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YA Book Review- An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Unable to make anything for themselves, the fairies who dominate Isobel’s world crave human Craft. As a talented portrait artist, Isobel works closely with these dangerous creatures. After her portrait for the Autumn Prince goes awry, he whisks her away to fairyland to stand trial, but their struggle to survive that treacherous world turns to love. The author uses her words to paint a lush picture of a world you will not want to leave. The descriptions are vivid, the romance compelling, with enough intrigue and moments of humor to keep you on the hook until the heart-stopping conclusion. This fresh take on the fairy genre is a whimsical and powerful exploration of what it means to be human. Recommended for young adults in grade 7 and up.

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Royal Reads for Young Adults

Check out some great YA books to get you ready for the Royal Wedding.

 

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

After her sister becomes engaged to Prince Alex of Scotland, Daisy is whisked off to the palace to spend the summer learning how to behave like a member of the royal family. There, Daisy is considered a breath of fresh air by some and a pesky American social climber by others, and she is predictably thrown into romantic situations with more than one potential suitor, including Prince Sebastian, Alex’s younger brother. Grade 7+

 

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

Going all the way to England for college–to Oxford, no less–for college would be exciting enough. But no sooner does Evie set foot on English soil than she falls for a boy who turns out to be a real prince–in fact, second in line to the throne of England. Edmund is wonderful, even though loving him can be a royal pain, from the demands of his family to the stuck-up aristocrat who thinks she should be the one to win Edmund’s heart. All that is swept aside, however, when the riddle of Evie’s past surfaces, and the new couple becomes obsessed with figuring out who the real Evie is, with the growing suspicion that the truth will be a shocker. Grade 8+

 

Romancing the Throne / Nadine Jolie Courtney

When a scandal at her all-girls school threatens her university prospects, Libby enrolls in her sister Charlotte’s posh boarding school, where they become rivals for the affection of their classmate–the heir to the throne of Britain. Grade 7+

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her. Grade 7+

 

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.  Grade 7+

 

 

 

 

 

YA Books you may have missed in 2017

As we’re getting ready to welcome in 2018, I’m looking back at all of the great books I’ve read this past year.  Last January I set a goal to read 50 books in 2017 . I wasn’t sure if I could really do it, but I’ve finished the year with 61 books read!

You can check out everything I’ve read this year on my Goodreads profile, but here are some of my favorites from the past year.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organizer.

 

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Seventeen-year-old Bailey moves to California to live with her father and, perhaps, finally meet an online friend and fellow film buff, but soon finds herself attracted to an annoying co-worker.

 

 

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

When Grace puts her baby up for adoption, she goes in search of her own biological family, discovering a younger sister, 15-year-old Maya, and an older brother, 17-year-old Joaquin who begin to forge relationships with each other.

 

 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

 

 

 

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father’s tragic car accident.

 

 

The Border by Steve Schafer

After the slaughter of their families in Northern Mexico, teens Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys narrowly escape into the Sonoran Desert,pursued by the LaFrontera gang.

 

 

 

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

 

 

 

-Mrs. DeVito
Head of Young Adult Services
East Meadow Public Library

 

Scary YA books to keep you up at night.

Get in the Halloween spirit with a spooky book from our collection.

 

Amity by Micol Ostow

Two teens narrate the terrifying days and nights they spend living in a house of horrors. Grace 8+

 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then,one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. Grade 8+

 

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they’re staying–secrets that link them all to the asylum’s dark past. Grade 9+

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before. Grade 10+

 

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to picked off by a killer one by one. Grade 9+

 

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Seven super fans have won the trip of a lifetime to meet the master of horror, legendary film director Justin Blake. But things quickly go from delightfully dark to dangerously deadly, when Ivy, Parker, Shayla, Natalie, Frankie, and Garth find themselves trapped in an abandoned amusement park. To earn a ticket out, they must face their darkest demons one ride at a time. Grade 6+

 

Diary of  a Haunting by M. Verano

After her parents’ high-profile divorce, sixteen-year-old Paige is forced to leave Los Angeles for a rambling Victorian mansion in small-town Idaho where she soon notices strange occurrences that seem to be building toward some unspeakable horror. Grade 8+

 

Girl From the Well Rin Chupeco

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him. Grade 9+

 

A Midsummer Night’s Scream By R.L Stine

It’s the ultimate publicity stunt for a failing Hollywood studio: remake an infamous horror movie in which the actors were literally killed on set. While the original was never completed, it became legend, and, for Claire, landing her first lead role in the film is her ticket to stardom. Even the footage of the gruesome deaths and rumors that the set is cursed, don’t discourage her. On her first day, Claire meets a strange little man who intends to finish what he started 60 years ago. Grade 6+

 

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

The Messenger of Fear brings justice to those who do wrong, creating frightening games where the players earn their redemption–or lose their sanity–and somehow Mara, fifteen, has become his apprentice. Grade 9+

New YA Books to check out

The new year has only just begun, but we have already read some awesome books. Check out three of our favorites below.

 

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

Seventeen-year-old Norah suffers from OCD, agoraphobia, and severe anxiety. Having barely left the house in years, she conducts her life mainly online between online schooling and social media. One day while struggling to get groceries off the front porch, she meets Luke, the new guy next door. Luke is kind, funny, and understanding, but how can she develop a relationship with someone when she can’t leave the house? This book has a lot of humor for such a serious topic and it will give you new insight into mental illness. Fans of Everything, Everything will enjoy this book. Grade 8+

 

 

A TOASTER ON MARS by Darrell Pitt

In this fast-paced, quirky science-fiction read, A Toaster on Mars will take you along with agent Blake Carter in the year 2509 as he races to rescue his daughter from the evil genius Bartholomew Badde. Hilarious adventures include battling a mutant cheese sandwich, talking cars, and a planet inhabited by clones of Elvis. Perfect for fans of Doctor Who or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Grade 7+

 

EVERYONE WE’VE BEEN by Sarah Everett

After an accident, Addison Sullivan starts to question her own sanity.  She finds herself falling in love with a boy that no one else see.  This clever mystery is written in chapters that bounce back and forth between and before and after her accident. The twists and turns of this novel take a course you will not be able to guess.  I beg you to give this book a read before you look at any spoilers. Grade 8+

Our Favorite YA Books of 2016

 

2016 has come to a close and we are looking back on our favorite books of the year.

 

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven

After years of homeschooling and a surgery that helped her lose hundreds of pounds, Libby enters high school but soon becomes entangled in a cruel game with Jack, a boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces. Grade 9+

 

THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead

Fleeing an arranged marriage, the young Countess of Rothford joins a group of poor but pretty girls training to marry rich men in the New World. Her plans begin to unravel, however, when
she realizes she’s willing to risk everything to protect one of the procurer’s sons. Grade 7+

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman 

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t. Grade 8+

 

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch

Reluctantly spending the summer in Tuscany in order to fulfill her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her absent father, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps after reading her journal and, in the process, uncovers a long-hidden secret. Grade 7+

GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee

In a small town, as high school graduation approaches, two conjoined sisters must weigh the importance of their dreams as individuals against the risk inherent in the surgery that
has the potential to separate them forever. Grade 8+

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley

After a panic attack and an incident involving an outdoor fountain at his junior high three years ago, sixteen-year-old Solomon has not stepped foot outside of his house. Then Lisa enters his life, an ambitious budding psychiatrist who witnessed Sol’s fountain dive and is determined to get into a top-tier psychology program by treating him and earning a scholarship, a plan that is challenged by their growing bond. Grade 9+

 

TELL ME THREE THINGS by Julie Buxbaum

Struggling to acclimate after moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, high school junior Jessie receives an offer of assistance from an anonymous person through email who becomes herconfidante and ally and who Jessie wishes she could meet in person. Grade 9+

YA Book Suggestions- Back to Neverland

Travel back to the magical land of pirates, mermaids, and fairies with these Peter Pan inspired YA books.

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Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island. Grade 6+

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe’s most dangerous enemy–Peter Pan–and falls in love with him. Grade 8+

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling sets out to find her missing surfer brothers and finds herself on a secluded California beach, where she meets Pete, Belle, Jas, and others, learns to surf, helps some of them steal while avoiding the other’s drug trade, and falls in love. Grade 9+

Never After by Dan Elconin
When sixteen-year-old Ricky Darlin is lured away from problems at home by Peter, who later abandons him on The Island, Captain Hooke and his crew rescue him and enlist his help in capturing Peter so they all can return home. Grade 7+

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Hoping to escape her mother’s delusions during a summer in London, Gwen is kidnapped by brutal monsters and taken to a Neverland filled with shadowy creatures, flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous fey, a world that forces her to choose between a charming hero and a captivating pirate. Grade 7+

 

 

 

 

YA Book Review: WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed

Naila is a Pakistani-American teenager with very controlling parents. She is forbidden from having male friends and absolutely cannot date. Because of these restrictions, she keeps her romance with classmate Saif a secret. But when her parents find out about her deception, she loses everything. To get her away from Saif, her parents plan a trip to Pakistan to visit family. The true writtepurpose of the trip is revealed when Naila discovers her parents are interviewing men for her to marry. Naila must escape the confines of an escaped marriage before it is too late.

Written in the Stars is a great window into another culture, and it is a real page turner. I read it in one sitting and I highly recommend it for teens 14 and up.

Zara Hershe
9th grade

 

I REMEMBER YOU by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Nrememberyouot all teen romance books are created the same. Young adult readers in grades 8 to 12 will really be able to sink their teeth into I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell. The story is about a hockey player who time travels and gets to relive his relationship with the girl he let get away. With elements of science fiction, this is a romance that even guys might like.

Dee Levine
10th grade