Teen Reviews -- Summer 2011

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Book, movie, and CD reviews that have been written by teens participating in the 2011 Teen Summer Reading Program, "You Are Here." Posted with permission of the reviewers.

Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.

Book Reviews

The main reason that I loved this book was because it was fantasy. But the suspension was another reason. Because Gemma and Kirtak (my two fav. characters) were meant to be together from the start. But they kept trying to deny it. And it wasn't till near the end that they relized that they could not deny it. My least fav. character turned out to be Pipa. Because she betrayed Gemma. I encourage all to read the first in this trilogy. A Great and Terrible Beauty.

The first book of the 39 clues series, the maze of bones, is a great read. Its full of action, suspense, and mystery which will keep you hooked till the very end. Although the beginning is a bit slow and some of the other families are a bit irritating it is still a wonderful book. Even though it is filled with action and suspense there are many humorous parts between the 3 main characters which gives a lighter tone to the book. Over all this is a book I recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.

My rating: 4

Review by Clare

The second book to the Strange Angels novel was....okay. It had some funny parts in it and the characters were great, none of them were boring. They all had some importance to them. The reason I was not a huge fan of the book was because it dragged on and it didn't start off in a very upbeat way. I would recommend this book to older readers (teenagers) because there is some language and it's detailed when it comes to the death of zombies or other characters. I would also recommend this book for someone who is patient and can handle a slow moving story. I'm not that kind of person, so that's why I didn't enjoy this book that well. The thing I loved about this book was three characters. Shanks the werewolf, Graves the Loup-garou, and Christophe the djamphir. I loved Shanks because he is quick to act and he stands up for himself, even against someone he fears. Graves was once a normal boy but then got bit by a werewolf, thus becoming a Loup-garou. Leader of the pack, he is quick to protect Dru against anyone. He's a smart mouth just like Shanks but they cover that with their charm. Last but not least, Christophe (who I just called Chris) is a djamphir (vampire). He is a charming, but powerful vampire. He has powers none could believe, but you never know when he's using them. He is a mysterious person that I have some suspicions on but you have to read it too see if you agree. If you have the patience. ;)

My rating: 3

Review by Marlayna

If you enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy or into science-fiction novels, then this first book of three is perfect for you. Set in the future about a girl named Tally, the book focuses on her difficult process of turning pretty - what all 16-year-olds are turned to by the government. However, after meeting a friend named Shay, her dream of turning pretty is changed forever.

A thriller of adventure and suspense - a must read for the summer!

Review by Anonymous

Robin McKinley has written many good books (The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown) and though this one has some beautiful moment, it's not on the same level as some of her other works. This book was an interesting read, if you can get past the beginning. The start is very slow paced, and the first 30 or so pages are descriptions of the world this book is set in, and how the humans and pegasi met and formed their Alliance. After that period of almost nothing but the settings and characters being formed, and a long history explained, the pacing picks up. The middle is very well-written and entertaining, with beautiful descriptions of the pegasus' land, especially of their caves. The action continues from there, but the book ends right in the middle of a moment of tension, and you can't help but wonder why the author chose to end it there. It felt so incomplete, like all the characters were left balancing on the edge of a cliff, and you didn't know whether they would fall or not.

My rating: 3

Review by Kayleigh

These are the coolest books in the universe. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes mystery, humor, and of course cats!

My rating: 5

Review by Shelia, grade 8

It starts with Melody and Frankie as new girls and learning to fit in at the high school. Melody is a normal girl in an area that is filled with Monsters, though people don\'t know that. Frankie was created by her parents and is one of the monsters, but she just wants to be who she is not some put on person. Her naivete coupled with her pop culture knowledge made her a great character to watch develop. Melody on the other hand was an ordinary girl until her father helped her along with some cosmetic surgery, now she is the girl all the girls are jealous of at her new school and this causes problems. Not to mention the one guy she is interested in seems to have two very different sides. There has been recent Monster Sightings in Oregan. Melody thinks that the guy she likes is in very close connections with them. Melody and Frankie have a time they meet but they don\'t really pay attention to each other until something weird happens in Merston High (the school they go to). This story is very funny and interesting. It will keep you hooked to the book.

My rating: 5

Review by Annesha, grade 6

Love, Stargirl is overall a very good book. It was a fairly easy read. I almost didn’t want to stop because of the lovely descriptions. It is in the young adult section, but I think that 10, 11, and 12 year-olds could easily read this. It is the sequel to Stargirl and I highly recommend it. Love, Stargirl was from a different point of view from its predecessor, Stargirls. I especially loved the hint of romance.

My rating: 4

Review by Hannah

Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel was overall great. However, I do recommend reading the actual Stormbreaker book beforehand because the graphic novel was unclear at times. It did stay close to the plot-line most of the time but sometimes strayed away. Although, I do recommend reading this because it helps you put a good picture in your mind.

My rating: 4

Review by Hannah

I liked the book because it was fun, and the writing was good. It was about a boy named Derek who didn’t want to work during the summer. His parents had different plans though. They think that the ideal summer would be better spent off at a reading camp. It was very good and would recommend it to anyone even a few ten year olds who would enjoy it.

My rating: 4

Review by Deija

This book was very good. Percy Jackson and Harry Potter lovers will die for this book. It’s about a girl named Theodosia that removes curses on her family’s museum. She finds ancient Egyptian curses within her parent’s artifacts, then one day, after hiding this secret, she stumbles on a secret society that deals with curses. This secret society also deals with the serpents of chaos, an evil organization that uses their magic to try to take over the world. I love this book because of its exciting plot, and fair share of clif hangers. If you are a fantasy lover then you will love this book.

My rating: 4

Review by Abbey

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