Alienated by Melissa Landers

13574417RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ–๐ŸŒ‘ (3.75/5 moons)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: February 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 344

 

 


“How can we understand what weโ€™ve never experienced and adapt without making mistakes?”

 

SYNOPSIS:

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever Lโ€™eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, sheโ€™ll have inside information about the mysterious Lโ€™eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Caraโ€™s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isnโ€™t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and Lโ€™eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldnโ€™t seem more alien. Sheโ€™s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isnโ€™t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her lifeโ€”not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

 

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ‘ (4/5 moons)

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: September 25, 2001 (first published: Sept. 21, 1937)

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 330

 

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”


SYNOPSIS:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a “little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves.” He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, “looking for someone to share in an adventure,” Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit’s doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

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Gemina (Illuminae Files 02) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

29236299RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ– (4.75/5 moon)

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Reader

Published: October 18, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 608

“You might only get one shot. So shoot!”


 

SYNOPSIS:

Hanna is the station captainโ€™s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxyโ€™s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the stationโ€™s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik arenโ€™t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatiaโ€”and possibly the known universeโ€”is in their hands.


But relax. Theyโ€™ve totally got this. They hope.

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All by My Selfie by Jo Noelle

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RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ‘

Publisher: Little Box Press LLC

Published: October 16, 2016

Format: ebook

 

 

 


“Though it may be set before you, like a ship you determine your fate, and not some evil wind.”

SYNOPSIS:

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of itโ€”except Gwen.


Niall McLeod has been a prisoner, a ghost, for centuries. When he meets Gwen, he wonders if she is the key to releasing him, but Niallโ€™s quest for freedom may cost Gwen her life.

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•

Publisher:ย HarperCollins

Published:ย August 30, 2016

Format:ย Hardcover

Pages:ย 448

“Maybe that’s all that praying was, she thought, just wishing good outcomes on other people.”

SYNOPSIS:

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possibleโ€”if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants somethingโ€ฆand everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLEโ€™s flawless exterior belies a secret addictionโ€”to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSONโ€™s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERSโ€™s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a worldโ€”and a romanceโ€”she never imaginedโ€ฆbut will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when heโ€™s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it allโ€”yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down.

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Kima by A.H. Amin

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RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ˜๐ŸŒ‘ 

Publisher: Self-published

Published: December 1, 2016

Format: eBook

Pages: 126

 


“Life is momentary for a reason; we live and try to live the most of it if we can, but it can only be governed by fate.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but thatโ€™s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.


Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

 

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

 

 

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RATING: ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ—๐ŸŒ‘

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 20, 2016

Format: eBook

Pages: 416


“No one really wishes to be a queen.”

SYNOPSIS:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isnโ€™t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And itโ€™s not just a game of win or loseโ€ฆ itโ€™s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, canโ€™t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queensโ€™ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongestโ€ฆbut she may be the darkest.

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