Tantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf boyfriend is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever.

Then as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their newly hired chef into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses – or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?

Love, love, love it.  Fan of Vampire fiction??  Try this.  I love the idea of the vampire themed restaurant…hilarious!  –  Jessica, Teen Librarian

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The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel’s heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.

If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.

I had trouble starting the second book in this series, The Magician, but in The Sorceress, Scott did a good job grabbing my attention right from the beginning.  More secrets come out about Nicholas and Perenelle in this book.  There is lots of adventure, more mythical and magical characters, and lots of excitement. I really enjoyed this book, but if you haven’t read The AlchemystThe Magician, you will not understand what is going on, so start right at the beginning.     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – Michael Scott

Book 2

After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Nicollo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year—their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming more and more clear.

It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope—if they don’t turn on each other first.

This book was a little hard for me to read.  There were parts that were very slow, but I kept going and it was worth it!  There’s a couple of great magic battles in this book!  I like how Josh and Sophie’s relationship as twins keeps evolving…it seems very realistic to me.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Love You Hate You Miss You – Elizabeth Scott

Get this, I’m supposed to be starting a journal about “my journey.” Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I’m set adrift on this crazy sea called “life” . . . I don’t think so.

It’s been seventy-five days. Amy’s sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she’s really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia’s gone now, and she doesn’t want to talk about it. They wouldn’t get it, anyway. They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to know it’s your fault.

Amy’s shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.

But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.

Loved It. Recommend It.  Miss It already!  This was a quick read.  It completely absorbed me.  Highly recommended for High School readers.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians – Brandon Sanderson

A hero with an incredible talent…for breaking things. A life-or-death mission…to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network…the evil Librarians.

Alcatraz Smedry doesn’t seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them!…by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

Fun and full of evil Librarians. Fun characters and an interesting twist on what Librarians actually do for a living.  If you are looking for a book full of snarky humor, try this one!  Recommended.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Strange Angels – Lili St. Crow

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

If you’ve ever seen the TV show, Supernatural, this book will remind you completely of Sam, Dean, and John Winchester’s supernatural hunting escapades!  This book rocked and I can’t wait to tear into the next one!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

What I Was – Meg Rosoff

Toward the end of his life, H looks back on the relationship that has shaped and obsessed him for nearly a century. It began many years earlier at St. Oswald’s, a dismal boarding school on the coast of England, where the young H came face- to-face with an almost unbearably beautiful boy living by himself at the edge of the sea.

At first, the mysterious Finn appears to have no past—his home is an ancient fisherman’s hut with a woodstove, a case of books, striped blankets, and a cat.

H insinuates his way into Finn’s life, stalking him with perfect patience until an unlikely friendship is kindled; a confused idyll of devotion and longing set against a background of blazing wood fires and fishing expeditions.

Their friendship deepens, offering H both the freedom and the human connection that has always eluded him. But in a world of conformity, can one eccentric idyll be allowed to survive?

Beautiful language.  H is a character that anyone who has ever felt lonely or not quite good enough can relate to easily.  Sad.  A book that will haunt you.  Recommended for older High School readers.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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