Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our YA Reviewer Trinity Has A Few More Great Books To Tell You About

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
 Trinity says: 
"Tally wishes desperately to become sixteen. On her birthday the government will give her an operation to change every aspect of her to make her biologically perfect. Once she becomes pretty she will have the time of her life with her friends. Until she meets Shay, who gives her a new perspective on the seemingly perfect society. When Shay runs away, Tally needs to turn her in to receive her operation, or run away with her. Uglies was a fantastic revival of the common futuristic utopian society novel. I recommend this for anyone wanting to read a book with aspects of action, adventure and romance." 

http://bit.ly/1JxebpEA mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. 

Trinity says:
"Jacob is accustomed to his grandfather’s fictional tales of monsters and children with superpowers. He used to talk about children who could levitate, control fire and make plants grow; but then he began to fear the monsters that were chasing him. His family always guessed they were a metaphor for the Nazis he barely escaped in his childhood, until he gets killed in the woods. Now Jacob has to find the ancient safe house his grandfather always mentioned before he gets killed too. This was a wonderful book with a creative plot-line, as well as photographs to match the story. I recommend this for anyone willing to give the unusual story a chance."

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

Trinity says:
"Colleen is having a typical senior year: high stress, fighting for valedictorian and hoping for a spot at her first choice college. Then, another girl breaks down with a mystery illness. Most of her classmates think it is for attention, others believe it is a reaction to all of the stress; until it begins to spread. The symptoms are extremely varied and no expert is able to identify the disease. Colleen realizes during an assignment that the city she lives in used to be Salem village and the sickness might not be just a sickness. 
This was an outstanding historical fiction book. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys books with dual storylines with mysteries."

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