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Teen SRC 2021 – Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

While I can’t say I loved absolutely everything about Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter, there are a few things that left me completely astonished. First, the characters. Namely, Maddie and Logan. How – and I repeat – how did the author manage to make me grow so attached to the characters in just a mere 304 pages? It’s like I really know both of them in real life; let me just say the characters are so incredibly lovable and the plot development between them is not only enticing but heartwarming.

One thing I wasn’t super interested in for this novel was the plot. Well, okay, not the actual plot, but rather the fact that the book was marketed as a mystery novel, and yet I didn’t really pick up on any suspense-building, plot twists, or anything like that. It was certainly a very adventurous read, but I’m not sure I would leap as far as “mysterious.”

Overall, I thought it was a sweet book despite the misleading genre; honestly I think there’s more romance than anything, but it’s very well-written and no cliche personality traits in any of the characters. 7/10!

Teen SRC 2021 – Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men (with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Three : Ness,  Patrick: Amazon.ca: Books

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness is the third and final installment to the series, Chaos Walking. This book follows both Todd Hewitt our protagonist, and Viola, a girl he met along the way. In there, it wrapped up the questions of the Ask and the Answer and from The Knife of Never Letting Go. It also showed why Mayor Prentiss acted so insane for some reason and why he kept training his men to say, “I am the circle and the circle is me” as an exercise.

I really liked this book, but the cliffhanger at the end kind of threw me off since I thought that everything would be wrapped up. I would recommend this book to anyone who had read both the Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer because it would be confusing without the previous information.

Teen SRC 2021 – The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2) by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness is the second installment of the series Chaos Walking. In the first book, Todd and Viola went to their supposed safe place, but it had already been conquered by their enemy, Mayor Prentiss. In there, they were imprisoned and Todd was forced to learn about the Mayor’s new orders. Bombs also started exploding from another group called the Answer which was made to overthrow the Mayor.

This books showed how easily people are brainwashed by others for a “loyal” cause and also how people can exploit it. The book’s pacing is relatively slow, so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who enjoy fast paced and action filled books. I myself enjoyed it a lot.

Teen SRC 2020 – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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In the Maze Runner, by James Dashner, Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of his past just like everyone else. The only thing they all remember is their name. Glade is filled with boys his age, with some who already been here for 2 years.

They all contribute in order to keep everyone alive; they raise livestock, grow food, build, etc. and the most crucial and dangerous job, the runners. The runners spend everyday running in the giant maze surrounding Glade, attempting to solve it and escape. Every night the doors close, and no one can get out or in.

However, this all spins out of control only a day after Thomas arrived. They had the first girl to arrive, she came a day after Thomas which is peculiar as the for the last 2 years only one child arrives every 1 month, the “controllers” had stopped sending supplies, and those who had “changed” all suspect Thomas of something Wicked.

I liked this book so much I finished it in one day. To see all as the plot unfolds, and have the secrets and answers come out. When I first started, the first couple chapters were so confusing as they spoke in “glader slang”. But as I continued it all started to make sense. I loved the plot and the story but I hated the ending. I would rate it 8/10 and definitely recommend it.

Teen SRC 2020 – The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is an innovative and imaginative book written at the end of the nineteenth century, in which humanity is left scarred by a devastating attack from the Martians. Wells uses diverse language and intriguing metaphors to engage with his audience not only with the themes of his books, but to the world as a whole. In his popular novel, War of the Worlds, Wells uses an extraterrestrial invasion to exhibit and provoke the concepts of life, free will, fate and dominant forces that we cannot control.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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.

Teen SRC 2018- Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Image result for paper hearts bookThis book is based on a true story that took place in World War II, during the Holocaust, about two girls named Fania and Zlatka, about the bond that help them hope for the best in the face of the worst.

For Fania’s birthday, Zletka makes something for her that could mean death if it was ever discovered. She makes an origami heart, containing the wishes for happiness and hopes of all of their friends for Fania to carry. This heart is one of the few items created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.

This was a very touching book about a beautiful friendship, found in a cruel, bitter, and unexpected place. These brave girls were able to still hope for a better future after everything they’ve been through, and should be looked up to.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Burning Midnight

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

This book is about a boy named David Sullivan (Sully). He hunts for spheres-or, more exactly, orbs. These orbs are special-unlike the ones we normally call “marbles”. These orbs give you special powers if you press two to your temple. Better eyesight, more athletic, better hearing, etc. Sully is a sphere/orb dealer at a flea market, and one day, he meets a very strange girl named Hunter. She is a born sphere hunter, and has a special talent for finding them. The rarer the color of sphere, the better the improvement/power you get. Hunter and Sully power up, and they hunt for spheres-together. One day, they find a gold orb-a color nobody has seen before. But what does it actually do? With professional (not really) orb hunters on their tail, they don’t have time to figure it out.

I personally loved this book but I thought the ending ended too early. They found the orb about 3 quarters into the book, but the whole book ended about 3 pages after. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Well. It wasn’t so interesting at the end, but I loved the beginning! 👍

Teen SRC 2018- Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

First of all, before starting this review, I think I owe an apology to the library staff who, generously, hosted the Escape Room on August 14th. I had registered for this event, but hadn’t ended up going. I had to go to the hospital for a family emergency at the last minute, and had no time to un-register the class. I’m sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused.

So, on to the book: 🙂 This book was an awesome novel that has just the right amount of Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4)horror and murder! I think I’m emotionally drained… Oh, and be warned: This is the 4th book in the series: “The Naturals”. But nevertheless, I read this book without reading the first 3 books, so I guess you don’t really need to read them in order…I loved this book with all my guts! So, this book was about a girl named Cassie who joins the FBI Natural’s program. Her main goal is to find out what really happened to her mother- if she was murdered or not. And Cassie makes a discovery that is just what she suspected: her mother is alive-but she’s held captive somewhere secret. The people holding Cassie’s mother captive are much more powerful than anticipated. Cassie and her team start to little by little uncover the truth about the secret society that has been murdering innocent people-as it seems. But as the bodies pile up, Cassie’s team realize something-they’re not just following the hunter, but they’re becoming the hunted.

I wanted to take my time and savor each word, but like I always do, I whizzed right through. But my main reaction was: THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED BUT SO MUCH MORE! :)💖

Teen SRC 2018- A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Nowadays, we don’t really struggle to live a good life, but it hasn’t always been like that. I read this book a quite long time ago, so here’s what the book says:

“A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.”

There are some stories that need to be told regardless of how sad or horrifying they might be. This is one of those stories. It shows the perspective of two kids fighting for a good life. 🙂