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Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard


1 star.

Describe the book: In a world where the powerful Silverbloods rule over the downtrodden people of red blood, a girl named Mare discovers that she has a secret power that leads to her being made part of the royal household. There, she works in secret with a prince and a rebel group to fight for equality between the Silvers and Reds.

What did you think: This book was pretty good at first, but then the action slowed down, so my interest waned. Also, the characters were very one-dimensional, and some were just annoying. One of the princes seemed like the typical noble but dull love interest that shows up in other YA books. There was a plot twist, but I found it very obvious, so it didn't stun me much.

Who would you recommend it to: probably only fans of dystopia books.

- V.S. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library


R.J. Palacio


4 stars.

Describe the book: August{Auggie}Pullman was born with a facial deformity, which prevented him from going to a mainstream school. But his parents finally decide it's time. He goes to Beecher Prep Middle School. You see Auggie is pretty much an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. But can he make people understand this simple concept. And also make some friends.

What did you think: Wonder was such an amazing and touchy book that I felt like it was the best book I ever red in my whole life. Every part was described so well I literally felt like I was part of the story. My most favorite part of the story is when Auggie was awarded the Henry Ward Beecher Award. But all the other parts were just as good.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love humor, touchy moments, and kids

- A.D. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library

The Boyfriend App

Katie Sise


4 stars.

Describe the book: Meet tech whiz Audrey McCarthy.When Public Cooperation, a high tech company, launches a contest for the best app made by a high schooler, with a huge prize, Audrey gets to work. With the help of Hector, Audrey's computer, she creates the Boyfriend app. Unlikely romance occurs, and soon Audrey is being kissed by the hottest guys in Harrison High school.

What did you think: I thought that this book got me awestruck. It was a deep romance that got me highly captivated. My favorite part was when Aiden kissed Audrey while everyone was apped (the app that causes them to fall in love with her) and spoiler alert-Audrey learns that he purposely kissed her. It was so cute! EEEK!

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to romance lovers.

- M.D. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library


Lauren Oliver,


4 stars.

Describe the book: Panic follows two teens who live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Heather just graduated from high school along with Dodge, every year the graduates play a game called Panic. Panic can help you get out of their town, or it could land you 6ft under ground. It's happened before. What happens when the game turns bloody?

What did you think: I LOVED IT!!!! This is the kind of book that people can't put down. It drew me in, the way no other book has done. My favorite part is when Heather finds a new job, and works on a farm that has tigers on it.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction lovers; high schoolers; and danger seekers

- W.C. (Grade 10) from Monroe Library

Keys to the Demon Prison

Brandon Mull


4 stars.

Describe the book: Kendra and Seth have never faced so much opposition. After heading after a magical item, and after a betrayal that costed many their lives, Seth is imprisoned. Kendra and her family are captured, but Seth escapes with two of the keys to Zzyzx. But he remembers a promise he made to an imprisoned, dying demon. But what if the demon was using Seth...

What did you think: The book flowed very nicely and exceeded my expectations of it with a few twists in the story. The author added some things I never thought he would add, and they spiced up the book very well. Luckily I started this book in the morning, or I would have been up all night reading it.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy or adventure lovers.

- H.B. (Grade 8) from Arlington Library

The Kiss of Deception

Mary E. Pearson


4 stars.

Describe the book: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is set in a old-fashioned fantasy world, that is based upon a brave-hearted heroine princess named Lea. She flees on the day of her wedding, only to be tracked down by both the prince she was supposed to marry, as well as an assassin sent by a neighboring mysterious Kingdom of Vendan.

What did you think: What I loved about this book, was just how strong-willed the heroine is portrayed. She is shown as brave, and very intelligent. She doesn't let anyone tell her what to do with her life, and flees her future to create her own destiny. She also fights back against her dangerous captures, even when she knows that she might get away from them.

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers who love mystery and fantasy.

- A.M. (Grade 11) from Arlington Library

Honey Girl

Lisa Freeman


3 stars.

Describe the book: Honey Girl is about a Hawaiian girl named Haunani "Nani" Grace Nuuhiwa who moves to Venice, California after her father died. The book follows her on her journey to become on of the popular girls who rule the beach. She falls in love with one of the most talented surfer twins, and she is only 16. All the other girls and boys are 19 and older.

What did you think: I liked it alot, but some parts were a little out there. There was a lot of pot and drug usage in the book, but its all part of the theme, because the book takes place in the 1970's.

Who would you recommend it to: historical-fiction, romance, surfing, & drama

- W.C. (Grade 10) from Monroe Library


Kody Keplinger


4 stars.

Describe the book: DUFF is about Bianca Piper who is struggling with her social life when she learns that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of her group of friends. Her life is hard at home, and she ends up taking it out on Wesley Rush, who is the school's man-slut and slimy school hottie. What happens when they start to fall for eachother. Will it be ok?

What did you think: I Really Really liked this book. It drew me in and it made it really hard to set the book down. One of my favorite parts was when Wesley saved Bianca from her drunk father and takes her home with him so that she would be safe.

Who would you recommend it to: romance, High schoolers, unexpected hero, & DUFF's

- W.C. (Grade 10) from Monroe Library

Guys vs girls

Michael J. Rosen


0 stars.

Describe the book: This book describes many features between guys and girls and emphsizes how these key differences can cause differences in their lives. For example, it says how boys are overconfident when driving than girls and so that's why insurance for boys is higher than girls because they tend to get in more wrecks. It also shows what they think and do.

What did you think: I felt this book was more centered around bias than actual facts. I had no favorite parts and I was mostly disgusted. For example what the book says is that boys think of intercourse(sex) every 52 seconds and girls only do this once a day. I think the author is trying to give girls a bad idea about boys because I don't do 70% of what the book says.

Who would you recommend it to: psychologists and non-fiction readers

- D.L. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library


Phoebe Kitanidis


4 stars.

Describe the book: Glimmer is about two teenagers named Marshall King, and Elyse Alton. They wake up tangled in eachothers arms and find that they can not remember anything. Not who they are, and not even who their parents are. In alternating chapters, Glimmer shows their struggle to restore their memories and to restore the memories of the people in Summer Falls.

What did you think: I loved it. This book made me feel scared, hopeful, and sad along with the characters. One of my favorite parts was when Marshall goes into the water a second time to save the town and people of Summer Falls from a power crazy occultist and thinks he is going to die when Elyse dives into the water to save him after he has completed his task

Who would you recommend it to: paranormal-fiction, romance, high schoolers,

- W.C. (Grade 10) from Monroe Library


Rainbow Rowell


1 star.

Describe the book: Cath writes fanfiction online and has bad social skills. her only friend is her twin sister. she writes a popular story following the adventures of Simon Snow. Cath goes to college and overcomes her social awkwardness with her room mate and meets boys. in the end she reads the final pages of Simon with her boyfriend

What did you think: eh. i didnt really like it. honestly, i disliked all the characters in the book. nothing mind blowing happened. the plot was slow. it was just a really emotional girl that i couldnt relate to. it seemed a lot of the dialogue was just drivel.

Who would you recommend it to: fangirls.

- m.w. (Grade 9) from Mukilteo Library

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil)

Soman Chainani


4 stars.

Describe the book: Everything's going great for Sophie back at their village she has everything she's ever wanted fame, popularity, and a huge crowd that loves her. Agatha on the other hand doesn't think that this is all that perfect, especially whens she's longing for the prince she wish she had. And her one wish changes everything, sending them both back.

What did you think: I loved this almost as much as the first one but the first one is just a tad better. My favorite part was probably the ending where Agatha finally realized that she loved Tredos and that Sophie was never truly her friend she was just evil. Agatha went back with her prince and so did Sophie but is Sophie happy that she sent her only true friend back

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy and fairy tale lovers

- T.L. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

Fortunes Folly

Devan Fegan


4 stars.

Describe the book: Fortunata use to be rich with her father being the worlds best shoemaker in the land, but that all changed when her mother died and her father lost his skills, now she is poor barley making an living. She even results in telling fake fortunes to make money, but that changes when she's wanted at the castle to tell the soon to be princes fortune.

What did you think: I really liked this book to me it was very very interesting. My favorite part was when Fortunata acted as a ghost and scared a drunken priest into letting the prince take their sacred sword, that was funny since it was so obvious that she wasn't a ghost that I surly thought she would be caught but I thought wrong.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy and humor lovers

- T.L. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library


A.G. Howard


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book puts a creepy twist on alice in wonderland, the complete opposite actually. Allison Lidell is a descendant of Alice Lidell who inspired alice in wonderland, but she didn't just make this up she actually went their and that's what Allison needs to do in order to stop this so-called curse that has plagued their family for generations.

What did you think: I loved this book! I wish there was no limit on how to summarize it because I would just go all out. This book got goosebumps going up my arm, that's how good it was. My favorite part was where Allison met Sister one and Sister two because creepy couldn't even begin to explain those two. Like polar opposites thank god Sister one was on Allison's side

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who loves fantasy, and Alice in Wonderland.

- T.L. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani


4 stars.

Describe the book: Best friends Sophie and Agatha are polar opposites, Sophie knows she's going to the school for good and Agatha knows she's going to the school for evil. But when the girls end up in the opposite schools from which they thought, things get a little wonky. Agatha finally uncovers her inner princess, and Sophie unlocks her worst nightmare.

What did you think: I absolutely LOVE this book it was one of my all time favorites. I still remember this one part in the book where Agatha is denying that she is a princess then Tredos points out the blood pooling from her leg and count to three and Agatha fall into his arms and he says "Yup definitely a princess." That was my favorite part of the entire story.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy and fairy tale lovers.

- T.L. (Grade 9) from Lynnwood Library


Elie Wiesel

940.5318 WIESEL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Eliezer Wiesel was only a teenager when he, his family, and his entire Jewish community was taken to Auschwitz. His father, mother, and sisters were all killed, most of them in the furnaces. Only Elie survived. Certain the world would forget the Holocaust, telling his story became his life's work. This small book tells his story in his own words.

What did you think: This book made me very sad. It's a tragic story from one of history's greatest tragedies. At the same time, the book possessed a certain beauty, and I had difficulty putting it down. Night was originally written in Yiddish, but one would never guess. The English translation is purely eloquent. Emotionally moving, this memoir captivated me.

Who would you recommend it to: Mature lovers of history and literature. 15+

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library

Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper

248.4 PIPER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Giving our all to glorify God--this is how to spend our lives, author John Piper eloquently argues. Do anything else, and you waste your life. "Only one life, will soon be past/only what's done for Christ will last." This book speaks of the joy found in serving God with all our time, all our love, all our resources--giving our all for our Creator.

What did you think: Convicting, inspiring, encouraging--this deep yet accessible book is all that and more. I continually recommend it to friends, because it has helped me tremendously in keeping my life in perspective. I desire to live with an all-absorbing passion for Jesus Christ, my Savior. Never do I want to cry, "I've wasted it!" No--may I live to glorify God!

Who would you recommend it to: Christians; people desiring purpose in their lives

- C.B. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library

Sisters Grimm: Fairy Tale Detectives

Michael Buckley


3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the stunning adventures of two young girls as they find out about their childhood and fight to save their families lives.

What did you think: I felt that this book was a good book, I like how the author of the book used good description of the setting to really put the image of the story into the readers mind.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like adventurous books.

- C.S. (Grade 7) from Edmonds Library

Lies and Deceptions


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl in her junior year of high school. She somehow gets put in an advanced class for literacy with all seniors. So she decides to stay and go with it. While she is in that class something weird happens the hottest senior starts flirting with her. He eventually has her lying to her parents and her best friends just for him!!!!!

What did you think: this book was really good. It was relevant to my life with real life problems. But at the same time it taught me a lesson about lying. My favorite parts were when thay had devotions at the end of each chapter. I think all people should have a chance to read this book it was really good. but the sad thing is its not in the libraries sorry!!!!!!!!!!!

Who would you recommend it to: people who lie or who like realistic fiction.

- c.l. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


The secret identity of Devon Delaney

lauren barnholdt


4 stars.

Describe the book: this was about a girl who told a some lies that she thought were harmless.But it was he xact oppisite, for the summer devon aka devi went to her grans house for the summer where she told her new friend lexi a bunch of lies about how at home she was super popular and was dating this guy jared. But when lexi comes to her school everything go's wrong!

What did you think: this book was really good. it had me at he edge of my seat the whole time. My favorite part was when she heard some one call out devi and she realized that it had to be lexi,she had told lexi over the summer that everybody calls her devi when really everyone just called her devon. it was funny because she thought she was hearing things at first!!!!

Who would you recommend it to: would reccomend to middle school kids i enjoyed it

- c.l. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


Suzanne Collins


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about the trilogy series to the hunger games. In this thrilling book about the rebellion against Panem and the 12 districts, after district 12 was destroyed, Katniss and Peeta were called back to fight in the arena once again for the quarter quell.... but then Peeta is captured and taken to Panem and Katniss is the Mockingjay.......

What did you think: My favorite parts about this book were when the writer Suzanne, left you in complete suspense making you beg for more. One of the parts in this book was when Katniss and Peeta were separated in the arena and Katniss had woken up to find Gale with her talking to Hamich about Peeta and the rebellion. Which had lead to Katniss and the mockingjay.

Who would you recommend it to: Thrill seekers , and romance lover's ;)

- T.L. (Grade 7) from Oak Harbor Library


Ally Condie


4 stars.

Describe the book: Atlantia is a beautifully written story of a mysterious underwater city, the importance of family, and a splash of Greek mythology.

What did you think: I loved this book! Ally Condie is my favorite author! She is amazing! I loved the fantasy of the underground city and seeing our world though new eyes. If you liked Matched, Ally Condie's other book, You'll love this one!

Who would you recommend it to: Y.A. lovers and fantasy fans will enjoy this book!

- h.p. (Grade 7) from Arlington Library

Almost Home

Wendy Lawton

3 stars.

Describe the book: This is the story of Mary Chilton, one of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower on that memorable and historic journey to America--the New World. Mary has always longed for a true home, a place she will feel safe and loved. As trials and tragedies, then finally joy come to Mary, she realizes that her true home is within Jesus Christ, her Savior.

What did you think: Seeing how difficult and hard her life was as a Christian persecuted for her faith, I have been inspired and encouraged by this one girl's discovery of finding her true home--her Heavenly Father, for He is the only One in which we can have safety, peace, and true joy. I encourage you to join Mary as she seeks her spiritual home!

Who would you recommend it to: girls twelve and older

- E.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library

The Extreme Life of the Sea

Stephan R. Palumbi and Anthony R. Pulumbi

591.77 PALUMBI

2 stars.

Describe the book: Ultimately a description of super cool organisms in the ocean, this book gives examples of species that live in the hottest and coldest areas, as well as the oldest species that are still around today! Paired with interesting pictures, you can experience these awesome ecosystems firsthand and learn the behaviors & adaptations necessary for life.

What did you think: I thought this book was really interesting if you are into marine biology. I definitely learned a lot and learned about new species that I didn't know even existed! I loved reading about the fastest organisms in the ocean because I love speed and wish I could experience that!

Who would you recommend it to: people who enjoy marine biology and oceanography

- K.O. (Grade 12) from Lake Stevens Library

The Secret Warning

Franklin W. Dixon


4 stars.

Describe the book: The Secret Warning is about Frank and his brother, Joe on their seventeenth case regarding a missing, pure gold pharaoh bust and a legend that tells of the ghost of Whalebone Island. Frank and Joe first are told by their dad that the bust is missing. Then, they are told to find the secret to the "ghost" of Jolly Roger. Both cases are akin, somehow.

What did you think: I felt great when and after I read it. One of my favorite parts were when Tivoli, a Great Dane, attempts to help the Hardy Boys beat up a robber, bu he gets clonked on the head. I also liked the part when a squid exploded after touching an underwater explosive.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend to anyone that loves a mystery novel.

- B.C. (Grade 6) from Arlington Library

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