Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton is an amazing story that follows a girl as she navigates throughout Washington D.C’s elite. The story follows Piper Baird, who is fighting for a prestigious journalism scholarship at an Academy for college. The story follows Piper and gives you an insight to her life, as well as into the ones from her school. Brodi Ashton does a great job of comparing and contrasting Piper’s life to those who are more privileged and don’t have to worry about money or consequences for their actions. She also does a good job of having a mix of different genres throughout her book, therefore opening her book up to more readers. If you like this book, be sure to check out more books like this on the library catalog by Brodi Ashton!
Reviewed by Emma Carroll
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a thrilling story of a young girl and her experiences. Mare Barrow lives in a world where you’re divided by your blood: Silvers vs. Reds. Those with the silver blood and powers have everything while the lowly reds are stuck with the worst of the worst. Until one day, when she gets her own special power. Forced to hide her true identity, she is ushered into the Silver society full of lies, betrayals, secret alliances and more. She quickly learns everything is not what it seems. This is an amazing dystopian read for all those who love science fiction and fantasy. It takes you inside Mare’s world and shows you her struggles and achievements. If you like Victoria Aveyard, be sure to check out the stories following Red Queen: Glass Sword and King’s Cage!
Reviewed by Emma Carroll
Students in Grades 9-12 can win a $10 gift card of their choice* in our Teen Read Week competition!
We’ve used Google to translate the titles from the 2017 Abraham Lincoln list into foreign languages. Guess which is which and turn your completed form with contact information in at the Adult Services Desk at the Harnish Main Library or at the Customer Service Desk at the Eastgate Branch Library by closing time on Saturday, October 15. The three entries with the most correct answers will win a $10 gift card—you choose what kind!
Entry forms can be picked up at either Library location or print one now!
*The Fine Print: If winning ties occur, three winners will be drawn randomly from those entries.
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
At first glance, The Kite Runner didn’t really appeal to me. I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes, you just can’t help it. Let me tell you that looking past the cover is the best decision I ever made. The Kite Runner is the most heart wrenching, touching story I have ever read. It uses history as background information to tie in with a beautiful, yet tragic story about a little boy named Amir and his best friend Hassan. Amir and Hassan grew up with the same surroundings, but lived in entirely separate worlds. Amir lived with his wealthy father, Baba, while Hassan was the son of Baba’s servant. Yet, they grew up as best friends. They loved flying kites together as a part of a tradition in their home, Kabul, yet they had their ups and downs, as many friends do. Unfortunately, as a result of a traumatic incident, Amir and Hassan were forced to part ways. This leads to Amir’s journey of forgiving himself for the incident and making up for it many, many years later.
This novel was so well written and I could not put it down. Hosseini used a lot of description to help visualize the plot and also used a lot of symbolism, which kept me interested. A true “roller coaster of emotions,” I’d recommend The Kite Runner to any young adult who likes historical fiction, along with stories about friendship and forgiveness, as it is a main theme of the novel.
Reviewed by Brina Patel
Firstlife by Gena Showalter is a science fiction/fantasy novel full of surprises and cliff-hangers that keep you wanting more. The story follows a girl named Tenley, who has to decide where she wants to spend the rest of her life. Both sides (or realms) want Ten on their side as they believe she is destined for greatness. This is a stunning story following Tenley as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime to decide where her fate will lie and she chooses the path she wants to go down. This is a wonderful story for people who love suspense with romance intermixed. If you like this author be sure to look for new books by Gena Showalter.
Reviewed by Emma Carroll.