In 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)
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
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
Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Summary: Jess and his family are black market smugglers who trade in the rarest and most dangerous of commodities: Books. The Great Library that rules over the world allows people to download and read things, of course, but very few people are allowed to actually own bound copies of books. In order to get an inside look at the mysterious agents who run the Great Library and it’s satellite locations all over the world, Jess is convinced by his father to apply for entry into the elite Library training program and soon he is on his way to Alexandria, Egypt. As he makes friends and enemies in his class and clashes with his surly, aggressive mentor, Jess begins to realize how seriously the Library takes its stance on the value of knowledge above everything else – including the lives of enemies, innocents and the trainees themselves. When his friend comes up with a radical idea that could change the way information is transmitted forever, Jess must decide what is more important: His family and the mission they have set before him, or exposing the secretive and deadly nature of the Library. Either decision will cost him greatly and be impossible to forgive.
One of the great intellectual tragedies in history was the legendary destruction of the Library of Alexandria. Although there are several different theories about what happened and when, what is not in doubt is that countless scrolls containing works by famous authors were lost forever. This imaginative and fast-paced tale imagines a world where the library not only survived, but managed to become the ruling entity of the entire world. Short communications before each chapter give you a sense of what’s to come and the larger scope of the story as you read, compelling you to keep turning the pages to see how it all works out. There is something here for almost every reader: Action, humor, romance and mystery. This thrilling adventure will leave you begging for the second installment of The Great Library series.
Who will like this book?: Fans of dystopian series like Divergent and The Hunger Games. People who love books.
If you like this, try this: The Archived by Victoria Schwab. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian