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Keeping safe the stars

Sheila o' Connor

J OCONNOR

3 stars.

Describe the book: They try keep the stars safe. Well what they mean is they are trying to keep the siblings safe and leting them be incarg of the stars. They are ill in the hospital and trying stay well but they are really ill they are helping the stars stay safe. I kinda liked the book but the begging and the end of the book was so weird. Middle of the book is good

What did you think: I felt sad that they were ill and happy that they were keeping the stars safe and not leting the stars get lost or hurt. My favorite part of this book is when they said we are keeping these stars safe so they will not get lost. I kinda liked the booked when it was in the middle of the book. At the begging of the book I did not like it was so weird.

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

- K.H. (Grade 6) from Library on Wheels


Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

FIC BRONTE

4 stars.

Describe the book: Set in the mid 1800s, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is trying to find a place to call home. When Jane moves to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess under the care of a mysterious master called Mr. Rochester, she is pulled into a mystery of the mad woman who lives upstairs.

What did you think: I adore this book. One of the greatest I've ever read, and that's saying something. Jane has so much to say about life, pain, and love; unrequited and otherwise. The character is young, but she is wise beyond her years. The story is enthralling. Charolette Bronte did her sisters proud.

Who would you recommend it to: P.S. Mr. Brian Schnell - Thank you for everything.

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


Cinder

Marissa Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Cinder is a cyborg, with a mysterious past, who lives with a family much like Cinderella's. She lives in the period of the blue fever, similar to the black plague. She thinks of herself as a mechanic, as well as a useless cyborg. But her worth is much more than that when her life is intertwined with Prince Kai and the Lunar people

What did you think: Cinder was a very different read for me. Although it was difficult to understand in the beginning, I was soon sucked into this book that I couldn't even put it down until 3AM! I liked how Marissa ended each chapter into a cliff-hanger! The characters were very well-built and detailed. Lastly, many parts left me emotional and begging for more!

Who would you recommend it to: Science-fiction lovers, people who love Cinderella

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


Where the Truth Lies

Jessica Warman

TEEN WARMAN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Soon after mysterious Del Sugar shows up at Emily's parent's boarding school, they start dating, despite what everyone says. But then unlike before, things aren't so fine anymore. Her friends disown her and her parents dodge all her questions. Just when things can't be worse, secrets start emerging, revealing things never meant to be found out.

What did you think: From the first page, something about this book put a creepy aura around it. It was like nothing couldn't actually happen, but it almost seemed fantasy. My favorite parts were when Emily and Renee started to really connect, and it was important enough to Emily to pretty much end her friendship with her best friend, Stephanie, of almost five years.

Who would you recommend it to: creepy realistic fiction loving teens

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


The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen

TEEN DESSEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Since Macy's dad died, she lost what was left of her relationship with her mom. And when she was finally finding happiness (not being miserable at the library for her perfect boyfriend who had recently put her on hold) working for a catering company, her mother grounds her, banning her from seeing her friends, and disconnecting her from her life.

What did you think: I full-out adore everything about this book. But my very favorite parts were Wes and Macy's game of Truth, and Macy's realization of how sad her life had been before she met everyone she did by joining Wish. I also loved how

Who would you recommend it to: teens who enjoy true to life romance stories

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


Lullaby

Amanda Hockoing

TEEN HOCKING

4 stars.

Describe the book: While Gemma ran away her sister Harper tries to find her and get her home.Gemma tries to make friends with the fellow sirens but she discovers more evil in them then she thought they would have. This book and fireworks and mystery and feuding between the people who took Gemma and the people trying to find them.

What did you think: I felt that this book is great for people who love adventure and not knowing whats going to happen next.My favorite part was when Harper made the driver stop when they passed a house that actually had Gemma in it and their sisterly bond helped everyone find Gemma and bring her home.

Who would you recommend it to: Greek mythology lovers,middle and high school kids

- E.T. (Grade 7) from Oak Harbor Library


Eclipse

Stephenie Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Bella and Edward have been reunited, but their relationship has been threaten to be torn apart again with an evil vampire Victoria still seeking her revenge when Edward killed her beloved James. She was also force to choose between her love Edward or friend Jake as the battle of vampires, werewolves continue. Will she want to be mortal or immortal?

What did you think: I feel like this series is a great book to read. It gets you pump up because of the choices and actions they are about to make, it also draws you in by picturing it in your mind and each word they say. Can't wait to read the next one!! My favorite parts is when Edward saved Bella from Victoria, and how the Cullen's were battling with Victoria too.

Who would you recommend it to: Mature 13+ and vampire literature lovers.

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


New Moon

Stephenie Meyer

TEEN MEYER

4 stars.

Describe the book: After the recovery from a vampire attack of evil James. Bella was still in love with Edward so on the day of her 18th birthday friends of Edwards, Alice decides to throw her a party, all ends well when Bella accidently cuts her fingers, got attack, Edward decides to leave her, then enters Jacob a werewolf. but more importantly who will she choose?

What did you think: I feel this story is a great series to read because it shows me a vision of what's going on in the story and helped me complete the book by how interesting it is because every page you go on it gets better, better, and you can't keep your eyes off the book. My favorite parts are when Bella saved Edward from going to the sun, how they got together.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adult, mature 13+, and drips of action lover

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


Ben-Hur

Lew Wallace

FIC WALLACE

4 stars.

Describe the book: One fateful day Judah Ben-Hur accidentally injured a Roman officer. Forced to become a rower in a Roman ship, he vowed to one day return to Jerusalem to rescue his sister and mother. Revenge became his reason for living. Then he heard of the Nazarite Jesus, who preached forgiveness of one's enemies. Will Judah realize that love, not revenge, heals?

What did you think: This book is long (500+ pages) and sometimes difficult to follow. However, I thought it was one of the best storylines I have ever heard. This book combines sorrow, joy, death, pain, passion, and hope into one fascinating plot. One of my favorite characters was Esther; least favorite, Iras. I also loved Judah's mother for her utter selflessness.

Who would you recommend it to: fans of long, elaborate historical novels

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


The Girl Who Never Was

Syler Dorset

TEEN DORSET

4 stars.

Describe the book: Selkie is a normal girl, or so she thinks. She lives with her aunts in Boston and has two friends; Kelsey and Ben. One day she goes to a local fair and sees a book from 300 years ago with her aunts names in them! That's just where her adventure starts, though...

What did you think: I loved this book! It was the perfect mixture of adventure, romance, and mystery, with a hint of comedy. My favorite character is Ben. He gets better as you read on.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love fantasy should read this book.

- H.M. (Grade 6) from Mill Creek Library


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


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