Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ajax. The Kea Dog

By: Corey Mosen
Location: NF 636.73 MOS
Genre: Kea, the cheeky wee things and Dogs!     

Image result for 9781760633615The highly illustrated, heartwarming story of conservation heroes, dog Ajax and his handler Corey, who traverse remote parts of the South Island tracking kea nests.

Together, Corey and Ajax traverse the steep high country throughout the South Island searching out kea nests. Their part in the kea conservation effort is essential and both Ajax and Corey can rightly be called conservation heroes.

This heart-warming story describes how Ajax was trained to be one of the very few kea detection dogs in the world and tells of his various escapades in the unpredictable wilds of the steep back-country, including flying in helicopters, working in blizzards, heavy rain and dense fog, escaping from angry wasps and sleeping out in the bitter cold.

The strong connection between Ajax and Corey has proved vital to their survival and the important work that they do. Ajax is slowing down now and soon his high-country days will be over.

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

By: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Image result for 9781481497749Location: FIC SOL
Genre: Contemporary Youth Fiction  

“Am I still ambitious if I've failed?” 

“Sonatas and concertos tell stories. They make you feel every possible emotion, sometimes all within a single piece…they are joy and tragedy and fear and hate and love. They are everything I never say out loud.”

“Heartfelt, deeply moving.” —Buzzfeed
“Dark and thought-provoking.” —Publishers Weekly
“A stunning debut.” —VOYA

A poignant, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and shocking results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

"You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is a heartbreaking, poignantly written tale that touches familial relationships, Jewish culture and religious practices, and the exhilarating thrill of first loves, while simultaneously addressing physical illnesses and mental health. It should be noted, however, that the novel also contains heavy content such as self-harm and suicidal ideation. A trigger warning has been provided by the author herself.

I picked up You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone as my first read of 2018, and I am infinitely glad that I did because – no exaggeration involved – this book ripped me apart, destroyed the most fragile parts of my soul, and then proceeded to piece me back together into a hot mess that’s emotionally stronger and ready to charge into unknown waters." Sheala

Monday, May 20, 2019

AWOL Series

By: Andrew Lane
Image result for awol seires andrew laneLocation: FIC LAN
Genre: For fans of Cherub   

High-octane action and fast-paced adventure - guaranteed.

Young Bond and James Bond meet Alex Rider and Cherub in this brilliantly written, fast-paced spy action thriller. All credibly delivered from somebody who knows all about counter-intelligence...

Kieron and his friend Sam are shocked to see a man kidnapped in a Newcastle shopping centre right in front of their eyes. The boys quickly realise that the kidnapped man left something behind in the scuffle - an earpiece and glasses. Kieron puts them on and realises he can see not what is front of him, but a busy, tourist city, somewhere very hot - in Mumbai...

Kieron has accidentally stumbled upon the undercover world of Rebecca 'Bex' Wilson - a freelance agent working for the British Secret Intelligence Service. And without her handler Bradley (the man who was kidnapped), Bex is in trouble. She doesn't know who of her usual contacts she can trust, and like it or not, she is going to have to use teenage Kieron to get her out of danger. Before Kieron and Sam know it, they are part of a mission to stop a weapon of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands...

Barbed Wire Heart

Image result for 9781538744116By: Tess Sharpe
Location Fic SHA
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

"Harley is one of the most complex, fascinating, dangerous characters I've encountered in years." --Lisa Gardner

"Terrific. " --David Baldacci

"Pulls off something rare." -- Chicago Tribune 

"Possibly the most powerful, original female character we've had in decades." -- New York Journal of Books 

"A ballad of survival sung by a voice you'll never forget." --David Joy

"Highly satisfying." --Publishers Weekly 

Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.
Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.
Family is everything--betray them and die.

Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen, dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.

Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. And they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.

Duke's raised her to be deadly -- he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out both Duke's operation and the Springfields. Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.

"Rich characters written into a moving and vibrating story line. There is violence, cunning, and tenderness in this story. Written in such a way that you cheer on some of the characters, even though they may not be honest people. Not without twists to the story, this is one that will keep you turning pages late into the night."- Sandi

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Aurora Rising

Image result for 9781760295738By: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Location: FIC Kau
Genre: It has it all.. Sci Fi, Love, Fantasy, Space Opera!
Series: Aurora#1

Firstly: a combo of Kaufman and Kristoff!!! WOW!

Secondly:-  4.39 stars on Goodreads! WOW!

Thirdly:- A Protagonist called Tyler nick named Ty!
YES Please!!!
Tyler is always a hero for me!

Fourthly: love quotes “Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?”  A Ha!!!!

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Aurora Rising is going down as my favorite book of 2019. I honestly don’t know if anything I read for the rest of this year will come anywhere near the magnificence that is this wonderful, hilarious, heart-wrenching, suspenseful adventure in space.- Goodreads reviewer

Opposite of Always

By: Justin A Reynolds
Image result for 9781509870042Location: FIC REY
Genre: Romance, Sci Fi, Time Travel

“Don’t be afraid. Take chances. And when those don’t work out, take more.”

Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . . 

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves

"The Opposite of Always is a fascinating, thought-provoking, poignant book, one I enjoyed tremendously. Justin A. Reynolds has created a group of memorable characters and dropped them into the middle of an inexplicable situation, and then each time, it's like he shakes the dice a bit and a whole new scenario reveals itself, giving his characters even more to deal with. Jack and Kate are adorable, even if they're not always completely sympathetic characters.

I love YA rom-coms, and throwing a little time travel into the mix certainly took this book to a different dimension. As if the teenage years aren't confusing enough without time travel! Obviously this book requires a healthy dose of suspending your disbelief, but if you're a sucker for love stories, even tragic ones, and you like time travel, The Opposite of Always is one for you. It's a powerful reminder that sometimes the person most in need of saving is ourselves."- Larry Goodreads.com

Monday, May 13, 2019

Now is Everything

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By: Amy Giles
Location:  FIC GIL  
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Abuse

"I'm a million shattered pieces. Tiny shards that will cut anyone who tries to clean up my mess."

TRIGGER WARNINGS: child abuse & domestic abuse (physical & emotional), suicide/self-harm

This story sounds like my mums own story...

"It's such a heartbreaking book about a seventeen year old girl that grew up in an emotional/physically abusive household. It's about a girl who never had the freedom to make choices for herself. Who always took a beating and could never be good enough for a father that never cared for her. Who was forced to do things she didn't want to. Who lived in constant fear and anxiety of how bad her father would break her little sister and force her to grow up a way no child should, a way she grew up. Who was afraid to speak up and get help." Sana

The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.

Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.
When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking   

Powerful and haunting, Now Is Everything explores the complexities of family and abuse, as we follow one girl on her courageous journey to choose love over hate and hope over fear.” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be

“Hadley is living the hidden, complex life that so many young people know - a teenager trapped inside her dysfunctional family. This beautiful and sad book will push you toward an unexpected conclusion. You won’t be able to put this novel down.” —Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of Too Shattered For Mending

“An incredibly powerful and moving debut that is not to be missed, Now Is Everything tackles the tragic reality and heartbreak of familial abuse that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page. This book is a must read and Hadley’s story is way too important to not be shared; I cannot sing enough praise for Amy Giles and her gorgeous debut.” —Erin L. Schneider, author of Summer of Sloane

“Now Is Everything is equal parts heartbreaking, unflinching, and hopeful. Hadley’s story will no doubt reach readers who need it.” —Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters


By: Chrissie Perry
Image result for 9781760503499Location: FIC PER
Genre: Romance , Disability 

“It doesn't matter if she's deaf," he says, My aunty Demi can listen with her eyes, and whisper with her hands.”

When I go swimming, I am no different from anyone else. Everyone is deaf underwater. 

Demi swims to forget her problems. The mess she's made with Jules, the only guy who seems to understand her. Being ignored by her old friends while she tries to fit in at a new school. And how hard it is to adjust to being deaf – especially when her family keep acting like she isn't. 

Then Demi meets Ethan, who doesn’t seem to care that she’s different. But she can’t hear what his friends are whispering about her. Can Demi trust him - or is she out of her depth?

"There's a lot we could all learn from Demi; acceptance of our frailties, courage to face the world with the abilities we're given and to constantly fight for what's right and what we believe in. This book was poignant, funny and real with strong characters who'd burry a hole in your heart. This is such a lovely book with some pretty valuable lessons we - deaf and hears, alike - could use. " Joy


Image result for 9780765336668By: Kristen Simmons
Location: FIC SIM
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, SciFi 

This cover needs to be seen big!

We talk about global warming and climate change, we talk about how this will impact our lives and their styles. Maybe this book spells out the reality, especially if we do nothing now....

Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of Article 5 and Metaltown, brings her trademark action, romance, and frightening prescience to Pacifica, a science fiction tale of high seas adventure.

Blue skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water. An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.

A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their polluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. Like a dream.

The only problem? Marin Carey spent her childhood on those seas and knows there's no island paradise out there. She's corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him, and she knows a con when she sees one. So where are the First Five Hundred really going?

"A harrowing world. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing our own future."--New York Times bestselling author Sara Raasch

"A bleak, futuristic world that's utterly believable and terrifying, and yet from out of it springs the greatest of hope, carried on the back of its fierce main characters. I was swept away."--Mindee Arnett, author of Avalon

Thursday, May 9, 2019

An Elephant in my Kitchen

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By: Francoise Malby- Anthony
Location: 920 MAL
Genre:  Non Fiction- Elephants:)

I love Elephants- a lot. I went to Kenya to the Elephant Baby Rescue home- The David Sheldrick  Wildlife Trust. They are the cutest things ever!

"Beautifully tragic and yet inspirationally uplifting... if "An Elephant In My Kitchen" is not already on your to read list, add it now and make it number one" Ashleigh

"If this is not the cutest book you;ll read this year, I don’t know what is. It’s a lesson of hope and resilience and a lesson we should all, as humans learn. Elephants are amazing and I applaud this woman for doing what she’s doing and bringing awareness to us all about how we can learn from these giant beasts. The stories of how elephants help each other, warm to each pother, support and nuture each other is fascinating and I can’t believe some of the stories to be honest – they’re so heartwarming and made me teary eyed.

The story is not all love and roses however – infact the main part is the struggle of getting this reserve to how it is today, how the author went against everything and everyone she knew in many ways to follow her dream. And there’s a lovely afterword to tell you the updates of what happened next.

Delightful and needs to be on the screen at some point. I can help pick the cast – what a lovely job that would be!" The Book Trail reviewer

Friday Black

Image result for 9781787476011By: Nana Kwame Adeei Brenyah
Location: FIC ADJ
Genre: Short Stories, African American, Scfi Fi, Fic!

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.

Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage, and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day. 

These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.

"Named as one of the most anticipated books of Autumn 2018, Friday Black is a refreshingly original anthology of stories that use fiction as a device to explore and discuss some very prominent real-world issues, and because of that, this is a collection that is thought-provoking and with much substance to it - something that always really appeals to me.

Although the stories maintain objectivity, they are also brutally honest about the situation the world is currently in. Amongst the major real-world issues that are explored are discrimination (between races, cultures etc), prejudice, capitalism/capitalistic societies, consumerism and materialism. These are merely a few of the problems that make up the core of each of the twelve tales. This is a refreshing, exciting and compelling way to view contemporary subjects.

This is a wonderful compilation of short stories that speak to the world we currently inhabit. Unless you've been burying your head in the sand for many a long year (actually, more like a couple of decades), each of these separate concerns should be already known to you. Friday Black shines a light on these matters bringing them to the forefront of our minds. This is one of the most enjoyable books I've had the pleasure to read this year, and it certainly lives up to the title of 'most anticipated of 2018'. Friday Black makes the reader think about the state of the world and our future here on earth, it does also have a message of hope which, in my opinion, is absolutely vital right now. Despite having finished reading this quite a while ago, I haven't stopped thinking about it ever since. It feels like a book that will leave an indelible imprint both in my mind and in my heart for the foreseeable" Lou - Goodreads

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Image result for 9781408884614By: Brigid Kemmerer
Location: FIC 
Genre: Fantasy- retell 

A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast!

This is hands down one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read- Lola

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

All in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

"This is a beautifully vivid, lush and heart-wrecking retelling that pushes together people who think they have to fight alone. But they absolutely don't. It's a story that weaves loneliness and wanting together, threaded with a girl who brings hope to a boy who is terrified of the monster inside him"- C G Drew


Image result for 9780008297398By: Nicola Skinner
Location FIC SKI
Genre: Environmental- Roald Dahl Styles

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives…

Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a REALLY surprising way . . .

Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS.

Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.

Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.

And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…

Fantastic and unexpected twists and turns. The first half was very much like my favourite Roald Dahl, and the second half...well, I got lost in the story and couldn't put it down , or sleep, until I had read the lot. Also, very humorous. A triumphant ending too.

Such a pleasant read that literally had me laughing out loud in public in places. I couldn't wait to steal another 5 minutes reading this. This is the type of book I would have cherished as a child. Magical and fun.

Goodreads reviews!

Resurrection Bay

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By: Emma Viskic
Location: FIC VIS
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series:  Caleb Zelic #1

Winner, The Ned Kelly Best Debut
Winner, The Davitt Best Adult Novel
Winner, The Davitt Best Debut
Winner, The Davitt Readers' Choice
Best Crime Book, iBooks Australia

Caleb Zelic can't hear you. But he sees everything.


His childhood friend has been brutally murdered - fingers broken, throat slit - at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he's profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble.


Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speaks volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail


Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone - including his murdered friend - is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets...

A great new voice in crime fiction! Carol

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Superman- Dawnbreaker

By: Matt De La Pena
Image result for 9780141386867Location: FIC 
Genre: Superman... of course

The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas's Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first super hero - SUPERMAN - from award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author MATT DE LA PE√ĎA.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him. 

He knows drawing attention to himself could be dangerous but lately it's difficult to stay in the shadows. A dark secret is lurking in Smallville and he's not the only one hiding something.

With his best friend, Lana Lang, at his side, Clark is determined to discover what evil lies below the surface of their small town. But there are secrets in Clark's past that threaten to destroy the future Man of Steel.

Before he can save the world, he must save Smallville

"Superman's not my go-to superhero but I've enjoyed the rest of the DC Icons series and Matt de la Pena is a champ so I checked this out. It's a really smart framing for a modern day Superman to feel connected to undocumented immigrants since he is one also, but from space! I love it! The details of the supervillainous plot are a litle bit...~hand wavy~ but also I don't care honestly, I love the character of Clark and his struggles with self, community, and a Dreamer love interest. This is a timely story with a lot of heart to it. ...it's just that I still don't especially care for Superman."

Rosie Loves Jack

Image result for 9781474937832By: Del Darbon
Location: FIC DAR
Genre: Romance. Downs Syndrome

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie could never survive on her own. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story.

"Rosie loves Jack is a marvellous, beautiful and heartbreaking debut novel, enlightening the reader about Down's Syndrome.

The book is a story of Rosie a sixteen year old, suffering with Down's Syndrome who is in love with Jack.

Jack has temper and anger issues, which conduce to the separation of Rosie and Jack.
Due to which he was sent off to Brighton.

Jack went to write postcards to her, but sadly it never reaches her, until one day she finds out that her father has deliberately hidden them. Meanwhile, Rosie was broken as she was constantly texting him and getting no response from him shattered her. Later on discovering the truth, she picked up all the postcards and decided to meet Jack. She left for Brighton to meet Jack and to let him she loves him as much as he do.

The book is a journey told by Rosie to meet her love, Jack. This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book made me laugh, cry and a heart break followed. The author has penned a very beautiful book with a worth appraising message. Even when Rosie's family is completely against their relationships she took a stand and went on to meet him.I am quite amazed how Rosie overcomes all the hurdles passed by her along the journey. Rosie a strong character who never let her syndrome effect her. I can't find a flaw and definitely a recommendation to every Young- Adult readers" Palvi

Monday, April 8, 2019


By: Crystal Smith
Image result for bloodleaf crystalLocation: FIC SMI
Genre: Fantasy 

The cover art......

 "A phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page" Laura Sebastian

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

"Rating-5/5 Stars
Usually cover sucker me into making me want to read the synopsis and want to read a book. This is what Bloodleaf did. Plus, it has royalty in it and fantasy in it, so totally what I love. 
Aurelia is a Princess and she is supposed to marry a Prince from a different land, but she doesn’t want to. However, people in her country are killed if they are blood mages, which is her biggest secret. 
One night her secret comes out and she must flee with her brother and a few trusted people. However, things go awry. Aurelia is forced to escape and use a different name in a foreign country, which is the country of her betrothed’s. While in Achleva, the foreign country, she meets some interesting people who she is to help break a spell and to stop a wall from coming down. Through this journey of seeing a different life, a different country, and living with different people, she develops friendships and love. 
Can we just take a second to admire this cover? Anyway, I devoured this book and could not put it down. In fact, I really want the sequel now because I cannot get this story out of my head. I tried reading this book at any chance I got. The magic system of blood was executed well and is a system I have not seen before. I love Aurelia’s and Zan’s character developments as well as the plot twists, which one of them made me gasp. And that plot twist that made me gasp was the last chapter I was reading before bed a few nights ago, so I was super bummed I had to go to bed at a reasonable time to wake up refreshed for work." Kayla

The Wicked King

Image result for 9781471408038By: Holly Black
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Folk of the Air #2

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Thousand Perfect Notes

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By: C. G. Drews
Location: FIC DRE
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

“Chocolate is a substance worth existing for”

“Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams”

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it

"A Thousand Perfect Notes was a beautiful tribute to music, what family TRULY is, and the classical composers. Absolutely amazing."

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

Image result for 9781471407550By: Paola Peretti
Location: FIC PER
Genre: Contemporary Junior Fiction- Nice Story

"...it’s a book with a lovely message about self-acceptance and the importance of friendship"

A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story.

 For fans of Wonder, The Little Prince and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old.


Image result for 9781509895977By: Gita  Trelease
Location: FIC TRE
Genre: Historical, Fiction and Fantasy- the best combo!

Versailles- it is set in Versailles!!!!!!!

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians...

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she's playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

"This is such a magical story of deception and love, of how easy it is to fall into the glittering addictive lure of money and being in control. It's a beautifully written story and it totally swallows your whole attention while you root for Camille to beat back the unfair world and have the life she deserves" CG Drews- Goodreads

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Image result for 9781406386851By: Neal and Jarrod Shusterman 
Location: FIC SCH
Genre:  Thirsty Dystopia

“...and I realize that this is the true core of human nature: When we've lost the strength to save ourselves, we somehow find the strength to save each other.”

“As far as authority is concerned, calm people quietly dying is a lot easier to deal with than angry people fighting for their lives.” 

Everyone's going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry.

The drought—or the tap-out, as everyone calls it - has been going on for a while. Life has become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don't panic. But now there is no water left at all.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation and violence. When her parents go missing, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive

"...AND IT MADE ME SO THIRSTY. That's how vivid it was!

So definitely check this one out if you are a fan of the apocalypse and freaking out. Bring some water with you while you read because you will need it. It is more about the desperate race to get water and live as opposed to really developing the characters (it reminded me of the Gone series actually) but it's captivating. And STRESSFUL"  Drew- Goodreads.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Becoming Karem

Image result for 9780316555418By: Karem Abdul- Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Location: NF 920 ABD
Genre: Basketball real story!

The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with "coaches" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiring journey.

Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.

An excellent memoir for sports fans, and non-sports fans alike. This story tells a journey of discovering who you are, and how different people in your life can influence who you become.

I'm not a basketball fan at all, and I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down.
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Two Can Keep A Secret

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By: Karen McManus
Location: FIC MCM
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. It's where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen's murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery's family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen's death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother's remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge's upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm's brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it's hard to let go when you don't have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD OMG. My review would just be endless fangirling, so I'll keep it short and say that Karen McManus is a plot twist genius and you must read this one.  Sabaa Tahir

"I really enjoyed this book, it was a great balance of teen soap (like a CW show) and a genuine mystery novel. I got some serious Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars vibes from this story and the characters. I honestly did not guess who did it, which I normally do. It may be obvious to other readers but I was stumped and that was a refreshing change for me...  
I devoured this book" Rachel Goodreads