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By Library Staff on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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, 16 year old 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.
She has survived the simulation attack from the rebels, but not without her share of scars, both external and internal. One of the worst parts was having to kill her friend, Will. She had no choice; it was either kill him or he would kill her. But she’s having trouble convincing herself of that truth, let alone admitting it to the others. The guilt eats...
By Library Staff on Thursday, June 07, 2012
The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying...
By Library Staff on Thursday, April 26, 2012
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is, she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations,...
By Library Staff on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Katniss and Peeta survived the Hunger Games, even defying the Capitol in the process. Now they've returned together to District 12. But while Peeta has settled back into his life and even seems to be almost happy, Katniss finds herself at loose ends. She doesn't feel comfortable in her large new house, although her mother and sister are happy now and well fed. Gale doesn't talk to her anymore and her hunting is a solitary pursuit. But Katniss can't forget the horrors she witnessed in the Hunger Games and when she and Peeta must leave for their command performance Victory Tour of the other districts, those memories begin to haunt her even more.
But greater dangers await Katniss and Peeta than either expects. Katniss' decision to save both their lives at the end of the Hunger Games has sparked a growing rebellion within the districts, a rebellion...
By Library Staff on Thursday, March 01, 2012
How nice to be able to feature a Canadian author writing for teens.
When a messenger from the Perilous Realm foretells danger, Will Lightfoot realizes his friends, Rowen and her grandfather Pendrake, need him in the land of Story - a world where nothing is as it seems. "The Perilous Realm is not just a world with stories in it. This world is Story. Whatever you might find in a story, you will find here. Adventures, strange encounters, riddles. Heroes and monsters. Bravery, goodness and terrible evil." Will has returned from his exhilarating adventure in the Realm and is back at home with his family trying to go through the motions of ordinary life. But he is dogged by feelings of restlessness and is desperate to see Rowen again. It's not long before he obeys the irresistible pull to return to Fable and...
By Library Staff on Saturday, January 28, 2012
Specials is the final book in Scott Westerfeld's Uglies trilogy (after Uglies and Pretties). In this installment, Tally wakes up from surgery and finds herself part of an ultra-cool team of Specials (bio-engineered, covert law enforcement personnel) called the Cutters. She has snazzy techno-features, like embedded computer chips, unbreakable ceramic bones, and razors that come out of her fingernails. She's the ultimate weapon.
It's a bit disturbing to read a book in which the heroine of the series has been essentially co-opted by the bad guys. Tally now works for Shay, her complex best friend, and is expected to find and betray the New Smokies (her friends of the first book). But she does maintain traces of her former self, and she is particularly motivated to find Zane (her now brain-damaged love from the second book), and convince Dr. Cable to transform Zane into a Special, too. However, when she...
By Library Staff on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums...
By Library Staff on Monday, November 07, 2011
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”
Within the nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway--a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
By Library Staff on Friday, September 16, 2011
Introducing a brand-new teen fiction series~ a spin-off of Vampire Academy, written of course by Richelle Mead.
Bloodlines picks up where the final Vampire Academy novel, Last Sacrifice, left us year. But instead of seeing the story through the eyes of spunky, sassy Rose Hathaway, we're instead presented with Sydney Sage, a recurring character from the original series, who has just been given a new assignment: protect the vampire queen's sister, Jill.
We learn a lot more about her this time around. Did you know that she was home-schooled by her father who is a bit of a strange duck, (bit of an understatement, he’s absolutely horrible) or that she has a younger sister?. There is no denying that Sydney is a very different character than Rose from VA and you may struggle with this. But, after you get used to clinical, practical, and yes, sometimes boring,...
By Library Staff on Friday, August 19, 2011
The twins return in the fifth and penultimate story in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.This time they are divided as they have chosen different allies to support. It’s the old story of good versus evil, the black hats versus the white hats!
The Warlock is filled with some new characters, lots of old favourites, action, magic and a wee bit of time travel. This book digs a bit deeper into the lives (and the pasts) of some of the key characters. Developments and sometimes surprises add an interesting element to the plot. And Josh and Sophie finally seem to be developing strong personalities of their own! It has taken the author separating them to give them their own identities.
Nicholas and Perenelle, the Flamels have begun their last day of life, crazy monsters have been...
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