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Teen SRC 2019 – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Digory and Polly live in London. They become friends and go on an adventure when their uncle, Andrew who thinks he’s a magician, sends them to Narnia with some rings. There, they see the creation of the world by Aslan and how the talking beasts came to life. They also encounter the evil sorceress Jadis and protects the land from her. This book was very interesting because it lets the reader feel as if they’re actually travelling between worlds.

Teen SRC 2019 – Back to the Future by George Gipe

Back to the Future by George Gipe

Hey! We’ve all heard of the CLASSIC movie “Back to the Future”, right? If you haven’t, you should definitely check it out. I recently finished the book and I decided that it was too amazing to NOT write a review about it.

This book is about a boy named Marty McFly, going on an adventure back in time. He discovers that his actions for what he does in the past can affect the actual future. If you haven’t watched the movie, drop everything you’re doing right now and watch it (wait- don’t actually do that, I’m just kidding).

I think that this is a great book. It helped me acknowledge how our actions can affect what happens in the future, but once it happens, there’s no going back; we have to live with what has happened and learn to move on from all of it, whether we like it or not.

I know this was a short review, but not all good books need a huge amount of words to describe its greatness. All in all, I’d rate this book a 10/10. It’s a classic must-read (especially if you’ve seen the film) and it helped me realize the importance of our actions.

Thanks for reading my review and I hope you decide to read this when you have the time! 🙂

Teen SRC 2019 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

Henry DeTamble is a man with a genetic disorder that allows him to teleport through time with nothing except himself.  He can’t control where he ends up, when he teleports, and the time he teleports to. He also can’t change the future. He meets his wife Clare Anne Abshire when he teleports to the past.  He chats with her a lot and eventually get married.

This book is recommended for more dedicated and mature readers, because it requires about a month of constant reading to finish and has many inappropriate scenes.

Teen SRC 2019 – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of the best mystery books I’ve read. The book is full of plot twists and it is impossible to stop reading. The narrator in this book, Dr. Sheppard, is recording this case as he is the helper of detective Poirot. Mr. Ackroyd is known throughout King’s Abbot as a wealthy guy, but he is stabbed to death a few days following the death of the woman he loves. It is fascinating to read how Poirot analyzes every piece of evidence and how he eliminates the suspects one by one.

Teen SRC 2019 – That was Then, This is Now by S.E Hinton

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That was Then, This is Now by S.E Hinton

In the 1960’s, a small town in Oklahoma has had a lot of turmoil, with gang wars and teenage drama coated all over the streets. In the midst of all this chaos, Mark Douglas and Bryon Douglas, two close siblings, are starting to drift apart from each other. As Bryon matures, Mark becomes more hateful and violent, with Bryon trying to keep their relationship intact before it shatters away forever. Meanwhile, Bryon starts to develop a more complex understanding of the world, and where he fits among the beautiful hellfire of adolescent life.

The style in which “That Was Then, This is Now” was written gives a rather eloquent yet intriguing air of poise to this novel, using sophisticated language to transform the plight of the character’s conflicts and experiences into inquisitive expression through language. Even though the point of view in the novel belongs to Bryon Douglas, Mark’s older stepbrother, it brings a level of complexity and thoughtfulness that gives the story a heartfelt tone into this novel’s world.

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Teen SRC 2018 – The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas

SImage result for three musketeers booket in France in the 1620’s, this is a tale of adventure, esponiage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. There is the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory, the evil seductress “Milady,” the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu, the weak King Louis with his unhappy Queen, and, of course, the three muscketeers themselves. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto of “all for one, one for all” has come to represent friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, stolen letters, and great bouts of swordplay and fights, this book is infinitely entertaining.

This book was so engaging that I managed to finish it almost in one go in a single day. It was one of the first actually classical book I’ve ever read, and it was GREAT!!!!! I seriously recommend this book to anyone who loves action and historical fiction.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Related imageEight strangers were invited by a millionare as weekend guests to his own private island. After the ferry left, a storm suddenly began, leaving them stranded on the island, with their host nowhere to be found. After sitting down for dinner, a recording begins playing, accusing all the guests and the two servants present of having committed murder in the past, but have escaped justice. Its claim that everyone present were brought to the island to pay for their crimes was initially scoffed at… until one of the guests died soon after. As time progresses, and more and more are killed, the survivors notice something strange: All of the deaths that have occurred are following an eerie nursery rhyme that seemingly reflects the victim’s manner of death…

This book was SO GOOD!!!! It was so suspenseful and scary, but I couldn’t stop reading it until I finished. Every time someone dies, I get more nervous and curious about why the killer is doing this to seemingly innocent people. It was so worth reading, and anything you are still confused about is explained in the last chapter, which includes the killer’s motive, and how the victims were killed.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Image result for the mysterious affair at stylesEmily Inglethorp, the wealthy lady owner of the Styles Court suddenly dies early one morning after a violent fit. With even the Scotland Yard uncertain of the identity of the murderer, our narrator, Hastings, brings in his old friend Hercules Poirot to investigate this case. With many people on the estate who were all more than capable of committing the crime, each with something to gain from Ms. Inglethorp’s death, will Hastings and the detective be able to bring the murderer to justice?

I love this series (and author) so much. I’ve probably read almost half of the 42 books in the series, and I just can’t get enough of these murder cases!! Agatha Christie is so good at scattering the clues around in our plain sight that I get super frustrated whenever I see how Poirot solved the case because all the clues were RIGHT THERE. The completely clueless Hastings provides some comic relief in a serious subject, whiles also blocking the reader’s view into Poirot’s head. There are many plot twists, and we are kept guessing until the very end!

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm

Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm is a sad but true story. The characters are animals that are meant to portray key characters during the Russian Revolution. The overall message of the book is that an uprising is useless since everything would either be in the same or worse condition as before. This book was a page turner that really made me think about each page. George Orwell is such a brilliant writer. I really enjoyed reading this book and would happily read it again.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a very intriguing book. The main character, Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old rebellious boy growing up, is definitely a character you have never seen before. The book shows what growing up is really like, which makes the book such an enjoyable read. I definitely recommend everyone to read this book at least once in their lifetime.