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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:43am

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Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 at 9:29am

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin. A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a  loss of one of their own reveals a conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Reign of the Fallen was realistic. I loved the fact that when a character died, you can't bring them back no matter how good you have been or how much you wish for it. However it did not stop my hope that they could magically return whole. Not Gonna lie I did shed a few tears no matter how much I appreciate the realism. The ending was bitter sweet and I couldn't tell if I wanted to throw the book across the room, cry or hug it to my chest and smile. I would recommend this book because it was a good read filled with interesting plot twists and colourful descriptions. I give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating!!

-Nicole, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Reign of the Fallen will be available January 23, 2018.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 6:10pm

Until now, the idyllic kingdom of Shalingar has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit of Emperor Sikander friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything to save her people. But her offer isn't enough. The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. She soon encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana was a novel I could not get into. It was a book I had been highly anticipating for a while, but I believe the hype may have gotten to my head on this one. Unfortunately, this read resulted in a DNF. The story to me sounded really intriguing to my reading tastes. Especially with the idea in store that the main character would be a female protagonist for all to look out for. The set back I had was that I couldn't connect with the character right away and for me that is a dealbreaker. I would still try to pick up any future works by this author. It’s just unfortunately not the book for me.

- Sabrina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 at 9:22pm

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

I couldn't help but compare Renegades to the new YA DC novels that are currently being published, with Wonder Woman Warbringer and the upcoming Batman, Catwoman, and Superman novels. With Wonder Woman, the story itself had no new elements to it, since the character has already been around for almost 50 years. With Renegades, Marissa Meyer literally developed a whole new society of characters and superpowers that were so unique, and just new. It was a refreshing take on superheroes, and honestly, I loved the break we got from the Marvel Universe. 

I wasn't sure how I was going to like Adrian when I started reading his first chapter. I thought that I'd be conflicted between him as a Renegade, and Nova as an Anarchist perspective. In a lot of cases, I find myself attracted to the dark backstory character, in this case Nova. Because of this, I thought for sure that I'd hate him. In the end, I found myself loving Adrian and Nova equally. Their superpowers were so unlike anything I've encountered before, and their innocence for all the wrong things was oddly alluring. You couldn't help but love them, especially when their characters slowly became attracted to each other. Obviously things were awkward with both of them keeping the BIGGEST secrets from each other, but I really hope things work out for them in the end. I can not wait to see how their relationship develops in the next novels.

And finally, because Marissa Meyer likes to torture her readers, she loves to have cliffhangers. In a way I completely called how it ended, but never the less I need to see what happens next, ASAP. Because in all honesty, I'm dying over here. Renegades was everything I had wanted from the book, and so so much more. I have not been able to stop thinking about the book since I finished it, and so I cross my fingers and hope that the sequel isn't going to be released too far into the future. I will be counting down the days until it does release, until then I'll just have to settle for talking about it nonstop to all of my friends!

- Stephanie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Us Kids Know by JJ Strong (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 5:55pm

Siblings Bri and Ray O'Dell are lost. Ray—bullied at his Catholic school —wants to be someone people respect. Meanwhile, Bri knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. When Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O'Dell siblings, everything changes. Bri and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn't know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of crime, while Bri quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman. As Bri and Ray become more and more entwined with Cullen's antics, and their once-thrilling experiences grow increasingly dangerous.

I didn't find this book very impressive, particularly because of the motives that drove each of the characters. They're unrealistic, making almost all of them hard to connect with. It also starts out really slow, which does make it even harder to read. Also it's Cullen stalking Bri for like the first forty pages, which is portrayed as romantic when really it's just creepy. Maybe the only thing I like about this book was the struggles involving mental health. They were honest, and often authors try to sugar coat it instead of talking about it.

- Chloé, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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