Milton Picks: What We've Recently Read
Annotation:Lisa: I have to admit, I took an interest in this book because I saw a preview for the movie, which looked amazing. The book is comprised of a series of letters, written by Charlie who speaks to us as a friend, even though he does not know who we are. He actually talks to us, rather than at us, penning a coming-of-age story in which he simultaneously celebrates and struggles through his life as a teenager: friend, lover, brother, son. The story is meaningful and deep, sometimes shocking, but always relatable in a way which reminds us how short life can be. Warning: Mature themes are not suitable for younger audiences.
Annotation:Junior is a little awkward and underdeveloped, and as a result he is the "low man on the totem pole" in his reserve's highschool. Daring to hope for more and better, Junior takes a chance and enroles in the all-white highschool in a farming community a few miles away. Junior uses a fantastically well-developed sense of humour and charming cartoons to deal with the harsh realities and harmful stereotypes that circle contemporary Native American youth.
Annotation:Gloria is a piano prodigy selling out shows in some of the biggest and most prestigious venues across the world. Now she is missing. This book uses pictures to display a choice sample of artifacts and snapshots from this girl's life to explain what happened and where she is now. And of course there is a boy involved. Definitely an interesting and unique read.
Annotation:Jenica: This is definitely one of those underrated treasures. I had never heard of it before when a friend STRONGLY suggested it. Now it lives on my YA top ten list. It is a fantastic fantasy selection and I STRONGLY recommend it to you.
Annotation:Jenica: I was pretty excited to read this book as soon as I heard the terms "spies" and "WWII". I definitely enjoy a good WWII book, and I love reading about spies. A young British spy is captured in enemy territory. She has two choices: give in and tell the Germans about her mission or face a gruesome and painful death. What results is a messy stack of paper scraps containing Verity's intricately woven confession. She tells her capturers everything, but is it everything they want? And what ever happened to her best friend Maddie who was flying the plane? This book was fantastic. It was a little slow at the start, but I was entirely captivated by the end. Here’s my word of advice. If you pick up this book, stick with it through the first part. I promise it is more than worth it!
Annotation:Leanne: A good read for anyone looking for a new dystopian trilogy where all males have a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years. With the desperate need to produce more children, young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides. When Rhine is sold, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life...
Annotation:Lisa: I must admit, I do love a good fairy tale! I was drawn to this book because it’s a retelling of one of my favorite Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales: The Twelve Dancing Princesses. After the death of their mother, Azalea and her eleven sisters mysteriously steal away each night to dance at a magical ball. But dancing is never just dancing, and the Twelve Princesses become enveloped in a scheme that involves much more than worn out satin slippers. The plot moves quickly, skillfully combining action, mystery and a little romance. This is one of my favorite books and is delightfully charming in all the right places.
Annotation:Lisa: Ever wonder what it would be like to infiltrate a secret, boys-only society? Let Frankie lead the way! I have to say that I adored this book even if I didn’t always agree with Frankie’s choices. It is a witty and cleverly written novel, led by a strong female character who won’t let the boys have all the fun. See what kind of trouble Frankie gets herself into in this great read.
Annotation:Eileen: Loved it! 17 year old Karou is an orphan with a past she knows very little about. She lives between two worlds, speaks many languages, not all of them human and she knows magic. She is determined to find out who she is and where she came from and it isn't until she is almost killed by Akiva that this search becomes a reality. Can't wait for the second book.
Annotation:Eileen: This story is told through the eyes of a 16 year old cancer patient who was diagnosed at age 12. The characters, especially Hazel and Augustus and their emotions and experiences felt so real. One minute I would laugh out loud and the next fighting back tears. Definitely worth the read.
Annotation:Eileen: What could be better than a forbidden love story. I was hooked from the beginning. Patch is the very attractive yet dangerous looking new kid who is seated next to Nora in Bio class. Strange things start to happen to Nora after this and somehow Patch always figures in. Nora can sense he has a dark side yet can't help being drawn to him. Are Nora's problems caused by Patch or is there more going on here than meets the eye? The first book in the Hush Hush saga. Lisa: Agrees with Eileen!
Annotation:Eileen: The classic tale of Cinderella retold with a futuristic sci fi twist. Great storyline that will keep you reading, with just the right amount of suspense and romance. This is the authors debut novel and the first release in the Lunar Chronicles Series. Can't wait fror the second one!
Annotation:Lisa: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional ballerina, than this book is definitely for you! It’s also written by a former ballerina, so you just know it’s going to be good. It was an easy, entertaining read with a ton of detail about the day to day life of a ballerina. If you love ballet as much as I do, then I highly recommend Bunheads. The world of tights, tutus and tip toes is waiting, so check this book out!
Annotation:Jenica: This is a great quick read with captivating characters who force you to reevaluate why you do the things you do. The main character, Stargirl is someone I would definitely want to be friends with. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Annotation:Lisa: What a beautifully written and poetic novel! And yet, the character-driven storyline easily kept my attention with its fast pace, touching moments and fantastical subject matter. If you enjoy a modern twist on Celtic legend, than The Scorpio Races may be for you!
Annotation:Lisa: Need a laugh? Follow Tallullah and her (mis)adventures at performing arts summer school as she delivers a laugh out loud performance. Her positive outlook and hilariously awkward nature make her a real gem. Follow her as she learns the values of self acceptance and true friendship, and even falls in love along the way.
Annotation:Lisa: A charming coming of age story set in Paris. What more can I say? Ok, quite a bit, but I’ll limit it to this: if you love travel, laughter and a little romance, you’ll fall in love with Anna as she falls in love with life.
Annotation:Jenica: I would never have picked this up on my own. The cover just doesn't appeal to me. But, I heard some good this about it so I thought I would give it a shot. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it in a heart beat. If you like a good fantasy, pick it up and give it a try.
Annotation:Jenica: I was pretty captivated by this book. It was new and strange in just the right ways, and had just enough mystery, suspense and romance to keep me on my toes. I would recommend it for those who appreciate a good paranormal romance.