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Legend

Legend: The Graphic Novel by Leigh Dragoon

“I really, really enjoyed reading the Legend trilogy, so I was looking forward to check out the graphic novels.

Now I know I shouldn’t expect much from a graphic novel, but I couldn’t help but notice that the story was being REALLY rushed and that there had been a bunch of scenes that were cut, and the representation of Day and June really bugged me because it made them look much older than 15 year olds.

Anyway I can’t deny my enjoyment reading the graphic novel that reminded me that Marie Lu is an amazing author and I can’t wait to get my hands on Prodigy : The Graphic Novel.”

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

 

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Legend by Marie Lu

Remember when I said that I enjoyed reading the Legend trilogy? Yeah I really meant it, this trilogy, and especially the first book Legend, were AMAZING!!! It literally has everything I love to see in a book: it was told in duo perspectives, in the first person,  it held an original dystopian scifi plot within its pages, and the characters were somewhat relatable.

The main two characters of this story are June and Day.

June is a prodigy, she’s smart, clever, intelligent (and yes I know these are the same adjectives, but that is the best way to describe her..). What I really enjoyed about her part of the story is the way she developed into being a better person and the way she opened her eyes to the real world surrounding her, she also didn’t waste any time sobbing and blaming herself while cuddling in a blanket when she figured out that she’s done a terrible mistake, she acted like a grown-up, like a true prodigy, and made things right.

Day, well, was basically THE BEST PART OF THE STORY, he was charming, almost as clever as June was, and caring,just watch how he cared about his family… I just loved reading his part of the book, he was really relatable and… just awesome.

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited definitely touches hearts of those who feel as if they are connected to the protagonist, Molly. Molly is insecure about herself, she feels as if she isn’t ever going to find true love, because of how she looks like. Which, by the way, we all know isn’t true. This book teaches people that no matter what race, religion, size, or sexual orientation you identify with, someone cares about you, and loves you.

I liked how this book helps relate to teens as Molly shares her insecurities and anxieties, but towards the end of the book, starts to accept who she is. I definitely enjoyed this book as it talked a lot about friendship and sisterhood which I believe loads of sisters will relate to. For example, Cassie gets a girlfriend, and suddenly, it’s like Molly’s whole world has changed. I bet most siblings will relate to that!

In this book, I liked how it was almost like Molly had to choose between two different types of people. Reid, who was geeky, funny, and she was TOTALLY in love with from the beginning, and Will, who was hot, best friends with her sister’s girlfriend (which made things even more perfect), and definitely the type of hipster boy who was part of the popular crowd. This made the storyline even more interesting because you wonder if Molly was ever going to go for the “perfect” boy, or for the “geek”. It also shares a lesson with us about how you don’t have to go for the “perfect” boy, because he or she may not be perfect for you, but perfect as in what society makes of it.

I don’t think there was a single part I didn’t enjoy from this amazing book! I definitely recommend.

 – Anzal, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

Time Bomb

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

This book is about six teenagers who get stuck inside a school that has been rocked by a bombing, and that’s not all…one of them is the actual bomber.

This is honestly one of the few books that really deserve the praise they get, although I wouldn’t mark it as a dystopian like some reviewers did because it’s basically set in today’s modern world and discusses a lot of today’s  issues (racism, bullying, etc.), so it’s definitely a contemporary.

One of the main things that made this story stand out was the diversity it held between it’s pages. Although I’d really appreciate it more if the author would’ve done more research on the Islamic religion before writing about it.

Other than that, the book really kept me on the edge of my seat, and the plot twist at the end was shocking and surprising and really well written and executed.

This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this summer.

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

Dualed

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

I honestly have no idea why a lot of people complained about the title of this book, I personally found it really cool.

Now let’s talk about the book. The writing style was really unique, not Tahereh Mafi unique, but Marie Lu unique.But even though the description of the world surrounding our main character West was vivid, I still couldn’t get myself to understand it, and eventually I ended up with a lot of questions about it, like, for example: Why is there any need to have Alts, doesn’t it cost more to create and raise two versions of every single human being in the city of Kersh? And how can you claim a society to be safe when teenagers kill each other in the streets every single day? Wouldn’t it be easier to do that inside an arena? At least then you won’t risk getting a passerby killed….

West was a really hard character to understand, sometimes I even get the feeling that I’m reading of the perspective of a whole different person. I mean how can you have the guts to kill an innocent human being just so you can make your killing skills better?! How could you?! And then she’s like “oh well, poor fellah…..who’s next?”  Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t sympathize with a character that has blood on her hands, I just can’t.

Anyway, it was a fast read with an ending that wrapped things up, but I still want to check out the next book to see if West can make up for what she’s done and to understand more about the world surrounding her.

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

I Hate Everyone But You

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

I just finished reading the book I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin. This book is about two girls, Ava and Gen, that have been friends all throughout high school and are now separated because they’re in college. The whole book is just a series of emails and texts that they’re sending each other about their new lives.

The reason I picked up this book in the first place was because I knew the writers. They’re both YouTubers that I don’t watch, but I’ve heard of. I also thought that it was cool to have a book completely written through emails and texts and it was a really different way to see through the main characters’ perspectives.

The main characters were also reflective of the authors of the book. Ava was supposed to represent Allison and Gen was supposed to represent Gaby which was very interesting.

I did enjoy this whole book, but there are definitely some things I would’ve changed. Near the end of the book, Ava and Gen start to kind of drift apart and Gen ignores Ava for a bit. Then she surprises Ava by visiting her, and they make up. I think that this was pretty unrealistic and very rushed.

Overall, I would give this book a 7 out of 10 because even though it wasn’t perfect, it kept me engaged the whole time and I wanted to finish the book.

– Saniyah, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer


Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I’ve recently finished reading the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

The reason I decided to start reading this book is because I read the first two books in the series. I really enjoyed the first book and the second book was alright, but not as good as the first. However, I really didn’t like Mockingjay.

First of all, I was pretty confused throughout a lot of the story. There were a lot of parts where I didn’t realize what was going on, which overall obviously made this book a lot less enjoyable to read.

I also feel like it was a completely unnecessary novel that probably didn’t even need to be written to begin with. I mean the first book had a pretty good conclusive ending, and the second and third kind of ruined the whole series for me.

In conclusion, I would probably rate Mockingjay a 3 out of 10.

Saniyah, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

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928 Miles from Home by Kim Slater

928 Miles from Home is one of my ultimate favourite contemporary YA books of all time. It’s basically about this teenage boy, Calum, who is trying to find his voice among the other voices surrounding him.

I absolutely loved the awesome writing style of this book, and the characters of were really realistic and relatable. The twists and the turns that took place in it were also very well executed, and although this is my second time reading this book I still enjoyed it nonetheless, and it definitely left me wanting more.

I highly recommend this book, and basically all of Kim Slate’s books, because they deal with many important issues and problems without any sugar coating.

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

Stolen

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

This book basically follows the story of Gemma, a sixteen year old girl who gets drugged and kidnapped by a 24 year old man named Ty, and eventually taken to the Great Sandy Desert in the Australian Outback.

Frankly, the plot of this book didn’t really stand out from the other books that were in my mental tbr (to be read) list, but what really made it shine was the fact that it was written as a letter from the victim to her captor; and that’s something I don’t see a lot in YA.

Discussing the characters of this book will definitely spoil a lot of the story since they were pretty controversial, but I guarantee that you’ll end up having mixed opinions about them.

Stolen is literally an emotional rollercoaster, it’ll keep you up all night, and will make you cry and laugh at the same time. And the ending will definitely keep you wanting more.

– Marwa, WSPL Teen Book Reviewer

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