Emily Savant, Staff Reviewer

Tell Me Three Things
 
3.7
 
4.5 (3)
What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met? Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back...
This Is Where the World Ends
 
3.0
 
3.3 (1)
The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place. Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is...
The Great Hunt
 
4.0
 
4.7 (2)
Kill the beast. Win the girl. A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand...
Take the Fall
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER? Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly...
Assassin's Heart
 
4.0
 
3.5 (2)
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home...
What If You Had Animal Ears?
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
What if you woke up one morning and your ears weren't yours? What If You Had Animal Ears explores what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw an animal's ears instead of your own! The next imaginative book in the What If You Had series, explores...
The Mystery of Hollow Places
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when...
Puppy Pirates #3: Catnapped!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Ahoy, mateys! Set sail for fun and adventure on a pirate ship full of puppies. Fighting like cats and dogs? Exactly! The puppy pirates played a prank on the kitten pirates, and meow! The kittens sure are mad. Can the pups escape the kittens’ claws? It’s dog vs. cat,...
Playful Pets: Woof
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
This beautifully designed book has fun flaps to explore and a sound bar to help children interact with the pets on each page. Each of the five sound buttons in the sound bar provides one animal sound. Children look at the photograph on the page, find the sound button...
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
 
3.8 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told. There is. She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now. Loyalties are betrayed,...
What's Broken Between Us
 
4.3 (2)
 
3.5 (2)
Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and of Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything. A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his...
The Good Sister
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are...
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes
 
3.5 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie's trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents' divorce, Mari's considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante's working up the...
Untwine
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat. Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers are caught in a car crash...
Ash & Bramble
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit… The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story. Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is...
State of Grace
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ever since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wren's deity Dot ensures the trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends have everything they could possibly need right there, in...
Are You Seeing Me?
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences . . . Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest. It's been a year since they watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen,...
Thirteen Chairs
 
5.0 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
In an abandoned house, the ghosts gather. They argue, they laugh, and they tell their stories. Some tell their own stories, some tell stories they have heard elsewhere. Some of them are true, some are not. But each tale draws you closer. One by one, the storytellers...
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
 
5.0
 
4.7 (1)
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical...
A Sense of the Infinite
 
3.7
 
3.3 (1)
By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature. It's senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning...
My Best Everything
 
3.0
 
3.3 (1)
You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate. Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then...
Trouble from the Start
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti, Trouble from the Start is a sweet and romantic read about a good girl who falls for a bad boy. Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can't seem to...
The Truth About Forever
 
5.0
 
5.0 (2)
A long, hot summer... That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with...
The Memory Key
 
5.0
 
4.7 (1)
In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall. Lora Mint is determined not to forget. Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember...
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
 
4.6 (3)
 
5.0 (1)
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with...
Switched
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad...
No, David!
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Kids Fiction
When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother's rules. He chewed with his mouth open (and full of food), he jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother's vase! As a result,...
Streamline
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's...
Reaping Me Softly (The Reaper Series #1)
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ever since a near death experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper. At last they...
Project Cain
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But Jeff’s life changes forever when the man he’d thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory...
The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2)
 
0.0
 
4.1 (5)
A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, "The Deepest Night" blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure — perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate. It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious,...
Concealed (Concealed #1)
 
0.0
 
3.0 (1)
When sixteen year-old Bijou Fitzroy and her nomadic grandmother leave New York City to live in a home in the sleepy town of Sykesville, Maryland, Bijou thinks she will finally be able to live a normal life and be like everyone else. This move will be permanent, and Bijou...
Bloodspell
 
0.0
 
3.7 (2)
The spell was simple... Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood) But what do you do if your blood is your enemy? Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an...
Crossroads (Crossroads Saga #1)
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Can two worlds collide in dreams? Protecting her from the fallen was his duty. Falling in love was never part of his plan. Loving her was forbidden. Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. ...
The New Normal
 
0.0
 
3.0 (1)
Tamar Robinson knows a lot about loss - more than any teenager should. Her younger sisters are dead, her parents are adrift in a sea of grief, and now Tamar is losing her hair. Nevertheless, she navigates her rocky life as best she can, not always with grace, but...
Outcast
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
They come out of the sky and take you. Everyone knows that. After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her...
Out of This Place
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities — and move toward their dreams. Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school....
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Film]
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Teen Films
When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools - the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water...
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Film]
 
0.0
 
4.3 (1)
Category: Teen Films
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Film]
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Teen Films
The next installment in the Harry Potter series finds young wizard Harry Potter (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) and his friends Ron Weasley (RUPERT GRINT) and Hermione Granger (EMMA WATSON) facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to uncover a dark force...
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Film]
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
Category: Teen Films
In this enchanting film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and posseses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime....
August Rush [Film]
 
0.0
 
4.9 (2)
Category: Teen Films
There’s music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there’s hope. Can you feel it? The boy called August Rush can. The music mysteriously draws him, penniless and alone, to New York City in a quest to find – somehow, someway – the parents separated from...
City Island
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
Category: Teen Films
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and...
So Much Closer
 
0.0
 
5.0 (2)
When Brooke's crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend....
A Little Wanting Song
 
0.0
 
4.7 (2)
A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . . CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD...
Don't Stop Now
 
0.0
 
2.3 (1)
On the first day of Lillian’s summer-before-college, she gets a message on her cell from her sort-of friend, Penny. Not only has Penny faked her own kidnapping, but Lil is the only one who figures it out. She knows that Penny’s home life has been rough, and that her...
Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 (Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1)
 
0.0
 
3.7 (2)
Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very...
Guilty
 
0.0
 
5.0 (1)
Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if...
The Temptation: A Kindred Novel
 
2.3
 
3.0 (1)
His touch was electric. His eyes were magnetic. His lips were a temptation.... But was he real? After crashing her car on an empty highway, Shane is miraculously saved by Travis, a mysterious cowboy who walks out of nowhere. She is instantly attracted to him, and for the first...
Ever Essence
 
0.0
 
4.0 (1)
Imagine living longer, being healthy and having a youthful appearance for hundreds of years. How would you spend your extra time? Would it enable you to achieve impossible dreams? Become part of the movement, the excitement and the fascination. 'Ever Essence' will change your life too. ...