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Teen Review - The Leveller

March 22, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Asifa, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member

The leveller  by julia durangoThe Leveller is a novel about a game that allows a person to play with their minds in a virtual-reality gaming world while they are asleep, or in a sleep-like state. The protagonist of the book, Nixy Bauer, is a girl whose job is to bring kids back from the virtual-reality game if they have been in it for too long. When the game’s developer (who, mind you is quite rich) finds out that his son has decided to “commit suicide” by staying in the game, he decides that Nixy should be the one to go after his son and take him out of the gaming world. Turns out, the guy is actually stuck in the game and cannot get out. It’s up to Nixy and the boy to figure out how to get out of the gaming world.

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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.

(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 - Frostblood

January 10, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (1)

Review by Fariha, with "thanks a ton to HBG Canada for providing me with an ARC! All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change."

Rating: 2/5 stars
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Frostblood coverFrostblood by Elly Blake was one of the 2017 releases I was eagerly waiting to get in my hands because it’s a High Fantasy novel by a Canadian author that involves powers of frost and fire, a deadly tournament and a thirst for revenge. What more could a girl want? Possibly for the book to be actually good, whoops.

As excited as I was, the very first chapters disappointed me. I hadn’t realized that the book was in first person, which is my least favourite of the POVs (2nd person might be slightly uncomfortable but it’s interesting) and I find 1st person to usually be very un-atmospheric in fantasy. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing style, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t unique or memorable. The events that were occurring seemed abrupt but not engaging. I felt my hopes for the book crashing around me as I read the first couple pages. Also, the beginning of the book required empathy, or at least sympathy, to make any impact from the readers but there was nothing that made the reader empathetic. Oh, look, something terrible that happens in literally every other book happened! I care so much!

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Your Bookmark Here: Vassa in the Night

January 8, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

VassaIn the mystical and magical land of Brooklyn lives Vassa and her not so pleasant stepmother and constantly  bickering step sisters. The wealthy and glamorous people put on their absolutely adorable shoes and go out partying often. There is a huge cultural divide between the upper class people and the working class and they don't mix. Magic is often to be found and dealt with but many times it is wiser just to leave magic alone. 

The local convenience store is run by Babs Yagg (think legend Babba Yagga) who has no issues with beheading shoplifters or dealing with people with her own personal sense of justice.  One night Vassa is sent out by her bickering step sisters to get light bulbs. This is very much a death sentence as she knows what can happen at the convenience store, but she herself has her own little piece of magic that she carries with her. Vassa just may be able to free her Brooklyn neighborhood from Babs but only if the playing field is level and fair. 

Vassa in the Night is a thrilling modern take on a fairy tale. Indulge yourself and give it a read.

Place a hold on Vassa in the Night, by Sarah Porter.        

Top Ten Teen Holds of 2016

December 27, 2016 | Debbie | Comments (0)

Want to know the hottest books of 2016? Well, a lot of great teen books were published in 2016 and we've rounded up the most popular for you. These were the top ten placed on hold at Toronto Public Library this year. These books are in hot demand, so place your holds now!

The Crown The Glass Sword United as One Lady Midnight The Last Star

Court of Mist and Fury Torch Against the Night The Fever Code Stars Above Raven King

  1. The Crown, by Kiera Cass (ebook)
  2. Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard (ebook)
  3. United as One, by Pittacus Lore (ebook)
  4. Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare (ebook)
  5. The Last Star, by Richard Yancey (ebook)
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah Maas (ebook)
  7. A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir (ebook)
  8. The Fever Code, by James Dashner (ebook)
  9. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection, by Marissa Meyer (ebook)
  10. The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater (ebook)

Teen Review - Red Queen

November 25, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviewed by Sohinee

Red Queen coverA world with two races of people: one with red blood and one with silver blood. Silvers, high class people with different abilities. Reds, lower class people slaving away their lives to live and survive Silver cruelty. Mare Barrow, a thief and a Red girl trying to make ends meet. While trying to scrounge up money for her best friend to prevent him from being shipped off to the war, Mare falls into Silver hands as they discover she, a girl with Red blood, has Silver blood. Mare becomes betrothed to Prince Maven when her powers are discovered. She becomes split between who she is and what they are forcing her to become.

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UGLIES reviewed

November 3, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Vaishnave

UgliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld is good in my opinion but it didn’t leave me in awe or wanting more. The book is about a 16-year-old girl named Tally who is waiting to have a plastic surgery operation to make her pretty. Everyone goes through this process and she can’t wait to party in New Pretty Town. Her best friend Shay doesn’t want to turn pretty. She runs away to the mysterious camp called Smoke where her boyfriend David awaits, leaving Tally a set of puzzling directions in case she changes her mind and decides to go too. But Tally wants to be pretty and she is excitedly awaiting the surgery and has no wish to run away.

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CODE WHITE reviewed

October 30, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Catherine

Code whiteA Code White in a hospital means a bomb threat. Big hospitals, like Chicago's Fletcher Memorial, get these threats on an annual basis. All have been resolved without incident, except for the next heart-stopping twelve hours.

Scott Britz-Cunningham has written a thriller, combining his top notch medical knowledge with a science fiction twist. And the scary part is, the technology may be possible in upcoming years at your local hospital.

Inside fictional Fletcher Memorial, a medical breakthrough is happening. A blind boy is getting a brain implant replacing his broken visual center. The medical team behind this consists of Ali O’Day the neurosurgeon, assistant to the head of neurosurgery, Dr. Helvelius. Kevin O’Day, creator of the artificial intelligence Odin, is still kind of in love with Ali, but Helvelius is too.

Read to find out: who gets their heart stopped, shocked, restarted, and flatlined.


October 28, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Fariha

The rose societyIt is easier to obey without a tongue, and easier to kneel without legs.

A couple months ago, I had read The Young Elites and attempted to read Rose Society. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my Young Elites review, I couldn’t get through the book and I had to put it down. However, I decided to pick it up again a couple months later because everyone was just so enamoured by it. This time, I’m glad I got to the very end because, while I still thought the first two-thirds of the book was boring, the last 100 pages has me intrigued and excited about Midnight Star.

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END OF DAYS reviewed

October 27, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sohinee

End of DaysDystopia, romance, bad-ass female lead? The Penryn and End of Days trilogy is the perfect series for you. I've never read anything more down to Earth and realistic, than this series, even though it is set in a post-apocalyptic world that fallen angels are tearing apart. Penryn isn't a Katniss, nor is she a damsel in distress. She is a relatable girl who deals more with apocalyptic problems such as protecting her sister and estranged mother, than with chasing after boys, which was been one of the plots in many dystopian novels. Don't get me wrong there is romance, but its natural growth of emotions than a love at first sight sort of a thing. 

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TALON reviewed

October 13, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sophia, age 18

Talon-book-coverDo you like fire-breathing dragons? Are you interested in fantasy? Well this is the book for you!

Talon is one of the most phenomenal books I’ve read in a long time.

There’s something for everyone whether it’s secret societies, dragons, soldiers, adrenaline-filled action and adventures. Talon has it all!

From the very first line, “Observe. Assimilate. Blend in,” I was hooked instantaneously by its scintillating and cryptic meaning.

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October 9, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Sohinee, age 16

A court of mist and fury -coverUsually sequels never live up to the high expectations of the first book but A Court of Mist and Fury exceeded expectations. Author Sarah J. Maas depicted Feyre as such a sympathetic and broken character that we couldn't help but share her pain, anger and loneliness. We see her trying to to fit in the Spring Court, adapting, trying to love and care. Her nightmares are so vividly described that we can imagine it. Along with Feyre we also see some changes in other characters: Lucien, the fae who almost had her killed, attempting to defy Tamlin's orders to help Feyre, Tamlin shutting her out and treating her like property and lastly Rhysand, the cold and cunning High Fae, who killed and tortured other faes, we see a side of him that was unexpected.

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October 8, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Sanjana, age 18

Cursed childI personally really liked Cursed Child. It answered many questions readers had from the ending of the Harry Potter series, and quite frankly, left us with even more (in a good way). People say that they didn't enjoy it as much as the original Harry Potter books because it was "too different", but there's one major factor that they aren't considering (apart from the fact that J.K. Rowling wasn't the only author): the style in which it is presented is completely different. It is presented in a script format versus the regular narration format to which we are so accustomed.

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GLASS SWORD reviewed

October 6, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member Shree

Glass swordVictoria Aveyard did it again with the sequel of Red Queen, Glass Sword. This begins from the point it was last left off. Mare Barrow is now on the run from the new king of Norta, Maven, who has reached a whole new level of evil and crazy in this book. Mare knows she has got to find all the newbloods on her list before mavens find them. Cal has been locked up all this time, as he cannot be trusted but still Mare longs to save him and redeem herself; but the Scarlet Guard do not support her opinions. So with a small group of followers by her side, she decides to find every newblood out there and train them for the battle that is coming towards them.

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THE CROWN reviewed

September 29, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member Shree crownThe Crown, the last installment of the Selection series by Kiera Kass has been one of the most anticipated books of this year. The journey that began with America Singer and Prince Maxon, continued by their daughter Eadlyn, ended with this book. And it was a lot to take; unlike the first three books of the series which had been about the selection of Prince Maxon. The Heir was something else, it introduced us to a new character, Eadlyn Schreave – the queen to be, who won the race by seven minutes. Her selection story became complex in the fourth book and left us with such eagerness that only the Crown could end.

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September 9, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Review by Fariha

The_Hero_of_Ages_-_Book_Three_of_MistbornWell this trilogy has totally messed me up. I love it so much. This trilogy might be my favourite trilogy ever. Ever! If you haven’t read Mistborn, just read it. Read it. It’s incredible and scientifically proven to be impossible to dislike. READ IT. This trilogy reminded me of the reasons why I am madly in love with High Fantasy. The action, the plotting, the magic, the intricate world-building, ahhhh!! Speechless

The different point of views were great once again. It’s one of my favourite things about the novels because they make me feel so much closer to the cast of characters. True, not everybody could pull off multiple 3rd person POVs but Sanderson seamlessly weaves the different POVs together to create the masterpiece.

This was an incredible ending to an incredible trilogy and I’m very happy with it. Admittedly, it did not wrap up everything with a bow nor did everyone go on to live happily ever after and I did shed some tears but I was also blown away.

One of my favourite things is how many details and events from the first and seconds books, no matter how small and insignificant it may have seemed like at the time, played huge roles and revealed secrets in this novel. This shows how carefully planned the story arcs and worldbuilding is.

As of now, I only have two complaints about the trilogy. Firstly the writing style. It is not bad by any means and it more than gets the job done but it doesn’t feel like magic. I like my fantasy to have a certain type of prose, as if I myself am reading magic itself but the novels read in a more Sci-Fi Dystopia way. This isn’t necessarily bad and it’s just a personal preference but it sometimes threw me off.

Secondly, I would’ve liked a couple more female characters. True, we had Vin, Tindwyl, Ariellene and Beldre. However, only Vin felt like she was one of the main characters (the only female one) and Tindwyl was only in one of the three novels. The others, while pretty clever or just alright, weren’t as badass as either Vin or Tindwyl and I wanted Vin to have a girlfriend or two with whom she could seek company. Yet, most main characters were male and the women, while kinda important, were seen more as so-and-so’s girlfriend/wife/lover. That really frustrated me at times.

If you have yet to read this trilogy for some insane reason, do pick it up. This is now one of my all time favourites because of its worldbuilding, characters and character development, the humor, the adventure, the politics and how Brandon Sanderson does not cower away from anything. The amount of times things have seemed hopeless in these novels are uncountable, yet the characters pulled through by being clever and using their wits and talents. This is definitely a must-read for Fantasy fans.

Read Fariha's reviews of the first two books in the series:

The Well of Ascension

The Final Empire


Teen Game Review : Overcooked

September 3, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

Review by Chelsea, age 12
  Overcooked by Ghost Town Games Poster Image

Overcooked by Ghost Town Games is a fun, cooperative game for your and your friends! It involves a great amount of teamwork, quick thinking, and of course, cooking. Can you master the art of cooking and save your city by feeding the meatball beast?

The pros of the game are:

  • it will improve your communication and teamwork skills
  • you could learn some new cooking recipes
  • you'll have fun!

The cons of the game are:

  • it's not fun if you don't have a friend around
  • you should be prepared for lots of yelling and impatience at the beginning of the game

My friends and I spent hours playing this game! It's a difficult challenge: you have to make a selected amount of recipes within a period of time! In the beginning (or tutorial), a monster appears, and it's hungry. You and your friend(s) work hard to create many salads for the monster! When you're finally finished, the monster is still not satisfied. So, the man that you are with opens a time portal and all of you escape! He brings you back in time to learn the ancient art of cooking, so you can save the city when you're ready! Are you up to the challenge?

Four Teen Reviews by Tiffany

September 3, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

Reviews by Tiffany, age 18


A story about hope in an enchanting world with a unique protagonist – it will leave you breathless.

Atlantia by Ally Condie Cover ImageAlly Condie’s Atlantia left me in pieces. I was literally brimming with emotions by the time I put this book down at 2:30 in the morning. The novel teaches us about the consequences of prejudice and stigma through the divide between humans and “sirens,” both of whom are living in an underwater world, a place they call “Below.” These “sirens” aren’t mythological sirens, but are actually a rare group of people with the ability to control “normal” people with their voices. Instead of revering the sirens’ power, people shunned them for it. This resulted in some sirens being placed under the watchful eye of Below’s leaders and other sirens hiding their powers, such as the protagonist, Rio. She and others like her know that others will fear them just because of the powers with which they were born. And, needless to say, throughout this novel, we’re taught that sirens aren’t just monsters. They are humans, too. Different, as Rio mentions, but still humans.

The characters in the novel are wonderfully unique and realistic. Rio, for example, isn’t super trusting of others, but she isn’t hostile to them either. She’s quiet and isn’t loud-mouthed, but at the same time, she isn’t meek or a pushover. She’s got dimensions to her, rather than having just a single dominating trait to her.

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage

August 31, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Thrilling Adventures of L&B coverCharles Babbage created plans for a calculating machine. Ada Lovelace read them and added notes that included the first glimmers of computing. Computers were nowhere in sight and were still a century away... but what if they weren't? What if these two teamed up and created this machines, turning it to problems of all kinds, including crime-solving? This is the starting place for this fun romp in graphic form that also gives real historical context in footnotes that will satisfy even the most curious historian. Originally a webcomic series, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage makes for a hefty book all collected together, but it also means it can be read in episodes that keep it nicely paced. 

Teen Review: The Darkest Minds

August 27, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

The Darkest MindsReview by Jamia, age 12

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken, is a book about a disease roaming around in the United States causing death rates to increase alarmingly. Children in the United States are getting powers because of this disease. The story is about a girl by the name of Ruby Daly going on an adventure and understanding her powers on the way.

I feel that the Darkest Minds is a great book for anyone who loves a good dystopian and/or loves X-men. This book is quite long but you'll enjoy every chapter. Good thing this book is in a series, because it made me want tor read more about Ruby and the hardships she has to go through. The Darkest Minds is a unique book that I'm sure many will love.

Teen Review: The Hunger Games

August 26, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Hunger GamesCoverReview by Mishaal, age 13

The Hunger Games has been very famous among teens lately, everybody kept recommending it to me, so I finally decided to check it out. Believe it or not, this book (along with the others in the trilogy) are now right at the top of my list of favorites! Suzanne Collins (the author) wrote this story with the perfect blend of thrilling action, mystery, adventure, suspense and even a little bit of romance! The story unfolds in the country of Panem, which stands where a place called "North America"  used to be. Every year, the wealthy and powerful Capitol of Panem holds the "Hunger Games" to remind the rest of the twelve poor and struggling districts of Panem, that they are indeed, under the complete power of the Capitol.
What are the Hunger games, you ask?

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Teen Review: City of Bones

August 25, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

City of bonesReview by Zainab

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is easily the best fantasy book I have read. Most people find it crazy when I say I hate fantasy. I hate it and I can put up a fight because of it. City of Bones has been a life changer for me, I am not joking.

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Book Review: Unwind

August 6, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

UnwindUnwind, by Neal Shusterman

Review  by Kate

I first stumbled upon this book after seeing a short film inspired by a chapter in this novel. I thought the film looked cool, so I decided to read the book. The story follows Connor, Risa and Lev, three kids from very different backgrounds who have been marked for unwinding. "Unwinding" is the process where parents can give up their child to have their body parts and organs harvested, and reused in someone else's body.

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Guest Post: Top Ten Author Erin Bow

August 6, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (0)

Erin bowNorthern District's Youth Advisory Group posted a discussion of Erin Bow's book The Scorpion Rules in July. For this week, she has sent us a guest post about her book! And she has a question for you at the end... 

The world is at peace.  And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?  

First things first:  I love dystopians.  This is not the essay opening where I diss The Hunger Games.  I ate up The Hunger Games.  I liked Divergent.  I loved Delirium.  I think more people should read Winterkill, or When We Wake, or Unwind.  

But you know what I like better than a dystopia?  A utopia with cracks in it.  Maybe I watched too much Star Trek as a kid, or read “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” at an impressionable age , but I am not particularly interested in Evil Systems with One Crucial Weakness (Teenagers).   As a writer, I was much more interested depicting a system which my protagonist could buy into, not because she’s brainwashed or powerless, but because she thinks it’s the right thing to do.

So I built a system that actually keeps world peace.  

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YA Literature & Retellings Inspired by Classic Stories

August 2, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

I have always enjoyed reading fairy tales and other classic stories from many different places. I like to see where they come from, what were the ideas behind them, and how they can change depending on who was telling them. Some of my favourite books are based on retellings of these stories, like The Fables: Legends in ExileRomeo and/or Juliet, and The Eyre Affair. In each of these books, the authors have taken their inspirations from familiar tales, and have shaped them into something wonderfully original that I have really enjoyed reading. And so, if you're looking for some really interesting reads based on some great classic and traditional stories from around the world, then check out the following nine books from our 100 Summer Reads list at the library this summer.

Every Word by Ellie Marney Cover Image1. Every Word by Ellie Marney-- James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents ... without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'. Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behavior - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him ... and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble. The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents.... Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever? This is also available as an eBook.


Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola Cover Image2. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola -- Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga's house-on-chicken-legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu!

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell Cover Image3. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell – Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to  be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools, hidden there – and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules, - be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last. This is also available as an eBook


This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee Cover Image4. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee -- In an alternative fantasy world where some men are made from clockwork parts and carriages are steam powered, Alasdair Finch, a young mechanic, does the unthinkable after his brother dies: he uses clockwork pieces to bring Oliver back from the dead. But the resurrection does not go as planned, and Oliver returns more monster than man. Even worse, the novel Frankenstein is published and the townsfolk are determined to find the real-life doctor and his monster. With few places to turn for help, the dangers may ultimately bring the brothers together—or ruin them forever. This is also available as an eBook.

Song For Ella Grey by David Almond Cover Image5. A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond -- Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach, and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught the hardest, fastest, deepest—and Claire is left with the pain of looking on. Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. It takes place in the ordinary streets of Tyneside and on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. It’s a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces. A love that leads Ella, Orpheus, and Claire to the gates of Death and beyond. This is also available as an eBook.


Strange Light Afar by Rui Umezawa Cover Image

6. Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan by Rui Umezawa – From horror movies to manga, anime and video games, Japanese stories are  built on a long tradition of folk tales that celebrate the strange, the violent, and the beautiful. In this stunning new collection, Rui Umezawa revisits eight well-known traditional tales, exploring the psychological motivations of the characters – motivations that draw on the deepest human emotions of greed, rage, desire and fear. Sometimes laced with ironic humour, sometimes truly horrifying, these stories will appeal to all fans of the strange and the supernatural. This is also available as an eBook.


A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston Cover Image7. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston -- Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, so when she is taken to the king's dangerous court she believes death will soon follow. But night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awakened by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong. With each tale she tells, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. This is also available as an eBook.

Worlds of Ink and Shadows by Lena Coakley Cover Image

8. Worlds of Ink and Shadows by Lena Coakley – Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontës have always been inseparable. After all,  nothing can bond  four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to descend into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters – the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna – refuse to let them go. This is also available as an eBook.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Page Cover Image9. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Page – In this third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, new girl from Kansas Amy Gumm is caught between her home—and Oz. “My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don’t find a way to close it? Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it’s up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.” This is also available in Audiobook and eAudiobook formats.

Happy reading!

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