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The Hero and the Crown

Robin McKinley


3 stars.

Describe the book: Because the people of her kingdom believe her mother was a witch who put a spell on her father, the king, in order to get an heir, Aerin has never been accepted by those around her. Nonetheless, she must now rise to the occasion an discover what she is truly destined to do in order to save her kingdom.

What did you think: Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable story. However, the majority of the characters weren't quite fully developed, and by the end of the book I still felt like I knew nothing about their personality. I still found the plot very interesting and full of great adventure.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy lovers

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

SnakeHead, Alex Rider series

Anthony Horowitz


4 stars.

Describe the book: Alex is going on another mission with the M16 and this time, it is for himself instead of the world. Alex meets his long lost godfather who knows of Alex's father and how he died. Alex becomes too interested to turn down this mission. The mission is against a terrorist group known as Snakehead, who smuggle just about everything bad into countries.

What did you think: My favorite part of this is when Alex regroups with wolf from his boot camp in the first book, Stormbreaker. This is so because I liked how they talked like old friends to eachother.

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

- W.M. (Grade 8) from Marysville Library

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


4 stars.

Describe the book: Edmond Dantes is a young sailor with everything like his fiancee and his captain spot of a ship. 3 jealous and selfish men, Danglars, Fernand and Villefort, ruin his perfect life by putting him in jail. In jail, Dantes gets educated by a priest. He then escapes, making himself the rich Count of Monte Cristo to take revenge on his wealthy enemies.

What did you think: I loved the Count of Monte Cristo's deceptive revenge plot overall because instead of just killing his enemies, he brought up their past sins, which ruined their lives and resulted in some suicide. His plot involves many different disguises, a lot of money and fake friendships. My favorite part is when the Count's fiancee recognizes him in disguise

Who would you recommend it to: People who love tragic, mysteries & napoleonic era

- K.P. (Grade 8) from Lynnwood Library

My side of the Mountain

Jean Craighead George


4 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about a young boy named Sam, who runs away into the forest where he teaches himself with no help how to survive in the woods. This book is all about Sam's survival through the summer, fall, winter and spring in the forest.

What did you think: I really liked this book. The author used great description the describe the ways that Sam had to live. My favorite part in this book was when Sam was being attacked by a falcon and he steals one of the baby falcons runs back to his "Treehouse" and trains the falcon to be his own.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventurous kids who like the great outdoors.

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

Sky Raiders - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull


4 stars.

Describe the book: Cole Randolph is just trying to have fun on Halloween night. But when they enter a haunted house with a secret passageway, it changes Cole's life forever. Cole ends up in a totally different world called the Outskirts. A place that lies between imagination and reality and life and death. Now Cole is on a quest to get back home. And not be forgotten

What did you think: Sky Raiders was a thrilling adventure-packed book. When you read the story you will never ever feel bored. My favorite part of the book was when Cole finds out that Mira is none other then the High Shaper's {High King's} daughter.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like adventures and mysteries

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

Nature Girl

Jane Kelley


3 stars.

Describe the book: Megan hates her new life in Vermont. Everything is terrible, but the worst part is that her best friend Lucy isn't there with her. One day, Megan's mom makes her go on a hike with her sister. When she decides to run back home, she gets lost and encounters the Appalachian Trail. Megan's journey continues along the trail as she travels to meet Lucy.

What did you think: I really felt like this book was a modern version of My Side Of the Mountain because they have similar plots. The book was very intriguing and I'm sure many people could relate to the story

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend it to people who like adventure novels

- E.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library

Rogue Knight - Five Kingdoms Series

Brandon Mull


4 stars.

Describe the book: In the book Rogue Knight Cole continues on his mission to get back home along with his new friends: Mira, Jace, Twitch and Joe. His quest has led him to the kingdom of Ellower. But Ellower has grown unstable and an infamous rebel named the Rogue Knight is destroying the balance of power. Now it is up to Cole and his new friends to stop all this.

What did you think: Once again Rogue Knight is a page turner that everyone would love to read. Once you start reading it you just can't stop! My favorite of this incredible book by author Brandon Mull is when Cole and all his friends get epic masks that can enable them to turn in to a certain type of animal or creature

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mysteries and adventures.

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

To Have and To Hold

Mary Johnston


3 stars.

Describe the book: As a man who keeps his word, Ralph Percy gets a wife from the mail order brides just shipped to Virginia. The one who becomes his wife however just happens to be a ward of the King and a by no means dull story enfolds throughout the pages! Danger after danger comes but Ralph comes to love his beautiful yet closed off wife. Will she return his love?

What did you think: I was not disappointed with the adventure that certainly was there throughout the whole book! I liked that the love was there through it all-even if not shown. My favorite parts were when the bad guys finally were dead and Ralph and Jocelyn found each other again!

Who would you recommend it to: Teenagers who love Adventure and excitement!

- T.E. (Grade 9) from Snohomish Library

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Kathleen Krull

J 780.92 KRULL

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book introduces us to the musicians behind some of our culture's most-beloved music. I had a blast reading about composer Eric Satie, who purposely caught bronchitis to escape military duty; folk musician Woody Guthrie, who seldom bathed; and performer Clara Schuman, who wore a different white dress to every performance. Fact-filled and fun!

What did you think: I've grown up listening to classical music, but I know surprisingly little about the composers themselves. This hilarious and memorable book presents "dry facts" in an appealing way. It looks like a cute kids' book, but I learned a great deal from it myself. I especially loved the beautiful, creative artwork.

Who would you recommend it to: Music lovers age 8-adult! Great for kids.

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


Peers Paul Read

982.6 READ

3 stars.

Describe the book: In October 1971, a plane crashed in the Andes. The survivors took shelter in the wreck, melting snow for water and eventually resorting to eating the bodies of the dead for food. Two months later, still unrescued and with the spring blizzards over, two of them set out to find help, eventually finding it despite enormous obstacles.

What did you think: It was fascinating and exciting. Though it was tragic, I found the account of the crash especially interesting, and I thought that the expedition was a fitting and enjoyable climax for the incredible story. Hanging out with the plane in the middle wasn't boring either: at one point the plane was buried in an avalanche.

Who would you recommend it to: people who like true survival stories

- D.B. (Grade 10) from Lake Stevens Library

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

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