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Friday, July 4, 2014

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

Reviewed By: L.D.
Riley is an orphan who works for a "down and out" magician in Victorian London. The magician has sunk to breaking into people's homes, robbing and killing. He is training Riley to follow in his evil footsteps, but the first time he tries to force Riley to murder someone, that someone turns out to be a modern-day scientist who pulls both Riley and his magician boss through a wormhole back to modern-day London. Chevron Savano is a teenage FBI, in London standing watch over an inactive wormhole as punishment for a disastrous operation in Los Angeles. When Riley tumbles out of the wormhole, closely followed by the magician, he and Chevie must try to get away from his old boss, who wants to kill them both and take a bunch of 21st century knowledge and technology back to Victorian London so he can make his fortune.
Why I Picked it Up: I love time travel books and I like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, so I thought it would be a good story. AND, the audiobook was a free download from SYNC (http://www.audiobooksync.com/about/)
Why I Finished It: The audio was very good. It was suspenseful, lots of twists and turns to the plot, and I had to see how it ended.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes YA time travel books; anyone who likes the Artemis Fowl series; anyone who likes suspense... just about anyone!

**Librarian Side Note** So I know it was already mentioned above, and in a comment from an earlier blog post, but you should definitely check out www.audiobooksync.com!  If you are a fan of audiobooks like me, you cant pass up FREE audiobooks for the summer!  While you may have missed your chance for The Reluctant Assassin, there are a ton of great books in the line up this summer.  Still want to hear The Reluctant Assassin instead of reading it??  We can always InterLibrary Loan something if we don't have it in our collection!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Reviewed By: A.C.
I prefer to think of this book as a Hunger Games turned princess story. Illea, the young country born from the ashes of the United States has a monarchy with a handsome young prince that must be married. the catch, he must chose from 35 women in varying states of poor from each province in the country. It is a lottery chance to go to the palace and win the heart of the prince, but it is a huge honor and the winner is automatically given a crown. America Singer is one such contestant but doesn't want to be. Will the prince be able to change her mind and win her heart or will the other princesses-in-training tear her apart.
Why I Picked it Up: I have a weakness for a good dystopian book and combined with princesses competing for a prince!? I just could not pass that up. Plus I had finished all my other books already.
Why I Finished It: SOOOOOOO much tension that I must know who stays and who goes, sadly it is a trilogy but all three books are out now and the library owns all of them.
I’d Give this Book To: Those in need of a dystopian fix and fans of the Hunger Games.

**Librarian Side Note** When I first saw this title, I was a bit skeptical about the whole idea, but I have heard NOTHING but FANTASTIC reviews of this! Plus, all the books in the series are out now (and available at the Library) so there is no waiting to find out what happens to America.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by D.M. Paige

Reviewed By: A.C.
We have all heard the story of the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy saved Oz and every one in it by killing the wicked witch of the west. What happened after is a bit of a mystery. Dorothy and the Wizard go back home and Oz is ruled by the forces of good again. But then Dorothy comes back and messes Oz up. She is the complete selfish princess that girls have nightmares about. It doesn't help that if you don't do what Dorothy wants exactly when and how she wants it, you die. End of story. Oz will be destroyed by her destructive nature and her drinking unless....... The wicked witches turn wicked and creates an order to kill Dorothy. just remember, up is down and down is up!
Why I Picked it Up: There is a series of funny sketches on YouTube by epic reads called, Dorothy the real princess of Oz. They are a take on this book to advertise it. They made me want to read this book.
Why I Finished It: Oh My Gosh, it is funny and serious and the plot just keeps thickening. Let me just tell you, Dorothy really must die.
I’d Give this Book To: Fantasy lovers and people who like the Wizard of Oz, but I have to say that it is a bit on the mature side, just a warning.

**Librarian Side Note** When I first saw this title, I thought it was pretty funny, but now that I have seen this review, I have to read this! Also, now I have to go check out Epic Reads on YouTube.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Reviewed By: A.W.
The Fault in our Stars is a fantastic book about two teenagers with cancer, with the book being spoken from the girl's point of view. They start dating and the book is about how their relationship grows through their experiences with the disease. It is a very emotional book that shows that you must make the best out of the life that you are given. The book definitely helps you see that cancer not only affects the people who have it, but also their friends and family as well. I really enjoyed reading the book and simply could not put it down.
Why I Picked it Up: My sister had read the book and told me that she thought it was amazing and that I would love it. She wanted me to read it so that I could tell her what I thought of it.
Why I Finished It: Towards the end of the book, I was in tears because it was so emotional. I read it in one day because I did not want to stop reading it. I thought it was an amazing book and I couldn't wait to see the movie.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend The Fault in Our Stars to anyone who enjoys reading books that are about love stories and can handle a sad ending.

**Librarian Side Note** Okay? Okay. :) Read it, love it, watch the movie. 'nuff said.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Maddie, or is it Queenie? These two girls are both fighting for the British in WWII when one of them is captured in France on a top secret undercover mission. First, you will never guess how she got caught! I couldn't believe it myself! That aside, she is able to tell her story to the Nazis who have been torturing her for military secrets. The longer she talks, the longer she lives. How can she betray her country and her people like that?? Next, you get the story of the pilot and her struggles after her plane is downed in France on the same mission. These two girls tell the tale of bravery in the face of impossible odds, and how true friendship can last a lifetime, no matter what the cost.
Why I Picked it Up: This was highly recommended to me, and then it popped up on the 2015 Abe nominee list.
Why I Finished It: I'm not usually a historical fiction reader, but this one got my attention. Also, I listened to this on audio book, so the two main characters who were Scottish and British had GREAT accents in the audio book, which only lead to me wanting to listen longer.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes historically accurate fiction. WWII is usually a big draw for history buffs, and this book has a great twist to it and no sugar coating.

**Librarian Side Note** I know it was already mentioned above, but seriously, give this audio book a try! We have multiple copies of the book in the Abe display, including a copy of the book on CD. You won't be disappointed!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Reviewed By: S.F.
After decapitating a few magicians in their kitchen in front of non-magic witnesses, Nick and Alan Ryves decide that it's time to move again. The brothers have been on the run from sinister forces their entire lives, but now they have to try to protect a boy who's been marked by a demon and his annoyingly forthright older sister (Mae as in West, thank you). While Nick is not a people person, he'll lend his knife skills to keep Alan (and, by necessity, Mae and Jamie) safe. When Nick begins to question Alan's motivations, though, he digs into the past he thought he knew to try to understand a future that is suddenly uncertain. As the magicians grow closer, it will be up to Nick and Alan to figure out whether the fate of the world is worth making a deal with demons to save.
Why I Picked it Up: This book was highly recommended on a book review podcast.
Why I Finished It: The narrator fascinated me. He wasn't a particularly nice person, but he had his own logic that made a lot of sense by the time the book was over. By the time I finished the first chapter, I knew I was in this book until the end.
I’d Give this Book To: People who like stories of magic and mayhem in non-magic worlds, sarcastic narrators with chips in their shoulders, stories about brothers and families united against great evil, and action-filled capers.

**Librarian Side Note** This author has become quite popular! If you like what you read here, you should look into her Lynburn Legacy series as well.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Matt, Coop, and Sean. Three high school boys who are about to embark on an epic summer quest. Each year they set themselves a goal to achieve over the summer, and this year is no exception. What is this goal, you ask? Read the book to find out! Goal aside, Matt discovers quite a few things about himself and his friends over this three month period, like how sometimes you think you want one thing, only to find out what you really want has been staring you in the face all along. Or how all the good things in life aren't handed to you, but they take a little effort to work for. After Matt foolishly volunteers to swim the butterfly on his swim team, even though he CAN'T swim the butterfly, he struggles all summer long to improve his swimming abilities, impress a girl, and discover that life long friendships do in fact endure.
Why I Picked it Up: This book is on the 2015 Abe Nominee list. I heard it was funny like Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Why I Finished It: I love books that make me laugh, so it was easy to want to get to the end of the book. Even though I could kinda see how this would all end up, there were a few surprises that made it all worthwhile. Also, I found out it was part of a series, so I can keep reading about Matt, Coop, and Sean!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes to laugh out loud while they are reading. Since the main characters are boys, this might not be high on the list for any high school girls, but it should be!

**Librarian Side Note** This is book 1 in a pseudo-series. The next book is told from Coop's point of view, and the third book is told from Sean's. I can't wait to read them!

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