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Be true to your heart and conscience - JANE EYRE reviewed

May 28, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Chantal, age 15

Jane eyre coverToday I will be reviewing the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I know what you’re thinking, ‘How did you even understand that book, it’s in old English?!’ The truth is I didn’t understand it. Not at first, at least. However, once we analyzed the novel in my tenth grade English class, I began having a true appreciation for the story that Charlotte Bronte was telling. Jane Eyre is a very character driven novel, which follows the protagonist named, of course, Jane Eyre. On the surface, this novel may seem like another romance novel but it is so much more. Jane is a strong female character created in times where this was unheard of. She is neither pretty nor submissive. Jane stands up for herself and all that she believes to be right and moral. Not once in the novel does Jane simply take the easy road. In one particular scene Jane would even rather die than cripple her integrity. Although it was definitely a struggle to read, I have never been affected by a book this much in my entire life, to the point that even several months after I read it, I continue to consciously live with the message. This book engrained in me the very important moral of being true to your heart and conscience. I recommend that everyone reads this novel.

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Celebrity Instagram Photos of the Week

May 28, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This week's Celebrity Instagram posts include Sean Combs, Ashley Tisdale, Hailee Steinfeld, Chris Colfer, Wiz Khalifa, and Karlie Kloss.

@iamdiddy  @ashleytisdale

@haileesteinfeld  @hrhchriscolfer

@mistercap  @karliekloss



One of my absolute favourites! THRONE OF GLASS reviewed

May 27, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Tia, age 13

Throne of glass coverI was originally going to review Heir Of Fire (the third book of this series by Sarah J. Maas) but I thought it would be better if I reviewed the first one instead.

Throne Of Glass is honestly one of my absolute favourite books I’ve ever read. First, I love how the protagonists of the story is a young women who is also known as an assassin who is feared by many. And how we get to know most of the story from her point of view. You would think that Celaena, the protagonist, was cruel, vicious and is cold hearted, since she is an assassin, but that’s not the case. Celaena is funny, stubborn and passionate and I loved how we got to see everything from her point of view. We get to see how someone, with a very dangerous past and a horrible occupation, sees the world. Ms Maas really did an amazing job at giving all her characters such complex and deep personalities that you can’t help but either love them or hate them. She really brings her characters to life. Furthermore, this book is filled with so many twists and turns that you will never be bored. I couldn’t put it down! Overall it was a fantastic and intriguing book and I can’t wait until she releases the fourth book of the series!

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Your Bookmark Here: Off the Page

May 27, 2015 | Michelle S | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Have you ever fallen in loveOff-the-page-400w with a character from a book and wondered what it would feel like to meet them in the flesh?  I recently read Jodi Picoult's Off the Page and its the perfect combination of fantasy, fairytale and real life.  Its the story of Delilah, Oliver, Edgar and a talking dog- that's right...a talking, barking, tail-wagging dog.  Delilah gets to experience something every girl has only dreamt of- to be able to date her very own prince charming.  Scheming and planning, Delilah hatches a plan for Oliver to escape his fantasy life (that's stuck inside a book might I add )and become a part of hers.  But what happens when Oliver realizes that the real world isn't much of a fairy tale? Oliver tries to fit in as a normal teenager in high school, but quickly learns how hard that is!  Chemistry is all about letters and numbers not spells and 'eyes of newt'; Off the Page  is quirky and fun and deals with the real issues of acceptance, jealousy, and relationships all the while balancing the very make belief life of fantasy and fairy tale.  Although a companion novel, Off the Page can be enjoyed as a standalone, and delivers the same wit, charm and intricacy as Between the Lines. An enchanting read from start to finish, Jodi Picoult captures the essence of being a teenager in her novel.  Click here to place a hold on Off the Page.  

"Lord, the disappointment!" THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL reviewed

May 26, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The kidney hypothetical coverReviewed by Sahar, age 15

I recently read The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days" by Lisa Yee. Lord, I cannot express all the disappointment I felt while reading it. This book was given to me cover-less (no cover, review, and only the title, to avoid judginess). I thought it would be great; the title is amusing and allows the book a humorous set up. I was extremely excited; something new, original and... funny? That is where this book fell flat (in my opinion). The jokes were not very funny, and the original set up (a girl asking her boyfriend if he would donate a kidney, then RUINING HIS FRICKING LIFE because he thought it was a stupid question not worth answering). For the record, I thought it was a really dumb question too. However, the girlfriend wasn't even half of the problem. As much as I found the Asian jokes mildly amusing, it was also perpetuating the "smart, nerdy over-intelligent Asian kid" that I am so sick of seeing in YA. I thought the romance with his "muse" soooooo unrealistic (was the original girlfriend just a foil?). I know this book received many good reviews because of the character development by the end of the story, but first impressions are the strongest and this book and I definitely got off on the wrong foot. 1 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this to my enemy (although I am not that cruel; I really wouldn't).

Gritty and incredibly heart-breaking: FALLING INTO PLACE reviewed

May 25, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Katherine, age 13

Falling Into Place coverFalling Into Place, I was told, was a book that followed the The Fault in Our Stars idea. However, while The Fault in Our Stars is about cancer and beautiful sadness in life, Falling Into Place is about suicide. It is about the events leading up to it, what actually happens, and its result. It is gritty, depressing, and so incredibly heart-breaking in such a different way than some beautiful sadness.

The premise of the book is about a girl named Liz Emerson in high school, one of those stereotypical popular girls, who realize how many people she's hurt in her life, looks back and sees that she's done nothing but harm, and decides that she has no life on this planet. At first, I thought the book was pretty shallow and trying too hard to be depressing, but as the plot went along, the events piled up and I felt like I could sympathize with Liz, not necessarily her suicidal thoughts, but her depression. I also was wishing so desperately that she wouldn't die so she could go back and fix everything she's felt she's done wrong.

The book also plays with the idea of regrets, the idea that once something has happened, there's no turning back. Liz did so many things in her past that she didn't realize would leave a trail of negative impacts. There is so much depression over regrets, over something she couldn't change anyway. This is what made the book so depressing and so heart-breaking.

The secondary characters played such a big role in this book, especially since everyone who made an appearance in this book had been affected by Liz, and were usually the source of her regrets and depression. There are so many characters Liz felt responsible for hurting. One character in particular that broke my heart was a guy by the name of Liam, who cared for her so much but was only hurt by Liz, Liz herself never quite understanding how Liam felt.

So overall, a book that is heavy, brutal, and absolutely depressing. Still expressed extremely well, so if you're looking for a heavy, thoughtful book, I definitely recommend it.

Music Video Mondays - LOLO

May 25, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Lauren Pritchard (who now goes by the stage name LOLO) is an American Singer/Songwriter who just kind of is awesome. Her amazing voice and intense lyrics always make me think that she is a maturing rock goddess. Her first album came out in 2010 and since then she has been working on follow up material, first off is her single "Hit and Run":

 

And next is an older video off her full length album: "Not the Drinking"

 

And the final video is for her song "Heard it from a Friend":

 

Teen Review: Vast Fields of Ordinary

May 20, 2015 | Alice | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd

Review by Olivia S. 

OrdinaryFirst of all, if you are looking for an action type of book, the book might not be your best choice. Like the title suggested, it’s a book about an ordinary boy in a suburban area. Also, the word “suburban” appeared so many times in the novel that it doesn’t even look like a real word to me anymore. So grab yourself a cup of tea, some cookies, and then read this book like an old lady on a rainy day. This book took a spin on the topic of LGBT communities. While most of books and slash fictions out there, pictured being gay and having a popular boyfriend as a “happily ever after” ending. This is how this book started. It definitely left a sour taste when I finished reading the book.

The main character is always in the state of confusion and trance. He might be a little too ordinary for my likings, but he is very relatable and convincing. The author did a great job on creating the atmosphere and the tone of this novel. The storyline of the book is not very clear, which is intended to show the puzzlement, but it conveys the emotions of the main character. It is also an open ending book, which is interesting to read. I felt the frustration of the main character creeping out of the book, and interfered with my emotions. The last time I felt that way was when I was 5 and watching Lion King.

The content of the book is a little on the explicit side. While the book is more on the serious side than a fluff, I have to say that the last name swipe between Alex and Dave is extremely cute and adorable. The book also tackled problems with substance abuse. If you are not comfortable with that, well, you have been warned. Overall, I think this book is quite an intense read, but it’s definitely worth your time.

 

A book you can fly through - THE BUNKER DIARY reviewed

May 20, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Review by Melissa, age 15

The bunker diary coverThe Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks is the type of book that you can fly through in a few hours. It's unique, interesting, and it has a mysterious air to it. Linus, the main character, gets tricked by a man and ends up trapped in a bunker. Soon after, he realizes that he's being watched by security cameras with microphones. This book tells Linus's story in a journal style, starting from the day he finds himself trapped the the bunker alone. It is mostly text, with a few select images drawn to get the point across on things such as certain objects and floor plans. He has many challenges to overcome, starting when he finds a little girl in the mysterious elevator one morning. Personally, I quite enjoyed this book. Kevin Brooks was able to capture a lot of emotion in Linus's character, and make him funny and easy to relate to. In fact, at one point in the novel, Linus gives some great advice: "Tip for the day: never eat a bible when you're starving to death." This book is a bit dark, but I think that a wide group of teens would be able to find content that they can relate to, or hits close to home.

"Very hard to forget" - TUNNELS reviewed

May 19, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Tunnels book coverReviewed by Sura, age 14

Will Burrows is a normal teenage boy who lives with his mom, dad, and twin sisters. He goes on with his everyday life along with his best friend Chester. Nothing could have been better for Will until one day Will's father goes missing. Suddenly his perfect life is abruptly stopped by this turn of events. Many days go by and no one can figure out what happened to Will's dad. So Will takes matters into his own hands. With the help of Chester he searches for his dad. After many days of hopeless searching, Will finally finds something; behind the shelf in his garage is a secret tunnel. Will decides to leave and search the tunnel hoping to find his dad, and he brings Chester along with him. Once they enter the tunnel, their lives change forever, as they discover a whole new world hidden underneath the ground and the only way in is the tunnel. This is an action-packed thriller where you go on a journey with Will and Chester in hopes of finding Will's dad.

The day I picked up Tunnels, I met two new friends, Chester and Will, and I was submerged in a whole new world. The character development in this book is so outstanding, the characters are so well written that you can connect with the characters very deeply. I love how the book really takes its time, slowly connecting you with each character so that later on you learn to consider the characters as your own special family.

Once I picked up this book I couldn't stop, each page is packed with suspense and action that will make it outrageously hard for you to stop. It's really hard for a book to get you hooked in only the first paragraph, but this book does exactly that, by the first paragraph you won't be able to stop.

I deeply recommend this book to anyone, it has a beautiful story, it's amazingly written, and the connections between the character and yourself are ones that are very hard to forget.

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