Friday, February 27, 2015

The Paradox of Vertical Flight

by Emil Ostrovski

On Jack's eighteenth birthday, he receives a phone call that he wasn't expecting. He has to go to the hospital to see someone he thought he would never see again. From that moment on, things get crazy.
Jack loves philosophy - he's always talking about reasoning, wondering, free will, inevitability...he is both an endearing narrator and an annoying one. This story is about Jack, and his best friend from the time he was a kid, and his (sort of) girlfriend, and one other person. We can't tell you about that. We can just tell you that this is the story about how one boy grows up in a night, and meets a lot of weird and crazy and interesting and sometimes helpful people, and makes a lot of (sometimes dumb) decisions and you might think it is an excellent book to pass the time and change your perspective.
If you liked John Green's Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska,  you'd probably dig this.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Zac & Mia

by A.J. Betts

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Zac and Mia are two seventeen year olds who share a wall in a hospital. They begin communicating - first through a series of taps and knocks on the wall, and then through chatting online. Normally they wouldn't be friends, but the rules are different when you meet in the hospital.

This book takes place in Australia. While told in alternating points of view,it is broken down into three parts - the first in Zac's point of view, the second in both of theirs and the third in Mia's point of view, which adds interest to the story.

If you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, you should give this a try.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Was Here

by Gayle Forman

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Cody and Meg planned on being best friends forever, but everything changed after Meg committed suicide. While packing up Meg's possessions at school, Cody meets  people who describe a girl different than the Meg she knew. After stumbling upon something on Meg's laptop, Cody learns there is more to Meg's suicide than she thought and is determined to find out what it is.

This book deals with a serious subject and is  not for everyone. I Was Here is different than Forman's other books because it is a mystery, but fans of hers should not turn away. Readers will enjoy figuring out the mystery along with Cody and making some of their own hypotheses.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow Like Ashes

by Sara Raasch

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

When the Kingdom of Winter was attacked by the Spring Kingdom, infant Meira was one of the few who escaped. For the last sixteen years, those who have escaped have been training to fight the Spring Kingdom, free their people and get back the conduit that holds their Kingdom's magic. Orphaned Meira longs to be a solider but Sir, her parental figure, is hesitant to allow her to fight even though he allows Prince Mather to be a solider. Meira believes she can help save her kingdom, but there are obstacles that will stand in her way.

This high-fantasy has action, romance, magic and more. Raasch has built a fascinating world and while a map is included, readers will enjoy envisioning the world she has created. The only downside of this novel is that it's the first in a trilogy and the second won't be released until October 2015.