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Review: The Lost (Sarah Beth Durst)

The Deets:
Audience: Adult
Pages: 350
Publisher: May 27th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778317111
Genre: mystery-ish
Source: ARC from author

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassable dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found...

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman's impossible journey...and her quest to find her fate.

What am I going to do about Sarah Beth Durst? She keeps writing amazing books, and I keep fo…

Review: The Silver Rings (Samuel Valentino)

The Deets: 
Audience: MG, intermediate
Pages: 223
Publisher: July 1st 2014 by Brattle Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780985429546
Genre: fairytale
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Meet twin sisters, Celia and Alice, whose bid for freedom from their evil stepmother leads them on a hilarious journey through a world of fantasy and imagination. Join the sisters as they encounter a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants, charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more! Readers will recognize familiar themes from their favorite tales and read new ones taken from cultures around the world. Author and illustrator Samuel Valentino has cleverly woven together a delightful fairy tale that teaches us resilience and creative thinking pay off in the end.

When I saw this cover on NetGalley, I had to read it. It looked so cute. As an added bonus, I love fairytale retellings. The Silver Rings looked like it would fit into the fractured fairytale genre, and it did!

I also saw a copy of this book in …

Review: Some Boys (Patty Blount)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
(first published January 1st 2014) ISBN: 9781402298561
Genre: contemporary
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

This. Book.

I had a feeling I was going to like this book when I read the summary. I am a huge fan of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, and something about Some Boys just spoke to me. I knew I would like it. What I did not count on, however, is how much I loved it.

If I was still teaching face-to-face …

Review: Variant (Robinson Wells)

The Deets:

Audience: YA
Pages: 376
Publisher: September 26th 2011 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062026088
Genre: mystery, thriller
Source: library copy

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

Oh man, you guys. This book! In one word: intense. In two words: intense and surprising.

I usually figure out the plot of books way before the end, but that was not the case with Variant. It literally kept me guessing to the last word.

If you like suspenseful books, I hope