This October has been a time for change at the Rodgers Memorial Library. We have a new teen services librarian at the desk (yours truly) and as we look ahead to the new things coming down the pipe, it’s also a good time to look back at what we’ve added to the collection. Now, because of the volume of items and their popularity, this is by no means an exhaustive list. We’re also planning on doing a summary like this every week when new materials are added, so stay tuned!
“The Secret of Spellshadow Manor (Secret of Spellshadow Manor, vol. 1),” by Bella Forrest. Summary: What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn’t do magic? What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake? If you were at Spellshadow, you’d keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret…Because Spellshadow’s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that our hero Alex soon realizes he and and his friend Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive – and before it’s too late. Mystery, suspense, and plenty of twists and turns; an unforgettable experience awaits you in Spellshadow Manor…
Endgame series, vols. 1 (“The Calling), 2 (“Sky Key“), and 3 (“Rules of the Game“), by James Frey. Summary of series: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.
This is Endgame.
“The End (Enemy series vol. 7),” by Charlie Higson. Summary: Racing to London to warn the kids of an impending invasion by Saint George’s army, Shadowman struggles to convince Nicola, David, Matt, and the others that their forces must work together in order to survive.
“Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, vol. 1),” by Pittacus Lore. Summary: It has been one year since the breathtaking events of United as One–and our world will never be the same.The invasion of Earth was thwarted by our alien allies known as the Garde. But in order to do so, they unleashed their Loric energy and it spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible abilities–Legacies of their own. As the world tries to figure out how best to deal with the emergence of these powerful and potentially dangerous individuals, the Garde have come up with their own solution. They’ve created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind…but that day may come sooner than any of them ever imagined. Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Marvel’s X-Men, this epic new series follows a diverse cast of teens as they struggle to hone their powers and decide what, if anything, they should do with them. While set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, those familiar with the original books and newcomers alike will devour this fast-paced, action-packed adventure.
“A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Throne and Roses, vol. 3),” by Sarah Maas. Summary: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
“The Thousandth Floor (Thousandth Floor, vol. 1),” by Katharine McGee. Summary: A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
“Middle School Mayhem (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, vol. 2),” by Rachel Renee Russell. Summary: When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School–and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?
Queen’s Thief series, vols. 1 (“The King of Attolia“) and 2 (“The Queen of Attolia“), by Megan Whalen Turner. Summary of series: When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.
The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.
A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.
The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:
- Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
- Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
- Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan (for the record: Hilarious)
- We Will Not Be Silent, by Russell Freedman
- Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
- The Diabolic, by S. J. Kincaid
- Starflight, by Melissa Landers
- Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
- All We Have Left, by Wendy Mills
- This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
- If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (One of the best books ever. I cried. The audio version is also one of the best book recordings for YA.)
Click on the book cover image or the title below to access the book record in our catalog!
New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review
Click on the book cover above or on the title below to access the book record in our catalog.
New Series! The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden.
Russian country girl Vasilisa is forbidden from honoring the household spirits by her new stepmother, who maintains that such beliefs are superstition. Vasilisa is forced to defy the people she loves and use the dangerous gifts she has been given in order to protect her family from Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon.
Concluding Series! Wayfarer (Passenger series, vol. 2), by Alexandra Bracken.
Action-packed and full of suspense, the sequel to Passenger finds Etta still struggling to unite with Nicholas, her love from another time. From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.
Continuing Series! Devil’s Advocate (X-Files Origins, vol. 2), by Jonathan Mayberry.
Fifteen-year-old Dana Scully is haunted by vivid, recurring dreams that seem more like visions. When a recently deceased classmate appears before Dana, she’s compelled to investigate, and in the course of her search uncovers even more suspicious deaths – and comes face to face with the knowledge that evil is real.
New Series! You Don’t Know My Name, by Kristen Orlando.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan is fast on track to become a member of the most elite secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. After falling in love with the boy next door, she has to make a choice: Will she continue the adventurous (and dangerous) world she was born into, or follow her heart?
Start the New Year off with great reads! Click on any of the images above or on the title below to access a record and description for each book, and click on the book review organization (Kirkus, to read a short synopsis and review. Listed alphabetically by author.
Take a look below at our newest series and non-fiction titles. Click on the title or book cover to access the record in our catalog, or read a review or summary (if available). Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name.
- Seeds of America Trilogy: Ashes (#1), by Laurie Halse Anderson. Review here.
- Six of Crowns: Crooked Kingdom (#2), by Leigh Bardugo. Review here and here.
- Young Elites: The Midnight Star (#3), by Marie Lu. Summary here.
- Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow (#4), by Jonathan Stroud. UK review here.
- Columbine, by Dave Cullen. Review here.
- Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life, by Makala Nichols. Review here.