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


The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

If you like reading about vampires and werewolves, then you will enjoy the beautiful, but deadly water horses in The Scorpio Races. The water horses are difficult to tame, mystical creatures that have the power to mesmerize  riders and carry them back into the sea to their death. Sean Kendrick is the four-time race champion, while Puck enters the races to keep her brother Gabe from moving off the island. Throughout the book readers will see that there is more to what motivates each character to ride in the races.  It was nice to see a strong female main character in Puck and readers will relate to her struggles to fit in with the other race competitors in what has always been a “boys race”. Overall, a great read!  – Kathy, Teen Librarian