Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Cover art for PANDEMONIUM

It’s been six months since readers first met 17-year-old Lena Haloway, desperately in love in a world that considers such feelings an infection to be permanently and irrevocably “cured.”

This much-anticipated sequel to Delirium (2011) picks up right where the first novel left off, with Lena and Alex’s only partially successful attempt to escape to “the Wilds.” Lena, alone, heartbroken and near death, must reach deep within herself to find the strength and the will to survive. “Step by step—and then, inch by inch,” she is reborn. The story of Lena’s new life as a rebel Invalid, determined to honor the memory of Alex by fighting for a world in which love is no longer considered a capital offense, is told through a series of flashbacks and present-day accounts that will leave readers breathless. The stakes only get higher when Lena realizes she has feelings for someone new.

At first I was really hesitant to read this book because the first book in the series “Delirium” was somewhat slow and I thought that Pandemonium was going to be that way too. But it wasn’t, it was fast paced and I loved how the main character Lena grew and became stronger. I also found it interesting how the author decided to tell the story by going from the present to the past back and forth throughout the book. Pandemonium was predictable at times but it also really made me think about the world that Lena lives in because it in this book you get to see more of what her world is like. It made me think, and compare it to the world that Scott Westerfeld created in the book Pretties. If I had to choose a world to live in which one would it be??? Well for me I would have to pick the world that Scott Westerfeld created because in his world there was still love. I can’t help it I’m a romantic at heart. Anyway, I would recommend this book because it was a good read and if you like reading about dystopian then this would be a good series to choose. – Amanda, Teen Clerk

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

 

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

When I first read the summary of The Goddess Test I thought that it was just going to be a modern remake of the Greek Mythology story of how Hades “tricked” Phersephone into becoming his bride. But after reading the book I was pleasantly surprised because my assumption of the book was wrong. The story was about Kate and how she not only has to pass seven tests that are given to her by the gods and goddesses, but she also has to cope with her mother’s illness and the fact that her mother may never get better. So throughout the story you follow Kate as she begins to grow as a person and accept the hand that she has been dealt. But the thing that I like most about the story was that there were a lot of twist and turns that end up surprising you and then you become the one not knowing what to expect! – Amanda, Teen Clerk

Katana by Cole Gibsen

Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn’t explain her dreams of fifteenth century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.
Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana–a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

If you love books that have a strong female character, romance, and some mystery then this is definitely a good book to read. Katana has all three tied into the story and it’s great.  I really liked Riliegh (the lead character) because she’s the type of character that is likable and can be relatable to people. I would really recommend this book because it has a lot of action in it and it keeps you on your toes wondering if she’s going to except her past life and find the betrayer from long ago or if she’s going to ignore it all and try to live a normal teenage life. – Amanda, Teen Clerk

 

Switched 

by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.   

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

In this book the main character Wendy learns that she is a Trylle (or as we more commonly call them – trolls), who was switched at birth and must now return home where she will one day serve as queen. I found the way the Trylle are described in this book to be unique and unlike any of the neon-haired dolls I pictured owning  as a child. In fact, Trylle are described as beautiful creatures with a sometimes  green hue to their skin and magical powers that have dwindled over time. This is a new take on fantasy if you are looking for something different.  -Kathy,  Teen Librarian  

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

 

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
     Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

There was plenty of action, mystery, and romance in this new series opener. Ismae is a likeable character who reminded me a lot of Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Her first assignment takes her into the high court of Brittany where she must serve as a Mistress to Gavriel Duval, an advisor to the duchess and a man her convent suspects is a traitor. To complicate matters, she must also work with Duval to find out if anyone in the high court is double-crossing the duchess, Anne. Court politics will have readers stumped as to who really is loyal to the duchess and action packed scenes with Ismae completing her orders move the story along. Duval’s friends and the high court also add to a well-rounded cast of characters.   – Kathy, Teen Librarian

The Fault in Our Stars -John Green

He’s in remission from the osteosarcoma that took one of his legs. She’s fighting the brown fluid in her lungs caused by tumors. Both know that their time is limited.

Sparks fly when Hazel Grace Lancaster spies Augustus “Gus” Waters checking her out across the room in a group-therapy session for teens living with cancer. He’s a gorgeous, confident, intelligent amputee who always loses video games because he tries to save everyone. She’s smart, snarky and 16; she goes to community college and jokingly calls Peter Van Houten, the author of her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, her only friend besides her parents. He asks her over, and they swap novels. He agrees to read the Van Houten and she agrees to read his—based on his favorite bloodbath-filled video game. The two become connected at the hip, and what follows is a smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance. From their trip to Amsterdam to meet the reclusive Van Houten to their hilariously flirty repartee, readers will swoon on nearly every page.

After reading John Green’s other books ( Looking for AlaskaPaper Towns, An Abundance of Katherine’s) I would say this is far and away my favorite.  I was a little skeptical when I first read the book description because I did not know if I wanted to read a book about cancer. However, this book is far more than that, with cancer serving as a backdrop for a story about love, friendship, and life. I didn’t think I could laugh and cry  as hard at the same time over any book, but I was doing just that after reading this.  This book was funny, touching, and tender all at once.  – Kathy, Teen Librarian

Legend – Marie Lu


Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths–until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

If you were a fan of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games, then you will like June, who is a tough female in this book.  June has lived in an environment where she accepted everything told to her, but when she begins to look at the world around her she realizes she must look outside of what she believes is the truth to discover what really happened to her brother, Metias.  A great read with plenty of action. – Kathy, Teen Librarian

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