Saturday 16 January 2010

Recommendations for Teenage Flicks Book Club Members

The lovely Luisa Plaja is, as well as author of Split by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing, and soon to be released Swapped by a Kiss (April 2010), an assistant of a teen book club, Teenage Flicks in Newton Abbot, in Devon. Well, Luisa is recommending various YA sites to the member today, and because she is so lovely, my blog happens to be one of them!

Hello to all Teenage Flicks members, and welcome to Once Upon a Bookcase! I thought, seeing as you'll be popping over today, that I would give you a few recommendations of books I've read that you might like! So here they are, a bit of a range...

prophecy of the sisters by michelle zinkProphecy of the Sistser by Michelle Zink - This is the story of sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe's quest to discover her role and her twin sister's in a powerful prophecy that has affected twin sisters for generations. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers. A brilliant historical fantasy. My review.

good girls by laura rubyGood Girls by Laura Ruby - Audrey is a good girl; but when someone takes a photo of her with Luke DeSalvio, the hottest guy at school, doing somehtin not so "good", her life gets turned upside down. A brilliant, funny, and honest look at humiliation and a first sexual relationship. Note: It's a little graphic. My review.

vampire academy by richelle meadVampire Academy by Richelle Mead - Lissa is a Moroi, mortal vampire, princess, and her best friend Rose is a Dhampir, half-vampire, half-human, and Lissa's protector. Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vlandimir's - but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Rose and Lissa must navigate through the dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever. An exciting and action packed vampire paranormal! My review.

hush, hush by becca fitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - When Patch turns up at school, Nora can't believe how rude and arrogant he is, yet can't help but find herself attracted to him. Then a series of unexplained events take place, which lead Nora to suspect Patch. Nora is determined to find out, but the answers could be more than she bargained for. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this thrilling, sexy paranormal! My review.

I'm aware there is at least one boy in the book club, and so the following recommendations are with you in mind, though girls should like them too (I did!):

doing it by melvin burgessDoing It by Melvin Burgess - Doing It follows three friends, Dino, Jonathan and Ben, and thier experiences with sex for the first time. It's a hilarious, but very honest look into what goes on in boys heads regarding the opposite sex. Note: It is a bit on the graphic side. My review.

when i was joe by keren davidWhen I Was Joe by Keren David - Ty is a teenager who is a witness to murder, and after threats to his family, he's put into the Witness Protection program. This book is a great eye opener into the realities of knife crime, with great insight to what the Witness Protection program involves. Great action and emotion! My review.

slam by nick hornbySlam by Nick Hornby - Sam's life is just starting to go the way he'd like - until one tiny slip up changes everything Sam knows. His girlfriend falls pregnant, and this kid has to face adult responsibilities, but is he up to it? A brilliant book with great look at the male perspective of teenage pregnancy. My review.

monster republic by ben hortonMonster Republic: The Divinity Project by Ben Horton - An explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. Monster Republic is awesome thrill-per-mintute! Chock full of action and danger, fans of the Terminator and X-Men movies will love it! My review. Also, check out this fantastic book trailer.

Hope some of the books are your cup of tea, and that you check them out! If not, I may review a few books in future you might like, so check back! ;)


  1. Thanks for including Prophecy of the Sisters on your wonderful list. I'm particularly intrigued by Monster Republic. Haven't heard of it before now, but it sounds incredible!


  2. Jo, thank you SO much! This is a wonderful list, and it's so kind of you - I really appreciate it. I'm so sorry - we didn't make it to your site today as the connection was down in the library just at the wrong time! I'm keeping this link for next time - and, in fact, I might print this post out and make a copies for the book club members. We'll definitely be visiting your site from the group as soon as possible!
    Thank you very, very much!

  3. This is such a great list! I loved the Prophecy of the Sisters :)

  4. Michelle - You're very welcome! Oh, hopefully Monster Republic will be released in the US at some point, and you'll get to read it! :)

    Luisa - You're welcome, it was no problem! Oh, it's a shame you guys weren't able to check any sites out. Whenever your book club members are able to see this - whether online or in hard copy, I hope the recommendations are helpful for them! :)

    Melissa - Thanks! PofS was just SO good! I loved it!

  5. great list! These all look like they must be wonderful reads!

  6. They're all awesome! I really loved them!

  7. The Prophecy of the Sisters sounds SO good! AND I LOVE Vampire Academy and Hush, Hush. They're on my favorite list!

  8. They were all amazing! I loved them! :)