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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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Feb 18

Teens Review: Burning Midnight

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

Title: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Reviewer: Alexander C.
Star Rating: 5 Stars

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh coverHave you ever wanted to be just a little bit better at something, anything from something simple like strength to something as niche as being able to hold your breath longer? 

Burning Midnight is a wonderfully written science fiction novel by Will McIntosh centered around young David “Sully” Sullivan. A world in which quaint marble-like objects have appeared all over the world in the oddest places. These objects vary in size and shape and some may be rarer than others, but they all have one thing in common: All of the marbles must be used in pairs. The story is written in third person but limited to seeing the story through Sully's emotions and motivations, but not seen directly from his point of view.

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Feb 04

Teens Review: Fahrenheit 451

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on February 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbuy
Reviewer: Raafat S.
Star Rating: 5 stars

Fahrenheit 451 CoverFahrenheit 451 is a book set in a future American society, the year 2053 to be exact, where books are outlawed and if any are found “firemen” will burn them. However, unlike the firefighters we have today, these “firemen” start the fire. We follow a third-generation “fireman” by the name of Guy Montag. In the beginning of the story we learn that Guy is very proud of his job, but this all changes when he meets a young woman named Clarisse McClellan who asks Guy all these questions that no other fireman would answer. Some of the questions she asked were: Why do you do it? How long have you been a fireman? She just wanted to learn, which was something that wasn’t very common for people to do in the novel. Her questioning also caused Guy to realize that thinking is always an option and he shouldn’t be against the idea.

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