Thunderhead- Sequel to Scythe by Neal Shusterman Sneak Peek

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Thunderhead, the sequel to Neal Shusterman’s book Scythe comes out in January and I can’t wait!  Scythe is set in a far off future where people have figured out how to live forever, but unfortunately that can cause some population problems. In order to maintain the population the world employs Scythes, an order of assassins that help maintain it. Each Scythe has a quota every year of how many people they must “Glean” and they are both feared and revered.  Scythe follows the story of Citra and Rowan, two apprentices, but only one will become a Scythe in the end and be forced to Glean the other.

While we still have months to go before we can see the story continue, EW just posted a sneak peek of Thunderhead. Follow the link to read an excerpt!


John Green’s New Book Is out in October!

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Did you know John Green has a new book coming out this October? His new titled is called Turtles All the Way Down and is slated to be released on October 10th. Mark your calendars!

Turtles All the Way Down is about sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Bonus: John Green just posted a reading of the first chapter!


September’s Most Wanted

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A couple of popular authors will be releasing titles this September so make sure you get on the holds list!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Published on September 5th

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


Warcross by Marie Lu
Published September 12th

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game–it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships–only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
Out September 26th

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Enter the Grishaverse… Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns will transport you to lands both familiar and strange–to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Teen Book Review: More Than This

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Book: More Than This by Patrick Ness
Reviewer: Amelia, 12th Grade

More Than This by Patrick Ness, is a Science Fiction book about a future where everyone has moved online to escape the deteriorating world. It is more about a boy and his journey to figure out what is going on around and inside him.
I thought this was a delightful book. It made you think, had well rounded, interesting characters, and managed dystopia while being fresh. My only warning is that the beginning was quite slow. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Science Fiction, anyone who likes watching a puzzle get solved, and anyone who likes to get inside a characters head.

Four and a half out of five stars.

Teen Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

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Book: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Reviewer: Christina W., 9th Grade
4/5 Stars

The title of the book is An Ember in the Ashes. I really liked this book. It has a fast pace and it was hard to put down. It was funny and suspenseful. This book is the first in the series. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I would recommend this book for ages 12 – 17, because it is a mature book and can be a little inappropriate for younger audiences. I would rate this a 4 out of 5 only because I think certain points they dragged out and included unnecessary things. It could have been shorter.

New Teen Books for June

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances–and rivals–can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option–to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Louna’s years working at her mother’s wedding planning business–as well as the tragic end of her first love–have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna’s mind and give her a second chance at love.

Roar by Cora Carmack
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Saints and misfits by S.K. Ali
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O’Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend’s cousin–a holy star in the Muslim community–attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families , thrust in the limelight: She’s gone viral. Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina –written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the 40,000 new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr gifs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL–if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do ?

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city–and to the bookshop–to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side–surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages–they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club , part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks , and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

Want by Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

2017 YALSATeens’ Top 10 Nominees

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YALSA ( Young Adult Library Services Association) have announce the Teens’ Top Ten Award nominees for 2017.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017)  on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

The video above features actors from the upcoming movie version of Everything, Everything announcing the nominees. You can find a printable list of all the nominees here.


If you liked Red Queen…

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If you are a fan of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series try some of these titles next!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to
become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.



An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is a Martial, a student of Blackcliff Academy and a trained killer. Elias wants nothing more to live Blackcliff and live a life without killing. Elias and Laia’s lives soon entangle as the both try to navigate the treacherous hall of Blackcliff.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities



The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom if she can truly trust him.


The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
For four years sixteen-year-old Twylla has lived in the castle of Lormere, the goddess-embodied, whose touch can poison and kill, and hence the Queen’s executioner–but when Prince Merek, her betrothed, who is immune to her touch returns to the kingdom she finds herself caught up in palace intrigues, unsure if she can trust him or the bodyguard who claims to love her.



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.



Pawn by Aimee Carter
Escaping a life of marginalization and misery, Kitty Doe joins the most powerful family in the country, a choice that requires her to assume the identity of the Prime Minister’s niece and stop a rebellion that ended her predecessor’s life.



The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love


New March Teen Titles

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  • Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | Sequel to The Star-Touched Queen 3/23/17
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Page| Book 4 in Dorothy Must Die series
  • The Body Market by Donna Freitas | Sequel to Unplugged-3/28/17
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton| Sequel to Rebel of the Sands
  • Alone by Scott Sigler | Book 3 of the Generations Trilogy
  • Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg| Companion to Openly Straight


Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves 
Highborn magicians known as Luminates rule Europe and have used a Binding spell to restrict the use of magic for only those of noble blood. Enter Anna Arden, a 16-year-old of noble birth who can’t cast spells. However it turns out while she’s can’t wield magic, she can break spells…like the Binding spell the nobles put up to keep the lower cast from using magic. A group of rebels want Anna to cast a spell, but since that would put her life at risk she runs away to Hungary. Unfortunately there is a class war brewing in Hungary as well. Ann must decide whether to play is safe or risk everything to change the world.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
200 years after humans wiped out the powerful Mesarthim in a war so devastating that the city where it took place was said to have vanished and became known only as Weep. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned young librarian raised by monks, is obsessed with Weep and dreams of traveling across a dangerous desert to find it. Almost miraculously, the opportunity comes his way, and Taylor’s story takes shape in Weep itself where, unbeknownst to humans, five “godspawn”-each with a special power-and the ghosts that serve them still endure, waiting to take revenge.



Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Carver Briggs already feels responsible when his three best friends are killed in a car accident after he sent a “Where are you guys?” text message to the driver. Now it seems as though the whole town wants him to be prosecuted, and he’s having debilitating panic attacks. When one friend’s grandmother suggests they pay tribute to the deceased by spending a “goodbye day” swapping stories and doing what he loved, Carver finds a cathartic way to atone for his perceived sins.



Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Yeva, known as Beauty to her beloved family, enjoys the pleasures of her aristocratic life, but is not satisfied by it. Her father loses his fortune in a failed business venture, forcing Yeva and her sisters to move to his remote lodge in the forest. When her father goes missing in the woods, Beauty, an accomplished hunter, goes after him. She soon finds herself the prisoner of a cursed beast who needs Beauty’s skills for his own purposes. Alternately delicate and brutal, this is an evocative retelling that grounds itself within the universal magic of storytelling



The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.



Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Every two years Min is murdered on her birthday, only to wake up the next day with the event never having happened. As Min awaits the next killing on her sixteenth birthday, she decides to take matters into her own hands and unravels a conspiracy greater than she ever imagined.




13 Reasons Why is Coming to Netflix!

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Did you know that Jay Ashers’ book 13 Reasons Why is coming to Netflix.  On March 31st 13 Reasons Why will premiere on Netflix.  Check out the trailer it looks sort of amazing!  According to IMBD the series will be 13 episodes. It looks tragic and chilling.  If you have yet to read 13 Reasons Why go get yourself on the holds list right now!  I highly recommend the audiobook of this one.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.