Monday, February 19, 2018

American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Mei finds herself at MIT as a seventeen-year-old freshman and isn't quite sure what to do with herself. She's by far the youngest student there and completely unsure if the pre-med path her parents have encouraged her to follow is right for someone as afraid of germs as she is.

But admitting that she might be in over her head would mean letting her parents down. That's something she's not willing to do, especially now when her parents have disowned her older brother after he refused to cut ties with his girlfriend who they do not approve of. Now all of her parents’ hopes seem to rest on her shoulders and they check in daily to make sure that she doesn't forget.

When Mei meets Darren Takahashi, he encourages her to take part in the social life at college, like midnight movies and exploring Cambridge. However, getting to know Darren means she's adding to the list of things she's hiding from her parents. They want her to date a Taiwanese-American boy--preferably one they've vetted. And then there's the fact that she's been meeting with her brother. All of these secrets and half-truths are getting caught up in a web that is getting harder and harder to keep untangled.

As she falls for Darren and learns more about what things in life actually make her happy, Mei will have to find her own path, even if that diverges from the one her parents or even her brother has taken. American Panda is a great read for anyone who knows what it's like to struggle to figure out what's really important. It's also very romantic and a perfect match for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jennifer E. Smith!

More to read:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Up and Coming: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Up and Coming: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Friday, February 16, 2018

Quick Pick Friday: Get a Jump on Your Weekend Reading

Sometimes all you need to figure out your next great read is a tiny taste. Here are some quick picks from our librarians:

Rachel H.:
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
They said the deadly Thread would never return to Pern. They said fire lizards didn’t exist. They said a mere girl couldn’t be a Harper. But Thread fell and dragons flew. And Menolly ran toward a future she was told could never exist.

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Dylan has spent the last year of her life avoiding the reality TV crew following her pageant queen sister, Dusty. But there's no getting out of the spectacle that's going to be Dusty's wedding to a young Scottish lord. The only bright spot? Jamie, a groomsman with a secret.

Jennie R.: 
Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi
Libraries protect the freedom to read, so when Japan starts banning some books for being potentially harmful, libraries form an army to literally fight censorship. Inspired by an incident in her youth, Iku Kasahara joined the elite force, but does she have what it takes?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Quinn is determined to make her dreams of traveling to England with her class a reality without relying on anyone but herself. Her mom has enough on her plate dealing with her grandmother's worsening Alzheimer's and her dad has never been particularly reliable. So that means getting summer jobs: this summer she's working at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant and saving every penny she makes.

More than one wrench will be thrown in her summer plans, but by far the biggest and most annoying one is the return of Wesley James. Wesley was her best friend in elementary school who moved away shortly after ending their friendship by doing something that Quinn considered unforgivable. But, now he's back and working alongside Quinn and he seems to have forgotten the part where she and he are now sworn enemies.

This is a fun, quick moving, romantic comedy complete with magic tricks, turkey legs and a very quirky food truck. Perfect for fans of Ashley Poston or Christina June.

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Estrella and her cousins live with their mothers and aunts in a house where the flowers seem to bloom unendingly. But, the Nomeolvides women pay a dear price for their beautiful land, La Pradera: anyone the women love too much is doomed to disappear into their grounds. Estrella and her family know that loving can be as dangerous as the plants with which their lives are so entangled.

When a boy appears on their property with no memory of his life before, Estrella and her cousins think he must have been the true love of one of their ancestors. Because of the curse, Estrella knows to be careful, but she also wants to help the young man recover his memories.

Across the way from Estrella's house lives Bay Briar, a young woman who the girls in Estrella's family have tried to keep themselves from getting too attached to for fear of her falling victim to the curse. But their caution may not be enough: When Bay's brash and haughty relative Reid arrives, he may throw their entire future at La Pradera into question.

This magical novel is filled to the brim with flowers and love. Check it out today!

More to read:

What's On Hold: End of the Year In Sight Edition

Jessica Spotswood Week: Born Wicked

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Ladies Coming Into Their Powers for Lydia

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Up and Coming: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Librarian shares the newest from Shaun David Hutchinson!
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release date: Feb. 6, 2018

Elena has always heard voices, which was annoying but not a huge problem until a Starbucks logo tells her to heal her crush of a gunshot wound. It turns out Elena now has the power to heal people and the voices tell her she absolutely has to keep doing it in order to prevent the apocalypse. There’s a twist, however: for every person Elena heals a bunch of people get pulled up into a mysterious light, never to be seen again.

Elena is conflicted about whether to trust the voices or not. Even if they are telling the truth about the apocalypse, who is she to decide to send all these random people to an unknown fate? On top of all this, she has all of her normal, non-savior teenage girl problems like an annoying ex-boyfriend, a best friend who might want to start spending some of his time with a girl he likes, and a no-account stepfather.

If you like unusual books, spend some time with Elena as she navigates this difficult time in her life.

More to read:

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Radio Week: "I am Disappeared" by Frank Turner

Up and Coming: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

 Librarian M has the latest in the Future Perfect series from Neal Shusterman!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The second book in the  Future Perfect series by Neal Shusterman continues the intrigue of the first book and ups the ante with a couple of new characters. First, there’s Greyson Tolliver, who was happy to breeze along in his safe, boring life until it turns out he has a higher calling. And then there’s the Thunderhead, from whom we heard from briefly in Scythe, who has a prominent voice in this new book. The Thunderhead has a plan for humanity, but it might not be the same as humanity’s plan for itself.

Of course, Citra and Rowan are still featured prominently. Citra is allied with her mentor Scythe Curie and Rowan has a new self-imposed mission of ending the lives of the scythes he deems unworthy. The plot builds to an exciting conclusion which I did not see coming. If you’ve read and liked Scythe, you’ll definitely want to continue the story with Thunderhead.

More to read:

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Up and Coming: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

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