Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

51dKyfgX6xL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_       Alex and Eliza: A Love Story is the perfect read for anyone obsessed with the musical Hamilton. This cute and romantic book written by Melissa de la Cruz explores the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

     This is a fictional novel, even though some of the characters are real people and there is real places mentioned. The story switches perspectives, so you get to see what both Eliza and Alex are thinking.

    If you want to know more about the love story of Elizabeth and Alexander, pick up this book!

“Not very much is know about Alex and Eliza’s romance, except that they fell hard and fast and were so in love that Eliza carried a poem he wrote for her in a necklace she wore until the day she died.” -Melissa de la Cruz, page 358: Acknowledgments 

 

Teen Book Review: The Sword of Summer

“The Sword of Summer” is the first installation in Rick Riordan’s series, “Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard.” The book is set in modern day Boston where a homeless orphan learns that he is the offspring of a powerful Norse god. His adventure begins with his questionable ‘courageous’ death after which he is taken to the Norse afterlife where he learns he has to save the worlds from doomsday. He meets several characters in his journey: dwarves; elves; gods and goddesses; and even very big scary monsters during his quest.

Having read many of Riordan’s books, I can say that this book does not fall short of being a great writing like his other works. I highly recommend reading this book and every other book of the series to be struck by how awing an imagination can be. This book is not just fiction, it is a way of learning new things and perspectives like most books are.

Review by,

Moye, 12th grade

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about two boys who end up making a film for their friend Rachel, who is dying of cancer. Written by Greg, the main character, the book follows his interactions with Rachel and his friends and family, his life at school, and his films. After many visits with Rachel, who is now a fan of his once secret films, he loses his low profile at school.

This book is full of funny moments and charm. Even though the book is sad at times, Greg, Rachel, and Earl (Greg’s friend), always give you something to laugh at. The book is full of ups and downs for these kids, but will have you smiling.

 

Teen Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by  Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is a light read about following your heart and forgiving your family. The story follows Hadley, a teen from the U.S. who travels to England for her father’s wedding. Although she is dreading the wedding, Hadley’s trip improves when she meets a cute British boy on her flight. They grow close, but get separated once in England. Reluctantly, Hadley goes to her father’s wedding. When Hadley chooses to listen to her heart, her journey becomes much more exciting, and she may have a chance at mending her relationship with her dad and finding the boy of her dreams.

I enjoyed reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which was an easy read. While the story is unlikely to occur in real life, it had some elements that can relate to anyone. Jennifer E. Smith portrayed Hadley’s struggle with accepting her father’s new life beautifully. I also enjoyed the ending, which provides closure for every character. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read with meaningful themes. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will definitely leave you wanting to hop on a plane to England right away!

Submitted by,

Abbigail-12th grade

Teen Book Review: How to Hang a Witch

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

How to Hang A Witch is an intriguing story full of dark secrets all about the Salem Witch trials. Once Sam moves back to Salem, weird things start happening and she has to find a way to stop a curse on the Descendants’ families.

I really enjoyed this book because of the actual facts about the Salem Witch trials and the information about  Cotton Mather! Also, each ending of the chapters made you want to read the next and I couldn’t put down the book! However, the ending disappointed me because I felt like I didn’t get closure on one of the characters. But other than that, it is a suspenseful read!

Submitted by,

Kathryn-10th grade

Teen Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cutesy romance novels. The book is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes a love letter whenever she falls in love with a boy to get over them and she keeps it in a box in her bedroom until one day her letters are stolen and mailed out and Lara Jean has to deal with what happens next. I enjoyed the book greatly because of the relationships Lara formed with her sisters and her friends throughout the story. Also it’s a fun book to read during the holidays.

Submitted by,

Amber-9th grade

The Last Star

rick-yancey-the-last-star-hero

The Last Star, just recently released in May of 2016, was a highly anticipated book for many. It was the third and final book for The 5th Wave series. The final book is full of twists and turns, surprises, and shocking reveals.

Cassie Sullivan’s world has been turned upside down. The Others have taken everything from the billions of people on earth. When the aliens start to pursue their final attack on Planet Earth, Cassie knows she has to stop them and save the humankind.

“If this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”-Cassie Sullivan, The 5th Wave

Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

Strange Girl is a paranormal love story that is recommended for mature teens, high school and up. It begins with seventeen year old, Fred Allen, walking home from school and spotting a girl at the park, kneeling in the grass and plucking at a few scrawny daisies…He marvels at how she’s “kind of strange.”

The writing style is simple, easy to read  and envelopes the reader into a timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers. However, there is a supernatural twist to this tale. There is a mystery that the reader will hope to unravel as it is told through the first-person narrative of Fred. The more Fred falls in love with Aja the more we want to discover who Aja is without destroying her. Aja, who seems to heal people’s emotional and physical wounds, a girl who seems to illuminate love and peace in every sense of the word while never speaking more than a few words at a time.

Strange Girl is full of heart and suspense. Existential questions of faith tug at Fred as he tries to solve the mystery of who Aja is, and why she is doing the things she does… And yet, as Fred gets closer to learning who is the girl he loves, the more unanswered questions come up. This haunting story leaves the readers hoping for the answer to neatly present itself, however only the reader can answer what it means for themselves.

Highly recommended for teens who enjoy mysteries, paranormal romance, suspense and fantasy!

 

Book Review-Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer is a book containing 8 short stories relating to Cinder and her friends, as well as the epilogue for The Lunar Chronicles.

This book contains:

The Keeper-Michelle Benoit and her journey with Princess Selene

Glitches– Prequel to Cinder

The Queen’s Army– Prequel to Scarlet

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky– Prequel to Cress

After Sunshine Passes By– A peak into how Cress ended up on the satellite and just how good of a hacker she is

The Princess and the Guard– Prequel to Winter

The Little Android– Marissa Meyer’s retelling of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen

The Mechanic– When Prince Kai and Cinder first meet, from Prince Kai’s perspective

Something Old, Something New-Epilogue

This is the perfect book for The Lunar Chronicles fans and if you haven’t heard of this series, be sure to check out the first 4 books (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter)!

Book Review-The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a fast-paced novel written by Suzanne Collins. It takes place in the future and throughout North America. However, the states have now been set up into 12 districts, known as the Districts of Panem, with a Capitol to rule over them. This well-written book includes action, suspense, and even a bit of romance, which makes it perfect for any reader who loves a bit of everything!

Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the poor district of 12, knows how to survive. In Panem, each district must offer up one boy and one girl from the ages of 12 to 18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a chance for one tribute to come out on top with riches, a new way of living, and to be crowned a Victor. However, to come out on top, they must survive the fight to the death in the arena against 23 other tributes. When Katniss ends up in the arena, can she survive against all odds and be crowned the 74th Annual Hunger Games Victor?

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

The Hunger Games