Monday, December 9, 2019

The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily by Laura Creedle

The two have lots of text conversations which are quite advance for regular teens.  They are great conversations but they sound more adult rather then teens.  Both Lilly and Abelard have outbursts that relate to the way their brains work.  It's a good read and fine for high school libraries.  

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Staking Jack the Ripper Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

In this murder mystery, a young woman of about 17 must use deductive reasoning also involved in lots of flirting.  It's fine for any high school library.  I read book 3 first in the series.  Actually I listened to book 3 and it's fine to read before any of the other series.  I'm going to get for my high school library.  Enjoy.

The Aurora Cycle Aurora Rising by Kaufman & Kristoff

If you like Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Dr. Who, Star Gate and Space 1999 then this is the story for you.  It's a good read.   Science Fiction genre at it's best.  The audio book also very good.  A girl wakes up after two hundred years.  And then she's being hunted.  Why?  What happened to her original mission and it's location?  Got to read it to find out.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas

It's a good story of the legend of Mulan.  I am going to get for my high school library.  Audio book also very good also.  Enjoy.

Undead Girl Gang by Lilly Anderson

At first I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this but I did get into the story.  Fine for public libraries, I would say read before you decide for high school libraries. 

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

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I am getting this for my high school.  It's a sweet romance story fine for any high school.  Perfect for any high school library.  I appreciate the inclusion of the Indian culture.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

With the Biltmore as the background and the vast forest around it, this dark fantasy continues in book 2. Magic and history blend together in the good vs. evil story.  It's a good book.  Enjoy.  Fine for children's and middle school libraries.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tiny Pretty things by Charaiporta & Clayton

Think Pretty Little Liars meets the world of Ballet.  Lots of drama.  The story reads like a teen soap opera.  I'm going to pass on this one for my high school library.  Fine for public library.  Just a lot of back stabbing through out the whole entire story. 

The Cool Bean by John and Oswald

Too cute!  This is the third book that this creative team has worked on in this series.  I love the visual puns in the story as well.  Entertaining for adults and little people.  A welcome addition to any school or young person's library.  Enjoy.

Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Just a fun read aloud.  Enjoy reading this one to young children. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

This is book one in a series.  There is a lot of conversation and point of views as both boys take turns moving the story along.  There's a lot going on and teen angst.  I think I would pass on this one.  I would say read it before you add to the library to see if your students would read this book.  I think its fine for private collections and also public libraries. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Chrestomanci Book Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones stories are very entertaining.  Think Harry Potter meets Dr. Who.  Worth the read if you enjoy fantasy.  Fine for any high school or middle school libraries.  Enjoy. Audio book also very good.

The Green Ember Ember Falls by S. D. Smith

S. D. Smith has created a world of animals who replace people to create a fantasy world much like Red Wall Abby.  If I could have a dinner party of authors, I would invite S. D. Smith and the late Brian Jaques author of the Red Wall Abby series.  Enjoy it's a good read and fine for any elementary or middle school library.  The audio book also very good.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Other books by this author, have not appealed to me.  This one was much better but there were a few plot points that left questions.  Was the story easily believable?  Well ..... there were holes.  The book is okay to add to the school library.  Audio book okay.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

A new fantasy is on the shelf,  I thought it was okay.  It's fine to add to any high school library.  Lots of drama and a bit of sweet romance, with lots of danger, elements to move this story along.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Folk of the Air The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Aah, the last book ... or is it?  All is not well with the Fair Folk.  It is worse if you are a mortal person.  Lots of violence.  It's fine.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Tourist Trap Mystery Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon

I'm hooked on this series.  Who can resist a small California coastal town with an independent book store that serves yummy treats?  I'm ready to move there and help solve murders.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Poor Relations Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M. C. Beaton

Sometimes it is just fun to read a book by M. C. Beaton.  She can tell all sorts of stories from murder mysteries to romance.  The audio book also entertaining.  Enjoy.

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

It's a good read.  A little bit like Fault in Our Stars.  Just a little bit.  It's fine for high school. The audio book also good.

Guys Read Terrifying Tales by various authors

Perfect for middle school boys and girls.  A good read aloud as well.  Add this to your library.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

The Vanderbeekers To The Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

I love my neighbors, but I would love to have a chance to live in this neighborhood too.  Lucky for me, I can always visit this delightful family.  I'm looking forward to reading book 2.  I skipped around.  This is a great book for middle school.  It's all about community, family and the people we add to our family.  It's a great read.  Enjoy. It's a positive story.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

If you love Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, you'll love this.  It's a fun light read.  Enjoy.  Fine for any school library. 

Frozen II Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko

Are you a fan of Frozen?  Enjoy.  This is fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

Hello Girls by Cavallaro & Henry

Thelma and Louise like story, build up drama as things go from worse to even more worse is he drive of this story plot.  I liked the book on a personal level and would consider it more for adult then young adult.  I would not add this to a high school library.  It is filled with crime, theft and murder. Public library would be better.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The 30 Day Money Cleanse by Ashley Fienstein Gerstley

I listened to the audio book and was impressed how clear, easy and honest she presents her topic of saving, spending and managing money.  I ordered a copy for me and I will order a copy for my school library.  It's an important read.

The Donkey Egg by Stevens & Crummel

Great story and simple pictures to tell the tale of a fox that may or may not have outsmarted a bear.
I am getting this book for my high school for my business and marketing class.  I think it would fit perfectly for this class with a simple lesson.  Making the most and growing opportunities.  It's a good read and fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

I am so getting this for my high school library and book talking it.  It's a must for all high school libraries to add to their collection.  I looked at the author's page on Good Reads.  I would love for her to come to my high school.  If you ever make it to Fresno, California, come talk to my high school students.  You nailed it.  A good read and insightful.  The author writes with great authenticity.
Thank you for writing this book.

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

You will either like this book or not.  I'm in the middle.  I found it interesting.  The story line was good.  It was dealing with various issues.  A mother with mental health and a teen taking care of her.  A boy who thinks another boy is cute and wants a relationship with him.  Family issues, life issues are embedded in this story.  Fine for high school libraries.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

It's fine.  Lots of adventure and romance and enemies.  Enjoy.  I think it's fine for public and personal libraries. 

The Trials of Apollo The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Adventure, mythology, contemporary settings and fighting zombies and evil kings, it's the perfect edition to add to any school or personal library.  Enjoy.  I know I'll have to add this to my high school library.  Audio book also very good.

Guys Read Funny Business by a variety of amazing authors

This book is very funny.  Truly entertaining.  If you have a reluctant reader, here you go.  They will be laughing a lot.  By the way,  the audio book is excellent.  Read by various authors.  The words come alive in the voices of the authors.  The authors nailed it both in writing and in voice.  Enjoy.  I plan on getting for my high school library.  I know my 9th graders will enjoy.  I did.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

It's a fantasy, fine for any high school library.  I think it will entertain those high school students who enjoy reading fantasy and adventure.  It's a good read.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

This is a beautiful story filled with pain and joy, patience and love.  A little boy is mistakenly sent to America.  A dangerous journey, years later filled with pirates and death are entwined with the long awaited family reunion.  A young man dreams to be a cowboy and rodeo hero but really has no idea what that all entails goes on his own journey.  A sister and a cowboy go in search of a brother.  It's a good read.  Also good audio book.  Good one to add to the high school library.  Well crafted.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

It's a good read and fine for high school students.  I think this would fit a small population of readers.  The genre is good and the story is well crafted.  I think more for serious readers.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

If you like mythology, Norse Mythology and adventure this would be  a story for you.  I would say not for your average teen, more those really into mythology.  It's filled with layers.  Enjoy.

Monster Hero by Michael Grant

One intense story.  A lot of violence is peppered in this story.  The story is one that goes into survival mode.  Enjoy. 

Dance of Thieves Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

I liked this series very much and plan to get for my high school library.  I like that each character were strong and even stronger together.  A good build up of drama and psychological game playing for survival.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

The Poor Relations Back In Society by M. C. Beaton

The audio book is pretty entertaining.  If you are looking for a fun regency romance to switch from serious stories or fantasies, then here you go. 

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

I liked this story how it blended the past and the future.  Two teen girls tell their story.  Connected by birth but separated by adoption.  It's a good story and I'll get for my high school library.  Enjoy.

Hamilton High Eddie’s Choice by Marilyn Reynolds

Marilyn Reynolds keeps serious teen issues real.  A retired teacher who really never retired, she works with many teens helping them write their own stories.  This series is very popular at both high schools that I have worked in.  Keep this series stocked. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A Nielsen, knows how to tell a story.  Taking an episode in history and bringing it to life.  It's a good read.

We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler

I liked this book with the two stories that entwine together.  This is fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.  It's a good read.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I didn't really like the story.  It's not for high school there's some descriptive sex going on.  Just a heads up.

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

It's a good read.  Because I do read a lot, I already figured out who the murderer was but I didn't know why.  But that's me.  It's a deep dark world of corruption.  I liked this book very much and I would recommend the book to others.  I would say more for adults not for teen libraries.  Teens could read the book, I just wouldn't add it to a high school library.  I happen to like "Who Done It" mysteries and this was successfully written.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Jones and Segal

It's a good read and I am getting for my high school library.  Could such an event happen.  Sadly there was in the news a mob event that did take place.  On a more personal note, my own library was on lock down because some a mob of boys were trying to fight a small group of boys from a different cultural background.  What is going on in the world? 

Alex Stern Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I don't think I would put this one in the school library.  There is some mature content (sex and drugs).  It's part occult, part magic and lots of murder.  I enjoy Leigh Bardugo books but this one is a departure from her past books.  It is a good read just for older readers.

A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

Fans of W Bruce Cameron will enjoy this book.  Written as the wolf is telling his story.  Fine for any library shelf.  Enjoy.

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

It's an intense story that goes beyond sibling rival.  Secrets reveal of things done years ago.  It's fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Poor Relations Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by M. C. Beaton

It's a fun read.  Sometimes it's nice to read a romance comedy after reading lots of serious books.

Poor Relations Sir Philip’s Folly by M. C. Beaton

It's a fun read.  M. C. Beaton  writes fun mysteries and romance novels.  Her characters are entertaining and the plots are always twisted with fun.  Enjoy.