Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A new student review of Friend or Foe by Patrick Jones

Wayway28 posted a new student review of Friend or Foe by Patrick Jones. See the full review.

 I rate this book four stars because of how much action was in it, and and how fast the pace was. My favorite character was Ian because of the way he was able to plot all this out. My favorite part was the very end because of the suspense and action. Over all this book was very good. I thought that this book would end very differently. I think anyone who likes books with a fast pace and lots of action would enjoy this book.


A new student review of Heart or Mind by Patrick Jones

heavenly_faith15 posted a new student review of Heart or Mind by Patrick Jones. See the full review.

I give this book a three because it was slow paced. It could have had more detail about why they couldn't love each other. I liked the way it ended but  I feel like it could have had a little more detail about why it happened. Overall, this book was an ok book. My favorite character was Jawahir. I think she was a very outstanding character because she spoke her mind and told everyone how she felt. My favorite part was the beginning because it had al ot of action.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A new student review of Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper Raul The Third

Jowill posted a new student review of Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper Raul The Third. See the full review.

I thought Lowriders in Space was a very unique graphic novel.  I loved how the author,  Cathy Camper, used and explained the cultural terms.  These use of these terms along with their sense of humor really made the characters come alive and made them entertaining.  I paticularly enjoyed the jokes regarding Jupiter being a gaseous planet.

Personally I also liked how one of the main characters was a girl and she was portrayed as knowing a lot about cars and everything really.  She is very intelligent.

I thought Raul the Third's use of black, brown and red gave the illustrations a retro look that was really cool!  It fit totally with the whole lowrider idea.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A new student review of The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

lexygirl1997 posted a new student review of The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda. See the full review.

The Safest Lies was exciting for about 50 pages and then the little excitement there was started to fizzle out. I became bored reading this book and struggled to continue reading to the end. I however did enjoy Ryan's character, and I loved how protective he was of Kelsey when she needed him there for her. Throughout almost this entire book I just was waiting to finally finish it so I could go back to reading books I would enjoy. The pacing of the book was very slow and should have been sped up so you were not sitting there waiting for the story to advance.

I also had a very hard time caring for the characters. Kelsey especially was not memorable and was also not very relatable. The character development between Kelsey and Ryan was another small thing I liked in the story, but was not enough to make me really enjoy the book. Another complaint I have is that the ending of the book was very predictable. This may also be because it was my first thriller novel I have ever read and maybe the genre is just not for me.  Overall,  I expected so much more from this book.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A new student review of On Edge by Gin Price

DLowe21 posted a new student review of On Edge by Gin Price. See the full review.

On Edge is a romantic mystery thriller. The book is slow at the start, and it took time for me to visualize Emanuella and begin to understand her. Emanuella's friend Surge was, by far, my favorite character and seemed like the best friend I've always wanted. The mystery is perhaps the strongest aspect of the novel, and the intricate descriptions pull the reader into the story. I was shocked when the killer was revealed. One thing that I learned from reading this novel is to trust my gut instincts. I recommend this novel to readers above age 13 who enjoy romance and mystery.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A new student review of INTERRED by Marilyn Almodóvar

alison_S posted a new student review of INTERRED by Marilyn Almodóvar. See the full review.

Endure Interred's sluggish beginning (Baxter meets a lot of people and stages the world's most epic cram session on magic, Declan, and the ominous Council), and you'll reap the rewards of perseverance. Once the internment begins, Baxter and Jack whirl from one encounter to the next in a frenzy of wormholes, time travel, and blood by the gallon. But in the quest for brisk pacing, Interred can sometimes veer through an abrupt, unfounded series of plot events: an apparently secure floor collapses when convenient, and Baxter and Jack's jaunt through the 80s feels a little unnecessary. Still, Interred culminates in an epic battle— and betrayal. If you're craving some vicarious superpowers (and don't mind puzzling through a tangle of double-agents, mind control, and shifting alliances), Almodóvar's Interred will leave you— and your heartbeat— racing till the very end.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A new student review of Fair to Hope by Sam Reed

JesusFreak posted a new student review of Fair to Hope by Sam Reed. See the full review.

When I began reading this book, I was immediately intrigued by the main character. Velma is a likeable and strong female character. She struggles throughout the book with who she is and who she must become, and it was very interesting to see her grow throughout the story.

Unfortunately, the plotline of this novel was a bit confusing. The author’s description of the universe and how it all worked was disorienting. I’m unfortunately still a bit confused on what everything in the author’s world is and how it plays into the story. I also felt that there was too much time spent on dialogue, and there were points I found myself getting tired of the story. The storyline grew slow about halfway through, and it didn’t really pick up until the last few chapters.

Overall, the author has an amazing idea for a story. It just needs a bit better execution.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A new student review of The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

jotaf posted a new student review of The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. See the full review.

I think Rick Riordan has struck gold with this new addition to the Percy Jackson universe. It was really descriptive and had a lot of references from everyday life. (Gods e-mailing each other? Who knew?) I loved every second of it, and it held up to my high expectations from the previous books.  The characters were also described really well. Near the beginning of the book Apollo was a snob who didn’t really care about anyone else except himself. Towards the end he started realizing that he wasn’t the only one in the world that mattered. I love how Rick Riordan always finds a way to expand the Percy Jackson universe, even in the third series! I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any of the Percy Jackson books or to anyone who loves mythology.