Patron Reviews

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

The Three Musketeers

Review written by: Lo-Hua
5

Set in 17th-century France, The Three Musketeers offers a zesty cloak-and-sword adventure for all time. Heroic young d'Artagnan befriends the noble Musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and the "all for one, one for all" quartet become embroiled in a race to foil the wicked plots of the conniving Cardinal Richelieu and his seductive, mysterious accomplice Lady de Winter. Love affairs, duels, imprisonments, and hairbreath escapes saturate Dumas's tale. The Three Musketeers ignores historical accuracy, psychology, and analysis, but its thrilling adventure and exuberant inventiveness allow the reader to fly through the novel's sixty-seven chapters. Caught up in the plot's romantic aura, one might find the conclusion and epilogue unexpectedly depressing, but as Athos tells a weeping d'Artagnan, "You are still young. With time, your bitter memories will turn into sweet remembrances." Indeed, this was actually the second time that I read The Three Musketeers, yet I had forgotten the last couple chapters' gloominess; I only remembered the sparkling intrigue, glittering romance, and fast-paced action, qualities that make Dumas's Three Musketeers worth revisiting again and again.

By Author/Artist: Alexandre Dumas
Format: Paperback

Junie B., First Grader Boo...and I mean it!

Review written by: Livia
5

This book is about a girl who is afraid of Halloween. She scares her grandma in a clown suit and her grandma jumps. I thought this book was funny and I really like it! I give this book 5 stars. I think more kids should read this book.

By Author/Artist: Barbara Park

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Review written by: Emma
5

I give this book five out of five stars. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite book. Roald Dahl is a good author because he is very imaginative. My favorite part was when Charlie and everyone else went on the boat in the chocolate river becaurse there were 100 oompa loompas! I think this book in some parts are really funny. When the girl ate that gum she turned into a blueberry. I thought that part was funny. I hope more people read this book.

By Author/Artist: Roald Dahl

Before I Fall

Review written by: Eileen
2

I didn't like this book. It is the story of a girl who dies in a car accident and then must relive her final day seven times to correct her mistakes. I didn;t really strike me as being very good or very bad, just sort of blah.

By Author/Artist: Lauren Oliver
Format: Hardcover

Impossible

Review written by: Eileen
3

This book is about a girl forced to break an ancient curse or suffer madness forever. I felt the story line was god but it was not very well-written. Those who like romantic books would really like it.

By Author/Artist: Nancy Werlin
Format: Hardcover

Mocking Jay

Review written by: John Le
5

The book Mocking Jay is one of the best books that I've read this summer. Mocking Jay is the third book in the Hunger Games series. In this book, District 12 has been destroyed completely by the Capitol. The Capitol is where the leaders who rule the Districts live and they have the power to control them. Katniss and her family survived the big explosion made by the Capitol. The sad thing is that everyone else in District 12 died and Peeta is captured by the Capitol. Everyone in Panem knows that District 13 is still alive and that Katniss and her family are living in District 13. There are also new rulers which the Districts hate. Katniss and District 13 are now planning to ????????????? READ THE BOOK YOURSELF BECAUSE THAT'S ALL YOUR GETTING FROM ME, PERIOD. :)

Note from ELPL:  John Le, so cruel, leaving everyone hanging.  But I give you credit for not revealing any spoilers.  ;-)  The Hunger Games trilogy ends with Mockingjay in a very satisfying, mesmerizing and heartbreaking finale (I'm not giving anyting away either!)  We have 15 copies of this but still can't keep them on the shelf.  You can also get it as an audiobook or eAudiobook.  Unfortunately not in eBook, none of the Hunger Games trilogy books are avaiable for sale to libraries in eBook format.  :-(


 

By Author/Artist: Suzanne Collins
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780439023511

The Night Circus

Review written by: Grace
5

This book was so fantastic that once I finished, it took me a couple of days and a whole lot of convincing to start reading another book. About two chapters into to the book I called my mother, another avid reader always scouting out for more great reads, and told her she HAD to read this book. Once I finished the book and realized she still hadn't started I called her again and told I got goosebumps when I closed the book after reading the last page. She was finally convinced and began to read. Now we can't stop talking about The Night Circus. I would not be surprised if this is made into a major motion picture in the near future; it is that good. The Night Circus follows two main characters, Ceila and Marco, through their journey of magical talent and mystery. It is repeatedly referred to as "the game" in which two illusionists are pitted against each other. There's twists and turns throughout the whole plot and Morgenstern weaves odds and ends into the fabric of this book. It's beautifully written. It's dream-like, magical, mysterious, and beautiful. It is a MUST read for everyone.


Note from ELPL:  Grace, excellent review, and I'm so glad you loved this book.  I loved it, thought it was one of the most beautiful and captivating stories I have ever read and was one of many staff members here at ELPL that couldn't recommend it enough.  Because this is so popular we have this title in print, audiobook, eBook and Lit Kit.  According to the author's website the film rights have been optioned by Summit Entertainment, the same company responsible for the Twilight movies.


 

By Author/Artist: Erin Morgenstern
Format: Hardcover

The Enormous Crocodile

Review written by: liviacooke
5
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.Ilike this book because when the crocodile trys to eat the kids,then the kids run away.I think this crocodile is werid because he is silly.I think more kids should read this book.


Note from ELPL:  liviacooke, we are glad you liked this book.  We don't have a copy here at ELPL but there are copies available on MeLCat.  Patrons, if you want ELPL to re-purchase a copy let us know here.
By Author/Artist: By Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-404-66647-4

A Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Review written by: Eileen
5

This is a wonderful, funny book about the real Princes Charming. Four princes, each know as Prince Charming, team up to go on an adventure. I really liked this book.

By Author/Artist: Christopher Healy
Format: Hardcover

Crogan's Loyalty

Review written by: Eileen
5

This book was fantastic! It portrays the story of two brothers on opposite sides of the American Revolution. I enjoy reading stories of the Loyalist point of view, so I really liked the idea. The end was so sad. I firmly recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in history.

By Author/Artist: Chris Schwiez
Format: Hardcover, Graphic Novel

Trail of Blood

Review written by: Eileen
4

This book was a great murder mystery. I liked it because it showed a lot of forensic science. In the 30s, a serial killer worked in Cleveland, killing 12 people. He was never caught. Now, someone is re-creating his murders. Can the police solve this long-standing case?

By Author/Artist: Lisa Black
Format: Hardcover

The Iron Knight

Review written by: Eileen
5

I really loved this book. It is the companion/sequel to the Iron Queen, but told from a different perspective. I enjoyed the fresh outlook, and it was a perfect end to the series. Ash, the former prince of the Unseelie court travels to the end of the world to become human to be able to be with the girl he loves.


Note from ELPL:  This title is also available in eBook as well as author Julie Kagawa's other books in the Iron Fey series.  Glad you enjoyed the series Eileen!

By Author/Artist: Julie Kagawa
Format: Paperback

the serpents shadow

Review written by: trevor bower
5

The serpents shadow is about carter and sadie kane who live at brookland house (there uncles magic home). Throughout the book they try to stop Apophis from destroying the world with the help of the egyptian gods. It is the second book in the series and I really recommend it.

By Author/Artist: Rick Riordan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Review written by: Jen
4

I requested this book due to the upcoming movie with the same title coming out this summer. Although it was the first YA book I had read in a while, it paints a clear picture of a young, innocent boy starting his freshman year of High School and experiencing all that the high school encompasses. Charlie narrates the book through letters wrote to his "friend", who we never find out who this friend actually is, but by the end I believed that the friend was supposed to be me, the reader. Quite different from many books about high schoolers, Charlie must deal with various dark subjects in his adolescence, such as suicide, molestation, and death. Near the end of the book, we find out that he had actually been suppressing memories of a horrible thing that happened to him when he was younger. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it has quite a lot of depth to it. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie adaption.

By Author/Artist: Stephen Chbosky
Format: Paperback

Catching Fire

Review written by: Jeanine
5

The first Hunger Games book had me on edge the entire time and the second book did not fail to do the same! This trilogy is not just for teens; Adventure, suspense, action, mystery, and romance are all wrapped up into a fantastic story. Even though this book is still about the Hunger Games, it doesn't spend as much time in the arena as the first book did. Collins adds detail to the lives of the characters outside of the arena and broadens the scope of the events and people in other districts. And don't forget about the love triangle which gets more interesting in this book! I don't want to spoil a single detail because this book is full of surprises. I can't wait to read Mockingjay!

Note from ELPL:  This title is still so popular, and I agree Jeanine, it has something that will appeal to everyone - if you can't wait for a print copy to come in you can also get it in book on CD, Playaway or eAudiobook.

By Author/Artist: Suzanne Collins
Format: Kindle, hard and soft cover
ISBN: 0439023491

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