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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Reviewed By: T.S.
Jenna Fox was in a coma for one year. She doesn't remember what happened, and her parents won't tell her. She moved from Boston to California and doesn't remember anything, except for education. And also the voices in her head she calls Kara and Locke, telling her to hurry. She needs to remember what happened, and who and where Kara and Locke are.
Why I Picked it Up: I had to read it for Chat Pack, also my friend recommended it.
Why I Finished It: It was a great book.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes fictional (sort of futuristic) books.

**Librarian Side Note** I also read this book because of Chat Pack, and so far I am loving it! Futuristic, but not too futuristic. Not overly science-y, and the best part is it's a quick read! Also, did I mention that its the first book in trilogy, and YES the Library owns all the books! So get in today to check out what the big deal is all about.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Reviewed By: A.T.
One for the Murphys is a tear jerker tale about love, loss, and the bonds of friendship. This story takes place in Connecticut, even though the main character Carley Connors comes from Las Vegas. It is in Connecticut that Carley is placed into foster care for the first time and meets the Murphys. The Murphys are a tight knit, fun loving family that has a few secrets of their own, but are letting Carley into their home as a first time foster family. Basketball, brothers, musicals and quirky teachers, this book has it all! Want to find out what happens to Carley and the people she meets along the way? Then pick up the book today to find out!
Why I Picked it Up: This was a book club pick from one of my book clubs, so rather than me choosing the book, the book chose me!
Why I Finished It: Two reasons. First, I always have to finish a book once I start it, so that was a given. Second, I really felt for Carley and I had to find out if she stayed with the Murphys or not.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to any middle school student, boy or girl, who likes realistic fiction and stories with strong main characters.

**Librarian Side Note** Be warned! You may get a bit upset while reading this book, so make sure to have tissue nearby when you read the book. I'm not saying everyone will cry, but it's a bit emotional, and I think many people feel conflicted when they finish the story. Want to know what I mean by that??? Read the book!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Reviewed By: T.K.
This book takes you on an adventure that you’ve never experienced before. After a tragic incident, Jacob decides to jump on the next boat too his grandfather’s childhood. Literally. The exploration is far from peculiar when he discovers the land his grandfather had grown up in. Not much population, including the fish, and weird monsters that turned into a museum’s display attraction. There he follows his grandfather’s last words to save them. Who? Jacob takes the journey too far when he sees the old orphanage his grandfather grew up in and often told Jacob about it when he was just a child. He runs into an odd girl who calls him by his grandfather’s name and when she finally realizes it’s not him she dashes off into the thick fog. Jacob thinks of doing no other than running after her.  Little did he know what he would get himself into... Read more to find out!
Why I Picked it Up: I got interested when my English teacher started to read this book to us. Our class never got to finish it unfortunately. So I decided to not leave the book hanging and give it a try.
Why I Finished It: I finished it because it has all types of genres mixed in it. Also it has a twist like no other book I have read.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this too an age that is between 9 and up. Also anyone that has an interest in the romance or scientific genres.

**Librarian Side Note** Like the reviewer, I too thought this book was like no other book I had read. The best part?? This is actually book 1 in a series, and yes, the second book is out and available to check out at the Library! Woo Hoo! If nothing else, you need to pick up the book to check out the pictures. The pictures in the book are REAL, and the author found them first, then based the book and characters in the book around these found photographs! What a great idea for writing a book!

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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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