New Books Released in August

Here are a few new books out this month!

The Special Ones

by Em Bailey

Esther is one of the Special Ones — four teens who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are — all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special. And yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

The Way It Hurts

by Patty Blount

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town … until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program — and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off Kristen’s performance, and he snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online — they follow them into real life.

The Wood

by Chelsea Bobulski

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister — torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

 

 

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New Books Now Available at DCL

Here are just a few of the many new books available at Douglas County Libraries this month.

Midnight at the Electric

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The lives of Adri, Catherine and Lenore are intertwined, but not in the way one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930’s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.

The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy’s #2)

by Scott Cawthon
It’s been a year since the horrific events at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlie is just trying to move on. Even with the excitement of a new school and a fresh start, she’s still haunted by nightmares of a masked murderer and four gruesome animatronic puppets. Charlie thinks her ordeal is over, but when a series of bodies are discovered near her school bearing wounds that are disturbingly familiar she finds herself drawn back into the world of her father’s frightening creations. Something twisted is hunting Charlie, and this time if it finds her, it’s not letting her go.

The Hundredth Queen

by Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 18-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s 99 wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik. Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death — and her growing affection for Deven — Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Generation One

by Pittacus Lore
It has been one year since the breathtaking events of United as One — and our world will never be the same. The invasion of Earth was thwarted by our alien allies known as the Garde. But in doing so, they unleashed their Loric energy and it spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible abilities — Legacies of their own. As the world tries to figure out how best to deal with the emergence of these powerful and potentially dangerous individuals, the Garde allies have come up with their own solution. They’ve created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and, hopefully, one day help mankind. But that day may come sooner than any of them ever imagined.

Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)

by Kiersten White

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, terrorizing the land, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, or even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople — and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence — but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself — but if he fails in Constantinople, Mehmed may never forgive him.

 

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Fiction Feature: Genies

These captivating books about genies are magical—and they’re perfect for fantasy readers wishing for something new!

Exquisite Captive

by Heather Demetrios

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome but cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—but for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia, whose enemies are on the hunt. There’s just one catch: For Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay. But how far is she willing to go for it?

Rebel of the Sands

by Alwyn Hamilton

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that, somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she never would have predicted falling in love with him, or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Castle in the Air

by Diana Wynne Jones

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

That very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden. There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched away from under his very nose by a wicked djinn. With only the magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess.

 

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Fiction Feature: New Mysteries

Start off your summer with some thrilling new mysteries! Check these out:

The Pearl Thief

by Elizabeth Wein

When 15-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julia grows closer to this family, she experiences firsthand some of the prejudices they’ve grown accustomed to, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Julia’s memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julia must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.

One of Us Is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive, and according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right?  What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Firebrand (Alternative Detective #2)

by A.J. Hartley

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. When government plans for a secret weapon are stolen, their investigation leads right to the doorsteps of the city’s super-exclusive social club, Elitus. Ang has a chance to catch the thief, but only if she can pass for a foreign princess. Her best chance to learn the ways of royalty lies in the aloof Dahria Willinghouse and the intense Madame Nahreem, a woman possessing high standards and unusual pets.

Yet Ang has other things on her mind. Refugees from the north are trickling into the city, but an ambitious politician is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them. She soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

by Steven Moffat
Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time … all over again!

The Disappearances

by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: Vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother, Miles, are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home — and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own, a place where the experiences that weave life together — scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream — vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But residents of Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible, and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

Books for ‘X-Files’ Fans

If you’re attracted to stories about the strange and unexplained, give these titles a shot — they’re perfect for X-Files fans!

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Agent of Chaos

by Kami Garcia
In the spring of 1979, 17-year-old Fox Mulder is the new senior in high school — his father’s way of trying to help the family move on after the disappearance of Mulder’s little sister. But when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can’t stop himself from getting involved, and he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.

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Devil’s Advocate

by Jonathan Maberry
In the spring of 1979, 15-year-old Dana Scully is the new girl at school in Craiger, Maryland. But worse than that, her dreams — some of which, in the past, came true — have become more vivid and disturbing, and are haunted by a shadowy figure that could be an angel, or the devil. When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears in Dana’s dreams, she begins to investigate, uncovering more suspicious deaths. With the evidence mounting, she must face the dangerous knowledge that evil is real.

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Meteor Men (Graphic Novel)

by Jeff Parker
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more — the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden save humanity from oblivion?

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The Taking

by Kimberly Derting

When 16-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed, yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. She turns to Austin’s kid brother, Tyler. As they retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and to reclaim the life she once had. But what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Adaptation

by Malinda Lo

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the U.S. government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner, and longtime crush, David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are, or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

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We Are the Ants

by Shaun Hutchinson

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t. Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and she’s coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was 13, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.