Book Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Summary: SHHHH!
Don't spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Review: I enjoyed reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so Ten was recommended to me as a read-alike. It was a quick, suspenseful, and action-packed read that kept me on the edge of my seat. It reminded me a bit of the game and movie Clue where several people are lured to a remote location and then start getting killed one by one. Ten explored themes of revenge, friendship, and loyalty. If you’re a fan of mystery and horror, give this one a try! --Reviewed by Brittany, Information Assistant at TCPL


Wii Wednesday: Mario Kart Competition

Thanks to the guys who participated in our Wii Wednesday: Spring Break Mario Kart Competition!
We had snacks, prizes and fun!


Wii Wednesday: Spring Break Edition

Remember to bring your game 
on Wednesday, April 9th from 1pm - 4pm 
for a Mario Kart competition in the Teen Scene!


Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Summary: Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense.Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Review: I'm not usually a fan of stories set in space, but the concept for this book stood out to me as original and very interesting. The dystopian world building was fantastic. I could really imagine this fictional ship's society in all its intricate detail. It brought up a lot of questions about power, leadership, and trust in authority. I enjoyed getting both Amy and Elder's perspectives as alternating narrators. I didn't really feel a strong sense of chemistry between them as their relationship developed, so that was a bit disappointing. But as more and more secrets of the ship were revealed, I became more intrigued with the story. The ending was left unresolved, but luckily the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy are already published, so we don't have to wait to find out what happens next! 
--Reviewed by Brittany, Information Assistant at TCPL


Book Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Andi Alpers is heartbroken. Her younger brother, Truman, has died in a tragic accident. Her mother is withdrawn and unable to deal with the loss. Her father has moved out. She's not doing well at her private school anymore, and if she doesn't submit an outline for her senior thesis, she may not graduate. Andi's grief and anger threaten to take over as she deals with suicidal thoughts. The only thing that keeps her holding on by a thread is music--listening to it and playing her guitar. Andi's father decides to take her to Paris over winter break in order to give her the opportunity to work on her thesis outline. She is less than thrilled. But when she discovers the diary of Alexandrine Paradis, a young girl who lived during the French Revolution, Andi is drawn in to the story and connects with Alexandrine in more ways than one.

Wow, what a powerful and fascinating story! The plot was intricate and layered. The characters were well developed and relatable, both in the present and the past. I loved watching Andi grow and overcome some of her demons. Alexandrine was a fascinating character as well. Donnelly includes an incredible amount of historical detail and brings history alive on the page. I didn't know much about the French Revolution before reading this book, but now I really want to learn more.

The writing is absolutely beautiful - there are so many quotes I love, but the following may be my favorite:
"I play until my fingertips are raw. Until I rip a nail and bleed on the strings. Until my hands hurt so bad I forget my heart does."

I highly recommend Revolution to fans of contemporary realistic fiction or historical fiction. --Reviewed by Brittany, Information Assistant at TCPL