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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

 

Title: The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Author: Phoebe Stone

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 3-7

Pages: 234

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION STONE,P.



Synopsis: 7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

My Thoughts: I thought this was such a fabulous book because it was cute, touching, and relatable. I would definately label this realistic fiction because that could happen to and has happened to many people.  So sad because you do not expect what the family is trying to keep from Louise until she can come to terms with her past by herself.  I think this book would work well for upper elementary school and middle school readers because of the immaturity of the characters.

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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, self-esteem, Teen

 

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The Wrath and The Dawn

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-2Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: Sage of Shahrzad and Khalid
Recommended for: 8th Grade and up
Pages: 404 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION AHDIEH, R. 

Synopsis: In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

I really enjoyed this story it is well written and the world is mesmerizing. I feel as though you get to know the main characters and a few minor pretty well.   Shahrzad is a smart, strong character that has a quick temper and a silver tongue.  She uses her storytelling skills to stay alive the first night, but than must rely on her wit to stay alive while she tries to find the best way to kill the boy-king.  It is part of a saga, so I am not sure how many books are going to come.  I am almost done with the second book and still loving the story.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Romance, Teen

 

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The Season

The season

 

Title: The Season
Author: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Series: n/a
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 344
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Dyer, J. 

Synopsis:     “When her mother enters her and her twin sister as debutantes for this year’s deb season in Dallas, soccer star Megan McKnight is furious. She has no interest the dress-filled life of a socialite deb, but her season turns out to be one full of twists and turns – and more than one dashing suitor!”–  

I really liked this book, it was fun, full of exciting events and you would never have guessed the ending.  A fun read for upper middle school, high school and college.  Previous readers have said is related it to pride and prejudice meets tomboy and the texas tradition.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

3P JKT Geeks_Guide.inddTitle: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Series:
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Tash, S

Synopsis: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy…
Archie and Veronica…
Althena and Noth…
…Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

My Review: I absolutely love, love, LOVED this book. The geek culture is pretty spot on. There was nothing that made me want to say NO THAT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG. And they treated the whole geek culture very nicely. Tash didn’t portray them as “loser” or “nerds” they were just every day kids who loved Comic Books. In fact, one of their friends who went with them, who though it would be “nerdy”, ended up loving and it even says she can see why they love it so much!

The love story is spot on as well. I love how it was handled. I don’t want to give too much away in that area, but it was totally realistic. And honestly, while I was kind of cheering for it to go a different way, I was very happy with how it ended up. If felt perfect for the situation and seemed like something that would happen to one of my teens.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Matched

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Title: Matched

Author: Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Series: Matched Trilogy

Recommended for: Grades Middle & High School

Pages: 512

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CONDIE

 

 

Synopsis:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

Thoughts: I really love this book I think as one reviewer said that this is very similar to the giver but more beautiful people.  I would also compare it to The Selection series as well.  The fans of both these books would love this trilogy.  It is fast paced and I just whizzed through the books since there are so many twists. They are available as an eBook, audio book and book form.  I started reading as paper copy then I finished listening to the eBook since I could not obtain a paper copy.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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First & Then

23310751Title: First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Pages: 267
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Mills, E.

Synopsis: Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

My Review: This was a fun, quick read. I believe it’s suppose to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but it more of a Jane Austen homage than anything else. There are hints of P&P and even other Austen characters, but it’s not a retelling in the straight forward sense. Both Devon and Ezra don’t quite fit their P&P counterparts attitudes. The illusion of Lizzie and Darcy’s personalities are there, but both Devon and Ezra deviate quite a bit/are their own person.

There’s a bit of problem with structure/pacing, but I think this going back to the P&P/Austen homage thing. There were characters and scenes that should have been taken out because they merely distracted from the story. The true heart of the story is Devon, Ezra, and Foster. Their relationships and hardships are truly what pull you into the story. Foster’s story is the most heartbreaking as he comes to terms with be abandoned by a drug-addict mom. All three characters go through some nice transformations that make you root for the the entire time.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

The Siren

The siren

 

Title:     The Siren

Author:   Kiera Cass

Series: N/A

Recommended for:   Ages 13-17

Pages:   336

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Cass, K.

Synopsis:   Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger…but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

This was such a spellbinding book.  I loved the way she writes the character so heart felt.  She is unique and feels so many things and does not know why until she asks the Ocean more questions.  The twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will never guess the ending.  Surprising what people keep hidden because they just don’t think it’s possible.  Can’t wait to for the sequel to see where she takes it, there are so many possibilities.  A great read for 8th grade and beyond.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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