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.
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.
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.
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.
Seizure by Kathy Reichs
The sequel to the novel Virals, this book continues the adventures of Tory Brennan and her friends in Charleston, South Carolina. In Virals, Tory, Ben, Hi, and Sheldon caught a parvovirus containing wolf DNA (a fatal disease pertaining to dogs that includes vomiting, severe diarrhea, and depression and accompanied by high fever and loss of appetite) that infects humans while trespassing into a private lab in the complex their parents work in. After days of intense sickness, the group realizes that when very emotional, they can flare and have wolf-like instincts and powers. After defeating a powerful enemy, Tory and the pack have a different adventure in Seizure. Loggerhead Island, the place their parents work at, is millions of dollars low on funding and the wildlife and nature are in danger of being sold to land developers; their parents losing their jobs in the process and moving elsewhere. Desperate to stay together, Tory and the pack hear about legendary pirate Anne Bonny’s treasure said to be worth millions. Using their canine abilities, the teens search for the buried treasure against dangerous competitors, risking their own lives and their secret powers. It’s up to them to save Loggerhead Island and stay together as a pack.
All her life, Ariane Tucker has lived under the rules that supposedly protect her from GTX, the genetic lab from where she has escaped, with her adopted father. Under a false name, Ariane is not who she seems to be. Beneath the fake blue contacts, she is actually a foreign alien and human mix of DNA. Her powers still hidden, Ariane struggles to follow the rules and hide from her peers. However, when seeking vengeance against the queen bee and granddaughter of the doctor of GTX, Rachel Jacobs, Ariane breaks the rules by falling in love and has many close calls being caught by the evil experimenters. But in the end, she is betrayed by people she wouldn’t expect
Pierce Oliviera is no normal 17 year old girl. If you survived a near death experience (NDE) would you? Trying to find a new start on the island of her mother’s birth, Pierce knows she can’t run from a mysterious figure from her supposed childhood fantasies. A death deity seems to follow her around, and is the cause of her coming back to life. But was it worth her parents divorce and relocating to a new home? Pierce falls in love but is faced with a mystery: who else is following her around? And should she go back into the land of the dead? This story is similar to the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades.
Maximum Ride – The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
In this book mutant kids who have DNA of birds in their jeans. They live in a safe house in Colorado staying away from the maniacal scientists who created them and tested them for years. When they are found, their youngest member Angel is kidnapped. The book follows Maximum Ride in her quest to find Angel and bring her home safely.
This book teaches you how to live your life in the best way possible. The habits are: 1. Be proactive. 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. Put the first things first 4. Think win win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergise 7. Renew. They really inspire me and I read the book repeatedly.
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (who will be visiting the Hub on September 3rd!)
This book is about how Jeffrey, a cancer survivor, struggles to pass eighth grade. Due to the medicine he was taking during cancer treatment, he sometimes has trouble learning and listening in class. His best friend, Tad, who is still in treatment for cancer decides to tutor Jeffrey. But Jeffrey will only do it if, during gym class, Jeffrey can help to get Tad to walk across the stage at graduation. Jeffrey's brother Steven, the one person who Jeffrey has always supported him is now in Africa because he needed time off from college. Will Jeffrey pass the eighth grade? Will Jeffrey's supporters come through for him?
I recommend this book to people who like realistic novels with tragedy and comedy.
Review by Jack S.
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
I loved it. I thought I was actually in the story when I was reading it. The adventures the characters had were full of details that were gruesome. Also I loved how the author put in side comments that were really funny. The book I read is full of gore and adventure. I think this is a book for teenagers, unless you really a want little kid having nightmares. I would give this book a 100/100 because it had all the things I'm looking for. Detail, adventure, and a lot of grimm.
Review by Katie S.
Warm Bodies is a hilarious retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet love story. R(omeo) is an endearing, likeable character. His narration, which is mostly through thoughts since his zombie speaking skills are lacking, is genuine and poignant. Readers get an honest view of what's on his mind, his feelings of loss and longing. Julie(t), daughter of the general tasked with keeping the living safe from zombies, serves as a perfect foil. She is fearless, not afraid to speak her mind and even challenges her father when they disagree. Marion tells an unlikely zombie tale, one where the “happy ending” doesn’t involve extermination of the undead. If you’re looking for a heartwarming book, creative/unique zombie tale, or enjoy classic retellings, this book is for you!