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Subject: What YA book are you reading right now? June 2009
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 6:42 AM ET
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I liked the thread Kristen started in April so I hope she doesn't mind that I started one for June. :)

Anyway, I'm currently reading Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald, which is about two girls (one from England, the other California) who do a last-minute, one-for-one semester abroad, and they have to live in the other's dorm and take the other's classes.  So far it's pretty fun. :)

I also finished Being Nikki (the second Airhead book by Meg Cabot) over the weekend.  Completely implausible (the series is about a girl whose brain is transplanted into that of a teenaged supermodel) but a llight, easy read, which is what I expect from Cabot.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I'm reading Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I just started it, but so far it's pretty good.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 2:43 PM ET
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oh wow!!! all three books I ones I want to read~!!!!!!! I just got done with Labor Of Love by Rachel Hawthorne.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 5:01 PM ET
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I love the Twilight Series. I am a big vampire fan. And Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study The series is really good and definitely not just for teens. I am still waiting for the fourth one, Storm Glass, but i know it will be good! The series is by Maria V. Snyder.
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 5:20 PM ET
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Kira, I loved Poison Study, liked Magic Study and found Fire Study boring.  I didn't care for the quest in the first half of the book and was bummed that it took that long before my favorite character appeared.

I'm looking forward to Storm Glass -- I just hope I like it even though Yelena and Valek aren't the main characters. :)

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 9:25 PM ET
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I am reading The Sorceress by Michael Scott after I am finished with Driving With Dead People. After that, I will be reading Uglies by Scott Westerfield.

Date Posted: 5/27/2009 10:25 PM ET
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I'm reading The Blood Confession by Alissa Libby. It's a fictionalized story about Erzebet (Elizabeth) Bathory, the real-life countess who murdered her servant girls and bathed in their blood. The blood bathing is probably just legend, but it's still quite interesting.

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Date Posted: 5/29/2009 6:37 AM ET
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I finished Sophomore Switch last night.  I was a little disappointed by the ending -- I think it wrapped up way too neatly.  But otherwise I enjoyed the book.

I then started Friends For Life by Ellen Emerson White.  This is an out-of-print book from the 80s about Susan, who moves back to Boston and finds that her best friend has died of a supposed drug overdose, but Susan suspects murder and actually decides to do the investigative work.  I didn't know this book existed until I reread all of Ellen Emerson White's book about Meg Powers (The President's Daughter and its sequels).  In the fourth book, Meg goes off to college and it turns out her junior advisor is the same Susan from White's other book.

This book is pretty good so far, and it was published while White was still a senior in college!  Unfortunately, the cover of this book is pretty horrible.  You can definitely tell that the book was published in the early 80s. :)

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 11:47 PM ET
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Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa

Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 9:50 PM ET
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I just finished Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. It was really good, but kind of sad at times.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 3:57 PM ET
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Currently reading "Dragon's Milk" by Susan Fletcher. Lately I've read:

"City of Ember" Jeanne DuPrau

"Enna Burning" and "Austenland" by Shannon Hale

"Tunnels" by Roderick Gordon

"The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer

"Beauty" by Robin McKinley

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Just finished If This is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti by Ellen Conford.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 5:06 PM ET
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I'm currently reading The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinx, gosh it is so slow! I have to read it for review though so oh well :(

Recently I read and really liked:

Margaux with an X by Ron Koertge

Beastly by Alex Flinn

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

:)

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 6:14 PM ET
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Finished Aya and Shine, Coconut Moon. Both were great. Close to finishing Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa and Brown Girl In the Ring by Nalo Hopinkson.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I just started Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 7:23 PM ET
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Yesterday I read Life Without Friends by Ellen Emerson White, which is the companion novel to Friends For Life.  It's about Beverly, who was involved with the guy responsible for the murders in Susan's school, and as she finishes her senior year she has no friends, feels responsible for the murders, and has a few other personal issues to work out when she meets a guy in the Boston Public Gardens.  This was overall the better book of the two, and I loved getting to know Beverly.  I'm a little sad that White didn't write any more books about her.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I'm reading Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link. It's a short story collection and I am utterly in love.
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 11:07 PM ET
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I finished Thirteen Reasons Why tonight.  There were a lot of things I didn't like about it and a lot of things I did like. I think overall, I am leaning towards not liking it, if that makes any sense.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I have Thirteen Reasons Why on my wish list. It looks very interesting. I am sad to hear you didn't like it much. :(

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 12:49 AM ET
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This past month, I've read...

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (an okay book, to me anyways.)

Tithe by Holly Black (absolutely amazing..although kaye's character emotion wasn't well developed, excluding the romance and lust.)

Blue Girl by Charles de Lint (brilliant story dealing with the magical realm connecting to humanity.)

Cybele's secret by Juliet Marillier (one of my absolute favorite books. anyone who likes a bit of adventure, romance, and fantasy all packed into one should definitely read this)

The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle (very well-written and loved the main character)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (I don't think I like this book. This would probably be my least favorite sarah dessen book. The story line was extremely slow.)

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (for most of the book, i was plowing through to figure out the mystery behind gemma's secret. The end was a little happy and sad mixed together...maybe more sad than happy...)

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Colleen, I can't really explain what I didn't like about it without giving away spoilers, but after you've read it, I'd love to talk about it.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 10:23 AM ET
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I thought 13 Reasons... was good, but could have been better. I'd still recommend reading it though.
Date Posted: 6/6/2009 8:57 AM ET
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I hated 13 Reasons Why. My friend who is a middle school librarian says I'm the only one she knows that didn't like it, so it seems my opinion is way in the minority.
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 2:39 PM ET
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Just finished The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks- E. Lockhart, and I loved it.  One of the best YA books i've read in a while.

 



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Date Posted: 6/9/2009 1:44 PM ET
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I just started The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Bk 1) by James Patterson.  I'm only a few pages in, so I can't really say what I think about it yet.  Anyone read them?

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