Posts tagged ‘sci-fi’

September 16, 2014

Read + Review: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

by LisaTheLibrarian

For Clary and Jace fighting evil is the norm. They are shadowhunters and their job is to protect the world from demons and other monsters, but they have never experienced anything quite like this. Their society is falling apart, the good are becoming the bad; and it is all because of Clary’s brother, Sebastian. Together, Clary, Jace and their friends must adventure into an unknown world to find a way to stop Sebastian before he takes over the shadowhunter world.

City of Heavenly Fire is a fantastic end to The Mortal Instruments series. It had everything I wanted and more. The characters are compelling and full of personality complete with witty remarks and smart decisions. The plotline was action-packed and kept me on the edge of my seat, hungry for what happens next. This book craftily mixes all sorts of emotions into one book. I really enjoyed this book and I think most will agree Cassandra Clare is an ingenious writer. Take my advice, pick up this book today!

One memorable part is when Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alex travel into a new realm a demon shows them visions. This scene was really intriguing and gave the characters even more depth.


Reviewed by Rylan, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library 

July 24, 2014

Wednesday Movies for Teens @ TW

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

gameOn July 30th at 3pm we’ll show a classic 1980s movie about a super computer that wants to end the world! On August 6th at 3pm we’ll be showing a movie based on the book Divergent by Veronica Roth!

Note: You may be wondering why we don’t just tell you what movies we are showing. Well, we have to get a special license to show movies in the library and our license allows us to describe the movie, but not put the name in any media outside the library. You can get a full list of all our movies this summer by calling 290-9200 x5, or you can stop by Twin Hickory Library and get the list. Hope to see you there!

We’ll play the movies on our GIANT screen and we’ll even have some snacks for you! Call 290-9200×5 for more info!

May 31, 2014

Teen Review–Cress by Marissa Meyer

by AdrienneTheLibrarian


Cress is the third installment in the Lunar chronicles series. Similar to the last two books in the series, this book has a new central character in the story, named Cress. Cress  has spent the majority of her life on ship orbiting around Earth, and all the while hacking into computers and cracking codes for Queen Levana. But after the events that take place in Cinder and Scarlet, the last two books in this series, Cress gets in contact with Cinder, Wolfe, Throne, and Scarlet. After they get in contact with each other, they get one step closer to defeating Queen Levana, and destroying her plans of world domination.

I am left speechless by this book. I couldn’t have possibly been more pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I only just liked the Lunar Chronicles, but Cress left me impatient to read the next book. This was filled with the perfect amounts of action, adventure, romance, and suspense to take me on an emotional roller coaster, and wanting more.

One thing that was really memorable about this book was the character development. I was really surprised at how much we got to learn about each of the characters, especially those who seemed to be completely flat in the last two books. It was certainly one out of the myriad of reasons that I liked this book so much.




Review by Liza, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

May 17, 2014

Teen Review–Divergent by Veronica Roth

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

divergentThe novel is set in a futuristic dystopian Chicago where the society is split into five ‘factions’ that each focus on one quality: Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (courage), Candor (honesty), Erudite (intelligence) and Amity (kindness). The protagonist is Beatrice (Tris). The United States is dead and now everyone lives in things called factions. Factions are like different parts of town, they are more important than family and each have a theme or what they value most in life. Tris lives with her family in the faction that values charity. It’s one of the lowest factions and everyone steps all over them. Once she comes of age, she is allowed to choose a new faction, so they give her a test and her results are unusual. The person who gave her the test gets scared and records her as the Charity faction. When it comes time to choose her faction (if you choose a different faction then your family, you aren’t allowed to see them) and she chooses bravery. The story takes off from there. The plot is a story of a girl struggling to find herself in a world she’s pressured to be someone else.

I absolutely fell in love with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an adventurous plot with a love story twisted into it. The book portrayed lots of challenges that teenagers face in daily life, ex: finding themselves and where they fit in this world. It allows teenagers to learn about being accepted into society and being true to yourself. Like realistic fiction, it has moral values but also incorporates and intriguing fantasy world.

The entire book was absolutely flawless, but if I had to choose the most memorable part of the novel was where Tris chooses the district she will live in for the rest of her life. This decision created lots of tension. The entire story was dependent on her decision. As a reader, this part was the most memorable because it created the entire plot.

four stars




Review by Zainab, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

May 17, 2014

Teen Review–When We Wake by Karen Healey

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

whenwewakeOn the happiest day of Tegan Oglietti’s life, she dies — a bullet to her body, and she tumbles, lifeless, down a flight of stairs.  The guitar-playing, love struck girl that boldly protested against the injustice of society is ripped away from the world forever — until she wakes up around a hundred years later in a world full of surprises for Tegan.  Known in the year of 2128 as a celebrity and successful experiment of the government, all Tegan wants to do is get on with the life that has been taken and given back to her.  But certain things are uncovered, and Tegan must decide if she should fight for her second lifetime the same way that she fought for her first.

When We Wake was a good read with an interesting plot line. The situations were reasonable and realistic, and the characters were nicely developed.  However, I began to get a little overloaded with all of the topics that the book was shoving into the plot line, such as discrimination and environmental issues. After a while, the political issues became very opinionated and they seemed to take over the book.  It was like a screen blocking my view of the actual book, and that put me off a little. Overall, When We Wake was a book whose first chapter drew me in with this bizarre idea of dying and waking up a hundred years later in a world that you know almost nothing about.

Tegan Oglietti, the main protagonist, is something to remember this book by.  I liked her character and how she was really just a normal teenage girl who wanted to stand up for what she thought was right.  I also liked how it was narrated from her point of view, seeing the world from her perspective and what she truly thought.

four stars




Review by Rachel, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

April 23, 2014

Teen Review– Cinder by Marissa Meyer

by NicoletheLibrarian


Cinder Linh is a cyborg living in New Beijing. Cinder is not welcomed in her society because she is a cyborg. Cinder has two step-sisters, Peony and Pearl, and an “evil” step-mother. She supports them by owning a mini shop that repairs broken equipment. One day, Prince Kai comes and asks her to fix his android; he is going through a difficult time because his father is ill with the sickness that has been killing many people. Suddenly, her sister catches the same disease as the King. Cinder blames herself for Peony’s sickness, but it seems she is immune to the disease to some degree and may help develop a cure. Cinder slowly falls in love with Prince Kai and then from then Cinder’s life is turned upside down.

The novel really good and was really connected to the Cinderella fairytale. I sort of wished that Peony would have been a more prominent character within the book. I sort of don’t really get the hatred for cyborgs within the story, but I guess it is understandable. I also think the personality of Cinder changed in the end of a book from what I thought she would continue to be.

Cinder was a great character that is able to fend for herself. I really liked her as a character who was strong and able to endure troubles. I never really thought of Cinderella as a strong girl, but because of Cinder my opinions are changed.


Review by Kelly, grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

April 3, 2014

Teen Review– Vitro by Jessica Khoury

by NicoletheLibrarian

When Sophie gets an alarming email from her mother on Skin Island, she hires a pilot to take her there. It turns out that the daring pilot was her old friend Jim. When she arrives at Skin Island, Sophie discovers an alarming fact- she has a twin living on the island. Now, she must face a choice: save her newly awakened and confused sister Lux, or get herself and Jim off the island safely.

I really did like this book because of the storyline. It was just a cool book with a lot of action and adventure and even more twists and turns. The only thing I didn’t like was Lux’s personality. She seemed to simple for a genetically modified being.

One memorable thing about the book is when Jim finally remembers who Sophie is after they talk for a while. It seemed funny and kind of emotional to me.

four stars

Review by Sarah, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library


April 1, 2014

Teen Review– Avalon by Mindee Arnett

by NicoletheLibrarian


The book takes place in the future and in the middle of space. Jeth, the main character, is a thief and works for Hammer Dafoe, a crime lord and a very cruel person. Jeth’s uncle Milton gambled off Jeth’s ship Avalon in a card game to Hammer. In order to buy Avalon back. Jeth must complete jobs Hammer assigns him. The story is about one of those jobs, that take a turn for the worst.

The book itself was a little long, and I think it could have been split into two separate books. However, it was very good at describing the whole plot, and her writing style was intriguing. I really liked the big twist during their rescue mission in the Belgrave, and this was sort of the basis of the book. In addition, the chapters were sort of long, but at the end of each one, there was a huge cliffhanger to make up for it.

The most memorable part of the book was the notion of metaspace. Throughout the book the reader doesn’t have an understanding of what it is until near the end when it is explaned. I thought this idea of what could be was very interesting; the way the author came up with facts to back up her ideas but still made it seem story-like, and she explained it very well through the characters’ dialogue.

four stars

Review by Chad, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

March 27, 2014

Teen Review– The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

by NicoletheLibrarian


Our protagonist, Michael, plays in the Virtnet. The Virtnet is a lifelike game where a player actually feels the pain and death in the game but not in real life. Our antagonist, Kaine is going beyond any other player ever has by actually trapping players in the game and making them brain dead. The conflict arises when Michael witnesses one these events.

This book was very intense. It’s gets you on the edge of your seat. The Eye of Minds gives you the same thrill as the rest of James Dashner’s books. It gets you excited and makes you want to keep reading the book and not stop. I liked how descriptive and detailed the book was- I totally could see the action in my head.

Just like the rest of the books I have read by this author, there is a huge twist at the end. James Dashner always leaves me trying to figure out the next book.


Review by Joseph, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library

March 15, 2014

Teen Review — Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

by NicoletheLibrarian


Scarlet is a futuristic, sci-fi twist on the story Little Red Riding Hood. This book is about a girl named Scarlet who is searching for her grandmother. The story intertwines with a different plot about a girl named Cinder. Both girls are discovering more about themselves and the epidemic around them.

The plot of the book was astounding. It continued to keep you interested throughout the story. I love, loved the intertwining plot lines that never allowed me to be bored. I’ve always loved fairytales and different takes on them. This one definitely takes the cake.

I love the way you see glimpses of the original little red riding hood story. The connection to wolf and the antagonist group of the book, The Lunars, is really clever.



Review by Jordan, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library


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