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TeenTober 2019 – Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary by Stephanie Garber is the second book in the Caraval trilogy. There will be Caraval spoilers in here so beware but none for Legendary.

While Caraval was written in Scarlett’s perspective and didn’t give us much insight into Tella’s personality, Legendary is entirely narrated by Donatella. For this reason, it took me a while to warm up to the book because obviously, I’d developed a connection to Scarlett in the last one and switching it up so drastically did not endear to me. I came around eventually though I still wasn’t as taken with it as I was Caraval.

In Legendary, Caraval is to perform at Empress Elantine’s 75th birthday and Tella plans to use this chance to find out Legend’s true name and fulfill her part of the promise she made with a “friend”. When Caraval starts though, Tella realizes that this performance is quite a bit different than the previous and that the dangers may no longer be a part of the game but as real as you and me.

I would give Legendary an 8.5/10 because I wasn’t very impressed with the ending… I was expecting a few mindblowing plot twists like Stephanie delivered in Caraval but I was VERY disappointed with the actual results. That said, I did enjoy the story and plotline overall and I’m definitely going to give the final book a read!

Teen SRC 2019 – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane is a historical fiction book with a fantasy twist, and it’s one of my favourite book (of course I don’t have just ONE favourite book.)

Edward is dying. He is the king. He shouldn’t be dying. But he is, and he will die, never even having gotten his first kiss. Life’s no fair.

Lady Jane Grey would rather spend her days curled up with a book than have to go to any of the social gatherings her mother is so keen on making her go to. But when she is told that her beloved cousin is dying and she must marry in order to save the throne, she decides she must do her duty and agrees to the marriage. But there’s something off about her intended, and she’s determined to find out what.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

To be honest, I hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. It was so predictable and bland and just not a good plot in general. Having grown up loving the Harry Potter series, I was SUPER excited for this eighth story but oh boy was I let down.

The book is the story of Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, and his first year at Hogwarts. Before it was released, I made predictions about what I thought might happen in this book, just for fun, never expecting them to bear fruit, but low and behold, I guessed two of the biggest “plot twists” in the story. That should give you an idea of how uncreative the plot was… I’d never been able to correctly predict plot twists in the original series before. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot more books since then but I still think not even the most experienced reader should be able to predict a twist before even reading any part of the book.

Although I was devastated at having to say good-bye to my favourite characters at the end of Deathly Hallows, I was happy for them. The story was well-resolved and satisfying, which left me at rest. I don’t think J.K. should have written another story, it was highly unnecessary and ended up doing way more harm than good.

All in all, I’d give this book a 5.5/10 because it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read but it did tarnish my view of the HP universe quite a bit. I’ve heard that the actual Broadway play is very well presented though, so if I get a chance to see that someday, I’d be happy to get that different point of view on this story!

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- The Hidden Memory Of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato is a book that encompasses loss, grief, friendship, and learning to heal in a beautiful story that will leave readers speechless and wanting for more.

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler died, but no one understands how — or why. When the police tell her that he died from a drug overdose, and potentially a suicide, Megan is crushed. The brother she had known and loved — was it possible that she didn’t know him at all?

Heartbroken, she starts sifting through his old things, hoping to find some answers. But when she stumbles upon an old cigar box, one that was found on Tyler’s body after his death, intense pain fills her head at its touch. Confused, Megan starts touching other belongings of Tyler’s and realizes that when she touches some objects, she has visions of what happened in the past to the owners of the objects. Desperate for answers, she teams up with an charming friend of Tyler’s, and an old friend of her own to find out what happened that fateful day.

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Teen SRC 2019 – The Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

The Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

Raithe is a Dureyan boy who’s father is Copperblade, the best fighter of the clan. One day, Raithe and his father go over a river into the Forbidden Fields and the Fhrey owner attempts to chase them out. the Fhrey kills copperblade, but was betrayed by his slave and hit in the head by a rock. Raithe then killed the Fhrey and became known as the godkiller. The Fhrey hear of Raithe killing one of them and wage war on them.

What will happen of Raithe and his clan? I liked this book because it explained everything thoroughly and still had a lot of suspense. I think it will be better for mature readers, because it has a lot of death

Teen SRC 2019 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury - Maas, Sarah J.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived the clutches of Amarantha and was reborn as a high fae.  She also gained the powers of each high fae. Rhys then calls in the bargain they have to bring her away from her wedding with Tamlim.  She decides to live with Rhysand because she was being locked up in the house by Tamlim.

I liked this book a lot because it shows how people can change a lot.  This book is better for people with mental maturity because it has intricately described bedroom scenes as does the rest of the series.

Teen SRC 2019 – Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller

(This review is kind of long, so there’s a TL;DR at the end for those who don’t want to read the whole thing.)

Buckle up kiddos, because this book is a wild, wild, ride. Prepare to be hurt. Prepare to cry. Prepare to enjoy every second of the madness. When I say I would lay my life on the line for Circe, there is hardly any hyperbole. 

Background: I discovered Madeline Miller a year or two ago, when I read her Song of Achilles. It’s an intense, sweeping tale, but that’s a review for another day. The point being, I was super excited when I found out she was doing a new book, as she’s an amazing writer. More on that later. 

Anyway, Circe, as you probably expected, is a retelling of the life of the enchantress Circe. She is known in Greek mythology as a goddess of magic and transformation, most famously in Homer’s Odyssey. The book follows her through her father’s halls (her father is Helios the titan), various adventures, whirlpools and remote islands. As far as I can tell, most, though not all of the plot elements are taken from original texts about her. 

(At this point, I’ll say that I don’t think I’d recommend this book for younger audiences. There’s swearing and, y’know, other things going on that could be considered pretty unsavoury. No explicit sex scenes or anything, this isn’t Fifty Shades, but still. It can get to be a little much.)

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Teen SRC 2019- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson

So. Hmm. Another love triangle book *cue the ooohs and ahhhs and “NOW KISS!”*

So. Princess Lia is the First Daughter of her country, who is supposed to have the gift of sight. But she doesn’t. And now she is betrothed to a prince of another kingdom whom she thinks is an old smelly hag. So on the day of her wedding, Lia runs away with her servant Pauline. She finds a job as a waitress in a small town, and her life ‘begins’.

Meanwhile: An assassin was sent to kill her because she disgraced her country, and the prince has set off from his country to find Lia. BUT, you do not know who the assassin is and who the prince is. When Lia sees the two strangers, she also does not know that one of them was sent to kill her and the other was supposed to be married to her. So now you have Lia’s perspective, the assassin’s perspective, and the prince’s perspective. AND THEN, OF COURSE, YOU FIND THEM FALLING IN LOVE WITH OTHER. Let me tell you, I did not guess correctly as to who is the prince and who is the assassin. But you will find out at the end of the book.

I give this book a 4/5. I liked the author’s idea of the perspectives and not knowing who the assassin and the prince were. The first half of the book was SO SLOW, but it was introducing the characters.

There are 3 main books in the series and a few novellas. The book following The Kiss of Deception is The Heart of Betrayal, and then The Beauty of Darkness.

Teen SRC 2019 – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Maas, Sarah J.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A 19 year old girl who lives in poverty with her two sisters, Nesta and Elain, and her dad. She goes into the woods to hunt everyday to get their families food. She eventually finds a creature named a faerie in the woods that presented a large risk to the village, so she killed it. Another faerie came to her house to demand to bring her to another world because of a treaty. She lives there and learns of the problems.

This book is more of an intro to the rest of the series, but I still enjoyed it. This book is better for people with mental maturity because it has intricately described bedroom scenes as does the rest of the series.