Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Monday, Jul 07, 2014 at 8:09pm

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Roomies by Sara Zarr (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:12pm

Elizabeth and Lauren are roommates to-be, both living on separate ends of the continent. At first it's impossible to picture them as friends when they are only corresponding by email, but soon they reveal their biggest secrets and problems to each other. Roomies is an inspiring story about two girls who are completely different from each other. However, they can still be the best of friends.

I thought Roomies was a great book and dealt with a lot of the things college students have to go through. I thought it was interesting how Elizabeth and Lauren became really good friends without even meeting once. However, I thought the book was quite boring, you could predict what was about to come next and there were no surprises that knock you off your chair. Even so, I would still recommend it. Rating: 3.5/5

-Massie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:23am

In Michael Grant's second book of the BZRK series, BZRK Reloaded, readers are once again presented with the conflicts that arise when the macro and the micro worlds collide. While there is not much progress in the war being waged between the two sides, Grant instead provides readers with an in-depth view of some of his characters. This includes hearing the story from the aberrant minds of the Armstrong twins, and how their seclusion led to the creation of the monstrous Doll Ship. Grant also leaves an impression of what is to occur in the third installment by demonstrating how the weapons of the micro are rapidly evolving to better take over the macro, leaving readers wondering how BZRK will be able to overcome the growing threats.

Overall the second book develops a deeper relationship between readers and characters, leaving us wondering how their story will end.

- Sarah, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

BZRK Reloaded will be available in paperback September 9th.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:29pm

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago.

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff was a very interesting book the concepts and the idea of the story were well written out and easy to understand. I enjoyed the way the story played out and boy it was amazing. If you are looking for a story that makes you think and gets your mind racing look no further. This book was wonderful and I really recommend this story to any teens who like a book that makes you think. Another thing that I really enjoyed about the story was how well it was written. The way Brenna Yovanoff magnificently wrote about some of the things that the characters had to go through made it all the more easy to connect to the text and the story itself. I give this book 4/5. I really enjoyed it and I recommend it if you're looking for a good book. It's a really good read.

-Kat, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Fiendish will be available on August 19th.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Blazed by Jason Myers (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 4:58pm

Jamie is invincible when he is high. His anger, his isolation, his mom's manic mood swings... nothing can shatter his glass castle. But one brutal night upends everything, leaving his mom broken and Jamie betrayed. Sent to live with the father he's never met, Jamie is determined to hate the man he blames for his mother's ruin. And he blocks out the pain with drugs, fierce music, and sweet, sweet Dominique. Except the more time Jamie spends at his dad's, the more his mother's scathing stories start to unravel. Who is he supposed to believe? And how much will he have to sacrifice to uncover the truth?

When I started to read Blazed by Jason Myers, I loved it! The way Myers describes every detail, event, and character in the book makes it a very powerful and emotional read. Unfortunately, as I got to the middle of the book I felt that the story line got repetitive and sadly, I lost interest because of that. I definitely feel that one day in the future I'll be able to pick the book up, and enjoy finishing the rest of the story with it being like a new book again.

- Paris, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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