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Kitchen Princess Review

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Kitchen Princess Omnibus 1 review By Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi     Kitchen Princess is not about a princess, but a young lady who has remarkable culinary skills. Her dream is to find the boy who once saved her life and present him with the most wonderful dessert she made herself, but first she has to find him. The plot actually has some truly moving moments. I loved reading about these characters and the authors work hard to give the characters depth and personality. You grow to care about them and you want to root for them when they face hardships.     Kitchen Princess has well-done illustrations and natural sounding dialogue. Because this book was originally written in Japanese it has an explanation on honorifics and other aspects of the culture that may be confusing for western readers.  I, also, love how all of the recipes that are made in the book are included in the back so you can try your hand at making them yourself.

Overall Rating: A

Content: Mentions of an eating di…

Mara Daughter of the Nile Review

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      Mara Daughter of the Nile was written over fifty years ago.  It tells the tale of Mara, a slave girl, in ancient Egypt who is purchased because of her ability to read and speak multiple languages.  While this may seem like a strange skill that a slaveholder would value in a slave, it is needed for the task picked out for Mara.  Mara’s new owners want her to spy on political enemies.  This dangerous role becomes even more perilous when through an unforeseen event, Mara finds herself playing the role of a double agent for two opposing political enemies!       I was required to read this book back in middle school, and I hated it.  I understood absolutely nothing.  As a result this book ended up collecting dust in my family’s attic.Eventually, one rainy day I decide to read it again.  As it turns out, I learned the lesson that just because a book is appropriate for younger children doesn't mean they will understand or glean the meaning of the story. 
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Everything Everything Review

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Life is Short

Spoiler review by Rebecca

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
     Teenagers never make any mistakes and parents are morons.

     I know this is a little harsh, but I am bitterly disappointed with this book. Everything Everything started out so wonderfully.  The first half of the book was really good, and I wondered if Maddie would get a happy ending or not.  Then the second half of the book starts and Maddie runs away with a boy she has only known for a few months.  Don’t get me wrong,  I love Olly, but this part in the plot did not sit well with me.  However, my interest was regained when Maddie gets sick away from home and actually feels bad about what she put her mother through.   At this point I was worried about what was going to happen.  Then we find out that her mother was lying about Maddie’s disease.  I hated this part because at this point I was reading yet another story about a teenager with a crazy parent who is proven wrong by their child.  This ending pro…

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A Link to the Past Manga Review

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The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past By Akira Himekawa       It is no secret that videogames are often adapted into different mediums. Unfortunately, the results of these adaptations are often mediocre at best, and at worst universally hated by everyone.  Surprisingly, this is not the case for A Link to The Past.  As an avid Legend of Zelda fan,I had no plans to read this manga because I thought it would be terrible, but I was in for a delightful treat.      The manga follows the game’s plot very closely; however, it does take some liberties to help the plot flow better in this medium.  All of the locations and characters are beautifully illustrated. I never had a moment while reading this story be ruined by terrible art.  The dialogue flows naturally which is especially good as this is an English translation from Japanese.  Overall, this is an excellent read that will captivate Zelda fans and high-fantasy lovers.

Overall Rating: A-
Content        Several, upsetting, Intense, and fr…

Top Five Summer Reads for Teen Girls

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Summer vacation is just around the corner and this means more time for leisurely reading. Chances are you have been searching for books to read by the pool or in my case by the lake.  In no particular order here are my top five summer reads for teen girls.

1.Every Bride Needs A Groom: Janice Thompson
This is a hilarious romantic comedy about a girl who wins her dream wedding dress the day her boyfriend breaks up with her.  The plot unfolds from this point with believable characters and a surprisingly good aesop as well. It is written from the 1st person narration and truly feels as if an actual character is narrating the story.  This book has no violence or frightening scenes. 13+

     2. The Girls of Fire and Thorns: Rae Carson
Shifting over to the high fantasy genre, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is an excellent high fantasy that stands on its own.  It has the best character arc I have ever seen in a fantasy novel. The characters are believable and the world is nicely fleshed ou…