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City of Bones / Cassandra Clare PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

altCity of Bones is one of the best books I've read for a while. The idea was intriguing and while retaining classic fantasy ideas, also brought up completely original concepts. Loved the plot twists, the suspense, the action, and the romance. The writing was beautiful, humorous, and never dry. From the first sentence to the last page, I was hooked; I couldn't put it down! (just ask my mom, she'll tell you about all the times she said 'no reading at the dinner table!') City of Bones is a captivating novel for any one interested in fantasy, romance, adventure, or just an enthralling break from everyday life. Five Stars!  


(Sarah, Evanston teen)

SuperMutant Magic Academy / Jillian Tamaki PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2015 10:22

altThe SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for misfits--a little bit Hogwarts and a little bit Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. It's where the mutants and the witches go but school takes a secondary role where there are bigger things at stake like dating, acne, first love and the like. Each strip follows a brief snippet of a one of the menagerie of characters we get to follow. The overall book seems to jump all over the place but the arc of each character's story does conclude as we continue to revisit them through strip after strip. 


There's the cat-eared Wendy, obsessed with boys who have nothing to do with her, and her roommate Marsha, a performance artist who takes every chance she can get to demonstrate her opinions of society through odd displays of art with her body. Marsha also has a secret crush and a brooding personality that pushes everyone around her away.


A lizard-headed girl named Trixie pines in the mirror over not being able to become a model, devastated at her lack of a pretty face. Jillian Tamaki's SuperMutant Magic Academy is a graphic novel compilation of the most popular material from the web comic including new material. Her humor is both devastating and exact as she pinpoints the difficult and tricky terrain of adolescence, picking up on the drama of teenage life. It is a must read for anyone looking to find a new way to break out of the trope of high school stereotypes and find a new place to belong. 


(Ashley, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: Take Me There / Susan Colasanti PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2015 00:00

altRhiannon is in high school. Her and her friends are having some problems. Rhiannon is going through a nasty breakup that she can’t get over. Nicole is having trouble with a personal issue. That causes her to break up with her perfect boyfriend. James is hopelessly in love with Rhiannon and doesn’t know what to do. A mean girl that goes to their school is trying to ruin their lives. In the end will they finally prevail or will they fail? Read to find out.

I really enjoyed Take Me There. I can really relate to the characters. In school there is always drama going on. So the fact that this takes place in school makes it very relatable. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars because I don't really like books that switch points of view.


(Ana, Evanston Teen)

Tangerine / Edward Bloor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

altI love the book Tangerine.  It has a very good ending showing how he turned legally blind.  I did not rate it a 5 though because it heavily involves soccer for which I know nothing about so that brought it down 1.  Other than that I loved how descriptive the author is for the scenery to the lemon scented trash bags to how he felt (tiny spoiler) with the white spray paint, and I think only great books have awesome description.

(Helen, Evanston teen)



Ana Recommends: City of Bones / Cassandra Clare PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:34

alt City of Bones is the first book in the mortal instruments series. In the book Clary finds out that there is another world hidden in her own. There are different species that are more powerful than anything you could ever imagine there. One species is called the Nephilim or better known as the Shadowhunters. There job is to hunt and kill demons. The other species include werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries. They are known as downworlders they are said to be half demon and half human.

 I love this series I started it about a year ago and then I became too busy to read the rest of the series. I finally got a chance to come back to the series and I’m even more infatuated now then I was then and I’m now on the fourth book. If you love adventure, romance, and teenage angst then be sure to read the Mortal Instruments series. I give it  4.8 out of 5 stars.

(Ana, Evanston teen)


Future Perfect / Jen Larsen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2015 16:50

Ashley Maria Perkins is tall, broad, and brown. A straight-A student, volleyball player, perfectionist in a fat body.Cover image for Future perfect Ashley has loving friends and an adoring boyfriend, but her grandmother can't accept Ashley's size. Each year on her birthday, her grandmother will offer Ashley an index card with a hand-written proposal for a luxurious gift ... at a price. Whether it was "lose 50 lbs" for a Paris shopping spree, or "lose 70 lbs" for a brand-new car, Ashley has long been demeaned and tempted by her grandmother's absurd offers. Not once has she contemplated actually taking the bait. Until her 17th birthday.

Ashley has long dreamed of attending Harvard, just like her long-gone mother did. And when her grandmother offers her full tuition to Harvard if she agrees to get gastric bypass surgery ... Ashley is tempted to compromise her body acceptance to live her dreams.

Set in the San Francisco suburbs, Jen Larsen's YA debut Future Perfect is the follow-up to her memoir about her experience receiving weight loss surgery. She tells a narrative with a similar subject matter, but perhaps a different ending than the one she herself lived. This novel touches on transgender and racial politics beyond just the issue of body image. It's a compelling read that asks big questions and urges the reader to root for Ashley all along the way. 

- Kayla, Loft staff

Nimona / Noelle Stevenson PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

altI found Nimona to be quite enjoyable. I really enjoy a good graphic novel, and Nimona has gotten great reviews, so I thought I'd give it a read. Plus, graphic novels are very quick reads; I finished Nimona the day that I started it.'

The plot is kind of funky, but the author makes it work. For some reason, I felt like I was reading a video game. The story just felt like it was one portrayed in a video game. I don't know why. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book, because it's not exactly "my kind of book". The illustrations aren't that great, but they're fun nonetheless.  

(Isabella, Evanston teen)

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