From Grace Segers
Title: The Tiger’s Wife
Author: Tea Obreht
The Tiger’s Wife is, in a word, excellent. Tea Obreht, while very young, is a compelling writer and excellent storyteller. Set in an unnamed Balkan state at end of the war of the 1990s,the novel jumps between time periods and characters, always staying fresh and innovative. I cannot recommend it enough.
From Ellen Druda
Author: Erin Morgenstern
The Night circus [sound recording CD]
This is the story of the romance between a man and woman destined as children to become opponents in a magical game in which only the winner will survive. We follow them through their studies and formative years as they develop their skills as illusionists, able to manipulate the physical world around them. Their stars cross and uncross and cross again working in the Cirque De Reves as the story draws to its fantastic conclusion. Told in lush descriptive passages, the images are vivid of this turn-of-the-century steam punk night extravaganza, filled with eccentric characters, arcane magic spells, and dramatic love. Narrator Jim Dale weaves the dialog around the plot points with a talent that enhances the richness of the text.
From Mary Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Mandy Hubbard
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard is about Kayla, who was soon to be turning 16. Her best friend is Nicole, who is dating dreamy Ben. For Kayla’s 16th birthday wish, all she wants is for her birthday wishes to come true. Of course, she doesn’t believe it will happen because it never did before. One morning she wakes up to see a pink pony in front of her house. Was this real? One by one, all of her wishes come true, except there’s a twist: she doesn’t know when each wish will happen and she’ll have to kiss Ben! I really like the ending and it was very good. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. It seemed like Nicole and Kayla wouldn’t be friends ever again. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! The ending will surprise you and Kayla will never be the same.
From Ellen Druda
author: Obreht, Téa
The tiger’s wife
Natalia, a young doctor on her way to help with inoculations at a children’s orphanage, tells us about her grandfather. Like her, he was a doctor, and they were very close as she grew up. She finds out about his mysterious death during her trip and goes off to start an investigation. The author interweaves this story with old folk tales, the encroaching war, and the strange characters Natalia meets, and creates a surreal experience for the reader with a mesmerizing, cinematic flair worthy of Fellini or Bergman.
From Joanna, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Oliver, Lauren
Before I Fall
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver revolves around eighteen year old Samantha Kinston and the last day of her life – over and over again. Cupid’s Day should have been just another day for Sam. She’d go to school with her best friends, park in the best parking spot, and get a rose from her gorgeous boyfriend as well as every other admirer in the school. Then she dies. Seven times, actually. Over and over again Sam relives the very last day of her life changing everything to save herself. Seven chances, seven tries, and only one way to get it right.
First impressions lead you to think that Sam is just another popular girl who has everything she could have ever wanted – and she is, at first. She makes judgments upon association and what it takes to stay at the top. After she dies, though, everything changes. Getting the opportunity to repeat the same day gives Sam a chance to make good on some of the mistakes she has made. She takes the opportunity to see people for who they really are and realizes that saving herself had nothing to do with what she thought it had.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Reading about the same day seven times may seem boring, but the way she lives it makes all the difference. The emotions are raw and the characters three-dimensional. Towards the end, when everything starts to fall into place, you’ll want to finish reading it, every period and comma.
From Alexandra, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Cassidy, Kay
The Cinderella Society
In The Cinderella Society Jessica Parker was the new girl at school this year. On the last day of school she peeks inside her bag to look for something and she finds an envelope addressed to her. When she opens it, she finds an invitation that changes her life and a pin. She is finally going to turn her life around and not be the lame new girl loser she was this year. As she joins the Cinderella Society, she gets friends, a makeover, a special boyfriend and a lot more. But as she involves herself into the society she can’t help but wonder “is this really what I signed up for?” Jess finds herself in many tough situations and knows that even though it sounded easy and fun, The Cinderella Society is no picnic. I would recommend this book to all girls who like books about good girls (the Cindy’s) and the evil girls (the wicked’s). I really enjoyed this book and I hope you guys will too.
From Sarah, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Cassidy, Kay
In the book The Cinderella Society, sixteen year old Jessica Parker feels like an outsider in school. She tries hard to fit in, but no one really accepts her until she gets an invitation to join the club called the Cindys, or otherwise known as the Cinderella Society. This club consists of the most popular girls in school. The Cindys main job is to protect themselves and the Reggies (regular people) from the Wickeds. The Wickeds (are like Cinderella’s wicked step sisters) are a club that blackmail people into doing things for them. As the story progresses, read all about
the moment when Jessica finally feels like she fits in. Also, find out who Jessica’s arch enemy is, as well as who finally notices her after a makeover. Join Jessica on this exciting journey through happiness, sadness, and romance. This book is highly recommended for girls 10 and up.
From Rosalia Millan
author: Allen, Sarah Addison
The Sugar Queen
Josey is a woman living with her mother in a small town. All anyone can ever remember about Josey is what a difficult child she was, even though now she has completely changed to the point of being totally submissive of all her mother’s desires. One day she comes home to find Della Lee hiding in her closet, the place where Josey hides her true desires: sweets, romance novels and travel magazines.
Della Lee has decided she needs to help Josey fix her life. Just like in Allen’s last novel there is a little bit of magic, whether it’s knowing when someone’s coming or books that follow you around. There is a huge twist, which is delicately hinted at and the book manages to be both fun and dark without feeling disjointed. I really enjoyed reading it and hope that Sarah Addison Allen continues to write.
From Rosalia Millan
author: Bray, Libba
Cameron Smith is a sixteen year old focused on being a slacker, and doing as little as possible. There is nothing really wrong with his home life, he just feels overlooked and has decided to exploit that for all it’s worth. Everything changes when he contracts Creutzfeldt-Jacob or “Mad Cow” Disease and Dulcie, a punk rock angel, tells him that if he finds Dr.X he can be cured and he can save the world.
This book has a really great road trip adventure story that focuses on the importance of living life, without being overly heavy and trying to beat the reader over the head with a message. The author makes sure that Cameron gets a chance to experience everything, the good and the bad, without dwelling on Cameron’s disease. The adventure that Cameron and Gonzo go on is all about parallel dimensions and possible time travel, but the reader isn’t bombarded with a bunch of technical science terminology so that even those that are not really into science fiction can enjoy this work. I completely understand why this book was selected as this year’s Printz Award winner. It’s an entertaining adventure story with a lot of depth to it.
From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Butcher, Jim
Changes : a novel of the Dresden files
Being the 12th book in the Dresden Files series, we have seen Harry fight demons, vampires, ogres, rogue wizards, werewolves and other nefarious creatures to help others and save the world but now he must face his past. In his latest case he must save the daughter, he never knew he had, from an old enemy. Harry, the wisecracking wizard investigator, becomes a darker character filled with somber desperation facing a no win situation. The Dresden Files (from first to last): Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, Turn Coat and Changes.