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New Books This Week (February 12th, 2018)

The cold and gloom of February isn’t going away anytime soon, but then again, neither are the books we keep on getting. Check out the latest arrivals to help wile away these winter days, and click those titles to find them in our catalog. From there, you can put things on hold, find similar titles, or search our entire collection.

 

Fiction

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert.The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert.
Flatiron Books, 2018.

“Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away—by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind:

“STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

“Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with her classmate and fairy-tale superfan Ellery Finch, who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To find her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood and then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began—and where she might discovery why her own story went so wrong.” From the publisher.

 

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black.The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

“To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

“As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.” From the publisher.

 

The Last Girl on Earth, by Alexandra Blogier.The Last Girl on Earth, by Alexandra Blogier.
Alloy Entertainment, 2018.

“Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows—her family, her teachers, her friends—is an alien. She is the only human left on Earth.

“The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

“When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself—and in turn, the human race—or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?” From the publisher.

 

Reign the Earth, by A. C. Gaughen.Reign the Earth, by A. C. Gaughen.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“She is a daughter of the desert, and she has magic in her blood.

“Shalia’s people are desperate to end the devastating war that has been raging for years with the adjoining kingdom. Willing to trade her freedom for the safety of her family, Shalia agrees to an arranged marriage with the king of the Bone Lands, even though it means leaving behind everything she’s ever known. In her strange new country, magic is outlawed, and the Elementae—those who can control earth, air, fire, and water—are traitors, subject to torture… or worse.

“Before she is even crowned, Shalia discovers she can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband’s irrational hatred of the Elementae and a dangerous rebellion led by her own brother, Shalia must harness her power and make an impossible choice: save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.” From the publisher.

 

American Heart, by Laura Moriarty.American Heart, by Laura Moriarty.
HarperTeen, 2018.

“Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim Americans are a reality. Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri, lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims.

“But when she happens upon a Muslim fugitive in hiding, she finds herself reconsidering her assumptions about a person she has been taught to fear—and what true patriotism requires.

“The two set off on a dangerous journey, hitchhiking their way through the heart of America, discovering courage and kindness in the most unexpected places.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

My Brother's Husband, vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame.My Brother’s Husband, vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame.
Pantheon Books, 2017.

“Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kama. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.” From the publisher.

 

Wires and Nerve, vol. 2, by Marissa Meyer.Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 & 2, by Marissa Meyer.
Feiwel & Friends, 2017.

“In her first graphic novel, Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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