Welcome to the July’s Teen Book Club! Since we can’t meet in the library, we thought that we would do a book club here on the blog. Participate by commenting below this post and start discussions with other teens. And there’s prizes!! Remember, 1 teen will win 1 Book Prize each week for a thoughtful comment in the monthly Teen Book Club.
For the month of July, let’s talk all about Teen Books with a great twist in the plot!
Some questions for you: – Is there a book that had a twist that you did NOT see coming? – Did the twist make sense, or did it ruin the story? – Did your opinion of the book change after the twist? – If you could, would you change the ending? – Or, if you didn’t like the ending because of the twist, does the ending matter or is the book still great without the twist ending? – At what point in the book did you have an idea what was going on? What was the key clue that gave it away?
Hey friends! So first of all, if one of you has already written a review on Catching Fire (since it’s a very popular book), let me know and I’ll add a link to your review!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the sequel to The Hunger Games which I have also reviewed before (click here). It takes place in a country where the Capitol (and its citizens) have all the power and dictates over the other cities, also known as districts. Every year, to reinforce fear in the poverty-stricken districts, the Hunger Games are held. They are essentially fights-to-the-death between 24 unlucky competitors for the grand prize of glory, survival and rest of their life in luxury. It is cruel, gory and completely senseless because all it ends up being is entertainment for the bloodthirsty capitol citizens. *SPOILER FOR HUNGER GAMES, NOT CATCHING FIRE* The shocking co-victory from Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games has stirred an uprising in the districts. President Snow notices this and starts to threaten Katniss before their Victors’ tour around the districts. Then, an unexpected twist comes along… *OK DONE!*
Thoughts: Love, love, loved this book. This series isn’t popular for no reason! It’s an amazing example of character development, world-building and plot set-up all being spectacular and blending smoothly together. It definitely deserves its 9.5/10. The 0.5 off is because it didn’t make me feel too emotional but other than that, literary perfection; You can’t not find it interesting.
Seventeen-year-old math prodigy Peter Blankman has suffered from panic attacks ever since he could remember. He’s always afraid and nervous, but when his mother wins a prestigious award for her work, Peter is determined to be there beside her like a normal kid would be. And that is when, for the first time in Peter’s life, his worst fears are realized. His mother is stabbed and nearly killed, while Bel, his twin sister and the only person who ever understood him disappears, presumably kidnapped by his mother’s attacker.
Good Saturday morning guys! I’m in a very good mood because finals are over and I only have one more Career Ed project to finish!!
Yesterday I finally finished reading All Fall Down by Ally Carter (can you tell I’m a little obsessed with her books?) and let me tell you, I screamed a little (internally) at the end…
All Fall Down is set in a world where every single country is just a house on a street named Embassy Row. The story is about a girl named Grace who lost her mom to a “fire” 3 years ago. However, she believes her mom was murdered by a scarred man who keeps appearing in her flashbacks but no one, not even her family believes her. When Grace goes out exploring the countries with Noah, her best friend, she accidentally ventures into Iran, the forbidden country. What’s even more surprising though, is that she’s not alone. In fact, when she catches a glimpse of the other intruder, she spots a huge facial scar…
Thoughts: I really liked this book, it was a bit slow in the beginning but the ending reaaaally threw me for a loop. The story gathers pace progressively until it’s super fast and huge, kind of like a snowball rolling down a hill, collecting snow. I think the world-building could be a little bit more detailed too but other than that I think this was a really good introduction to hopefully an amazing series! I’d give this book an 8.5/10 because the story has just started developing but I’m sure the next book will be even better! Definitely recommend 🙂