Batman, before being Batman, was Bruce Wayne, a young 18 year old gaining the billions of dollars in his family fortune. At his 18th birthday party, he saw the two types of people who were there: the people who cared for him and those whom only needed him for their own benefit. The latter category was where he put Richard, the mayor’s son and his former childhood friend. Richard was now someone different and was asking Bruce for a fake internship at Wayne Tech to make his dad happy. Driving home, the young billionaire captured a Nightwalker, a member of the group terrorizing the city. However, in doing so he interfered with the police chase and landed up in community service at Arkham Asylum, the ill-famed prison containing the city’s worst prisoners. During his community service, Bruce meets Madeleine, a girl only willing to speak to Bruce. Weeks pass and Bruce nears the end of his community service as he starts to learn about her secrets. He discovers hidden passageways she talks about and is allowed by the detective to talk with her. In the meantime, his enmity with Richard is growing and he’s having a hard time managing his relationships. The city’s rich are being terrorized and killed one after another when Bruce learns he is next. Despite having doubt on Madeleine’s intentions, Bruce follows her advice and discovers secrets about the next attacks of the Nightwalkers, opening up her mysteries. Is she just showing him secrets or gaining the information she wants to destroy Gotham City?
I loved the mysterious vibe this book gave off. In addition, I loved the mini side plots which gave the book more flavor. For instance, Bruce and Richard’s rivalry helps add character to both of them, and complicates the plot of the story. In addition, Bruce’s character was an excellent portrayal of a young man entering the world and facing all of it’s dangers. Finally, I liked how close Bruce was with his friends as they were his companions through his journey. He learned how there are only a few people in the world who you can trust. Bruce’s communications with his friends portrayed those of an older teen. Overall, I loved the book.
In my opinion, the most memorable part of the book was when Bruce realizes why he and Richard have become rivals. At that moment in the book, everything clicks into his head and he realizes the intentions behind Richard’s actions. For example, before, Bruce thought Richard hated him because he was really rich but after finding out Richard’s reasons, he almost felt bad for Richard.
Reviewed by Anmol, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Library
Change the World is one of a few stellar graphic novels in the series, Champions. Change the World stars the next generations of Marvel Superheroes led by the children of the Marvel Superheroes that we all know and love. This book’s stars include Miss Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova, Totally Awesome Hulk, Viv Vision, and more. These teens want to Change the World on their own away from their parents in the Avengers who only care about fighting the battle and not cleaning up afterward. The Champions starts off as an idea and eventually turns into a full-scale team of superheroes working to save the world in a better way.
I liked the intense pace of the novel along with the quality of the art and captions which guided me through this graphic novel. Although the captions and speech of the characters expanded more on the backstory, I feel that if you don’t have enough background knowledge of the Marvel world, you will be lost really easily. I enjoyed this book though as I liked seeing the corners and unexplained parts of the Marvel world be explained more and the stories you don’t think about come out. I also liked the strong will of the characters and that it shows me that no matter how old you are, you should be independent and can change the world too.
The most memorable part of this graphic novel was that I learned that through a few words and a picture, you can say a lot. It surprised me when I saw the picture and read the captions and realized,”Wow! I understand!”
Reviewed by Lawrence, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
Teenager, Olivia “Liv” Blakely understands just how crucial it is to uphold a good image, no matter how fake it might feel. As her father is running for governor and her love life dream finally becomes reality, Liv has a battle to face. Bulimia, her eating disorder, takes its toll until she eventually realizes what she has to live for. Liv Blakely has to fight the media, hungry for interesting, juicy gossip, but she she doesn’t do it alone. Liv Blakely and her friends know there are no short-cuts to the bare truth.
The book Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz was a wonderful display of love and suffering wrapped into one. The aspect of this book that did not appeal to me was the blood and depression. When I read these parts of the book, I felt like shutting the cover and not reading it again. This is something that I felt I couldn’t handle, but others might not be bothered by it. I definitely recommend readers to give Someone to Love a chance.
One memorable thing about this book was how severe and dangerous the main character’s depression. It was becoming so out of hand, that she even started harming herself. I will definitely not be able to get this image out of my head for at least a few weeks!
Reviewed by Nikki, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
Korra the Avatar is having a crazy time. First President Raiko refuses to stop angering the spirits and disgraces her in front of the public. Then her partner is threatened by the Creeping Crystals. After that all seems to be well, but then Korra’s partner disappears. Meanwhile police are searching for a group that wants to take control of the city. Where is Korra’s partner? Read the book to find out.
There were things I liked and disliked about the book. I enjoyed the action-packed plot. That made the book very exciting to read. I disliked that the book was confusing at times. At one time a character was addressed by another name but looked like another character in the illustration. These types of things made it hard for me to read the book. However, I still enjoyed the book.
One memorable thing was the relationships of the characters. In other books, I felt that the characters seemed to act “fake” with each other but this is not true for this book.
Reviewed by Anika, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
Jude Duarte’s throat closes up every time she’s reminded that she is merely a mortal. Quite frankly, she amounts to nothing compared to the high-ranking faeries. However, Jude is willing to prove her worth as an individual at all costs. No matter how consequential her actions are, she won’t let society change her. After Jude unearths new abilities and powers, a betrayal wreaks havoc in the royal family. Jude’s responsibility is to save her family and the entirety of Faerie.
The word choice of The Cruel Prince indubitably exceeds all expectations. There is not the slightest hesitation when I say that the author’s characterization and imagination are awe-inspiring. Heartbreaks, obstacles, and bloodshed advanced the plot and allowed the story to show its full potential. Although it was somewhat difficult to understand how the society of Faerie operated, the plot of The Cruel Prince was unquestionably intriguing.
One memorable thing about The Cruel Prince was the tragic and agonizing betrayal that took place before Jude’s very eyes. It was certainly a surreal event that altered the outcome of the book immensely.
Reviewed by Jessica, Grade 9, Glen Allen Library