odds are against them, but they must do their best to protect their blood and jade.

I really enjoyed this novel. I've read and loved novels written by Fonda Lee before, and I was not let down by this book. It had a great backstory of the island of Kekon, and the characters were realistic and developed throughout the novel really nicely. The action and description of jade magic was very interesting and exciting to read about. Readers of the author's other books and people who enjoy action-adventure novels with complicated characters would love Jade city. I would definitely recommend this novel to others, as it is a great, suspenseful read.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, June 8, 2020

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


After the events of Illuminae, the files incriminating Bei-tech's mass murder of civilians now change to the point of view from workers on the jump station Heimdall. The ship Alexandar, filled with civilians all knowing what Bei-tech has done, must be eradicated. Nik is a drug dealer living on Heimdall. When he is blackmailed into accepting a package that lets a Bei-tech kill squad infiltrate the Heimdall, he must team up with Hanna, the spoiled daughter of the ship's commander, to successfully defeat Bei-tech and get the truth out.

I really enjoyed this novel. The unusual way it was written in- like a file or report- was very interesting to read, but the story still flowed really well. Its stories of futuristic warfare, space travel, and love were all very well-written and tied in well with each other. There were also some very, very good twists in this suspense-filled novel. I think that people who like reading books with plenty of action and suspense would love this book. Don't be turned off by the way the book is written- I thought it was refreshingly different. I definitely recommend this book, but only read it after reading Illuminae.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Friday, June 5, 2020

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro


A Question of Holmes is the last novel of Cavallaro's Holmes series. Jamie and Charlotte finally have the business of the Moriartys firmly behind them, and are excited to go to college together at Oxford. When Charlotte hears of a cold case resulting in the disappearance of a girl at Oxford, Jaime has no choice but to follow along as she sets off on a hunt to solve the case. Even more worryingly, the perpetrator seems to be back in action, and no one can be trusted in this final case for Holmes and Watson.

I really, really enjoyed this book and the whole Charlotte Holmes series. It has very witty commentary, is amusing to read, and is a mystery with plenty of action. I enjoyed basically everything about it, besides the (intentionally) vague mystery. It was very thrilling to read, whether about action or even the relationship between Jaime and Charlotte. Although it had a bittersweet ending, I still loved the way it was put together. Readers of Sherlock Holmes or mystery novels would love this novel. Readers of teen novels would also love to read this, as they would like the way the book was written. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but only after they have read the previous three books.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer


Alex and Conner Bailey are twins, but they could not be more different. Alex focuses on her schoolwork and is always the first one to raise her hand to answer in class. Conner is lazy and sleeps in the back of the class instead of paying attention, but the teachers don’t say anything about it since the tragic death of the twins’ father. At home, things are not easy as their mother struggles with money and they have to sell their old house. It’s almost their birthday and the mom has to go to work, so she calls their grandma. The kids love the grandma since she’s such an interesting person and she travels everywhere. Their grandmother brings them dozens of presents with it a fairy tale book. To them it’s a plain fairytale book filled with stories like the ones their father used to tell, but one day it proves to be much more. Alex hears a noise coming from it and discovers it to be a portal she goes through it and Conner jumps in after her. Together they must find a way back home and live through many fairytales.

I read this book growing up, years ago, and it is such an interesting story, especially to kids and early teens. People get to read fairy tales all over again, but each story is written with an original twist to it that makes it different from the fairy tales we’ve heard as kids. I recommend this book to people who like to read books filled with adventure and fantasy. I also like this book for showing the development of brother and sister, Alex and Conner, throughout their adventures in the Land of Stories, a relationship which makes the story overall better.

Reviewed by AK, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Friday, May 29, 2020

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz


Kamran Smith, an Iranian-American, has everything. He is a star football player, dates a popular girl, and is excited to follow in his brother Darius's footsteps and attend West Point and join the Army. But then, everything changes. Darius is accused of being a terrorist, seemingly joining al Qaeda and attacking a U.S. Embassy. Videos of him get released in which he makes threats against the U.S. and speaking of a major, upcoming attack. Because of this, everyone turns against Kamran because they believe he is a terrorist too. Then, he and his family are taken into custody by the U.S. government. Kamran refuses to believe that Darius is a terrorist and that he would never betray his country. Now, Kamran must set out to prove Darius's innocence and to stop this terrorist threat, as well as uncover the terrorists' next plot. With the help of a ragtag team, Kamran will go on a crazy adventure to find his brother and discover the truth behind what happened.

I think this became my new favorite book. I love it. Alan Gratz did an amazing job with this masterpiece. The various incidents Kamran encountered while on the search for his brother were incredible. This book kept me in great suspense the whole time I was reading the book, and I wondered if Darius really had joined al Qaeda. The background stories of Kamran's team members were really interesting. This book also accurately depicted racism and stereotypes. The racial insults in the book are what many people call Muslims in real life. It also depicts what Muslims experienced in terms of racism and hate after 9/11, and explains the stereotype of all Muslims being terrorists. Overall, this book's outstanding use of real life historical events combined with fictional characters make for an awesome read.


Reviewed by A.J., Grade 9
Casa Verdugo Library

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson


The Storm Crow is about the princess of Rhodaire, Princess Anthia. Thia lived in a world where crows where magical, it was their countries way of life and Thia had always wanted to be a crow rider. However, all her dreams were crushed when one day, a neighboring kingdom attacked, wiping out all the magical crows from Rhodaire and murdering Anthia's and her sister, Caliza's, mother, the queen. When Caliza becomes queen, Thia is forced to marry Ericen, the prince from the country who doomed Rhodaire. But, Thia has a plan. If she can save the last storm crow egg that she found, just before leaving Rhodaire, she could end their engagement, and save her country. Along her way, she meets a friend, Caylus, who would help her try to hatch this egg. Meanwhile, Ericin was slowly starting to fall in love with Thia, though Thia didn't share the same affections. While trying to accomplish her goals, Anthia discovers a horrifying secret. She now is more dedicated to saving her country.

I really loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book to come out! I enjoy reading teen fiction and fantasy books, and this is one of them. I love how this book creates an aura of suspense and encourages the reader to want to keep reading. I can never find myself to close the book once I start reading! Like most characters, Anthia is strong and dedicated, which is what I love most about her. She cares and embraces her country's culture and memories, and doesn't allow anyone to dare criticize it. I 100% recommend people to read this book and give it a try. If I were to rate this book, one being the absolute worst and ten being one of the best books I've ever read, then I would rate The Storm Crow a ten.


Reviewed by Raeesah, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Friday, May 22, 2020

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte


Four Dead Queens is about a girl named Keralie who works for a criminal and spends her life following his orders. She also had personal affections to Mackiel, her criminal boss. One day, she was assigned to steal a comm case for a boy named Varin. Little did she know, that stealing this would change her life. Meanwhile, all of the Quadara's queens were being murdered, the anonymous murderer killing each one gruesomely. Keralie and Varin join forces once they both find out the message inside the comm case would affect life on Quadara forever.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I personally love fantasy and teen fiction books. This book went into depth with all its details and plot twists, it was like experiencing a dream or being in another world when reading Four Dead Queens. I loved how this book continued to change perspectives, sometimes in the view of the main character or sometimes in the view of a minor character. This really helps readers understand what is happening more clearly. If I were to rate this book from a one to ten, one being terrible and ten being one of the best books I've ever read, then I would rate it a nine.


Reviewed by Raeesah, Grade 8
Casa Verdugo Library

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler

After an accident caused Jo to give up her dreams of being a pilot, she feels lost. But when she arrives on the planet of Tau Ceti E, she is excited for a fresh start on a seemingly perfect new planet. However, everyone seems to be hiding something- a secret about the planet itself. When a ship crashes and Jo is forced to make First Contact with two sentient alien species she wasn't told about, disaster strikes. Humanity is caught up in a war between aliens, and Jo must make it back to base camp to make sure they don't make it worse.

I enjoyed reading this novel. Many of the ideas and the story of interstellar travel and sentience were very interesting to read about. The story was also very captivating- there was a lot of suspense and action, along with betrayal and chaos. However, I felt as if the story finished off as a cliffhanger- which might be remedied by a second book. Also, some parts of the novel felt too shallow or unrealistic, but it was still a fun read. People who like space travel, aliens, and futuristic action would probably like this book. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who want a great, action-packed read.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro


When James goes to visit Charlotte's family for winter break, he thinks that they will finally be able to relax after the harrowing action at school. However, when Charlotte's uncle Leander goes missing and an underground fake-art ring surfaces, they must go on a trip to Berlin to track him down and hopefully save him. They are embroiled in danger- mainly from the powerful Moriarty family. James and Charlotte must have the wits to figure this out and save themselves and Leander from the influence of the Moriarty's.

I enjoyed this book very much, but not as much as the previous novel. The characters and plot were all very well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. However, I felt that the ending was very confusing, and not much was explained. I think that people who like crime mystery novels and action would like to read this, as would readers of the first book and Sherlock Holmes. There was also plenty of teen romance/drama, which was also very well written. I would definitely recommend this book to others, but the first book should be read for it to make more sense.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


When James Watson is sent to a boarding school in America, he is excited to meet Charlotte Holmes, a descendant of the detective Sherlock Holmes himself. She is elusive and generally unwelcoming, and seems to have inherited Sherlock's genius and tendency to take opiates. Disaster strikes when multiple murders happen and they are pinned on James and Charlotte. They must clear their names and catch the murderer before the trail goes cold or they are killed themselves.

I really enjoyed A Study in Charlotte. As a fan of Conan Doyle's original stories, I was captivated by this book as well- it had a great plot and even better characters. The characters were well fleshed out and had well-written development, and overall I just enjoyed the mystery and suspense of the plot. I think that readers of mystery fiction would like this book, as the main story revolves around a framed murder. People who liked Sherlock Holmes would also love this book. All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an enthralling book to read.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Friday, May 8, 2020

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Lea is a Clipper, a paid wealthy assassin. She is also a Saldana, the highest family in the ranks of clippers and the rival family of the Da Via's, the neighboring clipper family. Only she is secretly seeing Valentino Da Via, the son of the Da Via's. Then she wakes one night to find her house on fire and her family murdered. Teeming with rage and grief, she heads to Yvain, a neighboring city where her banished uncle Marcello lives. But Yvain is across the dead plains where ghosts lie and wait for people to haunt. She races over the dead plains at night narrowly making it out alive. She then finds her uncle, who is less than happy to see her and his kind, but clumsy clipper apprentice. In exchange for his help, Lea agrees to train his apprentice. The two form an unlikely bond and together they plot to bring down the Da Via's.

I thought this book was very original. The plot of assassins is old, but the spectacular world-building in the novel and the intricate details of the plot blew my mind. The assassins are decided based on the families they are born into. Even the religious aspect of it, the assassins acting as disciples of a goddess named Safraela who says death is a gift was very well thought out. The romance was good as well, built on safety, familiarity, and compatibility. I also liked the motive of the protagonist because it wasn't selfless or kind- it was vengeful. Also, there was casual gay representation!! The world building was excellent but setting changes were just a little clunky. I think any YA reader would love this story, not just those who love fantasy. An excellent plot with relatable, broken, messy characters.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Montrose Library 

Monday, May 4, 2020

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

CJ Katsuyama is an underachiever. Her grades are so-so, she isn't involved with anything, and she doesn't have a Vision for her life and a Grand Plan to get there. In her uber driven mom's eyes, she isn't working hard enough, but when her family's flower shop, run by her hopeless romantic aunt starts losing money, she volunteers to work there. In Heart's Desire, CJ finds her passion, but when her mom wants to sell the flower shop to a company that sent millions of Japanese Americans to internment camps, CJ has had enough. She and her friends begin a protest to change the high school from the name of an oppressor to the name of a proud Japanese American landowner. And by the way, her mom works for the company that she is trying to sell Heart's Desire too. To add to the mix, CJ's longtime crush finally seems interested in her, her best friend Emily is starting to like the girl who broke her heart a long time ago, and a cute new boy, Owen, has started working at Heart's Desire. Over the course of the novel, CJ will find the courage to demand what she wants and stand up to those who stand in her way.

Misa Sugiura is Awesome!!!! Her first book, it's not like it's a secret was amazing and this second book was no exception. This book handles so many important issues, like a white savior complex, racism, sexism, and homophobia, and teen pregnancy very well. The main character, who is Japanese American takes a stand against a company who shares the name of her high school, a company will a long history of racism towards Japanese Americans and confronts a white girl about her role in becoming a white savior (she took the protest and centered herself claiming how she couldn't just stand by and do nothing). She also becomes pregnant, but this is not the forefront of her story, and when she decides to have an abortion, there is no moralistic angst and guilt accompanying it. Also, Casual. Lesbian. Representation! Her best friend is gay and CJ is very protective towards her especially when she seems to go back to the girl who broke her heart. All in all, I think that many readers would enjoy this book, particularly because of its unique story line and lovable characters.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Friday, May 1, 2020

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins


When a secret US military lab studying new types of nucleic acids malfunctions, rescuers arrive only to find that everything within fifty square miles is dead. Sigma Force's Commander Gray Pierce and his team are called in to research the "blight" and find out how to stop it- using clues from the past and current technology. Traveling across the world, Gray's team must find out more about this experimental nucleic acid. From ancient caverns under Antarctica harboring unknown life to Columbia's tepuis, where animals have lived undisturbed for thousands of years, they race to stop the sixth extinction- the annihilation of mankind.

I enjoyed reading this book for its nonstop action and suspense. Many of the ideas mentioned, such as gene editing and human influence on nature, were very interesting to read about. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. Although I don't really like Rollins' writing style, the book was still enthralling. I think people who have read Rollins' books in the past, especially his Sigma Force novels, would like reading this novel. More generally, people who enjoy action and adventure novels, or a novel with historical evidence, would like this book as well. I recommend this book if you want to read a good thriller.


Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, April 27, 2020

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon


Sweetie Nair is fat. Her conservative Indian mom hates it, worrying for Sweetie's health, but Sweetie, who is the fastast track runner on her school team and kicks butt during running knows that she is perfect just the way she is. Still, negative messages from guys, her mom, and society continue to affect Sweetie so she starts the Sassy Sweetie Project. She is going to secretly date Ashish Patel, a boy who her parents were going to set her up with, but then refused because she is fat, a hot jock recently mourning a lost relationship to prove to herself how amazing she is and that she is worthy of love, regardless of whether she is fat or not.
Ashish Patel is sad. He just broke up with his college girlfriend because she was cheating on him. And he still can't get over her after three months. Then he meets Sweetie and falls hopelessly in love with her gregarious personality and beautiful confidence. He knows he is meant to be with Sweetie and he definitely knows that there is nothing he wouldn't do not to hurt her, but Celia keeps texting him and the breakup hurt so much. Even his friends seem to be falling apart.

Together the two will have a romance so beautiful, it will triumph over any hurdles, from parents to ex-lovers to broken-hearted friends, Sweetie and Ashish were meant to be.

This book was exactly the type of feel good rom com that I needed!. Sweetie is a feisty, confident, kind protagonist that will get everyone to fall in love with her! Ashish was just as good. He was in awe of sweetie and genuinely liked her for who she was and her gregarious personality. He even liked her so much that he go awkward around her, which I really think we need to see more of in guys. It's adorable. Their relationship (Ashish's and Sweeties) did not feel forced- they complimented each other, adored each other, and grew positively from the relationship. I think that anyone who has ever struggled with body confidence issues should read this book. Sweetie's refusal to be ashamed of her fatness is so liberating for anyone- I, as a thin girl, even felt an enormous sense of empowerment after reading this book. Between the food, the adorable, messy, supportive, protective friends, and the stunning romance that unfolds, any reader who picks up this book will be lucky to have it on their shelf.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Montrose Library

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins


A strange subterranean cave in Croatia is discovered full of ancient hominin artifacts- ones that seem way too advanced for the time. However, before archaeologists can examine the site, they are attacked by Chinese operatives who seem to want to destroy the area. On the other side of the world, a primate research center is massacred and its main subject, a gorilla hybrid called Baako, is kidnapped. Sigma Force commander Gray Pierce is called in, and the chase is on to find out the true meaning around this attack- a chase that leads him around the world, learning secrets about Atlantis, human intelligence, and the ingenuity of our ancestors.

I enjoyed reading The Bone Labyrinth, as it talked about many interesting ideas and addressed some current issues in the world right now. Its discussion on eugenics, animal testing, and God was interesting to read. However, it seemed pretty lackluster- which isn't surprising, as James Rollins and other authors like him (Clive Cussler and Dan Brown) have cool ideas, but terrible writing. To be fair, it still drew me in and it was a great adventure story to read. Fans of Clive Cussler/Dan Brown's writing style would probably enjoy this. People who want a book that will entertain them but not challenge them in any way would like this book as well. I would recommend reading this if you enjoy action and conspiracy and want to pass the time. 

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Monday, April 20, 2020

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Director of the nuclear research facility, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), Maximillian Kohler finds physicist Leonardo Vetra, who was also an ordained preist, murdered in his own living quarters with an anagram of the word Illuminati stamped on his chest. He calls for Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon, who arrives after a flight from Massachusetts and confirms that the seal is real. Vetra’s daughter, Vittoria, arrives soon after, and Kohler tells her of her father’s death. She finds her father’s eye missing, and Kohler informs them that the murderer has stolen a canister of antimatter from the research facility, desecrating Dr. Vetra’s body in the process to gain biometric access to the underground laboratory where the antimatter was stored. The canister had been placed somewhere in the Vatican, where the pope has recently died. It has a 24-hour battery that keeps the antimatter suspended in a vacuum. When the battery runs out of charge and the antimatter comes into contact with any matter it will create an explosion that will destroy the Vatican. Langdon and Vittoria make their way to the Vatican, where they hope to find the canister before the 24-hour timer runs out. However, they find that the four preferiti, the Cardinals that are the prime candidates to be the next pope, are missing. Langdon, Vittoria, Carlo Ventresca, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Empire, Commander Olivetti of the Swiss Guard, and the Swiss Guard itself embark on a search for the four cardinals, in the hopes that it will lead them to find the antimatter and save the Vatican.

I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It was very interesting how the author, Dan Brown, mixed science with all the symbolism that is present as well. The mixing of these two was flawless in comparison to other novels I have read, that have not bridged as well and favored one aspect more than the other. Brown also kept a grand sense of realism for a story that involves such scenarios that seem less plausible than not. It was so well executed that throughout most of the novel, it seemed like all these scenarios were real. The novel did not seem so much as a novel, but more as a memoir or someone’s retelling of an adventure. All of this combined to create a book that always kept me entertained and wanting to read more.


Reviewed by Markus Leonardo, Grade 9
Chevy Chase Library

Monday, April 13, 2020

Social Intercourse by Greg Howard


High schoolers Beckett Gaines and Jaxon Brock couldn't be more different. Beckett is one of the only out and proud gay kids in their conservative town of Florence, South Carolina. He is sassy, charismatic and has a spunky best friend, Shelby, a girl who was bullied for being plus size and never hesitates to defend anyone. Jaxon is the head quarterback of the high school football team, he is the most popular boy in school and has an equally popular evil cheerleader girlfriend named Tiffany. He has two mom's and lets everyone know that he won't tolerate trash talking about them, but he also has a secret. He doesn't like just girls. When Jaxon's mom and Beckett's dad start dating, the two boys come up with an elaborate plan to break them up- Beckett because he doesn't like Jaxon's mom and Jaxon because he wants his moms to get back together. Through saucy gay clubs, notoriousely homophobic church protests, and failed Grindr dates, the two boys realize very important things about each other, who they want to be, and what they are to each other.

Let me start of by saying that this box is not false adverting. This book is gay. It isn't a cliche perverted experimental affair about a forbiddan daliance. And it has a happy ending. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, the book was not as perfect as it sounds. Beckett, one of the protagonists has some major discriminatory remarks towards woman and people of color- just because he is a gay male, doesn't mean he isn't capable of discrimination. The church is also very negatively represented as well. This one isn't that large of a critcism actually, just an observation. The church has been very detrimental to the well being and safety of gay people for a long time and I know this from personal experience as a gay female, that the church is not always supportive of people like me. Fear not, gay people of faith, the church does make a positive appearence as well, supporting the PFLAG prom at the end. The gay representation though is on point- it acurately captures the feelings and wants of gay people without oversexualizing anything or going way over the top like some straight writers who have no idea what they are doing. The main characters, but not the side charecters have personalites that are obvious and their entire character is not just about their sexuality. Another warning, this book contains lots of graphic descriptions of guy on guy action- not a complaint, but if that isn't your cup of tea, stay away from this book. Shelby, the best friend is a tad cliche. She is plus size and sassy, an old and tired out stereotype and readers don't get a real feel for her personality. Last point- this book does handle some very important issues in a very good way like bullying and loyalty/ soliderity against discrimination and how important it is to stand up for people when they need it. All in all, a good book, well capturing a gay pov with only a few criticisms.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Friday, April 10, 2020

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan


In the kingdom of Ikhara, a demon king rules. Each year, he takes eight young concubines from the lowest caste- the Papers, or the humans. However, when Lei, the main character, catches the eye of a military commander and is brought to the king as a present, she becomes the ninth. However, unlike most of the other girls, Lei doesn't want to be a concubine. When she falls in love with another consort, she decides that she can't be the king's concubine, and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to end his terrible reign over the people.

I actually enjoyed reading this book, even though magic/fantasy is not normally my preferred subject. It was filled with action and suspense- there were many scenes of Lei barely avoiding the king. It also talked a lot about sexual violence and the characters' responses to it. The caste system of the demons and humans was also very interesting to read about, and the magic and the pantheon of gods were also intriguing. The book was a roller coaster- its atmosphere ranged from very happy to depressing in the next paragraph. However, I still really enjoyed it and would recommend it to other readers who enjoy fantasy, magic, and action.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Small Steps by Louis Sachar


The book “Small Steps” is actually a spin-off from the book “Holes.” The book follows Theodore Johnson, also called Armpit’s life after getting released from Camp Green Lake. Theodore tries so hard to return back to his regular life, but that cannot be changed easily because of his records. Still, Armpit’s neighbor Ginny, who’s younger than Armpit, becomes friends with him. One day, Armpit and Ginny goes to the Kaira Deleon’s concert, who’s a huge teen pop star. That’s where Armpit meets Kaira and they start to form a relationship. However, that relationship completely changes Armpit’s life.

I absolutely liked this book. I liked it because of how the book faced real word problems, such as racism and lookism. I believe this book will be liked by high school students. This book made me feel that everything in this world cannot be easy or joyful. It also made me think of how a person’s life can change so easily because of one incident or accident. I do recommend this book, but not for younger kids. This book should be read by, like I said before, high school students.

Reviewed by Jonah, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, April 6, 2020

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin


You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin is about a 17 year old detective named Dalton Rev, who transfers to a tough and dangerous school filled with gangs and cliques. Dalton is on a case where he must solve a students death here at Salt River High, whose body was found hanging down on a goal post at the school football field. Dalton interrogates all the cliques and goes through a lot of difficulty and frustration finding out who was responsible for the murder of Wesley Payne.

In my opinion, this book was overall just decent. It's a good book and I think that you will like it if you are into murder and mystery, but I personally didn't have too much fun reading it. The context and whole plot of the book seemed confusing and weird. The beginning of the book was pretty fun, but as I progressed through the book, it just wasn't that interesting. It's up to you whether you want to read it or not! Be my guest.




Reviewed by RC, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Friday, April 3, 2020

Wreaths with How-to-Tutorials by Laura Dowling


The book "Wreaths With How-To Tutorials" by Laura Dowling is about using natural ingredients to make decorations for your house. It showed how to make garlands and foliages out of fruits, vegetables, leaves, and flowers. It had many different examples and visuals of decorating without plastic and being self-conscious of the environment. It indicated how even when you use natural ingredients how beautiful the decorations will turn out to be.

The book "Wreaths With How-To Tutorials" by Laura Dowling is a great book for people who like doing DIY projects and also want to reduce their plastic use. This was great for me because Christmas is not so far away and using like flowers and leaves to decorate your house would be great because during Christmas people use a lot of plastic to decorate their homes. It also opened my eyes to how beautiful could the products that nature provides us with.
Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2018 Christmas with Southern Living


The book "Christmas 2018" by Southern Living is a great book for new Christmas decorations and recipes. It showed many modern ways of switching up your old recipes and decorations. It had many tips and tricks of how to Diy your Christmas decorations, for example making decorations out of appliances that you already have in your home. Many different ways of making old recipes into new for example making a using different seasoning to roast your chicken. Great book for wanting a change in your Chrismas decorations and recipes.

The book "Christmas 2018" by Southern Living was one of the best cookbooks I've ever read. I love Christmas. This was very helpful for having new dishes at your Christmas dinner to share with friends and family. One of the best recipes in the book was the brown butter-roasted branzino because my family doesn't eat red meat. It also gave me some decorations ideas like how to decorate your Christmas table, how to fold the napkins and have a theme for the table decorations.

Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 30, 2020

Affordable Interior Design by Betsy Helmuth


The book "Affordable Interior Design High-End Tips For Any Budget" by Besty Helmuth is about showing how you can design a house under a budget. It shows many beautiful designs of houses which don't need a lot of money to achieve. It is a great book for people who are moving out but don't have a lot of money to personalize their new home. Also great for people who are beginners and are looking forward to making their free time activity their career.

The book "Affordable Interior Design High-End Tips For Any Budget" by Betsy Helmuth was a wonderful book for me because my family and I are currently thinking about buying a house and it was a great inspiration for how I should design my bedroom by not spending too much money. It gave many tips and tricks, for example how to renew old furniture. It showed many great examples of making a boring place look great by personalization.


Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Friday, March 27, 2020

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden


The book follows Liza Winthrop, a straight-A student at Foster Academy, a conservative private school in 1980's New York City. When Liza goes to the Metropolitan Musuem of Art to study architecture, she runs into Annie Kenyon, a charismatic fun-loving girl from the other side of the city. The two immidietely connect and begin spending lots of time together. However, the two begin developing feelings for each other and struggle to come to terms with what the outside world sees about them and how they feel about each other. When a vicious homophobic assault is launched against the girls after they are caught in intimacy, they struggle to stay connected with each other and their families. However, they gain the assistance of two lesbian teachers who fight to help them live their lives freely and safely. Together, they learn that love will conquer all fear and that allies can be found in the most unexpected places.

I was soooooo happy when I found Annie on my Mind at the library. It's the most iconic piece of lesbian fiction written to date and I was eager to read it. I was also terrified- It's a book writen about lesbians in the 80's, would it be another sad ending? The answer, thank god is no! There is a good portion of angst and a hell of a lot of homophobia, but the ending. It's happy, they are still in love, and all is right with the world. This book tackles issues like identification, rule following, and societal pressure very well. It's an older book, so the setting isnt very modern. I'm happy to report that these charecters have personalites that click while also contrasting. Even though this is a romance novel, the girls have their own personalities and interests and exist without each other in a healthy way. Annie is outgoing and pushes Liza to have fun while Liza is the levelheaded protector of the two. All in all, a very good read. I would definately recommend this book to others, especially gay women who just want a happy ending.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing


Sera belongs to the Cerulean, a mystical group of women that reside in the City Above the Sky,a floating island that is tethered to each planet it chooses to connect too. The Cerulean have magical blood, blue hair, and silver skin. Their society is entirely matriarchal without any males existing on the island and their island is controlled by a deity- Mother Sun, who is said to be the protector of all Cerulean. When Sera is chosen to sacrifice herself to the tether so that the Cerulean may move to another planet, she throws herself off the island. But the sacrifice goes wrong and she survives, falling to the planet below her and being captured by one of the richest families in Kaolin, a deeply patriarchal soceity for a mystical creatures show. With the help of mystical creatures and the children of her captor, she escapes and seeks her way back to the tether in order to help the Cerulean move. Meanwhile, back in the city, one of Sera's mothers and her best friend seek to uncover the truth about her death and realize that the government of the Cerulean is hiding some dark secrets.

I first picked up this book because I recognized the author, Amy Ewing, who wrote one of my favorite series, The Jewel (10/10 would recommend-but to a mature audiance for depictions of violence and sexuality). I had high hopes for this book, but I was rather dissapointed.
1. The casual lesbian representation was on point!! Women got married in threes to have children and there were lots of general descriptions of lesbianism on the island. Even one of the main charecters down on the planet was a lesbian. This made me super happy. However, the main charecter comes to the realization that she likes boys when she falls to earth and sees a boy for the first time. I have nothing against boyxgirl romance, but THERE WAS NO CHEMISTRY. There was nothing in common between the two, no interests, conversations, moments, NOTHING, aside from some vague sexual desire which could have only been curiousity about males in general. Meanwhile, she was very emotionally intimate with her best friend Leena, and they have a history and inside jokes and a connection and. . . you get my point.
2. The world-building down on the planet was not very good. I had a hard time knowing where the charecters were at any given moment and the societal descriptions of Pelago were basically non existant. There was no explanation on the great fued between Kaolin and Pelago. The general soceital structure of Kaolin was only briefely introduced and not clearly explained.
All in all, a meh book- good fantasy, but the boyxgirl romance was very badly done.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee


In a futuristic New York City, where the Tower, a vast building housing millions of people and the highest technology known to mankind dominates the NYC skyline, five teenagers with dirty secrets do everything to keep them hidden. This book follows Avery Fuller, a girl who is genetically perfect, but in love with someone she can never be with, Eris Dodd-Ranson, a girl who used to be at the very top but was sent straight to the bottom after a crumbling betreyal and a new discovery, Leda Cole, a girl obsessed with her sister;s best friend and struggling with her addiction to a drug that helped her fit in, Rylin Myers, a girl who will do anything to survive including get trapped in the web of lies that are the residents of the Tower's top floors, and finally Watt Bakradi, a hacker who has a secret weapon that if anyone knew about it, he would definatley get sent to jail. These teens don't realize how close they are to the ground before they start to fall.

Anyone who loves upper class gossip and futuristic technology-governed worlds should read this book. A very good read, I never felt for a second that I was bored and the worldbuilding was superb- everything on why the world functioned the way it did made sense and I never felt any confusion over the futuristic aspect. This book handles important issues very well like addiction, adultury, and social pressure. Two main quibles.
1. At the end, the book played on a major lesbian stereotype which was very dissapointing, considering the casual representation started out very well- a girl moved, met another girl, and fell in love without all of the tragic homophobic backstory angst that is a very popular trope.
2. Setting changes from the tower to the outside world were a bit clunky since so much of what readers see in the novel is in the tower including "outdoor things" so where the charecters are in the outside world can get a bit confusing.
Definatley a book for more mature readers because of the content but a good read and an excellent addition to any YA lovers shelf.

Reviewed by Claire Skye, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber


The book "A Mrs. Miracle Christmas" by Debbie Macomber is about how Christmas comes with many surprises and miracles. It shows how a married couple, Laurel and Zach have been praying in hope of having a baby, but as time passes on they lose their hope. However, as Christmas arrives with Mrs. Miracle so does their hopes and dreams. Mrs. Miracle was an angel for Laurel. After the great news, Laurel and Zach were motivated in celebrating Christmas.

The book "A Mrs. Miracle Christmas" was a great book to remind yourself that Christmas is a time of hopes and dreams. It also really brought that Christmas spirit, which made me very excited about looking forward to Christmas. The author also showed a great example of how people can lose their hope in something they dream of overtime, but Christmas always brings them back. I recommend this book a lot because it has a great moral of never giving up no matter what.



Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 16, 2020

Queen Bey by Veronica Chambers


The book was about how successful and famous Beyoncè has become over the years. It explained what her successes were for example how she has released so many albums that you can't keep count of, was crowned as a winner at the Grammy awards 22 times. It also said that one of her best performances was at Coachella in 2018. Her performance was shocking to the world. The most amazing thing is that she is not even forthy yet, but is already one of the most wealthy and successful artists out there.

The book "Queen Bey" by Veronica Chambers was probably one of my favorite books I have ever read. I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and reading people's biography. She is also a person to look forward to. She is a very successful artist that has reached life's pinnacles at a young age. Veronica Chambers is a great author who explained every bit of Beyoncé's life in a significant way. I am really looking forward to reading her current and future books.



Reviewed by GH, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Friday, March 13, 2020

Don't Scream by Joan Lowery Nixon


This mystery thriller follows a high school senior named Jessica Donnally who lives a pretty normal life until 2 new kids enroll in Jessica's school who go by the names of Mark Malik and Scott Alexander. One of them, Mark, move into Jess's neighborhood. She grows a liking into Mark, and her best friend, Lori, grows a liking to Scott. Life is pretty normal for Jess at this point until her grumpy neighbor's cat and Jess's beloved cat disappear almost too coincidentally. Now she has to deal with the struggle of keeping her grades up, helping a young boy named Ricky, finding out the truth of the mysterious disappearance of these 2 cats, and the increasingly strange behavior of both Mark and Scott.

This book offers a mysterious story about 2 boys who grow increasingly stranger and stranger. The book takes a while to build up the suspense, but when it does, you're left desperate to finally know the truth about these 2 strange boys. The book is a bit slow in the beginning, but by the middle it really picks up it's pace and in the end is an extremely good mystery thriller and I would really recommend it to anyone who takes a liking into mystery books. This one's not the most complex mystery book out there, but it still is one that I much enjoyed.


Reviewed by Rolan, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Story of an Assassin by Anthony Horowitz


The story is about a Russian assassin that is reading his life story the day before he completes his mission. It starts off with this assassin arriving to London, he then books a hotel nearby the location of this new mission, he then makes it to the hotel, and gets his room. From there, he decides to leave the room for a little, then returns. He turns on his laptop and receives the coordinates for the location of the mission, and that's when he decides to read his digital diary a bit. He reads about his life living in his hometown in Russia, what happened that turned his life around, how his town gets blown up, how he escapes, how he becomes a hoodlum, how he gets enslaved on his first score, his life during slavery, how he manged to escape his slavery, and how he became an assassin.

The book is a masterpiece for its plot line, for its characters, and for its story. I mostly loved how good the story is, with a unclear beginning of this protagonist, an emotional roller coaster ride between the chapters, with the ones he loved dying before his very eyes, to the ones that made him suffer, suffer in his vengeful hands, and somewhat of a relieving ending. Now, I think that many artists or creative people would love this story. How it made me feel though can only be described as an emotional roller coaster. So yeah I would give it a 10/10.


Reviewed by Yadeadboi007, Grade 8
Glendale Central Library

Friday, March 6, 2020

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter


Rusty is a normal house cat. Sometimes, he dreams of going out into the forest to hunt like he knows others of his kind definitely do. One day, he finally gives into his dreams. He goes into the forest to hunt a mouse that he sees. As Rusty wanders farther into the forest, he runs into another cat. This other cat attacks him and asks his why he's in Thunderclan territory. This cat turns out to be Graypaw, a Thunderclan apprentice who later becomes Firepaw's (previously Rusty) best friend, and his guide to the life of clan cats. Now a truly inducted clan cat, Firepaw must act in accordance to the rules of the forest, and must solve mysteries that nobody knew even existed.

This book is the first in a series that I really enjoy. Despite the fact that it's more aimed toward younger readers than older ones, the story is a really easy one to follow, and the plot is pretty predictable, making it a very nice light read for kids and teenagers alike. The Warriors series is one that flows very smoothly, despite having been written by four different women. It is definitely as book that I would recommend to kids and teenagers, as well as cat lovers everywhere. It is totally one of those books that you would read again just for the fun of it.


Reviewed by Julio B., Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Killing by Robert Muchamore


James is on a new mission now. His job is to infiltrate and see what dirt he can dig up on, the suspicious and illegal dealings of Leon Tarasov, a local nuisance to an ex- cherub police officer. James is a well respected and a very skilled cherub agent in their tight knit community. What is Cherub? It's a top secret branch of the British Intelligence Agency, specialized in taking down criminals who wouldn't suspect a child of being able to bust them. James must now see what he can find, and with the help of fellow Cherub Dave Moss, he may uncover more than he was prepared for.

The Killing is a book that I feel like I've overlooked in the years I've been reading and re-reading this series. It has a good story, and as far as these books go (which is very far) it's one that I seriously enjoy after reading it again after having not picked it up in over two years. Like all Cherub books, I really recommend this book. It is a good book for people who've read Cherub books in the past, and for people who just want to sit down and read an action / adventure book. Cherub really is one of my favorite series' and I hope I'm able to get other people to join in on the fun


Reviewed by Julio B., Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Friday, February 28, 2020

Causes of the War by Tim Cooke

The story was about slavery that the people were from the Northerners. There were 3.5 million black slaves in the south. They had a good economy for the society that they had. They published really good books and they held lectures about the evils of the slavery. They had free soldiers for the Congress to fight for their constitution. They were free Solders that destroyed the slavery that abolitionists the constitution. After that the Mexican War had been ended at list 1848 and the slavery and the slavery had began again and there was a big problem with the constitution. The task ended by a person who killed Lincoln was named John Wilkes Booth at the Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. After that he’d died the next day because John Wilkes shot him and he couldn’t survive.

The book inspired me because it was a really interesting book and I like to learn more about History because history is the first subject that I like. History talks about the revolution that happened so long ago. The history books teaches people about the old times that happened in 1864- 1999. My friends like to read History books because it inspires them to enjoy what they read and for them to learn something from history. History is my and my friends favorite because how interesting and how fun history is. History can be useful for the future when people grow they can know that what happened long time ago to the War. The civil war began a long time ago that they destroyed the black slavery.

Reviewed 
by anonymous, Grade 11
Casa Verdugo Library

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fairy Tail: Volume 12 by Hiro Mashima


As we know from the previous chapters, Jellal was a childhood friend of Erza until when they both became mortal enemies during Volume 11. The goal Jellal wishes to achieve is to bring an evil dark wizard back to life. The thing about this cruel wizard is he truly wants to destroy Erza among every one of the guilds. Not even Lucy who has her celestial powers growing very slowly. The members of Fairy Tail always have their unique types of magic such as the Etherion. This is a very powerful type of magic created by the Council but once it is set free, everyone is guaranteed to die which is something Jellal doesn't want for himself. Shall he proceed to his heartless actions?

I may not have liked today's story but I have to admit this was very sad reading. I saw a lot of battle and death in the graphics. Although, I liked how the author decided to foreshadow something that it may not what it seems to be. It was kind of like having clickbait being used but in the manga. When I picked up this volume in the pile of the rest of my other volumes of Fairy Tail from my living room, the cover seemed to represent something really dark and somewhat mysterious. It has a navy blue background being used with some shades of maroon and black. I thought this volume is one of the most emotional ones I've read in the past few ones. I think anyone could read this particular volume since this volume doesn't have anything weird or oddly ironic. Mainly sad scenes in these chapters.


Reviewed by Hannah Rachel, Grade 10
Central Library

Monday, February 24, 2020

Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore


James has just met his hero. Dave Moss, a legendary Cherub, and a superstar on campus, Dave Moss is the guy that James has been looking up to since he's been there. Now, just days after they've met, they must break a kid out of prison. This kid is the son of an international weapon smuggler, and Cherub is hoping to bring them down. The criminal in question is an American black market arms dealer that has crossed onto British soil. Will Dave, James, and Lauren be able to take down Jane Oxford?

This book is midway between top tier Cherub books, and bottom tier Cherub books. While all of the books in the Cherub series are always good on the first read, some of them get less enjoyable the more times you read them, and I think this book is just okay after the first couple reads. I would definitely recommend this book If you are at all interested in the Cherub series, and I would also recommend this book if you're just looking for a good semi- realistic book to read. The whole Cherub series is a blast to read, so i highly recommend that you do.


Reviewed by Julio B., Grade 10
Central Library