Book Spotlight: Monument 14

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

monument14     14 school kids are in trouble when a massive hailstorm sends their school bus crashing through the glass doors of a chain superstore in order to find shelter. Escalating disasters cause the riot gates to descend trapping the kids inside the store.  The kids struggle for survival while debating whether it is safer to stay or figure out a way to leave and find out what, if anything, is left of their families and the rest of civilization.

     This is a super exciting book!  The realtionships between the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 18, and their struggle to cooperate with each other in order to survive make an interesting human side to a story filled with natural disasters and chemical warfare.  The story flows nicely and makes you want to keep those pages turning!  This book was nominated for the Young Adult Top Ten books of 2013 and I think it will win!  The story is followed by Monument 14: Sky on fire by Emmy Laybourne – I am planning to read that right away!

 

 

Book Spotlight: Son by Lois Lowry

giver     Everyone remembers The Giver, that dystopian book by Lois Lowry that we all had to read in school? Children receive their lifetime assignments at the ceremony of 12 years.  When Jonas becomes the community's Receiver of memories, he discovers a terrible truth about the community he lives in.  20 years later, Lois Lowry has answered questions about what happened to Jonas and the baby he was protecting in a sequel called Son.

son   In Son by Lois Lowry, Claire has been assigned the job of Birthmother in her small community but unlike the other birthmothers, she becomes attached to her baby and feels a terrible loss when he is taken away.  When things don't go as planned for the child, Claire goes to extreme measures to find and rescue her son.  You can't go wrong with Lois Lowry and this book is well-written, unpredictable, and exciting!  Claire's life has such a roller-coaster of feelings, it is impossible to put the book down.  Read or re-read The Giver first if you can – to better understand Claire's community.

This book was nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books of 2013!

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations

Read, read, read,
and then

 
Vote 
for YOUR favorite book!!

YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has just announced this year's list of nominations for the Teen's Top Ten contest for 2013!

Teen book groups across the country have nominated their choices for this list, and now YOU, the teens of America, have until the end of summer to read, read, read them, in preparation for the VOTE.  During the months of August and September, voting is open (don't worry, we'll remind you).  Then the WINNERS of the Teens Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.  Start reading today so you can have your say in August!

Here's the list of nominees:

View full image Albin, Gennifer. Crewel.
In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised at the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.
View full image Banks, Anna. Of Poseidon
Emma has never really questioned her ability to communicate with fish, her strange violet eyes, or her awkwardness on land, but when her best friend, Chloe, dies in a shark attack and the attractive, mysterious Galen keeps showing up in her life, Emma soon learns that she belongs in a different world – one that is underwater. In the meantime, Galen, the prince of the Syrena, must learn why Emma seems to not quite fit in with either the humans or the Syrena while battling the strong attraction he feels towards her. As the relationship between the two develops, they are faced with difficult decisions between duty and desire that could lead to a huge change of Syrena history.
View full image Cabot, Meg. Underworld.  
In the second book of the Abandon series, Pierce Oliviera has been, yet again, kidnapped by John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld. However, this time she can’t escape, and when she gets a video on her phone predicting her cousin, Alex’s, death, Pierce panics and begs John for help. She will do anything if only he will help her cousin out, including staying with him forever in the Underworld.
View full image Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue.  
When her evil father King Leck dies, Bitterblue is made queen of a kingdom she knows nothing about. As she struggles to come to terms with both who she is and the legacy her father left on the city, Bitterblue tries to discover the secrets of her father's crimes by walking the streets of her own city in disguise. Filled with struggle, suspense and surprises,  will she be able to turn her kingdom into a better place?
View full image Cole, Kresley. Poison Princess. 
What really happens at the end of the world? Cannibals, Baggers, people try to sell you—and in this world, sixteen year old Evie is one of the few healthy teen girls. Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all the while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks. She knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people. Luckily or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.
View full image Cooner, Donna. Skinny
Ever had always wanted to live in a fairy tale but with 302lbs weighing her down it's difficult to achieve. It's even harder with Skinny, her own private critic constantly belittling her. In this inspirational tale, Ever discovers the truth of learning how to overcome and accept the issues that plague her.
View full image Cross, Sarah. Kill Me Softly
After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents had died at. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that this isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens that live here are fated to play out the Grimm’s fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.
View full image  Damico, Gina. Croak
Lexington “Lex” Battleby is a juvenile delinquent who is sent to her uncle Mort’s after her latest stunt. Once there she discovers that she is a Grimm Reaper. She was born to have the ability to take the souls from dead bodies and send them to the afterlife. On the job, she feels the need for justice for the poor people, and as they aren’t allowed to do anything but transport the souls. As she deals with this struggle, her limits are tested as she discovers how far she will go to help the souls and herself.
View full image   Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt
For as long as he can remember, Gene’s father has always taught him how to keep a low profile so no one can notice that he’s different. He can't run as fast, he can go outside in the daytime, and he doesn't have a lust for blood. Gene is human and each day is a battle to keep his secret locked away or be devoured by everyone around him. When he is chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last few remaining humans, he is thrust into the fight of his life and into the orbit of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Little does he know however, she has a few secrets of her own.
View full image Harstad, Johan. 172 Hours on the Moon
When NASA holds a world-wide contest for returning to the moon, no one – not even the three teenage participants – can fathom what is really in store for them up on the airless, empty gray mass. Or is it truly empty…? Unbeknownst to them, what they find up there will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on Earth.
View full image Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. 
Dragons and humans have finally achieved peace, and the anniversary celebration is fast approaching. For Seraphina Dombegh who is half dragon and half human, life is about blending in. However, a series of events will place her in the path of the Prince Lucian, Captain of the Queen’s Guard, and a hunt for a killer determined to start a war.
View full image Hocking, Amanda. Wake
Three mysterious girls have just blown into town and everyone has their eyes on them. Little does everyone know, they also have their eyes on the towns’ residences. Gemma in particular has caught their eyes and they want her. Little does Gemma know, she’s about to be thrown into a situation she might not be able to get out.
View full image Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt.  
Tilt tells the story of 3 teenagers, all wondering about who they are and how they fit into the world. One struggles with a teen pregnancy, another deals with AIDS while the last must overcome an abusive relationship. As things begin to change drastically, with them not in control, all they can do is hang on for the ride.
View full image Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted
Sunday loves to write stories, the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true. So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things, to read a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him. When you kiss an enchanted animal, or in this case- a frog, the enchanted will return to his true self. What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.
View full image LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy
Ismae is the daughter of the God of Death. After a near escape from her arranged marriage to a convent, Ismae is trained in the arts of a handmaiden of Death- assassination. Sent to the household of a possible traitor, Gavriel, Ismae begins to see glimpses of faults within her convent, and honor in the man she is sent to spy on. Despite any feelings or doubts, she knows her first duty is to Death, but she has to wonder, what will her duty cost her and the man she is coming to love?
View full image Lange, Erin Jade. Butter
Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either. One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him. This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life. But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.
View full image Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. 
Monument 14 is a book filled with terror, fear, and love, all inside a supermarket where 14 kids are trapped inside. They are unable to leave as a monster hailstorm has hit leading to variety of other disasters like a chemical weapon spill. Now they must find a way to escape their town Monument and get to safety in Alaska.
View full image Levithan, David. Every Day. 
A wakes up in a different body every day. It has always been that way for A and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person's life. Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body he is inhabiting. Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A has found himself falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…
View full image Lowry, Lois. Son.  
In this new branch of the dystopian story started by The Giver, we follow the life of Claire, a birthmother in Jonas’s community. When Claire gives birth and her baby is taken from her we see the first signs of emotion from someone besides Jonas in the community. In this riveting tale about the strength of a mother’s love, you’ll be whisked through an epic adventure of good vs. evil that explores the concepts of freedom, love, and sacrifice.
View full image Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers
Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer and has witnessed crime scenes from the killer’s point of view. So when a body is discovered, Jazz wants to use the skills he knows to help find the killer. However, he’s not just trying to prove to other people that he’s not like his father; he’s also trying to prove it to himself despite what he already knows.
View full image McGarry, Katie. Pushing the Limits
Echo is a high school girl with “freaky” scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will prove to thems and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.
View full image Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince
In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdoms divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a swords point – he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. His rivals have their own agendas as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.
View full image Picoult, Jodi. Between the Lines
Delilah is a lonely, straight-A, freshman student who is shunned by nearly everyone at her school except for her punk best friend, Jules. Her mother pushes her to get out more by making her join the swim team even though she always gets last place. Her father left her for another family and never visits. So it’s no wonder she would rather spend her days reading. She finds a fairy tale that she can’t stop reading and falls in the love with the prince of the story. Too bad he’s not real… or is he?
View full image Rhodes, Morgan. Falling Kingdoms. 
War is brewing and unrest is wide spread. The breaking point is a single incident in the dying nation of Paelsia. While three kingdoms battle for power, four young people find themselves greatly affected by it as they experience things like betrayal and war.
View full image Roth, Veronica. Insurgent
In the sequel to Divergent, Tris Prior is safe housing at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors. With the whole city at war with its self and Jeannine looking for all the divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task.
View full image Speer, Scott. Immortal City
The Immortal City, where guardian angels only protect the richest people and it’s the hottest, trendiest thing to be an angel. Maddy doesn’t quite understand what all the hype on angels is about, but when the most desired angel, Jacks asks her for help, she finds out more about angels then she ever expected possible. Soon after, they immediately fall in love. But when someone threatens this love, what will they do about it?
View full image Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, four complicated guys and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King. 
View full image Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity
Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943. She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage – hope – horror – and friendship that spans untold secrets!

The results are in — 2012 Teens Top Ten!

Teen readers across the country chose Divergent by Veronica Roth as their favorite book!  

This choice happened as part of the annual Teens’ Top Ten vote, sponsored by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association). Teens voted online between August 15 and September 15, with the official list announcement during this year's Teen Read Week (October 14–20). Click below to see a YouTube video announcement (2:05) of the winning books.

 

 

Teens’ Top Ten 2012

Vote for YOUR favorite book!!!

YALSA (young adult library services association) compiles a list of the best books of the previous year.  Thousands of teens across America vote for their favorite book on the list during the months of August and September.  The winners are announced during Teen Read Week in October.  Start reading today so you can have your say in August!

All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Not owned by SCL, keeping check, it will be ordered soon!)
Max, his sister Ally and their mother return home to Middleton to find Ally's classmates acting strange.  It is the future, and the government has created a "vaccine" to make kids easier to teach -they are les rowdy, less likely to question, and willing to obey any direction.  Max's family has a choice:  to be "vaccinated", to flee their home, or stay and fight.

Ashes by IIsa Bick
Alex, Tom, and Ellie join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky.  The pulse kills most of the world's population and destroys all computer devices, but it also turns some who remain into zombies or gives them superhuman senses.

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped.  When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos- Island of Bones – for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back.  Can she escape death once again?

Tempest by Julie Cross
Jackson is a typical college kid until the day his girlfriend, Holly, is shot.  Jackson decides he must use his one incredible gift, the ability to time travel.  He goes back in time two years, trying to discover a way to alter the future so that Holly lives.  The future is full of uncertainty and the past is full of betrayal-is there anyone Jackson can trust?

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Ever since Mclean's parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona.  Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds she doesn't want to -she just wants to be herself.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
In the future, experimental genetics ensures that males only live to 25 and females to 20.  When 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and sold into marriage, she is determined not to left her walls down for anyone so she can escape and go home to her brother.  But when she meets her sister wives and Gabriel, a handsome servant, she finds it harder than ever as she tries to plan her escape under the watchful eye of her sinister father-in-law.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia's ex-boyfriend.  Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia's family, the talented cellist moves to new York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Will Scarlett is one of the Merry Men, Robin Hood's legendary band of thieves, but what few people know is that Will Scarlett is actually…a girl!  Disguised as a boy to escape from her past, Scarlett robs from the rich and gives to the poor.  When an old enemy of Scarlett's appears, she must choose:  Keep her identity hidden?  Or keep the people of Nottingham safe?

Eona:  The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
As the battle for ultimate control of her home draws near, Eona finds herself waging an internal battle that might cause more damage than the war threatening to break out across the kingdom.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer.  As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the "side-effects of dying," they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
When Paige Turner and her family move to Brooklyn from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, which exposes her true personality and helps her find herself.

Legend by Marie Lu
June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother's death.  What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Emerson Cole sees dead people – ghosts from the past blending in with her surroundings.  When a new consultant from a secretive organization shows up at her door to try to cure, her, everything changes.  But diving into the world of the mysterious Hourglass Society proves to be dangerous as the past merges with the present.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing.  Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.

Shine by Lauren Myracle
When her best friend falls victim to a horrible hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her backwoods town in North Carolina.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Conor suddenly wakes up just past midnight to find a monster outside his window.  This monster wants something from Conor that he is reluctant to give:  the truth.

This Dark Endeavor:  The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein  by Kenneth Oppel
In this prequel to Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is on a dark quest to save his twin's life.  With help from his best friend Henry and his lovely cousin Elizabeth, the three go on a quest to concoct the mythical Elixir of Life.  How far is he willing to go to save his twin?

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed.  Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt.  With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children's home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him.  When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave); where would you fit?  Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family's faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs.  And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, Lina, her mother, and younger brother are taken from their home in Lithuania and sent to Siberia.  The only thing that keeps her going is her secretly-created art and the hope that one day she'll be reunited with her father.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races.  The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine.  Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion – but only one can win The Scorpio Races.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
A year after Jill's father dies, her mother decides to adopt a baby.  Mandy's been living in different places, but now that she's pregnant, she wants to make sure her baby has the love and support she never did.  A story of two girls dealing with grief, new life, and everything in between when their paths cross.

All these Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
In 2083, water is rationed, paper is rare, and coffee and chocolate are illegal.  Anya Balanchine balances a mobster family, ailing grandmother, and forbidden love – until it all comes crashing down. 
Teen Review of this book can be found here:  http://sonomalibrary.org/blogs/ya/2011/11/29/teen-book-review-all-these-things-ive-done/

Teens’ Top Ten 2011!

Here are the top ten books of 2011 chosen by teens.  Teens around the country voted for their favorite books of 2011 in August and September.  Did you vote?  What do you think of the results? 

1.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3.  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4.  I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (It's pretty funny that this book received 4th place!)

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

6. Matched by Ally Condie

7. Angel by James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

For more information please visit YALSA's website at:

www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm

 

 


2011 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations

Every year 16 teen groups from around the country nominate their favorite books from the previous year.  You can vote for your favorite book on this list between August 22nd through September 16th.  The winners are announced during Teen Read Week in October. 

Start reading one of these books today so you can vote for your favorite on August 22nd.  (Don't worry we will remind you when the voting starts!) 

 Drought by Pam Bachorz
Ruby and the Congregants have been enslaved to collect water for Darwin West and his Overseers.  Ruby uses her magical blood to bless the water; without her blood, the Congregants will die.  She and the Congregants pray to Otto, her father, to return and save them all.  One day, Ford, the new overseer, arrives, and he and Ruby fall for each other.  Ruby longs to run away with him to the modern world where she can lead a normal teenage life.  She is torn between two worlds.  Will she choose to be free with her forbidden love, or will she choose to be enslaved with her family?

 I Am J by Cris Beam
J (Jeni) is a boy and has always identified himself as such, but he was genetically born female.  As a teen, J acts like a boy and dresses in baggy clothes to hide his feminine body.  He wants to begin testosterone treatments to transfer physically to a man, but his parents and best friend do not accept him as male.  J decides to run away and enroll in a school for gay and transgender students, where he is able to begin to find acceptance.  More than just a story of a transgender teen, this is the story of how teenagers live and love and cope.

 You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Teenage Dalton Rev is a private eye.  He is sent to a high school to find out about the death of Wesley Payne.  Was it really a suicide?  The school's tight cliques have gone insane and lost control.  It's up to Dalton to sort through a huge mess of betrayal in order to restore the hierarchy.

 Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Are you Team Unicorn or Team Zombie?  In this anthology of twelve fast-paced stories, popular teen authors make strong arguments for both sides in the long and gruesome debate concerning the awesomeness of zombies versus unicorns. 

 The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
Danny thought he was a "drekka," one without magic, until he discovers he has magical powers as a gate mage.  The only problem:  all the magic families made a pact to kill any person who could make gates to transport themselves.  Danny is forced to run from everything and everyone he knows in an attempt to unravel the secrets behind his powers.

 The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In this prequel to the Mortal Instruments series, Tessa Gray travels to England to search for her brother, her only remaining relative.  She is captured by the mysterious Dark Sisters and discovers that there is a fantastical world thriving alongside her own.  She finds that she must ally with the unknown shadowhunters to save her brother.

 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The final book in the Hunger Games series finds Katniss Everdeen rescued from the horrific 75th Hunger Games-but not her fellow tribute, Peeta Mallark.  Now she must lead a rebellion against the evil capital with the help of District 13, which is not destroyed, but has been quietly sowing the seeds of war for years.  As Katniss becomes more entangled in war and revolution, the question of who she can trust becomes ever harder, and she must fight for her life once again.

Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins (not owned by Sonoma County Library, but check back soon!)
Zahara, Kali, and Syd meet in a support group when their respective parents get divorced, but it gets so much worse when they realize they've all been dating the same guy:  Rick, aka Rico, aka Eric!  The girls are devasted…until they decide to show the cheater the error of his ways.  When more and more people find out their plots and plans, Zahara, Kali, and Syd realize that they are much more than three girls who were cheated on.

 Matched by Ally Condie
In Cassia's society, most of her choices are made for her, including the person with whom she will spend the rest of her life:  her Match.  At age 17, Cassia is happily surprised when her Match turns out to be her best friend Xander, but when a glitch occurs and another boy's face appears on her screen, Cassia can't help but wonder what would happen if she were able to choose her own Match.  Now she must decide between conforming to society and pursuing a life where she can make her own choices.

 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
When Calla, who is a Guardian, saves a boy on her mountain from a bear attack, the consequences are farther reaching than could be imagined, especially when that boy shows up at her school and appears to be a favored companion of her masters, the Keepers.

 Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
In this sequel to Hush, Hush, a few months have passed since Nora's lab partner Patch, actually a fallen angel, saved her from his murderous vassal Nephil and became her guardian angel.  She and Patch are now dating, but she is starting to doubt his love for her.  Is he keeping something from her?  And is she really safe now?

 Lies by Michael Grant
Lies continues the story that began in Gone and Hunger.  Is death the only answer?  Life is getting hard for the under 15s who survived.  Food is running out, the beach is burning, and things are getting tense.  The situation is getting worse for the survivors and everyone has their own battles to face.

 Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
An unbelievable betrayal, an ancient spell, and a love triangle all make Rachel Hawkins' sequel to Hex Hall impossible to put down.  When Sophie goes to her father's mansion for the summer, she thinks she knows exactly what she wants:  to undergo the Removal and get rid of the demon inside of her.  But when it turns out that someone else is making demons, she has to question everything and everyone-especially Archer Cross, the boy she can't get out of her head.

 Hex Hall by Rachel Hakwins
Sixteen-year-old Sophie is a witch sent to live at Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (witches, faeries, shape-shifters, etc.), after she bungles a spell at prom and attracts too much attention from normal humans.  At her new school, Sophie must face the usual teen troubles of mean girls and crushes with the added dimension of magic and learning about her own powers.

 The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
On the eve of her 16th birthday, Meghan starts seeing dark creatures in the most unusual places and senses that everything is about to change.  But she could never have imagined the truth-that she is a princess, the daughter of a mythical faery king.  When she finds out her little brother has been kidnapped and replaced by a changeling, Meghan ventures in to the fey world to rescue him.

 I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Number Four is one of nine aliens that escaped from the planet Lorien just ahead of the evil Mogadorians, a rival alien race bent of their destruction.  He's settling into another new town on Earth, trying to get a handle on his developing powers, when he gets the news:  Number Three is dead.  If Number Three is dead, that means Number Four is next.

 Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
In a world dominated by vampires, half-vamp, half-wulf Danny is used to hiding his true nature.  When he experiences strange changes, it appears that his wulf side has become active.  In a world where wulves are not treated equally, Danny faces a difficult choice:  a dreary future as an inmate once a month or life as an illegal, unregistered wulf.

 The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
After Lennie's sister suddenly dies, she finds herself torn between two boys.  One is the new boy in town, and the other is her sister's ex-boyfriend.  While she is genuinely attracted to one, the other really understands her feelings, yet she knows it is wrong.  Who will she choose?

 Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Popular, rich, and attractive Sam Kingston never worried about how her behavior affected other people.  After dying in a car crash, Sam is forced to relive the last day of her life for seven days.  She progressively becomes a better person as she realizes the ripple effect of her actions and uses the second chance to fix her most dire mistakes.

The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal
At sixteen, Princess Nalia learns that the king and queen have used her as a false princess to protect their real daugther from an omen of death.  Princess Nalia, now Sinda, is sent away from the palace to live with the one relative she has left in a world she does not know.  Sinda struggles with her new life and uncovers a secret that may change her country forever.  Magic runs through her veins, and theories of corruption in the royal bloodline keep her entangled in the royal family's affairs.

 Angel:  A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
In book seven of the Maximum Ride series, the titular character is devastated after a fellow "bird kid" leaves to start his own flock of mutant heroes.  Scientists tell her that another "bird kid", Dylan, is her perfect mate, and that she's been created to save the world.  When the Doomsday Group starts hypnotizing children, Max heads to Paris with her flock to investigate.  Unfortunately, Fang and his new flock are investigating as well.

 Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Sisters Rosie and Scarlett March are left as orphans at eleven after their grandmother is killed by a Fenris, a soulless creature that takes the form of a man and can turn into a wolf.  Scarlett loses an eye in the attack and decides to devote her life to hunting the Fenris.  Silas, a young woodsman, returns to town.  Rosie knows the Fenris deserve to die, but she's not ready to commit her entire life to hunting them.  Can the sisters learn to live with their differences as Rosie and Silas's friendship blossoms into something more?

 Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Quincie, everyone's favorite teen restaurateur and vampire, is back in this follow-up to Tantalize and Eternal.  This time, she has even more on her plate.  She just died, became a vampire, said goodbye to her true love/werewolf boyfriend Kieren, and she has to stop the most powerful and evil vampire in centuries and find a way to save her own soul and the souls of the soon-to-be evil vampires.

 Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
This sequel to Leviathan picks up where the last book left off with Alek, the lost Austro-Hungarian prince, and Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy, on the airship Leviathan heading to the Ottoman Empire.  Upon arriving, Alek escapes and starts a revolution to overthrow the Sultan and try to stop a war.

 Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Normal?  Yeah, right!  Evie's biggest dream ever was to be normal, but with a faerie ex-boyfriend and a mermaid for a best friend, she might as well just throw the word "normal" right in the trash can.  Evie has the unique ability to see through paranormals' glamours, which has made her a valued asset of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA).  When someone breaks into the Agency headquarters, Evie meets an unusual Paranormal:  a boy who can shape-shift into any human.  Can Evie save the lives of unarmed Paranormals from something that is after her too?

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