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  • In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures-if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live. All Mallory knows of The City is that her father-and every other witch there-fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls. From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder , comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.- Marr's latest title combines gladiator-like games, a strict caste system, and magical feuds between witches and daimons. Seventeen-year-old Mallory has been raised in our human world by her adoptive father, the powerful witch Adam her mother abandoned the family long ago. Adam and Mallory are constantly on the run, staying one step ahead of the daimons she's been trained to fight. Then stunningly attractive daimonKaleb shows up and whisks Mallory away to another world, where young men and women fight to the death for the right to help rule the City. Here Mallory learns hard truths about her true parentage, and Marr sets the stage for at least one more title. There's a lot of stage to set, and historical explanation is balanced with action-filled battle and magic scenes. Binding circles, handfasting, and teen prostitutes of both genders are plentiful. The fast pace, feisty female warriors, and themes of social justice bear more than a small resemblance to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, but Marr's many fans from the Wicked Lovely series won't be disappointed.
  • Seventeen-year-old Ginny had always admired her aunt Peg, a free-spirited artist who often disappeared for months, most recently to Europe. Now Aunt Peg has died of brain cancer, and in a characteristically cryptic gesture made before her death, she arranged for her niece to receive a plane ticket to London, a set of four rules, and 13 sealed envelopes with instructions to open one envelope upon her arrival at each location. With her oversized green and purple bag, Ginny begins a rapid tour of Europe, Through London, Amsterdam, Scotland, Rome, Greece, and Paris. Staying with Peg's contacts or in hostels, Ginny begins to peel away some of the mythic layers surrounding her aunt, even as she falls into thrilling escapades and a blossoming romance. As she struggles to accomplish the tasks established by her aunt. Ginny not only begins to understand her Aunt’s wanderlust but she also learns much about herself.
  • Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
  • Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the most talented result of Earth's desperate quest to create the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Is Ender the general Earth needs? The only way to find out is to throw the child into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast. But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Formics has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
  • In the start of a new trilogy, Crossan explores a dystopian world in which oxygen is a rare commodity, strictly controlled by the government of a domed city that houses much of the world's diminished population. Sixteen-year-old Quinn, a wealthy Premium, and his best friend Bea, one of the city's many underprivileged Auxiliaries, are about to embark on a camping trip outside the pod when they meet Alina, part of a band of rebels dedicated to replanting trees and restoring the oxygen-rich atmosphere of generations past. As the three work to stay alive in the deadly outside world, their fragile bond is threatened as tensions rise to the point of all-out war and revolution. In a postapocalyptic world in which oxygen levels are dangerously low and vegetation has died off, the Pod houses survivors of the Switch. Quinn is a Premium; his father's position as a director at Breathe affords him many luxuries, if not his parents' love, including enough oxygen tanks to exercise. Bea, his best friend and budding love interest, is a smart Auxiliary who lives in poverty on a limited air supply. Alina is a member of the Resistance, which is plotting against the Pod Ministry. Together, the teens escape to the Outlands and discover a hidden enclave called the Grove, where trees are being grown and resisters are learning to breathe on reduced oxygen levels.
  • When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. He's also a washed-up child prodigy with ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a passion for anagrams, and an overweight, Judge Judy-obsessed best friend. Colin's on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, transform him from a fading prodigy into a true genius, and finally win him the girl. Letting expectations go and allowing love in are at the heart of Colin's hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.
  • Series and Spinoff (golden Lilly)
  • For nearly 40 years, the treaty between the humans of Goredd and the dragons of dragonkind has held strong. Humans must not enter dragonkind territory and dragons, upon entering human lands, must take their human shape, or saarantrai. In Goredd, Seraphina's human father, a high offical, needs her to stay anonymous. The dark secret that she must hide is that her mother was a dragon. Because of her musical talents, Seraphina becomes Goredd's music assistant, helping prepare for the anniversary celebration. Layers of clothing disguise the scales on her arms and stomach, but unlike dragons, her blood runs red, not silver. Also, to keep from having fainting spells in which she relives her deceased mother's experiences, Seraphina must clear her head each night. She calls the figures in her vision grotesques, and each night, she must ensure all is calm in her mind-garden. When the decapitated body of Prince Rufus is found just days before the anniversary festivities, many humans are quick to accuse a dragon of breaking the pact. Seraphina's grotesques begin acting strangely, and the whole court is investigating the murder. When the celebrations are in full swing, all hell breaks loose as the rogue dragon that killed the prince enters Goredd in his dragon form and attempts to take control. Seraphina must risk revealing her true identity (and that of her fellow hybrids) in an attempt to save the kingdom. Hartman creates a rich story layered with intriguing characters and descriptive settings.- Hartman proves dragons are still fascinating in this impressive high fantasy. After 40 years of peace between human and dragon kingdoms, their much-maligned treaty is on the verge of collapse. Tensions are already high with an influx of dragons, reluctantly shifted to human forms, arriving for their ruler ArdmagarComonot's anniversary. But when Prince Rufus is found murdered in the fashion of dragons that is, his head has been bitten off things reach a fever pitch. Seraphina, a gifted court musician, wants only to go unnoticed as the investigation draws close: she is the unthinkable, a human-dragon half-breed, and her secret must be protected. But when Prince Lucian Kiggs asks for her help with the murder investigation, she has no choice but to become involved, even if Kiggs' acute perceptiveness is a danger to her. Equal parts political thriller, murder mystery, bittersweet romance, and coming-of-age story, this is an uncommonly good fantasy centered upon an odd but lovable heroine who narrates in a well-educated diction with an understated, flippant tone. Fantasy readers young and old who appreciate immersion into a rich new culture will not mind the novel's slow build, especially as it takes wing and hurtles toward the stratosphere. This is an exciting new series to watch
  • Info: Author Sarah Maas was just 16 when she wrote and published a first draft of Throne of Glass on the FictionPress website. She received thousands of emails and praise for her first novel and now many years later she is able to publish the final draft with a major publishing house.Plot: Magic has left the world and an evil king rules from a glass throne. In order to find the best assassin in the land the king holds a deadly tournament. CelaenaSardothien comes to the kingdom not to kill but to win her freedom. If she can defeat 23 killers, thieves, and warriors then she will become the King’s champion and be released from prison. The evil king’s son, the crown prince, will provoke and entice her. The Captain of the guard will protect her and both will fall in love with her. But everything is not as it seems and something evil dwells within the castle, slowly and gruesomely killing off the competitors. What began as a fight for her freedom soon becomes a fight for her life.
  • While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.
  • - "Old life's over, new life's begun. Learn the rules quick," the group's leader tells Thomas- With a fast-paced narrative steadily answering the myriad questions that arise and an ever-increasing air of tension, Dashner's suspenseful adventure will keep readers guessing until the very end, which paves the way for the inevitable continuation
  • "Scheming princes, wicked witches, flying pirates, celestial love, a pure-hearted hero, all in a magical land. What more do you want?" raves Today's Gene Shalit for Stardust, an epic adventure based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.In Hopes of wooing a beautiful but cold hearted girl, Tristan promises to bring her a falling star. But he's in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine . When three old witches, led by Lamia, attempt to steal Yvaine's youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs. This magical fairytale like no other will make you laugh out loud and believe in love again.An old-fashioned fairy tale full of mythic images, magic, and lyrical passages. The town of Wall has one opening, which is guarded day and night. On one side of the stone bulwark is England; on the other, Faerie. Once every nine years, the guard is relaxed so that the villagers can attend a fair held in a nearby meadow. There, as a young man, Dunstan Thorn is seduced by a strange woman, and not quite a year later a child is left at the wall. His name is Tristran Thorn. When he grows up, he falls in love with Victoria Forester, and to win her affection, he vows to bring to her the fallen star that they see one night. The star has fallen in Faerie, and though Tristran soon finds her (for in Faerie a star is not a ball of flaming gas, but a living, breathing woman), he has a hard time holding on to her. The sons of the Lord of Stormhold also seek the star, for it is said that he who finds her can take his father's throne. In addition, the oldest of three evil witches seeks the star, for her heart can grant youth and beauty. While the bones of the story‘the hero, the quest, the maiden‘are traditional, Gaiman offers a tale that is fresh and original. Though the plot begins with disparate threads, by the end they are all tied together and the picture is complete. The resolution is satisfying and complex, proving that there is more to fairy tales than "happily ever after."
  • What if life was lived online. The year is 2060 and every aspect of life has become digitalized. People hardly go out anymore; they have confined themselves to their homes, after tragic incidents in the past, and they live through their computers, socializing only in online communities. Young people even go to school online.
  • Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl”, Philippa Gregory. Do you like historical fiction?Luca: Accused of heresy; cast out of his religious sect for using science to question old superstitious beliefs; recruited into a secret sect called the Order of the Dragon; sent to investigate the accusations of Isolde being a witch; finds himself falling in love with Isolde.Isolde: Shut in a nunnery so she can't inherit any of her father's estate; accused of witchcraft by the nuns; finds herself falling in love with LucaThe time is 1453 and the boundaries of Christendom are being defended against the heretics, the Muslim world, and the more mysterious world of the unseen and magical. Isolde, 17, is forced into an abbey by her greedy and deceitful brother after their father's death, and then accused of witchcraft. Her only friend is Ishraq, who has been her companion, servant, and guardian since the two were children. The abbey becomes overrun with strange happenings and the Church sends in an investigative team. Luca is also 17 and has a questioning mind, which could be dangerous in 15th-century Europe, but he has been noticed by The Order of Darkness and is sent on a mission from his monastery to the abbey to root out the truth and uncover plans to undermine the Church, only to end up helping Isolde escape.
  • VERDICT After an award-winning career as an adventure writer and NPR contributor, Heller has written a stunning debut novel
  • Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. AlinaStarkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life--a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha...and the secrets of her heart.- Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy. Orphans and childhood friends Alina and Mal are tested for magical abilities early in life. Not wanting to be separated from her only friend, Alina manages to hide her powers and grows into her teen years, unnoticed and unremarkable. But when she and Mal must cross the perilous Shadow Fold as army soldiers, Alina uses her dormant powers to save Mal's life. After that episode, Alina is revealed to be a "Sun Summoner," a person who can bring forth light and maybe destroy the Shadow Fold for good. She's whisked away to train as a Grisha, a group whose varied powers assist the royal court. There, she begins to understand her incredible abilities with the help of the ancient and powerful Darkling, "a man second in power only to the King," who leads Alina to believe that she can bring peace to their divided country. Bardugo creates a unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance. Suspense builds slowly, allowing readers time to absorb the otherworldly setting and the battle between the darkness that destroys and the light that saves. In the world of the Grisha, few things are as they seem, and wondering who Alina should trust-and if she can even trust herself-adds to the intrigue
  • Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick A Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age A 2005 Booklist Editor's Choice A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring -life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally. John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.From the very first page, tension fills John Green's Michael L. Printz Award-winning novel (Dutton, 2005). Miles Halter, 16, is afraid that nobody will show up at his party because he doesn't have many friends. He loves to read biographies and discover the last words attributed to famous people. He's particularly intrigued with the dying words of poet Francois Rabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps." Miles is leaving his loving Florida home for the "great perhaps" of the same Alabama boarding school attended by his father. Ominous chapter headings (40 days before, 10 days after) reveal that something tragic may happen. At school, Miles is accepted by a brainy group of pranksters led by his roommate and Alaska Young, a smart and sexy feminist. The teen becomes captivated by his new friends who spend as much energy on sex, smoking, drinking, and cutting-up as they do on reading, learning, and searching for life's meaning. As the school year progresses, Miles's crush on Alaska intensifies, even after it becomes evident that her troubled past sometimes causes her to be self-destructive. This novel is about real kids dealing with the pressures of growing up and feeling indestructible. Listeners will be riveted as the friends band together to deal with the catastrophic events that plague their junior year, and rejoice at their triumphs.
  • IsmaeRienne, born with an ugly red scar, is believed to have been sired by Death himself, and, when she escapes from her abusive husband on her wedding night, she finds refuge in the convent of St. Mortain where handmaidens are prepared to carry out Death's wishes. Trained in poisons, weaponry, and the wiles of seduction, she is sent off to prove herself by posing as the mistress of Gavriel Duval, a Breton working against the French so that his sister Anne can rightfully be crowned Duchess of Brittany. The political intrigue and resulting betrayals that the teen witnesses lead her to denounce the treasonous chancellor, save Duval from the traitor's poison, and realize that she wishes to follow the teachings of the convent, not as an assassin, but as one who frees suffering souls in their final moments. Though in love with Duval, she recognizes her own worth and vows to be faithful to her mission, living a life dedicated not to vengeance, but to mercy. This is a rich portrayal of the complexities of courtly life in 15th-century Brittany, featuring explicit details of costume and custom and showing how the lives of royalty and those who served them intertwined. The short, well-paced chapters will leave readers breathlessly waiting for more. Ismae and Duval are particularly well drawn, and the many twists and turns that influence their relationship are both fascinating and believable. While the story is sure to resonate with adolescents who are intrigued by vampires, werewolves, and their cultures of death, the violence, the sexual references (including the description of Ismae and Duval's first sexual encounter), and the idea of training servants for Death are for older readers. The book is well written and filled with fascinating, complex characters who function realistically in this invented medieval world.
  • From the author who inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet.a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time. In Mitch Albom's newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world--now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began--and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so. Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.
  • A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard -- and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret. Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
  • Even readers who have strong views on what happens after death may find themselves intrigued by the fascinating world of "Elsewhere," the place 15-year-old Liz ends up after she is killed in a bicycle accident. A surreal atmosphere permeates chapter one as Liz awakens on a ship (mostly occupied by elderly people), unaware of its destination. Her situation gradually comes into focus after she arrives at the island of Elsewhere and is greeted by her grandmother, who died before Liz was born. Liz learns that the aging process works differently in this land of the dead: instead of getting older, humans (and animals) grow younger. When they reach infancy, they are sent down the River to be reborn on Earth. In other ways, Elsewhere resembles the world Liz left behind; residents work at jobs (although here, everyone has a chance to pursue an "avocation... something a person does to make his or her soul complete"), celebrate holidays and form friendships. Liz also falls in love for the first time, while her grandmother (who has progressed back to her thirties) becomes engaged to a famous rock star; and readers will likely be intrigued by the "strictly forbidden" Well.The setting is an elaborately conceived afterlife called Elsewhere, a distinctly secular island realm of surprising physical solidity (no cottony clouds or pearly gates here), where the dead exist much as they once did--except that no one dies or is born, and aging occurs in reverse, culminating when the departed are returned to Earth as infants to start the life cycle again. Having sailed into Elsewhere's port aboard a cruise ship populated by mostly elderly passengers, 15-year-old Liz Hall does not go gently into Elsewhere's endless summer. She is despairing, intractable, sullen, and understandably furious: "You mean I'll never go to college or get married or get big boobs or live on my own or get my driver's license or fall in love?" She rejects her new existence, spending endless hours keeping tabs on surviving family and friends through magical coin-operated telescopes, and refusing to take the suggestions offered by a well-meaning Office of Acclimation. Eventually, though, she begins to listen. She takes a job counseling deceased pets, forges an unexpected romance with a young man struggling with heartbreaks, and finds simple joy in the awareness that "a life is a good story . . . even a crazy, backward life like hers." Periodic visits with an increasingly youthful Liz, concluding with her journey down the "River" to be reborn, bring the novel to a graceful, seamless close. Although the book may prove too philosophical for some, Zevin offers readers more than a gimmick-driven novel of ideas: the world of Elsewhere is too tangible for that. "A human's life is a beautiful mess," reflects Liz, and the observation is reinforced with strikingly conceived examples: a newly dead thirtysomething falls in love with Liz's grandmother, who is biologically similar in age but experientially generations older; fresh arrivals reunite with spouses long since departed, creating incongruous May-December marriages and awkward love triangles (as Liz experiences when her boyfriend's wife suddenly appears). At one poignant moment, four-year-old Liz loses the ability to read. The passage she attempts to decipher, which comes from Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, 0 is another meditation on the march of time and change.
  • First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each hsa been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion
  • It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City--and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be--and where the next great band is playing. Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you'll wish were your very own.Did you like Perks of Being a Wallflower?
  • Tag line: A hidden truth. Mortal enemies. Doomed love. (Everything I love in a book)The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away —if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
  • Rosie is drawn to Silas, Scarlett’s best/ well only friend, he’s a young woodsman and deadly with an ax but does falling for Silas mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for? As the bodies of young girls, brutally mutilated by the Fenris, begin to pile up in the city can the sisters uncover what the wolves are up to but most importantly can they stop the bloodshed and defeat the Fenris?
  • This intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
  • There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.At least, that's what I thought.Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.There was a curse.There was a girl.And in the end, there was a grave.Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
  • From School Library Journal:Imagine Jessica’s shock when the exchange student living with her family tells her that he’s a vampire prince and she’s a vampire princess, removed from Romania by her adoptive parents during the last purge. He also tells her that they were promised to each other at birth and as soon as she turns 18, he’ll turn her into a full fledged vampire, whisk her away to their castle in the Carpathian Mountains, where they will get married and rule together over all vampires as King and Queen. Needless to say Jessica stabs Lucius– in the foot– with a pitchfork. And so their courtship begins.
  • A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard -- and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret. Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
  • It’s 1920’s New York and Evie O’Neill is loving her exile. She is tearing up Manhattan with the Ziegfield girls and partying with rakish pickpockets in speakeasies. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will, who happens to be the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.“When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. But Evie has a secret to keep, a mysterious power that could help her catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.Recommended for people interested historical fiction, murder mysteries, or if you liked The Name of the Star (Jack the Ripper FSR book),
  • Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/1412682/50000-Booker-winner-stole-idea-from-Brazilian-author.html
  • Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but what if its not. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?When I look at this book I think creepy. I'm glad a goodread friend recommended it to me because I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own because I'm a wuss when it comes to anything remotely deemed as scary. This book is different because though it has that creepy feel to it, I didn't feel overwhelmed by it. Alender kept the balance just right for a reader like me.Alexis is a spunky teenager who loves photography that is having some family issues. Lately her younger sister Kasey has been acting weird and her mom and dad don't seem to be noticing anything. It's not like they would because their Mom is putting all her efforts on getting promoted and her dad is off with his friends. Alexis steps up like the older sister she is and tries to help Kasey but she starts doing things that border the crazy. Along the way Alexis finds a new friend and a love interest she couldn't have seen coming, all the while trying to figure out the mystery behind Kasey's odd behavior. She'll find out that it's bigger than anything she could have imagined.I loved how this was set in modern day because we have Alexis who doesn't believe in the supernatural and tries her hardest to come up with another reasonable explanation of why Kasey isn't herself anymore. It was interesting to see how Megan played a role here, and how her story was interwoven with the main character's. I would have liked to have seen more of Carter and how his relationship with Alexis grows because they were definitely cute together. A pet peeve I have is seeing obvious typos in books. I'm not sure it was because I had an e-copy, but I saw some pretty obvious ones and that is always annnoying when you see it. Despite that I thought the story was great and keep me pushing on to read more and more because I just had to know what happened. The title oddly fits and it's not the reason you would suspect. I will be reading it's sequel From Bad to Cursed.
  • Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit. In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery Also by Anderson: Tilt, Speak, Catalyst, and Prom
  • But Gansey is more then just another privlidged Raven Boy, he’s on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.If you are into Latin this book is for you.
  • Printz Award Winning NovelGraphic/mixed media images (similar to Chopsticks)
  • Disclaimer: this book contains some Sexual, Drug and Alcohol, Course/Foul Language and Violent Content - Recommended for Older TeensAlex and Brittany, who wear masks every day and hide their true selves and fears from the world. But behind those veneers are two people who are struggling in their own worlds, and they find they have more in common than they thought. What starts out as a forced seating arrangement in a Chemistry lab turns into so much more, and starts an elemental change and pull that neither of them can resist. They must fight expectations, duty, prejudice and other chains that drag them apart. I loved how each chapter alternated between Brittany’s and Alex’s POVs and yet the story flowed well.
  • Kyle Kingsbury seemed to have everything. He was ultra rich, good looking, and envied by his peers, that is until a girl in his English class, who happened to be a witch, cursed him into a hideous beast. Kyle now stalks the night in New york city. He has two years from the time the spell was cast to find his true love or remain a beast forever. Someone has to love him, and more importantly he has to love them back. But is there anyone really out there who can love a beast?Made into a movie starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudge (2011) and will be a new TV show this fall.

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  • Mrs. Bernet
  • Carnival of Souls By: Melissa Marr A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension.
  • WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMESOF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST By: Gregory Maguire Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, has gotten a bum rap. Her mother is embarrassed and repulsed by her bright- green baby with sharks teeth and an aversion to water. At college, the coed experiences disapproval and rejection by her roommate, Glinda, a silly girl interested only in clothes, money, and popularity. Elphaba is a serious and inquisitive student. When she learns that the Wizard of Oz is politically corrupt and causing economic ruin, Elphaba finds a sense of purpose to her life‗to stop him and to restore harmony and prosperity to the land.
  • The HuntBy: Andrew Fukuda Dont Sweat. Dont Laugh. Dont draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He cant run with lightning speed, sunlight doesnt hurt him and he doesnt have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. Its the only way to stay alive in a world of night - a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When hes chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Genes carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.
  • The HostStephanie Meyer
  • 13 Little Blue EnvelopesBy: Maureen Johnson Did you read The Name of the Star ? When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesnt know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.
  • DeweyBy: Vicki Myron andBret Witter
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door By: Stephanie Perkins Budding designer Lola Nolan doesnt believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lolas style is outrageous, shes a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket - a gifted inventor - steps out from his twin sisters shadow and back into Lolas life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
  • Ender‘s Game By Orson Scott Card
  • BreatheBy: Sarah Crossan Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygenrich air. Alina has been stealing for a long time. Shes a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that shes never been caught before. If shes careful, itll be easy.
  • Abundance of Katherines By John GreenHaving been recentlydumped for thenineteenth time by agirl named Katherine,recent high schoolgraduate and formerchild prodigy Colinsets off on a road tripwith his best friend totry to find some newdirection in life whilealso trying to create amathematical formulato explain hisrelationships.
  • City of Bones: The Movie!
  • New Books in Series• Crown of Embers by Rae • Unwholly by Neal Shusterman Carson (sequel to Girl of Fire (sequel to Unwind) and Thorns) • Promised by Caragh O‘Brien• Romeo Redeemed by Stacey (book 3 in Birthmarked trilogy) Jay (sequel to Juliet Immortal) • Truth by Julia Karr (sequel to• Fever by Lauren DeStefano XVI) (sequel to Wither) • Beautiful Redemption by Kami• As Dead As It Gets by Katie Garcia (book 4) Alender (book 3) • Days of Blood and Starlight by• Hallowed by Cynthia Hand Laini Taylor (sequel to Daughter (sequel to Unearthly) of Smoke and Bone)• Jessica Rules the Dark Side by • Reached by Ally Condie (book 3 Beth Fantasky (sequel to in Matched trilogy) Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side)
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  • ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND BY GENA SHOWALTER She wont rest until shes sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? But thats all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isnt careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
  • The Luxeby Anna Godbersen Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattans social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York Citys elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone-from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud-threatens Elizabeths and Dianas golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love.
  • GRACELINGBY KRISTIN CASHORE Feared as a killer since her childhood, Lady Katsa uses her unusual Grace (superhuman gift) in the service of her uncle, King Randa. She is beginning to rebel against his orders to kill or maim his more disloyal subjects when her path crosses that of Po. A young foreign prince with a mysterious Grace as well as wisdom beyond his years, Po convinces Katsa that she can stand up to the brutal king and put her gift to better uses. When Katsa joins Po on a quest, she throws herself headlong into a rescue mission and finds romance, self- knowledge, and justice along the way.
  • Vampire Academy by RichelleMead It’s been two years since Rose, a Dhampir, and her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Princess, fled their boarding school but the guardians have found them and they are forced to return to their secluded boarding school. Back at St. Vladimir’s Academy, Lissa begins focusing on developing her burgeoning magical abilities and Rose is thrust into the physical rigors of training to become a guardian, under the watchful and gorgeous eyes of Dimitri. While both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and expulsion, sinister plots and evil awaits them around every corner.
  • Going Bovine By Libba BrayAll 16-year-old Cameron wants is toget through high school—and life ingeneral—with a minimum of effort. It‘snot a lot to ask. But that‘s before he‘sgiven some bad news: he‘s sick andhe‘s going to die. Which totally sucks.Hope arrives in the winged form ofDulcie, a loopy punk angel/ possiblehallucination with a bad sugar habit.She tells Cam there is a cure—if he‘swilling to go in search of it. With thehelp of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome,Cam sets off on the mother of all roadtrips through a twisted America intothe heart of what matters most.
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  • Seraphina By Rachel HartmanIn a world where dragonsand humans coexist in anuneasy truce and dragonscan assume human form,Seraphina, whose motherdied giving birth to her,grapples with her ownidentity amid magical secretsand royal scandals, while shestruggles to accept anddevelop her extraordinarymusical talents.
  • “Two men love her.Throne of Glass The whole land fears her.By Sarah J. Maas Only she can save them all.”
  • The DaVinci CodeBy: Dan Brown Cryptology expert Robert Langdon is in Paris to attend a conference and to meet with an old colleague who happens to be the curator of the Louvre Museum. When the curator is found dead, the French police seek Robert for questioning, but a young female officer, the granddaughter of the curator, believes that sinister forces are behind her grandfathers death and enlists Roberts help in finding the real killer. What follows is a wonderfully plotted story that ranges from Paris and London to Scotland, with several sidetracks along the way.
  • The Queen‘s Daughter Joans mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. She loves them both - so what is she to do when shes forced to choose between them? As her parents arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn. When her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan finds herself stuck with a man ten years her senior. She doesnt love her husband, and she cant quite forget her childhood crush, the handsome Lord Raymond. As Joan grows up, she begins to understand that her parents worldview is warped by their political ambitions, and hers, in turn, has been warped by theirs. Is it too late to figure out whom to trust? And, more importantly, whom to love?
  • EmbraceBy Jessica ShirvingtonIt starts with a whisper: Itstime for you to know who youare... On her 17th birthday,everything will change forViolet Eden. The boy sheloves will betray her. Herenemy will save her. She willhave to decide just how muchshes willing to sacrifice.
  • INTERTWINED BY GENA SHOWALTER Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him: One can time-travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. And one can possess another human. With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions and foster homes, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now theyre causing him all kinds of trouble. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as hes near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. Hes a loner; she has friends. He doesnt care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But its too late….
  • The Maze Runner By James Dashner Dashner offers up a dark and gripping tale of survival set in a world where teenagers fight for their lives on a daily basis. It starts when Thomas, a teenage amnesiac, wakes up in the Glade, a fragile oasis in the middle of an enormous maze. Here, a group of teenage boys eke out a hazardous existence, exploring the Maze by day and retreating to the Glade at night. No one knows how they got there; no one has ever found a way out. Bizarre technological monsters called Grievers patrol the Mazes corridors, almost certain death for any who encounter them. Thomas struggles to regain his memories, but the arrival of a young woman with an ominous message changes the rules of the game.
  • STARDUST By Neil Gaiman
  • AwakenBy Katie Kacvinsky • Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it‘s to go to school or on a date, people don‘t venture out of their home. There‘s really no need. For the most part, Maddie‘s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. • Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
  • THE CHANGELING By Philippa Gregory Set in 15th-century Italy, after the Ottoman Empire captured the city of Constantinople, this historical fantasy follows two distinctive 17-year-old protagonists. Luca Vero is an alleged faerie changeling, who is kicked out of his monastery and sent on an ominous mission by the Pope: to document incidents of the uncanny that are believed to be the work of Satan and signs of approaching end times. Isolde is denied her inheritance and trapped in the role of Lady Abbess at a nunnery. Ever since her arrival at the nunnery the Sisters have been plagued by visions, sleep disturbances, and stigmata like wounds. Now Isolde and her servant Ishraq have been accused of witchcraft and Lucas first assignment is to investigate these accusations.
  • The Dog StarsBy: Peter HellerA pilot survives a flu that kills everyonehe knows. When a randomtransmission beams through his radio,the voice ignites a hope deep insidehim. He follows the static voice on theradio, but what he encounters is bothbetter and worse than anything hecould have hoped for.
  • Shadow and Bone Fast-Paced Smart By: Leigh Bardugo Unpredictab le Dark FantasyOrphaned by the Border Wars, AlinaStarkov is taken from obscurity and heronly friend, Mal, to become the protegé ofthe mysterious Darkling, who trains her tojoin the magical elite in the belief that sheis the Sun Summoner, who can destroythe monsters of the Fold.
  • Looking For AlaskaBy John Green First Drink First Prank • Miles Halter leaves home for First Friend boarding school in Alabama, in First Girl search of ―The Great Perhaps‖. Last Word What he finds is Alaska Young. • Alaska is clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy. She catapults Miles into the Great Perhaps while ensnaring him in her labyrinth. • ―Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.‖ - book jacket
  • Grave MercyEscaping from the brutality By Robin LaFevers of an arranged marriage,seventeen year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at the convent of St. Mortain.Here she learns that the god of Death Himself hasblessed her with dangerous gifts-and a violent destiny. She will be trained as an assassin and serve as ahandmaiden to Death, but toclaim her new life, she mustbe willing to take the lives of others. But how can she deliver Deaths vengeance upon a target who, against Why be the sheep her own will, has stolen her when you can be heart? the wolf?
  • The Time KeeperBy: Mitch Albom Long ago, before a word like "ago" had any meaning, a man named Dor began to chart the passage of time, immediately realizing that "all his days were numbered," and so were his wifes. When she falls deathly ill, Dor climbs the Tower of Babel to beg the gods for help. But as a result of his brazenness, he is banished to a cave where he must endure listening to humanity plead for "more hours, more years, more time." After 6,000 years of torment, Dor is finally released back into the modern world with an enchanted hourglass and a mission: to teach two wayward souls the true value of time. Sarah Lemon, a distressed teen, who wishes the end would come quickly, and Victor Delamonte, a prosperous aging businessman trying his best to keep the end at bay. With a clever conceit and frequent shifts in perspective, Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike
  • THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO By: Patrick Ness This dystopian thriller follows a boy and a girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard -- and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret. Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town full of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasnt she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todds gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is
  • Elsewhere By: Gabrielle ZevinIs it possible to grow up while getting younger? Welcome toElsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches aremarvelous. Its quiet and peaceful. You cant get sick or anyolder. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by oneof Elsewheres museums. Need to talk to someone about yourproblems? Stop by Marilyn Monroes psychiatric practice.Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after shehas died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different.Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until shebecomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants toturn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to graduate fromhigh school and go to college.
  • And Then There Were NoneBy: Agatha Christie Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die.
  • Nick & Norah‘s Infinite Playlist By: Rachel Cohn and Daid Levithan
  • FirelightBy Sophie Jordan • Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form. • Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings.
  • Not a retelling, but a better tellingSisters Red of Little Red Ridding HoodBy Jackson Pearce • Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris, the werewolves that took her eye and left her scared while defending her sister, Rosie, from a brutal attack when they were children. Armed with a deadly hatchet and a blood-red cloak, Scarlet lures the wolves to their bloody deaths. • Rosie March once thought her bond with her sister was unbreakable but Rosie dreams of life beyond the city and beyond the wolves. (book jacket)
  • JulietImmortal By: Stacey JayJuliet Capulet didnt take her own life. She wasmurdered by the person she trusted most, hernew husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrificemade to ensure his own immortality. But whatRomeo didnt anticipate was that Juliet wouldbe granted eternity, as well, and would becomean agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700years, shes fought Romeo for the souls of truelovers, struggling to preserve romantic love andthe lives of the innocent. Until the day shemeets someone shes forbidden to love, andRomeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in hispower to destroy that love.
  • Beautiful CreaturesBy Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • Jessica‘s Guide to Dating on the Dark SideBy Beth Fantasky • Imagine Jessica‘s shock when the exchange student living with her family tells her that he‘s a vampire prince and she‘s a vampire princess, removed from Romania by her adoptive parents during the last purge. He also tells her that they were promised to each other at birth and as soon as she turns 18, he‘ll turn her into a full fledged vampire, whisk her away to their castle in the Carpathian Mountains, where they will get married and rule together over all vampires as King and Queen. • Needless to say Jessica stabs Lucius– in the foot– with a pitchfork. And so their courtship begins. (School Library Journal)
  • THE POISON PRINCESS By: Kresley ColeIn the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, froma well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions areactually prophecies and that there are others like herself--embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
  • City of BonesBy Cassandra Clare When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder--much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. Its hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing--not even a smear of blood--to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clarys first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Its also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jaces world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
  • The DivinersBy: Libba Bray
  • The Life of Pi By: Yann Martel • Winner of the Man Booker Prize • Controversy including Dr. Moacyr Scliar original work • Movie: November 21, 2012 • President Obama is a fan of the book; ―It is a lovely book -- an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.‖
  • ObsidianBy: Jennifer L. Armentrout• Girl moves to small, rural, town in West Virginia• Girl meets hot neighbor boy, Daemon• Girl finds out Daemon is an alien• Love, action, and high school Drama ensues
  • Bad Girls Don‘t DieBy Katie Alender Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti- cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
  • Go Ask AliceBy Anonymous It all started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.
  • WintergirlsBy Laurie Halse Anderson “Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls. “Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another. I am that girl. I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
  • “There are only two reasons a non-seerThe Raven Boys would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love .By Maggie Stiefvater . . or you killed him.” • For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she‘s not so sure anymore • His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
  • Why We Broke UpBy Daniel HandlerArt By Maira Kalman “Im telling you why we broke up, Ed. Im writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.” Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
  • Perfect ChemistryBy Simone Elkeles ―Perfect Chemistry is an urban story of star-crossed lovers from ―different sides of the track‖ – Brittany Ellis, from the "North side", a picture- perfect rich girl who is captain of the pom squad; and bad-boy Alex Fuentes, from the "South side", a member of the Latino Bloods Gang.‖ (Good Reads)
  • New TV Show A modern retelling of Beauty and the Best, set in present day New York City.Made intoa Movie
  • This Dark EndeavorBy Kenneth Oppel • Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victors curiosity more. • When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.