Rotten by Michael Northrop

Posted: April 3, 2014 by cplteen in books

Rotten  Rotten is the story of JD and JR.  Jimmer Dobbs spent the summer “with his aunt” but now he’s back home. When he gets there he finds he has a new roommate, a Rottweiler he names Johnny Rotten (JR for short).  As the two begin to bond, a betrayal by a friend threatens to ruin everything.  A single bite can end everything.  What started as a new beginning starts turning sour when JD’s secrets begin to leak out and his pet is threatened.

I liked this book, but I admit, if you are looking for a fast paced drama, you might want to look elsewhere.  The story is a bit slow, and where JD was all summer is left as a mystery; but the story builds so that the truths are revealed in their own natural way.

I had a hard time relating to JD because the story is told from his perspective and, well, I’m not a guy.  That’s not to say that I didn’t like him.  I rolled my eyes and laughed at some of his actions but that’s mainly because I’ve never had the “guy experience.” His friendships ring true, though, as do most of his actions.

If you are looking for a quick read that is relaxing with some suspense, take a look at this one.  I enjoyed stepping into JD’s shoes for a while and I loved how JD and JR, both somewhat lost souls, learn to trust and love one another.  You will be rooting for a happy ending in this one.  Check it out to see if it happens.

Let me know what you think.

 

League of Extraordinary Teens – March

Posted: March 26, 2014 by cplteen in books

Hi everyone!  Tonight is our monthly League of Extraordinary Teens meeting.  Come by Josey Ranch Lake at 6:30 to talk teen programs and hang out.  We will have pizza and soft drinks.  Hope to see you there.

League of Extraordinary Teens

Posted: February 25, 2014 by cplteen in books

Hi everyone!  Tomorrow (February 26th) is our February meeting for the League of Extraordinary Teens.  We have quite a bit to talk about so come ready to talk teens stuff and eat pizza.  Hope to see you here, at the Josey Ranch Lake location, at 6:30. 

 

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Posted: February 20, 2014 by cplteen in books

Battle Magic coverTamora Pierce is one of my all time favorite authors.  I’ve been following her work since I was in middle school.  I started with her Tortall series and then found her Circle of Magic series (which grew into The Circle Opens series), and I have loved pretty much everything she has written (so you can already see this review is biased in her favor, right?).

Battle Magic is the missing story of Briar, Rosethorn and Evvy that takes place between the Circle Opens series and The Will of the Empress. In this tale, Briar, his teacher, Rosethorn, and their student, Evvy, are fleeing the Empire to help its intended target Gyongxe, a neighboring kingdom.  Here, they discover the powerful draw of war and standing up for your beliefs as well as to protect the innocent.  However, they also discover the cost of war in both the loss of life and in the destruction of the land.  Can they survive the Empire’s greed for land and power?  Will they ever make it home to Briar’s sisters and Rosethorn’s love?

One of the reasons I love Tamora Pierce so much is because of her writing.  The detail she gives her settings and people really bring them to life on the page.  The characters encompass all human emotions from the simple happy/sad to the complex dynamics of love and protection.  Each character grows in someway or another and each face a challenge to either their ethics or their ideal view of the world.  Nothing is concrete – there are always shades of grey.

Some may view the novel as slow but to me the pace built until the war begins.  Now some of this may be a bit spoiler-y but considering you know some of what happens if you read The Will of the Empress, then it isn’t too bad.  I highly recommend this book and you don’t have to have read any of the other books that came before to enjoy and understand this one.  But, if you want a complete idea of the series you can start with the Circle of Magic quartet and then move up to The Circle Opens quartet.  Then I would read Battle Magic and finally The Will of the Empress.  But really the order is up to you.  I will say that if you are interested in starting from the beginning, you will find the first two quartets in Juvenile Fiction and the last two in Teen Fiction.

Here are the book cover for your enjoyment.

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The Will of the Empress

League of Extraordinary Teens

Posted: January 29, 2014 by cplteen in books

Don’t forget – the League of Extraordinary Teens meets tonight at 6:30.  We will be in the JRL conference room.  We’ve got lots to talk about.  There will be pizza and drinks so don’t worry about dinner!

Hope to see you there!