What happens when you mix science fiction, fairy tales, romance, and a compelling, fast-paced plot all in one book? You get Cress, which is all of that and so much more. Cress continues the stories of Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles.
Cinder and Scarlet and their ragtag band of fugitives take their stolen spaceship to rescue Cress (think Rapunzel if she was locked up in an orbital satellite instead of a tower). Cress has the secrets they need to stop the Lunar Queen Levana, who plans to marry the young Emperor Kai (who Cinder might just still have a crush on, although she’d probably never admit it), then kill him and invade the rest of the Earth.
With a fast pace, plenty of action and a bit of romance, Cress will appeal to a lot more than just sci fi fans, although there’s plenty here for them as well: cyborgs, spaceships, and moon people with psychic powers, for example. There’s only one downside – once you finish you’ll have to wait until next year to find out what happens in the next book.
Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in...with a bunch more reading recommendations! Here are some teen book suggestions from library staff outside of teen services, since you're all probably sick of us yelling at you to read books. Shannon, Carol, and Amy have written reviews of three unique but excellent. As always, you can find many more Intralibrary Teen Book Alliance recommendations here.
Could you live in a world where love was outlawed?
Lauren Oliver’s novel describes a futuristic Garden of Eden where teens are matched with a “life-mate” and then undergo a procedure to remove their capacity to love. Teens that flee or resist the procedure are known as “invalids” and are believed to “live like animals…filthy, hungry, desperate.”
When Lena and Alex must choose between the law and each other, they know that they are making an impossible decision. If they run away, they will lose their families. If they stay and undergo the procedure, they will lose the feelings that they have for their families – and each other.
The dramatic conclusion will leave you wondering… What would you risk for love?
Shai is a strong, independent girl who is very talented at what she does for a living. She is a forger. She doesn’t just copy things, however. She uses her magical skills to enhance the very essence of the item she is copying, consequently mirroring not just its appearance, but its entire history. She is so good at her job that she attracts the attention of the Emperor’s entourage. When the Emperor suddenly loses consciousness after an assassination attempt, they see Shai as their only hope against what they fear the most; the loss of their powerful positions in the Empire. In order to prevent a revolution, the Emperor’s highest ranking officials capture Shai in the midst of a forgery, and force her to choose between being sentenced to death, or accepting a job they believe she will not pass up. They challenge her to forge their Emperor’s soul.
This is a cleverly written fantasy with a unique storyline, and character development that usually needs at least twice as many pages to pull off. Shai’s personality draws you in so rapidly that before you know what is happening you are immersed in her world, and rooting for her to pull off the impossible. Not only are you pleasantly surprised by the ending, but you get there so quickly that you are almost sorry to see that it is over. Sanderson is well known for his epic fantasies, and more recently for completing the Wheel of Time saga, but this first attempt at a novella was undeniably a success, as well as a Hugo award winner. Marketed for both adults as well as teens, it is absolutely worth reading.
Weetzie Bat, a high school girl in Los Angeles, is best friends with Dirk. Weetzie and Dirk have adventures after high school when they find a genie in a magic lamp who grants them three wishes. Weetzie and Dirk both find love and have many adventures together with their significant others. This book is a quick read and is fun with its whimsical tone and some bits of magic mixed in with the reality of life. If you are looking for a book that will take you on an adventure, then this is the book for you.
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