Tuesday, June 23, 2015

reviews by Saleena 6/23/15

Continuing my catching up on superhero comics.  I am still enjoying the redo of Ms Marvel (although technically she's a whole new character).  As it's still early, she's still figuring out her powers & how to juggle her new secret identity.

Better Nate than Ever is a cute, fun story of a young man running away to New York to audition for a Broadway play.  I think Nate is a tad naive for his age, but it was an enjoyable story nonetheless.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

reviews from Saleena 6/3/15

The Screaming Staircase is like a cross between a SF novel and a Paranormal suspense.  In their world, kids can see ghosts, and they are everywhere, attacking and causing chaos.  Lockwood & Co is a group of 3 teens who have their own agency (no adults) and they are trying to make it on their own.  It's a suspenseful novel with a bit of mystery (who killed the girl) as well as (will we make it out alive).  I really enjoyed it and I may just have to read the others in the series.

Rethinking Normal is the memoir of Katie Rain Hill, who was the first transgender person to graduate high school.  It's her story of her journey until her sophomore year of college.  The writing style was very conversational and she is very matter of fact about her life.  I think it was a good book, but also, an important book for teens (and adults) to read; whether you know someone trans or not....learn something so you'll have some sympathy when you DO meet someone.

Book Review of City of Ashes from Ravjit Kaur

Book Review of City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Book Two of the Mortal Instruments series)
by Ravjit Kaur

Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, Alec, Magnus, and the rest of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders are back in the sequel to City Of Bones.

Clary’s mother still hasn’t woken up, and Jace has been sentenced to a night in the Silent City, because he was accused of being a spy for Valentine. The Inquisitor has come to the Institute and is causing all kinds of trouble. During Jace’s night in the Silent City, Valentine, his father, comes to visit him and steals the Mortal Sword (the second Mortal Instrument). Clary, Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus respond to a distress call from the Silent City, and reach there only to find the bodies of the Silent Brothers (guardians of the Silent City) and a puzzled Jace. Clary uses her newfound powers that give her the power to create runes, something only angels can do, to break Jace out of his cell. Clary is summoned to the Seelie Court to visit the queen. In turn, the queen will offer her help in finding out who is killing Downworlders. In doing so, Clary is tricked into eating faerie food, and can only be released if she is kissed by the person she wants most. Simon is shocked to find out that this is not him, but her brother Jace. The whole group leaves the Seelie Court in varying levels of confusion. Once they get back, the realize that Simon drank a vampire’s blood by accident and is becoming one himself. As soon as he is reborn,Valentine kills him, but he is revived with Jace’s blood. This is quickly followed by the kidnapping of Clary. As everyone is lead to the big ship in the middle of a lake, various plans are formed to get everyone out. With Valentine in possession of two of the three Mortal Instruments, Clary, Maia, and an army of demons, will the Shadowhunter’s plan blow up in their faces? Or will Clary’s powers save them all? Find out in City of Ashes.

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...