The story follows fifteen year old Clary Fray as she finds herself suddenly able to see demons and Darkhunters. Then the next thing she knows, her motThe story follows fifteen year old Clary Fray as she finds herself suddenly able to see demons and Darkhunters. Then the next thing she knows, her mother disappears, and monsters are stalking her apartment. Thrust into a strange new world, where werewolves roam the streets of Chinatown, and vampires ride above New York on flying motorcycles, Clary struggles with her new Shadowhunter friends to try and figure out what happened to her mother.
Fast paced story with action, mystery, comedy, and romance, all of which were very well done. I’ve seen this series on shelves in a lot of bookstores, and was always interested in what it was about. Suffice it to say, it didn’t disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will definitely be reading the rest.
This book follows three different timelines, the first one is set in the present, following Kim Knox, the mother of Tallulah and the grand-mother of NoThis book follows three different timelines, the first one is set in the present, following Kim Knox, the mother of Tallulah and the grand-mother of Noah. This time frame follows the times after Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach’s disappearance. The second timeline is set a year into the future, this one follows Sophie Beck, a young writer who moves to the town that Tallulah disappeared in. Sophie is suffering from writer's block and ends up stumbling upon the disappearance of the two teenagers, following the case and ending up working with Kim trying to solve the case. The third and final timeline follows Tallulah, a year before the disappearance. She talks about the issues that she is having with college and with her boyfriend Zach. She ends up befriending an outgoing girl named Scarlett, the girls whose house her and Zach were at the night that they disappeared. This book gives good detail and the second you think you have pieced it together, some new evidence comes forward and you are left adding everything up again. Lisa Jewell did a great job at writing a page turning thriller that leaves you wanting more at every turn.
This book follows the lives of Libby Strout and Jack Masselin, two teenagers who both have their own life struggles. Libby is overweight and struggles This book follows the lives of Libby Strout and Jack Masselin, two teenagers who both have their own life struggles. Libby is overweight and struggles a lot with existing as herself, and Jack has prosopagnosia, a neurological disorder that takes away his ability to recognize faces. The two of them become an unlikely pair, and a romance starts to bud between them. Throughout the book we see their mental problems becoming an issue and both of them trying to deal with them, in semi unhealthy ways. The book is narrated by both of them, alternating chapters between the two. It gives you a good insight into why they are doing what they are doing and what they think while they are doing it. You really get to go in depth with these characters and I found as though they felt real, almost as if you knew them like they were your friends. Jack and Libby both help each other through their issues, Libby helps Jack find a doctor to get him a proper diagnosis for his prosopagnosia and Jack is helping Libby find love within herself. This book is very heartwarming and makes you feel as though you are a part of and included in the story. It made me laugh and cry, it made me feel for and understand the characters. The book helped me understand issues I have never gone through and helped me get a different perspective of things that I have gone through.
This book talks about the dangers of human trafficking in Mexico through the life of Ladydi Martinez. She lives in Chulavista, Mexico and area dominateThis book talks about the dangers of human trafficking in Mexico through the life of Ladydi Martinez. She lives in Chulavista, Mexico and area dominated by sex trafficking and drug cartels. Ladydi talks about how the girls and mothers had to make themselves look like boys so they were able to avoid being stolen by the cartels, as they took the women regardless of beauty, but they would leave the boys and men alone. Ladydi lives with her mother and her sister, her father having left for America to pursue a better life. The book goes through the lives of all of the women in this small village and the lengths they go to, to keep themselves and their daughters protected. Ladydi has to be on edge at all times, even when she is at home with her mother. Her mother is a drinker and at one point shoots Ladydi’s friend Maria one night, mistaking her for her husband. Ladydi becomes a nanny but her friend's brother Mike kills the family. Mike ends up implicating Ladydi, and she gets sent to a women's prison.This book is a great read and helps you understand the horrors of sex trafficking and the effect that it has on the families, the lengths they go to keep their people safe and the dangers of being a woman. It's not a light read, but it is a short read. You won't want to put the book down, you’ll be gripping the pages not wanting to put it down. It definitely had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a young adult mystery novel that tells the story of a woman, Bernadette, who goes missing. The story is Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a young adult mystery novel that tells the story of a woman, Bernadette, who goes missing. The story is told through emails, letters and other documents compiled together by her daughter Bee, to find out how she went missing. The story is written in such a unique way, with not much narration, but with letters and emails. It was really fun to read. The characters all had their own unique traits which were revealed more and more throughout the story. By the end, readers can try to solve the mystery as well. The one negative aspect about this novel that I didn’t enjoy was that at the end, it became a little slow and it was hard for me to want to read the end, because there was not as much action as at the beginning. I would recommend this novel to mystery-lovers. I also know that there is a movie that was made of this novel, which I will watch soon as well.
This book is narrated by Noah and Jude, twins with completely different personalities. Jude is confident, talkative and enjoys spending her time doing This book is narrated by Noah and Jude, twins with completely different personalities. Jude is confident, talkative and enjoys spending her time doing adventurous activities, Noah is shy, quiet, and spends his time drawing. Noah and Jude are competing to get into the prestigious art school in the area, Noah very upfront with his talent and Jude hiding hers out of embarrassment. They are also competing for the attention of their mother, a battle that Noah is winning. Early on in the book, their mother dies, a car accident on the way to meet her secret lover, a man later introduced more in the book. Noah and Jude fall out, they become shells of their old selves. They battle the things life throws at them, as well as battling each other. This book is a hard one to put down, it leaves you wanting to know more with every chapter. I loved being able to dive into both of the twins' lives, getting to understand both sides of the story and desperately wanting them to work it out. I was not disappointed in the ending, it left everything perfectly said. If you're looking for a heart wrenching (and warming) story that delves into the messy lives of twins, then this is definitely the book for you. -Review by Hope...more
The overall plot of the book revolves around a young girl (Isobel) who paints for the fair folk. She receives her payment in enchantments, spells she cThe overall plot of the book revolves around a young girl (Isobel) who paints for the fair folk. She receives her payment in enchantments, spells she carefully phrases as to not get anything with tricks. The Autumn prince (Rook) comes to her to get a portrait painted, but she paints something within the portrait that he didn't like seeing. Isobel paints human characteristics into the portraits of the fair folks, and in Rooks she painted human sorrow, it is what she saw in his eyes, the emotion that she couldn't quite put words to. Rook is so furious that he sprints her away to the Faye kingdom so she can stand on trial for her crimes. Rook and Isobel face challenges throughout the book and have to rely on one another to get through the treacherous path to the kingdom. This book will definitely be in my top #10 favorite books, it's a good mix of thrill and romance that leaves you wanting more. The scenes where Rook is pretending to not care while also risking everything to protect her will be my favorites. If you're looking for a good romance/action book, An Enchantment of Ravens is for you! -Review by Hope...more
The book is about Susan, a smart and driven girl who recently moved to Canada, and Malcolm who is the typical bad boy. Both struggle with different faThe book is about Susan, a smart and driven girl who recently moved to Canada, and Malcolm who is the typical bad boy. Both struggle with different family problems. Susan’s parents are strict and have decided that she’ll either be a doctor or an engineer, even though Susan secretly wants to be an artist. Malcolm’s mother died from Cancer, and he doesn’t get along with his father. This is their story.
This book was quite good, and I really liked how each chapter alternated between the two main character’s perspectives. It was fun to read about how they saw each other and how differently they thought. I enjoyed how the main storyline wasn’t entirely about the two falling for one other, and included some other interesting aspects of the book. The book had an ending that I wasn’t exactly expecting, but I think that it was still well written and executed. I would give this book a 8/10. -Review by Margaret...more
Are You Sara by S. C. Lalli is a mystery and romance novel about two girls, both named Sarah, that each get into rideshares, but they take each take tAre You Sara by S. C. Lalli is a mystery and romance novel about two girls, both named Sarah, that each get into rideshares, but they take each take the wrong car home. One of the Sarah’s is killed and the other tries to solve the mystery and figure out who did it. This book has so many twists and turns and I could not put it down. I really liked how the Sara that is alive tells the story from her perspective, but there are also flashbacks from the perspective of the Sarah that died to give more context to readers. There are also many other storylines in the book as well, some of which are there to distract readers from the main storyline, which also adds to the suspense and interest. The only negative is that this book does contain some mature themes, so may not be appropriate for younger readers. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery and thriller novels. -Review by Shanna...more
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second novel in a young adult series about a girl, Avery, who inherits almost all of the money of The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second novel in a young adult series about a girl, Avery, who inherits almost all of the money of a famous billionaire, Tobias Hawthorne, who she does not know at all and has never met. This book continues Avery’s journey as she tried to uncover the mysteries of the Hawthorne family. There are many secrets revealed in this book that were surprising and exciting. Like the first book, I really liked the characters, who each had their own unique personality traits, including all of the Hawthorne family members, more of which were introduced in this book. This book was also a great combination of mystery, action and romance genres like the first novel. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes any of those genres. There is a third novel out as well that continues this plot. I have not read it yet, but I am very excited to read it. -Review by Shanna...more
Review #1. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a young adult novel about a girl, Avery, who inherits almost all of the money of a billionReview #1. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a young adult novel about a girl, Avery, who inherits almost all of the money of a billionaire, Tobias Hawthorne, who she does not know at all and has never met. Hidden in his will is a series of clues that Avery follows throughout the book to try to find why Tobias left the money to her. This book had so many twists and turns that made it so interesting, exciting and fun to read. I also loved all of the characters in the book, who each had their own unique personality traits, including all of the Hawthorne family members. This book was also a great combination of mystery, action and romance genres. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes any of those genres. Also, there is a second novel in the series, called the Hawthorne Legacy, which is also great and which you should read if you enjoy this one. -Review by Shanna
Review #2. The Inheritance Games is about a girl named Avery who one day inherits almost everything that belonged to a billionaire whom she had never heard of. The man, Tobias Hawthorne, had recently died, and all of the family members, including his four grandsons, wanted to know what they’d be given in his will. Once Avery moves in she must follow clues to find out why the billionaire included her in his will.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Inheritance Games. It was nice how throughout the book you learn more about the characters and their own stories. I feel that each character was well written and had their own unique personality that made them distinguishable from one another. Like many mystery books, I found myself not wanting to put the book down, it had many fun twists as Avery began to discover the clues. Overall, I think that the story was put together quite well, and held an interesting plot. I would give this book a 9/10. -Review by Margaret ...more
This book is about a girl named Kate, who loves everything about the lake and her family’s marina. She doesn’t really like talking to people but when This book is about a girl named Kate, who loves everything about the lake and her family’s marina. She doesn’t really like talking to people but when her friend convinces her to join the podcasting class, she gets casted as one of the hosts, which she finds she’s pretty good at. A boy calls in on the show and talks about a girl he likes, and she has a suspicion on who it is. This was probably one of my favourite books I’ve read, the main plot was a great idea for a story and for a romance it was really cute, especially the ending. As the story progressed the author still found ways to make the book interesting and entertaining, so I didn’t want to put the book down. I like how you still got to know and learn quite a bit about some of the more minor characters, it made it feel more authentic. I would give this book a 9/10. Review by Margaret....more
When We Collided by Emery Lord is a teen romance novel about the adventures of two strangers who meet one summer, Vivi and Jonah. The two get to know When We Collided by Emery Lord is a teen romance novel about the adventures of two strangers who meet one summer, Vivi and Jonah. The two get to know each other throughout the novel and become very close. I really enjoyed this book because it was a unique romance novel, and all the characters were interesting and fun to read about. I also liked that the characters were relatable and that there were a lot of plot twists throughout that kept readers not knowing what to expect. This was written in an interesting way, with both Vivi and Jonah telling the same events from each of their perspectives. There was a very big plot twist at the end, which left the book on a cliffhanger, so readers can interpret the ending as they would like. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes romance novels and I would be really interested in reading some of Emery Lord’s other novels because I really enjoyed this one. Review by Shanna....more
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green is a romance novel about two friends, Colin and Hassan, go on a road trip after Colin breaks up witReview #1.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green is a romance novel about two friends, Colin and Hassan, go on a road trip after Colin breaks up with his girlfriend, Katherine. Then end up in a small town in Tennessee, where they meet Lindsey, who ends up becoming Colin’s girlfriend. The story follows these three along an adventure, which is exciting and fun to read about. The characters are all very unique and have their own interesting and fun traits. The book was written in a similar style to all of John Green’s other books, like the Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska. The writing style is very easy to understand, which I enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery novels of John Green’s novels, or anyone who wants an easy, quick read.
-Review by Shanna
This book involves Colin, a child prodigy who fears he will no longer continue to be a genius when he grows up. Colin has dated 19 Katherines, all spelled the same way, and after his recent girlfriend, Katherine of course, breaks up with him, he is sent into a spiral. Colin and his best friend Hassan decide to go on a road trip together. They make their way to a small Tennessee town, where they meet Lindsey and her boyfriend Colin, who the boys call “The Other Colin” or “TOC” for short. Lindsey's mother hires Colin and Hassan for a special project, recording interviews from the people around the town to gather information so she can put together an oral history of the town. Throughout this story, Colin gets closer with Lindsey and Hassan meets Katrina, who later on ends up sleeping with “TOC” and causes a fight/breakup. Colin and Lindsey explore the past of the town and learn some things that were probably better left unknown. Their relationship buds and the two of them become very fond, breaking Colin’s Katherine record.
This book is lighthearted and fun, following a boy trying to figure out life, and the fun people he picks up along the way. I loved this book because it was an easy read, it also helps that I happen to love John Green. The book was well written and followed a fun storyline.
Here’s the moment all you fans of Simon have been waiting for – set one year later, in Simon’s best friend Leah’s addictive perspective. Seventeen-yeaHere’s the moment all you fans of Simon have been waiting for – set one year later, in Simon’s best friend Leah’s addictive perspective. Seventeen-year-old Leah Burke is known for not caring what other people think of her, but the truth is, she cares more than her friends know. Even though Leah’s best friend, Simon, is openly gay, she’s afraid to come out to her friends. With college hanging over her friend group like a thundercloud, her friends are beginning to splinter apart, and Leah is left in the middle, especially when she realizes she might have feelings for one of her friends. But Abby’s definitely straight… or is she? This book was a perfect tapestry of bravery, first love, and friendships, with humour tying it all together. Leah had one of the best personalities of any book character I’ve read. I would recommend not reading this in a public place if you’re not comfortable with strangers looking at you like, “umm… are you okay?” when you burst into random cackling fits. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Age recommendation: 14-17 Rating: 7.5/10 My favourite quote: “I gape at her. ‘Did you just dog-ear Harry Potter?’ ‘Oh boy.’ The edges of her lips curve up. ‘Should have known you were one of those people.’ ‘One of those people? As in, I’m not a monster?’” Review by Cate ...more
When I saw another Becky Albertalli book in the library, my hand immediately went for it. Becky Albertalli does NOT disappoint. Kate Garfield and her When I saw another Becky Albertalli book in the library, my hand immediately went for it. Becky Albertalli does NOT disappoint. Kate Garfield and her best friend, Anderson Walker, are known for always crushing on the same guy. Nothing ever happens, but it’s always fun for them to swoon and go over every insignificant detail together. When they both fall for one Matthew Olsson from drama camp, it seems like just another one of those crushes that never went anywhere for them to obsess over. But then Matt shows up at their high school and Kate falls harder than ever before. And of course, so does Anderson, and their friendship begins to crack. I didn’t like this book quite as much as this author’s other books, but I still thought it was hilarious and sweet and an overall fun read. I found it a bit predictable, and the word f-boy was SO overused (I’m sure it averaged once a page, and I am not kidding!), but I’ll be forgiving, because the rest was great. I find that it’s very hard to write a happy book that’s actually good – in my opinion, most good books are sad – but Becky Albertalli does it again. Age recommendation: 13-17 Rating: 7/10 My favourite quote: “Even as it’s happening, it’s like it already happened. That same preemptive nostalgia feeling. Like it’s a story we’ll tell in some not-so-distant future.” Review by Cate...more
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the third and final book in the series, To All The Boys I Loved Before. It is a romance novel about a stAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is the third and final book in the series, To All The Boys I Loved Before. It is a romance novel about a student in high school, Lara Jean, who navigates through her final year of high school with her friends and boyfriend. It was a really funny and entertaining book and was really easy and quick to read. I found this book interesting because of the characters’ personality traits; they were really relatable and all had their own unique personalities, which I liked. These characters and the storyline continued from the first and second books in the series, which should definitely be read before this book. This book wrapped up any loose ends and finished the story of Lara Jean. There are also movies made of each book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who read the first two books and I recommend the series to anyone who likes romance books. Review by Shanna...more
This book is about a girl named Lena who was cursed at birth by a witch, her skin can kill people. She meets Miranda who is from the Gather, a town fiThis book is about a girl named Lena who was cursed at birth by a witch, her skin can kill people. She meets Miranda who is from the Gather, a town filled with magic inside the mysterious woods known as the Silence. Miranda plans on saving the sleeping princess from the Silence, where Lena wants to free herself from her curse, they decide to join together and help one another. But on their journeys Lena soon comes to realize the truth about her family and her power. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I think it was well written, the phrasing and wording I found were fairly entertaining and the plot was pretty good. The system in the Gather had quite a few things to explain but I think it did a good job clarifying what was going on. This was a nice book and I would give this one a 8/10.
With Malice by Eileen Cook is about an eighteen year old girl, Jill, who mysteriously wakes up in a hospital with many injuries, but does not rememberWith Malice by Eileen Cook is about an eighteen year old girl, Jill, who mysteriously wakes up in a hospital with many injuries, but does not remember what happened. The story is about her trying to discover how she ended up in the hospital in the first place. This story is really interesting because Jill does not remember what happened, but she is trying to figure it out at the same time as readers are. I enjoyed this book because of how unexpected it was. There were many twists and turns and it always surprised me when I read it. However, this novel was a little slow moving and ended on a very unclear note, which was a little disappointing after reading the novel. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but I think there are other mystery and adventure novels that I enjoyed more, such as a Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and One of Us Is Lying, so I would recommend those novels over With Malice.
This story is a sequel to the book B*Witch. It’s about two witch covens from Sorrow Point, Washington, who have to hide their witch identities due to This story is a sequel to the book B*Witch. It’s about two witch covens from Sorrow Point, Washington, who have to hide their witch identities due to a law against them, along with many people called ‘Antima’ who are basically witch haters. Currently there is a new group of people called the New Order similar to the Antima, and now along with trying to solve the death of a witch they must stop the New Order to save all witches. This was a really good book and I enjoyed reading it. There was a lot going on in the story but I think it did a good job on explaining it. I like how different chapters have it from the perspectives of different characters, it shows other pieces of the story and the importance of each character. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would give it a 9/10.
This story is about two girls named Evelyn and Mina. Six years ago three teenagers were killed. They were found with sand dollars over their eyes, andThis story is about two girls named Evelyn and Mina. Six years ago three teenagers were killed. They were found with sand dollars over their eyes, and everyone believed Evelyn’s father did it. The two girls summoned a ghost so he wouldn’t be arrested. Mina’s family is full of mediums who guide spirits to their final resting place, but with the threats of ghosts becoming more dangerous the two childhood friends must uncover what really happened to the three teens years ago. I personally enjoyed the story because of all the twists and turns as the two gained more information, this made it feel much more like a real mystery. The story was also a bit of a romance and I liked how it was added in. As it was fun to try to piece together the mystery, I also wanted to keep reading to see when The girls finally got together. Overall The Drowning Summer was a great book, and I’d give it a 8/10. - Review by Margaret...more
I'm so sad... I can't believe that's it, no more books. I don't think I can read another book after that. No matter what book I choose it will pale inI'm so sad... I can't believe that's it, no more books. I don't think I can read another book after that. No matter what book I choose it will pale in comparison. With Jackson and his sister finally reunited and the upcoming overthrow of the council the book is packed with excitement to keep you on the edge of your seat. The final book ties off all lose ends and I feel the book concluded perfectly to end off the trilogy… aside from the opportunity at the end (that has yet to be fulfilled) of an additional book.
I absolutely recommend this series for everyone, five stars all the way!
A very deep book about tragedy, acceptance and finding yourself. I really loved the book, it was recommended by my librarian to read for a school assiA very deep book about tragedy, acceptance and finding yourself. I really loved the book, it was recommended by my librarian to read for a school assignment and I was pleasantly surprised. I found familiarity in the sarcasm in the perspective of the protagonist and was completely shocked when the twist came around in the final chapters. This book is bound to leave an impression and I would highly recommend it. Although I would suggest for a more mature audience. P.S. The dialect in this novel is phenomenal. -Review by Ella...more