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The Cellar

Natasha Preston

TEEN PRESTON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Summer Robison(16) is getting ready to go to a friend’s party with her boyfriend and brother living a normal life in a little town in Long Thorpe(England). Deciding to walk there alone a psycho killer Colin, who has an obsession of keeping things pure, kidnapped summer and keeps girl in his cellar to keep a “loving family” life of his own.

What did you think: I liked the different perspectives of the characters the author chose to express. Using past history of what happened and connecting them back to now and how it intertwined with a character for a reason sets a problem solving game for the audience.

Who would you recommend it to: horror-fiction lovers

- M.L. (Grade 11) from Snohomish Library

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Reconstructing Amelia

Kimberly McCreight

FIC MCCREIG

3 stars.

Describe the book: A woman at work was called and told that her daughter has cheated on her test at school and was caught, but then later when she arrives at the school she arrives at the news that her fifteen-year-old daughter Amelia has fallen off of her Brooklyn school building. Her mom a Litigation Lawyer is going around and trying to find out who killed Amelia.

What did you think: It was a great book with a great plot, and was very interesting to see Kate get out of her rut to figure out who possibly could have killed her daughter: The Maggies, Dylan, Adele etc., and I really liked when they went to the place where everything was being sent from and interrogated everybody, and found more clues to add to their investigation.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love mystery, and realistic fiction.

- I.I. (Grade 10) from Marysville Library

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Black Ice

Becca Fitzpatrick

TEEN FITZPAT

3 stars.

Describe the book: Britt had convinced her bestfriend to go on a backpacking trip in the teton Range. On the way they encounter a blizzard that forces them to find shelter, they find two very handsome men in the cabin. they are fugiteves who take her hostage. and in exchange for her life she has to guide the men off the mountain while trying to stay alive long enough

What did you think: What I liked was the suspense?thriller parts of the story, I loved the man vs. nature theme it had.The setting, and murders is what I honestly really loved about this book. the characters in my eyes were.. Okay. They all weren't the most nicest people.

Who would you recommend it to: to romance and thriller lovers

- n.g. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

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3 stars.

Describe the book: A guy named Landon falls in love with a simple girl named Jamie, He later finds out that she has Leukemia.

What did you think: It's kind of emotional, my favorite part is when jamie gives landon her bible for christmas.

Who would you recommend it to: people who are in to romance

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a young boy, named Quentin, who realizes things aren't always as they seem. He falls in love with a girl named Margo, who at first is a mischievous young lady. Things change when Margo goes missing or so we think. On his quest for who he thinks is the love of his life he learns what life is along with what and who is important.

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was when they broke into Seaworld and danced to the music, it was romantic and adventurous at the same time.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to adventure/romance lovers

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

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This Song Will Save Your Life

Leila Sales

TEEN SALES

4 stars.

Describe the book: A teenage girl is on the hunt to find her passion, her carrier. She is putting herself together and moving along in life. She starts to want to be a dj, but her dad doesn't really approve much. But once she shows him what she can do, he sees the light in her eyes as she does it so he approves finally. She finds out who she is and what she is doing.

What did you think: In my opinion, the entire book was absolutely amazing but the ending was inspiration to me. It touched my heart. The strong vocabulary, the sentence order. You will have to read it yourself to know why I love it so much, but I promise you it will touch your heart as well.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle/High Schoolers.

- S.M. (Grade 10) from Snohomish Library

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the stepsister

R.L stine

4 stars.

Describe the book: The main character emily has a stepsister moving in with her and so when she does a lot of bad stuff starts to happen and emily thinks its jessie (stepsister) but it ends up being her older sister, nancy , who wanted to get revenge on emily because she felt like emily could have saved her dad , who died in a boating accident while emily was there.

What did you think: My favorite part was finding out that it want jessie who was doing all the bad things. i felt surprised and excited to find out why

Who would you recommend it to: i would recommend to my friend or sister

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

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Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone

J.K. Rowling

J ROWLING

4 stars.

Describe the book: Harry Potter doesn't know anything about his true family history-only lies. After his parents tragically passed away, he was sent to his horrible Aunt and Uncle's house. All his life he was treated horribly, but he didn't know why. On his 11th birthday, he found out that he is a wizard and decided to join a school of Wizardry, called Hogwarts.

What did you think: This book is amazing! It is very good at allowing your imagination to take control, and the writing is great - it really makes you feel like you're in the story! I've never read the series before, only watched the movies. And just by reading the first one, I already know that they missed out on so much! I definitely advise everyone to read this.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love magic and using their imaginations

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

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Compound

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

TEEN BODEEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Eli and his family get tricked into going into an underground bunker by his rich dad. Eli's brother and grandma didn't make it to the bunker in time because the grandma and brother went back for medication. eventually Eli finds his brothers would be laptop and finds a wi-fi connection and he asked his dad and his dad lied about it.

What did you think: my favorite part was when he connected to wifi and his dad lied and said that it was some kind of thing that survivors were broadcasting it when there was never a nuclear attach in the first place.

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone! Especially fiction lovers.

- J.b. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library

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The Darkest Path

Jeff Hirsch

TEEN HIRSCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Fifteen year-old Cal Roe and his younger brother was taken away from the glorious path, had to be force to join for six years and survive. the path was trying to take control of the whole country and giving everyone a choice if they were captured a choice to join or get killed. Cal had experienced many conflicts along the way,met friends as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book is great the setting and tone fit well with the story plot and the characters were amazing. My favorite part was when Cal and James and Nat were finally able to go home after that long conflict of war and now that finally have peace. Cal and James were able to go and meet their parents again, choose their own paths.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to science-fiction lovers.

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

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The Darkest Path

Jeff Hirsch

TEEN HIRSCH

3 stars.

Describe the book: Fifteen year-old Cal Roe and his younger brother was taken away from the glorious path, had to be force to join for six years and survive. the path was trying to take control of the whole country and giving everyone a choice if they were captured a choice to join or get killed. Cal had experienced many conflicts along the way,met friends as well.

What did you think: I feel like this book is great the setting and tone fit well with the story plot and the characters were amazing. My favorite part was when Cal and James and Nat were finally able to go home after that long conflict of war and now that finally have peace. Cal and James were able to go and meet their parents again, choose their own paths.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this to science-fiction lovers.

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

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High Noon

Nora Roberts

FIC ROBERTS

3 stars.

Describe the book: Recently divorced mother/ police lieutenant, Phoebe arrives at an attempted suicide. She meets Duncan, and both are drawn into each other.After an attack Phoebe seeks comfort in Duncan, who wants to get revenge for her. Then Phoebe and her family become the target of a mystery man.

What did you think: My favorite parts were the secondary characters especially her daughter, Carly.I also enjoyed the realistic romance. Although I feel like the the ending was kinda rushed and didn't tie up all loose ends, which irks me. I generally enjoyed this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, suspense lovers.

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

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Paper Towns

John Green

TEEN GREEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Paper Towns is about a guy named Quinton who is in love with a girl named Margo. She brings him along for a wild night and the next day, Margo mysteriously disappears. The book follows Quinton and his friends in their journey looking for Margo. Along the way he learns more about himself and what true friendship really is.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book. My favorite parts would have to be when Margo takes Quinton on her night of revenge. I also like the part where Quinton and his group of friends travel to a paper town where the believe Margo is.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy adventure with a side of romance.

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

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Insights

Jamie Magee

3 stars.

Describe the book: A girl named Willow has had the ability to feel peoples emotions all of her life. She also has strange dreams, most of them good, but on every new moon her dreams turn dark and painful. She finds out she was born in a different dimension, and that all of them are linked. She has to find a way from the dark dimension and save her family also.

What did you think: My favorite part was when her dad told her that she had insights, because suddenly she had a reason why she was different. She had the knowledge that her dreams of Landen were real which gave her hope to find him and keep going, and also that her family and new friends were there to back her up against Drake

Who would you recommend it to: Science-Fictions and maybe a little Romance

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

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

TEEN ASHER

2 stars.

Describe the book: Clay Jensen, the main character gets sent this box of audiotapes. The audiotapes are the suicide note of Hannah Baker. There are seven tapes and on those tapes are 13 stories/reasons/people that caused her to give up her own life. But once that one person listens to all of the tapes, that person must pass the rest of the tapes to the next person.

What did you think: For a person that doesn't read books very often, Thirteen Reasons Why is very different when it comes to plot line. The reason its different from other books is because the main character, Clay is the narrative. The perspective of the narrator and Hannah keep switching back and forth when Hannah stories are being told.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone looking for very dramatic high school story

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

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

FIC FITZGER

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's about the risks that people put themselves at for love.Gatsby & Daisy meet after years of not seeing each other. They have an affair.Tom finds out & exposes Gatsby for how he gets his money.Daisy tells Gatsby to take her home.Daisy is driving and runs someone over,Gatsby takes the blame.The husband of the woman that got ran over kills Gatsby.

What did you think: I felt kind of sad after finishing this book because it was wrote in a sort of hopeful tone. Which made me think that maybe there would be a happy ending but there wasn't which made me kind of disappointed but it was a good twist. My favorite parts of this book are the conflicts and seeing what the outcome ends up to be.

Who would you recommend it to: High schoolers & People that enjoy classic romance

- J.B. (Grade 11) from Marysville Library

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Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

TEEN CHBOSKY

3 stars.

Describe the book: this book was about a teenage boy (Charlie) who is a bit awkward, and wants to become a write, he befriends these seniors, Sam and Patrick, and they pretty much help Charlie become more out there and not be such an introvert, making him find more about friendship and creating relationships with others. His past also has a huge influence on him.

What did you think: I felt great about this book, I love how it shows that Charlies life isn't picture perfect, and he really struggles like other real-life teens. My favorite part was when they brought up Aunt Helen and how she had affected Charlie's life hugely. The way he reacts later on, gives a great perception on how kids with anxiety deal with pressure/stress.

Who would you recommend it to: fiction; coming of age teens; teens in general

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

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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

TEEN ZUSAK

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Book Thief follows Liesel, a German girl who has a love of words and books, living with her new foster parents during World War II. These are very dangerous times under the Nazi Regime, but with the help of stealing books, her family, and the Jewish man they have hidden in the basement, Liesel learns about life, sacrifice, spirit and humanity.

What did you think: My favorite aspect of this book is the poetic and meaningful way the author has crafted this book. The story of World War II is being told by the embodiment of Death. This book puts a new perspective on dying, but also of living. Its a beautifully amazing story and I love love love it.

Who would you recommend it to: Historical-Fiction lovers

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

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks

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4 stars.

Describe the book: A walk to remember is about Landon who is rebellious, and Jamie who is a daughter is a goody two shoes. Landon always kept his distance away from Jamie bc she ruins his social circle until he asks her to a dance bc he needed a date. After a few more, he realizes that he likes her. After Jamie reveals her secret, Landon knows the feeling is true

What did you think: The book is really good. My favorite part was when Landon makes all of Jamie's wishes come true because her secret is life threatening.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like romance

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

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After

Anna Todd

FIC TODD

3 stars.

Describe the book: It's not a typical love story.It shows a different point of view, about everything. Tessa is such a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin (a "bad guy"), and then everything start...

What did you think: Everything it's so romantic. I love the part when they were together and Hardin inspired Tessa to be herself and not hide who she really was from the world.

Who would you recommend it to: mature teens 15 and up

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

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Fitz

Mick Cochrane

TEEN COCHRAN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is about a 15 year old boy named Fitz. He never knew his father growing up and it has always bothered him. When he finds out his fathers name, he starts stalking him and following his around. Then he buys a gun in order to finally get his fathers attention and spend some quality father-son time with him.

What did you think: I think it was an awesome book. It was very descriptive. The entire book took place in one full day. One of the best parts of the book is the tone. It felt like it was actually written by a 15 year old because the word choice was a lot like a teenagers. Another good thing is that it always kept me wondering "What happens next?"

Who would you recommend it to: High school teens.

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

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The Martian

Andy Weir

FIC WEIR

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Martian is a science fiction novel about a botanist astronaut named Mark Watney who is on a mission to Mars that goes horribly wrong. He gets hit by debris during a storm and gets left behind on the mission, with one goal, to survive on a planet with nothing living.

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this book, because it focused on the science of the situation, while keeping the story intriguing. The way it is written is really well, because it is partially from Mark Watney's perspective, and part from the NASA perspective. It was a blend of humor, tense situations and science that actually makes sense.

Who would you recommend it to: Science lovers, people who love survival stories

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

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After

Anna Todd

FIC TODD

4 stars.

Describe the book: Tessa is a newly freshmen in college, dedicated to her work until she meets Hardin. Tessa's roommate, Steph is all about tattoos and piercings,Tessa then meets Hardin who is Steph's friend and is a total jerk. They later on become friends and date, but it's complicated. In the book you'll see the rough path of Tessa and Hardin's relationship.

What did you think: My favorite parts in the book were when they would hve their long talks and relate to each other so much. I loved how Hardin and Tessa are so different, but yet the same. I really liked when they just met they knew each other so well already and how Tessa brought out the best in Hardin and how Tessa is herself with Hardin.

Who would you recommend it to: I reccomend this book to a mature teens 15 and up

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

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Holding Up the Universe

Jennifer Niven

TEEN NIVEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: It is Libby Strout's 1st year back at school since her house arrest. Once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen," she's lost over 300 lbs & is learning to cope with her mother's death & her panic attacks. She meets Jack, the notorious senior who has prosopagnosia, which means that he can't recognize faces. Together, they learn to cope with their problems.

What did you think: I loved this book; I couldn't put it down. It shines light on topics that aren't discussed, and makes you feel the pain, heartache, and happiness that the characters feel.

Who would you recommend it to: high-schoolers; YA readers

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

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Divergent

Veronica Rith

TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Dystonian society where teenagers take a test and get sorted into what type of living style they would do well in. The main character, Tris is categorized as "divergent" meaning that she didn't for into any specific one, so she ended up having to chose where to went to keep this a secret otherwise she could get hurt.

What did you think: My favorite part was probably the initiation process where they had to fight and compete against each other to make sure they were accepted into their new society.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who is interested in dystonian literature

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

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