Thursday, May 23, 2013

Four New Titles for Teen Romance Readers!

The Book of Broken Hearts
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When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

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Love blossoms by the lake in this sweet summer romance, in the tradition of Seventeeth Summer and Sixteenth Summer.Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

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In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

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The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Revel by Maurissa Guibord



There's an island off the coast of Maine that's not on any modern map. Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn't her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia's not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it's Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water's edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

My thoughts:  If you enjoy paranormal fiction, but are tired of the same old vampires, etc., give this book a try!  Threaded through the story are sea creatures, myths, and sirens - and what could be better for a summer beach read than an enthralling book about monsters from the deep?  I enjoyed this story, and really appreciate that it is a stand alone novel, not a part of of trilogy.  For those that love romance - you will be happy, and to be honest, it is not the tiresome triangle that is featured in so many books now.  Check out the author's website and other books HERE.   I am promptly going to read WARPED, another book by Maurissa about time travel. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Teen Reads Teen Board Applications

Teen Board Application May 2013

A Way to Interact with us --- The Teen Board!
We are looking for 20-25 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are passionate about books and are committed to contributing to the to be a part of our Teen Board. We value our readers’ opinions and read your emails faithfully to get your feedback on books and authors. We are looking for a select group of teens who will be asked to participate on a more formal basis. Opportunities will include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have on the site and scouting trends in your own community. We want a group of diverse teens around the country to be able to weigh in on YA lit and share their opinions on it.
Because we are looking for teens who can actively participate on the Teen Board, it is critical that you ensure that you have enough time to focus and give at least a six-month commitment to being on the Teen Board. In addition to offering you a Contributor profile on the site, we will send you a certificate of proof of your involvement on the Teen Board. (That would be something nice to include with your college applications, wouldn’t it?)
Applications are due at 11:59PM on Friday, May 24th to apply to be on the Teen Board from July until December 2013. * If you do not have the time to be on this board for this session, look out in September for a January-June 2014 Teen Board application. At that point, there will be an opportunity for members of the board to renew their positions.
We will review the applications by Friday, May 31st and begin the second part of the application process where you may be called for an interview and we will also request a recommendation from a teacher, a parent or someone else who knows you well. If you are selected, you will also be required to turn in a consent form completed by a parent or guardian if you are under 18.
- If you have trouble with the form, please submit your answers to

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teen Tuesday: The Elite by Kiera Cass


The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

 Well. I am beginning to tire of the trend in YA or Teen literature to follow the trilogy format. Why? Because, in the second book, the female protagonist, in this case, America Singer, becomes a muddled fool. Do I love Prince Maxon? YES! wait, the next chapter - Do I love Aspen, who's always been there for me? YES! And on, and on, and on. By the end of the book you want Prince Maxon to pick Kriss and be done with it.

Saying that, I will tell you that I stayed up till 2 AM finishing this book, only to find out that I will NOT find out America's choice until book 3. The details of the pending revolution are quite unbelievable and not fleshed out well at all. The real story is....will it be Prince Maxon or Aspen who wins America's heart? If she really wants Maxon, however, she is making a lot of tactical errors in the Selection competition. The last one, (no revealer - spoilers) was too over the top for me. If I were him - I would have booted her myself.

Still adore these covers though!

Don't Miss Out on Altered Book Fairy Houses for Teens!

Don't miss out on the next program for Teens - Altered Book Fairy Houses with Kim Romig.  The program is Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30-8:00 pm.  Make sure you register here:
We are already planning for summer reading - prizes are bought.  Get ready to win!  Check back soon for a schedule of all our great programs and how to win. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Waiting for Wednesday...three books coming soon!

Nantucket Blue

For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

For readers craving a summer romance!

Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look.

Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn't always tell the whole story.

Jennifer Brown also wrote the book "Hate List". 

17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867, pledged to marry a man she has never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. One truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she trusted.

Inspired by a pair of real caged graves in present-day Catawissa, this historical YA novel weaves mystery, romance, and action into a suspenseful drama with human greed and passion at its core.

This one looks creepy, but intriguing!

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