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Teen Review - King's Cage

February 15, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sohinee

*Spoilers ahead*

King's cage coverKing's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the third book in the Red Queen series, is probably so far the best in the series. The characters have developed so much and the story is more vibrant and electric and the author's writing flows like fine ink. Mare Barrow is no longer naive 16-year-old trying to save her best friend from getting conscripted. Now she is a woman wanting to go home to be with her family, wanting to be with the man she loves, and continuing to fight for what she believes in. Evangeline is no longer a cold-hearted b****, she's a sister trying to protect her brother from Mare's wrath. She is in love with a girl she cannot be with because she is a pawn on her father's chessboard. Maven isn't a boy king who betrayed everyone to be king, no, he's a tortured soul who can't tell right from wrong. The only person who stays disappointingly the same is Cal who makes promises he can't keep. Again chooses the crown over Mare. King's Cage is a fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone... but read the first two books first!

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Butterflies: A Little Romance for Valentine's Day

February 14, 2017 | Alice | Comments (1)

Crush got you crazy? Characters in these books can definitely relate.

 

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Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato

 Lyla and Tripp alternate days in a coveted music practice room at school, and this sharing arrangements leads to a slightly cranky note, which leads to a conversation where the argumentative tone grows into banter, and then into real sharing. The two, who are pretty different, begin to open up and develop an emotional connection that turns into something real by the end of the book. It's a cute story, centered around music and connection and getting each other when others around them just don't, and a perfect light read for someone who enjoys the sweet side of romance more than the steamy.

 Place a hold on Guitar Notes, or read the ebook.

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Be Mine, Pal-entine: Recommended Reads Where Friendship Trumps Romance

February 12, 2017 | Amy | Comments (0)

Valentine's Day is coming up, but not everyone has a date. Or even wants to have a date. And it sucks when friends are dumped in favour of a new boyfriend or girlfriend. So here are some recommended reads for those who value friendship over romance. Platonic relationships are integral to these stories... even if they don't always end well.

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Burn for Burn (Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian) Also available in eBook, and eAudiobook.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary. Three very different girls all with one goal in mind: revenge. Revenge against the boys who hurt them, the girls who wronged them, the bullies who torment them. These friends bond over their revenge pact, but how strong can a friendship built on hatred really be?

There's a surprising twist at the end of this novel. Thankfully the sequels are already available for those who have to know what happens next! Romantic relationships start to form in book 2 though, and it's possible these friendships won't survive.

Recommended for fans of revenge served cold, hot, and anywhere in between. Also recommended for fans of the expression “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

Sequels: Fire with Fire (eBook, eAudiobook) and Ashes to Ashes (eBook, eAudiobook)

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Your Bookmark Here: We Are Okay

February 12, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

WeareokayThis book had me by the cover. And I am not saying that you should judge a book by it's cover, but keep in mind that cover does a lot in selling the book. In Nina LaCour's new title (wonderfully being made to the public on valentines day) we have a beautiful and compelling tale of loss and sadness mixed with lies and betrayal.

It is the first school holiday since Marin started at college in New York leaving behind her life in California, all her friends, many of her possessions and full of secrets that no one knows. Not even her best friend Mable is aware of the baggage that she is carrying. As Marin sits and waits in her empty dorm for Mabel to arrive she begins to revisit and sift through the pieces of the past that she keeps tripping on.

Marin has allowed loneliness take up residence in her soul, but it is possible that the best thing for her is to tell the truth - or will that ruin her facade and actually turn her into a complete wreck?

This haunting novella weaves a tremendous tale and really engages you with the characters. This is a well received book and I can certainly understand why.

Place a hold on We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour.

Love Is Love: LGBTQ+ Valentine's Stories

February 11, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

Not every love story is a boy-meets-girl love story. Looking for a different pair of protagonists in your Valentine's read? Try one of these picks:

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Ash, by Malinda Lo

You think you know this story, but you’re wrong. Her name isn’t Cinderella, it’s Ash. And he isn’t just a prince, he’s a fairy prince. He and his kind are hunted by the King’s Huntress. When Ash and the Huntress meet in the woods, the two become friends, even though Ash hides the truth about her prince. Given the option to leave behind the horrible life she’s known, to live in the beautiful fairy Realm, what will Ash choose? The fairy prince who loves her, or the woman she is falling for?
Recommended for fans of fantasy, fairy tales, or The Wild Hunt.
Orientations/identities represented: lesbian.

Place a hold on Ash or read the ebook!

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Anti-Valentine's: Recommended Reads for the Unromantic

February 9, 2017 | Amy | Comments (0)

Pink hearts everywhere. Candy that says “Be Mine, Valentine”. Pet names and mushy stuff. Maybe it just isn’t for you. So here’s a list of books we recommend that are romance-free-zones (at least 95% romance-free, anyway), with no love triangles in sight.

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Steeplejack
(A. J. Hartley)
High above the city, Ang works a dangerous job repairing chimneys, towers, and spires as a steeplejack. Death from a fall is a real possibility, and even the best of the best sometimes take a spill. So the death of Ang’s apprentice from an apparent fall isn’t that surprising. But when Ang finds out that her apprentice was murdered, the crime is overshadowed by the greatest theft her city has ever seen. Determined to unravel the mystery and find justice for her friend, it isn’t falling to her death that becomes the greatest danger to Ang…

This novel is hard to put down once you get started, full of action and excitement from the very beginning. Hopefully a sequel will be in store, too!

Recommended for fans of Parkour, bungee jumping, or girls who kick butt.

There’s also a short-story prequel, available as an eBook!

 

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Teen Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

February 8, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha, with "thanks a lot to HBG Canada for providing an ARC to read and review!"
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Tragic kind of wonderfulA Tragic Kind of Wonderful follows Mel, a 16-year-old who is dealing with bipolar disorder. The novel explores how the mental illness affects her life and her experiences and her relationships.

I read this book right after reading History Is All You Left Me and I couldn’t ignore how similar the two novels are. They both contain peeks into the past as we get to see what happened before the books started, both explore mental illnesses (that perhaps don’t get as much recognition. Bipolar Disorder and OCD are not talked about or explored as much as some others, such as depression and anxiety), a lot of characters aren’t straight, and both main characters deal with losing a loved one. However, they’re both so incredibly different at the same time, in atmosphere and characters and how the story progresses.

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Mad Cheddar: Personal Finance for Teens

February 6, 2017 | Erin | Comments (0)

No not this


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We're talking about this

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February is Personal Finance Month: and it's not just for adults. If you're like me when I was a teenager, the mere thought of anything "financial" makes you yawn. Man do I wish I had known better! Money makes the world go round, for better or for worse, and understanding it is the key to either being in control of it, or letting it control you.

The library has a series of workshops and information sessions this month that are just for teens and youth. Come learn how to make it rain.

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Money 101 

York Woods Library Youth Hub

Mon Feb 6

piggy bank5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Get Cool About Cash 

Sanderson Library Youth Hub

Wed Feb 15

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Be Cent$ible

Sanderson Library Youth Hub

Tue Feb 28

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 


DINARII Financial Education Academy

calculatorCedarbrae Library Youth Hub

Mon Feb 27

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Moneyi$t in the Library

Cedarbrae Library Youth Hub

Tues Feb 21

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Check out the whole list of programs and workshops about personal financial for teens.

 

Can't make it out? Read up!

Sink or Swim Millionaire Teacher Pogues Basics Money Index Card


The Sink or Swim Money Program, by John E. Whitecomb (ebook)

Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, by Andrew Hallam (ebook)

Money: essential tips and shortcuts (that no one bothers to tell you) about beating the system, by David Pogue (ebook)

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to Be Complicated, by Helaine Olen (ebook)

 

 

Your Bookmark Here: Every Falling Star

January 24, 2017 | Analisa | Comments (0)

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I have to admit before reading this book I didn’t know much about North Korea. My knowledge was limited to news reports on nuclear weapons, Communism, a young leader named Kim Jong-Un and that’s about it. I watched The Interview which I thought was funny, but I don’t think that counts for any real knowledge about North Korea. 

Every Falling Star changed this for me. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to research more about this complex and paradoxical country. The book is the author’s childhood memoir which chronicles a time when he went from a life of comfort and security to one of extreme poverty and violence. For reasons he cannot disclose, Sungju and his family were moved from the capital of Pyongyang to the poor town of Gyeong-Seong. There his family is eventually driven to the brink of starvation. His father makes the decision to take the dangerous journey to China where he will smuggle back supplies. After a long time without word, Sungju’s mother decides to leave town to visit his aunt where she might find food. Neither of his parents return and so Sungju is forced to live on the streets as a kotjebi or street boy. On the streets he is joined by his former schoolmates and they form an unbreakable bond and undying brotherhood.  Together they face horrible street violence, unspeakable military brutality, starvation, drugs and death but through it all an undeniable hope. 

What I loved most about this book was that it didn’t seem to be written as an intentional tear jerker, instead it was a realistic depiction of what life looks like when young people are faced with extreme conditions.  

The book was co-written by Susan McClelland author of the Bite of the Mango Part of the proceeds of the book go to the Citizens Alliance for North Koreans Human Rights to help North Koreans in China. 

Place a hold on Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, by Sungju Lee or read the ebook.

 

Teen Review - History Is All You Left Me

January 17, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha, with thanks to "Helena at TPL for sending the ARC my way!"

Release Date: January 17, 2017

Rating: 4/5 stars

History is all you left me coverHistory Is All You Left Me follows Griffin as he mourns and tries to come to terms with the death of one of his best friends and his first love. There is guilt and the complex relationships at play, as well as the memories and the things left unsaid.

I read History Is All You Left Me for two weeks and a couple days. As a voracious reader, it is unlikely that I take even a week to read a single book and yet, I read this book over a long period of time and I think I enjoyed it more for it. I feel so connected to the story as it has been actively taking up a part of my mind for the better part of a month and this story is one that will stay with me for a long while yet.

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