Rampant – Diana Peterfreund

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

Okay, killer unicorns?  Sign me up…  This was a fun, and sometimes gross read, but it seemed pretty realistic for a book about killer unicorns on the loose.  The characters are realistic and flawed and it’s an interesting idea about the history of our fascination with fairy tale unicorns. For high-school readers.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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Dead is So Last Year – Marlene Perez

Dead Is…: Book 3

Something very strange starts happening in Nightshade the summer that the eldest Giordano sister, Rose, gets a job working at Dr. Franken’s research laboratory. People are starting to see double. Doppelgängers of Nightshade residents are popping up all over town. Daisy, Rose and Poppy think it’s a coincidence, until the rumors start that their father, who disappeared several years ago, has been spotted in town. Meanwhile, Daisy’s beau, Ryan is spending all of his time training for football, and like the other guys on the team, he’s grown enormous almost overnight. Samantha Devereux’s boyfriend’s neck has doubled in size since school ended. Could the football players be resorting to extreme measures to win? Between summer jobs, sugar rushes, and beach parties, the Giordano girls get to the bottom of these mysteries and more.

This series is a fun, tongue-in-cheek kind of mystery series.  I usually figure out everything that’s going to happen before the end, but the characters are just FUN to read about!  This one was funny with doppelgangers running around town “jonesing” for sugar like crazy zombies on a donut diet!! – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Dead is a State of Mind – Marlene Perez

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all.

Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!

This really is a fun series and the books are short and easy to read.  Daisy is fun, but in this book, I just wanted to shake her and say, “Can’t you figure out all ready that ….”  The ending wasn’t really that surprising, but I still liked the book!   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Miles Between – Mary E. Pearson

Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip.

They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone.

This book started off a little slow going, but man, when it picked up, it was REALLY good.  I cried a lot at the end, because it just hit me.  The surprise was definitely a whammy!!  This book was funny because it was realistic, but a lot of “weird” things happened, so it almost took on a fantasy bent, but it definitely evened back out to realistic fiction by the end.  Recommended!     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Eye of the Crow – Shane Peacock

Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.

But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.

I thought this was a really good way to imagine Sherlock Holmes as a teenager.  He’s not really smooth, most kids don’t like him, and he’s kind of a know-it-all.  Nevertheless, he can still solve a good mystery!  Try this if you’re a mystery fan.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Academy 7 – Anne Osterlund

With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .

This book is a good book for someone looking for a little bit of romance, a little bit of intrigue, mystery, and a little bit of space adventure.  Good and easy to read.    –  Jessica, Teen Librarian

Shadowland – Alyson Noel

The Immortals: Book 3

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…

Another twist! A great series, but you need to start with the first book, Evermore to really understand the way their immortality, etc. works.  I love the concept of the shadowland.  Cannot wait for the next book!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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