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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 
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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!

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.

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.

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!

And now, what you've all been waiting for I'm sure, enter our giveaway to win Dualed by Elsie Chapman and a MYSTERY ARC! Oooo! 

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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.

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.

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.

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

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Friday, November 2, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (3)

Welcome to our third Book on the Hot Spot! Today we featured two of our favorite books, one old and one new! Watch to learn how you can win some awesome books! What are some of your favorite young adult books? Let us know in the comments! 

*I've never gushed online about a book I haven't even finished yet, but I'm nearly done with it and you all needed to know how great it was so far! We hope you enjoy the vid! 

"I haven't actually started reading it, but it's amazing..." ~Amanda (haha!) 
"Like, like, like, like, etc." ~Rachel (Oh man...) 

Enter for your chance to win MIND GAMES and ENDLESSLY by Kiersten White!!!
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Happy reading!
Rachel & Amanda

Why YA?

Why YA???

The young adult 'genre' of books has become increasingly popular with the birth of the Harry Potter series, the Twilight Saga, and so many more great books (ahem, The Hunger Games??)! More and more authors want to write YA. Whether they choose to because of the popularity, the fast transformations young adults make, the issues at hand in a young adult life, the imagination, or whatever! Either way, there is appeal. And not just for teenagers... Adults everywhere love this genre! Most of the YA book bloggers aren't even teens! This genre has become so popular that many of the big box office movies stem from YA books now! It's great!! Click 'read more' to find out why The (YA) Bookcase loves YA books...