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Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now coverPrenna is an immigrant, living a new life in New York. But not from another country. Prenna and her community are from the future, a time when climate change mosquito-borne plagues have brought tragedy to all of humanity. Now safe in the 21st century, the community follows twelve stringent rules. The rules are to keep them safe, their leaders say.

Especially rule 12

We must never, under any circumstances, develop a physically or emotionally intimate relationship with any person outside the community.

Prenna knows all the rules, but Ethan won’t be kept at arm’s length. He keeps being her friend, no matter the things she can’t talk to him about. And when Prenna’s safe little world threatens to smother her, it is Ethan who helps her search for the truth.

The Here and Now is part dystopian thriller and part science-fiction story, but all of it is a compelling and gripping read. It will appeal to readers looking for a more substantial time travel story, one that explores the ethical implications of trying to change a future.

Recommended for grades 8 and up – some language, kissing, references to sex, references to murder, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Gone coverNearly has three rules: no boys, no trouble, and no touching. Only a few percentage points separate her from a chemistry scholarship that will get her out of her DC trailer park. Away from her neighbor the drug dealer, her mother the exotic dancer, and the sense of hopelessness that pervades her life.

But when a killer starts targeting the students she tutors after school, all of the rules will have to go. Trouble has already found her. To unravel the clues the killer has left for her, she will have to work with Reece Whelan, even knowing that the police have sent undercover to spy on her. But worse, she will have to use her ability to read other people’s emotions through touching them, even if it overwhelms her.

All the clues point toward Nearly being the killer. One by one, her students are killed, all while she is nearby, trying to save them. Leigh and Reece are racing against time to unmask the killer before it’s too late for both of them.

Nearly Gone will appeal to fans of mystery shows such as Bones, CSI, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, etc. , as well as readers who like their mysteries with high stakes and lots of suspects.
Recommended for grades 9 and  up — swearing, buying and selling drugs, sexual references, underage drinking, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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Review: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen

Before They Find Us cover I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

In the grand scheme of things, a random text doesn’t seem like that big a deal to Beck. It was probably just a wrong number. But the texts keep coming, and when her best friend is framed for bombing his school, Beck realizes that whoever is texting her isn’t just after her–they’re after Ryan, too.

Now Beck and Ryan are on the run, trying to figure out who set up the bombing and planted all the evidence to point to Ryan. And why would someone even want to? How is this related to the crime Beck witnessed when she was eleven? And why is a dead man sending her Facebook messages?

The search for the truth will take Beck and Ryan from Wyoming to Las Vegas, from seedy motels in bad neighborhoods to the glamour of the Vegas Strip. It will bring them closer than ever, test their friendship to the limits, and force them to finally admit the way they feel about each other. And it will force Beck to finally face the demons that have haunted her for the past six years.

Before They Find Us is a tightly-plotted mystery that will appeal to fans of shows like CSI or Criminal Minds, even though the protagonists are ordinary teens.

Recommended for grades 9 and up – sexual humor, depiction of rape and murder, references to rape, swearing, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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Review: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

The S-word coverAfter walking in on her best friend and her boyfriend on prom night, Angie never spoke to Lizzie again. Not when the first slut appeared on Lizzie’s locker. Not when the locker was covered with the ugly word. Not ever again.

And then, Lizzie jumped. Now Angie won’t be able to speak to her. Not ever again.

But people were starting to forget…until someone started writing Suicide Slut. On the senior lockers. In the bathrooms. In Lizzie’s unmistakable, looping handwriting. Until someone started bringing copies of Lizzie’s diary to school.

Angie wants the truth. The truth about who hurt Lizzie. The truth about why her best friend is gone. The truth about what happened on prom night. But along the way she will discover other truths, all of them ugly. And she will have to make a decision. Can you drive out hate with hate?

The S-Word is a painful, deeply psychological book about the damage we do to each other, and to ourselves. It will appeal to fans of Looking for Alaska and readers who like emotionally wrenching stories.

Recommended for grades 9 and up–bullying, underage drinking, references to sexual abuse, descriptions of rape, etc.

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Review: Riot by Sarah Mussi

Riot coverIn a near-future Britain crippled by rising unemployment and overpopulation, the government has a drastic solution.

Anyone who leaves school without education plans or guaranteed employment will be sterilized.

Criminals will be sterilized.

The teens of Britain aren’t having it. They’re taking to the streets. They refuse to have their futures so drastically limited. Tia, the daughter of the Minister pushing the bill, uses her hacking skills and her online persona as EVE, Mother of the Future, to organize demonstrations. Surely the government will have to stop when they see the opposition?

But nothing is what it seems. When troops open fire on a peaceful demonstration, Tia is suddenly on the run. With the help of Cobain, she has to get to the truth behind the No More Children In Need Bill, before it’s too late.

Riot is a chilling, near-future dystopian story about the slippery slope of the loss of personal freedom. Teens who are used to being part of a marginalized population will definitely relate to this story, which will appeal to fans of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind and Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother.

Recommended for grades 9 and up — language, graphic depictions of mob violence, references to underage sex, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars coverWelcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.

No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.

Cadence has always spent the summer with the other Sinclairs on their private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Since summer eight, Cady, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat have been inseparable. The Liars, together.

But summer sixteen something happened. Something Cady can’t remember. Her mother tried to tell her. Others tried to tell her. But her brain cannot wrap itself around what happened.

So Cady has come back to the island. Back to her Liars. Back to finally figure out what happened. Why she is broken.

We Were Liars is not an easy book to read. But it is a deeply compelling one. None of these characters are larger than life. All of them are deeply flawed. As Cady searches for her truth, she discovers more than she had bargained for.

This book will appeal to fans of John Green, as well as readers who enjoy psychological puzzles and thrillers.

Recommended for grades 9 and up – swearing, sexual references, underage drinking, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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Review: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

Impostor coverTessa can be anyone. Her Variation allows her to absorb DNA and perfectly mimic another person’s appearance.

Madison is a serial killer’s latest victim. She was still alive when she was found, but she will never wake from her coma.

When Tessa becomes Madison, trying to draw the serial killer out for the authorities before he can strike again, the number of possible suspects is almost overwhelming. From Madison’s ex, who claims to desperately want her back, to Madison’s own brother, Tessa has no idea who she can trust. And Madison was keeping secrets, even from her best friend…secrets that might have led to her death.

Although the stress and danger of living a lie take their toll, the loving family Madison will never see again is incredibly tempting to Tessa. Just being a normal girl with a normal family and friends is something she never thought she would experience. While Tessa struggles to find the killer and deals with her ability going haywire, she also fights the urge to stay Madison, forever.

Impostor will appeal to fans of the X-Men with it’s obvious similarities, as well as to murder mystery fans.

Recommended for grades 8 and up – no on-camera sex, but kissing and sexual references, plus quite a bit of violence

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

 

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Book Trailer: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

This was the very first book trailer I ever made. Created in 2009 using Photostory 3 and Creative Commons-licensed photos and music.

 

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