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

Bloodleaf

By: Crystal Smith
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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.

Enchanted

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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Dry

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!

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 
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.
Goodread reviews

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

How to Tame a Human Tornado

Image result for 9781408881811By: Paul Tobin
Location: FIC TOB
Genre: Adventure, SciFi
Series: The Genius Factor


The adventures continue for sixth-grade genius inventor Nate Bannister and his best friend Delphine in the third book of The Genius Factor series.

It's Friday the 13th again, and Nate hasn't just done one really outrageous thing. He hasn't even done THREE crazy things like normal. No, this time he's gone and hidden his science vials full of his inventions throughout the town of Polt. He's trying to avoid the Red Death Tea Society as always, who continue to hunt him down. They know where Nate lives now, so his only choice is to conceal his experiments in places they wouldn't think to look. But things are about to go very, very wrong, including: an overwhelming amount of toads in Polt, zebras running wild, and lightning storms that won't quit.

Nate and Delphine have been in lots of trouble before, but this is their most disastrous Friday the 13th yet . . . and we can't promise a happy ending quite yet.

"This is one of my favourite series of kids books ever. So sharp, so smart and non-stop hilarious. I think I basically have Paul Tobin’s sense of humour. I have infinite love for Bosper - my spirit animal, Melville and Nate and Delphine who are brilliant as friends. Haven’t read anything for this age group, or older really, that makes me chuckle out loud as much as this. I literally recommend these forcibly to everyone" Katrina