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Nimona / Noelle Stevenson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:24

altSelf-proclaimed bad guy Lord Blackheart spends his weeks fighting his nemesis, Sir Goldenloid, a former friend and ally from the past. Things change when spunky Nimona shows up and offers to be Lord Blackheart's personal sidekick. She's impulsive, she's tough and she's a a shapeshifter with a hidden story she's not telling anyone. Together, Nimona and Lord Blackheart set out on a mission to prove that Sir Goldenloin and his goons at the Institution of Law Enforcement (also Lord Blackheart's former place of employment) are up to no good and not the heros everyone thinks them to be. 

The deeper Nimona and Lord Blackheart delve into their plot for revenge, the more Lord Blackheart discovers about Nimona's strange--and slightly evil--powers. Her tendency to grow out-of-control starts to become too much and Lord Blackheart is left trying to decide who is worth protecting: his former friend, Sir Goldenloid or his new friend, Nimona? Noelle Stevenson's breakout debut graphic novel, Nimona, is a beautifully crafted tale of friendship, trust and discovering that your truest friends are those who understand you even at your darkest moments. 

(Ashley, the Loft)

 

 
The Duff / Kody Keplinger PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015 00:00

altThe Duff by Kody Keplinger is based around the life of Bianca Piper, her best friends and Wesley Rush, No they aren’t dating. No they don’t like each other at all.  But this is where things getting interesting; you see Wesley rush is the school’s lover-boy every girl wants to get in his pants which isn’t hard. He loves girls and can’t seem to stay away, Bianca on the other hand can’t stand him and he can’t stand her. One night at a party Wesley decides to tell Bianca that she’s “The designated ugly fat friend.” between her two best friends And from there things basically a little haywire. My favorite character in the book was hands down Miss Bianca Piper she seemed so real, you could really see she was having mixed emotions about the whole Wesley Ordeal and how even when everything seemed to be going so crazy she kept her head screwed on tight, and when she didn’t it was either really funny or the kind of moment when you wanted to cry too. At first glance you’d think this book was mainstream, with a cliché plot line but it’s actually uplifting and completely refreshing from the girl-meets-boy- girl-changes-for-boy type thing. In conclusion I would give this book a 4/5 just because Bianca’s thoughts annoyed me sometimes bit overall it’s a great book and I even recommend it to adults! (despite it being for young adults) It’s a fantastic summer read.  

(Chassa, Evanston teen)

 

 
Paper Towns / John Green PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

altJohn Green is something else. His books are masterpieces. The Fault in Our Stars. Looking for Alaska (I haven’t gotten around to reading An Abundance of Katherines yet). And now Paper Towns.

While I didn’t like it as much as I liked The Fault in Our Stars, I still loved it. I liked that it had a sort of mystery surrounding the story. While I knew Margo was not abducted and had left on her own accord, I didn’t know if she was dead or alive. The book was also very funny, and I loved all the characters. Particularly Lacey Pemberton, though I have no idea why.

If you haven’t read Paper Towns yet, you definitely should. And do it before the movie comes out in July!  

(Isabella, Evanston teen)

 
The Mirk and the Midnight Hour / Jane Nickerson PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 July 2015 00:00

altThe Mirk and the Midnight Hour is an eerie read. As soon as the story starts the reader is made aware that something is amiss. Set during the Civil War in Mississippi the story revolves around Violet Dancey. Violet has many new things happening in her life she must deal with from a dead brother, a father off to war, a new step family and cousins coming for an extended stay. It’s hard for her to adapt. While coping with all the changes can be challenging Violet finds love in a very unlikely place when she stumbles across an injured Union soldier in the woods. She decides to secretly take care of him, but soon finds out she’s not the only one looking out for him. When strange things start happening and rumors of voodoo abound Violet begins to realize that the other caretakers might dark ulterior motives for helping her soldier stay alive and she must race to get to the bottom of it. A great combo of a love story and a dark suspense.

(Renee, the Loft)

 

 
Foiled / Jane Yollen & Mike Cavallaro PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:57

Cover image for FoiledFoiled is the first in a graphic novel series about a young colorblind girl, Aliera Carstairs, who is a fencer. She goes to high school in New York City, where she doesn’t feel like she fits in with any of the cliques that her peers are in. Aliera spends every Saturday playing role-play games with her cousin, Aliera, but one day she eschews their plans to meet up with a boy in her class whom she has been harboring a giant crush on. While she is waiting, Aliera puts on her fencing helmet and sees a world filled with rainbow hues, menacing creatures and spritely fairies. She’s convinced that she’s going mad and fears she’ll embarrass herself in front of her date. How much of this world is real and how much is fiction? Aliera can’t quite figure it out. The book ends with a compelling twist and cliffhanger, leaving the reader hungry for the rest of the series. The art in this edition is beautiful and really helps the reader to imagine Aliera’s deep inner life. “Foiled” is a fast and fun read for fantasy-lovers and realistic fiction readers alike.  

 
The Young Elites / Marie Lu PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:58

altAdelina Amouteru is a survivor of blood fever, a deadly disease that swept through her town a decade ago killing half the population. Those who lived were marked--left with missing limbs, odd colored hair or strange scars. But most peculiar of all were the abilities that appeared. The people who survived the blood fever were given the name "malfetto" and shunned from society. Some malfettos harnessed their abilities--powers to control minds, animals, nature, fire--and earned the name, The Young Elites, and used them to help other malfettos regain status in society. 

 

Adelina joins forces with Enzo, a member of the Dagger Society, a secret sect of Young Elites. Enzo was once set to take the throne but when the blood fever killed his father and turned him into a malfetto, his sister cast him out and set her priorities on making sure every malfetto was wiped out. 

 

Together with other members of the Dagger Society, Enzo and Adelina work together to find a way to bring down the Inquisition Axis that is killing malfettos faster than the Dagger Society can replace them and restore Enzo to the throne. But the more Adelina learns about her powers and Enzo, the less she trusts the Dagger Society's mission and herself. 

 

Marie Lu, author of the Legend series, weaves another edge-of-your-seat adventure with The Young Elites. Follow Adelina as she struggles to find out whether the darkness within herself is a tool of good or a necessary evil. 

 

(Ashley, the Loft) 

 
Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders / Geoff Herbach PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2015 00:00

altGabriel “Chunk” Johnson was used to doing his fat dance as people hurled insults down the hall at him or as he chugged his third Code Red Mountain Dew of the day.  However, one day things came to a head.  First he realized all his soda machine money wasn’t going to his beloved school band, but instead was being funneled towards the cheerleader’s new dance squad and then one insult cut a little too deep. Gabe reached his breaking point and needed to make some major changes in not only in life, but at school.  No way was the new dance squad was going to take all the funding from the school band.  Gabe takes it upon himself to unite all the Geekers in battle against the school administration and the cheerleaders.  Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders is a hilarious feel good read recounting the nine days from when Gabe declared war to his being arrested after an epic series of events and is definitely worth picking up!

(Renee, the Loft)

 

 
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