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Teen Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
  • Author: Nic Sheff
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: YA Bio Sheff N

    Dimmie Zeigler 4 stars
    This is a continuation of the story of Nic Sheff that was started with his father's book, My Beautiful Boy. Nic has had a life-long struggle with drug addiction and these books are hard to read. The fact the he has survived and is truly on the road to recovery is inspiring and gives hopes to the millions of those who share addictions.
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  • Guys Write for Guys Read
  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call #: YA 810.8 Guys

    D-4.8 stars
    Wow. Pretty much every great male author in young adult and children's literature writing directly to boys, about what it's like to be a boy. I'm not a boy and I loved it. Some of the short stories are about these authors' personal experiences as boys or young men. They are real and touching and funny. I'm talking funny. Like stories about crushing on the high-school math teacher, being horrible at sports, getting called a girl. Mostly stories about humiliation, but they're honest and REAL (mostly).

    If you are a boy, you need to check out this book.
    If you don't really love reading, you need to check out this book.
    If you breathe air, you need to check out this book.
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Teen Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
  • Author: Cinda Williams Chima
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TLC Call #: YA PLAYAWAY CHIMA C

    Chris’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Impoverished Han, a previous street lord with connections to the clans, is hunting with a friend when they encounter three young wizards who are setting fire to the hillside in order to drive a herd of deer to a royal hunting party. In a brief conflict of magic verses steel and bows, Micah (the chief of the young wizards) is forced to drop a powerful amulet which Han carefully collects. Conversely, Princess Raisa, whom Micah was trying to impress, begins seeing visions of wolves (a sign that danger is approaching the royal bloodline). Han struggles to support his poor family and avoid his previous gang life and Raisa seeks freedom and the ability to make her own choices despite intrigues and her mother’s persistent coaching. The fate of both are slightly intertwined as they try to take control of their destinies, even if destiny itself won’t let them.
    The Demon King had its ups and downs, like many books. The world building is fantastic and seems real. The conflict, part predictable, part not, was well played. Still I found myself almost giving up on it for the following reasons: 1. Raisa annoyed me to no end at first. She was a spoiled brat princess that pushed her real friends into corners because she couldn’t have her way with anyone else. Her obsession with the “forbidden” (something the author claimed Han also had sometime further in) got somewhat annoying eventually; but what bugged me the most was everyone’s obsession with kissing and making out…with as many different people as possible. It got to the point that every time I heard the word kiss (I was listening not reading) I started to cringe. Really it was the world and the plot that pulled me through and is making me consider continuing the story, more so than the characters…although twist in Han’s fate at the end (albeit predictable) is also a lure. Another point in the story’s favor is, that as a Young Adult book, the story doesn’t lack for young characters. This story is likely to appeal to youth who like world building, fantasy with boundaries that makes it seem real, and a measure of romance/failed romance/conflict. Suggested for readers 14+
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  • A Confusion of Princes
  • Author: Garth Nix
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TLC CALL #: YA NIX G

    Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars
    Early on in life Khemri was chosen to have the opportunity to become a Prince of the Empire, people built into superhuman creatures after being forcefully taken from their parents, who either choose to forget their offspring or face a quick and painless death. But being a prince isn’t everything Khemri expected it to be. For one thing, he isn’t relaxing aboard his personal starship saving the galaxies with brave heroics in an effort to become the next emperor…rather he is simply trying to survive as a grunt, while rival princes seek to assassinate or assimilate him into their circles before he can become a threat. Further troubling Khemri, is that he seems to have very few choices if he wants to continue to exist, as the Imperial Mind (Emperor) pushes him down a path to a destiny he isn’t sure he wants.
    Nix writes an interesting book with an original feel and unique voice that slightly reminds me of Ender’s Game (perhaps because Ender also had very little choice in his fate). The story often poses on a “tell” rather than “show” role as the narration takes over, sometimes with detail, sometimes vague. The reader should expect world building, some technicalities in names between types of technology/power, truth seeking, and change as Khemri comes to realize that the Empire and being a Prince isn’t what he always expected/had been taught. The ending is, for the most part satisfying, although some of the testing (to see who will ascend to be the next emperor) seems wasteful and counterproductive to the success of the Empire (Oh…and the boy on the cover doesn’t resemble Khemri at all!!! At least the cover on the one I read). Good for teen readers (boys particularly) who like semi-complex world building in classic spacey Science Fiction with twists and turns.
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