Teen Book Review — The House of Hades

Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: Although I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and was excited throughout, I found the storyline disappointing in comparison to Rick Riordan’s previous books, including books from the same series (The Heroes of Olympus). I am thrilled that he decided to continue to include and build upon characters from The Percy Jackson series – I loved the mix of new and old characters.
One of my main issues is that the heroes continuously escape situations in ways that I don’t find believable even in this fantastical world. For a fantasy world to be truly compelling, it must make the reader believe that what happens is possible in an alternate universe, and I think that Riordan managed that up until this book. In The House of Hades, heroes continuously became beyond what they believed possible before and somehow managed to pull themselves completely together just at the right moment to save the day. I kept hoping for a clever escape. but that hope was not rewarded. I also found Tartarus I disappointing character. I was extremely excited that Tartarus found a human form, but was then disappointed at the ease of his distraction. While the tongue-in-cheek humor is obvious and enjoyable throughout the book, I was hoping that Tartarus, and later in the book Clytius the giant, would be more serious characters, and as I said before, harder to defeat. Sadly Tartarus was stalled by banter (although ultimately, there was sacrifice made in order to allow Percy and Annabeth to escape, so I will give credit for that), and Clytius was easily defeated by the demigods finding bursts of impossible strength…again.
So while I did enjoy the book, and will certainly read the next one, I was not overly impressed with the story, even though I usually am with Riodan’s books.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

Teen Book Review — Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Title: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Author: James L. Swanson
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: This book talks about the assassination of President Lincoln by James Wilkes Booth. It explains who hje was and how he killed the President, and then how the police chased him. He outsmarted the government and police while evading them. And then the book explains why he is still popular to learn about today. I would say that people who like action, adeventure, and a little bit of gore would like this book.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — A Black Hole is not a Hole

Title: A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
Author: Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: This book gives fun facts about black holes; their size, shape, and activities. There is a focus on how Albert Einstein decided that they existed and how he determined to prove that. The facts and discoveries go up to the current time. I think people who like humor, science, and technology would like this book.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: I was mostly motivated to read this book so that I could see the movie, but I found that I would have gladly read it otherwise. I found the concept of a faction interesting and there was never a dull moment. The beginning is a little rough and it looks like a long and scary book, but don’t worry! Read the whole thing… You won’t regret it.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Selection

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: This was a really good book because it had a lot of feeling in it, you knew what the main character, America was feeling all the time which is great. I also liked how you can see how much America changes over the course of the book. I really liked America’s personality. Even though she is a little stubborn she won’t back down when she wants something and I liked that.

This review was written by an 8th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brian Selznick
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Reading this book is more of an art experience than a reading experience. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a quick read, although it may not look like it at first. The book is mostly pictures, but instead of just flipping through the pictures, you might want to take a longer look at them. My favorite part was when Hugo told Isabelle the truth about the automaton and where he lived. I think that readers of any age would enjoy this book, but you might have to be older to really understand it.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — Let it Snow

Title: Let It Snow
Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: Who would have thought that three best-selling authors would work together to create a really great book? This was one of the first REAL romance stories I have ever read and, guess what? I think I’m going to read it again. Right now. Even though I just finished it. I really liked how, at the end, all of the stories interconnected and I really realized how connected all of the stories really were. I also really liked how adult they made the Christmas and being stranded in a snow storm theme. Overall, I had my doubts, but this is absolutely going on my list of all time favorites.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Stars (out of 5): 1
Review: I don’t like the book.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: A young man who is struggling in life finds a Easter egg hunt that makes him want to win more than anything in the world.

This review was written by an 11th grader.

Teen Book Review — Ready Player One

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book is very interesting and entirely full of surprises.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

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