Here is my list (in no particular order) because choosing only ten books is a lot harder than it should be.
This was a spectacular dystopian sci-fi adventure for fans of Doctor Who. Granted, the Doctor isn’t in it, but the adventure is just as exciting as we delve into the world of The Arclight. Here the only humans left in the world struggle to survive against the ghostly darkness known as The Fade.
I am not a huge fan of realistic fiction, but this book was a nice alternative to the dark dystopian worlds I normally tread. I was surprised by the fact that the book starts with emails between the two main characters. One accidentally emails the wrong address, and the two become anonymous pen pals. Realistic? Not so much, (and I do not recommend doing this in real life) but very fun light read for those needing a break from the supernatural. Truthfully I would recommend anything by Jennifer E. Smith.
It can be hard to imagine a world without bees, but Stung shows how horrible the world could become thanks to science gone astray. This novel is a dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty. You may start to read it and say, but there are no references to Sleeping Beauty in this book, what is she talking about? Wait until you get to the end. Then it all makes sense.
This is the sequel to False Memory. Five main characters are referred to as “Roses” and have been trained as weapons. Lots of action, adventure, and drama. You really should read the first book and I can’t say much about the sequel as it will give the story away. The ending of both books have huge cliffhangers so you will have to read the next book, False Future that comes out in August.
A historical novel about why certain graves, in a graveyard, in the 1860’s were caged with iron. The author actually visited said graves and decided to write a story about them. I love historical fiction and I was drawn into the mystery surrounding these graves.
Project Paper Doll: The Rules by Stacey Kade
Ariane, who was raised in a lab, is part human, part alien. She is rescued by a lab worker-I know, this may sound familiar (Maximum Ride) – who tries to give her a normal life. It is a strong beginning to a series that is in no way a copy of James Patterson’s famous human / bird hybrids. I personally loved Maximum Ride, so I was pleased to find another novel that was just as great. Ariane is a strong protagonist in this series that you immediately want to fight by her side.
Steampunk…mystery…a secret society…this book has everything. Yes the reviews did say that it is a bit slow at first, and I am one of the few people who actually loved it. The truth is the pacing is a bit slow; however, there is no way that it was ever boring. The story takes you on a riveting journey through Victorian London in a race to find a device that may destroy the world. This is not a book worth missing!
First we had a Cinderella cyborg, and now we have genetically altered humans that are wolves! Marissa Meyer has created the best re-telling of fairy tale worlds…ever. You do have to read the first book, Cinder before delving into Scarlet, as Cinder’s plotline does continue, and she has a strong presence in Scarlet. The series continues in February with Cress, (Rapunzel) and I cannot wait to read it!
Mila 2.0 is really a sad sort of story. You have Mila, who always wanted a normal life, but soon finds out that she is anything but normal. She is a robot. Not human. Her life is a lie. I am finding that I read these types of novels more than anything else. But Mila’s story is unique as she is struggling to hold onto her humanity when everyone else tells her that it is impossible.
Seraphina, who is part dragon, must hide this fact from her human city. In this fantasy realm, Seraphina is an abomination, someone who should not exist, and would be put to death if discovered. All of the dragons who dwell within the city must be registered, and remain in human form at all times. No exceptions. I was very impressed with Seraphina, and it even won the Morris award last year. If you like dragons and murder mysteries, this is the book for you!
North Valley Regional Library is going to host a teen film contest this winter. All genres, from action, to comedy, to horror and even musicals are welcome! Not only will the winning three movies get a public showing of their movies and professionally done teaser posters, but we are offering great prizes too. The prizes include an iPad, iPad Mini, and a pair of Wireless Beats Headphones.
Though you can start at any time, submissions will be accepted from December 13th until January 16th. To enter, print out the entry form below and fill it out. When you’re done with your entry, just turn it and the entry form in to the front desk at the North Valley Regional Library. Submissions must be on a DVD, USB, or SD card.
For more information, ask any staff member at the North Valley Regional Library, call 602-625-3000, or email NicolasResteiner@mcaz.org.
I am like a tree.
I will not fall,
swaying in the breeze.
Arms, long and leafy
My branches swaying about.
it tugs at me,
but I won’t fall.
The birds they sing,
and smile at me,
Me, I am like a tree,
Standing tall, I will not fall.
The rain, it pours,
it screams, it roars,
I am like a tree,
standing tall, I will not fall.
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After you’ve finished reading this edition, don’t forget to go submit your work for the 2013 Teen Zine!