November 18, 2017

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The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles. See what works are keeping these teens intrigued.

with maliceCOOK, Eileen. With Malice. HMH. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN  9780544805095.
Gr 9 Up—This is a great book with quirky characters, a crazy plot, and an unexpected ending. I liked the color theme and how it combined art and photos. It reflects the contents with the setting

I really liked the characters and plot. The characters had very unique and distinctive personalities that really shaped the story. Also, the plot is really intriguing, how it seems like something like it could happen in real life. And also, I like how it switches off from the main character to letters and interviews, so you can really get a sense of what actually happened. The end was shocking.

I thought the end was a little sad, but it was a satisfying end and made sense.—Kaitlyn H., 13

grayling songCUSHMAN, Karen. Grayling’s Song. HMH. Jun. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544301801.
Gr 3 Up—Grayling is the kind of person who prefers to stay in her cozy cottage, with her mother, overall behind the curtain. But when her entire world is turned upside down, she knows it’s up to her to turn it right-side up again. She can’t imagine leaving her home, but maybe the world outside her cottage is more compelling than she thinks.

I loved the way the cover was laid out and the way the trees were illustrated. It was a little misleading the way Grayling was illustrated, because it made me think she was way younger than she actually was, but I figured it out in the end. I really thought the most compelling aspect of the book was the story line, and the way it was set out. I appreciated the older English.  It seemed more true to the time and yet you could understand it.–Rachel F., 14

julia vanishesEGAN, Catherine. Julia Vanishes. Knopf. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553524840.

Gr 7 Up—Julia can vanish. And she uses her power in her job— if spying and stealing could be considered an employment. The cover was perfect, I really like how it portrayed the atmosphere.

The most compelling aspect of Julia Vanishes is the plot. This book has everything a good fiction book needs: magic, mystery, romance and a struggling protagonist. It was great!—Juliette S., 14

HAPGOOD, Harriet Reuter. The Square Root of Summer. Roaring Brook. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626723733.
Reuter Hapgood, Harriet. The Square Root of SummerGr 8 Up—
This book is amazing. It makes me want to move to a small town and fall in love and stay there forever. It totally is relevant to teenagers and love and relationships. The person on the cover is totally what you think the character would look like.

The plot is perfect. The setting is grand. The characters are so real. I love how it’s written. I loved it. It describes life as a teenager with grief, loss, and love.—Madeline H., 15

STORK, Francisco X. The Memory of Light. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545474320.
Gr 9 Up— I started reading the book because one of my classmates said it was good and I was in need of a new book. However, it didn’t STORK, Francisco. The Memory of Lightseem to really pique my interest once I got to reading.

On the cover, I liked how it looks like little fireflies joined together to make the figure of a girl. Like I said, I didn’t read much. I got to the second or third chapter and decided the book wasn’t for me. If you like books that have a troubled teen with a rough life that has tried everything, including suicide, then this book is for you. Personally it was too close to how my life is. It just made me want to push it away like I did with my memories.—Alexia S., 17

SUN, Amanda. Heir to the Sky. Harlequin TEEN. Apr. 2016. Tr. $18.99. ISBN 9780373211913.          Gr 7 Up— If you’re into thrillers, romances, fantasy, action, this is the perfect blend and more. I guarantee that once you pick this book up and once you start reading you will not want to put this book down even after you’re done reading it. I wish for a series! I liked how the cover gave a sense of one of the most important parts, when the main character falls to Earth. It perfectly reflects the heir to the skyI loved how every page you were thrilled to keep reading and the plot and setting couldn’t have been done any better. I always had to keep going to find out what happens next. The writing style made my heart beat fast especially how well the author described each scene.

The only thing that disappointed me was when I was done reading the book. Sun is a brilliant writer. I would compare her to James Patterson. Definitely will be looking forward to more books by her. If there could be a series, that would be a wish come true.—Adrian Q., 17

ANOTHER TAKE

The book was so good that I don’t even have words to describe it. I couldn’t put it down. The plot was good, the setting was great and I loved the characters. The plot was spectacular because it had a twist at the end. The setting was spectacular: a floating island above a monster infested Earth and the courage that pulled the characters through was great.

art of being normalIf you read this book prepare to not be able to put it down. The suspense and the plot make you want there to be a trilogy and a movie about this book. I absolutely love it.—Brandon T., 17

WILLIAMSON, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374302375.   

Gr 9 Up— I was drawn to the book by the cover, excited by the description, and loved it from beginning to end.

The plot twist when David finds out Leo’s secret was the most compelling part. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I just couldn’t put the book down. This book helped me see that people shouldn’t be judged for who they are, but accepted as how they wish people to see them.—Alexx M., 17      

 

 

 

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