Brianna Edwards is crushing on the new boy, David Massey. When Mrs. Massey asks Bri to babysit David's younger siblings, she sees it as her opportunitBrianna Edwards is crushing on the new boy, David Massey. When Mrs. Massey asks Bri to babysit David's younger siblings, she sees it as her opportunity to connect with David. Bri pretends that she shares David’s interests to capture his affection. Now Bri is so caught up in pretending to be someone else, that she is losing touch with what makes her a great babysitter and a great person. Predictably, the story focuses on how Bri figures out a way to be herself AND get the boy. A high-interest topic with a fast-paced plot containing no surprises, this is an appealing selection for casual readers.
Melinda Metz is the author of more than sixty books for teens and kids, including the YA series Roswell High (basis of the TV show Roswell) and Echoes. Her middle-grade mystery Wright and Wong: Case of the Nana-Napper (co-authored by Laura J. Burns) was a juvenile Edgar finalist....more
Lord Roth is injured and brought to Lady Isabella Ramsey's home to recover. Bella is engaged to a scoundrel and Roth falls in love with his nurse. WheLord Roth is injured and brought to Lady Isabella Ramsey's home to recover. Bella is engaged to a scoundrel and Roth falls in love with his nurse. When he exposes Bella's fiance as a traitor and smuggler, Bella is free to marry him. Includes rascally dog, wraith-like child of former fiance, and young people facing hard financial times with nothing but love, determination, and ingenuity to sustain them. Reformed Regency Rake novel....more
Liked the "God Blog." Don't see why Spencer had to be an NFL football player. Marcus' storyline could have been more fully developed. Not sure why ManLiked the "God Blog." Don't see why Spencer had to be an NFL football player. Marcus' storyline could have been more fully developed. Not sure why Manny/Samuel had to have two names? Descriptions of angelic furor were engaging. Emily was an afterthought. The preacher brother-in-law should have been more apologetic to Chelsea, after being so belligerent. Love the name of the cafe - it didn't need to have been a former mission for the story to work. Tent pegs....more
Indian woman marries English noble. Indian woman becomes widow with several children and a young adult brother. She moves to London for her family's sIndian woman marries English noble. Indian woman becomes widow with several children and a young adult brother. She moves to London for her family's sake. Incidentally, the Indian woman has psychic abilities. She falls in love with her brother's friend. She tries to seduce him; he resists; he gives in; they eventually (of course) marry (after clearing his name of murder charges). Forgettable. I had to check the back cover to remember the heroine's name: Anisha.
Oh. And if my fiance took my family heirloom of a string of pearls long enough to loop around my body three times, shortened it to combine with another family heirloom of a one-of-a-kind choker that belonged to my mother -- without my knowledge or permission to do so --- to present to me as a (wedding?) gift -- there would be another homicide to investigate!...more
In the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter, the stepdaughter of evil Queen Levana joins Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress to defeat the Queen and restIn the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter, the stepdaughter of evil Queen Levana joins Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress to defeat the Queen and restore Cinder (Princess Selene) to her rightful throne as the Queen of Luna. Part space opera, part re-imagined fairy tale, Meyer brings a heady mix of romance, violence, and science fiction to her loyal readers reminiscent of the early Flash Gordon films and John Carter’s Mars series. Winter is a thinly disguised Snow White in love with her childhood companion and loyal guard Jacin. All the loose threads from previous volumes are sewn up. Readers unfamiliar with the series would do well to read the previous volumes before embarking on this 800+ page odyssey. The plot could be edited to improve the pacing, as characters meander through sidebar stories that fail to move the plot forward, but avid fans will still be reluctant to turn the final page on this popular series....more
Jane's future is mapped out for her: summer internship, SATs, then college. At least, that's the plan her mother has for Jane. Jane is less certain t Jane's future is mapped out for her: summer internship, SATs, then college. At least, that's the plan her mother has for Jane. Jane is less certain that this is the right roadmap for her. She wants to write fanfic this summer and is not at all sure that college is the career path she wants to pursue. After a quick consult with her Magic 8 Ball, Jane upsets her mother's plans and accepts a full-time babysitting job for the summer. Her job puts her back in touch with Teo, a pal from the past. Will their constant proximity renew their old friendship, or will their relationship turn out to be more? Jane and Teo's new relationship is tested when Jane shares information with Teo about his biological father. In a roadtrip that crosses more boundaries than state lines, many issues come to a head. Jane confronts her parents with her own vision of her future. Teo and his mother come to terms about their past. Margo, Jane's "perfect" sister, proves she has Jane's back, and some surprising secrets of her own, while Ravi, Teo's best friend, learns to accept Jane's role in Teo's life. While much of the book explores complicated parent-child relationships, Hall also explores other themes such as sexual preferences (bisexuality), making informed life choices, and appreciating a variety of views. Jane is convinced that college is not for her, but must present a viable alternative to her folks. Despite conflict, it is also clear that Jane has a unwavering support system. Her family and friends care for her, and she is able to rely on them as she works through this challenging transition period in her life....more
Is Cate the powerful witch of prophecy? Can she shield her two sisters, also witches, from persecution? Alternative "history" where witches once ruledIs Cate the powerful witch of prophecy? Can she shield her two sisters, also witches, from persecution? Alternative "history" where witches once ruled the New World, but now have gone into hiding from the Salem-like purges of a puritanical male-dominated world order. Cate must marry or enter the Sisterhood. The Sisterhood is the unknown, but might be a haven (or a prison cell) for the girls. Cate has two suitors -- a childhood sweetheart and an awkward scholar. She has only a few weeks to decide her fate (which is inextricably entwined with her siblings'). Who can she trust with her secrets? Is there another alternative? ...more
“Forbidden” by Eve Bunting is a good introduction to the gothic romance genre. The slim text is set in a rural coastal village in Scotland sometime in“Forbidden” by Eve Bunting is a good introduction to the gothic romance genre. The slim text is set in a rural coastal village in Scotland sometime in the early 1800s, Newly orphaned sixteen-year-old Josie has been sent to live with relatives she has never met, an aunt and uncle who are as sinister and unfriendly as her new surroundings. Although her situation is distasteful, Josie is determined to behave properly and endure the two years in the hostile environment, at which time she will come into control of her substantial inheritance, patiently and gracefully.
Josie is surprised at her uncle’s mean circumstances and wretched demeanor. Her own parents had been happy people in comfortable circumstances. Her relatives are happy to take the funds sent to keep their niece, but provide little company, comfort, or direction to the deeply bereaved young woman. Instead, they abandon Josie for extended periods of time to carry on mysterious activities and meet with nefarious characters. It soon becomes clear that Josie’s aunt and uncle are deeply caught up in dangerously illegal activities.
Unsupervised and curious, despite her grief, Josie meets Eli and soon develops feelings for the young man whose home is nearby. Eli is also nurturing a secret, which makes their forbidden attraction even more thrilling. When Josie discovers Eli’s true nature, she realizes she must abandon their relationship and flee from her new home for her own salvation.
Short, suspenseful, and fast-paced, “Forbidden,” is a gateway tale that may prompt teen readers to tackle more substantial paranormal romances, even classics such as “Wuthering Heights.”
Seraphina is in love with Kaelen -- at least that is what her programming says. So why is she so confused about Zen, a troubled boy from Sera’s past?Seraphina is in love with Kaelen -- at least that is what her programming says. So why is she so confused about Zen, a troubled boy from Sera’s past? Dr. Alixter and Diotech, the company that created Sera, a scientifically enhanced human, have altered her memories so she is loyal and obedient; Sera should be happy. But instead, Sera is troubled by the disconnects she experiences each day, and the pervasive atmosphere of secrecy. While physically drawn to Kaelen, who was designed to be her perfect match, Sera questions their relationship and is reluctant to pursue it further. Suppressed memories keep surfacing, and these thoughts make Sera question the motives of all who surround her. Sera must figure out where her true loyalties lie, and the choice may cost her every important relationship in her life.
Readers who have been following the series will be distressed at Seraphina’s complete makeover. Her memories and feelings have been altered and the new “history” of her past bears little resemblance to the protagonist they knew in earlier volumes. “Unchanged” Sera is no rebel; she is an obedient puppet eager to win the approval of the evil Dr. Alixter. Sera is in a relationship with her print-mate Kaelen, who she views as an equal. Zen has acquired a new girlfriend, who serves as a placeholder for Sera. The relationships are complicated and conflicted.
Action is fast-paced with little down time. The ethical issues raised by Diotech’s callous handling of Sera’s emotions and memories, feed into the unexpected, but dramatic conclusion. Even readers new to the series will be swept up in this story. ...more
Cyn’s friend Annie has a huge crush on the new high-school librarian, Mr. Gabriel. It’s easy to see why. Mr. Gabriel is young and cute; he lets AnnieCyn’s friend Annie has a huge crush on the new high-school librarian, Mr. Gabriel. It’s easy to see why. Mr. Gabriel is young and cute; he lets Annie become a library aide. Convinced that there is something creepy about Mr. Gabriel, Cyn discovers that he is a demon. It is up to Cyn to save her friend, save the school musical, and win the heart of her own crush.
Cyn is smart and practical. She isn’t a drama diva or a victim. She is a “normal” teen with decent grades, average looks, and an upbeat outlook. Readers will identify with her and appreciate her resourcefulness in dealing with everyday and paranormal crises. This is a light read for teens who enjoy horror served up with humor and a little romance. Buffy fans will find this an appealing story. Most readers, though, like me, will be drawn to the cover art, and will flip through the pages to discover an engaging story. No doubt, when they finish the last page those readers will wish, as I did, that they could have a T-shirt with the cover art on it....more