Teen Review: “Thief Eyes” by Janni Lee Simner

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on September 13, 2014 by centraltllc1

Insisting on accompanying her dad to Iceland, Haley has no idea how much of a risk she is taking when she travels to the place her mother disappeared the year before. Haley, not having grown up in Iceland, has no idea of the tales about Hallegerd’s spell. Hallegerd seeks out her female descendants to take her place in an unhappy marriage. Haley takes a silver coin offered to her, letting in a most dangerous fire. The fire turns out to be the same one that consumed Haley’s also unaware mother. With the help of Ari,  Haley sets out to return the coin and stop the fire from being unleashed on Iceland. Can Haley make it before the fire consumes her, too? This books was filled with interesting Icelandic lore that I had never heard of before.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

 "Thief Eyes" by Janni Lee Simner book cover

Landa Teen Readers, an Online Book Club, YA Book Review: Throne of Glass

Posted in book review, Books and Booklists, teen volunteer on September 9, 2014 by landalibraryteens

This book was exciting, fresh, and lovable. The characters were strong and original, especially Celaena. She was smart, strong, and arrogant. So different from the Mary Sue characters that are common in YA fiction today. The story begins with Celaena in a prison camp called Endovier, where prisoners are forced to mine all day. She is being escorted to the Crown Prince of Adarlan and is given a deal; she can either stay and die in Endovier or fight in a contest where the winner becomes the King’s Assassin.

[Spoiler alert]

You find out that Celaena used to be the greatest and most feared assassin in Adarlan, until she was caught. It was a book that I read all through the night; I couldn’t put it down! There was action, there was romance (but not too much), and there was great character and world building. I loved the complexity of Celaena’s character and being able to hear from her point of view. The plot moved at a moderate pace, not too quick or slow.

The ending was great and there is already a sequel out, plus four prequels if you’re interested in Celaena’s past and how she was caught! Altogether, it was a great beginning to an exciting series. Recommended for ages 13+. Lola C, 14years, Landa Teen Reader

Teen Review: “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , , on September 6, 2014 by centraltllc1

In the sixth and final book in “The Mortal Instruments” series, the Shadowhunters and Downworlders face their enormously clever enemy, Sebastian Morgenstern. With his Endarkened Shadowhunters, Sebastian is attacking institutes all over the world. The clave has no idea how bad the situation is, despite Jace and Clary’s warnings. The Shadowhunters retreat into hiding, leaving the world unprotected from demons. At a time like this, it is essential that the Shadowhunters remain allies with the Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, and Fairies. Sebastian clearly sees this, and he uses it as his main strategy. So when he kidnaps the five representatives of Downworlders and Shadowhunters, Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon must travel into a demon dimension to rescue them and save the alliances. Will the Shadowhunters be wiped from the world? If they are gone, who is to stop Sebastian from going after another species? This final book was a nice ending to the series. Many ends were tied up.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

"City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare book cover

First day

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 by Cody Teens

I guess like many days, the first one is always the hardest. Maybe not physically hard but rather mentally or vise versa, but in some way the first of anything can be overwhelming. Our first day of school was August 25 and for the most part, it was nothing much but definitely a dread. It reminded me of the first day here in the library (but it definitely wasn’t a dread here lol) when David was still here in the library. (WE MISS YOU!) Of course it wasn’t physically or mentally hard but getting used to this environment took some time and eventually we have grown to love it here.  (Gabby: YOOOOOOOO) 

So for those of you who are struggling with this chaotic back-to-school season, know that Gabby and I wish y’all the best and that eventually you’ll get through it. :D :)

With love, 

Amy & Gabby 💃

Mission Fortune Cookies

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 by missionlibraryteens

Today we are taking a trip into the wonderful culture of Japan! We are having an amazing time putting together beautiful paper fortune cookies, enjoying delicious rice balls called onigiri, and listening to some of the best Japanese music there is! Check out the pictures below to see how much fun we are having and maybe next week you could join us!




Teen Review: “The Darkness Dwellers” by Kristen Miller

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on August 30, 2014 by centraltllc1

In the third book of the Kiki Strike series, the Irregulars aid their leader in reclaiming her throne and taking out her evil aunt and cousin. Kiki, unfortunately, is kidnapped while in Paris. With the help of two young men who are hoping to soon become members of the Parisian Darkness Dwellers, similar to the Irregulars, and Kiki’s team, a plan is devised. A hair growth formula is made as a bargaining chip for Kiki because Kiki’s cousin is most terrified of a genetic hair loss trait. But all of this hinges on if mild-mannered Betty, who has volunteered to journey to Paris for the handoff, will prevail. On top of all of this, Oona’s crazy sister is destroying her reputation. Can the Irregulars handle all of this drama? But most importantly, is Betty ready for this mission of royal importance?

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

"The Darkness Dwellers" by Kristen Miller book cover

Landa Library Leadership Council – 14-15 school year

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2014 by landalibraryteens




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