Beth’s Pick: The Red Queen

redqThe Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

Summary: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.  To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.  Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.  But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review:This was fantastic!


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2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced!

teens' top tenThe Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.  Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week at; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

This year’s list of nominees features 24 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.

The nominees are as follows:

  • Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen.
  • Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
  • Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
  • Dellaira, Ava.  Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
  • Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
  • Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
  • Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
  • Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  • Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
  • Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
  • Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
  • Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
  • Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
  • Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
  • Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
  • Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
  • Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
  • Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
  • Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen.

Royal Reads for Teens- Booklist


And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, let me read that fantasy.

Does it ever feel like something’s missing in your life? Like you need to read more oh-no-they-didn’t hookups pressed up against dark corners in a palace? And how do you feel about courtly intrigue, especially when everyone is clawing their way to the throne with secrets and deceit abound? What about rulers desperate to kill whoever necessary to maintain their power? And who really runs the kingdom? While the king’s tyrannical rule runs the land, the queen runs the castle, smiling as she pours poison into your drink. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention the jaw dropping gowns or the gorgeous scenery. And maps. MAPS.

If none of the above interests you, well, then you should probably just click away from this post right now. But if it does, check out some of the teen books on the list that feature kings, queens and court life!  We promise they won’t disappoint.

April 2015 Teen Scene Newsletter


April 2015

We have awesome stuff going on this month! First we have Librarypalooza which has a DJ’d dance party just for teens on 4/10. We have a new catalog coming on the 4/14, which will be more technology friendly! Apps, ebooks, text alerts and more my friends! Then we have a Sci Fi Day on 4/18, on which we are having a Doctor Who party. Allons-y! We also have tons of great new materials coming in everyday.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.

Gabi, A Girl in pieces by isabel quinteroGabi


Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

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