Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

“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:

Ice Like Fire
By Sara Raasch
Publication Date: October 13, 2015

From Goodreads:

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Why I picked it:

I'm curious to see what happens, especially with what happened in the first book. If you would like to put this book on hold, click here 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Unexpected

We all love school....right? Yeah, sure. Some classes are fun, but some just make you want to beat your head against the wall until you pass out and don't have to endure it anymore. I know a lot of teens who feel that way about their English class- especially the required reading. I get a lot of my ideas for these posts from lists, and one list I found was 'Books I'm Glad My Teacher Made Me Read.' So here are the top 3 books that may surprise you when your teacher hands them out to the class. 

To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee- There's been a big splash around this book since the publishing of the companion novel, Go Set A Watchman. But TKAM has been widely regarded as essential reading for a very long time. It tackles controversial issues in a way that teens can understand, and the story isn't bad, either. If you think you'd like to get a jump on it, click here to get a library copy.

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald-America in the Roaring 20s was a wild place to be. This book isn't required reading in all schools, but it's definitely a classic, and one that most teens enjoy. If you think you might be interested in this (short) historical fiction, click here.

The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton- It's the socs against the greasers in this YA novel about fitting in. Ponyboy is a greaser, and when things go bad, he has to figure out just how far his loyalty goes. If you like classics, especially classics that are less than 200 pages, you'll love The Outsiders. Click here to give it a shot.

Sometimes teachers and assigned reading feels like a huge burden, but sometimes, you'll find something you actually do enjoy if you just have an open mind.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: First & Then by Emma Mills

“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:

First & Then
By Emma Mills
Publication Date: September 8, 2015

From Goodreads:

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Why I picked it:

Besides the fact that the cover is insanely awesome? Well, I'm pretty dang curious to see what trouble Foster will present to Devon, and who she is going to end up with in the end. Click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Scare Factor

Some people like scary movies- and some people like scary books. Here are some scary, unique books that can make you shiver in the dead of night. 

172 Hours on the Moon- John Harstad- Okay, not a lot of people love this book as much as I do. I thought it was the perfect amount of scary and realistic, and the best part was that it was all scientific. It wasn't some supernatural force making things happen- there was a real explanation, and the most terrifying part was that if it really happened, no one would ever know. Click here to see what it's all about.

The Monstrumoslogist- Rick Yancey- Monsters are real. At least they are in this twisted historical fiction novel, the first in a series of four. The first installment focuses on hideous creatures that roam the countryside at night, destructive, terrifying monsters that can't be caught. Until the Monstrumologist takes it into his head to study them, anyway. To see what happens, click here and get the book. 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan- Mind the Fence. Don't venture into the forest- dangerous things lurk there. But as secrets come to light, you might find that all is not as it seems....Click here to unravel the mystery in the first book in the trilogy.

So if you like to be scared, if you like some terror in your reading life, pick up one of these- you'll be sure to enjoy it! And remember what to do if you're nervous:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

“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:

A Mad Zombie Party
By Gena Showalter
Publication Date: September 29, 2015


From Goodreads:

The battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

Why I picked it:

I was in love with this series from the very beginning, and I absolutely adore it. When I read the third book (and at the time I thought it was the last book in the series) I was content with the ending, but at the same time I was heart broken for Frosty (because I'm a big fan of Happily Ever Afters.) So when I heard that there was going to be another book, and this time it was going to focus around Frosty, I was ecstatic.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Eliot Rosewater Award

It's award time again! Every year a selection of books are chosen for the Eliot Rosewater Award, nominated in the fall and award given in the late spring. It's a program for high school students to choose the winner, and here are a few of the books nominated this year.

Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? This one is really fun, and there's a lot to be loved in this novel. Request a copy here.

Throne of Glass audiobook- Sarah J. Maas: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men- thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. I have a lot of friends who adore this book, and the audiobook is said to be amazing as well. Click here to request it.

Boy Nobody- Allen Zadoff: They needed the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die-of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission. I haven't read this one personally, but I think it looks pretty interesting. And it must be good if it was nominated for an award. Click here to request a copy.

So hopefully one or more of these sound interesting to you, and be sure to check out the rest of the selection on display in the teen area.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Teen Book Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

The book Sweet by Emmy Laybourne was an unexpectedly creepy read. I was expecting a book about ending world obesity and nothing more. I should have had an open-mind when deciding to read this. Prepare to be shocked, but the shock sort of sneaks up on you. This whole story kept me wanting more. I laughed and trembled throughout the entire thing. Emmy had an amazing idea when writing this because, it was original and almost futuristic. Laurel and the rest of the characters are automatically relatable as soon as you crack open this book. Laurel feels comfortable in her own skin. She doesn't want to lose weight in the first place and I feel we could all learn something from her. Society was a very big threat in this book, and was one of the main reasons I decided I loved it. This is definitely one of my new favorites and I can't wait for the next one in the series.

(Reviewed by Gingerbread637, 14, Western High School)

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