Don’t Let Me Go – A Review


Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble   

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 This is the story of a gay teen, Nate, who forces himself to say goodbye to the love of his life when his boyfriend, Adam, takes on a position at an off-Broadway theater far away from the town they grew up in. Adam moves in with roommates, and suddenly doesn’t have the time to talk to Nate as much as he used to. Nate gets jealous when Adam’s naked roommate keeps walking into their Skype conversation and touching Adam, making references to things that might or might not have happened.

 Lots of emotion is flung around in this novel. Nate makes new friends, and attempts to gain a new boyfriend, even though he can’t get Adam out of his head. I truly enjoyed this story for the real raw emotions it portrayed. There were a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but it was all worth it for the happy ending. If you like reading gay romance novels, I would highly recommend this well written novel! Plus, there’s a playlist at the very end if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Eyes Like Stars – A Review


Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 I picked up this book only because the cover of the third book in the series really drew me in. I loved the character’s white hair, and the fairies flying around her head. It turns out, Bertie loves to dye her hair in different outrageous colors. In the first book it’s blue, with the wild name of Cobalt Flame. Bertie was left at a magical theater when she was just a little child and doesn’t remember her mother. The theater, is home to every character ever written into a play, from Hamlet to the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. These characters are bound to the theater, unable to leave its confines through the use of magic. But what happens when one of those characters, figures out a way to free himself? Bertie, must find a way to stop him from destroying the entire theater, all while proving her usefulness by directing a new production of Hamlet in less than a week.

 This book was a great lighthearted read. My favorite parts had the four fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream making trouble and causing laughs. It was an enjoyable surprise to find out who Bertie’s mother actually was, and I also liked the fact that all the characters stayed in character even when they were not acting in a play. Nate, from The Little Mermaid was constantly dressed, acting, and talking like a pirate, for example, even when he was talking to Ophelia who constantly wanted to drown herself on the Little Mermaid set. The interactions between the characters were the best part of this book for me, and I’m wondering what will happen in the next book when Bertie leaves the theater to continue her adventures.

Night Circus – A Review


Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Read by: Anna / Copley Teen Room

Are you looking for an enchanting read? Night Circus is the story of a young man and a young woman pitted against each other in a strange, twisted magical challenge that could very well last for years, maybe even until they die. There are no set parameters for the challenge that they know of. Both of their instructors are vague on the details, but what each of them does know, is that the strange circus, unlike any circus you’ve ever been to, is their playground, the place where they can experiment with real magic, and challenge each other. These are not parlor tricks they play. They do not pull rabbits out of hats or slot rings together. They do not ride on the backs of elephants or send large cats through hoops of fire. Instead, they make wishing trees, and caves of ice, places where the circus patrons can venture through and explore, things they can create for each other. Even as love blossoms between them, they rarely ever meet in person.

 This is no ordinary circus. The gates don’t open until dark, and they don’t close until dawn. The circus arrives one day with nothing to announce it’s coming. And it leaves just the same. It is simply there one day, and gone the next. The cast of characters that inhabit the circus are just as interesting as the two main characters, for it is they, who make up the circus: The fortune teller, who’s in love with one of the challengers, the illusionist, the contortionist, the two twins with shocking red hair, one born just before the first ever opening of the circus, and the other born just after.

 This is a riveting read you won’t be able to put down until the very end. Trust me on this. Pick up your copy today, and give it a read. You will be glad you did. And maybe someday, somewhere around the world you’ll see those famous black and white striped tents, and the magical clock striking midnight in your backyard…

Living Dead Girl – A Review


Living Dead Girl By Elizabeth Scott

Read by: Kate Procyshyn / Floater Librarian

 When “Alice” was 10, Ray kidnapped her from the aquarium, where she was visiting with her class.Alicehad been separated from her friends because of a fight she had about sharing her lip gloss. Ray pretends to be a concerned Aquarium worker, but stealthily takes her back to his car.

What follows areAlice’s recollections of the past 5 years living as Alice, Ray’s child slave. AsAlicenears 15 she begins to feel that Ray will want to replace her with another child.Alicebegins to hope that she will be able to return to her life, her family onDaisy Lane, but knows that Ray will go one with his horrible ways with another child after her; just as she knows that she was not the first child to suffer Ray’s ways.

The subject matter is profoundly disturbing, butAlice’s character unfolds with such haunting imagery that the reader is held captive wondering if she will return to life beforeAlice, or suffer the consequences of fate held at Ray’s hands. A most disturbing young adult book that deals with suffering, loss of self, and pedophilia.

You Against Me – A Review


You Against Me by Jenny Downham

 Read by: Kate Procyshyn/Floater Librarian

Mikey’s sister, Karyn, claims to have been sexually assaulted by Tom Parker. Mikey gets it into his head to get his friends together and beat Tom Parker up. Through rumor Mikey learns that the Parker’s are having an “out on bail” party for Tom. Mikey and his friends quietly crash the party to learn as much information about Tom as possible, to later hunt him down and also to help prove Karyn’s innocence. While at the party Mikey meets Ellie, Tom’s sister.

 

Ellie feels trapped between coming forward with the truth about the night Karyn was assaulted and standing by her brother. When Mikey and Ellie meet two worlds collide and the true story slowly begins to unfold. Both Ellie and Mikey initially have ulterior motives for hanging out with each other that slowly turn to something more. Ellie must decide whether to come forward with her first-hand account of the night Karyn was assaulted and therefore ruining her family or staying silent.

 

This is a fantastic book that covers some hard topics in YA literature. Downham is able to talk about rape, loss, isolation, and family loyalty effortlessly. This book will keep any reader on their toes, always questioning who is lying or telling the truth, to the very end. Obviously there is sexual content so I would recommend this book to those able to deal with such emotion.

The Last Herald Mage – A Review


This is the fantasy/gay romance trilogy by Mercedes Lackey which begins with the book Magic’s Pawn, which I’ve previously reviewed here. All three books contained in this large, single volume are these: Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price.  Now that I’ve finished all three books, I cannot speak highly enough of all three. Mercedes Lackey is one heck of an amazing author. All three books deal with many serious issues (such as rape, death of a loved one, suicide, and others) in a straightforward way. Some issues can be hard to deal with in a real life setting, and she shows just how hard they can be even in a magical place. Yet, at the same time, you won’t find these books hard to read. The characters are easily relatable, and most of the magic is easily understood. Here, there are no wands or Harry Potter-like magic. Within the world, the magic used is commonly referred to as “mind magic”. Hard to explain, but once you read it, it makes perfect sense.

This trilogy is roughly twenty years old now, but it’s no worse for the passage of time. If you enjoy fantasy books and like gay romance, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Hands down.

SEAL Team Six – A Book Review


 

 

SEAL Team Six, yes, it was on one of the school summer reading lists last summer. But did you stop to read it? Or did you pass over it for something that sounded more interesting? It took me awhile, but I finally sat down and read it last week, and let me tell you, I could not put it down. This is the story of one man’s life, from his abusive step father in his childhood, to his intensive Navy SEAL training, to the combat missions he went through on the other side of the globe. This is a DO NOT MISS book. Lots of hilarious stories, lots of action, lots of cool information on what it means to be a SEAL sniper in a SEAL “family”. Did you know you need a lot of math skills to be a sniper? This book will intrigue and surprise you.

If you’re interested in anything military, especially Special Ops, this is the book for you! It might be nonfiction, but it reads like a novel in first person point of view, making it an easy and accessible read. Check it out from your library today!