Saturday, March 31, 2018

Austin Family Chronicles Troubling A Star by Madeleine L’Engle

The audio book is great.  This is a thriller meshed with murder, mystery, science and politics and throw in some of romance.  The story continues of the Austin Family Chronicles.  Fine for any middle or high school library and good for public and personal libraries.  Enjoy.

Austin Family Chronicles The Moon by Night by Madeleine L’Engle

I'm enjoy this audio book and the story is delightful.  Should be a required reading for middle or high school students.  It's about life and growth.  Romance and relationships.  Well written.  A bit vintage but still good.  Enjoy.

Austin Family Chroniciles A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’engle

I loved this book and am going through this series.  The audio book excellent.  It's part philosophical, part scientific, part environmental and all about life.  This series will be welcome in any library, middle, high and public libraries.  A great coming of age story.

Starcrossed Goddess by Josephine Angelini

It's okay.  I'm not going to add to my high school library but fine for public and personal libraries.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Just like Alice in Wonderland chasing a rabbit to destiny, Neverfall also chases a rabbit into chaos and away from her sheltered world.  Underground is not safe, wines that can make you forget, a master thief and lies that float around as truths.  It's a good read.  I think fine for middle school.  The beginning is slow but wait till you get to the end!  Enjoy.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Politics and magic,  power plays and duties make this an interesting story.  It goes beyond the looks and beauty as one mad princess is taking control over the palace.  The audio book is good.  Fine for any high school library.

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz

I listened to the audio book and decided to stick with it.  I'm glad I did.  It's not an easy story to read.  At first I thought Olivia was a shallow girl but then you can see that she is a teen in need.  Would I put it in the library?  I think I would.  It's an important read.

Zeroes Nexus by Scott Westerfeld

I already have the first two in my high school library, this will be another one to add.  It's a solid series and great various characters, each with their flaws.  Danger and mystery color this story intense.  Enjoy and also audio book very good. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A friend told me about this book.  She said it was great.  I listened to the audio book and will get for my high school library.  It's intense and I love that it has all the 80's reference.  Enjoy this book.  Think Tron, Warcross, Ender's Game and other cybergame world books.  Enjoy. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ravenspire The Traitor Prince by C. J. Redwine

It's a good one.  Enjoy.  Fine for any high school library.  Audio book also good.

Legacy of Orisha Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This story line has been done many times but this is pretty special.  Will I get for my high school library?  You betcha.  It's a good read and I look forward to Tomi Adeyemi's next book.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

It's a good story.  I would get for the high school.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

This book is up for the CYRM award  2019.  I can see why.  It'll be a hard choice between two other fantastic books.  Go back in time to when Hitler and the Nazis where occupying the Netherlands.  Enter a dangerous world.  It's a good read and a good audio book.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

I'm getting this for my high school library.  It's right up there with Sarah Dressen and John Green.  Grief and guilt, anger and forgiveness makes this book a solid story.  A must read.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Tron the next generation.  This is the newest genre of online gamers who become deep in the cyberspace.  James Dashner knows how to tell a suspenseful story.  Fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

Partials Ruins by Dan Wells

I like this apocalptic story told in multiple views.  It's fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Heart Berries a Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

This is book would be perfect for women studies and First Nation studies.  Family dysfunction written so vividly.  Self understanding and journey makes this a brave story to read.  The audio book also very good.

Stone Heart Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher

This is book 3 in the Stoneheart  Trilogy.  I like it and think it would be fine for middle school.  Fantasy and talking statues that connect to history make this a good story.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

The Stone Heart Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher

Perfect for middle school readers.  Adventures that take place in Britain.  Think fantasy and modern times.  It's a good read.  Audio book also good.

Charlotte Holmes The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes then you'll enjoy this dark contemporary twist.  The descents of Holmes and Watson are companions in pain.  The series continues.  Adventure awaits as danger darkens the story.  Perfect for personal and public libraries.  Not sure if it will reach a broader range in a high school library.  It's a good read but not for everyone.  Audio book also good.

The Young World The New Order by Chris Weitz

It's getting intense in this story.  It's fine but I think better for public and private libraries.  Audio book also good.  There is some violence in the story.

The Young World by Chris Weitz

It's a dark and destructive story.  It's fine.  I think it would work best for personal libraries and public libraries.  The audio book is fine.  Oh there are some survival of the fittest moments as the group fight of cannibals. 

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

I fell in love with this story.  This is one personal story as the author writes about her grandmother.  It is well written and never boring.  What a life this woman has led.  A must read for all grades and adults.  I will add to my high school library.  The audio book also very good.

Odd & True by Cat Winters

This is a story that makes you think it will go one way but then turns another.  Lots of surprises.  Family dynamics and dysfunction are woven into the story of these two girls.  Told in alternate stories and flashbacks to the past.  Fine for any high school library.

War by Sebastian Junger

This is an important read.  If you have family members who have served in the military, this is a story that needs to be read.  The audiobook also good, read by the author. 

No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe

Wow, go back in time to Nigeria, 1960's.  Lots going on.  It's not an easy story as you see this young man struggle with right and wrong.  We had this book in the library.  Our students read Things Fall Apart so I wanted to read this story.  Audio book also good. 

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

I really enjoyed this book.  It's about family connecting and reconnecting.  Learning your roots when you only had half of them.   Think about our students who may not have a complete picture of who their family is.  Music is the bond between father and daughter.  It's a good read and fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shatter Me Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Oh boy, the drama.  It's a dystopian world with one language being forced on them.  One culture. Also some teens have special powers.  There's a power play going on.  Also some sexy sleeping arrangements taking place.  I think fine for personal and public libraries.  High School librarians should read and make their own choices.  A bit of mature content to consider.  Audiobook good.

Project Nemesis Genesis by Brendan Reichs

Think Tron meets Survival.  I kind of liked the series but was disturbed by all the killing that was taking place.  Will  I buy for the high school library. No.  Okay for personal and public libraries.  Audio book good.

Daughter of the Pirate King Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

I like this series.  There are some sexy scenes but fine for high school.  Lots of fighting.  It's a good read and also good audio book. Enjoy.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

A modern tale set in America, the Fae live all over.  The townsfolk know how to the social rules to live near the Fae.  But that all changes and danger is taking place.  Hazel and her friends must save the day.  I would I put this in the library?  It's okay for personal and public libraries. Not sure about high school libraries. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ready Player One Armada by Ernest Cline

I'm so getting this for my library.  It's good.  I'm in line for book 1 but this was available so I was able to hear the audiobook while still waiting for the first one.  It's a good read.  If you like Ender's Game, War Games and The Last Starfighter, this is for you to enjoy.

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

If you love dogs then you'll love this one.  Remember the Incredible Journey.  Think one dog trekking thorough the wilderness.  This story is told in the perspective of Bella.  Grow up with her as she experiences life, people and nature.  She has the kindest heart ever.  When I got home after I finished this story, I had to hug my two dogs.  My next dog will be named Bella if a female and Enzo if a boy.  Read The Art of Racing in the Rain.  Enjoy.  Audiobook also very good.

Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Think a modern Jane Austen situation and you've got a entertaining story.  It's an adult book, lots of mature themes.  Perfect for personal and public libraries.  I will have to go back and read the first two.  Did see the movies and loved them.  But we all know the book is always better.  Audiobook also great.  Enjoy.

Sisterhood Sisterhood everlasting by Ann Brashares

This is a great series and more an adult book.  I'd say some mature content and dealing with grief.  would I put it in a high school library?  Probably not but I would say better for personal libraries and public libraries.  The audio book is great.  It's nice to see the girls as women.  I think their ages are in their 30s and they behave at that age.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher

Adventure and a chase by live statues makes this a welcome edition to any elementary and middle school library.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Beau Rivage Kill me softly by sarah cross

This is a mash up of all sorts of dangerous fairy tales, including Blue Beard.  It's pretty interesting.  Perfect for public libraries.  I'm not sure how it will fit in high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Say what You Will by Cammie McGovern

This is a good book to read.  It's right up there with Fault in Our Stars, John Green, Sarah Dessen and other great contemporary stories about teens.  I'm getting this for my library.  Heads up, there is some teen drinking in the story.  Good Story.

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Perfect for public and private libraries.  The diversity is refreshing.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

A contemporary story.  It's fine for high school.

March: Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

I'm getting this for my library.  History should always be reviewed so that we can learn and make a positive difference.  I think this series would be perfect to be added to the White House library.  Maybe the librarian at the White House will share this with the presidents who serve this country as a reminder that all people have rights and not focused on a few elite.  It's a good way to broaden one's view of what people suffered and sacrificed to make a positive and important difference.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

I'm going to say that this would be better in public and private libraries.  There is some mature content as the two girls discover that they love each other.  The plot is not as strong as it could be.  It's fine but there are some forced parts to the story. 

Partials Sequence Fragments by Dan Wells

It's fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Partials Sequence: Partials By Dane Wells

This is fine for any high school library.  It's a good dystopian series.  Enjoy.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Think Harry Potter goes to Africa and instead of Harry, it's Sunny who's family has moved back to Africa.  This is perfect for high school library.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Runaways by Christopher Golden

I really didn't like this book.  There's a some things to consider.  The teens are trying to kill their parents who are villains.  The story is not the best story.  I would pass on this one.

The Forgotten Books by Mecthild Glaser

I liked this book, thing Pride and Prejudice with a magical contemporary twist.  Fine for any high school library.  Romance and adventure to enjoy a good read.

Seven Black Diamonds: One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr

Interesting story and fine for high school.  Edgy contemporary teen faes with the weight of the world on them. 

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain & Philip Stead

This is one very funny book.  I also think that it would be a good gift to the leaders who are magically elected to office should read.  Fine for any library.

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

One of the best graphic novels, I have read in a long time.  Perfect for any high school library.  History brought to life in a way that comes alive in a well crafted graphic novel.  The drama and action of the illustrations capture a time that started a change in the US.  A must for any school library.