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The Fallen Star The Fallen Star

Jessica Sorensen

4 stars.

Describe the book: The Fallen Star is about a girl named Gemma Lucas who all her life she's been incapable of feeling emotion , until one day, she can feel. Then Alex Avery shows up, and she's instantly drawn into him, but he seems to want nothing to do with her, and to top it off, her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. Gemma's life becomes a chaotic mess.

What did you think: I absolutely love this book because it has magic, love and many more. This book had my emotions going up and down, from heartbrake to pure joy. My favorite part is when Gemma and Alex are sitting on the front porch, and Alex gives her a necklace that her mother, whose dead, had given to her when she was only 4. A necklace that saved her life.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like supernatural and like love stories

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



Turnabout Teen Book Turnabout

Margaret Peterson Haddix
TEEN HADDIX

3 stars.

Describe the book: Anna and Melly are ready to die but they're given the chance to become young again. They eventually take the opportunity and find themselves teenagers again in 2085. When they realize what's happening, they decided that this was indeed a wrong decision and raced against time to save their lives from danger.

What did you think: I absolutely loved the story. I have to say though... even though I was old and ready to die, I wouldn't want to stay young and little again. I had my time on the earth and that should be all the time you need. Life is precious... treat it well.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend it especially to drama lovers

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




Miss Peregrines home for Peculiar children Teen Book Miss Peregrines home for Peculiar children

Ransom Riggs
TEEN RIGGS

4 stars.

Describe the book: An abandoned island. A collection of mysterious photographs. Jacob Portman discover all of these things that are all somehow related to his grandfathers death. Will he discover what and who is on the island? Will Jacob discover why his grandfather was suddenly murdered? Will he discover something Peculiar? All of the secrets lie in this book.

What did you think: I loved this book the mystery and the suspense of it were all so amazing! I really liked the part when Jacob discovers (spoiler) the home and makes friends with Emma, Bronwyn, and Enoch. All of his friendships with the peculiar children were so amazing and how they new it was Abe's grandson! I definitely think that you should read this great book.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery-lovers, Teenagers, and many more people!

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library




Divergent Teen Book Divergent

Veronica Roth
TEEN ROTH

4 stars.

Describe the book: Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a futuristic world in which society is divided into five factions. As each person,get's older, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris chooses Dauntless; those who pursue bravery above all else. However, she soon discovers that she is a divergent, which means she is all 4 factions.

What did you think: I felt like it was a really good and entertaining book. There's always so much stuff going on that you don't want to put the book down. I would say that one of my favorite parts is when all of Dauntless splits into 2 teams and have a fun but painful game. That part get's intense and it's also exciting at the same time. This was a fun book to read.

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

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




Digital Fortress book Digital Fortress

Dan Brown
FIC BROWN

4 stars.

Describe the book: The NSA has an invincible code-breaking machine, known as TRANSLATR. The head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, uncovers a mysterious plot to hold the NSA captive with a code that is so complex, not even TRANSLATR can break it. If it is released, it could bring down the entire NSA. Susan becomes caught in a web of lies amd must decide for her life.

What did you think: I enjoyed this book a lot, I sat down and read it cover to cover in one day. It was fast-paced and interesting. My favorite parts were when the author was describing new locations, because he created a vivid image. I don't know if it was just me, though, but some parts of the book seemed a bit predictable.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone who enjoys brain teasers.

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




Water for Elephants book Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen
FIC GRUEN

3 stars.

Describe the book: Jared Jankowski is forced to leave veterinary school and has nowhere to go. He hops onto a train and is greeted by a traveling circus. He takes a job as the animal caretaker and meets a circus performer named Marlena and they fall in love over their shared empathy for a special elephant named Rosie, but Marlena's abusive husband stands in their way

What did you think: I loved this book. It's a really smooth read and I enjoyed every part. *Spoiler* My favorite part was when Rosie saved Marlena from her abusive husband.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance

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




Mockingjay Teen Book Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins
TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: After being rescued from the Quarter Quell, Katniss wakes up in District 13 to find out that Peeta has been captured by the capitol and District 12 has been blown to rubble. The capitol brainwashes Peeta and uses him as a weapon against Katniss. A rebellion spreads throughout the districts and soon the tables turn on President Snow.

What did you think: I really enjoyed this book, but the ending felt extremely rushed. I wish that Suzanne Collins wrote another book to show what happened to the characters, but instead she fit all of it into one chapter and a short epilogue. My favorite part was when (SPOILER) Katniss shot President Coin instead of President Snow.

Who would you recommend it to: If you like Dystopian novels, you'll like this.

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




The Boxes Teen Book The Boxes

William Sleator
TEEN SLEATOR

2 stars.

Describe the book: "The Boxes" follows the protagonist, Annie, as she contemplates opening two exotic, sealed boxes that her Uncle Marco had temporarily left in her care. Curiosity soon gets the better of her and she ends up unleashing something spectacularly creepy. Join Annie as she attempts to right the wrongs that she has brought upon this world.

What did you think: The concept of the book, mainly revolving around mysterious creatures, boxes, and people, is interesting and catches your attention, but keeping that attention is what this book struggles with. The pacing is quite uneven throughout the progression of the plot, and the resolution makes you wonder if what they're doing is the right decision.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle school kids who love the creepy-crawly.

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




Under the persimmon tree Teen Book Under the persimmon tree

Suzanne fisher staples
TEEN STAPLES

4 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about the struggles of young najmah when he father and brother are taken by Taliban soldiers to fight in the war just after the twin towers collapsing in New York. Left with her mother and her newborn sibling, she takes care of the farm. When her mother and sibling die in an air raid she has to find a way to see her brother and father.

What did you think: I loved that this book told so realistically about what happened in Pakistan after 9-11. I enjoy it because when 9-11 happened, I never heard about what happened in Pakistan. I also love that this shows that even a young girl can be as strong as a grown man. I think the plot of this story is incredible. najmahs story to nusrats story I were great.

Who would you recommend it to: Students who are learning about 9-11 and hope.

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




Skink No Surrender Teen Book Skink No Surrender

Carl Hiaasen
TEEN HIAASEN

2 stars.

Describe the book: Richard Spence is worried when his cousin and best friend, Malley, fails to meet him at Loggerhead Beach. While Richard is waiting for Malley he meets a very peculiar homeless man by the name Skink. Richard discovers the next day that Malley has ran away to south Florida to meet a online friend. Richard and Skink start an adventure to find Malley.

What did you think: The book was a good book. I like how they use 1st person in this book. It's been awhile since there has been a really good book told from the main characters point of view.

Who would you recommend it to: Adventure lovers who enjoy a little comedy

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




Scorch trials Teen Book Scorch trials

james dashner
TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: the Gladers from the maze are sent to another testing site (the scorch) to find a cure for this horrible disease called the Flare that they have.

What did you think: I loved this book. my favorite part was when Teresa turned on the Gladers and tried to kill Thomas.

Who would you recommend it to: all dystopian readers

- L.O. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library




Before I Fall Teen Book Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
TEEN OLIVER

4 stars.

Describe the book: A Girl named Samantha who dies but keeping on waking up on the same day she dies, for about seven times. She's a really bad girl. She's bullies people and act to cool for everybody. She's friends with Lindsay, the meanest girl in school. A girl named Juliet was bullied by them. She wanted to kill herself. Now, Samantha must save her so she can live

What did you think: It was a good book. I couldn't stop reading it. Pretty intense book. My favorite part is when Samantha dies for real and she see's an angel

Who would you recommend it to: grown ups

- J.M. (Grade 6) from Mukilteo Library




Lost and Found Teen Book Lost and Found

Anne Schraff
TEEN SCHRAFF

2 stars.

Describe the book: Darcy Wills is the definition of a good girl. She always finishes her homework and, she always manages her life and her families life now that her father left them. With her grandma sick and her rebellious sister life isn't easy. But now working with Tarah Carson, a bad student she doesn't care about school a "0" but that's nothing.

What did you think: This book was okay I think it could have had more action the blurb makes it feel like there's a lot of drama and action but there's only minimal of both. But overall this book was pretty good. I liked how Darcy could remind me of myself in a way. Though I did find Hakeem a little bit suspicious.

Who would you recommend it to: Mystery lovers, Teenagers, High school students.

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Edmonds Library




The Bourne Deception book The Bourne Deception

Eric Van Lustbader
FIC LUSTBAD

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is amazing and entertaining. It is full of thrill as the main characters go against assassins,try to find traitors within the Pentagon, and trying to stop a world war. There is also some interesting ways the characters interact with each other in the story.

What did you think: I thought that this gives a type of thrilling feeling and your just left at this suspense wondering what will happen at the next chapter or the end of the book. My favorite part is when Jason Bourne is fighting an assassin while at the same time trying not to be killed by a bull.

Who would you recommend it to: I recommend this book to Mid-high kids to adults

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




Snow Treasure Juvenile Book Snow Treasure

Marie McSwigan
J MCSWIGA

2 stars.

Describe the book: A boy named Peter and his neighborhood kid friends have a mission to save 2 million dollars in gold from the German Nazis. The children swear to not say a single word even if the Nazis question and torture them. The children ride on top of their sleds with gold under them. They take the gold to a ship for Peter's uncle to sail to America.

What did you think: My first favorite part is when one of the Nazis starts kicking a snowman out of frustration, under which a gold brick is hidden. Peter throws a snowball and hits the Nazi's ear. My second favorite part is when the kids need a few more days to move the gold so the doctor paints red spots on them so school is cancelled due to quarantine.

Who would you recommend it to: Middle School,those who like history and adventure

- A.R. (Grade 8) from Camano Island Library (Interim)




the great gatsby book the great gatsby

f. scott fitzgerald
FIC FITZGER

3 stars.

Describe the book: the main character nick Carraway moves to new York in the summer to learn about business but nicks next door neighbor in west Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby who lives in a gigantic mansion who is in love with daisey but tom realizes that gatsby is in love with daisey and try's to fraud him

What did you think: i thought it was a good book but it was not my kind of type because it had to do with romance. my favorite part was when everyone starts to die

Who would you recommend it to: people who are into dark romance books

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




The son of neptune Teen CD Book The son of neptune

Rick Riordan
TEEN CD FIC RIO1789

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about Percy Jackson and how he began his adventures again, but in the wrong place. In this book Percy goes to a Roman demi-god camp forgetting that he has remembered. Hazel, Frank, And Percy go on an adventure to the north to get his memory back.

What did you think: I thought it was a greatly structured book and I loved the action in this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

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




The son of neptune Teen CD Book The son of neptune

Rick Riordan
TEEN CD FIC RIO1789

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book was about Percy Jackson and how he began his adventures again, but in the wrong place. In this book Percy goes to a Roman demi-god camp forgetting that he has remembered. Hazel, Frank, And Percy go on an adventure to the north to get his memory back.

What did you think: I thought it was a greatly structured book and I loved the action in this book.

Who would you recommend it to: Mythology lovers

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




midnight rider Juvenile Book midnight rider

Joan Hiatt Harlow
J HARLOW

4 stars.

Describe the book: I think this book is very good for younger ages interested in the revolutionary war. This book includes things that happened in the war but adds characters, settings, and events to keep the younger aged people interested and attentive. A fourteen year old girl named Hannah is the main character in this book.

What did you think: I loved this book. It has lots of twists and turns and lots of intersting charactiers

Who would you recommend it to: ages 9-14 who love interesting historical fiction.

- n.w. (Grade 9) from Granite Falls Library




Ashes Teen Book Ashes

Ilsa J. Bick
TEEN BICK

4 stars.

Describe the book: Ashes is a about a 17 year old girl named Alex and her struggle to survive during the Apocalypse (which is caused by some sort of EMP thingy) and the changed, (the zombies of the book) which are affected kids from the emp that are pretty much zombies. As she makes new survival companions and looks for a Sanctuary, things get worse, and worse.

What did you think: I think this book was one of the best apoctalyptic books out there. With action, drama, realism, and an actual story and problem, it makes you feel like this could actually happen. The length is definitely appropriate for this book since it needs the length due to story, action, drama, and realism. Dont worry,it is not wordy like eragon.

Who would you recommend it to: People who love action and the apocalypse.

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




Between Shades of Gray Teen Book Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
TEEN SEPETYS

4 stars.

Describe the book: 15-year old Lina Vilkas is a girl that is living in Lithuania and is preparing to go to art school. When the NKVD (Russian secret police) storm into her house in the middle of the night, her life changes forever.

What did you think: I absolutely loved this book. It was haunting, beautiful, and interesting. I loved the relatable characters, and how richly described the book was. It brought awareness to a subject long forgotten.

Who would you recommend it to: middle school kids, high school kids.

- D.Y. (Grade 6) from Mukilteo Library




The Maze Runner Teen Book The Maze Runner

James Dashner
TEEN DASHNER

4 stars.

Describe the book: Thomas was a teen was left mysteriously in a big maze and had no idea why. There were many other teens there and each day they would try to get out. There only hope to get out is Thomas

What did you think: this book was awesome. It handsome really intense moments and kept me wanting to more more the whole time.

Who would you recommend it to: Anyone. 12+ this book was very fun to read

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




The hunger games Teen Book The hunger games

Suzanne Collins
TEEN COLLINS

4 stars.

Describe the book: The book is a adventurous tale of a upper class drawing two names(1 male, 1 female) in different districts of people of a lower class to fight to the death in a epic battle. Katniss's little sister gets chosen from district 12 and Katniss volunteers and tries to win for her sister Primrose, and a almost stranger, Peeta, gets drawn as well.

What did you think: I thought the book was fabulous! It kept you on the edge of your seat and you really felt for the characters and truly began to feel like you've known them your whole life. You will love the characters and their perspectives.

Who would you recommend it to: I'd recommend it to anyone who has time to read it

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




The Slap book The Slap

Christos Tsiolkas
FIC TSIOLKA

4 stars.

Describe the book: In this powerful drama about one family who's world will collapse by one action. You'll get to see what eight of these people who witnesses the slap what they think on the event and what they're going to do about it. Hector. Anouk. Harry. Connie. Rosie. Manolis. Aisha. Richie. Its all up to them.

What did you think: I loved this book! My mom began watching the TV show and I decided to read the book I love the ending of it and how this one thing could change all of their lives forever...

Who would you recommend it to: Drama lovers, Teenagers, and Protective perents

- A.S. (Grade 6) from Lynnwood Library




Tyrell Teen Book Tyrell

Coe Booth
TEEN BOOTH

3 stars.

Describe the book: This book is about a teen in New York who struggles with his father in jail, his helpless mother, and his girlfriend, Novisha. And on top of that he is living in a homeless shelter, taking every chance he can get to help his family.

What did you think: I liked how "heart breakingly realistic" this book is. The authors word choice helps you relate in a way and makes your brain play tug of war on what you would do if you were in his shoes.

Who would you recommend it to: People interested in the Bronx

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




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