As the story continues, we find Sefia and Archer back in the forest, having escaped the Guard, who will kill to get their hands on The Book. Searching for answers to Archer’s nightmares of his life as fighter, and Sefia’s is guilt over the deeds of her parents, they come upon a crew of Impressors. Between the two of them, they subdue the Impressors and rescue the captive boys, and thus is the beginning of the Bloodletters is born. Still trying to find a way to derail the Guard’s plan for world domination, will Sefia have to sacrifice all to save not only the kingdoms, but also Archer, whom she has come to love as more than a friend?
Look out Charles Dickens – there’s a new Scrooge in town! And this time, instead of a crabby old man, its’ a self-absorbed, over entitled, nasty teenage girl named Holly Chase! When three ghosts visit Holly on Christmas Eve, she learns what will happen unless she changes her ways. Just like Scrooge, she has a choice – redemption or death. Can she be rehabilitated? Better yet, can she help rehabilitate another Scrooge named Ethan, who is just like herself, except he’s a self-centered, money driven, teenage boy? Laughing and maybe even crying a little, you’ll get to the end of this book and say “Wow”, I didn’t see that coming!
With his new work, Phillip Pullman takes us back to the world of the unforgettable His Dark Materials series, and introduces a new cast of compelling characters and locations.
Malcolm Polstead is a smart boy who notices everything happening and being said around his parent’s inn in Oxford, where he finds a secret message about the dangerous substance called Dust. Hannah, the spy whom the message was for, finds Malcolm, and his life is never the same. Malcolm, now a spy, encounters suspicious characters everywhere, all trying to gain access to the adorable baby girl Lyra, who is hidden with neighboring nuns. Malcolm loves Lyra, and he, his friend Alice and their daemons face constant dangers and make remarkable sacrifices to keep Lyra safe through a terrible rainstorm.
La Belle Sauvage is a constant joy to read. The characters are fascinating, and the action is thrilling. Pullman’s powerful writing made me feel like I was right beside them as Malcolm navigated the Thames during the storm and fought off the evil characters chasing he and Lyra. I cannot wait to see what happens to these characters during the sequel. Whether you are a fan of the Golden Compass or reading Pullman for the first time, this book will overwhelm you with emotion and make you not want to leave its world.
There is a missing person mystery in this book, but it isn’t really about that. It’s about friendship and love, it’s about trying to truly understand your best friend, it’s about anxiety and fighting your demons, and giving in to them sometimes. It’s about mental illness. It’s about grief. It’s about life. It’s beautiful and important. It’s a John Green book, possibly the best John Green book. It made me feel less alone. I loved how friendship, in this book as in life, is just as important and turbulent as romance. You will cry, you will laugh, you will fall in love with Aza, Daisy, Davis, Mychal, Noah, and the rest. I can’t stop thinking about this book in the best possible way.
After Forgetting, there is Knowing. From Earth came Canaan. Centuries after the first ship to establish a new colony called Canaan, Earth has developed a disease that only untainted blood can cure, and a third ship is sent to find out what happened to the first two ships and if there are any survivors. What they find is not what they expected. Narrated by both Beckett (from Earth) and Samara (from Canaan), both fight to preserve their planets and learn what neither Know has been Forgotten.
When Sparrow is found on the edge of the roof at school, they think she was going to jump. Nobody believes her when she says that she wasn’t. Sparrow loves reading & birds & everyone believed she was happy…except she wasn’t. For years she would eat lunch in the bathroom alone & she never talked to anyone. So when she is released from the hospital & put into therapy, she does start to talk. Slowly, of course, her life starts fighting to fix itself. This is a tale of music, friendship & finding yourself. I loved this book so much because Sparrow had such a unique voice. And I found myself rooting for her all the through the story. It also, made me want to jump into the book & give her a hug! That’s how full of emotions it was.
— Jenna U., Age 13
Powerful. Inspiring. Important. Taking three girls' POV stories and mixing them with anonymous and semi-anonymous thoughts from other girls in town, The Nowhere Girls tackles rape culture in an important way.
Grace’s mom is a pastor, recently kicked out of their southern church. Now, Grace is the new girl in a small Oregon town. Her faith is present, but not overwhelming. Rosina is a queer girl who wants more than her conservative Mexican family offers. She isn’t afraid to rebel, but is afraid that the more she pushes back – the more she may lose her family. Erin is on the spectrum, planning her day minute by minute and idolizing Data from Star Trek TNG. She approaches new territory for herself and pushes to do what she knows is right, despite her own secrets and issues.
When Grace discovers that the former owner of her new room, Lucy, was raped and run out of town, she knows she needs to do something. Together with Rosina and Erin, they form an anonymous group and invite the girls of their high school to gather and talk about the situation. The ultimate goal is to find a way to get justice for Lucy... along the way the girls have important conversations, disagreements, and learn things about themselves and their friends.
I loved reading this book. It was not always easy, but these conversations shouldn't be. The powerful message that we are stronger together and that everyone has a different point of view on similar topics was executed wonderfully. I felt educated on so many different points of view and, ultimately, hopeful at the end.
The Language of Thorns is a delicious collection of six homespun fairy-tales, rooted in cultural myth and folklore. Complete with gorgeous illustrations that build from one page to the next, this compendium is an excellent choice for cold weather reading: crisp, haunting, and just a tad sweet. So, maybe you’ll savor each tale in little bites, like a decadent meal, or maybe you’ll choose to gulp down the entire book in one setting. Whatever you decide, know either way, you’re in for a real treat.
Farway (“Far” for short) and his team are leading a life of crime, plundering treasures from across the timeline…until they meet a mysterious girl named Eliot, who seems to always be one step ahead of them in this exciting, time-travel, action & adventure mystery. With the treasure hunting adventure of Tomb Raider, the slickness of James Bond, the time-travelling shenanigans of Doctor Who, and the mystery of Sherlock Holmes, this book will hook you from the first page and never let you go. Be prepared to fall in love with compelling characters and lose yourself to this AAA grade story. To me, Invictus is basically a time-travelling Indiana Jones story and I loved it.
— ARC Reviewer Fisher H., age 14
The three H's (hilarious, heartbreaking and hopeful) best describe this novel written for......everyone!! Mr. Reck references and relishes Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and his tribute is more than worthy of his idol. Matt Wainwright; narrator, basketball geek and unrequited lover is sure to resonate with all readers 12 and up.
— Mary T.
Isobel, a master of her craft, paints portraits for many of the fair folk in her world. One day, the mischievous, attractive prince of the Autumn Court, named Rook, shows up at her parlor, asking for a portrait. When Isobel can’t seem to get Rook’s eyes right, she paints mortal sorrow into them. The issue with that is that fair folk don’t feel emotions. Rook is furious, & takes her on a journey to the Autumn Court to be tried. On this adventure, their hatred turns into something else, something romantic, something that is not at all allowed in the fairy world. Isobel & Rook’s journey is a very entertaining, tense love story, filled with the high fantasy that we love. I personally really, really enjoyed this book. It reminded me very much of A Court of Thorns & Roses, with just a hint of Heartless.
— ARC REVIEWER Gabby V., age 15
Emika has nothing – no parents, no money, and soon no place to live. Though she’s an exceptionally talented hacker, no one will hire her since one mistake has given her a criminal record. That is until she accidentally hacks into the Warcross World Finals. She gets whisked out of her life into a new one where everything is wiped clean – but with a catch – or is it a trap? Of all Marie Lu’s stories, this is by far the most exciting, and I can’t wait for the next one!
A thrilling, immersive ride through a series of lies, personal reinventions, and a deadly quest for a privileged life. Jule changes herself at will, to cover up the destruction she has caused in the lives of others. Cunningly written in a reverse timeline of events, the journey back through the evolution of the girl Jule has become is captivating and fast-paced. A suspenseful and diabolical story!
Esther's family has been ruled by fear ever since her grandfather met Death face-to-face and their family was cursed. When an old classmate pickpockets her list of worst nightmares, a quest to face the things that terrify her is put into motion. Quirky, tender, and full of compelling reasons to conquer what scares you, this is a thoughtful but hilarious book about death, anxiety, and love. Absolutely one of the best new books this fall!
This book was such a Fun Read! One thing I loved about it was the elaborate, adventurous aspect of it. Who doesn’t love a good adventure book?! Another aspect that made it for me was the paranormal. I have a love for dragons & the fact that the protagonist had one as a pet really sold it for me! As for the cover, let me tell you, it is one of the most BEAUTIFUL ones I’ve seen this year. It’s why I picked up the book. What a uniquely beautiful story of adventure & sisterhood. Because of some creepy parts, I recommend this book to ages 13 & up.
— Gabby V., Age 15
This is a novel about a 15-year-old writing a novel about how boring her life is. Of course, it's not actually boring because it's personal and real and stuff happens. The "author" says it best: a grown-up might freak about the swearing and drugs and stuff, but really, it shows that we're model citizens most of the time.
This was a refreshing, contemporary book with some lovely dystopian aspects. It is set over the course of one day, the actual day the book comes out: 9/5/17, in New York City! Not only does this story beautifully portray the imminent fear of death hanging over our heads, but also the prospects of friendship. Eighteen-year-old Mateo Torrez sits locked up I his house all day every day, with his intense social anxiety hanging over him like a cloud. His mom died when he was born & his father is in a coma, so he’s all alone when Death-Cast calls him up. Rufus Emeterio is a foster child who started off his “End Day” by making some bad decisions with his best friends. He didn’t know this till Death-Cast give him a call. Mateo & Rufus both end up alone due to their own issues on their End Day, so they decide to try the Last Friend app, where they meet, & they spend their End Day together. They talk about life & death & everything in between as they say their final goodbyes. And feel one last time what it’s like to live. Oh, & don’t worry, even though the title spoils the ending, it’s still like a punch in the gut when it happens! This is a book I couldn’t put down!
— Gab V., Age 15
From award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor comes a new fantasy novel set in modern day Nigeria. Sunny was born and raised in the U.S. for nine years, but now her family has moved back to Nigeria. She is an albino, but there is so much more that makes her special. When a serial killer strikes close to home, she must master her powers and herself, earning her place in the coven with 3 new friends. Brilliantly written and perfect for Harry Potter fans. The sequel, Akata Warrior, comes out in October!
This book: a riddle, a secret, a star, reappeared.
This book: part 1940's fantasy, part literary thriller, part hopeful love story.
This book: about patterns, and how they break, about how we're grounded by things and people, other than ourselves, about how when some things disappear, no amount of anything, can bring them back.
An incredibly diverse cast, each with their own issues to resolve, beautifully blended with a story about standing for kindness and fighting hatred and bullies. A summer friendship, budding romance, “senior year of high school is coming” book with heart, soul, and a unique nature that really sets it apart.
Stranded on his way back from a college music audition, Lance Hendricks just had to get his car fixed, finish up his senior year, go to a great party with his girlfriend, and write his valedictorian speech. But he finds himself mesmerized by a slightly older mysterious girl in town, and is enticed by her friends into all sorts of things. Is he really jumping a train? Drinking shots? And rethinking everything he thought was good and reasonable? Fantastic realistic fiction for guys!
As a longtime Sarah Dessen reader, I eagerly anticipate any new book she writes, ready to head back to the now-familiar locales and characters of her heartfelt novels. Set during a busy wedding season, I was immersed immediately into the world of vows and centerpieces, and into the lives of Louna and her makeshift family, all cynical about love for their own reasons. When the charming but chaos-prone Ambrose enters their lives, everything gets a little less predictable. Grounded by the gravity of the tragic way Louna’s first (and epic) love ended, the book maintains a poignant depth through the seemingly lighthearted world of wedding planning.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Secret Service? Anyone interested in law enforcement will find this memoir captivating. I liked the fast pace and inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at the white house. Great read!
Who doesn’t love a book set in a bookstore? This one is exceptional, with a potential love story years in the making playing out among the shelves of secondhand books. Rachel and Henry were once best friends, but have barely spoken lately, when they find themselves working closely together. Full of hope, grief, and friendship, you’ll root for the characters to figure out what will make for the best ending to their story.
Flora has anterograde amnesia, which means she can’t make any new memories – or can she? When Flora gets her first kiss she definitely remembers it, and that one memory is the start of an exciting new adventure for Flora. While Flora’s parents are away in France with her dying brother, Flora sets out to follow her memory. What happens next is not only life-changing, but will reveal even more about Flora than she ever imagined. With a surprise ending, this is definitely a book to curl up and read in one sitting.
Dimple has big plans: for college, for her career, and for her life. They do not include going to Stanford just to find her IIH (Ideal Indian Husband), as the women in her family hope she will. Rishi, on the other hand, carries the expectations of his family with enthusiasm. Despite their different outlooks on their Indian upbringing, they quickly hit it off when they meet- maybe more so than Dimple is ready for! Sweet, charming and full of heart!
Amber Sands belongs to a family with a long history of people with power (read: magic!). In fact, Amber has her own magic – she’s a matchmaker. Just by looking into a person’s eyes, she can “see” their perfect match. Sometimes good – yes, the person you like is your match - and sometimes bad – no, the person you’re dating is not your match. When the son of the Mayor comes and asks for Amber’s help with his soon-to-be stepmother, who has gone missing, the two of them get swept into a mystery that puts them both at risk, and forms a bond between the two that goes against her own prediction. Funny, and real life (maybe even the magic part?), I read this book in one weekend!
Renée Adieh has done it again! Flame in the Mist is a gorgeous tale set in feudal Japan that has echoes of Mulan and a sweeping epic feel. Even though Mariko knows that she has one duty in life, to marry the man she has been betrothed to, she is not even remotely complacent with that. When her carriage is ambushed by the Black Clan and everyone except her killed, she decides to take action.
Dressed as a boy, she tracks down the Black Clan with the plan to infiltrate their ranks and find out why they would want her dead. But things don’t go exactly as planned, especially with her twin brother (the famed Dragon of Kai) searching for her. Gorgeously written, Adieh has created yet another stunning tale that will captivate readers. Flame in the Mist will appeal to fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Throne of Glass.
Frances Hardinge’s insanely unique, beautiful &creative style is displayed more than ever in this story. In the underground world of Caverna, which subtly resembles Caroll’s Wonderland, craftsmen can create wines that make you lose an unwanted memory, perfumes that cloud the senses, & cheeses that bite back. The upper classes are engaged in a deadly game of wits in which houses rise & fall at the whim of the Grand Steward. No one in Caverna is capable of making facial expressions & must learn each one, expressions designed by the Facesmiths. So, when a child by the name of Neverfell appears in Caverna, the man who finds her hides her face—which displays every emotion she feels. Neverfell is a fascinating character, a perfectly trusting innocent who knows nothing of Cavernan politics or that people, especially the upper classes. She’s so innocent that at first she drove me crazy because she’s the ultimate naïve narrator & you see how everyone takes advantage of that. It was heartbraking to see her cling to Zouelle, & call her friend. Especially when Zouelle (at first) sees her only as a useful tool. But Hardinge’s great accomplishment in this book is her subtle transformation of Neverfell into someone clever, worldly-wise & able to understand (mostly) the political forces drive the city, & yet she’s still sweet & cares for others. She ends up being the driver behind the greatest plot of all & the salvation of many who were oppressed by Cavernan society. All in all, this was a wonderfully colorful book, with a great taste of magic & politics.
Gabby V., age 15
Simon Snow may be the "Chosen One," but he can't seem to get a handle on his powers, his life, or even the whereabouts of his roommate. In their last year at Watford School of Magicks, the tension between Simon and Baz has reached its crescendo right as they need each other most. Should they help each other survive even as they seem fated to be each other's downfall? With an enormous amount of heart, this is the fantasy book you never knew you could love so much.
When Alice buys her best friend a Powerball ticket for his 18th birthday, she never imagines he could win the jackpot. But Teddy does, and when things start to change, Alice fears that their friendship might never be quite what it was. Filled with recognizable teenage worries in these extraordinary circumstances, Jennifer E. Smith is at her best in this story about friendship, first love, grief and the power that money can hold over us.
The most popular Nutmeg Nominee this summer! There used to be twenty-seven boys at St. Edith’s Academy, but over time all but one left, leaving Jeremy the only boy out of 475 students! In desperation, Jeremy pulls a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled so he can go to school with his friends.