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Reviews by Category: Adrenaline

Teen Review
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Mr. Griffin was a horrible teacher. His students only meant it as a prank. They just wanted to scare him a little bit, make him sorry. They never meant to kill him. But now he’s dead, and even the best laid plans can go wrong sometimes.

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. This is an eye opening story of how peer pressure can escalate out of control. It was just fantastic and incredibly well-written. I have never read such a deep and thoughtful thriller/mystery.

This is a great little suspense book for even the reluctant reader...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1499678036_aftermath
Clara Kensie
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jun 29, 2018

When Charlotte was eleven, she was kidnapped from a football game. For the past four years, she has been held in her kidnapper’s attic, and raped every night (just warning you, this book is hard core, don’t let that beautiful fantasy cover fool you), sustained only by dreams of her loving family. But now, she has finally escaped. But losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents are divorced, her dad is obsessed with fame, her mother drinks too much, and her sister is a druggie. Her father wants her to write a book and be the figurehead of a new charity and her mother  wants her to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/975978036_wish_you_were_dead
Todd Strasser
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

The day after an anonymous blogger wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. Everyone at Soundview High School is scared and worried, but not as much as Madison, the last person to see Lucy before she disappeared. When two more students disappear after their names are mentioned on the blog, the residents of Soundview become panicked. Madison also begins to receive notes warning she is next. Madison is desperate to stop anyone else from vanishing, so she turns to a mysterious new student at her school, but can she trust him when it becomes clear he isn’t sharing everything he knows...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1481892036_my_sister_rosa
Justine Larbalestier
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Aug 4, 2017

Che is trying to be normal. He has a list, even. Of things he wants to accomplish soon, after moving to New York with his family.
However, Item Number One is: Keep Rosa Safe.

Seems normal right? After all, Rosa's just his five-year-old sister. Completely normal. Except she's also a diagnosable psychopath. Rosa has a long trail of seemingly innocent acts of killing on her small hands, and it's only a matter of time before he kills again, maybe this time a person.

Che has to protect his sister from the world- but he may need to protect the world from his sister.

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Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1481892036_my_sister_rosa
Justine Larbalestier
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

Rosa seems like a charming and brilliant young girl, she makes it look like there is nothing wrong with her. But her brother knows better. She is so talented at deception and persuasion, he is certain she is a diagnosable psychopath. She hasn’t hurt any people yet, but he is sure it is only a matter of time. Ever since their parents moved them to New York City, Rosa has been playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world, but more importantly, can he protect the world against Rosa?

This book starts out as a fun YA with terrific...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/347630036_give_a_boy_a_gun
Todd Strasser
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Brendan and Gray have been relentlessly harassed and bullied by the jocks at Middletown high for as long as they could remember. But not anymore. They decide enough is enough. They take all their classmates hostage at a school dance with an arsenal of stolen guns. It soon becomes clear to the students during the chaos that the only thing that matters to Brendan and Gary is revenge. At points along the story, there are statistics about gun violence, further educating the reader's understanding of the backdrop of this story.

This was a good, quick, although depressing read. A...

Teen Review
Melvin Burgess
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014

There's a brand new drug: Death. Take it and you'll experience the best week of your life - and then die promptly after.

I thought it was a decent, fast-paced book. The concept was very interesting. I felt  very distant from Adam, who, despite being the main character, had a lacking presence. However, I loved his character - he wasn't really a "hero", he cries when his life is crumbling around him. He's a gold digger. He's an awful boyfriend. In short, he's a complete loser. I found that really fascinating.

My favorite part was the overall concept of a drug that would be so...

Staff Review
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014

If you knew the precise time the moon would collide with a meteor would you pull out your binoculars, pop some popcorn, and pull up a lawn chair for the best show of your life? If you knew the moon would be struck quickly by the meteor but then slowly move closer and closer to the earth would you fear for you life? If you knew the moon's imposing presence in the sky would produce deadly earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes that wipe out millions of people would you still have hope? If you knew the middle of summer would soon turn to a blistering winter would you survive?

Staff Review
Lexicon by Max Barry
Max Barry
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Mar 14, 2014

This story starts with a bang! Wil Jamieson is grabbed by two guys in an airport bathroom. They stick a needle in his eye, ask him a bunch of questions and tell him if he wants to live he has to come with them. Wil gathers from their conversation that he in an important piece in a war they are fighting. Wars have casualties, and before they escape the airport one kidnapper and Wil's girlfriend are dead. Barely trusting Eliot, Wil takes off cross country as a fugitive, trying to discover what makes him so special.

Staff Review
The Hit by Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Mar 7, 2014

Adam scores the ultimate tickets to the last concert of rock star Jimmy Earle. How does he know that it is Jimmy's last concert? Because Jimmy has taken Death, the latest and greatest drug on the street. Live one glorious week on the high of your life...then die. Adam and his girlfriend Lizzie are there to see Earle give the performance of a lifetime, then die on stage. As the crowd goes wild, the two escape the area to find masked members of the Zealots handing out Death capsules on the street.

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