A geeky love story that unfolds at New York City Comic Con. Follow 4 teens as they profess their love for artists, authors, and each other in4.5 stars
A geeky love story that unfolds at New York City Comic Con. Follow 4 teens as they profess their love for artists, authors, and each other in this fun coming of age story.
Oh man was this one fun! I really loved all of the characters in this book. Even the handsome British side character bent on foiling the love plot with his nice manners and perfect hair! You are thrown into the story right at the beginning and you have to get to know the characters as the story unfolds. Usually this doesn't work for me but it was a fun change of pace in this novel. I loved the main character and his undying affection for his best friend. I also liked the portrayal of the Con. It didn't follow the cliches that other authors have used to describe the epic nerdiness of the event. It also didn't make fun of fans and geeks. I also liked that the focus was on the main characters and it didn't throw in a weird adventure side story into the mix. You stayed with the group through the whole story and it felt like an experience any teen fan could have at a con.
A bit of teen drinking is thrown in with this one. It doesn't detract too much from the story but is something to note in case of parental restrictions.
This is the top choice for a story that takes place in a Comic Con. It's lots of fun and has fantastic geeky references sprinkled through out the book. I loved the romance and the humor. I think this will be a fun title for my book talks this summer.
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With the recent surge in superhero movies it's about time that some of the female heroes get their stories told. Black Widow: Forever Red is an excellWith the recent surge in superhero movies it's about time that some of the female heroes get their stories told. Black Widow: Forever Red is an excellent tale of death and deception, family vs foe, and ultimately... redemption.
Ava Orlova is an average American teen with a dark past. She was trained by the evil Russian Mastermind Ivan Somodorov. Rescued by the Black Widow she escapes with just the clothes on her back and tries to forget her past. When children all over the world go missing she must team up with Natasha Romanov to stop a madman. But what do you do when you hate the one that saved you?
Black Widow was a fast paced, action packed read that leaves you hoping for a sequel. With the media pushing aside the popularity of the Black Widow Character this is a much needed book. It tells the tale of Natasha, her family, and her dark past while weaving in old and new characters that readers will enjoy. It is high on my list of recommendations for teens and one that I will be promoting heavily this fall.
I sincerely hope this is a series!
**Thank you to Disney Publishers and Marvel for providing a review copy. This in no way influenced my review....more
Rae Carson has proved herself once again as a master storyteller. Departing from fantasy, this book takes you on a trip to California where treasure aRae Carson has proved herself once again as a master storyteller. Departing from fantasy, this book takes you on a trip to California where treasure and deception are waiting.
Lee Westfall is no ordinary girl. She has the ability to sense gold in hills and rivers around her. Her gift proves to be a curse when her family is murdered leaving her no choice but to follow the gold rush to California. Disguised as a boy, Lee faces hardships, triumphs, and burdens of growing up in this coming of age tale.
It was 2 a.m. when I finally finished this amazing book! I could not put it down. While it started off slow, once Lee gets on the trail west the action does not stop. I could tell that Carson did her research into the hardships that those first pioneers faces as they headed to California to seek treasure. It was gut wrenching and brutal, but dispersed with enough hope and kindness to keep the pages turning. The characters are fantastic and the plot is engaging. I cannot wait for the second in the series!!
I would highly recommend this to readers looking for a strong coming of age story, with a generous helping of history, sprinkled with a bit of the fantastic, and a smidge of romance to top it off. A must purchase for your library and personal collection. ...more
**spoiler alert** Walking the line between dark and light is a perilous path that only the strongest dare to take. When the Jedi council asks Jedi Qui**spoiler alert** Walking the line between dark and light is a perilous path that only the strongest dare to take. When the Jedi council asks Jedi Quinlan Vos to undertake the assassination of Count Dooku, he will face temptation like never before. Paired with the former Sith Acolyte Asajj Ventress, they both will experience the power of the dark side like never before in this epic tale of betrayal based off un-aired episodes of the Clone Wars series.
Golden is an excellent writer and I have been looking forward to this book since I heard about its release last fall. Ventress is one of my favorite characters and I have been wandering what would be her fate after the Clone Wars series was cancelled. Quinlan Vos is a fan favorite from Dark Horse comics so I was interested in how these two who often flirt with moral ambiguity would work together. For the most part it worked.
For readers that are expecting non stop action this might not be what you are looking for. This book takes both of these characters and lays them bare for judgment. You get a detailed look inside their heads and see why they are the way they are. Ventress most of all. Her character study in this book is complex and brutal. It only solidified how freaking amazing and layered she really is. That being said I felt like Vos was lacking in attention. Readers who are not familiar with his backstory might not connect as well with him. I had trouble connecting with him during several key moments in the book. However, this was more of Vebtress story, her fall from grace, and ultimate redemption. That part was brilliant. Yes, I cried at the end. It wrapped up so many loose ends and I understand Ventress on a deeper level. Did I mention how freaking amazing her character is yet?
I wish that the plot was not so predictable. However, some of that could not be avoided because of the timeline history. You know going into this that Dooku will live. You know that the Jedi will do the right thing, even though you sometimes wish they wouldn't. The only other issue was the romance. It felt forced and out of character for Vos towards the end of the book. I get that he was entangled in the dark side but it just did not work for me. Other wise this would have gotten a solid 5 stars.
I recommend this book to those looking for a deeper glimpse into the enigma that is Asajj Ventress. This is her story... and what a tale it is. ...more
The Wrath and the Dawn was my absolute favorite read of 2015. I have been anxiously awaiting the final book after a heart wrenching cliffhanger!
ThisThe Wrath and the Dawn was my absolute favorite read of 2015. I have been anxiously awaiting the final book after a heart wrenching cliffhanger!
This book was everything I wanted it to be. The story is rich and complex just like the first with humor, thrills, daring deeds, strong female characters, and a lush romance. I love what Renee Ahdieh has done with story of "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights." The ending was almost perfect. I did feel that the wrap up with Shahrzad's Dad was rushed. He was such an integral part of the first book and I wanted a bit more of his story at the end.
Other than that I loved the book and plan to share this with my teens and put it on my lists for strong female leads, romance, and rewritten tales. A fantastic book duo for teens and adult readers who love traditional tales with a twist and epic romance.
Thank you Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for the DRC book to review!
* full review will come closer to publishing date. ...more
Just when Cleo was getting the hang of school and being the savior of the galaxy, a mysterious thief steals the Sword of Kabechet. She is forbidden byJust when Cleo was getting the hang of school and being the savior of the galaxy, a mysterious thief steals the Sword of Kabechet. She is forbidden by her teachers to go after the thief for fear that her life will be forfeit. So, what is a teenage future Queen to do? Add a school dance, popularity, friendship challenges, and a scary twist to the already impossible prophecy, and you have the right mix for a great story.
I really enjoyed catching up with Cleo. There is lots of action, a fun new character, and a glimpse of the evil Xaius Octavian. More of the prophecy comes to light and Cleo is going to need all the help she can get from her friends and her teacher (who is also a cat). Plus, there is an epic cliff hanger at the end that made me want to read the third book right away. Seriously... when will it be out?
I am very impressed by this latest edition and I know my patrons will love it. I am bummed that the galley was not in full color because the artwork is awesome! Maihack is a talented writer and illustrator and has created a wonderful series for girls and boys. I can't wait to get this at our library.
This book is devoted to helping you become the most awesome and squee worthy fangirl ever. It is full of fab tips and quote worthy guidance thSummary:
This book is devoted to helping you become the most awesome and squee worthy fangirl ever. It is full of fab tips and quote worthy guidance that will help even the most shy lady nerd navigate the wide world of geek. Within its chapters you will find lingo, fashion, fandoms, conventions, cosplay, interviews, and so much more. This is a fun book for teen to adult fangirls in your life.
I love that the cover has an adorable "every girl." She is not super sexy and has cute curves! Points for a healthy body image and no boob windows!
The good stuff:
This book has so much quote worthy text. It's funny, serious, and full of girl power. I loved the interviews with women from all walks of life. It was great to hear their interpretation of what being a Fangirl means to them. The real-talk section was helpful even for a YA librarian who thinks she's up on the latest teen speak. I learned a few new terms that I have heard my patrons tossing around at our Fandoms parties. The section on Female characters that everyone should know was also helpful. I have some reading to do! Finally, I loved the resource page. So unbelievably helpful!
The stuff that might not jive with all audiences:
This book is heavy on the feminism. Which is great in itself, but might not work for younger tweens and teens. Also, there are some sections that deal with subjects that younger fans might not be ready for just yet.
Who should read this: I would recommend this for older teens and adults without hesitation. My younger patrons might want to wait a few years! If you are a geek girl that is out and proud or one that is quietly contemplating your big reveal grab this book and get reading!...more
Sick of Superheros and their too tight costumes and perfect smiles? Done with the constant media about foes vanquished and helpless damsels saved? WanSick of Superheros and their too tight costumes and perfect smiles? Done with the constant media about foes vanquished and helpless damsels saved? Wanting more than latex and brawn? Then you should try "V is for Villain" by Peter Moore.
Brad is a junior at the prestigious superhero school where physical superpower is valued above everything else. His problem? He has no powers whatsoever other than super intelligence. Not only that his older brother is none other than Blake the most famous super hero there is (and don't you ever forget it). After a nasty accident and some family interference, Brad is transferred to the alternative program. There he meets a group of anti-superhero misfits who want to change societies perception of all things hero, even if it means becoming villains themselves.
Brad is caught in a high stakes game of what is right and what wrong as he decides which side is really on, what it means to be a hero, and if being a villain is truly as evil as everyone says.
If you have ever watched a superhero movie and felt sorry for the villains demise then this is the book for you. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of hero's vs. villains that explores what we really value as human beings. I loved that topics like excessive force and self defense verses aggression are explored. This is a great book that can open a discussion about bullying and privilege.
Brad is a great character and has a strong voice throughout the book. The main characters are well developed with Blake being the perfect self absorbed, smug, superhero and Layla taking the role as the dark philosophical love interest. The rest of the team is a mix of outcasts that were likable but not as much as the main characters. I loved that he made them all seem like kids playing dress up who bailed when things actually start getting rough.
The revelations totally took me by surprise and blew my mind! The only slightly predictable part was with the brothers and their respective superpowers. While I saw it coming, it wasn't a complete let down for me. I had pretty high expectations reading this title and I felt that author met most of them which is a huge bonus in my book. This book will fit well with readers who love comics and are fans of the major hero movies. It's fast paced, philosophical, action filled and funny. A logical purchase for our library! ...more
This is one of the better dragon books out there for teens looking for something not centered on romance. The writing is lyrical and descriptive and aThis is one of the better dragon books out there for teens looking for something not centered on romance. The writing is lyrical and descriptive and at times is a bit drawn out. However, I like this style of writing so I really enjoyed this title.
I will do a full review closer to the publishing date.
This book was one of my favorite reads this year. I have not picked up many good parallel universe books. Tandem was an exception. Sasha is a great chThis book was one of my favorite reads this year. I have not picked up many good parallel universe books. Tandem was an exception. Sasha is a great character and is written very well. She is a mix of strong and emotional without being too much. Many of the teen readers are sick of the characters that they cannot identify with. They have told me that she is both believable and likeable. That is pretty rare!!
The fact that Sasha does not get a choice when she is pulled into another universe hooks you immediately. Her trials of having to impersonate someone that is identical to herself in body only keeps the pages turning.
My only issue is that this book has yet another love triangle and is a three part series that many of the teens (and Teen Librarians) are getting sick of! I do think that many readers will continue this series because it is not one of the typical dystopian survival stories that are flooding the shelves....more