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THE BRIGHT AND THE PALE was an immersive, very enjoyable fantasy book. It was action packed, I never found myself bored, and the characters had interesting dynamics and complex backstories. My favorite part of the novel was the world, which is gritty and dark, with wintry and Russian themes. I loved the way the author designed the world to be the sort that you can understand so well, and be so intrigued by. The author's writing style was also easy to digest, and did well at explaining the complexities of the world. Overall, it was a great book I would happily read again. -Ruby, 15
PREPPED follows Becca Aldaine, who lives in a doomsday survivalist community, a community that Becca is determined to escape from. The concept was so intriguing—the idea of people who prepare for the apocalypse sucked me in immediately, and the author fully delivered what was promised. My favorite part of the book was Becca as a character, and what she goes through as she tries to change her life for the better, while saving her little sister. Overall I really enjoyed the story, and the struggles of Becca's reality as she fights against the constraints of her community. -Ruby, 15
This novel broke my heart. It tells a heart-wrenching story of love and loss that absolutely absorbed me for a few days, I couldn't stop thinking about it. There are wonderfully flawed yet lovable characters, as we jump back and forth between two timelines, where on both sides, love and death approaches. I loved the overarching themes that discuss how a person can move on from their past and progress into a more beautiful future. I overall loved and found SOME OTHER NOW to be a memorable book. -Ruby, 15
I thoroughly enjoyed A PHO LOVE STORY. It follows two teenagers whose families own rival pho stores. The two main characters were very lovable and easy to read. It was a relaxing, entertaining story that kept me engaged in all that was happening. I especially loved how much I got to learn about Vietnamese culture, and how that blends with modern-day America. It's the perfect book if you want to escape reality for a little while and enjoy a love story with intriguing underlying themes and addictive tropes. -Ruby, 15
LOVE IS A REVOLUTION is masterful in blending the struggles of love, family, and finding your place in the world. Renee Watson’s novel is about 17-year-old Nala’s summer before her senior year, when a couple of white lies lead to a relationship built on false promises and vows she can’t keep. I admired how this book emphasized that there is more to making a difference than volunteer work or sacrificing a summer, but that revolution comes in the little things, through spending time with the people you care about. Who are we to try to change our world if we’re unable to change ourselves? -Zoe, 15