I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Jasper (Jazz) is the son of the worst serial killer that has ever been recorded, Billy Dent. Unfortunately for him, his father raised him with all the knowledge that a serial killer needs – how to use any kind of weapon, how to select and lure a victim away, how to pick locks and insure privacy for committing torture and murder. Jazz tries to prove to himself and society that he is just another normal teenager but he can’t get his father’s crimes out of his head and his worst fear is that he might turn out just like his dad. Billy has been in jail for years, but when the killings start up again in his hometown, Jazz tries to help the police catch the culprit, even when it requires him to confront his father in prison.
The book is exciting and fast-paced although the content is quite disturbing in parts. The discussion of torture and murder, while not terribly graphic, is certainly enough to give the reader the creeps. Jazz is a very likeable character and readers will find themselves rooting for him to succeed! I get the feeling that this book might turn into a series and I will be looking for future installments to find out what happens to Jazz and how many more killers he will catch.
This book was nominated for the Teen Top Ten of 2013!
A big thank you to all who participated in the Teen Summer Reading program this year! Some branches have raffle winners already! Here are the Kindle winners so far:
Melissa at the Healdsburg Branch
Scott at the Northwest Branch
Natalie at the Guerneville Branch
Congratulations to our winners!
Review by Caroline, Northwest Branch
Count Karlstein by Phillip Pullman
Two girls find they are at the danger of being devoured by the horrifying demon Zamiel. It's up to their friends and whoever will believe them to make sure that Zamiel doesn't touch the girls. But the evil Count Karlstein's plot may be too much for this ragtag team.
I admire the author for being able to tell a story from different perspectives, without being confusing. Not to mention it still being a marvelous, creative novel.
I recommend Count Karlstein to people who like books about people. Because most of all this book is about how the people develop both the mental and physical strength to save lives. Fantasy lovers will fall in love with this novel, too.
Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch
The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Although his uncle had been labeled as disrespectful by some, Frodo has led a quiet and uneventful life as a good hobbit should, in the Shire. When his uncle leaves and gives all of his belongings to Frodo, the great wizard Gandalf tells Frodo the story of a simple object that Frodo now has: the ring. Endangered, Frodo travels to Rivendell to discuss what should be done with the ring. There, the fellowship, consisting of men, elves, dwarves, and hobbits; forms.
Although this book was slow and took awhile to read, I ended up loving it. The depth the story is told with, the social commentary, the fantasy aspect was absolutely amazing. In my opinion, this book is much more enjoyable read slowly to fully understand and think about the story and the concepts. One of the few books where I saw the movie first, I was not disappointed. While they are different in many ways, I prefered the book, but still believe Peter Jackson did it justice.
Review by Nayo, Rohnert Park Branch
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August Pullman has never gone to school due to his "deformed" face. Now he decides to enter a school. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.
I picked it up because it was a recommendation.
I finished it because the author changed point of views, changed emotion, and wrapped the ending up beautifully.
I'd recommend it to people with low self-esteem.
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Matt, Rohnert Park Branch
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Three people try to make a difference about the colored help in Mississippi.
I picked it up because I had seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I finished it because it was funny and dramatic.
I'd recommend it to everyone.
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Casey, Rohnert Park Branch
Rotten by Michael Northrop
A 16-year-old boy comes here from his aunt's house towards the end of summer. He finds his Mom got a new dog. Now he has to learn how to get along with this new dog.
I picked it up because this book seemed like it might be neat to read.
I finished it because this book was a real page-turner.
I'd recommend it to any typical teenage boy.
Rated: 3 stars
Review by Natalie, Guerneville Branch
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
#1 The Alchemyst
#2 The Magician
#3 The Sorceress
#4 The Necromancer
#5 The Warlock
#6 The Enchantress
The Alchemyst: The first book in a six book series about telling the future, time-travel, and magic.
I picked it up because my friend recommended the series.
I finished it because I got so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't put it down.
I'd recommend it to 12 – 15 year-olds who love magic and adventure.
Rated: 5 stars
The Enchantress: The final battle for Earth and the legendary Island of Danu Talis takes place in San Francisco.
I picked it up because one of my friends loved the series.
I finished it because it was the last book of the series and it was so hard to put down!
I'd recommend it to 12 – 15 year-olds who love action and adventure.
Rated: 4 and a half stars
Review by Maccie, Rohnert Park Branch
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
#1 The Mysterious Howling
#2 The Hidden Gallery
#3 The Unseen Guest
Penelope begins tutoring three kids who were raised by wolves.
I picked it up because a librarian suggested it.
I had to find out who was behind the ruined Christmas ball.
I'd recommend it to Luke, my brother.
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Zoe, Rohnert Park Branch
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
#1 The Hunger Games
#2 Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: In a post-apocolyptic world, teen Katniss Everdeen is forced into an annual televised fight to the death.
I picked it up because I figured I would read it before I saw the movie. My Stepmom recommended the series.
I finished it because it was a phenomenal page turner. Once you start, you can't stop.
I'd recommend it to ages 13+. Definately for the sci-fi/ romance/ thriller book lover.
Rated: 5 stars