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Hi. I am a student at Scotts Valley High School. I love reading books, and hope to pursue a career as a journalist.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Glory OBrien

In the novel Glory O’brien’s History of the Future, Glory O’Brien is struggling with typical teenager problems- graduation, her best friend’s drama, her lack of a romantic life, and the death of her mother several years before. Things only get worse when she develops a strange ability to see people’s pasts and futures after “drinking” a petrified bat with her best friend, Ellie Heffner. Especially when she sees a deadly war coming- one that would put America in ruins and end the lives of many. Glory takes on the job of recording everything she sees about this war in order to one day help the citizens of the future, and discovers some things about herself along the way.
This book is amazing in its masterful storytelling and perfectly timed revelations. Although not all of the characters of this book are likeable, they are all incredibly well developed and thought out. Every part of this book works to tell something important; there were no boring details or long, drawn- out scenes. Surreal but full of self discovery, this book was impossible to put down. I would especially recommend this book for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson or other A.S. King books.

 

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Beware the Wild

Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker

In the novel Beware the Wild, Sterling Saucier must brave a local swamp in order to rescue her brother. The twist- this swamp is shrouded in myth, mystery, magic, and most importantly, malevolence. After her brother runs off into the swamp, Sterling vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. However, when the whole town forgets her brother and remembers only a mysterious sister who crawled out of the swamp, Sterling’s plans become complicated. She will require the help of the only other person in town who remembers, a loner boy named Heath. Together the two of them must work together to rescue the people the swamp has stolen from them, and possibly fall in love along the way.

This book was packed with the perfect balance of adventure and romance. Throughout the book, Sterling learns the power of family, friendship, love, and sacrifice. With complex characters and a dynamic plot, this book was impossible to put down. Especially recommended for fans of Beautiful Creatures.