Thursday, July 24, 2014

Teen Review: Wizardology

Ciaran Grabowski, 11, read and loved Wizardology, a part of the 'Ology' series that is, you guessed it, all about magic, spells, and, of course, Wizards. In this entertaining volume, readers are invited to become apprentices to the Great Merlin himself. They learn how to make a wand, tell the future with a pack of cards, identify magical creatures, and much more. 

Ciaran thought this book was great!

"The book Wizardology is good for people who are interested in wizards and magic. It explains things about Merlin and his secrets." --Ciaran Grabowski.

Wizardology is recommended for teens age 14 and younger. Other books in the Ology series include Dragonology, Egyptology, and Pirateology

Teen Review: The Royal Diaries: Kaiulani The People's Princess Hawaii 1889

Teen Reviewer Elizabeth Grabowski, 12, read and enjoyed Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii 1889 by Ellen Emerson White. Kaiulani is part of The Royal Diaries series.This historical fiction follows the life of Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn from 1889-1893 as studies to be the best princess she can be. Meanwhile the throne and the Hawaiian Monarchy is being threatened by some very evil American businessmen. 

Elizabeth found Kaiulani: The People's Princess both entertaining and informative. 

"The Royal Diaries series is really cool because it tells the stories of the lives of a ton of different princesses. And the one about Princess Kaiiulani is really cool to me because my dad went to Hawaii and reading that book tells me more about the scenery, plants, and animals there. It is also cool because I got to learn more about the last princess of Hawaii. I would totally recommend this book to people because it is interesting historical fiction."--Elizabeth Grabowski.

Elizabeth recommends Kaiulani: The People's Princess for teens 15 and younger.

Teen Review: The Seventh Door, by Bryan Davis

Teen Reviewer Jillian Wolf also read The Seventh Door, book three of Bryan Davis' Children of the Bard series. In this fantasy-adventure, teenage Matt and his mother Bonnie must stop the apocalypse by traveling through seven doors (each one containing a different evil). Opening the final door will either doom or save the world, but they won't know until they're there.

"The Seventh Door will keep your attention from the first page. With fast-paced adventure, breath-taking fights, evil villains, heroic characters, and loving sacrifces, you won't be able to put it down." --Jillian Wolf

Jillian recommends this book for ages 13 and up.

Teen Review: The Serpent's Shadow, by Rick Riordan

Teen reviewer Jillian Wolf, 15, read The Serpent's Shadow, the third book in Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles (for those not in the know, The Kane Chronicles are about Egyptian mythology). In this exciting conclusion, it is up to siblings Sadie and Carter to save their family and prevent the evil god Apophis from ending the world. Will they be able to achieve this nearly impossible feat without paying the ultimate price?

Although The Serpent's Shadow was entertaining and "a pretty good conclusion to The Kane Chronicles," there were things Jillian found lacking:

"Although The Serpent's Shadow is packed with action and has a fast-moving plot, I didn't get to enjoy seeing the characters grow as people or learn from their mistakes." --Jillian Wolf.

Jillian would recommend The Serpent's Shadow for all ages.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teen Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Teen Reviewer Elizabeth Grabowski, 12, loved The Subtle Knife, the second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (Golden Compass) trilogy. In this exciting follow-up to The Golden Compass, Lyra and her deamon companion have fled their world through a mysterious...and ended up in another. Here, she teams up with Will, a boy from our world. Using a magical artifact, the children learn more about the terrible Authority that threatens to destroy not only their worlds, but all of them.

"The Subtle Knife is really good. I would recommend this book because it is challenging and quite well-written. Also, it has a lot of action and adventure in it and, in places, it can get really intense and exciting!"--Elizabeth Grabowski.

Elizabeth recommends The Subtle Knife for teens 12 and older.

Teen Review: I Heart You You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder

Teen Reviewer Mallory Aldrich, 13, wasn't sure she'd like a novel in verse (where the story is told entirely in poetry), but she ended up really enjoying I Heart You You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder. This story follows Ava and the guilt she feels over her boyfriend Jackson's death. So much so that she begins to believe Jackson has returned from beyond the grave to haunt her...and that knowledge begins to drive her mad!

"I really liked this book because it was a quick read. I didn't think I liked poetry, but I really enjoyed reading this book." --Mallory Aldrich

Mallory recommends I Heart You You Haunt Me for teens age 13-18.

Teen Review: The Host, by Stephanie Meyer

Teen Reviewer Ling Xiong, 14, discovered Stephanie Meyer's The Host through a library booklist and ended up loving it. This dystopian adventure, a departure from the vampire books, centers on an alien parasite determined to take control of the body and mind of Melanie, a human woman, so she can help her race take over Earth. But Melanie isn't willing to give up without a fight...and the parasite learns humans are nothing like she suspected.

"The Host is an amazing book that deserves more credit. The feelings were easy to understand and had some deep meaning, and the love story is epic and heart-warming. There are moments where you shed a tear or two. People are biased over this book because of the movie and the author's other 'cliche' books" --Ling Xiong

Ling recommends The Host for ages 13 and up.