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Ghosts

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Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Series: N/A Expected Publish Date September 13, 2016
Recommended for: 8th – 12th grade
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  GN TEEN

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.

Opinion:  I was asked to review an ARC copy of this book for my library.  I thought it was quite good.  Nice to see that there is going to be an interesting graphic book about Dia de los muertos.  This book is well written and respectful of the topic. I really liked the ways in which they explained the spirits though the ending is a bit different.  A must read if wanting to know more about the topic but definately meets a fans expectation of great visual quality at the level of a teen. I would recommend for middle and high school readers.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Teen

 

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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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Burning Midnight

25489041Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will McIntosh
Series:  N/A
Recommended for: Grade 7 & up
Pages: 320
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction McIntosh, W. 

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old David Sullivan’s life is about to change—all because of one tiny, priceless item found in the murky bottom of a Brooklyn water tower.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make rent.

No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the more expensive—and the greater the improvement.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is worth millions, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

My Review: The start to this one is a bit slow. I’ll admit I jumped into it without re-reading the description so it took me a good 20-25 pages to really understand what was happening.Once I got the concept, I did enjoy the book. The start is where it really shines. Sully meeting Hunter, them going hunting, and the bit of luck they find together. It’s when they going off to search new and, hopefully, untouched locations that it starts to drag again. The whole searching of water towers was a bit tedious. But once they find that mysterious Gold, things kick into high speed. Maybe a little too much.

Once the Gold is found, they’re immediately on a trip to find the other. Four teenagers, alone, with no idea where they’re going. I’m not sure why any parent would think that is a good idea, but I suppose the lure of money is enough to say okay to anything. Of course, they’re also being hunted by the main baddie (if you can call him that) and he’ll start at nothing for the Golds. Of course, nothing is quite as it seems and what the Golds (and Midnights) release is not good. (There’s also a lot of suspending belief at this point, too, you just kind of have to roll with it)

What does it bring? Well, I won’t ruin it, but it’s not completely unexpected though either. I was a bit disappointed in the solution though. It felt too easy and almost like a cop-out. I would have liked to have seen more happen. It just felt unsatisfying to say the least.

Overall, it was still a fun read and I would easily hand this to kids just exploring the Sci-Fi genre. It has a 5th Wave feel to it, but I’m not sure teens who have read that series would be completely satisfied with this one. I would suspect there may not be enough grit/depth to this one for their tastes.

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Sci-Fi, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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The Siren

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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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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 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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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

23369370Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 9th Grade and Up
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Smith, J

Synopsis: On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Review: Smith has been one of my favorite authors since The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and did not disappoint with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. This plot is a bit different than some of her others as it’s not about falling in love, but knowing that you love each other and deciding it’s wise to stay together when you’re going to be on the opposite sides of the country. It’s very bittersweet as you can tell the characters have a lot of history and have to decide if they want to follow logic or their hearts. Will going into college being attached to someone really hold them back? Will they find themselves waiting around for a phone call when they should be out having fun? Clare is def. the more hardcore logically one about it while Aidan is doing everything he can to convince her that they can make it. She’s got her reasons and while they’re a bit shaky at time it’s hard to fault her for the logic even if you want to shout that she should follow her heart. After all, long distance relationships are hard for adults let alone 18 year olds experiencing their first time away from home. Sometimes it’s all about timing and that can often overrule the love you have for each other.

While I think any teen can enjoy this one,  I do think it will resonate the most with seniors as I’m sure some may be facing the very same situation soon.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Romance, Teen

 

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Alex as Well

21469086Title: Alex as Well
Author: Alyssa Brugman
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th grade & up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Brugman, A

Synopsis: Alex is ready for things to change, in a big way. Everyone seems to think she’s a boy, but for Alex the whole boy/girl thing isn’t as simple as either/or, and when she decides girl is closer to the truth, no one knows how to react, least of all her parents. Undeterred, Alex begins to create a new identity for herself: ditching one school, enrolling in another, and throwing out most of her clothes. But the other Alex—the boy Alex—has a lot to say about that.

So, this is one I’m actually not recommending because of how problematic is is. I was super excited to read it, especially since it dealt with an intersex teen, but it did not live up to expectations. Alex splits her personality into girl-Alex and boy-Alex and they’re very gender stereotypical. For example, boy-Alex disrupts the class and makes lewd comments/actions to girls while girl-Alex likes all things sparkly and is inept at tools. Her parents are a problem as well. Even though Alex had ambiguous genitalia, chose to raise her as a boy, & documented all her actions to make sure they made the right choice, they still acted as if her decision to be a girl was from left field. They call her “weirdo” & “pervert” & her mother refuses to call Alex her. In fact, when her mother discovers Alex has stopped her testosterone medication, she starts to hid it in Alex’s food without her knowledge. Even worse, her mom has a “mental breakdown” at the end of the book, almost as if that excuses away how she treated Alex.There is a lot more I could complain about but won’t. (Though you can check out my post if you want to know it all).

All in all, this is one of those books where I’ll let it do it’s thing on the shelf. I’m sure some teens will discover it, but it won’t be one I’ll be hand selling at all.

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Realistic, Teen

 

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