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The Right and the Real

Jamie is seventeen years old, and is about to attend her father’s wedding. She knows that she needs to stop the wedding, but can’t think of a way to do so. They are at the Right & the Real Church, and the wedding is part of Ceremony night, when 23 couples are getting married. Before the wedding begins, her dad must take the Pledge. He does, and then the Teacher turns to Jamie telling her it is her turn. When she refuses, the Teacher kicks her out of the church, and ultimately out of her father’s house.

At seventeen, Jamie is alone, and is scared to tell anyone she has been kicked out. Luckily, she has some savings and the car her grandfather left her. She doesn’t have many options, but she knows she must finish high school, which would not be an option if she took the Pledge.  She doesn’t know how she is going to get to graduation, much less to school in New York City next year. She is determined to save her dad from the church, but she is not allowed to talk to her father, or to her boyfriend, Josh who is also part of the Right & the Real.

I have been lucky enough to read many very good books in the last month. The Right & the Real is one of the better ones. I couldn’t put it down! Come check it out today!



The Darkest Minds

Ruby was one of the few children to survive. When the first of her classmates died, she was shocked. Soon, half her class was gone. On her 10th birthday, her parents have her sent to Thurmond, a ‘rehabilitation’ camp, one of many places for children with special abilities. When she is classified, she is able to trick the doctor into putting her in the Green group. As a Green, she has fewer freak abilities and is able to move more freely around camp.

Six years later, the PSFs who are in charge of the camp are on the verge of realizing the truth. She is really an Orange, one of the most dangerous groups. Most of the Orange children are long gone, and there are people who want to use her abilities. It is one of those groups helps her escape. But, does she want to help them?

Soon, she is on the run, looking for the only place where she may be safe. Will it be everything she has heard? Or, will it be just another place where someone wants to take advantage of her abilities?

This was a great book. I loved the different twists on the popular dystopian fiction genre. If you have enjoyed other dystopian novels, I highly recommend this one!

Croak by Gina Damico

Lex Bartleby has spent the last two years showing everyone around her how angry she is. There are very few students in her school that she has not fought with. Two years ago, she was the perfect daughter, sister and student. What happened?

Now, she has gotten into her last fight. As a last resort, her parents decide to send her to upstate New York to live with her uncle Mort. They say she needs some time, a little fresh air and then maybe she will come home ready to behave.

When she arrives in Croak, she finds something very different from the farm she is expecting. In fact, she learns that she will be working as a Killer. She learns quickly, and fits into the strange town almost immediately. She has one problem, she hates leaving the scene of gruesome murders when the murderer is still alive. Why can’t she go after them? Why must she leave them to kill again? Then, someone else starts Killing criminals. Who is it? How do they do this? Lex and her partner Diggs must find this person, but at what cost?

I really enjoyed this book. At times it is funny, at times creepy, and Lex is a likable character. The premise seems like it should be much more disturbing than it ends up being. A great book for every reader, and the second book in the series should be coming to our library soon.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Deuce lives in an Enclave in the tunnels below New York City during the second holocaust. She has just turned 15, and was honored with the marks that show she is a Huntress for her Enclave. It is her job to keep them safe and to provide meat for the Enclave to eat. She is paired with Fade, the only member of the Enclave who was not born there. He is from topside.

They fight a life or death battle against Freaks, who also roam the tunnels. Then, when they are sent on a mission to Nassau, the closest enclave has been overtaken by Freaks, they realize something is changing in the way the Freaks are acting. When they bring the news back home, the elders do not welcome their information. In fact, they decide to exile Fade and Deuce to the tunnels, something that no one has survived.

This is actually a book that I read quite a while ago, and I loved it. More recently, Outpost, the second book was published, and I loved that one too. If you enjoy any of the zombie books or The Hunger Games, this would be a good pick for you. Enjoy!

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Mira’s sixteenth birthday is coming quickly. Her godmothers are busy planning, but Mira won’t be home to help them celebrate. She has other plans, ones that involve months of planning and fake e-mails from a man in San Francisco. Her intricate plan is ready, and she is leaving to go to Beau Rivage; the place where she was born and where her parents died. It is the one place she has been forbidden to go.

Mira’s plans didn’t cover what she would do once she got to Beau Rivage. When finally arrives, she walks through a few cemeteries to try and find her parents, with no luck. Then, she must figure out what to do all night. After hours of sitting in a restaurant pretending to eat, a guy name Blue approaches her. It turns out his dad owns the hotel, and that he wants her to leave. He offers to help, but in a way that scares her. Finally, he leaves her alone and she finds another place to hide, in the middle of a casino. This is when she meets Felix, Blue’s brother and his girlfriend. She tells Felix her story, and he offers to help. He shows her to her room, which is comped by the hotel and promises to help her find her parents the next day.

Mira has a new crush, but there is so much that she doesn’t know. Things that she will learn, hopefully before it is too late.

Kill Me Softly is a combination of different fairy tales. It is a wonderful, but twisted story of people who are trapped in each of their stories. Add a building romance, some new friendships and an evil fairy to the mix and you have a story full of suspense. Highly recommended.



The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie Walker is reeling from the death of her sister. Bailey was everything to Lennie, the racehorse to her companion pony self. She spends most of her time in The Sanctuary, the room they shared before her sister’s sudden death. Lennie, her grandma and Uncle Big are all struggling, and have been for a month.

When Lennie goes back to school, she finds a new boy has taken the school by storm. Everyone is talking about him, and when she finds him sitting in her seat in the band, she discovers why. All she can think is whoa…where did this guy come from? Soon, Joe starts showing up at her house in the morning with croissants and making coffee for her family. Why does he keep coming over? To complicate things further, Lennie and Troy, who was Bailey’s boyfriend, have begun to find comfort in each other.

This was exactly what I needed after reading a couple of post-apocalyptic books. It was deeply moving, where I could almost feel Lennie’s pain, but also funny and romantic. A great book–read it!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Chicago that Beatrice lives in is divided into factions. Each faction has a trait, and each year, every 16 year old much choose which faction they will belong to. They choose from: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peaceful), Erudite (intelligence). Beatrice has to make the decision of whether to stay in the faction she grew up in, with her family, or to the faction she feels strangely linked to.

Once she has chosen, she finds herself part of initiation. This is a competition with the highest ranked getting the best jobs.  Will she be able to prove herself and become part of her chose faction, or will she end up faction-less, one of those living on the outskirts of society? And, what will she do with the secret she carries with her?

I loved this book. It is not often that I am able to read a book that is close to 500 pages in just two days, but I couldn’t put this one down. I am quite upset with myself now because I didn’t grab the sequel, which is sitting on the shelf in the library. Even though I have read quite a few dystopian books in the last few months, this one felt fresh to me. I enjoyed Beatrice as the main character, and felt that most of the characters were well developed. I am looking forward to Monday morning so I can read on!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hadley is on her way to London for her father’s second wedding. A variety of minor delays lead to her missing her flight by 4 minutes. While she may have hoped that something would lead to her not being able to attend, she knows that she needs to be at the wedding. She gets tickets to the next flight, which will leave in 3 hours. If everything goes perfectly, she will probably be able to get there on time. While waiting, she meets Oliver, who is also on his way to London. He seems to be perfect, and he is sitting in her row.

On the flight, they talk for hours. Once they get to London, they are separated at customs and she can’t find him once she moves through. Hadley needs to find him, but she never found out exactly where he is going. In fact, she doesn’t know much about him at all, despite the hours they spent talking. Will she make it to her father’s wedding on time? Will she be able to find Oliver again?

This was a great book. Hadley is a believable character, and the relationship between Hadley and Oliver keeps the book interesting. I recommend The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight to anyone looking for realistic fiction, romance or a lighter read.



Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Ari has never felt like she belonged. Her mother left her when she was young, so she has grown up in foster care. She has freakish silver hair, that somehow returns to the same color and length every time she tries to alter it.  When she visits Rocquemore House to find out more about her mother, she learns that her mother has long been dead. In fact, she killed herself six months after leaving Ari.

Later, when Ari goes through her mother’s belongings, she finds a note. Her mother tells her to run. Ari has a choice to make. Does she follow the advice of her mother, or does she continue her quest to New 2 (what is left of New Orleans after two huge hurricanes)?

I enjoyed this book. In fact, I had a hard time setting it down. It has the right mix of post-apocalyptic and fantasy, with a hint of mythology thrown in. The teaser above doesn’t start to scratch the surface of Ari’s adventures. In fact, right after where I left off, her life gets very interesting.

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second book in the series to our library.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam is going nowhere quickly. He has dropped out of college and is working at a fast food restaurant. One night, he’s playing potato hockey with Ramon and Brooke when they accidentally put a potato through a nearby car’s tail light. Things start going downhill quickly.

The owner of the car comes into the restaurant and reacts strangely to Sam. He wonders why Sam didn’t get approved by the Council. Sam has no idea what he is talking about, but the man leaves suddenly. When Sam gets out of work, there is someone waiting for them. It isn’t a good situation, and Sam, Ramon and Frank barely escape.

Unfortunately, Douglas Montgomery will not be put off so easily. He has a message for Sam, and that unpleasant message is delivered early the next morning.

This was an interesting book for me. I enjoyed it–the writing flows well and I enjoyed the plot. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal books, but also to people who like books with a bit more of a realistic touch to them. Great read.