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The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

The Mostly True Story of jack book coverThe Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

I really liked the feel of this book. Throughout the story it was really easy to connect with Jack and the other characters and get wrapped up in the story. Jack has always felt invisible in his family and when his mother drops him off at his Aunt Mabel’s and Uncle Clive’s for a visit, he starts to unravel the mystery and magic behind why he never felt loved or part of his family, especially when he realizes in Hazelwood he can make friends and people do care about him.
Jack is very resistant to this whole idea of magic that the kids he meets in town keep mentions and that his uncle keeps nudging him to read about in book of the town’s history at first. Once Jack starts unraveling what really happened in Hazelwood and how he’s connected to it all things start to get interesting, with Mr. Avery, the richest man in town, who’s also the town bully’s dad, wanting him dead, his and Aunt and Uncle’s house starts talking to him, the nature around Jack seems to be reaching out to him and that’s just the beginning.

Get lost in one of these great mysteries!

HHThe Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

 

 

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Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox by Bennett Madison

When a mysterious person called the Fox begins to threaten young starlets, Lulu Dark investigates, even though she suspects that her own mother–an aging actress–might be behind it all.

 

 

 

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Something Rotten by Alan Gratz

In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince’s father in Denmark, Tennessee. Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it is not just the polluted Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince’s father has been murdered, according to a hidden video message. Horatio Wilkes, Hamilton’s best friend, is visiting the Prince mansion when the video turns up. The guys need to find the killer before he strikes again.

 

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Desires of the Dead reviewed by Lina

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of The Dead is a follow up of another book called The Body Finder. In this book Violet has the ability to hear echoes of the dead who aren’t buried or “put to rest”. She can also see matching imprints of killers. I love the plot of this book because at times it can get pretty spooky and mysterious! It’s a very thrilling book. It’s filled with people who are hiding secrets from their past, murderers, and the dead. Filled with romance, secrets, mystery, and all that exciting stuff you would LOVE to read, I would recommend this book to anyone.

review submitted by Lina

Head Games reviewed by Emily

Head Games by Christopher Golden

I read the book Head Games by Christopher Golden.  It is a mystery about a series of murders that have been going on.  However, these aren’t just normal killings.  The victims are college students who spontaneously go on to kill their whole families.  When they wake up in the morning, they can’t remember a thing. Jenna Blake is suspicious from the start and investigates the coincidences of each crime.  This is a great thriller that will always keep you interested.

review submitted by Emily

Curse Workers series by Holly Black

Holly Black is my favorite author, and she has been my favorite author since I picked up her book Tithe about 6 years ago.  I have always been a reluctant reader, and not because I don’t enjoy reading but because I am a slow reader.  However, Holly Black has been one of a handful of authors who catch my interest right from the first page and as a result I read their work voraciously.

The problem: after her 3rd YA novel, Ironside, was published in 2007 she was not publishing a new novel until May 2010.  It was a long time to wait! Granted, she did edit some awesome short story collections (like Zombies vs. Unicorns) but I really enjoy reading her novels.  So, I was excited to get my hands on first book in the Curse Workers series, White Cat, and I am now about half way through the second book Red Glove.

The Curse Workers series centers on Cassel Sharpe.  He has grown up a non-worker in a family of workers.  Workers, or curse workers, are people who have the ability to control emotions, luck, or even physically change someone all with the touch of a hand.  Most curse workers turn to organized crime to ensure their protection and also to use their abilities to their most profitable potential.  Cassel’s mother is not only an emotion curse worker she is also an expert con-woman who happens to be in jail right now.  So, Cassel is stuck in boarding school, where he is running a profitable gambling business using the tricks of the trade that his mother taught him.  Cassel, however, is scarred by the vague memory of killing his best friend, Lila, three years ago.  Lately, he can’t shake the feeling that there is something wrong, especially when a white cat shows up in his dreams and then in his reality.

Holly Black is most well known for writing about faeries (most famously for The Spiderwick Chronicles).  So, when I first heard about her new Curse Workers series, I was curious to see if she would be able to write successfully about something other than faeries.  Let me tell you, she did not disappoint.  Her concept for this new series is so interesting.  In the world she has created everyone has to wear gloves, since that is the way a curse worker “works”.  No matter what the weather or what you’re doing you have to be wearing gloves.  Even family members rarely see each other’s bare hands.  Also, in order to work someone the worker has to deal with the blowback.  So, when Cassel’s mother works another person’s emotions, she will then experience uncontrollable emotions for days after–depending on how much she worked the person.  Not only is Black’s mythology of the curse worker world so interesting, but I find myself instantly drawn into the story and mystery around Cassel and his place in his family and death of his best friend, Lila.  (Who, by the way, he also had a huge unrequited crush on…)

So, in case you couldn’t figure it out by this point I really like Holly Black’s new Curse Workers series.  Check out the series at the Library:
1) White Cat
2) Red Glove
3) Black Heart will not be out for about another year, but Black recently shared this photo of the cover on her blog:

 

Black also shared that a jewelry designer has created a set of jewelry inspired by the Curse Workers series.  Charms are big in the world of curse workers because they can help protect someone from being worked.  Here’s an important one that Black herself loves, the Resurrection Diamond: