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Riders

Rossi, Veronica

TEEN ROSSI

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the four horsemen, war, death, famine, and conquest. They had to die in order to be reborn, read the life of war how he died, fell in love, got a flaming hores, saved the world, just your average everyday life. ;)

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was when they named their horses of the apocalypse, I will not spoil it for you but it has something to do with their personality!!

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

- K.G. (Grade 6) from Marysville Library


A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah j. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Feyre is a normal human girl who once went hunting and killed a wolf, not knowing that it was really a faerie out in the world looking for the cure to a curse. Feyre is then hunted down by the Lord of Spring and taken to Prythian, land of the Fae, where she finds out that /she/ is the cure.

What did you think: Perfectly constructed story that was completely unpredictable from the start

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy-loving teens

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah j. Maas

TEEN MAAS

4 stars.

Describe the book: Feyre is in love with the Lord of Spring, but has a bargain with the treacherous Lord of Night the once saved her life. She must go to the Night Court for one week every month. What she discovers is so much more than what she signed up for.

What did you think: I thought it was absolutely amazing, a twisted version of Beaut and the Beast with a mix of the story of Persephone and Hades.

Who would you recommend it to: Older teens who are into Fantasy and adventure

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


The Hidden Oracle

Rick Riordan

TEEN RIORDAN

2 stars.

Describe the book: The God Apollo was thrown out of Olympus by his father, Zeus, for helping Demigods on a quest to defeat a common enemy. Apollo s transformed into a human and must complete three trials in order to earn his immortality back.

What did you think: I thought it was very well written, and Apollo is a very dramatic character

Who would you recommend it to: People who have enjoyed Rick's previous books

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini taylor

TEEN TAYLOR

3 stars.

Describe the book: Karou is an anomaly to both human,chimaera, and Seraphim kind. This is a story about how she travels between worlds in order to find out who she is, and who she has been unknowingly working for.

What did you think: I love how Karou- her name- literally means 'hope' in her home language, because she signifies the hope of every chimaera and seraphim.

Who would you recommend it to: YA readers

- e.c. (Grade 9) from Marysville Library


My Father's World

Michael Phillips and Judith Pella

FIC PHILLIP

2 stars.

Describe the book: Orphaned Corrie Belle Hollister and her 4 siblings travel to California in search of their Uncle Nick. Upon arriving, they find their pa who they heard was dead! It takes alot of getting used to for them all to break the barriers and get to know each other. Fights and trouble at the mine occur, but eventually they all draw together into a family.

What did you think: My favorite part was when Corrie's Pa would let down his gruffness and really get to know his kids.

Who would you recommend it to: Girls who like journals of the frontier

- T.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


The Running Dream

Wendelin Van Draanen

TEEN VAN DRA

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is a very amazing and inspirational story that will change the way you look disabled people or any other person. The author shows that everyone can make is through the toughest times. She tells us how to help others, shows us the support of everyone we know, and makes us see the worst of things seem like the best.

What did you think: This book made me see how some people are struggling more than we may realize. It made me think about the how other people react to tragedies, and how even an everyday person can change someone's life forever. I'm in track and now that I've read this book, I feel so thankful that I can walk, run, and race.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School Kids

- M.W. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


Smart girls get what they want

Sarah strohmeyer

TEEN STROHME

4 stars.

Describe the book: Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are geniuses and they succeed in a school. When they found out that Neerja's succeeding sister did not have many friends, they suceed in getting noticed by facing fears. Gigi runs for student rep although she isn't good with public speaking. Bea skis in a school competition and Neerja additions for Romeo and Juliet as Juliet.

What did you think: I feel that it was a great book, the three best friends have a good connected and other characters have a good connection with them. My favorite part was when Gigi rejected Will when he asked to go to the winter dance for her friends. But in the end in the winter dance, Mike confesses to Gigi and they kissed. Mike and Gigi connected in his book.

Who would you recommend it to: contemporary lovers, YA readers, romance lovers

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


The Honest Truth

Dan Geminhart

J GEMEINH

4 stars.

Describe the book: While reading this book, you could tell this author was from Washington. With each setting, you got a completely different story to add to one of the best, most well wrote stories I have ever read. All the characters in this story, were well described, had their own story, contributed in their own way, and made the story what it is.

What did you think: This book made me look at people differently. It showed me that the outside of people are just covers for the stories inside of them. I admit, I have made "snap judgments" about people in the past, but after reading this book, I would never do that again. I loved how close the characters were, especially the bond of Mark, Jessie, and Beau.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School Kids

- M.W. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library


The Book of Hours

Davis Bunn

FIC BUNN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Brian Blackstone has inherited an old manor, Castle Keep, from his deceased wife's aunt. Apparently though, he is about to lose it. Aunt Heather has left puzzles for him about the manor and Brian's new friends hunt for the clues. Historical treasures, old bells, English culture, all allow Brian to find healing in God and a hope to save Castle Keep!

What did you think: I loved the history entwined in the story. My favorite part was when they found the treasure even Aunt Heather didn't know was buried in her beautiful manor! It was a really good book.

Who would you recommend it to: history with a little mystery and faith.

- T.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


United as One

Pittacus Lore

TEEN LORE

4 stars.

Describe the book: John Smith and the rest of his allies, be they Loric or Human, take the fight back to the Mogadorians after the stunning invasion of Earth. The Loric rush to the Mogadorians base to take out thier leader, Setrakus Ra.

What did you think: It was a very amazing end to a very amazing series by a very amazing author.

Who would you recommend it to: science-fiction lovers

- L.F. (Grade 9) from Arlington Library


Finding Audrey

Sophie kinsella

TEEN KINSELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Audrey has a anxiety disorder when she was bullied in school, now she is bare unable to make friends and communicate like how she used to. Linus, who plays a video game with her brother gets Audrey out of her shell. He passes notes to her and she responds. He even got her to go to Starbucks and approach others. She's slowly becoming herself.

What did you think: I feel that this book was great, it was not only the therapy and medicine that helped her, but she made a friend. Linus and her become very close and he makes her happy, she shares a lot with him. This book should be made into a movie. My favorite part was in the end she's brave enough to talk to Linus without her dark glasses on. She's now herself

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, comedy lovers, high school kids

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


Bullying Under Attack

Stephanie H. Meyer, John Meyer, Emily Sperber, and Heather Alexander

TEEN 302.343 BULLYIN

4 stars.

Describe the book: Bullying under Attack is about true stories written by teen victims, bullies, and bystanders. It describes how people joking around or making fun of others can take someone's lives.

What did you think: I felt that I could connect to this book a lot. I liked how the view of the bullies are almost all the same because it shows that they all think alike so they have the same purpose that they have when they are bullying others but they all have different backgrounds.

Who would you recommend it to: High School Teenagers

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


Can you keep a secret

Sophie kinsella

FIC KINSELL

4 stars.

Describe the book: Emma tells a stranger on the plane all of her secrets. She finds out that this stranger is Jack Harper, the exclusiveCEO of her business. He would bring up some secrets to her and talk to her more. She breaks up with her boyfriend and dates Jack. On TV, Jack spills out all of Emma's secrets and other people tease her. She wants to know his secrets.

What did you think: I feel that this book was realistic because there isn't a perfect world and sometimes friends and family can mess up things for you when trying to help. My favorite part was when Jack tells Emma that he left her during the date for a phone call was because his old best friend has a baby and he's worried about it. He also told her his little secrets

Who would you recommend it to: Comedy lovers, adults, teenagers, and elders

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


The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater

TEEN STIEFVA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Growing up in a house of psychics, Blue is used to the weird and supernatural, though things in her town seem to be getting weirder. After meeting Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah--the Raven Boys--she joins them in their search for an ancient Welsh king believed to be buried, and still alive, somewhere along the ley line that runs through her town.

What did you think: I loved the fantasy elements of the novel and how information on Glendower and the ley lines was woven throughout. The writing and the word choice of the novel were also absolutely fantastic.

Who would you recommend it to: Fantasy fans

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


The Unexpected Everything

Morgan Matson

TEEN MATSON

4 stars.

Describe the book: Andie is the type of girl who always has everything planned out, including her summer, but just as her summer begins, her plans fall apart. Instead, she finds herself walking dogs, something she has no experience with, and truly connecting with a boy named Clark, something she also has no experience with.

What did you think: All of the other books I've read by this author have been phenomenal, and this one was no exception. There was so much character growth throughout the book, not just with Andie, but with all the characters. I loved when Andie finally found out what the other half of Stars Fell on Alexandra was supposed to be and she got that closure.

Who would you recommend it to: Young adult readers

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


Exile

Shannon Messenger

J MESSENG

4 stars.

Describe the book: A elf named Sophie and her friends Keefe, Fitz, and Dex are trying to figure out the secrets of the Black Swan, a secret organization that saved Sophie when she was in the human world. they travel around and go through troubles and pain to save their families and find the Black Swan.

What did you think: it's a great book that has battles, mystery, romance, and magic. It's placed in a magical world with Ogres, Elves, Dwarves, and alicorns(a type of unicorn/Pegasus). My favorite part was when Fitz and Sophie were reading each others minds.

Who would you recommend it to: Everyone!!

- M.C. (Grade 8) from Library on Wheels


Tommorrow's Dream

Janette Oke and Davis Bunn

eBOOK OVERDRI

3 stars.

Describe the book: Kyle Adam's newborn son dies of a severe heart problem and Kyle's heart dies right along with him. She draws away from all her family but eventually, she learns that God was right with her during her grief and is still. He used her circumstances to draw her closer to Him, and her family learned as much as she did in giving tommorrow's dream to God.

What did you think: It was a good, yet sad story. When her brother died, I really liked that his wife continued the work he had left and glad she had their little boy with her. I learned some good things from this book.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoy real-life fiction

- T.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Another Homecoming

Janette Oke and Davis Bunn

eBOOK OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Adopted by a rich family, Kyle grows up in high-society unaware of the tragic events that happened at her birth. Rough circumstances reveal the truth and Kyle searches for her real family. When she finds a family and a God who faithfully revealed to them all His great love, she senses the homecoming her empty heart always longed for.

What did you think: My favorite part of the book was when Kyle found out that she did have a little brother that she'd always longed for. This sweet story was very well written.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love Janette Oke and Davis Bunn!

- T.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Amy and Roger's epic detour

Morgan matson

TEEN MATSON

2 stars.

Describe the book: Roger, a family friend is told to drive Amy from California to her new home in Connecticut. Amy is afraid to drive after a car accident with her dad. Her mom organized a route to take, but Amy and Roger decides to take a detour. Amy records all of the sights she sees in a notebook. Roger tries to see his ex, but Amy and Roger falls in love.

What did you think: I feel that this book would be very good for people who love detailed stories and traveling. The book didn't have as much romance or emotions and drama that I wanted. Amy and Roger weren't that open to each other. My favorite part was when Roger and Amy finally kissed because Roger always talked about his ex but doesn't recongize Amy's worth.

Who would you recommend it to: Travelers, Adventurous people

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


The distance between us

Kasie west

eBOOK OVERDRI

4 stars.

Describe the book: Caymen Meyers and her mother are on the verge of being homeless, having own only a doll store and abandoned by the rest of their family. Caymen falls for Xander who is rich and famous. She doesn't feel that she's good enough. Her mother tells her to stay away and to be with a band member named Mason. Cayman meets her grandparents that are rich.

What did you think: I really liked the characters and story plot, it was similar to the book called "this is what happy looks like." My favorite part was when Caymen's mother was in the hospital and tells Caymen to call Xander so she could apologize for the things she said about rich people not falling for poor people. After that, Caymen bonds with her grandparents.

Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, Young adult readers, high schooler

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


Pride And Prejudice

Jane Austen

FIC AUSTEN

4 stars.

Describe the book: family circumstances dictate that the Bennett ladies must marry well. Such an opportunity arrives when rich gentlemen appear in the neighboring vicinity. Lizzy Bennett's feelings toward the prideful Mr. Darcy are sarcastic to say the least. Then a surprising turn of events open her eyes to his nobleness. Can she convince her family the same?

What did you think: I really enjoyed reading this novel and seeing the comedy of characters in it. My favorite parts were the exchanges of conversation that Mr. and Mrs. Bennett had- it just made me laugh.

Who would you recommend it to: readers who love good, classic stories.

- T.E. (Grade 10) from Mill Creek Library


Mission Atomic

Sarwat Chadda

J CHADDA

4 stars.

Describe the book: Amy and Dan Cahill are trying to stop the Outcast(an exiled Cahill) from destroying the Cahill family. The Outcast has recreated 3 of the world's worst disasters and is saving a horrible disaster for last. If Amy, Dan, and the rest of the Cahill family kids don't stop him fast, he will launch a nuclear reaction that just may kill them all.

What did you think: It's a very touching book. It has humor, romance, intense action, things like that. I think what I liked most about it was that there's a real connection between the characters and it shows in what they do for each other. they would even give their lives for each other. It has good history lessons woven into a story that really captures interest.

Who would you recommend it to: To anyone who likes action and cliff-hangers.

- M.C. (Grade 8) from Library on Wheels


The Raft

S. A. Bodeen

TEEN BODEEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: 15yo Robie is excited to spend her last few days in Hawaii all by herself. Then, when someone frightens her, she decides to take the plane home. She boards on the plane, though she was not recorded in the paperwork. The plane loses a piece and goes down. Just in time, Max helps her escape into the ocean. On a raft. Can they both survive?

What did you think: I seriously did not put this book down until I finished it. I love how when Robie is in a bad situation, she always consoles herself by thinking of something worse. And then...she GETS worse. There is no food and water. I really liked this book, and it was so intriguing. Bodeen does a wonderful job of showing the true terror of being stranded.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love Adventure/Survival

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


The Selection

Kiera Cass

TEEN CASS

4 stars.

Describe the book: It's about a girl called America Singer participating in a competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon and become the next Queen.

What did you think: My favorite part was when America met Prince Maxon.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like romances.

- A.C. (Grade 8) from Coupeville Library


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