This week we are featuring three teen book reviews by Tamara, age 16, from the Waldo Branch Library.
Review for Danger Overseas by Carolyn Keene
Danger Overseas is a Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery. Frank, Joe, and Nancy reunite in Rome to solve a case involving a theft from an archeological dig and a girl with a missing memory. They soon find themselves involved in a web of terrorism, kidnapping, and deception.
The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are well loved characters that have lasted many years and undergone many changes. These detectives have been moved into our time and use more high tech gear such as cell phones, laptops, as well as unique gear that Joe and Frank get from A.T.A.C (American Teens Against Crime).
Girls and guys will enjoy this mystery as the greatest teen detectives come together to solve the case. It is a gripping novel. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Review for Nigtwing: Rough Justice
Nightwing: Rough Justice is a graphic novel chronicling Dick Grayson, originally known as the first Robin, leaving Gotham City and settling himself in the criminal infested streets of Bludhaven. In Rough Justice, Nightwing, continues his battle with the criminal mastermind, Blockbuster. There are special appearances of Batman, Oracle, Scarecrow, and the Man-Bat.
Nightwing is a underrated comic book hero. Being a young man who simply wants to make a difference in the world, Nightwing gives out a different brand of justice as he sees fit. Nightwing’s personality is in ways very different than Batman, and at times very similar.
This comic book is not for the faint of heart. I suggest a 13 and up rating because of the amount of violence. However the violence is necessary to show how Bludhaven is a truly corrupted place.
Girls and guys will enjoy Nightwing comics. If you liked Dick when he was the Boy Wonder, you’ll definitely like him as Nightwing. I give this graphic novel 5 out of 5 stars.
Review for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book of the Harry Potter series. Harry finds out that he’s the son of a witch and a wizard and is invited to attend Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he encounters friends, enemies, and loads of magic.
Though this book is supposed to be a New York Times bestseller, I had to force myself through the book. If I had been given a choice, I would have put the book down after the first few chapters.
The book lacked many things, but the most important thing it was missing was a plot. The plot was full of holes and missing information. It alternated between making me incredibly bored and leaving me scratching my head in confusion. Some parts were just inconsistent. For example, at one point in the story a troll breaks into the school. Now being a school for wizards and witches, you would think that the teachers and students would set up certain securities to present this. And you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to beat a troll if you have magic on your side.
The characters were only distinguishable by names because they were so flat and empty. I found that I couldn’t really care whether or not Harry survived his encounter with the evil wizard Voldemort because despite being the main character, he just wasn’t interesting.
The main problem I had with the book was that the author tried to present witches as the good guys. Think about it, witches have been the villains in books for years. They use dark magic to accomplish their deeds. Why would we want to read a book where the characters are basically students of evil?
I know that all the avid Harry Potter fans are fuming over this review by now but I honestly tried my best to at least tolerate the book. I just couldn’t do it. I went into the book expecting, at the very least, an interesting novel. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. I’m afraid I’ll have to give Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone zero out of five stars.