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Teen Book Review – Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane is a great novel about Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule’s search for Rachel Solando who went missing from Ashecliffe island’s hospital for the criminally insane . It seems that Solando managed to escape from a locked cell completely undetected by some orderlies playing cards and slipped past two guarded checkpoints. Swimming back to land would be out of the question for anyone other than the best swimmers, which makes her disappearance even more intriguing. While Daniels jumps at the chance to solve this case it seems like there might be an ulterior motive behind his enthusiasm. The island is a very interesting setting, as it contains 3 wards in separate buildings and the ever mysterious lighthouse that is quarantined off by heavily armored guards and an electric fence. Daniel begins to doubt the reality of his choice to come to the island as events occur that suggest his life is in danger. Shutter Island is a great novel that will surely take you on a roller coaster of emotions. With great mystery, and an intense horror movie vibe it is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. I would recommend the novel and rate it 10/10

Teen SRC 2020 – The Lost by Natasha Preston

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In The Lost by Natasha Preston, a group of teens had recently been missing for the over a year, and more are disappearing one by one. No one even gave a second look to it as all the teens have been portrayed as runaways.
Piper and Hazel noticed a couple of their classmates have disappeared and on the way to uncover their tracks, the towns’ richest students offer the girls to hang out with them. These guys take them to their privately owned forest in the outskirts of town. Where they have an old, abandoned warehouse that they have renovated into a game room. They have the girls to leave their cell phones on the table as it was a social media free zone. The college students gave the girls a tour of the building, before revealing their true motive. Piper and Hazel are forced to enter a room only to find all the missing teens. Except now, unless they survive the mind games and torture, somehow get past all the security, escape without dying, and manage to stay sane, they will become part of The Lost.

I would rate it 9/10 and highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story filled with psychotic characters, mind games, and twists. The only thing I disliked about the book was the humongous cliff hanger at the end. It just irritated me so much that there wasn’t going to be a sequel.

Teen SRC 2020 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a captivating narrative regarding the moral ambiguities of science and the duplicity of human nature. Dr Jekyll is a benevolent, well-respected and brilliant scientist who meddles with the malevolent aspects of science, as he aims to discover and breed his depraved alter ego. He does this through transforming himself into Mr Hyde, a monstrous being who is unable to repent or accept responsibility for any of his heinous actions.

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Teen SRC 2020 – The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells demonstrates the power to transform the human body using advances in scientific achievement. The novel itself is an enthralling and entertaining tale of terror and suspense, and it is a significant Faustian allegory of the dangerous capabilities of unregulated and unbridled scientific endeavours many decide to embark on. The Invisible Man is able to endure as one of the most notable stories in science fiction, in which Griffin, a brilliant and progidouous scientist uncovers the secret to achieving invisibility, but his grandiose ambitions and the power he unleashes causes him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder.

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

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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- Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies

Thrilling, brilliant, fast-paced. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while.

Estalla Goodwin is no more. After she witnessed a brutal murder at her house in Philadelphia, Estella is placed into the witness protection program. Now she is Stella Gordon, an orphan who has moved from foster home to foster home for years. Stella Gordon is being fostered by a retired police officer named Carmina in a small town in Nebraska.

At first, Stella hates Thunder Basin, and everything to do with it; Carmina is too strict, the townspeople all hate jer, there is no nightlife… but worst of all? She can’t talk to her boyfriend, Reed Winslow ever again, because it might send the henchmen of the drug lord she’s testifying against right to her doorstep.

But then, Stella meets a boy named Chet, and as their friendship grows, Stella starts to feel at home in the one place she never thought she would belong. Despite feeling feeling like an impostor in her own skin, Chet is the only one who can make her feel like Stella Gordon — or Estella Goodwin, or whoever the heck she is — is worth fighting for.

It only takes one little mistake, though, to send the new life Stella has worked so hard to build crashing down, and lead the bloodthirsty criminals chasing after her.

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Teen SRC 2019- This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock

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This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock

Fast-paced, captivating, and complex. This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock is a unique and compelling take on your average mystery novel.

Seventeen-year-old math prodigy Peter Blankman has suffered from panic attacks ever since he could remember. He’s always afraid and nervous, but when his mother wins a prestigious award for her work, Peter is determined to be there beside her like a normal kid would be. And that is when, for the first time in Peter’s life, his worst fears are realized. His mother is stabbed and nearly killed, while Bel, his twin sister and the only person who ever understood him disappears, presumably kidnapped by his mother’s attacker.

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Teen SRC 2019- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Jake is a boy whose grandfather went missing. He eventually finds a magical world where peculiar children live and only peculiar children and hollows can enter. Hollows are monsters that can become more human-like the more peculiar eyeballs they eat. Jake finds out that his power is being able to see the hollows. I liked the book a lot because it was very descriptive and kept me hooked.

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 – Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice

Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice

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I enjoyed this book a lot but some parts were very scary even though it wasn’t the mature type of teen book. A book with new concepts really interests me and I had many friends suggest this book. It was certainly good but it was like half a horror story.

          Pretend She’s Here is a very dark story with quite some emotional parts inside. I did enjoy the book but it is very heartbreaking. There are frightening parts where it makes you tense up and urge you to read the next chapter. I would rate it 4 stars out of 5.

            Emily Lonergan and Lizzie Porter are the most loving best friends, they are almost like sisters to each other. Unfortunately, Lizzie Porter died of cancer and Emily and the Porter family were heartbroken. Lizzie was like Emily’s other half, while the Porters loves Lizzie dearly. Ever since Lizzie’s death, the Porter family has decided to move away and renew their life. The Porters are the only ones who understood how desperate Emily feels about Lizzie’s tragedy. Desperate enough to do something crazy.

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