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Book Review: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

 

 

 

 

 

This book is about a depressed mother who has recently gone through a divorce. She has escaped with her daughter to New Hampshire for a “summer vacation.” While there, her daughter finds out she can’t take care of her mother and herself. Thsi book is very well written and keeps the pages turning and keeps you guessing. There was nothing I didn’t like about it. The format is a poem style, which is perfect because it makes you turn page after page. Great book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

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Book Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

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This book is about two teens, Mandy and Jill. They each have their own perspective. Jill is a senior in high school who lives with her mom and her dad has dies in a car accident. Mandy is a 19 year old who has recently become pregnant. She was raised by her mother and has had a rough childhood. Jill’s mother wants to adopt Mandy’s baby.

There is a lot of conflict throughout the book to keep you interested. Though I don’t find that the cover design directly related to the book, there was nothing I didn’t like about it — amazing book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

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Book Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

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Grace, Gretchen and Greer find out that not only are they triplets, they are descendents of Medusa. And are therefore monster hungers! I liked that there was always a surprise at the end of every chapter. There was nothing I didn’t like — I’d rate this 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend it to ages 12 and up. Also, I love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

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Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

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When dark, charming Asher and golden, reserved Devin appear in Skye’s life on her seventeenth birthday, everything in her life changes.I liked that there is definitely going to be a second book, hopefully! There was nothing I didn’t like about this book — I rate it 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend this to ages 12 and up.

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

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Book Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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When Megan moves to Ireland with her dad, she’s very nervous about going to a new school. But when she meets darkly handsome Adam Deris, everything changes. I liked that at the end of every chapter you were always hungry for more. I didn’t like that it wasn’t, like, 500 pages. I rate it 5 stars- I loved it!

I’d recommend this to readers 12 and up. I also love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

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Book Review: Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Just when Gaia thought she had escaped strange, harsh rules and saved her baby sister by trekking to the rumored town of Sylum, she finds herself bound in new unwelcome ways, and familiar faces don’t bring comfort the way they should.

This is a companion to Birthmarked (2010). Gaia’s strong character is put through a gauntlet of daunting challenges that help her grow into a more confident person. The beginning is action-packed but still seemed slow. However, in all, this is a satisfying conclusion of an amazing story. The cover is eye-catching and the audience is in the 12-14 range.

I like how two very different societies are compared to each other here. The way Gaia stays true to her beliefs no matter what inspiring. The confusion and tension of multiple love interests vying for her adds a unique twist to liven the plot, as does the mystery of the dying males and “swamp illness” that makes leaving sylum impossible and deadly.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

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Book Review: The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer

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This is the story of the headstrong and confident Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart. From her early years in Scotland to her last years lived out as an English prisoner, this is a book that leaves a reader with great sadness at the way poor Mary’s life crumbled into ruin. Once a fearless leader, prepared to rule her country as well as France, her power was slowly stripped from her by the betrayal of those she loved and trusted most.

I had never before heard of Mary, Queen of Scots, but now I cannot get her somber story out of my head. Betrayed and abused, ill and injured, she resisted as much as she could, determined to be a strong Queen for her people. In the end, she was mocked and hated by her subjects and charged with a murder she had no part in. Yet still, in her last hours, she was majestic and queenly, regardless of the twenty years she had been imprisoned. An eye-opening experience for older readers.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

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Book Review: Daughter of the Centaurs by K. K. Ross

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Malora wants nothing more than to follow in the steps of her father and be the next great horse trainer, regardless of the opinions of her little settlement. On the day her dreams are to be realized, the first day of her instruction with her father, she witnesses an horrific event that will change her life forever. Forced to leave her now bloody and empty town, she slowly acquires a band of horses that she names and trains to respond to her every signal, a necessity to survive in the harsh desert landscape she now roams. Her world is shattered once again when a party of centaurs corrals her family herd and captures her. She must now learn to survive with a whole different range of dangers-those of a centaur court.

Full of raw emotions and heartbreak, one cannot help but feel for Malora as she struggles with the loss of her family, the crushing weight of being the last human, and the difficulties of adjusting to a centaur city. Outspoken and opinionated, she never hesitates to say or do exactly what she feels is best. She is never cowed by the intimidating size of whatever problem faces her, and uses her tenacity to her immense advantage. I recommend this novel to horse lovers everywhere.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

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Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

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Kira Walker is a plague baby-one of the last children born before the devastating RM disease was released, causing all newborns to die within 48 hours. After interning in the maternity ward and witnessing firsthand the desperation and desolation the doomed infants cause, she is determined to cure RM and save the dwindling human race. Her plan is to capture one of their greatest enemy, the releasers of RM-the Partials, and study it. Breaking numerous laws, Kira and her loyal band of friends make their way through the dangerous lands held by rebellious human fractions and enter the wild land of the half-robot, incredibly strong Partials.

A transfixing sci-fi tale with a subtle lesson in acceptance, this story is a mixture of the most popular elements-action, romance, and adventure. Kira is a believable character, her intense drive to cure RM offset by her relationship problems with long time boyfriend Marcus. Courageous and confident, she lets her heart take the lead when her head is unsure. Her slow transformation from naive citizen to borderline rebel was perfectly done. I recommend this book to anybody who craves a thrilling and eerily realistic tale that is bound to have a sequel.

I’d rate this four stars — I loved it!

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15

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Book Review: The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone

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When Louise gets a love note she doesn’t know what to think. She suspects the neighborhood pizza boy and while deciding if she likes him she uncovers the secrets and memories to a story she made herself forget.

I love the way the author describes friendship. Louise and her friends give a really good example of what a true friendship is and means. However, the character acted too young for her age and the book was too predictable. Also, some sections didn’t contribute to the story and the book went off topic a lot.

I’d rate it two stars –  I’ve read a lot better. I was disappointed at how good the author’s other books were and how young this book seemed.

Reviewed by Madison, age 14