December 30, 2014
Chasing Power details the adventure of a girl named Kayla, who was born with the power of telekinesis. After her father killed her sister, her mother took her and ran away. After training her power for several years, she became an expert shoplifter. She uses her skills for taking money that she saves up, in case she ever needs to go on the run again. One day, she meets a boy named Daniel, who has powers of his own. He enlists her help to find his mother, and the book is about their experience in doing so.
This book wasn’t exceptional, but it did try to set itself apart from all of the other YA novels. It had a well written, unique protagonist, which was something that I enjoyed greatly. However, the narrative felt stale, and lacking in color and description. The major plot twist was predictable, and most of the other characters fell into cliche roles, and had little character development.
One memorable thing about this book was the protagonist, who was strongly written and well developed. She was unlike many, many other YA novel protagonists, and was intelligent and straightforward, unlike the shrinking violets that are typically seen in these kinds of novels.
Reviewed by Linda, grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library
December 29, 2014
In Divergent, every person belongs to one of the five factions; Erudite, Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless, and Candor. Beatrice and her family belong to Abnegation. Each faction has a unique characteristic; Erudite are smart, Abnegation are the selfless, Amity are kind, Dauntless are brave, and Candor are truthful. Each year, at the Choosing Ceremony, everyone who is sixteen will decide which faction they choose to devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice is forced to choose a faction not knowing what the outcome will be for her and her family.
I think that the book is really great, but the lack of humor and was noticeable. It didn’t really catch my attention like some other books do. Overall, Divergent had a unique concept, one that could be compare to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series!
One memorable thing about the book is when Beatrice wakes up Four from his mind-controlled trance.
Reviewed by Atharva, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
December 29, 2014
The plot thickens as Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Captain Thorne attempt to rescue Cress from her satellite. This, however, goes all wrong when Cress and Captain Thorne end up in the desert. It’s a race against the clock to prevent Queen Levana from marrying Emperor Kai. The fate of planet Earth is at stake and only they can stop it.
My opinion on Cress is that it was the best book ever, next to Cinder and Scarlet. It is the perfect balance of adventure, science fiction, and humor. I especially enjoyed Captain Thorne and his frequent humorous comments. Even with that, he is as serious as everyone else.
One memorable thing was when Cress was kidnapped and taken to Doctor Erland.
Reviewed by Ashley, grade 6, Gayton Branch Library
September 16, 2014
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
On 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
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
The 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.
Review by Zainab, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
May 17, 2014
On 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.
Review by Rachel, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
April 23, 2014
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
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.
Review by Sarah, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library