Sunday, October 30, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Handle with Care is a great fit for teens who read issue fiction or enjoyed the movie adaptation of Picoult’s other novel My Sister’s Keeper. Told in alternate narratives, this story is quick and easy to read. It tackles difficult and interesting topics such as family relationships, fitting in, bulimia and cutting. It also has the element of Willow’s illness, which might be appealing to teens wanting to branch out from typical issue fiction. Teens interested in adult legal fiction will also find this book compelling.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Author: Sasha Gould
Release Date: March 2012
Summary: Venice, 1585.
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Review: While I’m happy that the series continued, this is my least favourite book. The 8th book did feel like a good conclusion, and I’m a little worried that the storyline is starting to drag on. Also, Emily’s secret didn’t really fit with the flow of the plot and just seemed like a weird add on. However, that’s not to say that the book wasn’t good. The rest of the girls had interesting storylines, which is what I liked about the beginning of the series…plus there are quite a few plot twists to keep readers guessing….who is the new A and what are the girls going to do about Tabitha?
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Author: Janet Lee Carey
Release Date: Jan 2012
Summary: Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.
Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.
In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Review: This book was a wild ride with multiple theories, accusations and huge plot twists. I loved how each girl was convinced she knew the identity of A and Ali’s real killer. In doing so, Shepard left a lot of little clues for the readers to piece together. Where other books have been about the girls’ lives as well as Ali and the mystery, this one focused more closely on what actually happened to Ali and her family. Be prepared to be surprised!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Author: Jenny Valentine
Release Date: Feb 21 2012
Summary: When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Summary: Hanna is on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer is stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily is abstaining from abstinence. The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.
Review: Despite being the 6th book in the series, there is still a lot of mystery and unknowns. Shepard does a good job of giving just enough information to think you’re on the verge of figuring out the big mystery without giving anything away. Each of the girls received incredibly interesting side stories; Spencer’s possible mom, Aria and Jason, Hanna and Mike and Emily and Isaac’s crazy mom, but I was most captivated by the tidbits we’re starting to get about Ali’s family life. One of my favourites in the series!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: Jan 2012
Summary: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Review: Just when you thought you had everything figured out, Shepard throws in one surprise after the other. This one seemed like a good filler novel to jumpstart the series and add new mysteries. Not a lot in terms of character development or storyline for the girls (although Emily does get a boyfriend), but readers can definitely tell that the next book is going to be juicy.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Author: Lucas Klauss
Release Date: January 2012
Summary: A male perspective on sorting love from loss, faith from fear—brimming with humor and romance. Phillip’s sophomore year is off to a rough start. One of his best friends ditches him. His track coach singles him out for personalized, torturous training sessions. And his dad decides to clean out all of the emergency supplies from the basement, even though the world could end in disaster at any moment...and even though those supplies are all Phillip has left of his dead mom. Not that he wants to talk about that. But then Phillip meets Rebekah. Not only is she unconventionally hot and smart, but she might like him back. As Phillip gets closer to Rebekah, he tries harder and harder to turn himself into the kind of person he thinks she wants him to be. But the question is, can he become that person? And does he really want to?
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Coming Soon to a Library Near You is a weekly feature inspired by Jill at Breaking the Spine that looks at upcoming books.
This Week’s Book: The Sharp Time
Author: Mary O’Connell
Release Date: Nov 2011
Summary: Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets. Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
By Jennifer Castle
Egalley (approx 432 pages)
Summary: After a family get together with her neighbours, Laurel decides not to go out with everyone, but rather stay in and catch up on homework. With that decision her life changes forever. Her parents, brother and her next door neighbour are killed in a tragic car accident. Now Laurel must struggle to live her life in the absence of those she loves and lean on David, whose father caused the accident.
Review: The Beginning of After focuses on the process of grief and the steps necessary to piece back together one’s life after such a tragic accident. The plot is slow moving, but the writing is rich and reflective. It doesn’t read as fast as similar books such as The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, but there is sweetness to the story that warrants the slower pacing. Castle does a great job at showcasing the highs and lows of moving on through believable and likeable characters. Lauren’s job at the vet provided an interesting twist and provided more depth as readers see how Lauren’s grief works itself out with the animals she cares for. David was a bit of a disappointment and I’m not sure readers will buy his relationship with Laurel. However, this doesn’t subtract from the book and those who enjoy “loss” books will enjoy Castle’s story.
This is Jennifer Castle’s first novel
Authors website: http://www.jennifercastle.com/home
Additional Info: Check out Jennifer’s thoughts on “Ya Fiction and ‘the death cliche’”
Grade Level: JS
Monday, August 29, 2011
While I was on my trip I got seriously addicted to the Pretty Little Liars series. Since the books are very similar in plot, writing style, etc., I’ve decided to do mini reviews so I’m not repeating myself as much. For a full review, check out my review here.
By Sara Shepard
PLL book 4
Summary: Emily's been shipped off to Iowa to live with her überconservative cousins. Aria's boyfriend is behind bars—because of her. Spencer is afraid she was involved in Ali's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse: She's clinging to life in the hospital because she knew too much. If these girls don't start listening to me, Hanna's going to look like the lucky one.
Review: Answers, finally! A lot of pieces came together in this fourth book leading up to A’s big reveal! The main characters are becoming even more complex, but at the same time predictable enough that readers feel like they ‘know’ them. I was especially enthralled by the secondary characters of this novel, especially Jenna, Lucas, Melissa, Meredith and of course Mona. While this could easily be the end of the series, readers will be dying to know what will happen next.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I love when libraries hold dances, especially in areas where schools do not have the space. One of the bloggers I follow (who is a teen librarian) posted in June about a program she ran called Geek Prom. It kicked off their summer reading program and gave the teens an opportunity to have a really goofy and fun time. Who doesn’t like to dress up like a geek?
Highlights include: geeky music, a duct tape station and prizes for the geekiest costume.
Check out her post here.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sometimes It Happens
By Lauren Barnholdt
Summary: During the first days of summer Hannah’s boyfriend cheats on her and her best friend Ava leaves her for summer camp, leaving Hannah all alone. To fill time and make a little cash she takes a job with Ava’s boyfriend Noah. Now it’s the first day of school and Hannah has to deal with the aftermath of the summer; her relationship with her ex, separation from Ava and an unexpected night between her and Noah.
Review: While not my favourite of her novels, Sometimes It Happens has many of the same elements that one comes to expect from Barnholdt’s work. It has the same easy to read writing style with short sentences and dialogue that make it perfect for reluctant readers or those wanting a quick read. Also, the characters are sarcastic and witty and easy to like. Hannah’s voice was surprisingly authentic despite the predictable plotline. While the flashbacks usually enhance Barnholdt’s novels, in this case they broke up the story a little bit too much making it difficult to connect. However, it was still an enjoyable read.
Author website: http://laurenbarnholdt.com/