What would you do if you could re-live the last day of your life? This is the dilemma that seventeen year old Samantha is faced with. The morning afteWhat would you do if you could re-live the last day of your life? This is the dilemma that seventeen year old Samantha is faced with. The morning after she and her friends are in a terrible car accident while driving home from a party, Sam awakens at home in bed. At first she thinks that it was all a dream, but when her little sister comes rushing into her bedroom to wake her up for school, Sam realizes that it’s still Friday. Or, more accurately, it’s Friday again. Sam has worked hard to climb to the top of the social ladder of her high school. She has popular friends, a cute boyfriend, and she is not about to let all of that go. Sam is about to live through a week of Fridays. Will she find a way to make sure that it’s not her last?
Before I Fall is a compelling tale of mistakes and second chances. Though she’s sort of horrible in the beginning, Sam quickly becomes a character that readers will root for. Most teens will see in Sam and her friends the “mean girls” at their school; some may seem themselves. Hopefully, all who read this book will think more carefully about how their words and deeds impact others. Though it’s 470 pages of a girl living the same day over and over again, the plot moves quickly, and readers will want to race to the end. ...more
Who do you picture when you visualize your future husband or wife? Seventeen year old Cassia doesn’t have to use her imagination. Like most teens in hWho do you picture when you visualize your future husband or wife? Seventeen year old Cassia doesn’t have to use her imagination. Like most teens in her society, she and her future husband will be revealed to each other at their Match Banquet. In most cases the matched couples come from different cities or provinces and are strangers to one another, and the face of the match appears on a large screen for all to see. But in Cassia’s case, something strange happens – no face appears on the screen because her match is just a few tables away at the same banquet. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be matched with Xander, who she’s been friends with all of her life. Like the others who participate in the Match Banquet, Cassia is given a microcard with a picture and other information about her Match. When she inserts the microcard into her port, she sees - for an instant - the face of Ky, another boy who she has known for years. An instant later Xander’s face reappears, but the image of Ky that she saw for a split second is enough to plant a seed of doubt in Cassia. What if Xander isn’t her perfect Match after all? Can she really trust the society to make that choice for her?...more
Sisters Scarlett and Rosie are so close that they feel as if each has one half of the same heart. When they were young their grandmother was attackedSisters Scarlett and Rosie are so close that they feel as if each has one half of the same heart. When they were young their grandmother was attacked and killed by a Fenris, or werewolf. When the wolf went after Rosie, Scarlett leapt to her younger sister’s defense and lost an eye in the fray. Since that day, Scarlett has been obsessed with training and hunting the Fenris with Rosie and their partner and next door neighbor Silas. Scarlett and Rosie are experts at luring the wolves with feigned innocence and then making the monsters pay with their knives and hatchets. They begin to notice more and more werewolves from various packs around the small town of Ellison, Georgia where they live. They soon realize that something big is happening, and the three decide to go to Atlanta to investigate. It turns out that the packs are hunting a Potential, a person who meets the right conditions to become a werewolf. However, they can only turn the Potential during a certain phase of the moon, so the clock is ticking. Scarlett becomes obsessed with finding the Potential to use him as bait. In the mean time, Rosie and Silas begin to look at each other in a whole new way, and Scarlett can feel the bonds between her and Rosie breaking. Will their growing feelings for each other stand a chance against the werewolves and Scarlett’s single minded obsession?...more