Monday, April 16, 2012

The Power of Six

Title: The Power of Six Author: Pittacus Lore
Review: The latest book in the Lorien Series, The Power of Six, picks up after I Am Number Four with Four and Number Six still on the run. The premise of the weries is: a group of youths from the planet Lorien, who have yet to come into their special powers, land on Earth paired with protectors. This is supposed to be a temporary situation un til they can return home to a planet presently under attack by another alien race. The children can only be killed in number order, so they are constantly hiding and trying to survive on earth. The stories are action packed from beginning to end and a fast paced read. Some of the characters are well developed, however, the chapters shift between characters causing some confusion. Although the book is called The Power of Six, it often switches to Number Four's point of view. Lore also includes a touch of romance with a love triangle and some teen angst to round out the YA read. The action is exciting and well rendered and although the book answers some of the questions posed in the first, it opens up many others for future books.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Thursday, April 12, 2012

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week Badge

Pick up a bookmark custom made by our Young Adult Council this week at the library

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book contains humor, tragedy, and teen love and angst all with the backdrop of a terminal illness, cancer. Green realistically captures all of these emotions and portrays them as seen through the eyes of teens. He describes the frustration and fear and anger that living with cancer attracts and melds it with the struggle of beings a teen.
It is definitely a novel worth your time. The book begins with sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster who has been fighting thyroid cancer for the past few years. The result is the oxygen tank which accompanies her everywhere. When Hazel succumbs to her mother’s nagging, she ends up at a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Waters, otherwise known as Gus. Gus is a bit older with a dry sense of humor that draws Hazel to him. Their love story is filled with a mixture of happiness, hope, humor and sadness. Despite Hazel’s reticence to have the cancer make any more emotional casualties, Hazel and Gus fall in love. This book captures all of the feelings that come with the cancer war. The book is readable and honest and filled with a balance of sadness, humor, sarcasm and teen melodrama.

When all is said is done, what makes this book so amazing and readable is its honesty. For better or worse, John Green tells the truth. For every single sad part, there are soaring moments of humor and sarcastic, hilarious, teen angst. Once one becomes involved with the characters, it becomes a page turner and hard to put down.

Ratings: 9 out of 10
Reading Next: Why I Left the Amish