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Continued Series Fiction:

Adjustment by Suzanne Young (Program #5)

When Tatum's boyfriend, Weston, loses his memories of her in The Program, they decide to undergo The Adjustment, where Tatum's memories of their time together are implanted into Weston's mind, but trouble lies ahead when Weston's emotions do not match the experiences.

Legion by Julie Kagawa (Talon #4)

Devastated by revelations about the Talon dragon organization, hatchling Ember Hill stands beside the rogue dragon, Riley, against her heir-apparent brother, Dante, who has threatened to unleash the greatest threat dragonkind has ever known.

Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan (Ladybirds #3)

Kat's family sends her to Sweden to spend the summer with her aunt where she must learn to embrace who she really is, especially if she is going to win the heart of cute Swede Leo.

Speculative Fiction:

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she's never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that's now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she'll continue her parents' fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she's not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn't as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

Realistic Fiction:

Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle.

Bang by Barry Lyga

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She's never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they've always had each other. When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie--on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she's tried so hard to keep.

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

A novel about the illicit human and drug trade at the US-Mexican border.

Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they've shared almost everything--reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they've never met. Sasha's dad was once married to Ray's mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty, and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families--and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past...This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Historical Fiction:

Girl with a Camera by Carolyn Meyer

In this historical novel, noted writer Carolyn Meyer deftly captures the daring and passionate life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Growing up, young Peggy White was interested in snakes and caterpillars and other unfeminine things. She intended to become a herpetologist, but while she was still in college, her interest in nature changed to a fascination with photography. As her skill with a camera grew, her focus widened from landscapes architecture to shots of factories, trains, and bridges. Her artist’s eye sharpened to see patterns and harsh beauty where others saw only chaos and ugliness. Totally dedicated to her work, and driven by her ambition to succeed, Margaret Bourke-White became a well-known and sought after photographer, traveling all over the United States and Europe. She was the first female war photojournalist in World War II and the first female photographer for Life magazine, which featured one of her photographs on its very first cover. A comprehensive author’s note provides additional information to round out readers’ understanding of this fascinating and inspiring historical figure.

Humor:

Literally by Lucy Keating

Annabelle's life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she's writing a new novel-- and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But, Annabelle doesn't want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story--or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

A famous-for-being-famous LA family stars on their own reality show, but the sixteen-year-old daughter wants out.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geek girl Ellie hopes to go to ExcelsiCon Cosplay to meet the actor (closet nerd Darien) scheduled to play Federation Prince Carmindor in a reboot of the movie Starfield.

Mystery & Thrillers:

Missing by Kelley Armstrong

After a chance encounter with an injured boy, Winter Crane questions if all the teenagers who left her town did so voluntarily.

Romance:

All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry

When Bree starts dating ultra popular Bryce and neglects her best friend Gabriella, who lives and works in a funeral home, the only one at school who wants to spend time with "Graveyard Gabe" is Hartman, the new boy.

Scary/Horror:

Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

In this modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, orphaned surfer-girl Janie Mason must move into the Rochester mansion with guardians she had never met, and where the night is filled with screams from the attic.

Science Fiction:

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars #1)

Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis.

Review: Legacy of Kings

Legacy of kingslegacy-of-kings by Eleanor Herman is a powerful book set back in the time of Alexander the Great when he was prince of Macedonia. The story follows six young characters each  on individual quests of their own, and looking for a way to change their fates or paths. This book is riveting: it contains twists, turns, betrayals and more. And as the author comes to show us, things aren’t always the way they may seem. Throughout the novel, the pages come alive and you feel as if you are living in their world and going on adventures with the characters. This is a great book to read if you like fantasy and historical fiction. Be sure to check out the next book in her “Blood of Gods and Royals” series, Empire of Dust.

Reviewed by Emma Carroll

 

Review: Save Me by Jenny Elliott

savemeI can definitely say that this book is one of my new favorites. It starts off with a girl named Cara who lives in a small town in Oregon. She loves whale watching, and an accident occurs on the boat that she’s on. A new tourist named David saves her and the connection between them is undeniable. But then she finds out that they can’t really be together because of some unexpected circumstances. Cara also meets another guy named Garren, who is a little too perfect, but Cara is (surprisingly) not attracted to him. Cara and Garren become really good friends. Meanwhile, Cara’s best friend, Rachel, is not acting like herself. It’s almost as if she’s under some sort of spell…

Save Me, by Jenny Elliott, is the perfect mix of love and the supernatural. You will definitely fall in love with the characters and want to keep reading. The romantic part of the plot-line is a little bit unrealistic, but overall, this is a great novel.

Reviewed by Brina Patel

Review: A Game of Thrones

agameofthronesA Game of Thrones is a book that has a lot of different things going on at once. It takes place in a time where the warm years of summer are ending and a harsh, cold winter is coming. There are unknown creatures causing destruction outside the northern walls of the kingdom, and no one knows how to stop them. Many highborn families have made alliances with each other to protect themselves, but those alliances fall apart when lords start suffering from untimely deaths. This is a book that deals with deception, mystery, war, and magic. Every character has their own agenda and they will do whatever it takes to win the Iron Throne, even if that means killing thousands of people and betraying their family.

There are hundreds of characters that you will encounter throughout A Game of Thrones, and it’s important to know who is who in order to understand what is going on. There are also large portions of the book that do not contain dialogue, but instead just describe what is going on and what the characters are thinking. If you enjoy those things, you will also really enjoy this book.

This book is the first in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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Paper Towns by John Green

I would definitely say that Paper Towns is one of my favorite books. While I was reading I could not put it down because it’s the perfect mixture of mystery, friendship, and love. The main character is Quentin Jacobsen, and he has liked Margo Ruth Spiegelman for a long time. One night she asks him to help him with some pranks and the next day, she’s nowhere to be found. Quentin does everything to find her and gets help from his two best friends, thus incorporating the friendship part of the book.

Sadly, this book only gained popularity after the movie, but I believe that the book is much better because of the details. In a movie, it’s harder to understand who the characters are. John Green wrote such vivid, diverse, and intriguing characters that make the book the best option.

Still, the plot-line is a little hard to believe at times because of the fact that not many high school students have the power and will to do what Margo did, but that aspect of the book makes it more enjoyable. Overall, I’d recommend it to any high school student who also likes other books by John Green because they are written in the same style.

The library owns John Green’s other books, like Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and The Fault in Our Stars, in a wide variety of formats (including the movies that have been made from his books). Just ask at the desk if you need any help locating them!