This book is about two boys, Tyler, and Ben. Tyler is the golden boy, and he’s worshipped by everyone. But Tyler has secrets of his own, and they’re starting to show under the golden boy cover. Ben, on the other hand, is partially deaf. The only things that don’t make him feel like a freak are soccer and hanging out with his best friend Tyler. And then Ben meets Ilona. She’s kind of a weirdo, with blue 💙 hair, tattoos, and no friends. But ever since Ben and Tyler have been drifting apart, Ben doesn’t know what it’s like to be alone-and maybe everyone needs to hang out with a fellow freak now and then.
I loved the whole structure of this book, and although there were a few 🌈LGBTQ+ themes in the book, I don’t think the author addressed it very well, so if you’re sensitive in topics like that, I highly doubt you will enjoy this book.
So… I picked this book up because I read another review on it and thought it seemed quite interesting, now I’m finished and ready to give my own thoughts on it! When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn is a very quirky combination of “light read” but “dark idea”. The dark idea is that the main character, Shelby Black is an exorcist, and has been training with her uncle for quite a few months now about the art of expelling demons. The light part is that Shelby is still a teenager and is living a normal high school life, with a crush on her tutor and a cute and amazing best friend. I won’t go into detail about the plot but I really loved this book. Another good thing about it is that is not scary at all. I have a very low horror tolerance level so if it had been even the least bit frightening I would not be giving it such a good review. All in all, this book is a 4.5/5 only because I don’t think it’s a very good idea to mix such opposites into one story but Jennifer Honeybourn really came through, this book is quite an amazing read and I, personally, am definitely going to be trying more of her books!
Teen SRC 2018 – Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave A Circle Round is a book about a 14 year old girl named Freddy. She just wants get through her high school life but when a pair of reality-disobeying weirdos move in next door, life gets complicated.
This book is certainly strange. It starts like your typical high school drama book, slowly starts to add light mystery and supernatural elements, then completely flips everything on its head by adding something from an entirely different genre without warning! Now, you could see this as a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, this book could sound like it has no sense of direction, but on the other, you could see organised chaos(which I think is what the author was going for). But which hand is the right one, and which one’s the left? In my opinion, both kinds of people should read it.Read More
Sundae My Prince Will Come is a romance story with ice cream and ballet. Malie is a teen girl who loves ballet but her mother manages an ice cream parlor near her school. Her dream is to lead the dance in an upcoming production of Cinderella but her mother is doesn’t support her. Her boyfriend Ethan, cheers her on but with all the problems, she might not be able to continue her ballet.
An cute Italian boy moves to her school and he loves gelato ice cream. Alonzo and Malie made a deal: If Malie lets him work at her mom’s ice cream parlor then Alonzo will let Malie take free dance lessons from his mother who is a famous ballerina. So much is happening that Malie is losing control of all that is happening around her. Did she like Alonzo? If she does, what about her boyfriend Ethan? Will she be able to have the lead role in Cinderella?
I enjoyed this book very much, with ice cream and gelato, this story is much more sweeter. There are also more books by this author related to food and romance that I have also read. My favorite is this book so far in all of her books. I suggest this to romance readers around the age of Grade 5-7. I would rate this book 5 stars.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle is shipped off to Spence, a proper English boarding school, from India after the suicide of her mother. Her reception at her new school is a chilly one, as she is guilt-ridden over her mother’s death, and sometimes get visions of the future that have a weird tendency to come true. She also notices a strange Indian young man observing her following her around. But why? What does this have to do with her entanglement with some of Spence’s girls, and what will their trail deeper into the spirit world lead to?
I really liked this series (surprise! it’s another series!), even though it was rather confusing at times, probably because there were very long time gaps between the times I read the three books.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Setting: Opportunity High School. It all started off as a bright and beautiful morning, and all the students in the auditorium, listening to the principal drone on and on about a successful year. But in the course of 5 minutes, a shooter appears, and many kids and staff members lay sprawled dead on the auditorium floors. Nobody can escape, because the doors of the auditorium were shut firmly. The shooter, is not just any shooter. It is a former Opportunity High student, seeking revenge.
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However, I feel that at the end of the book when the killer committed suicide, it gave a negative lesson for anyone who reads it. But overall, I give it a 4 out of 5.
This story is a modern spinoff of Sherlock Holmes, based around the descendants of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
Meet Jamie Watson. A highschool student who never wanted a scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from the home of his late father. Who definitely did not want or expect to see Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who had inherited not only her ancestor’s brains, but also his temperament. They tried to avoid contact, but when a Sherringford student dies like a case straight out of one of the the Sherlock Holmes stories, with all the evidence suggesting that Jamie and Charlotte have killed her, the two must work together to clear their names and solve the murder.
I am a great fan to the Sherlock Holmes stories (and all mystery/ detective stories in general), and I was honestly so disappointed when I finished the book that there were no more short stories for me to enjoy. This series had some great “detective moments” that I will never get, and I think it was a great modern story of Holmes and Watson.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
A freak hailstorm sends a bus containing six teenagers , two eighth graders, and several kids crashing into a superstore, and traps them inside. This is followed almost immediately by a series of natural and man-made disasters that proceeds to destroy the outside world as they knew it. Locked inside the store, the group of kids and teenagers must learn to put aside their differences and trust in each other if they want to survive.
This book is great if what you’re looking for is a shorter type of survival/ apocalyptic novel to read. I enjoyed reading it, even though it’s probably directed towards younger teens (12-13?). If you liked this series, I would also recommend “The Rule of Three,” which is slightly similar to this book.
It’s been a while since a good book has caught my eye enough to tear myself away from all the homework and all the rush of life, but this book is definitely amazing! Even though this wasn’t the paranormal novel I would prefer to read, I didn’t even miss the genre because there was enough of everything else to satisfy me. The novel was that well wrote!
Charlotte Reynolds, is known as Charlie, a sixteen-year old surrounded by a family of boys. Her challenges are seen when she struggles to just be feminine, when she begins working at a cute little boutique to be more responsible and pay for that speeding ticket she got! With something similar to a double life, she deals with it by having chats ON THE FENCE, with her neighbour and someone who is so close to their family that he practically lives at her house – Braden. This just leads to a lot of interesting events, which cannot be spoiled, but all I can do is urge you to give this book a chance!
On the Fence is a nice short read, that you will not be able to put down. Although it might seem a little stereotypical, the viewpoint and perspective of Charlie is so intriguing that it just keeps everything going. All the humor, the world of a girl struggling to be a girl, and all the drama that comes with three overprotective brothers is captivating. The storytelling sucks you in and has you cheering even harder for Charlie. It talks about regular themes in life that happen often that people can relate to, but makes it fun, romantic, and humorous! People who just want a short break and a beautiful story and plot with no sad ending will love this! It helps you keep up the optimism! Kasie West definitely deserves a huge round of applause for this book, and as a romantic who only wishes for happy endings, I enjoyed every second!
Read this book. Just do it. It will be a long, hard, and uncomfortable journey but I am also telling you now that you will not be able to put this down. Also, do have a box of tissues handy, you’ll need it, BUT, If you are sensitive to rape and animal cruelty this is not the book for you. No matter how much pain this causes me, don’t read it if you can’t handle it, because this is a dark and disturbing book.
The Female Of The Species by Mindy McGinnis is told from the perspective of three different characters: Alex, whose sister was raped and murdered; Jack, the popular guy who desperately wants to get to know Alex; and Peekay, the preacher’s kid whose ex-boyfriend ditched her for the popular girl Branley, and who now works at the animal shelter with Alex.
Alex knows something is wrong with her. In her words she “feels too much” and ever since her sister was reported missing and later found dead, her symptoms have worsened. Describing herself as a wolf amongst a flock of sheep, Alex struggles to contain herself. When the three friends meet at a party, Alex reveals her dark side, well aware of the danger it brings her and everyone around her.
This book is definitely up there with The Hunger Games and there’s a reason it’s in the RPL ten. I would recommend this book to older kids because of the profanity and the content. It is a novel centralized around sexual assault and murder after all. I would rate this book a 5/5. It was a riveting and emotional novel with down to earth characters.