Sunday, December 30, 2012

YA Series 2013

Here's a sneak peek of what's happening in some popular series next year!

Out in January:
Prodigy (Legend Trilogy #2) by Marie Lu
June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she's haunted by the choice ahead.

Out in February:
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is trying to break out of prison--if she succeeds, she'll become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there that Scarlet never knew about the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother's whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must attempt to stay one step ahead of the Lunar Queen.

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) by Lauren Destefano
With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn's worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine's memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine's side, even if Linden's feelings are still caught between them.
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought.

Out in March: 
Requiem (Delirium Trilogy #3) by Lauren Oliver
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven--pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancee of the young mayor. Both girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices Trilogy #3) by Cassandra Clare
If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking and everyone must choose. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the Infernal Devices Trilogy.

Sadly, the last novel in the Divergent Trilogy won't be released until September but Reached -- the final Matched novel -- is already out!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Books for Winter

Well, we've finally had our first snow and Winter is here! Read these books to help prepare yourself for the season.

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The oceans stopped working before Willo was born so the world of ice and snow is all he's ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government's controlling grasp. But, suddenly, Willo's survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family missing. It could be the government; it could be scavengers - all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and find his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he's always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Every winter, Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The 'girl next door' has chopped, dyed-black hair, a nose stud and a scowl. But even though Lucy's changed, Evan and Lucy connect again. And this time, Evan falls in love. Lucy has secrets. She doesn't tell Evan about her mother's abusive boyfriend, her own violent boyfriend and the fights that got her kicked out of her house. She feels guilty and starts to resent Evan's picture perfect (boring) life. Lucy knows she must break his heart and move on.The next winter, after transferring to an art college against his father's wishes, Evan sees Lucy again. And this time, they know the timing is right.

Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher
From the frozen mists beyond the edge of the world comes Gudrun to rule the people through fear and sorcery. But the enchantress has one weakness -- her son, Kari, banished as a child to Thrasirshall, the forbidding fortress in the desolate, snowbound north. No one has ever set eyes on Kari, but in secret everyone wonders: Are the rumors true? Was he born a monster? Now, two will discover the truth. Because of their fathers' treachery, Gudrun has exiled Jessa and Thorkil . . . to Thrasirshall. The cousins wonder if they can survive the impossible trek to the ruined castle. And if they do, what will they find at the end of their journey? A beast? Or the means to stop Gudrun?

The Devouring by Simon Holt
The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice. When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life. To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses -- further proof of the government's horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty?

Trapped by Michael Northrop
The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. For those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, until the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .

Just Like That by Marsha Qualey
Things change so suddenly. One day Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; then she realizes she doesn't have strong feelings for him and breaks things off. One day Hanna trusts her two best friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. And then Hanna finds herself the bearer of a major secret: she was the last to see two teenagers before they died in an accident on the icy lake. She can't tell anyone, so when she finds herself drawn to Will, the kind of boy who'd increase any girl's pulse, she doesn't hold back. What she learns about him will astonish her. What she learns about herself--her friendships, her family, her life--will affect her more.

The Survivors by Will Weaver
Two years ago, the ash started falling like gray snow. The volcanoes had erupted. For Miles and his sister, Sarah, the real disaster started in the violent aftermath--when they were forced to leave their cushy suburban home and flee to the north woods for safety. Miles got them to a cabin, but now winter is setting in. All they have to get them through is the milk from Sarah's goat and Miles's memory of wilderness survival skills. When Sarah tries to regain some normalcy by attending the local school, she realizes she is no longer quite the person she used to be. Now she is Goat Girl, a Traveler, and it's hard to pretend she isn't. And when a horrific twist of fate robs Miles of his memory, he discovers the heart of his true identity. They knew the volcanoes would change the world. Now, in order to survive, they must change with it.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Apocalypse Now

So the world may be ending today. Read the following novels to prepare yourself for the coming disaster.

The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About--Before It's Too Late by Laura Barcella
From the Mayan calendar to sandwich-boarded, loud-speakered prophets, there's never been a shortage of people willing to proclaim that the end is nigh. This fun, fact-filled book explains fifty of the most important doomsday scenarios.
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she's been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home--her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go to places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power--and the courage to fight her own inner demons?  First in the Riders of the Apocalypse series.

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school, leaning over her. Ben has somehow brought her back to life. Her revival is only the first puzzle she must solve. Everything that is happening--her accident, a murder of a friend, a strange clock counting down to something, the appearance of Ben--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, Janelle realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets.

Armageddon by James Patterson
Daniel must face an alien whose origins appear nearer to the depths of Hell than the outer reaches of the galaxy. Number Two on the List of Alien Outlaws is an unstoppable criminal that's slowly been amassing an underground army of dangerous aliens to help him enslave Earth's population. And it's all in preparation for the arrival of Number One, the most powerful alien in the universe and Daniel's arch-nemesis. But for the first time in his life, Daniel isn't alone in his fight. He's connected with several military and intelligence groups--including the daughter of a prominent FBI agent. Be prepared for a truly epic battle that evokes the ancient prophecies of Armageddon!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. 

So This Is How It Ends by Tui Sutherland
In New York, Kali wakes to an empty subway car, and an even emptier city. Venus and Gus survive an earthquake in Los Angeles and realize they have to deal with more than just the aftershocks. In Chile, Tigre finds himself in an unfamiliar jungle, and strangely not alone. And Amon, in Egypt, can see his path but is blind to the full picture. They are suddenly trapped in a deserted world, five teenagers with no hope of escape. Why have they survived? What force-or intelligence-connects them? Drawn inexorably toward one another, they only know their future involves an experience outside anything they could have imagined. 

And check out our dystopian novels for what happens after the world (as we know it) has ended.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done combines a mob family drama with the type of dystopian world readers of The Hunger Games and Matched will be familiar with. Set in 2083, the book takes place in New York City where things have taken such a sad turn that most of the Statue of Liberty has been sold off for scrap metal. Water is rationed, paper is scarce and chocolate and caffeine are illegal. Anya Balanchine, the book’s narrator, comes from the Balanchine crime family, which has made much of its fortune illegally selling chocolate. Both her parents are dead, her mother from a bullet intended for her father and her father from the bullet of an assassin who has never been caught. Anya lives with her grandmother, her younger sister Natty, and her intellectually disabled brother Leo. Due to her grandmother’s poor health and her brother’s condition, she ends up being the de facto head of the family even though Leo is older.

At the beginning of the book, Anya breaks up with her manipulative boyfriend Gable and soon becomes friends with Win, a new kid at school and the son of the assistant district attorney. She soon starts to think about Win as more than a friend. Everything goes off track for Anya when the police accuse her of intentionally giving Gable poisoned chocolate, and she ends up at a juvenile detention facility called Liberty.

There is a lot going on in this book and things move along at a nice pace. The combination of organized crime and science fiction is original, though I wondered how likely it was that chocolate would really be so coveted in a world running out of resources such as water. I was also a little annoyed by how great Win seems to be. It’s obvious that he is the good guy in the book, but it seems like he could at least have a few faults. Despite these problems, the good parts of All These Things I’ve Done far outweigh the bad. This is the first book in a trilogy and I look forward to reading Because It Is My Blood, the second book in the series.


Monday, December 3, 2012

I Swear by Lane Davis

Cover imageIn Lane Davis's new novel, I Swear, a very serious question is posed: Who is to blame when bullying leads to suicide? Leslie Gatlin just cannot take the abuse her once long ago friends are inflicting on her. For the past two years, she has suffered alone through what should be her happiest high school years. So finally one night, she ends it. Her pain is over. But what about those she left behind?

There's Macie, the queen bee who has always been the instigator. And Beth, who just wants to feel normal. And Katherine, the new girl who just wants to fit in. And finally there's Jillian, twin sister of Jake, Leslie's only true friend. We all know these girls, they are in every high school across the country. They are not bad girls, they just want to be pretty and popular. And everyone knows that to be in the right crowd, you have to do and say what is expected of you. No matter who gets hurt. Right???

Well, Leslie's parents do not think so. Nor do the authorities. Someone needs to pay for Leslie Gatlin's suicide. The pretty and popular find themselves in some real trouble, and will do just about anything to get out of it. Will there be justice done?

Find out in this sad, scary story.


Read-alike: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Come help us celebrate the Zombie Apocalypse next week! Stay after hours at the library on Friday, December 14 from 5:30-7:30. You'll be transformed into a member of the undead and we'll be playing games, making crafts, watching zombie flicks, and eating brains. Register at the Reference Desk.

Help set the mood for the apocalypse by reading one of these novels!

Zombies vs. Unicorns
Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology, edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for each side with eerie and amazing short stories from an all-star lineup of contributors, including  Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Kathleen Duey, Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative collection that showcases zombies and unicorns as you have never seen them before.

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Someone's been a very bad zombie. Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town  . . . and stay hormonally human.

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey
Jett is a girl disguised as a boy, living as a gambler in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. Honoria Gibbons is a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Both young women travel the prairie alone - until they are brought together by a zombie invasion! As Jett and Honoria investigate, they soon learn that these zombies aren't rising from the dead of their own accord ... but who would want an undead army? And why?

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash--but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. This is a detail-rich depiction of a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen, the dead have risen, and danger is always imminent.

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
Ali, the high school newspaper's music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He's a weird-looking goth, but he seems sincere about it. She introduces herself, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in a slow, quiet murmur, "Well, I don't really live there, exactly. . . ." Ali falls so hard for Doug that she doesn't notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally the paper's fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn't just a goth. He's a zombie. Horrified, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of. . .

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as days crawl by, the motivations for survival change and soon the group’s fate is determined less by what’s happening outside and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I was a little reluctant to read this book because it sounded like a disease-of-the-week movie with a J.D. Salinger type of character thrown in to give the book a twist. I was pleasantly surprised and ended up thoroughly enjoying The Fault In Our Stars. While at its most basic level the book is what I described, it never presents stereotypical characters or trite solutions to their problems.

Hazel Grace, the novel’s narrator, is a sixteen year old cancer patient. She meets Augustus Waters, a handsome boy about her age who was once a star basketball player before losing his leg to cancer. He comes off initially as something of a James Dean, tortured rebel type, but Green quickly develops him into a believable and unique character. One of my favorite touches is how Augustus puts cigarettes into his mouth but never lights them. Hazel is horrified when she first sees him put one in his mouth, but he tells her that “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Augustus and Hazel’s relationship becomes deeper when Augustus reads Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. This is apparently the most important novel ever written, at least for the two of them, and their obsession with its cryptic ending and the whereabouts of Peter Van Houten, the book’s reclusive author, set in motion much of The Fault In Our Stars’ plot.

While I enjoyed two other John Green novels, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars is by far the best of the three. It maintains the unique and quirky characters from the other two novels while also being a rare case of an author taking on more significant subject matter without becoming heavy handed. I can’t recommend this book enough.


Sunday, November 11, 2012


Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this month? November is about half-over. How is the novel coming along? If you're looking for inspiration, here are some book about other young authors, struggling with their own stories.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian comes into the picture and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Erin is headed to college to study creative writing but her grandmother wants her to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family's farm. But Erin won't agree. Studying in New York and becoming a novelist is her dream. So Erin's grandmother takes Erin's inheritance and gives it all to Hunter Allen who has lived on the farm for years. Erin is furious that Hunter conned her grandmother into giving him Erin's birthright and sending him to her college. At least she's free of him in her writing class. Unfortunately for her, the day she's sharing a story (featuring a Hunter-inspired character) with her class, Hunter walks in. And after reading about himself in Erin's story, he writes his own assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them...and what might be.

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
Nothing exciting ever happens in the town of Maplewood - until famous thriller writer Ian Tremblin holds a short-story writing contest with a prize that seems to be the opportunity of a lifetime: five finalists will get to spend the evening with Tremblin in the haunted mansion Daemon Hall, and the winner of the best short story will see publication. Wade Reilly and the other finalists could never have imagined what they find lurking in the shadows of this mansion. During a suspenseful night of tale-telling, strange incidents mix the realms of the real and the supernatural. What is Tremblin really up to, and can he be trusted? What about Daemon Hall - is it alive? And, more to the point, will any of the contestants make it out of this hall of horrors to tell their story?

The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef
The Brontë sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). This sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the literary mind.

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother--and she needs one fast. That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth--that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ghosts and Ghouls

Enjoy some of these great ghost stories this Halloween.

Anna Dress in Blood by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: he kills the dead. So did his father, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost. Now Cas travels the country with his mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted house she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part . . .Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend--even a ghost--is just what she needs. Or so she thinks. 
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each of these ten stories takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic possession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history--the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start--a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn's mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn's not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there's only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say... Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Teens' Top Ten 2012

The 2012 Teens' Top Ten winners were announced this week. Here are your top ten:

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Legend by Marie Lu

5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

10. Abandon by Meg Cabot


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Teen Read Week

 It Came from the Library...and into a movie theater!

You can find these great books at the library...and you can find the movie (and other media) adaptions here too. 

Batman Series
Wealthy businessman Bruce Wayne leads a double life as the caped crusader: Batman. He must battle a variety of evil villains--and his own inner demons--in order to keep peace in Gotham City.
Beastly by Alex Flinn
On book, DVD, and e-audio
Kyle Kingsbury has enjoyed being the most popular guy at school with the meanest and most egotistical attitude; however, he is punished by a witch in his English class and turned into a beast. Kyle now must find his true love and make her accept him as he is in order to break the curse and return him to the man he once was.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
On book and DVD.
She flipped the first time she saw him. He ran the first time he saw her. That was second grade but not much has changed by seventh. She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he's not quite all he seemed.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
On book, audiobook, and DVD.
In a wondrous parallel world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals and talking bears and witches fight wars, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. Lyra sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
On book, DVD, and e-audio.
John Smith tries to be a normal American teenager in rural Ohio but he's actually been hiding for ten years developing the Legacies, or powers, he will need to fight the Mogadorians who destroyed his planet Lorien. But the Mogadorians have begun hunting the nine fugitives from Lorien. They have already killed Number One, Number Two and Number Three and now they are after Number Four: John Smith.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
On book, DVD, and soundtrack.
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. An American bioengineering firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island and creatures once extinct now roam the soon-to-be opened Jurassic Park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
 On book and DVD.
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show with a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City. This is a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be--and where the next great band is playing.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
 On book, audiobook, and DVD.
Ponyboy and his two brothers struggle to stay together after their parent's deaths. Ponyboy knows he can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
On book, DVD and soundtrack.
NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . .and who made those dreams come true.

Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim's fantastic life takes an unforseen turn when rollerblading delivery girl Ramano Flowers makes her appearance. The only catch to winning Ramona? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.  If Scott hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.