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Absent by Katie Williams
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a girl who is not ordinary. She has cancer, and it has taken a huge toll on her life. Hazel stays at home a lot and watches TV. She dreads going to her support group. Hazel finds life very dull and boring, until one guy shows up at the meeting. His name is Augustus Waters and he lost a leg to cancer. After support group is over, they meet each other and start a conversation. Immediately, Augustus claims that Hazel is beautiful and extraordinary. They start to hang out together, and they hold a long lasting bond that will never be destroyed.
I thought that this book was magnificent in all ways that are possible! The characters are portrayed very well. Hazel and Augustus have very different personalities, but they still get along very well. I love how the book is in the point of view of Hazel because she is one of the main characters and you can see everything from her perspective. Throughout the book, there are many twists and turns that make the book very unique. Every aspect of the book is wonderful. Throughout the book, you can feel the emotions taking a toll on you. You can definitely feel love and pain through your own emotions because this book is so realistic. The book gives a great message to readers, and tells them you don’t have to be perfect to have a wonderful life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, adventure, and a wonderful story line that will leave you in tears at the end.
My favorite thing about this book is that you can feel the emotions inside of you. This book is very descriptive and explains the love, tragedies, pain, and happiness many people go through. The book is so amazing and gives you a different perspective of life, and what it means to be alive.
Reviewed by Mitali, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
This book is about a boy who records a tape that a girl listens to a couple of decades later. Ryan is a kid whose mother died in a car crash. Ryan’s dad gets remarried to a lady named Sophie. Sophie isn’t that bad of a mother. The problem, however, is that Sophie brought along her son, Nathan with her, whom Ryan hates. Ryan records his thoughts and feelings during that time into a tape recorder. Years later, a girl named Ameliah, who has also lost her mother, finds the tape in the house she’s moved into. She hears Ryan talk about his thoughts and feelings throughout the book.
I think that this book is interesting, because of the way the author narrates it. First, it would show a chapter of Ryan’s life, then a chapter of Ameliah’s life. It would sway between the two separate stories, until the story became one, whole, wonderful story to read. You might not understand it at first, but if you read the chapter over and over again, you will understand it. Altogether, this book is a nice book to read sometime.
One memorable thing about the book is how it entwines the two separate stories into the book itself. The book goes over all sorts of emotions: Happiness, Sadness, Anger and Hate, and turns it into one memorable story.
Reviewed by Adithya, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
This is a very special issue of our monthly Northside TAB recommends and that is because it is our 100th issue!!!*
Haha. Ha. Just kidding, I actually have no honest clue as to which issue this is however it will most definitely be the best. And why is that you might ask? Well because we are officially announcing the release of our upcoming Thriller video (guest starring Madoc as Shakira and James as Beyonce)! That’s right, you heard it here first. The Northside TAB will be debuting this video in response to an inter-TAB challenge *coughcoughtwinhickorytuckahoecoughcough.* Of course Northside TAB will be throwing down the hippest, raddest, most awesomest Thriller video library TABs have to offer. Let this be a warning to Northwest and West End TABs, “We are coming for you. And we will dance you to death.” Get it? “To death,” like zombies. He. hehe. he.
All jokes aside, please stay updated on TeenScene posts to be on the lookout for the upcoming poll because ITS UP TO YOU! That’s right, you, the reader, will get a chance to watch every TAB’s Thriller Videos and vote for your favorite! That, is what we recommend for you all this fine afternoon. Stay tuned and vote for your favorite, that is all.
On another note, I figured I’d recommend some other cool things. For starters, this past season of Anime included a few great series that you should check out as soon as physically and emotionally possible. Tokyo Ghoul, Akame Ga Kill, Sword Art Online 2, and Aldnoah were particularly mentally stimulating and exciting. Prepare yourself before watching these brilliant animes as they will make you laugh, cry, and fangirl/boy yourself to the netherworlds.
Hmmmm……is there anything else for this extra special issue? Let’s ask someone other than myself. As I write these words the many volunteers heed my call with a resounding PSYCHO-PASS. That is an anime for all of you who are unaware of what this is. I also thought it was particularly OK. BLOOD OF OLYMPUS is being recommending very loudly from the seat next to me. That is a book for all of you who geek books out in the internetosphere.
*Editor’s note: according to WordPress, it is our 20th post titled “Northside TAB Recommends,” so that’s a nice landmark number.
The Graveyard Book is about a young boy called Bod, short for Nobody, Owens. He lives in a graveyard with his parents, Mistress and Master Owens. His friends are all ghosts, who protect him after a murderer tries to kill him. His guardian, Silas, is neither living nor dead, and is Bod’s best friend. Later, Bod befriends a living girl, and when she moves away, the ghost of a witch.
I loved it, and this graphic novel version represented the characters very well. I especially liked the effects on the ghosts. Silas, though, was depicted very vampire-like with red eyes, which I disliked a lot. It made everything seem creepy, because the book never mentioned Silas’s eye color. The art bothered me a bit, though, because it seemed to be drawn hastily instead of carefully outlined.
I like how the graphic novel is done in volumes. It makes everything easier.
Reviewed by Maggie, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library
This book is about a deadly virus which spread inside a mall. The government locked everyone inside the mall to prevent the virus from spreading outside. The story is told by five different people: Shay, Ryan, Marco, Maddie, and Lexi. They try to do everything they can to get everyone alive out of the mall. Their different experiences inside the mall are told throughout the story. Some of them had to go through very depressing situations where their loved ones died inside the mall due to the virus.
I liked this book because there all kinds of things happened which I didn’t expect at all. The author did an amazing job of keeping the suspense in the story. At the end of every chapter I would goose bumps and I am so anxious to know what happens next. One thing I think the author did wrong was that there were some characters which weren’t necessary for the book.
The most memorable part of the book was when everybody was cheering for Maddie at school.
Reviewed by Arijit, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
The next book from Riordan is sure to please all readers. This book, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, is a new and unexplored perspective on the Greek gods and their individual tales. Throughout this book, all the chapters are narrated by Percy Jackson, who not only produces a reliable account of what happened, but also includes his own ideas and jokes from time to time. Taken from a completely new angle, the author starts with explaining the beginning of time and the primordial god who started it all: Chaos, then shines more light on the Golden Age in which the Titans ruled, and ends with describing the 12 gods and goddesses, not to mention a few extra stories about their relationships, rivalries, and feuds. Most of this story takes place in Greece, as these are genuine legends with some remarks, modernization of language, and opinions from Percy Jackson. A very enjoyable book, this has more than enough information on the different aspects of Greek mythology.
I believe that this is another very entertaining book by Rick Riordan. Although it contains mostly fact, the voice and fluency throughout the pages made this topic not only easy to understand, but also enjoy as well. I liked the author’s writing style, for even as it is in first person perspective, a good job was done distributing the facts. A major thing about this book was its humor. Without, this would have been like any other story, but the author enhanced the mythology into this narrative-like view, with much opinion and sarcastic comments. The way the book has been written makes you want to keep reading on. The one mistake made from the beginning to the end is that Percy keeps repeating, “That’s a story for later.” This leads you to think he might describe it later, but it never comes. However, this is a minor flaw, as this is the only downside. Overall, this is a very well written book with much humor throughout, and has a good writing style, and I would recommend this to others.
One part that sticks out to me is the description of the beginning of time. Percy goes fairly in depth with the details, and this is a surprising part of the book, for the first age with only Chaos has never been properly described, making this a new and pure experience. Not only this, another positive factor is the way Percy makes sarcastic comments and jokes that suit both his personality and any present topic.
Reviewed by Shivram, grade 7, Gayton Branch Library