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by Holly Black
[SPOILER ALERT] Apparently, I did not pick up on Holly Black’s elemental trend of ending her books with plot twists! After recovering from the first plot twist in “The Cruel Prince,” which resulted in Carden being king for exactly one year and one day under the command of Jude, the plot seemed to progress as both character were adjusting to their new system. However, the threats from their actions of doing so remained. Madoc, Jude’s father, seemed indifferent to his daughter. He even confessed that he was taken aback with her plan (especially since it worked resulting in stormy water between). Speaking of stormy waters, Nicasia and her mother, Orlagh, are another threat to the plan and to the reign demised by Jude as the political atmosphere between land and sea deteriorate. In The Wicked King, Jude works as Carden’s seneschal and handles the political scene until Oak can be crowned. But many threats may hinder Jude’s plan. Read about Jude’s perserverance and brilliant handling and scheming in The Wicked King. This book will leave you with your moth open and your heart crumbled. Also, be sure to take a closer look at the book’s cover once you finish reading it. The dots will connect, haha!
Reviewed by, Ingrid Magallanes
by Lamar Giles
Not So Pure and Simple is the story of a junior in high school named, Del. Del’s had a major crush on a girl named Kiera for most of his life, but he’s never had the guts to ask her out. Del is a virgin, but in order to impress everyone around him (especially his buddy, Qwan), he’s created a ladies’ man image for himself that he’s been fronting all throughout high school. When he finally builds up the courage to connect with Kiera, he gets himself involved in a “purity pledge” at her church. At first, he only does it to get close to her (with basically no intention keeping the pledge), but he starts to realize that the manly charade he’s been living is toxic and that it won’t help him get the girl of his dreams. Giles’s book features some really interesting insights into the way that teen boys think about sex, it has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, and it’s a quick and easy read. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for feel-good realism with diverse characters.
Reviewed by, Anonymous
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
As part of my school’s English curriculum, we have to read The Great Gatsby. Maybe it was because of distance learning and not being able to discuss this classic with my class, that this book seemed more of a tale of a tragic romance. Jay Gatsby met Daisy once upon a time and they seemed enthralled with each other until they were separated. Then comes in Nick Carraway years later, the perfect wingman that Gatsby needs to rekindle his affection with Daisy and close the gap across his dock of time, distance, and social status. Gatsby embodies the example of “rags to riches” that many link with the American dream, one theme that many associate this book too, which is true. Gatsby acquired mass wealth in hopes of being recognized by Daisy to which he did. Unfortunately, that resulted in the problems of their reunion as Daisy’s husband was not at all fond of Mr. Gatsby and neither was the universe. Today, many teens may see Gatsby as a “simp” who died tragically trying to impress a foolish girl, but underneath that, he was a man enchanted with the achievement of materialism but never fully indulging in as he casts himself away from the rave from his very own lavish parties. Poor Gatsby was being eaten up by the system of capitalism and of a past love knowingly until a tragedy stopped a more sad ending
Reviewed by, Ingrid Magallanes
by Gibby Haynes
Me & Mr. Cigar is the incredibly funny and extremely bizarre first novel by Gibby Haynes (singer of the 80s/90s band, The Butthole Surfers). Just like that band, this books is undeniably weird but also surprisingly good! “Me & Mr. Cigar” is one part coming-of-age story, one part science fiction bonanza, and the rest is a giant mixture of just about every other genre imaginable. The book centers around a seventeen-year-old boy named Oscar, his furry canine companion, Mr. Cigar, and his estranged sister, Rachel. Though the book is basically a story about a boy and his dog, it’s less like Call of the Wild and more like an episode of Stranger Things (since Mr. Cigar is capable of speaking to Oscar telepathically, moving things around with mind control, and coming up with schemes to overthrow corrupt government corporations). The action kicks-off when Rachel contacts Oscar and tells him that she’s been taken hostage. Oscar (feeling guilty about the time that Mr. Cigar bit his sister’s hand off) and his pup immediately set out to go save her. There’s way too much craziness to unpack here, but at the heart of it all is a genuinely good-natured story of a siblings reconnecting. “Me & Mr. Cigar” is witty, weird, and well-written. It also features an awesome supernatural dog!