Wed, Dec. 4 – Castles and Crowns Chess Club - 3pm – 5pm
Wed, Dec. 11 – Castles and Crowns Chess Club - 3pm – 5pm
Thurs, Dec 12 – Build a House of Cards contest - 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Wed, Dec. 18 – Castles and Crowns Chess Club – 3pm-5pm
Thus, Dec. 5 – Board Games - 4pm – 5:30pm
Fri, Dec. 13 – Gingerbread House Contest - 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fri, Dec. 13 – Cartooning Workshop - 3:30pm
Wed, Dec. 18 – Copper Etching - 3:30pm – 5pm
Review by Anna, Sonoma Branch
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Amy Holder creates a nightmarish high school experience in The Lipstick Laws. April Bowers, despite being at the same high school for two years, has no friends. She doesn’t stay friendless for long when she becomes gym partners with Britney Taylor, the most popular girl in school. But April discovers not everything is as ideal as it seems when Britney reveals the totalitarian rules that everyone who is Britney’s friend must abide to. Soon April falls from grace, and retaliates by creating the Lipstick Law Breakers. She is then thrust into an all-out clique war she started herself.
I strongly dislike this book. It is predictable down to the characters’ names. The so-called resolution was superficial, close-minded, and a temporary fix at best. Even the Lipstick Law Breakers, the “good” guys in this plot, take actions that are only propelled by hatred and the urge to point out the flaws of other people. The only reason I would recommend this book is if you wish to feel better about yourself by the time you finish it.
Check out these cool skulls made by Northwest Teens at the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos program!
Review by Lexi
Clary Fray is a fifteen year old girl that lives in New York with her mother. One night out with her best friend, Simon Lewis, she witnesses a murder. The strange thing is, no one saw it but her! She soon comes to realize who the murderers are. They call themselves Shadowhunters. They dedicate themselves to protecting the "mundanes" from the demon world. She soon learns about her role in all of this, including how she was the only one able to see them when they murdered the demon. Her mother is soon taken, and she has to fight to save her and the famous Mortal Cup, one of the three Mortal Instruments.
What did I like and not like about the book? I really enjoyed the witty and sarcastic dialogue between all of the characters. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job with all of her characters. I was even catching myself laughing out loud, many times, with their hilarious conversations. It was also so different from all of the other books I have read, which I really enjoyed. Cassandra Clare always kept you on your toes through out the book. She had a really nice storyline, and a really shocking twist to the end that I was begging for more! To be quite honest, there wasn't much that I didn't really like in this book. I was able to find some things though. Of course, in almost every book you read there is always that awkward love triangle. I was kind of hoping from an escape from that because it's in almost every series there is. Also part of the ending was so obvious that I was able to see it a mile away. Maybe I just have really good intuition or something? I enjoyed this book a lot, even with the tiny flaws.
I would recommend this book to any gender. There is both love and action involved so it entertains both sexes. I would most likely set the age limit to like 14-15+. There is a little vulgar language, but nothing major.
If you enjoyed this book, check out the whole Mortal Instruments series!
Review by Anna, Sonoma Branch
From Bad To Cursed by Katie Alender
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. Alexis Warren loves her life. She has the perfect best friend, an adorable boyfriend, and a little sister that is no longer possessed by an evil spirit. In fact, Alexis has no intention of ever dabbling in spirits again. But a sinister plan is brewing, and the Sunshine Club is the target and the brains behind it. Alexis finds herself in a terrible situation that she doesn’t think she could get out of; if she wanted to leave, that is.
For the most part, I liked this book. There is a creative plot line, good characters, and unpredictable moments. The only flaw with this book is that it didn’t captivate me. Sure, I was mildly interested in how Alexis fared in tough situations, but I wasn’t really invested in her. Some books create characters that come to life before your eyes. This one didn’t. I would recommend this novel to girls that are attracted to paranormal ideas, or anyone that fancies a relatively easy read.
The Bad Girls Don't Die Series by Katie Alender
#1 Bad Girls Don't Die
#2 From Bad To Cursed: A bad girls don't die novel
#3 As Dead As It Gets: A bad girls don't die novel
Review by Anna, Sonoma Branch
Cryer's Cross by Lisa Mcmann
Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann is a creepy novel that makes you want to sleep with a night-light once you finish it. Seventeen-year-old Kendall Fletcher lives in a tiny Montana town, Cryer’s Cross, population 212. Kendall’s life finally seems to be picking up. Her best friend became her boyfriend, Julliard is within her reach, and her OCD is no longer dominating her life. Then a tragedy shakes the small town to its core. Kendall starts to fall apart. The only way she managed to stay whole was with the help of mysterious Jacián. But Kendall’s OCD allows her to see the mystery differently than anyone else, and soon she’s hot on the trail of someone devious and ominous.
I liked this book, which is impressive considering I don’t like horror stories. The novel was slow to start, but by the end of it I was enthralled. The big reveal at the end was something I did not expect and then cursed myself for not predicting it. If you like horror stories, mysteries, or want to spend an evening being creeped out, I recommend this book for you to read.
Calling all chess players and strategists!
Don't forget about Rincon Valley's Teen lounge presenting the Castles and Crowns Chess Club this afternoon from 3:00-5:00.
Hope to see you there!
Castles and Crowns Chess Club - Rincon Valley 3:00-5:00
Board Game Day For Teens - Petaluma 4:00-5:30