Sunday, January 18, 2015

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium is the first book the Delirium trilogy and, although not a new book, is sure to be a favorite of dystopian and romance readers. As Lena approaches her 18th birthday, she is looking forward to the government-mandated "cure," which prevents the delirium of love. She has ninety-five days to wait until her life will be happy, safe, and predictable - or so she is told. So far she has escaped contracting the deliria. In the old days, she has been told that love drove people to madness, even death.  Lena's mother had deliria, yet Lena can also remember that her mother experienced great happiness, listened to music, danced, and believed passionately in the importance of love - even if it was painful at times.

They say the Deliria killed her mother. But when Lena meets and falls in love with Alex, an "uncured" boy from the Wilds, everything changes. Nothing is as it seems and Lena must eventually decide between a life of love, uncertainty, great joy but also great pain, and a predictable, life void of the emotional highs and lows that loving others can bring. If you liked Matched, Legend, and/or Divergent you'll love this one!

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Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Kevin Johnson (13) does not fit in with a home full of doctors and older brothers. He starts making fun of his classmates and begins to act out in middle school, which lands him in the principal's office. Kevin also secretly rips out pages from library books and writes poems using the words on the page. One day Robin blackmails Kevin by stealing his writer's journal and repays Kevin for his prior mistreatment. With the tides turned, Kevin ends up hiding in the library and Mrs. Little discovers his talent in poetry writing. Will Mrs. Little help Kevin and Robin work out their differences? I was pulling for Kevin as he was bullied by one of his brothers, and I really loved the librarian too! Rhyme Schemer is written as a novel in verse and will be a quick read.  JA

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

For many years in England, Ghosts have infected the city. Agencies have sprung up in order to contain the spirits and protect the people of London. One problem is adolescents are the only ones who can sense, see, or hear the apparitions. Lucy Carlyle is one of the gifted agents who has just gotten a job at the smallest agency, Lockwood and Co. On one of their first cases, Anthony and Lucy find a mysterious ghost and her remains that have been hidden for 50 years. This case ends with a house burned down and the agency in debt. The next case Lockwood & Co. takes has multiple ghost and paranormal activity. This job could end up being their last. JA

The Screaming Staircase is the first book in the Lockwood & Co. series.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candice Fleming

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave is a collection of 10 ghost stories, all set in the Chicago area, but at different times in history. The story begins when sixteen-year-old Mike unknowingly picks up a phantom hitchhiker. Through a series of events, Mike ends up in White Cemetery, a real graveyard outside of Chicago. While there, teen ghosts retell stories of their lives and deaths over a time period of 1870 to the present.

This book will appeal to readers who love ghost stories. On the Day I Died has been nominated for the 2014-2015 young adult Golden Sower Award.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Donovan Curtis is far from gifted - spontaneous, yes; random - definitely, but gifted - definitely not! He is constantly doing things that land him in trouble, and his latest adventure is going to get him into serious trouble. But due to an error by a school administrator, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction - a school for gifted and talented students. This would be a perfect hideout!

Now Donovan has to try harder than he ever has to remain in school and avoid certain punishment, that is, if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above the genius level. That becomes more difficult as time goes on and Donovan finds himself failing classes. Although he may not be gifted like the other students, Donovan finds that he has something to provide that is missing at the Academy. In true Gordon Korman style, the story is told with wit and humor and will appeal to many readers. Ungifted has been nominated for the 2014-2015 young adult Golden Sower Award.

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