SNO-ISLE SPECIAL: Book Reviews By Local Teens
A Creature of Moonlight
Describe the book: In Marni's kingdom the forests move in and out like the tide, full of magical creatures and whispering voices that take people away from their homes never to return--all except for Marni's mother. Lately the forests haven't been going out, they're only coming in, and Marni's uncle is willing to kill in order to get them to go back out again.
What did you think: I absolutely adored this book! Not all of the plot completely made sense or was fully resolved by the end but the beautiful way that everything was written almost made up for any fault that I could find with this book. I'm intrigued that the MC in this book is so different from myself, and it's made my world a little bit bigger.
Who would you recommend it to: Readers who enjoy beautiful prose.
- V.E. (Grade 10) from Edmonds Library
The Forgotten Garden
Describe the book: This book follows the lives of four women whose lives - and family trees - are connected in ways unknown. When her grandmother Nell dies, Cassandra journeys to Cornwall, England to visit the old cottage her grandmother left to her - one she didn't know existed, in hopes of solving the mystery of Nell's mysterious origins.
What did you think: Morton artfully weaves half a dozen voices - children through old women, some the same person at different ages - together into a compelling mystery. This novel explores one's place in the world, as well as the powerful bond between mother and daughter, and the role these play in shaping one's life.
Who would you recommend it to: 13+ who like historical mysteries and fairytales
- P.C. (Grade 11) from Edmonds Library
The People of Sparks
Describe the book: Lina and Doon have just found that a whole world lies above the city of Ember. There they meet the people of the village of Sparks, causing rivalries and anger. When seemly randowm acts of vandalism push the two groups toward the breaking point, it's up to Lina and Doon to figure it out.
What did you think: I love how it shows true human nature, and that we all get jealous for almost no reason. I love when Maddy reveals her true nature, and when the people of Sparks and Ember come together to fight the fire.
Who would you recommend it to: Kids who want a different dystopian book.
- G.G. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library
Describe the book: Newlyweds Gwenda and Giles buy a house, and are amazed to find out that it's the same house Gwenda briefly lived in as a child, with her now-dead father. Gwenda begins having dreams about seeing her stepmother murdered there. But she thinks that she's actually remembering witnessing a murder as a child. Now, the elderly Miss Marple is on the case!
What did you think: I enjoyed this book a lot. It was spooky and suspenseful and the plot was rather complex but still interesting. There are also quite a few surprising plot twists, and the ending was very surprising.
Who would you recommend it to: Mystery fans 13+
- V.S. (Grade 12) from Granite Falls Library
Describe the book: when Dan Crawford gets a scholarship to a summer college, it's a gift, but there is one thing. It used to be an insane compound! When people begin getting murdered and he starts getting strange notes he realizes that this might not have been a normal asylum...and that some secrets refuse to stay in the past.
What did you think: while this book is good, it needd a few touch ups. It is still an amazing book. While it may scare some people I really enjoyed this book and the topic in general.
Who would you recommend it to: people who like kinda scary books
- A.D. (Grade 7) from Coupeville Library
13 Reasons Why
Describe the book: Clay is confused when he happens upon a box of cassette tapes sent to him. The only way to find out what they are is to listen. It's not music on the tapes, but the voice of Hannah Baker, the girl who commited suicide a few weeks back. The tapes explain the reasons why she did it. 13 reasons. 13 people. How is Clay a reason? He must find out.
What did you think: I was haunted by Hannah's words on the tapes, and the reasons she went through with killing herself. It really showed how small mean comments or malicious actions, though seemingly harmless at the time, can damage a person so drastically. Hannah was alone, and depressed and no one tried to help her so she let her own darkness consume her.
Who would you recommend it to: High school kids
- R.R. (Grade 10) from Coupeville Library
The Time Machine
Describe the book: The Time Traveller, a scientist who has made a marvelous machine that can allow you to travel through time, puts his creation to the test. Soon he is in a strange place, during the year 802,700. He discovers the rather happy evolution of human beings. But as he plans to return, he realizes that his time machine is missing. What will he do next?
What did you think: At first I found Wells usage of 19th century English confusing which disappointed me. But the actual plot of this book was quite interesting. I love the idea of a mystery species lurking in the darkness just waiting to strike.
Who would you recommend it to: People who like the idea of time travel.
- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library
H. G. Wells
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Describe the book: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is about a man named Professor Aronnax who embarks on a journey to capture a sea monster who has been terrorizing ships. His ship is eventually attacked by a monster. Aronnax later comes to realize that the monster is a submarine piloted by the mysterious Captain Nemo, and he goes on an amazing underwater voyage.
What did you think: The underwater exploration fascinated me. My favorite part of the book was when the monster sunk Aronnax's ship. But I felt that although this was an amazing story which was ahead of its time, the author took too long to describe each event or object. This bored me.
Who would you recommend it to: Underwater adventure and science-fiction lovers.
- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library
Kissed by An Angel
Describe the book: The book Kissed by An Angel is a book about a high school boy; Tristan, and a high school girl; Ivy, who fall in love with each other. One day a tragic car accident takes Tristan's life but leaves Ivy alive. Ivy is a devastated mess and cant stop thinking about Tristan. Was the car accident just an accident?
What did you think: I love this book and the rest of the series. It is a very sad romance book so you may need a few boxes of tissues so be prepared. On top of being very sad this book is filled with suspense I couldn't stop reading, I would stay up until 1am reading some days.
Who would you recommend it to: People who love romance, suspense, and angels.
- T.M. (Grade 8) from Lake Stevens Library
I kill the Mockingbird
Describe the book: In a town where the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" is labeled as "boring" and "not worth it", three normal teenagers decide to do something about it. They make "To Kill A Mockingbird" a forbidden fruit so that people would get excited to read it, but the internet had other plans. It turns into a world-wide epidemic. A Mockingbird Manifesto begins!
What did you think: I thought I liked "To Kill A Mockingbird", but this book really wraps this book and shoves it into a different perspective! An AWESOME book, and sooo funny. For example: Santa Claus with an Axe, a ukulele concert, a cure for cancer; need I continue? So put back your books(and read this one) or Boo Radley will get you!!!
Who would you recommend it to: Mid to High school kids,real life,and book lovers!
- S.P. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library