As the summer draws to a close, we are proud to unveil two shiny new book reviews from a couple of our teen patrons! As you may recall, participants of the 2016 Teen Summer Challenge had the option of submitting reviews for fame (a spot on our blog) and fortune (a chance to win one of our ossm prizes). So, without further ado:
Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea, review by Anonymous
[Also available as an audiobook, Hoopla audiobook, e-book, and e-audiobook]
I read the book The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. This book was filled with action packed, intriguing scenes and also many scary ideas of a world in which aliens (really just enhanced humans called the 'others') invade in a series of 5 different waves of destruction. Overall, I think that this book definitely keeps your attention while you are reading and is interesting to read but I don't really appreciate the ideas that the author comes up with with all of the destruction and distorted thinking that this book instigates. This book also seemed to just be a prolonging of the ending of the story and did not really move the plot on much from the ending of the fifth wave. This book was interesting to read but I felt that it brought about a lot of imprudent thinking and definitely would not be appropriate for younger children. You could argue that this is a science fictional book and none of these events would ever occur but some of the ideas still seem as if they could bring about and suggest bad ideas.
Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil, review by Ren M.
“In the Forest primeval
A school for Good and Evil
Two towers like twin heads
One for the pure
One for the wicked
Try to escape you’ll always fail
The only way out is… through a Fairy Tale”
The School for Good and Evil is not the usual Fairy Tale everyone expects… With many twists and turns, the book is never a bore.
Let us start from the first book of the trilogy. The Fairy Tale starts in the town of Gavaldon, a small town just outside the Endless Woods…
Sophie, a girl with a reputation for the love of pink, frills, and even glass slippers, had been waiting her whole life to be kidnapped and swept into the magical school for Good. She just knew she would earn top marks in the Good school, find her Prince Charming and graduate as a beautiful, Fairy Tale princess.
Agatha on the other hand, with a greasy dome of black hair, shapeless frocks as clothes and a life inside a house in the middle of a graveyard, everyone, including herself, always believed she would be kidnapped into the school for Evil. She would then graduate the school as a witch that boils children into stew…
However, when they are kidnapped and thrown into the Endless Woods, they find themselves in the wrong schools! Will the two friends be able to survive the classes of the opposite schools?
Or, is it possible that the two girls are actually in the right schools all along…?