Author: AmandaStheLibrarian

Read + Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan

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In a small town, five teenagers are internally connected through a murder of their most hated teacher. Each one of them have their own secrets and wake up each day terrified to what will happen next. Ivy is the school’s queen and finds a spark with Mattie, a shy, worrisome teenage boy. Kinley, the smartest girl at the school, finds a relationship with the a rebel boy, Tyler. She soon finds out that her deepest and most disturbing secret will be revealed and could ruin her entire future. And lastly Cade, whose family is torn apart and struggles to keep his anger in. All five students are complete strangers at first, but the murder brings them closer than ever, and it is all their job to keep their secret between one another.

Throughout this book, I was always at the edge of my seat and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. Although the characters were written with much details, it was hard to remember which character was which. However, the writing style and tone throughout the book formed a horror and chilling atmosphere which really brought out the mystery in the story. The surprises were very shocking and kept me hooked throughout the reading.

The plot conflicts were very twisting, especially with what goes on in the characters’ lives and how they deal with the situation(s). I really enjoyed how the author wrote the book in different perspectives and incorporated multiple stories into one. If you enjoyed the book I Know What You Did Last Summer or the show Pretty Little Liars, make sure to keep a lookout for this book!

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Reviewed by Allyson, Grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

Read + Review: The Quest to Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

Read + Review: The Quest to Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

The risk of danger, the emotion of fear, and the idea of spectacular wonders no one could possibly resist causes Stella Glass to sneak onto the first ship capable of passing the Hiteran Mountains: The Iron Glory. During the past five years after peace was obtained, the Merrow Kingdom and the Dragonfly Territories worked together to create a ship to travel to the Uncharted Lands. People from all over Solace have been chosen to undergo this momentous and risky voyage, including Stella’s parents. It had been decided that the journey is too dangerous for children, but Stella can’t let her parents leave her behind, into an uncertain realm, where all kinds of possibilities exist, many hinting to the notion that her parents may never come back to Stella. But once Stella is aboard the Iron Glory, she realizes that she’s dealing with more than the risk of being caught. Stella Glass is facing the possibility that now looms before her: A failed expedition, or in other words, death. Someone on board is trying to sabotage the ship, to keep it from succeeding its mission to reach the Uncharted Lands. With the help of another stowaway, a mysterious boy of many secrets, they attempt to save the Iron Glory and its passengers, before it’s too late.

The Quest to the Uncharted Land is awesome! Every bit of the book was enjoyable. This book is quick, with plenty of action. The plot is amazing, and the characters inside the plot complement it, with the turmoil, strained bonds between themselves, the discoveries, and the adventure. The characters’ personalities, memories, and backgrounds were unique and special, creating characters you instantly care for. There were little bits of the book that hinted to the two previous books before it: The Mark of the Dragonfly and The Secrets of Solace, both also by Jaleigh Johnson. It was really fascinating to see how they were connected. All in all, The Quest to the Uncharted Lands was a wonderful ending to the World of Solace series. You do not necessarily have to read the other two books to enjoy this one, but I personally recommend reading The Mark of the Dragonfly and The Secrets of Solace before The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, in that order, to get a better understanding of Solace and the different kingdoms of Solace, along with its variety of people.

One memorable thing about this book is Stella Glass’s skills. Thanks to her parents, she is a good healer and aspires to be one as her occupation. Stella is also an alchemist, able to make smoke bombs and other things along those lines. These two separate talents that make up Stella creates a very intriguing and awesome character in this book.

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Reviewed by Christine, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library