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Now That You're Here Book Review

Title:Now That You're Here
Author: Amy K. Nichols
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0385753890

304 pp.

ARC provided by publisher



Here's another book in the current parallel universes mini-trend, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols.

There's dual narration by Danny, a street artist in Phoenix who lands in his doppleganger's body after an explosion at a mall, and Eevee, a nerdy good girl who's trying to figure out a topic for the science fair.

The novel is a clever mix of science fiction and romance, as there's a slow burn of revelations and realizations about what's happened to Danny. The Danny that Eevee knows is a burnout, and the Eevee that Danny knows is a mysterious girl in a red dress.

The world-building of Danny's reality gives just enough subtle clues that it's different from Eevee's (and presumably our) world. This is the first of a series, and the second book seems bound for Danny&#…

Free Audiobooks, People!

It's that time of the year again, when the good people at Sync offer a weekly selection of YA audiobooks paired with classic titles.

If you don't have OverDrive Media Console, you'll need to install if, but Sync offers a handy link to that on its website.

Check out this year's offerings:


May 7-14:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
May 14-21:
Dodger by Terry PratchettGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens
May 21-28:
X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz & Kekla MagoonHere in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
May 28-June 4:
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La CruzSea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
June 4-11:
A Corner of White by Jaclyn MoriartyDracula by Bram Stoker
June 11-18:
The Living by Matt de la PenaThe Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
June 18-25:
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth WeinAnne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold
June 25-July 2:
Monster by Walter Dean MyersLord of the Flies by William Golding
July 2-…

A Thousand Pieces of You Book Review

Title:A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0062278968

368 pp.

ARC provided by publisher

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first in her new Firebird series, a rollicking, action-packed novel about love and revenge across parallel universes.

Marguerite Caine is an artist in a family of scientists. And not just any scientists. Her parents are cutting edge physicists working on a project, Firebird, that will bridge the gap between parallel universes. But when Marguerite's father is killed in a highly suspicious accident, Marguerite uses Firebird to go after his presumed murderer.

The novel is a fun read as we see Marguerite navigate the different worlds she travels through, sometimes subtly different, sometimes tragically different. The science behind the project is purely fictional, but Marguerite's journey is what keeps the reader engaged.

Helping her on her journey is Theo, a student of her p…