Teen Review: “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on April 25, 2015 by centraltllc1

 Now that Sam has been “cured” he and Grace can finally enjoy a “normal” life together, right? Not exactly, for Grace who never shifted is beginning to feel the wolf inside her and it is among her very ill, but she has to hold onto herself for Sam. Also sam is having to deal with the new wolves Beck created, most especially Cole. Sam can’t imagine any sane person purposefully choosing a life as a wolf. Cole is trying to hide form his life of fame that has caused him so much pain, to him being a wolf is hi sway of forgetting who he is and all of his problems. But will his fame draw unwanted attention to the wolves? Now with Back gone sam has the full weight of the responsibility of taking care of the wolves on his shoulders. This book was nice but really more of a transition from the first book to the third one.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater book cover

Parman Teen Book Review: “Full Tilt” by Neal Shusterman

Posted in book review with tags on April 20, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

Full Tilt can be considered a physiological thriller, although it is not nearly as disturbing or suspenseful as adult mysteries. The novel focuses on sixteen-year-old Blake, a responsible young adult who has even acquired an Ivy League scholarship.  Blake is constantly has to keep his younger brother Quinn away from danger, and he has just about reached his tipping point when Quinn mysteriously falls into a coma. However, Blake discovers that this coma is related to an ominous invitation to an amusement park, and he has his friends Maggie and Russ travel through this park in order to save Quinn. Through his journey Blake matures as a person, learning to conquer his fears and make better decisions, and he also begins to understand his brother better, and why Quinn tends to act like a juvenile delinquent. Overall Full Tilt was a good read, nothing too spectacular or boring.

~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

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Teen Review: “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfreund

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on April 18, 2015 by centraltllc1

After so many advances in technology and experiments messing with humans and their DNA, something finally goes wrong. The only people to survive are the Luddites who were against the experiments. They believed people were trying to become gods. Everyone else becomes reduced. The Reduced, though hard workers, lack the intelligence to do skilled work and can’t manage to say more than one-syllable words. Because of this, it is the duty of the Luddites, who were unaffected, to care for the Reduced. Generations later, Eliot North is living in a Post-Reduction world, where Reduced are giving birth to children who are like the Luddites. Elliot lives on a large farm with her father and sister, who are both self important and very bad at running the farm, so the task is left to Eliot. After her father’s plowing over a field of wheat, Eliot is fearful of their being able to survive the winter, so she strikes a deal with some wealthy Post-Reduced who are looking for a place to build a new ship. With these posts comes Captain Malakai Wentforth, or to her, Kai, her best friend for years who left her four years earlier to find a better life. Though he is back, their friendships doesn’t seem like it will start up again because all Kai wants to do is flaunt his wealth in the face of Eliot’s poverty. But the more Eliot is around these posts, the more suspicious she becomes of a secret they are all hiding. This book is based on “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. Despite it being set in the future, the book mirrors Austen’s time. I thought it was quite clever.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"For Darkness Shows the Stars" by Diana Peterfreund book cover

#CardboardKidsSa @ Landa Library

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 11, 2015 by landalibraryteens

The Landa Library Teen Council participated in the Cardboard Kids child abuse prevention campaign in San Antonio. To raise awareness of child abuse, each teen took a cardboard kid and decorated him/her. We named them and then they were placed all around Landa Library. Child abuse is an issue we thought was important to our community, and we wanted to help in supporting the end of child abuse and neglect.
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Teen Review: “The Girl with the Windup Heart” by Kady Cross

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , , on April 11, 2015 by centraltllc1

In the fourth installment of the Steampunk Chronicles, we get to know Mila, the partially automated girl, better. Now that she and Emily have been freed, Mila is living with Jack. But after Mila grows tired of Jack treating her like a child, she decides to go off on her own and experience some unsheltered life until Jack realized he misses her. At the same time, Finley and her friends are desperately trying to get Griffin back from the Machinist. Griffin is being held in the Aether, and the only way to rescue him is for Finley to temporarily die. Though she must face the Machinist, there are more ghosts from her past to be faced on this rescue mission. I thought this series ended with the third book, but I am glad it did not.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Girl with the Windup Heart" by Kady Cross book cover

Parman Teen Book Review: “The Shadow club rising” by Neal Shusterman

Posted in book review with tags on April 7, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

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“The Shadow Club Rising” by Neal Shusterman

This novel is the sequel to The Shadow Club that I had reviewed in March. I would recommend reading The Shadow Club first before reading this novel to get a complete grasp of what is going on, although it is not necessary to understand the plot. The Shadow Club Rising stresses the same message as its sequel and is a cautionary tale, reminding readers to keep their feelings in check before they escalate into dangerous situations. It is a tale of friendship and I liked how the ending successfully managed to tie everything together. However, this novel was a little cheesy, with one of the main characters being named Alec Smartz (he’s smart). This time, students are targeting Alec and it is up to Jared and the rest of the Shadow Club to see who is the culprit before it’s too late. Also, the climax is a little far-fetched, with everything working out in a sort of fairytale manner. Other than these few flaws, The Shadow Club Rising is a fairly satisfying read, although not as enjoyable as its prequel.

Teen Review: “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on April 4, 2015 by centraltllc1

Despite being attacked at young age by wolves, Grace has always had a fondness for them. She has watched them for years in the woods that stretch out from her backyard. One, the yellow-eyed wolf, stands out in particular. The wolves only appear in the winter months, and Grace looks forward to their presence every year. There is something special about them. Her yellow-eyed wolf is actually a boy, Sam, who has watched her for years but has never dared to approach her in his human form. When an accident strikes, they finally meet. But as the days grow shorter and the weather colder, Sam is finding it harder and  harder to stay human. He has been turning into a wolf for so long, this time he might not change back to human, and he can’t let Grace go. This was an interesting take on werewolves mixed with a beautiful love story.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater book cover

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