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Sarah's Key
Room
Rainwater
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Yoon does it again!!

The Sun Is Also a Star




The Sun is Also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Pages: 348

Published: 2016

Audiobook: 7 cd’s (8 hours)

Read:  June

3 out of 5


Nicola Yoon is definitely a teen favorite. Not only have both of her books earned a spot in the Teens’ Top Ten nominees, her debut novel, Everything, Everything made the Top Ten list last year. While I have enjoyed both books, they are extremely predictable and way too convenient for my tastes. I did enjoy Everything, Everything a little more because Yoon’s voice was new and different. The Sun is Also a Star is told both in the perspective of Nastasha and Daniel, but also a narrator. I loved this additional voice. He provided character backgrounds, personal thoughts and little snippets of history. Did you know that Koreans own the market for black hair care products? Not me! I listened to the audio of this book (and Everything, Everything) and because of the three “voices” I highly recommend it. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Love Shusterman's books!

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Scythe

By: Neal Shusterman

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 435

Published: 2016

Read:  December

4 out of 5


I love Shusterman’s Unwind Dystology. In fact, Unwind was the first book in the dystopian genre that I enjoyed let alone LOVED!! I still recommend the series to readers. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to read Scythe and I was not disappointed. There is constant action throughout and his novels are so thought-provoking. Even though his ideas are so far-fetched (a community that conquered death so scythes are required to “randomly” kill off people in order to control the population), you are still constantly thinking, What If? I believe this is because he makes the stories believable with the characters – they become your friends or foes, depending on circumstance. Scythe is well deserving of the Teens’ Top Ten nominee and has my vote!

First review for the 2017 Teens' Top Ten nominees

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless

By: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA Fantasy Retellings

Pages: 453

Published: 2016

Read: February

4 out of 5


I am not a huge fantasy novel fan, however if I had to choose my favorite subgenre it would definitely be the fairy tale retelling stories. I love comparing the original story with the modern version I am reading at the time. And within that grouping, Meyer is my favorite author. This is the second novel of hers I have read. Teens do still love them more than me, but I highly recommend Meyer to anyone wanting to try a fantasy retelling story.  I am surprised that Heartless wasn’t made a part of the Lunar Chronicles series – Catherine could have fit right in with those characters and their adventures. Meyer is a great author and knows how to keep a teen’s interest. She is a great storyteller and well deserving of this nomination. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A little to graphic for younger teens...

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

By: Lynn Weingarten

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 325

Published: 2015

Read: September

4 out of 5


I loved the suspense and roller coaster ride of this story. It is well deserving of the Teens' Top Ten nominee. The characters were interesting and well written. Weingarten really touched on the feelings and actions teens will take when put in difficult situations and the drastic decisions they will make. For what I didn't like - the novel was very graphic with LOTS of sex, drug use and the swearing was excessive. This didn't necessarily bother me as a reader, however as a YA librarian and my knowledge that 13 and 14 year olds will be reading this book is scary to me. Teens are already reading books way beyond their content comfort level and especially with this being a Teens' Top Ten nominee I know too many younger teens will read this.  It is hard to market only to the older teens and young adults.  

Monday, August 29, 2016

I have read better..

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Con Academy

By: Joe Schreiber

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 240

Published: 2015

Read: August

3 out of 5


How many con artists can attend one prep school and not get caught? Well, quite a few at Connaughton...maybe it’s the name. Schreiber did a good job developing the characters and the plot was unique and interesting. The main plot was 2 students who discover each other conned their way into the exclusive prep school, but I felt everyone was a con. I did love the character, Gatsby (and her name!), she has the best personality and who wouldn’t love to grow up in a used book store. Although there was a share of twists I felt it was too contrived of a novel. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

not worthy of the Teens' Top Ten nomination

You and Me and Him

You and Me and Him

By: Kris Dinnison

Genre: YA LGBTQ

Pages: 288

Published: 2015

Read: July

2 out of 5



Pretty in Pink 2015?  The entire book reminded me of this great 1980’s movie, but that was its only good quality. There is a vintage record store with a gay (It IS 2015) owner, a poor employee and friend, and a love triangle. Of course, this love triangle included a gay guy, but he was still quirky. What I didn’t like…all the characters! The main character, Maggie, did nothing wrong but felt guilty about everything. Her gay best friend hated her because she liked the new kid (who wasn’t even gay). The new kid was a totally player…I didn’t understand why anyone would want him anyway. Everyone thought he was just friendly versus a totally jerk. Of course, in the end they lived happily ever after! Maybe I needed to be a teen girl to LOVE this book, but I felt it sucked.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I am done with Jenny Lawson...

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Furiously Happy

By: Jennifer Lawson

Genre: Biography/humor

Pages: 329

Published: 2015

Audiobook: 7 cd’s (8 hours and 20 minutes)

Read: July

1 out of 5



This book was incredibly stupid. SO...why did I keep listening? In hopes it would get better – there are a lot of great reviews. Lawson’s stories were just plain stupid, not funny and completely exaggerated. These supposedly aren’t made up stories – it is marketed as a memoir- which makes it that much worse. I found that only 3 or 4 were believable and funny. Plus, she would go on long tangents that didn’t make sense at all. Even though not worth the 8 hours of listening, I did enjoy the very last chapter – although not funny or intended that way - hearing how her blog has helped people with their mental illness was inspiring…some people must get her humor just not me.