The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass

The One

by Kiera Cass

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

book 3 in the Selection series

#6 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said, “Four stars for satisfying entertainment. The author obeyed all the rules she’d set up for her story, she stayed in charge of her script, there were sufficient twists and turns to keep me engaged through this third and final installment, and the fact that it was syrupy was fine with me. I liked that she avoided the trend of first person present tense narration — a writing style with which I have little patience (although she uses it in the epilogue). I liked that the chapters did not switch point of view, ever. Thank you. I liked that it was America’s story, not Aspen’s or Maxon’s or anyone else’s. I liked that she had a little fun renaming countries and toying with politics, but that she never meant for any of it to be taken seriously. She didn’t have any agenda (that I could see) other than entertaining. It’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t demand any ‘conversations’. I liked that her characters were consistent through the series. I liked all the strings being neatly tied up. Yes, I may have had a disappointment or two, but hey. I wouldn’t mind her following this up with spin-off series. For me this was as much fun as Pride and Prejudice.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars rounded up. Nothing great, but for the most part I enjoyed my time spent at the Palace and was satisfied with the way everything turned out.”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars—This was a good conclusion to the series. I still think the MC is a bit on the wishy washy side, but she has grown over the course of the books. I thought the ending was slightly contrived, but overall this was an enjoyable read.”

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Betsy rated it ★★★ and said, “Definitely kept me guessing until the end. There might have been a few too many plot twist though.”

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy

by Melanie Dickerson

A new suitor. A shocking discovery.

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook’s men. She convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only does she tend to talk too much, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life–and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man’s wicked plot.

book 5 in the Fairy Tales series

#9 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Hunt for Jade Dragon

by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

book 4 in the Michael Vey series

#4 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Dangerous

by Shannon Hale

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

#7 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books for early access to this title. I really enjoyed this read! It was suspenseful and interesting pretty much throughout. I think the characters were quite well done, and I love Maisie Danger Brown (her actual name)! The parents were good, and the villains were appropriately evil. The romance was great, and I liked the triangle which had me guessing for a while. This was a great, fast moving plot, and I would Recommend this to pretty much anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi adventure story with a great, strong female lead. A nice departure for Hale, who is so great with the re-told fairy tales! This is a new area for her to excel in.”

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books for allowing me access to this. 4.5 stars. I went into this completely blind. I had no idea what to expect. This is NOTHING like her other books, and yet the writing and story are still just as amazing. I thought the little jokes the father told were pretty funny and helped show the positive relationship she had with her parents. I could have done with a little less of the teenager-y angst, “he loves me, he hates me” stuff, but it mostly came together for me and worked in the end. And it was nice to have a love triangle appear and get squashed just as quickly. It gets really old when they drag out, and sometimes friends are just never more than friends. Overall, I think fans of Hale’s other works will enjoy this one. I would also recommend it for fans of Pittacus Lore as it has a similar feel.”

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

The Unfairest of Them All

by Shannon Hale

It’s the aftermath of Legacy Day, the day when the students at Ever After High are supposed to pledge to follow in their fairytale parents’ footsteps, and everyone is in a huff and a puff! Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, has refused to sign the Storybook of Legends, rejecting her story–and putting everyone else’s in jeopardy.

The Royal Apple White doesn’t want to think Raven is being a rebellious pain, but Raven’s choice means Apple might never get the poisoned apple, Prince Charming, and a kingdom to rule. Behind Apple stands the Royals, those who want to play by the book and embrace their stories. The Rebels, supporters of Raven, believe in breaking free from destiny and writing their own stories.

But when the chaos and rivalry land wonderlandiful Madeline Hatter in trouble, Raven and Apple must bring the Royals and the Rebels together to shut the book on their feud before it threatens to end all of their Happily Ever Afters once and for all.

book 2 in the Ever After High series

#8 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “4.5 stars. I must have been in a different frame of mind with this one than the first because instead of being annoyed at the funny quirks and twists of fairy tales, I found them hilarious and clever. Favorite line: ‘It’s about to get all nonfiction in here.’ I love where this is going and can’t wait to deal with the Jabberwocky in the next book. He’s always been deliciously chilling for me ever since the made-for-TV Alice in the 80’s.”

The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

The Long Haul

by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney’s latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

book 9 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

#2 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Sky Raiders

by Brandon Mull

Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms; come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them and ends up in The Outskirts. The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home; before his existence is forgotten.

book 1 in the Five Kingdoms series

#5 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception

by Mary E. Pearson

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

book 1 in the Remnant Chronicles series

#8 in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten 2015

#3 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Loved this! I really liked not knowing who was who for the romance interests and trying to match up the different identities and figure out who was who. For the first time ever I couldn’t decide who I would rather have the MC end up with. They were both wonderful options. It was great not knowing which on was the prince because if I had known, it would have tipped the scale in his direction. The characters were well defined and relatable, and the setting was vivid without being overly descriptive. I’ve always enjoyed Mary Pearson, but this has got to her best one yet. I will be desperately waiting for book 2.”

Rebekah rated it ★★★★★.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus

by Rick Riordan

Though the Greek and Roman crew members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

book 5 of the Heroes of Olympus series

#1 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

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