“Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen

Just Listen is the story of teen model Annabel Greene, who finds her world tumbling down when she loses her best friends and realizes she doesn’t enjoy modeling anymore. Kristen and Whitney, Annabel’s two older sisters, were also models, but their lives are far from perfect. Kristen, the rebellious one, has quit modeling, and Whitney develops anorexia. Worried that her modeling career is the only thing keeping her mom going, Annabel decides to keep her feelings inside.

At the beginning of a new school year, Annabel feels lost and has nowhere to turn until she meets Owen Armstrong. Owen’s interest in music is far from normal, but Annabel feels like she can tell him the truth, something she isn’t used to doing. His personality is very different from Annabel’s. He is an open and honest person and possibly just the thing Annabel needs to help her through this tough time.

It’s interesting to see where the relationship goes. Sarah Dessen is a wonderful YA author. I also started reading one of her other novels, Dreamland, since I enjoyed this one so much. It’s a wonderful story that will leave you wanting more.

Check this book out or put it on hold.
-Azure K.

“Unbreakable” by Kami Garcia, (The Legion #1)

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Kennedy Waters is just a normal seventeen-year-old girl until a ghost tries to kill her. Luckily, she is saved by identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart. Not only do they save her, but they explain that her mother was part of a secret organization, now known as “The Legion”, that protects humanity from evil.

Kennedy joins them and two other members, Priest and Alara, as they try to find out who killed the previous members. It’s a race against time to figure out the various puzzles left by the previous group on their way to finding the one weapon that can destroy the demons forever.

Originally I picked this up because I enjoyed her book, Beautiful Creatures. It also helped that they claimed it was Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code. The twins reminded me somewhat of the Winchester brothers from Supernatural, without me being able to make obvious comparisons. I love Garcia’s writing style and I loved this book even more than her last series. I really can’t wait to see what comes next.

Check this book out or put it on hold.
-Natalie Martinez

“Blythewood” by Carol Goodman

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Aveline Hall’s adventure begins with the death of her beloved mother. From there, things go from bad to worse. She is involved in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, hunted by a man who breathes smoke, and escapes from an insane asylum. Next, she journeys to Blythewood Academy, a boarding school that her mother once attended. As she begins to discover the secrets of Blythewood, and of the dashing young man who saved her from the fire, she may find that the most dangerous secrets regard her family history.

Why I picked it up: To be honest, at first I wanted to read this because I saw she had been through so very much. Could the author pull this off without the character becoming a “Mary Sue”? I think she did a great job on this.

Why I finished it: I think the author has wonderful world building skills. I liked this concept of weaving old world ideas with her own special brand of magic.

I’d give it to: Teens who don’t mind more historical settings, teens who enjoy paranormal romance or teens who enjoy paranormal action novels.

Check this book out or put it on hold.
-Natalie Martinez