Saturday, December 14, 2013

Teen Review: Dystopia!

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Number of pages: 487
Genre: Dystopian fiction
Part of a series: Yes
Reading Level: Grades 7 up
Reviewed by: G. R., grade 9

Divergent is a story that takes place in the Dystopian future. The society is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. On a given day, all of the 16-year-olds must take a simulated aptitude test that will help them see for which faction they are best suited. The main character, Beatrice (Tris) takes the test, only to find that her results are inconclusive, and that she fits into multiple factions, giving her the category of divergent. Divergent individuals must keep this secret to themselves, as they face many dangers with their special abilities.

I loved this book; it was fantastically written. I loved the adventure and action in the story, and how there were lots of exciting things that happened. I specifically enjoyed the plot twists throughout the story. I was completely lost in this book from the moment I bought it (I tried to read it slowly, but it ended up taking me two hours to finish it in the course of two days). The book was so hard to put down, I found myself reading it at any possible time I could (even in between classes). I'm so glad that this book is part of a trilogy, because I can't wait to read the next books.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes action-packed books. Lots of my close friends have read this book, and they all love it. The cover of the book was very attractive; it showed the symbol of Dauntless, a flame. It was very intricate and beautiful. I would rate this book a 5/5, because it was such an extraordinary book.

Runes redux

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Teen Review: Fantasy



Title: The Emerald Atlas
Author: John Stephens
Number of pages: 417
Genre: Fantasy
Part of a series: Yes
Reading level: Grades 7-9
Reviewed by: G. R., grade 9


The Emerald Atlas is about three siblings who have been separated from their parents since they were infants. This was in order to protect them from their dangerous fate. The children are destined to bring the Books of The Beginning together, books that have the power to re-create the world. Their fate contains many threats, as dangerous people try to find the books for their own wicked use.

This was an amazing book, with an interesting plot. I loved how detailed it was, and how during the story you learn more about the characters' pasts, and how their lives were affected. I also enjoyed how the author mixed parts of mystical worlds into the story, giving you the full effect of magic. The book is suspenseful, and kept me on my toes, anticipating the next chapter the entire time I was reading it.

I would most definitely recommend this book to my friends, or to anyone who loves books. It’s great for readers who enjoy books full of fantasy, with a bit of mystery and magical life thrown in. The cover was very intricate, showing multiple parts of their adventures throughout the story. While I was reading the book, the farther I got, the more the cover began to make sense to me. Overall, this is a perfect book, part of a spectacular trilogy (of which the last book is still being written). It is hard to imagine a better series than this one, which is now one of my many favorites.

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library has this as a regular book, an e-book, and an audio book, so it's your choice of format!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teen Review: Mystery (and a little Horror)

Joyland
by Stephen King
288 pages
Mystery / Horror
Not part of a series
Recommended for 14 and up
Reviewed by Anonymous, 9th grade

S Y N O P S I S
The novel is set in early 1970s North Carolina at Joyland, a local amusement park. Devin Jones is a college student who takes a summer job at Joyland. Devin finds out about a murder that took place at Joyland several years prior, and becomes fascinated by and entangled in the unsolved murder. The story's twists and turns have you guessing "whodunit?!" right up until the end. The "whodunit" encompasses a dying boy who has visions of the future, as well as ghostly encounters by several of the characters.

R E V I E W
Joyland is quite the thriller. The writing is so genuine and real that it is hard not to become engrossed. The beginning of the book is a tad lengthy, because of the additional background information, such as time, date, place, and history of the characters. Devin Jones, the main character, is a seemingly nice, good guy who recently got his heart broken. His bravery and innocence make him irresistible and make you want to root for him. The book inspired me to investigate the "little things" more. If something doesn't feel, seem, or look right, take a second look!

The best part of the book, for me, was the ending. It kept me anxious and on the edge of my seat until the big reveal of the murderer. This book is enticing! King's writing is captivating and alluring and makes you want to read more. I would recommend this book to the young detective, although I would say it is best suited for ages 14 and up, due to some mature content. This is a great read for anyone who is looking for a fresh take on suspense! RATING: 4.

Editor's note: This is from a publishing imprint called Hard Case Crime, and I thought it was so fun that even though it was written recently, the publisher gave it a cover that looks like it really was published in the 1970s noir murder mystery genre.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Runes and Mortal Instruments!

TODAY, Wednesday, December 11, we have an afternoon-into-evening event you won't want to miss:

Starting at 4:00 p.m., you can come to the Central Library auditorium to be marked as a Shadowhunter with a henna rune!

Then, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., we will be showing the film The Mortal Instruments (i.e., City of Bones)--if you were a fan of the book series, how can you resist seeing what they made of the story in the movie?

You MUST have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian in order to receive a rune, since the henna can last up to two weeks and we don't want any misunderstandings about that! The permission slip is on the flyer, so be sure you fill it out, get a signature, and bring it along. No slip, no rune! You can also download it here. We still have room for you, so COME!

No sign-up needed to see the movie--come on down! Refreshments will be served. The movie is PG13, and will let out at 8:45. Please ask parents to pick you up promptly, since the library closes at 9:00!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Teen Review: Dystopia

Legend, by Marie Lu, is the first book in the Legend trilogy. It is 305 pages long. I would say it’s at least an 8th grade level book. It is an action-packed dystopia, with a love story between June and Day. June is the Republic's prodigy--a perfect soldier with a perfect score on the trial exams. Day is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. When June's brother is killed, all the signs point to Day as the murderer, so June goes undercover and heads to the outer sectors searching for Day. June and Day meet on the streets and connect on a personal level before either realizes who the other person is. Together they uncover some of the Republic's secrets and June starts to question everything.

I am in the 9th grade and I have just finished the last book in this trilogy and I loved all three books. (Legend, Prodigy, Champion) I have recommended this book to many of my friends, and they all enjoyed it. I really liked this book because it was about people who were the same age as me, and they were taking a stand for what they believed in and starting something great.

   

The cover of this book is a little boring and you never really find out why they choose that specific symbol (something to do with the Republic?), but you know the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, that quote applies to this book. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book a 4.5--it's very good and very entertaining.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Editor's note: Here is a drawing of June and Day by the author, Marie Lu! What is it with all these authors who are so multi-talented?