Saturday, August 11, 2012

SHADOW AND BONE By: Leigh Bardugo Ages 12 and up.

SHADOW AND BONE  By: Leigh Bardugo
Alina doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned as a young child, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they're sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with the most terrifying monsters. When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed.
Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes that Alina is the one person with the power to destroy the Fold. But as the treat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers the truth about the Darkling's intentions and is forced to make an impossible choice.  Ages 12 and up. Henry Holt  17.99
Reviewed by Maggie.

TIME BETWEEN US By: Tamara Ireland Stone Ages 12-18

TIME BETWEEN US  By: Tamara Ireland Stone
Anna lives in 1995 Chicago. Bennett lives in 2012 San Francisco. They were never supposed to meet, but Bennett's unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna's life. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs. Then a devastating crisis makes them question everything they believe in. As time begins to run out, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they are willing to push fate and what consequences they will bear in order to stay together. Ages 12-18 Hyperion  17.99 Reviewed by Maggie

TIGER LILY By Jodi Lynn Anderson Ages 14 and up

TIGER LILY  By: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings, until she meets Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. He is brave and reckless, and Tiger Lily immediately falls for him. Soon, she is risking everything to be with him.
When she is forced into a marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With so many enemies threatening to tear them apart, Peter and Tiger Lily's future seems doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies are not those who lurk in the woods of Neverland, but the feelings that live inside her heart. Ages 14 and up. Harper Teen  17.99
Reviewed by Maggie


Nothing much really peaks Guy Langman's interests. But when his friend wants Guy to join the forensics club with him in the hopes of impressing some girls, Guy thinks why not. They certainly weren't expecting to find a real dead body on the simulated crime scene they're assigned to. But then, after screaming and freaking out for quite awhile, the two realize they have indeed stumbled across a real, dead murder victim.
And as if that wasn't enough drama for a lifetime, Guy has been looking into the past of his recently deceased father. He was much older the Guy's mom, and had a whole past Guy never knew about. Could his father's past be linked to the dead body? Guy's going to need all his new found forensics skills to find out... Ages 12 and up Alfred Knopf  16.99 Reviewed by Maggie

DARK STAR By: Bethany Frenette Ages 12-18

DARK STAR  By: Bethany Frenette
Audrey Whitticomb had always thought that he had nothing to fear. And really, when your mother is the superhero Morning star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, what's there to be afraid of? But the Audrey is lured into the night by something human and not human-something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile-and uncovers the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers-terrifying, merciless creatures who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some had managed to escaped, and they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one the the Kin.
To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had and join the fight between the Kin and the Harrowers. When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her self, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything she loves. Ages 12-18  Hyperion 17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

ILLUMINATE By: Aimee Agresti Ages 12 and up.

ILLUMINATE  By: Aimee Agresti
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes after she is awarded a prestigious internship in Chicago, along with her best friend Dante and their classmate Lance, and is sent to live and work at a new swanky hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers. There's powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the handsome Lucian grove; and their stunning staff called The Outfit.
Soon Haven begins falling for Lucian and discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of her friends, she uncovers Aurelia and company's evil agenda: they're in the business of buying souls. And Haven and her friends are being recruited to help them. Ages 12 and up. Harcourt  17.99 Reviewed by Maggie

BREATHE By: Sarah Crossan Ages 13 and up.

BREATHE  By: Sarah Crossan
In the future, the world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety and air, while the rest were left to suffocate in the oxygen depleted air. Now Alina, Quinn, and Bea are leaving the dome. They are walking straight into the heart of danger, with only two days worth of oxygen in their air tanks. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to? Ages 13 and up. Greenwillow  17.99  Reviewed by Maggie.

OVER YOU By: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Ages 14 and up.

OVER YOU  By: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
After having her most recent relationship explode in her face, seventeen-year-old Max Scott has developed what every girl in the history of the world has been waiting for: a way to get over being dumped. Now Max is the go-to girl for heartbroken high-school girls all over New York City. But when her ex unexpectedly shows up in her neighborhood, Max's carefully controlled world starts to unravel. It suddenly becomes clear that Max is anything but over him. With her Clients' hearts hanging int the balance, Max will have to the seemingly impossible: take her own advice and get over him once and for all. Ages 14 and up. Harper Teen 17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

WHAT'S LEFT OF ME By: Kat Zhang Ages 13 and up

WHAT'S LEFT OF ME  By: Kat Zhang
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else--two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their body as together they learned how to live. But as they grew, so did their parents worry. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? Then, just when they were about to give up hope the doctors pronounced that Addie was healthy and Eva was gone. Except, she wasn't... Eva has been clinging to the remnants of her life for three years now and only Addie knows she's still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. But Eva would risk anything for the chance to live again. Ages 13 and up. Harper Collins 17.99  Reviewed by Maggie.

FALSE MEMORY By: Dan Krokos Ages 12-18

FALSE MEMORY  By: Dan Krokos
After waking up alone, panicked, with no memory Miranda releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. That is everyone, except Peter, a boy who isn't at all surprised by Miranda's shocking ability. Miranda is left with no choice but to trust this stranger, and soon discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens that possess amazing combat skills and enough power to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn't easy, especially when Noah, the boyfriend she can't remember loving, comes back into the picture. Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her remembering her past isn't all that important, especially when she may not have a future. Ages 12-18 Hyperion 17.99  Reviewed by Maggie.

BREAK MY HEART 1,OOO TIMES By: Daniel Waters Ages 12-18

BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES  By: Daniel Waters
Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that they would all leave her alone. Instead, the ghosts aren't disappearing--they are gaining power, some even trying to make contact with her.
When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they find that they have stumbled across a sinister plot. One of Veronica's high school teachers has become convinced that Veronica would be the perfect host for his dead daughter's spirit. Terrified and on the run Veronica and Kurt are running out of time to stop the ghosts and their teacher. Because the second the clock strikes midnight on Veronica's birthday she'll be dead and the world will be facing another Event. Ages 12-18  Hyperion  $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

HEMLOCK By: Kathleen Peacock Young Adult

HEMLOCK  By: Kathleen Peacock
Since the brutal murder of Mackenzie's best friend, Any, Mackenzie's life has been turned upside down. Amy has been haunting her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer: A white werewolf. To make matters worse, Lupine syndrome (aka the werewolf virus) is on the rise across the country. People keep trying to hide their symptoms, but blood lust is hard to control. Mac wants desperately to put an end to her nightmares, so she decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. But there are secrets and danger lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, and Mac has just gotten herself thrown into the middle of it all. Ages 14 and up. Katherine Tegen Books. $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

LUCKY FOOLS By: Coert Voorhees

LUCKY FOOLS  By: Coert Voorhees
It has always been David Ellison's dream to act at Julliard, but he's expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. As is "wasting" his private school education weren't enough, David has basically destroyed his relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, when he fins himself falling for his new co-star, Vanessa. David's Julliard audition is quickly approaching, his relationship is hanging on by just a thread, and, as if that wasn't enough, a mysterious prankster has begun to attack the Oak Field's greatest achievers, attempting to destroy their changes at college. Anyone could be next, even David, and he's terrified. Ages 12 and up. Hyperion $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie


Eleanor Fitt is in trouble. Her brother has gone missing, her family has lost nearly all of its money, and her mother is determined to marry her off to a rich man as soon as possible. But all of this seems trivial after Eleanor comes face to face with the walking dead on her way home from the post office. And then, during the frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor from her brother. It seems that whoever is controlling the Dead has taken her brother. If Eleanor really wants to see him again she has to venture into the lab on the infamous Spirit-Hunters, a group of misfits who protect the city from the super natural. But the more time Eleanor spends with the Spirit-Hunters, including their frustratingly stubborn inventor, Daniel, the more danger Eleanor puts herself. Now, not only is her brother's life on the line, but hers as well. Ages 13 and up.. Harper Teen  $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie

OF POSEIDON By: Anna Banks Ages 13 and up

OF POSEIDON  By: Anna Banks
Sent from his watery home, Galen, a Syrena prince, must search the land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. While Emma is on vacation at the beach she runs into Galen...literally. Both Galen and Emma sense a connection, but Galen's not fully convinced the Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma is exactly what he's been sent to find. The only problem is Emma has no idea what she is or the power she posses. But her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help, no matter what the risk. Ages 13 and up. Feiwel and Friends $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

ARISE By: Tara Hudson Book Two Hereafter Series Young Adult

ARISE  By: Tara HudsonThe second book in the Hearafter series, ghost girl Amelia-still caught between life and death--must fight for every moment of her relationship with her human boyfriend Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia suddenly dematerializing. In search of answers, they go to visit some of Joshua's Seer relatives in New Orleans. But in a city so full of the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers and finds herself on the run from a mysterious group, determined to destroy her. Wandering through the French Quarter, meets Gabrielle, another ghost girl. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. torn between tow worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits catch up to her, ending her existence and any chance of being with Joshua. Ages 13 and up. Harper Teen $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

UNRAVELING By: Elizabeth Norris Young Adult

UNRAVELING  By: Elizabeth Norris
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed. She know that she is dad, she feels herself leaving her body, but the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner form her high school, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, Janelle knows that Ben has somehow brought her back to life. But her reincarnations, and Ben's strange powers, are only the first of a series of strange events that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seem to be counting down to something horrible. And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened points to the end of the world. As the clock ticks down, Janelle must race to stop the countdown and save everyone she loves. Ages 13 and up. Balzer and Bray $17.99  Reviewed by Maggie.


After a visit to the Tower of London triggers an unnervingly real vision of a beheading that occurred hundreds of years ago, Cole Ryan thinks she's losing her mind. A tour guides son, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but their immediate connection frightens Cole, as she suddenly has memories from a life that she never lived. Griffon explains that he a Cole are members of the Akhet-an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are good, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at future with Griffon, but risking his love my be the only way to save them both. Ages 12 and up. Walker $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

DOUBLE By: Jenny Valentine

DOUBLE  By: Jenny Valentine
After being mistaken for a missing boy, Cassiel, sixteen year old Chap's life makes a dramatic change. Having been on the run for years Chap has never really had a place to call home. As he begins to embrace his new identity, he gains the friends, family, and love he has always dreamed about. But blending into someones else's life isn't as easy as Chap hoped. Chap isn't the only one with secrets, and the farther he walks in Casiels' shoes the more he begins to uncover about Cassiel's disappearance and the more he begins to realize that he's in deep, deep danger. Ages 12 and up. Hyperion $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie

REVOLUTION By: Jennifer Donnelly

REVOLUTION                                                                    By: Jennifer Donnelly                                                    
 Andi Alpers is losing control. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for falling apart, heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman, and she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
Alexandrine Paradis lived in Paris over two hundred years ago. She had always dreamed of performing, but after encountering a doomed prince of France she finds herself cast in a tragic role she never wanted.
These girls lived two centuries apart, completely unaware of each other’s existence, until Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary. She recognizes something in the other girl’s words and begins to find comfort in the diary’s antique pages. But then, on a midnight journey through the Paris catacombs, Alexandrine’s words transcend time, and suddenly the past becomes the terrifying present.
Ages 14 and up. $8.99 Ember  Reviewed by Maggie.

A WORLD AWAY By: Nancy Grossman

A WORLD AWAY  By: Nancy Grossman
Eliza Miller has never made a phone callnever been to the mall, and never seen a movie. In fact, she's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her. So when she leaves her family to spend the summer as a nanny in Chicago, part of her can't wait to leave behind her Amish home. She never imagined the secrets she would uncover, the friends she would make, and the temptations of a way of life so different from her own. And she certainly never imagined she would meet a guy like Josh. Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend is an adventure of its own, and she starts to wonder if there might be a place for her in his world. But as the summer comes to an end she begins to miss the family and friends that she left behind, and the simple life she once took for granted. Eliza has to decide for herself where she belongs. But whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves. Ages 12 and up.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CHLOE By: Peter McCarty

CHLOE  By: Peter McCarty
Chloe is the middle child, she has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.
She loves her family just the way it is. But one day Dad brings something home that changes everything. Chloe is not happy with the new television. She wants to play and only one sibling will play with her, until she gets creative with the box. Ages 2-6 $16.99  Balzer and Bray

ON MY WAY TO THE BATH By: Sarah Maizes Ages 3-6

ON MY WAY TO THE BATH  By: Sarah Maizes
Livi's mother is trying to get her to the bathtub. But on the way, she makes a few detours.  "On my way to the bath, I see my blocks on the TV room floor. I will make a statue. It will be a statue of me. Holding a cat." The illustrations are hilarious and it just takes a few more detours to arrive in the tub. I think all of us will relate to this clever story. $15.99 Walker Ages 3-6

LITTLE DOG LOST By: Marion Dane Bauer Ages 8-12

LITTLE DOG LOST  By: Marion Dane Bauer
Mark wants a dog more than anything else in the world. But his mother won't let him have one. So everyday he goes and plays with his friends and their dogs, and one cat who thinks he's a dog. On the other side of town their is a dog left by his owner, for he had to move. Buddy is a sweet dog left with an old lady who isn't overly fond of dogs. So she digs a hole under the fence and runs away. Will the two meet and live happily ever after? A great read, especially for those of us who love animals. Ages 8-12
Antheneum  $14.99

MONUMENT 14 By: Emmy Laybourne Young Adult, content

MONUMENT 14   By: Emmy Laybourne
When a monster hailstorm attacks two school buses they take refuge in a superstore. Only one bus driver survives and goes to seek help, leaving the children in charge. But the hailstorm was only the beginning, a chemical weapon spill has made living outside the store impossible, and they are on their own. Six high school kids, two eighth graders, and six little kids. Things would be great if everyone got along, but big problems arise. They have to cook, find places to sleep, assign jobs for everyone and seal off the store from the chemicals outside. The story is riveting, however there is sexual content in the story, so it should be read by a more mature reader. Recommended age group is 13 on up. $16..99  Feiwel and Friends  Coming in July 2012

CHAINED By: Lynne Kelly Ages 10-14

CHAINED By: Lynne Kelly
When ten year old Hastin's sister becomes ill his family has to borrow money to pay for a doctor. His mother has to work for the person to repay the debt. But when Hastin sees how he is treating his mother he finds someone to pay the debt. Thus making him responsible for the money. So begins his adventure with a cruel circus owner. He is told that he will only have to work a year to pay for his debt . Living in the hay until they capture the elephant. When Nandita is captured Hastin falls in love with her, but when they start hitting her to get her to perform Hastin wants to run away with the elephant. All to soon Nandita is in chains and any opportunity to escape is gone. Will Hastin figure out how to get he and his precious elephant away? A remarkable story that will tear at your heart strings. $16.99  Ages 10-14  Farrar Straus Giroux

FROM WHAT I REMEMBER By: Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas 14 and up.

FROM WHAT I REMEMBER  By: Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
It started with an English paper, two unwilling partners, and a truck of stolen electronics. After that the details get kind of fuzzy. Somehow Kylie Flores and Max Langston have ended up in Tijuana together, sharing a bed, with wedding rings on their fingers. With no passports, no cell phone service, and no car they have no way to get back home. And graduation is less than twenty four hours away. Max and Kylie have no idea how things could have gotten so out of hand so quickly, but one thing is blatantly clear: if they want to make it to graduation they are going to have to set aside their differences and work together to find a way home and figure out how they ended up like this in the first place. Ages 14 and up. Hyperion $16.99  Reviewed by Maggie.

ONCE By: Anna Carey Ages 13 and up.

ONCE  By: Anna Carey
After learning the terrifying fate of her and her classmates, Eve fled to the wilds of Califia, a haven for women determined to escape the oppressive rule of the king of New America. But Eve's freedom came at a cost. He had to leave her friends to become unwilling surrogates to repopulate New America, and she was forced to lave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone in the wilds. Soon Eve finds that her sacrifices may have been in vain. Califia is not as it seems and Eve quickly finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. While there she uncover the truth behind her capture. Eve is meant to fill an unbelievable role, but excepting will mean losing Caleb and becoming the one thing eve said she would never become. Ages 13 and up. $17.99 HarperCollins Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

PARTIALS By: Dan Wells Ages 14 on up.

PARTIALS   By: Dan Wells
It's the year 2065 and the human race has been almost entirely wiped out; the human's war with the Partials has left only a few hundred thousand survivors and every new baby born only lives for a few days before it succumbs to the RM virus and dies. Kira and her friends are some of the few left on the planet and they are determined to do everything int heir power to cure the terrible RM disease. But no matter what they try, no matter what they do, nothing is working. All hope seems lost. Then one day, by pure luck, Kira discovers something that will help cure RM. The only problem is, to get to her fiends and she will have to travel into the wilderness and into Paritals' territory to get it. And no one ever returns from the Partials.  Ages 14 and up. $17.99 Balzer and Bray  Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

FALL FROM GRACE By: Charles Benoit Ages 13 and up.

FALL FROM GRACE  By: Charles Benoit
"I need you to steal something for me."
Those are the first words that Grace says to Sawyer, and it's then that Sawyer's life changes forever. Grace is alluring and funny and adventurous, all things that Sawyer is not. He can't help but be attracted to her. So when Grace tells him about her plan to be rich and famous, Sawyer hops right on board. It's not like he had any plans of his own anyway. In hindsight he probably shouldn't have helped her steal that painting or lies to his parents or cheated on his girlfriend, but you only live once right? Ages 13 on up. $17.99 Harper Teen  Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

CODE NAME VERITY By: Elizabeth Wein Ages 14 on up.

CODE NAME VERITY  By: Elizabeth Wein
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she knows she doesn't stand a chance. A secret agent caught in enemy territory, she is given one simple choice: write down everything she knows about the British Was Effort or face the firing squad. So pen in hand, she begins to weave the story of her past, how she become best friends with a pilot named Maddie, and why she ended up leaving Maddie in the wreckage of their plane. Verity writes page after page, each word a fight for her life. But trading her secrets might not be enough to save her from the enemy. Ages 14 and up. $16.99 Hyperion  Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

TEMPTATION By: Alisa Valdes Ages 14 on up

TEMPTATION  By: Alisa Valdes
Shane was driving to her violin practice on a lonely stretch of highway when she crashed her car. Glass, metal, and blood everywhere, Shane was struggling to stay alive, when out of nowhere a boy named Travis appeared and saves her. With one simple touch he mended her broken bones and healed every cut. Shane is instantly attracted to Travis, and for the first time ever she believes in soul mates. But there is something strange about her savior, something supernatural, and his presence in Shane's life is stirring up a whole lot of trouble. Ages 14 and up. $8.99 Harper Teen  Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

SWEET EVIL By: Wendy Higgins Ages 13 and up

SWEET EVIL  By: Wendy Higgins
Anna has always been a good girl, with a gift. Ever since she was a child she could see and feel the emotions of of other people. Anna knows that her powers are strange, so ti doesn't really come as a shock to her when, on her sixteenth birthday, she learns her true heritage--she is the daughter of a guardian and demon. Anna has always been a good girl, but she has always felt a pull toward her demon side. And that pull is only strengthened when she meets Kaidan, the alluring, extremely handsome son of the demon of lust. She is immediately attracted to him, but with Kaidan in her life everything starts to fall out of control. Anna is now in incredible danger and the only way to save herself is to embrace her demon side. Ages 13 and up.  Harper teen $8.99 Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

WANDERLOVE By: Kristen Hubbard Ages 14 and up

WANDERLOVE  By: Kristen Hubbard
Bria Sandoval has just packed herself up and signed up for a guided tour of Central America where she hopes to recommit to her art work, be independent, and enjoy some no-strings-attached hookups. Only there's one problem, Bria signed up for the wrong tour. Instead of having a Central American adventure she finds herself stuck snapping bad photos with a bunch of middle-aged tourists. So when Bria meets
Rowan and his sister starling, she decides to ditch her group and join them as they travel off the beaten path. Bria is a good girl trying to be bad, Rowan a bad boy trying to be good. Both seek to leave their selves behind and this trip will be the best way to do just that. But they can't run from their pasts forever, and Bria soon realizes if she ever wants to break free she will have to start looking back. Delacorte $17.99  Ages 14 and up  Reviewed by Maggie.

CROSS MY HEART By: Sasha Gould Ages 12 and up

CROSS MY HEART  By: Sasha Gould
Laura della Scala has spent the last four years of her life in a convent bored to tears, but when Laura learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, her life gets just a little bit more interesting. Given no time to grieve, Laura is removed form the convent and ordered to marry her sister's fiance, a disgusting old man named Vincenzo. In a state of panic Laura betrays a very  powerful man to earn her way into the
Segreta, a secret society of women who help young girls like Laura. It seems as though Laura's prayers have been answered as the Segreta put an end to her engagement. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that something sinister is happening int he Segreta, something that might be connected to her sister's death. $17.99 Delacorte  Ages 12 and up. Reviewed by Maggie

THE JADE NOTEBOOK By: Laura Resau Ages 10 and up

Zeeta and her flighty mom, Layla, have been traveling the globe for years. They have lived in so many beautiful places, but, for Zeeta, no place has been closer to paradise then Mazunte, Mexico. Form the beautiful jade waters to the rich local culture Mazunte has everything the Zeeta has ever wanted in a home. But the longer Zeeta stays in this paradise, the more she realizes that everything is not as its seems. Creatures howl int he jungle, sharks glide near the beaches, and the locals claim that a terrible curse haunts Zeeta's home. Soon enough Zeeta realizes that paradise has a dark side and it's turning her life upside down. Ages 10 and up $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE By: Kate Dale Ages 14 and up

Seventeen-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, has just passed away from Huntington's disease, and Rosie is convinced that she has inherited the crippling illness. So Rosie goes to get tested, only to discover that Trudie isn't her real mother. Rosie was swapped at birth for a sickly baby who was certain to die. Completely devastated by the news, she decides to join her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, while she tries to find her birth parents. but nothing goes as planned. Rosie discovers that her family has even more secrets then she thought, and she is left with an agonizing decision, one with heartbreaking consequences. Ages 14 and up. Delacorte $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie age 17.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

STARTERS By: Lissa Price

STARTERS  By: Lissa Price
When the Spore Wars came only children and the very old were left alive, for they were the only ones vaccinated. So Callie and her little brother Tyler were left on their own, with new laws preventing her from working and living in abandoned buildings. Tyler is really ill and Callie has to make some money. Their is an alternative, not one that she want to take, but she doesn't seem to have a choice. So Callie goes to Prime Destination. Here she will have a chip put in her brain so that an Elder can rent her body. All she has to do is rent her body out three times and she will get enough money so they won't have to live on the streets anymore. But then weird things begin to happen and she can't go back to Prime, someone says they would kill her if that happened. What will she do?
A great novel that keeps you wondering until the last page. $17.99 Ages 12 on up.  Delacorte Press

Friday, March 9, 2012

KATE AND PIPPIN By: Martin Springett

KATE AND PIPPIN  By: Martin Springett
This is a true story of two unlikely companions. Kate, a great dane and Pippin a motherless fawn. When Isobel brings a fawn home that lost his mother, Kate takes to being Pippins mother. She cuddles her and lets her follow everywhere. When she is finally strong enough to go outside she disappears into the woods. What happens is remarkable.
I read this book to my four year old grandson and then followed up with a youtube visit to see them together. Aidan loved the book and was fascinated by the story. Ages 4 up. $16.99 Henry Holt

MAY B. By: Caroline Starr Rose Ages 9-12

MAY B.  By: Caroline Starr Rose
May B. is sent to help at a homestead fifteen miles from home. Her pa promises it is only till Christmas. May B. is to work for these newlyweds, cook, clean and help out with a homesick bride. But when the bride runs off and her husband follows, May is left on her own. Soon she realizes that no one is coming back. She is in a sod house in the middle of nowhere. It will be five months before her father comes to fetch her. Told in prose, you feel like you are in the sod house with May B. hoping that she will have enough food to make it till Christmas. Ages 9-12 Schwartz and Wade $15.99

EYE OF THE STORM By: Kate Messner

EYE OF THE STORM  By: Kate Messner
After the last weeks of tornadoes this incredible book arrives for the store. You are taken to Placid Meadows, a community that is safe from all storms. All around houses are gone and tornadoes come all the time. No one in this futuristic time is safe anymore. Shelters are everywhere. Jaden is spending the summer with her father in this community he built. She is there to go to a science camp. Jaden and Alex are partners in the science camp,  they uncover a dark secret in their research. Will they be able to change the outcome of the storms and save lives? This fast paced novel will keep you glued to the very last page.
Ages 12-18 $16.99 Walker

Monday, March 5, 2012


Ellie is really quite smart and loves to be in the Journey of the Mind club. But when her friends try to convince her to try out for the soccer team, she gives it her best shot. Especially since her dad is the the coach. But what she really wants to do is just be in her club. Then something unthinkable happens! Two tournaments on the same day, and Ellie is going to try and be in two places at the same time. Will she succeed? Ages 7-12 Bloomsbury  $12.99

Saturday, March 3, 2012

WHAT THE DOG SAID By: Randi Reisfeld

WHAT THE DOG SAID  By: Randi Reisfeld
Grace is overcome with grief at the loss of her father. She stops doing anything with her friends, homework and locks herself in her room. Her older sister Regan is the opposite and is determined to get into the Parson's School of Design with a brilliant essay. She has decided to rescue a dog from the shelter and train it to be a guide dog. When the sisters go to the shelter, one dog Rex starts talking to Grace. Only she can hear him and she convinces Regan to take that mange looking dog. But instead of Regan taking the dog for training, Grace is given the task. What happens is remarkable, with the help of Rex and his uncanny ability to help Grace with the grieving process, she also uncovers the murder of her policeman father. This book really shows what if feels like to lose someone you love. I would recommend it to anyone struggling to overcome loss. They say ages 9-12, but the Grace is 13 and I would got till age 14. $16.99 Bloomsbury

NIGHTMARE GARDEN By: Caitlin Kittredge #2 Iron Codex Ages 12 and up

NIGHTMARE GARDEN  By: Caitlin Kittredge
Everything Aoife Grayson thought she knew about the world was a lie. The "necrovirus" that has supposedly been turning people into monsters is a hoax thought up by the government, and Aoife isn't infected by it like she was led to believe. But Aoife is different, like her brother, Conrad, she is half human and half Fae. She comes from the land of Thorn and has a destiny greater than they could ever comprehend. the world is ending, cities are crumbling, and the great engine that protects humans form the evil creature of Thorn is dying. And Aoife is the only one who can make things right again. Ages 12 and up. Delacorte $17.99  Reviewed by Maggie.

GATHERING STORM By: Robin Bridges Ages 12 and up.

GATHERING STORM  By: Robin Bridges
Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, detests going to balls. She never understood the pint of dancing around in uncomfortable, heavy dresses, while clumsy boys tried to win her favor. She would have much rather been locked away in her room reading the old medical tomes that she sneaked away from her father's library. But of course, Katerina never gets anything she wants. To her utter horror she has caught the eye of two dashing young royals, Prince Danilo of Montenegro and George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish son. The more time Katerina spends with Danilo and George, the more she realizes that something sinister is brewing in St. Petersburg. And Katerina will be the only one who can stop it. Ages 12 and up. Delacorte $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

ZERO By: Tom Leveen Young Adult

ZERO  By: Tom Leveen
Zero's life was a total disaster. Her parents were constantly fighting, her father was spiraling into alcoholism, her best and only friend wasn't speaking to her, and she was recently rejected from the school of her dreams. As far as Zero was concerned, everything was hopeless. But then, on a spur of the moment, Zero decides to go see her favoirte band play at a local club. She had no idea the HE would be there, looking at her with those amazing sapphire eyes. No idea that with, just one glance, her life would change forever. Ages 14 and up. *Sex(graphic) Reviewed by Maggie $16.99 Random House coming in April 2012

HARMONIC FEEDBACK By: Tara Kelly Young Adult

After much deliberation, Drea's psychiatrists have determined that she has a "touch of Asperger's and ADHD." Just add it to the list of reasons why she can't seem to make any friends. But then Drea's mom moves her to a new town and something strange happens: Drea meets Naomi and Justin, tow other outsiders, and they actually seem to like her. After an impromptu jam session, the three new friends decide to go for a "trip-hop" band. Drea is in Heaven. She no longer has to close herself off from her family and friends. But just when Drea has found two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them? Ages 14 and up. Reviewed by Maggie. $16.99 Henry Holt

GRAFFITI MOON By: Cath Crowley Young Adult

GRAFFITI MOON  By: Cath Crowley
Senior year is over, and Lucy has come up with he perfect way for her friends and her to celebrate: tonight they are going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work is painted all across the city. He's out there somewhere, Lucy knows he is. He's been spraying birds and blue skies and girls with blowing hair and grassy hearts. Shadow is a guy that Lucy could fall for and tonight she is going to meet him. As it would turn out the only guy who know show to find Shadow is the guy that Lucy has been avoiding for the past two years since she broke his nose on one of the worst dates in history. But Lucy won't let a little awkwardness get in her way. She is so determined to find Shadow that she can't see the one thing that has been right in front of her eyes. Ages 14 and up Knopf $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

JUST YOUR AVERGAE PRINCESS By: Kristina Springer Ages 12 and up

Ever since Jamie Edward's cousin Milan stepped out of Jamie's dad's pickup truck and onto her family's pumpkin farm things have really started to suck. Jamie knows that she should feel sorry for Milan. She did just move all the way from Los Angeles and Jamie knows that life on the farm can be a little .... tough. But it's hard to feel sorry for someone who's drop-dead gorgeous, a famous Hollywood starlight, has captured the attention on Jamie's crush Danny, and is about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from under her. It's time for Jamie to take matters into her own hands. Ages 12 and up Farrah Straus Giroux $15.99 Reviewed by Maggie.

DEVIANT By: Adrian McKinty Young Adult

DEVIANT  By: Adrian McKinty
After making a few mistakes back home in Las Vegas, Danny Lopez finds himself as Colbalt Junior High Charter school's newest attendant. Located in Colorado, Colbalt is an experimental school for "touch cases." The students are forced to wear white gloves and everything the teachers and students say is scripted. Danny gets the feeling that there is something strange going on at Colbalt, he just doesn't know what. But then one of Danny's classmate's cats turn up dead and Danny's friends start to receive creepy messages from someone by the name of "Ingrid cold." Danny begins to investigate and soon finds himself as the newest target of a killer determined to 'clean up' Colorado Springs. Ages 14 and up. $16.95 Abrams Reviewed by Maggie.