SYNC Audiobooks for the Summer

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This summer, SYNC will be providing two free teen audiobooks each week from April 27th to August 16th. Each week will focus on a specific theme, pairing a classic YA title with a more modern YA title. These two titles will be available to download for free this week only (from 4/27 to 5/3) at the SYNC website. The first week will start on Thursday, May 27th with The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The theme for this first week is exploring issues related to “true self.”

Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson’s narrations, coupled with eerie musical snippets, set an ominous tone that draws listeners into this horror story involving two teenage girls. The story includes police reports, psychiatric evaluations, “video footage,” and diary entries surrounding the mysterious fire that claimed the lives of several students at Elmbridge High. Though it was Carly Johnson who disappeared in the fire, it’s the diary of Kaitlyn, a girl who seemingly did not exist, that causes the case to be re-examined decades later. The narrators infuse their performances with qualities that exemplify their characters’ emotional states, making the two girls easily distinguishable. They do stellar jobs with the secondary characters, as well. A thoroughly entertaining and engrossing production. The library owns a book copy of this title as well.

Dorian Gray is one of Wilde’s most iconic characters, referenced consistently in any number of contemporary art forms. Loyal to this tradition, Greg Wise offers a timeless narration of this audiobook. His classic British voice–elegant and erudite–moves languidly between formally proper and ironic. Wise is the quintessential narrator of this type of novel; his laconic style and resonant voice work well with the text. At times, whether due to Wilde’s nuanced prose or the moments when Wise’s consistent tone becomes too hypnotic, the effect can be too smooth, too subtle, offering an almost monotonous result. However, those interested in immersing themselves in an oft-alluded-to text will find those moments inconsequential and the recording well worth hearing. The library owns this in eAudiobook format and in book format.

Check out the rest of the month’s schedule here… you can even get text alerts about upcoming titles!

Explode Your Holds With New YA!

Continued Series Fiction:

Legacy of lies ; Don't tell by Elizabeth Chandler (Dark Secrets)

In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.

In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all and maybe Lauren is next.

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (Companion to Openly Straight)

Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship--but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father.

Pyromantic by Lish McBride (Sequel to Firebug)

When a mysterious illness starts to affect the magical community, it's up to Ava, who can start fires with her mind, and her team to stop its spread...or else one of them might be next.

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (Flawed)

Since Celestine, eighteen, was declared a public menace, she has been on the run with Carrick, the one person she can trust, but she has a secret that may save all of those branded Flawed.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Star-Touched Queen)

Gauri, princess of Bharata, has been captured by her kindgom's enemies and faces a future of exile and scorn--she has nothing left to lose. But Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land, promises her freedom in exchange for her partnership on his team to win the Tournament of Wishes. It seems like a fool-proof plan--until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes, and new trials test their devotion, strength, and wits at every turn. And they soon discover that there's nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Speculative Fiction:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Follows the experiences of an aristocrat's daughter, Yeva, who tracks a mysterious woodland creature her father has become obsessed with and that stands at the center of his failing sanity.

Freya by Matthew Laurence

Ancient gods collide with the modern world when the goddess Freya tries to reclaim her lost power and take down an evil corporation.

White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she's going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts--and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine…the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy, who seem to need you desperately--though you don't understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.

Bull by David Elliott

A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

Realistic Fiction:

Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

When her divorced parents start living together again, Rianne finds herself questioning her future, her relationship with Luke, and why she's gotten stuck with an "easy girl" reputation for doing the same exact things as guys without any judgment.

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Follows three teens in a small town whose lives intersect in ways they never expected, teaching them that there are no one-size-fits-all definitions of depression, friendship, and love.

Get It Together, Delilah! By Erin Gough

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green is doing her best to deal with a chaotic life--she is running the family café, The Flywheel, by herself because her father is on a vacation trying to get over his wife deserting him; she is getting flack at school because she is a lesbian, and one of the "in-girls" has started to come on to her, and she is hopelessly attracted to a girl named Rosa, who dances the flamenco outside the café every evening.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

A studious girl and a quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Seventeen-year-old Bailey moves to California to live with her father and, perhaps, finally meet an online friend and fellow film buff, but soon finds herself attracted to an annoying co-worker.

Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is.

Worthy by Donna Cooner
Linden Wilson, aspiring writer, is a junior at Sam Houston High School, and she has just started dating handsome Alex Garcia when a mysterious app called "Worthy", which ranks couples at the high school via user comments, turns her life upside down by labeling her as "unworthy" of Alex--and suddenly Linden is reevaluating herself and the people she thought of as friends.

Mystery & Thrillers:

Sophie Someone by Hayley Long

Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she's fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.

Overturned by Lamar Giles

Nikki Tate's father has been on death row for killing his best friend in a gambling dispute, but he has always maintained his innocence, and now his conviction has been overturned and he is back at the casino, where high school junior Nikki has been operating illegal poker games in the hopes of saving enough money to get out of Vegas after graduation--and now he is determined to find the real killer, and Nikki is inevitably drawn into his dangerous search for the truth.

Romance:

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

An irresistible novel about math and romance, with a hint of the paranormal. Being a math genius is not exactly a ticket to popularity for seventeen-year-old Eva. Even worse, whenever she touches another person or their belongings, she gets glimpses of their emotions, secrets and insecurities, making her keep her distance from everyone. So when Eva realizes she can touch Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist, without getting visions „ only sparks „ she finds herself drawing closer to him. But then she discovers the history that links them, and the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Ten Miles One Way by Patrick Downes

In the wake of a near-fatal car accident, Isaac Kew, twenty, recalls a very long walk he took three years earlier with his bipolar girlfriend, Nest.

Science Fiction:

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

A teenage boy leaves for Mars as a colonist with the Mars One space program and grapples with what he's leaving behind to do so.