Thursday, March 22, 2012

Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan James

This book was written by a mother, son duo. You don't see that very often. I have to say they did a good job. I enjoyed this book. When I first read what this book was about I thought it sounded eerily like Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly but after reading the first few pages I was happy to see that it wasn't anything like Angel Burn.

Claire Brennan and her mother Lynn move around a lot. Claire jokes that her mom is a free spirit picking up and moving when the mood strikes but for the past two years they have held steady and Claire wants to stay put. She attends Emerson Academy, which she loves, and she has two best friends. So when she starts having psychic visions there is no way she is going to tell her mother about them. She also falls for the new boy in school, Alec. Alec MacKenzie is hiding from his past. He is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place so could be normal for once but he didn't factor Claire into his plans.

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when Claire's life is threatened how far will Alec go to protect her? If you like books with Angels then check this one out. I didn't see anything about a second book on either of the authors websites but they leave it wide open for one. Crossing my fingers because I feel like there is more to this story.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Book and Movie)

Raise your hand if you read The Host! It's okay if you haven't. I didn't for a really long time after it came out. While I loved her Twilight series it took me awhile to warm up to The Host. I like sci fi type books but I just had a hard time with the alien body snatching thing but once I got a quarter of the way into the book I got over it and got really into the story. I fell in love with Wanderer/Melanie, Jared, and Ian. Ms. Meyer wrote an interesting love triangle that really was a square since Wanderer/Melanie were two people essentially. I genuinely liked Wanderer and didn't want anything bad to happen to her. If you tried to read it and got stuck I swear once you get past the first quarter of the book it gets really good. Once Wanderer/Melanie finds Jared the story really takes off.

When I was reading People today I saw that The Host is being made into a movie. I had read that it might be but now it is official and if you go see The Hunger Games this weekend you will get a sneak peek. The movie isn't coming to theaters until March 29, 2013 but you will get a glimpse of what is to come. I think they did a great job casting.

Saorirse Ronan plays Wanderer/Melanie
Max Irons plays Jared
Jake Able plays Ian
William Hurt plays Jeb
Diana Kruger plays Seeker

To get a peek at some pictures click here

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Sneak Peek Teaser

They weren't kidding when they said it would be a teaser. This clip is only 15 seconds long. The full length trailer will be debuting on March 26. I can't wait to see it. Then the movie will be coming to theaters in November. I can't wait to see that. I wish they would have just had a four hour movie last November instead of breaking it up but I think they like to make us wait and sweat it out. Anyway enjoy the teaser and if you haven't read the books. You should, they are better then the movies.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Great new books...

Where Things Come Back by John Whaley. This is a dark, sometimes tragic, often, oddly enough, funny story about teens in a small town in Arkansas. Cullen Witter, his best friend, Lucas Cader, and just about anyone who ever was a teen in Lily, Arkansas dreams about getting out of the boring dead end town. Then the Lazarus woodpecker is spotted (maybe) and the town could become famous. In the meantime, Cullen has to identify the body of his dead cousin, deal with the fact that his crush has a trail of dead boyfriends, and try to figure out the small things, like--you know--the meaning of life. Then his brother, beloved, smart, witty, and insightful, inexplicably disappears. As the weeks drag on, hope wanes. At the same time, readers learn about Benton Sage who thought he should be a missionary, but failed to find meaning in his first mission trip, was shunned by his family and enrolled in college. There he shared with his experiences, questions, and what he had learned about an ancient, often forbidden, and mostly unknown book of the Bible. A suicide, a failed marriage, and a crazed search for meaning lead all the characters to Lily, Arkansas where they collide in a stunning ending. 2012 Printz Winner for outstanding teen book.
Chime is Fran Billingsley's new dark romantic fantasy. The language is beautiful. As you read you can feel the amazing, terrifying swamp that is so important to the tale; you can see and here the fascinating characters that live in the village. 
Briony is a twin; she is beautiful; she is kind and helps care for her sister and helped her dying stepmother. But Briony believes she is evil, that she caused her sister's condition and her stepmother's illness. And although Briony is quite taken with the handsome and kind newcomer, she knows that she is incapable of love. You see, she believes she is a witch and that she deserves to be hanged. It may be the only way to break the spell that has made her sister sick and killed many of the children in her village. This is a dark, chilling, and romantic tale that will keep you guessing until the end.

More for those Hunger Games fans...

Divergent by Veronica Roth  In a future Chicago, Beatrice must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision is made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. 
Matched by Allyson Condie  All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?    Perfection is not what it seems to be. Not at all...

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer When a prediction is made that a meteor will hit the moon, no one is particularly worried. In fact, the night of the impact is like a party--everyone outside watching. It happens, they watch, and like goes on as always. But in truth, it will never be the same. Because when a meteor hits the moon, its orbit is changed. It moves closer to the earth. The tides change. There are tsunamis and massive flooding. Volcanoes erupt and the ash blocks the sun. The temperature plummets. Millions upon millions die. Because Miranda's mother managed to hoard all the food she can, she and her family think they will be fine until things get better. Then the electricity stops. There are no services, no food, no help. Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.This is the first in an amazing trilogy.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Some Inspiration for Teen Librarians

I found a link to this blog on Twitter (thanks @eBookEvangelist!)

The League of Extraordinary Writers

The post on Mrs. Gick's Library was inspiring! These teens sound awesome!
Mrs. Gick did a great job of nurturing these teen readers & they have blossomed! This sounds like a librarian who made her library inviting (notice the pop cans in the picture...). I hope you all find this just as inspiring...