Thursday, May 21, 2015

review from Saleena 5/21/15

I read this graphic novel biography out of curiosity, as I had no idea who Robert Moses was, or why there should be a biography about him.  Turns out, he was one of the principle architects & designers of the NYC modern skyline as well as most of the bridges.   It was a brief & interesting book, that satisfied my curiousity about who he was and explained his life and I enjoyed it.

Alas,  I grabbed this one as soon as it came in, because I have adored everything Andrew Smith has written thus far.....and I suppose it was about time for me to be disappointed....sigh.

This novel has many different voices, as well as jumping around on the time line from an unspecified future, all the way back to an Arctic exploration mission in the 1880's.  I found it confusing to keep track of the disparate events and kept trying to find a way to tie them all together....and when I figured it out, kept hoping I was wrong, but...nope....essentially, there is just a lot happening, and overall I didn't find time to really care about any of the characters.  Ariel is nominally the main character as we see him in the "current" future as well as seeing his past in an unspecified country as a war refugee.  I tried to care about him, and sometimes I did, but overall, the odd ending and all the random events conspired to keep me just enough off balance that I ended the book feeling disappointed and confused.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review of City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare by Ravjit Kaur

Book Review of City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Book One Of The Mortal Instruments Series)
by Ravjit Kaur

Do you love werewolves? What about vampires? Ever heard of demons? Well, then this book is definitely for you. Filled with action-packed scenes, this great sci-fi novel will keep you on your toes until the very end.

Clarissa (Clary) Fray was oblivious to the world of paranormal creatures until the night she witnessed an otherworldly murder at the Pandemonium Club in New York City. She meets moody Isabelle and kooky Alec, the brother and sister. Then, there’s Jace. Who she can’t quite figure out. Quickly realizing that she’s something other than human, she lies to her best friend Simon for her sudden disappearance. Whirled into the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors that kill demons and keep werewolves and vampires in line, she struggles to understand why she is so important. When her mother gets taken by demons and she gets attacked by them, more questions arise. What would demons want with a human like Clary? And what does this have to do with the mysterious Valentine that everyone seems to hate? When the Mortal Cup(one of the Mortal Instruments) and Jace are taken by Valentine, Clary sets out with a werewolf pack, determined to get them and her mother back. When she finds Valentine, a shocking discovery about her own father and Jace sends the world spinning out of control. Will Valentine get away with betraying the Shadowhunters, leading an uprising, and kidnapping her mother? Or will Clary and Jace fight to get their old life back?

This is a wonderful book to read. The characters’ interactions are funny, witty, and hilarious to read, and the rivalry between the two sides is undeniable. If you want to know the story, then I would recommend reading this book. Don’t forget about the rest of the series! #2 City of Ashes, #3 City of Glass, #4 City of Fallen Angels, #5 City of Lost Souls, and #6 City Of Heavenly Fire. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

review from Saleena 5/12/15

This is a graphic novel biography of Andre the Giant, famous wrestler and personality.  I enjoyed the book, but felt it was not all that I was hoping for, and that could be just because everyone has been talking about how awesome it was, so my expectations were very high.  I just felt like it could have had a bit more substance, like, it felt very brief and rather more of a list of facts.  The artwork was fine, very simple black and white drawings....and I know that finding facts about someone who was very private and is no longer with us is hard; but it just left me wishing for more insight into him as a person than just a brief look at his basic info (i.e. birthdate, death date, life accomplishments, health issues)

Saturday, May 09, 2015

review from Saleena 5/9

Ok, HAD to read the reboot of Ms Marvel; and it's as good as it was purported to be....Kamala lives in Jersey City, NJ and is having the normal kid problems....and immigrant kid issues (parents are strict muslims and being a girl, there are a lot of things she can't do); then she sneaks out for a party...and ends up with Ms Marvel's superpowers.   NOW she is not only getting a reputation from her parents as a rebel but she's trying to balance learning about her powers & saving the world all while maintaining her secret identity.  This is really cool and I LOVE that the main character has some personal issues that haven't been dealt with before, and that they are dealt with in a logical and sensitive manner.  Definitely Check this title out!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Saleena's review 5/7/15

This is the first in a new Graphic Novel series and I really enjoyed it.  I thought it was a sort of survival thing, and it is...but it's survival on an alien planet after they've all been mysteriously transported to an unknown location....the whole school.  So things are fracturing into groups vs groups and who is following which path with no idea which is the right path.  I can't wait to see where it goes!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Saleena's reviews 5/6/15

I was so excited to get this, I pretty much grabbed it and read it as soon as it came into the library.  This is the second volume of Lewis' life story, and like the first volume, it bounces between the modern day congressman and his past life in the center of the civil rights movement.  The art is really good and the story is real, I think everyone should read this series.

I think there's something wrong with me....*checks forehead for fever*  For the second year in a row, I LIKE the Printz award winning novel.  This is so not like me!  I put off reading this because of the buzz (I don't always agree with the people who give out awards, as they don't always look at a good story as a primary criteria); but went ahead and jumped in.   And WOW....a really good story of a family caught in a series of lies & misfortune.  The main characters are twins, a boy and a girl and the story is told in both their voices; but they alternate not only the voices but the timing.....Jude's story is present day, she's 16 and her mother's been dead 2 years; Noah's story is from 3 years ago when he was 13.  The two stories & the events are intertwimed and laid out for the reader in such a way so you find out what happened to both of them and what changed their lives so dramatically (besides just the death of their mother).  I can't say enough, you have to read this, it is a sweet and tender and sad story with romance and family and .....ok, stopping now.  Just go get it.

Sadly, I wasn't impressed with this book.  The cover looked cool and I love a good ghost story; but there just wasn't enough substance to the book.  I kept putting it down & restarting it; and since there is a hanging ending, I'm guessing there are others planned to follow; but I won't be reading them.  This is supposed to have started as a Youtube sensation (it's on the promotional material); so maybe I'll check it out & see if it plays out better visually than it did in literary form.

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  A Quote to Consider: “With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of...