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Teen SRC 2019 – A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

A Taste for Monsters - Kirby, Matthew J.

A heartfelt thriller. Two words I never would’ve put together, but they describes A Taste for Monsters by Mathew J. Kirby accurately.

Evelyn is a young girl in 1888 London, trying to find a job in order to stay off the streets. But because of a disfigurement caused by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, no one wants to hire her. In desperation, she goes to the hospital. If they can’t fix her face, then maybe they can give her job. At the hospital, the matron tells her that she would scare the patients away, but that she might have another job that would fit her needs. Evelyn is to be the maid of a permanent resident at the London Hospital: the Elephant Man. Evelyn has heard stories about him, and is terrified, but knowing that this job is the only thing that would keep her off the streets, she agrees.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

‘Anna Dressed in Blood’ is a YA book about a ghost slayer and a murdered girl which came back as a ghost seeking for vengeance.

The protagonist, Cas Lockwood, is an eighteen-year-old (seemingly normal) guy with an unhealthy obsession for hunting down the ghost that killed his father when he was only a child. He is never affected by his decisions on which ghosts to kill, but that was before he met Anna. At first glance, he treats Anna as an average evil ghost. After (many) unsuccessful attempts to kill her, he starts to warm up to Anna, and eventually develops romantic feelings towards her.

However, this is a horror story after all. While Anna internally fights with an evil version of herself, she kills many more people (unwillingly) and raises suspicion around the town.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

“What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?” 

Fallen is about a 17-year old girl named Lucinda Price; Luce for short. When she was young, she started seeing these black things that she calls Shadows. These Shadows was the cause of the death of her boyfriend Trevor, which is why Luce was sent to Sword & Cross Reform School. On her first day there, she sees a boy. His name is Daniel Grigori. Luce can feel herself being attracted to him. Almost like… they’ve met before. But Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce and seems to actively avoid her in the beginning. But Luce feels the connection, and she thinks Daniel does too. Then, like your regular romance book, comes along another boy (ooh, love triangle!). His name is Cam and he looks like a delinquent. Black hair, and the type that all the girls would fall for. So why does he pay so much attention to ordinary Luce?

I think this book has a slow beginning, because it took me longer than usually takes me to read a book that long. There was mystery in it and you may not have expected the ending. Of course, this book is the first part of a series. In fact, it is also a movie! I give this book a 4/5 because of the slow beginning. The actual plot of the book was not bad, but I cannot give it 5/5 (also because nothing is perfect!).

There are 5 books in the series. 4 of the circle around Luce, and the fifth one is about Cam. There is also a novella.

Teen SRC 2018 – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Image result for shatter meJuliette’s touch is deadly. Ever since she accidentally killed someone with her touch, The Reestablishment has kept her locked up in a cell, trying to “fix” her. But, the world is dying too quickly for anyone to care about a seventeen year old. Food is becoming scarce, diseases are destroying the population, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. However, when a rumor of war spreads from among the survivors, The Reestablishment changes their decision. Maybe Juliette is exactly what they need right now. So, they offer her a choice. Choose to become a weapon… or a warrior.

This series is for anyone with an interest in any one of the tags I’ve listed. For lovers of post-apocalyptic novels, this seiries is especially great!

 

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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How can you save the world when you are literally your worst enemy?

Lily Proctor’s life threatening allergies provent her from enjoying many things normal teenagers take for granted. After getting permission to attend her first, and possibly last, highschool party, Lily just wants to enjoy herself. But, her life never goes according to plan, and she ends up humiliating herself in front of half her graduating class.

Suddenly summoned to a parallel world, Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences. She quickly realizes that what makes her weak in her home world is what makes her extraordinary here. In this world ruled over by powerful women called Crucibles, Lily must stop the worst and cruellest of them all: Lillian. But the problem is, Lillian is the one who summoned her to this world… and is also Lily’s identical other self.

Teen SRC 2018 – Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Burning Midnight

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

This book is about a boy named David Sullivan (Sully). He hunts for spheres-or, more exactly, orbs. These orbs are special-unlike the ones we normally call “marbles”. These orbs give you special powers if you press two to your temple. Better eyesight, more athletic, better hearing, etc. Sully is a sphere/orb dealer at a flea market, and one day, he meets a very strange girl named Hunter. She is a born sphere hunter, and has a special talent for finding them. The rarer the color of sphere, the better the improvement/power you get. Hunter and Sully power up, and they hunt for spheres-together. One day, they find a gold orb-a color nobody has seen before. But what does it actually do? With professional (not really) orb hunters on their tail, they don’t have time to figure it out.

I personally loved this book but I thought the ending ended too early. They found the orb about 3 quarters into the book, but the whole book ended about 3 pages after. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Well. It wasn’t so interesting at the end, but I loved the beginning! 👍

Teen SRC 2018- When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

When Life Gives You Demons

Lemons…..or Demons? Let’s see… I’d probably prefer…Lemons. How about you? Anyways, on to the book. I’m not sure how to summarize this book without spoiling, so: (It’s from the back cover of the book)

When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeyboum

“Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own. High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.”-Book summary by author

So….fun? Maybe? If someone asked me for true opinions about this book, I’d probably throw handfuls of glitter and confetti in the air then bring out a party cannon. That’s how awesome this book was!

Teen SRC 2018 – I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Aliens are real. Nine of them came to Earth to escape the disaster that happened to their home planet via spaceship. They may look like humans, talk like humans, but they are not like us. They have superhuman powers that we can only dream of. The nine of them have separated upon arrival, and have been brought up among humans, with the plan of growing, training, becoming strong, and finally fighting back from the forces that pursued them. But the enemy has already started hunting them. Three have already been captured and killed. Number Four must gather the remaining ones before they are all killed, and fight back.

I love this series so much! I became so obsessed after reading the first book that I just had to know what happens to John and Sarah’s relationship, as well as the other Gardes!!!

 

Teen SRC 2018- The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

I originally did not expect much coming from the author of the Twilight book series, because I did not really like the style of her writing in those books. Then when I found this at the library, I decided to read it (at the time I did not know who the author was) and I fell in love with this story. The characters were a bit basic, but the two male leads in this book leapt to life. I don’t know why, but they were both complex and written in a way where you could imagine them in reality. The protagonist, Melanie, was a bit of a bore to read about, but Wanderer was very interesting because she gave the world a new set of eyes, and shared her kindness with everyone.

(I watched the movie, and although it was almost completely faithful, so you guys can check that out also if you like the book.)

I recommend this book to those who like Twilight, or dystopian novels.

Teen SRC 2018 – White Cat by Holly Black

Image result for white cat bookCassel comes from a family of Curse Workers: people with the ability to change your emotions, your luck, your memories, and even change you into something else with just one touch. And, since performing Curse Work is illegal, all Curse Workers are criminals. But Cal has no magic. He is the only normal person in a family of conmen.

Lately, Cal has been waking up to find that he was sleepwalking. Haunted by a vision of a white cat, he begins to notice disturbing things happening around him, especially his brothers, who may be using him for their own purposes.

I really love all the books by Holly Black, and have read most, if not all, of her books at the library. This series was a great work of art, and I was hooked right from the start.