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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by [Aguirre, Ann]
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Length: 334 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 and up

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Sage Czinski just wants to do her time in high school. Though not popular, she is not relegated to burner status either. Her calling card is leaving positive Post-it notes on her classmates' lockers, earning the nickname "Princess Post-it." She used to have a crush on her best friend Ryan, but otherwise has never really fallen for any guy—until Shane Cavendish arrives at her small-town Illinois school. He plays guitar, has dreamy eyes, and lets Sage meddle in his life, despite his hardened surface. Sage knows that he is hiding something, but then, so is she, and she is afraid to let him know the real girl behind her upbeat facade. Aguirre's first stand-alone novel has a slow-building story line, more focused on character development than external action. The reveal of the secret that the protagonist hides so closely from Shane and her friends will feel anticlimactic to readers. Though she claims to be holding back an angry and reckless girl, Sage's actions rarely suggest that. Additionally, the author fills the narrative with minute details of Sage's life, slowing the pace considerably. "Good girl" and "bad boy" falling for each other has been done time and time again and while this work does not put a new spin on the trope, Sage's positive nature is a hidden gem in this pleasant tale. VERDICT For teens who can't get enough of YA romance.—Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN

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“For teens who can't get enough of YA romance.” ―School Library Journal

“. . . for fans of lightweight romance.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Aguirre offers a satisfying romance while eloquently conveying a message about facing the truth and not giving up on oneself or others.” ―Publishers Weekly

“[Enclave] is a young adult dystopian novel and has been compared to the hit series The Hunger Games. To say we're excited is a major understatement....” ―ElleGirl.com on Enclave

“In her first young adult novel, Aguirre (the Sirantha Jax series) has created a gritty and highly competent heroine, an equally deadly sidekick/love interest, and a fascinating, if unpleasant, civilization. This series is likely to hold considerable appeal for fans of The Hunger Games.” ―Publishers Weekly on Enclave

Enclave is dark and thrilling, fast-paced and intense. With some graphic and gross imagery and a hard look at a post-apocalyptic world, Aguirre has taken themes from Scott Westerfeld and an assortment of zombie literature and created something that is very much her own--and a very engaging read.” ―RT Book Reviews on Enclave

“This well-paced zombie-esque adventure in an urban wasteland will keep fans happy.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Enclave

“Aguirre's young adult debut is a gripping survival story set in an apocalyptic future. . . . This is a tense, action-packed dystopia with intriguingly gray characters.” ―Booklist on Enclave

“Deuce's passion for life, even in her bleakest moments, is contagious, and that passion exemplifies the nebulous force that has driven all of these individuals to persist in the face of awful options.” ―The Bulletin on Enclave


Product details

  • File Size: 2406 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R19XDA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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