Teen Thursday – 2/12/15

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Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps!

February Buzz Book – Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard



Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red-blooded serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Teen Press Corprs reporter Xander says, “I can’t wait to see the movie for this book – it’s been optioned and I think it would be a fantastic book for the big screen. Overall, Red Queen was a great book that will be talked about, and the sequels will be extremely anticipated. I can not wait to see where Victoria goes with this series!” Read the rest of Xander’s review.

BookKids staffer and YA expert Ta’necia said of this book, “Victoria creates a world evolved around magic and bloodshed. It is not only filled with action and great characters, but the authors writing and world-building were spot-on, and I could not stop turning the pages. Mare will capture your heart and won’t let it go until the very last page. The Red Queen is a fantastic read for the rebel at heart.”

Valentine’s Day, TPC Style

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The Teen Press Corps has compiled a list of books that they have fallen in love with. All book lovers know that it is possible to fall head-over-heels in love with a book. Or a character. They have picked books that cover quite a range – everything from The Phantom Tollbooth to Steelheart.


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I love this book! It is actually my favorite book of all time. It gives a different meaning to words, math, and the means for adventure. It made me really fall in love with books and it reminds me of the best years of my childhood. I am in love with this book and you should be too!


A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This is a cute and amazing love story between two shy college students with complicated backgrounds. They both share a common interest in writing, and they began to get to know each other more through their writing and college experiences. This story, as told from twelve different unique point of views, is a little book to definitely fall in love with.

Kendall & Dayne

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson is simply amazing! I absolutely love these books and every turn of the page makes you even more excited than the last. If you love action, explosions, and superheroes you will love this series. It is probably the best superhero book to come out in forever!!


Defy by Sara B. Larson
Personally, I’ve fallen in love with the Defy series. So far, there are only two books out, but they’re both amazing. The topic is so strange and intriguing all at once with bits of fantasy and dystopian thrown in. I cannot wait to see how the author will end the series.

Juniper Books

Other books to fall in love with:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Love In The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
Starting From Here by Lisa Jen Bigelow
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta

The Anti-Valentine’s Day Book List

Teen Press Corps reporter Adrienne doesn’t get hung up on the ideal that love is all rainbows and unicorns. Nope, she takes a look at love that is far from perfect.

Has Valentine’s day got you down? Does Valentine’s Day have you feeling a little cynical this time around? If the answer to any of these questions are a big fat “YES!” we have a list of books below to get you through Valentine’s Day this year!

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
When Mallory finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with a girl online, it is a pretty sick blow to the head. Not fun, especially with prom just around the corner. But Mallory has the perfect plan to show her ex-boyfriend that she is strong and does not need him. She goes to prom without a date, swears off dating, tries new tags, and shoots romance straight in the face with Cupid’s arrow. Repeatedly. It’s not all pink roses and chocolates on Valentine’s Day, and sometimes we’re better off on our own, with people like Mallory right by our side.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
High school is hard, but boy, it is harder when the girl you love has placed you in the friend-zone. That’s how it is for Charlie, but he makes the best of it. After having a tough year before high school, he finds a group of friends who accept him for who he is, show him how to enjoy the little things, and who tell him that love isn’t everything. And they’re right. Maybe she isn’t the right girl for him, but even the saddest of hearts can be cheered up with a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So high school isn’t all about finding “love”- it’s about our best friends, and Charlie’s, who show us what it’s really all about. Don’t sweat it, the little things are what matter most.

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
“Wherefore art thou Romeo?” I’ll tell you where: in a grave. Talk about love gone wrong. Yes, Shakespeare is a literary genius, but this love story is not one I’d like to be part of. Poor Juliet falls head-over-heels in love with this guy, who she can’t have, because of a rival between the two wealthy families. Finally, after proclaiming her love after less than a day of knowing the guy, she decides to fake her death, because it just isn’t worth it without him. Sure, Juliet. Sure. Her plan backfires, Romeo kills himself, which is followed closely by a weeping, sobbing Juliet stabbing herself with his dagger. In the mood to mock “true love”, or just don’t feel like it’s worth it? Shakespeare can hook you up – he gets it. Love is not the center of the universe, because there are other great things out there.

Alive by Chandler Baker
Stella recently had a heart transplant, and what better way to get her heart beating fast than a cute new guy at school? Lucky for Stella, he notices her, and BAM! they’re boyfriend and girlfriend. But something must be wrong if everything is peachy-keen and perfect? Right? Right! Try having a killer for a boyfriend who is out to get you, and it might put everything into perspective. Love often seems like a dream come true, but then . . . it not so much. I guess it just isn’t worth the killer boyfriend. Ladies, stay sharp, and at any hint of a crazy guy for a boyfriend at all, run. You don’t want to be six feet under on Valentine’s Day.
Editor’s note: This book isn’t out yet! It comes out June 9, but you can pre-order your copy today!

Kiss, Kill, Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Valentina Cruz has a perfect life: rich parents, good friends, and a nice boyfriend. But it all falls to pieces when one horrible fact is revealed: her parents are drug dealers, but who covered it up by selling art. And her boyfriend, who works for the FBI, is hunting them down. Why must it always be the boyfriend? So off she goes, running away, not wanting to be part of this crazy situation that is now her life and a bomb waiting to blow up. And to Valentina, I say good plan. When things go bad, run away. Unfortunately, running away isn’t always an option, but it should be . . . LOL. Who knows when we’ll have to run from some secret FBI agent.

Hope this is a good anti-Valentine collection! Let us know what you think or if you have your own recommendation to add!

YA New Releases!

The Shadow Cabinet, Book 3 of Shades of London by Maureen Johnson *Squeeeee!!! We have signed copies of this awesome book right now! Order at bookpeople.com, call or come in!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton


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