by: Jarrett Krosoczka

3 Stars

La revanche de la grande soeur, or Revenge of the Sis in English, is a little disappointing. Jarrett and Amy collaborate here on the seventh book in the Jedi Academy series, and I’m not very pleased with it.

The beginning of the story resumes from where Victor Starspeeder graduates from the Jedi Academy at Coruscant. Christina, the main character of book number 7, goes into her first year in the Jedha Jedi Academy, which is almost like a post-secondary school for the citizens in this fictional universe. Christina’s new mentor, Master Ro, is an aggressive and wise middle-aged woman,(on the right of the cover) accompanied by a droid named Q-13, a mildly rude robot, who’s mentality improves as the story goes on.

We also learn that Christina Starspeeder is still a young rookie who still needs experience, even after comfortably graduating Jedi Academy. As the story goes on, she learns about Jedha itself, the hostile mobs, the people, Porgs and much more.

Why do I give this book 3 stars? The story is actually quite stale, especially compared to the original trilogy written by Jeffrey Brown. There isn’t very much coming from the other characters in the book, and there is hardly any character development going on. Although that is a big downfall for this seventh book, it has very crisp drawings, with fine lines, and there is a lot of detail, which is what we expect from Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow.

This story is lacking in substance, but the drawings are a big improvement from books 4 to 6 in the series.

Alec T.

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By: John Green

4 Stars

The book is centred around Colin Singleton, a teenage genius from Chicago who fears that by the time he gets to be an adult, his genius will dissipate, and he’ll turn out just like the rest of the world. However, what makes him different is not the fact that he can remember who the 17th secretary of state for Missouri is, it’s the fact that during the course of this life, he’s managed to date 19 girls all named Katherine. K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E. Same spelling and everything. And, every single one had dumped him. After just getting dumped by Katherine XIX, Colin feels a sense of longing. He calls his best and only friend, Hassan Harbish, who suggests they go on a road trip to ease Colin’s mind off of the breakup, which results in the two travelling from Chicago to Tennessee on a wild journey of adventure and self-discovery.

The book was published in 2006, so it is a bit older; however, it still resonates with me and is a fantastic book, and I would recommend it! It does have a few “inappropriate” things such as a few swear words, kiss scenes, as well as mentions of alcohol, but it is overall another great book by John Green. I found myself falling in love with all the characters almost immediately and felt a sense of longing when the book was done. It’s one of those books that I can read over and over again and still enjoy!

Ceilie

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Directed by: William Eubank

3 Stars

The movie focuses on Kepler 822, a research and drilling facility owned by the company Tian Industries which resides at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. (Sorry, but I don’t know where that is) However, disaster strikes when a massive earthquake destroys part of the facility leaving Norah Price (Played by Kristan Stewart) and her coworkers Rodrigo, Paul, and Emily to attempt to escape.

Right off the bat, some criticism. As soon as the movie starts, we’re thrust into the plot. Specifically, without any context or backstory, which would have been appreciated. It was like bam! Here are characters that are now in a problem. I would have liked some character backstory and backstory on the company (Tian Industries) and why they were drilling in the Marianas Trench. However, criticism aside, it was an exciting and entertaining film and had many staple aspects of a thriller movie. It had scares, thoughtful moments; overall, it was decent.

Ceilie

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When We Were Magic

by Sarah Gailey

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Prom night is supposed to be full of fun, memories and friends. And Alexis is determined to make it unforgettable. However, when a deadly accident occurs, Alexis must rely on her friends, and their magic, to cover things up.

As the school year continues, tensions within the friend group, and the high school escalate, as what Alexis did becomes front page news in their town. As Alexis dodges the police and questions about her whereabouts on prom night, she must also navigate her growing feelings for her best friend, the end of the school year and saying goodbye to friends going off to college.

Sarah Gailey crafts a wonderful coming of age story and weaves in magical elements that is sure to enchant readers of fantasy and coming of age stories alike.

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