Thursday, September 23, 2010

Top Romance Fiction for Teens

We're always looking for good romance in books. Here is a list from Booklist, September 15, 2010.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand
The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C.K. Kelly Martin
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Gotta love these!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Auden spends the summer before going to college with her father, stepmother and new baby sister. She makes new friends and learns new skills like dating and riding a bike while she revisits and works through the trauma of her parents divorce.

Also by Sarah Dessen: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, This Lullaby, Dreamland,and The Truth about Forever.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

House of Night by P.C. Cast

Books are often like food; you either love it or hate it. That includes the junk food we all love now and then. The House of Night Series is wonderful junk food if you like paranormal romance. Burned is the seventh book from the House of Night Series and look for Awakened to come out early in 2011.
1. Marked
2. Betrayed
3. Chosen
4. Untamed
5. Hunted
6. Tempted
7. Burned
8. Awakened


Max: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

Max is the fifth book in the Maximum Ride fantasy/thriller series by James Patterson. Fast-paced thrills await Max and her flock of genetically engineered human/bird hybrids as they help the Navy find out why fish are dying off in large numbers off the coast of Hawaii.

Maximum Ride fans will be happy to know that Internet Movie Database ( says there is a movie in development for possible release in 2013.


Looking for a Great Read?

Try one of these!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Truth avbout Forever by Sarah Dessen

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the first book in the Mortal Instrument prequels called Infernal Devices, just came out recently.

Basic premise of book: Tessa's brother disappears, and she is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. The Dark Sisters try to get her to use a power that she did not know she possessed. When the sisters' home is raided by shadowhunters, Tessa learns about a world she did not know existed. The shadowhunters take her in and promise to help her find her brother. There are two possible love interests Will and Jem
- both harbor secrets.

The book is set in the Victorian era and is more steampunk than the other series. I enjoyed the story overall although the some of the characters were too much like characters from Mortal Instruments.
Will is very much like Jace.


Mockingjay the third Hunger Games book by Collins

This is a must have book this fall. The long-awaited end of the Hunger Games Trilogy will not disappoint teens! Whether you are cheering for Peeta or Gayle, you will be satisfied with Katniss' final choice.

Suzanne Collins addresses the proliferation of nuclear arms in Mockingjay giving teen readers an opportunity to develop their own opinions about the cost to our global society. Wouldn't a prequel be interesting to see how the Dark Days produced the dreaded Hunger Games?

The only negative comment I have is that the ending was told to us rather than showing us as it unfolded for Katniss, but it was very satisfying none-the-less.

Let us know what you thought about Mockingjay or any of the Hunger Games!

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Luce is sent to a reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her. Readers will feel for Luce's frustration in the last chapters, when she discovers the answers to some secrets, but is still left largely in the dark by those seeking to protect her. The long-awaited sequel, Torment, will be released the end of September 2010.