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New Books This Week (February 19th, 2018)

By the time you read this, we’ll be enjoying a well-deserved day off, courtesy of our U.S. Presidents. How, you ask? By curling up with a good book! (We, uh, spend a lot of holidays like that, actually.) Check out some of your options below, and click the links in the titles to be taken to our catalog.

 

Fiction

Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings.Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings.
Harlequin Teen, 2018.

“Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

“But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

“Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

“Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.” From the publisher.

 

Traitor to the Throne, by Alwyn Hamilton.Traitor to the Throne, by Alwyn Hamilton.
SPEAK, 2017.

“The only certainty is change.

“Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani Al-Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse. Now she’s struggling to contain her desire for the mysterious foreigner, Jin, and fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from the grips of a bloodthirsty sultan. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who is the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.” From the publisher.

 

Unearthed, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.Unearthed, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.
Hyperion, 2018.

“When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

“For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet’s surface, they’re both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Mia form a fragile alliance… but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible.

“As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Mia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they’re trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design—one that could spell the end of the human race…” From the publisher.

 

Chainbreaker, by Tara Sim.Chainbreaker, by Tara Sim.
Sky Pony Press, 2018.

“A new beginning as Danny and Colton start their life together, shattered by troubling news from half a world away.

“An urgent mission for Danny and Daphne: find out why clock towers in India are falling, and how time is continuing despite the towers’ destruction.

“An ongoing struggle as Daphne is torn between the world she knows and the one she’s always longed to discover, unsure if she belongs in either.

“An undeniable threat: someone is watching Danny’s every move, putting everyone around him in danger.

“A cryptic warning that will draw Colton away from England and the safety of his tower in order to rescue the boy he loves.

“A country divided by British occupation, where tensions are ready to ignite with the tiniest spark.

“The stunning second book in the Timekeeper trilogy. Chainbreaker will whisk readers away to the beauty and complexity of an India on the brink of revolution, where the battle to save time is just beginning.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The Princess Saves Herself in This One, by Amanda Lovelace.The Princess Saves Herself in This One, by Amanda Lovelace.
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017.

“‘Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.’

“A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.” From Goodreads.

 

Graphic Novels

Azumanga Daioh, by Kiyohiko Azuma.Azumanga Daioh Omnibus, by Kiyohiko Azuma.
Yen Press, 2009.

“The best high school stories are simultaneously funny, warm, and endearing—but most importantly, the characters come alive on the page. Get to know the girls who set a new standard for the high school experience!

Sakaki—strong and silent with a soft and fuzzy center. Chiyo—a towering intellect wrapped in a ten-year-old package. Tomo—The Mouth. Yomi—should stop eating if she wants to lose weight. (Note: you can also lose weight through exercise. Don’t stop eating altogether, unless you’re a drawing. -ed.) Osaka—well, she’s… different.

“The original phenomenon from Kiyohiko Azuma, beloved creator of YOTSUBA&!, is collected in this deluxe edition and is an absolute necessity for any manga enthusiast’s library!” From the publisher.

 

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol. 1, by Yasuhiro Nightow.Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol. 1, by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Dark Horse Comics, 2012.

“Vash the Stampede, the galaxy’s deadliest gunslinger, emerges after two years in hiding to help his beleaguered desert home world, Gunsmoke. But the Stampede’s many enemies have kept their motors running, and they’re back on his trail and determined to bring Vash to ground—hard! And a new crowd of bounty hunters, badasses, and braincases are also looking to cash in the sixty-billion-double-dollar price on his head!”

 

America, vol. 1, by Gabby Rivera.America, vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez, by Gabby Rivera.
Marvel Comics, 2017.

“Critically acclaimed young adult novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) shines a solo spotlight on America’s high-octane and hard-hitting adventures! She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. And now she’s going to college! Her first assignment: a field trip to the front lines of World War II—with Captain America as her wingman! But when another jump goes wrong, America Chavez ends up stuck in the past! Can that era’s Storm and the X-Men help her find her way home, or are they too busy protecting a world that hates and fears them? And who is the mysterious figure behind these time-travel mishaps? Plus: America and her Young Avengers gal pal Hawkeye are reunited at last, as they team up to take on a new threat in Las Vegas!” From the publisher.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, vol. 1, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, vol. 1: The Crucible, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Archie Comics, 2016.

“A comic book horror masterpiece from two creators at the top of their game—collected for the first time!

“On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, forced to choose between an unearthly destiny and her own mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But Madam Satan, a deadly foe from her family’s past, has arrived in Greendale, and she has her sights set squarely on the young witch. Can Sabrina face the challenge, or will her witching career—and high school life—end all too abruptly?” From the publisher.

 

Orange, vol. 1, by Ichigo Takano.Orange: The Complete Collection, vol. 1., by Ichigo Takano.
Seven Seas, 2012.

“A plea from the future…

“On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? The heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over one million copies in print in Japan!” From the publisher.

 

Dragon Ball Z, vol. 1, by Akira Toriyama.Dragon Ball Z, vol. 1-9, by Akira Toriyama.
VIZ Media, 2008.

“The greatest fighting manga ever!

“Why is the word ‘Saiyan’ synonymous with fear and power? Because Saiyans are an alien race of deadly warriors who wipe out entire planets for their own profit and gain. When the Saiyans set their sights on Earth, it’s up to Son Goku to fight off these invaders with his superhuman strength!” From the publisher.

This manga comes in huge, three-volume bindings! To save on shelf space, they’re shelved normally with the rest of the manga—not separately with the new graphic novels. Look for them under “D” for “Dragon”!

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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