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Aug 05

Teens Review: Carve the Mark

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Reviewer: Mackenzie J.
Rating: 5 Stars

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth book coverCarve the Mark, written by Veronica Roth, is about two young people who must put aside their differences to help save their planet.

Cyra Noavek is part of the Shotet people, and her brother, Ryzek Noavek, is an evil ruler who uses Cyra’s current gift to get what he wants. Akos Kereseth is Thuvesit, and because of his fate, is kidnapped by Ryzek. Both of them work together to get what they both want. For Akos to go back home and Cyra to reduce her pain, courtesy of her current gift of inflicting pain on others and herself. To read more of the review and get a list of readalikes hand-picked by YCPL librarians, click on "Continue Reading...".

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Jul 29

TBR Recap: Books adapted for the screen

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:50 PM by Elizabeth Land

The Princess Bride book cover The Tabb Book Readers (TBR) met on Saturday, July 20, to discuss the books they read for July's theme: Books adapted for the big or small screens (or have adaptations in the works). Whether made into movies or shows for television or streaming services, the group had fun discussing these titles and some of the adaptations.

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Jul 24

Teens Review: Killing November

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Killing November by Adriana Mather
Reviewer: Phoebe S.
Rating: 3 Stars

Killing November Book CoverKilling November, by Adriana Mather, was an okay book. It wasn’t what I thought the book would be about and it didn’t have a very unique storyline. It is about teen named November, who was sent to a secret spy school by her father. The location is a secret to everyone, there is no way to contact the outside world, and you aren’t allowed to tell anyone anything from your personal life. I read this book thinking it would be about a spy school because I really enjoy those kinds of books. Although it was about that, it wasn’t the focus of the plot. In the end, it was a murder mystery, which wasn’t a bad thing but it wasn’t what I originally thought the book was going to be about. To read more of this review, click on "Continue Reading...".

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