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The Imposter Queen

23495112Title: The Imposter Queen
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: The Imposter Queen #1
Recommended for: Grade 6 & up
Pages: 432
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Fine, S

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

My Thoughts: I had a lot of fun with this one and would be great for those fantasy people. The world is not overly unique, but enough so that it’s not one I’ve seen too often. The kingdom is protected by the Valtia, who can wield powerful magic. The magic is not solely hers though and it passes on to her predecessor, the Saadella, on her death. Elli is the current Saadella, the only problem is when the Valtia dies the magic doesn’t transfer to her. In fact, she can’t even do the most basic thing like freeze ice or light a fire. Knowing they’ll kill her, Elli rans and finds herself in the outlands with bandits/outcasts. It’s there she learns there is way more to the magic of the land and that not all is as it seems.

There are times where it was a bit predictable, but nothing that was too horrible that I couldn’t get over. The romance is pretty mild. They kiss and sleep next to each other (innocently) but it wasn’t too much beyond that. It is implied that there is way more there and even some talk, but nothing is depicted on the page. This series is one to look into and one I’ll be gladly be continuing.

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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The Boy Most Likely To

The boy most likely to

Title: The Boy Most Likely To

Author: Fitzpatrick, Huntley

Series: N/A

Recommended for: High School grades 10-12

Pages: 425

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Fitzpatrick, H.

 

Synopsis: Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Recommend for patrons that liked Paper Towns and high school patrons due to language and some scenes of teen sexual activity. This book is very engaging, funny and keeps you in the thoughts of the author by switching characters so you know what each person is thinking.  Keeps you thinking and you would not guess the ending.  A fun descriptive book that details what happens when you constantly have bad luck but decide to make everything alright.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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The White Rose

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Title: The White Rose

Author: Amy Ewing

Series: Lone City Trilogy

Recommended for: Ages 14-17 

Pages: 358

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION EWING, A.

 

 

SynopsisThe compelling and gripping sequel to Amy Ewing’s debut, The Jewel, which BCCB said “Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”

Violet is on the run—away from the Jewel, away from a lifetime of servitude, away from the Duchess of the Lake, who bought her at auction. With Ash and Raven traveling with her, Violet will need all of her powers to get her friends, and herself, out of the Jewel alive.

But no matter how far Violet runs, she can’t escape the rebellion brewing just beneath the Jewel’s glittering surface, and her role in it. Violet must decide if she is strong enough to rise against the Jewel and everything she has ever known.

My thoughts:  I loved this book so much after I read the first book that I read it in one day.  It is very entertaining and for The selection fans this is a must.  Girls, injustice, a higher ruling class with a bit of ancient mysterious magic.  The cliffhanger is too die for.  Can’t wait until the last book of this trilogy comes out next fall.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

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Title: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Author: Rick Yancey

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Recommended for: Teenagers 13-17 years old

Pages: 339

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION YANCEY


Synopsis
Alfred Kropp is the last person you’d think could save the world. But when this oversized underachiever gets roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme, his life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur–and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man.

With an ancient order of knights in hot cars, thugs on motorcycles, and a mysterious international organization following his every lumbering step, Alfred undertakes a modern-day quest to unravel a thousand-year-old mystery and return the sword to its rightful place.

My Thoughts: I loved this book because it was interesting and engaged the reader with twists and turns along the way. This would be a great book to recommend to fans of the Percy Jackson books because it involves magic in the English legends with an awkward teenager.  Kids would love this trilogy.

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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Ink & Bone

23398607Title: Ink & Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Recommended for: 7th Grade and Up
Pages: 351
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Caine, R.

Synopsis: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Review: I really enjoyed this book. While I would put it in fantasy, it has more of a steampunk feel. Placement of time makes it feel old, but the technology makes it very futurist. It was a fun take on the power of libraries, even to the level of almost being abusive. It was a bit predictable at times, but it’s hard to surprise me anymore. I’m interested to see where the series will go, especially with where Jess is about to be placed.

Read-a-likes:
Harry Potter
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slad

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen

 

The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men
The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Tiffany Aching/Discworld
Recommended for: 5th through 12th grades
Pages: 375
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION PRATCHETT
Synopsis: A young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland by the Fairy Queen.
Review: Terry Pratchett is known for his various series set in the exotic land of Discworld. With The Wee Free Men, Pratchett gives us a new series and a new hero: Tiffany Aching. Continuing through A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight this story follows young Tiffany from adolescent cheesemaker to Witch: Protector of the Chalk.

The writing is sharp and the protagonist interesting, as she struggles to rescues her brother. Young Tiffany stands in the shadow of her departed grandmother, a powerful and somewhat mysterious woman, whom may have been a witch herself. She struggles against her own sense of doubt as she faces an intrusion into her world by the Fairy Queen and the quest to bring her brother home. Her mixture of grit and determination and use of wits as her weapon makes me both enjoy the book, and also recommend it. I would recommend this book for boys and girls 5th through 12th grades.

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Adventure, Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy, Funny, Funny, Juv, Teen

 

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Nimona

Nimona
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Recommended for:  Teens
Pages: 266
Call Number/Link:  GN TEEN STEVENSON, N.

Synopsis: 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. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit

Review:  Nimona,on a first read sounds like a send up of the tropes of fantasy and hero/villain sidekicks, but the story matures and grows into a tale of self-exploration and relationships. All of the characters get their excellently written moments of introspection. I enjoyed this title quite a bit.

Nimona is one of those rare things in narrative fiction: a complex female character. All too often, the quest for “strong” female protagonists, leads to a blandish heroine who’s strength, basically translates to “pretty/knows karate.” Nimona’s strength lies in a battling mixture of powerful darkness mixed with a very human vulnerability.

This is a graphic novel that shines for teens or adults both males and females. While not overtly violent or ribald, I would not recommend it for younger viewers. Many of the subtle nuances of character and the meditations on what makes one “good” or “bad” are a bit above the interest level of a younger reader.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Teen

 

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