Book Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens Book Review


This book proves that a cliché is not the only thing a person can be. They can be a blond beauty queen, a handsome pirate, or a secret agent clothed in black. But they can also be a kick-ass female, a transgender pageant queen, or a corrupted beauty queen with a thirst for power. This book also proves that no one should be judged by their looks; because there is so much more underneath. The perfect beauty queen could be a lonely girl whose mother left her at a young age. The extremely attractive pirate could be a boy from a bad neighborhood just looking for some money to get by. Beauty Queens is about 13 pageant contestants who are stranded on a deserted island and how they escape. This book is an adventure filled with action: explosions, survival, and, of course, a whole lot of hairspray. This is a book that makes the word “cliché” seem outdated and keeps you wanting more.


5 Books That Will Make You Laugh

Beauty Queens

  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

13 beauty pageant contestants are stranded on an uncharted island and all alone, struggling to survive. What’s a beauty queen to do?


  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath, a fangirl at heart, is about to face a more difficult college experience than she had planned for.

Me And Earl and the Dying Girl

  1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This book is full of sarcastic and insecure humor. This is seriously a funny book that also happens to be seriously sad. Prepare yourself for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster.

An Abundance of Katherines

  1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.


  1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc.


5 Books That Every Feminist Will Love

Wolf by Wolf

  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

In this thrilling alternative history book, the Axis powers have won WWII and Yael, a former death camp prisoner, is on a quest for a revenge.

The Female of the Species

  1. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This is a novel about a teenage girl who avenges her sister’s rape and murder. She will leave you reassessing everything you thought you knew about the lives of young women.

Throne of Glass

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

This book tells the story of an assassin and how she discovers a greater destiny than she could have ever possibly have imagined.

A Gathering of Shadows

  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

 Lila Bard is a unique character that I have never seen anything like in any other novel. She never does the expected.

Beauty Queens

  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive and get along. In a mix of survival and humor, these girls reveal that they are more than what meets the eye.





Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Review


This is not an average book with average characters or an average plot. First some background info: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. Along with some new and old friends, she escapes and is thrust into a whole new adventure. Throughout the book, Tana is faced with various challenges, but overcomes them. And yet, every time she does, it is unexpected. She is not the stereotypical girl that you hear about when vampires are part of the company they share. She completely understands the danger and is not afraid to defend herself. This book constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. From the way, the character’s backgrounds are slowly weaved in to the unpredictable twists and turns the plot takes you through. Overall, this books is not what you would expect and unpredictable.


Belly Dance For Teens!

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Come learn the art of belly dance! Dusty Muhammad, local belly dance instructor, will introduce the movements and rhythms of this dance to teens, ages 13-18.

Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Reston Regional Library

11925 Bowman Towne Road


5 Books That Will Make You Cry


  1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book brings the harsh reality of suicide to light and shows how the smallest of actions can have monumental effects.


  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Presented without comment. Okay? *sob* Okay.

The Art of Racing In The Rain

  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    The story is told from the point of view of a dog and starts on his last day of living as he recounts his whole life.


  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    This is the story of Lou and Will. Two characters of different lives colliding in a     thrilling book. Trust me you will have waterfalls coming out of your eyes.


5.     Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder follows the life of a young boy, August, who has a rare genetic condition. It shows his experience through elementary school and the different ways in which people are affected by his condition.



Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman



Scythe Review


Scythe tells the journey of two individuals: Rowan and Citra. This is the story of these two peoples on their way of becoming scythe’s. In this world, humans have conquered death and scythes are the only ones who can take life; they do this to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are apprentices of scythes – something neither of them really want. This book expertly gives all sides of view to the reader. You see Citra’s view, Rowan’s, and some of the other scythes as well. Throughout the book, the reader learns many things about their world and they start to compare our world to Citra’s and Rowan’s. You think much more deeply about death and how their “utopian” world is not a “utopia” at all. What if all causes of death were eliminated? What if you could become Death himself and have the power to decide who dies, where, and why? These questions revolve around your mind while reading this book and make you think, not about their world, but about our own. How different life could be?  Overall, Scythe is an intriguing and powerful book that should not be taken lightly.