Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler


Why We Broke Up
Author: Daniel Handler
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 354
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: 

Reason chosen: 

I heard very good things about this book.

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

Min Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. A movie ticket from their first date, a comb from the motel room they shared and every other memento collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped. Why We Broke Up is a sincere and moving portrait of first love, first heartbreak and all the firsts in between. 

Review:

I almost don’t know where to start. Although, apparently Min had a pretty good idea where to start when she started writing this letter to Ed. So here I go.
I felt like they were Romeo and Juliet, but they had nothing in common and were doomed from the start. Like Romeo and Juliet they do not end in some fairytale romance. Its about the harsh realities of life in our present day society. The book cries out about the different cliques in high school and how everyone is against them from the start because they are so “different”.
I was captivated by Min’s letter, which really seems more like a rant, speech, and even her way of getting over things. I couldn’t help but love this book as it caught me from page one telling us about a love that she would remember, that ended and why it ended.
It’s about all the little things in a relationship that you should pay attention to instead of waiting for the one really big thing that promptly ends it. Or is it about trying to make things work not matter what? Or should you always listen to your friends even when it means potentially missing out on the love of your life
What I struggled with the most is whether there is the message of “it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” or if we should cut the strings that we know just won’t work out and forgo the experience. I have a feeling that Min would side with the first.  And then, I guess, there is the question of whether or not each love will only open us up to the next until we find the one we really wanted all along. Ou….this book brings out some really good emotions and questions and captivated our heart with the modern day version of two star-crossed lovers.

Good:

The emotion. You could see it all over the writing. You could see Min poring her heart into the letter and sometimes getting frustrated with Ed, herself, and just what happened, while other times falling completely in love again and remembering how beautiful some things were.
Min: probably the best story teller. The way she can describe something providing a vivid picture of her meaning, intent and some much more with so many words is entrapping. I do want to say that she is Artsy as she sees everything through the eye of director’s chair—hence her passion and her career choice. She manages to make everything come alive like we are sitting there in the coffee shop watching as she ferociously writes this extremely long letter while picking things out of the box, while Al watches on and lets her do what she has to do.
Everything. It was fantastic, unusual, emotional…real.

Bad:

Ed: Although I found myself falling in love with Ed the same time that Min does, I found myself also warning her along with her friends, seeing all the faults, and seeing the large differences that were destined to set them apart and keep them apart.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall...I loved it.
I did find some of the writing confusing but it’s written in thought form. Where it is all the ideas and emotions that were running through her head at the time, and if anyone has every stopped to think about what they are thinking about they know that things thought can lead down winding roads and lead to something that is almost complete unrelated, and eventually even cut off completely.

Quotes:

“Every last souvenir of the love we had, the prizes and the debris of this relationship, like the glitter in the gutter when he parade has passed, all the everything and whatnot kicked to the curb.”

‘I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. And the truth is that I goddamn loved you so much.”

“I gave you an adventure, Ed, right in front of you but you never saw it until I showed you, and that’s why we broke up.”

“…you looked at me like you didn’t know your lines”

“It was the pen just giving up midway and scratching invisible ink scars on the paper or suiciding to leak on my hand, and trying to remember if I’d touched my face recently and am I a ballpoint coal miner on my cheeks and chin.”

“You think everything’s sexual tension,” I said to Lauren, “just because you were raised by Mr. and Mrs. Super-Christian. We Jews know that underlying tensions are always due to low blood sugar.” “Yeah, well, you killed my Savior” Lauren said, and Jordan saluted good-bye. “Don’t let it happen again.”

“Lauren pretended to faint dead away. “Al!” she said, in her mother’s voice. “That is a violation of the student council honor code! It will be a very long time before I trust you ever, ever—OK, I trust you again.”

“The person besides Lauren who is allowed into Lauren’s purse is whoever finds her dead in a ditch and is looking for identification.”

“We knew it,” said the girl who was with her. “It always happen, getting too close when someone’s never seen it before. It’s like the fire attracts the virgins, ha-ha.” They were both looking slyly at me. I wanted a beer. “Ha-ha,” I said. “It’s true my hymen is extremely flammable.”

“All you’ll have to do is popcorn and put some pants on.” Al told me once late at night that usually when we’re talking on the phone, he’s pacing around his room in his boxers. We made a deal one morning early when he couldn’t pay attention that I’d never tell anyone if I could tease him mercilessly about it forever.”

“It’s kind of personal.” He turned off the water and watched me in the doorway with the towel on his shoulder. “OK.” “I mean, not like my period or my parents beating me, but personal.” “Yeah, its rough when your parents beat you and you have your period.”

“Don’t say that. You said quick.” “Well, it would be.” “Quick is an opinion.” “No, Min.” Al finished the beer but kept looking at it. “Quick is an adjective.”

“I’d slap him, but it’s still delicate between us.”

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you want an emotion read, are trying to get over some one, or just something that might even give you hope. This is it.

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Here are some of my favourite quotes from Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler:



1. “Every last souvenir of the love we had, the prizes and the debris of this relationship, like the glitter in the gutter when he parade has passed, all the everything and whatnot kicked to the curb.”

2‘I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. And the truth is that I goddamn loved you so much.”

3.“I gave you an adventure, Ed, right in front of you but you never saw it until I showed you, and that’s why we broke up.”

4.“…you looked at me like you didn’t know your lines”

5.“It was the pen just giving up midway and scratching invisible ink scars on the paper or suiciding to leak on my hand, and trying to remember if I’d touched my face recently and am I a ballpoint coal miner on my cheeks and chin.”

6.“You think everything’s sexual tension,” I said to Lauren, “just because you were raised by Mr. and Mrs. Super-Christian. We Jews know that underlying tensions are always due to low blood sugar.” “Yeah, well, you killed my Savior” Lauren said, and Jordan saluted good-bye. “Don’t let it happen again.

7.“Lauren pretended to faint dead away. “Al!” she said, in her mother’s voice. “That is a violation of the student council honor code! It will be a very long time before I trust you ever, ever—OK, I trust you again.”

8.“The person besides Lauren who is allowed into Lauren’s purse is whoever finds her dead in a ditch and is looking for identification.”

9.“We knew it,” said the girl who was with her. “It always happen, getting too close when someone’s never seen it before. It’s like the fire attracts the virgins, ha-ha.” They were both looking slyly at me. I wanted a beer. “Ha-ha,” I said. “It’s true my hymen is extremely flammable.”

10.“All you’ll have to do is popcorn and put some pants on.” Al told me once late at night that usually when we’re talking on the phone, he’s pacing around his room in his boxers. We made a deal one morning early when he couldn’t pay attention that I’d never tell anyone if I could tease him mercilessly about it forever.”

11“It’s kind of personal.” He turned off the water and watched me in the doorway with the towel on his shoulder. “OK.” “I mean, not like my period or my parents beating me, but personal.” “Yeah, its rough when your parents beat you and you have your period.”

12.“Don’t say that. You said quick.” “Well, it would be.” “Quick is an opinion.” “No, Min.” Al finished the beer but kept looking at it. “Quick is an adjective.”

13. “I’d slap him, but it’s still delicate between us.”


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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Review: The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter aka Forsaken (U.K Title)
Series: Demon Trappers #1
Author: Jana Oliver
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased this on a trip out of town to a lovely old Chapters store

Rating:

Reason chosen:  
I had seen this book while roaming around on other people’s shelves trying to get ideas of books to read and noticed it was on quite a few. When I read the back of the book it reminded me of a short story that I read in an anthology: Prom Nights from Hell. The short story was “The Exterminator's Daughter” by Meg Cabot. So I instantly wanted to read. After reading it I realized they are very different but both are awesome.

Summary taken from Chapter/Indigo.ca:
Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself - and that's exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father''s footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta's local Trappers' Guild needs all the help they can get - even from a girl. When she's not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley's out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils - Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life's about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley's routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn't bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers' Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart - and her life?

Review:

Jana Oliver introduces us to a world in the time of Armageddon where demons by the masses are running wild and the cities are not what our world is today. She also introduces us to Immersion fantasy where the magic, demons, angels, vampire and everything else just is; the world all knows about them and accepts them. I was actually a little shocked when I realized this, although of course she does explain that the world just accepts it that Earth is in a general decline, I was use to a fantasy world that was hidden from everyday people, and that only few knew about. Jana Oliver’s The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is a riveting tale about a young girl trying to make a place in a standard male position while doing the job that many others won’t, and can’t: Trapping Demons. Then of course there is the constant hinting towards Riley being a bigger part of the picture, one to which not even she is privy to.

Good:

Riley—She seems like an awesome girl who is fighting for women in a male world and trying to prove that the “damsel in distress” can kick some butt.

Ori—Please tell me more about this guy. He swoops in and helps Riley out, makes her blush and then disappears. So far…I like him, although I’m not 100% sold on the pony tail.

Simon—Cute Simon. The good-old boy who seems like out dream knight with his shinning armour. If any of you have ever seen the tv show Awkward, which I highly recommend, I picture his as Jake. He wants to protect Riley with still giving her own space and not cramping her style. He is the cuttie we all say we look for in a guy. This is how I picture him:
Ya...That's good stuff.

Denver Beck—Beck is the man we actually dream about. He is the hottie who makes us mad, makes our blood boil, and makes us want to kiss him. From the very first moment that I was introduced to Beck I pictures one person/character: Taylor Kitsch’s Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights


The sexy hot mess with the Texas drawl makes me sigh and see no one other than Taylor Kitsch. I hope that he and Riley get their act together and end up together.

Best scene ever- When Riley goes on her first Trapping job with Beck. It was awesome. They some how managed to make their job into an enjoyable adventure where afterwards they both finally get to stop acting like grown-ups and start acting their own age. I can picture the scene perfectly the two of them in a snow-filled car park and Riley, after throwing the snowball and nailing Beck in the chest, realized that Beck had the same idea as she did previously and already had a snow ball ready…why it reminds me of all the fun I had as child in Northern Canada and couldn’t stop smiling. On top of that I thought that Beck yelling directions at her while he dodges in between cars trying to avoid the flames was just hilarious.

Bad:

Not much to say here. Maybe the only thing would be that Simon and Riley’s relationship seemed a little rushed. Maybe I was too busy drooling over Beck but their “love” doesn’t seem like it will last. Not sure. Although I hope they somewhat do because he’s a great guy

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall, I was fairly impressed with Oliver’s novel. The dystopian society meets Armageddon setting puts a new twist onto things and sort of reminds me of the setting in The Hunger Games minus the evil dictatorship, although there is still at least three more books after this one so you never know it could come later. It was perfectly described within the first few chapters when it said, “The city slowly reverted to nature’s laws” as it talked about wild coyotes roaming the streets and going in and out of abandoned buildings. It really built the setting and emotion of the novel. And on top of it all they barely have to go to school…sounds like a dream to me. This is definitely a book that I will be keeping on my shelf and will recommend to others.

Quotes:

“’Ya lied to me and put yerself in danger. If the Three hadn’t ripped you apart, those two bastards would have. Ya gotta listen to me girl. I’ve been down this road myself.’
Riley Smirked. ‘Those guys wanted to party with you too?’”

“That’s when she’d learned that male egos and fruit had a lot in common: Both bruised easily.”

“’Kiss my ass, demon!’ Beck whooped, and shot a first in the air.”

“’Thanks. For everything. I mean it.’
            A slow grin edged onto his face. ‘You’re worth it…Princess.’
            Her tennis show hit the door a second after it closed.”

“’It’s up to you to fill it. Find things that mean something to you, that represent times where you’ve overcome an obstacle, learned something important. Put those items in the bag and they’ll help you find your strength.’
            ‘I’m not sure if that’s going to help much.’ Unless I put a brick in it and nail Brandy between the eyes.

“’Riley. How bad has it been?’ 
‘Just fabulous. The demonic kitten really made my night.’”

“’What did ya learn from this dumbass stunt?’
Here's where she was supposed to apologize, promise to be a good little girl and never do anything like this again. 
Screw that. 
Riley locked eyes with him. ‘I learned that the Holy Water better be fresh, that I need practice throwing the spheres, and that someone has to watch my back so asshats don't steal my demons.’”

“’That's Denver Beck, isn't it? Paul mentioned him. What's he like?’ Ori asked. 
Oh, where do I start? Beck's mouthy and he lives to tell me what to do.’ In short, he's so not you. ‘Why do you want to know?’

A glimmer appeared in Ori's dark eyes. 
‘Just scoping out the competition.’”

Next in the Series:

Soul Thief aka Forbidden (U.K Title)->Click for review
Forgiven->Click for review
Foretold ->Click for review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

Paranormal, Young Adult readers. Young adult demon/magic readers. Armageddon readers.

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Quotes from my recent read:
 #1: Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

1. “’Ya lied to me and put yerself in danger. If the Three hadn’t ripped you apart, those two bastards would have. Ya gotta listen to me girl. I’ve been down this road myself.’
Riley Smirked. ‘Those guys wanted to party with you too?’”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter

2. “That’s when she’d learned that male egos and fruit had a lot in common: Both bruised easily.”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter

3. “’Kiss my ass, demon!’ Beck whooped, and shot a first in the air.”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter

4. “’Thanks. For everything. I mean it.’
            A slow grin edged onto his face. ‘You’re worth it…Princess.’
            Her tennis show hit the door a second after it closed.”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter

5. “’It’s up to you to fill it. Find things that mean something to you, that represent times where you’ve overcome an obstacle, learned something important. Put those items in the bag and they’ll help you find your strength.’
            ‘I’m not sure if that’s going to help much.’ Unless I put a brick in it and nail Brandy between the eyes.-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter

6. “’Riley. How bad has it been?’ 

‘Just fabulous. The demonic kitten really made my night.’”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter


7. “’What did ya learn from this dumbass stunt?’

Here's where she was supposed to apologize, promise to be a good little girl and never do anything like this again. 

Screw that. 

Riley locked eyes with him. ‘I learned that the Holy Water better be fresh, that I need practice throwing the spheres, and that someone has to watch my back so asshats don't steal my demons.’”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter


8.“’That's Denver Beck, isn't it? Paul mentioned him. What's he like?’ Ori asked. 

Oh, where do I start? Beck's mouthy and he lives to tell me what to do.’ In short, he's so not you. ‘Why do you want to know?’


A glimmer appeared in Ori's dark eyes. 

‘Just scoping out the competition.’”-Jana Oliver, The Demon Trapper's Daughter




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Friday, 24 February 2012

In My Mailbox #5



Here are the books that I've picked up in the last few days. Its quite a stash!
**All the summaries have been taken from Goodreads.com


Beastly: Lindy's Diary
By Alex Flinn


Summary: 
See the #1 New York Times bestselling story Beastly through Lindy's eyes! This is her diary, kept while living in captivity with the beast. Lindy's Diary captures all the romance and edgy mystery of the original! 

Diary,

I am locked away... with no one to confide in but you... and him. His fur, those claws—they caught me off guard at first, but now I'm noticing something else about him—something deeper. It's the look in his eye. It tells me he's got a secret to keep. That's okay—I've got one, too. I think I'm falling in love with him....

Lindy






Bewitching 
By: Alex Flinn
Kendra Chronicles #1


Summary:
Bewitching can be a beast. . . . 

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t. 

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age. 

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out. 

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it. 

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.




My Love Lies Bleeding
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Drake Chronicles #1


Summary:
The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.



Blood Feud
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Drake Chronicles #2


Summary:
It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks. 
The clans are gathering for Helena's royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha's reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan's and Isabeau's perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.




Out for Blood
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Drake Chronicles #3


Summary:
Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends—or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?


Bleeding Hearts
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Drake Chronicles #4

Summary:
The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill. 

Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town. 
But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.


Turned At Dark
By:  C.C Hunter
Shadow Falls #0.50

Summary:
Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang hadn’t believed in ghosts until she saw her dead cousin darting into the shadows of an alley. She hadn’t believed in vampires until in the dark of that same night she is turned into one. Introduced to a strange world of supernaturals, she struggles to accept this new reality. Unfortunately, the boy she loves senses something different about her and can’t accept her. Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead–walk away from everything she’s knows and loves—and fake her own death? Or should she set her pride aside and ask for help from the camp leader of Shadow Falls—a camp where supernaturals go to learn how to cope with their powers. Either way, her life as she knows it, will never be the same.


Born at Midnight
By: C.C Hunter
Shadow Falls #1

Summary:
Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Awake at Dawn
By: C.C Hunter
Shadow Falls #2

Summary:
Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities.  But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold. 
To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away.  When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point.  Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...


Delirium
By: Lauren Oliver
Delirium #1


Summary:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. 

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.




Hana: A Delirium Story
By: Lauren Oliver


Summary:
Lauren Oliver's riveting, original digital story set in the world of her New York Times bestseller Delirium

The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss. 

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line. 

In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will come to understand scenes from Delirium through Hana's perspective. Hana is a touching and revealing look at a life-changing and tumultuous summer.




A Million Suns
By: Beth Revis
Across the Universe #2


Summary:
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.





Anna and the French Kiss
By: Stephanie Perkins


Summary:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?




Bittersweet
By: Sarah Ockler


Summary:
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been. 

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life... and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done. 

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...




Deadly Cool
By: Gemma Halliday
Deadly Cool #1


Summary:
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool. 

But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.


Fated
By:  Sarah Alderson


Summary:
What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it? 

When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins –Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them – she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight. 

But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray - is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends. 

If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will it take to sever it?




Getting Over Garrett Delaney
By: Abby McDonald


Summary:
Can a twelve-step program help Sadie kick her unrequited crush for good? Abby McDonald serves up 
her trademark wit and wisdom in a hilarious new novel.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly onesided. The object of her obsession - ahem, affection - is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie's
feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett's constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to '80s indie rock
- all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder - until he calls to say he's fallen in love. With some other girl! A
heartbroken Sadie realizes that she's finally had enough. It's time for total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized selfhelp
guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.




I've Got Your Number
By: Sophie Kinsella


Summary:
I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!! 


Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! 

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. 

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.




Lola and the Boy Next Door
By: Stephanie Perkins


Summary:
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.




Shatter Me
By: Tahereh Mafi


Summary:
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. 

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.




Shooting Stars
By: Allison Rushby


Summary:
Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

The Vincent Boys
By: Abbi Glines
The Vincent Boys #1


Summary:


Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.


Thirteen Reasons Why
By: Jay Asher

Summary:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.


Why We Broke Up
By: Daniel Handler


Summary:
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.



Wings of the Wicked
By: Courtney Allison Moulton
Angelfire #2


Summary:
Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined. 
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night. 

She’s been warned. 
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself. 

She’ll be betrayed. 
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay. 


Awkward
By: Marni Bates

Summary:
Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...



This novel was e-mailed to me by the author for review:

Fair Folk in Knob's End
By: Rachel Armstrong
The Daughter's of Annwn #1

Summary:
As if losing her mother and moving to live with her grandmother in Knob’s End wasn’t enough to content with, sixteen-year-old Sophie James soon discovers that her new best friend is more than the average high school girl. Nerys is a magical Tylwyth Teg from the land of Annwn, and has been forced to seek refuge from a terrible fate.

Unless the people of Annwn can find a way to break the pact made with the sinister Coraniaids some two thousand years before, Nerys and her sisters will be forced into marriage and their homeland will be changed forever. Sophie and Nerys need to find the Dagger of Everlasting Truth and destroy it. The problem is no one knows its location, and, with so many lives in mortal danger, there is no time for mistakes. 

Lies are told and danger lurks around every corner, yet there persists a whisper of a human girl who may hold the key to their salvation, a girl with the gift of prophecy. Could Sophie be the one? 

This series I've already read but I finally got the chance to pick them all up:


Dead is the New Black
By: Marlene Perez
Dead is #1

Summary:
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style. Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.


Dead is a State of Mind
By: Marlene Perez
Dead is #2

Summary:
A creepy, campy new mystery seriesWelcome to Nightshade, Californias killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!












Dead is So Last Year
By: Marlene Perez
Dead is #3

Summary:
Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken's research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgngers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it's a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy's beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he's grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux's boyfriend's neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.


Dead is Just  a Rumor
By: Marlene Perez
Dead is #4

Summary:
As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary—on Halloween, of course—many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find out who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn’t easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she’s is happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having difficult time adjusting to home life—and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy’s boyfriend, Ryan. Can their relationship take the strain? And Daisy’s got even more on her plate: A talented amateur chef, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe’s pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect the temperamental chef’s secrets aren’t only in her ingredients. . . . The fourth installment in this favorite series is full of surprises and scares!


Dead is Not An Option
By: Marlene Perez
Dead is #5

Summary:
It’s springtime of senior year, and psychic sleuth Daisy Giordano is preparing to say goodbye to Nightshade High. But no college acceptance letters have arrived yet, and she’s beginning to worry about where she’ll end up come fall—and if it will be anywhere near her boyfriend, Ryan. But that’s not the only uncertainty Daisy’s dealing with. There’s a vamps-versus-shifters war going on in Nightshade, and things are so tense that there is talk of canceling the prom. The conflict is carrying over to the Giordano home, since Rose and Daisy are both dating werewolves and Poppy’s new boyfriend is a vampire.

Can the paranormal community in Nightshade finally find peace? And will Daisy and her friends survive graduation? All of these questions and more are answered in the latest explosive installment in the Dead Is series.


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