Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Game - Barry Lyga

Game (Sequel to I Hunt Killers) - Barry Lyga
Jasper Dent #2

We pick up with Jasper (Jazz), Connie, and Howie in Lobo's Nod.  It's been a quiet summer there.

Meanwhile, in New York, the Hat-Dog Killer is on the loose. He's killing people left and right and his killing is escalating. He's called the Hat-Dog Killer because he carves a hat or a dog into his victim.

 Jazz is called on by NYPD to help solve the case. Connie sneaks around to make the trip to New York too. Jazz calls on his aunt Samantha to watch Gramma.

The murders in New York become personal when a note is left for Jazz welcoming him to the game. Jazz knows that his father Billy is involved and he's determined to figure out how.

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Olivia Twisted


He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

At least at this moment, I don’t care.

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.
   It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.
Except that she’s not.

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Doomed - Tracy Deebs

Doomed - Tracy Deebs

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora received an unexpected and strange email on her 17th birthday from her nonexistent father.

Dad's gift? A computer worm that sets the world spinning and 12 photos to help Pandora fix it.

Pandora's computer is linked to the worm that has effected the entire world. There's no electricity. No cell phones. ATM machines don't work. The price of gas triples in a day. Commodities will get scarce.

Theo and Eli, Pandora's new neighbors and classmates, help Pandora escape the government officials who are looking for her. Together, they follow the clues in the photos and game to bring the world back to the way they know it.

Catherine - April Lindner

Catherine - April Lindner

Chelsea has been told by her father that her mother died of a sudden illness. She has no reason to believe otherwise until she finds a letter from her mother, Catherine. Her mother did not die. She disappeared.
Chelsea takes off to New York to find her mother.

Catherine grew up in The Underground, the place for bands looking to be discovered. She could ignore the comings and goings of all the talent until Hence. Once he arrived, all bets were off.

Catherine is told in two voices. Will Chelsea find the answers she's looking for?

(A modern Wuthering Heights)

Transcendence - C.J. Omololu

Transcendence - C.J. Omololu 

When Cole visits the Tower of London, she gets a sense that she's been there before. She can see herself being escorted to be executed. Griffon arrives on the scene to help her, but only confuses her more. 

Back in California, Cole and Griffon cross paths. Griffon helps Cole discover her abilities as an Akhet, someone who remembers past lives that they have lived. 

Unfortunately, there's another person who remembers Cole's past and is out to get revenge.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Peanut - Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe

Peanut - Ayun Halliday (author) & Paul Hoppe (illustrator)
216 pages

Sadie is entering a new school.  With that comes the job of telling her friends about her peanut allergy. One problem...she's not really allergic to peanuts.

What happens when the nurse needs a medical form filled out about her allergy?

Sadie certainly can't have friends over. It wouldn't be good if mom served peanut butter milk shakes.

Sadie is vigilant about keeping people from knowing the truth. What happens when her teacher sees her eating a peanut and calls the paramedics? The cafeteria is sent in panic mode.

Can Sadie keep her new friends once she's exposed?

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Sister's Stalker - Nancy Springer

My Sister's Stalker  - Nancy Springer

Rig misses sister Karma. They haven't really been close since their parents divorce, but it has gotten worse since she's now in college. She doesn't return calls or answer emails.

This prompts Rig to Google Karma. What he finds is beyond disturbing. He comes across a website containing photos of Karma. Photos that look like they were taken recently by someone watching her without her knowing.

Rig shows the pictures to his mother who thinks it's sweet that Karma has an admirer. Rig knows this isn't the case and gets his dad involved.

Rig and his father travel to Karma's college to let her know what's going on. This leads to a chase of her stalker and a kidnapping of Karma.

Can Rig and his family save her?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

Allyson "LuLu" Healey is on vacation in Europe as a high school graduation present from her parents. While in England, she and her friend leave the group tour to watch an underground version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. During the play, an actor tosses her a coin. This simple act leads Allyson on an adventure that she can't forget.

Allyson meets Willem, a Dutch actor, and runs off to Paris with him for a day. Willem only knows her as LuLu. After their impromptu day, LuLu wakes up to find that Willem has left her alone in Paris.

Allyson continues on with her life. She attends college, meets new people, and discovers a love for Shakespeare and languages.

A year after her trip to Paris, she still wonders what happened to Willem and leaves on a quest to find answers.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bully Bait (The Odd Squad)

Bully Bait (The Odd Squad #1) -- Michael Fry

Nick is short. Molly is tall. Karl is...well, Karl is Karl. Together they are the Safety Patrol. Sort of. Dr. Daniels, the school counselor, decided that they need something to keep them from being a target to the campus bully, Roy. Really? Being in the Safety Patrol is suppose to prevent bullying?

This odd group of youngsters receives guidance from the custodian of Emily Dickinson Middle School, Mr. Dupree. Mr. Dupree teaches them the art of surveillance and disguise. (Enter Karl dressed as a sea monkey.)

Nick is determined to make Roy stop shoving him in his locker. There's nothing worse than Zombie butt and log legs from being crammed in a locker for too long.

Can this band of misfits work together against Roy?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans rejoice! Here's something to keep you entertained. Laugh out loud funny! (My 7th graders were giving me strange looks because I was so loud.)

Publication: February 12, 2013

Thank you Disney Hyperion for the ARC!