Explode Your Holds with New Fiction 2017!

explodeyourholdsCheck out what's new in YA Fiction as we start off the new year in 2017:

Continued Series Fiction:

unboundUnBound by Neal Shusterman (Part of the Unwind Dystology)

In this latest installment of the Unwind Dystology, author Shusterman along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman explore even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable in short stories that examine the world of "unwinding"--transplanting more than 99% of the bodies of out-of-control teens into other people-- in a way we haven't seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.

lock-and-mori-mindgamesMind Games by Heather W. Petty (Sequel to Lock & Mori)

In modern-day London, sixteen-year-old Miss James "Mori" Moriarty and classmate Sherlock Holmes set out to discover who is framing Mori for the Regent's Park killings.

eliteElite by Mercedes Lackey (Sequel to Hunter)

While fighting monsters that break through the barriers surrounding Apex City, Joy and her pack of magical hounds begin finding dead Psimons, and reporting the incidents only causes more trouble.

ever-the-huntedEver the Hunted by Erin Summerill (Book 1 in the Clash of Kingdoms Series)

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is the outcast daughter of a bounty hunter who must use her powers to track her father's killer in a world of warring kingdoms and dangerous magic.

Speculative Fiction:

spindleSpindle by E. K. Johnston

Yashaa sets out to break the curse over the kingdom with his three friends and the princess herself in this lush, transformative retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

riverkeepRiverkeep by Martin Stewart

When 15-year-old Wulliam's father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull must care for him and take on his family's mantle of Riverkeep, tending the Danék. Wull finds out there is a cure for his father's illness, and embarks on an epic journey to kill the great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach.

like-a-river-gloriousLike a River Glorious by Rae Carson

After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home, one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson, her longtime best friend, hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasn't given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she's kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle's villainy. Yet Lee's magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

children-of-edenChildren of Eden by Joey Graceffa

Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well give her away to the ruthless Center government. Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

Realistic Fiction:

saving-redSaving Red by Sonya Sones

Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica's annual homeless count, just to get her school's community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas. This turns out to be extremely difficult--because Red refuses to talk about her past. There are things Molly won't talk about either. Like the awful thing that happened last winter. She may never be ready to talk about that. Not to Red, or to Cristo, the soulful boy she meets while riding the Ferris wheel one afternoon. When Molly realizes that the friends who Red keeps mentioning are nothing more than voices inside Red's head, she becomes even more concerned about her well-being. How will Molly keep her safe until she can figure out a way to get Red home?

all-we-have-leftAll We Have Left by Wendy Mills

In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.

airAir by Ryan Gattis

After 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore, where he struggles to fit in to a new school and community. His new friend Akil introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.

Mystery and Thrillers:

three-truths-and-a-lieThree Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

When friends Rob, Liam, Mia, and Galen gather for a weekend of fun deep in the forest, one is hiding a lie and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

messengerMessenger by Carol Lynch Williams

Evie Messenger, who can see and talk to ghosts, tries to solve the mystery of a teenage ghost who is following her.

Romance:

shame-the-starsShame the Stars by Guadalupe García McCall

In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquín and Dulceña attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.

we-are-still-tornadoesWe Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it's the 80's after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they've graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams. During their first year apart, Scott and Cath's letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that's clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond. This funny yet deeply moving book--set to an awesome 80's soundtrack--captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood ... and first love.

the-best-possible-answerThe Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it's okay to be less than perfect, because it's our imperfections that make us who we are.

the-memory-bookThe Memory Book by Lara Avery

When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.

girls-in-the-moonGirls in the Moon by Janet McNally

Tired of the half-truths surrounding her famous family's past, Phoebe visits her indie-rock darling sister Luna to see how she fits into a family of storytellers.

Explode Your Holds with New Fiction!

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Check out what's new for you in a variety of different genres:

Continued Series Fiction:

a-million-worlds-with-youA Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Third in the Firebird Trilogy)

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite's hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray. Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent's invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension's Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite's side, the Triad's last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It's a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win. In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

the-turncoats-gambitThe Turncoat’s Gambit by Andrea Cremer (Finale to the Inventor’s Secret Saga)

"In an alternate nineteenth-century America, Charlotte is on the run from both the empire and the revolution. Now she must figure out whom she trusts, once and for all.

Speculative Fiction:

of-fire-and-starsOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire--a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation--and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought--and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more. But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms--and each other.

merrowMerrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith

Enduring whispers about her absent mother's alleged merrow origins after her father drowns, twelve-year-old Neen questions her identity as she becomes increasingly torn between the worlds of the sea and her island home.

snow-summerSnow Summer by Kit Peel

Massive climate change has caused a winter that will not thaw, and it seems that the forces of nature have turned on humanity itself. In the sleepy British village of Pateley Bridge, Wyn, an orphan, has always known that she is different. Unable to feel the biting cold of wind and snow, she does what she can to blend in. When mysterious figures start to appear in the village, insisting that she may have the power to restore order to the natural world, Wyn must look deep inside herself to face the secrets of her past that she has kept hidden even from herself.

Realistic Fiction:

all-in-piecesAll in Pieces by Suzanne Young

A girl struggles to take care of her younger brother with special needs while confronting her own anger issues.

pushing-perfectPushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff

Although she seems to have the perfect life, Kara is caught up with a group whose secrets threaten to ruin her perfectly planned future.

gap-lifeGap Life by John Coy

Despite acceptance from his father's college, Cray decides to take a gap year with Rayne, who helps him find a job at a home for developmentally disabled adults, and he learns more about himself and others than any university could teach him.

Historical Fiction:

blood-red-snow-whiteBlood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

A novel based on the life of children's book author Arthur Ransome, who left his home, his wife, and daughter and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman and was suspected, by both sides, of being a spy.

four-four-twoFour-Four-Two by Dean Hughes

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

Mystery & Thrillers:

die-for-youDie for You by Amy Fellner Dominy

Eighteen-year-old Emma Lorde thought her gorgeous, good guy boyfriend, Dillon, had saved her life, but senior year has brought about many changes and challenges to their picture perfect future.

the-stranger-gameThe Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

When Nico Morris's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, when Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical--where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Romance:

the-romanticsThe Romantics by Leah Konen

When his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation, seventeen-year-old Gael is heartbroken until Love intervenes.

 

Audiobooks:

crimson-boundCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in a vain effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand, the man she hates most, Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. They navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite. And as the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing.

Explode Your Holds with More New Fiction!

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We have a variety of new materials for you to check out:

Continued Series Fiction:

Geminagemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Book 2 of The Illuminae Files)

When the space station Heimdall is invaded, Hannah and Nik must work together to defeat the enemy.

Seriously Shiftedseriously-shifted by Tina Connolly (Sequel to Seriously Wicked)

Teenage witch Cam isn't crazy about the idea of learning magic. She'd rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother's wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them ... Now Cam's learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don't get him first, that is.

Speculative Fiction:

Vengeance Boundvengeance-bound by Justina Ireland

Amelie Ainsworth longs to graduate from high school and live a normal life, but as an abused child she became one of the Furies, driven to mete out justice on the Guilty, and lives on the run from the murders they commit.

The Diabolicthe-diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.

Realistic Fiction:

The Homecomingthe-homecoming by Stacie Ramey

John's mother kicked him out of the house when she couldn't handle his anger, and John's spent the last few years bouncing between relatives. But after his last scrape with the law, there's nowhere for him to go but home. Starting senior year at a new high school and fitting into the family that shut him out is a challenge. And it's all that John can do to keep from turning back to bad habits. Lacrosse training helps him focus. As does Emily, the girl next door. She's sweet and smart, and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. Maybe he's ready to trust again. But tragedy has a way of finding John, and he must decide between saving his family or saving himself.

Mystery & Thrillers:

Useless Bayuseless-bay by M. J. Beaufrand

On Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, the Gray family's quintuplets join the search for a young boy gone missing and soon discover deep family secrets and that crimes have been committed.

Unnatural Deedsunnatural-deeds by Cyn Balog

Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can't get enough of that rush. Despite Vic's loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z's. Soon she's lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z's secrets. Except Z's not the only one with a past. Victoria's hiding her own secrets -- secrets that will come back to haunt her, and destroy everything in her path.

The Amateursthe-amateurs by Sara Shepard

Four teens who met on an online cold-case solving forum attempt to solve another teen's murder.

Romance:

No Holding Backno-holding-back by Kate Evangelista

Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston, but Preston doesn't know. Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics swim team so there is very little time for Nathan to come clean about his feelings. Will a whirlwind trip to Europe help things along?

The Sun is Also a Starthe-sun-is-also-a-star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Flip the Birdflip-the-bird by Kym Brunner

A teenage falconer in training runs up against trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl who is part of a radical animal rights group.

Nonfiction:

Dear My Blankdear-my-blank edited by Emily Trunko

Collection of anonymous unsent letters from the author's Tumblr, Dear my blank.

Audiobooks:

The Memory of Lightthe-memory-of-light-cd by Francisco X. Stork

Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression, this is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one, about living when life doesn't seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

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Continued Series Fiction:

the-midnight-starrThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Book 3 of the Young Elites series)

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained.

trail-of-the-deadTrail of the Dead by Joseph Bruchac (Sequel to Killer of Enemies)

Lozen and her family, on the run from the tyrants who once held them hostage, embark on a journey along a perilous trail once followed by her ancestors, where they meet friends and foes alike.

empire-decayedThe Death and Life of Zebulon Finch Volume Two: Empire Decayed by Daniel Kraus

The conclusion to Daniel Kraus's saga about a murdered teen who is resurrected to walk the earth for decades to come.

twelve-days-of-dash-and-lilyThe Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Sequel to Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares)

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas--Lily’s favorite time of the year--Dash, Lily's brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Realistic Fiction:

something-in-betweenSomething In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

After learning of her family's illegal immigrant status, Jasmine realizes that college may be impossible and that deportation is a real threat, uncertainties she endures as she falls for the son of a congressman who opposes an immigration reform bill.

still-life-with-tornadoStill Life with Tornado by A. S. King

A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier and why she suddenly cannot make art.

speed-of-lifeSpeed of Life by J. M. Kelly

Crystal must choose between her dream of becoming the first college student in her family, or keeping a promise to her twin sister, Amber, to raise together the baby one had in high school.

the-weight-of-zeroThe Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

A seventeen-year-old suffering from bipolar disease wants to commit suicide, but a meaningful relationship and the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter her perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence.

Historical Fiction:

every-hidden-thingEvery Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

In the late nineteenth century, a budding romance develops between Rachel and Samuel, two teenagers from rival families of fossil hunters heading out to the badlands in seach of a rare dinosaur skeleton.

 

Romance:

what-lightWhat Light by Jay Asher

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon--it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

girls-like-meGirls Like Me by Lola StVil

Fifteen-year-old Shay is trying to cope with being overweight and getting bullied in school, but when she falls in love with mysterious Blake, insecure Shay needs the help of her two best friends to make love prevail.

holding-up-the-universeHolding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love.

Audiobooks:

swarmSwarm by Scott Westerfeld (sequel to Zeroes)

They thought they'd already faced their toughest fight. There's no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes. These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they're trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground. The quiet doesn't last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd based chaos. Hot on their tails is a crowd power even more dangerous and sinister.

places-no-one-knows-cdPlaces No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Waverly Camdenmar, an overachiever in every way, seems perfect, yet perfection is exhausting. She has not slept in days and then one night she falls asleep and walks into someone else's life. She dream visits a boy she could never be with and is forced to decide what matters most to her.

Explode Your Holds with More New Speculative Fiction!

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Replicareplica by Lauren Oliver

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects--Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72--manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own ... While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

Beastbeast by Brie Spangler

After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

bound-by-blood-and-sandBound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

A slave living in a dying desert world must decide if she wants to help the kingdom's prince save their world.

nemesisNemesis by Anna Banks

The spectorium Princess Sepora createe provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it. Fleeing, she escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague sweeping killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

a-darkly-beating-heartA Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko's parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own.

rose-and-thornRose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

In this fairy tale retelling, a girl tries to fight the story of Sleeping Beauty before she falls under its spell.

moon-chosenMoon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has cast her duties aside until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before. Now, evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready to save her people, herself and Nik, and ready to embrace her true destiny--and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Review: Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunitydiplomatic-immunity by Brodi Ashton is an amazing story that follows a girl as she navigates throughout Washington D.C’s elite. The story follows Piper Baird, who is fighting for a prestigious journalism scholarship at an Academy for college. The story follows Piper and gives you an insight to her life, as well as into the ones from her school. Brodi Ashton does a great job of comparing and contrasting Piper’s life to those who are more privileged and don’t have to worry about money or consequences for their actions. She also does a good job of having a mix of different genres throughout her book, therefore opening her book up to more readers. If you like this book, be sure to check out more books like this on the library catalog by Brodi Ashton!

Reviewed by Emma Carroll

Explode Your Holds With New Audiobooks!

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Listen up! We have some awesome new audiobooks from all different genres:

a-shadow-bright-and-burning-cdA Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (Book 1 in the Kingdom on Fire series)

When her unusual powers mark her as the one destined to lead the war against the seven Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries--though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed.

kids-of-appetite-cdKids of Appetite by David Arnold

Teens Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco sit in separate police interrogation rooms telling about the misfits who brought them together and their journey sparked by a message in an urn.

pasadena-cdPasadena by Sherri L. Smith

Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses. When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. Jude calls it what it is, murder, and someone has to pay.

the-reader-cdThe Reader by Traci Chee (Book 1 of Sea of Ink and Gold series)

Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered.

the-midnight-star-cdThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Book 3 of the Young Elites series)

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained.

holding-up-the-universe-cdHolding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Struggling to pick up the pieces of her life after her mother's death and ostracized by her peers because of her weight, Libby is tangled up in a cruel high school game with a charismatic boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces.

Explode Your Holds with New Mystery & Thrillers!

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We have some supernaturally good Mysteries & Thrillers: check them out, if you dare!

look-pastLook Past by Eric Devine

The daughter of a prominent and very conservative local pastor is murdered, and the killer is now taunting Avery, a transgender boy, with messages claiming the murder was revenge for her relationship with Avery. The killer demands Avery repent for changing his gender identity, or he will be the next one killed.

everyone-weve-beenEveryone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy who keeps disappearing. She's afraid she's going crazy, and the worried looks on her family's and friends' faces aren't helping. Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits the Overton Clinic. But there she unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. Flooded with questions about the past, Addison confronts the choices she can't even remember and wonders if you can possibly know the person you're becoming if you don't know the person you've been.

a-taste-for-monstersA Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.

women-in-the-wallsWomen in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family. When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

tattoo-atlasTattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen

After Franklin commits a horrific crime and is sent to a special lab for rehabilitation, only Jeremy believes that Franklin might actually be better...but when crimes start up again in their small town, Jeremy begins to wonder if evil can ever truly be quelled.

the-rainsThe Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen--and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away.

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Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Flynn's girlfriend is missing, and people are suspecting him of knowing something, so he struggles to uncover her secrets as he must also face the truth about himself.

Explode Your Holds List with New Continued Series!

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Continued Series books are great, but sometimes having to wait for the next book in the series is torturous! Check out what new Continued Series books we have, or start a new series while you're waiting for the next one:

the-siegeThe Siege by Mark Alpert (Sequel to The Six)

Adam and the other robotized teenagers in the Pioneer Project must once again battle Sigma, the rogue artificial intelligence program bent on destroying Adam and all of humanity by first corrupting the Six from the inside.

the-shadow-hourThe Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (Sequel to The Girl at Midnight)

With the firebird awakened, the war has become even more dangerous for Echo and her friends. There is a darkness spreading, and staying in hiding might not be enough to keep them alive.

julia-vanishesJulia Vanishes by Catherine Egan (Book 1 in The Witch’s Child Series)

Possessing an ability to hide on the edge of perception, Julia conceals her talents in a city where magic is banned and poses as a grand lady's housemaid alongside an eccentric band of fellow housemates who have ties to a powerful killer.

the-death-and-life-of-zebulon-finchAt the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus (Volume One: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch)

The story follows Zebulon Finch, a teenager murdered in 1896 Chicago who inexplicably returns from the dead and searches for redemption through the ages.

the-revivalThe Revival by Chris Weitz (Book 3 in the Young World Trilogy)

Shocking events take place for Donna, Jefferson, Kath, and their tribe as they face their greatest challenge yet--how to hold the new city-state of New York against a ruthless attack from the Old World. Heart-stopping action and exciting new revelations will leave readers hungry for the final installment in the series.

the-giantThe Giant by Lex Thomas (Quarantine Book 4)

Gonzalo, now released from the high school quarantine, travels across a ravaged America looking for his beloved girlfriend Sasha.

prettiesPretties by Scott Westerfeld (Sequel to Uglies)

Finally surgically transformed into a "pretty," sixteen-year-old Tally, now gorgeous and programmed to think only happy thoughts, is plagued by tangled memories of living in the Smoke, a rebel colony of "ugly" runaways hiding from the Special Circumstances authorities.

A Shadow Bright and Burninga-shadow-bright-and-burning by Jessica Cluess (Book 1 in the Kingdom on Fire Series)

When her unusual powers mark her as the one destined to lead the war against the seven Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries--though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed

 

the-swan-ridersThe Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Sequel to The Scorpion Rules)

Greta was her country's crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came, it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different past. She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.

The Witch's Pyrewitchs-pyre by Josephine Angelini (Book 3 in the Worldwalker trilogy)

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, and has chosen to face battle again. And after her recent losses and betrayal, she has learned more about grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a strange society, Lily is determined to find a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices, and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

gamescape-overworldGamescape: Overworld by Emma Trevayne (Book 1 of 2)

Miguel and his team enter a global competition to win the virtual reality game Chimera.

the-fever-codeThe Fever Code by James Dashner (Book 5 in the Maze Runner series)

Reveals how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze against the backdrop of an apocalyptic world.

frost-like-nightFrost Like Night by Sara Raasch (Book 5 in the Snow Like Ashes series)

The final book in the Snow Like Ashes series, a high-fantasy adventure following Meira as she tries to defeat the evil king of Spring.

swarmSwarm by Scott Westerfeld (Book 2 in the Zeroes series)

As they celebrate the opening of their underground nightclub, the Zeroes, six teenagers with unique abilities, learn about the sinister power of Swarm, who uses a crowd's rage to kill--and who loves killing Zeroes.

Black Widow: Red Vengeanceblack-widow-red-vengeance by Margaret Stohl (Sequel to Black Widow: Forever Red)

Penned by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel's most cunning and dangerous spies-Black Widow and Red Widow- delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training.

the-immortal-throneThe Immortal Throne by Bree Despain (Book 3 of Into the Dark Series)

Haden, Prince of the Underrealm, and Daphne, a mortal girl, are stuck in separate realms, racing time to save each other and fulfill their destiny before the monstrous Keres destroys everything they know.

Explode Your Holds with New Speculative Fiction!

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See what's new in Speculative Fiction:

The Forgettingthe-forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.

The Light Fantasticthe-light-fantastic by Sarah Combs

Seven interwoven narratives spanning three tense hours on a fateful day share the perspectives of a girl with a rare memory condition, a teacher who fears a student may be planning an act of violence, and a girl about to embark on a cross-country plot.

phantom-limbsPhantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis's little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it's been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara--part drill sergeant, part friend--who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he's never forgotten and the brother he's never stopped grieving.

As I Descendedas-i-descended by Robin Talley

Tapping a dark power to prevent the favorite candidate of a distinguished educational prize from winning, school power couple Maria and Lily unleash fatal energies that blur the lines between reality and madness.

into-whiteInto White by Randi Pink

LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn't know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were . . . different. And then a higher power answers her prayer: to be 'anything but black.' Toya is suddenly white, blond, and popular. Now what?

stalking-jack-the-ripperStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

The Odds of Lightningthe-odds-lightning by Jocelyn Davies

The night before their SATs, four former best friends get struck by a magical bolt of lightning that gives them special powers and sends them on an all-night adventure throughout New York City.

 

the-bombs-that-brought-us-togetherThe Bombs that Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.

metaltownMetaltown by Kristen Simmons

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She's been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She's no longer alone it's the two of them against the world. That's something even a town this brutal can't take away from her. Until it does. Lena's future depends on her family's factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she'll risk everything to do what's right. In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules. An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

vassa-in-the-nightVassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, Vassa uses a magical gift from her dead mother to take on Babs Yaga, the witch who owns the local convenience store. Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful.

 

stealing-snowStealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Seventeen-year-old Snow escapes a mental hospital by racing into the woods where she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, an alluring boy named Kai, and she discovers her royal lineage.

kingdom-of-ash-and-briarsKingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Sixteen-year-old Bristal discovers she is a shapeshifter, one of three remaining elicromancers tasked with guarding the realm of Nissera against dark magic while manipulating three royal families to promote peace.

 

The Female of the Speciesthe-female-of-the-species by Mindy McGinnis

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

 

bright-smoke-cold-fireBright Smoke Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. The heirs of the city's most powerful--and warring--families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan--and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die. Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong--killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy...and perhaps turn against his own clan. Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city--but she's the only one who believes it's in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death--and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting...

like-a-river-gloriousLike a River Glorious by Rae Carson

After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home, one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson, her longtime best friend, hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasn't given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she's kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle's villainy. Yet Lee's magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

labyrinth-lostLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

dotwavDotwav by Mike A. Lancaster

Hacker Ani Lee is researching a strange .wav file, while Joe Dyson, an operative working for a secret teen division of British Intelligence, is looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in the underground music scene. Their investigations intertwine.

when-the-moon-was-oursWhen the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.