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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 SRC 2018 – Etiquette and Esponiage by Gail Carriger

Image result for etiquette and espionageFourteen-year old Sophronia is a great trial to her mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees instead of proper manners. Her mother has never more desperate for her to become a proper lady, causing her to enroll Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But, soon she will discover that this is no ordinary finishing school her mother had hoped for. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s is a finishing school for everything. Sure, the ladies learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and esponiage… In the politest way possible, of course. Sophronia and her new friends are in for a chaotic first year’s education.

 

Teen Book Review- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Fist things first: VICTORIA AVEYARD LEGITIMATELY CAME TO MY SCHOOL! My school’s librarian invited her to our school to launch her latest book :War Storm. But Red Queen - Aveyard, Victoriaanyways, she came to sign books and everything… but that’s not the best part! The best part is that Red Queen is my top favorite book!

This book is based generally on 2 types of ‘humans’. Those with red blood and those with silver blood. The Silverbloods have abilities unlike the Redbloods, who are treated as slaves continuously every day. But the strangeness doesn’t stop there! Mare, a ‘Red’ girl, finds out that she has powers to control and generate electricity. This causes a lot of commotion in the silver world, and hunters are hunting her down- alive, or dead.

I stayed up all night reading this book! I just couldn’t put it down! This book deserves 1000000 out of 10 stars! 😉

 

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 – 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 – The Door in the Lake by Nancy Butts

Image result for the door in the lakeWho would’ve ever thought that lakes could deliver you to another galaxy? Well, this author definitely thought so. I had heard of this book when my friends had been telling me about it throughout the summer. Or more specifically, one particular friend has been nagging me to read it.

I obviously gave in, and what do you know? It transported me right into the world of mystery and aliens! The first page, however, made no sense to me whatsoever, but when I read the next few, the details stayed in my mind rather than using it as a tunnel to go through.

The praises for the book caught my attention right at the start. After reading the blurb, I read the praises for it. (I know. I’m weird, reading the comments of the book and all). And what a surprise it was! I didn’t quite agree on every comment. Such as the one where School Library Journal said how the book was ‘Quick and Exciting’. It was definitely exciting, but I had to read the book over and over again to get all the details, so I wouldn’t exactly say it was ‘quick’.

Now that I’m done with the chit-chat, I will talk about what this whole book is generally about!

Technically, a boy named Joey was on a camping trip with his family, but he suddenly disappears in the real world. And re-appears two years later.

He hasn’t aged at all — at least, doesn’t seem like he has aged at all. But Joey keeps on having a runny nose, and memories of a light by the lake, so he goes to the lake where he disappeared, and encounters strange sightings.

I loved this sci-fi book, and I give it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Girl Meets Ghost: Ghost of a Chance by Lauren Barnholdt

This book was really exciting, because I really want some supernatural ability to see ghosts, exImage result for girl meets ghost book 3actly like the main character in the book!

As you probably already predicted, this book is about a girl named Kendall who can see ghosts, and they won’t stop nagging her until she helps then do any unfinished work, to send them on their way.

This time, she sees a girl named Lily, aka her enemy, Madison’s, dead sister. Lily seems nicer and (much)smarter than Madison, so she helps Lily find out what her unfinished work is.

But there are other problems that Kendall is dealing with, like her best friend hating her and her boyfriend breaking up with her; all because of ghosts.

I like this book, but I felt as if it were a bit too easy for my taste. I give a 3 out of 5.

Teen SRC 2017 – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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This book is set in the future where humans have solved all problems including death. Now scythes “glean” human lives to keep the population under control. Citra and Rowan were both chosen to be apprenticed to the Honorable Scythe Faraday and learn the art of  “gleaning.” Neither Citra or Rowan want to be a Scythe but the consequence for refusing is huge.

Teen SRC 2017 – Jackaby by William Ritter

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Jackaby is a mystery novel set in 1892, New England. Abagail arrives in New Fiddleham, New England in search of a job. Luckily she meets Mr. R. F. Jackaby who is in need of a new assistant. Jackaby is a detective specializing in unexplained phenomena. And when people start dying after hearing mysterious wailing Jackaby and Abagail must find the creature responsible.