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Friday, January 16, 2015

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Reviewed By: I.D.
Hatchet is about a kid who was on a plane to see his dad in Canada but crashes into a forest. Now, he must survive under extreme conditions such as wolves, cold, and more. A tornado hits, a moose attacks, how will this character survive? You find out by reading the book (because I can't give spoilers out). Also, Gary Paulsen is the author of Brian's Winter, Dogsong, and other survival books.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked up this book because one of the librarians at my local library recommended it to me.
Why I Finished It: I finished this book because, although the beginning was boring, the middle and end sections got intense.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to any survival fans, Hunger Games fans, and adventure novel readers.

**Librarian Side Note** If you are into adventure tales, Gary Paulsen is where it's at! And bonus...his books are usually pretty short, so you can devour it in one setting, or one weekend, or however quickly (or slowly) you want! He has a ton of books out there like the reviewer mentioned, and Hatchet is actually just the first in a series about the main character from Hatchet!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Reviewed By: S.F.
Before Emi's brother departs for Europe to help out on a film crew, he loans his apartment to her for the summer under one condition: she must do something epic with it. While discussing what constitutes "epic," Emi and her friend Charlotte discover a letter from a dead movie star to an unknown woman. With her on-again-off-again relationship firmly in the "off" category, avoiding thinking about college, and still in search of something sufficiently epic, Emi and Charlotte decide to track down the woman in the letter. Between their summer jobs creating sets for local movies and the hunt for a truly awesome couch, Emi and Charlotte manage to fit in a little mystery and unconstrained excitement. Eventually, though, Emi has to decide what she loves more: the mystery or the people she meets along the way.
Why I Picked it Up: It was recommended on a book podcast and sounded interesting.
Why I Finished It: It was super fun! Emi has a really cool job I didn't know existed, so it was interesting to hear about set design and art management. I also really liked the characters and was rooting for them the whole time.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who wants a light, fun book. Bonus if you're interested in the story behind the movie. There is also a really cute love story, which I enjoyed a lot. A great antidote to reading too many dystopian books in a row!

**Librarian Side Note** This book has been on my "To Read" list since I ordered it for the Library! I'm so glad someone picked it up and reviewed it! If you like this author, you will be pleased to know she has other books out there, so make sure to check out her other titles, Disenchantments and Hold Still, too!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Reviewed By: I.D.
Bleach is about a boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who, while his family is being attacked by 'hollows', or restless and evil souls, gets soul reaper powers from a mysterious girl named Rukia Kuchiki. Together, Rukia and Ichigo fight the hollows throughout the manga. Unfortunately, giving a mortal human soul reaper powers is against the 'soul society' (the afterlife run by soul reapers) is illegal and punishable by death at worse. Now, Rukia, Ichigo, and their band of friends must fight the soul reapers themselves, along with many other foes!
Why I Picked it Up: I picked up this manga because I am a huge manga/anime junkie and can't get enough of Japanese Animation. The characters became very special to me and I might have a poster of one or two in my room... Also, the plot is very deep and never stops escalating!
Why I Finished It: I haven't finished the series yet, but I am on Volume 9. I can't wait to find out the end but at the same time, don't want the adventures to end. Hopefully, the author doesn't end the series without a sequel!
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this manga to (of course) any manga or anime lovers, but also to American comic lovers as well. Also, anyone who enjoys reading supernatural and action books but doesn't mind the story in graphics would love this manga too!

**Librarian Side Note** Another great review about another great series! I too am a big fan of the Bleach series, and I have both read it and watched the Anime on DVD. Want to try both too?? We have BOTH available for check out at the Library! Want to find more great manga and Anime titles?? Why not try stopping by an Animanga Club meeting, always on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30pm - 6pm! 6th - 12th grade ONLY!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Reviewed By: N.B.
Join Hansel and Gretel on a dangerous path to the dark story of their grimm tale, where both must face the truth on what lays ahead. Facing witches, warlocks, and a creepy children eating moon (yes, the moon eats children in this story!) Hansel and Gretel travel through various lands and frightening places never heard of. This book is also a tale of sacrifice that no adult would ever try to cross, and learning the darkest secrets within ones heart and the lies of one's head

But be warned...this tale is not what was once told, but the very true fact of what really happened!
Why I Picked it Up: I really didn't pick it up, it was thrown to me (and pretty much hit me) by a friend who fell in love with the book and told me to read it.  Plus, it looked interesting and I love stories of fairy tales, and the dark version of this seemed very interesting...so why not?
Why I Finished It: I finished it because it was a huge page turner and I wanted to know what came next, what would happen to the character or how was that even possible? It also gave me a different picture on Hansel and Gretel the classical tale I was told as a child.
I’d Give this Book To: I recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tales, but also action and very gross but detailed descriptions of the books events. This book is a real page turner plus its very short and easy to read (hopefully). It is also for anyone who enjoys a good brother and sister tale.

**Librarian Side Note** I 100% agree with this reviewers opinion of this book...I loved it! And there's nothing like a little fairytale retelling to snap you out of the Holiday Haze! If you didn't receive the books you were hoping to get for the Holidays, then stop by the Library and check them out! We are open today, December 26, regular hours (9:30am - 5pm).

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Reviewed By: A.C.
This is the first book in the trilogy that is part fantasy, part romance, and a big part psychological thriller. Mara Dyer is a 16 year old girl who moves from her hometown in Rhode Island to Miami because she blew up the local unused asylum...with her boyfriend and BFF in it! The worst part is that no one believes she was responsible. They all think it's the PTSD and guilt talking, but she can hurt people. She can make bad things happen to those who hurt her, in the most gruesome ways possible. Mara wants to find out why but who will ever believe her?
Why I Picked it Up: It looked interesting.
Why I Finished It: I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING!
I’d Give this Book To: Everyone! Especially if you like fantasy, romance, and psychological thrillers.

**Librarian Side Note** The reviewer mentioned this above, but this is the first book in a series. All 3 of the books are published and available for check out at the Library, so go get the first book and get started today!!

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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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