Uncharted (2022)

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

This was a great film! Lots of adventuring and a good balance of humorous and serious moments. The film is based on a popular video game, but it’s not necessary to know anything about it in order to enjoy the movie. The film follows a street savvy Nathan Drake who is approached by Victor “Sully” Sullivan, a ne’er-do-well treasure hunter who claims to know Nathan’s long lost brother. Sully recruits Nathan to help him to help recover a 500-year-old lost fortune amassed by explorer Ferdinand Magellan – the last treasure his brother was also hunting before he went missing. What starts out as a straight foreword heist soon becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Santiago Moncada can get his hands on it. If Sully and Nate can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure — but only if they can learn to trust each other long enough to work together.

Located in DVDs (DVD UNCHARTED)

Beyond the Clouds by Nicke

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Theo dreams of going on adventures like the ones from his favorite books, but that dream seems distant and unattainable. Until he finds Mia, an angel girl who’s lost a wing and her memories. Together, they’ll find a way to make Mia fly again and return her home.

Beyond the Clouds is a fantastical tale filled to the brim with beautiful artwork and a touching story of friendship. The world building is the best part about this story. Nicke does an excellent job of introducing characters, mysteries, and plot that propels the story forward at an engaging, quick pace.

This is a series I’d recommend to anyone.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA NICKE)

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Ana Dakkar thinks that she’s about to endure the equivalent of finals at her small private school named Harding-Pencroft, but things don’t turn out the way she or anyone else expects them to. Now she must take charge of the expedition and lean into her heritage in ways she doesn’t expect. A solid cohort of friends and enemies draws you into this nautical adventure.

I have enjoyed the pacing of Rick Riordan’s other novels, and while this one is slightly more sedate, the new discoveries and plot twists kept me engaged. I am also a big fan of his humor – I mean, everybody puts their enemies in pink ducky water wings, right? If you like adventure, fun characters, and dolphins named Socrates, this is the book for you.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)

Eternals (2021)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Marvel’s first big flop “Eternals” doesn’t necessarily deserve the bashing it is taking from critics and audiences alike. The casting is star-studded: Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayak, Richard Madden are just a few big names on the ticket. The visuals are stunning and battles, as always in Marvel-world, are a highlight. However, all the bells and whistles cannot distract from a mediocre plot, an enemy that is potentially world-ending but who we’ve never heard about before in the MCU and the over-arching factor of just where the heck were these heroes in all the previous battles/movies. As always with Marvel, there is potential for sequel(s) and I admit I’m intrigued by where they left things. Still, for an audience to care about any subsequent movies, a major plot rehaul is in order.

Located in DVDs (DVD ETERNALS)

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Taylor (Library Patron)

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan is an intriguing, fast-paced, and discovery-filled middle grade novel. It uses the events of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne as a foundation, reimagining them and then exploring their implications over a century later. After an unspeakable tragedy, Ana and the rest of her freshman class are forced to make a run for it across the ocean, all while being stalked by their enemies. Their enemies are after something, and Ana isn’t sure what they want. I really enjoyed the discoveries Ana and her classmates make along the way and found the discussions of alt-tech to be interesting. Some may not enjoy the more technical descriptions, but I didn’t feel like they bogged the story down at all. It only took me a few days to read because I wanted to know what happened.

My only complaint is that it’s hard to imagine a group of high school freshman being capable of such feats. For example, they build two fully functional submarine torpedoes from parts they scavenged off other torpedoes. The students are essentially geniuses who attend a specialized school, but everything in the book still seemed like a lot for them to accomplish, especially since they only had a year or so of training at this point. However, I liked the story enough to suspend my disbelief. It was actually the first novel I’ve managed to finish reading in months. If you like ocean adventure, suspense, and sci-fi, this definitely one to pick up!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Reviewed by Lisabeth Heather B. (Library Patron)

Crispin, a medieval peasant boy, discovers his identity after his mother’s death. On the run from vicious guards, he finds a friend in juggler Bear. Together, they travel to Great Wexly to find more about Crispin’s past, when the friends are almost torn apart.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC AVI)

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson

Reviewed by Lisabet Heather B. (Library Patron)

Nooks and Crannies is a Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory-ish book where six children are invited to a party by a mysterious countess trying to find her heir. Things take a grim turn when children start disappearing. Will Tabitha, a budding detective, be able to solve the mystery before she too disappears?

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC LAWSON)

StrangeWorlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

We usually use suitcases when we travel to other places. But what if we could use them to travel to other worlds? 12 year-old Flick doesn’t think there is anything special about her until she meets Jonathan. He shows her how to jump inside his special suitcases and explore amazing new societies. Slowly she comes to realize that there are more places to explore than she ever knew or imagined, and some of them are endangered. Can she prevent a tragedy that she didn’t know existed?

If you liked The Land of Stories, The Mysterious Benedict Society, or the Story Thieves books, you will likely enjoy this story as well.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC LAPINSKI)

Devil’s Candy by Bikkuri

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Devil’s Candy takes place primarily at Hemlock Heart Academy, a high school for demons. The story follows Kazu Decker, a science-loving boy, his friends Nemo and Hitomi, and the girl Kazu created for a biology project, Pandora, as they navigate school, their feelings, and teaching Pandora how to live in society.

This slice-of-life manga has splashes of action and lots of comedy that complement the cutesy art style well. It’s a fun, quick read for teens.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA BIKKURI)

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

In Chattana, all of the light is held and created by one man – the Governor. Pong, who was born in prison, believes that light is the key to freedom and hope. As the story progresses, he comes to realize that first impressions can be deceiving. Similarly, the prison warden’s daughter, Nok, must come face to face with what she believes about the world, and about herself. The setting feels both familiar and otherworldly, and draws the reader in gently.

This book has something for many different kinds of readers. If you like adventure, fantasy, mystery or books about friendship, this might be your next read. There are also themes of justice, hope, self-discovery, and bravery. I highly recommend this 2021 Newbery Honor book!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC SOONTORNVAT)