Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book Details
Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 2 in Divergent trilogy
Release Date: May 28, 2012 (Not Yet Published!)

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.


Why Wait?
Divergent was another early read for me. It was the first book in a long time that I stayed up late to finish all at once (4am reading anyone?). So when Insurgent's cover was revealed a few weeks ago, I got excited all over again! Veronica Roth promises that we will see more from the factions that we didn't get to know in Divergent. Bonus points for setting this series in my second home, Chicago!

Haven't read Divergent yet? You must read this review from teenscene's newest reviewer, andimjulie.

Book Extras
Author Veronica Roth on Insurgent Cover Reveal
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"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. All books featured on TeenScene's WoW posts are planned future reviews and anticipated purchases for our library's collection.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Book Details
Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Page Count: 432
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 2 in Delirium trilogy
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.

Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to
Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.


Why Wait?
I cried buckets over Delirium. I love dystopian fiction--especially when it's done well and in a unique, fresh way. But in all seriousness, I really did fall in love with Lena and Alex (insert weeping here) and Lauren Oliver's storytelling. She took a real world and changed one small detail that had a HUGE impact. It is a simple premise with far reaching consequences.

My advance copy of Delirium got passed around so much among my library's teens that it came back to me dogeared and bedraggled. I gave it to one teen girl who refuses to read any science fiction, fantasy, etc. She is a hardcore historical romance reader. I told her, This is your worst nightmare come true. She came back a few days later and told me I was right. And then we wept over Alex together.

If you can't wait until March for Pandemonium, go check out the special edition of Delirium (with the new cover) because it has a sneak peek of the next book in the back! Hopefully, it will be enough to tide you over, but probably not. Here's my review refresher while you're waiting.

Book Extras
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Lauren Oliver's Website
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"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. All books featured on TeenScene's WoW posts are planned future reviews and anticipated purchases for our library's collection.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Book Details

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Page Count: 432
Format: Hardcover
Series: 1st in trilogy
Release Date: September 20, 2011

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.


I had not read a full summary before starting The Girl of Fire and Thorns. So much of what you read above was a complete SHOCK to me! I must say, I didn't know what you expect from Carson since the story started off with foreign names and places thick with accents. But once I found my grounding in Princess Elisa's world, I fell deeply in love.

Blessed with a Godstone in her belly, Elisa is constantly living under the scrutiny of those around her. Everyone expects great things from her--waiting for her to fulfill her Service. However, so far, she feels like a disappointment.
She is not a beauty or well-spoken like her older sister. She finds solace in food and the company of her studies. She is insecure and self-conscious--in other words, flawed and human. As a reader, you will sympathize with Elisa, but never pity her. You learn early on that she has a sharp wit and an eye for knowledge. Trusting the intuition of the Godstone and praying for guidance, she has the foresight to see how to handle situations and understand people.

In sharp contrast to Elisa is her betrothed, King Alejandro. Married as part of an arrangement between their two kingdoms, theirs is not a marriage of love. As much as Alejandro is supposed to be a handsome (and desirable) king, there is always something a bit off about him. I found myself regarding him with distaste and suspicion. He is indecisive and fearful for much of the story. Even though his is Elisa's husband, I started rooting for her to find someone more worthy, so I was very pleased to meet Humberto. Humberto is swoon-worthy. He's brave, protective, and his eyes linger on Elisa just enough to make you melt. His love for her is subtle but heartwarming. I was sighing every time he came onto the page. (Yes, Rae Carson made me fall in love with a fictional boy!) Humberto's love for her is bittersweet and tinged with sadness.

I absolutely refuse to give away any more details or plots because it is such a wonderful discovery
full of heartbreak and triumph. You feel like you are on Elisa's journey with her. That you are right alongside her as she searches for a way to fulfill her Service and destiny. You want her to surpass everyone's expectations and beat the odds. In short, you find yourself a champion.

Though Carson left the story at what felt like a complete ending, there is room left for more. I am eager to see where she takes the story next. This is one trilogy that will be worth the wait. The Crown of Embers is planned for Fall 2012, and The Bitter Kingdom for Fall 2013.

Reading Rating
Though I got off to a slow start with this one, once I had a fresh pair of eyes on it--I absolutely could not put it down. I found myself giving up sleep & work (SHHH!) to finish this one. A rich, engaging world with a hint of magic and "other" elements. You will fall in love with the cast of characters, especially Elisa and Humberto! I highly recommend this one if you loved Graceling by Kristin Cashore or Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon.

Book Extras
Rae Carson's Website
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Reviewed by: ch3rrybl0ss0m
Courtesy of netGalley

Friday, September 9, 2011

Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


The Ice Prince is on a seemingly impossible mission to find a way that he can be with his beloved, Meagan, the Iron Queen. As her knight, he is sworn to stay by her side and defend her, but the Iron kingdom is deadly to him. He’ll have to venture to the ends of the world to prove himself worthy and earn a soul, so that they can be together once again. Along the journey his past catches up to him, and he’ll have to choose whether he wants to continue on or follow his heart in a different direction all together.


I wasn’t sure how I would like reading from Ash’s perspective, I mean, he’s kind of cold and detached, but Kagawa proved my fears wrong. It’s an intriguing twist and I loved reading the final book through his eyes. The conclusion couldn’t have been done any better. All I needed was a little insight into what makes the Ice Prince tick and I was hooked. I followed along with him on his adventure and trusted that he would not lead me wrong, turns out he was more courageous and noble than I could have imagined.

Since I was late to the party on discovering the Iron Fey series, I am so glad I didn't miss it after all. Kagawa has put a brilliant spin on her own tale of faery with a completely wonderful cast of characters.

This was an advanced reader's copy. Iron Knight will be released on October 25, 2011. Put your copy on hold today!

Reviewed by: LostntheStacks

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book Details

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Page Count: 338
Format: Hardcover
Companion Title to Anna and the French Kiss
Release Date: September 29, 2011 (Not Yet Published!)

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Why Wait?
I absolutely ADORED Perkins' debut title, Anna and the French Kiss, which I reviewed here. I have heard nothing but stellar things about Lola. In fact, for a sneak peek--hunt down a paperback copy of AatFK because it has the first chapter of Lola in the back!! If chapter one is any indication, I know I will have mad love for this book. It's also got hints of Steph herself in it.

Oh, and remember that time Stephanie Perkins came to OUR library? Makes me happy, happy, happy :)

Also, Stephanie Perkins will be Austin Teen Book Festival on October 1st in Austin, Texas too!

Book Extras
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Stephanie Perkins' Blog
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"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. All books featured on TeenScene's WoW posts are planned future reviews and anticipated purchases for our library's collection.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sequel Sunday - Red Glove by Holly Black

I have a love/hate relationship with sequels. On the one hand, I always want MORE of my favorite characters and stories. On the other, I am not a patient person. I like having everything right now. But some books are well worth the wait...

Book Details
Title: Red Glove
Author: Holly Black
Page Count: 325
Format: Hardcover
Series: #2 in Curseworkers
Release Date: April 5, 2011

(Non-spoilery version)
When federal agents learn that seventeen-year-old Cassel Sharpe, a powerful curseworker, may be of use to them, they offer him a deal to join them rather than the mobsters for whom his brothers work.

A devilishly delicious follow-up to White Cat. Holly Black is a master storyteller creating an intense and very real world filled with Curseworkers, magic, and mobsters. If you haven't started this series, READ IT NOW! And then promptly sit back to wait for Black Heart. For a special treat, listen to the audiobook version. It once again features Jesse Eisenberg, who makes for the perfect Cassel Sharpe.

White Cat Review
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Reviewed by ch3rrybl0ss0m


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