Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:02pm
    17-year-old Jillian Spectre is a Seer, though she’s only allowed to do romance readings right now because of her age and skill level. One day, as she’s doing a reading for a regular customer, Jillian sees the woman’s murder in her crystal ball. When she warns the woman, she sees the images change and the woman alive. Not only has Jillian seen something different, she’s managed to change the future. Now The Council is interested in her, and concerned that she may be manifesting a second power. While cool, this is unheard of, and when her father did it he turned evil. Speaking of which, Jillian’s father has returned to take over the world using cell phones. With her best friend Roxanne, and her crushes, Jake and Ryan, by her side Jillian sets out to stop her father’s evil plan. Hopefully, she won’t be killed or brainwashed in the process.
     
    I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting concept and some great characters. Unfortunately, the execution just wasn’t there. At just over 200 pages, it seemed as if the author had a maximum word count that they couldn’t go over but was determined to include EVERYTHING. There is enough content for at least two novels crammed into this one book, and key plot points are underdeveloped in favor of adding yet another piece to the plot. Additionally, the writing style is on a middle school level but the content is high school. Overall, this promising novel tried too hard and still missed its mark. 
  • Wed, 01/15/2014 - 5:47pm

    Higurashi: When They Cry is a murder mystery that continues to change. It is set in the rural village of Hinamizawa during the June of 1983 when someone died (but “who” is a bit of a problem). The graphic novel series follows new resident Keiichi Maebara. Keiichi quickly makes friends among his fellow classmates, all of whom have strange quirks, and seems to settle right in. Until someone dies and another person disappears.

    Starting off as a traditional, Japanese slice-of-life story about a young boy in a new town, Higurashi quickly dissolves into the paranoia of a whodunit, with its colorful cast taking on more deadly aspects. But Higurashi’s real charm comes as the story develops and Keiichi (or rather the reader) is overwhelmed by a conspiracy that makes solving the mystery much harder since what the mystery is changes. The town of Hinamizawa evolves as the characters do, changing the circumstances of the dense puzzle that the reader is asked to solve and changing the nature of the people living in it.

    Higurashi is well known as a “dark comic,” and much of its reputation is as a comic that will shock readers with violence. But there is more to the story. Keiichi and his friends, presented at first as “weird” individuals, are shown to have devastating traumas and intense emotional connections that mature as the story unfolds. Though certainly a fun murder mystery, Higurashi is really about, not mystery or murder, but humanity, in a variety of forms both dreadful and powerful.

    ~ Michael

  • Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:24pm

    January 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm

    The final chapter begins of the Twilight Saga phenomenon, the birth of Bella and Edward’s child brings conflict between Bella and her lifelong friend, Jacob, and an all-out war between the Cullens and the Volturi. Come enjoy pizza, the movie & a special Twilight trivia.

    Winner takes home a $25 gift card!