The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten titles results are in!

The Teens’ Top Ten Titles are young adult books that have been nominated by teens and then selected to win, by YOU! The ULTIMATE “Teen Choice” List. Find out more HERE!

syndetics-lcAlive / by Chandler Baker.

After finally receiving a heart transplant, seventeen-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations, and when she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school, Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine.

Available in Print.




syndetics-lcAll the bright places / Jennifer Niven.

“Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another” Provided by publisher.

Available in Print, eBook, eAudiobook, and CD.




syndetics-lcThe game of Love and Death / Martha Brockenbrough.

In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

Available in Print,  eBook, and eAudiobook.





syndetics-lcSix of crows / Leigh Bardugo.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first”– Provided by publisher.

Available in Print, eBook, and CD.






syndetics-lcEverything, everything / Nicola Yoon ; illustrations by David Yoon.

“The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more”– Provided by publisher.

Available in Print.




syndetics-lcEvery last word / Tamara Ireland Stone.

“Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club”– Provided by publisher.

Available in Print, eBook, and eAudiobook.





syndetics-lcThe novice / Taran Matharu.

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy where must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands.

Available in Print.





syndetics-lcIlluminae / Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

“The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all”– Provided by publisher.

Available in Print, CD, eAudiobook, and eBook.





syndetics-lcWhen / Victoria Laurie.

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, butwhen Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

Available in Print and eBook.





syndetics-lcSuicide notes from beautiful girls / Lynn Weingarten.

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed, but June does not believe it was suicidebecause she and Delia used to be closer than anything, but one night a year ago, everything changed when they and June’s boyfriend Ryan let their good time get out of hand, and now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.

Available in Print.






Smash & Grab REVIEW

smash-and-grabSmash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker

Available in Print.

Girl meets boy. Boy likes girl. Boy and girl rob a bank. OK, it’s more complicated than that. Let’s start with the boy…

Christian lives in rough part of Los Angeles. Even though he is a good student and gets accepted to college, he has not been able to avoid being involved with a gang. The gang takes care of his alcoholic dad’s debts as long as Christian fulfills his obligations: robbing banks with his crew.  The crew (aka the Romero Robbers) stage hold ups and keep some of the money with the rest going to the gang leaders. Keep the jobs quick and small – get too ambitious and you get careless. That’s how you get caught. But now Christian’s boss wants a big job: breaking into a vault.

Lexi goes to an exclusive private school. She, her brother and their friends do extreme activities (like illegally BASE jumping from the top of an office building). Her life is pretty good until her father is arrested for a fraud scheme at the bank where he works. Her family’s accounts are frozen and the school kicks her and her brother out. Lexi is so angry that her father’s boss is probably also guilty but continues to live his luxurious life. She must find a way to take him down even if it means breaking into the bank to find incriminating evidence.

After a few chance encounters, Lexi and Christian have an attraction, but are suspicious of each other. Once they reveal their plans, they decide the best course is to team up to rob the bank – him to get money and her to get documents. They need each other, but they have different objectives that do not always mesh.

The story is involved, suspenseful and a fun exploration of a topic not often seen in teen books.


Learning to Swear in America REVIEW

learning-to-swearLearning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy.

Available in Print and eBook.

A giant asteroid is heading for earth. Southern California is the target, but the whole world will be impacted. The smartest minds are assembled in a NASA facility in Pasadena to solve the problem. With less than a month left, a young Russian physicist arrives to join the team. Yuri’s mathematical skills are unquestioned, but since he is only seventeen he is often not taken seriously by his fellow scientists. That is most unfortunate when Yuri knows he has the best solution to stop the asteroid.

One day Yuri decides to eat lunch outside and finds a pretty young woman named Dovie. Having spent most of his life focused on physics, Yuri is socially awkward and does not know how to interact with other people his age. In addition, Yuri has never been to the U.S. and does not understand the customs (or often the subtleties of the English language). Fortunately, the artsy Dovie takes a liking to Yuri and invites him to her house. Dovie’s hippie parents and wheelchair bound brother Lennon are welcoming but live a very different existence than Yuri’s.

With the world in peril, Yuri gets to spend time as a regular teenager while simultaneously trying to convince his colleagues that his unique knowledge holds the key to saving the planet. It’s possible his overzealous behavior will keep him from returning to Russia.

This is a nice blend of science and teenage uncertainty about their own future.


The Game of Love & Death REVIEW

gameloveGuest review from Mollie at the Lawrence Branch.

The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough.

Available in Print, eBook & eAudio.

Love and Death come together once again to play the Game, a game played for centuries. Love has never won, ever. The date: Friday, February 13, 1920. Love choses his character, an infant boy. Death, her player is a baby girl. “Wearing a pair of soft leather gloves, Love’s opponent, known as Death, reached for the child, who woke and blinked sleepily at the unfamiliar face overhead.” Will he win this time? Death, and her history of successes, won’t make it easy for Love, especially when both can transform themselves to distract their opponent’s players!

Fast forward 17 years . . . to 1937.

The players in this round of the Game are seventeen-year-olds Flora and Henry. Flora, an African American singer/pilot, strives to be a strong woman. Henry, an orphaned white boy, living in the shadow of his well-to-do adopted brother tries to prove his worth. He and Flora meet and it is love at first sight for Henry. Can these two star-crossed lovers win the game for Love?

Short chapters keep the reader engaged; however, I chose to listen to the eAudiobook. I felt the narrator performed well. Songs were performed at the end, as a bonus section.

I recommend this book for teens that like historical fiction, love stories, or a modern-day Romeo-and-Juliet story.