Team Human, by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Team HumanImagine if vampires had been living in America during colonial times. Now, imagine if they still not only co-existed with humans in the US, but also helped found a town. New Whitby, Maine, is such a town. The main character in Team Human, Mel, is human, but finds her life entwined with those of the vampires she despises who share her town. Her best friend, Cathy, falls in love with a vampire, and Mel also meets Kit, a human guy who was raised in a shade, or a group of vampires who live as a family. This book is very refreshing, funny, and thought provoking. I laughed out loud several times, and also found parts of this book so fascinating, I could not put it down. This is a fabulous read, full of interesting, well rounded characters. And not everything works out the way you think it will. I call this a teen human fiction, with vampires on the side.

Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

LiarMicah Wilkins is a liar.  She freely admits it, right on the first page of this book.  After seventeen years of telling lie after lie, Micah has finally decided to come clean about who she is and what her life is all about.  She feels she has to, because her boyfriend has been found dead—murdered.  Well, Zach wasn’t really Micah’s boyfriend.  He already had a girl.  But Micah was Zach’s secret girlfriend….his part-time girl, his running partner, his partner in guilt.  Micah has always wanted to be invisible at school and to the whole world.  Getting noticed means the necessity of new lies to hide behind.  But when Zach’s mutilated body turns up and Micah’s secret relationship with him is revealed, she suddenly finds herself the hostile center of attention at school—and at the police station too.  Can Micah break through her web of lies and tell us, her readers, the 100% truth…..or has she deceived herself most of all?

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