Review by Kelsie, Central Library
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Joy makes her way through middle school and realizes the changes she goes through and learns how to control them.
I picked it up because I am in middle school. I thought it would be cool.
I finished it because I liked how it told the story in poems and it was easy to read.
I'd recommend it to girls in middle school.
Rated: 3 stars
Review by Kahsaia, Rohnert Park Branch
Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
#2 New Moon
#4 Breaking Dawn
Twilight: It is about a teenage girl going to spend time with her dad, but the only good thing happens when she falls in love with Edward, her schoolmate. They have to fight to keep their love and they will do anything.
I picked it up because it is about bloodthirsty vampires and I like dark books.
I finished it because it was very entertaining, it has action at every corner. It is a very good book for teens.
I'd recommend it to teenagers who like to read dark fiction and vampire stories, also to those who can handle drama.
Rated: 2 stars (for bad writing)
New Moon: As they seem to finally be at peace, Edward reveals that his family is planning to move. As Edward moves away, Bella starts to do dangerous things, almost drowning herself. Edward is informed that she had died so he goes to kill himself but she stops him, revealing to the vampires soon to murder him that she's a human. They decide that she must join them and become a vampire.
I picked it up because I had already read the first book.
I finished it because I try to finish every book I start.
I'd recommend it to teens who like to read dark, dramatic fictional vampire books.
Rated: 2.5 stars
Review by Rosalena, Rohnert Park Branch
Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Reached: Cassia, Ky, and Indie are now all part of the rising, including Xander. Though they are unsure of the plague, they protect one another.
I picked it up because I wanted to read the last book of the trilogy.
I finished it because the book was full of adventure and plot twists.
I'd recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian fiction or those who read Matched or Crossed..
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Peggy, Central Library
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is a young teenager who endures deportation and other horrifying ordeals during World War II. She is taken by Soviets in Lithuania.
I picked it up because I never knew about Soviet deportation and cruelty towards citizens of the Baltic States and I was interested.
I finished it because Sepetys writes beautifully and the action never stops. I had to know what happened to the characters.
I'd recommend it to teens and up who like historical fiction.
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Ian, Central Library
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wade Watts is trapped in a virtual world called Oasis, where his job is to tint an Easter egg that will make the real world better.
I picked it up because I like science fiction books and this one looked like a good one.
I finished it because it was a "page turner." It seemed like Wade was constantly having to fight different scenarios.
I'd recommend it to teens of all ages.
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Giulianna, Windsor Branch
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Alina is the Sun Summoner, chosen to extinguish the Fold. But once she begins her training in the Little Palace, she sees that not all things are as they seem.
I picked it up because this book was supposedly highly recommended and the magic incorporated in the book was new and interesting.
I finished it because Alina's constant curiosity for wonder kept the story moving and always surprising.
I'd recommend it to people who enjoy magic/fantasy books with some adventure, romance, and good vs. evil.
Review by Samantha, Windsor Branch
Rapture of the Deep by L. A. Meyer
In 1806 Jacky Faber is forced to travel to the Carribean to search for sunken gold for Britain. There she meets many people from her past.
I picked it up because I love the series and the slight dialect used in it.
I finished it because I got drawn in to the adventures in the book, and Jacky's unique personality.
I'd recommend it to people who like pirates and adventure books. It's not a boring historical fiction book.
Check out the other books in this series, too.
The Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Under the Jolly Roger
In the Belly of the Bloodhound
My Bonny Light Horseman
Rapture of the Deep
The Wake of Lorelei Lee
The Mark of the Golden Dragon
Review by Isabella, Rohnert Park Branch
Inside Out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai
For all her life, Ha has only known the comfort of her home in Saigon, its culture, and her friends. But when the Vietnam war reaches Saigon, Ha goes to America with her family. America is confusing and Ha's life is turned inside out – and back again when she starts to make some friends and settles in.
I picked it up because it won two awards.
I finished it because I liked the story. It was engaging from the beginning and had many details.
I'd recommend it to my friends since I know we all like the same type of books.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
14 school kids are in trouble when a massive hailstorm sends their school bus crashing through the glass doors of a chain superstore in order to find shelter. Escalating disasters cause the riot gates to descend trapping the kids inside the store. The kids struggle for survival while debating whether it is safer to stay or figure out a way to leave and find out what, if anything, is left of their families and the rest of civilization.
This is a super exciting book! The realtionships between the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 18, and their struggle to cooperate with each other in order to survive make an interesting human side to a story filled with natural disasters and chemical warfare. The story flows nicely and makes you want to keep those pages turning! This book was nominated for the Young Adult Top Ten books of 2013 and I think it will win! The story is followed by Monument 14: Sky on fire by Emmy Laybourne – I am planning to read that right away!
Review by Wesley, Rohnert Park Branch
The Deep (Dive #2) by Gordon Korman
Description: 4 divers named Dante, Star, Kaz, and Adriana find sunken treasure and can't hide it.
I picked it up because it was a prize and I wanted a treasure book.
I finished it because I like treasure books.
I'd recommend it to people who are involved in history.