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Customer Review: RIP Eliza Hart

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Alyssa Sheinmel

Scholastic Press

$18.99

Available November 28, 2017

I really loved this book; it was written well and it was an enjoyable read. Ellie, her claustrophobia, and her will to know how and why her former best friend died are the main plot to the book. The plot is pretty easy to follow and Ellie’s feeling are traceable and understandable. There were however, two things that I did not like. First, I think the age recommendation should be at least a year higher, because suicide, mental illness, and depression are too scary for most twelve year olds. Second, the parts where Eliza was talking from the grave were hard to follow; she was just telling stories that mostly didn’t connect with her death. I really liked that Ellie’s reaction to Eliza’s death is realistic and easy to understand. Another thing I loved, is that the story is sort of confusing at the beginning (for example why Eliza “hates” Ellie and why Eliza dies in the first place), but in the end everything comes together perfectly. I thought R.I.P Eliza Hart was a good read. I hope others will enjoy it as much a I did.

~ Yolanda, ages 12

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Customer Review: Greetings From Witness Protection

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Jake Burt

Feiwel & Friends

$16.99

Available October 3, 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection was a pretty quick read, but definitely had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

The main character Nicki is in foster care and has gone to many different schools and homes. She is also a pickpocket and has kleptomania, which means that she often can’t stop herself from stealing. The Sicrezzas are in witness protection and the US Marshalls decide they need a girl who will help the family blend in as a daughter.

The characters are very realistic and not at all superficial. There is plenty of action and except for a few instances the happenings make sense and are not unrealistic. The book has funny, sad, and touching parts and it definitely made me think about the fact that everyone is more than they seem on the surface, whether they are hiding their identity or not.

~ Helena, grade 10

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Customer Review: Wonder Woman — Warbringer

 

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Leigh Bardugo 

Random House 

Available August 2017 

 

Diana knows she’s different from everyone else on the island of Themyscira. She wants nothing more than to prove herself to the other Amazons. When her opportunity finally comes, however, she throws away the chance she has at finally being recognized as one of the Amazons and risks exile to save the life of a mortal girl, Alia Keralis. And Alia is no normal girl; she is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy. Diana and Alia must fight many enemies, both mortal and immortal, to save both their worlds. Leigh Bardugo has written a Wonder Woman adventure almost as thrilling as the Wonder Woman movie, and any fan of the DC Universe should add Wonder Woman: Warbringer to their bookshelf. 

Leah, 9th grade

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Customer Review: Zero Repeat Forever

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G. S. Pendergast

Simon and Schuster 

Available August 2017 

 

Sixteen year old Raven isn’t expecting much from the summer camp that she is forced to go to with her boyfriend Tucker. But then the terrible aliens called Nahx invade . . . and kill Tucker. Raven and the remaining survivors are forced to leave camp to find survivors from the alien attack. 

He has no name, no voice, just a rank: Eighth. He knows only the directives implanted in his mind. Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. His task is to protect his Offside, let her do the fighting. When a human kills her, he deserts his unit, and meets Raven. The two of them are forced to rely on each other for survival. Zero Repeat Forever is a gripping novel that is a must-read  for any fans of science fiction. 

~ Leah, grade 9

 

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Customer Review: The Chaos of Standing Still

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Jessica Brody

$17.99

Simon Pulse

Available November 28, 2017

A small red number has been in the top right corner of Ryn Gilbert’s Messages app for almost a year now. One unread message. Ryn can’t bring herself to read it, because that message is the last thing her best friend Lottie ever said to her before Lottie died. Ryn hasn’t been able to move on since the fateful day of the accident, but when she is trapped in the Denver International Airport due to a blizzard, she meets a boy named Xander Hale. She accidentally swaps phones with him, which leads to the two of them to having a night filled with excitement and adventure. And for the first time, Ryn might be starting to move on from her best friend’s death. The Chaos of Standing Still is an emotional, heartwarming story which I recommend to anyone who needs a good book about life, love, death, and meet-cutes with charming strangers.

~Leah, 9th grade

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Customer Review: Invictus

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Ryan Graudin 

Little, Brown 

Available September 2017

$18.99 

Farway McCarthy is an anomaly. Some would even call him an aberration. He was born outside of time, on his mother’s spaceship the Ab Aeterno. After failing his time-travel exam, he steals a spaceship and with his friends travels through time looking for valuable items to sell on the black market. Far’s life is simple until one day he meets a girl who seems to know him better than he knows himself. And this girl bears a chilling message: history is being erased, events since the beginning of time are disappearing, and Far is the catalyst. Far and his crew must race through time to stop the destruction of history as they know it. Ryan Graudin has written a thrilling novel with a perfect balance of history and science fiction, and any fans of time travel should definitely add Invictus to their reading list. 

 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

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Customer Review: The Cruel Prince

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Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Available January 2018 

 

Jude Duarte is stolen away from the mortal world at seven years old, her parents murdered by the same faerie that then took her and her sisters to Faerie. She grows up among the faeries; their lifestyle becoming hers. She wishes more than anything to truly belong in the Faerie Court, and when she is seventeen a chance to make this dream come true finally appears: she must defy the wishes of the cruel Prince Cardan and compete in a tournament to seek knighthood. However, in gaining the power she craves, Jude finds herself in the middle of a deadly web of bloodshed and deceit, and she is the key to stopping the imminent civil war hovering over Faerie. The only way to survive is to become more ruthless than the murderers she faces. With fast-paced action, well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, The Cruel Prince will keep you up all night reading and leave you impatiently awaiting the sequel. 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

 

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Staff Review: The Forgetting

 

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Sharon Cameron

Scholastic

$18.99

Available September 13, 2016

Every twelve years, the city of Canaan falls into the Forgetting, a day where everyone’s memories vanish. The only way to remember events from before the Forgetting or even clues to who you are as an individual is by keeping detailed entries in your personal book. Your book is your identity, but the truth can easily be twisted or misrepresented and no one truly knows exactly what has happened. Except for Nadia. She has never forgotten. She remembers exactly what has happened. She knows who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Nadia’s memories allow her to investigate how the city of Canaan came to be. Because she remembers her past, she is less afraid than her neighbors and ventures over the stone wall that is supposedly protecting the city. When Gray catches her coming back over the wall, he threatens to expose her secrets unless she helps him. With the next Forgetting approaching, Nadia and Gray must figure out what is destroying Canaan. Or this time everyone will forget what the truth really is.

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Customer Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

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Rae Carson

Greenwillow Books

$17.99

Available September 22, 2015

Besides the beautiful cover a wonderful story follows surrounding the gold rush in America.  Leah Westfall possesses a special power, she can sense the presence of gold. The day both her parents are murdered she bravely runs from her wicked uncle and sets off to find her best friend Jefferson and accompany him to California to find gold. In the beginning of her journey she decides to pretend to be a boy, so she won’t be found by her evil uncle. Will she ever find her friend Jefferson? Will she be found by her uncle and be used for her sense of gold? You will have to read to find out! ~ Emily, 17

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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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