Monthly Archives: August 2013

Customer Review: These Broken Stars

9781423171027These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner



Available December 10, 2013

This book was fantastic, a blend of sci-fi, survival, and creeping horror. I love that it’s told from both Tarver and Lilac’s points of view, keeping in check their strengths and weaknesses, and adding to the suspense. I couldn’t stop reading; I had to know what happened next. And it was never what I expected; These Broken Stars threw me for a dozen loops. Tarver and Lilac face impossible odds, terrifying circumstances, and new problems. Kaufman and Spooner gave them distinct, well-done personalities, and had them fall in love slowly and realistically. Happily, the love story isn’t the main focus of the novel until much later, and it does add to the book.

The only thing I found a little bit off about These Broken Stars was that *only* Tarver and Lilac sruvived, out of the fifty thousand souls on board. I would have liked for them to encounter another survivor or two, but at the same time, the fact that they were utterly and totally alone helped to set the mood for the story.

These Broken Stars was a deliciously unique, tense science fiction, that had me interested from page one all the way to the end. My advice for you – read it. Read it now.

~Emma, age 15

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Customer Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities Book Two

9781442445949Keeper of the the Lost Cities

Shannon Messenger

Aladdin Paperback


Available August 2013

By the cover of this book I knew I would like it. And I was right. Packed with so much magic, sorrow, and adventure, you wouldn’t know which was which. If you read one page, you won’t stop until the end.

When the main character, Sophie Foster, starts to get letters from her kidnappers and rescuers, the mysterious black swan, Grady, Sophie’s adopted father, starts telling her that they’re evil, Sophie’s not so sure.

But then Grady tells her a secret about how his daughter Jolie died. Sophie is finally convinced that the black swan are evil. But when Sophie gets a final note from the black swan that could change her future and gives her hope, she starts to think that they aren’t as bad as Grady thinks they are . . .

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Customer Review: Treasure Hunters

9780316207560Treasure Hunters

James Patterson

Little, Borwn


Available September 2013

I enjoyed reading the book Treasure Hunters quite a bit. It had a good plot and good characters, all with a good personalities. The plot always took new twists and turns I did not expect.

The four main characters are Tommy, Storm, Beck and Bick Kidd. They are all children of Thomas Kidd. When their father disappears off their boat “The Lost” in the middle of a storm, the Kidds decide to continue the family business: treasure hunting.

The one thing I did not understand was that Bick (the narrator) communicates to his twin sister Beck (the illustrator) like this: “Beck says not to believe every thing I say. Whatever can we get on with the story? Good.” This suggests that Beck is reading everything Bick is writing. This is a cool style of writing; the only problem is that close to the end of the story Bick is writing stuff that he does not want his siblings to know, and that includes Beck.

The style that James Patterson writes in is very interesting, it is very casual (he writes as if he is talking). You do not learn any new vocabulary, except some boating terms, since he is writing as Bick (a kid). It is very funny, because he is very literal with his writing and is always making puns and jokes.

I would recommend this book to children between the ages of 8 and 10. Although the book has 451 pages it has big print and lots of pictures. The story also keeps your attention through most of the story, but I think Patterson could cut down the text in some parts.

I would give this story eight out of ten. I think younger children than me would really enjoy the book (I am very picky).

~ Helena, age 11

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