And Even More New YA Books for your Reading Pleasure….

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Lia is the key to an alliance with a neighboring kingdom and, just as her preordained path is to result in marriage, she escapes and believes she has found the peace she seeks in a small village that doesn’t expect her to be a princess or to have powers of sight that she doesn’t actually have. The peace is interrupted, though, by the arrival of two strangers. One is a prince and the other is an assassin.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Hangman’s Revolution: Book Two in the W.A.R.P. series by Eoin Colfer

A combination of time-travel, memory loss, modern day villains and Bondesque suspense make this follow up to The Reluctant Assassin both undecipherable without the first book and as entertaining as Colfer’s incredibly popular Artemis Fowl series.

The Hangman’s Revolution

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

Disaster has spiraled the world into chaos, the technological world collapsing and leaving only the natural one. Leilani and her father are desperate to get from the Hawaiian island of Oahu to their home on the Big Island but success is far from assured, especially with the complication of Lei’s epilepsy – which may also turn out to be critical to their survival.

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The last book in Perkins sort-of inter-connected romance series that also includes Lola and the Boy Next Door and Anna and the French Kiss.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Callie’s lungs just don’t breathe right. Early in her life, she watched her mother drown, causing her father to move as far from the ocean as possible. But now, a job takes them to Florida and, suddenly, Callie can breathe though, for how long – especially with this mystical pull she feels to the very death her mother experienced – is anybody’s guess.

Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

Leon Harris is a complete slacker until he discovers that his middle school girlfriend is moving back to town. He has to get his act together and, to do it, he enlists his friend Stan who assigns him a series of tasks and, oh yeah, claims to be Satan. It won’t take too long before Leon wonders if he has actually sold his soul to the devil.

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Okiko releases the souls of the murdered dead and gets revenge on the murderers. Then she meets Tark who appears to be a monster but is simply serving as a host, one who, when the demon dies, will die with it.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Austin is a regular kid who finds himself in the middle of an apocalypse of genetically engineered giant praying mantises. Smith means it to be ridiculous and means for Austin to be an every-day small town hero. He succeeds at both.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

When Sophie’s mapmaking uncle is kidnapped, she must follow the map keys through the fabric of disrupted time, brave everything from pirates to fantasy beasts in her search for help and answers.

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

To really say goodbye to her dead boyfriend Flynn, Morgan uploads his picture to a photo share site only to be told she has posted the picture of someone else who looks exactly like him. Thus begins a romance/mystery with a best-friends core at the center.

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

Bullying and the jock vs. nerd storyline get fresh treatment in this modern-classic-with-a-twist in which the ‘fat boy’ refuses to budge.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Emi is supposed to do ‘something epic’ in her brother’s apartment over the summer but she can’t think what. Even though she is already experiencing some success as a designer in the film industry, it’s hard to imagine an ‘epic’ thing when you’re just a teenager – unless you have to discover the mystery of an old letter and an age-old story of love.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Bea is just out of rehab and her reputation is not exactly sparkling. Yet, when she discovers that she can ‘draw’ other people’s experiences and knows more about a series of rapes than anyone else, she has to decide whether her powers for good can overcome what she and others think of her.

Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Revealed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Eleventh out of twelve in the international bestselling House of Night series, more doings at the vampire academy challenge Zoey and her friends to stop the ever-more-powerful Neferet.

Revealed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

Perry Eckert is a social loner, much more interested in spending time in the magical world of the role-playing game Creatures and Caverns than he is interacting with his peers. But when his parents send him to summer camp to help him connect to people, Perry finds himself uniquely qualified to make sense of the World of Other Normals.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

Nil by Lynne Matson

When Charley wakes up naked and alone on the island of Nil, she doesn’t know the rules. But she quickly finds out that she has exactly one year to make her escape or she, and a boy she is coming to love whose time is running out, will die.

Nil by Lynne Matson

Mortal Danger by Ann Aquirre

Prepared to end it all due to the horrible bullying she’s experienced at the Blackbriar Academy, Edie is given what appears to be a second chance to get her revenge. But the bargain she makes is a lot more complicated than she could have imagined and soon, not only will her hopes for revenge take a violent turn, she will find herself indebted to immortals whose own agenda is far more deadly than her own.

Mortal Danger by Ann Aquirre

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Leila’s road trip crosses the paths of four other teens, all struggling in their own way and profoundly affected by their connection with Leila. Told from all five points of view, this is a story of getting lost and finding your way.

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Book one in a trilogy, Trial by Fire introduces Lily, who, in this world, is plagued by life-threatening allergies and humiliation. But in the parallel universe of a different town of Salem, Lily is Lillian who wields powers that are dangerous, cruel and potentially life-saving.

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

A teen love story set in New York City.

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo

Leigh, whose sister is recovering from cancer treatment and whose best friend has passed away over the summer, finds herself pressed into service selling graves for her family’s new business.  Leigh feels like death is following her around and the situation isn’t (or is it?) improved by a handsome gravedigger who tells Leigh that her birthday falls on the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo

Don’t Let Go by Michelle Gagnon

In this final installment in the Don’t Turn Around trilogy, hackers Noa and Peter must return to the beginning and face, against incredible odds, the evil pharmaceutical magnate who started it all.

Don’t Let Go by Michelle Gagnon

Curl Up With a Good Book – lots of new ones to choose from!

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

Survival seemed easy in Africa when all Wilhelmina Silver had to worry about were wild animals. Now, at a boarding school in England, Wil discovers that the easy friendships she had with a horse and a monkey translate poorly to her new environment and she will have to learn a whole new set of skills.

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Like Hopkins many other books, this free verse treatment of Matt’s struggles after his brother commits suicide due to bullying tackles many deep and difficult subjects, among them censorship, the role religion plays in people’s lives and the psychological tolls of war.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins


The Voice Inside My Head
by S.J. Laidlaw

Luke and his sister Pat have always been close, so much so that Luke often feels like he can hear Pat in his head. The sensation becomes significantly more literal when Pat disappears off a Honduran island and Luke takes it upon himself to discover the real story – and the real sister – he believes in.

The Voice Inside My Head by S.J. Laidlaw

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

This unusual book describes itself as a biography of a famous artist whose secrets are just now being revealed. Not only is it set up as a series of interviews of those who knew the now-dead girl but it also  contains artwork ‘produced’ by the artist, Addison Stone,  and her peers, thereby offering a kind of mysterious multi-media experience.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Even though her traditional Indian family expects her to become an engineer, Veda just wants to dance. When an accident threatens to destroy her dream, Veda must dig deep within herself for the strength and resilience she needs to discover who she really is.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Nym is a slave girl who shouldn’t even exist, her storm summoning powers a magnet for destruction and the reason she is now being sold to the fifteenth buyer of her seventeen years. But this buyer is different and she is given a choice: use her powers for evil or die. The pace of this debut series will not let Nym,  her decision, or the reader, rest.

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

The World Outside by Eva Wiseman

Chanie’s dreams of singing opera would alienate her from her Hasidic family where she is expected to graduate from a religious high school, get married and raise a family. Things get even stickier, though, when riots break out in Chanie’s Crown Heights Brooklyn neighborhood and she meets a boy who practices a completely different kind of Judaism.

The World Outside by Eva Wiseman

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

This series beginner introduces readers to a shifting, horrifying world in which the characters themselves fear they are not real i.e. the white spaces between words in a story they are terrified will reveal itself.  Protagonist Emma may be the author of the story (one identical to another written decades before) or she may be just a victim of it. Only hardcore lovers of horror and plot twists are likely to find out which.

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Beautifully illustrated as well as a witty, sarcastic take on what narrator Percy Jackson calls the Golden Age for “horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism,” this encyclopedia of Greek Gods will entertain even those who know nothing about ancient Greek religion or have failed to follow the Percy Jackson series (if there is such a person alive.)

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Conversion by Katherine Howe

Girls are unwell at the St. Joan’s Academy: convulsions, seizures, coughing, hair loss. Is it a contagious disease or just a symptom of intense competition and pressure? The media wants to know and so does Colleen Rowley who begins to see parallels with events in Salem, MA from three hundred years earlier.

Conversion by Katherine Howe

Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon

Nora and Zeke have escaped from the experimentation facility run by Project Persephone (at the end of the first book) and are now on the run in hopes of doing more than just freeing a few runaways here and there from the grips of the program. Peter is following their progress and assisting them in cyberspace but he has learned something that may mean failure and capture for all of them.

Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Three teens – Alexis, Nick, and Ruby – find themselves teamed up on a search and rescue mission, only to discover a completely different target, a dead body belonging to a young girl. The three seek the perpetrator of the crime in this first of a series of teen mystery crime novels.

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

Emma is blind following a tragic accident and, a year later, is still learning to navigate the world of school and family. When a classmate dies from an apparent suicide, Emma is driven to pursue answers about the death that may also help lead her out of her own darkness.

Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

Time Out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Timothy is pretty sure he is a less-than-ordinary kid. That is until one night when he leaves the door open to admit fantastical and mythical creatures that will put him, his sister, and the school bully at the center of an epic fight of Light against Dark.

Time Out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

New Books, New Location

Come on in and see our new shelves for new books. Easier to find, lots more space. And great new titles coming in all the time!

The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford

A menagerie of weird animal creatures on the good side, vicious dragons trying to take over the world and, in the middle of all of it, a twelve year old boy who has to conquer his own fears to save humankind.

The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford

 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Taking the Beauty and the Beast story a step further, Nyx finds she can’t kill the sworn enemy of her people, who also happens to be her royal husband, because, guess what? She’s fallen in love with him.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Ezra Faulkner has played his part well – tennis jock, boyfriend to the prettiest girl, friends with the cool people. But when a car accident ends his athletic career, Ezra has to figure out who he is going to be. It sounds a little pat to say that there is also a girl involved but things will NOT turn out as you expected…

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

A senior year in Paris is not quite what Anna expected but the chance for romance changes her mind – or confuses her even more. Boy here? Boy at home? Boy who is already taken? Teen romance at the top of its game.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

A Victorian London setting frames this story of an abandoned baby who becomes a carnival freak due to a body covered head to toe in hair. When Wild Boy is accused of a murder, he must use his detective skills, developed over a lifetime of abuse and observation, to redeem himself.

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari

Mira is having a hard time watching her grandmother die and an even harder time dealing with the changes that herald her own coming-of-age. All her secrets are kept in a diary where heartbreak, if not mended, can at least be endured.

 

Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari

 

HIVE by Mark Walden

Otto’s skills and intelligence have earned him an involuntary place at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education where he is being trained as the world’s next supervillain. But he doesn’t want to be trapped here for six years and so conceives the ultimate plan that no one before him has ever been able to accomplish – escape. First in a nine-book series.

HIVE by Mark Walden

Escape Velocity by Mark Walden

In this third book of the H.I.V.E series (we have all the books) Otto is still determined to escape but his plan is complicated by the kidnapping of Dr. Nero by hostile forces AND his own newfound abilities which seem to include the ability to interface with computers remotely!

Escape Velocity by Mark Walden

Rogue by Mark Walden

In this fifth book of the H.I.V.E. series, Otto has gone rogue and there is a contract out on his life. His friends want to find him before the assassins do and, in the process, discover a secret facility hiding a deadly operative.

Rogue by Mark Walden

Deadlock by Mark Walden

Eight books along and Walden is still going strong with his H.I.V.E. world and characters. Otto is, again, on both ends of the hunt, this time hoping to track down the evil school where children are trained as deadly assassins.

Deadlock by Mark Walden

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Will is traveling on the Boundless, the greatest train ever built, and finds himself in possession of a key to valuable treasures which others want and are willing to kill for. Will joins a circus to escape his pursuers and meets Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster, and Maren, whose escape-artist abilities are likely to come in handy.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

A collection of the entire Weetzie Bat series including Weetzie BatWitch Baby,Cherokee Bat and the Goat GuysMissing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop in which teens find love and adventure in a magically-real Los Angeles.

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

 

Sabriel by Garth Nix

First book in the Abhorsen trilogy finds Sabriel, a young necromancer, crossing into the Old Kingdom in search of her missing father and facing grisly beasts and formerly alive horrors who will not only make her journey life-threatening but will bring her face-to-face with her own destiny.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Lirael by Garth Nix

Lirael is nothing like the rest of the Clayrs and has none of their powers of future sight. But when their very lives are in jeopardy, she has no choice but to set out on an epic journey, even crossing the bleak boundary between life and death, to save her family and her people’s future.

Lirael by Garth Nix

Abhorsen by Garth Nix

In this tense conclusion to the Abhorsen trilogy, Lirael, now come into her power and accompanied by faithful companions, is once again charged with saving the kingdom before the unspeakable powers of The Destroyer are unleashed.

Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

Nobody talks about Jonny, Danny’s older brother who was killed, and now his sister is pregnant. Danny’s mother needs help and the family gets it in the person of an English girl named Liz. Things will never be the same again.

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Maude’s dreams of Paris are quickly disappointed and she is forced to take a job as a ‘beauty foil’ for the wealthy and spoiled Isabelle. Maude must keep her role as hired help a secret and, the more she learns, the more difficult the deception becomes.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

From ‘Master Chef’ to ‘School of Rock ,’ Summer Sizzles With These Camps for Teens

All year long, the idea of summer tantalizes us with images of hot lazy days with no early alarm clock and no homework. It doesn’t usually take long, though, before all that free time begins to feel a little burdensome and boredom sets in.  Well, the teen Summer Camps at the library may be just the solution you’ll be looking for.  Our one- or two-week long afternoon camps offer fun, fascinating and teen-focused activities in a relaxed skill-building environment.

Camp One – Woodworking –  June 16 to 20. Over the course of this week, participants will measure, frame and finish a beautiful wood cabinet that will be used as an information kiosk for the library. Led by master carpenter Gary Nofsinger, everybody will get a chance to use both hand and power tools and contribute to a lasting feature of our community (not to mention learning some ‘handy’ skills in the bargain.)

Camp Two – Technology –  June 23 to 27. Once built, our new information kiosk will need to be outfitted with completely up-to-date streaming infographics. That’s what this week’s camp is all about – designing and building a digital information platform so that everybody who walks into the library will see our amazing kiosk and experience all that the community has to offer in graphic form. Nick Jackson, local computer wizard, will be the instructor for this cutting edge opportunity.

Camp Three – Screenwriting/Film – July 7 to 11 AND July 14 to 18. This two week camp will take us through the entire process of writing a script and developing it into a film. Whether you see yourself as a writer, actor, director, editor or producer, all skills will be needed to contribute to the final product (and potential youtube sensation!)

Camp Four – Localization/Culinary Arts – July 28 to August 1. Cooking is one of the most enjoyable and useful skills to learn and even more so when it involves accessing ingredients directly from local producers and sources. Not only will we create amazing dishes every day, we’ll collect the recipes into a cookbook that can then be shared with family and friends.

Camp Five – Music – August 11 to 15 and August 18 to 22 (performance on August 23.) The highlight of our camp season will be this year’s two-week music camp. Assisted by professional instrumental and vocal instructors/performers, we will explore the history of rock and roll through games, videos, master classes, ensembles and individual instruction. Whether you’ve played an instrument before or learned to use your voice or not, here is a chance to develop your music ‘personality.’

ALL CAMPS are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Brochures with all the information and a sign-up form are available at the library, on our website (http://www.threeriverslibrary.org/?page_id=3472) or send Beth an email at bneff@threeriverslibrary.org (which is also the best way to get your questions answered, if you have any.) Library summer camps are free.

Get a Jump on Summer Reading with These New YA Titles

Sunrise by Mike Mullin

The final book in the Ashfall Trilogy, Sunrise takes place a year after the super-volcano that threw everything into chaos and violence. The adults are clueless so it’s up to the kids to rebuild a world that is livable for everyone.

Sunrise

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

A bucket list seems like a good idea when you think you’re dying of cancer, doing and saying things you might never do or say otherwise. But what happens when you go into remission and discover that there is a good chance you aren’t going to die after all? Well, complications. And embarrassment. And, of course, romance.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud

Author of the Bartimaeus series returns with this supernatural chiller set in a haunted London. Companies are popping up everywhere to deal with the ghosts and specters and spirits that causing the Problem throughout the city but none with more pluck, courage and wits than the teens of Lockwood and Co.

Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Being chosen for The Testing is the only way for Cia and her classmates to attend university and help return the decimated land to health and production. But Cia’s father has vague memories of his own experience and tells Cia not to trust anybody. Little does she suspect that his warnings will not begin to do justice to what the teens will need to go through to succeed – and survive.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes letters to every boy she’s loved. But she never planned for anyone to see them and she certainly didn’t expect them to get mailed. Now, on top of the loss of her mother, Lara Jean has to navigate the new reality of exposure and growing up.

To All the Boys I’ve loved Before by Jenny Han

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson

Gabriela has received a letter she hoped never to get. It’s from Death and he tells her she has just one week to live. But she has some requests and may just figure out what Death himself wants from the world.

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson

Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson

Jess thought she was doing a great thing by raising donations for an orphanage in Kabul where her father is stationed. But he is severely injured in the act of delivering to that very facility and people are pointing fingers of blame – some of them at Jess.

Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (book one)

All the women are gone and a virus has made everyone’s thoughts audible to Todd as Noise. When the Noise suddenly stops, Todd knows he’s got to get out of there before – well, he doesn’t know but it might still happen if those chasing him catch up. Then, he stumbles onto someone who should be there, someone who shouldn’t even be alive. A girl.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (book one)

The Ask and the Answer by Patick Ness (Book two)

Todd and Viola have not found the safety they sought and become separated, Viola to a healing facility and Todd to work for the evil mayor. Both struggle with their separation and with the awful things they are being asked to do in the name of values they do not share.

The Ask and the Answer by Patick Ness (Book two)

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (book three)

This is the third book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy and it will come as no surprise that war has arrived in the world of Todd and Viola who are desperate to get the various factions to consider peace as a viable solution. But everyone is out for themselves and the results could mean total devastation for all.

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (book three

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Finn has been a prisoner at Incarceron for as long as he can remember. The prison is so large that it has become self-sustaining – and all but impossible to break out of, with the exception of just one man. But Finn is determined and, with the help of the warden’s daughter, he will give up everything to get to the Outside.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw

Emma, the daughter of diplomats, has landed in a compound in Islamabad, Pakistan where her mother is posted and can’t imagine a worse place. There are restrictions on everything, it seems, and Emma cannot see herself adjusting. She hasn’t given the culture a chance, though, nor her school classmates, and, when she does, could things begin to look a bit different?

Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Lucy and Owen met in an elevator halfway between Lucy’s highrise apartment and Owen’s in the basement. One blackout night together and then their lives veer into opposite directions. Can they stay in touch? Will they meet again? Will they find a way to be together?

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

The last book in the Shiver trilogy, Sam has gone from being a wolf to a boy and Grace has gone from being a girl to a wolf. The final wolf hunt is on. Can Sam protect Grace against an anti-wolf world?

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Sophie may have a history of bad luck and an Oxy addiction but a drug deal gone wrong is NOT the reason that she and Mina were in the woods that night or the reason that Mina is now dead. But the police don’t believe Sophie and, it seems, neither does anyone else. She needs to set the record straight.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Rapture is the conclusion to the Fallen Series and, in it, Luce and Daniel need to stop Lucifer from destroying the history of the world, bring angels back to favor and discover if their love is meant to be or if Luce must give it up to bring the world another day.

Rapture by Lauren Kate

New Books are Busting Out All Over…

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Regular teenager one day, demon-hunter the next, Kali is just lucky nobody in her family is around to notice bloody clothes and other signs of periodic disappearance. But when Kali sees one of her classmates marked for demon-destruction, she has to do something and would, right away, if it wasn’t the wrong day… Starts a series.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cassie discovers she isn’t the only one with a ‘natural’ ability to read people when the FBI taps her to help a whole group of teens solve old homicide cases. But not all the cases are in the past and maybe not all the teens are quite what they seem. Suddenly, danger looms for all of the them and the Naturals might have to use everything they know just to survive.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Never Come Back by David Bell

Full of family secrets, this is a psychological drama in which a girl named Elizabeth has to handle the grief of her mother’s death, defend her troubled brother as the primary suspect, and sort out how her mother’s will could have named someone other than her – a different person named Elizabeth.

Never Come Back by David Bell

 

The Beast of Noor by Janet Lee Carey

Centuries ago, a loyal dog was betrayed by his master and set to roam the dark woods, terrorizing the villages nearby. Now, Miles and Hanna Ferrell want to correct the damage done by their ancestors and must cross into the monster’s realm to do it.

The Beast of Noor by Janet Lee Carey

 

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Accused of witchcraft, Tess must escape her village (and, not incidentally, her brutal father,) taking refuge with a handsome blacksmith on the edge of the Dragonswood. Home to dragons and fairies, Tess is irresistibly drawn into the forbidden Dragonswood where she might discover just what her role will be in the deteriorating truce between the magical creatures of her country.

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

 

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Katharine will be rich if her crazy uncle doesn’t squander the family’s fortune away. But when she is sent to sort him out, Katharine discovers a brilliant (though still possibly lunatic) inventor who is generously employing the cast-aways of London’s poor houses. That, along with a love affair, muddies her confidence about the future of her own life.

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

 

The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

The softward industry of Silicon Valley offers the possibility of instant fame and fortune. Of the twins Amelia and Adam, Amelia is the laboratory rat and Adam is the ambition, wanting what the next good idea can move for his bank account and his love life. But what – and who – do you have to sacrifice in the game for everything?

The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

 

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Some of the teens of Beau Rivage are destined to live out their fairy tale destinies – and curses – again and again, including Mira who keeps pricking her finger and falling asleep. But she’s not interested in being rescued by a prince. What will be the alternatives?

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

 

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

In a boys boarding school in Maine after his mother’s death,  Jack meets Early who has an obsession with the number pi and folk tales of bears and rattlesnakes. On a quest together, the boys follow the course of pi, track the black bear, and discover things about friendship, each other, and themselves.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

 

Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast

Outcast Ella has nothing she’s happy about but her art until she meets Samir, a Palestinian boy in her art class. Asked to contribute to a contest, Ella’s entry is so controversial that she is in danger of serving jail time. Covering lots of ground, this story in verse provides a slightly different kind of heroine to the YA field.

Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast

 

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron

In this fantasy action-adventure tale, Barron expands the realm of ancient settings to include Atlantis, the legendary island where magic continued to survive when the rest of the world became ordinary.  The boy Promi and his friend Atlanta, both marked in their own way by prophecy, will fight in both human and spirit realms to save the world they love – and maybe create a new one.

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron

 

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

Beginning in the future and moving back in time, these seven stories, at first glance connected only by their location on the Scandinavian island of Blessing, are ultimately bound together by a plant, secrets, power, passion, and the primal force of love.

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

 

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Alex Woods’ childhood has been marked in strange ways, mostly be a meteorite that struck him when he was ten years old. Yet Alex is determined to make something of his life, even after he is stopped at customs with pot and an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

 

 Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Ellie is pregnant from a one-night hook-up but the crisis reverberates far beyond her and her baby. Told from the perspective of Ellie and three friends, no one’s life will ever be exactly the same.

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

 

Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles

A follow up to Jumping Off Swings, this book takes Josh through his senior year, isolated from his home and friends and struggling with the guilt of what happened with Ellie.

Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles

 

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Andrew Winston Winters is two different people, one struggling in the present – a remote Vermont boarding school – and one both hiding from and immersed in something very dark from his past. The story of Andrew’s battle is intense, illuminated by a number of interesting secondary characters, and ultimately providing a satisfying connection of all the loose ends.

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

 

The Girl’s Guide to Rocking by Jessica Hopper

This book provides all the information a girl needs to start rocking from selecting an instrument, working with band members, and writing songs to scheduling gigs and soundproofing a practice space. Plus interesting facts and stories about female rockers and a great, accessible layout.

The Girl’s Guide to Rocking by Jessica Hopper

 

Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine

Almost fifteen years ago, a Japanese Holocaust museam received an empty suitcase from Auschwitz with the name ‘Hana Brady’ on the outside. Their search to ‘fill the suitcase’ with Hana’s story is the basis for this award-winning book now celebrating ten years in print.

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New YA books (and series!)

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti

Tessa’s mother has died and their house no longer feels like a home. Tessa’s dad initiates a road trip to Tessa’s grandmother’s small coastal town and, there, Tessa meets Henry Lark and begins to hope again.

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Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine

Set in 1972, this book tells the story of Red Porter and his mother who have to figure out a way to make a go of it after Red’s father and idol passes away. The family’s gas station/mechanic shop/convenience store feels like both something to hold onto and a symbol of everything about living in the racist south that Red discovers he might need to either escape from or help to correct.

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Silver People by Margarita Engle

This is the story of the building of the Panama Canal and the people who suffered back-breaking labor, discrimination, and segregation to accomplish one of the greatest feats of modern engineering.

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The Hit by Melvin Burgess

How bad would your life have to be to choose a drug that will give you the most amazing high, followed by death? For Adam, it’s about that bad.  He’s considering it. He takes one…

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Smack by Melvin Burgess

A subtle but harrowing tale of the downward spiral of drug addiction.

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Across the Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

The islands of New Pacifica are all that remains from the devastation of war. Now, the aristocrats in charge are threatened by rebels and a drug that makes its victims lose their minds. Hope comes in the form of a mysterious spy, the Wild Poppy who, it turns out, is posing as an airhead aristocrat herself. Based on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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The Slanted Worlds (Book 2 in the Obsidian Mirror series) by Catherine Fisher

The Obsidian Mirror is the prize that everyone is fighting for based on a power that no one really understands. Time travel, faeries, magic, and intrigue all combine to make Jake, Sarah, and Oberon the conductors of an electric adventure.

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Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Nikki has rescued Jack in this third and final installment of the Everneath series but, in the process, has started to become an Everliving herself, the very people she has wanted to destroy. Will Nikki spend the rest of time in the underworld with a queen who wants her destroyed or can Cole convince her to join him in fighting for human survival, even if it means her own life?

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Curtsies and Conspiracies (sequel to Etiguette and Espionage) by Gail Carriger

In this steampunk setting, finishing school has turned out to be spy school and Sophronia’s own spy training is serving her well to uncover a conspiracy with dire implications for both humans and supernaturals.

Curtsies and Conspiracies

Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

This last in the six-book series has the teens of Perdido Beach going head to head with the mutant daughter of Diana, Gaia. Gaia is bent on complete control and destruction, making this a fight not only for the Perdido Beach survivors to save themselves but also the rest of the world.

Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Otto and his friends at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education are now confronted with Cypher, a ruthless villain plotting to take over the world in this second book of the H.I.V.E. series. 

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Rogue members of Otto’s biggest nemisis organization have kidnapped two of his friends in this continuing high-adventure saga of the multi-talented and multi-trouble attracting students at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education.

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour has arrived for Otto and his H.I.V.E. friends when the most powerful supervillains take control of a weapons program. Otto himself is now at serious risk as the body Overlord must use to complete his domination plans. It will be up to Nero to prevent that from happening.

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dr. Nero is still fighting the forces that oppose him and Otto and his team are in Siberia on a training exercise with a traitor in their midst. It looks like the time has come for full-on civil war.

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Returner’s Wealth (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Micah entered the dangerous wyrmeweald as an intruder and soon learns the treachery of the place and the dangers of and to its inhabitants. But, along with the beautiful Thrace, Micah becomes a defender of the place they both love, intent on saving the dragon-like creatures who are threatened there.

Returner’s Wealth

Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

While believing themselves protected from winter and the evil kith outside their cave, Micah, Eli, and Thrace are hunted by an assassin and may find that nowhere in this once magnificent wilderness is or can ever be truly safe again.

Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Once beautiful lands have become barren, littered with the bone trails of the slain. The time has come for a war on every front, everyone from kith to wyrme to human preparing for the fights of their lives.

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Tula Bane was not intended to survive a severe beating but here she is on a remote space station trying to make her way among alien life forms and to get revenge on those who wanted her dead. But things are not as they seem and the galaxy has rules of its own. And, just because someone is human, does that mean that have anything in common with her at all?

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

Nicolo can play just about anything on his clarinet, a new instrument to the master musicians of Venice and, therefore, both a fascination and a threat. But the clarinet is magical and Nicolo needs to know just how it works and what the talent he possesses may mean for his life,his love, his career and the intriguing plots that spring up around him.

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

The Whatnot (companion to The Peculiar) by Stefan Bachmann

In this second steampunk adventure by teen writer Stefan Bachmann, Hettie has been pulled through a door into faerie land and her brother Bartholomew Kettle is determined to find her with the help of Pikey Thomas who will do just about anything to escape the life he has lived so far.

The Whatnot  by Stefan Bachmann

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe

Daisy’s life is focused on making no waves so that her parents can focus all their attention on her autistic brother. Even though Daisy is a talented trumpet player, the constraints on her time and freedom weigh heavily. As her brother’s behavior gets more out of control, Daisy is caught between her guilt and the anticipation of relief, her good-girl persona and her desires.

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe

New Books for (almost) Spring

No Place by Todd Strasser

Dan Helprin is one of the winners: baseball jock, good-looking, popular, hot girlfriend. But, as Dan’s family’s good fortune begins to slide into joblessness and home foreclosure, Dan finds himself living at Dignityville, a homeless community right in the middle of his town that is attracting all kinds of attention – most of it bad. Suddenly, Dan is seeing everyone – including his own family members – differently, their reactions to him and his situation a barometer he doesn’t welcome, couldn’t have imagined and that, ultimately, he needs to apply to himself.

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I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach

This is the third book in the Stupid Fast series. Felton is a senior in high school now, making decisions about college as his personal life falls apart around him. You don’t necessarily have to like sports to appreciate Felton’s take on life, his search for his own moral compass and for the tools that might serve him as he enters the world where the adults he wishes he could rely on tend to be more interested in using him for their own purposes.

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Swagger by Carl Deuker

Looking like another ‘sports’ novel, this one focusing on basketball, Swagger explores territory far beyond the usual concerns of star athletes plotting their way to college and career success. This time, Jonas Dolan is putting himself at risk for someone else, trying to balance what is best for his team, his coach, and his own career with his loyalty to a friend and to what he knows is right. This book only enhances author Deuker’s reputation as a great writer of provocative fiction.

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What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

In perfect Mitchard tradition, this is a crime thriller with the unusual setting of three teenagers suffering from Xeroderma Pigmentosum which makes them allergic to sunlight. In their night wanderings, they begin to participate in Parkour, and extreme stunt sport of scaling and jumping off tall buildings and, during one outing, narrator Allie observes a murder which she takes it upon herself to solve. Be forewarned that this book is a cliff-hanger with little resolution in preparation for the sequel (see below.)

What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

 

 

 

 

What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard

This is the sequel to What We Saw in the Night (see above for background.) In this book Allie believes she knows who is responsible for the crime and won’t rest until the perpetrator has been brought to justice.

What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard

 

 

 

 

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Sarah Meadows is born with a port-wine stain on her face, making her struggle to see either her own inner or outer beauty. When she is kidnapped, Sarah is forced to access her own resources and become the hero she thought only resided in comic books.

Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

 

 

 

 

Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan is the master of the easy hook-up and moving from town to town with his dad has always been the best escape if things got out of hand. But Evan chooses the wrong girl at the wrong time and the results leave him bruised and broken in both body and spirit. Even once Evan and his dad have retreated to the family cabin in northern Minnesota, Evan must find a way to heal his relationship with girls and with himself.

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Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Unwilling to hide her powers from the vengeful king, Neryn is determined to escape and to receive the necessary training to hone her unique ability to communicate with the Good Folk. Neryn sets out for Shadowfell to find the rebels who are plotting the overthrow of the king and to learn what her role might be in restoring Alban to freedom.

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

 

 

 

 

Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

This second book in the Shadowfell trilogy has Neryn safe in the rebel stronghold but in need of training that only powerful and fickle beings can give her. A friendship and a potential romance put her in the middle of conflict while she struggles to make sense of valuable information that may turn the tide of the war but in a way that no one can yet predict.

Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

 

 

 

 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Echo Emerson has fallen out of the popular group for reasons no one can quite understand. Suddenly, Echo is face-to-face with Noah Hutchins, a boy she should have nothing in common with and who can only mean trouble. Yet, the attraction is irresistible and Echo is forced to reckon with circumstances that might restore her sense of place and belonging or push her over the limits once and for all.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

 

 

 

 

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

This is a unique road trip novel of two teens who decide that, if they are going to be boring losers, might as well do it together. Herrndorf is a German author making his American debut and offering a welcome perspective with this view of the German landscape and the quirky people Mike and Andrej meet on the way to trouble, for sure, but maybe to something else deeper and  long lasting as well.

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

 

 

 

 

Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin

Ember doesn’t remember the time right before the accident. Everyone is anxious to help her return to the person they believe she still is but, for Ember, it’s not quite that simple. Something is nagging at her and as she tries to remember, tries to understand who this artist Kai was and is to her now, tries to find herself again, she fears that remembering might force her to face a truth that could change her life forever.

Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin

 

 

 

 

Lily and Taylor by Elise Moser

Moser has delved into the heavy territory of partner abuse with this taut thriller about Taylor and her relationship with both her friend Lily and her boyfriend  Devon. Having seen her sister lose her life to domestic abuse, Taylor’s trauma plunges her into the fraught territory where her protective instincts battle it out with her need and desire for the love of an unstable boy.

Lily and Taylor by Elise Moser

 

 

 

 

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Zoe has a rather unconventional pen pal: a death row inmate and convicted murderer. Though Mr. Stuart Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, she has a story to tell, one in which she is the guilty party, responsible for loss of life and needing to confess how her own actions have torn apart the lives of others.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

 

 

 

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

With death surrounding you – young men dying in World War I and seemingly everyone sick with the influenza – you may still not believe in the ‘spiritualism’ of the day until someone you love appears as a ghost. Mary has never thought of herself as someone to seek comfort in séance but now she might have to change her mind.  Illustrated with photographs of the era, this unique historical romance is impeccably researched and masterfully written.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

 

 

 

 

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Delaney Maxwell was under water for eleven minutes. She should be dead.  She has survived though something is definitely different about her brain. Something similar has happened to Troy Varga. She wants to feel relieved to meet someone like her, wants to trust him, but it could be that he represents a relationship to death that is less comforting than frightening…

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Vengeance by Megan Miranda

In this sequel to Fracture,  Delaney’s friend Decker has seen just too much coincidence. Carson died saving Delaney from drowning. Troy drowned in the same lake that tried to take Delaney. Now, another tragedy makes Decker wonder what Delaney knows, what her role in these events could be, and if, once he finds out, he’ll ever be able to forgive her.

Vengeance by Megan Miranda

 

 

 

 

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

When an apocalypse destroys her town, Evie Greene realizes that the visions she’s been having are prophetic.  She’s determined to figure out what her powers mean and, to do that, she needs the help of bad-boy Jackson Deveaux. Together, they’ll meet others and play out an ancient prophecy of – guess what? – good fighting evil (surprise!!) First in a series (another surprise!)

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

New Books for the New Year

Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch –

Oliver and Junie loved each other but now Junie says it’s over. Does she mean it. Oliver can’t be sure because she – both of them, really, are not very honest. And then Oliver hears that Junie has a lottery ticket that her father’s boss, the head of a crime syndicate, is making her give to him. Oliver doesn’t know where Junie is and fears she’s in danger. What do you do when the person you want to look for may not want to be found?

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The Right Fight by Chris Lynch –

Chris Lynch has won acclaim for his series of Vietnam novels and is now back with a series about World War II of which The Right Fight is the first. The story follows Roman, an avid baseball player who decides that his love of sports does not equal his love for his country and his desire to join up with troops headed overseas. He finds himself in North Africa fighting an enemy and in a landscape that will test his skills, his fortitude, and his commitment.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson –

Hayley Kincain hopes that, now that she and her father Andy have settled back in his home town after five years of traveling, his memories of Iraq can finally fade into the past and they can have their lives again. But Andy continues to spiral downward and it’s not just his memories that seem bent on destroying their lives. Hayley has some of her own. What can a child do to save a parent and how far she should go sacrificing her own life to find out? A wise and engaging treatment of PTSD and the effect it has not only on its victims but on the people around them.

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean telt by hisself by David Almond –

Billy Dean is no longer alive but that doesn’t mean that his world is not filled with dreams and stories and warnings.  When Billy’s father dies, though, Billy can no longer stay in his bed and the real truth of what happened to him and to his town on the day he was born comes out. While Billy works to bring healing to the world, there is one who wants to stop him, who seems bent on revenge.

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First Love by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond) –

A road trip story in which the perenniel ‘good girl’ Axi  steps out of character to invite her best friend (and secret love) Robinson to accompany her. While impulsivity doesn’t come naturally to Axi, a little carefree adventure seems just the thing – until everything begins to spiral out of control.

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Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff –  

Mila has all the skills necessary for detective work – a great memory for details, heightened observational abilities, and faith in human nature. But when her father’s best and longest friend goes missing just days before Mila and her dad are scheduled to visit, only the first two seem to be serving her well. Matthew’s disappearance reflects not only on his character specifically but becomes a lens for Mila to peek into the adult world her parents occupy and see a reflection of sometimes unwelcome but startlingly vivid insights into the human condition.

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And now available on audio –

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose is an american pilot working transport for the British Navy during WWII when she is captured over German territory and taken to the infamous Ravensbrook concentration camp. Over the next six months, Rose experiences appalling circumstances and is witness to unspeakable horrors, keeps herself and her friends alive with songs and poetry of her childhood and of her own devising. Once released, Rose struggles to find herself again, connect with her co-prisoners and make some sense of the events through the trials of Nazi perpetrators. While loosely connected to Code Name Verity (a multi-award winner) this novel stands alone in both content and merit. 

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Shelves are bursting – check out these new titles…

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge – Written in verse, this treatment of a teen’s grief when his brother dies has no pretensions of  finding an easy way through deep or uncomfortable emotions. And despite the title, Walker’s own humanity is what draws us to him and allows us to be satisfied with more questions than answers.

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal – A plague is infecting the royals in the palace. A series of complex events is set off by a seemingly innocuous prick of a needle. Deception, intrigue and devious plots ensue. This is world-building at its best, epic in its scope. A must-read for fantasy-lovers.

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

 

 

 

 

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason – A crime mystery in pure Holmsian fashion. In fact, the investigators are none other than Sherlock’s niece and Bram Stoker’s sister. High stakes mount as the girls seek clues to crimes of which they themselves could very well become the next victims.

The Clockwork Scarab

 

 

 

 

45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson – Issues involving weight are never JUST issues about weight and author Barson does an amazing job putting this overweight teen’s challenges into the contexts of family stress, social rules,and personal hurdles, providing a realistic and often humorous account of what happens when a girl faces what is really going on inside her own skin.

45 Pounds (More or Less)

 

 

 

 

Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston – Most reviewers of this dark, slightly futuristic novel comment on its intensity, pace, and psychological depth. Valkyrie’s short life has already been full of tension and twisted motivation and it’s not getting any better when her father dies and leaves the 15-year-old and her brother with a survivalist mentality mixed with a determination to bring their message to the outside world.  With a past like hers and a world not so different from ours, maybe Valkyrie’s choices are not so hard to understand…

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – A vampire story gone dystopian, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a literary cross between Twilight and Ship Breaker. Populated by a complex cast of characters, the novel is carried convincingly by a dauntless teen whose determination and loyalty combine to address if not break down the walls of her society.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

 

 

 

Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt – This book contains eighteen classic tales reimagined by contemporary writers such as Neil Gaiman, Kami Garcia, Garth Nix, Rick Yancey and many others.  A great opportunity to gain familiarity with the themes of great literary achievements of the past while enjoying the unique styles and perceptions of familiar writers of our own time.

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If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan – It can be hard enough to be with the one you love in any culture Two girls in love in Iran could have fatal consequences. But Sahar is determined, enough so that she proposes sex reassignment since the concept of being ‘stuck in the wrong body’ is considered acceptable in her country and the surgery legal and accessible. How does one decide if a sacrifice is too great to make?

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

 

 

 

 

Hostage Three by Nick Lake – Amy is not traveling around the world with her father and stepmother by choice so all she really has to care about each day is making the time pass. That is, until a boat appears with guns and pirates who couldn’t care less about what Amy wants or who she is, which is, at this point, nothing more than Hostage Three.  A fast-paced thriller and a strong meditation on the dangers not only of violence but of who we choose and what we value.

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

 

 

 

 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry – A thrilling mix of double-crossing intrigue, kidnapping, technology and international espionage, Henry’s story of a girl who doesn’t know who she is or why people want to kill her is a nail-biter to the very end.

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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – Second book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, the story begins with Sybella arriving at the doorstep of a convent, only to discover that what seemed like a refuge contains the same torture and brutality she had hoped to escape from.  Set among the treachery and dungeons, mystery and superstition of the fifteenth century, Dark Triumph continues the heart-pounding vengeance-inspired plotting introduced in Grave Mercy.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

 

 

 

 

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi – Comic book heroism, urban smarts, crime, and mental illness are all combined in this intense illustrated story of the violent loss of a friend and the narrow and precarious precipace between grief and insanity.

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

 

 

 

 

The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni – The Civil War has just ended and Verity Boone finally gets to return home to Pennsylvania after years with her relatives in Massachusetts. Homecoming isn’t, of course, at all what she expected and is further complicated by horrifying secrets that Verity will have to solve.

The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni

 

 

 

 

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce – Set in the world of Winding Circle, this book follows the three mages of the Living Circle as they discover the intent of a powerful and cruel emporer to invade and dominate the birthplace of their own spiritual birthplace. In a race against time, preparations are made for war with no guarantee that the magic they possess will be enough to resist their enemies.

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – If you could go back in time and kill someone who created a time machine that destroys the world, would you do it? This book not only addresses that question but actually challenges its characters with seeing themselves in the future and fighting for the things – and people – that matter to them the most.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

 

 

 

 

Reality Boy by A.S. King – Gerald’s family was the subject of a reality T.V. series in which the young Gerald was cast as the family ‘problem.’ Still reeling with anger and frustration at the portrayal, and at the continuing dysfunction in his family, Gerald struggles to remain in control and figure out how to take his own life back.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam – This circus offers not only the off-key and mystical aspects typical of that world but is set in the remnants of a magical vanished civilisation. Gene is a runaway who becomes the circus’ star while balancing her own secrets and the realizations that make this book stunningly compelling.

Pantomime by Laura Lam