New Books – May 2009

wintergirlsNew Fiction
Wintergirls. Laurie Halse Anderson. Y Anderson.
Six years after Cassie and Lia resolved to become the skinniest girls in their school, Cassie dies. Unable to bear the sadness and guilt following Cassie’s death, Lia spirals deeper into her own eating disorder. Elijah, the last person to see Cassie alive, helps Lia find the strength to face her own demons and enter recovery.

the summoningThe Summoning (Darkest Powers Book One). Kelley Armstrong. Y Armstrong.
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

jessicaJessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Beth Fantaskey. Y Fantaskey.
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth–and he’s her long-lost fiancé.

vossVoss: How I came to America and am hero, mostly. David Ives. Y Ives.
In a series of letters home to his friend Meero, Vospop Vsklzwczdztwczky (Voss for short) tells the hilarious story of how he smuggles himself to America and shares his experiences as he is smuggled out of Slobovia in a crate of black-market cheese puffs, tries to find a job in an American city, and foils a sinister plot.

reformedThe Reformed Vampire Support Group. Catherine Jinks. Y Jinks.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck since 1973 in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

fragileFragile Eternity. Melissa Marr. Y Marr.
In Marr’s third tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

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The Seer Series, by Linda Joy Singleton

dragonflyJoanna H. reviewed the five volumes in Singleton’s Seer series.

Don’t Die Dragonfly, by Linda Joy Singleton
Sabine was kicked out of her home in California and sent to live with her grandmother when she had visions of the star football player dying a fiery death. Now all she wants is to be normal. But that’s not to be. Sabine starts hearing visions of a dragonfly drenched in blood. I liked the story and characters a lot, but this book had several glaring spelling and usage mistakes. But other than that, great book. I would recommend this to anyone that likes modern day fairy tales.

— Joanna H.
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Teen book review winner – April 2009

This month, I had seven book reviews to draw from, which is great!

The April 2009 winner is: Joanna H.

Joanna will be notified of her victory and will get her choice from an array of prizes. Right now I have several hardcover books, some posters, some foodie gift cards, and several odd little tsochkes. Joanna’s reviews will be up on the blog soon.

Want to win? Keep reviewing, keep entering the contest, and you could get your chance — maybe even next month! Remember, you get an entry for each review you do, so plan accordingly. You can get the forms at the reference desk, the Cool Cafe, or here on this blog.