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Teen SRC 2019- The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

The Arsonist

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Deep, heartfelt, and riveting. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes was a long read, but worth every minute of it.

Molly Mavity’s mother killed herself by jumping into the ocean after they ran away from her father together. Molly believes that her mother didn’t really die, and now that her father has been sentenced to death for the fires that killed numerous people, she knows her mother will return. When a clue pops up in the PO box she has been checking since her mother’s supposed death, Molly will do anything to find the answers.

Pepper Al-Yusef’s life isn’t going that well. His father, who is still grieving for the wife he lost when Pepper was born, thinks that going fishing and bringing the fish back home to their aquarium will somehow bring her back. It’s been a long time since Pepper’s lasts epileptic seizure, but he still needs to carry his ugly, drooling seizure dog, Betrand everywhere. He’s also too scared to ask Petra, his crush out, and this makes him the butt of his friends’ every joke. To make matters worse? He’s failing school. If he doesn’t finish writing thirteen long essays for every subject he’s failed, he won’t graduate high school.

Molly Mavity and Pepper Al-Yusef are tasked with finding out who murdered Ava Dreyman, a girl whose death who helped bring the Berlin Wall down, decades ago. In their journey for answers, they learn to come to terms with their own pasts, and Ava’s story helps them finish theirs.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Desert Dark

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone

Deep, funny, and action-packed. Desert Dark by Sonja Stone was a compelling read, with many wonderful characters.

Nadia Riley would do anything to avoid school, ever since her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. The answer to her prayers present themselves when a man invites her to go to Desert Mountain Academy, a government-funded school for qualifying students because of her exceptional talent at solving codes. Nadia readily agrees.

At her new school, Nadia soon finds out that she hasn’t been accepted to a normal school. In fact, Desert Mountain Academy is a training camp for future CIA agents! She also realizes that she was chosen as a replacement for a student that died in a car accident, and is behind everyone else because of her late start. Some of her teammates don’t hesitate to point out that she’s dragging them down with her. Worst of all? There is a traitor at Desert Mountain Academy, and everyone thinks it is her. After discovering a few pieces of incriminating evidence in her room, Nadia realizes someone is trying to frame her, and she has to find out who before it’s too late.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This weekend I managed to finish Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and begin a little of the sequel, are you proud?

Summary (no spoilers, I’m not EVIL): This story takes place in a dystopian world where at age 16, everyone is given a surgery to make them incredibly pretty. After the surgery, they are taken away from “Uglyville” and into “New Pretty Town” to live. The story focuses around a girl named Tally who is just weeks away from her operation. Her best friend, Peris, has already moved to “New Pretty Town” and she’s left alone and ugly. One day when she’s sneaking into “New Pretty Town” to visit Peris, she meets another ugly trying to do the same thing: Shay. They become fast friends and soon, their operation day is coming up. Tally is super excited to finally become gorgeous but Shay is skeptical. She confesses that she doesn’t wanna turn pretty and is going to escape the city to a place where she won’t have to get the surgery. Tally grudgingly promises not to tell and bids goodbye, but the day Tally is scheduled to receive her surgery, she gets an unwelcomed surprise…

Thoughts: I’ve been meaning to read this book for SO long and I’m glad I finally got around to it because it’s honestly pretty good. There are many plot twists and a lot of mystery so you’re not reading through too much filler. The world-building is also better than I expected and I believe this could honestly be a possible future of our world. I wouldn’t say it’s AMAZING but I’d say it was a good read. Final rating: 3.5/5 (I feel like that’s a bit harsh but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on me). I’d recommend this to fans of dystopia, technology, science fiction and a little bit of mystery.

Teen SRC 2019 – Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Hey guys, I’m back from a few days of Summer School and boy am I glad it’s the weekend, haha! Anyways, I’m continuing to review the Heist Society series so this is the second book: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter.

Starting off, I think I forgot to mention this in my previous previews but every single book in this series is very short and fast-paced. This means that I highly recommend these books to you if you’re a person who’s even busier in the summer than the school year (like me :)).

If you haven’t read my review of Heist Society (book 1) I highly recommend you do so because it’ll help you get an overall feel for the book and you’ll come back understanding what I’m talking about. Just click here. If you’re back from there, read on for a short synopsis and my thoughts for this one!

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Teen SRC 2019 – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of the best mystery books I’ve read. The book is full of plot twists and it is impossible to stop reading. The narrator in this book, Dr. Sheppard, is recording this case as he is the helper of detective Poirot. Mr. Ackroyd is known throughout King’s Abbot as a wealthy guy, but he is stabbed to death a few days following the death of the woman he loves. It is fascinating to read how Poirot analyzes every piece of evidence and how he eliminates the suspects one by one.

Teen SRC 2019- Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Killer Instinct

Dark, suspenseful, and thrilling. Killer Instinct by S.E. Green is a murder-mystery novel, and a thriller.

Lane is an average seventeen-year-old teenager. She has a mother, a step-father, and a half-brother, all of whom she adores. Her half-sister? Not so much, but again, that’s normal. She volunteers at the local animal shelter, and has a favourite puppy there. Like I said, normal. Except… not really.

Lane has urges; strong and dark impulses to violently hurt people who’ve wronged her, or others. She doesn’t know what made her this way, but she doesn’t know how to be any other way. Lane controls these impulses by delivering justice to criminals who have evaded the law. She follows them until she is sure they committed the crime, and then… they pay for what they have done. She doesn’t kill them, but every time, she gets closer and closer to doing so.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Last Seen Leaving - Roehrig, Caleb

Last Seen Leaving is a mystery novel written by Caleb Roehrig. The mystery part of the novel is not as satisfying to read as I expected. Flynn, the main character, tries to figure out what happened to his ex-girlfriend who went missing. The storyline is a bit too simple. What I liked about the book is the self-discovery part: Flynn stops hiding his secret from everyone and accepts himself for himself.

Teen SRC 2019 – Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hey guys, first off, Happy Belated Canada Day! I hope you had some fun in the sun yesterday 🙂

This week I’m reviewing Heist Society by Ally Carter, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Her stories are always super action-filled and lately I’ve been reading A LOT of her books.

Summary (no spoilers, don’t worry): Heist Society is about a girl named Katarina (aka Kat) who has been training to be a thief since she was born, literally, meaning her first “job” (aka robbery) took place at the age of 3. She comes from a whole family of notoriously good thieves and therefore, the criminal life IS her life. However, Kat didn’t want to keep stealing anymore, so she conned her way into one of the best boarding schools in the world and ran away from the “family business”. Unfortunately, trouble just always seems to find her despite her efforts at a normal life…

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, it’s a light read and very fast-paced. I love the character relationships and her huge, crazy family too. To give you an idea for how much this story hooked me, I finished the entire trilogy in 2 and a half days. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone really, although I think it’ll appeal more to younger audiences as the topics aren’t very deep or serious. I’d rate this a 4/5 because the sequel and sequel to the sequel are way better because the plotline just keeps on developing!! Now what are you waiting for?? Go borrow it already!

Teen SRC 2019 – I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You; by Ally Carter

Hey guys, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual Teen SRC!! To start this year off, I’m reviewing I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

This is a book about an all-girls spy school and the adventures a few of the students have. The main character is a girl named Cameron, nicknamed Cammie, code-named The Chameleon because she can blend in very well with her surroundings. Her mother is the principal of the school and also a professional secret agent as are all of her teachers. I picked this book up at the Whale of a Book Sale expecting a cute little spy story with an unimportant plotline and some lessons about friendship along the way but I got SO MUCH MORE than that. The story is actually very well thought-out, captivating and intricate. This is a classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” because guilty as charged, I tend to do that a lot XD.

This is the first of a 6 book series and it is the lightest read out of all of them. In a way, it’s kind of like Harry Potter, the plotline just gets darker as the girls get older which means although the “cute little spy story” stereotype may still apply a little to this first book, it completely disappears as the story progresses.

All in all, I absolutely LOVED this book although it is not my favourite in the series so I’ll have to give it 4/5 stars. The one thing about this book is that it probably would not interest boys and is very much geared towards girls. With that said though, !SPOILER ALERT!, a boys’ spy school might exist as well :))

Teen Book Review – Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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I was originally going to review another book this month but then I remembered that I needed to return this book soon due to others having holds on it. Therefore, I’m writing this review now before I lose the book and can no longer skim through for the details. So, this month I read Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare; aka Book 3 of the Dark Artifices, a spinoff from the Mortal Instruments or better known as the Shadowhunters series.

To start off… This book is ENORMOUS. I couldn’t bring it to school in fear of having my shoulders fully dented by the sheer weight of this thing… I’d say the only other book I’ve read of this size would be Kingdom of Ash, from the Throne of Glass series. I cannot reveal too much of the plot since this is still a pretty recent release but I can say the Emma and Julian (the two main characters) have a lot to deal with in this book and there are actually numerous side plotlines happening throughout which revolve around the Blackthorn siblings as well as the Seelie and Unseelie faerie courts. A few new characters are introduced although not many deaths of old ones. I think I’ll stop here and give a rating: 4/5 stars. Not a perfect rating…BUT I have absolutely nothing against the plotline or characters or even the writing. I just feel as if everything was wrapped up a bit too perfectly to be realistic/believable for me. Other than that, I highly reccommend it :))