5 Second Reviews by The Teen
The Teen keeps stealing ARCs from my TBR pile so I told her she had to review them, which works really well because I like knowing what actual teen readers have to say about teen books. However, this is the “review” she left me.
Teen stole ARC so I said she had to write a review. I find this. So not what I meant. pic.twitter.com/ESjK56ybjr
— TeenLibrarianToolbox (@TLT16) August 30, 2015
So obviously we have to work on writing better reviews. Though someone said on Twitter that post-it note reviews might be a cool thing, which I think The Teen would totally buy into. She said the book was well written but kind of scary and horror is not her thing. So if horror is your thing, she says you will probably like this.
About HOTEL RUBY by Suzanne Young
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby.
Coming November 3rd from Simon Pulse. ISBN: 9781481423007
The Teen: "This is good. Not EVERYTHING EVERYTHING good, but it's almost there." pic.twitter.com/1tKZADwRS2
— TeenLibrarianToolbox (@TLT16) September 1, 2015
The Teen just finished reading this book and a boy that sits with her a lunch is now reading it because he said it sounded good and The Teen highly recommends it. If you read our earlier review of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING than you know that her saying that this book even comes close is high praise indeed.
About THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF THE HEART by Jenn Bennett
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
Coming November 3rd 2015 from Feiwel and Friends. ISBN: 9781250066459
These reviews are reviews of ARCs provided by the publisher
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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