His father is a serial killer, now locked away. “Dear old Dad” raised Jazz, teaching not baseball skills or camping but how to stalk people and so many other skills a killer could use…Can Jazz escape his fate?? Now murders are happening in the town and Jazz knows it’s the work of a serial killer…can he stop the killer – can he save himself from his grisly legacy???
After the catastrophic events of Divergent, Triss and Tobias find themselves on the run with friends and family. Abnegation and Dauntless have been destroyed and they must now seek amnesty with rival factions. But the hijacking of Dauntless has deeper roots than they previously anticipated and there is only so far they can trust anyone.
This highly anticipated follow-up to the much loved Divergent is as powerful as it is exhilarating. I can't wait for book three.Reviewed by Antonia
Imagine a future ruled by vampires, where rabids roam, and humans are put on registers to feed their masters. Allison hates these vampires and lives on the edge of a vampire city, scavenging for food. It's a tough life that gets much much tougher when she's attacked by rabids, found by a vampire and given the choice to die or become one of them. And thus she becomes the thing she hates most, and has to learn how to live as one.
When she is forced to run from the only place she's ever known she has to pretend she's human when she finds a group of humans who are searching for a promised land. And that's hard to pull off, keeping her hunger in check, especially around Zeke.
These are not sparkly romantic vampires! These are fierce, violent, dark, and bloodthirsty. And Allison is equally fierce, knowing how to survive in the Vampire City, and adjusting to vampire life once she is bitten. This is very different from the author's wonderful Iron Fey series but equally addictive.Reviewed by Angela M.
Patrick Ness has created a world where you can hear everyone's thoughts, including the animals around you - a constant sea of noise. This is where Todd grows up, in a world made up entirely of men. He's the last boy in Prentisstown and one day, while out picking apples, he and his dog Manchee - and I can't say enough about how much I love Manchee - find an area of silence. And it's incredibly disturbing. Of course there's no keeping it to himself in a place where everyone can hear your thoughts. And just like that he's told to run, because it's too dangerous to stay. Told with breakneck speed that leaves you gasping for air but unable to break away, we follow Todd and Manchee's journey as they meet Viola, try to stay ahead of the men who continue to chase them, and learn, as they do, that all he's known to be true may not be. Written in style all of its own (Todd is an innocent with no formal education and it's written from his point of view), it's dark, violent, brutal, haunting, and utterly addicting. It made my heart race and consumed my free time, as I wondered why I had waited so long to start this series. Wow. Reviewed by Angela M.
Bitterblue has grown up since her daring rescue by Katsa in Graceling, but the specter of her father, King Leck, still overshadows the kingdom. Together with those she trusts most deeply, Bitterblue must cast light, not only on the atrocities perpetrated by Leck himself, but the atrocities he forced others to commit. But there are powerful forces in the kingdom who believe secrets are best kept, thwarting her at every turn. Kristin Cashore's grand finale to the Graceling trilogy most certainly does not disappoint. Reviewed by Antonia
It's senior year and everyone is making plans about where to go to college and what to study. But Colby and Bev have always agreed that they would go on the road with Bev's band and then explore Europe. They've been saving and planning for years. But just as they leave San Francisco in a van named Melinda, Bev tells her friends that she has changed her mind - she is forsaking Colby and Europe for art school. Which leave Colby where exactly? He has to come to terms with why Bev hadn't told him long ago and what to do now. The Disenchantments is an unexpected delight, full of music and small towns, art and the meaning of friendship, about love and whether it can last, about accepting who you are and finding what is right. Reviewed by Angela M.
When I started reading this book I assumed it was going to be funny. With a title like Losers in Space how could it be any thing but? But it isn't. Not really. I mean, it has its funny parts, but they are thrown in as comic relief, rather like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - and we all know how that ended.
Normally when I am expecting funny and get something very-not-funny I am disappointed, I feel misled, perhaps a little betrayed. But not this time. This time the very-not-funny is really the only way this story could play out in a galaxy where the only thing worth having is fame. This time the very-not-funny is what kept me up until 2 o'clock in the morning.
Scientifically sound, ethically dubious and utterly brilliant, John Barnes has crafted another masterpiece that is an absolute must read. And I promise you, at times, you will laugh out loud.Reviewed by Antonia
Sylvia (Vee) Bell is cursed with a gift. She can "slide" into other people if she touches something they have touched. Passing out while she sees the world through their eyes, she is something of a social outcast - that girl with Narcolepsy - you know the one. As if that wasn't bad enough she slides into the body of a murderer - and witnesses the best friend of her sister being killed. Vee is the only person who knows it isn't suicide but how can she possibly tell people how she knows? And now the killer is after other cheerleaders, including Vee's little sister, and Vee is the only one who knows crimes are being committed - it is up to her to figure out who is responsible. Reviewed by Antonia
Delirium: a disordered state of mind, characterized by confused thinking, disrupted attention, mood shifts, etc. It’s been 64 years since the United States identified love as a disease, 43 years since they developed a cure. Now, Lena Holloway has just 95 days until she can finally have the procedure that will keep her safe.
Lena has grown up hearing the stories of those afflicted with amor deliria nervosa; people who would die for love–people like her mother. She promised herself she would not let that happen to her. All she wanted was to ace her evaluations, make a good pairing, and live a safe and predictable life. And then she met Alex. And fell in love.
Set in the near future in the remote landscape of Portland, Maine, Delirium depicts a society sheltered to the point of numbness; a place where passion is outlawed and passivity revered. Lauren Oliver’s beautiful prose and vivid scenery make this dystopia compelling, haunting, and romantic. It makes you wonder-- what will Lena and Alex do for love? What would you do for love?
Reviewed by Amanda
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1st moon landing, NASA has announced it will be sending a new mission to the moon; and if you’re a teenager, you could win a spot on this mission! Work alongside scientists and astronauts... Billboards around the world play video ads day and night in every language: win a trip…172 hours on the moon…trip of a life time...be part of history... Of the three teens chosen, only Antoine is excited about the moon trip. Mia and Midori look at it as a way to jumpstart their lives in the U.S. where endless possibilities await when they return from space. After months of rigorous training, conditioning and media interviews the launch is in countdown mode: it’s go time. Of course there are great risks in space but they all feel excited and proud to be part of this moon mission as they land in the Sea of Tranquility. Within hours of landing, the power source fails abruptly, wiping out all communication. Very soon they all know Something or Someone does not want humans here. Can they survive and get back to earth? Can they survive long enough for a possible rescue mission or will this be their last trip of a lifetime? The moon will never look the same to you after you finish reading this chilling story. Marilyn Smith
A story of vengeance, assassins and high drama! Ismea’s hard life becomes unbearable when she’s thrown into a hasty marriage to Guille, a brute with a nasty temper. Aided by the same priest who married her mere hours earlier, she escapes to the convent, St. Mortain – hoping to hide. St. Mortain abbey serves the saint of death, Mortain, where novices train to become assassins. Ismae’s undeveloped talents and thirst to learn make her a perfect candidate. Here she learns the subtle arts of poisons and techniques to kill enemies in any situation. Ismae’s assignment is now at the royal court in Brittany. She will act as the mistress of Gavriel Duval, whom she dislikes on first meeting; the feeling is mutual. Her difficult start with Duval will make her time at court more perilous, as she must act as Duval’s chatty new lover while stealthily searching and eliminating threats to Ann, young Duchess of Brittany. There are many enemies at court seeking to grab the power base of Brittany. Time is running out and it’s Ismae’s actions that can save the Duchess and hope to save Brittany from the hungry clutches of France. This gripping story has it all – royal intrigue, murder, spies and ruthless assassins and I love it! Marilyn Smith
How far would you go to help the ones you love? Would you let someone else live in your body? In Callie's world the Spore Wars killed anyone not vaccinated, including her parents. So only the very old and the very young survived. Callie lives with her little brother Tyler and her friend Michael. They live in abandoned buildings, never have enough to eat, and fight continuously for survival. They know that to be caught by the Marshals means being thrown into forced work camps. Then Callie hears of Prime Destination, a company where the young and beautiful can rent out their bodies to the old for a lot of money - with strict limits of course. It seems like the perfect way out of her problems and to help Tyler who is sick. But there's a glitch, a malfunction in the chip they put in her brain, and she wakes up on the floor at a dance in her renter's life. She's back in her own body but she can live her renter's life. She can't believe her luck, especially when she meets Blake. But there is a catch - there is always a catch. And she starts to hear her renter's voice in her head. And her renter has a plan. This is a very disturbing look into the future, a real page-turner that rang true. Can't wait for the sequel. Reviewed by Angela M.
Seriously, four words did it; ripped Brie’s heart in two. Four words; I.Don’t. Love.You. No one could save her – not her brilliant cardiac surgeon dad, her BFFs, or God.Brie, newly dead, has all eternity to be dead. Wow – this is way harder and a lot more strenuous than her active life was as a living, breathing almost 16-year-old teen! Brie sees her memorial with all her weeping stunned family, friends and school; takes the weird bus ride (for one) to the funky old pizza place where cute but annoying Patrick welcomes her to the afterlife. Brie has an E T E R N I T Y to learn the steps she must take before she can actually R.I.P. No other words can be as terrifying for her to hear. **Spoiler alert, I can only tell you this book is hilarious – take Brie’s trip with her, you’ll be glad you did. Marilyn Smith
What ever you do don't spend too much time researching nanobots - you may never sleep again. Its not cute like that Dennis Quaid movie - yeah, yeah, I'm dating myself - these suckers are creepy. And I don't do parasites. Have I mentioned that? Michael Grant however, does. Parasites, that is. And nanobots are basically parasites, and they run into organic parasites when they in or on the human body, and that's the bit that creeps me out. But this one at least I could read (I had to put Plague down and find out from a friend what happened. Peeps too, but I'm not going to go into that.) In fact, not only could I read it, I loved it! This is pure thriller (and I guess the parasites having human motivations makes me less squeamish than the mindless eating variety) in two worlds macro (our real world) and nano (so tiny it is sub-microscopic). The bad guys are the same, the only difference is in the way that they meet. Michael Grant is a master of page-turning awesomeness, and this one does not disappoint. Reviewed by Antonia
Finally it’s the day to fly to London for her dad’s wedding and Hadley dreads it, as she has for the past six months. It seems only a minute since her parents’ divorce and though both her mom and dad have moved on, Hadley is still angry and hurt. So of course, a pile of little things makes her late for her flight by four minutes. FOUR MINUTES!!! Could this weekend get worse for her? As her anger stews and brews to new levels a very cute guy helps her with her bag and actually makes her smile and joke. As luck would have it, Oliver (that cute guy) is her seat mate on the next flight to London. During their long flight they talk like they’ve known each other for years when Oliver asks Hadley what she thinks the statistical probability of falling in love on first sight is….hmmmm… This story is a fun romp of just missed opportunities and happy surprises, maybe there IS a chance of love at first sight… Marilyn Smith
A book in pictures. It's visually lovely yet quite disturbing and unlike anything else really. Like a peek into someone else's diary. Throughout, it makes you question what is real and what is imaginary. And when you've read it, tell us what you think - we're still talking about it and what it really means.
Reviewed by Amanda, Angela, and Marilyn
Hazel Grace meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. Hazel has thyroid cancer, carries around an oxygen tank, and feels like she is living on borrowed time. Gus has osteosarcoma and has had a portion of a leg removed. As they get to know each other Hazel shares her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction (that I googled because I SO wanted it to be real). They are both witty and perceptive, charming and incredibly likeable, which makes the book all the more heartbreaking. But what could have been a very depressing book isn't at all. It's about two people meeting their match and finding out how precious life is, determined to live undeterred by their diagnoses. As Hazel herself says, "cancer books suck" but although this is a very real picture of how they deal with their illnesses and their friends illnesses, it is also full of hope. The book leads to a trip to Amsterdam, there's lots of humor, and yes, it made me weep. But it is beautiful, touching, and full of empathy. I was deeply affected by this book and find it still lives with me. John Green is a very talented writer and this, for me, is his best work. It deserves every prize I am sure it will win. Reviewed by Angela M
Vera has spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. Over the years, she has kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows more than anyone–more than the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to? Edgy and gripping, this is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.
We all know the story of Cinderella – now imagine her as a cyborg in a world ravaged by a plague, set after World War IV in New Beijing. She still has an evil stepmother/guardian, two step-sisters, but one of them develops symptoms of the illness and Cinder is blamed for her exposure. This Cinder is a mechanic and meets the young Prince Kai in the marketplace when he brings his android to be fixed. And of course there is a ball, which her stepmother does not want her to attend. Then add to this mix a Lunar Queen who visits unexpectedly after the Emperor dies, wanting to marry the Prince and ultimately rule Earth, a missing princess, and experiments to cure this plague and you get a very different Cinderella story. I love fractured fairy tales and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It retains most of the traditional elements but is also a completely different story. This is the first of a quartet, it’s unusual, fun, and leaves you wanting the second installment NOW. Reviewed by Angela Mann
Aria lives in a future world that has been ravaged by aether storms. Safe from the outside world, she lives in a pod and spends most of her time in a virtual reality known as the realms. When we meet Aria she is in an abandoned pod with a group of friends where things get out of control. She only survives because an Outsider saves her. But she's blamed for what happened and is exiled, expected to die. The people who live outside the pods are thought of as savages and the two worlds are very separate, until Aria runs into Peregrine, the same Outsider who has already saved her once. He's a hunter, can feel people's emotions, whose nephew was taken by the Dwellers. Perry is determined to rescue his nephew and Aria needs to find out if her mother is OK. They are so different, yet both have something the other needs. And thus starts their wild journey to find the person Perry thinks can help them. The world in Under the Never Sky often feels brutal and dangerous. It's full of action and adventure and includes a very different mythology. The world is rich and complex, the characters vibrant and well drawn, and I found I could not put it down. Did I also mention that it includes cannibals, violent storms, and people who have extraordinary powers of sight or scent? And it's beautifully written. Reviewed by Angela M.
It's 1996, a time when very few people had access to the internet. When AOL was sending out free CD-ROMs so people could try out what it was like to surf the internet. Emma has just got a computer. Josh lives next door and has a disk. They decide to try it out, log in, register, and are asked to log in again. And when they do, they find themselves logged into something called facebook, fifteen years in the future.
Once they realize what they are looking at, the question is: do they peek into their future? After all, they can see which colleges they go to, where they choose to live, what jobs they get, whether they get married. And then can they resist checking on their friends futures? But what happens if you didn't like your future? Would you try to change it? And by changing it, would you change the future for others too? We know that of course the things we do now will change the future but yet we act so casually. And we all know people who reveal far too much on facebook. Full of references, both from the 90s and current, this is a hard book to resist.
Reviewed by Angela M
Karou is a blue-haired art student in Prague who fills notebook after notebook with drawings of fantastical creatures and disappears from time to time on mysterious "errands". What no one knows is that she can pass through hidden doorways to an office where these fantastical creatures not only exist but brought her up. And her errands revolve around collecting teeth. She is a girl with secrets.
But one day handprints appear etched in these doorways around the world and soon they are on fire. The doors burn down and Karou no longer has a way through. All this after sneaking through a door she should not have touched, and meeting a seraph in Marrakesh who tries at first to kill her and then asks, "who are you?". Her world will never be the same, she needs to find a way back, and then the seraph reappears in Prague. So many questions: Why is he following her? What does he want? Who is he? Why is he familiar? And , more importantly, who is she? The angel seems to have answers, but will she regret finding them out?
Once in a while you read a book that stands out, that is different, and that you can't stop thinking about. You want to shower it in superlatives - and here are mine. I loved this book. I could not put it down. I loved Prague, the mythology with the teeth, Akiva himself, Brimstone, the romance, the mystery, her friend Zuzana - everything. It is dark and edgy, powerful and imaginative, unsettling and different. Full of mystery and oh, such a sizzling romance. It is vivid, beautiful, and written with such craft. It should not be missed.
Reviewed by Angela M.
When Rory Devereaux' parents are relocated from Louisiana to England she is thrilled to attend boarding school in White Chapel, despite the uniform! What she doesn't expect, when she moves to the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper is that mysterious murders will occur while she is there. Very mysterious murders: caught on CCTV with the victims in plain sight being butchered, but no perpetrator.
Settling into a new school in the midst of the most terrifying murder spree London has seen since Victorian times is not what she anticipated, but when she talks to a strange man, a man only she can see, and then hooks up with the Ghost Police, things get a whole lot weirder. And a whole lot more dangerous.
Creepy, suspenseful, and at times, downright terrifying, this book is a fabulous read for teen and adult ripperologists and mystery lovers. Fantastic.
Reviewed by Antonia
It starts with a birthday, an Ouija board, and a risky night spent in an abandoned asylum. Then Mara wakes up from a coma, her friends are dead, and she has no memory of anything that happened that night. She has flashbacks, hallucinations, nightmares and ultimately her family moves to Miami, Florida to help her move on. But she's falling apart.
The question is: how do you move on when you see your dead best friend when you look in the mirror? Or relive parts of that night every night? What is wrong with Mara? Is she going mad? She has no explanation, no one to turn to, and disaster seems to follow her. On top of everything, her father is defending a man accused of murdering a young girl.
This is a thrilling, keep you on the edge of your seat kind of book, more horror story than anything else. It twists and it turns and although you can guess at much of it, it still takes you by surprise The heroine is troubled, yes, but feisty and capable. This is by turns edgy, scary, and curl your toes romantic. There is a secret, well many secrets. And there is Noah Shaw, a wonderful counterpoint to Mara. And oh, the ending. I can't tell you more but you need to read this.
Reviewed by Angela M
If you are looking for different, look no further than Au revoir Crazy European Chick. It is a book like no other. Think La Femme Nikita meets Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist.
Start with a boy, Perry, who is working on his college applications, and is also in a band. His mom wants him to take Gobi, the geeky foreign exchange student living in his house, to the prom on the same night as his band has their first real paid gig. He thinks his life can't get any worse than this. Cue the maniacal background laughter.
Oh, the evening gets so much worse. It turns out Gobi is really an assassin, and she strong-arms Perry to be her chauffeur and aide - in his father's jaguar, in their prom clothes. Yes, this is a night in Manhattan Perry will remember for a long, long time - if he survives the night that is.
This book was so much fun. It's brimming with action sequences, mobsters, car chases, bear fights, blood, family drama, and a standoff with an overpowering parent. And the chapter openers - college application questions - are a stroke of genius.
Reviewed by Angela M.
The Scorpio races bring crowds of people to Thisby every year to see if the riders can stay on their water horses and finish the race. It is a dangerous and wild race and some don't survive. Sean Kendrick has won the race for the last four years and plans to win again - especially as this year there is much more at stake. Puck Connelly hasn't raced before but decides to enter as a last ditch effort to keep her older brother on the island. But will the other riders let a girl ride in this traditionally all male race? Will she ride a water horse or her own horse Dove? She has no idea if it's worth the risk but she knows what she can lose.
This is a very different book for Maggie Stiefvater. Told in alternating voices, she builds quite a full mythology for these water horses, to the point where you almost believe - OK, want to believe - they are real. The island, the cliffs, the horses, the call of the ocean, seep into your pores as you read, and left me all nerves as they race for their futures. It is bloody and dramatic, yet achingly beautiful. Another winner for the wonderful Maggie Stiefvater.
Reviewed by Angela M.
Once Marina's name was simply, Seven.
For 11 years, Marina's lived a school girl's life in a remote Spanish convent; the perfect hiding place. Seeing breaking news about American John Smith; fugitive and possible terrorist, is exciting and terrifying for Marina for she knows he's number four and Mogadorians are closing in on the remaining Garde. Marina's growing alarm is brushed off by her Cepan who seems perfectly settled into devout convent life.
Now nighttime brings vivid, dreadful, death-dreams, urging her to flee. Marina feels utterly alone, though she has a caring, earnest friend named Ella who wants nothing more than to help her. Marina and Ella make a desperate escape, barely evading deadly Mogadorians as they destroy the convent into rubble and death.
Reviewed by Marilyn
Sixteen years old and destined to be married for the sake of the kingdom. Elisa, devout and a princess (but not the pretty one), is however, the bearer of the Godstone. Thus begins the epic journey of a young girl into womanhood and the fulfillment of her destiny. But what must she do to get there? As she gradually learns about the powers bestowed upon her by being the "chosen one," Elisa doubts she will know what to do to prove her worth. Many others have tried and failed. However, through many twists of fate and love, she discovers her power and the meaning of the Godstone. Her journey takes her into the heart of a revolution-one that she must lead to victory or to her death.
At times nail-biting and heart-wrenching, this book barrels towards an ending which presumes another beginning. I can not wait to read the second book in this new trilogy. The real journey has just begun.
Reviewed by Hilary
Tolstoy said that all happy families are alike, but Jack, Willa's stepdad, disagrees. He thinks all happy families come in their own shapes and varieties, the same as unhappy ones. Willa lives with her mom, stepdad, and two stepsisters. Her mom is back in school, one sister is a tennis player, the other plays lacrosse and competes in equestrian competitions, and Willa sings in the school choir. They are busy. But everything changes when they learn that her biological dad, who she hasn't seen in years, murdered his new wife and children and is on his way to her and her mother.
This book is about what happens after such a tragedy. How people react around Willa, what she does, and what she finds out. She journeys back to her childhood, and finds out so much about herself, her mother, and what family really means. This is a leap fromLife As We Knew It,certainly, but it is vivid, expertly written, and emotionally intense. I read this in one sitting, wanting to know how it would resolve. You will too.
Reviewed by Angela M.
If you are a fan of the Vampire Academy series, you will have been anxiously awaiting this spin off series that takes place a little after the events ofLast Sacrifice. Sydney Sage is now center stage, but mistrusted by the alchemists after helping Rose. We learn that Jill Dragomir has been attacked and is being sent to a human boarding school in Palm Springs to keep her hidden, and Sydney is sent along with Adrian and Eddie to keep her safe. And ah, Adrian, still the same, by far the most interesting character in the series, and still as funny. He's bitter about his breakup with Rose, but protective of Jill and trying to move on.
Sydney is an interesting choice of character - bright, always eager to please, especially those in authority, and oh so socially awkward. We come to see how hard it is for her not to respond, and how much self-control she really has. And she's slowly getting over her revulsion to anything that hints of magic and vampires in general. Keeping Jill safe is harder than she thinks, especially with Jill's growing relationships with Michah and Lee, Clarence's insistence that there is a band of vampire hunters, and there's also those mysterious tattoos so many students are getting. Yes -Bloodlines is just as addictive as the Vampire Academy series.
Reviewed by Angela M
With a snappy voice and thorough coverage of personal safety measures, this book is for all teenage girls and young women. Author, Kathleen Baty, the Safety Chick, uses whip-smart language while covering every aspect of life: Online networking, social media sites, parties, dating, trusting friends, roommates, traveling, identity theft, and more. With humor and relevance to today's society and our own neglect of using personal intuition, Baty delivers sharp advice that is vital to a young woman's day-to-day life.
Having lived as a stalking victim for over eight years, Baty had to take power of her situation. When surprised and held at knifepoint, she took control of her fear and has now become an activist for all girls and women. She lobbied and led the way in passing the first national anti-stalking law, she has appeared on prominent TV shows like Good Morning America, the Today show, and Larry King Live, and she speaks regularly to groups of girls and women. Believe me...buy this book, protect your daughters, but more than that, teach them to live smart.
Reviewed by Lisa
Emerson Cole thinks she is crazy -- committed crazy -- sees dead people crazy. And she's running out of options. She's also quite a social outcast at this point, especially after that incident in the cafeteria. . . So her last chance is yet another counselor -- another conversation with someone who also thinks she's crazy.
Meet Michael Weaver, consultant for the Hourglass, and not the counselor Emerson was expecting. He and Em have an immediate connection -- he understands her the way no one has before. But he knows more than he should and has quite a few secrets. Can Emerson trust him enough to find out who and what she really is?
Sparks fly in this time-bending thriller where romance and intrigue keep you turning the pages hour after hour.
Reviewed by Amanda
In Veronica Roth's harsh future people are divided into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. When you reach the age of 16, you are tested to see where you are best suited and then given a choice. That choice will affect everything from where you live, what you believe, and whom you befriend. If you don't pass the test once you've picked your faction, you become factionless, living without community. And you might not live through the initiation process.
Beatrice grows up in Abnegation but chooses Dauntless. She has no idea how dangerous that choice is for her, especially as she has tested Divergent - showing traits of more than one faction. She is a wild card.
And wild cards are dangerous. Can Tris keep her true nature a secret? Can she protect her family and her new faction? This fast-paced, all-action page turner held me captive from beginning to end. It is violent and dangerous, political and thoughtful, provocative and scary. And it is very, very good. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Reviewed by Angela M
Sam and Riddle have been on their own for a long time. Sure, they lived with their dad, in dozens and dozens of towns, always just one step ahead of the law, but he didn't take care of them, let alone enroll them in school. The important thing was that they got by, even as they faded into the background and were left alone.
<Sam looks forward to Sundays when he can slip into the backs of churches and listen to the music unnoticed. Which is why it is so startling to have the girl in the front of this church look right at him while she sings. It doesn't make any sense.
Emily had a perfectly fine life: a lovely home, caring parents, no major bumps in the road. She takes interest in other people and believes in destiny. So during her church solo on Sunday, she sings to the boy in the back row and it all makes sense. I loved this book! I loved the characters - their voices, their honesty. Rich in humor, subtlety, and suspense, I'll Be There is certainly a book worth falling for.
Reviewed by Amanda
Here's the basic pitch: a plane full of beauty queens gets stranded on a desert island. They have two options: give up and die, or use everything at their disposal to stay alive. Sound dire and depressing? Let me tell you, this book is one of the effing funniest books I've read all year. Lesser writers would make the girls completely shallow and without skill, but Bray gives us innovative, fascinating girls who don't balk at learning to build, create, and support each other. And these aren't Little Miss Perfects. They deal with their own prejudices and come out stronger for it. Every time I thought I felt a standard trope coming on (the humorless feminist, the ditzy blonde, the overly religious girl) Libba Bray would neatly side-step and subvert it.
What I find most impressive is that Bray has written a book that takes on major issues, but it doesn't read like an "issue" book. I would cheerfully recommend it to everyone, if for no other reason than that it's a damn good and delightfully fun read.
Reviewed by Sarah L