Thursday, June 28, 2012

What actual Y.A.-ers are reading...

Delirium and Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

"They say love is a disease. That it infects you. Lena believes that until she meets Alex...and falls in love. Delirium shows how far Lena will go for love, and what she'll give up. Lauren Oliver wrote a powerful story showing us just what love really means. It is a great read and amazing story." - Luke, age 15

Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

"This series is fantastic! It's filled with magic, action and a little romance, with major twists and turns! If you really want to understand the story, you need to read Graceling and Fire first because they set up this great series." - Kristen, 16

Variant - Robison Wells

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school's real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape 'his only real hope for survival' may be impossible.

"You never know what to expect. You think you can believe what one character says, but then it's like the book tagline - 'Trust no one.' Can't wait for the sequel this fall!" - Kara, 15

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs. for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and - shockingly, to her - interested in Hazel.

"The Fault In Our Stars makes you smile, laugh, and cry. Laughing and smiling are not typically associated with cancer books, but TFioS breaks the mold. Green creates realistic characters which will seem to you like good friends by the end of the novel. I liked this so much I'm now reading another John Green book, Will Grayson, Will Grayson." - Chad, 16

Top Ten PVHS Check-outs (June 2012)

1. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick - Joe Schrieber
2. The Catastrophic History of You and Me - Jess Rothenberg
3. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
4. Variant - Robison Wells
5. Where It Began - Ann Stampler
6. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
7. Bunheads - Sophie Flack
8. Dead to You - Lisa McMann
9. Divergent - Veronica Roth
10. The Eleventh Plague - Jeff Hirsch

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