Ashes (Bick) – book review

Ashes by Ilsa Bick Audio edition Horror Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Alex, a teenage girl with cancer, decides to hike out into the woods to scatter her parents’ ashes and make some decisions about her own life. While she’s out in the wilderness, something catastrophic happens – perhaps an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) – and the whole world changes. Some people die outright, some people change into zombie-like cannibalistic creatures, … Read more

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick – book review

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber Mystery Realistic Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Perry Stormaire’s family has been hosting Gobija Zaksauskas – a Lithuanian foreign exchange student – for the past few months. Gobi is definitely not what Perry had hoped for (hot, experienced), although she does have an outrageous accent. But she’s not what she seems, either. Just before she’s supposed to go back to Lithuania, she expresses … Read more

January – book review

January Conspiracy 365 #1 by Gabrielle Lord Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) It is New Year’s Eve, and 15-year-old Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning, “They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days”. Following the first attempt on his life Callum is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He is hurled into a life … Read more

Twisted Window – Read It and Rate It

The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan Mystery Thriller Review # 1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This was a really great book. By the time you get to the end of the book you are pretty shocked how everything falls into place. Review # 2 * * * * Stars (Great!) What does Tracy really know about the new guy in school? Tracy watches him watching her. It feels good to catch the eye … Read more

Long Walk – Read It and Rate It

The Long Walk by Stephen King Horror Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) One hundred teenage boys walk throughout the country. Ray Garraty is a sixteen year old who participates in this event. The catch is that you must not fall under speed, stumble, or sit down. You are allowed three warnings, but after those three, you will get your ticket. Once you get your ticket, you will never return home again.

City of Ember – Read It and Rate It

The City of Ember Books of Ember #1 by Jeanne DuPrau Adventure Dystopian Fantasy Mystery Science Fiction Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is a really creative book. I have never seen any book ever remotely like this one, which is why it is so great. It is about a girl and a boy who live in an underground (but no one knows that it is underground) city. Things work … Read more

Pretties – Read It and Rate It

Pretties Uglies series #2 by Scott Westerfeld Dystopian Mystery Science Fiction Thriller Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This is the sequel to Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, so it follows the same basic storyline kind of. After Uglies, Tally has the operation (to become a Pretty) and forgets all about the Smoke until she meets Zane, who helps her remember. Shay also remembers Tally’s betrayal and gets her revenge at the end of … Read more

Invisible – Read It and Rate It

Invisible by Pete Hautman Mystery Realistic Fiction Thriller Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) This book is somewhat of a subtle Poe experience – very creepy but at the same time, not really. It’s about a teenager named Doug Hanson and his many obsessions – model trains, girls (one in particular), and fire. After a tragic event takes place, things just keep spiraling out of control for Doug, until his parents finally decide to … Read more

CLOSING NOTICE: The Huntley Area Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The exterior book drop will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The library will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.