Teen Book Review: Icefall

Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Review by:  Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby is a dramatic, keeps-you-guessing novel. During the time of the Vikings (I believe), Solveig, her brave younger brother, and her gorgeous older sister get sent with a small caravan to an ice fortress to wait while their father, a king, rages a battle in their homeland. At some point, people start to believe that there is a traitor among them, and that they’re waiting for an ambush in their so-called sanctuary. The fact that her brother will inherit the crown and beauty of her sister has always shadowed Solveig. It is during this time of suspicion and deciding where her allies lie that Solveig finds her voice and steps out of the shadows.

I really liked this book, even though it’s hard to find a book that I don’t like. There aren’t that many books about Vikings so I thought that it was an interesting storyline. It’s a common loser-turned-hero story, only better. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone. Girls would probably like it more because it’s from Solveig’s point of view but I think that boys would like any book with Vikings in it.

Book Spotlight: Chopsticks

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

Several authors are now presenting their stories through pictures and random items instead of the traditional written word.  This short mystery story is told mostly through pictures, newspaper articles and short computer messages.  It's very unique.  To find out more check out the Chopstick website.

For another book in this style check out our review of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.

 

Teen Book Review: Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Review by Fallon D., Northwest Branch

Seraphina Dombegh has just moved out of the house and works as the court musical assistant in her hometown of Lavondaville.  But this is no ordinary land. Dragons know fold themselves into human shapes to help with ruling, and as the 40th anniversary of the peace is almost upon them, Prince Rufus is murdered and dragons are the key suspects. Seraphna and Prince Lucan Kiggs, second heir to the throne, are dragged into the mystery, and find something much bigger than they ever expected.  All the while, Seraphina is trying to hide her secret.  Her secret behind her musical talent, her secret that could cost her life.

I loved this book!!  It was extremely well written, the depth of the storyline was intriguing, ans I sincerely cared about the characters. When I saw that both Christopher Paolini ans Naomi Novik, two of my favorite authors, praised it, I had to read it.  I was  not disappointed.  Although it was a little bit confusing in the beginning and took a little while for the storyline to pick up, once it did I couldn't stop reading.  I absolutely loved the two main characters, Seraphina and Kiggs.  Seraphina herself is a flautist, and so am I, so I could really connect with her.  Seraphina was a great tale of adventure, mystery, and identity.

Teen Book Review: Kabloona

Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins
Review by:  Fallon, Northwest Branch
 

Kabloona (Eskimo for "White Man") is the true story of a Frenchman who traveled to King William Land to study the Netsilik Eskimos. They were the primitive Eskimos who had lived the same since the stone age, and the book, written from the author's journals explores the physical and physiological side of the Eskimo life.
Why I picked it up: I had to pick a book for my book report from a list, and the description o said "unlike any book you've ever read," and I was instantly intrigued.
Why I finished it: The content of the book was fascinating, and I learned a lot of interesting things. However it was very badly organized.
I'd recommend it to:  Anyone who is interested in primitive culture in general.

Book Spotlight: Every day

Every day by David Levithan

Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Branch

Imagine not owning a body. Instead, you wake up every day in someone else’s body. You never know what town you will wake up in, if you will be male or female for the day or who your friends and family will be. That’s the only life that “A” has ever known. Now 16 years old, he has learned to deal with this by avoiding attachment to any one life. That is, until the day he wakes up as Justin. When “A” sees Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon, he falls in love with her and this changes everything.

Why I picked it up: The cover was what intrigued me at first. Once I read the inside cover, I knew I had to give it a try. I thought the book could go either way, really bad or really good. I wanted to see if he was able to execute the premise of the book well.

Why I’d finished it: It was very good. He did a good job of making the characters, especially “A”, seem real. I wanted to see if “A” could make a relationship work with Rhiannon.

Who I would recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good story with interesting, well-developed characters.