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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Win a Chance to Meet Author Sarah J. Maas!

Tickets to see Sarah J. Maas on Wednesday, September 13, at the Lone Tree Arts Center have sold out, but you still have a chance to get in and meet (and have a book personalized by) the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series. Here’s how!

Enter Our Instagram Contest for a Chance to Win!

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Entering the contest is easy! Simply follow @dclcolorado on Instagram; share a photo on your own feed of a #bookstagram featuring one of Sarah’s  books; and then tag @dclcolorado in the post and use the hashtag #SJMatDCL.

Winner receives a free event ticket, including a signed hardcover copy of Tower of Dawn (her new book!), and a guaranteed meeting/photo op with the author herself.

Deadline for entries is Monday, August 28, at 6PM. If you win, you’ll also receive a print of your winning Instagram photo, signed by Sarah J. Maas and mounted for hanging. The winner will be announced Friday, September 1. You could be famous!

 

 

Free Audiobooks: Final Week – SYNC 2017

Don’t miss out on downloading two free audiobooks through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! This is the last week for the program, so be sure to download this week’s releases before the program ends on August 16, 2017.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in this action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep, well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present and future. – Goodreads.com

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”

With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing — though absurdly comic — meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.” – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 15 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. Download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free through August 16, 2017! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys — until the night Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously — and at great risk — documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love and hope that Lina ultimately survives. – Goodreads.com

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In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke

The author was just 17 in 1939 when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. She was just a girl, really; but a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it. This powerful Holocaust story is a must-read.

 

 

Free Audiobooks: Week 14 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. Download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free through August 16, 2017! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan, this is Cinderella meets Memoirs of a Geisha. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, 16-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form — a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince — and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. – Goodreads.com

 

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, be true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious. – Goodreads.com

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