Friday, April 24, 2015

A new student review of Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery by Ace Hansen

laurenom posted a new student review of Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery by Ace Hansen. See the full review.

I really like the book because it is funny, like when the principal had the green gas.  Julius asked, "Have you been eating Space Pops?" The principal said, "No, and how do you know?"  Julius said, "No reason."  I also liked the book because it has feelings.  You can tell the mom's feelings, Julius' feelings and Mason's feelings even though there aren't any pictures.  You can picture them in you mind.

I don't have any dislikes because I liked the whole book. It had many details.

I would recommend this book to other people because it is entertaining and very funny.  People would like it because it might make them smile or laugh.  It could also set a good mood for them.

A new student review of At All Costs by Patrick Jones Brent Chartier

winner231 posted a new student review of At All Costs by Patrick Jones Brent Chartier. See the full review.

This book's concept and ideas are a great way to tell about major football injuries and how they affect players. The overall detail wasn't that great, and the book would have been better if it was longer and talked about certain moments longer. The analysis of the brain injury, how major it was, and how it devolped as it got worse was good. It would be a pretty good good quick read because it is a shorter book, but isn't the best for more advanced readers.

A new student review of The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis by Owen Liu

moseso posted a new student review of The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis by Owen Liu. See the full review.

This book falls under an adventure category, although the plot is tremendously lackluster. Anita and Benson, who are time-travelers, are the main characters. They are asked to journey back into time to learn about climate change. The beginning draws readers in, but leaves them disappointed once the middle is reached. More excitement and cliff-hangers should have been added into this book in order for it to be not dull and dreary. The illustrations are a wonderful addition to The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis and add a sense of reality. Once the climax occurs, the plot begins to make sense. Unfortunately, this particular book is opinionated and tries to sway the reader to believe what the story is founded on. This book requires readers to understand complex scientific terms and is intended for 11-13 year olds. The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis is a unexciting book that one should avoid unless climate change research is required or this topic is of interest.              

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A new student review of Antale: An Allegory of a World Reborn

JesusFreak posted a new student review of Antale: An Allegory of a World Reborn . See the full review.

Antale: An Allegory of a World Reborn

Friday, April 17, 2015

A new student review of Devin Rhodes Is Dead by Jennifer Wolf Kam

swalia posted a new student review of Devin Rhodes Is Dead by Jennifer Wolf Kam. See the full review.

This book was a fast and enjoyable read. The tone of the book- haunting and intriguing- fit the conflict of the story perfectly. The constant switch from before and after the death was interesting, but at times became a bit annoying because I often got confused about which was present and which was past. I thought the characters were developed nicely, and it was easy to connect to Cass. Overall, this book was a very interesting and fast paced and I would recommend to anybody age 10 and up.

I would rate this a 4-4.5 out 5 stars.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A new student review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Katiedid.Break posted a new student review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni. See the full review.

Akarnae was filled with more twists and turns than the library itself, almost always leading to Alex ending up in the Med-Ward. I loved how the author personified the library and gave it such a mysterious personality. I also like the Gift Alex ended up having; it was fitting and will have much to play off in the next book. Noni also created very well rounded characters. Jordan was a personal favorite due to his wit and never-ending sarcasm and joking arrogance. And many characters were not who they seemed, including D.C. Noni’s language really made you feel like you were in Medora watching the plot unfold. The ending was great, it wrapped a lot up in a neat little bow, but it also left a fair amount unanswered. I cannot wait for the next book, Raelia.

Akarnae vaguely reminded me of The Last Dragon Cronicles by Chris D'Lacey. That book also featured an all knowing library and multiple worlds, but there was the added twist of clay dragons that came to life. In case one wants to read a similar book  that is equally epic.

 

A new student review of Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick

JesusFreak posted a new student review of Regina Shen: Vigilance by Lance Erlick. See the full review.

This sequel to Regina Shen: Resilience is just as good as the first, if not better.  The book gripped me in the beginning and I never got bored. I was excited to see what would happen to Regina throughout the book.

The cover art, like the last book’s, is amazing. It is simple, yet gripping. The symbol they use on the front cover is also very well-made.

The author does an excellent job at telling this adventurous story, and their description of the post-apocalyptic world that Regina lives in is beautifully executed.

With a great plot that’s sure to keep you entertained, Regina Shen: Vigilance is sure to blow your mind.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new student review of Disneylanders by Kate Abbott

Sydneylynch posted a new student review of Disneylanders by Kate Abbott. See the full review.

The book started out good. I like how it started sort of with a backstory. It could have used a bit more humor and adventure, though. At points it felt like the author went into too much detail. The author could have also described certain bits more clearly.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new student review of not just The Small Book of Meditation by Poonam Dhandhania

bygflower posted a new student review of not just The Small Book of Meditation by Poonam Dhandhania. See the full review.

I very much enjoyed this book. I found it highly informative, and am beginning to use many of the easier techniques taught. I would never have thought meditation would be something I would use, but not Just The Small Book Of Meditation certainly changed that! Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and meditation is an incredible thing, as this book helped me realise. This book is brilliant for any aged reader.

A new student review of Contract City by Mark Falkin

dancechicka posted a new student review of Contract City by Mark Falkin. See the full review.

I felt that this book was very strong in some areas yet very weak in others.  The sentence structure was very loose and flowing, giving the novel an almost otherworldly feel that kept the reader entranced and on the edge of their seat. However, I felt that the main focus jumped around too much, leaving me confused. Descriptive language was also awfully hard to come by, which can give some readers a hard time visualizing characters.  There were also quite a few themes that I felt were a little disturbing that were, theoretically, “glossed over”.  One example of this would be the dynamics of Billy and Sara’s relationship.  At some points, I felt like their relationship was both physically and emotionally abusive, yet the author somehow tried to justify it by writing behind the façade of righteous activism or honorable reason.  I feel like this book would be a great read for the right person, but I am afraid that that right person wasn’t me.

“They weren’t coming for her.  They couldn’t be. But those power washers, those jogging men, had come for her, as had that frozen figure on the stairs, and the ashen men looking up at her with stones for eyes in the vacant lot."

I would recommend this book for mature readers.   There are varying themes of graphic violence, along with pretty extreme profanity and sexual situations.  As mentioned above, there were also some parts that could be seen as abuse, acting as a “trigger” for some readers.

Caught between the choice of loving or leaving, will Sara be able to use her film for good or for change?  Contract City by Mark Falkin has all the answers!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A new student review of Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

jotaf posted a new student review of Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb. See the full review.

Ratscalibur was a great book.  I really liked how detailed the characters were.  Also, I liked how much imagination was put into the book; for example, the author added something called Ragic, which is the rat equivalent of magic.  One of the parts I found funny in this book was when one of the rats that Joey met took Joey to a “restaurant” and ordered a stew for him.  After Joey tried the stew, he asked the other rat what was in it.  The reply was, “You do plan on being human again, don’t you?”  When Joey said yes, the rat replied, “Then you probably don’t want to know.  It might turn out to haunt you later.”  One of the only things that I didn’t like about this book was that it was too short.  If it was longer I would have liked it even better!  I would recommend Ratscalibur to anyone who enjoys funny yet adventurous books.  I am giving this book a well-deserved five stars.