Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Atlantia

by Ally Condie

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Rio and her twin sister Bay live in Atlantia, a world built underwater in order for human to survive, also known as the below. Once a year the children of the below make a chose to stay or go above. It is Rio's dream to go above but after her mother passes, Bay makes her promise to stay below with her. On decision day, she keeps her promise but Bay chooses to go above and Rio has no idea why. Rio is now left to find out why Bay would leave her and how to get to her in the above. In addition, Atlantia seems to be falling apart and Rio (who is a Siren) must figure out who she can trust (such as her Aunt or a mysterious boy) and how to use her voice in order to say her home.
This is cool fantasy story with some romance a hint of mystery mixed in.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

For 264 days Juliette has been living in a cell all because her touch can cause pain and even death. One day she gets a roommate Adam, who entrance into her life changes her world. Juliette is freed but only under the condition that she will help Warner, a leader of The Reestablishment, a apocalyptic dictatorship. Adam who is the only person in her life who has ever shown affection towards her, offers her a different choice.
For readers who still enjoy a good dystopian novel. The story is told from Juliette's perspective, including journal entries. The story gets inside her mind and even includes thoughts that are crossed out. The relationships between the characters is engaging and readers will enjoy rooting for their favorite. Readers who enjoy a mix of adventure and romance should be sure to give this a try.
This story is the first in a trilogy. It is followed by Unravel Me and Ignite Me.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tomorrow, When the War Began

by John Marsden

Ellie and six of her friends go camping in the Australian bush around their homes during Christmas break. When they return home, they find their families gone and a cryptic message from one of the parents. The country has been invaded and the teens must decide whether to surrender to be with their families, try and live in the outback undetected or launch a guerrilla attack such as which the enemy has never seen.
This story is told in the first person like a journal, and is very interesting. Ellie and her friends are very well organized, and each adds something to help with the survival and steady thinking of the group. It takes place a while ago, so it's different than Cory Doctorow's Little Brother X, but it is a great, fast-paced read. Tomorrow, When the War Began is perfect for someone who loved The Hunger Games or the Among the Hidden series, even though it isn't a dystopian novel.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Getting Over Garrett Delaney

By Abby McDonald

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

When Sadie first met Garrett she knew they were meant to be. He became the object of her obsession as she fell madly and hopelessly in love with him. Too bad Garret only sees her as a friend. Being best friends used to be enough for Sadie.
 One summer Sadie decides she is over being his friend and wants to declare her love for Garret. However, he goes to a summer writing camp without her and when he calls her one day to say he is in love with….someone else, things take a turn. With the help of an old friend and her new co-workers at the coffee place, and armed with a bunch of her mom’s self help books, Sadie is looking to find who she is without Garret and figuring out how to get over him.
This is a story about discovering who you are. Readers who have had an unrequited love will relate to Sadie and maybe find help in her steps to get over Garrett. This book is filled with a collection of fun characters who readers will enjoy.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ketchup Clouds

by Annabel Pitcher

An English teenager, Zoe, writes letters to a death row inmate in Texas, confessing to killing a boy. She then tells the story, all through a series of these letters, about how she loved two boys, betraying one and killing the other, and what the events were that led up to and away from the whole terrible thing.
Zoe is an engaging narrator, and tells her story with all of its ups and downs. There is a subplot that involves her family, her father's unemployment and the reasons why her mother is so protective and strict. Certainly, fans of any drama-centered books will love this one, as there is plenty of secrets exposed for anyone looking for some interesting plot turns.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Read a Magazine!

Kiki: For Girls with Style and Substance

We have magazines that you can read here or check out and take home! One of them is called Kiki, and is all about fashion and making your own stuff! If you like Project Runway (or PR Threads, now!), you will really love all of the articles in Kiki. The August/September issue has how to make a clutch out of an old book (perfect for the library book sale!) and a profile of fashion schools around the world.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Love is the Drug


by Alaya Dawn Johnson

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Emily, aka Bird, remembers being at the party thrown by another member of the social elite, but she doesn't remember what happened that causes her to wake up several days later in the hospital. When she awakes she learns the deadly v-flu virus has gotten worse and the area of Washington D.C. where she lives is under strict quarantine. There’s a government agent who is convinced Bird knows something to do with the virus and is determined to find out what she knows. Her scientist parents are out of town and tell her to be a good girl and follow the rules. Coffee is the only person Bird can trust to help her and together they dig deep to find out what happened the night of Bird’s accident and what relation it has to the v-flu.
This book has suspenseful and will have readers guessing what, if anything Bird knows. While there is a romance between Bird and Coffee, it is not the whole story. The developing friendship between Bird and another character, as well as her relationship with her cousin, are sweet additions to the story. The story includes some of Bird’s struggles being African American as well.
Readers who are looking for diversity in books without diversity being the focus should be sure to give this a try.