Teen Reads – September 11, 2015

Galgorithm by Aaron Karo

Graduation is right around the corner for high school senior Shane Chambliss. As Shane begins to develop an extreme case of senioritis and experience the typical emotions of nostalgia that generally surround high school graduation, he manages to protect his largest secret yet. An AP student at heart with recluse-like tendencies, Shane appears to be an ordinary student, aside from the fact that he secretly solicits girl advice to timid high school boys. Many years of observation and an intense break up of his own lead Shane toward the creation of the “Galgorithm”, a fail-proof method to picking up girls. After being named the school Svengali, Shane begins to reevaluate his method. Is it possible that there isn’t actually a formula to win over girls? Is it possible that love is actually more fulfilling than lust? Join Shane on his roller coaster ride of emotions as he must decide whether to retire the “Galgorithm” in order to gain the girl he really loves or to continue soliciting advice to other classmates and distance himself from his true friends. This book is a great read for anyone interested in romantic comedies and lighthearted reads. The subtle humor that Karo injects into the novel adds a comical element to a romantic drama, making this book a must read.

(Reviewed by Natalie Purdy)

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Teen Reads – July 17, 2015

Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Before her dad moved out, Juliet Newman thought she had it all; the family, the boyfriend, and a bright career in front of her. But when he does moves out… her mom loses it; leaving Juliette to question everything she has ever believed. She wants the life she always dreamt of, but when the bad-boy Declan changes things up, she is left to question is that the life she really wants? She asks, what is perfection? And does she really want it? A feel good novel filled with just the right amount of romantic and hilarious moments to suit most everyone’s taste, especially young high school students looking towards the future!

The Agency: A spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

When Mary Quinn is given the opportunity to learn at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for girls and work as a spy for The Agency she is astonished and anxious. The Agency is a covert women’s intelligence ring, using positions as household servants as a cover up, they are placed within powerful houses where they will have access to society’s greatest secrets. Their first mission is to track some missing cargo ships by breaking into a merchant’s home. While on the mission, Mary is pushed beyond limits and faced with trickery and deception everywhere she turns… will she find someone to trust? This action packed novel is a perfect mix of suspense and mystery, with a sprinkle of romance. It left me wanting more!

(Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

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Teen Reads – June 30, 2015

H2O by Virginia Bergin

With all odds against her, Ruby has survived the killer rain that had infected the entire population of Great Britain, except the .27 lucky enough to be immune. With all her friends and family most likely dead from the infected rain, Ruby has a very hard reality to face… should she stay by herself, safe from the dreaded rain, or travel in search of her father? And if she does, what will the outcome be? This action filled, dystopian novel is gripping and will keep your attention until the very last page. Along with a fantastic and well developed storyline, I particularly enjoyed the main character, even despite a few unintelligent decisions and lucky breaks, her spirit throughout the book was great! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

One Stolen Thing by Beth Kephart

While Nadia Cara is in Italy, she meets a native boy and is mesmerized, but there’s a problem no one else has seen him. She’s changing; she steals, keeps secrets, and when she tries honesty, her words are lost. While her dad explores the flood that nearly destroyed Florence years back, Nadia reveals deep questions, can she be saved? In a beautifully written novel told be Nadia herself, the reader truly struggles with her while she tries to communicate with the rest of the world. The book is complex and definitely is not an easy read, but the beauty within the pages is worth checking out! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hazel and Ben Evans live in Fairfold, a place full of what people thought was only in stories and myths. Creatures from folklore live and coexist with humans in their evil and blessed ways. In the center of the forest lives the horned boy, Severin, who has been sleeping in his casket since the beginning of time, never to awaken. Until one day word spreads that the casket has been smashed open. Hazel and Ben have always cherished the thought of the horned boy and have sworn themselves into protecting him. Can Hazel and Ben save the day? Find out in this outstanding book of Folklore, “The Darkest Part of the Forest.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

16 year old Aysel Seran is on the verge of committing suicide due to a tragic event that her father thrust upon her life. Aysel has thought of many ways to die; however, she refuses to do it alone. When she uncovers a website called “Suicide Partners” and meets FrozenRobot (Roman) she thinks she’s found her solution. Roman is a 17 year old who also does not want to die by himself, and has done something atrocious making him unable to continue living. Aysel and Roman decide on a day to die (April 7) and how they will do it. Will they go through with their suicide pact, or will they find in each other a reason to live? Find out in the book “My Heart and other Black Holes.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

Adara is a Winter child. She is very different from other children; brooding and untroubled. The Ice Dragon is the dragon that comes out when a dangerous Winter is coming. Adara enjoys the winter because both the cold and her friend the Ice Dragon come. Every Winter she meets and rides the Ice Dragon; one of the few times she laughs. But on summer, war comes to Adara’s home. She will have to call The Ice Dragon. What will happen to Adara and the Ice Dragon? Find out in the bewitching story the Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin. The special relationship between Adara and the Ice Dragon results in many exciting and thrilling adventures that are sure to please dragon lovers. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

Lock-In by John Scalzi

Agent Chris Shane is a member of the F.B.I.- and infected with Haden’s syndrome. Haden’s is a disease where the infected is unable to move or respond, but is still fully aware. This is commonly known as lock-in. He, like many others, had a computer put into his brain so he could live in a machine called a threep, modeled like a person, but metal. He is investigating a murder case including Integrators, people who have recovered from Haden’s and had computers put into their brains also so some of the locked-in can use their body. But this case is more complicated than it seems… How many secrets will be revealed after this one murder? Discover what happens in the thrilling book Lock-in by John Scalzi. This book has a different thought than any other dystopian fiction. The case is very complicated like real F.B.I. cases, with surprising things being discovered around every corner. It is exciting to have so many things going on in just a week’s time. This book also combines modern F.B.I. investigation with future diseases, giving humans super-power- like abilities. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

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    By Virginia Bergin

    One Stolen Thing

    By Beth Kephart

    The Ice Dragon

    By George R. R. Martin

    Lock-In

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    Teen Reads – June 4, 2015

    The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

    Molly and her brother Kip travel from Ireland to England in search of work. They are hired by the Windsors, a seemingly ghostly family. Molly works as a servant keeping house, while Kip is the gardener and tames the ugly landscape. There is one thing he is not allowed to touch- an old, ugly tree that has become part of the house itself. Even stranger than the tree is a mysterious man who wanders the house at night. Who is he, and what is he doing? Find out in the haunting book, The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. I enjoyed this book because there is a sense of magic as Molly an Kip learn more about the odd house, its inhabitants, and strangest of all- the night man. It drew me in because it was quite unique. It has a variety of different characteristics weaved together, such as the story behind the night man and why he wanders the house. The plot is very different from any other book I’ve read, which makes this book stand out from all others. Surprises jump out at you, followed by problems that are solved in ways you would never think of.

    The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

    Six people are in a dorm. There is no escape. They have all been kidnapped by The Man Upstairs. They don’t know what he wants, or what he’s going to do to them. All they know is that they have to survive. A lift comes down every day with the basic necessities they ask for. Linus is the narrator, he writes down daily events in a notebook provided in one of the rooms. The Man Upstairs plays games with them. Linus watches in horror as his bunk mates change. He goes through life everyday thinking he can learn to live like this, when all of a sudden… things take a turn- for worse. I didn’t enjoy this book because I think the ending threw the whole book off-track. The book has no purpose, as the problem has no solution. The ending of the story is quite abrupt. All questions that are asked in the beginning are never answered, so you never quite get that full satisfaction feeling that you get when you finish a book. The middle is exciting enough, but far enough before the end, it starts to decay, dropping the excitement factor much lower.

    (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

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