Tag Archives: suspense

Customer Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Theres Someone Inside Your HouseThere’s Someone Inside Your House

Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books for Young Readers

$16.99

Available September 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and it was (as said described) truly impossible to put down. The only thing that did not make sense to me is the title. I think the title is fitting to the horror theme, but it somehow does not fit with the story.

One minor aspect that I questioned is that Makani’s reaction to the deaths of her fellow students was unrealistic, deaths usually have to sink in a bit and when that has happened it is really devastating. However, what I loved about this book is that you never get even a clue about Makani’s secret until she tells everyone, which builds up LOTS of suspense. All in all I really loved this book and hope it will be successful.

~ Yolanda, age 12

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Staff Review: The Walls Around Us

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Nova Ren Suma

Algonquin Books

$17.95

Available now

If you’re a young adult looking for the ultimate suspenseful mystery book, then The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is in fact the book for you. Once I started The Walls Around Us, I was instantly hooked and couldn’t put the book down. I can really appreciate the  descriptive writing style which put an image in my head, playing out as a movie as I read. This suspenseful novelwill have you at the edge of your seat. The story is told through the eyes and thoughts of two separate girls: one living and one long dead.

Violet an eighteen year old perfectionist ballerina who is the top ballet dancer at her studio and has been accepted to Julliard in the fall. She feeds off the audience’s attention and applauses, although she really hates them all. Behind the tutu and ribbons and point shoes and laces lies a psychotic murderer with a terrible dark secret about what really happened behind the theater. The secret, if revealed, could ruin her whole future and send to the cold stone walls of the juvenile correctional facility Aurora Hills, rather than Julliard. Violet’s whole side to the story much reminds me of Nina in the Black Swan with how suspenseful and scandalous it is.

Then there’s Amber, who is an inmate at Aurora Hills detention center. Amber tells the stories and histories of all the other prisoners and why they are locked up. She has been locked up for more than three years since that summer night in August and has forgotten the feeling of freedom. When the gates open up one rainy, stormy Saturday night due to the malfunction of all the locks, she and all the other locked up girls run for freedom, knowing they wont get far, but desperately needing to feel freedom for those few brief minutes.

Then there’s the missing piece to this complex puzzle. The piece that holds the secret to Violet’s and troubled past is Orianna, who used to dance side-by-side with Violet, the perfect ballerina Violet never was but so desperately wanted to be. This suspenseful novel will have you questioning who all the people around you really are and all their secrets. The Walls Around Us should definitely be on everyone’s TBR list.

-Eryn, 16

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Staff Review: Marina

9780316044714Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Marina

$19.00

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Available today

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s final young adult novel is beautifully written and darkly captivating. Its onlydisappointing feature is the unfairly long time it took to be released in the US—it was originally published in Spanish in 1999. Oscar Drai, the lonely 15-year-old protagonist, wanders through parts of 1980 Barcelona that remain locked away ina frozen, post-war Spain. It’s in these anachronistic wanderings that he meets Marina, an equally lonely girl with whom he follows a mysterious woman from a graveyard to an abandoned greenhouse suffused with the stench of death. This act drags them into a web of all-too-real stories from the same era as their wanderings, and from which they are soon unable to disentangle themselves, as their investigations grow steadily more disturbing and dangerous. However, all the intrigue, suspense, and horror of their encounters with reanimated prosthetic limbs, faces ravaged by acid, and the ubiquitous black butterfly become simply a distractionfrom the devastatingly poignant ending. This novel defies categorization, seamlessly blending mystery, adventure, and suspense with a touch of the supernatural and a dash of romance. All of this is woven together in an incredible gothic story with achingly beautiful language and plot twists that keep the reader breathless and glued to the text until the final page.

Warning: I gasped and shouted audibly in public while reading this book. It’s that good.

~ Cara

 

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Morse Pond Reviews: The Great Dog Disaster and Spy Camp

Eight Cousins has traditionally been a children’s bookstore so our two favorite things — as you might expect — are kids and books. You know who else loves kids and books? School librarians. We are now working with the librarian at Morse Pond Middle School in Falmouth and her 6th grade book club, which happens to be filled with kids who love books. Members of the book club get a special sneak peek at Advanced Reader Copies to read and review. We’ll be publishing those reviews here. Enjoy!

The Great Dog Disaster: by Katie Davies

Review by Colleen, 6th grade

The Great Dog Disaster was an amazing book! It was suspenseful, happy, exciting and much more. One of my favorite parts was when Anna and Suzanne {the main characters} went down to Beatrice’s old owner’s house, Aunt Deidra’s house. That was where they left Beatrice {Suzanne’s new dog}. They left Beatrice there, but soon after they left her a great big storm hit and Aunt Deidra’s house is right near the water. Oh no and Beatrice was outside! When they were leaving to bring Beatrice home Anna’s younger brother decided to come and that ends up being a bad idea! I would recommend this book to everyone, and I recommend Eight Cousins to buy many copies!

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Katie Davies

Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster)

Published May 2013, $12.99

Spy Camp: By: Stuart Gibbs

Review by: Celia, 6th grade

This book was funny, intriguing, and suspenseful. I really liked the characters especially Alexander. Alexander was a comical character that could easily exist in real life. My favorite part was when Ben, Eliza, and Alexander were in the helicopter and Alexander was trying to convince the people we was a head CIA spy and Eliza said he was not right in the head. I also really like the ending, with the tiny bit of romance. One of the funniest parts was this paragraph “You don’t look like you’re working hard at all,” Hand said. “Neither does Jawa,” I countered. “Jawa’s a freak of nature,”  Hank growled. “You’re just a freak. No way did you run the whole six miles.” This book was a suspenseful comedy with fantasy and realistic fiction. This was a really good book and I hope that eight cousins order lots of copies.

cvr9781442457539_9781442457539_lgSpy Camp

Stuart Gibs

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Published April 2013, $15.99

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