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Aug 05

Teens Review: Carve the Mark

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on August 5, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Reviewer: Mackenzie J.
Rating: 5 Stars

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth book coverCarve the Mark, written by Veronica Roth, is about two young people who must put aside their differences to help save their planet.

Cyra Noavek is part of the Shotet people, and her brother, Ryzek Noavek, is an evil ruler who uses Cyra’s current gift to get what he wants. Akos Kereseth is Thuvesit, and because of his fate, is kidnapped by Ryzek. Both of them work together to get what they both want. For Akos to go back home and Cyra to reduce her pain, courtesy of her current gift of inflicting pain on others and herself. To read more of the review and get a list of readalikes hand-picked by YCPL librarians, click on "Continue Reading...".

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May 02

Teens Review: The Firm

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on May 2, 2019 at 1:56 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: The Firm by John Grisham
Reviewer: Blaine H.
Rating: 5 Stars

The Firm by John Grisham CoverThe Firm is about a young law school graduate named Mitchell McDeere. He is the ideal lawyer; he graduated from Harvard in the top five of his class. At the beginning of the book, he has job offers on Wall Street, but he decides to do an interview for a small firm in Memphis, Tennessee. The firm is called Bendini, Lambert, and Locke. During the interview, McDeere is informed that he will get paid a much higher salary (with bonuses) with their firm than if he accepts a job anywhere else. They explain that all of their employees are millionaires by the age of 50. Everything about their firm seems ideal to Mitch, so he takes the job.

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Mar 18

Teens Review: Restart

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Restart by Gordon Korman
Reviewer: John A.
Rating: 4 Stars

Restart by Gordon Korman book coverThis was not a book that I would have read willingly, but I am pretty glad it was assigned. Restart is the story of a boy named Chase Ambrose. During the story he gets amnesia, and because he lost his memory he has to find his life.

In Restart, Gordon Korman does an excellent job of making sure you know what is happening with all of the characters. The way he does that is by switching to a different character in every chapter. When he does this, it helps that you know what is happening with characters even if they are not with the main character at that very moment.

In Restart, Gordon Korman does an excellent job of making sure you know what is happening with all of the characters. The way he does that is by switching to a different character in every chapter. When he does this, it helps that you know what is happening with characters even if they are not with the main character at that very moment.

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