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Teen Read Week

Posted: October 15, 2014 by cplteen in books

Teen Read Week is here and we are celebrating at the Carrollton Public Library! We will be turning your dreams into reality with challenges designed to test your mettle. The Friends have generously provided us with food and drink so come hungry and with a great sense of humor.

Oh, and feel free to wear your Halloween costume if you have one!

When – Saturday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30

Where – Josey Ranch Lake Library

Grab your permission slip at either library.

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Posted: October 1, 2014 by cplteen in books
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RebootAfter a devastating virus sweeps the nation, people don’t always stay dead. But unlike the zombies you know and love, a Reboot, as they are called, don’t hunger for brains or flesh. Instead, they try to live their life as normally as possible. Well, as normally as possible for someone who is now under the control of the Republic of Texas and is faster, stronger, and better able to heal than a normal human. Then there is the whole the longer you are dead, the less emotional you are thing.

When Wren died, she did so for 178 minutes, making her the deadliest of the Reboots. When it comes to capturing criminals, she’s the best and she only trains the best. Until Callum that is. Callum is a lowly 22 and can’t seem to do anything right. Wren decides to take him on as a trainee and begins to discover that things are not right at the Reboot center.

I really liked this book. It has action, romance, and a mystery all wrapped in one. One of my favorite things though is that there is no love triangle. The characters are right there for you to see and the choices are much more difficult than choosing one boy over another.

Wren 178 develops as a character throughout the book. We see her going from the perfect, non-emotional soldier that everyone says she is to the friend who will fight to protect, not just her love interest, but also other reboots. We have the beginnings of a true rebel on our hands here. Callum 22 is just the right amount of goofiness and questioning to get the story rolling as well.

Ever was also one of my favorite characters. As Wren’s best friend, we see her reach through Wren’s barriers and you discover that Wren isn’t as cold as she thinks she is. It is also in Ever’s character that you see the beginning of what’s to come.

Rebel, the next in the duology, will be coming to the library shelf soon.

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted: September 16, 2014 by cplteen in books
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Conjured by Sarah Beth DurstEve doesn’t remember much. In fact what she doesn’t know is far more than what she does know. She can’t remember who she is, but she knows the face she wears and the name she has is not her own. She knows that she is a survivor of a serial killer who is hunting her, and she knows that somewhere in her blank mind is the solution to everything, if only she can access it. That is exactly what the agents with her want. The question is – what is Witness Protection willing to do to get that information?

Conjured is a beautiful mix of mystery and fantasy. While not told from Eve’s first person perspective, the reader experiences everything she does. When the sudden memory loss happens, it doesn’t just happen to Eve. The reader feels every painful moment of uncertainty and fear.

For the first part of the book, we are as lost as Eve. This is somewhat problematic because it takes a patient reader to get through this. But it is worth it. The journey Eve takes to find herself and her place in the world is filled with language that takes you from uncertainty and fear to magic and freedom and then back again to that place of fear.

The mix of fantasy into what at first seems to be a straight mystery is a bit strange at first but Durst pulls it all together very well. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a slowly unfolding mystery with a bit of romance thrown in as well.

Did you read it?  What did you think?

League of Extraordinary Teens

Posted: July 29, 2014 by cplteen in books

Hey everyone,

The League of Extraordinary Teens meets tomorrow, July 30th at 6:30.  Get ready to talk some library teen business and then have some fun.  Pizza and soda will be provided.  Hope to see you there.

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum

Posted: July 24, 2014 by cplteen in books
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Big Fat Disaster Big Fat Disaster is all about Colby, her perfect family that isn’t so perfect, and her weight. The story starts off by introducing us to Colby and her perfect (i.e. skinny and blonde) older sister fighting.  During that fight, a drink spills and as Colby cleans up, she finds a picture of her father kissing a woman who is not her mother.  Events spiral out from there and we follow Colby’s journey from a perfect life to a perfect hell.  I don’t want to give too much away, but this is not a story about weight loss.  If you are looking for an inspiring story of teen weight loss – look elsewhere (Fat Cat by Robin Brande, Skinny by Donna Cooner, or Forty-five Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson).  This book covers heavier issues including verbal abuse (although it is never called that) and suicide.

I have mixed feelings about this book.  On the one hand, it is well written and I certainly sympathized and empathized with Colby.  It is difficult when you don’t feel like you fit in with your family or even your friends. I liked Colby even when I didn’t agree with her actions.  On the other hand, there are very few likable people in this book.  Even the people I’m supposed to like and want Colby to be near are iffy.  Perhaps it’s my world view, but I can’t believe that in an entire town (no matter how small it is) there wouldn’t be people who are nice and supportive.  Let me know what you think about that – I’m always looking to broaden my horizons.  Another issue I had with the book is that it is very issue heavy.  Not only does the book cover weight, self-esteem, suicide, and abuse, but it also covers rape.  If any of these are trigger issues – don’t read this book.

Having said that, I feel better for reading Big Fat Disaster.  It isn’t a book that I would pick for fun, but it is one that really opened my eyes.  The writing is tight and nicely done.  I admit that I cried through most of it and, while I won’t be rereading it anytime soon, I wouldn’t mind the opportunity to read it again in the future.

Have you read it?  Tell me what you thought.