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Reviews by Diane: Clintonville Public Library

Author: Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Big Black Holes is a book about suicide.  Wait, I know, I usually steer clear of suicide stories.  They are usually too heavy and sad for me but…..

 Ayse is sad, very sad and she finds a website called “Suicide Partners”.  Thus begins a story of struggle with a hopeful ending.   I thought this story was very enlightening and it makes you appreciate the people in your life that matter.


Author: Veronica Rossi

Don't even think about not reading this book. OMG!

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Lina and her family live in Lithuania before World War II breaks out.  This is a not a  story about about how the Germans treated the  Lithuanians but what the Russians did to them.  It is a horriifying story about their journey to Siberia.  Lina has love and hope on her side, will it be enough?  A gripping story that is not for the weak of heart.


Title: Matched
Author: Allyson Condie

This story is set in the perfect future society where everyone does what the officials want them to do including being matched to someone they decide is perfect for you.

Matched is about choices that have to be made against all odds. 

Don't miss this one, it is gripping from beginning to end.

The Cardturner

Author: Louis Sachar

I couldn't wait to get my hands on another Louis Sachar book, they have all been good so far. But a book about the game of Bridge for teens - come on now - that is so yesterday. I am an avid card player but still this book had way too much information about the game, it really got bogged down in the details. The storyline on the other hand was great. Don't miss this book just skip over the technical stuff and you won't be disappointed.

Author: Patrick Ness

This is the second book in the Chaos Walking series. I was swept along eagerly turning the pages of the first book (The Knife of Never Letting Go), not so much with this one. The Ask and the Answer was much darker and dwelled too much on the negative side of the human physique. Even the ending didn't give the reader much hope. Will the third book pull it all together?


Title: Shift
Author: Jennifer Bradbury

Strap on your backpack, jump on your bike and get ready for a ride. High school is over and college is looming on the horizon when two friends Chris and Win decide to ride their bicycles across the United States over the summer. SHIFT travels back and forth between past and present as the suspense and tension build between the two friends. Only one will come back! 

Author: James Patterson

If you like this phrase "oozing vomit zed pus" you are going to love this book. Daniel X is an Alien hunter and he is extremely good at it. Fast paced with short chapters so you better hang on for the ride while Daniel X saves the world and then some.