Weekly Teen Book Review Roundup

Every week here on the Teen Blog, we’ll be posting a roundup of the previous week’s Summer Reading book reviews submitted by our KCPL teens. To find out how you can get your reviews posted, check out the Teen Summer Reading page. And stay up with what’s going on this summer on our KC Library Teens Facebook page.

And without further ado, the latest batch of book reviews…

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
"A lost princess, a queendom in peril, a young man out for revenge. The Looking Glass Wars is an epic adventure for a young person's mind. This book keeps you in suspense, not wanting to put it down, you must read on." E.W. @Trails West Branch

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks
"I enjoyed the plot more than the characters. Some of the characters are really annoying at times, but besides that the book is pretty interesting." A.R. @Trails West Branch

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
"Imagine having a long lost twin. Read this book and see what happens with them. Read about her journey, finding her twin and living two lives." C.J. @Trails West Branch

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives #2 by Ellen Schreiber
"Raven knows dating a vampire isn't easy. Alexander is trying to protect Raven as much as he can. Alexander's cousin is obsessed about the vials. The vials are liquids that can turn any half-vampire into a full vampire. Raven and Alexander fool Claude." J.T. @Trails West Branch

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
"A girl has this connection with a tiger, who really isn't a tiger. He is a prince who was turned into a tiger hundreds of years ago. She is set out to help im break the spell. This is a love and action story." M.B. @Trails West Branch

Death's Excellent Vacation ed. by Charlaine Harris
"These thirteen short stories, as well as each being of good quality, were put in a smart order. The first two stories are good attentin grabbers with happy endings, hooking the reader for the long haul. Plenty of vampires, romance, and fantasy material." N.B. @Trails West Branch

The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba
"This book was so exciting. I could barely put it down! Combining the elements of sci-fi and mystery, this book has endearing characters and a riveting plot. I would recommend this book." -T.K. @ Waldo

Tough Trails by Irene Morck
"This was a shrot but moving read. It was very enjoyable and Ambrose, the main character, was identifiable. A book for animal lovers. I would recommend this book." -T.K. @ Waldo

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
"In Irish tale that really makes you ask “where doe the time go?” An interesting mix of fairies, mystery and music. I would recommend this book." -T.K. @ Waldo

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, where’s my Prince by Melissa Kantor
"Some parts of the modern Cinderella story were good, but the book failed to really grab me. The ending was disappointing. There was some language that I thought was unnecessary.
I would not recommend this book."-T.K. @ Waldo

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
"It's about a suicidal teenager who finds friendships in a mental hospital." J.S. @ Westport

Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity by Jim Palmer
"It is about understanding God outside of an organized Christian religion." J.S. @ Westport

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
"It is about Kristina going through the final stages of her addiction to "crank" and her three children growing up. J.S. @ Westport

Trash by Andy Mulligan
"Raphael, Gardo, and Rat are three boys who find a special treasure in the landfill that ends up being sought after by government spies and agents. -J.S. @ Westport

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
"Number 4 is trying to fight alien species invading a small town and also searching for 5-9." J.S. @ Westport

Keeper of the Keys by Perri O'Shaughnessy
"A guys stabs his wife and disappears." J.S. @ Westport

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
"When Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington, she puts herself in danger by falling in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire." V.M. @ Westport

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
"This book is based on a new girl in town, named Stargirl. Not only does she changes one boy's life, but she changes a whole high school's way of seeing things." V.M. @ Westport

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Much better reading than you might suppose from its title, length, and the complaints of many high school students." P.L. @ Westport

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Very deep and a bit confusing, but unquestionably good literature." P.L. @ Westport

Endless Night by Agatha Christie
"A book by one of the classic mystery novelists, enjoyable, but with a slightly unsatisfactory ending." P.L. @ Westport

Manfield Park by Jane Austen
"Not one of Jane Austen's best known works, but one of my favorites." P.L. @ Westport

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
"An amusing style of writing but some of the information is very misleading." P.L. @ Westport

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
"Sad, heart-breaking, yet warming. It shows the length one would go to get his love even if it's stealing and how hard she would try to rebel against her feelings for him. A.C. @ Westport

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
"This is a book that no matter how many times I read it before, I'm just as spell bound as the first time. Can't wait to read the other two books." A.C. @ Westport

Model Spy (The Specialists) by Shannon Greenland
"Kelly James or Gigi, due to an "accident" that was set up, is now a part of the specialists with the help of David. This is an amazing page-turning story. The heroine saves the day and the world while getting her love of the year." A.C. @ Westport

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
"It was a great inspiring book. Lyra is one of my favorite characters." C.S. @ Westport

Deadlocked by Joel Goldman
"It was a very interesting murder trial book."
C.S. @ Westport
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reviewer: Clara Stahl, age 16
"This is my favorite romance novel."

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
"I liked this book because it was original and had a good story. I also liked the way it described the Holocaust." J.L. @ Westport

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
"I like this book because there are events all over the book. I also like it because it was funny!" L.L. @ Westport

Lady of Palenque By Anna Kirwan.
How would you feel if you had to marry someone completely un know to you and hat to cross a jungle to do it? Miserable, hopeless? Well ShanaaK’in Yaxchel is excited at the thought of adventure, until bad omens come… with stunning descriptions about Mesoamerica, this book shows the rich Mayan culture and it’s hard to pronounce the names of course. A. C. @ North-East

The case of the cryptic crinoline By Nancy Springer
Enola Holmes to the rescue yet again this time to the rescue her land, whom more of a mother to her than her own mother was. Solving tricky codes, using witt, and cooperation with her as well as the addition of a prominent historical figure A. C. @ North-East

The secret school By Avi
What if you were told you spent and entire year in school just to have to repeat it because the teacher will leave! With careful plotting Ida and her “children-Students” overcome adverse circumstances and become educated in the process. A. C. @ North-East

The case of the left handed lady By Nancy Springer
Once again, Enola Holmes is back and ready to solve mysteries. Taking on the case of Lady Cecily whom has strongly disappeared. In many forms , Enola managos to find the captures of the young lady and realizes there more to her than meets the eye while at the same time realizing some of the bios of science A. C. @ North-East

The case of the peculiar pin fan. By Nancy Springer
What can a pink fan possibly have to offer? If you’re Enola Holmes, it provides a mystery. Once again she has to outwit her brother and save Lady Cecily. On must wonder if she ever times…With avid curiosity, she explores London, everything. And the streets to orphanages with a plan to help her friend. A. C. @ North-East

Survival in the storm By Katelan Janke
Dust- its everywhere, in every corner, in all the space, making everything gritty and bland. This is the Dust Bowl, where crops don’t grow and people go hungry. This is where we learn of grace her family, her troubles and their fate as the endless dust goes back and forth, killing destroying, breaking.A. C. @ North-East

West to a Land of Plenty By Jim Murphy
To Teresa, west isn’t the land of plenty but the land of disease, walking and dirt. Its also the land of the fickle men that search for gold and silver when there is none. It’s the land where someone can become ill, lose everything, or even die. The journey through her and her sisters eyes is honest and heart breaking A. C. @ North-East

The case of the bizarre Bouquets By Nancy Springer
Get ready to be reintroduced to Enola Holmes as she undertakes the adventures of finding Watson. By far, I like this book the most of the entire series. Full of mischief, and new disguises, this is a fast paced quick read filled with the mentally ill, a dash of memory and a good well rounded adventure. A. C. @ North-East

The case of the Gypsy Good Bye. By Nancy Springer
I really wish I could give the book a good review, for it had a nice plot, but for the ending of a series I felt it to be weak. Action is abound in the first part, but later on, the book becomes dull and I thought the mother of Enola to be a completely selfish woman in addition to being a hypocrite. A. C. @ North-East

Three Little Words By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Being taken away from a beloved family is agonizing, but being placed in t horrid foster care system is worse as Ashley soon found out. Unable to stay with loves ones, she is dripped upon unsuitable parents until she finds a true home. One would express the entire book to be about that but Mrs. Courter also shows how others less fortunate foster children need help in their plight A. C. @ North-East

I thought my sould would rise and Fly By Joyce Hansen
How would it feel to be a slave-especially one that is considered to be slow? That is Patsy’s life. We, the readers learn about life as a slave, about secret reading about being free and about the strength of the community we share. As life changes, the readers develops a new perspective on the life of one slave girl that becomes free. A. C. @ North-East

Color me dark By Patricia C McKissack
Now for yet another “Dear America” review this one being set later on in history. Through this book we explore race, culture, hope and the working of family in on era from the “old days” This is a nice, quick read, with information as well as a reference to Ruby Green- hint: Look up the cover picture… A. C. @ North-East

Saving the world &other x-tream sports By James Patterson
Thrilling with twists around every corner. Hard to stop reading after you start.. G. O. @ North-East

A deep dark secret. By Kimberla Lawson Rody
A 12 year old girl is molested by her step father for years. She’s to afraid to share this “secret” so she hides it from everyone. Finally her father pushes her to far and she stabs him and blood, as well as their “secrets” spill out. R.M. @ North-East

Around the way girls. By Dwayne S Joseph
3 short stories about love drugs, and money. Angel wants out of her normal life and Frido gives her more than that. Clean wants to stop stripping so gets involved in a scam. Syndi wants out of New York and her brothers death gives her just that. R.M. @ North-East

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer
Bella moves to Washington and fell in love with Edward. They discover their love for each other but good luck runs out when James grows up. R.M. @ North-East

Master piece By Braoch
Mervin lives under the kitchen sink in the pompadys. T. C.
@ North-East

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Bella and Edward meet and start dating and finds out he is a vampire. T. C.
@ North-East

Leap of faith. By Kimberly Brewbaker
This girl got kicked out of school because she stabbed a boy. T. C.
@ North-East

True tales of animal heroes By Allan Zullo
A dog that rescued two kids from a burning house. 2 wild elk save a boy from freezing in the mountains. A cat saved a dog from under attack two dolphins who saved a girl from a terrifying shark attack." S. S. @ North East

Stone Fox By John Reynolds Gardiner
He had a potato farm, then he was in a race. His grandpa was ill. Then Stone Fox died." S. S. @ North East

A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheidan
"It's not something he can do anything about, being a bleeder, any more than a guy with a glass jaw can do something about not having a set of whiskers."
D.L. @Trails West Branch

Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
"Brandon Mull does it again in his action packed end to the Fablehaven series. He mixes fantasy, betrayal, friendship and sacrifice to sum up the series. Seth's choices could save or destroy teh world. Many secrets are revealed in Fablehaven Book 5: Keys to the Demon Prison." D.Y. @Trails West Branch

Silent Thunder by Andrea Davis Pinkney
"Summer and her older brother, Rosco, each have a "Silent Thunder," a desire that rumbles deep within each of them refusing to be ignored. Summer longs to learn her letters while Rosco is buring to fight for his country and his freedom. But Rosco and Summer are slaves on Parnell's plantation in the year 1862 and for slaves these desires are illegal and dangerous." D.Y. @Trails West Branch

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
"Jacob's parents die in a car accident so he quits college and leaves his town. He joins the circus after he jumped onto the train and becomes the vet. Jacob falls in love with Marlena his boss' wife and stays in the circus to see her dispite all of the difficulties he faces." K.K @Trails West Branch

Gravity by Leanne Lieberman
"A gay reborn Jewish girl tries to fit in. She learns the power of faith, friendship and betrayal. In the end she turns to faith and her love of the planet to help her through." N.G. @Trails West Branch

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
"In Hush, Hush Nora Grey is a responsible teenager. So a girl like her shouldn't be falling for a guy like Patch, a reckless and mysterious boy Nora seems to be attached to even when he's nowhere around. As she learns more and more about Patch's apst, she can no longer hide her attraction to their forbidden love." S.K. @Trails West Branch

Dark Hunter vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Amanda Devereaux is being hunted by vampires. Only Kyrian, a dark hunter, is able to save her. Kyrian haa the abilities of a vampire to help him hunt the demons down." S.H. @Trails West Branch

The Clique (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison
"This book focuses on the life of Claire Lyons, who moves to Westchester, NY, from Orlando, Florida. She struggles to fit in with other girls at her new elite private school. She does things she never would have done before in order to fit in." -J.S. @ Westport

Best Friends for Never (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison
"When the girls of OCD learn that they now need to wear uniforms, they form teams to create the uniforms for a fashion show. The best outfit wins. Trouble arises when Massie and Claire are forced to work on the same team." -J.S. @ Westport

Revenge of the Wannabees (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison
"Alicia and Massie, who used to be best friends, break up into two separate cliques.
Book: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous Reviewer: Jill Sojourner, age 12 "Go ask Alice is a diary of an anonymous teenager who finds that she can't live with (or without) drugs." -J.S. @ Westport

Are You There God? by Judy Blume
"This book focuses on the everyday life of Margaret Simon. She was born into a family with no religion, so throughout the book she explores the religions of her friends and grandmother, while having her own relationship with God. -J.S. @ Westport

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
"The Hunger Games are good books. I did not like the killing and blood. I would not recommend this book." -L.L. @ Westport

Percy Jackson and the Sea Monsters by Rick Riordan
"I love the Sea of Monsters. There is a cyclop named Tyson."
-L.L. @ Westport