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Steampunk Adventure

Title: Behemoth
Author: Scott Westerfeld

Westerfeld's Leviathan series continues in this, book two, Behemoth. Set in Europe during WWI, this action-packed adventure mixes mechanical endeavors with genetically modified creatures and doesn't disappoint. Alek is heir to the throne of the Austrian Empire and Deryn (really Devyn, a girl) is a midshipman on the English airship, Leviathan. Set in Istanbul, in the midst of a revolution, the book incorporates factual events with high-action storytelling. A little romance is thrown in too.


Title: Matched
Author: Allyson Condie

This story is set in the perfect future society where everyone does what the officials want them to do including being matched to someone they decide is perfect for you.

Matched is about choices that have to be made against all odds. 

Don't miss this one, it is gripping from beginning to end.

Author: Sarah Dessen

In this story, Auden goes to live with her Dad and his new wife in Colby. She intends to stay there for the summer to spend time with her dad, but instead is sucked up into working in Heidi's (the stepmother) store. Her father doesn't mind, since he is busy writing away at his next novel. Soon Heidi is annoyed at the fact that Auden's dad doesn't help take care of Thisbe, their newborn. Auden stays up late, walking around the beach of Colby, meeting with Eli, a handsome boy with sleep issues, too. Eli shows Auden all the things she missed of childhood, and soon these two are in love. But when her dad and Heidi are fighting, Auden blocks out everyone in her life to solve the problem. This funny, romantic story will be added to the long list of hits by Sarah Dessen.

Author: Pittacus Lore

John is trying to be a typical teen, but he is not one. He is an alien living on Earth who is about to develop special powers called Legacies, and he has a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Nine Lorien children were sent to Earth when the Mogadorians conquered Lorien. A special charm protects the Lorien children: they can only be killed in order. Three are already dead, and John is Number Four. John and his guardian are constantly on the run from the Mogadorians-- who also have nefarious plans for the Earth. They find themselves hiding in Ohio where John makes his first friend, encounters bullies, and finds his first love. Oh, and he also learns to throw things with his mind--just one of his developing Legacies to help him fight the Mogadorians in the hope of eventually saving Lorien. Be sure to make time for this great read! There is suspense, action, a bit of romance, and you will grow attached to this alien who is not much different from us. The movie version will be coming to theaters in February 2011. I am Number Four is a great start to a new series: the Lorien Legacies!

Title: Immortal
Author: Gillian Shields

Evie johnson is sent to Wydlcliffe Abbey School for young ladies, nestled in the moors. Her Grandmother, is on her deathbad,and with her father in the military, her life is pretty bleak. Arriving A Wydlcliife, a sries of strange events occurs, first, a run in with a mysterious handsome stranger haunts her thoughs, and the death of a former student,remains still unsolved.The only escape she has is the mysteruios boy, Sebastien, as she sneaks out to meet him every night, she begins to love him. But she senses that all isn't right with her true love either. Evie realizes something isn't right a Wyldcliffe, and enlists the help of her friends Sarah and Helen, to uncover it's dark secrets. In a story of true love, suspenseful secrets, and hidden powers, this book is a beautifully woven tale of history and magic. And the dire consequences that can happen if we make the wrong choice, as in Sebastiens case. I highly reccomend this series. Book two is called Betrayal and i can not wait to get my hands on it!

Title: Pop
Author: Gordon Korman

Marcus Jordan is new to town and hopes to play high school football.  He meets Charlie at a local park and they run through football drills together.  Marcus soon discovers Charlie's secret..... he's an ex-NFL player whose had his bell rung too many times and early Alzheimer's is taking his life and family away from him.  Marcus is torn between his own love for the game and his loyalty to protect Charlie.  This book has enough action and humor to appeal to most middle/high school boys, yet full of meaty discussion topics for classroom or book clubs, too.

Title: Stargirl
Author: Jerry Spinelli

The story takes place in Mica, a small Arizona town, where Leo Borlock, lives. He goes to an ordinary, dull, unenthusustic High School, but one day, everythitng changes. Stargirl Caraway appears at the school in a whirl of colorful skirts and followed by the melodic strums of her ukelele; Her pet rat, Cinnamon, peering out from her bag. Slowly, the whole school accepts Stargirl, but in a twist of events, her fame crashes. Leo falls for Stargirl, and wants to help her to become normal, but realizes that she wouldn't be the girl he loves if she decides to no longer be Stargirl. This book was very insightful into the High School social workings, and the need to be popular in some people, and I recommend it to anyone who has ever been misunderstood, or felt like the only one like them, which is never a bad thing.

Author: Lucy Christopher

This book reminded me a lot of the book "Living Dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott. However, this book is not as violent. And in "Living Dead Girl" the criminal wasn't as much of a sympathetic character as the criminal in this book. The protagonist is a teenager named Gemma who is kidnapped by a young adult named Ty, in the Bangkok airport, after he drugged her coffee. He then takes her to Australia. Through the course of the story we discover that Ty stalked Gemma in London for years. The book is written as if Gemma is speaking to Ty. Basically, Gemma does suffer from Stockholm Syndrome--she ends up deeply caring for Ty. Even after she discovers some of the lies Ty has told her, she finds reasons to like him. We, as the readers, do, too. He is a creative, tortured, clever individual who loves the nature of the Outback and feels out of place in crowds. We know he is wrong in confining Gemma, but we are left hoping for positive outcomes for both of them. Gemma has had a tumultuous relationship with her parents who are both working all the time and somewhat self-centered. How will this tragedy change the way they treat Gemma? The book was astute in the way it left the reader with lots to ponder:

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