Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Finds #26

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Friday, you share the great books you heard about or discovered over the past week: "books you were told about, books you discovered while browsing blogs/bookstores online, or books that you actually purchased."

Ghost Messages
by Jacqueline Guest

Available as: paperback
Pages: 184
Publisher: Coteau Books
Publication date: April 1, 2011
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction

From Goodreads:
"In pursuit of stolen treasure in 1865 Ireland, thirteen-year-old Ailish winds up trapped on the Great Eastern as it sails The largest ship ever built, the Great Eastern's mission is to lay the first undersea telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean. On the journey, Ailish gets help from a young boy, Davy, who seems to live belowdecks. She makes friends with an Irish sailor and tries to track down the hiding place of her father's treasure. The crew must battle the seas and the mishaps of their cable-laying mission, some of which would appear to be sabotage. Through many adventures, Davy is her constant companion. But why won't he ever come topside? Can Ailish use her wits, her determination and her friendships to survive the trip, let alone save the day?"

Instructions for a Broken Heart
by Kim Culbertson

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: May 1, 2011
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Three days before her drama club's trip to Italy, Jessa Gardner discovers her boyfriend in the costume barn with another girl. Jessa is left with a care package from her best friend titled "Top Twenty Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard," instructing her to do one un-Jessa-like thing each day of the trip. At turns hilarious and heartwrenching, Instructions for a Broken Heart paints a magical Italy in which Jessa learns she must figure out life-and romance-for herself."

The Juliet Spell
by Douglas Rees

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: September 27, 2011
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, romance

From Goodreads:
"I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.

Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past.
Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed....

The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Flux
Release date: September 8, 2009
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town in the middle of Nebraska. College is two years away. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was three, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and her coworker Rob has a very cute butt that she can't stop staring at. Then there's the kiss she shared with her classmate Tessa...

But when Morgan discovers that the one person in the world she trusted most has kept a devastating secret from her, Morgan must redefine her life and herself.

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