Part Fatal Attraction part Great Expectations this a new mystery/thriller for teens filled with plot twists and intrigue. Vivian Foster was raised forPart Fatal Attraction part Great Expectations this a new mystery/thriller for teens filled with plot twists and intrigue. Vivian Foster was raised for one purpose…to destroy men. Specifically Ben. Years ago, Ben’s father broke up with Vivian’s mother, leaving her heart-broken and alone. She swore to get revenge, and Vivian is the sword she has forged to claim her pound of flesh. She is sent to Madigan, the boarding school on the moors of Ireland where her mother and Ben’s father fell in love, and ultimately fell out of love. Her mission is to seduce Ben, get him to fall in love with her and leave school before graduation, effectively cutting off his path to university and career success. At Madigan, Vivian plays a game of cat and mouse with calculated efficiency to entangle Ben in her web. But now that she holds this boy in the palm of her hand, can she do what her mother asks and destroy him? Is he responsible for the sins of his father? Is she as heartless as her mother? I loved the premise of this book and the fast pace of the plot kept me from trying to guess what was around every corner and just enjoy the ride....more
In a world inspired by ancient Rome, Laia is a Scholar, a member of a conquered people who were once the greatest minds on earth. Laia ekes out a liviIn a world inspired by ancient Rome, Laia is a Scholar, a member of a conquered people who were once the greatest minds on earth. Laia ekes out a living making jams with her grandmother, while her brother and grandfather provide health care to the needy. Until one night when her brother is accused of spying on the Martial Empire for a rebel group. Laia’s grandparents are murdered in front of her face and her brother is thrown in prison. Laia only escapes this fate buy running away. Ashamed of how she has behaved she tries to barter with the rebel group for her brother’s freedom. But they ask for a price that could mean her life, spying on the greatest military academy in the kingdom. Meanwhile Elias is about to graduate from that same military academy. Most of his classmates are elated to have survived (not everyone does) and are eagerly anticipating the freedom that military service seems to be in comparison to the strict rules of the school. Elias, however, is looking for a truer and longer lasting freedom. He plans to escape the school, and military service on the night of the graduation ceremony. Until he is selected as a candidate to be the next emperor. Now he has to compete in a series of games, against his friends, that will determine the next emperor, and cost the losers their lives. This is a first book in a new and riveting series that intertwines Laia’s struggle to save her brother, with the fate of the empire. I look forward to the next book in this new fantasy adventure. ...more
Dealing with her father’s abandonment and her mother’s resulting depression, Forgotten Girl feels invisible and ignored. Until she realizes someone haDealing with her father’s abandonment and her mother’s resulting depression, Forgotten Girl feels invisible and ignored. Until she realizes someone has noticed her. Random Boy hangs out with the stoners at the end of the street. He exudes a bad-boy vibe with dark eyes and brooding demeanor. He could have any girl he wanted, but he has noticed Forgotten Girl and he can’t get her out of his mind. As the two collide in this bittersweet love story, they reveal that they are both poets, pouring their feelings onto the page. When they share their deepest thoughts in verse and open their notebooks to each other it sets feelings and events in motion that will lead to a tragically inevitable ending. I liked the format of the book, allowing the reader to see into both characters' experiences. Ultimately, I was a little disappointed by the ending but probably only because I have read too many books that ended that way....more
Ted and Kat live in London with their mother. Ted has a good mind for numbers, but enjoys the company of people less than his sister Kat. But one persTed and Kat live in London with their mother. Ted has a good mind for numbers, but enjoys the company of people less than his sister Kat. But one person that Ted likes to hang out with is his cousin Salim. So while their mother laments the visit of her wild and crazy sister, Ted and Kat look forward to the visit of Salim, her son, their cousin!
Ted’s favorite place in London is the London Eye. He loves that you can see the whole city from the pods on top of the wheel. Their mothers give them money to buy tickets and go to a coffee shop to wait for the cousins to take a ride on the tourist attraction. While they are waiting in line to buy a ticket, a mysterious man comes up and offers them his ticket, on the next ride, for free! The cousins figure that Salim can go on the ride alone (as Kat and Ted have been on it tons) with the free ticket and they can keep the ticket money from their mothers and spend it on food and shopping later that day.
Ted and Kat wave at Salim as he boards the London Eye and Ted watches as his pod goes all the way to the top and begins to descend. But when the pod doors open at the end of the ride…Salim doesn’t come out. Ted is sure he didn’t miss anyone coming or going…but then what happened to their cousin! ...more
Cassie is a natural at reading people. Like a teenage Sherlock, she can tell your life story from a smudge on your shoe, or a hair out of place. MostlCassie is a natural at reading people. Like a teenage Sherlock, she can tell your life story from a smudge on your shoe, or a hair out of place. Mostly she just uses this ability as a party trick to impress people until the FBI recruits her for a new program. They are recruiting teens with special talents to help them crack cold cases (unsolved murders more than 10 years old).
As a part of the team, Cassie lives in an old house with four other teens each with their own abilities. Michael can read emotions, Dean is a profiler like Cassie, Lia is not only a lie detector, but an accomplished liar herself and Sloane sees patterns and codes in numbers and statistics. Each of the team members comes to the house with emotional baggage; Cassie herself is still suffering from her mother’s murder. She hopes that by joining the FBI she can work on her mother’s case and find her killer.
The FBI agents overseeing the program help hone the gifts of their team but they get thrown into the field before they are ready when a serial killer pulls them into an on-going investigation by leaving a note for Cassie at a murder scene. ...more
Kamla Khan has grown up idolizing the super heros she reads about and sees on the news. Her immigrant parents enforce strict rules on her, which she nKamla Khan has grown up idolizing the super heros she reads about and sees on the news. Her immigrant parents enforce strict rules on her, which she normally doesn’t mind. But when she wants to go to a party and her parents refuse to let her go, Kamla sneaks out…
The party isn’t want Kamla imagines. She is ridiculed by the popular girls for never coming to parties, and drunk guys are giving her lewd looks. Kamla leaves early, angry that her parents were right, angry that she doesn’t fit in, angry that her life isn’t like the comics. Until a mysterious fog rolls in.
Kamla is overcome by the fog and passes out. While unconscious she has the weirdest dream about Ms. Marvel and super heros and spandex…and when she wakes up, she has inherited Ms. Marvel’s powers!
Now gifted with powers, Kamla has to find out what it means to be a teen girl, a Muslim, and a super hero (and it isn’t all it is cracked up to be). ...more
Astrid’s mother is the type of person who takes her daughter on a trip to the museum, or the symphony, or the ballet. So Astrid never expected her, anAstrid’s mother is the type of person who takes her daughter on a trip to the museum, or the symphony, or the ballet. So Astrid never expected her, and her best friend Nicole, to the roller derby! Watching all the roller derby skaters in their uniforms, helmets, face paint and skates, Astrid is inspired. She wants to be just like all the tough women she sees on the track!
On the way out of the arena, Astrid finds a flier for a Junior Roller Derby League and decides to try out! Of course, there is the small issue that she has never roller skated before…but Astrid isn’t going to let that hold her back!
This graphic novel follows Astrid as she gets bumped and bruised, dyes her hair blue, gets a skate name, and plays in her first game! ...more
Most of us are familiar with the tale of the cursed prince from Beauty and the Beast. But now many of us are familiar with how the Beast became the anMost of us are familiar with the tale of the cursed prince from Beauty and the Beast. But now many of us are familiar with how the Beast became the animal we saw in the movie?
In love with a beautiful girl, the prince never would have suspected his story would lead to anger and despair. He filled his days with hunting trips with his best friend Gaston, his evenings filled with dancing with his beautiful fiancée, the Prince’s life seemed perfect. Things start to go wrong when he realized his fiancée, a princess from a local kingdom, is destitute. Her country is on the brink of economic collapse and her family has nothing. The Prince cruelly breaks off their engagement in public. What he doesn’t realize is that the woman he once loved was actually a sorceress and she and her three sisters curse the prince. If he can’t find someone to love and be loved in return by his 21st birthday his beastly appearance will warp to match his beastly demeanor.
All seems lost when a young woman trades her freedom for her father’s life… ...more
Mare Barrow's fate is sealed. She is a lowly red, born to work hard and serve the ruling silvers. With her birthday approaching and no job prospects,Mare Barrow's fate is sealed. She is a lowly red, born to work hard and serve the ruling silvers. With her birthday approaching and no job prospects, Mare will be conscripted in to the army like her older brothers. Fighting in an endless war, Mare will surely die on the battlefield. Desperate and out of options, Mare takes a big risk to sneak into the castle for a chance to pick pocket from the rich and powerful silvers that hold her fate in their hands. Stealing from silvers isn't as easy as it sounds as each is gifted with an ability due to their silver blood. Some can read minds, some control fire, some can become invisible. Mare has to be very careful...but everything goes wrong when a resistance group called Red Dawn detonates a bomb in the city square. Suspicion falls on any red in the area, and Mare has to make a quick exit without any loot to show for it.
Mare knows she is doomed to conscription when she meets a friendly servant who offers her a job working for the silvers in the castle. The deal seems to good to be true. With the wages she can take care of her family and be saved from the battlefield. Her elation doesn't last long. Her first job is serving noble families on the night of Queenstrial, when all the silver noble families present their daughters (and their dangerous abilities) to the royal family to choose from for the son's betrothed. Things go horribly wrong when Mare accidentally falls into the testing arena, directly into an electrified net. The electricity should have killed her, but Mare absorbs the power, feeling the sparks tickle across her skin.
Mare's survival is quickly covered up by the royal family. No red should have the power to control electricity! With the Red Dawn attacking silver power, rebellions in several cities, the last thing the silvers need is a red with special abilities proving that being a silver isn't that special after all. The King and Queen concoct a story that Mare is the lost daughter of a fallen silver general. Mare (now Mareena) is revealed to the public as a silver raised by reds and immediately betrothed to the youngest prince. Mare's has to keep the secret of her red heritage for her families safety. But Red Dawn also sees potential in Mare's position as a red posing as a silver and they try to recruit her. Will Mare risk everything for equality and freedom? What about the prince she might love?
I was attracted to this book because of the cover, catchy isn't it? But what drew me in was the interesting and fast moving plot. Unfortunately, once the conspiracy begins, the plot starts to develop a lot of holes. This is not normally something that bothers me but it stuck out to me in this book. So if you are the kind of person who is really bothered by inconsistencies, you might want to pass on this book. If you like fast plots with plenty of action and dashes of romance, then this is the book for you!...more
Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys is the home to Ariel and Max for the summer. Six weeks without technology, living in the Jupiter cabin (all the cabins arCamp Merrie-Seymour for Boys is the home to Ariel and Max for the summer. Six weeks without technology, living in the Jupiter cabin (all the cabins are named for planets) they quickly realize they are different from everyone else at camp. Sent there not to overcome their addiction to technology (the advertise goal of the camp) Max and Ariel are there because their father works for Merrie-Seymour and camp tuition is free for employees. The only ones not obsessed with getting a sweet taste of the internet, the boys of Jupiter quickly begin to win the cabin competition. But when the boys of Jupiter sneak out of the cabin in the night to explore the counselors break room, they discover weed, booze and a book that may reveal the true goal of Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys.
Much like the cabins of Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys this book is really a solar system of stories, revolving and orbiting each other, crossing paths briefly. Ariel tells the story of how he came from a war-torn town in the middle east to be adopted by a family in Sunday, West Virgina and became Max's brother. The Alex Crow embarks on an exploratory voyage to the north pole in the 1800's, tragically becoming trapped in the ice and loosing most of it's crew. Leonard Fountain, "the melting man" and the product of biomedical research, drives cross-country with a bomb in the back of his u-haul, egged on by Joseph Stalin. Because this book is written by Andrew Smith, these stories sound unrelated and impossible to connect...But Smith connects them masterfully.
Every Andrew Smith book is different, and I don't even bother reading synopsis anymore, because I trust him to deliver. This book won't disappoint Smith fans. If you haven't read him before, you are in for an enjoyable (if weird) ride!...more
Eighty years after German super-soldiers crushed the Allied forces in World War II, Zara works as a maid at a Nazi cadet academy in the Easter AmericaEighty years after German super-soldiers crushed the Allied forces in World War II, Zara works as a maid at a Nazi cadet academy in the Easter American Territories. Zara can't escape the Nazi's constant obsession with the Aryan ideal, with a Japanese father and American mother she doesn't fit in with the occupying forces. Although she can't hide her lineage she can hide another genetic gift from her father, the ability to control wind. If the Fuehrer knew about her ability, she would be eradicated.
Hiding in the shadows, Zara longs to join the Resistance, and push the Nazi's out of her country. Her mother died for the Resistance's cause, and her over-protective uncle thwarts her attempts to get involved. What another uprising goes amiss, Zara and her abilities are the only weapon the Resistance can rely on. Zara goes from being kept on the outside, to being the center of a plot to assassinate the Fuehrer.
This was an interesting and unique take on the dystopian trend. I found the plot refreshing, and I loved the fake history of how the Axis Powers won the war, spitting America between Nazi and Japanese control. Some might find Zara's special powers detracting, but the author does a good job of weaving them into the story and making them feel natural (at least as natural as controlling the wind can feel). Anyone looking for a fast, action-packed read will enjoy this story with equal dashes of mystery, intrigue, heroism and romance....more
Hazel and Ben grew up in Fairfold. They carry oatmeal in their pockets, and wear iron bracelets. They know the location of the fairy circles and the rHazel and Ben grew up in Fairfold. They carry oatmeal in their pockets, and wear iron bracelets. They know the location of the fairy circles and the rules when meeting a stranger at the crossroads. They know how to live with the Folk. Every year a few tourists go missing or turn up dead on the side of the road. But Hazel and ben know how to avoid that, how to be safe.
Since they were little they would visit the boy with the horns in the middle of the woods. Sleeping in his glass coffin, the brother and sister would make up stories about him and tell him secrets.
One morning, Hazel wakes up in bed covered in mud. Her feet are dirty, she is wearing clothes instead of pajamas and she has no idea how she got that way. Scrawled on her bedroom wall (in mud) is a warning to stay out of the woods.
When she gets to school, she hears the news. The glass casket was broken and the boy with the horns is gone…no one in town knows who woke him up, or why, but everyone agrees that this can’t be good. The king of the fairies is looking for the boy and is willing to kill to get him back.
Hazel and Ben risk everything to find the boy with the horns and get to the bottom of this story. They even break the rules they know keep them safe, putting themselves and their town in the middle of a supernatural war. ...more
I still can't see how this is a book written for anyone under the age of 40. I only made it about a 3rd of the way through and NOTHING had happened. TI still can't see how this is a book written for anyone under the age of 40. I only made it about a 3rd of the way through and NOTHING had happened. There isn't anything wrong with that...but it is not the book for me. ...more
Art School! Reality TV! Epic Poetry! Hamsters! This book has it all!
Selwyn Arts Academy is under attack and everything it stands for is being threatenArt School! Reality TV! Epic Poetry! Hamsters! This book has it all!
Selwyn Arts Academy is under attack and everything it stands for is being threatened by the "reality" tv show, For Art's Sake. Bringing out the worst in their classmates Ethan and his three friends are inspired by Ezra Pound's epic poetry, being taught by their young and enthusiastic literature teacher, to take on the system! They write and illustrate their own epic poem to combat the consumerism and dis-ingenuousness that seems to follow the cameras. But their plan backfires when Ethan's friend Luke accepts an offer to appear on the show.
How could Luke betray them? What will the Vigilante Poets do now? Will they continue on their mission and possibly turn their friend into a casualty in their war against For Art's Sake?
Badly written poetry, witty jokes and originally named animals will attract smart, quirky readers to this fast-paced story. Fans of John Green and The World According to Larry will love this book....more