Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Limit by Kristen Landon

In the not-too-distant future the government has stepped in to "help" individuals control their personal debt. Everyone is given a limit, and families who exceed their limit are given options: they can undergo a program of strict spending regulation or send one of their children to a workhouse.

This has always been something that happened to other families. Then one day Matt's mother's card is rejected at the supermarket. A few hours later Matt is taken. At first it's not a big deal. Matt is placed on the Top Floor, with it's cushy rooms, unlimited buying and freedom to order anything and everything for meals. But Matt is suspicious and hacks into the workhouse's computer. What he finds shocks him out of his complacency. Now he has to find a way to stop the abuses going on before he's permanently silenced.

This thrilling novel takes today's economics and turns them into a dystopia that is easily imagined. I could not stop reading it and recommend it highly.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Kane Chronicles #2 Release Date!

Rick Riordan's popular new series, The Kane Chronicles, follows siblings Carter and Sadie as they learn about their family's magical roots and the power that flows in their blood. Book one, The Red Pyramid, came out in May 2009 and was a huge hit. It has just been announced that book two, The Throne of Fire, will be released on May 3, 2011.

Rick Riordan is also the author of the popular Percy Jackson series.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Firespell by Chloe Neill

Its not often that I come across something original in paranormal lit for teens, but Firespell is definitely one of these rare gems. Chloe Neill took the (almost) overused themes of boarding school, magic and vampires and twisted them around to tell the story of Lily Parker and the Junior Varsity.

Lily's parents have the opportunity to take a sabbatical in Germany, studying the papers of a famous philosopher. Rather than take their teenage daughter with them, they enroll Lily in St. Sophia's, an all-girls boarding school in Chicago. There Lily meets Scout, her self-proclaimed new BFF. But while Scout has taken Lily under her wing, the uber-rich-brat-pack finds every opportunity to antagonize the new girl. Typical boarding school stuff, really. But then one night Lily follows Scout as she sneaks out of their suite on a mysterious "errand." They descend into a series of tunnels under the school, and though Lily loses Scout, she learns enough to be afraid for her friend's safety.

Okay, I could say more but I'd be giving too much away. Read the book. Its great. Trust me.