Category Archives: Book Review

Teen’s espionage novel is a Bond-worthy thriller

“Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim,” by Enoch Chang, Copyright 2014, Partridge (298 pages, $18.92) Reviewed by Logan A. White Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    At the age of 15, Enoch Chang has written a spy-fi novel that will entice fans of James Bond and “Mission: Impossible.” Nathan Doyle is the unsuspecting hero of “Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim,” [...]

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Author’s unique debut brings readers into a ‘World of Magic’

– “When it Rains,” by Rosetta M. Overman. Copyright 2014, CreateSpace (197 pages, $9.80) Reviewed by Christian Hornaday Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    A surprisingly unique debut, “When it Rains” is the opening story to the “World of Magic” series by local author Rosetta M. Overman. Presenting a fresh perspective regarding the classic elements (fire, water, [...]

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‘Blood of Olympus’ has something for everyone

“The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus,” by Rick Riordan. Copyright 2014. Disney-Hyperion (528 pages, $11.35)  Reviewed by Daniel Chase Burton Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    “The Blood of Olympus” is the epic conclusion to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Riordan also is author of the Percy Jackson series and Kane chronicles. [...]

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‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ shows effects of social media

“Don’t Call Me Baby,” by Gwendolyn Heasley. Copyright 2014, HarperTeen (304 pages, $8.63). Reviewed by Briona Kiser Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com     Nowadays with easy access to the Internet and social media, Internet users (especially teenagers) often share their personal lives with the world, but only the parts they want others to see. What if there [...]

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‘Fault in Our Stars’ a great summertime book

“The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green. Copyright 2012, Penguin Group USA (LLC), 313 pages, $12.99  Reviewed by Emma Gadbery Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com     New York Times best-seller “The Fault in Our Stars” is a story about love, life and being human. Diagnosed with lung cancer when she was 13, Hazel Grace Lancaster’s life [...]

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Common sense, basic know-how is best self-defense, author says

   “Teen Self-Defense: American Marine Goju,” by Garry Klaus. Copyright 2013, AuthorHouse. $26.09, 88 pages.  Reviewed by Christian Hornaday Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com  Alertness, avoidance and awareness are the three key points to successful self-defense, as explained by Garry Klaus in his recent release, “Teen Self-Defense: American Marine Goju.” When one is prepared with a combination [...]

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‘Wake-Up Calls’ is a captivating read

“Wake-Up Calls,” by Connie Gaertner. Copyright 2013, iUniverse. 154 pages, $12.95 paperback  Reviewed by Zoie Nelson Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    Finding a young-adult novel that all readers can relate to in some way is a rare find, but “Wake-Up Calls” by Connie Gaertner is one of those rare finds. Krista is a typical 17-year-old getting [...]

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Book offers tips on becoming a grown-up

“Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps,” by Kelly Williams Brown. Copyright 2013, Grand Central Publishing. 228 pages. Reviewed by Ashley J. McKenna Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps” is the perfect book to politely tell someone you care about to grow up. Is your [...]

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‘Lindsey’ has enough on her plate

“Lindsey: Love and Intrigue,” by Kimberly Kolb. Copyright 2013, iUniverse. 410 pages Reviewed by Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Teenagers in high school who are dealing with a full schedule, crushes and popular girls don’t tend to notice the eyes watching them from afar. Lindsey Morgan Brooks is no exception. Trying to be an adult [...]

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‘Catching Fire’ is story of love, survival

“Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins. Copyright 2009, Scholastic Press. 391 pages. $7.92. Reviewed by Natalie Barry Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    Told from Katniss Everdeen’s point of view, the second book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy will invoke a number of thoughts and emotions. Katniss tries to survive with her fellow Tribute member Peeta Mellark and [...]

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