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DECEMBER 29, 2012
Best Teen Books of 2012 (Part 4)

We had all of the teen librarians from JCPL choose their two favorite books of 2012. We'll be posting two librarians picks a day. You can check out or place a hold on any of the titles listed at any of our libraries. And let us know what your choices are in the comments section. Enjoy!

Arra, Teen Librarian at Lakewood Library:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I love retold fairy tales and this one is excellent. In the future humans can have cyborg parts to replace injuries. Being cyborg is not all it’s cracked up to be and Cinder is just trying to fit in. When handsome prince Kai asks for her help repairing his personal droid Cinder finds herself pulled into the world of palace intrigue including an evil queen from Luna, colony on the moon, and a mysterious plague that is ravaging the population.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: When Queenie is captured by the Nazi’s in occupied France she is tortured and forced to tell her secrets. Her friend Maddie is desperately plotting her rescue. Will Queenie, code name Verity, be able to hold on to the secrets she knows until she is rescued? I loved the fast moving plot and the basis of this story in the true history of World War II.

 

Pam, Teen Librarian at Standley Lake Library:

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Mysticism, mystery, and mythology - the Raven Boy’s plot was unique, the friendships rang true, and the characters interesting. Ponder the thought, “Either you’re his true love or you killed him.” It kept me reading through the night.

 

 

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr: Delicious, dark and decadent! The characters – witches, daimons, and humans – were real! The place – the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are equally up for sale – was lush and lavishly described. Add in a few shots of adrenaline, a fight to the death, and a romance that no way, nah uh, should happen and you have another sleep deprived night. Good thing the holiday break upon us!


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