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

Teen Book Review: Shadowlands

Shadowlands Series by Kate Brian:

After a teacher she admired turns a serial killer and comes after her, Rory Miller and her family move to an FBI secured home in a place called Juniper Landing. However, this new place has its own mysteries: the fog-soaked island town lacks phone and Internet service, and a group of powerful young locals is overly focused on Rory, and when people from the town go missing, others don’t seem to care.

Her sister Darcy and her become friends with a group of exotic teenagers, and spend their time partying and having fun, until one of their new friends goes missing. This series is about love and loss, and the importance of family and relationships, a definite must read for lovers of mystery and romance!

Review by Anoushka, 12th grade

Teen Book Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Teen Book Review:

The book Mice and Men is about two guys that are friends and are always together. Their names were Lennie and George. Lennie was kind of special he was a slow learner, which made him appear dumb. Lennie was sometimes a bother to George and he always got them into trouble. Lennie is a big guy and he sometimes is careless.  He got in some big trouble when a lady accused him of raping her. But, all was not true because Lennie just touched the lady’s red dress because he wanted to feel it. That caused them to run away and find a new job. They found a job, but what was to come there way was going to change their lives forever.

The book Mice and Men was a good book. It was an entertaining book, even though sometimes you found yourself confused throughout the story. Each character in the book was important even if that character just came out rarely throughout the story. Each character had a dream, which was fun to see in the end if the characters achieve their dream in the end. The end of the story was sad and can change your perspective from some of the characters. But overall the book was interesting to me.

 

Submitted by,

Diana- 10th 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: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This novel is about a woman and her child and the difficulties she goes through. She has committed a sin that in her society is very grave. Due to her sin of adultery, she is an outsider, is treated as such, and has put her lover’s life in danger. Though she is disrespected and is full of sadness as time progresses and her child grows, her love for her paramour does not dimish. As time progresses she gains hope as she sees a way to be happy with her lover. Plans are made but never fulfilled. This story if full of symbolism and has deeper messages than what is just printed.

I personally enjoyed it. It is a bit of a difficult read because of the Old English so it may be best to read it slowly to fully understand it. The love story is very beautiful and emotional. I teared up at some parts which seem very unusual since it is “only a book”. It is a great way to expand one’s vocabulary.  I was constantly searching up words which annoyed me. Right now I am actually thankful though because I was able to learn new words. If you think about what you read so many ideas and realizations come with this book! Overall, great book.

Submitted by,

Rosaamelia-11th grade