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.
Every other year, Min is murdered on her birthday - and wakes up uninjured the next day. This year she is taking matters into her own hands. But who can she trust? Not her doctor, not the principal, maybe not her own mother. Tack? Noah? Each discovery hints at an ever larger conspiracy in this fast-paced thriller.
Can a novel about schizophrenia be an enjoyable, even funny, read? Calvin is being spoken to by a giant version of Hobbes, the tiger from his favorite comic strip. Calvin's seemingly impossible quest will have you rooting for him as he tries to take back ownership of his life.
Just another retelling of Sleeping Beauty? Think again.
This tale-of-two-sisters story also weaves a tapestry of dark and light, chaos and peace, dreaming and reality: dichotomies reminiscing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You see, this YA novel not only twists the Sleeping Beauty we know, but offers themes from Lewis Carroll’s classic. Within it’s pages, Spindle Fire gathers up the vivid characters, and casts them across the rich landscape in a graceful narrative of the universality of loneliness, sisterly-love and the journey to self-affirmation.
A book about being yourself, especially if you are a girl obsessed with science fiction? Yes please! Fresh, fun, charming retelling of Cinderella just for fangirls with wonderfully human characters, great storytelling and fun little details. I kind of want the fictional show Starfield to exist! I devoured this book in one sitting, loved it!
If you can identify random, unexplained references to a variety of fandoms including Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr. Who and more - this book is totally for you!
Four fans invite a young famous actor on a cross-country road trip, never thinking he’d accept. Best selling author Chris Colfer takes you on a journey of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.
A stunning and timely debut novel. What I loved most about this book was the humanity on every single page. I found myself laughing just as much as I found myself tearing up or feeling angry. The story is important and the characters are beautifully written.
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. She lives in a rough area surrounded by gang lords, drugs, guns and violence. She goes to school an hour away where she is one of only a few black students. When she witnesses her childhood friend killed by a police officer, Starr's struggle to keep her two selves separate starts to fall apart.
A coming of age novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, The Hate U Give is an important book that everyone should read.
What do you do if all of your friends have hit puberty, but you haven’t? Well, if you’re Jack Sprigley, you fake it! Jack, the former star of a reality show, is the quick-thinking, fast-talking, joke-cracking hero of Spurt, which is a very funny and frequently touching story about the difficulties of growing up and fitting in.
Fans of Greek Mythology, listen up! Bull is the next book you should pick up. I’m not kidding, pick it up! It has all the Greek Mythology goodness that you know and love: meddling Gods, corrupt Kings, monsters, and some pretty twisted plot lines. Have you picked it up yet? This retelling of the myth of the Minotaur is unlike anything I have ever read before. Done completely in verse, Elliot is able to capture each character perfectly in their own unique style of poetry. Amazing!
Media has become a central issue, positive and negative, in every teen’s life. In all parts of their lives they are tracked, but where is the line drawn between security and privacy? When does the threat of cyber bullying outweigh the privacy of a student walking in a mall? Read this fascinating book to find out information you need to know!