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Hardcore Twenty-Four

Hardcore Twenty-Four Janet Evanovich Bantam, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Adults, Older Teens
From Goodreads: This Jersey girl hits hard--twenty-four seven. The blockbuster Stephanie Plum series continues with Hardcore Twenty-Four from #1 New York Times bestselling Janet Evanovich.
What a lame description on Goodreads, huh? Stephanie Plum is always so dependable. She’ll ruin a car, hang out with quirky friends, be torn between two guys, embarrass herself, and solve a mystery. Why couldn’t they mention that? There was a bit of a lull in the series in the teens, but Evanovich has come back strong. I wouldn’t mind if she threw some new element in there, but I don’t know what that would be - and it would have to be awesome. Overall, it’s an entertaining series!
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Traitor to the Throne

Traitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
Viking, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. 

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, abou…

Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens Amy Sarig King Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017 Source: My Own Bookshelf Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his house, in the last wild patch left, picking up litter and looking for animal tracks.

One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog, or maybe a small boar. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags... No one has ever seen a creature like this before, because there's never been a creature like this before. The animal--Marvin Gardens--soon becomes Obe's best friend and biggest secret. But to keep him safe from the developers and Tommy and his friends, Obe must make a decision that might change everything…

Soupy Leaves Home

Soupy Leaves Home
Cecil Castellucci
Dark Horse Books, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, All Teens

From Goodreads:
Pearl -Soupy- Plankette ran away from her abusive father, but has nowhere to go until she stumbles upon a disguise that gives her the key to a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she hitches her star to Remy -Ramshackle- Smith, a hobo who takes her under his wing. Ramshackle's kindness and protection go a long way to help Soupy heal from her difficult past. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he'll need Soupy just as much as she needs him. 
Set in 1932, this is the story of two misfits with no place to call home, who build a relationship during a train hopping journey from the cold heartbreak of their eastern homes toward the sunny promise of California.

I love a good historical fiction graphic novel! Soupy Leaves Home was wonderful in every way. I loved the art, story and characters. Seeing a determined girl grow was fanta…

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: Royal Crush

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess: Royal Crush
Meg Cabot
Fewer & Friends, 2017
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Being the newest princess of Genovia is WAY more complicated than she expected, but Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is getting used to it. She gets to live in an actual palace with two fabulous poodles, a pet iguana, her very own pony, and, best of all, a loving family to help her figure things out!

And right now Olivia, having finally admitted that she likes Prince Khalil as more than just a friend, could REALLY use some advice. What is a princess supposed to do once she's found a prince she likes? With her half-sister Mia busy enjoying her honeymoon, Olivia turns to Grandmere for help.

What a perfect way to prepare a whole new audience for The Princess Diaries. I loved Royal Crush and I am so excited for another book in the series! I can’t wait to see what happens with Mia and Olivia. (One of…

Will in Scarlet

Will in Scarlet
Matthew Cody
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he’s led a charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart.

But with King Richard’s absence, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he’s ever known. Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits readers will immediately recognize.

How Will helps a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and revered criminals in history is a swashbuckling ride perfect for anyone who loves heroes, villains, and adventure.

Well, I was expecting werewolves and action. I got no werewolves and very little action. Will in Scarlet featured medieval pol…

Count All Her Bones

Count All Her Bones
April Henry
Henry Holt and Co., 2017
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Cheyenne sets out to save her former captor in this much-anticipated sequel to Girl, Stolen.

Six months ago, Griffin Sawyer meant to steal a car, but he never meant to steal the girl asleep in the backseat. Panicked, he took her home. His father, Roy, decided to hold Cheyenne―who is blind―for ransom. Griffin helped her escape, and now Roy is awaiting trial. As they prepare to testify, Griffin and Cheyenne reconnect and make plans to meet. But the plan goes wrong and Cheyenne gets captured by Roy’s henchmen―this time for the kill. Can Cheyenne free herself? And is Griffin a pawn or a player in this deadly chase?

I accidentally read the second book before I read the first!

Luckily, Count All Her Bones recapped everything that happened in Girl, Stolen well.

Unluckily, I thought this was a standalone book that was going to tell the story through flashbacks.

I was…