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Let’s Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a review! Maybe it’s because I haven’t had the time to read (yay for junior year).

However, I finally had the opportunity to crack open a book and read with little interruptions during winter break, and let me tell you: THAT ISH FEELS GOOD.

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Sorry, my inner book nerd is coming out.

Before I start gushing about this book, let’s marvel at its beautiful cover.

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Ok, I’ll stop drooling.

Warcross follows a bounty hunter and hacker named Emika Chen. The story is in the first person perspective, so you get insight of Emi’s thoughts and feelings. There is this elusive billionaire named Hideo Tanaka, who invented a pair of glasses and program that makes AR seamless, when he was 13 (he’s 21 at the start of the story). Basically, when you put on those pair of glasses, you can’t tell you’re in an artificial reality because it’s that good. The program/game, called Warcross, became part of everyday life. Since the game is so popular, they hold world championships, and Emi glitched into the first round. Rather than get arrested, Hideo calls her over to Tokyo to fix a security problem he’s been noticing. While investigating, Emika begins to realize that not everything is exactly what it seems.

I can’t say much about the story without spoiling something but it’s action-packed and will keep you at the edge of your seat (or wherever you normally read). Continue reading


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Probably the Weirdest Fandom I’ve Encountered (which is saying a lot) | Night Vale Random Fandom

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Hi howdy hello everyone! Long time no see. February is right around the corner (I can’t believe we’re already a month into 2018) which means another Random Fandom!

All you Night Vale fans rejoice! We are finally doing a Welcome to Night Vale Random Fandom!

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Now, like a lot of the fandoms we cover, I don’t know too much about it. I read a couple chapters of the book that the creators wrote, but that’s about all I know, so forgive me if I make any mistakes.

You know the drill!


Who: you and all your friends
What: Night Vale Random Fandom
When: Thursday, February 8 (4:00 – 5:30 pm)
Where: Flower Mound Public Library in the Program Room (near the restrooms)
3030 Broadmoor Ln.
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Just remember: You don’t have to be in the fandom to come to the Random Fandom events. We try and plan out activities that both people in and out of the fandom will enjoy and understand.

Speaking of activities, we planned a jam-packed hour and a half for those of you who decide to attend!

A couple ground rules before you enter:

1. Just know that pretend mountains don’t exist.
2. You must hail the Glow Cloud when its (?) name is mentioned

Not too hard, now is it?

(Author’s note: I don’t know what the Glow Cloud is and I’m not about to assume its gender so it will remain an “it” to me until someone explains to me what it is.)

Now on to the activities!

There is going to be a game online where you can try and survive being an intern. There will also be a round of Round Robin and Pin the Three Tails on the Cat. You can also expect to make your own Glow Cloud if you decide to attend. You will also have the opportunity to play a game called Shoot the Librarian.

(Author’s note: We will not be shooting the actual librarians who are running this program. It is a Mafia-type game.)

And what’s a Night Vale Random Fandom without having a couple episodes of the Night Vale podcast? A fellow TAG member is curating a playlist of his favorite episodes to play in the background.

There will also be a game called “Is this quote from Night Vale or social media?” where there will be a quote on the screen and you have to guess whether it’s from Night Vale or someone posted it on social media. Going on the theme of guessing, there will be a game of guess the NV character with vague clues where the person giving the description must give a generalized description of a character and the people on their team will try and guess who the character is. It’s almost like a combination of Taboo and Charades.

If guessing games are not your thing, then maybe a game of telephone and paranoia will be! We are also going to chant school fight songs in a circle because why the heck not? It doesn’t matter if you don’t know your school fight song (I don’t either) because there will be lyrics provided. There is going to be a scavenger hunt where you have to spot the angel hidden somewhere in the children/teen section of the library.

Are you interested in any of these activities? Then make sure to mark your calendars for the Night Vale Random Fandom and come visit us!

See you there!

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-Jessica, your friendly neighborhood bookworm

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Let’s Review: Wires and Nerve

By Ashley
Teen Advisory Group member

IMG_1293Hi! My name is Ashley, and I’m new to TAG so I thought that I’d take a few minutes to introduce myself. One thing that you need to know about me is that I love to read. I always have my nose in a book! Besides reading, I also like mythical creatures, dogs and cats, and a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale.

Anyway, everybody knows The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer, right? Well, she wrote a graphic novel called Wires and Nerve following Cinder’s (Selene’s) “sidekick,” Iko. Since most of the hybrid-wolf packs got away, Iko takes it upon herself to track them down and capture them. This is especially important that Iko does this because of the fact that she is an android, so she can’t get hurt.

However, if you didn’t like Iko as a character, you’re probably not going to like this book. After all, this book is a whole lot of Iko. She is a very feminine character. She likes clothes, shoes and net dramas, (though most of this is only mentioned and not shown). She also spends a LOT of her time daydreaming about boys.

Yet, Iko is left questioning her own humanity, misreading romantic tension with a royal guard calling her beautiful (or so she thinks), and having the pressure of finding all the hybrid wolves.

While I’m on the subject of Marissa Meyer, be sure to read her new book Renegades! Happy reading!


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Let’s Discuss: Is The Library Important?

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

(Spoiler Alert: Yes it is.)

Nim again and this time, I’m not in a good mood.


The best way to explain it is with a good old storytime. So gather around boys and girls, Nim’s about to rant!


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Reel Talk: Dead Poets Society

It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything (that “hot minute” being two years), and I have a new favorite movie (can you guess what it is?)!


That’s right my dudes, I’m talking about the 1989 cult film, Dead Poets Society.

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Let’s Review: Twilight Breaking Dawn

By Anne
Teen Advisory Group member

I spent all of Thanksgiving break las year on this book. I bought a hardback copy of it at the Flower Mound Book Sale (the next on is on October 20-22— come check it out!) for the very affordable price of one dollar.
And I have to admit. I really tore through this book.
And yes, a year later is a terrible time to do a book review. I know.
Good thing this isn’t actually a book review.

But I wasn’t lying when I said I tore through the book, because I did.

Now why would I do this to a perfectly good copy of Twilight?

Well, for one thing, I needed a thick book, and I was not about to do it to a book I did not read or to Harry Potter (yes, I play favorites).
For another, there are plenty of copies around. My destroying of this book does not put the book population of Breaking Dawn at risk.
Finally, I’m a chess player. The cover is ascetically pleasing to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
(Also I did this one instead of the first one so people wouldn’t see the it on my bookcase and go “Oh, can I borrow thi— OH MY GOSH IT’S HOLLOW.”)

But it was really fun to make! I’ve always wanted a hollow book, and now it is even more special to me because I made it instead of just buying it somewhere.
I reused some of the paper in a school project for entrepreneurship.

And what I didn’t use for this, I recycled, don’t worry.

Oh! And see this quote?

I was actually going to use a different one (both quotes came from the book), but even though the other one was in the center of the page and this one wasn’t (although you can’t tell now), I cut the pages so unevenly that the relative center moved (you can see how uneven my wall is). I was lucky enough to see that this one fix was better.
Basically I use my book to hold candy, but if you want to make your own, I recommend Heather River’s blog on the subject. That’s the one I use. The Art of Manliness Has a pretty good one too, especially if you are trying to figure out the “why”s choosing to make a hollow book.

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Let’s Review: The Crucible

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President


I’m back! It’s time for another edition of “AP English III Novel Reviews”, with your host, Nim! Let’s get started.


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Let’s Review: The Grapes of Wrath

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

Nim here!

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As we know, school’s right around the corner and schedules have been released, leaving all of us scrambling to get supplies and summer assignments ready. There’s a good chance that some of y’all have not read your PAP/AP English Summer Novel, and that’s not good (especially if you have English in the Fall semester). In fact,


But no fears! If you’ve been assigned to read the Grapes of Wrath (for example: Marcus juniors), look no further! I’m here to give a formal and an informal summary + some important stuff I annotated for (yeah, remember that?). But honestly, you should still Sparknote the book, I am NOT a trusted source on the analysis stuff.

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The Romance Trope: aka My Rant for Riverdale and My Love of Parks and Rec

By a member of the Teen Advisory Group

Has anyone else noticed that basically all songs are about falling in love? Books and movies too, in one shape or another. It kind of gets old after a while. So it was kind of cool when I found this online:


Hehehehe. “Whatsername”=Veronica.

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10 Books on my TBR list

Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your own TBR list and finally read some of the books (and I hope this works for me too!)

Leviathan by Scott Westfeld
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over 6 years since it’s the only Scott Westfeld series that I haven’t read.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I added this book to my TBR shelf 4 years ago after I read multiple reviews raving about this book. I started it a few years back, but unfortunately never got farther than the first chapter.


Evermore by Alyson Noel
Like the Mara Dyer book, I added this book to my shelf over 4 years ago. A friend gave me the book as a gift, but I’ve yet to actually read it.


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I heard about this book three years ago after multiple friend recommended it to me. Last year, I checked it out from the library, but of course was I extremely busy then so I never got the chance to start it.


Angelfall by Susan Ee
I really don’t know that much about this book, but I had two friends recommend it to me in the span of two weeks a few years ago so I added it to my shelf. Since I’m not super familiar with the plot, this one will probably continue to get pushed off until I make it through the rest of this list. (unless I hear more praise for this book!)


Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The sad thing about this book is that I met the author two years ago and got the book signed, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never gone father than the first 20 pages.


Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Precursor: please don’t kill me for this! When the movie came out a few years ago I went to go see it and I absolutely loved it! The next day I went to the bookstore and bought the book, but lo and behold I still haven’t read it yet.


Beastly by Alex Finn
This was the same situation as Warm Bodies, where I saw the movie, liked it a lot, then decided to buy the book. I started it a few years back, but didn’t read more than 10 pages.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Also the same as the last two, expect this book was on my radar before the movie even existed. An English teacher from middle school recommended this book to me, so I checked it out from the library. However, as you can probably guess by now, I never got more than 50 pages in.


Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first heard about this book after I’d finished reading all of John Green’s books and was looking for something similar. Out of all the books on this list, this is probably the one that I want to read as soon as I can.


After reading through this list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, what book has been on your TBR list for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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