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January 2014

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January 2014

Our January roundup includes several books that we've all been looking forward to! We have HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson, a thought-provoking civil rights era memoir told through 50 inspiring poems; EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, the conclusion to the Everneath trilogy where Nikki, Jack and Cole try to destroy the underworld once and for all; and the first book in Chris Lynch's new World War II series, THE RIGHT FIGHT.

Among the paperbacks released this month we have THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab, a thriller where the dead rest on shelves like books, and only Librarians can read their stories; and THE LAST GUARDIAN, the final installment of Eoin Colfer's beloved Artemis Fowl series.
A Breath of Frost: The Lovegrove Inheritance by Alyxandra Harvey - Fiction


A thrilling, breathtaking new series from fan-favorite author Alyxandra Harvey about young witches in Regency London.

Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy, Book Two by Mark Frost - Adventure


After exposing the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights' shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what's going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill -


A new novel about following your dreams . . . and finding your heart from the author of MEANT TO BE.

Defy by Sara B. Larson - Young Adult Fantasy


A lush and gorgeously written debut packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Diamonds & Deceit (At Somerton) by Leila Rasheed - Historical Fiction


The colorful cast of the AT SOMERTON series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge. Rose still feels like a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk, and only the young Scottish duke Alexander Ross trearts her like a friend. She knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late. Meanwhile, Ada engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education, but still feels hollow inside, and Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him

Enders by Lissa Price - Science Fiction


Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael --- teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations --- Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves

Game Slaves by Mr. Gard Skinner - Science Fiction


Phoenix and his gang—York, Mi, and Reno—rule the worlds of video games. For them, life in the grinder is great. Until Dakota joins the team. Dakota's convinced she's more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she's real, and she wants out of this programmable world. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code?

Independent Study: The Testing, Book Two by Joelle Charbonneau - Dystopian Fiction


In the second book of The Testing series, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City. Though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her --- and her loved ones --- in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch -


Two teens discover the true danger of love in this gripping novel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale - Mystery


A quiet town like Friendship, Wisconsin, keeps most of its secrets buried . . . but when local teen Ruth Fried is found murdered in a cornfield, her best friend, Kippy Bushman, decides to uncover the truth and catch the killer. But Kippy soon discovers, if you want to dig up the truth, your hands have to get a little dirty, don'tcha know.

Passionaries by Tonya Hurley -


Three modern-day teens have been reincarnated as saints --- or so they’ve been told. This dark, thrilling follow-up to PRECIOUS BLOOD blends the gritty with the miraculous.

Phoenix Island by John Dixon - Fiction


When sixteen-year-old boxing champion Carl Freeman is sent to an isolated boot camp for orphans, he’s determined to tough it out, earn a clean record, and get on with his life. Instead, he soon realizes Phoenix Island is actually a Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway children” into killers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.

Promise Bound: Lies Beneath, Book Three by Anne Greenwood Brown - Fiction

Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder's adoptive mother, she's been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she's been dreaming as if she were Nadia!

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson - Fiction


Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since Iraq. Now they are staying in one place so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps she can have a normal life, put aside her own pain, even have a relationship. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher - Thriller


Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that night? Before he's convicted, Emily must find out the truth. To expose the lies that will exonerate her dad, she's got to survive one last desperate night in THE KILLING WOODS.

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher - Historical Fiction


Nicolo Zen is all alone in 1700s Venice, save for his clarinet, which a mysterious magician had enchanted, allowing its first player to perform expertly. Soon Nicolo is a famous virtuoso, wealthy beyond his dreams, but he can't stop wondering if he earned the success himself --- or what might happen if the spell were removed.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds - Realistic Fiction


In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head --- even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

World War II Book 1: The Right Fight by Chris Lynch - Historical Fiction


Roman loves his country even more than baseball, so when the United States joins World War II, he gives up baseball and joins the US Army. As it turns out, he is far more talented with a tank. The North African terrain is completely foreign, and desert warfare proves brutal. As Roman drives his team deeper into disputed territory, it becomes clear that life in wartime is a whole new ball game.

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond - Romance


Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone that what she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson --- who she also happens to be madly in love with. When Axi impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out-of-control.

Going Rogue: An Also Known As Novel by Robin Benway - Fiction


Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger.

How I Discovered Poetry Written by Marilyn Nelson illustrated by Hadley Hooper - Memoir


A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America’s most celebrated poets. Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems.

Vitro by Jessica Khoury - Fiction


On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings --- the Vitros --- have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. In a race for her life, Sophie is about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

Avalon by Mindee Arnett -


For fans of Joss Whedon’s cult classic television show FIREFLY comes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, about a group of teenage mercenaries who stumble upon a conspiracy that threatens the entire galaxy.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle - Fiction


Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical. But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects. Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky - Memoir


Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. In HIDDEN GIRL, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely -


A fearless debut novel about the restorative power of truth and love after the trauma of abuse.

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters - Fiction


One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Soon --- as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends --- he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection.

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos - Social Issues


To describe himself in his college application essay Harry Jones goes way beyond the word limit. The first defining moment: neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm and the tree was struck, badly burning Harry. The second defining moment: the charismatic Johnny suggested that they start a band. Harry found something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. 

The Witch is Back by Brittany Geragotelis -


When two gorgeous, popular witches clash over a man, it’s magical mayhem in this conclusion to the Life’s a Witch trilogy!

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller -


Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist --- a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey - Fiction
Paul has always followed the Protector's rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he'd help spirits lingering after death find peace. Vivienne never does what she's told. So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and a power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Romance


Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him and free her people from his tyranny. But on her 17th birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected --- particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy --- who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

Divided We Fall Book 1 by Trent Reedy - Fiction


From the author of WORDS IN THE DUST: an action-packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future.

Her Dark Curiosity: Madman's Daughter, Book Two by Megan Shepherd - Horror


Back in London after her trip to Dr. Moreau's horrific island, Juliet is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget her father's legacy. But soon it's clear that someone --- or something --- hasn't forgotten her, as people close to Juliet start falling victim to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes. Has one of her father's creations also escaped the island?

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi - Fiction


The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do --- and they are just as determined to stay together. In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore - Historical Fiction


Both Lady Charlotte Edmonds and kitchen maid Janie Seward are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives forever.

No Place by Todd Strasser -


When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

Tales From My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses - Fiction


Told in alternating voices, TALES FROM MY CLOSET follows the stories of high school kids who have nothing in common --- and everything in common. They're at war with each other, but through their clothes, they reveal and conceal themselves and make peace with what it means to be a teen. Over the course of a school year, their individual struggles and successes come together to tell a story that's funny, honest, and all-girl fabulous.

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl written by Esther Earl, Lori Earl and Wayne Earl , introduction by John Green - Memoir


THIS STAR WON'T GO OUT is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS to her.

Timestorm:Tempest, Book 3 by Julie Cross - Fiction


The battle between the Tempest Division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in TIMESTORM --- the final installment of Julie Cross's Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson Meyer once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan - Fiction


Davy had everything --- a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard --- but when her genetic tests brand her as a killer, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school and avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other "carriers" who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.

Minders by Michele Jaffe - Fiction


Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard - Fiction


When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne -


When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book. Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety… but fear of her finding out their secret?

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer - Fantasy/Adventure


The final installment in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series has arrived, and even boy genius Artemis is at a loss on how to save the day. His archnemesis Opal Koboi has finally figured out a plan for world domination, and this time she has accounted for every possibility.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab -

Each body has a story to tell that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping Histories from waking up and getting out.

The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski - Fiction


Rachel Lee already has a loser-ish repurtation --- and it's not helped when she has to work at her mom's new house-cleaning business and clean the bathrooms of the most popular kids in eighth grade. But her new job has surprising perks: enough dirt on the in-crowd to fill up her (until recently) boring diary. She never intended to reveal her secrets, but when the hottest guy in school pays her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel decides to get her hands dirty.

The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe - Dystopian


A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn's small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they realize there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine.