Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer reading

I may have taken summer off from blogging, but not from reading! I'd love to share with you tidbits that might entice you to pick up one of these great titles in our library:
A Matter of Days- Like Life As We Knew It, this story made me want to rethink my apocalyptic preparedness as I followed the journey of Nadia and her brother Rabbit across a ravaged America in search of family and safety. Lone Star title. 
One Dead Spy -part of a graphic novel series called Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, this Bluebonnet has much to recommend it- fighting, humor and real historical facts!
For Darkness Shows the Stars- This romantic scifi will appeal to fans of Matched or Jane Austen. Teenage lovers Elliot and Kai have been separated for years when he returns to the estate a new man. 
Tut-Coming out in September, this will be the latest from last year's visiting author PJ Hoover. This exciting read about the boy king in modern day Washington DC will appeal to Percy Jackson fans with its Egyptian mythology basis. 
The Last dragonslayer-Every year the Lone Star list includes a pure fantasy title and that is what we have. Unexpectedly, it is also packed with laughs, so check it out. 
Nest- this new book is a sweet story about a friendship between a boy and a girl during difficult times in their lives. If you loved Bridge to Terabithia, this is a book for you. 
One Came Home- another Lone Star but this one historical. It is the journey of a heroine to save her sister in pioneer days- a borderline wild west story. 
Everything Leads to You- Set in Hollywood, this story is unique in many ways, from its characters to the plot. An unexpected, modern- day romance. 
School Spirits- I believe this is a sequel to Hex Hall. Like Paranormalcy, the main character  a high school girl who hunts down things of the supernatural world. In this story she is battling a school's ghost while learning what it's like to attend public school for the first time. 
Nineteen Minutes- By Jodi Piccoult, this suspenseful story switches from the current story of a high school shooter to the past, where readers sympathize with the boy as he is constantly bullied and suffering unrecquited love. 
Pickle- A Bluebonnet nominee for this year, this book is likely to appeal to fans of the Wimpy Kid series. 
The Rithmatist- This might be steampunk with its alternate historical setting and affinity for clockworky things. Also reminded me of Harry Potter, so fantasy fans should give it a go. 
Peter and the Statcatchers-another title for fans of Harry Potter, this fantasy is the story behind Peter Pan. Try the audio- same narrator as Harry Potter audios. 
The Elite- In a cross between The Bachelor, Hunger Games, and a British royal wedding, a futuristic America searches for a girl to marry the prince. This follows The Selection as second in the series and provides a few unexpected twists and turns. 
The Testing -Cia has been selected for the testing to attend University. In this sci fi, it's a bit more deadly than what students currently face!
Odette's Secrets- Another Bluebonnet nominee, this novel in verse tells the story of a French girl who must hide in the countryside during the Nazi occupation of Paris in World War II. 

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