Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Five Flavors of Dumb

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John

Book Description:
Piper is a seventeen-year-old high school senior, and she's just been challenged to get her school's super-popular rock band, Dumb, a paying gig. The catch? Piper is deaf. Can she manage a band with five wildly different musicians, nurture a budding romance, and discover her own inner rock star, though she can't hear Dumb's music?
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, it had heart and it made me laugh. I liked Piper's character a lot. Yes, she had her sarcastic, typical angsty teen moments, but she was also tough and determined to make her own way in the world. I loved her connection to music, even as she acknowledged that she couldn't hear it and would never experience it the same way as everyone else could. I loved the way that this family dealt with their issues and came together as a stronger unit by the end of the story.

For a touching and uplifting, easy to read book this summer, think about picking up this book!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just Announced - Sever by Lauren DeStefano!

by Lauren DeStefano
The Chemical Garden Trilogy, book three

Publication date: Feb. 12, 2013
Book Description:
What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20.

In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by “the Gatherers” to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.

Not only do I *need* to know how this trilogy will finally end, but they came up with another gorgeous "broken doll" cover, though here Rhine looks significantly less "broken." Symbolism anyone? 

What do you think? Are you as desperate to finally read the end of this series as I am?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Partials

by Dan Wells

Book Description:
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Feel like you are tired of dystopians, yet? If so, I'd say give Partials a chance and see if it restores your faith in the genre. I love dystopians, really love them, but with the influx to the market right now, it is easy to get burnt out! I'm finding myself having to be much more careful in my selections and having to space them out between books from other genres to give myself a mental reboot. However, I really, thoroughly enjoyed Partials and would read a sequel from this author in a heartbeat!

This book had a great premise and followed through with realistic fallout. I loved how not only had the human population been decimated by a virus (that they essentially unleashed upon themselves after creating the Partials superhuman army...), but that they then also had to deal with their inability to reproduce successfully and how their society dealt with the prospect of dying out. There were LAYERS of things going on here!! LAYERS, people.

Kira was a great heroine. She was tough, she fought for what she believed in...she made dumb mistakes and she was scared sh!tless sometimes, but she also inspired change! She was a gamechanger. She thought outside the box. In a word, she was awesome. I would take Kira on my side against the world, any day!

Full of action, great observations of people and not only how they react singly to important events, but as a group, with a really strong main character... Partials is a dystopia I recommend to all that love the genre. It makes my top three dystopians list! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets
by C.J. Omololu

Book Description:
Everyone has a secret. But Lucy's is bigger and dirtier than most. It's one she's been hiding for years-that her mom's out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. Tackling an increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C. J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy's desperate attempt to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen's life will have them completely hooked.

This was a compelling, intriguing, and at moments both gross and shocking book. It's like a soap opera unfolding in front of your eyes - you see it happening, you know what's coming, and still you can't look are hooked!  

I watch Hoarders on TV. I'll admit it. It's one of those shows you turn on and then can't turn off again. I'll watch it for hours. It's educational in a way, but it's mostly morbidly fascinating. You can't help but wonder for hours how it's possible that people actually live like that! It also has the dual purpose of making me feel much better about how I live my life...sort of like Cops, LOL.

Anyway, this book read like watching an episode's aftermath. I could not put it down! There were moments when I wished I could, but it was impossible. I can absolutely see now why several of the teens in our Library had been bugging me to read this one!

For something a little different that you won't be able to put down...try Dirty Little Secrets!

Friday, June 15, 2012

MY Summer Reading List

This summer looks amazing in terms of book publishing! There are so many books that are either already out or are coming out this summer that I am dying to read!!

I love to secretly, or not so secretly, LOL, stalk the Amazon and Barnes and Noble teen book websites to figure out what books are coming out when... so, I've already got a HUGE stack of books that I'd like to read before the summer is over, but these are the "essential" ones I want to read...

Are any of you already planning your reads for the rest of the summer, or am I just the crazy one, LOL?! Anyway, here's MY summer reading list:

Just for Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Fins series, book three
Publication date: July 3, 2012


Endlessly by Kiersten White
Paranormalcy series, book three
Publication date: July 24, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Already published...

Carter series, book three
Publication date: August 7, 2012

Summer series, book three
Already published...


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication date: July 3, 2012


Timeless by Gail Carriger
Parasol Protectorate series, book five
Already published... 

(Clicking on the title of each book will take you directly to the book's Amazon page where you can read the description and check out similar books.)

So tell me, what are some of the books on YOUR summer reading list????

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Save the Grant...Save the Library!

Please check out this short video that volunteers in West Springfield made to help show why we need to save the grant that the Massachussetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded to WSPL to build a new Library. We as a community need to show that we want them to let us keep the grant to build the new Library right where the current one is now.  Please watch and share!! Tell your friends to watch the video and get your parents or anyone over 18 to come to the Library to sign in our signature drive!

Thank you SO MUCH for your support!! Save the Grant...Save the Library!

Review: Struck

by Jennifer Bosworth
Book Description:
Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.
This was a cool book. The way that Mia was addicted to being struck by lightning was original, creepy, and totally compelling to read about.

This is a post-apocalyptic the beginning, only Los Angeles is really affected. Well, decimated in reality. However, the leaders of two different and warring cults are both claiming that another storm is that will cause an earthquake that will devestate the entire world!

Mia was a very intriguing main character. She was tough, used to having to provide for her brother and somewhat catatonic mother... but she also had hints of vulnerability. She admits to her addiction and tries to fight it.

I also really liked some of the secondary characters. I felt like they were very defined. You knew who they were. That also became a fault of the book in one sense... there was a revelation about the real identity of one character that was not surprising, at all. I still very much enjoyed the twist, but it wasn't really that shocking.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to more from this author. Though not the best in the genre recently, this had a refreshing new twist that made it stand out for me! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Movie Trailer: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hey Guys, I don't know if you've heard but they are turning the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky into a movie...and Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Logan Lerman (The Lightning Thief) are two of the stars... I'm super excited to see it!

What do you think of the trailer? Do you think you'll check it out?

Friday, June 1, 2012

What's On My Hold List?

Welcome back to
"What's on My Hold List?"
This is the June 2012 edition!

One of the most beautiful things about working at our Library is that I know what's coming out and what we'll be getting and I can put the books on hold right away!

These are some of the books that I'm currently waiting for:

by Kim Harrison
Sleuth or Dare, book 2

by Peadar O. Guilin

*If you click on each title, it will take you to the book on for more information. :)*

So, these are the books I'm waiting anxiously to get my hands on...
what are YOU waiting for??