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Friday, August 7, 2015

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Reviewed By: R.E.
Ember Hill is a normal teenage girl in Crescent Beach, California... or so you think. She actually is a dragon, and not like the cute fuzzy ones on "Dragon Tales", but a real 2-ton, scaly, winged, fire-breathing beast. She is a member of Talon, a secret organization of dragons that are able to look, and act, exactly like humans. Take a look at the person next to you. Who knows, they might be a dragon in disguise?
Why I Picked it Up: I've always been fascinated with dragons and stories about them. Also, the cover looked pretty cool!
Why I Finished It: I wasn't able to put it down!
I’d Give this Book To: If you like action, suspense, and a touch of romance, this is a book for you!

** Librarian Side Note** A great new series by the author of the Iron Fey, and Blood of Eden series, book 2 in the Talon series, Rogue, just came out in April.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Reviewed By: R.E.
Amy has to make the biggest decision of her life. Should she get cryogenically frozen along with her parents and sent into space, or stay on Earth alone? Fast forward 250 years into the future. The ship "Godspeed" is on its way to Centuri Earth to colonize the planet. Amy and her parents have been waiting, frozen, for the landing. Then Amy wakes up, 50 years before the ship is supposed to land. Who woke her up, and more importantly, why?
Why I Picked it Up: I was recommend to read it by a friend.
Why I Finished It: It made me think about the humaneness of space colonization and cryogenic freezing.
I’d Give this Book To: I recommend it to teens 13 and up.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed By: A.C.
meet feyre, a regular human girl who lives in constant fear of being eaten by a faerie, as does the rest of the human population who lives outside of the wall that separates their worlds. living alongside her disabled father, scathing sister, and another sister who prefers not to get her hands dirty, Feyre must hunt to feed all four of them and she is the youngest! As she starts hunting in the dead of winter, she kills a wolf, no biggie right? except this wolf just happened to be a shape shifting, you guessed it, faerie. now as ransom and in the name of an ancient treaty Feyre must live with the best friend of the faerie she murdered. Full of hunting, beautiful art supplies, and a masked faerie lord to die for, Feyre is not hating it as much as she thought. then another ancient faerie queen kidnaps the handsome lord and Feyre must complete three impossible tasks with will most definitely kill her. literally.
Why I Picked it Up: I love sarah j maas, her books have never disappointed and a friend recommended it to me.
Why I Finished It: the plot twists....I wanted to cry they were so good and so surprising.
I’d Give this Book To: if you want a cross between throne of glass and cruel beauty, please read this book it is amazing.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Reviewed By: A.T.
Georgia Bragg is back and her stories are better, or should I worse, than ever! Some of the famous people you will recognize, some you may not, but all the stories are about blunders and mistakes that these people made, and in some cases what made these people famous! Van Gogh, Amelia Earhart, and Isaac Newton are just a few of the famous people that you may not realize made some pretty big and pretty costly mistakes in their lives. So if you want to learn about some pretty big mistakes, and maybe feel better about a few small mistakes you have made, then I highly recommend you check out this book ASAP! Who knows, maybe not reading it might be the biggest mistake you ever make!
Why I Picked it Up: I loved her other book "How They Croaked" so I was hoping this one would be just as fascinating.
Why I Finished It: Had to know how each famous person failed!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes to read about history. Especially the good stuff that they leave out of boring textbooks!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed By: A.T.
Ever wonder about the bomb that stopped World War II?? I hadn't until I picked up this book. The history is well laid out, easy to understand, and completely fascinating! You follow the process of building the bomb, from 1938 when German scientists first discovered how to split a Uranium atom, all the way to it's completion at Los Alamos. There are secret missions, spies from everywhere, and the fate of the free world hanging in the balance! If you thought history was boring, then think again!
Why I Picked it Up:It is a 2015 Caudill nominee and it came highly recommended.
Why I Finished It:It was un-put-downable! I had to make up that word to describe how awesome this book is! I love spies and mystery, especially when I know how everything turned out in the end. It was also interesting to learn about how things almost weren't!
I’d Give this Book To:Anyone who is interested in science, history, military history, loves a good mystery, and loves suspense!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Reviewed By: A.T.
Ever wonder about the secret to immortality?? Ellie never has, but that might be because she has other things to worry about, like losing her best friend or starting 6th grade! She doesn't have time to worry about the pimply faced weird boy on their doorstep who is insisting he is her Grandpa Melvin. I mean, he couldn't be...could he?? Grandpa Melvin is a scientist, and he has been obsessed with immortality, but he's OLD! Discover what happens to Grandpa Melvin, Ellie, and what's really up with her goldfish that seems to live forever!
Why I Picked it Up:This book came highly recommended to me, and I actually listened to the audiobook. It was super cute, funny, and it even made me cry!
Why I Finished It:Once you get started, you can't stop with this family! You will read this book just so you can find out what happens to grumpy Grandpa Melvin!
I’d Give this Book To:I would recommend this to middle school students who like light-hearted and funny books, and also to kids who are looking for a quick read.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Finn Easton. Finn is a quirky teenage boy growing up in San Francisquito Canyon California. His dad is a famous author (think Harry Potter famous), his mother was killed by a dead horse falling 100 sideways miles from the sky (yes the book will explain that very well), and oh yeah, he was there too, but survived (only now he has epilepsy and a crazy emoticon scar on his back that looks like this :|: ) These are just a few of the crazy things that have shaped Finn's life so far. Throw in a best friend named Cade and a beautiful girl named Julia who lives down road, and you have yourself the beginning of this amazing book about living your life to the fullest. And did I mention that Finn sees the world through miles instead of minutes?? Don't worry...he explains that too!!
Why I Picked it Up: I have read two other books by this author, and since I loved them so much, I thought I'd give this book a try.
Why I Finished It: Right from the start I was sucked in. The book is funny, fascinating, and it seemed so short compared to the last Andrew Smith novel I read that I stayed up late just to finish it.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to high school teens who like reading John Green, or who also enjoyed Winger or Grasshopper Jungle. Not being a boy myself, I think this does a good job of getting into the teenage boy mind. Also, this book is for anyone who is looking for a refreshing realistic fiction title.

**Librarian Side Note** Oh. My. Goodness. This book was AMAZING! All I can say is read this book, then check out this author's other books, like Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, Marbury Lens and more! We have a few in the Library and few ebooks as well. Seriously, check him out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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