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2013 September 30
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ARCToday’s post comes from the Beta Books club at my library, which reads, reviews, and generally has a grand time discussing ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of upcoming teen books. Our review form includes a cover discussion, space to share thoughts on the book, and 1-5 star rating. Thanks to today’s reviewers for agreeing to share their thoughts on The Hub! SPOILER ALERT: Some reviews mention plot points. 

Reviewer: Jayla

BookThe Dream Thieves: Book II of the Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater

What did you think of the cover? I love the cover, and I definitely think it matches the story. Ravens are a major part of the book, so I think it’s great that they’re included too.

dream thieves coverWhat did you think of the book? This sequel actually surpassed my expectations. The first book, The Raven Boys (a 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten winner), was actually more of a mediocre read for me, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the second one. While the beginning did start off a bit slow, and took some time getting into it, The Dream Thieves is worth sticking with and reading to the very end. It’s too hard to talk about this book without giving anything away, but I can say that it was filled with an intricate plot, complex characters and beautiful writing. There was so much more depth to the raven boys – Ronan, Noah, Adam and Gansey – this time around. We’re given more insight into how they feel and think, and all of the secrets they possess. The Gray Man was also one of my favorite aspects of the story. He was complicated, fascinating, and just really grew on me. He was the best villain I’ve read in a story in a long time.

I would recommend The Dream Thieves to a friend, especially to someone who was disappointed with the first book, because this book will make you look at the series with a new eye.

How would you rate this book? 5 stars: Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

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Sasquatch escape coverReviewer: Elena

BookThe Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors

What did you think of the cover? I liked the cover, but I would do the cover more realistic.

What did you think of the book? I thought the book was great. I liked the book because it was funny. My favorite part of the book was when the squirrels came. Yes, I would tell others about the book, and they should read it.

How would you rate this book? 4 stars: Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

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Infinite moment of us coverReviewer: Izzy

Book: The Infinite Moment of Us, by Lauren Myracle

What did you think of the cover? I thought the cover was super cute. The cover was a perfect match to the story & I would change nothing about it.

What did you think of the book? I thought this was a very good book. I loved the love story, the characters Charlie & Wren. Even P.G. & Tessa. I didn’t dislike anything about the book. I love the part when Charlie goes after Wren in the end! I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

How would you rate this book? 5 stars: Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

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The 100 coverReviewer: Izzy

Book: The 100, by Kass Morgan

What did you think of the cover? I thought the cover was interesting. It did match the story. I think the cover should be of Earth with “The 100” on it.

What did you think of the book? I really, really liked this book. The author did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. I don’t like the fact that this book is going to be a series on the CW Columbus. I loved the part when Clarke & Bellamy find the medicine & kiss in the field. Team Bellamy all the way! I’ve already recommended this book to 5 people. :)

How would you rate this book? 5 stars: Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

Becky O’Neil, currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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3 Responses
  1. Mickie permalink
    September 30, 2013

    Wow–recommended to 5 people! High praise, indeed! I’m going to have to read that…. :)

  2. Erin permalink
    September 30, 2013

    Great reviews! I have had The Raven Boys on my ‘to read’ list and now I am even more anxious to read it after the good review of the next book!

  3. Susan permalink
    September 30, 2013

    Hmm–now I need to read Raven Boys and the sequel!

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