Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Incarnate and Asunder by Jodi Meadows




Publisher: HarperTeen

Incarnate (book 1)
Number of Pages: 374
Type: Paperback

NEW SOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NO SOUL
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.



Asunder (book 2)
Number of Pages: 416 
Type: Hardcover 

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.



Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail


He closed the distance I'd opened up between us and kissed me lightly on the lips. "Maybe we can just be," Kevin whispered.
Charlie Collins doesn't know what to do about Kevin Lazarus, her crush and, awkwardly, her new stepbrother. Things were complicated enough when their parents were only dating and when Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, post-wedding, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, and then they have to eat breakfast . . . together.
If only Charlie could get some time away from Kevin and her annoyingly happy and strange stepfamily, she might be able to deal. Yet first she has to make things right with George, her sort-of boyfriend, and Tess, whose trust she broke. But while Charlie struggles to be the perfect friend and daughter, at the end of the day Kevin is the one waiting for her at home. Would it really be so bad if they kissed again?
The follow-up to If We Kiss, Rachel Vail's addictive story of first kisses and heartbreak, Kiss Me Again at long last answers the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be a fantasy suddenly becomes something very real.
~Goodreads

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 240
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini


How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 487 
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Alex, age 19

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies


When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.
Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alex, age 19

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
 ~Goodreads

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 13

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen


A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster The False Prince!
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King!
~Goodreads

Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover


Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 14

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood


Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family’s magical Cookery Booke.
That’s why she challenges her aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the Cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses—well, the consequences are too ugly to think about.
But Lily isn’t playing fair—she is using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own.
Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers must race around Paris to find essential—and elusive—magical ingredients to help her outbake—and outmagic—her conniving aunt.
Rose has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever
~Goodreads


Publisher: Katherine Tegen 
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan


Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants—hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Jack, age 14

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik


Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 288
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 16

Monday, December 10, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi


Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 374
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a meme started and hosted by The Story Siren.


Welcome to our fifth In My Mailbox! I'm super excited about the books we got this week. Some of these will end up going to other reviewers and we'll try to get these reviewed asap! Which ones are you must excited for? 


Septimus Heap: Fyre by Angie Sage
Rise by Andrea Cremer
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan 
Life After Left by Aprilynne Pike
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
Fragments by Dan Wells

What's in your mailbox this week? Share in the comments! 

Happy reading!
Rachel 

P.S. Don't forget to enter our giveaway happening right now! Check out the Contest tab to find out what! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (5)

Welcome to our fifth Book on the Hot Spot! Man, we are on a roll. As promised, two more of our reviewers joined us today. These are the lovely ladies we go see those horror movies with. You'd think we weren't friends by the awkwardness of this video, but it took some urging to get them behind the camera as they prefer to review books behind-the-scenes. I'm glad they could make an appearance though and if you want to see more from our reviewers, including these girls and the others, let us know! Remember that you can check the Meet The Youth Board tab to get to know our reviewers a little better in the mean time. Thanks for watching! 



This whole vlogging is an art we have yet to perfect. Sorry for the terrible lighting!!!











CRAZY. STUPID. LOVE.
Nobody But Us by Kristen Halbrook
Read Review by Kenzie, age 16
Pre-Order | $9.99










SUSPENSEFUL. GRIPPING. JAM-PACKED. 
Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Read Review by Hannah, age 17
Pre-Order | $17.99










SUSPENSEFUL. ADDICTING. ROMANTIC. 
Impostor by Jill Hathaway
Read Review by Amanda, age 16
Pre-Order | $17.99


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Happy reading!
Rachel, Amanda, Hannah & Kenzie

P.S. We promise to be less awkward and stiff next time...

New Fun Things!

Most bloggers know this, so this is my post for you Bookcasers that don't know about the awesomeness that is HarperTeen! 

HarperTeen always has fun things going on at their minisites Epic Reads, Story Crush and Pitch Dark where you can find interviews, videos, recommendations, book maps, quizzes, giveaways, playlists, and much more interactive things!

One thing they do every year is Dark Days, which features 'dark' books, usually supernatural, that are coming out in the new year. Every one of them is. always. to. die. for. 

Here is what they've revealed so far, however they are still revealing one more over at Pitch Dark



We will be reviewing the few of these that we have and have already held a giveaway for MIND GAMES and possibly more Dark Days books in the future, so stay tuned! (*wink wink*) I myself just finished UNDER THE NEVER SKY and it was amazing, so I'm thrilled to be starting THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT in the next month or so! All of these sound epic and I'm so excited for them to hit shelves so we can all read them! If Dark Days has a stop in Minnesota, I will be sure to post about it if this is something that interests you. And bloggers, if you go let me know how it went and what you picked up! 


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Another fun thing HarperTeen has come up with is Impulse, an online imprint just for young adult books! Can you believe it?! How cool is that?? What's even cooler is that there are a lot of short stories on there from series you might have read. (Hallowed, Firelight, etc!) and more stand alone short stories from great authors such as Scott Westerfeld. 

The two best parts of Impulse are that the ebooks are cheap and they're releasing more and more constantly! You should look out for other authors like Amy Plum and Kiera Cass in the future. Some of these short stories are from another character's point of view, which is always fun to read! 


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A few more random, but fun things you can do at these minisites are...
  • Fun quizzes, such as these
  • Playlists to get you pumped for a book, like this one!
  • Want to read a book set in a certain country? Check these maps out
  • Want to know more about the authors behind the books? Always check in for author vlogs or interviews! 
  • Like free books? Create an account on one of the mini sites and sign up for their frequent giveaways!
  • Like, Try, Why's!
  • Online Book clubs at Epic Reads!
  • Other fun things more or less related to books! 
  • And the Epic Reads Tea Time Chats. You can come home from school, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and tune into all the fun news Epic Reads has to share with you. This includes naming Kate and William's Royal baby after young adult characters and tons of other fun things like Epic Feasts and Twitter Waves! Those girls are hilarious and always present things in a new and different way every time. The best parts? You laugh a lot and learn about all the new books you NEED to have. 
I hope you've learned more about how you can interact online with books, publishers, and other readers! And to think I was just skimming the surface!!!

Remember to tune in for our reviews and vlogs as well! Come interact with us and share your thoughts! 

Happy reading!
Rachel & The Youth Board

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes


Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 17

Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes


Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?
~Goodreads

Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed Hannah, age 17

Sunday, December 2, 2012

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a meme started and hosted by The Story Siren



This is a combination of last week's and this week's In My Mailbox. I attended a Sales Rep 'Night' for indie bookstores in the Twin Cities where Random House sales reps pitched us their top selling books and let us take them home for free! Unfortunately, it was a bit of a war to get to the book table and I didn't get to snag many but I did take home some pretty interesting ones I wouldn't have picked up otherwise!




In the actual mail
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Witch World by Christopher Pike
Thank you Simon and Schuster!!!
(we also received a box of Scholastic and Harper books that I'm dispersing to other reviewers and sharing with you later!)

At the Sales Rep Night
Child of Vengeance by David Kirk*
The Devil in Silver by Victor La Valle (creep-y!!!)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel

*this book is adult, along with all the others I took home from the sales reps, but this one they thought should actually be young adult and appeal to older boys

Bought 
Beauty by Lauren Conrad*


That's all for me this week! What are you reading??

Happy reading!
Rachel


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead


When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?
~Goodreads


Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Number of Pages: 180
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Impostor by Jill Hathaway


What if a killer took control of you?
Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.
But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.
As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.
~Goodreads


Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 278
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 16

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette


Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it's hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she's lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human--something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.
Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers--livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.
To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing ability to discover the Harrowers' next move. But Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won't let Audrey out of his sight.
When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything--and everyone--she loves.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Number of Pages: 368
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.
In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.
First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.
Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, "The Peculiar" is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 376
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle


A romantic time travel story that's ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide. 
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meetShakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright. 
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 16

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charlie de Lint


On a quiet day, when the wind was still, the creek could be heard all the way up to where the old beech stood. Under its branches cats would come to dream and be dreamed. But they hadn't yet gathered the day the orphan girl fell asleep among the beech's roots, nestling in the weeds and long grass. Her name was Lillian Kindred.
When Lillian is bitten by a poisonous snake while napping under the branches of a beech tree, the magical cats of the forest reveal themselves and save her by turning her into a kitten. Now she must set out on a journey that will lead her through an untamed wilderness full of fabled creatures--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right and become human again. In this whimsical, original folktale created by two masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about friendship, bravery, and shaping one's destiny.
~Goodreads


Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 304

Type: Hardcover

Reviewed Liliana, age 7

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Super Surprise by Patricia Reilly Giff


This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative, and trying new things. But that's not so easy for Destiny. All of her ideas turn into disasters—until she finds out what a good poet she is. 
The sixth book in award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff's Zigzag Kids series captures all the excitement of new friends and after-school fun.

~Goodreads

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Type: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 80

Reviewed by Liliana, age 7

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Bonnie and Clyde meets If I Stay in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.
Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.
Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Kenzie, age 16

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (4)



Welcome to The (YA) Bookcase's Waiting on Wednesday! A meme brought to us by the wonderful Breaking the Spine book blog! Scroll down to view the book we're pining for this week! 
What are you waiting on?? Share in the comments! 



Once you dive into Deep Betrayal, the sequel to Lies Beneath, you won't come up for air!
It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.
Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
Brought to us by Delacorte/Random House
320 Pages 
*remember that any book ordered from our online store, provided you keep the online receipt, can be applied to any of our giveaways in the form of 25 extra entries, multiplying your chances to win! 

Why we're waiting???

Hello?! Murderous mermaids on Lake Superior? The coldest and spookiest lake in the Midwest?! That's only a couple hours from The Bookcase. Also, book one, Lies Beneath, was sinister and creepy. These mermaids are not like what you grew up with. And Calder? He's the cherry on top of this delicious book. 

What are you waiting on?? Tell us in the comments! 

Happy reading!
Rachel

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

You or your Alt? Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.
Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her. 
Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
~Goodreads


Publisher: HarperTeen 
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Connor, age 17

Velvet by Mary Hooper


Velvet is an orphan. She struggles to make ends meet by working in a steam, laundry, where the work is back-breaking and exhausting. So when she attracts the attention of the glamorous clairvoyant Madame Savoya, she cannot believe her good fortune.
Raised to the status of lady's maid, Velvet is given elegant clothes to wear and is brought to live in a grand house in London. But the longer she works for Madame Savoya, the more she discovers about the mysterious world of a spiritual medium. Velvet soon realises that her employer is not quite what she seems and that this knowledge could put her very life in danger.
~Goodreads


Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (4) Makeover edition!


Welcome to our fourth Book on the Hot Spot! Yes, this post is usually supposed to happen on Friday but we had major problems uploading this vlog to Youtube and I worked the David Sedaris event at our State Theater in Minneapolis selling his books for The Bookcase last night. It was an amazing event but it stretched late into the night and alas, there was no time to upload the video then either! We do have a video though, and this time we're featuring Beauty by Lauren Conrad! It's a really fun book and in the video we share some of our favorite information we learned from Lauren!



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Happy reading!
Amanda & Rachel

P.S. Stay tuned next week! We've got two more of our reviewers featured in next week's vlog! Visit the Meet The Youth Board tab to get an idea of who it might be!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) by Fiona Paul


Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.
When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.
~Goodreads


Publisher: Philomel 
Number of Pages: 448 
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Rootless by Chris Howard


17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using scrap metal and salvaged junk, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree—they were destroyed more than a century ago—his father used to tell him stories about the Old World. But that was before his father was taken . . .
Everything changes when Banyan meets a woman with a strange tattoo—a clue to the whereabouts of the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can't escape the locusts—the locusts that now feed on human flesh.
But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees, and he's running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he's forced to make an uneasy alliance with Alpha, an alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.
In this dazzling debut, Howard presents a disturbing world with uncanny similarities to our own. Like the forests Banyan seeks to rebuild, this visionary novel is both beautiful and haunting—full of images that will take permanent root in your mind . . . and forever change the way you think about nature.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Scholastic 
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan


Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, “Enter here to be and find a friend.” Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.
The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current senior, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa’s story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving’s history.
~Goodreads

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18