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Sugar Sugar Rune: Two witches get mixed up in ancient racial politics.

sugarsugarrunecoverTitle:  Sugar Sugar Rune

Author:  Moyoco Anno

Summary: Two witches compete for the title of queen by seducing boys but get mixed up in ancient racial politics.

Gut reaction: Cutesy, magical girl, handled really well, pretty original.

Why: The characters are deep, the back-stories cliché and the story only semi-predicable.  There are definitely some unexpected turns and I do think I know how it’ll end, but I won’t spoil it for you guys since it went to the effort of being so well-developed.  The character development is superb, the setting in half-unexplored in the best of ways, and the system of magic is really detailed and thought out.  What at first glance seems to be a cutesy styled shoujo turns into a darker coming-of-age story about emotion and acceptance.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, maybe Chocomimi fans because the art is also stylized, maybe more mature fans as well.  It’s hard for me to read because of the immense styling, but once I pick it up I can breeze through it, so I’ll read it through.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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Bloody Monday – hacker boy & friends fight terrorists

bloody mondayTitle: Bloody Monday

Authors: Ryou Ryumon & Kouji Megumi

Summary: High school hacker boy and friends fight terrorists after police dad is framed.

Gut reaction: Ugh characters, hackers are cool, overpowered high schoolers, biological terrorism, Russia, conspiracy

Why: The characters are all two-note, ability and character center. For example, one of the high schoolers, a kid called Kujou, pretty much has only two things going for him: his ability to take down armed terrorists with a freaking bow and arrow, and his obsessive hatred of terrorists which no normal high school student should have. So the characters aren’t developed.

I do like that the main character has potential to develop into a kid who is reckless and doesn’t understand that it isn’t a game which will lead to character development, but the manga is too focused on showing off the awesomeness, so I don’t think that’ll happen. The students are all overpowered. I’m sorry, I don’t know what world you live in, but in mine teenagers can’t hack into the government’s most secure database in, like, five minutes. The story is gearing up for a conspiracy and the high school students are going to end up taking it down in a suitably dramatic way, I can tell.

Who would like this book: Shounen fans, conspiracy fans, hacker fans, shock factor fans. I’ll keep reading ‘cause hackers are freaking awesome to read.  What does this say about me…

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle

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Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Stories

Look for something futuristic? Maybe dystopian future?

The first thing I’d have to recommend is the CW show The 100. With the start of the second season in mid-October, the first season was added to Netflix and The Seattle Public Library, and like many teens, I binge-watched it in 3 days. Continue reading

The One: a strong series ender

The-One-by-Kiera-Cass-coverTitle: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Six Word Review: Girl gets prince, revolution is ended.

Stars: 4 stars out of 4 because it was a vast improvement over the previous books in the series. But it seemed a bit back heavy in the development and the stereotypical ending.

I started reading because I had been recommended the first book and I had hope that the series would improve.

This book reminded me of The Hunger Games because of the political strife and struggles behind the scenes.

What I loved was the action was increased exponentially and an actual plot began to develop.

Websites of Interest: Keira Cass

Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist: weird, cool monsters

Taimashinv1Title: Taimashin – The Red Spider Exorcist

Authors: Hideyuki Kikuchi & Shin Yong-Gwan

Summary: In an interesting fusion between (mostly) manga and (a bit of) manhwa, an office lady is plagued with supernatural problems and her savior that comes with them, a mysterious spider-exorcist

Gut reaction: weird, onmyouji, eh office lady, cool monsters

Why: The heroine, Megumi, isn’t annoying but isn’t interesting either. I like her lover, an insignificant side character sure to die/be abandoned soon because he seems thoughtful in an unusual way. The onmyouji (traditional Japanese exorcist) is awesome and spider powers are also cool. The monsters are pretty awesome in their powers and appearances. The story is reasonably paced and is pretty good. I’m looking forward to how this continues.

Who would like this book: manhwa fans, shounen fans, horror fans, youkai fans, romance fans. I’ll keep reading and probably stick with it.

Lexie – Teen Blogger  – West Seattle

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The Blood of Olympus: too much of the same?

olympusTitle: The Blood of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan

Six Word Review: A continuation of a long series

Stars: 4/5. It was a fairly decent book with a common plot however the long winded sense of the series lowered the potential for me.

I started reading because I had read the previous books in the series.

This book reminded me of EVERY OTHER book that was similar to this including all of the books in the series.

What I loved was Riordan did add a new spark to the plot and made it more interesting; however, it still had too many rehashed themes to enjoy these new ideas.

Websites of Interest: The Blood of Olympus – Heroes of Olympus: The Online World of Rick Riordan

Sunny, Northeast Teen Adviser

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Of All the Stupid Things: Movie clichés with some important themes

of all the stupid thingsTitle: Of All The Stupid Things

Author: Alexandra Diaz

Summary: This is the high-school-story of three best friends: Tara, “Pinkie” (whose real name is we find out later), and Whitney Blaire, who everyone calls Whitney Blaire and who is referred to as such virtually every time her name appears in the book. Each girl has her struggles: Tara is training to run a marathon amidst troubling rumors about her boyfriend, Pinkie is worrisome and overbearing due to the early loss of her mother, and Whitney Blaire’s affluent parents are never home. Then… a new girl arrives! Will their friendship prevail?

I started reading it because: it had cute cover art (I like cherries) and I wanted a “girly” book.

I kept reading because: as much as I hated the writing and plot development in some places, I wanted to know what happened in the end. Also, I really liked Tara.

This book reminded me of: an oversimplified, badly described version of real life? This book could potentially have turned out to be really insightful, but there were so many unrealistic transitions/plot developments that it kind of ruined it.

Six-word-review: Movie clichés with some important themes.

I would recommend this to: anyone who likes their books easy, fast, and simple, and who isn’t a stickler about the “realistic” in “realistic fiction.”

–Hannah, 17, Greenwood Teen Blogger

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