Teen Book Review: The Aviary

The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

The Aviary is a historical fiction novel about eleven-year-old Clara, and the mystery that revolves around the Glendoveer mansion.  Mrs. Glendoveer loves her five pet birds as much as she would with her own children.  But it isn't until Clara speaks to the birds, and they speak back, that Clara uncovers a half-century-old mystery.  With the help of her newfound friend, Daphne, Clara discovers all the secrets about her and Mrs. Glendoveer's past.

The Aviary's first hundred pages are hard to get through, but the book turns out to be really interesting and full of suspense until the end.  I did like this book, although it wasn't my favorite.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries or historical fiction.

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Book Spotlight: The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Review by Kathy, Northwest Branch

What would it be like if you couldn't hide your thoughts from others?

Young Todd is to become a man, soon, but has so many questions:  Why are there no women in his village?  And what happened to his mother?  What is so important about him "becoming a man?"  And why is he the only boy left in his village?

If you liked Hunger Games, you may enjoy this adventure trilogy.  Beings with The Knife of Never Letting Go, continues with The Ask and the Answer and concludes with, Monsters of Men.

I found the series which I listened to fascinating.

Teen Book Review: The Price of Loyalty

The Price of Loyalty by Mike Castan

 Review by Alex, Sonoma Valley Branch

Manny has just started middle school.  His friends and himself call themselves The Conquistadors.  Everyone calls the group a gang but Manny doesn't believe it until all his friends buzz their heads and then they start tagging and he buys drugs for them.  After two of his friends put two of his old friends in the hospital he must decide whether to tell the truth or keep his friendship.

Why I picked it up:  The book sounded interesting because I haven't seen many books about gang.

Why I finished it:  The book was really good and there was a lot of excitement.

I'd recommend it to:  I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read an unique book.

Book Spotlight: Flush

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Branch

Noah's dad has a reputation of going to the extreme.  When he finds that someone is doing something wrong, he takes matters into his own hands.  After finding out that a local gambling boat was illegally dumping into the ocean, Noah's dad sunk the boat.  And now he's in jail.  As a matter of principle, he won't post bail and this has made Noah's mom unhappy.  She's even threatening divorce.  Noah must help prove to himself, the community and his mom that his did did the right thing.

Why I'd picked it up:  I had read other titles by Hiaasen and thought his stories and writing were good, so I wanted to give this one a try.

Why I'd finished it:  The story was very entertaining.  I wanted Noah and his father to prevail and catch the bad guys.

I'd recommend it to:  Anyone who enjoys a good book with well-developed characters, a good storyline and a little bit of mystery.

Teen Book Review: Those That Wake

Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

Review by Alex, Sonoma Valley Branch

Four people are brought together at the lowest point in their lives.  Everyone they have ever known can't remember who they are.  Together they must find out why no one remembers them.  While trying to figure out what has happened, they come across a large mirrored building with hundreds of doors that lead to many different places and a man in a dark suit with no facial expressions that could answer all their questions.

Why I picked it up:  The book sounded very interesting and I wanted to find out what happened to the characters.

Why I finished it:  The book was very hard to put down and I wanted to find out what happened at the end.

I'd recommend it to:  I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a very suspenseful book with lots of mysteries.


Teen Book Review: Demonglass

  Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

  Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley

 Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series.  Sophie lives in a world where vampires, witches, werewolves, fairies, and demons, the most powerful mythical creature, exist.  Sophie herself is a demon, one of the few in the world.  After deciding to spend the summer with her dad in London, multiple assassination attempts were made on Sophie, who decides to do something about the fact that she's a scary and threatening demon. 

I enjoyed this book.  The book revolves around the teenaged-mythical-creature theme, but it was still fun to read.  I would recommend Demonglass to anyone that has liked fantasy fiction before.

Teen Book Review: The Declaration

  The Declaration by Gemma Malley

  Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

The Declaration by Gemma Malley is a futuristic novel about a world where no one dies.  Since no one dies, there's no room on Earth for children.  Children that are born illegally are called Surpluses, and are bound to a life of servitude.  Anna is a Surplus, and has lived her whole life thinking that she has a debt to pay off to Mother Earth, just because she was born.  Then one day, a Surplus, Peter, comes into her life, and changes everything about how she sees the world.

I loved this book.  I thought Gemma Malley created such a real world that you could see it happening.  The Declaration had lots of suspense, and turns in the plot that I didn't see coming.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys futuristic fiction.

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