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Scorch trials Teen Book Scorch trials

james dashner
TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: the Gladers from the maze are sent to another testing site (the scorch) to find a cure for this horrible disease called the Flare that they have.

What did you think: I loved this book. my favorite part was when Teresa turned on the Gladers and tried to kill Thomas.

Who would you recommend it to: all dystopian readers

- L.O. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library




Before I Fall Teen Book Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
TEEN OLIVER

4 stars.

Describe the book: A Girl named Samantha who dies but keeping on waking up on the same day she dies, for about seven times. She's a really bad girl. She's bullies people and act to cool for everybody. She's friends with Lindsay, the meanest girl in school. A girl named Juliet was bullied by them. She wanted to kill herself. Now, Samantha must save her so she can live

What did you think: It was a good book. I couldn't stop reading it. Pretty intense book. My favorite part is when Samantha dies for real and she see's an angel

Who would you recommend it to: grown ups

- J.M. (Grade 6) from Mukilteo Library




Lost and Found Teen Book Lost and Found

Anne Schraff
TEEN SCHRAFF

2 stars.

Describe the book: Darcy Wills is the definition of a good girl. She always finishes her homework and, she always manages her life and her families life now that her father left them. With her grandma sick and her rebellious sister life isn't easy. But now working with Tarah Carson, a bad student she doesn't care about school a "0" but that's nothing.

What did you think: This book was okay I think it could have had more action the blurb makes it feel like there's a lot of drama and action but there's only minimal of both. But overall this book was pretty good. I liked how Darcy could remind me of myself in a way. Though I did find Hakeem a little bit suspicious.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery lovers, Teenagers, High school students.

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Edmonds Library




The Bourne Deception book The Bourne Deception

Eric Van Lustbader
FIC LUSTBAD

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is amazing and entertaining. It is full of thrill as the main characters go against assassins,try to find traitors within the Pentagon, and trying to stop a world war. There is also some interesting ways the characters interact with each other in the story.

What did you think: I thought that this gives a type of thrilling feeling and your just left at this suspense wondering what will happen at the next chapter or the end of the book. My favorite part is when Jason Bourne is fighting an assassin while at the same time trying not to be killed by a bull.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to Mid-high kids to adults

- A.M. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Snow Treasure Juvenile Book Snow Treasure

Marie McSwigan
J MCSWIGA

2 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Peter and his neighborhood kid friends have a mission to save 2 million dollars in gold from the German Nazis. The children swear to not say a single word even if the Nazis question and torture them. The children ride on top of their sleds with gold under them. They take the gold to a ship for Peter's uncle to sail to America.

What did you think: My first favorite part is when one of the Nazis starts kicking a snowman out of frustration, under which a gold brick is hidden. Peter throws a snowball and hits the Nazi's ear. My second favorite part is when the kids need a few more days to move the gold so the doctor paints red spots on them so school is cancelled due to quarantine.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School,those who like history and adventure

- A.R. (Grade 8) from Camano Island Library (Interim)




the great gatsby book the great gatsby

f. scott fitzgerald
FIC FITZGER

3 stars.

Describe the book: the main character nick Carraway moves to new York in the summer to learn about business but nicks next door neighbor in west Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby who lives in a gigantic mansion who is in love with daisey but tom realizes that gatsby is in love with daisey and try's to fraud him

What did you think: i thought it was a good book but it was not my kind of type because it had to do with romance. my favorite part was when everyone starts to die

Who would you recommend it to: people who are into dark romance books

- m.g. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




The son of neptune Teen CD Book The son of neptune

Rick Riordan
TEEN CD FIC RIO1789

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about Percy Jackson and how he began his adventures again, but in the wrong place. In this book Percy goes to a Roman demi-god camp forgetting that he has remembered. Hazel, Frank, And Percy go on an adventure to the north to get his memory back.

What did you think: I thought it was a greatly structured book and I loved the action in this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

- c.f. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




The son of neptune Teen CD Book The son of neptune

Rick Riordan
TEEN CD FIC RIO1789

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about Percy Jackson and how he began his adventures again, but in the wrong place. In this book Percy goes to a Roman demi-god camp forgetting that he has remembered. Hazel, Frank, And Percy go on an adventure to the north to get his memory back.

What did you think: I thought it was a greatly structured book and I loved the action in this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

- c.f. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




midnight rider Juvenile Book midnight rider

Joan Hiatt Harlow
J HARLOW

4 stars.

Describe the book: I think this book is very good for younger ages interested in the revolutionary war. This book includes things that happened in the war but adds characters, settings, and events to keep the younger aged people interested and attentive. A fourteen year old girl named Hannah is the main character in this book.

What did you think: I loved this book. It has lots of twists and turns and lots of intersting charactiers

Who would you recommend it to: ages 9-14 who love interesting historical fiction.

- n.w. (Grade 9) from Granite Falls Library




Ashes Teen Book Ashes

Ilsa J. Bick
TEEN BICK

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ashes is a about a 17 year old girl named Alex and her struggle to survive during the Apocalypse (which is caused by some sort of EMP thingy) and the changed, (the zombies of the book) which are affected kids from the emp that are pretty much zombies. As she makes new survival companions and looks for a Sanctuary, things get worse, and worse.

What did you think: I think this book was one of the best apoctalyptic books out there. With action, drama, realism, and an actual story and problem, it makes you feel like this could actually happen. The length is definitely appropriate for this book since it needs the length due to story, action, drama, and realism. Dont worry,it is not wordy like eragon.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love action and the apocalypse.

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




Between Shades of Gray Teen Book Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
TEEN SEPETYS

4 stars.

Describe the book: 15-year old Lina Vilkas is a girl that is living in Lithuania and is preparing to go to art school. When the NKVD (Russian secret police) storm into her house in the middle of the night, her life changes forever.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this book. It was haunting, beautiful, and interesting. I loved the relatable characters, and how richly described the book was. It brought awareness to a subject long forgotten.

Who would you recommend it to: middle school kids, high school kids.

- D.Y. (Grade 6) from Mukilteo Library




The Maze Runner Teen Book The Maze Runner

James Dashner
TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Thomas was a teen was left mysteriously in a big maze and had no idea why. There were many other teens there and each day they would try to get out. There only hope to get out is Thomas

What did you think: this book was awesome. It handsome really intense moments and kept me wanting to more more the whole time.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone. 12+ this book was very fun to read

- J.M. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




The hunger games Teen Book The hunger games

Suzanne Collins
TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is a adventurous tale of a upper class drawing two names(1 male, 1 female) in different districts of people of a lower class to fight to the death in a epic battle. Katniss's little sister gets chosen from district 12 and Katniss volunteers and tries to win for her sister Primrose, and a almost stranger, Peeta, gets drawn as well.

What did you think: I thought the book was fabulous! It kept you on the edge of your seat and you really felt for the characters and truly began to feel like you've known them your whole life. You will love the characters and their perspectives.

Who would you recommend it to: I'd recommend it to anyone who has time to read it

- K.P. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




The Slap book The Slap

Christos Tsiolkas
FIC TSIOLKA

4 stars.

Describe the book: In this powerful drama about one family who's world will collapse by one action. You'll get to see what eight of these people who witnesses the slap what they think on the event and what they're going to do about it. Hector. Anouk. Harry. Connie. Rosie. Manolis. Aisha. Richie. Its all up to them.

What did you think: I loved this book! My mom began watching the TV show and I decided to read the book I love the ending of it and how this one thing could change all of their lives forever...

Who would you recommend it to: Drama lovers, Teenagers, and Protective perents

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library




Tyrell Teen Book Tyrell

Coe Booth
TEEN BOOTH

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a teen in New York who struggles with his father in jail, his helpless mother, and his girlfriend, Novisha. And on top of that he is living in a homeless shelter, taking every chance he can get to help his family.

What did you think: I liked how "heart breakingly realistic" this book is. The authors word choice helps you relate in a way and makes your brain play tug of war on what you would do if you were in his shoes.

Who would you recommend it to: People interested in the Bronx

- H.F. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Catching Fire Teen Book Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins
TEEN COLLINS

3 stars.

Describe the book: In this book, Katniss and Peeta are called back for the 3rd quarter quell. Which is another name for the hunger games. All previous victory are called back and they have to fight to the death again. It seems as the odds are never in Katniss' favor.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Peeta announced that he and Katniss were getting married and that there was a baby on the way. I liked this book a lot.

Who would you recommend it to: People into futuristic stuff.

- M.L. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Croak Teen Book Croak

Gina Damico
TEEN DAMICO

4 stars.

Describe the book: A girl named Lex isn't the best when it comes to following the rules. She gets sent to live with her Uncle Mort in New York to work on a farm for her summer vacation. As it turns out, her Uncle's profession isn't farming, but something far more dark and dirty.

What did you think: I loved this book because it is so funny and thrilling. I liked the way Lex's character was portrayed as a "kick-butt" lady who hates authority figures. The drama between Lex and Driggs, her boyfriend, is funny and super interesting as well. Throughout the book it is really hard to predict the end.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who likes a comedy-filled thriller.

- T.H. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Divergent Teen Book Divergent

Veronica Roth
TEEN ROTH

3 stars.

Describe the book: The setting is set like it is in the future with 5 different factions. Which once your time comes you have to choose a faction and stay there for the rest of your life but each faction reflects different roles and you must fit in to the right one hopefully or else you would be stuck there.

What did you think: It felt futuristic and seemed a like a thriller since I felt plenty of suspense through the characters. I don't have one particular part I favor but I do love the story of how Tris is divergent and ends up being the special hero through the whole thing and how she managed to prove plenty of people wrong about her .

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this to kids who like action/adventure

- J.C. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Twilight Teen Book Twilight

Stephanie Meyer
TEEN MEYER

0 stars.

Describe the book: Bella moves to Forks, Washington from Arizona and she hates it; until she meets Edward. Edward turns out to be a vampire, and everyone in his family is a vampire too. But then this bad vampire, James, tries to kill Bella.

What did you think: It was really cringy. Bella and Edward both need to lighten up. Bella falls in love when shes 17 when she first meets this random guy like is that really love Bella?

Who would you recommend it to: People that enjoy vampire love.

- N.A. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Demon Seed book Demon Seed

Dean Koontz
FIC KOONTZ

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book very graphically describes a robotic security system who wants nothing more that to feel the life of flesh and live with the woman who occupies a mansion that should be under her control.

What did you think: I felt the book was very well written. although it is graphic and twisted it really brings entertainment to anyone who I believe would read it. I would have to say my favorite part was when Proteus the computer system telepathically controlled a man to assassinate another man.

Who would you recommend it to: adults, and those who love twisted books

- B.E. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library




The Hunger Games Teen Book The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Thrown into a world that just underwent mass destruction, a girl named Katniss must fight for her family, food, and then her freedom. As she surprisingly put into this years Hunger Games she viciously fights for her life and the life of her new found friends. What Katniss doesn't know is that all her actions in the game will come back to haunt her.

What did you think: This book is off the charts, meaning there is no chart good enough to contain it. There is never a time where you feel you can put this book down because every second is as intense as the last. The entire book is as memorizing as the climax of other books. The very best part is the ending battle. All I can say is if you want action, read this book

Who would you recommend it to: Action/Adventure lovers

- Z.S. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Mockingbird Juvenile Book Mockingbird

Katheryn Erskine
J ERSKINE

4 stars.

Describe the book: After Caitlin's brother is shot, she is left alone with her depressed dad and Asperger's syndrome. Grieving the loss of her brother, she turns to art, which guides her. Read about how Caitlin struggles for closure, and uncovers true emotions.

What did you think: Mockingbird is a very uplifting book, as you see how Caitlin tries and succeeds to find the open door in life and overcome her losses. Every sections of the book, no matter how small, has a meaning and is important in the long run and to Caitlin.

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who have trouble uncovering their emotions.

- A.M. (Grade 6) from Edmonds Library




The Hobbit book The Hobbit

J.R.R Tolkien
FIC TOLKIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Gandoff comes to billbo baggins house and asks him to join their journey. Billbo doesn't want to but gandoff eventually convinces him to join the journey of getting their gold back

What did you think: When billbo outsmarts smaug the dragon

Who would you recommend it to: Lord of the rings fans

- B.T. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




The Time Machine book The Time Machine

H.G. Wells
FIC WELLS

3 stars.

Describe the book: It was about a Time traveller telling his stories of traveling to the narrator and a group of men. He travels to the year 802,701 AD, the time traveler enters a world of small humanoid creatures called Eloi. Eloise are pea full creatures but Morlocks aren't. He is stuck with the creatures until he can retrieve his time machine.

What did you think: I felt like the book was good and very interesting. The Elois are my favorite characters. Although I wouldn't say the book was my favorite but I definitely would read it again!

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure

- T.R. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library




Frostbite Teen Book Frostbite

Richelle Mead
TEEN MEAD

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about vampires and half vampires. The main character Rose is a half vampire and her job is to kill the strigoi (the bad vampires). Rose goes and saves her friends over the christmas break when she finds out that they went to kill a group of strigoi.

What did you think: I loved this book. Some of my favorite parts are when Rose makes a funny joke or when she argues with someone. I also liked the parts with Mason because he is just like Rose.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers

- i.K. (Grade 9) from Granite Falls Library




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