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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Our teen book club, Book Hipsters, meets weekly on Fridays after school to discuss everything related to books. Below, Book Hipster Shirley Chen reviews Cinder by Marissa Meyer:

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s into cyborgs and robots, but also has taste for a classic. Basically, it’s about a girl named Cinder who had a tragic accident many years ago where she lost her left arm and leg and the only way to save her was to become a cyborg (she’s still human, but she has cyborg parts). She’s the best mechanic in New Beijing-where she lives with her stepmother and her two stepsisters. There’s a deadly disease that’s going around and taking the lives of many that’s believed to be brought to Earth by Lunars (name for the people that live on the moon). The story is very loosely based on the classic, Cinderella. The author really did a great job portraying Cinder as a futuristic Cinderella in New Beijing. I love the setting of the book and I fell in love with the character Cinder, but when I was introduced to Kai, my heart melted. He was so sweet and kind to Cinder and it seemed like he was the ray of sun in Cinder’s hard, tough, life. I absolutely loved every part of the book. Marissa Meyers really did a great job on this book with a mix of fantasy, cyborgs, aliens, love, and making it a classic fairytale.

Book Hipsters Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Hello Readers!

Once again, our Book Hipsters have reviewed a round of books for you. Today, we’re featuring Kathryn’s review of Champion by Marie Lu, the third and final installment in her series that began with Legend. Are you a fan? Did you miss our Legend discussion? Leave a comment below!

Book Hipsters meet every Friday at 3:30pm in the Board Room. New members are always welcome!

Title: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Reviewed by: Kathryn, Age 12, Grade 7

Series: Book #3 of the Legend series

Genre: Science Fictionchampion.indd

What grade would you give this book? B+

Summary: It is a book about a war between the colonies and the Republic of America. The two main characters, Day and June, are fighting for the Republic and Day has to give up his brother for testing to find a cure for the disease that started the war.

What do you think of the cover? I don’t like the cover because it does not have much to do with the book.

Does the cover accurately reflect the contents? No, but one dream Day has is represented by the cover.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? Yes. It wasn’t as good as the first two books.



Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Reviewed by FleurBetween-the-Lines-400

Picture enchanting characters, interesting settings, and a plotline that will leave you smiling; if that sounds like a good book, then Between The Lines is for you.

To begin, we meet the two charming main characters. One, a prince, considered privileged in his lifestyle, wants to break free. The other, a teenage girl, loves a special book that she found at the school library–a one-of-a-kind children’s fairytale. Then, one day, she notices that something in the book has changed. Mystified, she investigates further…and discovers a surprise no one will soon forget! Some more characters include a sweet friend/dog, a silly girl sadly in love with the prince, a mother who worries about her child not growing up, and an understanding BFF.

This delightful story about finding home and love is perfect for a mellow evening that needs brightening up.  So dive in and uncover the magical secrets of this tale! DISCLAIMER AND WARNING: If you like this book too much, you may find yourself reading fairytales again. But then again, is that really a bad thing?

Book Hipsters Review:

Title: Cirque du Freak series

Author: Darren Shan

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Reviewed by: Noel  S., 10th Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural

What grade would you give this series? A+

Synopsis: Darren Shan, a normal kid, becomes trapped in a web of crazy, destructive, and evil web of events after stealing a vampire’s spider in a freak show. When he becomes a vampire, he has to make certain “adjustments” in order to adapt to his vampire life as a vampire’s assistant. His course of horror is only decided by his destiny, and that course is going to change many, many things…

What do you think of the covers? The covers were amazing. They grabbed my attention immediately.

Do the covers accurately reflect the contents? Yes.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? There were many sad moments that the main character went through, but everything else was just awesome.

Book Hipsters Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Hello everyone,

Looking for some great books to read on your snowdays? Book Hipsters Club has been hard at work reviewing! Read on for Lauranne’s review of Charles de Lint’s The Blue Girl.

  • Title: The Blue Girl
  • Author: Charles de Lintblue girl
  • Reviewed by Lauranne W., 10th Grade
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  •  What grade would you give this book? A+

Synopsis: The main character, Imogene, moves to a town. Unfortunately, while she’s made a best friend and gotten out of the gang side of school, her childhood imaginary friend has come to life. Weird creatures and the school ghost are following her around and she’s attracted the attention of some malevolent creatures.

What do you think of the cover? I like it. It fits the main character well, even if it is another girl on the cover.

Does the cover accurately reflect the contents? I guess, because she’s blue (literally).

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? The ending was a little quick.

Oct 31, 2013 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


Hi everybody! Ruth, our intern, wrote you all a review of Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel, Steelheart. Copies are available in the new YA section, but you can go here and place it on hold. And now for Ruth’s review (thanks)! Enjoy!

“Calamity came over a decade ago.  In its aftermath some were given great powers and became known as Epics, but there are no superheroes.  The Epics are cruel tyrants ruling with fear and battling among themselves.  Steelheart rules what was once Chicago with no one daring to stand against him.  Until the Reckoners come.  This small underground group of rebels dares to fight the Epics and bring them down.

Ten years ago David saw his father killed at the hands of Steelheart and has vowed revenge.  He has studied everything he can about the Epics, their powers and weaknesses, to be able to plan how to defeat the seemingly invincible Steelheart.  He also studied the Reckoners and manages to get caught up in one of their missions in the hopes of joining them. David’s knowledge impresses the group enough to give him a shot and develop his plan to take Steelheart out.  David saw Steelheart bleed once. Will he see him bleed again?

Brandon Sanderson’s newest YA novel is a fast-paced, riveting adventure in a dystopian future of superpowers with no heroes in sight to save the day.  Intricate world-building, strong characters and an exciting plot make this a must read.”