The Prairie Rose is on its way to a faraway planet for colonization. Tula and her family are with the other colonists when it is detoured to a remote...moreThe Prairie Rose is on its way to a faraway planet for colonization. Tula and her family are with the other colonists when it is detoured to a remote space station, the Yertina Feray. The colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, is not happy with Tula’s inquisitiveness; he beats her and leaves her for dead. Heckleck, an alien who knows the ways of the station, takes pity on her and teaches her what she needs to know to survive. Although revenge on Brother Blue is never far from her mind, she has adjusted to life on the Yertina Feray until three humans are taken in on the space station and Tula must decide how much interaction she is willing to have with others of her kind. What is she willing to do to leave the space station? Is revenge on Brother Blue really what she wants?
Tin Star is a science fiction story with many elements readers enjoy. Readers will find space exploration, alien prejudices, a fight for survival, and romance. The book is not very long and readers will fly through the story and try to anticipate the next twists and turns. Most readers will not anticipate the actual conclusion to this book and should be assured they will want the next book in the series to come soon. Castellucci creates a galaxy where the fight for survival is constantly changing and readers will grow to love Tula and want revenge on her behalf. Although the protagonist is female, this should never be considered a girl only book. Boys should be willing to jump into Tula’s story and enjoy this great book. (less)
The Haven was established in 2020 to protect Terminals from the Disease. This hospital with its walls and routines shields the children and teens insi...moreThe Haven was established in 2020 to protect Terminals from the Disease. This hospital with its walls and routines shields the children and teens inside from the unknown world outside. Regular tests and daily tonics is all that keeps these children healthy. But they still loose limbs, lungs and other parts and only Shiloh can seem to keep memories. She hides this secret from the doctors and teachers, because she is afraid the Disease may claim her next. When her only friend and a boy named Gideon invite her to help search for a cure, Shiloh must decide will she go against the only routines she has known to possibly leave the Haven and beat the Disease. Is the Haven really a safe place? What are they actually protecting with the walls?
The Haven is a story from the not so distant future where science and medicine continue to be at odds with ethics and morality. Without giving away any secrets about the story it is hard to discuss the true depth of this book. Williams is able to take this currently dicey topic, throw it in the future and bring it to teens and adults in a way that will make readers question their own ideas and values. Since the science and medicine discussed in this book is not too far advanced from current science, it is truly possible to conceive of this story taking place in our lifetime. The Haven is a great science fiction story that will have the reader enjoying a touch of romance, relationship issues and questioning what history has been twisted for the Terminals to study. I highly recommend this book to readers even if science fiction isn’t their usual genre. (less)
Katie’s mom has made her move towns, again! This time it isn’t because of a boyfriend. Her mom has actually married this man, and now they are living...moreKatie’s mom has made her move towns, again! This time it isn’t because of a boyfriend. Her mom has actually married this man, and now they are living in Salem and Katie must start at a new high school. She hasn’t been in any in-crowd for a while and when she discovers that the popular students at her new school like to pick on the outsiders, she quickly becomes a target. Katie doesn’t consider herself Goth, but since she has been experiencing paranormal events, she is wondering why her and what she may be. Is she a witch? Is she Fae? The only thing she does know is that she is NOT a vampire or zombie. Her crazy dreams turn into an even crazier reality when she discovers the truth about herself and the battle that has been going on around her.
Unaware is the first book in a new paranormal series. Spencer’s debut novel will delight readers well versed in faerie lore or those just starting to delve into the topic. Katie spends time investigating her unknown powers and readers are able to learn the myths and legends needed to fully enjoy the story. Readers will learn to love and root for Katie in her underdog status and will not want the mean girls in the story to get away with tormenting the undesirables. One of the reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars were the adult characters at the school. Although I am sure that favoritism and blind faith are present in our schools, I find it hard to believe that on the first day of school a principal would have the conversation portrayed in this book. Other parts of the book were similarly unbelievable, but as a whole the book was great. Readers are able to enjoy a supernatural story with romance mixed together, but everything is above board without all the racy hanky panky that many YA novels are currently delivering.
Sarah’s life has had a lot of changes lately. Her mother has recently gotten married and although she gets along well enough with her step dad, her st...moreSarah’s life has had a lot of changes lately. Her mother has recently gotten married and although she gets along well enough with her step dad, her step brother is another matter altogether. After returning home from her mother’s art exhibit, she is awoken by a tree growing inside her house. Is it real, a dream or magic? Sarah also now has a locked box that needs to be opened. She is having trouble getting it opened, and when an antique dealer offers to buy it in order for it to stay locked, she begins to wonder who she can trust. What is really inside the box? Should it stay locked?
The Ghost Box is a quick supernatural read that grips the reader at the beginning and keeps them for the short sprint that is needed to read this book. For those looking for a short book they can read in one sitting and for those who want to nibble away with small escapes but still finish in a short amount of time, The Ghost Box will fit the bill. Short books such as this are great for readers who have trouble devoting large amounts of time, but feel the need to read something. Fisher has been delighting readers with her many other books and this might just be a jumping off point for reluctant readers to try one of her many other tomes. (less)
Morgan has over 4,000 followers on Twitter. She is not famous in the usual sense; she is famous because of a video of her dancing in boys underwear th...moreMorgan has over 4,000 followers on Twitter. She is not famous in the usual sense; she is famous because of a video of her dancing in boys underwear that went viral. Now it is the summer between her junior and senior year and she is working her summer job and not socializing with anyone. Her mom suddenly gets sick and decides it is time to tell her about the dad who walked out on them when she was a baby. Or so she thought … #thingsIthoughtweretrue becomes the hashtag to follow as Morgan strives to reach 5000 Twitter followers and discover what makes a real friend. Adam and Amy convince Morgan to go on a road trip to meet her father and they all learn more about each other than they were planning to share.
16 Things I Thought Were True is a coming of age story with many heartfelt moments intertwined with laugh out loud spurts. Readers will enjoy the banter in cyberspace as well as the person to person conversations. Gurtler’s portrayal of teenager’s me-ness is spot on. It won’t matter if the reader is a preteen, a teenager or an adult, they will recognize the attitude and mindset of the current tech generation. Although I picked up this book because of other books I have read by Gurtler, readers new to this author will be completely taken in by her style and will look for her past and future books to read. (less)
Maisie Danger Brown wants to leave home for a while. After being home schooled and isolated from most of the world, she applies for a chance to attend...moreMaisie Danger Brown wants to leave home for a while. After being home schooled and isolated from most of the world, she applies for a chance to attend astronaut camp. She is unexpectedly accepted and she takes her life on a ride with this chance of a lifetime. See, due to an accident at birth, she does not have a right hand and she is not willing to let that stop her being all she can be. She doesn’t expect to fall in love and she definitely never planned to discover a secret that kills her friends and might kill her. This secret is deeper than originally believed and actions already taken are changing life on Earth already. Is Maisie really the answer to what Earth needs to survive?
Dangerous is an action packed novel stuffed full with so many variables it would be hard to place in one genre. Readers will find science fiction, romance, action and intrigue all rolled into one story. Although the main character is a female, this story will satisfy readers from both genders and multiple age groups. Hale’s character development and world building are seamless and do not distract from the larger story being told. I found myself wondering who Maisie should trust and reevaluating my choices again and again. Whether readers have read other books by Hale or not, they will not go wrong with this reading option. The story does move along quickly and some portions could have been developed to make this a series, but it is nice to find a book that isn’t a series dragging me through multiple reads. (less)
Nicolas Fox has been caught. After running from Special Agent Kate O’Hare for years, she is able to apprehend him and put him in FBI custody. Then Fox...moreNicolas Fox has been caught. After running from Special Agent Kate O’Hare for years, she is able to apprehend him and put him in FBI custody. Then Fox completes his most elaborate con. He convinces the FBI to team up with him to uncover and catch the world’s most untouchable criminals. Their current criminal is the former White House chief of staff who used his power and influence to steal rare artwork and artifacts. Nick and Kate’s newest assignment is to steal back a rare Chinese artifact that was stolen from the Smithsonian and return it before the Chinese government comes to retrieve it. Can they pull off this elaborate scam? What rules will Kate be willing to break in order to take care of this master criminal?
Readers who were taken in by Kate and Nick in The Heist will not be disappointed in this second book in the Fox and O’Hare series. The Chase has everything a reader can want: a fast pace, sexual tension, thrilling adventures and many plot twists and turns. Evanovich once again creates a book with supporting characters as interesting as her primary characters. Readers will laugh out loud at the conversations and antics of everyone involved. Fans of Grandma Mazur in the Stephanie Plum series will enjoy Kate’s father, Jake, as he helps Kate kick a** around the world. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this read and devouring it quickly. (less)
Vega Jane has never left her village. Actually, no one has. Their village is surrounded by a forest named the Quag and it is believed that it is fille...moreVega Jane has never left her village. Actually, no one has. Their village is surrounded by a forest named the Quag and it is believed that it is filled with monsters. After Vega’s mentor mysteriously disappears, she discovers a hidden message and begins to wonder what is true and what are lies. The Council believes that Vega knows more than she is willing to share and through several twists of fate the Council is able to convince her to do the impossible with the chance of saving her life. As she develops mysterious powers she must decide what actions are necessary and when her powers must be used.
The Finisher is a dystopian fantasy written for a younger audience. Although it is not a short book, many middle school and young adult readers will be willing to devote the time to work through its pages. Readers should be forewarned that there is a lot of world building and a made up language to decipher throughout. With that said, it is NOT a crime novel like Baldacci’s adult books. He was willing to break the mold with this creation and readers need to read it on its own merit and not on his other works. There is a definite conclusion to this book, yet Baldacci has opened the door into a world where additional stories and books are calling to be written. (less)