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Already, I have read the top 2 on my most anticipated books of 2012 (previous post).  I am actually really proud of myself for accomplishing this before the end of January!  I was lucky enough to get my hands on copies of these books at the most recent library conference.  Check out the reviews below, but also come to Bistro Book Group on Wednesday read the advanced copy too!

 

-Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I am still a little up in the air about my feelings for this book.  I know I liked it, but I am not sure if I could say it was better or worse than her previous books.  I enjoyed them all, but maybe my expectations were a little high for the third book, most likely due to the incredibly long wait ( a couple of years).  Anyway, I can honestly say that this book is something teens will definitely enjoy. The main character is Bitterblue, who is just a child in The Graceling.  Now years later, she is on the verge of adulthood and trying to repair the kingdom that her father almost destroyed.  I liked that Cashore brought back the characters from her previous books, as Bitterblue tries to unravel the history of her kingdom.  Despite the size of this book (the galley was 500+ pages), it is well worth the read!  Oh, and I would suggest reading The Graceling and Fire first so you appreciate the returning character cameos in this third installment.

 

-The Selection by Kiera Cass

I was really pumped about reading this book when I came across the title and book cover in Goodreads.  However, after reading it I am way disappointed.  The best way to describe this book is “The Bachelor” (tv show) meets the overdone teen dystopian genre.  I hate to be mean, but I seriously was underwhelmed by this book.  The premise of the story is that 35 girls have been chosen to compete for a prince’s hand in marriage, which is follows the tv show with mean girls a plenty.  Then to make it dystopian, the competition takes place in a country divided by a strict caste system.  The main character is in love with a boy from her village and who is in a poorer caste, but she is forced to compete in the contest by her family to improve their situation.  If she wins, then her family will receive great wealth.  This is all sort of sounding like The Hunger Games, right?  Anyway, definitely read this book and let me know what you think! ***Warning- the ending does drop off abruptly, so be prepared for a sequel.

 

Shanna

Teen Librarian

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