Patron Reviews

Reviews of books, movies, CDs and audiobooks written by ELPL Patrons.

The Hunger Games

Review written by: Cindy
5

Excellent review ahead Readers, but beware, there be spoilers ahead!

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In the book, it all starts out as in the ruins of North America, lies a nation called Panem. It includes the Capital with 12 surrounding districts, there used to be 13, but the government bombed District 13. To keep the 12 Districts in line, each district sends a boy and a girl between the ages 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, where you survive on your own in the wild and fight to death with the other players. From District 12, nicknamed the "Seam", 16 year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers for tribute to take her sister, Primrose Everdeen's place, after she was chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. The boy who was chosen, Peeta Mellark, reminded Katniss of 5 years ago when he gave her food, or 2 loaves of bread to eat, after her family was almost starving to death. When they arrive at the Capital, their stylists help them look nice and they attend the ceremony and figure out the Training Center is their new home, for now. Next, they get trained with the previous winner from District 12, Haymitch, or the mentor, and use the training equipment with other district players, and have a "training session" with the game makers, where each of the 24 players show their skills and get a rating from 1-12, 12 being the highest. Katniss, shot a bow at the game maker's roast pig's apple in its mouth that was just delivered because they weren't concentrating to her and excused herself. She later got a 11!!! Later, the 24 players get interviewed by the host, Caesar Flickerman, and Peeta, the boy tribute from District 12 admitted he liked Katniss, the girl tribute from the same District, and Katniss gets really fired up with him. The Hunger Games begin a couple days later! Sadly, Katniss suffers a black-out and gets burned on her right leg calf. She also forms friends and allies with a 12 year old girl from District 11 called Rue, and Rue died later in the book. After Rue's death, there was a rule change, originally having 1 player from a District be a winner, but changing it to 2 players from the same District. Katniss immediately goes and finds Peeta. When Katniss finds Peeta, she discovers Peeta had a big wound on his leg from a cut from a sword done by Cato, the boy form District 2. But anyway, the 2 become star crossed lovers and shared a couple of kisses. A close call of Katniss's death was when Katniss was getting healing cream for Peeta's wound, and Clove, the girl tribute from District 2 almost stabbed her with a knife on Katniss's way back, but Thresh, the boy tribute from District 11, killed Clove for Katniss, and saved her life, because of the relationship between Rue and her. Also, near the end, Cato threatened to kill Peeta, and if Katniss killed Cato, both of them would go down, but Peeta signaled the perfect place to shoot Cato with an arrow, and Peeta survived and Cato died. Then, there was another rule change, changing the number of victors from each District from 2 to 1, but Katniss says Peeta and her are together and would die together, and they were about to eat poison berries on the count of three, but they were both declared winners at the last second. For the victor's ceremony, both of them got half a crown.

By Author/Artist: Suzanne Collins
Format: Hardcover Book

doctor who: the face of evil

Review written by: andrew holmes
5

after the doctor rejenerated he crashed landed on a very mistereus place that ever one calls him the evil one after his life is flahed before his eyes he finds out why he is being called the evil one. he found out that there is a why into the place were the xeoan lives . after talking to him he goes insain and the doctor bally excapes so then the doctor destores xeoan and goes on with his life 

the book was just like the t.v show very intresting but in a good way. the book was hard was a little hard too under at times but all and all the was a very good book even if you like doctor who

 

Note from ELPL:  Great review Andrew!  The library doesn't own this particular Doctor Who classic but we do have other great Doctor titles to read and watch.

 

 

By Author/Artist: terrance dicks
Format: paperback book

How Starbucks Saved My Life

Review written by: Maribeth
4

Michael Gates Gill came from an easy, privileged life of Ivy League education and a job as an advertising exec. In a matter of months, he loses his job, finds out he has a brain tumor, and is left by his wife. A manager at a New York City Starbucks asks if he wants a job as he sits in the store enjoying a latte. He agrees, and this memoir is the story of gaining new perspective after seemingly tragic events. Michael Gates Gill is a talented writer, weaving several relevant anecdotes into the larger story. It was a quick, interesting read and it was fun to hear about Starbucks from an employee's perspective.

By Author/Artist: Michael Gates Gill
Format: Hardcover

Are you there Vodka? It's me, Chelsea

Review written by: Mary Beth
4

Chelsea Handler exposes certain scenes in her life in "Are you there Vodka? It's me, Chelsea". She details her foray into babysitting, her first DUI/stint in jail, and a vacation with her father among other incidences. Although some of the things she talks about are shocking at times, her unapologetic attitude make the memoir funny. She gets involved in bizarre situations and doesn't question them; instead, she just makes the most out of it and, evidently, uses it as fodder for her comedy shows. I listened to the audiobook and it makes my commute go much faster! Loved listening to this book. I especially liked that the auther also read the audiobook.

By Author/Artist: Chelsea Handler
Format: Audiobook

Zombie, Illinois

Review written by: Carrie
5

I loved this book! Of course, the zombie factors were spooky and gross, but there is a cohesive plot as to political dynamics interweaving with the rising of the dead! A fast, fun, absorbing summer read!

By Author/Artist: Scott Kenemore
Format: paperback

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Review written by: Carrie
4

This was a thriller and I was fully drawn into the mystery as to who the "killer" was!

Format: paperback

Love Ruby Lavender

Review written by: Nina Natla
4

Ruby Lavender and Miss Eula are a great team because they do everything together. But when Miss Eula goes to Hawaii to visit her grandbaby, Ruby is stuck in Halleluia,Mississippi bored with curly haired Melba Jane. When it was recital Miss Eula came back and was waiting for Ruby in the Pink Palace.

By Author/Artist: Deborah Wiles
Format: Hardcover

Open

Review written by: Keith Phillips
5

Starts off very engaging. I really enjoyed a glimpse into this contemporary's life. Does a great job of carrying a singular voice throughout the whole book. Makes me glad I have my life and he has his!

By Author/Artist: Andre Agassi
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307268198

Shaq Uncut: My Story

Review written by: Logan "Bacon" Bahm
5

When I first picked up this book I wanted to learn about Shaq's career in depth and when I read it I really got to see his career in full. All of the details in his life, from childhood to the NBA to retirement from the NBA, were explained in full detail. I enjoyed learning about Shaq. To me the book never got boring and he seemed to be talking to me. Due to the frequent use of profanity and the discussion of Kobe Bryant's (a basketball star who played with Shaq from the mid 90's to the mid 2000's) rape case (which was made up by the woman) this book is recommended for teens and adults only. Thank you for reading this review, and see you next time. ~Logan

By Author/Artist: Shaquille O'Neal with Jackie Macmullan
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4555-0441-1

The Time Keeper

Review written by: Lorri
5

I read this book as part of the Summer Reading Program and was not sure about the book as the category for the week was Science Fiction/Fantasy. I have not been interested in or enjoyed the genre so I was very pleasantly surprised by the Time Keeper. It was a wonderful story about the first person to keep track of time and how it affected all humans in the future. Given the name Father Time he is banished to a cave for 6000 years and then given a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. The author did a nice job of weaving the three stories together and pulling you into their lives so you could not wait to see how it all worked out in the end. The author included thoughts on time that will make all readers think. One to encourage all to read the book. "There is a reason God limits our days" - "To make each one Precious"

By Author/Artist: Mitch Albom
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 35935004337826

Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different

Review written by: Cindy
5
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Steve Jobs said at a Stanford University Commencement speech. Steve Jobs was a unique and intelligent man who thought and acted different.Since Steve was a baby, his family was different from most people, because he was adopted. Also, Steve had strange habits like going on a diet like just eating carrots or apples, sometimes making his face change color, his friends said. Jobs also enjoyed putting his feet in a toilet, and flushing it to relieve stress, he said. He often went barefoot and sometimes smelled odd after not showering for a couple of days. Jobs was a college drop out and later he and his friend, Steve Wozniak, thought different and founded the company, Apple, a company that changed the world with the electronic devices they made like a never before seen IPhone or IPod. The advertisements for Apple were really interesting, featuring extraordinary people like Albert Einstein and puppeteer Jim Henson with the colorful Apple logo on them and "Think Different" written on them. He also helped Pixar create fascinating computer animated movies, which later was sold to Disney. He also expirienced troubles through his life though,like being removed from operational duties from the new CEO John Sculley in 1985, and Jobs left the company. In 1993, he started a computer company called NeXT, which got out of the computer business in 1996. Sadly, Steve passed away on October 5th, 2011 from Pancreatic Cancer. Sadly, he is not here to share his ideas to the world, but his ideas and fascinating life still lives in our hearts.
By Author/Artist: Karen Blumenthal
Format: Hardcover Book

Mark Twain

Review written by: Alan
5

This book by Lynda Pflueger explains Mark Twain's life, from his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to his life of constant travel. This author gave many nice and entertaining details, and the book was hard to put down. This book is not hard to read at all. The format of this book is simple and understandable. There are even some pictures to help you visualize what the author is talking about. This biography of Mark Twain succeeded in educating me about Mark Twain's life. I recommend this book to all people who are interested in learning about Mark Twain.

By Author/Artist: Lynda Pflueger
Format: Hardcover

Dear Pen Pal

Review written by: Nina Natla
4

When Jess gets a is offered an anonymous scholarship to a boarding school she isn't sure if she wants to go because of leaving her friends behind.Meanwhile Megan's grandmother comes for a long visit and everything in the Wong household upside down.

By Author/Artist: Heather Vogel Frederick
Format: paperback

Grayson

Review written by: Jan
4

Lynne Cox is long as a long distance swimmer. She has swum across the English Channel for example. Grayson is the story of one morning when Cox was practicing swimming at the age of 17 in the water off of Seal Beach in Southern California. She comes in contact with a baby whale that had lost its mother on their way north to the Bering Sea. The whale was 18' long. A community of fishermen and lifeguards becomes worried for the baby. Cox stays in the 55 degree water longer than her usual workout trying to help the baby find its mother. It is beautifully written book about a variety of sea life. A very special morning communing with a whale.

By Author/Artist: Lynne Cox

The Fellowship of the Ring

Review written by: Lily Van Loh
5

"The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best books that I have ever read. At the beginning of the book, Frodo, a hobbit living in the Shire, is presented with a difficult mission. I could relate somewhat because this year, it felt like I had a difficult mission in just finishing school! There were several other areas of the book to which I could relate. The imagery and creativity that Tolkien put into this books made it a fun read.

By Author/Artist: J.R.R. Tolkien
Format: Paperback book

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