Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthright Series by Gabrielle Zevin

The first book, All These Things I've Done I picked up at BEA last year (2011) and I absolutely loved the story. Anya Balanchine is her father's daughter. The fact that her father and mother are no longer living, nor the fact that her mobster family is currently run by her uncle changes this. Set years in the future, chocolate has been banned and her family is the black market supplier of Balanchine Chocolate. Caught between being a pawn in her family's drama--needing to take care of her younger sister and older brother, and making her own way in the world, Anya struggles through high school.  This book reminded by of Ally Carter's Heist Society with more intrigue. I'm constantly recommending it.

The second book, Because It Is My Blood, will come out this September. It was the first book I picked up at BEA this year and was the one I carried around and read in all the lines. I had several people ask about it and where they could find it. I was not disappointed at all and can't wait for this book to come out. Neither can the teens at the library who have flipped through my ARC. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Skinny--Donna Cooner

This was one of the books I heard talked about at the CLA Conference and I was super excited to get a copy at BEA. 

Ever has always used food as a comfort and she has been trying to loose the extra weight for as long as she can remember. Unhappy with herself and her life, she opts for gastric bypass surgery to help her loose weight so that she can re-make herself. Post-surgery Ever has to rediscover herself as she looses weight and learns who her true friends are. She also hopes that surgery will rid her of the voice in her head she calls "Skinny," a sub-conscious part of her that whispers depressing and negative thoughts. 

"You're not good enough."

"You'll never be skinny." 

"Why would he like you."

Yes there is a boy. And two gorgeous stepsisters. And a nerdy best friend. 

Parts of this book are predictable. Parts of it are your typical love story. But the parts that deal with a major live change, surgery and Ever's internal struggle are fascinating. I didn't know much about the gastric bypass procedure until I read this book. I'm glad I did. Teens are going to love this book and I highly recommend it for library shelves. My one complaint is that she never saw a therapist and the mental health implications of her hearing this voice were never dealt with. Otherwise wonderful. I also like the cover!

*ARC provided by publisher at BEA.

Friday, July 6, 2012

April Henry's new book is a necessary book for thriller lovers.

There is suspense, a mystery and like-able characters.

Told in multiple perspectives, The Night She Disappeared chronicles the disappearance of Kayla from the perspectives of the kidnapper, the victim and Kayla's friends.

Full of action, this is one that will appeal to reluctant readers. Perfect for a public library

ARC provided by Netgalley. 

Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time

I picked up this book at BEA knowing nothing about it, other than it was written by James Dashner (The Maze Runner Series). I'm glad I did.

Best-friends, Dak and Sera are both brilliant. Dak is a history buff and Sera knows more about science than most college professors. They live in a world similar to ours, but overseen by an organization known as SQ, whom everyone appears to fear. So yes, there are dystopian themes.

Sera helps Dak's parents complete a time machine known as he Infinity Ring, a project that has kept them on the radar of the Hystorians. This group had existed for centuries to fight the SQ and prepare to fix the time rifts that have allowed the SQ so much power. Dak and Sera are instantly initiated and sent back in time to fix the Great Breaks starting in Spain, 1492.

This fast paced middle grade novel is headed along the path of the 39 Clues series--rapidly printed action adventure books written in turn by different authors. The Infinity Ring series has a great line up of authors including, Carrie Ryan, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Pena, Matthew Kirby, and Jennifer Nielsen. All seven books a scheduled to be published by March of 2014.

I'm excited for the rest of the books in this series. It has a lot of Pontiac, and I love anything where the main character is a super history book. The plot is engaging and this will be a perfect fit for rapid and avid readers alike.