The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Staff Review – Maddie

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Request)(CloudLibrary)

This is the tale of a boy named Bruno. One day while exploring the grounds surrounding this new home, he comes to a fence and meets a boy sitting on the other side of the fence. A friendship forms that defies all odds.

Though a work of fiction, the story of two boys on either side of a fence is a common one that still occurs today all over the world. Boyne tells a moving story.

4 Stars

One of Us is Lying – Staff Review – Maddie

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (Request)(CloudLibrary)

5 teens serve an after school detention together. Bronwyn is a straight A student bound for Yale. Addy is the beauty queen dating the jock. Nate is on probation for selling drugs. Cooper is an all-star baseball pitcher. Simon is an outcast who created the highschool’s gossip app that everyone hates to love. When Simon dies suddenly in the middle of detention, all eyes turn to the only four people in the room with him. Everyone has a secret, but who is willing to kill over it?

Told from the alternating perspectives of Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper, this new YA thriller will keep readers on their toes until the very end. I enjoyed how the different perspectives added a level of curiosity for me especially as the book unfolded.

4 stars

Last night at the Telegraph Club – Staff Review – Maddie

Last night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Seventeen year old Lily Hu is trying to come to terms with the feelings she is developing for her classmate Kathleen. Feelings that come to recognition at the Telegraph Club, a lesbian bar that opens her eyes to another world she didn’t know existed. But in 1954 with the Red Scare of communism at its height and the threat of deportation looming over her family’s shoulder, Lily has to decide how much she’ll risk for love. 
Last Night at the Telegraph Club is a sweet young adult novel that shares the narrative of a young woman trying to find acceptance in an unkind world. 

3 Stars.

Little White Lies and Deadly Little Scandals – Staff Review – Haley

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Request) (CloudLibrary)

Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Four debutantes in ballgowns sitting in a police holding cell?  You know this is going to be a wild ride!  This first of the duology, Little White Lies, introduces Sawyer Taft, an 18 year old auto mechanic who gets a surprising visit, and offer, from her estranged grandmother.  What follows in book one, and two (Deadly Little Scandals) is nothing short of a whirlwind family saga with more twists and turns than a roller coaster.  
This was a nonstop read for me, finishing both books over a long weekend.  I just could not put either book down.  Swayer’s adventure into the daily life and routine of high society is laugh out loud funny and you never know what is about to happen.  I was guessing, wrongly, throughout both novels.  If you are a fan of CW TV shows, these two books are perfect for you.  

4 Stars

Dear Evan Hansen – Staff Review – Maddie

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Based on the Broadway play which is also being turned into a movie, Dear Evan Hansen is a story about how a misplaced note can alter the lives of many people. TW: Teen suicideSeventeen-year-old Evan Hansen doesn’t have any school. When a letter he wrote to himself as a homework assignment from his therapist lands in the hands of a grieving family, he is given the chance to feel like he belongs to something. But is belonging worth secrets and lies he’ll have to keep?

3 stars.

Shadow and Bone – Staff Review – Maddie

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Request)(CloudLibrary)

The once great nation of Ravka is surrounded by enemies and cut off from other parts of the world by the Fold- an enveloping darkness in which flesh-eating monsters hide in waiting for ships that try to pass through it, making any attempts fruitless.

Alina Starkov grew up an orphan and with no other prospects, joined the army . When her regiment is attacked while trying to cross the Fold, her dormant power emerges in time to save her friend from imminent harm. Once her power reveals itself, Alina is whisked off to court to train with the Grisha, other magically gifted warriors. But not everything in the Grishaverse is as it seems and with great power, comes even greater responsibility.

Without going too much into detail about this book for fear of spoiling details, I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone. Bardudo quickly pulls readers into the world of the Grishaverse and leaves you on the hook at the end of the novel, setting the scene for the sequel in a way that has similar elements to other dystopian novels but is also unique to Shadow and Bone. As a bonus, if you like this book and its sequels, Leigh Bardugo has other series set in the Grishaverse and Netflix recently made Shadow and Bone into a t.v. series on their site.

4 stars

A Pho Love Story – Staff Review – Maddie

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le (Request)

Linh and Bao’s parents have owned competing Pho restaurants across the street from each other for years. The two teens and their families have avoided each other at all costs. That is until a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao together and sparks start to fly. They wonder why it took them so long to connect before remembering their family feud.

A Pho Love Story is a fun ya rom-com with hints of a modern-day twist on the Romeo and Juliet-esk story.

3 stars

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Will the boys survive or will they perish on the island?

Ralph, a young boy, was with several other boys going home when their plane crashed on an island.  Now they must try to find shelter, food and water and learn to survive.  Will they make it?

 

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Can the world’s best detective solve a murder case before the last heir dies?

 

Sherlock Holmes, a detective from England, must solve a murder case with his colleague, Dr. Watson.  The case involves a hound dog who might be the cause of the murders, but it’s never been seen.  Will Sherlock and Watson solve the case in time?

 

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Fishing alone sounds fun? Well, it can be until something happens.

The time period is the 1940’s, in Cuba, near Havana. There we meet Santiago, an old fisherman who travels out to the sea in order to fish. But he has to battle a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. Will he win the battle or sail for home, empty handed once again?

 

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