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I've Got Your Number

Sophie Kinsella

FIC KINSELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Poppy Wyatt loses her ring. The ring happens to be a heir ring and has been passed down for ages. Poppy even lose her phone in the process and conveniently another phone happens to be in the trash. The phone is a company phone belonging to Sam Roxton. She exchanges emails and text messages meanwhile she is still missing her ring.

What did you think: This book is very fun to read and it is a quick read. I also like the relationship between Sam and Poppy. My favorite parts are the text messages because they were very entertaining to read and I could feel the connection between the two main characters.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who wants something cute and a good laugh!

- A.N. (Grade 11) from Mill Creek Library


Hattie Big Sky

Kirby Larson

TEEN LARSON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Hattie Brooks acquires a homestead in Montana from her uncle and has to prove it up in 10 months or else she will lose the land.

What did you think: It was a very exciting book. Kirby writes of the old pioneer days in a modern, new way, inviting the reader back to Montana in the early 1900s. Hattie is a lovable character and the story touches nicely on an array of different subjects, like Spanish Influenza, handling farm animals alone, and the terrors of WWI.

Who would you recommend it to: highschoolers, people interested in history

- B.J. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


With Malice

Eileen Cook

TEEN COOK

2 stars.

Describe the book: A 18 year old girl wakes up in a hospital and doesn't remember the last 6 weeks. She is told that she and her best friend were on a school trip in Italy and were in a car wreck. Her friend, Simone, died and the main character, Jill, is left to pick up the pieces of a impeding legal case.

What did you think: It was a quick read. The writing wasn't complex so you could read it in a couple of days. The character was kind of hard to like because of the choices she made and how she treated the hospital staff. Overall, it wasn't my favorite book, but I bet others may like it if they have different tastes than me.

Who would you recommend it to: People who say they like legal issues.

- B.J. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


This is what happy looks like

Jennifer E. Smith

TEEN SMITH

4 stars.

Describe the book: A famous actor, Graham, accidentally emails Ellie and through the messages they fall in love. Graham travels from L.A. to her little town in Maine to act and meet her. They fall for each other and he makes an effort to see her often, they can't be separated. The only problem is the paparazzi takes many pictures of them and finds Ellie's name.

What did you think: I liked the writing and quick pace in the book. The romance was good because of his attentiveness to see her often. My favorite part was when the paparazzi discovers her name and that they are together because afterwards, they don't mind being seen together. They see each other and show as much affection as they like afterwards.

Who would you recommend it to: High school kids, romance lovers, quick reads

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


The Giver

Lois Lowry

TEEN LOWRY

4 stars.

Describe the book: Jonas receives the honored job of Receiver of Memory. During his training, Jonas learns of life before his communities and Sameness.

What did you think: This book made me think; it had a broader lesson contained than just a future world action story. The way it was written reminds me of "The boy in the striped pajamas" and "Animal farm." The author incorporates a lesson into a story that reminds you of certain aspects of life and our choices. Excellent read! Would recommend for everyone.

Who would you recommend it to: All ages above 12.

- B.J. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Clockwork Prince

Cassandra Clare

TEEN CLARE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Clockwork Prince is about a young woman named Tessa who has found her place amongst the world of Shadowhunters. However there is a man, known as the Magister, who is relentless in his pursuit of Tessa. She is also the object of two young men's affection. Jem, who is afflicted with a deadly addiction and Will, who has a tragic history.

What did you think: I fell in love with this book, with the characters, with the plot. I couldn't put it down! My favourite parts were those between Tessa and Jem

Who would you recommend it to: People who like adventure and Victorian Romance

- M.J. (Grade 9) from Oak Harbor Library


Me before you

Jojo moyes

FIC MOYES

2 stars.

Describe the book: Lou Clark used to work at a tea shop before it closes down. She takes a position to take care of a Will Traynor who sits in a wheelchair From a motercycle accident. She slowly falls in love with him after going through a break up with her athetic boyfriend, Patrick. Will plans to die in 6 months and she wants to change his mind by going on trips.

What did you think: I feel that the book was rather too detailed in my taste and slow paced. My favorite part was when she and Will steals the spotlight in Will's ex wedding when she was dancing with Will. She sat on his lap and he spun her around on his wheelchair. There was a lot of chemistry and everyone was amazed by them.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, high schoolers, fast readers

- V.V. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

1 star.

Describe the book: MR. GREEN LEADS THE READER TO BELIEVE SOMETHING GREAT HAPPENS BUT IT'S ALL A LIE. I'M VERY DISAPOINTED IN THIS BOOK... (I still love Mr. Green..)

What did you think: P*SSED.

Who would you recommend it to: boring people

- B.C. (Grade 12) from Darrington Library


The Conspiracy of Us

Maggie Hall

TEEN HALL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Avery sneaks out for prom when she has to move soon. Then leaves with Stellen to see her dad in Paris. In Paris, Avery learns of the Circle, a society controlling the world, and her father is one of the leaders. Avery is told of a prophecy, telling that she will destroy the Cirle's enemies. Making Avery a target, with the power to change the world.

What did you think: This is my favorite book of all time. My favorite part was when Avery is almost killed in Prada while dress shopping, but is saved by the boy she likes named Jack and his friend Luc. Also, when Avery is almost forced to marry Luc because the Dauphin family wanted to rule the Circle but escapes with Jack to find some way to save Fitz from the Order.

Who would you recommend it to: For those who like YA novels,mystery, and romance.

- K.T. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library


A Court Of Mist And Fury

Sarah J. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This time Feyre is in the Night Court with Rhysand, high lord of the Night Court, and learns how to control the anxiety that she has from saving Tamlin's, lord of the Summer Court, people. While she's there she learns things about the Night Court, it's people, and Rhysland. Then she learns some new things about herself that will shape her life.

What did you think: This book would bring an emotional pull from anyone, but until you get to the end I don't think you really know how you will feel about what is going on. I think my favorite part was when Freye decided who she needed to be with and that she would do anything to save his and her people.

Who would you recommend it to: action, adventure or Romance lovers. Even all 3!

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


Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J. Mass

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: It was about a girl who struggles to feed her family, ends up killing a faerie. And her punishment for killing it is that she must live with the lord of the spring court. Just as she starts to get closer to him, her life is put into danger. Then it is up to her to save him and her whole world.

What did you think: Overall it was an amazing book; had such amazing detail, an amazing plot, such realistic characters, and I could not put it down. There was a big twist plot towards the end, that is totally unexpected. It ends leaving you wanting more.

Who would you recommend it to: Any one who enjoys fantasy

- K.G. (Grade 9) from Lake Stevens Library


Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech

J CREECH

2 stars.

Describe the book: Sal is a 13 year old girl, who's mother has run away. As she travels to find her mother (her amazing grandparents are with her), she tells them the story of her friend Phoebe, who was always quick to jump to insane conclusions. The book had a sad ending, and the author made the 13 year old's sound like they were 11, but it was very interesting.

What did you think: This book kept me reading, and did have a sad ending. The 13yo girls seem closer to 11 or 12. My favorite part was when Gram is in the hospital and the doctor tells Gramps that he has to leave. Gramps holds Gram's hand and says to the doc,"Sonny, I've been by her side for 51 years; if you want me to leave, you'll have to cut my hand off."

Who would you recommend it to: Teens who are interested in a unique book

- A.R. (Grade 10) from Camano Island Library


Seven Wonders Lost in Babylon

Peter Lerangis

J LERANGI

3 stars.

Describe the book: This about Jack and his friends Cass, Aly, and Marco. They are on a search for the loculus that is the power of Atlantis. They lost their friend Marco, but find him, and along with him, a pocket were Babylon and the lost haning garden of Babylon is. Will the find the loculus?

What did you think: I didn't like this as much as I did the first one, but it had its moments, esesialy when Marco turns on them. I honestly didn't see any of it coming and I like that kind of thing in a book.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure, Mystery, and just fun!

- G.R. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library


Winter

Marissa Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: In the finale of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder finally challenges Levana for the crown of Luna. All of the characters are together and they all work towards helping Cinder, whether through subterfuge or through direct force. Told through a multi perspective lens, Meyer brings everyone's viewpoint together to bring a complete ending.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this entire series! Usually I don't care for multi perspective booms because it gets confusing and goes in circles. However, this book made me love it. I like how the fairytales are mixed with cyber/ futuristic aspects to make a truly original novel!

Who would you recommend it to: Sciencefiction lovers, fiction lovers,any teen

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


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: After Harry is rescued from living with the awful Dursley's, Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, have a crazy first year at their new school Hogwarts, and Harry is able to learn more about his past and about his dead parents.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. The book had a great plot and I really did enjoy J.K. Rowling's writing style, but I wish that the book was at a higher reading level.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to middle school kids.

- T.D. (Grade 11) from Mill Creek Library


Wesley the Owl

Stacey O'Brian

598.97 OBRIEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: This amazing (non-fiction) book is about a young woman who basically adopts a baby barn owl into her home. She does this for reasons of discovering new animal behavior for work. Wesley (the owl) is very protective and loving to Stacey. In this book you can see what it's like to have an amazing, friendly owl living with you for almost 20 years.

What did you think: I have read this book many times, and I will read it many more. I love owls, and this book really bring out the emotional, intelligent, caring side of them. It is also complete with the most adorable pictures of Wesley. My favorite part is when he decides he won't be happy until Stacey will let him dive into and sit in the bathtub for hours.

Who would you recommend it to: Animal lovers. Grade 8+

- A.R. (Grade 10) from Camano Island Library


Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: The story takes place in the land of Erilea, a world full of magic and secrets, and also torn apart by war. Celaena, a young assassin and former slave, is recruited by the Prince of Adarlan, Dorian, to come fight in a competition to become the King's Champion.

What did you think: One of my personal favorite parts is when Cain and Celaena have their final duel for the position of the King's Champion. Overall, "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas contains amazing adventure, romance, light comedy, mystery, and a whole new world of magic for teen readers to enjoy.

Who would you recommend it to: This is definitely for the Fantasy Lovers

- A.L. (Grade 7) from Lynnwood Library


Stone and Spark

Sibella Giorello

FIC GIORELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: This is the first book in a 4 book series about a High School aged girl, Raleigh Harmon. When Her best friend Drew suddenly disappears, Raleigh must take necessary measures to find her - despite what everyone is saying, even if it means lying to her own parents. Did Drew leave on her own accord? Or was she kidnapped? Will Raleigh be successful?

What did you think: This books kept me turning pages all the way to the end. I'm not huge on mysteries, but this had the perfect balance of friendship, trust, love, life, school, and unknown answers. It was not a predictable book, which I appreciated. I felt like this book was a bit repetitive, but it is still worth reading! I can't wait to read the next three!

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone!

- A.R. (Grade 10) from Camano Island Library


A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah J. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This story about a woman named Feyre who used her mental bond/deal with the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, to get away from the people in the Spring Court she thought she loved. She is shown a hidden city called Velaris and Rhysand's Inner circle that lives within his territory. Feyre agrees to work for Rhysand to stop a war from happening.

What did you think: I felt that this book was AMAZING! Even though this is the second book in this series, i feel like this book is better then the first. My favorite part was when Feyre was told by a magical creature called a Suriel that Rhysand was her mate. Another favorite part was when Nesta, Feyre's sister, cursed the King before she was turned into a faerie.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love high fantasy would enjoy this book

- C.C. (Grade 8) from Mukilteo Library


P.S. I still love you

Jenny Han

TEEN HAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Lara Jean falls in love with Peter unintentionally. They officially get together and she gets jealous that Peter has an eye for his ex Genevieve and gives her more attention. Genevieve posts a humiliating video of Lara Jean and Peter in a hot tub that is viral. John, an old friend enters Lara Jean's life and she chooses to love Peter or John.

What did you think: I really liked the book because it had captured so much of my emotions. The writing was a good pace and detailed. My favorite part was when Lara Jean kissed John in the car because it's like she put her bad relationship with Peter away and moves forward. I also liked how Genevieve confessed why she hated Lara Jean and why she stole her boyfriend.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school and high school kids, romance lovers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


First Love

James Patterson

TEEN PATTERS

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a girl Axi Moore who is a good girl focused on school. When she comes across her friend, Robinson, she decides she wants to get away from the normal life. She wants to have fun with him by crossing the country on a road trip. They steal cars and go to forbidden areas. She falls in love with Robinson during the trip and turns bad.

What did you think: I liked the writing style of this book and the pace isn't too fast or slow. My favorite part was when Axi starts getting feelings for Robinson and they confess their love. After they had fallen in love they were unstoppable, they did everything together.

Who would you recommend it to: Young Love and adventure lovers, middle schoolers

- V.N. (Grade 8) from Mill Creek Library


Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cath, a frequent Simon Snow fanfiction writer, begins her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren, who she has been inseparable with for as long as she can remember. Throughout the year, Cath struggles with issues such as living with her new roommate, Reagan; the near constant presence of Reagan's boyfriend; and Wren growing away from her.

What did you think: It is so easy to see one's self in Cath, especially when her love for Simon Snow is so much like so many people's love for Harry Potter. She grows so much over the course of the book and shows how it is hard try new things sometimes, but she also shows that moving forward is necessary and the easy way out is not necessarily the best way.

Who would you recommend it to: Harry Potter fans

- A.G. (Grade 12) from Marysville Library


Dragonsinger

Anne McCaffrey

J MCCAFFR

4 stars.

Describe the book: Dragonsinger is about a girl named Menolly who is an apprentice at the Harper Hall. Because she is a girl and has nine fire lizards, miniature telepathic dragons, she encounters prejudice from many people. Over the course of the book, she finds her own place,learns more about herself and her fire lizards, and eventually becomes a journeyman harper.

What did you think: I like this book because it was incredibly well written and immersed me in a foreign world that was still familiar. It's very hard to pick my favorite parts, but some of the good ones are whenever Menolly has a lesson with her voice teacher Shonagar, the fire lizard hatching, and when Menolly composes a new song.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy, science-fiction, and music lovers.

- A.K. (Grade 8) from Monroe Library


Under the Never Sky

Veronica Rossi

TEEN ROSSI

4 stars.

Describe the book: When something terrible goes wrong, Aria is blamed and thrown out of Reverie, the only home she's ever known. At the same time, Perry, who is an Outsider, runs from his home. They meet each other and after several days grow to like each other. Even though it is very dangerous for Perry to get attached to Aria, he can't help himself.

What did you think: This was an awesome book. I liked the part when Aria discovered she was part outsider, like Perry. It made her seem more connected to him. And the end when they meet up again. It would have been terrible if one of them had died.

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction lovers, semi-romance lovers

- H.J. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library


The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

J CHAINAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: In The School for Good and Evil there are two best friends named Sophie and Agatha. Sophie has always dreamed of being taken away by the School Master to the School for Good and Evil. In the middle of the night they are taken away to the school where Agatha becomes a princess and Sophie a witch. In the end they stay friends and go home together.

What did you think: I really liked this book a lot because it combined everything I love. Drama, action, love, and more. My favorite part in this book was when Sophie's ex prince takes Agatha to ball, and leaved Sophie by herself.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy loving middle school kids.

- A.U. (Grade 8) from Oak Harbor Library


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