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The Elite

The Elite
Kiera Cass
HarperTeen, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.


Oh, the middle book of the trilogy. Oh, the love triangle. Don’t you just love trends in teen fiction?

Normally, I root for the bad boy in love triangles. I preferred Jess over Dean in Gilmore Girls, even though I knew Dean was more trustworthy. I preferred Gale in The Hunger Games because he was always there for Katniss, even though I knew Peeta was a great guy. However, in The Selection books, I’m rooting for Prince Maxon, 100%! I have …

Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian
Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romanc…

In Real Life

In Real Life
Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
First Second, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.


This book was so relevant, it was amazing. Honestly, it would be a great one for book clubs because there’s a lot to talk about. Some issues that come up are cultural differences, re…

Belzhar

Belzhar
Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Juvenile, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.


What an interesting, amazing book. I never would have thought of this…

Golden Son

Golden Son
Pierce Brown
Del Rey, 2015
Audience: Adults
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
With shades ofThe Hunger Games,Ender’s Game, andGame of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Risinghit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Songuarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.


This was a DNF for me. I didn’t get very far. I remembered absolutely nothing from the first book. Zilch. I was super excited to see it available as a galley. I remembered that I wasn’t wild about the first one, but I thought I would give the second one a ch…

Sisters

Sisters
Raina Telgemeier
Scholastic, 2014
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.


I don’t know why I don’t just automatically buy Raina Telgemeier’s books. I waited for this one to come through for me. Because pre-teen girls love her books, I had to wa…