Monday, February 28, 2011

February 2011

MAXIMUM RIDE #7: ANGEL by James Patterson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
In this seventh (and next-to-last) Maximum Ride novel, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman and excerpted.
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver (Fiction)
DELIRIUM begins Lauren Oliver's worthy dystopian trilogy about a much-changed world where personal choice is forbidden and love is a crime. Everyone in this civilization will eventually receive the cure for the disease "amor deliria nervosa," and suspects displaying early symptoms will be arrested and face immediate surgery. Reviewed by Melanie Smith and excerpted.

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CRYER'S CROSS by Lisa McMann (Paranormal Thriller)
Kendall Fletcher's world consists of her family farm; her best friend and sort-of boyfriend, Nico; soccer; dance; and her obsessive-compulsive disorder. When two classmates disappear, her rigid routine is disrupted by search parties, worry and grief. When she starts hearing voices, Kendall wonders if she's completely losing her grip on reality, or if the missing students are reaching out to her for help. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

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CLOAKED by Alex Flinn (Fiction)
Johnny is not your average hero. He isn't your average anything --- just a poor guy with an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop. But a little magic changes it all. It starts with a curse. And a frognapping. And a princess who asks him to lead a rescue mission. And before he knows it, his life becomes a fairy tale unlike any you've ever heard. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, by Andrew Lane (Mystery)
In 1868, 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes prepares to head home from boarding school for summer break. Instead, his brother Mycroft ships him off to live with their uncle and aunt. Sherlock’s summer vacation is shaping up to be lackluster --- until he discovers a body on his uncle’s grounds. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.
BLOODY TIMES: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis, by James L. Swanson (History)
In this special adaptation for young people, James L. Swanson tells the intertwining stories of Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession and Jefferson Davis's manhunt during one of the bloodiest times in U.S. history. Complete with rare photos, newspaper clippings and eyewitness accounts, BLOODY TIMES is not to be missed. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
THROAT by R.A. Nelson (Supernatural Thriller)
Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy --- until she mysteriously wakes up in the hospital, weak from blood loss. As her memories return, she realizes she was attacked…by a merciless vampire named Wirtz. It was her condition that saved her, interrupting Wirtz and leaving Emma with a vampire's powers, yet no need for blood. But Wirtz won't leave a job undone. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.
THE RIVALRY: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game, by John Feinstein (Mystery)
Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson can't wait to cover "America's Game." Army and Navy have been football rivals since 1890, so they've spent weeks getting to know the players and the coaches. And the secret service. The president is attending, so security is extra tight. But nothing is as it seems --- and someone else is calling plays. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
DEADLY by Julie Chibbaro (Historical Fiction)
To get out of Mrs. Browning's School for Girls, Prudence Galewski has to find a job fit for a young lady. But Prudence is fascinated by the human body. With some luck, she lands a position in a lab, where she's swept into an investigation of the fever. In a time when science is for men, she'll have to prove to the city, and herself, that she can solve one of medical history's greatest mysteries. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
KINDRED by Tammar Stein (Fiction)
Miriam isn't a religious girl; when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. But then the archangel Raphael pays her a visit and sends her on a mission to save two strangers. To top it off, her twin brother has been getting visits from the evil side of the spectrum, which makes Miriam wonder if has she been blessed and her brother cursed, or vice versa. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
CHOKER by Elizabeth Woods (Psychological Thriller)
Cara feels mostly invisible at school, except when popular Alexis and her friends cruelly bully her. When her childhood friend, Zoe, shows up unexpectedly, Cara begins gaining back some confidence. But when tragic accidents start happening to Alexis and company, Cara begins to wonder if Zoe may be responsible. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

Graphic Novel Reviews:
SIEGE: BATTLEFIELD written by Kieron Gillen, Christos Gage, Jonathan Hickman, Brian Reed and Sean McKeever; illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, Jamie McKelvie, Marco Santucci, Federico Dallochio and Alessandro Vitti
We all know how the Avengers are involved in Siege. Now five action-packed stories reveal how Osborn's plan will shock the rest of the Marvel Universe. See Spider-Man battle Venom. Take a journey into Loki's mind. Learn about Nick Fury's master plan. And witness how this event will define the future for Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers. Reviewed by Collin David.

Manga Reviews:
CRIMSON HERO, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Mitsuba Takanashi
Nobara is an excellent volleyball player who is always receiving praise. But that doesn't go over well with her mother, who has old-fashioned opinions about how girls should act. Sports for girls? Never. Nobara has to fight against this ignorance, but since it's her own mother, there's not much she can do. Or is there? Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
DENGEKI DAISY, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Kyousuke Motomi
One day at school, Teru accidentally breaks a window and agrees to pay for it by helping Kurosaki with chores around school. But Kurosaki is an impossible taskmaster, and he seems to be hiding something important from Teru. Reviewed by Kyla Hunt.
ROSARIO + VAMPIRE, Volumes 1-3 written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda
Tsukune is an average student who accidentally enrolls at a school for monsters. The big problem is that if things go badly for him at this school, he won't get detention. He might get eaten. And that's before he falls in love with a vampire girl. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
I.O.N. written and illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Ion Tsuburagi chants the letters of her first name as a charm to bring good luck when she needs it. Then she meets Mikado Hourai, the president of the Psychic Powers Research Society at school, and touches a mysterious substance he's been developing. Now chanting "I-O-N" gives her telekinetic powers! Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
Grab Bag of Books Giveaway
Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!

This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of THE GIRL WHO BECAME A BEATLE by Greg Taylor, HOW TO COOK: Delicious Dishes You’ll Really Want to Make by DK Publishing, RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson, and SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD by Lindsey Leavitt. The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 17th at noon ET.

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Win a Copy of SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS by Sophia Bennett
Three very different girls --- the fashion-forward Nonie; Edie, who’s all about supporting causes; and Jenny, a girl on her way to Hollywood starlet-dom --- take up a cause that they never saw coming. After meeting a Ugandan refugee girl who shares Nonie’s passion for fashion and a talent for designing, they use their individual interests to work toward a goal that really matters.

To celebrate the release of SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS, Sophia Bennett’s debut novel, is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 22nd at noon ET.

Once upon a time in London town, there were three fab “birds”: Nonie is a freak for fashion, bleeding-heart Edie wants to green the planet, and starter-starlet Jenny just finished filming a small part in a BIG Hollywood blockbuster opposite a drool-worthy boy. But when these trendy Brit besties meet Crow, a refugee girl who happens to be an amazing designer, their worldview gets an extreme makeover.

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Special Features:

TRAPPED by Michael Northrop (Psychological Thriller)
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…

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ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr (Fiction)
When your father's a pastor, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Samara Taylor has a lot of reasons to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI, and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

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NEVER BEEN KISSED by Melody Carlson(Fiction)
Summer is ending, and for once that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She’s hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life. What she wasn’t counting on was all the new pressure --- to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she’s on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?
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Books into Movies

I Am Number Four and The Eagle
If the weather is getting you down, then you’re in luck, because our latest Books into Movies feature is spotlighting two big-time blockbusters to cure you of your winter blues. First up is The Eagle, an action-packed rendering of Rosemary Sutcliff’s THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH. Travel back in time to the height of the Roman Empire and join a young warrior as he sets out with his slave to investigate the disappearance of his father --- the famed commander of the Ninth Legion. Or, if you’re in the mood for some contemporary excitement, you’ll be happy to know that I Am Number Four has exploded onto the big screen. This highly anticipated film version of the sci-fi novel of the same name by James Frey and Jobie Hughes (aka Pittacus Lore) relates the gripping saga of a fugitive teen with extraordinary talents.

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Cool New Books

February's roundup of Cool New Books includes DELIRIUM, the first in a trilogy from Lauren Oliver that follows an 18-year-old who does the unthinkable in a futuristic society where love is a disease and the pursuit of it is impossible; ANGEL, James Patterson's seventh Maximum Ride novel, in which the flock's most unlikely heroine must help Max overcome the evil scientists and save the humans from a doomsday cult bent on their destruction; CRYER'S CROSS, Lisa McMann's page-turning account of a community plagued by a rash of sudden disappearances and the obsessive-compulsive girl who can hear the voices of the missing; and the conclusions to two popular series: Lisi Harrison's The Clique (A TALE OF TWO PRETTIES) and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (DARKEST MERCY). » Click here

New in Paperback

February's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork, a gripping drama about a talented teen with an autism-like impairment who is suddenly thrust into “the real world” when he's forced to take a job in the mailroom of his father's law firm; WHITE CAT, the opening installment in Holly Black's series about an untalented misfit who comes from a family of incredibly successful --- and extremely deadly --- curse workers; VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani, which follows an aspiring filmmaker as she tries to survive her first year at boarding school; and MOCKINGBIRD, Kathryn Erskine's compelling tale of an 11-year-old's struggle to navigate the black-and-white world of Asperger's syndrome in the wake of her brother's death. » Click here