Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Teens' Top Ten

What is the Teens' Top Ten?

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where you, the teen, nominate and choose your favorite books of the previous year! Exciting, right?! You can participate as long as you are between the ages twelve to eighteen. Reading is a great pastime so we'd love it if you participated!
Voting will be online from August 15 - October 19 of this year. The winners will be announced during the week of October 21st. So if you want to participate in this exciting event, get reading!


The nominees are as follows:
  • Arnett, Mindee. "The Nightmare Affair."
  • Banks, Anna. "Of Triton."
  • Bardugo, Leigh. "Siege and Storm."
  • Block, Francesca Lia. "Love In The Time Of Global Warming."
  • Charbonneau, Joelle. "The Testing."
  • Dashner, James.   "The Eye of Minds."
  • Edwards, Janet. "Earth Girl."
  • Gleason, Colleen. "The Clockwork Scarab." 
  • Gray, Laurie. "Maybe I Will."
  • Henry, April. "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die."
  • Howard, A. G. "Splintered."
  • Kate, Lauren. "Teardrop."
  • Konigsberg, Bill . "Openly Straight." 
  • Laybourne, Emmy. "Monument 14: Sky On Fire."
  • Richards, Natalie D. "Six Months Later."
  • Rowell, Rainbow. "Eleanor & Park."
  • Sales, Leila. "This Song Will Save Your Life."
  • Sanderson, Brandon. "Steelheart."
  • Sanderson, Brandon. "The Rithmatist."
  • Smith, Jennifer E. "This is What Happy Looks Like."
  • Smith, Andrew. "Winger."
  • Stine, R.L. "A Midsummer Night's Scream."
  • Tucholke, April. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."
  • Winters, Cat. "In The Shadow of Blackbirds."
  • Yancey, Rick. "The 5th Wave."

Vote Here!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review ~ Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Book Summary: When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service--the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect adornment of plainness. Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose. Inspired by a short story written by Emile Zola, Belle Epoque is set at the height of bohemian Paris, when the city was at the peak of decadence, men and women were at their most beautiful, and morality was at its most depraved.

My thoughts: This book was different but very good.  It gave some good insight into the French age known as the Belle Epoque meaning literally "Beautiful Age". This name was given in France to the period from roughly the end of the Franco-Prussian War (1871) to the start of World War 1 (1914), in which standards of living and security for the upper and middle classes increased, leading to it retrospectively being labelled as a golden age by them. Equates loosely to the “Gilded Age” of the USA, and can be used in reference to other western and central European countries for the same period and reasons (e.g. Germany).

This age also placed an increased value on physical beauty and was a major theme in this book.  You couldn't help but feel for those in this era who were not seen as "beautiful". I would very much recommend this book. Both touching and fun, this is a story about many things—true friendship, real beauty, and being caught between two worlds.

Awards: A YASLA William C. Morris Award Finalist

 A Junior Library Guild Selection

A RITBA (Rhode Island Teen Book Award)  nominee for 2015

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