Monthly Archives: October 2011

Shattered Dreams – Ellie James

This story is a great example of why you shouldn’t trust people you barely know or wander through haunted houses. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, the plot begins as our hero, Trinity Rose, is in the middle of a horrible … Continue reading

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Variant – Robinson Wells

I like this.  I like this better than The Maze Runner and I really like that. Benson Fisher is a teen who has no ties to anyone, having been shuffled through a series of foster homes.  He earns a scholarship … Continue reading

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Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card

This is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time.  It is a blend of fantasy and science fiction that features two story lines woven together.  Rigg has had an isolated childhood with his … Continue reading

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Brain Jack – Brian Falkner

This is an example of the perfect sci fi thriller – plenty of action, great writing, and cool characters.  A young computer genius hacks into the most secure networks in this mystery action thriller.  Seeking ever faster network connectivity, new … Continue reading

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Double – Jenny Valentine

Ohhhh, this is a good one!  Chap is a homeless teen in England mistaken for Cassiel, a runaway teen who could be his double.  Tired of being homeless, he steps into the missing boy’s life hoping that his new family … Continue reading

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The Way We Fall – Megan Crewe

This gripping story of a plague infested island seen through teen Kaelyn’s eyes should be quite popular with teens.  The setting is an island off the coast of Canada, reachable only by boat.  Residents fall ill with what appears to … Continue reading

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StarCrossed – Elizabeth C. Bunce

CIP Summary:  In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, sixteen-year-old Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them … Continue reading

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May B – Caroline Starr Rose

May is a young girl on the lonely Kansas prairie during the time of homesteaders and sod houses.  She is hired out by her parents to keep house for a newly married couple 15 miles away.  The young wife is terribly … Continue reading

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Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a teenaged cyborg in future China that is suffering from a world-wide plague.  Being a cyborg or part machine, it is natural that Cinder is a mechanic/techie and runs a booth in the market fixing anything mechanical.  Yes, it … Continue reading

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Prized (The Birthmarked Trilogy-vol.2) – Caragh O’Brien

The setting is future Earth where we have so messed up our environment that giving birth to a healthy baby is increasingly against the odds.  Gaia’s struggles continue after escaping from one dystopian society to another.  This time around, she … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Park – Mariah Fredericks

This hits the mark for teen readers eager for a delicious blend of mystery and teen drama.  Rain is the quiet former friend of the school’s party girl whose body was found in the park.  The writing style pulled me in … Continue reading

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Glow – Amy Ryan

Two ships of colonists set out from Earth.  Kieran and Waverly are the first children born in deep space aboard the Empyrean.  They are destined to be together and to lead their generation.  But something is wrong aboard the New … Continue reading

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Across the Universe – Beth Revis

An enormous spaceship designed to last for multiple generations sets out with colonists.  There are two groups of colonists.  One group is cryogenically encased in capsules to be awakened when the destination is reached.  One group is to live and breed and die … Continue reading

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All These Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin

Another future gone wonkers type of book.  Chocolate and coffee are illegal and crime is rampant.  The setting is New York City in 2083 and Anya is a chocolate mafia princess.  Her father and mother were killed by rival families.  … Continue reading

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Blood Wounds – Susan Beth Pfeffer

Understand parentage, but you are your own person and not defined by parents.   When Willa was quite young, her mother left an abusive marriage.  She remarried a kind man whose wealthy ex-wife provides his daughters with a rich and privileged … Continue reading

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