Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Death Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Dylan A., 15
Makiia Lucier
A Death Struck Year
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt March 4, 2014

A Death Struck Year is an amazing book about the Spanish Influenza.  A page turner from the very beginning, I was caught up in the book.  Cleo Berry is a very brave person, volunteering for the Red Cross to help people with the Influenza when she can just as easily catch it.

A Death Struck Year is probably my favorite book so far.  Read it, and you won't be able to stop.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hero by Alethea Kontis

Cara  14
Alethea Kontis
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2013

It was a good book. I loved the fantasy in it.  It tied together a lot of fairy tales and was very interesting and captivating.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (2 reviews)

Nick, 18
Kendare Blake
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 2013

I have always been a fan of Greek mythology. This book puts a modern day aspect on the Greek gods. Twilight of the gods. Death of them all. While some do the best to keep their sanity, others have turned into horrid monsters. A real page turner. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Greek mythology

Rating: 4 Better than most


Dylan A., 14
Kendare Blake
Tor Teen
September 2013

Antigoddess was a book of amazing potential.  The Twilight of the gods, how brilliant.  This book as amazing, the death of all old gods to come.  The gods go on a mission to find the prophetess Cassandra of Troy in modern day and Odysseus.  I would recomend this book to everyone.  An amazingly good book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Jack, 14
Maggie Stiefvater
Flux 2008

I first read this book a few years ago and every year, I read it and its sequel again. When I first got the book, I waited a few weeks to read it but once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. I fell in love with this book and the next in the series, Ballad. I really liked that chemistry between the characters and loved James. Honestly, if I had a friend like James, that would be amazing. I personally have recommended this book to my friends who like adventure-y romances and the supernatural. The most compelling aspect is the suspense and timing of the book. Some of it was a fast read, but there are a few places where I still have to stop and re-read what's there.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

bethabellie, high school senior
Dolamore, Jaclyn
Dark Metropolis
Disney Hyperion Jun 2014

the book: a very enjoyable book. it was well paced with just enough twists and surprising connections to keep you wanting the next page. it has the right amount of glitz and gore to please a fairly wide verity of people without being overly graphic. Dolamore's writing style was easy to read and follow, with an attention to detail that wasn't overly stuffy and only very occasionally left me wanting just a bit more. just a well rounded book. definitely worth a read!

the characters: i did like the characters, they were all distinct. but, they weren't the strongest i have ever read. there wasn't a lot of building on their morals or anything like that throughout the story. nevertheless, these are solid characters.

the point: i like a book that really drives a point and leaves me thinking. this did have some interesting views but nothing that just lays you flat. so, if you are looking for a book edging on spooky, with good characters, great settings and an interesting story. put this one down with a star!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bistro Book Club News

All the reviews that have come in lately are for older books which means that it is time for me to be take some new books to Bistro teens soon. I'll be taking some great books to Hotchkiss High School in the next few weeks and am hoping to be invited to high schools in Paonia, Cedaredge, and Delta soon. I'm hoping to be starting up some teen book clubs in the five public libraries in Delta County.  
Here are some of the books I've recently read and liked that I'll be sharing with teens soon.

 Win a Book Signed by Rosa Parks

Lee & Low have published many fine books that I've really liked. They are doing a pretty cool thing. You can win a book about Rosa Parks signed by Rosa Parks. http://blog.leeandlow.com/2014/02/12/giveaway-win-a-book-signed-by-rosa-parks/

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Best of the Bistro

All teens are welcome to the Bistro Book Club. Teens who have belonged and submitted reviews are a very diverse bunch. Some are valedictorians and some are in the Department of Corrections. Some are in middle school, some are in high school, and some are autodidacts. Some are autistic and some are artistic.

The links to the following reviews can help you see what makes a good Bistro-style review. The Bistro Book Club rules are:

  • Never apologize for your reading tastes. (Rosenberg's First Law of Reading)
  • No two people ever read the same book. (Every book is a collaborative effort between the imaginations of the writer and the reader)
  • No one ever reads the same book twice. (Di read The Lord of the Rings seventeen times when she was seventeen. Each time she started it she was different than she had been before)