EBPL's First Look

EBPL's First Look program is a community service project by East Brunswick teens.

Teens get an exclusive look at young adult books before they are released for publication.  The books reviewed here have been read by teens and reviewed for the library.  

Check out these reviews to find your next favorite book!

For more information on how you can participate in the First Look program, please check out our Teen Volunteering page here.

The Devil's Banshee

What happens when you kind of take a Viking Prince from the 10th century, a woman who died from the devastating and horrendous, Great Fire of London of 1666, and two recently deceased teenagers from around our era, who go on a journey through the nine circles of hell in hell itself in order to basically find the devil's wife and banshee and try to make it on piece?
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Ashes

Eight years after the publication of Laurie Halse Anderson’s critically acclaimed Chains, Anderson is back with the final book of her Seeds of America trilogy, finally ending the adventure of the two African American characters we’d come to know and love: Isabel and Curzon.
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Everything, Everything

The book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is unlike any book I had ever read before.
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The Diabolic

The book The Diabolic takes place in a dystopian future where machines run themselves and humans have relied so much on these machines that they cannot function without them.
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The Book Jumper

Built on the premise of people able to enter the worlds of other books, The Book Jumper uses the rich variety of characters and backgrounds of the classics to enrich its own plot.
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Life in a Fishbowl

This book is really intriguing and clearly resembles the title: Life in A Fishbowl.
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The Thing About Jellyfish

On the surface, The Thing About Jellyfish is a middle-grade book about a girl named Suzy struggling with the death of a former best friend. But when you look closer, you see a girl struggling with much more than that - the divorce of her parents, growing up, not having anyone to talk to, feeling like a pariah even in her own home - and now the guilt of feeling like she failed her friend.
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Terror at Bottle Creek

This book gives an exhilarating glimpse into the terrifying experience of three young kids as they battle their way through a Hurricane Igor-ravaged swamp.
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Weregril

I would recommend the novel, "WEREGIRL" by C. D. Bell for any fantasy-loving person.
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My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier was a thrilling book that I couldn't put down.
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Replica

Replica is a flip book that tells the same story from two different perspectives.
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Scyth

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is about a world where there is no more death.
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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Overall the story was very well crafted and it is definitely worth a read.
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A List of Cages

“The things I know stay in my head as I stand on my own two feet at the end of the day, and I walk back to my room with my journal to write my list of cages.” This first mention of the title in the story is thirty five pages from the ending, which is right around the time your heart overloads on emotions and bursts into a million pieces. Not unlike a more teen friendly version of A Child Called ‘It,’ A List of Cages by Robin Roe centers on a story of friendship, abuse, and the ability to move on.
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The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout is a spectacular novel that will capture the hearts and minds of readers', and I highly suggest it for any teenager that's up for a nice, lovely read that is equally heart-wrenching and dynamic.
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To Catch a Killer

Penguin Books claims that a mystery only needs to have five basic but important elements: characters, a setting, a plot, a problem, and a solution. Now, for a basic mystery, this is fine. But a good mystery novel should have more complex components, and Sheryl Scarborough, author of To Catch a Killer, certainly attempts to create a more intriguing mystery novel. Unfortunately, she doesn’t quite get there.
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Remember to Forget

Remember to Forget by Ashley Roye , is a cheesy chick flick that is both laughable and romantic.
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Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X.

This is definitely a book I recommend reading for fantasy lovers.
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Stalking Jack the Ripper

The whole story is sort of like a house of cards so intricately set up but it ultimately falls down.
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The Bone Sparrow

You cried at The Boy in Striped Pajamas. You were shocked by the unrestrained, grim reality in A Thousand Splendid Suns. Now, experience Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow, a combination between endearing childhood innocence and the cold, harsh reality of the life of refugees in Australian detention centers.
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