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Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations (2nd Edition)

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Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations (or more simply, Crossroads) is a non-fiction anthology about historical events. It covers topics like the Fur Trade and American Revolution in an attempt to give snapshots of what was happening at the time.

This book is not fun to read. Sure, it’s well written and sure, it’s probably accurate, but it’s not very interesting. It talks about the life of people like Samuel de Champlain and Jacques Cartier, but gives them no substance. I had no sense of who Champlain or any of the characters were, for the matter. This book tells me what these people did but never who they were as characters with thoughts and feelings. But reading the book, fleshing out any character would most likely be pointless because characters are brought up and forgotten about within literal pages. This happens often, leading to many characters with barely any substance. It would make sense for an anthology series to have many characters, but the amount of characters with no personality to speak of in this book is startling.

I will give the book that the history behind it can be fascinating. Learning about how colonists came to America and other historical events was interesting to an extent. To an extent. There is no flavour to this text. I could never feel emotion in the voice telling me about the Fur Trade or the Boston Tea Party or any part of the book. It was just bland. I wish I could say I even finished this book. But after reading select chapters, I gave up. Nothing drew me back to finish this bland piece of cardboard.

All in all, Crossroads is a book that you probably won’t enjoy. There are no likeable characters because the characters there are barely characters and the writing falls flat on its face, tasting like sandpaper. That’s why I give this book my rating of: A glass of water/10- Very bland and very boring. I mean, we should all probably have it at some point in our lives, but there are so many other more colourful, more interesting things we could be trying instead of this.  

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Teen Book Review – The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Written by Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars Series, and a show on ABC, The Lying Game is a book that had so many twists and turns, I couldn’t put it down.

Separated at Birth, Emma, and Sutton were identical twins living two opposite lives Sutton has it easy, getting adopted sooner into a rich family, where as Emma had spent her childhood living off of thrift store clothes and bouncing from foster home to foster home.

When Emma and Sutton decide to meet up, things go terribly out of plan. Sutton disappears and Emma has to step in, pretending to be Sutton. Overwhelmed, Emma struggles to keep up with Sutton’s Lifestyle.

Will Emma figure out the reason behind Sutton’s disappearance, or will she end up having the same faith as her sister.

This was an AMAZING READ, I literally couldn’t put this book down. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you want a short and quick read.

I would rate this book a 6/5 stars ✨✨✨

Teen SRC 2018- 365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

365 Days of Wonder365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

This isn’t a story book but a book of everyday of the year with a quote for each day. It is about different precepts that diverse people wrote and put into a book about friendship, kindness, courage and love. The quotes are from books, movie/book characters, famous people etc. Here is a few spoils of some of the quotes: “The best things in life are not things.”-Ginny Moore “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” -Anne Herbert

I personally like the book even there isn’t any story to it. There is a lot of inspirational words and quotes in the book that can actually help with real life. It really is amazing how the author found so many great precepts. This is a wonderful book for Wonder fans and people who need some inspiration and comfort. I would rate this book 5 stars. Hope this review is helpful!

Teen SRC 2018- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games is a very action packed book with a lot of excitement. It takes place in a place what was once North America. There are 12 districts control by the Capitol of Panem and the Capitol has created a national violent game called the Hunger Games. Every district needs to send 2 youths to compete in the the game. They will need to fight to death until 1 stands alive. (Yes, I know it’s so cruel.) This story is about a 16 year old girl named Katniss Everdeen, competing in the Hunger Games, surviving on her hunting skills and quick thinking. She will meet difficult problems and face impossible choices.

I personally really like this book but some parts are really violent and sad. So if you can’t stand someone dying then I suggest you not read this series. It is very exciting and written very well. I would rate this book 5 stars. Enjoy the book if you decide to read it! Hope you found this helpful. =)

Teen SRC 2018 – The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Imagine if everything in the world was black and white. No conflict, no sadness, no emotions. Society is perfect in the Community, but too perfect for Jonas. Once a rule following, robot-like citizen, now a rebellious free man, all because of the Giver, the only person in the Community who is allowed to feel emotions. As Jonas learns more about the forgotten history of the human race, he realizes that not everything is as it seems. But everything he believes is now put to the test when his family is put in grave danger.

Teen SRC 2018- The Elite by Kiera Cass

     The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite is the second book of The Selection series. So if you haven’t read the first book, don’t read this review because there will be some spoilers!

In this book, the Selection for Prince Maxon is narrowed down to 6 girls, the Elite. America is one of them. All the girls are doing everything to win Prince Maxon’s heart but America isn’t sure. She is torn between Maxon and Aspen. When she did choose, something big happened and she’s doubting her decision again.

This wasn’t my favorite book out of all the books I’ve read but it’s okay. Some things happened throughout the story but it wasn’t that interesting. I would still suggest to read it though if you want to read the whole series.

Teen SRC 2018 – Sundae My Prince Will Come by Suzanne Nelson

Summary

Sundae My Prince Will Come is a romance story with ice cream and ballet. Malie is a teen girl who loves ballet but her mother manages an ice cream parlor near her school. Her dream is to lead the dance in an upcoming production of Cinderella but her mother is doesn’t support her. Her boyfriend Ethan, cheers her on but with all the problems, she might not be able to continue her ballet.

An cute Italian boy moves to her school and he loves gelato ice cream. Alonzo and Malie made a deal: If Malie lets him work at her mom’s ice cream parlor then Alonzo will let Malie take free dance lessons from his mother who is a famous ballerina. So much is happening that Malie is losing control of all that is happening around her. Did she like Alonzo? If she does, what about her boyfriend Ethan? Will she be able to have the lead role in Cinderella?

Review

I enjoyed this book very much, with ice cream and gelato, this story is much more sweeter. There are also more books by this author related to food and romance that I have also read. My favorite is this book so far in all of her books. I suggest this to romance readers around the age of Grade 5-7. I would rate this book 5 stars.

Teen SRC 2018 -The Selection by Kiera Cass

Summary This book is a romance story about a 16 year old girl named America Singer who lives a country in the future that is a caste divided nation. She has won the opportunity to compete in the selection, which is designed for Prince Maxon to find his mate. This is every girl’s dreams but America doesn’t want to go because she is secretly already in love with Aspen, a guard who works at the palace from her hometown. Will America fall for the prince? Or will she leave the prince for Aspen… What if the royal family finds out about her relationship with Aspen? That is something you’ll find out by yourself if you read this book. No spoilers!

Review

I loved this author’s plot and descriptions, it was simply amazing to read. It was a really exciting book to read. My best friends also read it and they agreed to how great this book was. There are 5 books in this series and I’m planning to read all of them. I suggest this to all people who likes romance books, I rate this book 5 stars.

 

Teen Book Review – The Good Earth

The Good EarthThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is a phenomenal classic set inancient China. It is the first book in the House of Earth Trilogy and is arguably the best. This story tells of a common farmer by the name of Wang Lung and the hardships he and his family must endure. The story begins as Wang Lung meets his arranged bride: O-Lan, a servant from the noble house of Hwang. He and his new bride prosper for many years on the humble land of his father. However, when famine comes, the Wang family must move out or starve as the end becomes inevitable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the plot and characters were flawless and each character had a very gritty and believable personality. Unlike many books, there is no real hero or a typical dramatic climax, but when you reach the end of the book, you are itching for the next book to read. The realism in this story can be unsuitable for younger children with no hesitation to bring up oppression of women, and the horrors of famine and poverty. The author also clearly shows the effect of wealth on a man and how the greed inside him will grow.

Teen Book Review–The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected EverythingSo…Real Life isn’t usually a genre I read but this book made it onto my exceptions list. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson is just so hilarious and relatable that even readers who hate anything non-magical (aka me) won’t be able to put it down! I can’t say much here without spoiling but trust me, this book is a super fun and happy read so you won’t have to worry about the traumatizing stress experienced in fantasy or paranormal stories when your favourite characters are subject to dying at any given time…

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