Teen Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

In this YA thriller, we follow the adventure of six juvenile delinquents: Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, and Wylan. In a word or two, this book was a heist novel. The book is in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, and we’re hitting the ground running. Grisha are people living as servants, or even slaves, to humans due to their abilities such as healing and moving items. These six teenagers band together, working together to find the maker of jurda parem (a drug which multiplies a Grisha’s powers, but kills them while doing so); however, the maker is at the most secure “jail” of sorts. Will they be able to complete their job and escape with the maker – and their lives?

This book is currently on many readers’ favorites shelf, and I’ve seen it everywhere on bookish sites. It was a fantastic book, but if I’m perfectly honest, I don’t think it was my favorite this year. It was most likely because it was the first book I read as I was coming out of my book slump. That isn’t to say that I don’t like it – I still absolutely adore it! I just didn’t enjoy it as much as other people seemed to have. That said, I did very much love the characters and the ships in the novel. Each character has such humourous banter with one another, and deep, heart wrenching backstories, but they all soldier on because of their strength. Kaz Brekker is the guy I want with me if I ever get kidnapped – he always has a plan, and even when he doesn’t, he’ll find some way to make things go how he wants it. He and Inej together make a formidable pair, not to mention an absolutely perfect one. Nina’s unapologetic and unbashful personality was hilarious to read, especially when paired with Matthias’s more conservative one. Jesper and Wylan’s whole relationship was my favorite out of the entire book. Overall, it was a fun read, and recommended to anyone who loves a good adventure. And remember – “No mourners, no funerals.”(Bardugo).

Written by Veeshva R.


Interested in writing a book review or a shelfie? Contact the Teen Librarian for more information: lhilty@grayslake.info.

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SAT Practice Test

Sylvan Learning of Grayslake will be offering an SAT practice test, free of charge!  It is tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st at 10 am, in meeting room ABC.  You can register for the program here.

SAT Practice Test by Sylvan


Sylvan will be back next week to talk about College Visits!  Register here or feel free to stop by Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 pm.  We’ll be in meeting room AB.  It’s the perfect time to get some insight before the long Columbus Day weekend.

FAQ: College Visits

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions: ADHD has been Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to low registration, tonight’s FAQ: ADHD program has been cancelled.  Feel free to contact Huntington Learning Center of Grayslake directly for more information on achieving academic success with ADHD.


Don’t forget: Huntington will be back at the library at the end of October to proctor FREE SAT andACT practice tests.  Reserve your spot today!

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Frequently Asked Questions: ADHD

The library has partnered with Huntington Learning Center of Grayslake to provide students and their parents some helpful information on ADHD.  You can register for the program here or feel free to drop by Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 pm.  We’ll be in meeting room AB.

FAQ: ADHD


Huntington will be back at the library at the end of October to proctor FREE SAT and ACT practice tests.  Reserve your spot today!

 

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books WeekBanned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular (American Library Association).

Stop by the Teen Space to check out our “AzkaBANNED Prison” display.

You can also take a “mug shot” with your favorite banned book to support your freedom to read!  Not sure which books are banned books?  Go here to find lists of frequently challenged and banned titles.  How many banned books have you read???
valentine sirius-black princess-leia katniss jon-snow hermione frank-castle eddie-dean atticus-finch arya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you post your Banned Books Mug Shot on social media, feel free to tag it with: #gapldteen, #bannedbooksweek, #bannedbooksweek2016, #bannedbooksmugshot

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Teen Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

19-year-old Feyre is hunting in the woods, desperately attempting to find some food to carry her family through the winter. Luck in the world gives her a nice deer and, on the more terrifying side for a mere mortal, a Fae in his wolf form. As a human whose race is told that the Fae terrorize humans (even though the Treaty calls it illegal), she kills the Fae. As punishment, however, the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, is forced to bring her back to permanently live with the High Fae. All is not right with the world of the Prythian, however; the blight, as it is called, weakens the land. As they face horrors and rituals of the Fae sort, Feyre and Tamlin grow closer together, but they will have to make it through so much more before they can have their happy ending.

This book, much like almost all the other Sarah J. Maas books I have read, is going straight to my favorites shelf. The novel was introduced to readers as a loose re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, which I wasn’t very intrigued by, but the actual book had me hooked-in by the first page. I have to admit, I wasn’t as in love with Maas’s characters in this novel as much as I loved her characters in the Throne of Glass series, but they were still the incredible and layered characters we’ve come to expect from Maas. I very much enjoyed Rhysand and Lucien’s characters, who are other males in the series. Lucien’s snark and humor was absolutely hysterical, while Rhysand is an enigma wrapped in a mystery twice over. I’m interested to see how his character will play in the next book. Our headstrong female protagonist, Feyre, reminds me of a softer version of Celaena from the Throne of Glass series, and I really loved her character. Sarah J. Maas has an uncanny ability to make her readers fall in love with whoever she writes. Overall, the story was absolutely fantastic and the journey they go through is heart shattering. The major plot twist in this book had me clawing at the walls and eating the pages of the book (perhaps that was an exaggeration, perhaps not). If you enjoy books with magic, adventure, love, and dreamy High Fae, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the book for you.

Written by Veeshva R.


Interested in writing a book review or a shelfie? Contact the Teen Librarian for more information: lhilty@grayslake.info.

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Teen Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

In the third installment in the Throne of Glass series, Celaena is going through more than ever before. She’s trying to get through the huge block of grief she encountered in Crown of Midnight, forced to face her heritage, and trains with Prince Rowan in Wendlyn to turn into a proper warrior. She slays not only the physical demons but her own as well. In another point of view, we see Dorian and Chaol struggling to find their places at the capitol. They interact with Aedion Ashryver, who seems like the typical reckless and ruthless killer for the King, but appearances are not to be assumed in Maas’s incredible world. With yet another new perspective in the series, we are introduced to Manon Blackbeak, an Ironteeth Witch in the Blackbeak Clan. She is cruel and shows no mercy, but we soon realize that there’s a miniscule little ember of something that resembles love that’s smoldering when she gains her steed, a wyvern.

We follow these two strong-hearted females in this thrilling novel which is so far, my favorite out of the series. The character progression we see in Celaena is absolutely jaw-dropping. The new characters introduced in this book are probably my favorite thing about this book. Aedion is my new favorite little baby and Rowan makes me tremble at the knees in anticipation for the next chapter with him. Sarah J. Maas, how do you keep writing men I love? Manon slays my life just as much as she slays her enemies; a world where Manon and Celaena rule is my ideal world. In terms of relationships, Celaena and Rowan’s friendship makes me complete; it’s most likely the best friendship I have ever read. Heir of Fire is significantly larger than the two previous books, but understandably so. Maas includes an ever intensifying plot and list of problems to overcome, while still keeping up relationships and emotions of all the characters, old and new. To keep this to a reasonable length, I must stop right about here, but for the love of Wyrd, please don’t miss out on one heck of an adventure and read this book.

Written by Veeshva R.


Interested in writing a book review or a shelfie? Contact the Teen Librarian for more information: lhilty@grayslake.info.

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