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Switched – Interesting story, love the characters.

SwitchedTitle: Switched (The Trylle Trilogy)

Author: Amanda Hocking

Summary: Wendy Everly’s mother was always convinced she was a monster. Wendy had always wondered why she had never fit in with her family, and why she looked so different. Soon, she would find the answers to all her questions. The slightly suspicious and mysterious classmate Finn Holmes becomes more than just a friend, and takes her on a journey to a magical world that will change her life forever. Wendy will figure out who she really is, (or what she is) and where she came from. Her identity will no longer remain a mystery.

Stars: I would give this book 9/10 stars! It had a great plot and details that made visualizing the story easy.

Why: I started reading this book because of the compelling caption on the front “what if your entire life was built on a lie?’’ and because I love books about people who have powers.

Gut Reaction: Interesting story, love the characters.

What I loved: Along with the detailed descriptions of everything that make you feel what the main character does, I loved the cover! Definitely one of the most beautiful covers i’ve seen so far.


–Afsara, Greenwood Teen Adviser


Claire’s List of Books to Read!

There’s always so many books that I want to, but never have the time to read! Of the many books that are on my to-read list, these are my top five.

bookthief1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My sister got this book for me as a present a few years ago.  I read the first 30 or so pages, and then for some reason I didn’t pick it up again.  My mom “borrowed” the book from me (I swear she’s a book thief – pun intended), and I didn’t get it back until a few months later.  In 8th grade, I read Zusak’s I Am the Messenger, and I loved it.  Ever since then, The Book Thief has been one of my top five to-read books.  Also, the movie is out so after I get around to reading it, I can watch that too. Continue reading

Nightshade – Can a fragile human change Calla’s destiny?

nightshadeTitle:  Nightshade

Author:  Andrea Cremer

Genre:  Romance, fantasy

Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade packs an entangled love triangle, an authentic heroine, and an intoxicating wolf pack into 452 thorough pages.

Who are the characters?

Calla is the main protagonist. She is a passionate and tender wolf in Ren’s pack.

Shay is a human. He is courageous and bold, but he can be gentle and persistent with Calla.

Ren is the alpha wolf and the intended mate for Calla. He is popular, charismatic, and flirty; but he struggles to show his affection.

3-sentence summary
Calla has a destiny – she knew she was going to graduate high school with her future mate, Ren, living their ecstatic lives together; but this beautiful human in front of her disrupts everything she carefully planned. Calla questions her freedom, love, and fate as Shay weakens her soul with every step he takes. How can this fragile human change her destiny?

Should I read this?
If you’re a hopeless romantic who enjoys a detailed love story, Nightshade is definitely the right book to read! You’ll be dragged into the alpha world within pages and I promise you will not be disappointed by the heated romance that develops over every chapter.

Teen Reviewed: Born Wicked

Born WickedTitle:  Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles: Book 1)

Author:  Jessica Spotswood

3-Sentence Summary: Cate Cahill and her sisters, Maura and Tess, are witches living under the Brotherhood, a theocracy that seeks to destroy them. They are also the subjects a prophecy that foretells their potent powers will either perpetuate or topple the hierarchy of corrupt, misogynistic priests. But in the process, one sister is fated to be murdered.

Six Word Review: Three witches, two loves, one prophecy.

I started reading because… it’s been awhile since I ventured into some YA Fantasy, and I enjoyed the cover. I kept reading because… there are some excellent plot twists.

Star Rating: 8/10. This book isn’t as exciting as I expect its sequels will be and though it contained some terrible tropes, there is some really imaginative content and unpredictable plot twists that keep it a page-turner. Minus two stars for irrelevant romances.

I loved… the consistent characters. I hated… the feminism without backbone. (It’s that girl character who’s like “I don’t need anyone I’m independent” but completely loses her mind over a fella… The coexistence of those two archetypes drives me nuts.) I couldn’t get enough of… the world and relationships Spotswood created.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted: Most Hard-Working.

On a deserted island, the main character would probably… miss her sisters but be totally fine with remaining isolated from humanity and being able to practice her magic without fear of being caught and burned at the stake.

Online Resources of Interest:

Grossly Oversimplified Romance of a Book Trailer

Author’s Website

Happy Reading!

–Maddie, 17, Teen Center Advisers


The Goddess Test

goddesstestTitle: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test is a novel that retells the story of Hades and Persephone. Kate enters the town of Eden with her mother, who is deathly sick. Her mother hopes for a better future for her daughter. So they move back to her mother’s childhood home.

Kate is alone, and she is starting a new school with no friends. Kate then meets Henry. Continue reading

Libraries are closed today…

So all the staff can learn and grow and team-build and stuff!  Fingers crossed, lol.  😉

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Book Shorts: Ripple

RippleTitle:  Ripple
Author: Amanda Hubbard
Summary:  Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teen, and each night she must swim, or the pain’s unbearable. She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. She soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse…at a price.

I started reading because… I was looking for a book to read and when I ran across this one and the description intrigued me. It was a book that was different, most books now adays are about vampires or werewolves but this one isn’t . . . it’s main character is a Siren!

I kept reading because… After a horrible accident Lexi is suffering and trying to learn how to fix her curse, but there seems to be no answer or cure, so she cuts her ties with all her friends and classmates.

But one of her old friends won’t have any of that, and Lexi starts to bring down her walls, especially when a new kid in her class offers her a cure, but at a pretty high cost. Will she accept the cure and the chance at having a life like normal teenagers or will she reject it because of the price she must pay to obtain that normalcy?

Six Word Review:  Lexi sings, people die, she’s cursed.