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Teen SRC 2018 – Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars Book

Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars book is written by Sara Shepard

The third book in the Pretty Little Liars Book, the story picks up from where it last stopped. A continues to send threatening messages, planning to expose Alison DiLaurentis best friends for their secrets which were supposed to die with Alison. Spencer’s parents send her to her therapy, thinking it will help her feel better with all of the mysterious deaths happening around. Hanna wants to improve her relationship with her friend, at the same time look good in everything she wears. Aria wants to improve her relationship with her mom and her English A.P teacher Mr. Fitz. Emily wants to redeem herself in her parent’s eyes, by being the swim team captain and stepping in line with the family. Will the four Girls find out who is this mysterious A or will they be exposed, one by one?

This was a great book. I would rate this book a 5/5. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about drama, mystery, and thriller. This book had a good plot and I liked that it was written in the perspective of all four girls. This helped unreel the story bit by bit.

Teen SRC 2018- The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison

The Killer in Me

Long review short, this is an extremely addictive thriller about a girl who knows more about a murderer than anyone could ever want to. I loved the whole twisty plot of the book and it hooked me up by the first sentence! But the thing is, by the first paragraph, I was jumping at every little noise, checking my doors and windows, and locking practically everything that has a lock. 🙂 So. This book was really horrifying and awesome at the same time.

This book is about a girl named Nina who knows about the Thief. The Thief is a killer. Or, as the book says: ‘a death vacuum’. Nina knows how the Thief hunts, his killing methods, how he disposes of the bodies….and….I think that’s enough. Nina, after all this time, tracks the Thief (with the help of her former best friend, Warren) 2000 miles-to his home turf. But when she finally meets the Thief, the man she sees is nothing like the crazy psycho who is somehow ‘connected’ to her is a strange way. But then, as Nina gets to know the man more and more, she starts to wonder: is there even a Thief in the first place?

I loved all the suspense, and I was really surprised by the plot twists that were in the book. I recommend this book to people who are a fan of mysteries and plot twists! 😛

Teen SRC 2018- Breaker by Kat Ellis

Breaker by Kat Ellis

It all starts with a notorious serial killer nicknamed, The Bonebreaker. Quite original. I Breakerknow. But, things aren’t REALLY about this killer. This book is based on his son. Oh and:

¡EXTREMELY POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Okay. Now, from here on, read at your own risk. The famous ‘son’ I’ve been talking about earlier is kind of the ‘main character’ or this novel. But then again, not really. Kyle Henry is his…..name. But really, his name WAS Kyle Bluchevsky-son of a notorious serial killer named Robert (Bobby) Bluchevsky. But Kyle’s dad has been killed in a death sentence, and it only leaves Kyle himself and his mom. So, he changes school, name, and most of all, his life. But even after his dad’s death, he’s still haunted by his father in the creepiest ways possible. Not soon after, he realizes that he recognizes one of the girls at his new school-in a bad way. Her mother was murdered by Kyle’s dad. But the girl, Naomi, is very soon intrigued by Kyle’s mysteriousness, all the while immune to the fact that this boy’s father was the killer of her mother. But as they open up to each other, secrets float up to the surface.

I finished this 334 page book in one sitting from 8:30 in the morning to who knows when. I just couldn’t stop my hands from turning the crisp pages. The writing is incredibly gifted and she has a way of making her characters stay with you long after you are done with the book. I honestly don’t want to return this book to the library. I might as well buy a copy from Indigo! 🙂 Guys, read this! 😛

Teen SRC 2018 – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Cas Lowood has inherited three things from his father: the ability to see ghosts, a mysterious athame (blade) that only he can wield, and the job of killing the dead.

That was something his father did before him, before he was gruesomely murdered by the ghost he was trying to kill. Now, Cal travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and spirit-sniffing cat, following legends and local lore to destroy the murderous dead.

After moving to a new home, Cal searches for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood. He expected the usual: track, hunt and kill. What he found instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, who still wears the dress she wore the day of her murder in 1958, once white, but now dripping red with blood. And, since her death, she has killed anyone and everyone to set foot in her home. But, for some reason, she lets Cal live after ripping the person that dragged him in the house in half.

This story was creepy, scary, and I loved it. Not recommended for people who can’t handle blood and guts.

 

Teen Book Review- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Wow. Just wow. I Hunt Killers had me captured from the beginning to the end. I was I Hunt Killers - Lyga, Barrystunned by the author’s, (Barry Lyga‘s) choice of words. Throughout the whole book I felt as though I was walking in the protagonist’s shoes. This book is a about a boy named Jasper (Jazz) Dent who was raised by the world’s most notorious serial killer, Billy Dent. Ever since birth, Jazz was raised to kill, but now that he is 17, he knows that it’s not his destiny to be a serial killer. However, there are still flickers of doubt in his heart. Jazz never knows when he might slash out and murder… even if it’s his girlfriend, Connie. Billy Dent is no longer on the loose, but someone, going under the name ‘The Impressionist’, is following Billy Dent’s footsteps, and bodies are piling up… even faster than Billy’s kills.

Even though each page is more horrifying than the next, I kept on going, as if a strange force was willing me to go on. Along with the ‘I Hunt Killers‘ trilogy, the second and third books are: ‘Game‘ and ‘Blood of my Blood‘. One of my favorite book trilogies!

Teen Book Review- Game by Barry Lyga

Game!BOOK 1 SPOILER ALERT!

YES! I FINALLY FINISHED BOOK 2 OF THE I HUNT KILLERS TRILOGY!!! Book 2, Game, was just as thrilling as the first! Jasper (Jazz) Dent, son of the most notorious serial killer in the world, helped Lobo Nod’s police catch his father several months ago, but an unfortunate event has let the killer (Billy Dent) escape from prison. Now, Billy Dent is on the loose, more ready to kill, than ever. But that’s the least of Jazz’s concerns. Another killer, named the ‘Hat-Dog Killer’ has the Big Apple in a panic. When a determined NYC detective comes running to Jazz for help, Jazz can’t turn him down, but he isn’t sure if it’s worth it. He has already solved a crime… but can he solve another one… and risk getting caught up with the killer’s murderous game?

Throughout the whole book, I found each page hair-raising and thrilling. I definitely recommend this book (but read the first book (I Hunt Killers) before this). Trust me, you won’t regret it! 🙂

Teen SRC 2017 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Image result for miss peregrine home for peculiar children bookWhen I heard this title, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, my first thought was to watch the movie. But since I’m not a big fan of horror movies, I stopped watching it when I was halfway through. Instead, I read the book. Surprisingly, it was actually pretty awesome!

It’s about a boy named Jacob, who has a pretty interesting grandpa. Ever since Jacob was 5, his grandpa would tell him stories about monsters and unimaginable creatures. When Jacob turned 7, he thought those stories were a figment of the imagination and stopped believing them. Now that he’s 16, he’s forgotten all about his childhood stories. One day, his grandfather calls Jacob and tells him that something is chasing him, and warns Jacob not to come to his house, or Jacob will become a victim as well. Jacob, however, thinks that his grandfather is just drunk, so he and his friend, Ricky, drive to Jacob’s grandfather’s house… and find it empty.

Jacob, worried, goes searching in the woods and finds a trail of fresh blood. And the trail leads to his grandfather. Thankfully, his grandfather was alive enough to tell Jacob one last message: “Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. Sep. Third 1940. Emerson. The letter.” Jacob just nodded. Then, Jacob saw a horrifying creature with tentacles sticking out of its mouth. Then, all went black. A couple of years after Jacob’s grandfather’s death, Jacob finally worked out what his grandpa’s last words meant. He was to go to the house for Peculiar Children.

I was really scared for Jacob when he ventured into the monster-filled woods alone, because like Miss Peregrine mentions in the book, monsters can lurk anywhere, at any time. I feel that Jacob should’ve been more careful when he was helping his peculiar friends awaken the dead, since he seems the most ‘ordinary’ of them all, and he can’t afford to lose his life at such a young age.

If I were the author, I would change the part where Jacob found his grandpa’s body in the woods almost instantly, because it would seem much more suspenseful, if Jacob had seen the monster, then blacked out.

I recommend this book to people who haven’t seen the movie because I usually like to read the book then compare it to the movie. It just seems much more fun than watching the movie, then reading a book that is almost the same, when you know what everything in the book looks like already. I give the book a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – School of the Dead by Avi

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This book is really intriguing, especially when I read the first two sentences: ‘The first time Uncle Charlie came to live with us he was alive. The second time, he was dead’. That really freaked me out for a moment, because I would never want to be involved with ghosts, and when I say never, I mean it!

Even though I’m not a big fan of creepy stories, I decided to give this one a try. I mean, the title sounds interesting enough! Now that I look back, I realized that scary stories might just be my new favorite category of books!

 

Tony, the protagonist in the story, had never believed in ghosts, until his Uncle Charlie died, and that’s also when he started seeing him…or the ghost of Uncle Charlie. But there’s a lot more to the story. Before Uncle Charlie died, he transferred Tony to a school named Penda School. (At first I had thought it said Panda School). Anyways, then, Tony starts to notice strange going-on’s around the school. Most involving the supposedly dead son of the founder. But Tony keeps on seeing the dead boy, and a lot of dead people who seen more alive than ever, and when a girl named Jessica wants to be his friend, he’s not sure whether she was yet another dead soul-or worse.

I definitely say that this book is a must-read, but at the same time, I wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t a fan of creepy-horror stories. But for those like me who want to give something scary a shot, I would say, GO FOR IT! This is a great book and I would give it a 4 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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First off, this book is creepy, so maybe don’t read it at night unless you have a very strong mind. By itself, the text is creepy, that wouldn’t have been a problem for me, but the author somehow managed to find pictures of all the creepy children and those just scared me half to death… with that out there, these are my thoughts on the book:

The book is about a different kind of people, people who are peculiar, as in they have strange and paranormal powers. These powers help them at times, but they also endanger them, for society does not cope well with originality and uniqueness. Apart from all this, they are also wanted by a group of monsters called hollows, who hope to eat their flesh and drink their blood for their own selfish reasons. Jacob, the protagonist of this story, is a peculiar, just like his grandfather, but because he spent sixteen years as a normal kid, he is very shocked when he meets his grandfather’s old peculiar friends. And weirder still, they are still children, as time has not caught up with them in their safe little time loop (a special place created so they live the same day over and over again) created by their headmistress, Miss Peregrine. I think it’s a very well thought out plot, and the pictures help in creating the specific mood for each part of the story. Kind of a mixture of fantasy, adventure and horror, but still a little bit of unexpected romance. Enjoy!! 🙂

 

Teen SRC 2017 – Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

23129410 Based on the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, this intriguing novel is set in the town of Night Vale, a friendly desert community in the American southwest where mysterious lights in the sky, government surveillance and unknown powers are part of day-to-day life. It follows Diane Crayton, a PTA mom struggling to connect with her shape-shifting teenage son, and Jackie Fierro, the owner of a pawn shop who has been nineteen for as long as she can remember, as a strange paper and a man in a tan jacket cause their paths to intertwine.

Being a fan of the podcast, I had high hopes for this book; and it didn’t disappoint. It’s rich with mystery and fantasy and even horror, but in the good-humored way that makes Night Vale so entertaining. Whether you’ve listened to the podcast or not, I have no doubt that anyone will enjoy this novel as much as I did.