Teen Book Review: Time Between Us

timebetweenus Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone is an intriguing novel of love, fate, and impossibilities. Bennet has a secret. A secret he hasn’t told anyone. But he tells Anna. Why? Because they’re in love, of course. Worlds apart, they were never supposed to meet. But now that they have, there’s no going back, no matter the consequences. Bennet would give his life for Anna, and he might have to do just that.

            I enjoyed this book. It’s pretty predictable, but it’s still better than most teen novels out there. It’s a creative twist on a typical love story, and is very original. It’s one of those books that make you question your every move, as if stepping on a crack can affect who you marry. I would recommend this book to girls that like love stories, or anyone else that wants a pretty easy read.

Teen Book Review: Tiger Lily

tigerlily Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

            Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson is a spin on the classic story of Peter Pan. In this book, Wendy wasn’t Peter’s only love: Tiger Lily was the first. Peter isn’t the only thing new in Tiger Lily’s life. A white man has washed ashore the beaches of Neverland, and he has some very strange views on how the tribe should live their lives, especially wanting to change Lily’s adopted father, the chief. Tiger Lily is also promised to a revolting man on the island, and he has no intention of letting her go. Told from the view of Tinker Bell, the reader watches from afar as Tiger Lily and Peter fall in love and grow up.

            I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a creative retelling of Peter Pan, and loved the new things that were imagined in this version. It was told really well with cliffhangers and speculation in every page. I would recommend this book to people that like love stories, coming of age stories, or just like good books. I can guarantee that by the last page you will be wishing you could go to Neverland yourself.



Hoop Dancing in Healdsburg

More hoop dancing coming up next Tuesday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 30 in Healdsburg from 4 to 5.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn some great moves and tricks to impress your friends and family!



Teen T-Shirt Recycling at the Rohnert Park Library

Make sure you pre-register at the children's desk for this fun, crafty program where you make a new t-shirt out of an old one.  Bring one to recycle or use one of ours.  The program is at 4 PM on Friday, April 19th. We hope to see you there!



Earth Day recycled crafts

Come show your love for our planet Earth by making crafts out of recycled materials at Rincon Valley's teen lounge on Thursday, April 18 from 3:15 to 4:30.



Teen Book Review: Irish the Demon Slayer

Irish the Demon Slayer by C.T. Markee
Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

Irish Kehoe is just spending the summer with his friends when his little sister Kathy is kidnapped. Irish and his best friends, Streak and Huff, must now go to a world of Celtic mythology to save Kathy. There Irish and his friends find allies in the Sidhe, Cuchulain, and other famous Celtic heroes. They then go on a quest to save Kathy and defeat the evil Abaddon, king of the demons.

We all know about Greek mythology, thanks to Percy Jackson, but few people have read about Celtic mythology. I am not that familiar with Celtic mythology either, but Irish the Demon Slayer definitely exposed me to it. I really enjoyed this book, with exciting plot twists and believable characters you could relate to. I had the pleasure of talking to the author, who is a local Santa Rosa author and this is his debut novel. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn more about Celtic mythology or are just looking for a fun read!

Hoop Dance in Healdsburg

Be sure to attend the hoop dancing classes at the Healdsburg Regional Library starting next Tuesday, April 16th.  It's sure to be lots of fun!



Num8ers series by Rachel Ward


     Book 1 - Num8ers, 2010: Imagine having to live with the ability to see when anyone you made eye contact with was going to die.  This was the curse that kept 15-year-old Jem from making friends.  Her mother died when Jem knew she would and since then, Jem has bounced around the foster care system never daring to get close to anyone.  That changed when she met Spider and fell in love.

    Book 2 - Num8ers: The Chaos, 2011:  15-year-old Adam has the ability to see death dates just like his mother.  He sees that many people will die around him in London on New Year's Day.  What disaster will strike on New Year's Day?  Can Adam save the people around him?  He knows he has to try to use his gift for the greater good.

    Book 3 - 1nf1n1ty, 2012:  In the aftermath of tragedy in London, Adam is moving between camping in the wilds and refugee camps.  Adam has become quite well known from his efforts to save the people of London and, unfortunately, has attracted the attention of some people who wish to use his unique psychic ability for their own wicked purposes.



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Teen Book Review: Not Exactly a Love Story

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis is, despite the title, a love story. Vinnie is new in town, and by great circumstances he acquires a girl’s number. But not just any girl’s number, Patsy’s number, Vinnie’s cute next-door neighbor. He calls her that night with the total intention of asking her out, but instead he chokes and stays silent as she accuses him of many bad deeds. What started as a bad situation turns into a charming set of phone calls late at night where Vinnie and Patsy talk about everything, even though Vinnie is just the Voice on the Phone. But Patsy doesn’t like Vinnie in person, so how can he ever really date her?

I don’t usually like corny love stories, and I didn’t like this one. But, that’s just me. Not completely predictable, it does leave you guessing at times. I think it’s a cute story with a plot line that could potentially happen. If you enjoy love stories, you’ll like this one. Read at your leisure and enjoy the lives of Vinnie and Patsy.