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Paper Towns

Paper Towns
John Green
Speak, 2009
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages. I loved it! I should’ve read it earlier. The air of mystery was fantastic. I had to know what happened. The characters really felt like authentic teens to me. Most importantly, I learned about a different kind of person from this story. Margo was unique and did her own thing. She was complete…

Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You
Nina LaCour
Dutton Juvenile, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

Book hashtag: #summerlove

From Goodreads:
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

This book was a quiet romance and wonderfully written. Emi just graduated from high school and this takes place in the summer between that and college. It had a hint of mystery that made me very interested in the storyline and the characters. I wanted to learn more just as…

The Secrets of Lily Graves

The Secrets of Lily Graves
Sarah Strohmeyer
Balzer + Bray, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

Storyline Hashtag: #scandalous

From Goodreads:
With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And…

Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest
Adina Rishe Gewirtz
Candlewick Press, 2013
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. "If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence," Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room — like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Zebra Forest deftly port…

We Were Liars

We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
Delacorte Press, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

This book was entrancing and suspenseful. It’s very different from the Ruby Oliver series. I feel like if I truly write a review, I’ll give away too much. Overall, it was fabulous. E. Lockhart has a winner here! It may look short, but it’s a deep, complicated story. I feel like the cover doesn’t really do the story justice. Once I finished the book, I immediately wanted to re-read to see what I missed before I knew the ending. As you read, pay attention to ever…

A Hitch at the Fairmont

A Hitch at the Fairmont
Jim Averbeck
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.

After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old Jack Fair is whisked away to San Francisco’s swanky Fairmont Hotel by his wicked Aunt Edith. There, he seems doomed to a life of fetching chocolates for his aunt and her pet chinchilla. Until one night, when Aunt Edith disappears, and the only clue is a ransom note written…in chocolate?

Suddenly, Jack finds himself all alone on a quest to discover who kidnapped Aunt Edith and what happened to his mother. Alone, that is, until he meets an unlikely accomplice—Alfred Hitchcock himself! The two embark on a madcap journey full of hidden doorways, secret societies, cryptic clues, sinister villains, and cinematic flair.

As a 12-year-old, I…

Rose and the Lost Princess Blog Tour and Giveaway

Rose and the Lost Princess Blog Tour and Giveaway
Rose and the Lost Princess
Holly Webb
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014
Audience: Older Children, Teens
Source: E-Galley


About Rose and the Lost Princess: Rose’s whole life has changed in a matter of weeks. She’s gone from being a lonely orphan to a magician’s apprentice, though she’s learned that power comes at a price. Even Rose’s friends don’t seem to trust her anymore, especially when rumors of dark magic begin to swirl through the city. Then the country’s beloved princess vanishes, and the king asks Rose for her help. She must find the missing princess and put a stop to the evil magician behind the kidnapping… before all is lost. About the Author: Holly was born and grew up in southeast London but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying university. She worked for…

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Veronica Mars
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Vintage, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to V…

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory
By Laurie Halse Anderson
Viking Juvenile, 2014
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?The Impossible Knife of Memoryis Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

This book was fantastic. It was the first book I had read by this author. Her writing was amazing; I see why she is so popular. Th…

The Crossroads

The Crossroads
By Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008
Audience: Younger Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.

This book was spooky. I was surprised by how dark it was. I loved how vivid the characters were. At one point, I was pretty sure almost everyone was a ghost. I liked the ending, too. I thought it was pretty grown-up for a children’s book but I didn’t mind that at all. Sometimes children’s books can be a bit more grown-up. I would have absolutely loved this book a…

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic
Natalie Lloyd
Scholastic Press, 2014
Audience: Children
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Fel…

The Spook Lights Affair

The Spook Lights Affair
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
Forge Books, 2013
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don’t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter.  But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

Sabina hadn’t wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entrĂ©e to the city’s ultra rich and powerful. That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar. Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000.

Working their separate cases (while Sabina holds John off with one light hand), the detectives give readers a tour of The City the way it was.  From the infamous Barbary Coast …

Toxic Heart

Toxic Heart
Theo Lawrence
Delacorte Press, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.

Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he'll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one's pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

This is one I was dying to get my hands on! Unfortunately, I’m categorizing it as “DN…