Category Archives: Teen Book Reviews

Reviews of YA books you’ll love.

Teen Writing Prompt 770

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I always enjoy reading the very first sentence in a novel. First words set the tone and allows us at the peek into the world that we’ve ben invited in. Below are the first words of a novel. Who is the character? What does she mean? Does she mean that the people she’s recounting are dead? What if they aren’t? What if they are not dead but gone? Write about the world of this character and what happens when she id gone too.

I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t. Blake is gone. Gunner is gone. Tish is gone. And soon I will be gone too…

Continue the story.

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Teen Book Review- The Young Elites by Marie Yu

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I just finished reading The Young Elites by Marie Yu. The novel is set in a time when swords are the weapon of choice and young girls are forced to wed by arranged marriages, and a families worth can be diminished when one of its members is considered a curse. The story beings long after the protagonist, Adelina has been cursed after she’s infected by an illness that killed many people throughout the world while leaving the survivors with “special powers”. The survivors are called “malfrettos” a cursed group of people that society fears and worships.

All Adelina wants is her father’s love but her father just sees her as the resaon for her faily’s misfortunes.  He sets up and arrangement with a wealthy man from town who plans on using her for her powers. Adelina escapes and is froced to face the dangers that her uncontroled powers release to those around her.  Adelina soon teams up a group of malfrettos called the Daggers, a rebel force that uses their powers to fight back against their oppresors. but even finds live with them complicated as she reveals the uncontrolable powers she poccesses.

The Young Elites is a complicated story with an intriguing protagonist. it has romance and great plot twists which will leaveyou wanting more. It’s part of a series and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Teen Writing Prompt 763

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I recently went to the Black Maria Film Festival here in West Orange. A motion poem is a combination of a poem and a short film.

How Do You Raise A Black Child is the film that was selected for the film festival. This poem is about the fear and concerns black parents have for their children. Here is the film I saw at the festival.

How Do You Raise  A Black Child

http://motionpoems.org/episode/how-do-you-raise-a-black-child/

Falling Lessons: Erasure One

This poem is about a girl who takes care of her aging father.

http://motionpoems.org/episode/falling-lessons/

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A path along the canal in Venice, CA

Teen Writing Prompt 762

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Write a story or poem based on the title When I let Go

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When I Let Go

When I let go I will be free!

Free of anger, hurt, and shame.

Free from the guilty because once I wasn’t strong enough.

When I let go I won’t feel anger at myself for not standing up.

When I let to the hurt will vanish and be replaced by forgiveness.

Forgiving myself for the shame I feel for not standing up  for myself.

Now I can be free because I know that the weakness I felt was strength.

Strength that not only helped me endure the pain but helped me fight and become free.

Teen Book Review: United as One by Pittacus Lore

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I just finished reading the seventh and final book in the Lorien series or I am Number Four series. It’s always difficult to pick up a book that’s part of a series after reading the previous book a year prior to reading the next book. Here are the books in order

  • I am Number Four
  • The Power of Six
  • The Rise of Nine
  • The Fall of Five
  • The Revenge of Seven
  • The Fate of Ten
  • United as One

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE PERVIOUS BOOKS!!!

This book was an exciting conclusion to the series. In this book John, Six, Marina, Nine, Ella, Sam, Lexa, and a band of human gardes fight to save the Earth from the Mogadorians led by Setakus Ra, a former Lorien who has been playing with science and altering Mogs. When the story beings John is mourning Sarah’s death and alien ships are stationed around the world ready to destroy every major city.

Now the Loriens have human gardes to help them in the fight after a Lorien energy force gifts humans with special powers. Even Sam, John’s best friend has special powers but still John and the other Loriens still are left pondering their own fate and the fate of humanity. There’s lots of action and the actions sequences are carefully planned out creating a very exciting book. I couldn’t put if down and I am grateful that I suck with the series.

Teen Book Review – The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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I just finished reading The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I waited an entire year for this book to be released and it was worth the wait. The story is  from various characters point of view. It follows Ringer as she makes her way back to Zombie after loosing another member of their team. Cassie and Evan Walker deal with the aftermath of Grace, a sniper who tried to kill them.  Zombie continues to  deal with the loss of his sister and his own insecurities as he continues to take charge of his child soldiers who are fighting to save the Earth. Meanwhile, Vosch is getting ready for the Fifth Wave.

One thing I love about this book is the strength of its female characters. Cassie and Ringer both have undying strength and courage. The love story is a backdrop but it’s still there.

This book is packed with action. I don’t want to release spoilers so all I can say it that I read it in three days. Can I say more?

Teen Book Review – The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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I just finished reading The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. The story is about two sisters who live in a quaint beach community. One sister is wild, while the other is “very normal”. They are so close it’s almost as if they are twins, except that Dara likes to break all the rules and seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. Nick, short of Nicole on the other hand always follows the rules. Everything seems perfect in their relationship until Dara starts “hooking up” with Nick’s best friend, Parker. Now Nick feels like a third wheel and she resents it. Nick does her best to move on and even starts dating another guy.

Just when Nick starts to move on with her life Nick and Dara get into a serious car accident leaving Dara scarred and Nick trying to find a way to cope with the guilt from what really happened during the accident.

It’s a great book. There’s romance and mystery and suspense as Nick tries to find Dara after she vanishes shortly after the accident.

 

Teen Book Review- Paper Towns by John Green

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bible-and-other-booksIf you plan on watching the movie instead of reading this book you’re really going to miss out on another great book. Paper Town by John Green is tells the story or Quentin Jacobsen or Q as his friends like to call him. Q falls in love with Margo, the girl next door. Margo is bold and exciting a total contradiction to Q who lives life by the rules.

When the story beings Margo moves next door to Quentin and they become best friends. One day while walking to the park they discover the body of a man who committed suicide. Instead of being afraid Margo is curious and intrigued by the dead man, while Quentin blocks out memory of the incident. Once the duo hit high school Margo is popular and dating the most popular boy in school while Quentin joins nerdbom and hangs out with his best friends and fellow band member Ben and Radar.

After Margo discovers that her boyfriend Jase  is sleeping with her best friend she sets out to right some wrongs and takes Quentin along for the ride.  After a night of revenge old feelings emerge and Quentin falls in love with Margo again. Everything seems to being going right for Quentin until Margo mysteriously disappears leaving clues for Quentin to find her.

It was a very romantic story and Radar and Ben Quentin’s friend’s who team up with him to find Margo makes the book irresistible.

Teen Book Review- Prodigy by Marie Lu

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unnamed-1What can I say? I loved this book. There are many of times when sequels don’t live up to the first book but this isn’t one of them. This book is told from two perspectives, June, a rich, military prodigy that falls in love with a young rebel named Day.

Lu swifts back and forth as both characters tell the story of their fight to save their county. At times they are at odds against each other and unsure about their love as others fight for their love.

Lu sets up two love triangles and manages to captivate her readers with wanting more and getting it. More action! More romantic! And some great writing. I read this book in one week and feel kind of sad that the journey is over. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!