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Vote for the YALSA 2013 Winner!

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Earlier this summer I posted about some of the great books nominated for YALSA’s 2012 Teen Top Ten award. Now is your chance to vote for the 2013 YALSA Teen Top Ten! The nominees are:

  • Underworld by Meg Cabot
  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Of Poseidon by AnnaBanks
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  • Butter by Erin Jade Lange
  • Immortal City by Scott Speer
  • The Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Skinny by Donna Cooner
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
  • Croak by Gina Damico
  • The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • Son by Lois Lowry
  • Grave Mercy by robin LaFevers
  • Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Wow, that’s quite the list! To find out more about these titles and to cast your votes for the YALSA TTT check out Dogobooks.com.

(To make things a little easier I’ve highlighted the titles available through the Wellington County Library)

Exciting New and Upcoming Teen Fiction Releases

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

By Cassandra Clare      

Darkness returns to the Shadow hunter world. As theircity of heavenly fire society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the Mortal Instruments series!

 

Allegiant (Divergent #3)

By Veronica Roth

What if your whole world was a lie?allegiant
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

 

The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)

By Rick Riordan

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief andhouse of hades follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

What’s New at WCL

The holidays are almost upon us! Spend your time off with friends and family, but don’t forget to put in some quality “me” time, too! And what better way to relax and enjoy your holiday vacation by curling up with a good book. Here are just a few of the many new books at WCL!

 

VenomFionaPaulCoverVenom – Fiona Paul

 About the book (from Goodreads):

 Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

 

Colin Fischer – Ashley Edward Miller & Zach Stentz

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About the book (from Goodreads):

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only [one] for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school.

 

DeathofKleptoDeath of a Kleptomaniac – Kristen Tracy

About the book (from Goodreads):

At sixteen, Molly is a girl who’s just started living–at last she’s popular. But for a girl who has everything, Molly feels like she never has enough. So she steals. At least there’s plenty of time to fix this last little problem. Except Fate has other plans for Molly. Like death. Suddenly dead and in denial, how can Molly move on when life was just looking up? Can she abandon her earthly ties or will she jeopardize her soul to stay close to her loved ones?

 

Book Review – Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

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About the Book – From Goodreads:

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances consists of three separate stories that all take place during a holiday snow storm in a small town. The stories, each written by different authors, focus on separate casts of characters, and in each story, there are two characters navigating the slippery slopes of love.

This is a great lighthearted read for the holidays. It does revolve around Christmas, but there are characters in these tales that do not celebrate Christmas, too. The stories are all romances, so there is a bit of a gooey factor with this book. But the stories are also funny, and while there is some kissing and declarations of love, it’s not unbearably mushy. If you are looking for a good holiday read to flip through while snuggling by a fire or sipping hot chocolate at home (or in a Starbucks!), this could be a great choice for you.

My favourite thing about the book?  Although each story was written by a different author, and focused on different people, all of the stories were interconnected. The tales all take place in the same town, and there are certain minor characters that are present in all three tales. Plus, at the end of the final tale, everyone comes together, which is really cool.

My least favourite thing about the book? For being a holiday book, these stories are not really centered on the holidays themselves. The theme of this book is really love taking place because of a massive snow storm, and the book could easily have taken place in the middle of January…the holidays were somewhat present, but not nearly as important as they could have been.

 

Looking for similar titles?  Try these!

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Ex-mas – Kate Brian

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Kissing Kate – Lauren Myracle

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Snowed In – Rachel Hawthorne

Let it Snow!

Yup, it’s begun! The snow is falling, and the temperature is cool. So what better thing to do than curl up inside and read?

Here are a few snowy choices for some wintry reading!

Trapped – Michael Northrop

About the book (from Goodreads):

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .

 

Winter Town – Stephen Emond

About the book (from Goodreads):

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.

 

Fury – Elizabeth Miles

About the book (from Goodreads):

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better–the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

CW TAG: Favourite Fantasy Authors

Today we’ve got an awesome post straight from the Centre Wellington Teen Advisory Group. Check it out!

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The members of Centre Wellington’s Teen Advisory Group (CW TAG) love reading fantastical stories. Our tastes range from mythical creatures to steampunk! Here is a list of our top 10 authors: 

1. Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
  • Heroes of Olympus series
  • Kane Chronicles series

2. J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter series

 3. Cassandra Clare

  • The Mortal Instruments series
  • The Infernal Devices series

4. Lesley Livingston

  • Wondrous Strange series
  • Never series
  • Starling

5. Veronica Roth

  • Divergent series

6. Ally Condie

  • Matched series

7. Kelley Armstrong

  • Darkest Powers trilogy
  • Darkness Rising series

8. Pittacus Lore

  • Lorien Legacies series

9. J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Hobbit

10. Andrea Cremer

  • Nightshade series
  • Nightshade prequel series

Do you like these authors too? Come and share your favourite authors, and learn more of ours. CW TAG is always open to new members joining!

The last meeting of 2012 will be on Thursday December 13 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm in the Elora Branch Community Room. We will be taking a little break over the holidays and starting back up again on January 10th, 2013!

What’s New at WCL

We’ve been receiving tons of great new stuff here at the WCL libraries! Here are just a few highlights from our new stock…visit your local branch to see what’s on the shelf!

Dark Inside – Jeyn Roberts

About the Book (From back of book cover):

An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning friends into murderous strangers. For those who survive the brutal earthquakes and the first wave of the killing, the world is a different, deadlier place. Society has fallen apart. No one can be trusted. For four teens struggling to stay alive in a world determined to kill them, it means all they have is one another–if they can trust one another–and the hope that their future holds something greater than mere survival.

 

Way To Go – Tom Ryan

About the Book (From back of book cover):

Danny thinks he must be the only seventeen-year-old guy in Cape Breton–in all of Nova Scotia, maybe–who doesn’t have his life figured out. His buddy, Kierce, has a rule for every occasion. His best friend, Jay, seems unworried by bad grades. Danny’s dad nags him about his post-high-school plans, his friends bug him about his non-existent sex life, and a run-in with the cops means he has to get a summer job. But worst of all, he’s keeping a secret that could ruin everything.

 

Getting Over Garrett Delaney – Abby McDonald

About the Book (From inside jacket cover):

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession–ahem, affection–is her best friend, Garrett Delaney. For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to ’80s indie rock–all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder–until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox!

Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.