Sweetblood – Pete Hautman

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There are only two races that matter: the Living and the Undead….and with every year that passes, the numbers of the Undead grow. It is inevitable.

So says Lucy Szabo. She has a theory: Hundreds of years ago, before the discovery of insulin, slowly dying diabetics were the original “vampires.” Lucy, a diabetic herself, counts herself among the modern Undead.

As Sweetblood, she frequents the Transylvania room, an Internet chat room where so-called vampires gather to discuss all things goth. But Draco, one of the other visitors to Transylvania, claims to be a real vampire — and Lucy’s not entirely sure he’s kidding.

As Lucy becomes more involved with the goth/vampire subculture, everything in her life begins to unravel. Her grades plummet, her relationship with her parents deteriorates, and her ability to regulate her blood sugar worsens dramatically.

Then she meets Draco face-to-face, and he invites her into his strange world. Lucy realizes that she needs to make some difficult choices — if it isn’t already too late.

This is a whole new take on vampirism.  I thought this was really interesting.  Lucy gets herself into a lot of trouble dealing with Draco, though she thinks she is safe.  This predator is not just of the vampiric variety and what happens to Lucy could just as easily happen to anyone.  This is worth reading, especially if you consider yourself a vampire fiction lover.  You’ll get a whole new perspective.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Massie: The Clique Summer Collection – Lisi Harrison

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Massie gets BE-yoo-tiful: After Massie Block gets kicked off her high horse and out of her ultra exclusive Westchester riding camp, her parents force her to do the unthinkable-find a summer job. Not one for dog-walking or brat-sitting, Massie comes up with the ah-bvious solution: She’ll be a sales rep for the cosmetics brand Be Pretty. Massie fully hearts her new role as fairy gawdmother of makeup-until she discovers transforming LBRs into glam-girls takes more than a swish of her royal purple mascara wand.

This is a quick series to read if you’re just looking for something to pass the time.  If you love the regular Clique series books, you should love these short novellas. Personally, I don’t really enjoy the way the girls treat each other or the people around them, but they do have some great clothes and exciting things happen to them.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Kristen: The Clique Summer Collection – Lisi Harrison

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The Clique Summer Collection book 4.

Kristen sets sail on the Love Boat…

With the rest of the Pretty Committee scattered across the globe, Kristen is stuck in summer school at OCD, making good on her scholarship commitments. No sleepover horse camp, no Hawaiian spa, no Spanish vacation, not even a trip to Orlando. But when Kristen scores a job looking after hang-ten hottie Dune Baxter’s eight-year-old sister, Ripple, Westchester suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.

It looks like Kristen is about to ride the wave of first love…

As previously stated, I don’t particularly like this series, but I like Kristen in this book.  She examines who she really is and sticks to her guns.  Dune brings out the best in her.  Better than the rest.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Dylan: The Clique Summer Collection – Lisi Harrison

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The Clique Summer Collection book 3.

Game, Set, Match… Dylan?

Dylan and her TV-host mom are off to Hawaii’s Aloha Tennis Open. While Merri-Lee interviews tennis’s wild child Svetlana “Tennis the Menace” Slootskyia, Dylan lets the tropical sun melt away the memory of getting dumped by two guys at the end of seventh grade. But between avocado mud masks and poolside naps, she falls in love with a preppy, tennis- obsessed hawtie. Dylan soon realizes the only way to score a date with him is to master the game. Can she convince moody Svetlana to spill the secrets of her tennis success, or will she end up oh-for-three in summer love?

I hate girls that try to fake that they like sports just to impress a boy. I found that really irritating about Dylan. Plus she then resorts to blackmail to get what she wants.  A quick read, but not very thought-provoking.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Claire: The Clique Summer Collection – Lisi Harrison

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The Clique Summer Collection book 5.

Will Claire’s Florida BFFs become former BFFs?

Back in Orlando for the summer, Claire is reunited with her Florida best friends, Sarah, Sari, and Mandy, after a long year apart. Her FBFs haven’t changed at all. Too bad they think Claire has . . . and not for the better. Claire sets out to prove her loyalty by entering Kissimmee’s Miss Kiss pageant. But when a very special visitor shows up and vows to win the crown, Claire finds herself torn between Keds and couture. Will Claire finally kiss-immee her past goodbye-once and for all?

Grrr…this book got under my skin.  There should be some good themes here, learning that you’ve changed over time, but not losing your true self.  Claire, however, just gets stuck under Massie’s thumb again.  It also kills me that all of her Florida friends turn out to be just as bad as the Westchester girls. Only tried and true Clique fans will enjoy this book.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Alicia: The Clique Summer Collection – Lisi Harrison

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The Clique Summer Collection book 3.

Alicia takes on Mission Spalfa: Spanish Alpha!

Back in Spain to visit her relatives, Alicia discovers that Spain’s newest pop sensation ¡Ignacio! is searching for a true Spanish beauty to star in his new hit-single video. She can’t believe her luck! If Alicia is cast as a true Spanish beauty, Massie will never call her fake-Spanish again.

The only trick: She’ll have to beat her super-bonita cousins to win the coveted spot. Adios, bimbos!

I really dislike Massie and some of the other PC members, but sometimes I feel sorry for Alicia.  She tries so hard to become the alpha and just can’t quite make it there.  There were some funny moments in this book.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Runemarks – Joanne Harris

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Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.

This is a BIG book, but I loved it!!  I love mythology and this really delved into the Viking gods.  What was great though, is when Maddy begins to learn her true identity and destiny and readers get the chance to imagine that anyone could be born a god.  What an adventure!    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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