Sometimes an author’s narration can go terribly wrong. In the case of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray, the author’s narration brings the book to life! Telling the story of teen beauty queens stranded on a remote island, Bray gives each queen a distinct voice so that humor, drama, and weirdness abound!
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Due to Jeff Buckley’s untimely death in 1997, we are only left with one complete studio album. Grace gives a sense of the great potential in Buckley’s vocal, guitar, and songwriting abilities. Songs range from sweet vocal melodies to hard guitar-riffing rock that will leave you craving more.
“Greetings and salutations, are you a Heather?” asks Christian Slater’s J.D. of Winona Ryder’s Veronica. Cloaked in teen angst and a dark comedic tone that could only be perfected by late eighties, valley girl style, Heathers is the perfect movie for anyone who was an outcast in high school.
In a plague-rampant, future Asian nation, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living a pitiful life of servitude. However, Cinder may hold the secret to the plague’s cure. Cinder had me hooked from page one, when Cinder replaces her mechanical foot, in this great retelling of the Cinderella story!
Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, presents a horrifying mystery in Horns. Ig wakes up one morning to find horns protruding from his head that allow him to know a person’s darkest secrets. Ig then uses this ability to track down who brutally raped and murdered his girlfriend the year before.
Colleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer begins with Mara’s life before the accident, living in Rhode Island and dealing with normal teenage problems. However, this all changes when Mara wakes up in a hospital room surrounded by her family and learns that there was an accident. A building collapsed and Mara was the only survivor. Her best friend Rachel, the new girl Claire, and her boyfriend Jude are all dead and Mara can’t remember anything about that night. Traumatized and left with hallucinations thanks to her PTSD, Mara does anything she can to try to hide her anguish. However, when you hallucinate the dead, it is hard to hide it. Essentially, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a mystery. The reader is left to figure out what happened the night that Mara’s friends died and what is it about that night that is causing Mara to have post traumatic stress disorder.
If you’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy and are looking for a similar read, try Divergent by Veronica Roth. With a similar strong female lead, Divergent has the added bonus of being set in a dystopian future Chicago. A fast paced and exciting read, Divergent will surely satisfy Hunger Games fans.
This British romantic dramedy provides a snapshot of Dex and Em’s evolving relationship on St. Swithin’s day for two decades. As they develop a deep friendship, they continually miss becoming anything more. Pick up One Day to find out if Em and Dex really do belong together in the end.
If you’re a fan of Dan Brown, you will also enjoy Australian author, Matthew Reilly. Pick up the first book in his series featuring Jack West, Jr., entitled 7 Deadly Wonders. In this action-packed novel, West’s team must travel around the world to each of the seven wonders to recover pieces of an ancient weapon.