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Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown ( released June 12, 2012)

Forget everything Disney taught you about mermaids! These mermaids survive by absorbing the energy given off by humans, and in doing so kill the humans.  Taking place in the Apostle Islands, in the clear waters of Lake Superior, it is a long  and sordid tale of revenge. Calder and his sisters are intent on killing the human who they blame for their mother’s death, Jason Hancock. They have waited many years for the chance to carry out their plan, but Calder is having problems following through. Why, you ask? Two words: a girl. I loved that the story was set in the Great Lakes and not in some tropical location.  We have visited the Great Lakes on  numerous vacations, but you can bet that I will be much more cautious swimming the next time!

Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 2:41 pm.

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Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Burn Mark by Laura Powell ( released June 7, 2012)

Wow, I loved the premise of this story: It’s 2012 and witches exist, but the Government has total control over them. They must make themselves known, so that they can be “bridled”. If caught using their powers for illegal purposes, they will be burned at the stake.

The story follows two teens, Glory, who comes from a long line of witches and is eagerly awaiting her Fae to develop, and Lucas, who comes from 7 generations of Inquisitors, who, to the horror of his family, also develops the Seventh Sense.  The witch covens are run much like the mafia ,with Coven Bosses and Boss Wives. It includes all the usual trappings of a MOB story; politics, pay-offs, bribery, and of course a jewelry heist.  Lucas and Glory come from very different sides of the tracks, yet become friends when Lucas goes undercover into the Wednesday Coven, to break up a crime syndicate.  You meet a lot of characters very quickly, which was slightly confusing until Lucas and Glory meet, and then everything falls quickly into place.  The Author does a great  job of making you want more even though the story concluded nicely. I can’t wait to see what adventures the two get into in the next book and if perhaps what was a spark might become a fire?

“Fae runs thicker than bloood, quicker’n water, and wild as wind”

Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 11:49 am.

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Endure by Carrie Jones

Endure by Carrie Jones (May 8, 2012)

At last the final book in the Need series, it’s been almost 18 months since we last got to enjoy the company of Zara, Nick and Astley.  If you enjoyed the previous books, Need, Captivate, & Entice, you won’t be dissapointed in this final installment of the series. The beginning seems a lot like the previous books, Pixies have gone rogue and are wreaking havoc throughout Bedford.  But it  quickly escalates into a full-on war. I found it very interesting to watch Zara, a very vocal pacifist, thrown into the position of leading an army.  The story is intense and quite emotional. Will it come down to Nick or Astley? Personally, I have been team Astley from the very beginning, and this book just reinforced why I like him so much. I love her take on Pixies and the addition of Norse mythology keeps it fresh and interesting. Who wouldn’t want a grandmother that can shape-shift into a Grizzly Bear? It’s an excellent conclusion to the series and I can honestly say that I will miss Zara!

Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 11:05 am.

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On the YA New Book Shelf- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

 

Lena lives in a world where the government requires a procedure that eliminates amor deliria nervosa (aka love). In this second book in the Delirium triology, Lena now lives in the Wilds among the Invalids—other migratory uncureds who plot to raise awareness of the evils of living without passion.

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago at 7:16 pm.

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The Immortal Rules by New York Times Best Selling Author Julie Kagawa

Can’t get enough of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series? She has a new series : The Blood of Eden and the first book,released today, is titled The Immortal RulesImmortal Rules much like the Iron Fey features an amazingly strong young woman who is very quickly  given a choice no one would want: Become a vampire or die.  Obviously, she doesn’t choose death. The book is fast moving, funny and you very quickly fall in love with the characters. I am becoming weary of so many of the post-apocalyptic novels but this one had a completely different spin on things than any other novel that I’ve read.  The ending provides you with just enough closure to feel good but leaves enough unanswered to make you want more. Julie Kagawa is an excellent story teller and I am eagerly awaiting the next in The Blood of Eden series. For a great  Q&A with Julie Kagawa click here.

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago at 12:36 pm.

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On the Teen New Book Shelf- Bewitching by Alex Flinn

 

Enjoy new takes on old fairy tales? Then this one is for you!

Bewitching can be a beast. . . . Once, I put a curse on a beastly and
arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t. I go to
a new school now-one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago.
I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age. You see, I’m immortal.
And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years-except for when to
take my powers and butt out. I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I
could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread
house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal,
remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished
from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I
don’t even want to think about it. Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably
shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I
think I have just the thing to fix that girl-and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin.
Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching

Posted 2 years ago at 6:33 pm.

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Geek Out- Whatcha Reading? Creating Multimedia Presentations by Tamra Orr

Creating Multimedia Presentations by Tamra Orr  YA oo5.58 ORR

A must-have how-to guide to the vast and vastly complicated world of multimedia research and presentation. This book accessibly guides the young reader through the process of searching for, obtaining, storing, organizing, arranging, and presenting multimedia sources of informationimages, audio, and video for school projects. It also imparts essential understanding about using copyrighted materials and how to safely cite sources. The entire process of synthesizing multimedia materials into a smooth, effective presentation is accessibly explored. Students learn typical teacher expectations and methods of evaluation for such a project. The book includes useful web sites and information about online tutorials and an extensive reading list and collection of resources.

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago at 4:43 pm.

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Teen Tech Tip #6- Reliable Search Engines

Finding reliable search engines for students is an ongoing battle! Having trouble finding the answers your looking for? Try these search engines:

Sweet Search: “SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.

It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and “fine-tune” them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.

SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines.”

Ref Seek: “RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make
academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than
one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and
newspapers.”

Wolfram Alpha: “Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers—
not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.” Basically if your question involves a number, this is the place to go for an answer.

Google Scholar: “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.” It searches court records, patent records and scholarly journals. In some cases the results will link to abstracts of books and articles that you will then have to obtain from a library or book retailer. In other cases results will link to fully viewable documents.

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago at 4:39 pm.

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Geek Out- Whatcha Reading? Car Trouble by Jeanne Duprau

Car Trouble by Jeanne Duprau

Duff Pringle has bought his first car. (Used.) He’s got six days to drive 3,000 miles cross-country to California and start a new hi-tech job that will make him wealthy. (Sort of.) Nothing can stop him. (Or can it?) Uh-oh . . . CAR TROUBLE. Duff’s Ford Escort barely makes it a hundred miles from home before breaking down. What’s he supposed to do? He’s promised his new boss he’ll be there by Monday. But he’s also promised himself that he’ll make this journey by car, so he can really see the country. Using his laptop and some quick thinking, he pieces together a way to continue his trip. What he doesn’t plan on are the people he meets along the road. There’s Stu, a hitchhiker with a secret; Bonnie, an aspiring singer with a con artist for a mother; two thugs looking for a trunkful of cash; and Moony, the terrier prone to carsickness.

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago at 8:49 pm.

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