READING IS SO DELICIOUS!

When you think of summer, you think of BBQ, 4th of july, and so many other things. How about participating in the Teen Summer Reading Club: READING IS SO DELICIOUS! How cool does that sound? Let me explain. Teens, that are between the ages 12-18, can sign up for this. And it’s so simple! I will explain in the next paragraph!

 

All you have to do is come to the library, go down the stairs in the Teen section, talk to a Liberian down there, and sign up! So simple! You will get a log that you will have to fill in. And the log is so easy! It’s only 4 slots, you only have to read or listen to 3 books! Only 3! No matter the length. The 4th slot, is a special slot. It’s a Wild Card! That means you can put down a magazine you read, volunteer at the library, and so on! The list is endless! Another great thing about this program is the prizes.

 

 

Once you sign up, you will get a fortune cookie that will have a cool message on the inside. Your cookie might have a fortune saying “you won a special prize!” If so, head to the library and they will give you a gift card to a hot dog place for a free hot dog! But that’s not all! After you turn in your first log, you will get a insulated cold cup. You can fill it with pop, water, or your favorite instant tea. But that’s not all.


For every log you turn in, you will be entered in a weekly giveaway for cool gift-cards. Such as Culvers, Starbucks, and Dunkin Doughnuts. Along with so many others. The more logs you complete, the better chance of winning. At the end of the summer, there will be a drawing for a very nice prize. A brand new I pod touch! How cool is that?!


However, the thing ends August 31st. So you better come to the library and sign up. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

 

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This book is a non-fiction, travelogue about acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux retracing the steps of his first successful travelogue “The Great Railway Bazaar”. While that book was light, eccentric, and filled with joie de vivre, this book is an entirely different animal. He views the places he visits with a kind of venom, and cynicism that comes with 40 years of travel experience. While he has often caught flak for the sardonic, self-deprecating tone of is later works, I actually prefer these. His prose boils and bubbles with sarcasm throughout, and he is the most entertaining when he’s petulantly complaining about something. The book lags when he visits places like India, which he seems more cynically bemused by, and Turkey, a place he doesn’t seem to cast his usual jaundiced eye on. But these are minor quibbles. As a whole, this book is highly entertaining, and I was enthralled by the state of modern Europe and Asia told through the uniquely cantankerous eyes of Paul Theroux.
Grade: A-
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This book is about a girl named Valerie Leftman whose boyfriend commits a gruesome school shooting. What followed was the terrible fallout from that event. While it’s a well written book, it is painful even to read the opening chapters. You see the disintegration of Valerie’s personal life, her discrediting, and deep depression. To read of Valerie’s plight can be often very jarring, and quite disheartening. This doesn’t make this book a bad one. In fact, these gut-wrenching scenes are filled with compassion for Valerie’s troubles, but never sentimentality. I suppose it was to depict the harsh reality of school shootings. This book, for all its dark, depressing episodes, is lightened by the gallows humor of Valerie’s first person narration, but the eventual heartbreaking conclusion will leave readers feeling empty.
Grade: B
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The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

Hardcover, 485 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. – Goodreads
My opinion: Julie Kagawa was amazing at faeries and now I am proud to say she is amazing at vampires. I could not put the book down. Allison was a great character and Zeke was awesome too. Allie was my favorite character not just because she was the main character but her personality and how she feels responsible for others in a world where caring about others could mean your death. Just like when she took care of Stick and the betrayal in the end, she still had enough courage and trust to open herself up a little. My second favorite was Kanin. Although, he is a vampire, he isn’t like the others and basically told her to make her choice of who she wanted to be.
 
The plot was easy to follow and kept you consuming the book wondering what was going to happen next. Allie kept surprising me what she could do and what she was willing to do for her “food.” The rabids were kinda cool too. They sort of reminded me of the zombies in I Am Legend, without them actually being like the zombies. They both had that mindlessness where all they were concerned about was the food. I loved how they pop out of the ground. That was very different and cool actually. It makes the reader experience the adrenaline that the characters are going through so that they are also wondering if Allie or Zeke or someone else is stepping on a Rabid sleeping and they are just going to pop out and eat them.
 
I liked that story. I liked the action. I liked the characters. I liked the plot. There was absolutely nothing that I didn’t like. I can’t wait for the next in the series and that is going to be next year probably.
Over all: 5+ out of 5
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This is a book based off of fairy tales, a very specific one to be exact. If you haven’t guessed yet then you haven’t seen all of the Disney movies. Cinder = Cinderella? I thought it would just be a modern twist on things like they always do now-a-days.

This has a completely different twist! I don’t know how I didn’t guessed when I started reading it, maybe I was just starved for books to read.

This story is a sci-fi Cinderella story. But anyways, this book is about the future, a cyborg orphan who lives with her stepmother, feels truly lonely in the world. She lives in a world that depends on technology, and is ruled by royalty. Where the Lunar people watch from above, waiting for their next move. She runs a shop in the market, she is a mechanic, a repair-your-technology mechanic, not the car one.

Cinder lives in New Beijing, where the “blue disease thrives”. Cinder’s world comes crashing around her as she try to survive in a world where she is an outcast, in many ways, some which she doesn’t know. Cinder is now stuck in the middle of things, whether she likes it or not.

This is book one is the Lunar Chronicles.

I think there are about four books, she lists them in Cinder.

You seriously need to read this, I don’t care if you’re a girl or a boy, teenager or an adult. You need to read this!

P.S If you haven’t gotten the hint, this is my new favorite book :D

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I was at the library yesterday, and I was interested in fairy tales. Now I am not talking about “Beastly” or anything of that sort! I am talking about fairy tales that were told when we were younger. Now, nowadays, people who remake the fairy tales for younger kids, they sugarcoat them. I mean, for example, Disney’s “Snow White”. They say that she fell to the poison apple. In the true story, Snow White died 2 times then the apple came along. And this book, is actually stories from The Grimm Brothers. So we already know it’s the real deal. Besides this, the book is beautifully pictured and it’s 185 pages. It also shows how creepy and scary these fairy tales are. I would buy this book, and it’s rare that I would buy a book. Plus it’s a good read if you want to just relax from school or homework. And I thank Miss Mary for helping me find this book.

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Book or Movie Title:
Audition
Author:
Stasia Kehoe
Type:
Fiction
Review:
This is the book narrated by a newly found ballerina named Sara that\’s on a rare and very much wanted by many girls scholarship to a highly approved dancing school. The problem is that her parent are paycheck to paycheck already and she has to move to a big city to go to her dream school. She lives as a border in one of the teacher\’s homes. She also falls in love with her classmate/teacher that\’s older than her. She\’s confused and she tells her story with her new found passion, writing. The book is written completely in verse, so it\’s a toned down version of Ellen Hopkins. (P.S Who has reviewed the book and really likes it!)
Rating:
4
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Seven months ago, Willow, a girl with only a driver’s permit, on a rainy March night, was responsible for driving home her drunk parents. But they never made it, Willow lost control of the car, and both her parents died in that accident. Willow is now seventeen years old, and she’s living with her older brother, sister-in-law, and her 6-month-old niece. Ever since the accident, her brother can barely speak to her in a full conversation. Leaving her parents home, her friends, her school all behind. Willow has found a way to torture herself that she’s the one that killed her parents- without anyone knowing that she’s cutting herself  except Guy, a boy that is sensitive as she is. When Guy finds out about Willow’s secret, he wants to pull her out of her numb, and torturing world she created for herself. Guy wants to know why she is doing all this, she told him she is doing this because she realized two things. The first is that the emotional pain was going away, it wasn’t going to consume her. And the second was that she was stabbing herself, really attacking herself with a screwdriver, a razor, or even a stash and that the physical pain that she was causing for herself was better than the drug they gave to her in the hospital. That pain, that physical pain

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Tessa has terminal cancer so she makes a list of what she wants to do before she dies. She is really scared at first but she does the first thing on the list and then goes on to the second.  All of them are really dangerous. She just doesn’t want to stay wrapped up in a blanket, rest and wait to die. She wants to break rules, to drink, to have fun and to fall in love. Get ready with your handkerchief becuase this sad tearjerker story celebrates  what it is to be alive by confronting what it is really like to die.

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