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Read + Review: Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

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This book was about a girl named Opal Hopper, and it took place in present day. Opal lost her father at a young age. Everybody continues to believe it was suicide, but Opal knows her father loved her and wouldn’t leave her. As she grows, Opal grows more and more hungry for clues, and she finds the opportunity to meet the one person who can answer her questions, Howie Mendelsohn. Opal competes in a competition that eventually becomes more than finding her father. Opal perseveres and finds out the truth, as shocking as it ends up being. However, with Opal’s friends, Kara, Moyo, and Shane, Opal knows that she can face whatever hits her next.

I enjoyed how the author made the book run into Opal’s personal life. This increased the adventure and kept me on the edge of my seat. The author showed backstories and personal issues following each character. This helped me feel real emotions towards the story, and I was able to enjoy it more. However, I wish that the author had also included more about the struggles faced by Opal’s mother. Overall, this book was a fascinating novel!

One memorable thing about this book was when Opal applied for her dream college. To me, I was shocked to find out that she hadn’t spent more than three hours working on the essay. This surprised me because I would expect somebody to spend more time applying to their dream college.

5-stars-3

Reviewed by Shraddha, Twin Hickory Area Library

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Read + Review: I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas

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The book encompasses the life of Anna Chevalier. She is in her senior year at Hillcrest High School. She and her friends have decided to take a trip to Aruba to spend time together and enjoy themselves. A few days into their vacation, Anna’s best friend, Elise, is found brutally murdered – stabbed in the chest several times. Her murder investigation is being led by Klaus Dekker, who believes Anna is Elise’s murderer. He becomes obsessed with proving her guilt and soon obtains a warrant for her arrest. The book highlights her struggle against the justice system and the many secrets her group withheld from her.

It was a page-turner! Honestly, I’m not that into reading, but this book was absolutely captivating. It includes a lot of heartwarming friendship but also some backstabbing betrayal that comes as a surprise to the reader. I could connect to the characters well, which made the book much more interesting. I particularly enjoy books that contain a lot of plot twists, and I think this book has plenty. It definitely kept me on my toes, and I highly recommend it to others interested in reading it.

The first thing that came to my mind was the quote, “Everything’s good until it goes bad.” Anna had a great life: she was great in school and had a group of friends with whom she had a deep bond. But, in a second, all of that changed. Her arrest for the murder of her best friend pushed all her friends away and ruined her chances of a successful future.

5-stars-3

Reviewed by Siyona, Twin Hickory Area Library

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Read + Review: Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

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This book is about a girl named Ava Lee. Ava used to live the life of a regular teenager, but last year her life took a dramatic twist. She was in a fire that burned up 60% of her skin. She endures lots of bullying in the beginning, but then she meets true friends who can save her from this deep pit of sadness. Piper and Asad are there for Ava, but as the year progresses, they all need each other more and more.

 

In my opinion, this book was fascinating. I liked how the characters each had a different role in the story that emphasized how hard it is to adapt to going through a fire in high school. Although I disliked the bullying situations, they helped me understand what the characters were going through and how they felt. I liked the writing style because it showed what Ava was thinking and helped us understand how she was really feeling. To go with the sad theme, there wasn’t much humor, but a couple jokes were tucked in to the plot.

 

One memorable thing from this book was how Ava stuck with Piper when Piper needed her most. Instead of abandoning her, Ava went out of her way to help Piper. To me, this is memorable because it shows how friendship won in the end.
5-stars-3

Reviewed by Shraddha, Twin Hickory Area Library

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Read + Review: Supernova by Marissa Meyer

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In the final book of the Renegades trilogy, the heroic Renegades and the villainous Anarchists are surprised by the reappearance of the supposedly deceased Ace Anarchy, leader of the Anarchists who brought ruin to Gatlon City years ago. The Renegades are a group of “prodigies,” people with powers, who have become the law and order of Gatlon City, while the Anarchists are a group of anti-Renegade prodigies trying to bring a new order to the city. Nova Artino, also known as the Anarchist Nightmare, has been undercover in the Renegades to destroy them from the inside, although the recent attack on the Renegades’ headquarters has put her actual identity at risk. Adrian Everhart is a Renegade with an alter ego known as the Sentinel: a vigilante operating outside of the Renegades’ law. Nova and Adrian’s alter egos are both threatened by the unveiling of Agent N, a powerful serum that can permanently remove a prodigy’s powers. When allies and enemies alike fall victim to Agent N and Ace Anarchy regains his powers, the final battle between the Renegades and Anarchists looms near.

I’ve been following this series since the beginning, and I have to say that Supernova had the most satisfying ending that I’ve read in a while. Without spoiling anything, watching Nova and Adrian’s journey have its ups and downs throughout the trilogy was what made them seem real and relatable. Nova’s constant inner battle between her conscience and herself felt like an analogy towards the way my brain worked in general. In comparison, Adrian’s conscience held him back from telling his friends and family the truth about being the Sentinel, and consequentially, it caused him grief. The two main characters felt like night and day, opposites attracting each other. Their characters made me remember that although they were superheroes, they were still human. I also loved how the minor characters played a bigger role compared to the last installation of the Renegades trilogy, and while I can’t go into specifics, I can say that their significance plays into the ending. Another thing I realized with this book was that this series felt like a fresh take on the superhero genre with its overarching plot, so this is an excellent book series for those who are getting tired of the same old superhero tropes. The overall story of Supernova relies heavily on reading the last two books, Renegades and Archenemies, so I would recommend starting from the beginning.

Although there were many memorable moments in the book, one of the few moments that really stood out was Adrian helping Max, one of the Renegades with the ability to steal anyone’s powers and Adrian’s adopted brother, sneak out of the hospital and test out his flying abilities. There was something about that brotherly moment that just felt so peaceful in contrast to the hostile tension held by the majority of the characters throughout the book. Adrian knew being with Max would increase the risk of exposing his secret as the Sentinel, but he did it out of the compassion in his heart anyway. It was such a touching moment, and I loved every word of it.

5-stars-3

Reviewed by Allyson, Twin Hickory Area Library

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Read + Review: Princeless. Raven, the Pirate Princess: Year Two. Book Five, Get Lost Together by Jeremy Whitley

 

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Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess is the fifth in this particular series. This book is about a young lady by the name of Sunshine and her crew members. Sunshine was a beloved crew member who had fallen overboard the ship in the previous edition. Currently Raven is the captain aboard the ship. Raven and Sunshine were destined to be together. Raven and her crew are desperately trying to move on without Sunshine. All are struggling with this; especially Raven. What really happened to Sunshine?

I personally enjoyed reading this book because it was full of intrigue and deep meaningful relationships. The relationships are so deep you can almost feel the intensity of them even though this is a comic. Princeless Raven The Pirate Princess Year Two does take on a mature tone as some of these relationships are lesbian. The writing style for this book is fantasy/adventure and offers plenty of adventure as they sail across the deep blue sea.

I found this book refreshing in that it had strong female characters. The book has plenty of romance and strong friendships. The writing itself was well done, and I thought the premise of the story was amazing. I have not read the entire series as of yet, but from what I’ve seen here, it is definitely on my to do list!

5-stars-3

Reviewed by Semira, Fairfield Area Library