Review: Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception

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     Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia has it all – including an untraditional name tacked on to the end of her official title. But to her, that is the name that has always felt the most real to her, and so she decides to go by Lia. On the day of Lia’s wedding, she runs away with her attendant Pauline to escape an arranged marriage. As she sees it, the prince of Dalbreck doesn’t deserve her hand in marriage if he can’t even be bothered to meet her beforehand. With only the clothes on their backs, their horses, and a stolen secret, Lia and Pauline set off in search of a new life.

     They reach the town of Terravin and start over by working at a local tavern. There, Lia meets two men, Kaden and Rafe, but what she doesn’t know about them is that one of them is the prince she was supposed to marry and the other a hired assassin there to kill her. As Lia realizes that she is in more danger than before, she also finds herself falling for one of the new men in her life. Will love be enough to save them all?

     The Kiss of Deception is a riveting novel that will grasp you and not let you put it down until you’ve finished. With plot twists keeping you hooked until the very end, Mary E. Pearson has created a story that will never let you go. You’ll find yourself rooting for love and hoping that Lia doesn’t pick the wrong person and damn them all.

 

Review: Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson

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Grayson Sender is a boy. Or at least that’s what everybody else sees. Inside, Grayson is a girl. Ever since she was a child, she’s known that she wasn’t who everyone thought she was. She pretends that her sweatpants are skirts, and draws princesses in her notebooks with glitter pens. Grayson is desperate to not let anyone know her secret, and it’s not very hard. You see, Grayson has no friends. She spends all her time either in thrift stores or in her own room.

When the school play auditions start, Grayson tries out for the lead. The female lead. And she gets it. Of course, because Grayson looks like a boy to everyone else, this poses some issues, issues that end up breaking Grayson’s arm. When the PTA considers firing the teacher that gave Grayson the part she has dreamed of, she knows this has gone too far. Once she gets on stage for that final performance, she shows them all that who you are on the outside doesn’t match who you are on the inside.

Gracefully Grayson is a beautiful story that will drag you along with it, making you pull for Grayson, and soon you will fall in love with the amazing character that Ami Polonsky has created. Gracefully Grayson will teach you that it’s OK to be yourself, that what you look like doesn’t define who you are, and that if you reach out to someone, you can change their world.

Review: Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed

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     Helen has lived her whole life as an outcast in her town. She is tall, super strong, and fast, not to mention gorgeous! So when a new family moves in that seem to have the same “problems” like her, she is immediately intrigued. Except, of course, when she sees them. Whenever Helen encounters any member of the Delos family, she is thrown into a murderous rage and then immediately gets terrible cramps. What she doesn’t know is why.

     Suddenly, after Helen saves one of the boys’ lives, she doesn’t feel the urge to murder anyone anymore. Especially not Lucas, whom Helen can’t seem to stay away from. As she spends more time with them, she learns more about what they are – herself included. The Delos’ and Helen are one of the remaining few Scions – descendants of the gods. While Helen is developing her normal Scion talents, as well as a few extra rare ones with the help of the Delos’, she soon learns that no matter how badly she and Lucas want each other, they can never have each other or they will start an eternal war. And to make matters worse, Helen soon learns that the rest of the Delos’ relatives are coming to kill her. Will she be able to stop a war that will destroy civilization as we know it and herself?

     Josephine Angelini has written a gorgeous tale of starcrossed lovers trying to save themselves and the world at the same time. The perfect mix of Twilight and Percy Jackson & the OlympiansStarcrossed will pull you in and never let go. Learn to love yourself and others alongside Helen and find out what Fate truly means.

 

Review: Natasha Friend’s How We Roll

How We Roll by Natasha Friend

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that makes your hair fall out. It sucks. Especially during high school. When Quinn McAvoy’s hair starts falling out the summer before 8th grade, her whole life starts falling apart. She no longer fits in with her school, especially not with her friends. So when her family decides to move Gulls Head, Massachusetts, she has a chance to start over. A chance to start a new life.

On the first day of school, Quinn wears a wig to school. How would anyone know that that’s not her real hair? When the popular girls take her in as one of their own, Quinn thinks she may have finally found a place for herself in this new school, until a boy in a wheelchair turns her world upside down. Ever since his accident, Nick has had a hard time fitting in. When Quinn decides to become friends with him, she changes both their worlds for the better.

How We Roll tells the story of Quinn McAvoy, a girl with many things that go wrong in her life, including everyone finding out her secret, a brother who has autism, and friendship that could possibly fall apart at one touch until one day changes it all. How We Roll is a story of how to deal with whatever life throws your way, how one person can change your life, and how friendship will make you a better person.

The Newest and Best YA Books Reston Has to Offer!

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Are you eager to pick up some of the most recent and most buzzed-about young adult titles? If so, Reston Regional’s Teen Section’s shelves are packed with options for your reading appetite. Here are a few that you can head over and check out for yourself!

When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey

Alexis and her five best friends are your typical, close-knit group of high school girls. Oh, except for the magical powers that they share. And the fact that they have to help cover up an accidental murder on prom night.

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Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, by Emily Roberson

For fans of Greek mythology comes a retelling of the myth of Theseus and the minotaur…by way of reality television and The Hunger Games. Princess Ariadne agrees to help contestant Theseus win her family’s competition show, The Labyrinth Contest, but will helping him bring her family’s empire to ruins?

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Someday We Will Fly, by Rachel DeWoskin

In 1940, teenage Lillia flees with her father and sister from Shanghai to escape persecution that Jewish people were facing in her home of Warsaw, Poland. Lillia embarks on a journey to help raise her sister, learn Chinese, make a living – and find her missing mother.

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Freaky in Fresno, by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Cousins Ricki and Lana find themselves Freaky Friday-d during an unfortunately electrifying argument. Their journey to returning to their own bodies (as well as saving Ricki’s beloved drive-in theatre and Lana’s appearance at an online convention) is paved with crushes, convertibles, and chihuahuas.

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Little Universes, by Heather Demetrios

Sisters Mae and Hannah winters are made to move from one coast to the other for their senior year of high school after a tropical storm claims the lives of their parents. Both struggle to deal with their losses, as well as stay tied to one another even as their circumstances pull them apart.

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Place a hold or come check out these new titles today!

Review: Gloria Chao’s American Panda

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     Mei is a 17-year-old in college, and she should have her whole life planned out, but she doesn’t. Then again, it doesn’t matter as her parents have planned it for her: pre-med at MIT, become a doctor, marry a Taiwanese Ivy League students (preapproved by her parents of course, and have children with him, preferably starting with a son. And if Mei doesn’t follow this plan, well, then she’ll end up like her brother: disowned, left on his own, with no financial or emotional support whatsoever. However, the one thing Mei does know is that she doesn’t want to be a doctor. She hates germs and everything related to medical school, but she still tries to convince herself it’ll be okay by shadowing a doctor on campus, but it’s hard to make yourself into the person you least want to be.

     As Mei starts to figure out what she wants and who she is, away from her parents (mostly), she also discovers what really happened with her brother. He got disowned because he started dating the wrong girl. Mei starts to reconnect with them, and she starts to wonder if lying to herself and her family is worth it. She doesn’t want to end up like her brother, but she also doesn’t want to become the perfect Chinese girl, especially with her love for dance, and this new boy that’s caught her eye – a boy that is not Taiwanese. Can she fix everything before it all blows up in her face?

     Gloria Chao has given us a heartfelt novel that shows us how to find the best of every situation and how to be true to ourselves, no matter what anyone says. American Panda will have you rooting for Mei all the way through, crying with her, laughing with her, and hoping for the best. American Panda is a story about acceptance and loving yourself, even in the face of adversity.

Books That are on netflix

Here are some books I’ve compiled that you can read, and then watch on Netflix! Due to quarantine, many of us are stuck inside. You can check out books from Reston Regional’s online collection, read them, and then watch the corresponding movies on Netflix! How cool is that?

Anyways, have fun reading these and stay safe! We will get through this!

 

The Maze Runner

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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

 

Gone Girl

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

 

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

 

Still Alice

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.

 

The Great Gatsby

Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.

 

Drive

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

 

Black Hawk Down

On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily-armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded.
Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever written—a riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.

Calming Books To Cozy Up With

If you find yourself bored at home, here are some wonderful books to read! They, to me, are calming and create a pleasant atmosphere! Grab some tea and snacks, and enjoy these wonderful reads!

Note: The summaries have been taken from Amazon unless noted otherwise.

 

Little Women

It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four devoted sisters, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life. In fact, Alcott drew from her own personality to create a heroine unlike any seen before: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story. Praised by Madeleine Stern as “a book on the American home, and hence universal in its appeal,” Little Women has been an avidly read tale for generations.

 

Anne Of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

 

The Wizard of Oz

A storm tears through rural Kansas and a young farm girl named Dorothy finds herself and her farmhouse swallowed by a cyclone and transported to a magical land called Oz. This unexpected passage into this land of wonders is not without its peril as her farmhouse has fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East. Without pause, the Good Witch of the North appears and presents Dorothy with the Wicked Witch’s prized magical silver shoes.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

 

Book Review: One Dark Throne, Kendare Blake

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After the indelible events of the quickening, it seems that all sisters have a good chance to win the crown. Katherine, the once weak sister, is now stronger than ever after returning from her mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, Arsinoe is attempting to hide her secret talent and trying to figure out how she can use it to her advantage. Lastly, Mirabella, no longer the chosen queen, is faced with attacks that not only put her in danger, but those around her. As this Ascension year begins, all sisters are put to the test to see who will be the next queen of Fennbirn.

One Dark Throne is a thrilling and suspenseful tale of sisterhood, love, betrayal, and family. Right off the bat the story continues where it left off from the first book, Three Dark Crowns, which left its readers on the edge of their seats. This book is for anyone who loves a rich story full of unexpected twists and an extraordinarily built world full of magic.

Ten Books to Movies Adaptations

Nothing is better than having your favorite book become a movie. Here are some books turned to movies that you might not have known about.

1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Laura Miller

89717. sy475 First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.
The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
Only it’s different.
At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

5139A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

4. Lost Horizons by James Hilton

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It is here, in Shangri-La, where destinies will be discovered and the meaning of paradise will be unveiled.

 

5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

11387515I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little WomenGenerations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

7. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Claire

256683. sy475 When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

8. P.S I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

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She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

9. The Boy in Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne

39999If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.
Fences like this exist all over the world. We hop you never have to encounter one.

10. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

249747Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.