Teen Review: End of Days

October 20, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sneha, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In the year 1979, a satellite was sent to space. It went out of our solar system, but no one payed attention. Thirty-three years later, in 2012, someone was listening to the recordings that the satellite sent back. It was...

Teen Review: Fallen

September 18, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Marilyn If Fantasy means fantasy dreamland, mysticism and imagination, then Lauren Kate has brought a whole different definition. Fallen is the type of fantasy novel that is completely unpredictable, and seems to only make you ask more questions as you go along to keep you turning pages. This...

Teen Review: The Red Pyramid

September 1, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Ibnat, age 14 The Red Pyramid is a book written by Rick Riordan and the first book in the Kane Chronicles series. The book is about two siblings, Sadie and Carter. Their dad, Julius Kane, takes them to the British Museum. But this nice trip soon turns into...

Teen Review: Percy Jacksons & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

August 29, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Alexandra A. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters is a great book mainly about Percy Jackson, a 13-year-old demigod (definition: half mortal and half god), who is dyslexic, has ADHD and considers himself a “troubled kid.” He is also a brave, courageous and clever boy with green...

Teen Review: Matched

August 24, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fabiha, age 14 Matched, by Ally Condie, is about a girl named Cassia Reyes, who lives in a world where everything is decided for her by the society. This includes where to work, where to live, what to eat, when to die and even whom to marry. As...

Teen Review: Legend

July 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Samia, age 15 Personally, I would give Legend, by Marie Lu, 4/5 stars because it was exceptional. One of the reasons I thought it was exceptional is because it had a great quantity of suspense and a spectacular emphasis on the emotions of the two main characters. Using...

Teen Review: Six of Crows

July 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Naailah “Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.” Six of Crows is the first in a duology by Leigh Bardugo. While the story is set in the same world as her previous trilogy, Shadow and Bone, readers don't need previous knowledge of the Grishaverse. Usually authors...

Teen Review: The House of the Scorpion

June 14, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Prayash, member of the Dawes Road Youth Advisory Group The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is an extremely thought-provoking story. It is about an individual who faces many challenges in his life, including the sense of marginalization and his own identity being viciously judged by others....

Teen Review - A Thousand Pieces of You

May 2, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sohinee The concept for A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray, is both beautiful and insane. It's a book about destiny, fate, parallel universe, with actions and sprinkled with romance making it an all around amazing read. The book is about, without giving too much, a daughter,...

Teen Review - The Leveller

March 22, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Asifa, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member The Leveller is a novel about a game that allows a person to play with their minds in a virtual-reality gaming world while they are asleep, or in a sleep-like state. The protagonist of the book, Nixy Bauer, is a girl whose...

Anti-Valentine's: Recommended Reads for the Unromantic

February 9, 2017 | Amy

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Pink hearts everywhere. Candy that says “Be Mine, Valentine”. Pet names and mushy stuff. Maybe it just isn’t for you. So here’s a list of books we recommend that are romance-free-zones (at least 95% romance-free, anyway), with no love triangles in sight. Steeplejack (A. J. Hartley) High above the city,...

Teen Review - Frostblood

January 10, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, with "thanks a ton to HBG Canada for providing me with an ARC! All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change." Rating: 2/5 stars Release Date: January 10, 2017 Frostblood by Elly Blake was one of the 2017 releases I was eagerly waiting to...

Your Bookmark Here: Vassa in the Night

January 8, 2017 | Cameron

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In the mystical and magical land of Brooklyn lives Vassa and her not so pleasant stepmother and constantly bickering step sisters. The wealthy and glamorous people put on their absolutely adorable shoes and go out partying often. There is a huge cultural divide between the upper class people and the...

Top Ten Teen Holds of 2016

December 27, 2016 | Debbie

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Want to know the hottest books of 2016? Well, a lot of great teen books were published in 2016 and we've rounded up the most popular for you. These were the top ten placed on hold at Toronto Public Library this year. These books are in hot demand, so place...

Teen Review - Red Queen

November 25, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Reviewed by Sohinee A world with two races of people: one with red blood and one with silver blood. Silvers, high class people with different abilities. Reds, lower class people slaving away their lives to live and survive Silver cruelty. Mare Barrow, a thief and...

UGLIES reviewed

November 3, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Vaishnave Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is good in my opinion but it didn’t leave me in awe or wanting more. The book is about a 16-year-old girl named Tally who is waiting to have a plastic surgery operation to make her pretty. Everyone goes through this process and...

CODE WHITE reviewed

October 30, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Catherine A Code White in a hospital means a bomb threat. Big hospitals, like Chicago's Fletcher Memorial, get these threats on an annual basis. All have been resolved without incident, except for the next heart-stopping twelve hours. Scott Britz-Cunningham has written a thriller, combining his top notch medical...

THE ROSE SOCIETY reviewed

October 28, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Fariha It is easier to obey without a tongue, and easier to kneel without legs. A couple months ago, I had read The Young Elites and attempted to read Rose Society. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my Young Elites review, I couldn’t get through the book and I...

END OF DAYS reviewed

October 27, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sohinee Dystopia, romance, bad-ass female lead? The Penryn and End of Days trilogy is the perfect series for you. I've never read anything more down to Earth and realistic, than this series, even though it is set in a post-apocalyptic world that fallen angels are tearing apart. Penryn...

TALON reviewed

October 13, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sophia, age 18 Do you like fire-breathing dragons? Are you interested in fantasy? Well this is the book for you! Talon is one of the most phenomenal books I’ve read in a long time. There’s something for everyone whether it’s secret societies, dragons, soldiers, adrenaline-filled action and adventures....

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY reviewed

October 9, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sohinee, age 16 Usually sequels never live up to the high expectations of the first book but A Court of Mist and Fury exceeded expectations. Author Sarah J. Maas depicted Feyre as such a sympathetic and broken character that we couldn't help but share her pain, anger and...

CURSED CHILD reviewed

October 8, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Sanjana, age 18 I personally really liked Cursed Child. It answered many questions readers had from the ending of the Harry Potter series, and quite frankly, left us with even more (in a good way). People say that they didn't enjoy it as much as the original Harry...

GLASS SWORD reviewed

October 6, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member Shree Victoria Aveyard did it again with the sequel of Red Queen, Glass Sword. This begins from the point it was last left off. Mare Barrow is now on the run from the new king of Norta, Maven, who has reached a whole...

THE CROWN reviewed

September 29, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member Shree http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3419159&R=3419159 The Crown, the last installment of the Selection series by Kiera Kass has been one of the most anticipated books of this year. The journey that began with America Singer and Prince Maxon, continued by their daughter Eadlyn, ended with this...

THE HERO OF AGES reviewed

September 9, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha Well this trilogy has totally messed me up. I love it so much. This trilogy might be my favourite trilogy ever. Ever! If you haven’t read Mistborn, just read it. Read it. It’s incredible and scientifically proven to be impossible to dislike. READ IT. This trilogy reminded...