Book Review: Epitaph Road by David Patneaude

September 5, 2014

I feel like this book could have been so much more than it was.

Epitaph Road

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


Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

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.

The Hobbit

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

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

June 27, 2014

I Am Number Four is narrated by the character Number Four, one of the few Garde children sent to Earth. Each of these children will gain abilities to fight the Mogadorians, the race that wiped out their planet, but for now they must stay separated and hidden for their own safety.

I Am Number Four is number 1!

At the start of the novel, the Mogadorians have begun hunting the children down one by one. Numbers one through three are dead, and now they are coming after Number Four. He and his guardian Henri move to a small town to hide out. While he is there, he will find love, friendship, and learn how to control his new-found abilities to fight the Mogadorians.

Even though the book is lengthy, it isn’t a difficult read. I read this in one day and when I finished, I was eager to read more. It’s entertaining and has mostly good characters that you can really connect with and care about. You learn much more about Number Four’s culture and world as the book goes on. It is a great first book to start a series off with. I highly recommend I Am Number Four.

Review by Gabriel

Book Review: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

April 26, 2013


If you’ve never picked up any book of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, then you have to, absolutely have to. If you haven’t ever read the first book, don’t even bother to read the rest of this post and click here to reserve it at your nearest Wake County Public Library.

Just kidding. You can read this fourth book of the series without worrying about reading the first three, because this one flashes back to Mr. Benedict, the benefactor of the four children in books, and how he grew up.

Oh and did I mention that these books have the most beautiful illlustrations? 🙂


Nicholas Benedict is only nine-years old but probably has a vocabulary bank that far surpasses the average adult. Not only that, but he has amazingly adept reasoning skills and logic. But having a genius mind has its disadvantages. For Nicholas Benedict is an orphan, and moving from orphanage to orphanage, he has to deal with bullies and adults who are terrified of him. Worst of all, he has a condition called narcolepsy, so when he is emotionally agitated, he just falls asleep.

Nicholas was hoping to get a new start at Rothschild’s End and get along with all the other orphans, but within the first few hours he is already being targeted by the Spiders, a gang of notorious and scary bullies who automatically victimize him after he outsmarts them the first day. All the other orphans are afraid of him, except for John. The only comfort to him is the enormous, beautiful library with shelves and shelves of books, and if any of the children ever watched him read they would think he was only skimming the book because him reading is literally just him flipping the pages as fast as he can. But that’s what a photographic memory and incredibly fast reading skills does to a person.

And just when things seem like they were going to be like every other orphanage, Nicholas hears about the treasure. And suddenly he’s swept into a treasure hunt where he’s going to need all his brain power to find this treasure, and hey, maybe even discover himself along the way.

Click here to reserve it at your local library.

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