Friday, August 28, 2015


By: Fonda Lee
Location: FIC LEE
Genre: SciFi, dystopia, a bit of boxing and some romance

A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future

Rocky meets Gattaca ...?

This book is, I kid you not, the most engrossing sci-fi book I have read in years. It has EVERYTHING - action, complex world building, characters that you feel completely invested in, and even a lovely element of romance.  In some ways it is just as much of a sports movie as it is a sci fi book, but I love how Lee makes the competitive conflict and makes it so, so much more. 
Desperately hoping for a sequel...

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

"Zeroboxer is my debut novel, so it's special to me in a "firstborn child" kind of way. It's inspired by my love for science fiction, combat sports, and smart action stories, and influenced by my years of working in the sports industry and seeing firsthand the power of celebrity and marketing. The best part of writing Zeroboxer? Getting to create, envision and write about the sport of zeroboxing! What I wouldn't give to watch one of those matches." Fonda Lee- the Author

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

By: Morgan Matson
Location: FIC MAT
Genre: Road trip- Self discovery

5000 ratings on Goodreads with an average of 4.06- that is huge!

 Katrina said this book that inspired her to download about 50 albums before I was even finished reading it!
This book is very clever and really well done because there are pictures, drawings, receipts, maps and song mixes interspersed throughout the text, it makes the road trip so real.
A friend of mine died in a car accident and an even closer friend was seriously injured, I get how a car accident can freak you out and make jumping in a car a very anxious experience.. and then to go on a road trip!
Amy Curry has to get her Mom’s car to Connecticut from California. Her Mom sold the family house and has already moved there. Amy stayed to finish out her school year but that’s over and it’s time to move. Trouble is Amy can’t drive since she was in a car accident with her father three months ago. Her father didn’t make it. So Amy’s mother arranges for the son of a family friend, Roger, to drive her. Her mother even plans out the itinerary, hotel reservations and all. Amy does not like this plan at all, the thought of being cooped up in a car with a stranger for five days does not appeal to her. She has become a pro at escaping people and human interaction since her father’s death, but it’s a little hard to get away from someone when you’re riding for hours in the car with them. Enter Roger, college student of Colorado College on summer break, who much to Amy’s surprise is really cute. Together they begin to trust each other and open up, unthawing, and coming to grips with reality, Amy starts to let other backs in especially Roger

Winging It... Random Tales from the Right Wing

By: Cory Jane and Scotty Stevenson
Location: NF 920 JAN
Genre: Rugby Yarns

We have a brand spanking new display in the library for the Rugby World Cup. I name my displays and this one is called "A World in Union". I am a big rugby fan so all our All Blacks, especially our LEGENDS are showcased.  But we have also linked the  countries who will contest the RWC to authors and books from those nations- all in all it works really well. I just wonder how long it will be until my All Black balloons get popped!
This book is about an All Black who is a real character- I follow him on Twitter and he is a funny guy, but he is also a man who has cleverly balanced life and professional sport. He has 4 kids and he sounds like an awesome Dad! Much respect Cory!!

An All Blacks  jokester/prankster  is the World Cup-winning winger Cory ‘CJ’ Jane. A Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medallist and frontline All Black since 2008, Jane is one of the funniest men in New Zealand rugby. In Winging It: Random Tales from the Right Wing Jane takes the mickey out of everything — and everyone! — rugby. No player or occasion is spared the sharp-witted Jane tongue. Get all the goss from the usually fortress-like inner All Blacks sanctum and, most of all, find out all the stuff the players did not want you to know.

This is a quirky biography that answers all the BIG questions: * Who threatened to beat Cory every day until he cut his dreads?
* Which team mate tours with a sunbed?
* Who is the loudest snorer?
* Which player is moulting like a labradoodle?
* Which rugby superstar knocked Cory out?

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Glass Sentence

By: S.E.Grove
Location: FIC GRO
Genre: Magical Cartography - Fantasy

  A spectacular, not-to-be-missed paperback in the mold of the children’s classic The Golden Compass.

One Sentence can reveal the world most powerful secret: THE GLASS SENTENCE!

Mapmakers, law abiding pirates and a wayward botanist!! Interesting combo. That would be like my son, my daughter and their great grandmother all on an adventure- I wonder which one is which!


Boston, 1891. Thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims lives with her uncle, cartologer Shadrack Elli, in a world torn to pieces by the Great Disruption of 1799—when all of the continents were mysteriously thrown into different time periods, from the prehistoric era to the fortieth century. Sophia’s parents are explorers. She has not seen them in years, since they went on an expedition and never returned. When Shadrack is kidnapped from their home, Sophia sets out—along with her new friend, Theo—to find him. Their journey takes them across the country. Along with a group of law abiding pirates, and a wayward botanist and his daughter, they search for Sophia’s uncle, and run for their lives. What they learn—about map making, the changes taking place in the world, and the legends of the land—transforms Sophia forever

"This story is fantastic. The world-building within is exceptional, and very unique. The details about each world are woven so solidly into the story that it's like riding a magic carpet - you can see and feel what it might be like to actually be there. The characters are also extremely well fleshed-out. Each has strengths and flaws, even those who may appear supernatural. The ultimate compliment I could give - they felt truly human, as though they might really exist somewhere-" Beth-

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dr Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

By: Evan Roskos
Location: Fic Ros
Genre: Youth Fiction- mental illness
POV: Teenage male

We have had a bad week in the Waikato as we have faced the trauma of the impact of youth depression, perhaps book like this can help!

It is a book about depression but it's not that depressing! 

For a year, I've been seeing an imaginary therapist. Her name is Dr. Bird. She is a large pigeon, human-size. She wears no clothes. Because she's a bird.

Don’t you just love it when you open a book and it draws you in so completely that you’re loathe to close it for any reason? Evan Roskos has written such a book. The characters and pacing grab the reader and don’t let go. 

“I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.” 
 Sixteen-year-old James Whitman shares a last name with his poetic inspiration Walt Whitman and enjoys Songs of Myself, hugging trees for their therapeutic value, and yawping. James Whitman yawps all day long if only to save his sanity. He sees things that most people are blind to, and has an imaginary therapist manifested as a pigeon. 

James Whitman suffers from crippling panic attacks and depression, which is understandable in the house he lives in. His parents are distant and sometimes cruel, and his sister is banned from the household for a mysterious offense she committed. When James realizes he must take his mental health into his own hands, he finds a job at a pizza parlor to pay for (real) therapy and begins casually interrogating everyone at his high school to find out what happened to his sister. Along the way he develops a crush on a classmate named Beth - an aspiring journalist, and saves his best friend, Derek, from a dangerous affair with an older, slightly pedophilic lady. 

There is real sincerity in this story. The author handles the issues of depression and self harm. These days, television, internet memes, and tumblr all tend to glamorize anxiety and depression. But this book paints a character that is cheerful and endearing, but truly struggling to endure each day. James suffers long nights of pacing his room and sweating out his parent's arguments, and days where he flees social situations to recuperate with his arms around a tree. He suffers guilt for letting his sister take his punches loneliness at her absence. 

But despite the heaviness that James carries, his voice is unique and lovable. especially the way he deals with girls, parties, alcohol, pizzas, and his imaginary therapist, Dr. Bird. And, of course, the yawps. 

"I chitter at squirrels who celebrate themselves." 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Press Here

By: Henre Tullet
Location: Everywhere around the library
Genre: Interactive Picture Book

What a great book, it is one of those books that makes people look weird, they put there heads on their side  and they shake and they tilt their bodies.
They look strange!
This book is ruined already, the cover is damaged, I just did not get it processed in time and the students in the library have devoured it with fervor.
The book demands to be touched. Press here, it invites, with the tantalizing image of a yellow dot. As the reader complies and then turns the page, he discovers the previously unknown power he wields over paper and ink: he has single-fingeredly changed the picture. One dot has turned into two. Press it again, and the dots keep responding, multiplying, flying across the pages, delighting any reader who has a mischievious sense of humor and playful suspension of belief. With a cheeky nod to increasingly ubiquitous touchscreens and interactive software, Tullet has created a book that boasts to iPads: "Anything you can do, I can do too!" And maybe even better - according to Allison!

Rush and Push

By: Eve Silver
Location: FIC SIL
Genre: Sci Fi- Survivor- Aliens - Romance  
Series: Game #1 and Game #2 and Game #3

RUSH is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill-ride with a strong heroine, cute boys, and scary monsters—you need to read this book!—Morgan Rhodes

For readers of The Hunger Games and Divergent, Rush follows in a similar new tradition, with electric high-action scenes, a world in peril (this time, by the threat of aliens), and amorphous morality in a broken society, —The Globe and Mail—

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
The series follows the story of Miki Jones, a teenage girl who is pulled from her life after a terrible accident into some kind of game. Miki awakens in a strange place with several other teenagers and a sophisticated wristband that is glowing green. She is given very little information: she is about to go on a mission, and that her wristband shows her health so she must not let it turn red. Suddenly she finds herself carried across time and space to fight the Drau, a race of terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. Her only guide for the mission is the team leader Jackson Tate, who is equal parts secretive, frustrating, and mysteriously attractive. When Jackson tells Miki that the game isn’t really a game, but will actually determine the lives of her teammates and the ultimate survival of every person on earth, she 
realizes that she has been dropped into something far bigger than herself. If Miki dies in the game, she dies in real life, and if she allows the Drau to win, the entire human race will be a thing of the past.

Can Miki and Jackson make it through the final mission alive and win the Game before the walls between their alien-fighting nightmares and the real world come crashing down? Or will the world and everyone Miki loves disappear forever?

  Crash hits the ground running, and every new twist and turn reveals more excitement, romance and non-stop action…Crash is a satisfying end to a remarkable series. Not to be missed.—RT BookReviews

Friday, August 14, 2015

Ink and Bone

By: Rachel Caine
Location: FIC CAI
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Series: The Great Library

The cover!!!

A book about history and libraries and books and fantasy!!!

“The Book Thief with Fahrenheit 451 by way of Harry Potter.”

Mrs Featonby!!!!
Miss Bichan!!!

The first purpose of a librarian is to preserve and defend our books. Sometimes, that means dying for them - or making someone else die for them. Tota est scientia.” 
― Rachel CaineInk and Bone

"I've never considered a dystopian mixed paranormal world that plays on the power and love of books, and definitely not one that sprinkles in a dash of history as well"- Rachel

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar... but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.

Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life - and soon both heretics and books will burn

"This was so very, very good! Any reader who loves books about books (which, let's be honest, is all of them) should find Ink and Bone an absolute joy to read. There are vast libraries and scholars and book smugglers and discussions on the power of the written word and on freedom of the press. Pretty much anything you can think of in a dystopian setting that's all about, well, books."- Danielle

"When you steal a book, you steal from the world." 
"Lives are short, but knowledge is eternal."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Endgame- The Calling

By: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Location: FIC FRE
Genre: Hmm controversial! Hunger Games revisited maybe- or maybe not!
Series: Endgame #1

People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

This book has caused a stir for all the wrong reasons! The author James Frey wrote A Million Little Pieces - a his life memoir except he was not totally truthful - he zupped it up a lot and he duped Oprah Winfrey about its legitimacy- bad move. He has been vilified!
Now the name James Frey is tainted, so what did he do? He launched a book packaging company specializing in young adult fiction.  Book-packaging (or book producing) is a publishing activity in which a publishing company outsources the myriad tasks involved in putting together a book—writing, researching, editing, illustrating, and even printing—to an outside company called a book-packaging company.
So Pitticus Lore and the I am Number Four series is from James Frey Company Full Fathom Five, so is the Dorothy series. Apparently Full Fathom Five does not treat the authors that contribute to the production of the book very well at all and many people boycott what they publish.

Now in this book he is being accused of copying the plot of the Hunger Games, many are unforgiving, but others rate it. One thing I noted as I looked over what Goodreads reviewers wrote is that  foreign language readers who perhaps don't know the controversy and read it as a book to enjoy rated it highly, those with a colored perspective due to what is around Frey- rated it badly.
So perhaps the book is good after all- 

Twelve teenagers around the world have been training for this day their entire life. On this day not only will there world shatter but the physical world will begin to crumble as well. They are called into action by twelve meteorite attacks that send them to China for their first clue. From these clues, they have to piece together where the first of three keys are located and obtain that key. Though they are teenagers, they are from lineage that has been in existence since the beginning of time. Solving the clue means encountering each other, but only one can win this Endgame. Hidden within the book are clues layered into the text; some of which will take you to the Internet, the real world, social media and into your own mind. If you, the reader, can solve the puzzle, you will be lead to a location with a hidden key that will unlock a case full of gold coins. 
Endgame is like The Hunger Games (Collins, Scholastic, 2008) on steroids. It is much more of a violent book since these teens are warriors that have been trained since birth to fight and kill. Fray tells the story from each of the teens point of view, which can make the story a little disjointed if you aren’t paying attention to who is speaking at that moment. As you get further into the book, the teens personalities come out and it’s easier to tell the points of view apart. Brandi

Endgame is the puzzle of life, the reason for death. It holds the origin of all things, and the solution to the end of all things.

Ghost Flight

By: Bear Grylls
Location: FIC GRY
Genre: Thriller
Series: Will Jaeger #1

The Bourne Identity meets Indiana Jones - a debut thriller to take your breath away.

Hair-raising adventure, an extreme survival quest and a shocking mystery reaching back into the horrors of Nazi Germany.

Can he do it- can Bear Grylls write a thriller fiction that works?
 Fabrizio thinks so...
"Not only is Bear Grylls a survival expert but he is also a very good author. This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait for the book..."

Will Jaeger is haunted by the disappearance of his wife and son. Rescued by an old friend they must achieve the impossible and escape from a very well-protected African island. Returning to the UK Jaeger is tasked with leading an expedition into the Mountain of the Gods in the Amazon jungle to examine the secrets of a lost WWII warplane, one that harbours explosive secrets and terrifying forces are intent on keeping the warplane hidden forever.

Snoakes  from Goodreads liked it too ...
"It's the start of a series, and it's definitely left me wanting more. Watch out Dirk Pitt and Jack Reacher, there's a new man on the block."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rugby World Cup- Offical Guide

Location: On a table near you
Genre: Webb Ellis Trophy- lets keep it
Display: Oh yeah- we are going to have a good one- it is going to be called  "A World in Union" - Books and Rugby!

So excited, so anxious, so worried.
I am off on another RATA trip, I will be in Aussie for the first game on Sept 18th, Africa for the Quarter Final, India for the Semi and home for when we defend our title on Oct 31st.
The World Cup is in England at some of the most famous venues there are- Cardiff Arms Park ( that is on my bucket list that place), Twickenham, Wembly and the Olympic Stadium.
There are 20 teams playing in 4 pools. Pool A is the pool of death. This book has all the information you need, all except who will win the darn thing.
Who will be the hero, who will be the "beaver" who will choke, who will stand, who will fall.. it is all to come!
GO BOYS!!!!!!

Because you'll never meet me

By: Leah Thomas
Location: FIC  THO
Genre:  Contemporary YA

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Because You'll Never Meet Me is a story about two adolescent boys living in different parts of the world, yet going through equally troubling situations. Ollie is a 14-year old that has spent a majority of his life living in an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods with his mother. He is allergic to electricity--he has never been to a town or seen a crowd of people. He can't use a phone or even watch a movie. And still, somehow, he is experiencing the pain of first love. Moritz is a 16-year old full of sarcasm and pessimism living in Germany. He was unfortunate enough to be born with no eyes--instead, he sees the world with his ears, sort of like a bat. He also has a pacemaker helping him stay alive, making it impossible for the two teens to ever meet. But even with this impossibility looming over them, they manage to start a beautiful friendship through pen pal letters. They tell each other everything, from their happiest memories, to the darkest times of their lives. They encourage each other and help each other grow to become stronger and happier people. It is really such a cute and unique story--the premise alone is fascinating, but I absolutely fell in love with both of these characters. It's kind of heartbreaking, but also extremely uplifting in so many ways.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Book of Hat

By: Harriet Rowland
Location: NF 920 ROW
Genre: A real life New Zealand Fault in Our Stars story

"Funny, truthful and wise" Sir Peter Jackson

Some books you hear about, people whisper them and as a librarian you hear the whispers. This book has been  the topic of whispering a lot, it is talked about, deeply recommended, and honored in our circles. I simply had to purchase it based on the intensity of the whispers alone.
This book does not whisper- it shouts!

‘This way I will NEVER have to get a job, learn how to cook more than two-minute noodles or do anything mildly productive. I never have to grow up and I can forever be a kid! Though my ‘forever’ is shorter than most, I don’t mind. What I do mind is that I am going to have to leave everyone I love behind.’

Harriet Rowland — known as Hat — was 17 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that began in her knee. At the time she was a student at Queen Margaret College in Wellington, New Zealand.

Going through treatment was often a lonely time, as friends — while supportive — didn’t always understand Hat’s new life. This was until she fell in love with the character Hazel Grace from John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars, a girl who talks honestly and openly about living with cancer. Like her, Hat found life changed in ways that were both good and bad: falling in love and hospital stays among them. And she was surprised by how much happiness there was still to find.

Throughout her journey, Hat kept a blog called My Experience of Walking the Dog, and this book is a collection of those posts edited with the author. Why the blog title? Her parents say cancer is like a dog — fine if it stays in its own yard. Hat’s dog got out.

Harriet Rowland entered the Mary Potter hospice in Wellington two days after her book launch, and died surrounded by family and friends at 7.05 am, Friday, 7 March, 2014. This is her unexpected story.


Friday, August 7, 2015

"Off Loading with Sonny Bill" and "Jammin with Steven Adams"

By: David Riley
Location: NF 760 and 796
Genre: Sporting Icons

These are great books that tells the stories of two of our greatest current sporting icons. 
Steven Adams- wow, what a story. I started to read this book and just could not stop reading it, this guy, his family, and his caregiver called Blossom- what an amazing lady, just grabbed me. His story shows so clearly that it takes a village to raise a man- and his success is due not only to his hard work, his determination, his genetics and his talent- but also because a bunch of people believed in him and put that belief into action!

This weekend, it is all on. SBW is playing number 12 for the All Blacks against the Wallabies. It will be his 25th match. I am not a huge fan of SBW but I am slowly being won over. I kind of thought he was a sportsman who only cared about himself, his glory, his honour, his achievements and being a Cantab I value loyalty and "doing it for the team"- the all for one and one for all thing. SBW did not fit with that in my mind. But in reading more and maybe in SBW growing up some, or his media crew presenting him differently I am becoming more a fan of a man that apparently works incredibly hard and who is very loyal to his team mates- lets just see if he can now be consistant on the rugby field and add a bit more than utterly brilliant off-loads.  But then he will do the World Cup and  then chase his Olympic gold medal- sorry Chiefs- he has other fish to fry now!

Thursday, August 6, 2015


By: Catherine Doyle
Location: FIC DOY
Genre: Young Adult Romance

"When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication"

“This life is so complex that we rarely get to be the people we are truly meant to be. Instead, we wear masks and put up walls to keep from dealing with the fear of rejection, the feeling of regret, the very idea that someone may not love us for who we are deep in our core, that they might not understand the things that drive us.”

 Romance, family, obligation, Mafia, forbidden-love... is this a Romeo and Juliet retell.. well kind off!

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

"Vendetta wasn’t at all a typical contemporary romance novel, but a Mafia Romeo and Juliet laced with danger and enigma. It was thrilling to read and as I found the story unlike anything I’ve read before (the mafia part mostly), I’d definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for the second book!" Hazel

The Catalyst

By: Helena Coggan
Location: FIC COG
Genre: Fantasydystopia--post-apocalyptic, or para-supernatural? You chose!

The author was 13 when she wrote her first draft of this book and it was published when she was 15! So to all you aspiring authors out there, Helena Coggan proves it can be done!
My daughter would never read this book- it has an eyeball on the cover- if any of you are her students- ask her what she thinks of eyeballs:)

Rose Elmsworth has a secret. For eighteen years, the world has been divided into the magically Gifted and the non-magical Ashkind, but Rose's identity is far more dangerous. At fifteen, she has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation run by the Gifted to control the Ashkind. But now an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war, and Rose faces a challenging test of her loyalties. How much does she really know about her father's past? How far is the Department willing to go to keep the peace? And, if the time comes, will Rose choose to protect her secret, or the people she loves

"This was an absolutely impressive debut novel from a young voice who is fast going attract a huge following. Hunger Games eat your heart out."- Liz

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Me , Earl and the Dying Girl

The movie is here, think Fault in our Stars but less sappy, harder, real.
We have the book of course as well, it is by Jesse Andrews. AS always the book is better than the movie, so come and reserve it and have a read! Mr Mannins has it at the moment!
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

The Alex Crow

By: Andrew Smith
Location: FIC SMI
Genre: Fantasy, Sci Fi, War,Realistic Fiction- Genre bustin

THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith is a bizarre young adult novel that skillfully weaves together multiple storylines into a strangely powerful statement about society, extinction, and life.

"A masterpiece of a book" Michael Grant- author of GONE series

Utterly insane

"This is a tale of an adopted teen's bizarre summer camp experience (set in a dystopic American future, of course)  that balances shock with lightheartedness and goofiness with some serious pathos. I absolutely loved it" Will

Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.

“There’s not a single thing on this planet – not an organism, a sea, a river or lake, and even the weather that surrounds us, that hasn’t been changed by human beings. For good or bad, we’re in charge of the rate at which everything changes now. Every living thing and the majority of nonliving systems too. We’ve become our own God, I suppose.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Emmy and Oliver

By: Robin Benway
Location: Fic Ben
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

John Green or Sarah Dessen Fans- this one is for you

The title screams a romance-dominated story, I would say it's anything but that. Sure, there is adorable romance... but at it's core, Benway's story is one about friendship, growing up, making your own path in life, and more importantly, family.  "Melanie"
"Sometimes love isn't something you say, it's something you do."

“Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”  

Oliver's absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking. 
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he's not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy's best friend. Now he's the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger - a totally hot stranger! - with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about. 
But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles - impossible to fit together?