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.
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.
Review by Karina, Rohnert Park Branch
Theodore Boone: Kid lawyer by John Grisham
Description: Theo is a 13-year-old wanna be lawyer, and for good reason. He knows the law more than most lawyers. He cracks open a case about to be ignored and lost. He works hard and proves his leads.
I picked it up because it was a gift.
I finished it because there were cliff-hangers like no other book, I HAD to know what happened!
I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a gripping mystery with a smart kid.
Review by Matt, Rohnert Park Branch
Three books by Tom Angleberger:
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Darth Paper Strikes Back
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
Description: Adventures of the students at Mcquarrie Middle School and their Star Wars themed Origami.
I picked it up because I read the first two installments.
I finished it because I felt obligated to finish the series.
I'd recommend it to any huge Star Wars fan, or a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan.