“More Than This” by Patrick Ness


Has Seth awakened in hell? He regains consciousness partially bandaged, lying on the sidewalk in front of the English row house his family moved from years before. What is he doing here? Last thing he remembers he was being battered to death on the rocks off the Pacific coast, near his home in Washington state. The story takes us back and forth between a tragic past and a stark present. Seth’s past includes a younger brother damaged at the hands of an escaped convict (an incident that Seth feels responsible for), being outed by a “friend” and being cut off from his boyfriend. In his mystifying “present” he shows up in a hushed, desolate town–hiding out with two other teens who’ve suffered similar traumas, hunted by a mysterious van and driver from a nearby prison.

What’s behind the prison walls and how are they connected to it? Which is the real world– their past or the present? Seth finds some answers and peace with his past but, the book’s ending leaves some dangling questions, possibly to be answered in a sequel…?

Check this book out or put it on hold.

—Mary Burns


“Antigoddess” by Kendare Blake


The Greek gods are living unknown among the humans. They have starting dying and must find a way to survive. Athena and Hermes have discovered from Goddess Demeter that a prophet can become a weapon against those seeking to destroy them. Meanwhile in Kincaid, New York, the woman once known as Cassandra of Troy begins having horrifying visions filled with death and violence. Can Athena and Hermes reach Cassandra before the dark images haunting her disrupt her peaceful life?

Why I picked it up: I thought the plot sounded intriguing. Also, Greek gods! Yea!

Why I finished it: I really enjoyed the book. It moved quickly and didn’t lag in any spots. The action pushed the plot forward at just the right pace. I really had to find out if Athena and Hermes would get cured.

I’d give it to: Anyone who likes strong female leads (especially for Athena), anyone who liked the Percy Jackson series, or anyone who likes mythology.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Natalie Martinez

“Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks


I picked up “Season of the Witch” by Mariah Fredericks totally at random. The title sounded interesting and I was looking for something to get me in the Halloween mood. This book turned out to be so much more than that.

Reading this book was like taking all the best “junk food” plots (revenge, mean girls, murder?, witchcraft?!), mixing them all together, and somehow ending up with a gourmet meal. It sounds like it should be cheesy, but it’s just wicked awesome. Teen girl, Toni, is coming back to school after a rough summer of breakups, makeouts and heartbreak. Things get real right away when  Queen of Mean, Chloe vows revenge. Once the action starts you cannot look away. Every page I read made me want to read the next one even more. The only help Toni is going to get seems to come from a strange source–her best friend’s cousin, the suddenly goth Cassandra. But what kind of help is she offering , exactly?

I love that many things are left ambiguous at times without it feeling like a cop-out.

Is witchcraft real? Why did *spoilers* die? Who really is to blame?

It doesn’t feel to this reader that the author didn’t bother to come up with answers to these questions, but instead you feel the struggles as Toni tries to comes to terms with all these questions and more in her own way.

If you love real-life high school stories full of over-the-top reality TV drama I’m pretty sure you will like this book, but if you love well-written emotional books about realistic characters and the adversity they overcome (or fail to) then I *know* you will definitely love this book.

Pick up a copy of this worthy Halloween Read, right away!

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Aramis Troche