Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Diviners


“We are the Diviners. We have been and we will be. It is a power that comes from the great energy of the land and its people, a realm shared for a spell, for as long as is needed. We see the dead. We speak to restless spirits. We walk in dreams. We read meaning from every held thing. The future unfolds for us like the navigator’s map, showing seas we have yet to travel”—The Diviners

The year is 1926 and Ellie O'Neill is wasting away in her boring Ohio town. Ellie isn’t like the dull teenagers around her; she believes that she is destined for greatness and longs for the adventure that only a big city can provide. With the ability to hold an object in her hand and read it, gathering information about its owner, why should she think anything less?

After Ellie finds herself in hot water after using her unique ability, she is delighted to be shipped off to the busy streets of New York City as punishment. Soon she discovers that there is more to New York than the roaring speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces that the magazines have promised her. Instead of attending fancy parties and dancing the night away, Ellie must live with her Uncle Will, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. 

In addition to dealing with the heebie-jeebies that come from living in "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies,” it seems that Ellie’s powers have made her the target of The Pentagram Killer. Now with the help of her uncle and his mysterious assistant Jericho, Ellie must put an end to this gruesome killing spree before she becomes the next victim.

The latest series from acclaimed author, Libba Bray, The Diviners is a dark delight. A“read-with-the-lights on” must, this thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sloppy Firsts


When Jessica Darling’s best, and only friend Hope moves away, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the drama of the cliques she has so long fought to distance herself from.  Miserable and alone, Jessica must navigate through the ups and downs of high school while dealing with parents who don’t understand her and a vapid, wedding-obsessed sister. Armed with only her cynical perspective to get her through, Jessica’s must learn how to stand on her own two feet as she attempts to make sense of her new found feelings for Marcus Flutie, the boy responsible for Hope’s exile to Tennessee. Sloppy Firsts mixes hilarity with deep emotion to create a story that reads like an episode of MTV’s Awkward.

Paper Towns


Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spieglman were friends once. After a harrowing experience as young children the two drift apart. Quentin has happily spent his life blending in among the other nerds in school while Margo has fought hard to become a legend long before her 18th birthday.  Now just days away from graduating high school, Q wakes up to find his former friend; the most popular girl in the 12th grade standing over his bed, daring him to have an adventure.  Following a spontaneous night of exploits, Q prepares to reenter high school a changed man. With Margo by his side, everything will be different, right?

But When Margo fails to show up for school the following day, it’s like nothing ever happened. Everyone assumes that she has simply run away for 100th time.Yet, Quentin  knows there’s something more to her abrupt disappearance and enlists his loyal friends to join him on a journey to track her down. Following a bunch of random clues left behind in the wake of her departure, Quentin sets out to discover what happened to Margo Roth Speiglman.

Is Margo Speiglman really missing? Can he find her before its too late? What if he doesn't like what he finds?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Loners

Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine, #1) 

Imagine spending your time in high school not hoping to graduate, but just hoping to not be killed by your classmates.  After a devastating explosion throws McKinley High in to complete chaos. The students are infected with a virus that kills any adult who comes in contact with them. After a year of being quarantined, violent gangs over run the school and loners David and his brother continue their fight to stay alive!

Before I Fall

Before I Fall  


What if you died? But then you woke up and had to repeat the day of your death over and over and over again? And everyday you knew you were going to die and nothing you did could change it? 

Meet Samantha Kingston, popular, beautiful, charmed and set to relive Friday, February 12 and the horrible crash that took her life, for a soul changing and "life" altering week. Will the outcome ever change?


Friday, July 12, 2013

That Summer


This book was not only a page tuner but it had my attention from the start. Haven, a 15 year old girl who's parents just got divorced is living a not-so-fun year. Her father, a sports broadcaster has gotten married to the weather girl. Her mother, who is now with her new friend Lydia is wearing shorts and going dancing. Her sister Ashley, a heart-breaker is finally getting married. Everything is going too fast for this 6'0" girl. There is only one person who helps Haven: Sumner, one of Ashley's ex-boyfriends. How will this summer turn out?

Reviewed by Begonia, age 13 for the Summer Reading Club: Summer of the Unread