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June 17, 2014

6 Reviews by Maya


Divergent by Veronica Roth 
reviewed by Maya 

Veronica Roth's Divergent Roth is an extraordinary book that keeps you on the edge of your seat! It's about a city split into factions based on beliefs. Now that the main character, Beatrice is sixteen she can choose her own faction. This a hard decision for Beatrice because she has grown up as a selfless girl in one faction but she has never felt like she fit in. She has always admired another faction for their fearless approach to living. Once she chooses a faction that surprises her family, her life changes immediately. This story has action, adventure, and romance. This book keeps you thinking about the what future society could be like.


City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 
reviewed by Maya 

This book is the second in the Mortal Instruments series. Read the first before looking! The second instalment is better than the first, with more action and intrigue to delight fans.

Clary's life has fallen apart. Her mother is in a coma, her past life is a lie, and the boy she thought she loved is her brother. Of course, maniacal fathers rarely take into account their daughter's problems when plotting evilly. Bodies of downworlders are turning up, drained of blood. All leads point to Valentine, but are Jace and Clary ready to face him again? To make matters worse, the Inquisitor has arrived and is twisting the Law to get what she wants most: revenge.

This book is probably the best in the series, with emotions raw and surprisingly real. The final show-down is good, if a little fake, but a plot twist at the end that saves Simon leaves the reader confused. For fans of the series, this book fulfils the promises of the first. However, if City of Bones was not your cup of demon blood, don't pick up the second. A good, but not great, read overall.


So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane 
reviewed by Maya 

This book, and most of the following series, is purely enchanting. It all starts when Nita Callahan seeks shelter from bullies in the career choice section of her beloved library. She wanders through the titles until one catches her eye: So You Want to Be a Wizard. Thus starts a grand adventure with her new partner, Kit Rodriguez, through New York and the Other New York, chasing the ultimate evil.

This book gives the reader everything and anything one could want from a science-fiction novel. The explanation of magic is thorough, and a little advanced for younger readers. The bonds of friendship are strong, and fantasy is woven into every turn, from conversations with trees to walking on air. I would recommend this book to middle school age readers. Parts of the book are for older readers, but they are not inappropriate. Older readers may find the book a little young, and it does follow the conventional plot. However, it is well written and a brilliant book.


The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern, William Goldman 
reviewed by Maya 

O lord. This book is … inconceivable. It is hilarious, tender, sarcastic, exciting, magical, and blows the mind faster that Fezzic can rhyme the word “amazing”. It all starts with Buttercup, an amazingly ditzy and selfish girl, albeit the fifteenth prettiest. She falls in love with the stable boy, they kiss, he set off to win his fortune, and dies. This is all within the first few chapters. What follows is what Juliet died to escape. Now the unloving bride of a mostly-evil prince, Buttercup is kidnapped by a miniature genius, vengeful Spanish sword-wizard, and a poetic strongman. True love is found, then lost, then found. Epic duels are fought, and a rapier wit is wielded by Morgenstern that makes you roll on the floor laughing.

I would recommend this book to anyone old enough to enjoy satire in its fullest, but young enough to believe in giant sharks and R.O.U.Ss (rodents of unusual size), and brave enough to venture into a fire swamp with the dread pirate Roberts. Amazing!


Protector of the Small: First Test by Tamora Pierce 
reviewed by Maya 

Tamora Pierce is without a doubt one of my favourite authors and I was so excited to learn that there was a third series set in Tortall, a land of magic and now, female knights. After a decree is passed allowing girls to become squires as well as boys, not many are ready to be the first to take the offer. Keladry, nicknamed Kel, is the first who is brave enough to travel to the castle to train. As the first open female squire, she is put on a probation year. A shorter scope of time than most of Pierce's books, she still artfully keeps the story flowing quickly. As a squire, Kel learns to deal with bullies and her crippling fear of heights. By making new friends, animal and human, Kel begins to succeed in her training. Then comes the ultimate test: the call to battle.

I would recommend this book to lovers of fantasy or science fiction. First Test is a book for younger audiences than what Pierce usually writes for, but all ages can enjoy the story. Reading the series before it, Wild Mage and Song of the Lioness, make for a better reading experience, but the books can be enjoyed on their own. This series is my favorite, and I cannot say how many times I have read these books. A great character unto herself, Keladry's books work magic on the reader that has nothing to do with the Gift, because she doesn't have one.


Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce 
reviewed by Maya 

Tamora Pierce has done it again. She has taken us back to Tortall (this time in the past) and made the lower city a place of dark magic, where anything can happen and frequently does. The story is written diary-style, but most of the time it seems like a first person narrative. This is not necessarily a fault, as it does add more detail, an odd occurrence in Pierce's work.

The stage is set with a young girl, Beka, who has spent the last eight years working for the Lord Provost, who saved her and her family from the slums of Corus. She harbors the odd dream of becoming a Dog, the police of the capital city. One who has read the Alanna books will recognize little but the Rouge and Faithful (he's back, just under a different name!), as the book is set in an element far removed from the elegant palace. By stepping out of her comfort zone, Pierce creates a masterpiece that looks on the mostly ignored others of the middle ages.

I would recommend this book to anyone in their teens or older, as it does have some sexuality and adult subjects. It is a great book, and works like magic on the reader. Beka is shy but brave, a different type of heroine. However, as I said before, this book breaks all conventions of high fantasy books and does it well.

This is the first book in a trilogy.

Posted by library at June 17, 2014 12:13 PM