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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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The Time and Place Book Tag (Nim)

So Shelby recently did her book tag and challenged the rest of us to make our own. Therefore, I am stepping up to the challenge!


Let’s get started!

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Superheroes aren’t just in comic books

If you could be a superhero, would you? In honor of our superhero theme for Summer Reading Club, here’s a list of young adult books that feature superheroes. Click on the title to be taken to the library website to put them on hold.


Even though it’s never checked in, and you’ll pretty much have to place a request to get it, I have to start with Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart and its sequel Firefight. What happens when the people who get superpowers all turn evil and take over the world? Is there any possible way for a normal kid to save his city and avenge his father’s death at the hands of Steelheart, the Epic ruling what used to be Chicago? David has been doing his research, and he knows if he has any hope of taking down Steelheart, he has to join the Reckoners, a vigilante group who have been successful in taking down lesser Epics. The problem is, every Epic has only one weakness, and it’s usually hard to figure out, but David has an important clue: he’s seen Steelheart bleed.

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New Year’s Resolutions!


It’s Christmas Eve, which means New Years isn’t too far away! Of course, you’ve probably at least started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. (Although if you haven’t, it’s okay; I haven’t, either!) Don’t forget, though, that with your resolutions, there should be something about books!

If you’re a regular at the library, that means it’s likely that you have some books on your Christmas list (unless you, like Heather, don’t reread books and therefore never have physical copies). And you might be planning to spend some of the money you’ll get from relatives on books, as well. Before you go around willy nilly with your library card or cashed checks, take a look at this 2015 Reading Challenge:


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I saw this on tumblr and thought it would be a fun idea, and even came up with some ideas on what books to do for what. See below:

A book with more than 500 pages: Ellen Hopkins’ YA books tend to never be fewer than 500 pages, and they’re all spectacular. Find them at the library here. Alternatively, Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale is a little over 700 pages, and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is over 1200 pages, if you’re up for that.

A book set in the futureLegend and Mystic City

And the list goes on. Some are more difficult than others (I’m looking at you, A book that takes place in your hometown), but with determination–and a lot of luck–I believe this can be done… even if you have to write one yourself (still looking at you, hometown book; what book takes place in Flower Mound?? Who would want to read it??? The only one I know of is on the history of Flower Mound…)

Regardless, I wish you all a Merry/Happy [insert your holiday here]!



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Let’s Review: Champion

Lemme just say something. I’VE BEEN DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK AND I GOT IT TWO DAYS AFTER THE RELEASE DATE!! But I was too lazy to update the review, but I got to it and here it is. Be warned, I read this in 2 hours. Yes, I am a fast reader and Champion sped my pace up and I started crying at lunch and my friend threatened to rip the book out of my hands and throw it into a bonfire. I am crazy about this book and I’m currently (trying) to write a fanfic epilogue about the end. Marie Lu, you are an evil genius!


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Let’s Review: The Legend Series


Ok, time to freak out. CHAMPION COMES OUT IN LESS THAN A WEEK!!!!!!!!! If you haven’t read Marie Lu’s Legend series, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. This is the BEST dystopian series I have read in my entire life! (And as you can see, I get very emotional about this series ;D) Before Champion releases, let’s take a look at Legend and Prodigy!


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