From Elaine Pasquali
Title: With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill
Author: Parnell Hall
This is one of the Puzzle Lady series. Sherry ghost writes Aunt Cora’s crossword puzzles. Cora, a serial monogamist, is about to marry Raymond. Cryptograms arrive warning against the marriage. Enter Brenda, Sherry’s best friend, who is engaged to Sherry’s abusive ex-husband, Dennis. Dennis connives a double wedding, with Sherry as matron of honor for both brides. On the eve of the wedding rehearsals, Raymond is found murdered. Dennis is arrested for Raymond’s murder. While Cora is trying to prove Dennis’ innocence, a material witness is murdered. Sound like a soap opera? Surprisingly, it’s engaging and fun..
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Book, Line and Sinker
Jenn McKinlay has a new series gracing the library shelves. A fast-paced, humorous mystery featuring a small-town library director and her Crafternoon friends. Her closest friend, however, is the Children’s Librarian, Beth Stanley. The first in the series is Books Can be Deceiving followed by Due or Die. The third title in the series is Book, Line and Sinker and as one can surmise it has to do with water and pirates, to be specific, who sail oceans blue and bury their pirate booty. Lindsey Norris is not as gung-ho as some of her fellow citizens about the pirate map but she does take advantage of the adventuresome spirit infusing the town and arranges a book display. When the Tourism Director is found murdered at the treasure site, Lindsey rolls up her sleeves and places herself in the middle of the action, regardless of the danger.
From Alex Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Rob Reger
Emily the strange. Dark times
Emily The Strange: Dark Times is a very good book. It is about Emily and her adventures. She is very wacky and crazy which I could definitely relate to, but is also kind and patient. She is home-schooled by her mom and has no friends. She also has about four cats. Emily has many inventions.She had used this black rock substance to help power her inventions but when she runs out, she is helpless. She tries to go back to the place where she located it but the source was gone. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and adventure. When I was done reading it, I was disappointed because I wanted to know more but then I found out that it is the first book of a series.
From Katie, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shepard, Sara
Wanted : a pretty little liars novel
This book is the last book in the Pretty Little Liars Series. It is about what really happened to Ali, and who A really is. In this fantastic and spine tingling book, the police find someone who might be Ali’s true killer. Billy has no alibi and a recent picture found from the crime scene shows a blurry photo of the killer. The killer has blond hair, just like Billy. The problem is he didn’t do it. And the girls know this. As secrets come out, the final book in the Pretty Little Liars series has twists that you could never imagine.
This book is a good book if you liked the other Pretty Little Liars books. It is a spine tingling book that you couldn’t put down if you tried. I give this book 5 stars!
From Erik Schmid
author: Delaney, Joseph
Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice, Book 1)
Imagine you are a young boy who was indentured to the local “Spook” as an apprentice. A Spook is a lonely, dangerous job, shunned by most, and it deals with opposing evil supernatural forces that threaten the land. Would you be happy to do this? Thought not. Thomas Ward is the boy in this tale, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is apprenticed to the local spook in order to learn how one captures, contains and banishes witches, boggarts, ghosts, ghouls and other malevolent creatures of the dark. This is book one of an ongoing series that really grabs the faithful reader. The horror is dark, but there is nothing in this book that crosses into the terrifying, so children can read this without trepidation. If your kids read Goosebumps, this might actually seem tame at times! All in all, a truly gripping book, that leaves the reader running for the next installment.
From Erik Schmid
author: Stroud, Jonathan
The Bartimaeus trilogy. Book one : the Amulet of Samarkand
Bartimaeus is a Djinni, one of many demons in the world of this trilogy. He is not evil; he just is what he is. Djinni and their ilk are treated like slaves by the human Magicians in this story, set in a fictional London where Magicians have overthrown the non-magical governments and are the lords above all other people. Bartimaeus’s new master is just a boy with a chip on his shoulder who is out to prove to his aging master that he is special. Along the way in this action packed and well written tale we meet other Djinni. Bartimaeus knows and uncover a secret resistance while dealing with a mysterious challenger to the prime minister. This is truly a great fantasy series, using Harry Potter as a muse while not stealing from the former series. It also doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the Potter series; not being overlong; not dwelling on minute details as much. This volume is followed by The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate.
From John, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Tombs of Atuan
At a young age, Tenar is taken away from her mother, her possessions and her home. She is raised by the high priestesses of the Godking to become the priestess of the Tombs of Atuan. While in her domain, a wizard tries to steal the tomb’s greatest treasure, the ring of Erreth-Akbe. The wizard teaches Tenar about a world she never entered and gives her the choice to escape her current life or be locked in her domain forever. The Earthsea Cycle: The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin is a masterpiece that will pull you in and won’t let go until you have read the entire series. Don’t delay, check out your copy today at the Half Hollow Hills library!
From Robert, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Farthest Shore
In the fantasy book, The Earthsea Cycle, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin, an Archmage and his companion must stop a mysterious magic from causing all of wizardry to disappear. In the book, certain chapters were difficult to understand until the next was read. Although the book is meant to be read in a series, it was enjoyable to read on its own. The book also required a knowledge of fantasy to be fully understood. I recommend this book to those who have read a fantasy book before, as this would be a challenging read otherwise.
From Joseph, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Jacques, Brian
I recently indulged myself upon the likes of Brian Jacques’ fiction novel High Rhulain. This is a tale of a humble abbey otter who must cross the daring western seas to the Green Isle. Intrusting her life to a lunatic hare by the name of Captain Cuthbert Frunk W. Bloodpaw, she is destined to free other captive otters bound to slavery by Riggu Felis, tyrant of the wildcats and ruler of the Green Isle. For Tiria, the abbey otter, is a direct descendent of the famed High Queen Rhulain whose reign was brought to a sudden end many years ago due to her death at sea. To clear
up any confusion, all characters in this book are animals and there are no
references to human life. At times, this book is hard to follow do to the fact the Jacques purposely misspelled many words so that the reader can get a sense of the character’s accents. I thought that this novel was interesting for the most part, but it may be a difficult read for those who are not accustomed to the use of slang language. I would first recommend reading the other books in the series in order to get a full understanding of all of the books references.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Harris, C.S.
What Remains of Heaven
Sebastian St. Cyr does not believe in coincidences. Two men have met their demise in an ancient crypt, but their murders occurred thirty years apart. When he is asked to investigate the murder of the outspoken Bishop of London, who has many powerful enemies, he is foiled by lies and secrets. Is the motive politics, revenge or blackmail gone wrong? Can he solve it before he suffers the same fate? Each book in this mystery series, that takes place in 18th century England, offers a new surprise about the main characters. This fifth adventure unearths shattering news. The other titles in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series are What Angels Fear, When Gods Die, Why Mermaids Sing, When Serpents Sleep. The sixth book, Where Shadows Dance, will be available in March 2011.