No matter how busy the library gets one thing never changes, NEW books. Here some highlights from some of the library's recent acquisitions:
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Fantasy)
The 4th book in the ever so popular Throne of Glass series. If you're a lover of fantasy and kick butt female assassins definitely pick this series up!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)
The second book in this fantastic duology, follow this band of misfits as they compete to pull off this crazy heist-ala Ocean's Eleven style!
What Light by Jay Asher (Contemporary, Romance)
The long anticipated new book from the author of Thirteen Reasons Why, a romance set against the backdrop of a Christmas tree farm.
The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (Mystery)
If you are looking for something with a little more mystery, look no further than this beauty. A murder, a mysterious cult and a confession.
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Fantasy)
If you devoured the Ms. Peregrine's series and what want some creepy fiction from the same world, look no further!
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (Non-Fiction)
Manga, Cosplay and Feminism? Yes please, if you are a geek girl (or guy) in life or at heart check this book out!
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills (Contemporary)
Set against the back drop 9/11, this powerful story highlights a friendship between two girl in the wake of such tragedy.
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (Mystery)
Another perfect pick for fangirls/guys, a mystery told in with comics. Definitely give this one a try.
Dumplin by Julie Murphy
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Splintered by A.G. Howard
A great urban fantasy in the vain of a Tim Burton film. A atmospheric setting and weird, kooky characters that work well will the mythical setting. I highly recommend it!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
A sweet, modern romance with a twist. Written very well and well paced with very strong, dynamic characters. High Recommend!
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
If you read the first novel in this duology I recommend reading this one as well! Revolution of Ivy may not be AS fast paced or engaging as the first novel, but it still is a great Dystopian read. If you like The Hunger Games, this duology may work for you!
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
A very strong, impactful read about two teenagers coming together as "suicide partners" and how their relationship informs their reasons for wanting to die. Not a happy topic, but worth a read. Really amazing!
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
A fascinating look at a religious cult from a young girl's point of view. A quick, short read. While not my favorite read of 2015, the writing was quite nice and if you are interested about this topic than pick this up!
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
After the sudden death of her boyfriend, Quinn tracks down the boy who was given his heart after his death. A quiet romance about letting go and moving on. Highly Recommend!
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
After the disappearance of her beloved boyhood friend and crush, Emmy as well as the remainder of the small California town where she lives must move on from such a faceless tragedy. But, when Oliver returns suddenly, wounds reopen. If you ever felt lonely, misunderstood and marred by circumstances beyond your control this story may be for you. A great read, highly recommend!
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Plan to read this book in one setting. It is an extremely easy read and you will be captivated. It is a heart-breaking story but beautifully written. Yes, it is graphic. VERY graphic. But unfortunately, it is also a very realistic story for many. The global sex trade affects hundreds of thousands each year. If you can handle disturbing and graphic, then please give this book a try. Lakshima's story is so haunting and heart-wrenching but such a great read.
The Heir by Keira Cass
I wasn't prepared to like the Selection series but once the kids bugged me into trying them, I was pleasantly enthralled. So I was rather excited to read The Heir. This time I wasn't so happy. Eadlyn is a future queen with an ego... ok I get it. But really the entire book was just passage after passage of the protagonist whining and complaining about the unfairness of her life. At least there are a few selected boys that make this book worth reading. Also, it is super predictable. From the beginning, as soon as she started fighting with Kyle, I instantly knew his name would be pulled. Cass should have stopped after book 3 or else spent more time getting this one right.
Shingaling by R.J. Palacio
A companion to Wonder, this is Charlotte's tale. If you're a huge Auggie fan and want to read more about him, the book will be a huge disappointment to you. He is barely present. If you don't mind a short book set in the same world, it's pretty interesting. It's not the most profound, in-depth book you will ever read but I found it interesting to read the events in Wonder through a new perspective.
Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Good. Great even. But I dont love it nearly as much as Maze Runner. I really missed the huge mystery and the suspense of the monsters in the maze. It's great as a survival story, but not really that great at explaining all the mysteries of Wicked. If you're hoping Scorch Trials will answer all your lingering questions from Maze Runner you will be disappointed. I am really hoping everything is wrapped up in book 3.
This time, there is a group of girls, too... and they've been instructed to kill the boys. The boys have a lengthy journey through the scorching heat with multiple obstacles. How many will make it to safety at the end?
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I.really.don't.like.this.book. No,. I'm not into nature or biographies but the blurb looks fascinating. I mean how cool must a guy be to give $20k to charity, abandon his possessions, and walk into the Alaskan wilderness. I got about half way through thinking the book was ok, not my type, but at least a 3 star (giving it the benefit of the doubt). Then, the author kept going back and forth in some indiscernible manner instead of chronologically. By the last quarter of the book, I kept hoping that each new chapter would be the last, but there was always more. And more. And I just wanted it to end. The only good thing about this book is that it worked wonders at putting me to sleep, especially when the author gets off McCandless and starts babbling about himself and other people who had made similar "adventures". Seriously, who goes off like that with NO reasonable preparations!? UGH!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Love it. LOVE the pics. My favorite thing about this book is its uniqueness. I didn't feel like I was just the same book over again with different characters. It's very quirky. Don't judge a book by its cover. This book comes across as a creepy, supernatural horror. It's just a little creepy but nowhere even close to scary. It's beautiful. I think the pictures and text work well together is this book.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Good, but it didn't quite have the pizzazz of the first book. While it still included some pretty cool n creepy photographs, a lot of the plot seemed very forced to make it fit around them. There were several characters and extra plot lines that didnt seem to flow at all. The only purpose seemed to be to showcase a photograph the author liked a lot.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The ultimate classic about censorship and forbidden books. Does a "fireman" burning houses that contain books really so unbelievable when books are banned from libraries every single day for things like "too dark" "talking animals" or "bad grammar" and "elaborate fantasy worlds"?
I love dystopians and I love this book. The only reason it's not a 5-star is that since it was written so long ago, the language is rather dated and made parts of it difficult to read. The fact that part of the reason the world became the way it dead was because many people had stopped reading in favor of video games, tv, and other entertainment. The book could have been written yesterday and still been relevant. Everyone is "plugged in" and everything in the world has become watered down to nothing so NOBODY could possibly be offended.
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Once upon a time an angel and a demon fell in love. It didn't end well. I LOVE this book. Just finished reading it for the second time. The second time around I listened to the audio version which was masterfully done. The intrigue, the mystery of the teeth, the captivating story line, all come together make to make a fantastic read. Unlike many other paranormal books, this book is also very well written. I love the way she crafts sentences in such an artistic and beautiful way.
Another Day by David Levithan
Another Day is the twin/companion novel to Every Day, a book about a person who wakes up every day in a different body. This book is the same story told from the viewpoint of Rhiannon. This book nearly got a 2 or 3 star rating because I kept getting so annoyed with Rhiannon and the crap she put up with from her worthless boyfriend. But, I felt that was very unfair. The writing is great, the story line is interesting. I enjoyed hearing the story again from a different view point.
Yes, Rhiannon was whiny. Yes, she was all "poor pitiful me". Yes, she took too much verbal abuse from her beloved Justin. Yes, she complained about her life at home a LOT. But, I dont think that is necessarily "unrealistic" as some reviewers have said. No, not all teens are like that... but some ARE!
It gave me a whole new perspective on Rhiannon's life -- how much her friends tried to help her, how her parents were, etc. As far as recommendations go, I'd say if you enjoyed or were at least fascinated by Every Day, you will enjoy it. The book says it is a standalone and can be read by itself, but I dont think it works that well alone. I think you need to read Every Day first to truly understand and appreciate the complexity of this book.
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
It's hard to explain why I didn't care for this book. I think it was just mainly so NOT my type of book. The two characters are Andi, a basketball-obsessed London girl and Bernardo, her 8 foot tall brother from the Philippines. The "tall" part of the title is not only about Bernardo's impressive 8 feet but also the tall tale story interspersed with the contemporary style.
The mixed style of the story didn't capture me, the plot line never did either. The characters never did evoke enough empathy from me to get me into the book. I cant say it was written badly but I just could never completely immerse myself
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
I LOVED Dumplin! One of my favorite contemporaries of the year! Willowdeen reminds a lot of the way I was in high school. She is very body positive (which most teens are not) and was really unique in scope to most teenagers I know. I have never seen a book character quite like her. I also really enjoyed the beauty pageant element and how it brought so many different types of people for a common goal. So if you like unique stories featuring overweight characters, romance and stories set in the south, you should really enjoy this!
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
I'm pretty new to graphic novels, so not sure how much my opinion is worth. It was beautifully drawn and a somewhat lovely story. But as some other reviews pointed out, much of the content was about about much older teens or adult issues, and both characters seemed much too young. Rose was a brat but I think her feelings toward her mother wasnt that unrealistic. She didn't know about her mom's "problem". She just knew that her mom wasn't much fun on the vacation. The older teen characters were just trashy. I thought the adults were realistic but who cares about the adults in a YA.
Maus Volume #1 by Art Speigelman
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I didn't really take the time to fully appreciate the artwork. But, this story is a great way to read about the horrors of the Holocaust in a format that helps soften the blow. It's still sad, and I am glad there is a sequel because the book ended rather suddenly and felt like there should be more.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
5 Stars! 10 Stars! 100! Can I say I love this book? I always have, but I just re-read it and loved it even more!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cyborg Cinderella? Yes, Please! Did I know I liked books about cyborgs, androids, and royalty? Nope. But I do now. This book was refreshing and enjoyable!
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Awesome. I found it more intriguing than Speak. The characters made me want to keep reading because I was fascinated.
Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Page #: 320
Subjects/Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster (Goodreads)
This debut novel is a great contemporary read in the vein of "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell. This novel has a beautiful artistic images throughout that perfectly illustrate the evolution of Madeleine's mood. If you like realistic contemporary, stories about families and romance I would check this book out!