New Teen Books 

05/02/2014 Categories: book suggestions cool stuff new stuff

Another pile of wonderous reads are now ready to check out at the Escondido Public Library. Here are three awesome titles that can be found on the New Books shelf in the Teen area.

More than good enough Hinterkind cruel beauty

More Than Good Enough by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Half native. Half white. One hundred percent nothing.

My mom doesn’t want me. My dad just got out of jail. They want me to go live with him on the reservation, in the Everglades. Trouble is, everybody there just ignores me. At least I get to work with Pippa on my film project at school. We used to be friends when we were like twelve. Now that we’re hanging out again it’s like old times—except she’s way cuter. The thing is, I don’t belong anywhere. I don’t fit in on the rez, and I suck at school. My dad thinks I’m an idiot, but Pippa thinks I’m all good. I don’t know what to think. Am I bad news or am I more than good enough?

Hinterkind: the waking world, vol. 1 by Ian Edginton

In a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fables, THE HINTERKIND tells the story of one young woman's quest to fulfill her destiny and put the world right again.

Fifty-seven years after an unspecified biological event has all but wiped out the human race, a green hand has moved over the face of the Earth. Leaf, root and shoot have steadfastly smothered the works of man, remorselessly grinding the concrete, glass and steel back into the minerals from whence they came. Mother Nature is reclaiming what's rightfully hers but she's not the only one... 

The Hinterkind have returned. They come from hiding places in the lost corners of the world: Centaurs, Satyrs, Elves, Dwarves, Ogres, Trolls, Werewolves, Vampires...

They're also known as 'the Hidden,' 'the Twilight People,' the 'walkers-in-shadow', collective names for the menagerie that mankind has hung its tales of myth and magic upon--but these aren't fairy tale creatures. They are flesh, blood and passion, and they have a long simmering hatred of humanity. 

They are a divergent species. Exotic evolutionary try-outs that couldn't compete with the rapacious ape. Hunted to near extinction through fear and ignorance, they fled to the great forests and deserts, losing themselves in the shrinking wilderness of an ever-expanding world. Now the wilderness is the world and mankind is in the minority. 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.


Book Review Points to Ponder 

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  • Are you a Review Crew member?
  • Are you thinking of joining but not sure where to begin when it comes to writing book reviews?


Well here are some points to ponder when you're writing a book review from Heather Booth, Literature & Audio Service Librarian at the Downers Grove Library. The most important thing to remember is that when writing a review you're not just retelling the story. You're trying to help other readers decide if the book is worthy of their time and WHY. Move beyond "I love it/I hated it" by considering these suggestions...

  • My first impression of this book was...
  • Compared to other books in this genre, this book was...
  • The writing is similar to this author/this book...
  • Who do you think the author was trying to read?
  • Who will want to read this book?

The CHARACTERS were...believable, boring, flat, interesting, likeable, multi-dimensional, one-sided, recognizable, unrealistic

The DIALOGUE was...realistic, over-the-top, funny, witty, rough, melodramatic, subtle, serious

The PLOT was...familiar, gripping, complex, fast paced, unique, contemplative, simple, slow

Here are some DESCRIPTIVE WORDS & PHRASES you might use to describe a book... entertaining, lyrical, compelling, slice-of-life, memorable, pass-along, if you enjoyed_____, down to earth, can't put down, must-read, daring, well told, page-turner, discussable, controversial, not for fans of ______, plodding, readable, bland, high-interest.

Now go write reviews!!  And if you haven't joined the Review Crew yet, be sure to do that first!