Teen Reviews

Either/Or

Author: Elliot Smith

Recorded in friend's houses little did aspiring Indie Folk artist "Elliott Smith" know that he would make one of the most important records for the Indie movement at the time. Every song on here is a hard swallow to those who can relate to its honest and melancholic lyrics, but is a nice listen to those who want to pass the time with music. It's not innovative musically, but it sure is impressive lyrically. It's one of the more accessible Indie records out there and with songs like "Say Yes" and "Ballad Of Big Nothing" its easy to see why. Little hints of optimism and faith pop up here and there in an otherwise depressing record, which makes it very human rather then being sad for no reason. The lyrics also remind me a bit of Bob Dylan's songwriting, in the sense that the lyrics can mean a number of things. A song can be about addiction or about love, Ultimately, it's up to the listener the decipher. All in all, this record makes a very good listen for those rather lonely nights and is one of my personal favorites.

Reviewed by: Gavin G.

The Novice

Author: Taran Matharu

The first book in the first series of this upcoming star writer, Tara Matharu. Venture into a strange new world, similar to Eragon, as a war between orcs and humans unfolds. Follow Fletcher as he embarks on a trip to learn how to control the power demon summoning. The first book of the summoner trilogy.

Reviewed by: Ddraig G.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Author: James Patterson

This sci-fi, action, thriller and fantasy novel is the first book out of the whole nine book series. It's also critically acclaimed. Heck, it even got a manga series and a terrible movie! No, seriously. It's awful. I watched it and it made me wanna hurl. The series is REALLY good up until the last two novels. Still good, but not as good as the ones before it. The book(s) focuses on Maximum "Max" Ride and her 'family' of different ethnicity's who escaped from an awful science lab they call "The School". The "White coats" take children and fuse their DNA with different ones. Some are successful. Others... Let's not talk about those. It's REALLY good and I recommend it... Buuuut at your own will. It's a bit dark, pretty bloody and the last four novels are NOT for anyone under 15. But other than the caution I've given you and terrible movie that the author made, it's a good series and worth the time you spent reading it. Expect a TON of plot twists that will leave you at the edge of your seat, screaming "I KNEW IT!" I know I did.

Reviewed by: Trinity G.