I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

 

I am Number Four

Nine aliens from the Planet Lorien arrive as babies. They all have super powers. You would think life should be easy for them, but they have to split up and constantly move from place to place. They try not to be caught by the other alien race, the Mogadorians, in their quest for world domination. Will the kids protect Earth from the Mogadorians or fail and watch Earth be destroyed?  Answer unveils when you read I am Number 4.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

31076583In the fourth book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, the war is finally over but there are wounds that are still open. As Feyre tries to rebuild what was once her home, her closest friend, now family, struggles to find their way back to who they used to be. This book focus on the aftermath of war and rebuilding oneself.

-Lucero (Teen Reviewer)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

23766634In this third book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Feyre has returned to where everything had begun, but for different purposes. Now determined to destroyed and protect what she has to gain, she will  do anything within her abilities. She will play a dangerous game that not only would affect her and her loved ones, but the rest of the world as well. Having that weight on her shoulders means no mistakes can be made. In this book you’ll find betrayal, war, and last but not least, love.
-Lucero (Teen Reviewer)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395In this second book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Feyre struggles to find herself. As she now holds the powers of the High Fae, she is still that human girl of the village. As she tries to get herself together, evil is still hovering over her. With the help of her new family she fights to stop this evil from spreading across the world. A book full of love, secrets, and action; perfect for those looking for a mix of genres.
-Lucero (Teen Reviewer)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824When Feyre, a nineteen year old huntress, kills a Faerie, she is punished for the life taken. But her captor is not an ordinary guy. Tamlin is one of the lethal immortal Faeries that once ruled the world. As Feyre is dragged to his kingdom she learns the Faeries are not as dangerous as she had been told. But like any other book, there is darkness hovering over the Faerie’s land and she must fight to stop it before everything is consumed. For fans of Beauty and the Beast, this book is recommended.
-Lucero (Teen Reviewer)

Flunked

FlunkedTitle: Flunked

Author: Jen Calonita

Summary:  Twelve-year old Gilly isn’t a bad kid, she’s just done some bad things.  Or, at least the rest of the Enchantasia thinks Gilly’s thieving ways are signs of a tween heading in the wrong direction.  What they don’t take into account is that Gilly steals to keep her siblings fed and provide them with the occasional extra treat or gift.  Unfortunately for Gilly, since motives don’t matter, when she is caught stealing for the third time she is immediately sentenced to the latest development for transforming wayward kids into upstanding citizens- Fairy Tale Reform School (“FTRS”).

FTRS was founded by Flora, the fairly-recently reformed and formerly wicked step-mother of Cinderella, upon realizing the error of her ways and wishing to make amends by helping mischievous youth.  And, FTRS doesn’t just offer troubled youths a second chance, it’s also staffed by former villains like the Sea Witch and Big Bad Wolf.   But with Pegasus riding, big prepared meals, new friends, and only having to share a spacious tower room with one roommate, Gilly is finding reform school really isn’t much of a punishment.  In fact, if she didn’t have a family to worry about it’s the kind of place a kid could get used to.  Then mysterious and dangerous events start to occur, and Gilly and her friends are beginning to wonder if all of their teachers have truly left their villainous ways in the past.

Who will like this?:  This light, quick read is a great selection for middle grade readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings.

If you like this, try reading: The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer, Ever After High series by Shannon Hale, and Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski.

Where can I find a copy?: Paper copy available at Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Digital copy downloadable from Overdrive through Fairfield Public Library, and audio copy downloadable from Hoopla through Fairfield Public Library.

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Teen Librarian

Six of Crows

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Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Summary: Kaz, a criminal prodigy with a mysterious past, has quickly risen to the top of the criminal underbelly in the international trading hub Ketterdam. If you need the impossible done, he is the one you contact.  And, an impossible, deadly heist is just what someone offers to pay him an unbelievable amount of money to commit.  Kaz is up for the challenge so long as he can assemble the perfect crew.  A perfect crew consisting of:

The agile spy whose ability to sneak into just the right spot has earned her the nickname the Wraith;

The sharpshooter with a gambling problem;

A privileged runaway demolitionist;

A Heartrender who has the magical ability to damage a person’s internal organs- from slowing a pulse to snatching the very breath from their lungs;

A former witch hunter and convict torn between the need for revenge and redemption; and

The criminal mastermind who earned the nickname “Dirtyhands” because no job is too despicable or bloody for him.

Oh, and one more thing… if the six fail it could have deadly consequences for everyone in the world.

Who will like this book?:  This smart cross between heist and fantasy will appeal to fans of both genres.  Bardugo alternates telling the story using  five of the six main characters’ points-of-view, so you get more of a chance to understand each character’s motivation.    That means fans of character driven stories will be equally satisfied with this tale.

If you like this, try this: Kristin Cashore’s  Graceling series, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Recommended by: Jen, Teen Librarian