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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Reviewed By: D.B.D.
In this book you will be experiencing the world of Josh and Emma. After a little incident these two former best friends find something called Facebook. Since it is 1996 they have no idea what this is. On this strange website they find themselves 15 years into the future. Emma doesn’t exactly like her future and decides to change it up. Messing with your future isn’t the best idea for her. Josh on the other hand loves his future and thinks it can’t get any better. Inside this wild adventure you will find two people who have to decide whether or not they like their future. In conclusion, Josh and Emma are very realistic people and characters who you will fall in love with from the first page.
Why I Picked it Up: : I was reading a sad book and decided that I needed a break from it. My teacher showed me this and explained to me what it was about and said that I should give it a try. So I did.
Why I Finished It: : I finished it because the characters felt so real and I wanted to know what happened at the end. Also the storyline was very creative and made me want to know more of their world.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to people who love romance and stories that are realistic. Also this is a book that leans more towards girls but it still fits any gender. Also I would recommend this to people who are in need of a contemporary novel.

**Librarian Side Note** Recognize the author?? That's because Jay Asher is the author of 13 Reasons Why! Also, what's not to love about a book that takes place pre-Facebook? Can you even imagine a world without it now?

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed By: D.B.D.
This book is about Celaena Sardothien, a girl who is an assassin fighting for her life. Celaena is a very well-known assassin who can defeat just about anyone. She is captured and taken to a death camp where most people there are supposed to die. She didn’t. Instead the Crown Prince of Adarlan takes her for his Champion. There is a competition to see who should be the king’s champion and Dorian (the crown prince) believes she can win. Dorian also wants the assassin because he wants to go against his father’s orders of taking a thief or soldier. Celaena is then brought the castle by Chaol (the captain of the guard). Celaena is then told to fight against 23 other champions. Then to make things worse there is an evil in the castle she must find and defeat while she is slowly falling in love with a certain someone. The certain someone is also falling in love with her. Celaena must fight for her life and her freedom in the Fantasy novel.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because I was being badgered by two of my friends to read it. I did and was very happy that I did.
Why I Finished It: I instantly fell in love with Celaena and wanted to know more about her. But my favorite character is Chaol and I had to know what happened to him. I love this book and I am reading the second one because it was so good.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to fantasy lovers and people who love a little romance. This book is for middle school and up and is for all ages.

**Librarian Side Note** Love, love, LOVE this series! Just an FYI though, only the first 3 books and the prequel are out, so if you were hoping this was a trilogy, think again! But on the bright side, you have at least one more book about Celaena to look forward to next year! And you know me, audio book gal all the way, so if you get a chance, I highly recommend the audio version of this book too!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewed By: S.F.
Raised in a house full of psychics, Blue Sargent was told from age six that if she kissed her true love, he would die. Other than developing a policy against kissing (just in case), she never gives the prophecy much thought until she meets the ghost of the boy she is destined to love (and kill) within the year. When the same boy (very much alive) shows up at her house to have her mother tell his future, Blue finds herself drawn to the Raven boys and their all-encompassing quest for a dead Welsh king. As Blue and the boys venture further into their search, though, they begin to awaken a magic that may not be able to be controlled. Intermittently funny, exciting, and haunting, this was a book that made me shake my fist at the clock every time I had to set it down.
Why I Picked it Up: I waited to read this until the third book came out, thinking I could read all of them all at once...only the third book isn't the last! It's a series not a trilogy!
Why I Finished It: That wasn’t an option. I couldn’t stop.
I’d Give this Book To: Fans of character-driven fantasy such as Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan. Also, anyone who likes a mystery and a blend of humor, magic, and mystery.

**Librarian Side Note** Besides being by the fantastic author who brought you the Shiver series, The Raven Boys also happens to be on the 2015 nominee list for the Abraham Lincoln Award. We have multiple copies available here at the Library, book, Playaway, and downloadable ebook and audio, so check out a copy today!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reviewed By: A.T.
In this book, you follow the life of senior in high school, Hayley Rose Kincaid. Hayley is not your typical teenager, as she has spent most of her young life on the road with her dad Andy, a retired army vet who was making a living as a long haul truck driver. While it may sound fun and exciting, her dad is actually running from his Army past which has scarred him both mentally and physically. Finally, when Hayley is 17, her dad decides that it’s best for both of them if they settled down in his hometown. Here both Hayley and her dad struggle to adapt to “normal” life. This is their story.
Why I Picked it Up: This book came highly recommended to me, specifically, the audio book, which is what I listened to. As usual, Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a difficult and sensitive subject and does a fabulous job of it.
Why I Finished It: Once you get involved in Hayley’s life you have to find out how it ends. Much like Hayley throughout the book, you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to fans of realistic fiction and those who have enjoyed her other books. I would also say this would be more for the 8th grade to high school crowd because of the serious topics covered in this book.

**Librarian Side Note** Yet another though provoking, emotional tale from the author who wrote Speak and Winter Girls. I highly recommend checking out this author’s entire list of books.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Reviewed By: A.T.
Right from the beginning, this book had me hooked. Space colonies, criminals, the planet being unable to sustain life because of a war 300 years ago, what more could you ask for. The book focuses on just 4 characters: two girls, Clarke and Glass (fun names, huh?) and two boys, Bellamy and Wells. Through the point of view of these three characters you get a full idea of life on the space colony and how they got to where they are today. While some of them start off being sent to Earth as test subjects to see if the planet is once again habitable, 100 teenagers to be exact (hence the name of the book!), others stay behind on the ship that is getting close to making it last orbit totally oblivious to the impending demise of the ship and the 100 who may be their last hope. Will they survive the trip to Earth and avoid any lingering radiation? Will everyone be able to once again roam the fields and mountains of the planet we call home? Read the book to find out!
Why I Picked it Up: I had downloaded it a while back and I was curious what all the buzz was about since it was made into a TV series. Also, I had the second book too, so I knew if I liked it I wouldn’t have to wait forever to see what happens next!
Why I Finished It: I’m a big fan of sci-fi, and I liked the premise of this book. It’s crazy to think about nuclear winter and the idea that the planet could become uninhabitable if just a few people in high places decided it would be a good idea to release nuclear weapons on the world again.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to sci-fi fans and readers who like a dystopian future with a hint of hope.

**Librarian Side Note** As I mentioned above this book was made into a TV show on the CW. I haven’t watched much of it, but what I have seen, it looks like it only follows the book loosely, so don’t use the TV show as a substitute! Read the book, compare, and let me know what you think. As you all know, the book is ALWAYS better. Happy reading!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Reviewed By: L.D.
It’s Leonard Peacock’s 18th birthday. He has big plans. By the end of the day, Leonard is going to kill his former best friend and then off himself. First though, he wants to say good-bye to the only four people who have meant anything to him. Not his self-absorbed Mom. Certainly not his Dad who left them years ago. He has gifts to give to the old guy that lives next door (and introduced Leonard to Bogie movies), to the foreign kid at school who secretly practices violin in an empty auditorium, but allows Leonard to listen, to the gorgeous born-again Christian girl who hands out religious tracts at the train station, and finally, to his Holocaust studies teacher. Will any of them see Leonard’s gift-giving for what it is? Will he succeed in his murder-suicide plan or will someone stop him? You must read this book!
Why I Picked it Up: I am still catching up on all of the audiobooks I downloaded during the summer from SYNC. This was one of them.
Why I Finished It: It was THAT good. The narrator Noah Galvin is so good, he becomes Leonard. As you follow Leonard through his day, hear his thoughts, witness his encounters with the people he cares about, learn about what happened between him and his former best friend, you just have to find out… does he go through with it?
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who liked Thirteen Reasons Why; I thought this was so much better. Because of the content, I would recommend it to older teens, and definitely to any adult who works with or lives with teens.

**Librarian Side Note** Recognize the author’s name?? This is the same guy who wrote Silver Linings Playbook! Also, picking up on her recommendation for fans of 13 Reasons Why, didn’t some of you just get to see Jay Asher speak at your school? If you liked that, then try this!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Reviewed By: A.T.
Not your typical sci-fi book, Virals is an interesting YA offering from the author who writes the Temperance Brennan books the TV show Bones is based on. This book features 4 teens in South Carolina, and one of them just happens to be the niece of Temperance Brennan, but that is where the normal stops and the fun begins. This is the first book in a series all about Tory, Ben, Hiram, Shelton, their wolfdog Coop and the strange bond that forms between them after a freak accident in the secret lab on Loggerhead Island. This accident causes them to all to get “canine superpowers” and form a pack, very reminiscent of Spiderman, in that their powers are heightened smell, sight, strength, and so on and so forth. Their pack gets into all sorts of close calls trying to keep their powers a secret while solving mysteries and stopping criminals. All in a day’s work for these sophomores from Bolton Prep!
Why I Picked it Up: I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Bones, and I have read her adult series that follows Temperance Brennan. I was interested in what she would write for Teens, and I was pleasantly surprised at the angle she took.
Why I Finished It: Once I start something I have to finish it. I liked it so much, I have read the other three books in the series and I am patiently waiting for the next one!
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to sci-fi fans and readers who like a bit of mystery with their fiction, kind of like Spiderman meets Scooby Doo.

**Librarian Side Note** If you like where this is going, then you will be pleased to know that this in only the first book in a series that already has 4 books released, and the 5th is set to come out in March 2015.

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