Monday, June 29, 2015

An unusual and important book for teens

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

Kristin is a senior in high school and a track star (she runs the hurdles) with scholarship offers from colleges, a cute boyfriend, a great relationship with her widowed father and 2 very close friends.  She is happy and secure until everything changes after her first sexual encounter with her boyfriend causes her excruciating pain.  Upon visiting a gynecologist she is diagnosed with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, or AIS, a form of intersex.  Her world and relationships are turned upside down as she begins the journey toward accepting and living with her diagnosis.  This is a sensitive highly readable book that also serves to educate about different types of intersex conditions.  Read the author's note at the end too, as in it she explains the inspiration for writing this book and includes information on various support groups throughout the country.  Books like this serve to remove the stigma and increase understanding and acceptance of those with differences of all kinds.  HIGHLY recommended!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A scifi fairy tale series

 Begin your adventure into this futuristic take on popular fairy tales with Cinder, the story of a cyborg (part human, part machine) with a not-so-nice stepmother who keeps her locked in the basement when she is not doing chores or earning money. Cinder is a mechanic who finds herself caught up in court intrigue between handsome Prince Kai and evil Queen Levana of Luna.  Earth is in the throes of a massive plague that threatens to wipe out the Earthen species altogether, and on the brink of violent takeover by the Lunars led by their queen.  Cinder is the futuristic version of, well, guess who? 

Continue the saga with Scarlet, a young farm girl from Earth who is searching for her grandmother who has been kidnapped by a weird Lunar race of part wolf part Lunar.  Her grandmother harbors important secrets about the identity of the missing Princess Celine, who is the rightful heir to the throne of Luna and therefore a threat to Queen Levana.  Scarlet's path (along with possible ally Wolf) crosses with that of Cinder and Thorn from book one.  Can you guess the fairy tale counterpart to Scarlet?
 On to part three in Cress, who is a hacker for Queen Levana's army and who has been trapped since birth in a satellite orbiting Earth. Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf attempt to rescue her from her prison to convince her to help them in their plot to overthrow queen Levana.  This unlikely band of heroes may be Earth's only chance. Look at the cover, it's pretty obvious who Cress's fairy tale identity is!

Fairest is a prequel that tells the story of how Queen Levana came to power over Luna.  A good story to read while you're waiting for the final installment of the Lunar Chronicles to come out!

Be patient! Winter, the final installment, isn't coming out until November!  Winter is the step-daughter of Queen Levana, and has been trying to undermine her for years. Can she join Cinder, Scarlet and Cress to bring about the revolution that will end the queen's reign for good? 

See author Marissa Meyer's descriptions of the main characters from the first three books here:

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Monday, June 15, 2015

What if you knew what day you would die?

Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin
 Denton lives in the very near future (everything will be familiar except one crucial detail).  A group of scientists have figured out how to determine everyone's exact date of death and the government has made it mandatory that that date be determined at birth. Therefore, Denton and his family have always known that he would die in his senior year of high school, at the age of 17.  This book opens the day before Denton's death date, on the day of his funeral. (you get to plan your own funeral and speak at it too! ) Denton's best friend Paolo has a death date 26 days later.  Despite the morose topic, this is a funny and entertaining book, very fast paced and easy to get into. Denton sees more action in the last 48 hours of his life than in the past 17 years, with Paolo right beside him all the way.  The fact that he is turning purple with animated red dots all over him is just the beginning.  Prepare for a wild ride with this book!  (there's a sequel planned for next year too that I eagerly await!) 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Roland Smith's new thriller! Beneath.

Pat's older brother Coop disappeared after a huge fight with their parents. Coop has always been a little different, interested in underground tunnels, both those existing and digging his own dangerous ones.  One year after his disappearance Pat receives a cryptic message from Coop and travels to New York City in an attempt to find his brother. But his brother has joined a secret society that lives under the city and finding him proves to be terrifying and very dangerous.  A thrilling read, set aside a few hours to read this one in one sitting! 

Trapped in the mall!! No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

Sounds like heaven, right?  If you have to be trapped somewhere, wouldn't you want it to be at the mall?  Well, when there's an unknown kind of biological weapon found at the mall and everyone is quarantined things can get pretty ugly very fast!  Take all three of this trilogy out at once, because they are all fast reads and you will not be able to put them down. This thriller is told from 4 different points of view over a period of 7 days in the first book.  The story continues in No Easy Way Out and concludes with No Dawn Before Darkness.  Put a hold on them now!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sarah Dessen fans!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen! 
Product Details 
Do you love Sarah Dessen's books?  Her newest book will be available for checkout on May 5th!!  
Sydney is used to feeling invisible as her brother Peyton has always been the center of attention, and as of late, deep concern in her family. Now Peyton is serving jail time for a drunk driving incident and Sydney is feeling lost and disconnected. Then she meets the Chatham family and she begins to find her place among the warmth and chaos of this loving group.  
"Dessen delves deeper than ever into the complex dynamics of families suffering loss and confronting changes that upend everything. Once again, Dessen demonstrates her tremendous skill in evoking powerful emotions through careful, quiet prose, while delivering a satisfying romance. The author’s many devotees are sure to enjoy this weighty addition to her canon."  from the Publisher's Weekly starred book review.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Image result for the boy in the black suitThis one is a quiet gentle novel about a young boy trying to deal with the recent death of his mother to cancer and his father's subsequent descent into alcoholism.  Matt lives in Brooklyn New York in a pretty tough neighborhood.  He and his mother were extremely close, so he is devastated when she is diagnosed with breast cancer and dies shortly after. His father is unable to deal with the death of his beloved wife and buries his sorrow in a bottle of alcohol.  In an attempt to deal with his grief Matt takes on an after school job at the local funeral home where his mother's service was held and begins attending funerals of strangers.  This gives him a strange sense of peace and comfort and helps him to understand that he is not alone in grieving for a loved one. Also, the funeral director, Mr. Ray, takes Matt under his wing and vows to take care of him when his dad is involved in a crippling accident that removes him from the home for several weeks. When one of the funerals Matt helps to set up and attends turns out to be for the grandmother of a girl he has had his eye on for a while his life takes an upward turn.
If you are looking for a book with a lot of action, this one isn't for you.  It's a heartfelt story that has a real feel good type of ending. From the author's afterword:  "This is going to sound weird, but the only reason this book could be written at all is because my mother took me to a lot of funerals at a very young age. So...uh...thanks, Ma."