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10 Books on my TBR list

Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your own TBR list and finally read some of the books (and I hope this works for me too!)

Leviathan by Scott Westfeld
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over 6 years since it’s the only Scott Westfeld series that I haven’t read.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I added this book to my TBR shelf 4 years ago after I read multiple reviews raving about this book. I started it a few years back, but unfortunately never got farther than the first chapter.

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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Like the Mara Dyer book, I added this book to my shelf over 4 years ago. A friend gave me the book as a gift, but I’ve yet to actually read it.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I heard about this book three years ago after multiple friend recommended it to me. Last year, I checked it out from the library, but of course was I extremely busy then so I never got the chance to start it.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
I really don’t know that much about this book, but I had two friends recommend it to me in the span of two weeks a few years ago so I added it to my shelf. Since I’m not super familiar with the plot, this one will probably continue to get pushed off until I make it through the rest of this list. (unless I hear more praise for this book!)

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The sad thing about this book is that I met the author two years ago and got the book signed, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never gone father than the first 20 pages.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Precursor: please don’t kill me for this! When the movie came out a few years ago I went to go see it and I absolutely loved it! The next day I went to the bookstore and bought the book, but lo and behold I still haven’t read it yet.

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Beastly by Alex Finn
This was the same situation as Warm Bodies, where I saw the movie, liked it a lot, then decided to buy the book. I started it a few years back, but didn’t read more than 10 pages.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Also the same as the last two, expect this book was on my radar before the movie even existed. An English teacher from middle school recommended this book to me, so I checked it out from the library. However, as you can probably guess by now, I never got more than 50 pages in.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first heard about this book after I’d finished reading all of John Green’s books and was looking for something similar. Out of all the books on this list, this is probably the one that I want to read as soon as I can.

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After reading through this list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, what book has been on your TBR list for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Emma

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Let’s Review: The Shadow Fall Series

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

I started The Shadow Falls Series about a year ago, and just recently finished the last book in the series. Instead of posting 5 separate posts, I’ve decided just to combine them all into one big review. The series had its ups and downs, but overall I really enjoyed it! The only things I wished were different were faster plot lines and less predictable characters.

Born at Midnight
In the first novel in the Shadow Falls series, we are introduced to our main character Kylie who thinks of herself as a ‘normal’ teenager. She is sent to a summer camp by her mom, and while she’s there she meets other teens that are surpernaturals, and finds out that she herself might actually be one too. The first novel is definitely worth the read! The plotlines are really good, despite the frequent teenage drama. The one thing that turned me away from this book is all the grammar and spelling mistakes! I was so surprised that there were so many of them, but if you can get past that part, it is a really good novel!

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Awake at Dawn
I’m not going to give a description of this book so I can make sure that I don’t spoil anything from the previous book. My favorite thing about Awake at Dawn was its plot. Compared to all of the other books in this series, I found this one to be the least predictable. However, I didn’t like everything about this book. My least favorite thing was that every single one of the characters all came across as a whiny teenager, which is logical for the actual teens, but even the adult characters came off that way too, which was really annoying. Overall, I think I like this novel better than the first due to the great plotline!

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Taken at Dusk
I liked this novel better than the first one, but the second book is still my favorite. The plot was pretty good, but there was just so much going on that I found it hard to keep up with everything at times. My main issue was with the romantic plotlines. Hunter tried very hard to make them good, but they came off as emotionally charged and annoying. Overall, this novel was good, but could’ve been better if the plotlines were more thought out.

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Whispers at Moonrise
This book was very dramatic, but not in the bad cheesy kind of way. The plotlines are well thought out and the ending is amazing! It makes the reader leave wanting more, and to find out how this series will end. Overall, this novel is a step above the previous novels, and was by far my favorite.

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Chosen at Nightfall
This novel took me a long time to get through, not necessarily because it was bad, but because it felt like Hunter wrote this book for the sole purpose to end the series so it wouldn’t go on forever (which it still kind of did but that’s a story for another time). This novel ended somewhat cheesy, and things still felt a little up in the air, but all in all I did enjoy it! It was a good ending to a good series!

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Until next time,

Emma

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 6 Months Away!

Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?

Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).

Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.

I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?

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The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my  collection.

Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.

You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/

In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!

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Insert the Theme Music from Law & Order Here

rffingerprintIn case you don’t know, Law & Order is a show that’s been on for a billion years, it’s almost always playing on USA at any time of day, and your favorite actor has probably made an appearance on it at some point.

L&O aside, we love crime shows. There are so many of them, and they’re all the same but different. Whether the dead body is in LA, New York, Miami, Vegas, or Hawaii, we love the mystery and we love the characters. That’s why September’s Random Fandom celebrates the upcoming seasons of all crime shows.

BTW, Random Fandom is THURSDAY at 4 p.m. One of you will play the dead body, one of you will be the killer, and the rest of you will have to figure it out before you run out of time in this special murder mystery based on our favorite crime show characters.

If you need to get into the mood, go to your Netflix queue and watch a few episodes of CSI or NCIS, listen to the mystery of an actual crime on Serial, or check out one of these books: Continue reading

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Let’s Review: The Weight of Feathers

 

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Isn’t that such an interesting cover? Too bad the story inside wasn’t as great. Because I’m trying to blog all of the books I read for the Hub Challenge (in the spirit of The Weight of Feathers, número tres es completa/numéro trois est terminée. Thanks, Google Translate.), I’m posting about a book I didn’t particularly care for. But…

I’m old, so if you get that reference, good on you! Check the book out for yourself. It’s a 2016 finalist for the Morris Award for debut authors. Click below to see my full review (copied from my Goodreads because I’m lazy like that).

♥ Heather, Youth Services Librarian

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Let’s Review: The Vault of Dreamers

❥Storyline: The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Girl Online

❥Storyline: Girl Online follows a 15-year-old blogger who travels on a surprise trip to New York City with her family. While there she meets a boy who changes her life. She can’t stop thinking about him, and for the few weeks that she’s there they’re inseparable. Everything’s going fine, but what she doesn’t expect is for this boy to have a secret and for this secret to threaten not only her blogging life, but her personal life too. Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Black Ice

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❥Storyline: Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Panic

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Storyline: Growing up in Carp, New York, nothing really happens of interest, except for the game Panic. Each summer, graduating seniors play life threatening, thrilling games, set up by anonymous judges for a large sum of money. Heather and Dodge each decide to play Panic. For them the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. Continue reading

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