Happy Birthday to Books 8/12 to 8/18

The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. Finish up those summer reading lists by checking out some great new books!

The Kill Order by James Dashner
(August 14, 2012, Random House)

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this prequel to one of my favorite dystopian trilogies. Seeing the world from all stages of the disaster that raged across America is not something we get to read about often. Most dystopian novels are set in the aftermath of a disaster, but we rarely know what happened before. . . . Even if you haven’t read The Maze Runner you can still pick this one up without getting confused. —Anna, Literary Exploration


My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher
(August 14, 2012, Little, Brown)

I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish, and it’s a “must read” for anyone who loves five star YA writing. Jamie is a wonderful character who “lives” through the page, and I’ve rarely encountered a female author who writes so convincingly as a young boy. The portrayal of family grief is excellent, seen through Jamie’s eyes – he was five when his sister died, and just wants his family to return to normal. —Annie, Goodreads


Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
(August 14, 2012, Delacorte)

Kissing Shakespeare is an easy, fun read. A teen romance without all the “grown up” trappings, this is a book about what people will do to save what they love, first kisses and teary goodbyes. The ending is surprising and touching. I enjoyed this book, mostly because it didn’t try to be anything but what it was—a love story for all ages. —Emily, Hippies, Beauty, and Books . . . OH MY!


Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso
(August 14, 2012, Atheneum)
Counting Backwards is an emotionally charged novel with moving passages that nearly made me tear up in several places. Taylor is easy to relate to, and so her struggles pull directly at your heart strings as she tries to make sense of her world and herself. —Izzy G., My Words Ate Me


The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
(August 16, 2012, Penguin)

This novel was a grand adventure. I was intrigued by all the magical creatures and plot twists I came across. This is definitely a five-star book. I can’t wait to see what Ruth comes out with next! —Brandi, Bound 2 Astound

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