Book Reviews!

So, being one of the Teen Librarians here at the Copley Branch of the BPL, one of the things I like to do is read YA books so that I can talk about them and recommend those I liked to anyone who’s interested. I’ve recently read two books, one specifically written for teens, and one, an adult book with plenty of teen appeal. If you’re looking for a good book or two to read, check out my reviews below, and maybe you’d like to pick these up too!

Selkie Girl – Laurie Brooks

This book was amazing, very well written, beautifully scripted, and a quick, easy read on top of that! This is the story of a 16 year old girl who lives on the Orkney Islands, north of the Scottish mainland. She has the sea calling to her day and night, though she doesn’t know why, but she feels comforted by the water and the two selkie seals who swim with her. However, her hands are webbed for swimming in the water and this makes her an outcast to the others who live on the island. Her family is keeping a deep, dark secret from her, and she is determined to know what that secret is, even as the seals call to her from the sea, and the boy she yearns to dance with at the yearly Foy, promises not to kill another selkie for it’s oil and pelt as long as she dances with him. But will she leave him for a life in the sea forever? Or will she stay with him on the land?

I won’ t ruin the story, but it was an amazing and compelling read. If you enjoy stories about shapeshifters, you very well might enjoy this one too.

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn

This is the first book in a series about Bernie and Chet. Bernie is the lead Private Eye in the Little Detective Agency while Chet, is the dog he’s partnered with, who tells the story. Yes, these books are all told from Chet’s point of view! In Dog On It the two are on the hunt for a missing 16 year old girl. Did she run away? Or was she kidnapped against her will? Late one night, Chet is kidnapped too, and he learns more about the case than he can tell his partner. When he’s picked up by some bikers and taken to the pound, will he make it out alive? Or will he take all his secrets with him to the grave as they make room for more stray dogs?

This was such a fantastic read! I loved every minute of it so much, I couldn’t put the book down. It was also an easy, fast read too. I highly recommend it. I’ve already requested the second book and I can’t wait to start reading it! If you like books about dogs, if you hate cats, and maybe birds who can talk too, love riding in cars and on the back of motorcycles, and above all, searching for clues to solve a mystery, this is the book for you!

If you’ve read a YA or teen book recently that you really enjoyed, feel free to email a review to me and I’ll make sure it gets posted to our blog! Just make sure we have your first name, the name of the library branch you frequent the most, the title of the book, author, and, most important: your review! Send it to: bplteenblog(at)