Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Ever read a book that made you laugh at loud on nearly every page, and you feel like an idiot reading it in public because people might think you’re a little insane? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books. As the title suggests, this is a book about a teenager, his sort-of friend Earl, and a dying girl.

Greg Gaines is a senior in high school, and he’s managed to get through the past few years by blending in with all the cliques and never getting too close to anyone. This is no easy feat; it takes hard work and constant vigilance to melt with ease through the various social groups. On his first day of senior year, he realizes that maybe all that hard work will pay off and his final year will be awesome. That is, until he gets home from school and his mom drops the bomb: a girl he went to Hebrew school with has leukemia and Greg should really spend some time with her. Thus begins the story of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Continue reading “Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Staff Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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One snowy day, Mia and her family went for a drive when the accident happened – and life would never be the same. Her parents were killed instantly, her younger brother went to one hospital while Mia was medivac-ed to a critical care unit in another hospital. While in a coma at the hospital, Mia is aware of what is going on around her – and she has a decision to make – should she let go and join her family or should she stay knowing she’ll be alone. As Mia contemplates her decision, she reminisces about happier times in her past and listens in as her extended family and friends talk to her and to the medical professionals who are taking care of her. Continue reading “Staff Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman”

Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I must admit that I was very skeptical when this book was recommended to me….Aliens? Really?

My favorite genre is fantasy, closely followed by sci-fi, so there is no reason why this book would not appeal to me.  But I think I am just too used to reading about vampires and werewolves that for some reason aliens sounded far-fetched to me.  Go figure!

Contrary to my initial reaction, this book was awesome!  I sat and finished the second half of the book in one sitting because I could not put it down.  There are also 4 books in this series currently, so I cannot wait to pick up #2!  I loved the characters witty banter and complex relationship.  It was so refreshing to see a teen book where the main character did not immediately fall in love with a boy that she barely knew!  Below is a little teaser of the storyline to get you hooked: Continue reading “Aliens, Enemies and Secrets…Oh my!”

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia….but she will have the chance to live a while longer.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.  She must learn about all known poisons by tasting them herself and experiencing their horrible effects.  To make sure she shows up to work everyday the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds Yelena a poison called Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

To get the whole story pick up this enticing read!