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The City of Ember

Jeanne Duprau

J DUPRAU

3 stars.

Describe the book: For generations, scientists built a self-sufficient underground city for a few people in order to preserve the human race for 200 years, but the instructions were lost, the lights that illuminate the city were failing so it is up two teenagers Lina Mayfleet, Doon Harrow to unlock the mystery of the city's problem, escape before all lights go out.

What did you think: I feel like this story is a interesting book to read, I kind of felted sad for Lina because her only family's left were her little sister, granny. I kind of have a sense that the families of Ember have to suffer from great loss and lights. My favorite parts are when the two teens had a adventure to unlock the riddles, escape the city in their will.

Who would you recommend it to: For teens who like adventure seeking novels, books

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Stormbreaker

Anthony Horowitz

TEEN HOROWIT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Alex rider is a normal 14-year-old school boy with a normal life, until his uncle Ian Rider dies. Alex life changes forever, as he discovers that his uncle was a super MI6 agent who was shot on the way back. Forcibly Alex recruited into M16, his mission is to find out what's going on with the computer storm breaker, stop Sayle, save peoples lives.

What did you think: I feel like this is a interesting book with cool jam packed actions along the way. I also felted like I was in the book and being that teenage spy who saves billions of peoples lives. My favorite parts was when Alex outsmarted them and figure that when his uncle died it wasn't an accident, because there were bullets on the windshields but shots.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoys teens action and adventures.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


The Maze Runner

James Dashner

TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy wakes up in a elevator name Thomas, has no memory of his past or where he came from. He emerges into a world finding a community of boys, a gigantic maze which they called "The Glade". The group has been looking for a way out for 3 years, still hasn't found it yet until one day a girl came with a note, their world begins to change with risks!

What did you think: In this awesome novel. I feel like it has a great sense of action like you are drawn into the book and seeing what it is like to battle your way out. I felt like it has a tense, entertaining book with trills and battle. My favorite parts are when they were in the maze fighting their way out and finally escaped but its kind of sad that some died.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like breathtaking actions and adventure

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Bella Swan is just a girl in town when her mother remarried, Bella chooses to live with her father in the town of Forks, WA. Everything was normal until she met a mysterious Edward Cullen, as they start to like each other she found a secret she would have never believe, he was a vampire! Soon they found out that their troubles are about to begin.

What did you think: It was a great series and I enjoyed it very much. It has this great thrilling adventure and romance that all teen would like to read, I feel like Bella is just like me because she was always all alone, would never want to stand in the crowd(ha-ha) My favorite parts are when Bella would never give up on Edward even if he's a vampire, still love him.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who like adventure, a pinch of romance to it

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Divergent

Veronica Roth

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: In this powerful society of five factions based on virtues. Whenever a child turns the age of 16, they get to decide whether they want to stay or leave. Soon Beatrice found out that she was Divergent, therefore she does not fit into any faction, if discovered she would be killed, with the help of Four they will save the world, protect their powers.

What did you think: In this book I felted great about it because it gave me a picture in my mind showing what it will be like, where the story takes place, how they will make their own decisions to help people. My favorite parts was when they overthrow the government and showed them what they got with the power of Divergent, each other and fight for their own faction.

Who would you recommend it to: To all the people out there who loves action, fun.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Skinny

Donna Cooner

TEEN COONER

3 stars.

Describe the book: In this choice making novel. Fifteen year old Ever is obese and weighs 302 pounds, chooses to go undergo gastric bypass surgery with the support of her family to make positive changes in her life an stop the voice inside her head,Skinny from telling her that she is not good enough to look but with the help of her friend she is progressing.

What did you think: In this story I felted kind of bad for the girl but at the same time powerful because she was obese, had to go through hard situations, fight through to make a choice. My favorite parts was when she was progressing throughout her weight loss and tracking every one of her exercises with one song each day, improving her body, has made a great choice.

Who would you recommend it to: To high school kids that encourages others.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Replica

Jenna Black

TEEN BLACK

3 stars.

Describe the book: In this exciting, mysterious novel. Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake daughter of a powerful executive lives in a life of privileges, is betrothed to her husband Nathaniel Hayes, chairman heir, seems to be a notorious playboy who got murdered, have became a replica, is trying to find out who killed him, knowing that his true family member want him killed

What did you think: In this book I feel like it was a realistic moment where you can catch a glimpse of what you are picturing in your mind of what's happening in the book so I feel great about the story. My favorite parts are when they are solving the riddles into finding out the answer they have been looking for, with the help of true friends, and revealing secrets.

Who would you recommend it to: people who loves mystery and great cool, actions.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


The Blood of Olympus

Rick Riordan

TEEN RIORDAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The seven demigods from Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are in a race against time. the Argo II crew is sailing to the ancient city of Athens to stop Gaea from awaking, while Reyna, Nico, and Coach Hedge are trying to get the Athena Parthenon to Camp Half-Blood. Will the prophecy be fulfilled? find out in the final Heroes of Olympus book.

What did you think: This book is the best. Snarky comebacks, epic battles, and a tiny bit of romance make this this book worth reading. The end is the best part, but the ride to get there is terrific.

Who would you recommend it to: Recommended to all Rick Riordan fans!

- L.D. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Kate's Choice

Louisa May Alcott

FIC ALCOTT

2 stars.

Describe the book: This book is a collection of three short stories. In "Kate's Choice," orphaned Kate must decide on her new home. All her uncles' families want her--whom will she choose? "What Love Can Do" is a heart-warming tale of the joy generosity brings. In "Gwen's Adventure in the Snow," resourceful Gwen and her friends are stranded in a blizzard.

What did you think: This book is very short. I typically enjoy longer books, but I still liked this heart-warming little collection. "Kate's Choice" was my favorite of the three stories. Kate seemed to find the most joy in bringing happiness to others. "Gwen's Adventure" confused me a bit; Gwen disregarded her mother's advice, and yet was the heroine of the story.

Who would you recommend it to: Pre-teen girls who like short stories.

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


Cinder

Marissa Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cinder is a Cyborg. Prince Kai is having a ball. Cinder has no concern toward balls, after all, she is a cyborg mechanic. Twists, turns, and love all weave a tangled web of secrecy in which Cinder is trying to hide from.

What did you think: This book is so good. end of the story. even though it is a fairy tale, it doesn't always stay true to the tale of Cinderella.

Who would you recommend it to: Dystopian and Sci-fi lovers.

- L.D. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Can't Look Away

Donna Cooner

TEEN COONER

4 stars.

Describe the book: In this upside down story. A girl name Torrey Grey is famous but at least on the internet, thousands of people watch her videos on beauty tips. But when Torrey's little sister got killed in a accident, maybe because of Torrey and her videos, her world explodes. Now strangers on internet are hating her until she enter a new school of trust or lies.

What did you think: In this book. It felted like it was teaching me what to not trust and what to trust. It feels like Torrey is going through a lot already with her sister sudden death and people hating her so I feel sorry for her. My favorite parts was when she told everyone how she feel and express on what she thinks is right, how people will treat her the same.

Who would you recommend it to: To high school kids who enjoy their own opinions.

- K.Y. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


The Goose Girl

Shannon Hale

TEEN HALE

4 stars.

Describe the book: While Princess Anidori and her entourage are traveling to Bayern, she is betrayed by half of her own guards. She is forced to believe that those who knew her are dead and Ani hides as a goose girl for the king. As Ani works, she uncovers the plot behind the betrayal, meets a handsome someone, makes true friends, and unlocks the language of the wind

What did you think: Of course -as a teenage girl- I loved the romantic bits between Geric and Ani! Shannon Hale portrayed their relationship in a way that was a modern take on a slightly fairy tale romance. This book was AMAZING! The next three books are just as awesome and I wish that she could write a fifth book for the series.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who enjoys a bit of a fairy tale adventure.

- H.L. (Grade 8) from Oak Harbor Library


Playing Hurt

Holly Schindler

TEEN SCHINDL

3 stars.

Describe the book: When Chelsea gets hurt playing basketball, and nobody respects her like they used to, her perfect boyfriend Greg stays by her side. Then she gets sent to a boot camp to help start healing her hip, and becomes a client of Clint. When starts to get a feeling around him that she never felt with Greg, she doesn't have a clue what to do.

What did you think: I really enjoyed having both Chelsea's and Clint's point of view and own thoughts about everything that happened, getting both sides of the story.My favorite part was when they actually started to talk to each other and trust each other with secrets they had never told anyone else, even though they had met only a week ago.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who enjoy romance

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


One Moment

Kristina McBride

TEEN MCBRIDE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Maggie has always been too afraid to jump off the cliff, but she decided that she was going to do it this time. Once at the top, something happens, and she can't remember what, only that it left her boyfriend dead. Then she learns that Joey had been lying to her. When she finds his secret, Maggie sees how fake her whole life had been before.

What did you think: I loved how perfectly all of the scenes are put together in this book. It describes everything just right, and keeps you on your toes, wondering how everything if going to fit together. One of my very favorite parts was when Maggie found the photo album someone had put on her doorstep that explained everything that was going on behind her back.

Who would you recommend it to: suspenseful book lovers

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


And Then Things Fall Apart

Arlaina Tibensky

TEEN TIBENSK

3 stars.

Describe the book: When Keek gets the chicken pox, it only adds to her already ruined summer. Her boyfriend isn't talking to her, along with her best friend. Her parents are splitting up. And her other friend betrayed her. She lives in her dead great-grandmother's room, with her typewriter as her only company, and there is not a thing she can do about any of it.

What did you think: This book was quite a bit different than anything I've read before, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good, or that i don't have favorite scenes. Those parts were when her best friend came over to see her, and acted like Keek had never ignored her, which I thought was really sweet and forgiving.

Who would you recommend it to: teens/middle school kids who like any kind of book

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


The Education of Hailey Kendrick

Eileen Cook

TEEN COOK

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Hailey and Joel (her boyfriend's best friend) break off the arm of a statue at their school, and then he kisses her, they get caught, and word quickly spreads. They keep everyone on campus until she tells who was with her, and is put on the cleaning crew. With the janitor the only help she has, she needs to figure out how to get her life back.

What did you think: My favorite parts were when Drew (the janitor) start connecting,and he gets Hailey to sneak off campus for the first time ever, and at the end when the principal asks for the person that was with her that night, and half the school says it was them, just to support her.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who like reading about typical teen lives

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


The Karma Club

Jessica Brody

TEEN BRODY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Madison and her two best friends come up with a plan to get revenge on their boyfriends using karma. Then their official Karma Club notebook gets stolen, and to get it back it to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend. The only problem is that Madison is now dating him, and her best friends don't agree with it, and don't care. How can she stop them?

What did you think: My favorite part of this book was when Madison started tutoring Spencer (the most popular boy in school- and the notebook thief's ex-boyfriend) and he tells her that he requested to have her. I loved that the whole book revolved the idea of karma, and that Madison couldn't get anything to work against it.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who believe in karma and enjoy romance

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


The Art of Lainey

Paula Stokes

TEEN STOKES

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Lainey's boyfriend Jason suddenly breaks up with her, she comes up with a plan to win him back. She will get someone to pretend to be her boyfriend, and go to the places where she knows Jason will be. But when Lainey and Micah start to like each other, they think about giving up getting back their ex's- and just go for each other.

What did you think: I enjoyed this action packed book from beginning to end. But my actual favorite part was when Lainey and Micah get in a fight and he goes somewhere he knows she will be with her ex- with his ex, just to make her jealous. And when Lainey realizes that Micah is using her technique- that she taught him- against her, she gets furious.

Who would you recommend it to: teens who like action-filled romantic books

- C.W. (Grade 8) from Snohomish Library


The Matchmakers

Janette Oke

FIC OKE

4 stars.

Describe the book: 3 yrs. after her husband's death, Cynthia is ready to move on and although she appreciates her dad's help she feels smothered. When her friend, Judith, suggests a match-up for Cynthia's father and an attorney's mom from church, Cynthia agrees but won't interfere in their lives, only to have her own life turned upside down by the unexpected!

What did you think: I loved this book! It's so sweet and has a great storyline! My favorite part was definitely the last chapter when Janette Oke slyly puts in an awesome twist to the story, demonstrating that match-makers sometimes have their own plans turned upon themselves!

Who would you recommend it to: Fans of Janette Oke books

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


Little Men

Louisa May Alcott

J ALCOTT

4 stars.

Describe the book: Timid Nat and wild Dan are the newest additions to the Bhaer household of boys and join Demi, Franz, Emil, and all the others in making life crazy and exciting! Along with Nan, Daisy, and little Bess, these little men learn the consequences of stealing and lies, the rewards of good conduct and reformation along with spouts of hilarious humor!

What did you think: This book is filled to the brim with amusing stories tempered with good morals and simple character lessons that will encourage and inspire even the oldest reader! My favorite of Joe's little men is Dan, who with all his wild ways, really had a soft and genuine heart that only needed some love to bring it out.

Who would you recommend it to: The whole family!

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


Hostage Lands

Douglas Bond

TEEN BOND

4 stars.

Describe the book: Neil Perkins's favorite part of Latin class is mocking his eccentric teacher, Miss Klitsa. Then he accidentally unearths a Roman writing tablet. He and his teacher embark on an adventure, translating the ancient tale of Rusticus, a disillusioned Roman Centurion whose life was saved by Calum, a Celt. Will they survive an impossible, deadly mission?

What did you think: Fast-paced and exciting, this book held me captive. My favorite character--the real hero, in my opinion--was Calum. he spent time in Rome and was profoundly changed when he witnessed Christians being tortured in the arena. I loved his faithfulness to Rusticus, even at great personal cost. I also loved the characterization of Neil and Miss Klitsa.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who love intricate historical adventures.

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


Spice Box

Grace Livingston Hill

eBOOK OVERDRI

3 stars.

Describe the book: An orphaned Janice, A Dr. Sterling, and an elderly Martha Spice,-three different worlds all woven together in a heartening story. For Janice, there is nobody who cares for her except for a loving God who seems to watch and direct her paths. For Dr. Sterling, God shows him a new way of life. And for Martha Spice, -she learns the true joy of giving.

What did you think: This was a story that for a moment I wasn't sure would all come together-but it did and in a very sweet way! My favorite part was when Martha Spice turns her life around and truly gives herself to others!

Who would you recommend it to: Grace Livingston Hill lovers!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Mill Creek Library


A Thousand Pieces of You

Claudia Gray

TEEN GRAY

2 stars.

Describe the book: After Marguerite's father is murdered, the killer, a student of her genius parents named Paul, uses one of her mother's latest inventions, the Firebird, to travel through different dimensions to escape being caught. However, as she and another of her parents' students, Theo, chase after him through, the truth starts to become less clear.

What did you think: I found the different dimensions that Marguerite, Theo, and Paul went through to be fascinating; however, the characters fell a little flat. Most of lacked characterization. One character I did enjoy though was Marguerite's father. I felt as though he was one of the few characters that I really could get a sense of who he was.

Who would you recommend it to: Science-fiction lovers

- A.G. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library


Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

FIC LEE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Set twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee resurrects her beloved characters. When Jean Lousie, now twenty six, returns to Maycomb from New York, she finds what looks like a betrayal. As she begins to seek answers, she discovers that while there are secrets and differences, there doesn't have to be strife.

What did you think: I adore this book. It brought back everything that I loved in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Atticus does not disappoint. I'm so glad that it was published in 2014 instead of 1960, because the ideals and main theme of the novel are vastly relevant in today's world. Everyone needs to read this book.

Who would you recommend it to: If you're a human, read this book.

- E.C. (Grade 10) from Sultan Library


The eye of minds

James Dashner

TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: When Michael and his friends get contact from a secret organization asking them to go in the cyber world and hack there way into finding a cyber terrorist they quickly accept. The game soon turns fatal when they find themselves hacking into new games, with deadly consequences if they lose.

What did you think: I loved this book because it was quite different from James Dashners other series. I especially liked when Michael, Sarah and Bryson start out in the war game and get killed about 48 times.

Who would you recommend it to: Sci-fi lovers and people who like dystopian books.

- A.D. (Grade 8) from Coupeville Library


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