October 31, 2014
The Eye of Minds is the first novel in the Morality Doctrine series. Our main character, Michael, is a gamer and likes to be on the VirNet with his friends. He’s not one for following the rules, which is fine. But one day, a hacker starts holding gamers hostage in the VirNet, which makes them brain dead. The government needs to stop this hacker, and they’re planning to use Michael to do it, but at what cost to Michael?
Since the Eye of Minds is written by the same author as the Maze Runner, which I love, I had high expectations for this book and my expectations were not failed.
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October 21, 2014
Reading Corps is back in full swing, and we’ve been busy reading for the 2014 Teens Top Ten. Teens everywhere nominate their favorite books of last year, and then the list of 25 nominees is whittled down to the top ten books of that year. You can see the full list of nominees here.
Ok, here’s our top ten:
1: Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
2: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
3: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
5: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
6: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
7: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
8: The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
9: Winger by Andrew Smith
10: Splintered by A. G. Howard
Aaaaaand now for the official winners…
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September 5, 2014
I feel like this book could have been so much more than it was.
The story of Epitaph Road revolves around the generic, unlikable protagonist Kellen, a boy in a world with 95% women. While the book attempts to touch on deep philosophical, moral and sexist issues, you will find you never actually care. The characters are predictable and boring, and the plot is little more than an aimless romp through an uninteresting world. Every “twist” in the plot you will guess a whole 20 minutes beforehand, and there are many plot threads with absolutely no resolution. Furthermore, there is little to no characterization. Every time someone died, I was completely emotionless due to the characters being thoroughly unlikable. The author fails to make you care about the characters, and the book, which revolved around the characters, suffers greatly because of this. What could have been an interesting discussion about women ruling the world instead turns into one old lady’s quest to murder every man alive (no joke), and her motivation is absolutely non-existent.
In the end, Epitaph Road is a boring, unfocused dystopian novel that will leave you completely confused from beginning to end. Patneaude could have made a great addition to the dystopian literature field, but ended up making an embarrassing mess that few can enjoy. Only die-hard dystopian literature fans will take any measure of pleasure out of this.
Review by Jacob
July 25, 2014
Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Gray, the friendly, smart, good-looking, intelligent, overall perfect human being who has one friend. That all changes when she is assigned an emo lab partner named Patch who actively tries to murder her.
This book needs to hush.
Of course, they start dating soon afterwards (I honestly wish I was making this up, but it gets worse). After that, she finds out Patch is a demon or a fallen angel, something the book never definitively provides enough detail to be sure of.
In all of its 400 pages, I never found myself caring about any of the other characters. The plot is an absolutely joke, with more than a few moments oddly similar to Twilight. And when I say a few moments, I mean pretty much the whole book. The only new stuff is change the word “vampire” to “demon” and add a murder plot. Even if you loved Twilight, you will find little of value here. From an obvious and boring plot to the over-the-top premise, this book should be avoided at all costs.
Review by Jacob
July 18, 2014
The book I’m reviewing is the Hunger Games. The plot of the Hunger Games centers around 12 districts who are forced every year to present a boy and girl from their district to fight in the the hunger games. The winner is the only survivor.
The Hunger Games leaves me hungry for more!
After reading the book, I knew exactly how I felt about it. The Hunger Games was so good at grabbing my attention. This book made me feel sad, mad, excited, scared, and relieved. I definitely loved the book because when I read it, I could never put it down. All in all, the Hunger Games was a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Review by Julia
July 11, 2014
Imagine a book that presents you an entire world, with cultures, races of beings, languages and almost everything else that is in our world today. Sounds like an incredible book, right? Well, one of these types of books is The Hobbit, written by J.R.R.Tolkien, a 20th century English writer.
You are first introduced to Bilbo Baggins, a ‘very well-to-do hobbit’ and the reluctant protagonist of this novel. Bilbo is then thrust into an adventure involving with thirteen dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf to attempt to defeat the dragon Smaug. Bilbo’s adventures take place, presumably, on an earlier form of Earth. En-route to the ‘Lonely Mountain,’ Bilbo and his companions have to deal with: Orcs, Trolls, Wargs and other unpleasant, foul creatures that stand between them and their destination. Tolkien does many things well in The Hobbit that makes the novel enjoyable and powerful. One thing that stands out to me is his use of imagery; the way that he can make you feel what the characters feel, smell what they smell and see what they see. Tolkien also uses exposition skillfully and gives the reader the information they need in a way that seems totally natural; the dwarves and Gandalf show up at Bilbo’s home for dinner and discuss what they plan to do.
Anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy or just an exemplary novel should read this book. Tolkien’s attention to detail makes the book that much more believable, yet The Hobbit isn’t an incredibly slow-paced novel either, which makes it easy to pick up and read. All in all, I think that The Hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read.
Review by Skylar
July 4, 2014
A little while before Charlie, the main character, starts his freshman year of high school, his friend commits suicide. Smart and quiet Charlie is trying to learn to “participate” in life. He soon becomes friends with a group of older kids who introduce him to partying and drugs, but also respect his sensitivity. In the book, Charlie writes letters to an anonymous stranger; he talks about his family, his friends, and his difficult and often overwhelming feelings about growing up. One day before all of Charlie’s friends go off to college, his longtime crush tells him, “You can’t keep putting other’s needs ahead of yours”. Charlie slowly becomes more present in his life.
Perks of Being a Wallflower
I recommend this book for people 14 and up, mostly because this book has sexual content. The characters in this book are drinking, doing drugs, and smoking. This book has a high school atmosphere, so what do you expect? But it is still a very good book to read. If I could, I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.