Teens Top Ten Voting Now Open!

Vote for your favorite teen books here!

teenstoptenTeens across the country in schools and book clubs have nominated 25 novels for the best young adult books of the year, the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten award. And you can vote for your favorites now through September 18. Winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 18-24.

This teens’ choice award wouldn’t exist without your votes, so follow the link above to view the list of the 25 nominated titles and vote for the ones you think truly deserve to be named one of the best teen books of the year.

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Evermore, by Alyson Noel

evermoreAuthor: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Call number: YPB Noel

After Ever survives the car accident that kills her entire family, she moves to Southern California and starts over at a new school, where instead of being the beautiful and popular cheerleader she once was, she hides under baggy clothes and iPod headphones blaring loud music. This is because Ever is suddenly able to see the auras and hear the thoughts of people around her, and she can’t cope with the noise. Then a mysterious, gorgeous new boy starts at her school, and Ever is surprised when she can’t read his thoughts at all. Even weirder, when Damen touches her, the noise of everyone else’s thoughts quiet as well. Drawn together, Ever and Damen begin a relationship, but others are determined to stand in their way.

Quick verdict: I’ll be honest with you guys, I didn’t much like this book. However, that’s just me. Overall, this book will do well with paranormal romance readers and I would recommend it to readers who liked Twilight and want to read something similar. Eerily similar.

Review here, but beware the spoilers

New Fiction – July 2009

realityReality Check. Peter Abrahams. Y Abrahams.

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody’s college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

loveLove and Peaches. Jodi Lynn Anderson. Y Anderson.

After their freshman year at different universities, Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy return to Bridgewater, Georgia, for one last summer at the peach orchard where they became best friends, and where they now face secrets, doubts, and new responsibilities.

amaranthThe Amaranth Enchantment. Julie Berry. Y Berry.

Orphaned at age five, Lucinda, now fifteen, stands with courage against the man who took everything from her, aided by a thief, a clever goat, and a mysterious woman called the Witch of Amaranth, while the prince she knew as a child prepares to marry, unaware that he, too, is in danger.

bladeBlade: Playing Dead. Tim Bowler. Y Bowler.

A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade.

demon_lexiconThe Demon’s Lexicon. Sarah Rees Brennan. Y Brennan.

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

glassmakerThe Glass Maker’s Daughter. V. Briceland. YPB Briceland.

Sixteen-year-old Risa’s disappointment over an unprecedented event is devastating, but the evil and destruction that follows the king’s death show her that the god and goddess have special need of her talents and those of her new, lower-class friends.

View more new fiction here

Final Summer Reading Raffle Winners!

The winners for the final group of summer reading raffles have been chosen and contacted. We awarded teens with gift cards to Acoustic Music Revival and Wal-Mart, passes to Elitch Gardens, free pizzas from Domino’s,  and an Artemis Fowl Playaway audio book.

The Tattered Cover gift card, awarded to the person who wrote the most book reviews during the summer, went to Joni M. with 29 reviews! Congrats Joni!