Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher & ARC: St. Martins
ISBN: 9781250051363

In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson's shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation. 

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah's new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this "school" is something much more sinister..

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Mentions: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil


Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher & ARC: Random House Children's
ISBN: 9781101939840
Ages: 12+

Hello reader,

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil's teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan's a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas...

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2015 Favorites: Part One

Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher & ARC: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-1-61963-153-3
Ages: 10+

The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lotabout the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself. 

Gavin has created a wonderfully mysterious novel, more for the younger reader or tween than the sixteen-eighteen range. Darkus is a creative name for an intriguing main character who you will miss when the book ends. Luckily this is book one of a new series. Following the case files of his father, Alan (who is in a coma), Darkus must continue his father's legacy. A Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Who for the younger crowd, this book is full of wit within a promising first volume.