Posts filed under ‘book reviews’

Teen Review: Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

phantomlimbsOtis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara–part drill sergeant, part friend–who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving.

Review by Jenna: This book was incredibly well done. While it wasn’t severely intellectual, I felt Garner crafted a beautifully heart-wrenching story. Though the plot was centered on more mature and often darker, difficult to digest concepts, it was written such that it is still very relatable and, consequently, enthralling. I literally couldn’t put it down.

November 14, 2016 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

LockMori“Before he spoke, I might have said there was nothing anyone could say to make anything better. But Sherlock wasn’t anyone.”

When a dead body is discovered in their local park, high school classmates James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes are drawn to solve the case. Sherlock looks at it as a worthy puzzle to solve, and as for Mori, well she wouldn’t mind trying to solve Sherlock. But as they get deeper into the case, Mori finds disturbing evidence that the case may be linked to her in ways that will change her entire future.

If you’re into reading or watching Sherlock Holmes themed books, movies, and TV shows,  you won’t be disappointed. Sherlock’s quirks and sometimes off-putting but still likable personality are woven into his character. Meanwhile, Mori’s inner turmoil can turn to the rage you would expect from the Moriarty character. I’d recommend it for mystery fans, Holmes fans, and fans of star-crossed lovers.

Katie3
Katie Clark
Young Adult Librarian

February 15, 2016 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

My Review of “Blood Will Tell” by April Henry

BloodWillTellIt’s the last day of Teen Read Week. But keep reading this month! If you can’t think of what to read, try this mystery, part of the “Point Last Seen” series.

Nick has always wanted to join the military, just like his hero dad, who died when Nick was young. To get there, he’s working with Search and Rescue to help find lost people, save people in trouble, and learn discipline and teamwork. But one case will change Nick’s life, when he goes from hero…to suspect. And when secrets come out about his own family, Nick doesn’t know who he can trust.

It’s been a while since I read a mystery, but I’ve read April Henry before and I know she’s great at what she does. This is in the “Point Last Seen” series, so if you’re someone who wants to read in order, go back to “The Body in the Woods.” I didn’t read that one, though, and it didn’t bother me to read the second book first.

I flew through this book. The short chapters and shifting points of view kept the action going. The mystery isn’t necessarily who killed the woman found near Nick’s house, it’s how Nick became a suspect in the first place, and how the real killer could be brought to justice. Nick’s Search and Rescue friends each have their own issues (Ruby’s social awkwardness; Alexis’ secrets about her home life), but they are there for Nick when it counts.  I’d recommend this book if you like unusual mysteries with forensic details, books with shifting points of view, and characters who show their loyalty when it counts.

 

October 24, 2015 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

EverythingEverythingMadeline and Olly have a great meet-cute through their bedroom windows…but that may be all they’ll ever have. Madeline is allergic to, well, everything. She’s got a medically approved house that keeps her safe and visitors from the outside world are strictly controlled. She’s never let herself want something from the outside. Until Olly. Now that he’s in her world, she wants to experience all the things she’s been missing. But what price is she willing to pay for her everything?

I really enjoyed the unique perspective Madeline had on life. This book will make you think about the risks you have to take to get what you want out of life. You’ll see that no dream is too big to try for, or too small to be important. There’s a bittersweet feeling to this book, but I liked that about it. Read Everything, Everything if you want romantic tension, characters who take chances, and a sudden twist that changes what you think you know.

October 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm 2 comments

Back to School

Back to school isn’t just for you guys, but for me, too! Summer reading kept me pretty busy, so I haven’t read as many teen books as I used to. But now that September’s here, I’ve got my homework just like you do – but luckily for me, mine is probably more fun! Check back soon for teen book reviews written by yours truly. Is there a book you want me to review? Comment me and let me know! Have a great start to the school year!!

September 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

You Pick It, I Review It!

May 4, 2015 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Spoiler alert! This is the sequel to Also Known As.

Safecracker Maggie is settling down into a more normal life after taking down the Collective’s enemy agent Colton Hooper. But nothing ever lasts in the life of a spy. When Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, she’s got to go rogue herself to find out who the real thief is…and who in the Collective she can trust.

My review: The great characters, laughs, and cool spy secrets are still here, but this book is a little more serious (getting betrayed and targeted by members of your own spy organization will do that to you!). Maggie meets more young spies and it’s cool to see her world open up to the possibilities of her talents beyond the Collective. Of course Angelo, Roux and Jesse are never far from her side. This fun series looks like it’s just getting started, so check out Going Rogue (and Also Known As) now!

Reviewed by: Katie Clark, Teen Librarian

 

April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Older Posts


About the Library


Winfield Public Library
0S291 Winfield Rd.
Winfield, IL 60190
630.653.7599
www.winfield.lib.il.us

Visit our other pages:
Book Lists
Homework Help
Library Programs - Register Online
Search the Library's Catalog

About Me

I'm your blogger, Katie. I've been working at Winfield Library for 12 years. If you have ideas about how I can make our teen services better, comment me or email me!

Past Posts

Where Are You?

Who's Visiting Us Now

  • 180,079 hits

Feed Me!


%d bloggers like this: