Category Archives: Teen Book Reviews

Reviews of YA books you’ll love.

Books Worth Reading This Summer

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I am reading The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian. It’s about a young girl’s whose town is being evacuated after a dam breaks and covers everything under water. It’s also a love story.  I’ll let you know how it is after I finish.

I decided that after two hours of working on my own book I’ll treat myself by reading someone’s else’s book. When I return from my Va-K on July 6th then it’ll be after four hours of writing. What are your summer reads and writing goals? # teen books, # writers, # teen writers

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Teen Book Review – Champion by Marie Lu

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Teen Book Review – Champion by Marie Lu

I just finished reading Champion by Marie Lu. It’s the final book in the Prodigy series. I thought the series was over after Day discovered that he was dying at the end of the last book. He also broke it off with June, the lover of his life. In this book June is working with Arden, their country’s leader and it’s clear that Arden, the handsome young leader wants more with June. The only thing that stands in his way is Day.

This book begins with Day and June leading separate lives. Day’s text is red while June’s is black. The story is told seamlessly by their point of views. The big war between the colonies finally erupts leaving them having to fight and risk a lot in order to save the ones they love and their country.

There’s lots of action in their #teen book. It was a great book! I think you’ll enjoy it.bible-and-other-books

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 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!

 

Teen Book Review- Undivided by Neal Shusterman

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unnamed-1I just finished reading Undivided by Neal Shusterman. This is the fourth and final book in the Unwind series. Not many series hold up after the first book but this one sure does. This series holds up among my favorites. The story is about a time in our world when troublesome children can be unwind or taken apart piece by piece, while their parts are donated to people. Connor Lassiter and his partner Risa Ward fight against the individuals who feel that it’s okay to unwind troubled teens.

This book doesn’t focus on romance as much as it does survival. The book centers on various characters and each storyline draws to a conclusion. We start we Connor, a unwind AWOL turned fugitive hero and his partner Risa Ward. The book then shifts and focuses on Mason Starkey, a boy who leads the stork rebellion as they free unwinds and destroy harvest camps. The storyline shifts once more the story shifts to Cam, a rewind who is trying to find his place in the world. It’s hard to say more and not divulge too much of the story. The enemies are most deadly this time and the stakes are high for all of the characters. One by one each character faces their worst enemy and not everyone pulls through unscathed.

This book has lots of action and it’s a great read!

 

Teen Writing Prompt 722

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It’s 70 degrees outside but it’s suppose to be freezing. Lately, when I give students in my writing class a writing prompt each and every story is about doom! I guess that’s because things seem so bleak and there is so much violence all around us.

Write a story about the weather changing. Why is it changing and how does your character react to the change? Is it getting colder and colder? What’s the deal? Be creative and have some fun

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