Thursday, July 30, 2015

A new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign

nictaf posted a new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign. See the full review.

I think Gorgon is the best book in the series so far! This wonderful story was expertly written with an eye for detail like, “We‘re standing under bright sunshine and blue skies on a plain of tall, sweet-scented, green grass waving in a light breeze. A large, pure blue lake sparkles to the north.” The author, Geoffrey Saign, brought all the characters to life. Sam is my favorite character because of her passion for wildlife, and her kindness and compassion for others--animals and humans alike. Gorgon is an amazing book and I cannot wait for book three! I don't think this book is a stand-alone, so I do recommend reading book one of the Whipeye chronicles (Whipeye) first. I would recommend Gorgon to ages 8 and up, and for those who like fantasy and adventure.

A new student review of Peer Pressure Vs. True Friends! Surviving Junior High Vol. 1 by Dr. Orly Katz

bygflower posted a new student review of Peer Pressure Vs. True Friends! Surviving Junior High Vol. 1 by Dr. Orly Katz. See the full review.

I thorourghly enjoyed this book. Personally, I love this genre, and this did not disappoint. The author managed to keep a light tone throughout, and although the vocabulary was simple, it was quite an intelligent read. My only complaint was that I didn't feel that it was brought to a suitable close. I would definitely reccommend this book to anyone 10+ because I feel that we all have something to learn about not giving in to peer pressure. I salute Dr. Orly Cast for keeping an aspect of humor through the book, and I really enjoyed this read.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign

nictaf posted a new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign. See the full review.

I think Gorgon is the best book in the series so far! This wonderful story was expertly written with an eye for detail like, “We‘re standing under bright sunshine and blue skies on a plain of tall, sweet-scented, green grass waving in a light breeze. A large, pure blue lake sparkles to the north.” The author, Geoffrey Saign, brought all the characters to life. Sam is my favorite character because of her passion for wildlife, and her kindness and compassion for others--animals and humans alike. Gorgon is an amazing book and I cannot wait for book three! I don't think this book is a stand-alone, so I do recommend reading book one of the Whipeye chronicles (Whipeye) first. I would recommend Gorgon to ages 8 and up, and for those who like fantasy and adventure.

A new student review of The Tooth Fairy Trap by Rachelle Burk

Endless Summer posted a new student review of The Tooth Fairy Trap by Rachelle Burk. See the full review.

The Tooth Fairy Trap is an excellently written and charming children's book. I would have enjoyed it very much as a child! It's also one of those Junie B. Jones style books, which older children and adults can also enjoy. I found the characters to be interesting and well-dimensioned. For instance, Bradley's pet hamster is grumpy and full of personality. The written messages that Bluna exchanges with the (nicer) children are also extremely genuine and heartfelt. At one point, Bluna wishes that she could play with one of the little girls!

There was not really anything I disliked about the book. I would love to see The Tooth Fairy Trap made into a series if it is not one already. Perhaps Bradley the trap-setter can be reformed.

Note: the illustrations and the author's children's tooth fairy notes at the end were a nice touch.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A new student review of Sophie Kinsella

Star360 posted a new student review of Sophie Kinsella . See the full review.

The one-sentence summary of Finding Audrey is: Teen girl uses video camera to heal from depression and anxiety disorder. But while that description is certainly accurate, there is no way to put all the wit, humor, and love in this book into just a few words. In her first foray into young adult literature, Sophie Kinsella has crafted an entertaining story that is quick to read but difficult to forget.

 

Audrey may have suffered from depression and an anxiety disorder, but she is blessedly free from Main Character Malady, an unfortunate syndrome in which the storyline consists of a protagonist essentially chanting me-me-me-them-me-me. Not once did I feel that Audrey was bratty, whiny, or self-centered. Her health issues were dealt with appropriate gravity, but they did not weigh down the novel. Kinsella dedicates plenty of time to other characters, making sure that Mum and Dad were not just people who served dinner and drove cars. 

 

The subplot of her older brother, Frank’s, video game obsession was amusing and added comic relief. His love of Land of Conquerors is slightly blown out of proportion, but it’s all in good fun. And if the author can add a little message about balancing your time wisely, why not? Of course, the video game competition also introduced the romantic interest, Linus. The “older-brother’s-best-friend” twist is a common trope, but it made sense given that Audrey didn't go to school or hang out outside. Plus, given that there was no angsty love triangle, I can easily overlook the cliche.

 

One of the book’s brightest charms is its sense of familiarity. Audrey often speaks directly at the reader in a casual tone, so it seems like you’re having a conversation with a friend. British words like “Mum” and “trainers” remind readers of the UK setting. Pop culture staples, like Harry Potter, The Big Bang Theory, and Scott Pilgrim, also fill the story. Those references make it easy to imagine the characters as real people: Mum watching Downton on Sundays; the family munching Doritos and guac; four-year-old Felix adorably singing the songs from Frozen. Either it’s shameless advertising, or Kinsella really knows how to make her readers feel at home.

 

Finding Audrey is a gem that is perfect for teen girls looking for a realistic yet romantic read that’s packed with laughs, love, and the power of you.

A new student review of The Whisperer

jotaf posted a new student review of The Whisperer . See the full review.

I thought The Whisperer was a great book!  It was filled with action, mystery, and suspense.  I liked how the author, Fiona McIntosh, did a great job describing the characters and their lives, like how Lute is a boy who doesn’t really want to be king, but knows that it is his destiny.  A part in the book that I liked was when Griff thought up a clever way to get some keys from one of the people in the traveling show.  I can’t tell you who it was or what they were for, though, or I would ruin the story; you will just have to read it to find out for yourself.  I don’t think there was anything about this book that I didn’t like.  I would recommend this book to anyone ages ten through fifteen or anyone who likes adventure books.

A new student review of The Candy Store by Michele Poague

Sweetfable posted a new student review of The Candy Store by Michele Poague. See the full review.

This was a pretty amazing novel. There were many stylistic choices I liked that the author made. I loved the use of 1920s slang, and I did pick up a few neat phrases along the way. However, it was hard for me to believe those phrases were actually used that often! For the most part, all the characters felt realistic, although I did not understand some of Jett’s decisions and impulses. I am basically the age that she was in the novel, and I would never even consider doing some of the things she did. But she did live in a different time, so that may account for some of the differences.

I always love time traveling in novels. The author made Jett’s reaction to this change quite believable. She was quite smart in some of the situations she was put in, and thought of things that I would never have thought of. In the end, I felt I could look up to Jett, despite some of her minor faults. Setting the novel initially in the 1980s was interesting, but I guess that makes it easier for Jett not have to cope with the lack of computers or smart phones!

This novel was a blast from the start until the finish. The relationships the characters had with each other were crafted extremely well, and I was very impressed. It is clear the author put a lot of effort into making both the setting and the characters lifelike. Even though I never lived in the 20s or even the 80s, I felt like I was able to briefly be a part of those eras and have fun with characters that were having the time of their lives.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A new student review of Attack of the Alien Horde (Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape)

nictaf posted a new student review of Attack of the Alien Horde (Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape) . See the full review.

Robert Venditti wrote an exciting book with fast-paced, thrilling action. Miles was my favorite character because he was funny and nice. This book had rich descriptions. For example, the author wrote: “Using every ounce of strength left in him, he lifted his shaking arms and stacked his hands in a T.”

I cannot wait for book two! I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up, and for those who like comic books and action.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A new student review of After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

iamabooklion posted a new student review of After Eli by Rebecca Rupp. See the full review.

This book was a short, quick read that I really liked. It was much more interesting than what the synopsis actually said. After Eli is a book of loss and death, and it made me very emotional. The voice of Daniel was very authentic and touching, and I shed a few tears in some moments. The only negative thing about this book was that it had a slow pace and it didn't get to the point straight away. The rest of the book is really good, and I highly recommend it.

A new student review of Tommy Black and the Staff of Light by Jake Kerr

mknott posted a new student review of Tommy Black and the Staff of Light by Jake Kerr. See the full review.

I really liked the book! The magic in the book was my favorite part. I loved the magical powers that Tommy learned - they were really cool! My favorite character was Naomi because she is very determined and works really hard. The book started a little slow but after a few chapters it was more fast-paced and exciting. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and suspense.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A new student review of Angels Club by Courtney Vail

sisto8 posted a new student review of Angels Club by Courtney Vail. See the full review.

I thought this book was cute. I didn't know it was supposed to be for kids younger than 12 when I picked it, but the story turned out pretty good. It had most of the contents of a typical kid book: a perfect kid with a dream and a chance to go with that dream, as well as the sweetest, most desirable ending.  Don't get me wrong, I think these kinds of books are awesome for younger kids who are still trying to find their dream. The main character, Jacinda, was a great example for younger readers to try to follow. She was patient, kind, and did volunteer work in her spare time. The setting of a therapy horse farm was pretty unique. I generally enjoyed the book and recommend it for all horse lovers 8+.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A new student review of The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser

Lainebarnes posted a new student review of The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser. See the full review.

My opinion on The Beast of Cretacea is that the book was awesome. The author, Todd Strasser, was able to get Moby Dick and Avatar into a book that had so much unique quality, that it left me on the edge of my seat and racing to the end of the story. Each chapter provided a new outlook on the world of Cretacea leaving the reader to use his imagination on what would come next. I think it was an amazing book and I would read it over and over again. I also would recommend this book to any young person between the ages of 12-16 who enjoys science fiction. I would not recommend this book to those younger than 12 as there was some pretty harsh language and goriness also. But all in all, I enjoyed the book.