Here are a few new books out this month!
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.
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.
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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Start off your summer with some thrilling new mysteries! Check these out:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Wintersmith 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?
After 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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The new millennium was thrilling, and here are four thrilling books from that year.
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that his uncle, who was also his guardian, has been murdered. The 14-year-old makes one discovery after another until he is sucked into his uncle’s undercover world. The Special Operations Division of MI6, his uncle’s real employer, blackmails the teen into serving England. After two short weeks of training, Alex is equipped with several special toys, like a Game Boy with unique cartridges that allow it to scan, fax, and emit smoke bombs. Alex’s mission is to complete his uncle’s last assignment: to discover the secret that Herod Sayle is hiding behind his generous donation of supercomputers to every school in the country. When Alex enters Sayle’s compound in Port Tallon, he discovers a strange world of secrets and villains, including Mr. Grin, an ex-circus knife catcher, and Yassen Gregorovich, professional hit man.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Hope Yancey and her Aunt Addie, a much-sought-after diner cook, have toured the country one diner at a time. With each move, the teen leaves her mark, “HOPE WAS HERE,” in ballpoint pen somewhere on the premises. Now in Mulhoney, Wisconsin, she has no idea that the residents of this small town will make their mark on her. G.T. Stoop, the Quaker owner of the Welcome Stairways diner, has leukemia, and while the disease can keep him from running the diner he loves, it can’t keep him from running for mayor against a corrupt incumbent. Taking part in his campaign allows Hope to get to know Braverman, a fellow worker at the Welcome Stairways and G.T.’s greatest supporter.
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Evil spirits. Crazy cults. Haunted houses. A series of mysterious deaths. And in the middle of it all, a girl who can “read” objects with just a touch. Welcome to the world Libba Bray created in her Diviners series. If you haven’t read The Diviners, there’s still time to start at the beginning before Lair of Dreams is released on August 25. Continue reading “Series Alert: Lair of Dreams”