Meanwhile

From Wendi, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shiga, Jason
Meanwhile
The book “Meanwhile” by Jason Shiga was really fun to read.  It’s kind of like a comic book and a maze you follow.  You can read it over and over as you follow the different paths of the maze.  The book starts out in an ice cream shop and you decide if the boy should order vanilla or chocolate.  This is where the adventure begins.  It is very creative and interesting.  You unlock secrets with codes you find.  You can read this book over and over and never get bored.  Everyone should take this book out and enjoy it!

Falcon Quinn And The Black Mirror

From Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Boylan, Jennifer Finney
Falcon Quinn And The Black Mirror
 This story is about Falcon and his friends.  One day, a bus ride brings them to an academy for monsters.  Falcon meets new friends at the academy, but while his friends find out what monsters they are, Falcon’s identity is undetermined. Throughout this book, Falcon will go on a treacherous quest to find out who he really is.  Will he survive this adventure?  Is Falcon even a monster?  Find out these answers in Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror.

 I thought that this book was pretty good.  It had an enjoyable and lengthy plot that is comparable to well-known books of the fantasy genre.  The book also featured interesting characters, with diverse personalities. The bad part of the book is that it lacked originality.  The character Quimby’s role is practically the same as the Oracle’s (From Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Other characters and events seem very familiar to people who have read a couple of fantasy books.  Unlike popular fantasy books, this book features common monsters, like zombies and mummies. 

Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror is somewhat unpredictable.  There are some parts of the story that are obvious, but there are other parts that can be a little shocking.  This story is also a lot less serious than other fantasy books, like Harry Potter.  I’d recommend this book for kids (and teens) 10-14 years old. If you are new to fantasy books (or you don’t read them that often), then you will most likely enjoy this book.