Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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Three unique characters. 1. Lisa Praytor – Highly driven high school student with an outgoing personality and a get-it-done attitude. She also has a great boyfriend. 2. Clark Kent. Just kidding. Clark (don’t know his last name) is Lisa’s water-polo playing, extremely nice, boyfriend who is pretty happy  with things just…the…way…they… are. And then there is Solomon. 3. Solomon Reed. Sol jumped in a fountain in the 8th grade trying to end his panic attacks and then stayed at home for the next 3 years with a serious case of agoraphobia.

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Lisa wants to use Solomon as a case study for her college essay and her big ticket outta here. Clark actually and truly really likes Sol because they have A LOT in common. I mean, how many kids want a holodeck for Christmas? And Solomon doesn’t know where these two friends came from, but his enclosed world is slowly opening after three years of solitude.

Surprise, this book is actually funny 🙂

Whaley is also the author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin – both available at the BHS Library.

Review by Ms. Rosenkrantz

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Image result for All The Light We cAnnot SeeThis is a story about a German boy and a blind French girl in World War II. This is not a very romantic love story, but it is love that helps the girl survive. Werner Pfennig grew up in a small, very poor German coal-mining town. As an orphan, his life was tough and without hope. However, his talents in radio mechanics totally alter his options when war breaks out. Warner is trained at the most rigorous and famed German Military school and is sent to the frontlines. Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a blind French girl who lives in Paris with her dad, the locksmith of the Museum of Natural History. After the German invasion, they flee to the coastal town of Saint-Malo in possession of a cursed and rare gem.  Although for most of the book the two characters lives are told separately, an old radio broadcast is a thread that ties them together and influences both of their lives. The reason that I love this book is that it shows how war can destroy people.Image result for anthony doerr

Like Warner says in the book, “If it is not for the war, these people will live with their free will. They might not become important people, but as least they can live the lives that they choose and live with it.”

Review by MS. Chen

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

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Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Green starts her debut YA novel off with a bang, telling readers the book’s narrator not only studies serial killers, but may be one herself.  “Interesting thing is, I am those profiles.  I have urges.  I plot ways to violently make people pay for what they’ve done to others.”  Sounds a little like the HBO tv show Dexter, right?  When the “Decapitator” starts stalking victims in Lane’s own hometown, her FBI mother is right on the case, with Lane secretly reading the files in her mom’s home office at night.  She even installs a nanny-cam to get in on the phone conversations!  When the killer starts contacting Lane personally, she takes it as a challenge to find the killer herself, even if it means becoming the next victim!S.E. Green

This was a fun book–fast-paced, lots of clues about the identity of the killer, and good insight into the protagonist Lane through the use of the first person narration.  I personally found Lane’s voice a little annoying, but was able to let that go when the story began to get exciting.  I would recommend this title to mystery fans, readers who like Dexter and true crime stories, and fans of Jazz Dent books by Barry Lyga.

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Betrayals by Lili St. Crow

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Betrayals by Lili St. Crow

#2 in the Strange Angles series: Teenager Dru has spent her life first with her Gran, learning warding spells after her mother was murdered by vampires. Then she was reunited with her Dad full time tracking down and killing evil creatures. Now Lilie is traveling to a safe Schola run by Order group that destroys evil creatures in the Real World. She and her friend Graves, whom she met at school in the last town where she and Dad lived, are on the run after Dad was turned into a zombie and she and Graves were attacked by werwulfs and other dangerous creatures. As if that’s not enough intrigue, while Dru tries to fit in as the only girl at her Schola, attacks make them believe there’s a traitor in the Order.

I loved this sequel and will keep reading to find out what happens to all the characters. Lili St. Crow’s world building, of secret creatures and conflicts, keeps getting better.

Review by Ms. Provence

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

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The Well of Lost Plots  by Jasper Fforde

This title is the third book in the Thursday Next series, focused on a woman who tracks down criminals in the literary world in an alternate universe. Spec Ops Literary Detective Thursday Next has entered the Well of Lost Plots, where unpublished books wait for publication. In an alternate universe of the United Kingdom, Thursday has vanquished master criminal Acheron Hades and fought the all powerful but vicious Goliath Corporation. Having become an agent of Jurisfiction in the Book World, Thursday learns there are schemes and villains in Book World, just as in the Real World. Apprenticed to Miss Havisham of Great Expectations, Thursday uncovers a plan to pervert Book World, limiting the number of times a book may be read, among other nefarious plans. How she works with both fictional and real characters to thwart the plot provides an exciting adventure, laced with much humor.

Those who know me are aware that I have become a huge fan of Jasper Fforde, whose zany plots remind me of Terry Pratchett, another favorite author. How they invent these worlds and populate them with such imaginative characters, both good and bad guys, amazes me. I can recommend these books to all readers looking for unusual reading.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Image result for graffiti moonSenior year and graduation is over.  Daisy, Lucy and Jazz want a little adventure and fun.  Lucy thinks that it will come in the shape of the mural artist known as “Shadow”; if only she can find him.  Jazz wouldn’t mind finding his partner “Poet.” Daisy just wants to forget about her boyfriend who stupidly egged her after school.  Instead they wind up hanging out with Ed, Leo and Dylan (Daisy’s dumb boyfriend).  Told in alternating chapters by Ed and Lucy a story unfolds of loneliness, longing, fear and unanswered questions – and it all happens in one night. The characters are smart and funny as well as realistic and honest.

Review by Ms. Brenner

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

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Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

This engaging thriller is being marketed as  Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why.  I suppose it is a thriller like Gone Girl and does, at least potentially, have a suicide like Thirteen Reasons.  But in my mind, it wasn’t nearly as good as either of those titles.  Not to say it didn’t catch my interest and keep me turning pages, at least for the first half.   June’s former BFF Delia has burned herself to death in a shed behind her house.  At least that’s what the authorities are saying.  But June doesn’t buy that explanation and goes on a hunt to find out who murdered Delia.  Along the way, her boyfriend and Delia’s boyfriend also get involved and there are rumors of conspiracy, illicit sex and betrayal.

While I really enjoyed the first part of the book, the last half sort of dragged by.  And I personally found the end disappointing, but maybe that was just me as a reader.  I would recommend this with caution to readers who like mysteries.

Review by Ms. Provence