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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: Ember
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

This book--this book!! I cannot even begin to properly describe my love for this book.

All her life Kami has had a voice in her head - she calls it her imaginary friend. It's normal for her, comforting even. Then one day, a boy moves in to town and this boy has a special voice, a familiar voice. Yes, he is the voice inside Kami's head. But how did this link become forged? Why?

The book is choc-full of sorcery, romance, hilarity, life-and-death situations - in short, it's near perfect. Brennan's dialogue is quick and easy and rings true. It's a fantastic summer read for teens who want something fun with a dash of supernatural and a pinch (ok maybe a few pinches) of romance. And make sure you're on the look out for Untold - the follow-up to Unspoken. And if you enjoyed this one, check out Brennan's other series The Demon's Lexicon. Just as fun!!
Katherine from Books Inc. Laurel Village

Looks like new releases are slowing down, but that doesn't make them any less AWESOME!


What will you be picking up this week?

 

Long story short – there’s never been an English translation from Greek of Nikos Kazantzakis' Zorba. The earlier edition was translated from a French translation of the Greek. Got that? To honor Simon & Schuster bringing Zorba to the English page with all the idiosyncrasies intended by Kazantzakis, we in turn bring you the Hot Zorba, perfect for cold December nights.

Hot Zorba:

.5 oz dark rum
.5 oz ouzo
.5 oz lemon juice .5 oz
honey 3 - 5 oz tea
Mix all ingredients - except tea - in a warm mug. Top off with tea.
Garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

 

The Prey by Tom Isbell
Publication date: January 20th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page count: 416 pages

The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At one such camp, the sixteen-year-old "LTs" are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: "LTs" doesn't stand for lieutenant but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

Why we can't wait: I've been looking forward to a new, awesome, dystopian trilogy and I think this will be it. The Prey sounds like weird, YA take on that short story, The Most Dangerous Game which has always been one of my favorites. Hunting kids for sport?! Yeah, I'm in!
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

Wings of Fire, by Tui Sutherland

In book one, we meet the five "Dragons of Destiny" who have been hidden from power-hungry dragon queens so they may one day fulfill the prophecy and bring peace to the dragon kingdoms. But like all coming-of-age stories, these five young dragons tire of their cramped quarters and attempt to set off into the great big world. Unfortunately, their escape does not go as planned -- they are captured by one of the reigning dragon queens. The dragonets have to call on all their skills and cunning to escape her clutches and continue on their journey. The great thing about this series is that the dragon voices sound like kids -- no complicated language, and the world Sutherland builds seems to just instantly exist. Highly recommended for kids 9+!   Reviewed by Amy from Chestnut

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

This is the story of Noi, the lonely son of a fisherman who finds a little whale washed ashore after a storm. Of course Noi takes him home, puts him in his bathtub, and shares with the little whale all about his life on the seashore. Noi's father eventually helps him reunite the whale with his family, which in turn brings Noi and his father closer together. The illustrations are so charming with details that add to its sweetness. Make sure to look out for all six cats!

Reviewed by Samantha at Laurel Village

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: Disney Press
Page Count: 243 pages

"What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside? "
Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?
Debut author Ami Polonsky's moving, beautifully-written novel about identity, self-esteem, and friendship shines with the strength of a young person's spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

What we think: I am love, love, LOVING this book. Grayson is the kind of character you just want to be friends with. She's kind-hearted, but slightly damaged and her secret is killing her. I also love that this is a novel about a transgender middle school kid rather than a teen. This whole thing is fabulous. Just read it.
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

 

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