Warcross

November 22, 2017

Warcross Warcross #1 by Marie Lu Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Emika Chen is a teenage hacker who has been trying to survive as a bounty hunter since her father died and she was kicked out of school for illegally retrieving and releasing sensitive data about other students and their parents.  Facing crushing debt and eviction, she uses one of her hacks to steal…

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When Dimple Met Rishi

November 20, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Dimple is a career-focused girl who is thrilled when her parents agree to send her to Insomnia Con – a 6-week web-app development program/competition where she’ll have the chance to compete for the chance to pitch her ideas to her inspiration, Jenny Lindt.  Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents are using this opportunity to introduce…

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I Will Always Write Back

November 16, 2017

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda (w/Liz Welch) Autobiography-Memoir Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Caitlin was 12, she was given the opportunity to choose a pen pal from another country.  She picked Zimbabwe because it sounded “like the beginning of an adventure.”  She and her pen pal, Martin Ganda, began exchanging letters, and over the years became best friends despite the many…

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Dire King

November 16, 2017

The Dire King Jackaby #4 by William Ritter Fantasy Mystery Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jackaby and his assistant Abigail Rook are facing the greatest challenge of their professional lives.  The Dire King now has almost everything he needs to rip away the barrier between the Anwynn (Faerie) and the human world.  In fact, looking back, now they can see his hand behind the troubles that…

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Tea Dragon Society

November 14, 2017

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill Fantasy Graphic Novel * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Greta is training to become a blacksmith and isn’t really seeing the value in producing something like swords, which no one really uses anymore.  Then she finds a tiny green dragon – one of the tea dragons – whose caretaker introduces her to the care and keeping of these special creatures and it…

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Through the Woods

November 14, 2017

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Graphic Novel Horror Short Stories Supernatural Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Emily Carroll shares 5 chilling tales in this short story, graphic novel collection.  Murders, ghosts, voices in the dark, supernatural creatures, inexplicable happenings.  Sharp reds bleed through black and grey pages, highlighting suspenseful and terrifying scenes.  Corpses and blood and disturbing teeth permeate these pages, but scenes are not overly…

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Turtles All the Way Down

November 13, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down John Green Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Aza, 16, has a lot of intrusive thoughts that she can’t escape – despite medication and the assistance of her therapist.  For instance, she’s disturbed by the possibility that she’s not real, and terrified that she’ll become infected with C diff. (Clostridium difficile) – a potentially life-threatening bacteria – and in the middle of her…

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Bitter Side of Sweet – Librarian Review

October 6, 2017

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan Realistic Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Amadou and his younger brother Seydou have been tricked into working on a small, remote, cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast.  They are far away from their home in Mali, which they left 2 years ago in order to find work and make money to send back home.  This “job,” however, doesn’t…

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Boy in the Black Suit

September 30, 2017

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) The ending left me wondering and it wasn’t the way I hoped or thought it would.  The book though, was so good and very catching.  Very descriptive along with lots of information.  It talks about a boy whose mom had died and has to learn how to make ends meet with…

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Emmy and Oliver

September 30, 2017

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Oliver and Emmy have been childhood friends until he disappears and doesn’t come back until 10 years later.  The OG (original) crew was Oliver, Emmy, Carol, and Drew.  Oliver comes back and Emmy starts developing feelings, and Carol feels left out since everyone is in a relationship except her and gets mad. …

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