Thursday, April 4, 2013

Teen Review: Clockwork Princess

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Number of Pages: 568
Genre: YA Fantasy/Steampunk
Series: Yes, this is the final installment of "The Infernal Devices"
Reading level: High School
Reviewed by: Giselle F., grade 9

S U M M A R Y :

In this book, Tessa prepares for her wedding, but as she prepares for what’s supposed to be the happiest day of her life, she battles with her feelings toward the two great loves of her life. Meanwhile, Mortmain plans to use his clockwork army of automatons (otherwise known as the Infernal Devices) to destroy the Shadowhunters. There is only one thing left to complete his evil plan: Tessa. The two men who have captured her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to keep her safe. Meanwhile, Tessa also uncovers the truth about what and who she is.

R E V I E W :

As I opened the book to read, I was both excited and scared about what the book might hold in store. I had been waiting for a long time to find out about Mortmain’s diabolical plans to put an end to the Shadowhunters, as well as to see who Tessa would pick in the end. Will she pick the brooding passionate Will? Or the kindhearted, benevolent Jem? If I were Tessa, there absolutely no way I could choose! I love them both!

Right away, the book was filled with action. This book left no chances for the reader to catch his or her breath. The intense fighting scenes, the heartbreaking, tear-inducing events, and even the tender, sweet moments, left me in a state of shock. As I read, I found myself crying and laughing alongside the different characters. This book holds many twists and turns that will both make you jump with glee as well as cry. Just be prepared to go on a crazy emotional rollercoaster.

Throughout the story you can feel the tension between Tessa and the two boys who have fallen head over heels for her. I found my heart breaking for all three of my favorite characters, as all of them came to terms with their feelings. I loved that despite the big major love triangle, Cassandra Clare still took time to create new romances for the other characters. The romances will leave you wanting more, yearning to know how their love stories end. I found myself particularly invested in the two side romances in this book.

I have to say that the ending, though it shattered my heart, was everything I wanted and more. It was filled with so many heart-wrenching moments, as well as cute, tender ones. I loved the epilogue! It was clever and thoughtful, and it made me both shed tears and smile with great joy. I have to say that though the conclusion was bittersweet, it was the perfect end to such an epic trilogy.

Editor's note: I am sorry to say that we do not yet have this on the shelves at Burbank Public Library, but it's coming soon...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The latest top 50 books are...

Following is the list of the 50 teen books that have circulated most frequently from our new books shelves during the past three months. They are in descending order according to the number of times they have been checked out.

It's an interesting mix of reality, fantasy, dystopia, retold fairy tale, and mystery, including both stand-alone and series fiction, with lots of familiar authors whose series have lured you to continue with book 2 or 3! Books in boldface have been reviewed here on the blog.

We like to give you this list from time to time, so you can see what other teens are reading and maybe find some ideas for what you might like to read next.

Reached / by Ally Condie (book 3)
What Happens Next / by Colleen Clayton
The Fault in Our Stars / by John Green
Eve & Adam / by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Dodger / by Terry Pratchett

Unspoken / by Sarah Rees Brennan
Speechless / by Hannah Harrington
The Raven Boys /
     by Maggie Stiefvater
     (book 2 arrives in September)
The Last Dragonslayer /
     by Jasper Fforde
I Swear / by Lane Davis
Fathomless / by Jackson Pearce
Clockwork Prince /
     by Cassandra Clare
     (book 2 in this series)
Time Between Us /
     by Tamara Ireland Stone
Tilt / by Ellen Hopkins
     (companion to Triangles)

This is Not a Test /
     by Courtney Summers
Mister Death's Blue-eyed Girls /
     by Mary Downing Hahn
Beta / by Rachel Cohn
Send / by Patty Blount
The Rise of Nine /
     by Pittacus Lore (book 3)
Out of Reach / by Carrie Arcos
Flock / by Wendy Delsol
     (last book of 3)
Flesh & Bone /by Jonathan Maberry (book 3)
Second Chance Summer / by Morgan Matson
Scorch / by Gina Damico (book 2)
Sanctum / by Sarah Fine
Passion Blue / by Victoria Strauss

Not Exactly A Love Story /
     by Audrey Couloumbis
Mirage / by Kristi Cook (book 2)
The Lost Prince /
     by Julie Kagawa (book 5)
Kiss the Morning Star /
     by Elissa Janine Hoole
Heaven / by Alexandra Adornetto
     (book 3)
Gravity / by Melissa West
Days of Blood & Starlight /
     by Laini Taylor (book 2)
Butter / by Erin Jade Lange
All You Never Wanted /
     by Adele Griffin
Alice in Zombieland /
     by Gena Showalter
Such a Rush / by Jennifer Echols
Sons of the 613 / by Mike Rubens
My Book of Life by Angel / Martine Leavitt
Girl of Nightmares / Kendare Blake (book 2)
Full Moon Kisses / by Ellen Schreiber (book 3 in this series)
Every Day / by David Levithan
Endure / by Carrie Jones (book 4)
The Diviners / by Libba Bray
Break My Heart 1,000 Times /
     Daniel Waters
Beyond : A Ghost Story /
     by Graham McNamee
Ask the Passengers / by A.S. King
Torn / by Stephanie Guerra
The Statistical Probability of Love
     at First Sight / by Jennifer E.
Origin / by Jessica Khoury

 If you do read any of these and would like to review them for us, we will publish your review and give you service learning credit (if you want it).