Librarian’s review: Warcross


Warcross by Marie Lu is a fun read that reminded me in many ways of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter catching people who bet illegally on the virtual reality game Warcross. That is, until she hacks herself in to the opening ceremony of the Warcross Championship. Next thing she knows she’s working for the enigmatic creator of the game, Hideo Tanaka, to catch a sinister hacker who has been causing trouble in the Warcross universe.

I often find myself unfortunately good at predicting plot twists. That being said, this book actually managed to have a twist I didn’t see coming. There were still some reveals I did anticipate but I really appreciated that I didn’t feel like I knew everything before it happened.

Overall, I give it 4 stars, although, I probably would have gone with 3 stars if not for Lu’s success in hiding her twist.

By Alli G.


The Darkest Part of the Forest (Book Review)

In a clearing, in the forest lays a glass coffin with a beautiful creature inside. On and on this person sleeps, never waking no matter what anyone does.

Think you know this story, huh? Think again.

The coffin contains a boy with horns and pointed ears. The things that haven’t awakened him include kisses from local teenagers, hard blows to the coffin with a sledgehammer, and loud, raucous parties with girls dancing on top to tunes blaring out of their iPods.

Welcome to Fairfold, a town where the lines between what we’d call fantasy and reality are blurred. A town where the Folk, as fairies are called, fill the forest and occasionally play nasty tricks on the human residents and visitors. Where sometimes the fairies will fulfill a wish or a blessing, but always with dire consequences.

Enter Hazel and Ben, brother and sister who have spent their whole lives in Fairfold. They know how to run the forest paths, know every inch of the stream and hills, know all the stories and secrets of their hometown.

These two have a few secrets of their own. Years ago, after Ben had been blessed by a fairy woman and could play music that enchanted humans and Folk alike, the pair decided to become monster hunters to protect tourists and townsfolk from the creatures that crawled the woods. Hazel longed to become a knight and would become one, in a way, when she pledged seven years of her life to the fairy king in exchange for a music scholarship for her brother.

Now the coffin has broken, and the boy is gone. Hazel is losing track of time, and when she wakes in the mornings, she her body is bruised and battered, her clothes and feet covered with mud. Acorns with secret messages fill her pockets, and her beloved sword is missing.

What is going on? Who freed the fairy boy, and what will this mean for the town of Fairfold?

For the answers to those questions and more, read The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

The Other Wes Moore (Book Review)


Baltimore in the 1970s was a rough place. Around every corner were gangs of drug dealers and thieves, and the word murder was commonly used as much as it was committed. Growing up was especially hard for Wes, whose father had died when he was very young. Later on in his life, Wes learned that there was another man who grew up not far from himself, who shared his name. But their fates went in the opposite direction. Both boys had a troubled childhood. The other Wes was fatherless as well, and both battled moving and bad friendships. Friendships that led the other Wes to becoming a drug dealer in his early teens, and eventually taking part in a robbery and murder of a police officer. Both got in trouble with the police. Wes had trouble at academic school, and his mother eventually sent him off to military school. Finally finding his place and respect, Wes graduated from John Hopkins University and became a Rhodes Scholar. Both Wes’ were in the same situation. So how did their paths lead in completely opposite directions? Wes was so fascinated by this, he decided to visit the other Wes in Prison and find out more. Maybe it was because the other Wes grew up without an older man to be his role model. Or maybe it was his neighborhoods in his early life. But in the Novel The Other Wes Moore, written by Wes Moore, Wes finds out “the chilling truth that his story could have been mine. And the tragedy that my story could have been his.”

I would rate this book 5/5 stars for its depth and moral. A story may begin with a struggle, but you can still stand strong and become a great person. Because of certain language and content, my age recommendation is 13+. But of course, a mature reader below that age is welcome to read it if they see fit.


Star Wars The Last Jedi: Review/ Theories (Spoilers)


Star Wars The Last Jedi, is about the rebels, or what’s left of them, trying to get away from the Empire with limited fuel and with Leia in a coma. The second in command doesn’t seem to know what she’s doing and wants to transmit the fuel to the escape pods. Meanwhile, Rey is on a small planet to see if Luke will help train her and help the rebellion fight against the empire. While all that is happening, Fin is trying to find The “Master code breaker” who can help the Rebels get into the Imperial base because the First Order is tracking the Rebels through Light Speed. Leia wakes up and she sends the rebels to the same planet as the one from The Empire Strikes Back. Rey learns that Luke really did fail Kylo Ren because he almost killed Kylo when he was sleeping. He almost did this because of the Dark power he possessed. Kylo woke up, took/ killed other Jedi and went to work for Snoke. Fin finds out that the Master Code Breaker was an Imperial Spy and they get put down for execution. Rey is also in the Imperial base trying to convince Snoke that Kylo Ren can be saved and brought to the light side. They end up killing Snoke and just as we thought Kylo was going to be good, he asked Rey to join him in ruling the galactic empire.  They then fight for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and end up splitting it in half. This causes an explosion that kills the Imperials who are about to kill Fin and the rebel with him. They all end up meeting on a planet where its Kylo Ren’s newly owned First Order vs. The Rebellion. Luke then comes and distracts Kylo Ren while the rebels can escape. After Ren realizes that Luke is just a hologram, the rebels escape but Luke dies from transmitting the signal all the way across the galaxy. All that’s left of the rebellion escapes and the movie ends.

My Score: 8.7/10, because while it isn’t the best out there, it’s story set up the next movie and the visuals were fantastic.

Theory: Snoke is Palpatine!

This movie was very well done and I highly suggest watching it.

The Road: Book Review

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The Road is a post apocalyptic thriller written by Cormac McCarthy. This story follows a man and his young son trying to travel South. They are doing this because the Earth has basically been destroyed in some kind of nuclear war making the North covered in ash with extremely cold conditions. The water and land is covered in ash so with no animals and most of the water polluted, they have trouble finding food/ water. The man and the boy encounter cannibals who can’t find food but want to eat them. Meanwhile, the dad is suffering an extremely bad cough which could kill him before they get to the South. Can the boy and the man get to the South before the dad dies from the cough and before the cannibals get them? Read the Road to find out.

Setting: The setting is only known to be in The North because the family is traveling south.

Pros: This has a great story, 2 very likeable characters, a future that could actually happen, and cannibals/ villains that’ll creep you out.

Cons: One problem I did have was that the characters didn’t have names but it’s almost smart because names don’t matter in that future.

Score: 9.3/10

This was a fantastic story and I highly suggest reading it.

Spider-Man: Homecoming


Spider-Man: Homecoming was a film released on July 7, 2017. It was directed by Jon Watts. The film follows Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) as he gets a high tech suit from Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.), and despite what he’s told, Peter starts taking advantage of the suit and, under the name Spider-Man, fights The Vulture (played by Michael Keaton). Peter has to balance his life between his normal life and his Spider-Man life.

The casting is great. Tom Holland was born to be Spider-Man. Michael Keaton did a good job as Vulture. Jacob Batalon plays Peter’s best friend Ned, who is cool.  The movie itself is funny and has some epic and intense action in a lot of scenes.

The music was composed by Michael Giacchino, whose music is absolutely epic in all the movies he did, and this movie is no exception. When the opening credits are playing, you hear an orchestral arrangement of the Spider-Man cartoon theme song. That is just amazing, and the rest of the music is epic as well.

If you love action, watch this movie. I guarantee you will love it. I give this film a 10/10.

Dolores Claiborne Review


Stars — 3/5

Summary — Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years. (Goodreads)

Thought — It was okay. I didn’t like it too much, but there were parts I enjoyed. It didn’t really have the same thrill factor as the rest of Stephen King’s books which made the plot less appealing. I was expecting a supernatural horror involved, but turns out the character was just crazy. There really isn’t much to say about it. The book didn’t meet my expectations. All in all, it kind of sucked, but I have enjoyed several other Stephen King novels and highly recommend them.

Age — 4+