Free Audiobooks: Week 7 – SYNC 2017 Program

Download two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! 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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Plus One

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge — a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate and brave Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece — a Ray — in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together — a boy the world now tells her she can’t love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, the story is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure.

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If I runIf I Run by Terri Blackstock

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested … or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than Dylan has, but as his damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two theories: The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer … or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in Highlands Ranch


Learn more about volunteer projects available this summer through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) at the next Teen Library Council meeting at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch. We’re meeting on Tuesday, June 13, from 4-5:30 p.m. to hear more about opportunities to get outside and volunteer this summer. VOC offers projects in trail construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, gardening and planting, recreational improvement, and historic preservation.

All teens are welcome! We hope to see you there.

Book Series Worth Binge-Reading

It’s summer, or close enough! Now is the perfect time to start binge-reading a series. These binge-worthy book series will keep you hooked — and reading! — all summer long.


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The Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins

Order: Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, Sweet Temptation

The Angels of the Seven Deadly Sins have children, and this steamy paranormal romance series examines what can happen when the daughter of an angel falls in love with the son of Lust.



The Naturals Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Order: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood

This series has been dubbed “Criminal Minds” with teenagers. A group of teens with natural instincts help the FBI solve crimes, but what do they do when one of their own is the target?



The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Order: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown

A “Bachelor”-style competition is used to find the next future queen amidst a dystopian world war. Then the series continues with the future princess and her search for her prince.



The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Order: The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King

Blue is told that the first boy she kisses will be her true love and he will die within the coming year. Yet she still befriends the Raven Boys and explores the myths surrounding them.



The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Order: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; Only the Good Spy Young; Out of Sight, Out of Time; United We Spy

Join Cammie and her friends as they attend Gallagher Academy, a spy school for girls. Their adventures and lessons lead them through a series of mysteries and dangerous terrorist missions.



The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Order: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless

It’s 17th century London, and the city is filled with ingenuity, steampunk inventions, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and murder. Alexia Tarabotti finds herself in the middle of it all.



The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Order: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter, Stars Above

In these sci-fi fairy tale retellings, Cinder is part cyborg, Scarlet is a spaceship pilot, Cress is locked in a high-flying satellite, and Winter is an alien princess on the brink of insanity.



The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Order: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras

In this world, when you turn 16 you undergo surgery to make you “pretty.” But Tally and a group of rebels aren’t sure they want to be altered by the government anymore.



The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Order: Alanna the First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant

In order to achieve her dream of being a knight, Alanna dresses as a boy for eight years and undergoes rigorous training while trying to conceal her identity.


Got any other suggestions for binge-worthy series? Leave them in the comments below!


SYNC 2017 – Week 6

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

Download this week’s free audiobooks.

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Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him — and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight returns, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

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Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Meet the Beast, before there was Beauty…

Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy’s wretched punishment: He is turned into a beast, a curse to be undone only by the love of a woman.

Thus begins Orasmyn’s journey through the exotic Middle East and sensuous France as he struggles to learn the way of the beast, while also preserving the mind of the man. This is the story of his search, not only for a woman courageous enough to love him, but also for his own redemption.


6 YA Books to Read Before Watching the Adaptation

These YA books are currently on-screen or coming to a screen near you. Read the book before watching the movie/TV show!


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Movie Released on May 19

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Movie Released on March 3

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Netflix TV Show Released on March 31

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Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

CW TV Show Released on April 18



Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Movie Title: Ashes in the Snow

Release Date: Late 2017

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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

Movie Release Date: December 6

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