Monthly Archives: July 2012

Teen Poll

This week, we’ve created a poll.  We want to know what kind of books you love to read right now!

Teen Book Reviews

We’ve had some awesome book reviews from WCL teens this summer, and we’re not stopping now!  Here are some more great reviews…check them out!

And, don’t forget to enter our July Summer Blog Giveaway, for your chance to win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card!

The Great Gatsby –  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Review By: Laura B.

I recently read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and loved it. Fitzgerald was writing about what he was experiencing and seeing. It was written about the roaring 20s by someone in the 1920s. I think it is just incredible to read the anti-semitism, and pro-hitler thinking from characters who are completely contrast to those ideas because Fitzgerald did not know WWII and the holocaust was going to happen. Fitzgerald’s use of alliteration was also very educating because he not only referenced to literature but to individuals who were worth referencing during the time and wealthy tycoons we would not know existed if it wasn’t for reading his book. The writing was fluid, and the characters were mysterious and alive. I felt like I had stepped back in time and I would truly recommend this short read.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Review By: Angad J.

I just read the hunger games the SECOND TIME and i still loved it. It’s so surprising because you never know whats going to happen next, i also started catching fire (the second book in the series) and its AMAZING!! I cant wait to find out what happens next!

Skip Beat – Yoshiki Nakamura

Review By: Naomi N.

Skip Beat! is a manga (graphic novel) by Yoshiki Nakamura. It is about a girl name Kyoko who follows her childhood love Sho when he leaves home to become a famous japanese pop musician. Sadly for her, she realizes he was just using her as a maid- she vows revenge on him by promising to become the most famous in Japan. She later joins the LME and works as an actress and slowly begins to rise, and her name becomes knows… and all meanwhile she refuses to allow the emotion of love to take her again.
This manga has love, humor, and a lot of in a way adventure

I absolutely love this series and have read it online as well as own all the volumes (28) that have been released so far. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys some love mischief but also the comedic relief. Great artwork and story line. Even I cannot wait to see how Kyoko gets her ‘revenge’ on childhood friend, former crush Sho.

Book Trailers

This week we’ve got some more awesome book trailers for upcoming or newly released YA books!

Something Strange and Deadly – Susan Dennard

From Goodreads:

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

From Goodreads:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

Seraphina – Rachel Hartman

From Goodreads:

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to reading any of these new titles?

Teen Book Reviews

July is half-over, but there is still lots of time to enter the July Summer Blog Giveaway!

And in the meantime…this week we’ve got some more great teen book reviews!

In or Out – Claudia Gabel

Review by: Anonymous

i read a book called in or out. it was ok. it was by claudia gabe. i really want to get the next book in the series to see what happens next!!


Ashes, Ashes – Jo Treggiari

Review by: Emily W.

i just read the book called Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treagiari. it was about what happened after the world ended. the book followed a girl named Lucy Holloway and explained how she lived her life and how the world ended. it was a great book and i really hope there will be a second book in the series. it was a very exciting and adventurous book that i really loved!!

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Review by: Anonymous

i just read an amazing book called divergent by veronica roth i really thought this was a great book because it tells of one way the world could end up in the future and how the government can take over annything and destroy it.this book tells of a dystopian world where the world is seperated into 5 different factions {areas}for people who believed that a certain flaw about the humans caused all war and misery and one girl named tris is faced with a problem that the goverment wants her dead so she must find a way to stop it.

What’s New at WCL

Since summer is a great time to read some new books, here’s a look at some of the newest titles at the Wellington County Library!

And, don’t forget to tell us how you like to cool down in our July Blog Giveaway Post!


172 Hours on the Moon – Johan Harstad

From Goodreads:

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever.
Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.
Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.
Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.

Sometimes it Happens – Lauran Barnholdt

From Goodreads:

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah’s senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That’s when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Sebastian, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava’s boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around—and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends….and one night, to something more.

Now it’s back to school, where Hannah will see Sebastian, Ava, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship…and herself.

The Ghost Box – Catherine Fisher

From Rear Book Cover:

The bad dreams began the day Sarah saw the face in the painting. The strange tree, the silver box and the ghost boy – they are all connected, but how?

The ghost says he needs Sarah’s help, but it seems her step-brother Matt is out to stop her, and he has others on his side.

Who can Sarah trust?


What She Left Behind – Tracy Bilen

From Goodreads:

Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it.

With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.

So what do you think?  Have you read any of these titles?  Have any other awesome new YA suggestions?  Let us know!


July Summer Blog Giveaway

Welcome to the third Summer Blog Giveaway post for 2012!  We are halfway through our summer blog giveaways…can you believe it?  If you want a chance to win a $15 Chapters Gift Card, simply follow the rules below!

The rules are:

  1. You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
  2. You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
  3. You must leave a comment on this post answering the following question: What’s your favourite way to cool down in the summer?

Post your comment, and check back here at the beginning of August to see who the winner is!

***This Contest is Now Closed***

June Summer Blog Giveaway Winner!

June is already over!  And so is our second blog giveaway post of the summer!  The winner for the June Summer Blog Giveaway is:

Lili A. who said that the best book she’s read in the last year was The Perfect Cut by Julie Burtinshaw.  Interested in the book?  Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

After the death of his tough, guitar-playing, much-loved sister, Michelle, Brian finds it increasingly difficult to care about anything. He doesn’t care about his parents. He doesn’t care about his friends. He doesn’t care about school. He just doesn’t care anymore. The only time Brian comes alive is in the few seconds it takes for the razor to slice through his skin. But he never cuts deep enough to cause any real damage. At least, not yet…

Definitely sounds intense!  You can check out The Perfect Cut from WCL.

Congratulations Lili, and everyone stayed tuned for another chance to win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card in our July Blog Giveaway, which will be up later this week!

Blogger Spotlight

The June Summer Blog Giveaway is officially over!  Stay tuned for the winner, and for July’s giveaway to begin soon.

And in the meantime, we are doing a Blogger Spotlight!

Blogs are a fantastic way to keep track of news and trends in the world of books.  There are some awesome blogs out there dedicated to YA materials, and today we’re going to spotlight an awesome blog that’s everything YA.

Fiction Freak is a blog all about YA books.  Here are some of things covered in this blog:

Reviews – Reviews of YA books are posted all the time, and these reviews cover many different aspects of the books, including information about the book’s genre, page count, and whether it is (or will be) part of a series.

Cover Reveals – A cover reveal is when the cover for an upcoming book is shown for the first time ever.  It’s pretty awesome to catch the very first glimpse of books that haven’t even been released yet, especially when they are part of a series!  Fiction Freak participates in many cover reveals – some of the latest new covers include The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, and Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans.

Author Interviews – Fiction Freak hosts a number of author interviews, where YA authors come to talk about books, writing, and more!  Author interviews are great for getting to know YA authors, and for learning about new books.

Giveaways – Fiction Freak is a US based blog, so many of the giveaways on this website are for those living in the US only.  However, sometimes Fiction Freak will giveaway books internationally, so there’s always the possibility that you could win a prize pack or a book of your own!

And the coolest thing about Fiction Freak?  Its host, Nikki Wang, is a teenager!  What better way to hear awesome YA news than from a teen herself?

You can visit Nikki at Fiction Freak, by clicking the image above, or by clicking here: