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Reviews written by Marathon County teens about books and graphic novels for young adults! Feel free to add comments and contribute to any of the reviews posted below.

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NOVEMBER 3, 2014
"Mara, Daughter Of The Nile" by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Rating: Good (4)

Mara, Daughter Of The Nile  by  Eloise Jarvis McGraw

I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating read; I truly did not want to put it down! The author did a wonderful job of developing the main character, Mara. I felt as though I was witnessing Mara grow more selfless and more aware of the needs of others around her as the story progressed.
This book takes place near the Nile river city of Thebes, the ancient capital of Egypt, and has several main characters, who I thought were very realistic. This tale is seen through the eyes of quick-witted Mara, a slave girl of 17, and then is occasionally told through the eyes of young Sheftu (one of Queen Hatshepsut's close nobles), who is a clever character and devoted to his King.
Overall, this book was quite enjoyable, with a satisfactory, yet unpredictable, ending. The author did a marvelous job of developing her main character and the plot. The only reason why I did not give this book a higher "score" was because there were several instances where I thought that one of the book's characters did something or said something that seemed "out-of-line" with their personalities. But, other than that, this book was very good, and I highly recommend it!

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"Mara, Daughter Of The Nile" by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Autumn H.

Categories: TeenZoneHistorical Fiction Character Driven

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Thirteen Reasons Why  by  Jay Asher

Before the story starts, Hannah Baker committed suicide. After the news of her death has spread, a fellow student from the same high school, Clay Jensen, receives a box of tapes. Curious, he listens to the tapes, and learns that the tapes were created by Hannah--just before she committed suicide. On the tapes, Hannah names and describes thirteen people. Thirteen people who contributed to her decision to kill herself. And Clay, for some unknown reason, is among them.
Afterwards, Clay spends a night walking around town, visiting sites Hannah mentions, learning about his classmates, and of course learning about Hannah herself.

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"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Suicide

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AUGUST 29, 2014
Attention Teens! Voting has started for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten!
If you have visited the TeenZone over the summer, you probably noticed our display of books that have been nominated for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten!  If you haven’t, check out the picture of the display.
 
Every year YALSA works with teens and libraries around the country to choose nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Teens read and nominated books for inclusion on this list.  Publishers supply books to teen reading groups.  After reading, the books are evaluated by the groups and a list of nominees is chosen.  All teens are then invited to read and vote for the books they think that other teens would enjoy reading. 
 
There is still time to read and vote!  If you haven’t had a chance to read any of the books, stop by the library and pick out one or two.  While our display was pretty empty during the summer months, it’s started to fill back up.  Is there a title you’re interested in, but it’s not there?  You can also request a specific book using your smart phone or tablet by scanning the QR code for the book.  You can also stop by our reference desk and ask our friendly staff members to help you request a book. 
 
The voting has started and will continue throughout the month of September, ending on October 18.  You can see a list of nominees here.

You can vote for your favorite book here.

There are also signs in the TeenZone with a QR code that will link you to the voting as well as book trailers for all of the nominees.  Read and vote and look for the results in late October. 

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Julie Kinney / Library Services

Categories: Teen Zone Award winners

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AUGUST 28, 2014
"City Of Bones" by Cassandra Clare

Rating: Excellent! (5)

City Of Bones  by  Cassandra Clare

Have you ever seen something that nobody else has seen? A person who is apparently invisible to everybody except you, or a stranger whose eyes have no pupils? Clary Fray has. At the age of fifteen, she is pulled into the world of the Shadowhunters. On a wild and fun night out with her best friend Simon, she encounters a murder in the supply closet of a dance club. She stops it before death occurs, only to find out that the people are not quite human. They are the warriors, fighting demons. Clary brings Simon to see them, but when she shows him the warriors, he cannot see them.

From that point on, Clary's normal life is interrupted and she is pulled into a treacherous journey of love and loss. Her past is an avalanche of lies, and the peaceful world she lives in is ripped in two. She has to make choices. Which path should she take? Normal or extraordinary?

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"City Of Bones" by Cassandra Clare

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Victoria H.

Categories: TeenZoneFantasy Romance

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AUGUST 28, 2014
"Love Letters To The Dead " by Ava Dellaira

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Love Letters To The Dead   by  Ava Dellaira

Love Letters To The Dead was an excellent book. The writing style was unique, as displayed in letters. The book started off with an English assignment given to the main character, Laurel. She had to write a letter to a dead person. While the assignment seemed rather boring, Laurel was touched by it because a death had occurred in her family. She decided to write the letter to a musician whom the dead family member loved. From there, the assignment spiraled out of control. Instead of turning the work in, Laurel began to use it as her journal. Through this journal, we see the journey she takes to overcome the depression that has kicked in after the unexpected death. Or was it even unexpected? While Laurel experiences first love, weird and quirky friends, and love for music, we all begin to wonder how this loved one died. Was it was truly unexpected? Or was there a way to stop it?

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"Love Letters To The Dead " by Ava Dellaira

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Categories: TeenZoneCharacter DrivenRealistic Fiction

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AUGUST 26, 2014
"The Story Of Us" by Deb Caletti

Rating: Good (4)

The Story Of Us  by  Deb Caletti

Cricket is on the verge of change, which scares her. She just graduated from high school, her mother is (hopefully) getting remarried, she is meeting her soon-to-be stepsisters, and her dog is getting old. All this, plus she may have made a huge mistake with her boyfriend. Throughout the book, we learn more about Cricket and Janssen's relationship, and her mom's previous relationships. In the week leading up to the wedding, can anything go right?
This was a good book, but it wasn't anything spectacular. Some things seemed way too fake, but the message behind the book was a good one.

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"The Story Of Us" by Deb Caletti

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Marissa H.

Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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AUGUST 12, 2014
"The Giver" by Louis Lowry

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Giver  by  Lois Lowry

Jonas lives a 'perfect' world. There is no hunger, pain, or sickness. Everyone's life is determined and at the age of 12 they are assigned to their careers. However, Jonas's assignment does not go as he planned to and now he is with the Giver. Soon Jonas learns that his world is not perfect.

The Giver is a really enjoyable and I recommend it for all ages.

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"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Temi B.

Categories: TeenZoneDystopian Novels

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AUGUST 5, 2014
"Divergent " by Veronica Roth

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Divergent   by  Veronica Roth

I don't understand how this book stands out from other dystopian novels. Maybe it's because there isn't a love triangle. Our heroine has to fall in love nonetheless.

Another thing I don't understand is why exactly Tris chooses Dauntless over any of the other factions. She doesn't say beforehand anything that would make us understand why she joined a faction for the brave over faction of peace or honor.

Furthermore, Tris is an extremely distant and cold character. She states how much she loves her family but it never really feels like she does.

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"Divergent " by Veronica Roth

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Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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AUGUST 5, 2014
"Every Day " by David Levithan

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Every Day   by  David Levithan

Every Day tells the story of A, a genderless person who wakes up everyday in a different body of somebody who is their age and has to navigate the day with their issues.
A falls in love with a girl and every days tries their best to find and meet her.

Every Day is a wonderful that shows the struggle of different peoples lives and the different types of love that can happen.

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"Every Day " by David Levithan

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy

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JULY 31, 2014
"The Fortunes Of Indigo Skye" by Deb Caletti

Rating: Good (4)

The Fortunes Of Indigo Skye  by  Deb Caletti

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye is about just a typical teenager working as a waitress. Just a typical teenager until she is given a HUGE tip. 2.5 million dollars huge. Will the money change her?
I liked this book. I liked the main character. I liked her, that is, until she got the money. It completely changed her. Luckily the ending made me smile, otherwise I would probably be saying I hated this book.

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"The Fortunes Of Indigo Skye" by Deb Caletti

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction

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JULY 31, 2014
"Hate List" by Jennifer Brown

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Hate List  by  Jennifer Brown

Hate List by Jennifer Brown is one of the best book I've read. The premise is about a girl whose boyfriend went on a shooting spree at their high school, targeting people that was put on their hate list. A hate list she helped created. Now after choosing to continue her senior year at the same school, Valerie must deal with the aftermath of everything.

Jennifer Brown manages to make readers feel extreme sympathy for Valerie and the ending will leave readers sad yet happy.

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"Hate List" by Jennifer Brown

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction School Shooting

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JULY 30, 2014
"Matched" by Ally Condie

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Matched  by  Ally Condie

Matched has a very good premise: a dystopian world where the Society is in charge of everything. There is a ceremony where young adults are matched with person the society deems them the most compatible with.

However, any chance of good world building is marred by, once again, a love triangle between the main character, Cassia, her best friend, who she is matched with, and a mysterious stranger.

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"Matched" by Ally Condie

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Categories: TeenZoneDystopian Novels

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JULY 30, 2014
"Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Revolution  by  Jennifer Donnelly

When you first read the synopsis, you think to yourself there is no way you can feel any sympathy for the main character, Andi Alpers. She is a girl who was brought up in a privileged society in Brooklyn and now is being whisked away to Paris in order to stay with her father. However, soon you start to feel sympathy for her and what she has been through.

You are also taken back to the French Revolution to experience the life of Alexandrine Paradis who soon start to admire.

Revolution is a wonderful written book that manages to weave together two girls from different centuries in a manner that will keep you hooked until the end of the book.

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"Revolutioin" by Jennifer Donnelly

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Categories: TeenZoneHistorical Fiction Character Driven

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JULY 23, 2014
"Four" by Veronica Roth

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Four  by  Veronica Roth

This novel tells the significant events from the Divergent series from the perspective of Tobias Eaton, Tris's initiation instructor and boyfriend. Although it kept my attention, I feel as though I didn't learn anything new about the series from reading this book. Instead, I thought it just repeated the original books in a faster, less detailed way.

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"Four" by Veronica Roth

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Categories: TeenZoneBooks to MoviesDystopian Novels

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JULY 15, 2014
"The Last Summer (Of You And Me)" by Ann Brashares

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Last Summer (Of You And Me)  by  Ann Brashares

After being away for three years, Paul finally visits Riley and Alice at the beach where they used to live every summer as children. Life isn't just fun and games anymore, however, since the three have split up and grown their separate ways. Can Paul, Riley, and Alice get through their ever-growing differences and repair their broken bond of friendship?

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"The Last Summer (Of You And Me)" by Ann Brashares

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction

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JULY 15, 2014
"The Infinite Moment Of Us" by Lauren Myracle

Rating: Good (4)

The Infinite Moment Of Us  by  Lauren Myracle

Wren Gray is a parent-pleasing high school student who should be preparing to go to Emory in the fall. Charlie Parker is working at his foster father's shop while trying to get over his painful past. When their paths collide, the two teenagers fall head over heels for one another. But Wren has decided to make her own decisions about her future for once, and Charlie's ex-girlfriend threatens to reveal his darkest secrets. Will Wren and Charlie find a way to be together through it all?

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"The Infinite Moment Of Us" by Lauren Myracle

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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JUNE 24, 2014
"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Dorothy Must Die  by  Danielle Paige

The world of Oz is much different than the world you read about in the books or saw in the movies. In "Dorothy Must Die," another girl from Kansas is swept away to the land of Oz, where magic is a natural resource, much like oil, and the evil queen Dorothy needs to be stopped before she takes all the magic and becomes invincible. Amy must become an assassin for an underground organization to stop Dorothy from completely wrecking Oz.
Featuring cliche characters that are neither likable nor memorable, mediocre world building, and a slightly dull plot line, "Dorothy Must Die" is an average story at best. Good to read when you have nothing better go do, but not recommended under any other circumstance.

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"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ann S.

Categories: TeenZoneFantasy Classics

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JUNE 12, 2014
"The Treatment" by Suzanne Young

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Treatment  by  Suzanne Young

After Sloane and James have escaped the Program, they are on the run from those who want to make sure no one finds out that the Program isn't perfect. The suicide epidemic is escalating, but when Sloane and James realize they hold the power to shut down the program, will they risk their lives to do so? This book was just as riveting as the first novel in the series!

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"The Treatment" by Suzanne Young

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Anna J.

Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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APRIL 30, 2014
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Catching Fire  by  Suzanne Collins

The second book in Collin's The Hunger Games trilogy is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor.
Even though Katniss Everdeen survived the 74th Hunger Games, she's still in danger. The Capitol lies on shaky ground. Any sign of rebellion can lead to a full-blown uprising. To keep herself and those she cares about out of danger, she needs to pose as a love-struck girl, infatuated with Peeta Mellark, a fellow survivor. But the Quarter Quells are coming, and the Capitol can't afford any rebels.
Will Katniss survive? Will the country be liberated? Find out in this thrilling novel.

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"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

Add a comment  (0 comments) posted by Ann S.

Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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APRIL 25, 2014
"The Tyrants" by Clive Foss

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Tyrants  by  Clive Foss

From some of the most brutal and corrupt to weirdest and ones with plans to help that would cost lives with no remorse, this book goes through some of histories mistakes and blunders to reveal what happens when we make mistakes and what will happen if we don't learn from them. 5 out of 5 for being incredibly informative, interesting and gripping.

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"The Tyrants" by Clive Foss

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Categories: TeenZoneNon Fiction

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APRIL 22, 2014
"The Book Thief " by Markus Zusak

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Thief   by  Markus Zusak

"Here's an interesting fact: You are going to die."
It's when Death is collecting her brother, he sees the Book Thief for the first time. Being busy (as you can imagine), he would've normally just dismissed the girl and moved onto his work. But Liesel Meminger does something that demands his attention. At least for a moment. She steals a book, even though she is unable to read or write.
Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief spins a story that made me cry on a populated bus. If you haven't read it, it's time to hit the library. If you have, it's time to pick it up and read it again!

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"The Book Thief " by Markus Zusak

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy

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