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Zodiac Signs as Characters from YA Books! (Pt.1)

By Amanda & Ava
Here are six characters that totally represent the first half of the Zodiac!
*Disclaimers—This is not according to the characters’ birthdays, but rather to their personalities.
 
1. Maia from SPIN THE DAWN is an Aries!
 
By: Elizabeth Lim

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
 
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
 
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
 
Firey and passionate, Maia fully embodies the characteristics of an Aries. Both take rein of their lives and refuse to let anything stop them from reaching their goals, being from the fire element.

2.Mercy from OUTRUN THE MOON is Taurus!

By Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.
 
On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
 
Mercy, a definite Taurus, knows exactly what she wants, but she must learn to sometimes compromise with others.
 
3.Elle from MY ALMOST FLAWLESS TOKYO DREAM LIFE is Gemini!
 
By Rachel Cohn
 
 
In the Land of the Rising Sun, where high culture meets high kitsch, and fashion and technology are at the forefront of the First World's future, the foreign-born teen elite attend ICS-the International Collegiate School of Tokyo. Their accents are fluid. Their homes are ridiculously posh. Their sports games often involve a (private) plane trip to another country. They miss school because of jet lag and visa issues. When they get in trouble, they seek diplomatic immunity.
 
Enter foster-kid-out-of-water Elle Zoellner, who, on her sixteenth birthday discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him. Um, yes, please! Elle jets off first class from Washington D.C. to Tokyo, which seems like a dream come true. Until she meets her enigmatic father, her way-too-fab aunt, and her hyper-critical grandmother, who seems to wish Elle didn't exist. In an effort to please her new family, Elle falls in with the Ex-Brats, a troupe of uber-cool international kids who spend money like it's air. But when she starts to crush on a boy named Ryuu, who's frozen out by the Brats and despised by her new family, her already tenuous living situation just might implode.
 
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life is about learning what it is to be a family, and finding the inner strength to be yourself, even in the most extreme circumstances.
 
Elle is curious to try new things in her Tokyo dream life, but will her Gemini’s typical anxiety hold her back?
 

4.Esther from A SELF-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES is Cancer!

By Krystal Sutherland

 

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.
 
As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 
 
Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.
 
Esther, like any other Cancer, has a wild imagination that can conjure an infinite number of what-ifs, but her what-ifs also prevent her from living her life to the fullest.
 
5.Hetty from WILDER GIRLS is a Leo!
 
By Rory Power
 
 
It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.
 
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
 
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Hetty would totally be a Leo, dazzling and protective as they are. She’s firey, dynamic, and would stop at nothing to save her friends.
 

6. Princess Anthia from THE STORM CROW is a Virgo!

By: Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life...until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
Princess Anthia is loyal and logical, just like a Virgo. Although she is calm and collected, she is fierce when it comes to her family.

 

Famous Art Pieces + YA Books

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By Evgenia, Alannah, Tiffany, & Ava 

The best of both worlds: literature and art. (O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo.) Here are six YA books that remind us of our favorite art pieces!

BONUS: A piece of modern art, titled “Famoose” and brought to you by Amanda, awaits at the end of the list.

1. An air of mystery connects MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN and the Mona Lisa

 

By: Ransom Riggs

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is easily one of the most popular and well-known works of Renaissance art, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a certain mysterious allure to its famous subject, in the clever glint of her eye and subtle curve of her smile. This air of mystery is reflected in Jacob Portman’s tale in MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. Jacob leads a perfectly normal - and dull, even - life, working at a shop in his uncle’s enormous drug store chain and taking care of his increasingly delusional grandfather in whose wonderous stories of the children’s home where he grew up Jacob used to delight. That is, until the day he finds said grandfather dead. Still reeling in shock, Jacob travels with his father to Cairnholm, a small island off of Wales where all of his grandfather’s most fantastical stories were set. At first glance, he finds this island to be little more than perpetual rain and an abnormally large population of sheep. But Cairnholm, as Jacob soon realizes, has secrets of its own to reveal; least of all that his grandfather’s stories were real.

2. Karou from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE would just love to see this Cafe Terrace at Night

By Laini Taylor

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

3. ILLUMINAE and Starry Night both have space as their backdrop

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

4. Dark and sinister, Katherine and Toby from AN ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND TREASON may meet during The Night Watch.

By Virginia Boecker

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.

Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play--it's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.” 

5. As she faces the storm within, Nym from STORM SIREN may make The Great Wave of Kanagawa.

By Mary Weber

 

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

6. From The Birth of Venus arises LOVELY WAR

By Julie Berry

It's 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She's a shy and talented pianist; he's a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it's immediate and deep—and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who's played Carnegie Hall, he's a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that's before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who's already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers' fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

Congratulations, reader! Now for the BONUS:

modern art - “Famoose”

 

Are you ready for the next HIT chapter book series?

Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for an adventure.

Meet Kitty, a charming chapter book character with catlike superpowers. With dramatic two-color art on every page and an emphasis on friendship, family, bravery, and building self-confidence, Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is a perfect choice for independent readers and fans of Rebecca Elliott’s Owl Diaries.

Kitty is special. Her mother is a superhero with catlike powers that Kitty and her little brother Max will someday inherit. But being a superhero involves going on daring adventures at night, and Kitty doesn’t know if she’ll ever be brave enough for that

 

 

 

Bonus: A Staff Review!

"The wait is over with this charming new adventure series by Paula Harrison!

Kitty’s mom is a superhero, and Kitty herself wants nothing more than to follow in her mom’s footsteps.

But when darkness falls, and things go bump in the night, is she ready to BE the superhero that she’s always dreamed of?

With an abundance of curiosity and gentle courage (& some help from her kitty friends), your little reader will fall in love with this new superhero character!” 

-Colleen, Books Inc.

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By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator)
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 10th, 2019

Eight YA Books You’ll Enjoy if You <3 BBC Shows

By Ava Lee, Amanda Kay, Alannah Blumstein, and Evgenia Anastasakos
 
Face it. Unless you're stuck in the 18th-century, we all want to be British (that accent makes us swoon). The closest we can get is by watching BBC shows. Here are YA books for eight of your favorite BBC shows! Bonus points for reading this in a British accent.
 
1. Killing Eve with I HUNT KILLERS
By Barry Lyga
 
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is the son of the notorious serial killer, gifted with the ability to see every crime from a killer’s point of view. When corpses begin appearing at every corner, Jazz must join forces with the cops to find this mysterious murderer to clear his name from the list of suspects.
 
One may ask, what do these things have in common? Well, the answer is… a lot. Just like Eve and her desk-bound beginnings, Jazz is recognized for his talent for hunting killers, and must stop the murders before its too late. Fans of Killing Eve will love I HUNT KILLERS!
 
 
2.Doctor Who with THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE
By Heidi Heilig
 
On her father’s time traveling ship, Nix has been able to see the world. With just a map, they can sail anywhere, even to places only in myths and stories. Her father, however, obsesses over finding a specific map, to take him back to Nix’s mother. If he were to find that map, it could stop her from ever existing at all. 
 
Time travel, time travel, and time travel describe both of these things perfectly, but they share a more profound bond than that. Both have a lust for adventure that will leave you wanting more!
 
3. House of Cards with THE FIXER
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
House of Cards is a captivating political thriller in which the Chief Whip of the Conservative Party thirsts after the Prime Minister spot after Margaret Thatcher’s reign, his ambition allowing him to do whatever it takes. Fans of this Macbeth-esque television show will love THE FIXER, a YA political thriller. Sixteen-year-old Tess goes to Washington D.C after her sister calls for her and gets wrapped up in a plot of murder, espionage, and secrets.
 
4. Broadchurch with THE CELLAR
By: Natasha Preston
 
Broadchurch is a beautifully written crime drama where detective Alex Hardy and his partner Ellie Miller have to investigate the murder of a young boy in a small town where everyone has secrets. Similarly, THE CELLAR takes place called Long Thorpe, a town where nothing happens, until Summer Robinson disappears. Locked in a cellar with several other girls, she learns of Colin’s abusive past and must protect his family in time.
 
5. Planet Earth with THE SCORPIO RACES
By Maggie Stiefvater
 
November signals the start of the Scorpio Races, a race in which the person who rides their untamable water horse to the finish line first wins—that is, if they’re still alive. Puck Connolly, the first ever girl to enter this competition, is determined to win, though the temper of her dangerous water horse grows each day. Admittedly, Planet Earth is a far cry from racing dangerous water horses but rest assured that they both share some very unique characteristics (if it can be called that). Nevertheless, this book is definitely a must-read!
 
6.Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell with A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
By V.E. Schwab
 
Kell, the adopted son of the king of Red London, has a special ability: he can use his rare magic to travel between alternate Londons. When he travels to the magic-less Grey London, he crosses paths with the mysterious pickpocket, Delilah Bard. Chaos ensues when they are pursued by a magician from the violent White London. This book and the series, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, share their vivid magic and both partially take place in nineteenth-century London. Both are exciting and adventurous, perfect for readers and views of all kinds.
 
7.Victoria with VICTORIA

By: Daisy Goodwin (who as it so happens also wrote the screenplay for the BBC show…)
 
Victoria’s position is far from simple. Next in line for the throne, she’s grown up knowing that someday she will be Queen of England, and when her uncle the king becomes ill with no sign of getting better, she knows it can’t be long. But even once she’s crowned, there are still a few complications. People doubt that the young Victoria can rule England, and some try to manipulate her every move. How can she prove herself worthy of the right to rule?
 
It’s pretty self-explanatory why these two are similar, but both deal with the life of Queen Victoria. If you love one, you are sure to love the other!
 
8. Downton Abbey with THE CRUEL PRINCE
By: Holly Black
 
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. As betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. Both Downtown Abbey and THE CRUEL PRINCE are drama-intense and will leave you wanting more. The sly politics of the High Court will surely make you reminisce about the TV show.
 

 

 

A Real History Lesson for the Upcoming Holiday

 
Countering the prevailing, traditional story of the first Thanksgiving, with its black-hatted, silver-buckled Pilgrims; blanket-clad, be-feathered Indians; cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; and turkey, this lushly illustrated photo-essay presents a more measured, balanced, and historically accurate version of the three-day harvest celebration in 1621.
 
 
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Published: National Geographic Children's Books - October 1st, 2004

Great news for lovers of of Ada Twist, Iggie Peck, and Rosie Revere!

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

NEW RELEASE: The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!

Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea--the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall--only to be told by a clerk that she can't build a park because she's just a kid! Sofia is down but not out, and she sets out to prove what one kid can do.

 

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By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2019

Book Covers and Halloween Candy

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- Written by Kristine and Tiffany


Just in time for Halloween, it’s time to break out the candy, and of course, more books! Each of these 12 colorful, imaginative books needs a tasty counterpart--so we have compiled a list of candies that serve as the tasty reincarnations of these delightful novels! Lift your spirits and trick or treat yo’ self to these great reads and sweet treats!

1. The yellow, orange, and white aesthetic of THE WHITE ROSE fits perfectly with candy corn.

By Amy Ewing

   Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.”

The yellow glow of the roaring fire on The White Rose’s cover, along with the white backdrop and orange lettering, matches perfectly with candy corn’s autumn aesthetic.

 

 

2. Like the shattered lollipop on the book’s cover, Jace Sullivan’s family is SWEET SO FRAGILE .   

By Margaret Chatwin

 

 

 

 

 

During a robbery, Jace Sullivan's wife, Cari, was murdered. If that wasn't bad enough, she was seven months pregnant when it happened. Though medics were able to save the child, the unfavorable circumstances behind the premature delivery has left baby Colton with severe health issues. Now, while trying to pick up the pieces of his own shattered life, Jace must watch helplessly as his son desperately fights to keep his fragile life. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter, Jorry, seems to be carelessly throwing hers away.”

Not only does the rainbow lollipop on Sweet So Fragile’s cover immediately make us think of the lollipops we get on Halloween, but it is also representative of how Cari’s death shattered the once-delightful family.

 

3. In ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, the chocolate heart on the cover may just change Anya’s life.

By Gabrielle Zevin

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

 

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I've Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.”

 

In a world where chocolate is illegal-can you image what Halloween would be like there?-, it should come as no surprise the role sweets would play in Anya’s life, especially considering that her father was a crime boss who manufactured chocolate.  Of course, there’s more to this story than just chocolate, but don’t let that stop you from snacking on it as you follow Anya around through her breathtaking story.

 

4. The rainbow colors of THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS' cover matches perfectly with Skittles.

By Ashley Woodfolk

 

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

 

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

 

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

 

Despite the odds, one band's music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

You can practically taste the rainbow on The Beauty that Remains’s colorful and bold cover-reminiscent of its colorful storyline and bold message-, so feel free to eat Skittles while you read this book.

 

5. Like Sour Patch Kids, Haden from THE SHADOW PRINCE is both sweet and sour.

By Bree Despain

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails.  As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

A pulsating romance of epic proportions, Bree Despain’s The Shadow Prince will leave her fans breathless for the next book in the Into The Dark series.

Sour Patch Kids are iconic for their distinct flavors, and the way they are “sour then sweet.”  Likewise, Haden is sour and resentful of his family in the Underrealm-for good reason-and wants to prove his worth, but he is also extremely sweet and loving when he is allowed to show his emotions around Daphne.

 

6. Break apart your Kit-Kat as you read ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART-and enjoy the sweetness of both the candy and Reiko’s journey.

By Katherine Webber

From the author of the acclaimed Wing Jones comes a 'break-up' book about a Japanese-American teenager, set in the Palm Springs desert, California. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything and Sara Barnard's Beautiful Broken Things.

Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free…

Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you...

 

Like breaking apart a Kit-Kat, Reiko’s story starts off with her break up with Seth, though her own journey of self-discovery through loss is just as sweet as taking a bite out of this delectable treat.

 

7. Eden and his story from REBEL is like Malted Whopper Milk Balls, underrated but AMAZING in his/their own way

By Marie Lu

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

 

Now, this candy may not be on the cover, but having the opportunity to eat Whoppers Milk Balls AND read about Eden’s journey is a pivotal experience. While the Whoppers Milk Balls may not be as known as candies like Snickers and Skittles, having a liking for the underrated ones (like Eden and Whoppers Milk Balls) can change your life forever!

 

8. The roses from THE BEAUTIFUL rose to the occasion to match up with red rose candies

By Renee Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.


Just in time for Halloween, our love for sweet treats is spiked! And, what better way to spend your Halloween than eating rose chocolate candies while curled up with a good book! On top of this, what better way to enjoy seeing someone steal Celine’s heart with a Halloween and Valentine’s staple!!

 

9. “My love stems deep” is a phrase that the girls in THE GRACE YEAR seem to know, or at least pretend to know. Think of this while you

By Kim Liggett

SURVIVE THE YEAR.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

The color pink seems to resonate both in rose lollipops and the cover of the Grace Year. Plus, what better way to celebrate Tierney James’ experience then living vicariously through her, though, in the safety of your own reading niche. Enjoy a rose lollipop with an equally rosy novel (but in this case, rosiness is an aphrodisiac)!

 

10. The colorful, zesty-looking cover of NOW ENTERING ADAMSVILLE needs to be paired with Starbursts, or else it’ll burst

By Francesca Zappia

Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

 

 

The colors present in the cover of Now Entering Addamsville really speak for themselves! With the Halloween candy vibes this cover gives off, and the presence of ghosts, you sure know you’re in for a spooky, lively read!!

 

11. With THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, set in 1957, and Mary Janes candies--you’re set for a timeless experience

By Ruta Sepetys

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Mary Janes, with their sweet peanut butter flavor and chewy taffy, go perfectly with The Fountains of Silence. With the richly descriptive and detailed description of post-war Spain and the deliciousness of Mary Janes, one’s set straight for heaven!

 

 

 

12. Jolly Ranchers will sure go jolly well with FRANKLY IN LOVE!

By David Yoon

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

A book that delves into the struggles one experiences when juggling his/her culture alongside the pressures society, Frankly In Love has a core centered around love, identity, racism, and familial relations. And, there is no better way to celebrate the core of a good book than with a Green Apple Jolly Rancher, straight from the core of an apple ;). Never underestimate the power of a good book and some candy to make your life more jolly!

 

Ghostly New Review! - Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

 

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Review By: Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Nguyen

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

by Laura Ruby

“From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie's not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.

Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she's able to carve out will be enough.
I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out.
That’s what ghosts do.”

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is a historical fiction novel set from 1941 to 1946, and not only was Ruby effective in making her novel feel like the time period it was set in through the mindset and actions of her characters, but she is also able to confront the reality of inequality and division in America-both then and now.

This novel does an amazing job portraying the overarching theme of how so many things from societal standards to war can hold people back from the American Dream.  Despite being historical fiction, these struggles are still prevalent in today’s world, and this novel discusses the hardships women face while showing how some have pushed back and refused to accept their reality. Through this, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is inspiring in that it doesn’t just talk about the ways society represses many of us, but it also reveals the good worth fighting for.

Frankie is courageous and resolute, allowing her to survive against the societal and emotional challenges she faces.   At the same time, she, along with the other kids at the orphanage, feel like real people-you are able to feel their authentic terror as families and friends go off to war, and you feel their grief and frustration when the people meant to love them treat them like they’re an unwanted inconvenience.

Like Frankie, the other girls at the orphanage, especially Loretta and Stella, are far from perfect, and yet it is the stories behind their flaws and all they’ve overcome that adds a whole other level of depth to their characters.

In this world, there are also ghosts who wander the Earth, watching the living while obsessing over their own lives and deaths and wondering if they can affect anything in the living world.  Pearl, our narrator and a ghost watching over Frankie, reveals her own story about how her family and relationships lead to her death, and it is just as intriguing and heartbreaking as Frankie’s.

All in all, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All is a moving and meaningful story, perfect for people who struggle with inequality or want to hear more about its existence throughout history.

 

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