New in January 2017, Vol. 2

Here are five more exciting titles to kick off 2017!

 

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

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A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender. Women rule the East, and men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Violet’s not only angry, but she’s a prisoner in her own nation, and she’s been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life — to enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive, but abiding by rules has never been Violet’s strong suit. When she’s thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom, including love. In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive.

 

 

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

darkstarAudrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human — something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: Her mom doesn’t fight crime at all, but rather Harrowers — livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago, until some managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had, including the ability to glimpse the future through the memories of those she gets close to. And when an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself that may be the key to saving herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything — and everyone — she loves.

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 

carvethemarkOn a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of a brutal tyrant who exploits her currentgift, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: She is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from a peace-loving nation, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though Akos is protected by his unusual currentgift, his brother is not, and once both are captured by enemy soldiers, Akos becomes desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other survive — or destroy one another.

 

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

lifeinafishbowlFifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone are her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and her newfound infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be … gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

 

 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

underroseAt 17, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship grows deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good — or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

New This Month: January 2017

Check out these brand-new titles!

 

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (book two of the Passenger series)

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All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut. Instead, she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. Alone in an unknown place and time, Etta is exposed to threats from two groups that would like to see her dead. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—a man who has long been presumed dead and whose dangerous alliance with someone from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. Will time run out for Etta and those seeking to help her?

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

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Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, 16-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking — all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: Falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly realizes that falling in love isn’t always a choice you make.

 

 

 

 

 

The Runaway by Kate O’Hearn (book two of the Valkyrie series)

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Fourteen-year-old Freya is a Valkyrie: a Norse goddess, a reaper of souls from human battlefields. She has the power to cause death with just one touch. But Freya has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans, not to reap their souls. Now she must go to the World of Man again on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend. There she will discover a dark secret and new enemies. But this time she has friends to rely on and lots more to gain, like creating a new Valkyrie legend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Science Fiction: Dystopia

Have you finished all the Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, Matched, Legend, Uglies, and 5th Wave books?

Here are five hidden gems in the dystopian fiction world that you will love!

 

knifeThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden, a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

 

 

 

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly — but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life — and soon both heretics and books will burn.

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 1999

Check out these four great books published in 1999.

endersshadowEnder’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

Resisting the temptation to rewrite his successful 1985 child-warrior saga, Ender’s Game, Card instead offers a parallel yarn, told from the point of view of Ender Wiggin’s lieutenant, Bean. As a 2-year-old starving on the streets of Rotterdam, supergenius Bean survives by civilizing the merciless street gangs and bullies around him, but he can’t prevent his greatest enemy, Achilles, from murdering his only friend, Poke. Recognizing Bean’s extraordinary abilities, recruiter Sister Carlotta sends him to Battle School. There, aboard an orbiting space station, exceptional children like Bean learn the military skills necessary to fight the insect-like alien Buggers. Though handicapped by his doll-like stature, Bean nevertheless excels in war games, but he doesn’t understand the legendary Ender Wiggin’s ability to inspire loyalty and devotion. Bean puts together his own team of rejects and misfits, and commanded by Ender, they’re invincible. But the pressure steadily increases on the children, with ever more frequent battle games and increasingly complex scenarios. Bean alone figures out that these battles aren’t computer simulations but the real thing, conducted by instantaneous communicator. If they lose, the human species will perish.

 

chinesecinderellaChinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

This riveting memoir details a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s. A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, the prizes are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

 

 

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 1998

Born in 1998? Try reading one of these books, all published the year you were born.

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In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Colorado by G.A. Henty

Packed with adventure — from gold mining, to running the unexplored Colorado River rapids, to surviving a mountain winter with nothing but ingenuity, resourcefulness and perseverance — this story follows Tom Wade as he goes west as a boy and returns as a man. Revealing the rugged character demanded of mountain men by their environment and times, this book describes the challenges of the American West, a part of our heritage that helped make our country great.

 

 

 

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The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood

High jinks and high adventure fill every page of this exciting, panoramic novel set in Shakespeare’s time. Widge, the hero, is a young orphan indentured to a cold, unscrupulous master because the young boy has a special talent — the ability to write a secret shorthand. The master is bent on getting hold of the script of Hamlet at any cost, so it becomes Widge’s task to transcribe it … or else. This picaresque tale follows Widge as he hightails his way into the very heart of the Globe Theatre and Shakespeare’s company of players. As full of twists as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, drama and chuckles. Swordplay and wordplay share the stage with pure fun, all of which will keep readers rapt to the final scene.

 

 

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