Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally



“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.







This week, I picked:

Jesse’s Girl
By Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date: July 7, 2015















From Goodreads:

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Why I picked it:

Miranda Kenneally’s books rate right up there with Kasie West and Sarah Dessen’s on my Absolutely MUST read no matter what list. Not to mention that I do have a soft spot for stories where a big time rock star falls for a small town girl. If you would like to read this book click here to put your name on the list.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Westerns!


     Everyone needs some good ole' cowboy duels every now and then. The problem is that there are very few YA books that are really Western in genre or Western in feel. So if you're looking for a good western, here are a few (released and upcoming) that you can enjoy reading.

Vengeance Road, Erin Bowman (September 1, 2015)- As a part of Erin's street team promoting Vengeance Road, I have to inform you all that IT IS AWESOME. I've been gifted the first four chapters and a few other excerpts, and each character has such a unique, compelling voice. Kate, the heroine, is tracking down a gold mine and the outlaws who killed her father, and she's fearless. Absolutely, amazingly fearless. You'll love her fire and reckless energy, and you can be sure that the western feel will stick with you through the entire book.

Under A Painted Sky, Stacey Lee (Available Now)- Two girls, one Asian-American, one a runaway slave, find themselves on the Oregon Trail in 1849. 
If you're like me, you grew up on the computer game 'The Oregon Trail'. You know about getting wagons across rivers, approaching strangers, and bartering for blankets when you're freezing to death. When the girls in Under A Painted Sky meet up with some cowboys, they find unlikely allies.

Blood Red Road, Moira Young (Available Now)- Okay, so it's set in the future, but it's about as "Old West" as a non-western book can feel. Wild outlaws, fights to the death, and crazy escapes makes for a quick, easy read that will definitely leave you wanting more.

     There's a great need for diverse books in our culture- no one wants to read the same thing over and over again. Westerns are one piece of that puzzle. It's important to expand our horizons, and when we do, we find ourselves better able to relate to the world.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Storm by Amanda Sun



“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.







This week, I picked:

Storm
By Amanda Sun
Publication Date: June 30, 2015















From Goodreads:

After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat.

Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive
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Why I picked it:

Besides the fact that the main character and I share the same name? I’ve been following Katie and Tomo’s adventure since the beginning, and I’m super curious to see how it all ends. If you’d like to put a hold on this book, click here. Or, if you haven’t read the other two books in this series but would like to, click here and you can put your name on the hold list for those as well

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Animal Lovers

     Animals are great. They're funny, smart, and are the most photogenic of all of us. We love animals, and that's reflected in a lot of our writing. That being said, here's a few books featuring a strong animal presence.

The Black Stallion- Walter Farley: These are classic books that I personally was in love with when I was younger. It tells the story of Alec, a young boy who rescues a great Arabian stallion, and follows the two of them through life in the many books in the series. The Black is a wild animal, only half-tamed by the boy who loves him, and as they live out their adventures, you come to love all the characters that take the stage in the series. Click here to see how extensive the collection is here at the library. 

The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater: A standalone novel in Stiefvater's unmistakable voice, The Scorpio Races is a triumph of action, deceit, and bonds that cannot be broken. The horses (most of them, anyway) in this novel come from the sea, born of the foam, and compete once a year in a dangerous race along the beach of a tiny island. The trials and pain to get one of these horses are insane in and of themselves, and to train one well enough to be ridden and raced? It's lunacy. That's what makes it such a great book. Click here to get a copy from the library.

Animal Farm- George Orwell: You might as well read this one now, because you're going to have to read it in school if your schools are anything like mine was. Maybe you've already read it! Honestly, it's not a bad book- it gets a little strange here and there because of the allegory involved, but it's short and pretty easy to get through, especially if you don't have a hundred discussion questions to answer for class. Here's where you can check out a library copy. 

So whether or not you're an animal lover, you can see that animals play a huge role in literary culture, as companions, as enemies, and as main characters. But everyone should be careful because of this animal in particular:



Friday, June 19, 2015

Teen Book Review: Between by Jessica Warman

When I came across Between by Jessica Warman the cover instantly caught my eye. And once I had read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. Ghost stories are the best in my opinion, and this particular book was no different. I loved every minute of it all the way to the end. Elizabeth Valchar has everything you could want, the looks, the boyfriend, even the money. But I guess the none of that matter once your dead. She dies on her seventeenth birthday, and she has to figure out who did it before she can pass on from being a ghost. This book was a roller coaster ride filled with plot twists. I loved everything about it, except for the fact that Liz was very vain. But I guess that just comes with being rich and popular. This was one of those books that you want to read again just to see what you missed.
(Reviewed by Gingerbread637, 13, Western High School)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Leveller by Julia Durango



“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.







This week, I picked:

The Leveller
By Julia Durango
Publication Date: June 23, 2015















From Goodreads:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

Why I picked it:

A bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world? Yes, please! If you would like to put a hold on this book, click here.