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YA Book Review- The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Our guest reviewer, Sophia, really thinks you should pick this one up.

“April is now one of my favorite authors. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry is a great mystery book that will keep everyone holding their breath. A girl wakes up in a cabin, that she does not know, to two men talking about killing her. When one of them leaves, the other man is hesitant but does drag her into the woods. She is more awake now, enough to attack him and take his gun, keys, and wallet. When she escapes and tells a police officer what just happened, he tries to convince her that she is on drugs or from a hospital for mentally ill teens. Is this true?! She escapes from the officer and drives to McDonalds where she eats, falls asleep, and wakes up to a teen named Ty who is closing the restaurant. Seeing that the girl is in trouble, Ty brings her home with him and together they find out who she really is, why those men from the cabin were trying to kill her, and most importantly who her parents are.”

the girl who was supposed to die


YA Book Review- The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

Enjoy another review from guest reviewer Sophia!

“The Year of the Beast by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell has no happy ending. Tessa is going to be able to go to the carnival this time WITHOUT her parents but with Celina, her best friend, and her sister too. Yes! There are boys, especially Charlie who is Tessa’s long term crush. Tessa painfully watches as Charlie is taken away from her by her younger sister Lulu. Now Tessa’s self esteem is destroyed! She feels she has to get back at her sister, until the cute weirdo Jasper grabs Tessa’s attention, leading to the day she and Lulu both drown in a river. Tessa is brought back to life by Jasper but no one could find Lulu’s body. After the funeral for Lulu and when school starts, Charlie seems to be more like a big brother now than ever before, just what Tessa needs. Jasper, the boy Tessa really loved, goes to a boarding school to get away from Tessa. But a HUGE plot twist exposes the true driving force behind these events, and it’s not what you would expect.”

This novel is presented in both prose and comic format, which makes it a really unique find!

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YA Book Review- Adaptation by Melinda Lo

Reese is waiting at the airport, struggling with the loss of a debate tournament and letting down her partner and crush David, when flocks of birds all over the country start flying directly in to planes causing countless crashes and thousands of deaths. Everyone around them starts to panic and they are just in time to grab a rental car out of the area. The highways going towards their San Francisco homes are gridlocked, but when they take a deserted highway north they have a horrible car accident that leaves them unconscious for almost a month. When they wake up, they are in a strange type of hospital in the middle of the desert. It isn’t long before they are sent home to their parents, but not before signing an agreement that prevents them from saying anything of what they experienced in the desert. This doesn’t seem like a problem for Reese, who just wants to get back to normal, until she starts noticing that her body seems very different than it was before her accident. This, combined with how different the country is after the bird attacks earlier in the summer, prompt her to confide in her conspiracy-theory-loving best friend Julian. Meanwhile, she meets a beautiful girl named Amber who sweeps her off her feet- but can Amber be trusted? Are all of these strange things related? What exactly is going on?

Melinda Lo writes a great alien-centric mystery in Adaptation. Readers will be guessing throughout the whole book at who, or what, is behind all of the strange things Reese is coming across. There is also a love triangle, but definitely not your typical one. Hand this to sci-fi and mystery lovers who also enjoy a little romance!


YA Book Review- All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Judith would never have seen how much easier her life in town was before. Once she had disappeared, and then returned with half her tongue cut out, she would never again know the simplicity of being just another girl in her small settler’s town. Through all of Judith’s observations and memories, a sad and tense story is slowly pieced together. We learn that she is most often thinking about the boy she loves, and watching him carefully to make sure he lives a happy life. We read about the loving family she had before, in stark contrast to the cruel widowed mother who now daily reminds her of how little she is worth. We see that the way the town shuns Judith is not at all her fault, but that their disdain for her is largely borne of the fear of not knowing why she and her best friend disappeared as young girls, and why she was the only one to get out alive.

This is one story you will most likely not be able to put down until you finish it. Judith’s tale comes through little by little, as the readers only see through her mind’s eye and only know things as she let’s them be known. Fans of many different genre’s will be captivated by this book, including those who like mystery, thrillers, and historical fiction. There are surprises throughout- grab a copy at the library today!



YA Book Review- Romantic Reads

It’s getting colder, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with some good romantic stories! Our guest reviewer today is Sofia, who has not one but TWO great books to recommend!

Reboot by Amy Tintera


“Start the count down for Reboot by Amy Tintera, an interesting, romantic, action-filled, futuristic book about humans who are given a treatment for the deadly KDH virus- but, like Wren Connally, they come back to life as a Reboot, becoming more robot like than human the longer they are dead. Reboots are trained and sent on missions to capture humans or the monsters they turn into after coming back to life. Wren (the longest dead girl to ever exist) is ordered by the Human Advancement and Re population Corporation to kill her too rebellious trainee Callum Miraculously she starts to have feelings for him and runs away with him trying to save his life before the HARC’s deadly experimental drugs take over his body by going back, risking her life and the ones of others to get the antidote and saving the lives of hundreds of Reboots.”


Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield

“Among all of the romantic detective books in libraries, there are few like Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield with a teenager like Clare who has a blessing (or curse) to see the pasts of people through their clothes. After moving back into a now paranoid little town called Clare Night, where they still have not found the missing bodies from the two previous Independent Days, she will find out why those people disappeared and who did it…but she might be next.”

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YA Book Review- Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

This story, set in Britain in the 1950’s, tells the tale of two little girls who visit their aunt and end up face-to-face with a monster that has been terrorizing the town for centuries. Cora and her younger sister Mimi do not want to go to Aunt Ida’s cottage, but they are forced to by their loving but irresponsible young father. Ida wants nothing to do with the girls, but has no choice but to watch over them until she can send them home. Cora is immediately unhappy with the situation- who would want to spend their summer in a crumbling old home, with all the windows bolted shut and most of the rooms locked? Soon after the girls arrive, they make friends with two neighborhood boys named Roger and Pete who show the girls all the interesting sites around the village…including the old church they were forbidden to visit. Once they have been to the church, very strange things start to happen: Cora hears eerie songs being sung in the house when she’s alone, they see the ghosts of small children in the graveyard, and awful slithering and scratching noises can be heard around the outside of the house at night. Despite Aunt Ida’s best efforts to protect them, these children are not safe from the monster that seeks them.

This is a very suspenseful and creepy story that was inspired by an old folk poem by the same name as the book. The setting is unique, and allows the reader a perspective on life for a child in Britain following WWII. If you can get past the slang and unfamiliar product names, and you like a good horror story, this is definitely a great read!

YA Book Review- Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

In a small, quiet town called Never Better that you can only find if you’ve already visited, a boy named Jeremy Johnson Johnson has the special ability of being able to talk to ghosts. The ghost that chooses to make a regular companion of Jeremy, and the narrator of this tale, is famous storyteller Jacob Grimm. Things seem innocent enough at the beginning of the story: introverted Jeremy is chosen by the sensational Ginger Boultinghouse to help her and her friends break in to the local baker’s home and play a simple prank. When the town finds out what happened and that Jeremy was involved, every last citizen gives him the cold shoulder. The kindly baker, however, looks past the town’s attitude and begins to enlist Jeremy and Ginger to help him with odd jobs. Jacob is ever-watchful, and always ready to give Jeremy advice or a warning, so he is the most surprised when Jeremy and Ginger find themselves caught in a dangerous trap that they might not survive.

The narrator really makes this story feel like a fairy tale. Having written as the ghost of one of the greatest storytellers in history, the author takes what would be a standard small-town mystery and gives it a beautiful, haunting perspective. Hand this to fairy tale lovers old and new, and anyone who loves a good mystery!

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