Pick Two: Geek Meets Geek

Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. They fall in love and it all ends “happily ever after” … after enough misunderstandings and miscommunications to make things interesting, that is. It’s the basic formula, right? But what about when our hero is a total cape-wearing geek, or our heroine is a total fangirl? And the setting? Comic Con. Then things get interesting.

Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Elle Wittimer has a plan: Win the cosplay contest, meet the Federation Prince Carmindor (OK, the actor playing him in the reboot of Starfield, but still), and leave her life of slaving away for her stepmother in the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind. Darien Freeman is thrilled to be playing Federation Prince Carmindor in the Starfield reboot. But he’s less than thrilled about ExcelsiCon, where he’ll be fawned over at meet and greets by rabid Starfield fans, especially the girls, who have already decided he’s just the new heartthrob. But, as a closet nerd, Darien can’t help but hold out hope that he may meet someone who will share his love of Starfield and see him as more than just a handsome face.

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

by Sarvenaz Tash
Eight years ago, Harry Potter brought Graham and Roxy together, and they’ve been best friends ever since, though Graham has secretly been in love with Roxy the whole time. Now, eight years later, they aren’t little kids anymore. Instead of sharing a love for Harry, they love The Chronicles of Althena comics. When the creator of Althena is set to make an appearance at the New York Comic Con, Graham hatches an elaborate plan to finally tell Roxy how he feels. Nothing can go wrong when you’re wearing a cape, right?

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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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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New April Releases

Here are some exciting new YA novels releasing in April 2017:

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Given to the Sea

by Mindy McGinnis
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Political. This is the first in a new fantasy series by the author of The Female of the SpeciesNot a Drop to Drink, and A Madness So Discreet. Told from two teens in an arranged marriage, two siblings of the war-ridden native tribe, and a soldier with a secret. Dive into this world of magic, tradition and intrigue. Release date: April 11, 2017

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The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): LGBTQ+, Realistic Fiction, Humor. Molly is all about loving from afar and has never been loved back. Her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to get over it, but that’s easy for her to say when she is skinny and confident in her sexuality. But then Cassie’s new girlfriend brings along a hipster boy sidekick, just when Molly notices that her new co-worker is the right amount of nerdy. How can someone go from having no prospects to having too many? Release date: April 11, 2017

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Alex and Eliza

by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance. In love with Hamilton: The Musical?  Then read this origin love story about Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. It’s 1777, and Alex and Eliza meet for the first time at the Schuylers’ ball, beginning a love story that alters the course of American history. Release date: April 11, 2017

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Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Suspense. Noemi is a space soldier for the planet Genesis. In the middle of a battle she gets stranded on a floating piece of machinery run by the AI, Abel. Their relationship grows complicated as Abel is forced to submit to Noemi as his commander and aid her as she journeys to save her planet, all while his feelings grow into something more human. Release date: April 4, 2017

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Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Romance. Juliet writes letters to her mother, an investigative international journalist. She continues to write letters, leaving them on her mom’s grave after her unexpected death. Declan reads one of these haunting letters and can’t help but write back. This begins a relationship neither one ever expected — discovering truths that might save them or tear them apart. Release date: April 4, 2017

 

Books for Snowy Days

Whether you are in the ski lodge taking a break from the slopes or cozy at home with some hot chocolate, we’ve got you covered with these snowy-day books.

wintersmithWintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story ever, and draws the attention of the Wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions?

 

 

afterthesnowAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Fifteen-year-old Willo was hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell all.

Along the way, he finds Mary, a starving refugee from the city, whose father is lost. The smart thing would be to leave her alone, but Willo can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if Willo manages to keep Mary safe, what about his family?

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