Maze Runner Trailer #2 is OUT

Y’all are running out of time to read this before it hits the theaters!

datvikingtho:

theyseemefangirlintheyhatin:

permets-tu:

after what feels like literally the longest week of my life working on it my marauder’s map dress for leakycon is DONE!! as a side note, i literally never want to use another fine point sharpie in my life.

THIS IS AMAZING OMG

This is beyond amazing and inspiring.

Teen reviewer Neeka takes a look at a middle school TAB favorite:
The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Holocaust has been painfully recounted by survivors and onlookers. But John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is told from an entirely unique perspective: a nine-year-old boy’s. Not a boy in a concentration camp—a German boy whose father is a Nazi officer.

This particular nine-year-old, Bruno, happens to befriend another nine-year-old boy, Shmuel, who happens to live on the other side of the fence. Shmuel lives on the side of the fence where men with black and red armbands shoot people who never get back up.

This story is so eye-opening precisely because it is presented to us with hindsight in mind. We know so much more than Bruno does, and that’s why we have empathy for him.

Some people don’t like reading books about difficult time periods in history as it evokes too many emotions within them, but this book is more subtle than a nonfiction book, as Bruno’s helpless ignorance keeps him from blatantly talking about what is happening all around him.

In general, though, this book really speaks for itself and resonates with each reader in a different way. It is a masterpiece and a very cleverly crafted story of one of the greatest massacres in human history. Read it and it will give you chills.
Resisting the urge to post on Facebook when I find myself considering the big mysteries. Save it for a poem, that would be good in a poem.
pickeringtonlibrary:

Is this wallpaper? 
This is the best wallpaper in the world! 

THIS IS OUR DESTINY. Woah.

pickeringtonlibrary:

Is this wallpaper? 

This is the best wallpaper in the world! 

THIS IS OUR DESTINY. Woah.

Westover teen volunteer Cassie B. shares some thoughts on a fairytale retelling that is sure to catch your eye:
Beastly By Alex Flinn

Don’t be turned off by the fact that you didn’t like the movie, this fairy tale reboot will have you on the edge of you seat, recreating the magic of the story for an older audience. Kyle Kingsbury, son of renounced television anchor, has everything. Looks, popularity, the prettiest girl in school, and now, he is about to become 9th grade prince at the school dance. Everything is right in his world, except all the ugly people who keep getting in his way. Thankfully, he can get back at them for their disgrace on his eyes with nasty pranks. In a twist of events, Kendra, a witch, turns Kyle into something he can only call a beast.

 Even though you already know what will happen, Flinn manages to surprise the reader throughout Kyle’s character growth, and search for true love. The story is told through a mix of chat rooms with other cursed fairy tale creatures and Kyle’s story. I would give this book 4 out of 5 white roses, and also recommend Flinn’s other books, Bewitching, another book about the witch Kendra, and Towering, a modern telling of Rapunzel.

booksandhotchocolate:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.

Woah. Happy 7th Bday Deathly Hallows

We’re starting our trip back in time with teen reviewer Libby’s look at Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

The Diviners by Libba Bray is an odd but compelling combination of 1920’s thriller and supernatural powers. Its a mystery with all sorts of secrets, drama, murder, jazz, and intrigue. Evie O’Neal is moving to New York City from her hometown in Ohio. Its 1926, and she couldn’t be more excited for her big city adventure. Except that once she arrives, she finds that things may not be as great as they seem. First she finds herself living with her Uncle Will, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, also known as the Museum of Creepy Crawlies. The city is being rocked by a sensational series of strange and ritualistic killings, and Uncle Will is called in to consult. Evie might be able to help, but only if she reveals a secret supernatural power she doesn’t entirely understand. As the hunt for the killer escalates, Evie discovers that Uncle Will and her new friends may also have secrets of their own. Can they stop the killer from creating anymore chaos? Is the killer even human?

The Diviners is mostly Evie’s story, but there are chapters of the book that are from the perspectives of other New Yorkers who are dealing with their own supernatural experiences. Memphis has dreams he can’t explain. Jerecho has a mysterious medical condition. Their pieces of the story add more layers to the overall plot and serve as a great setup for the sequel, “Lair of Dreams,” which is set to come out in 2015.

This book was the creepiest thing I’d read in a long time. I started it in the middle of the afternoon, and couldn’t put it down. By the time I finished, it was two in the morning and I was the only one awake in a dark and silent house and I didn’t think I’d ever sleep properly again. The writing is vivid, which makes all the little details pop out, even when they’re terrifying. Its clear Libba Bray did her research, and the mythology is consistent and blends into the reality of Evie’s world. While I did find some of the 1920’s expressions off-putting, the details and the mystery were more than enough to make up for it. The characters are relatable, the killer is the definition of evil, and the adventure is exciting. I recommend reading
The Diviners with the lights on.

Read More:

Up and Coming: The Diviners by Libba Bray

You Oughta Be In Pictures: The Diviners by Libba Bray

A Very YA Halloween

Every year we like to do something special with our Friday posts. This year, we’re jumping in back in time with a different decade each week. Step into our time machine!
Check out our previous Friday Themes:
Fandom Fridays
Postcard Fridays 
Olympic Fridays

Every year we like to do something special with our Friday posts. This year, we’re jumping in back in time with a different decade each week. Step into our time machine!

Check out our previous Friday Themes:

Fans of the strange and dark take note, Librarian M is here to talk about Brenna Yovanoff’s latest:
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff  Release Date: August 14, 2014

Brenna Yovanoff is back with another book to creep you out!

Clementine has been down in the cellar of her family’s burned-out house for ten years. She hasn’t really been living, but she’s not dead either. She’s been in a kind of stasis, waiting for someone to discover her and set her free. One day a group of boys find her and bring her to her aunt’s house. Clementine is grateful to be out of the cellar until weird things start happening around town. Is Clementine a harbinger of evil doings? Maybe it would have been better if she had never been found.

The setting of this book is spooky and strange. Words like fiend, craft, and reckoning are used frequently and the story is woven like a web around the main characters. Yovanoff spins information out slowly as she constructs this eerie world. I recommend reading this book after dark and under the covers with a flashlight. Read More: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Radio Week: “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff

Fans of the strange and dark take note, Librarian M is here to talk about Brenna Yovanoff’s latest:

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

 Release Date: August 14, 2014
Brenna Yovanoff is back with another book to creep you out!
Clementine has been down in the cellar of her family’s burned-out house for ten years. She hasn’t really been living, but she’s not dead either. She’s been in a kind of stasis, waiting for someone to discover her and set her free. One day a group of boys find her and bring her to her aunt’s house. Clementine is grateful to be out of the cellar until weird things start happening around town. Is Clementine a harbinger of evil doings? Maybe it would have been better if she had never been found.
The setting of this book is spooky and strange. Words like fiend, craft, and reckoning are used frequently and the story is woven like a web around the main characters. Yovanoff spins information out slowly as she constructs this eerie world. I recommend reading this book after dark and under the covers with a flashlight.

Read More:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Radio Week: “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.

Several teens have reported that School for Good and Evil was the best book they read this summer (after turning in their summer reading form)!

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.

Several teens have reported that School for Good and Evil was the best book they read this summer (after turning in their summer reading form)!