It's time for a few ITBA books reviews! Ahhh, so many books, so little time!!
Review by Amy H.
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen year old junior at Pine Mountain, a boarding school. Even though he is a couple years younger than his fellow juniors, he is a starting winger on the rugby team. He is in love with his best friend Annie, but she only finds him “adorable.” Ryan Dean is a normal teenage boy who has normal teenage desires, but he also goes through struggles. The way Ryan Dean deals with his struggles captivates readers as they wonder what he will do next. A shocking twist at the end of the story leaves readers wondering about life and how we treat other people who are different.
Name: Amy H.
Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books :)
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking. Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
Review by Susan B.
Conor’s mother is sick and ever since she started receiving treatments, Conor’s been having nightmares. So when the monster shows up at his window one night, he thinks he’s having another nightmare. The monster comes to Conor’s window at seven minutes past midnight, like clockwork. But Conor realizes something -- he’s not dreaming. The monster is really there and it wants the truth.
I first picked up this book because the cover looked creepy, and I felt like reading something a little out of my comfort zone. I was surprised to find it’s not really scary at all, but I didn’t mind because ultimately it was a very powerful and moving read. The illustrations that accompany the story only add another layer to this already poignant book. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and its message will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Name: Susan B.
Years at AHML: 10
Favorite thing you do at work: Checking in books! I love getting to see what’s new and popular.
Best place to read your book: Curled up in bed.
Why you like reading YA: I like reading about characters my age – it makes them easier to relate to.
Review by Megan M.
Alyssa is a high school senior, her mother is in a mental institution, and her crush is dating her nemesis. As if that weren't enough for a teenage girl to worry about, Alyssa is also cursed. Alyssa's great-great-great grandmother was Alice, as in the Alice who went down the rabbit hole. As a result of Alice's actions in wonderland, all the women in Alice's family have been plagued with the ability to hear the voices of flowers and insects which doesn’t have a very beneficial impact on their sanity.
When Alyssa comes of age, she starts hearing the voices too and worries she'll end up just like her mother. Alyssa is determined to find a way to rid herself and her mother of the curse before it's too late. When a shadowy figure named Morpheus shows up from Alyssa's memories she realizes it might not be as hard as she thought to find wonderland but finding out who she can trust in this fantastical new world is another story.
Splintered was a creative and entertaining twist on Lewis Carrol's time-honored tale. I thoroughly enjoyed venturing to this darker version of wonderland and meeting all the more mischievous versions of the classic characters, as well as some very interesting new ones. Overall, a few sluggish parts aside, Splintered was a delightfully creepy and well-paced read.
Name: Megan M.
Years at AHML: About 5 with a short hiatus in the middle somewhere.
Favorite Thing I Do at Work: Getting paid!!! Just kidding. Finding awesome new books to read.
Best Place to Read My Book: Weather permitting, either curled up in bed with my 3 dogs or out tanning by the pool.
Why I Like Reading YA: It’s fun and there’s lots of variety.