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Book Review: Dangerous Creatures Author: Kami Garcia

Posted in book review, teen volunteer, Uncategorized on July 14, 2017 by teensmysapl


Going into this book, I was expecting nothing less than an entertaining story about navigating the complexities and obstacles that come with having an overwhelming amount of power in a Caster-filled city, like New York.  The Beautiful Creatures series that comes before this spin-off series did an excellent job of representing those struggles, in addition to ensnaring all of our hearts with the ever-pleasing “love conquers all” theme.  Based off my knowledge of this new story’s main characters, I expected this book to be a charming tale of Link’s childish nature eventually reforming Ridley’s dark and manipulative Siren ways.

It was not what I expected.  It’s true that Link did win over Ridley’s heart, but at a high cost.  Ridley didn’t really ever change.  She used Link as little more than a pawn or collateral in her dealings in the Caster world.  Not to mention, the author does present new competition for her heart with the introduction of Lennox Gates, stereotypical playboy millionaire with a weakness for those famed cherry lollipops and golden eyes.  Despite what Nox could offer her, Ridley still chose to be with Link.  That, on its own, is enough to leave the reader heart-wrenched.  The twisted, confusing kind of love that Ridley and Link have for each other is so much more relatable and heartbreaking than what readers saw between Ethan and Lena.  It’s so much more real.

The group of friends assembled by Link in New York city rival the original group in Beautiful Creatures in terms of loyalty and creative problem-solving.  This new crew, however, outranks the original one as far as drama and deception, what with Floyd not-so-secretly being in love with Link, not to mention Necro using her talent for Nox’s purposes.  The main villain presented in this series presents a more dangerous threat than anything seen in this entire story so far.  Silas Ravenwood is twisted and horrifying, even more so than his father, Abraham, whom he seeks to avenge. Silas’s quest for vengeance leads him straight to Link- one of his father’s murderer- and to Ridley, for whom he has every intention of capturing and experimenting on.

While the reader sees somewhat limited change in Ridley’s mindset, the reader does witness a true evolution of Nox’s character. Despite seeming stereotypical in character, he proves to be capable of overcoming his selfish ways, sacrificing everything, including his chance to be with Ridley, in order to spirit her and Link away, despite this fact almost guaranteeing his death at Silas’s hands.  Link, too, undergoes a lot of character development throughout his journey.  His one constant- his absolute faith in Ridley’s better nature- is tried and tested over and over and over again, but even when presented with Floyd’s affection, he continues to choose Ridley.  Despite this, he becomes increasingly disenchanted with the Siren he thought he knew.  He develops a greater understanding of what he is to her- a pawn- even as she begins to realize that he is actually so much more.  Consequently, Link becomes more independent and develops a stronger personality whilst making friends and connections of his own.

The way this story ends cuts the reader to the core.  The author presents the reader with the one thing that’s seemed entirely absent throughout this tale- hope.  Hope for Ridley and Link’s relationship and for Ridley’s redemption.  Then, in the very last pages, she rips it away in a swirl on emotion and fire.  The ending appeals to its audience once again in a very realistic way by presenting the inevitability of fate, as Nox’s premonitions of the danger to Ridley’s life come true, even after his sacrifice.  The hopelessness of the situation in almost reminiscent of the theme in Beautiful Chaos– “the wheel of fate crushes us all.”  This story is beautifully written with unapologetic honesty and riveting schemes and deception that makes the reader realize that perhaps it isn’t having power to manipulate the world that makes us such dangerous creatures, but rather, our ability to manipulate the hearts of those around us.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Read, Written, and Edited by: Scarlett Smith



Landa Teens : May ’17

Posted in Crafts, Library Programs, San Antonio Public Library, Science, teen library services, teen volunteer with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2017 by landalibraryteens

It’s the end of the semester and we have been doing All The Things : we started off May by doing our first Suggestion Box event : SLIME part II! It was super goopy goodness. We marbled with acrylics making marbled paper and mugs – perfect for gifting to our moms for Mothers Day – and had a reboot of Ziplock icecream with a Moana sing -a-long.

Our HelloGoodbye Bash (just your typical End of School Year – Landa Closing – Summer Starting Celebration) was pretty awesome, too. We made bots out of LEDs and clay, tried a round 2 of switch-plate decor, ate sooo much pizza and got prepped for summer reading. Oh yeah – we tested out Landa’s green screen too – it was epic.

Alright, that’s it for us –  Happy summer! We’ll see ya in the Fall.   



Parman Teen Book Review: “Matched” by Allison Condie

Posted in book review, teen volunteer on November 20, 2015 by parmanlibraryteens

Matched is the first novel in a trilogy concerning a highly restrictive dystopian society, much like The Hunger Games and the Divergent series; however, this novel is not nearly as violent. The protagonist is seventeen-year-old Cassia Reyes, and the story starts off with her getting ready for her Match Banquet, a ceremony in which boys and girls are Matched together, similar to an arranged marriage. Cassia ends up being matched with her best friend Xander, and she excitedly heads home to read the micro card given to her at the Match Banquet, containing information about her Match. Cassia is content with her Match and excited to find out if she will discover anything about Xander that she does not already know in the micro card, but her whole life changes when the micro card displays an image that it should not have – for a brief moment, instead of displaying Xander’s face, it showed Ky Markham. Cassia knows Ky from school, and she also knows that Ky is an Aberration: someone who is not a citizen of their society because they, or someone related to them, has committed a “crime.” Cassia knows that the image was a mistake, and the Officials have told her it was, but she cannot help but wonder who her true match is: Xander or Ky? As the novel progresses, Cassia struggles to realize where her heart lies, especially as she begins to see the goodness in Ky and the lack of courage in Xander. Matched is an interesting novel with a feminine touch that I would suggest to readers who enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies. Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC



Teen Review: “The Penderwicks in Spring” by Jeanne Birdsall

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on May 23, 2015 by centraltllc1

 This book, though written more for a juvenile audience instead of YA, has been and remains one of my favorite book series. Jeanne Birdsall has a marvelous way of writing books that create such amazing images in your mind that can be just as enjoyable for more mature people despite it being appropriate for a younger audience. This fourth Penderwicks’ book is set several years forward from the other books. Rosalind is just now finishing up her freshman year in college. Sky and Jane are in high school, and Batty is in the fifth grade. Because this book is for a younger audience, the story is told from the perspectives of Batty and Ben, their adopted brother. In addition to this new narrator, there is another Penderwick, Lydia. She has the curly Penderwick hair, but it’s orange like Iantha’s. Batty, the only musical Penderwick, discovers a talent for singing and hopes to take lessons. She starts up a dog walking business to raise money. It is her plan to surprise her family with a concert on her birthday, which is the day after Rosalind comes home from college for the summer. But, through a series of events, including Sky banishing Jeffrey, a close Penderwick friend and Batty’s musical mentor, the birthday plans fall apart. This book, though sad in some places, had so many of the wonderful qualities that have made me love this series/crazy family so much.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Penderwicks in Spring" by Jeanne Birdsall book cover


This is my last blog post as SAPL Teen Book Reviewer. Now that I am graduating and heading off to college, I am handing my position over to Sarah, who will be a high school senior this fall 2015. I hope she turns out to be as great as I am expecting. Most of all, I hope this blog has helped you find some books worthy of your time or even turned a non-reader into a fanatic. This blog has been so much fun to write, and I am so happy I stumbled into this position. None of this would have been possible without the help of the superb Central Library Teen Staff. So thank you to them, thanks to you for reading and goodbye.

Teen Review: “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , , on May 9, 2015 by centraltllc1

 If you are a Sherlock or Dracula fan, this book should appeal to you. It is written from the perspective of Evaline Stoker, sister of Bram Stoker, Dracula’s author, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock Holmes. Evaline, coming from a family of vampire hunters, and Mina, descending from brilliant people, are recruited by a member of the British royal family to look into the mysterious deaths and kidnappings of society girls. All of the girls have been found with clockwork scarabs in their possession. This leads the two young detectives into a world of sinister Egyptian clubs and even the impossible time travel. This books was a fun read that brought in well-known characters but made the story female empowering.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Clockwork Scarab" by Colleen Gleason book cover

Teen Review: “Forever” by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted in book review, teen volunteer with tags , , , on May 2, 2015 by centraltllc1

With Grace now changing back and forth between being a wolf and a human, Sam and Grace are separated yet again. Sam is getting used to living with Cole, who is putting his life in serious risk by trying to find a cure. But when the body of a girl is found in the woods, things get a whole  lot worse. With Grace and Olivia technically missing and this dead girl found in the woods, people are starting to turn their attention to Sam. Yes, they can see that wolves killed the girl, but how did she get there in the first place? Also, this death has spurred the wolf hunt again, and this time, there is enough cause to permanently eliminate the pack from Mercy Falls altogether. This means either the entire pack has to be cured or someone must lead them to some new woods far away from the hunt. This book was high tension, keeping me worried until the end.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

 "Forever" by Maggie Stiefvater book cover

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