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Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow

With the fall football season in full swing, it’s time for a football book! While I thoroughly enjoy a good football movie, I don’t often read too many sports books. I decided to give  Through My Eyes  a try and found it a quick and enjoyable read. Even if football isn’t your game, the family stories and history of how Tim grew up are facinating.   Since this book came out at the end of 2011, it concludes with him in Denver, so no information on his move to the Jets  is included.   As a big believer in supporting your community by volunteering, it’s encouraging to see such a well rounded athlete that is very determined to give back, with both his time and his money. I highly recommend this to any high school athlete that is looking for inspiration. Not a Gator fan but I enjoy football, and reading about dedicated athletes, and Tebow is definitely dedicated. Interesting to see what brought him to this point, and wonder what great things are yet to come for him. Maybe in his next book….

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago at 7:43 pm.

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Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

 

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

   
Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (2nd in the Ashfall Series)

If you were caught up in the non-stop action of the first book Ashfall,  you will not be disappointed by the second book Ashen Winter. I had a very difficult time putting this book down. It was disturbing, and gruesome and disheartening, and yet I was cheering for Alex the whole time! Every-time I thought it couldn’t get any worse, somehow it did. It starts with Alex and Darla at his Aunt and Uncle’s farm, but  when a lead arises they quickly go on the hunt for Alex’s parents. And it’s all downhill from there. I’ve said it before, but the author does a great job showing it, disasters, whether it’s war or famine or earthquakes or volcano eruptions, are awful and awful events change people. Not always for the better.  My heart tells me, that humans would bond together in a time of need, but unfortunately as we’ve seen many times in reality, it comes down to survival of the fittest. If you enjoy a good dystopian series, you will enjoy the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago at 3:50 pm.

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2013 Readers Choice Awards

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Attention teen readers! Did you read a great new book this summer that you’d like to suggest to your friends? Why don’t you nominate it for the 2013 Reader’s Choice Award? Go to the following link http://www.ala.org/yalsa/readerschoice/suggestions to submit your favorite book that was published this year.

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

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Teens Top Ten Nominees 2012

 

Voting is open now! Go to www.ala.org/teenstopten

 Your nominees are:

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Abandon by Meg Cabot

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

All Good Children by Catherine Austen

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Ashes by Ilsa Bick

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Legend by Marie Lu

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Tempest by Julie Cross

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Wither by Lauren DeStafano

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago at 4:04 pm.

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Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

                                 Ashfall by Mike Mullin ( available as an ebook in our Overdrive Library)released October 2011, second book in series, Ashen Winter coming in October 2012.

I know, I know another apocalypse book. How many times can you read about the end of the world?  But this one pleasantly surprised me! For starters it is so action packed that I was so tense by the time I put it down,  I couldn’t sleep. It seems as though Alex can’t catch a break. I loved how resourceful and determined he was, but also my heart was breaking at the same time, at the amount of death and destruction that he had to witness in his young life.  I would hope that as humans we would not resort to the gruesome survival methods that some do in this book.   A great read from a new Hoosier YA author! The second book in  the series is titled Ashen Winter is scheduled for release in October 2012, and I’m eagerly anticpating it.

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago at 11:02 am.

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I hunt killers by Barry Lyga

What is the world’s most notorious serial killer… was your DAD?

That’s the tagline from the cover of this book, and probably the reason I checked it out from my library. And boy, it didn’t disappoint one bit!

Jazz is the son of the world’s most recent- and probably worst- serial killer, Dear Old Dad.  Everyone thought they lived a normal life in a small town, but once Dear Old Dad got a little sloppy with his killings-which number in the triple digits- the police catch him.

Jazz has spent the past few years living with his senile grandmother, albeit attempts by his social worker to remove him from her care.  But that is the least of Jazz’s problems, he constantly struggles internally with himself. You see, his dad brought him up teaching him to kill, making him witness these terrible events in hopes that Jazz would carry on the “family business”. But Jazz doesn’t want to be a bad guy, he wants to live a normal life but his dad’s teachings constantly haunt him

“Fear is okay. Fear can keep you alive. The trick is not to let it overwhelm you. Not to let it rule you. If you’re afraid, that’s the universe trying to tell you something. Get away. Don’t run; don’t panic. Just pick up and walk out, calm as you please. Panic makes you stupid.”

His whole world gets turned upside down as soon as a body turns up in a field. The police are in denial that another serial killer could target such a small town, but Jazz immediately recognizes the signs his dad has taught him to look for. He tries and tries, but the police just won’t believe him, and then things really begin to go downhill.

One of his dad’s victim’s fathers turn up in town and begin pestering Jazz for some closure, something Jazz doesn’t think he could give. But that’s not all- the bodies begin to pile up and Jazz realizes something even more terrifying- the new killer is recreating his own father’s kills.

This book is just absolutely terrifying- but very well written. You can tell that Lyga spent his fair share of time getting into the minds of killers, because he creates some very realistic killers for this novel.

I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, but beware, you will be scared.

review curtesy of Eric – Lawrenceburg Public Library TAG member

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago at 10:19 am.

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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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 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 2 years, 3 months ago at 11:05 am.

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