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Jul 9, 2013 by InkWeaver

Gaia has ninety minutes to take the newborn child from his mother. Fifteen minutes to make tea to calm the mother. Ten minutes to mark four freckles on the baby’s ankle – a tribute to her lost brothers. Five minutes to explain how her baby would be advanced to a better life inside the Enclave as part of every midwife’s monthly quota – three tributes sent inside the wall. Thirty minutes to deliver the baby, with half an hour left to spare. Only everything shatters when she returns home to find her parents gone and Sargent Leon Grey waiting to interrogate her for crimes of treason against the Enclave. As she manages to breach the wall and come to the Protectorate’s attention, Gaia begins to question the Enclave’s motives and to see the true decadence inside the wall’s façade – a rising consolidation of recessive genetic disorders resulting from a limited gene pool.

In a gripping story set in a dystopian future, Gaia Stone strives to circumvent the Enclave to rescue her parents, but just what did her mother and father do to incite the Protectorate’s wrath and does it have something to do with those four distinctive freckles?  Check Our Catalog

Jul 9, 2013 by InkWeaver

Kelsey Hayes always knew there was something strange about the circus’s white tiger. But when the perfect opportunity presents itself – a once in a lifetime trip to India to help release Ren back into the wild – Kelsey cannot resist. However, his caretaker neglected to mention Ren is an Indian prince under a 300 year old curse that keeps him captive in the body of a tiger. From there commences an epic adventure through the hidden forests of India to seek the favor of the Hindu goddess Durga, who holds the secret to lifting Ren’s curse. Ren and Kelsey soon discover that the curse is only a part of an ancient prophecy, only one battle in a long war. Will they be able to break his curse?

An atypical love story set in the beautiful jungles and folklore of India, The Tiger’s Curse is a great start to a series for teens.  Check Our Catalog

 

Jul 9, 2013 by InkWeaver

Art student Karou harbors a dark secret: her fantastical sketches of mismatched, bestial creatures – women with snake tails, parrots with fingers, humanoid gazelles with bat wings – are real. And these chimeras are in grave danger, locked in a war of eons with the seraphim, who have long wanted to exterminate them. When her only semblance of a family is forever locked away by the heavenly fire of a scorched handprint, Karou scours the world for a portal back to her home and finds it with some unlikely help from an angel. Strangely enough, Akiva seems familiar…as if she had known him a lifetime ago…in a different body.

A refreshingly innovative and intriguing take on the classic dichotomy of seraphic and demonic warfare, and an artful blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a great read for young adults. Check Our Catalog

Rhine Ellery lives in a world where females die of "the virus" shortly after their 20th birthday and males die at 25. Society is in chaos: an overabundance of hungry orphans, crime, poverty, and girls who disappear to become young, child-bearing brides for rich men. Ellery is stolen by Gatherers and becomes a prisoner in an elaborate mansion with three other brides, while her twin brother is left to defend their family home alone. If you've been looking for a new YA dystopian series (this is the first book of three in the Chemical Garden Series), look no further! Check our Catalog



May 23, 2013 by InkWeaver

Rating: 4/5 stars

An infernal storm is stirring in steampunk, Victorian England and Tessa Gray is the key to unraveling the maelstrom. Kidnapped on her way to visit her brother, Tessa is at once plunged into a Downworld where the spawn of nightmares converge beneath the unknowing eyes of humankind. Tessa shelters with the Nephilim, the children of angels, where she meets cursed, brooding Will and the ethereal James whose existence is ebbing away with every passing day. In attempts to save her brother, Tessa faces off against the Pandemonium Club, headed by Axel Mortmain. For reasons unknown, his plans for the domination of the Downworld revolve around Tessa, and nothing will stop him and his automaton army from wresting control of the Downworld from the Nephilim. Exploring themes of coming of age and family, Clockwork Angel mixes fantasy, steampunk, and young adult genres for a highly enjoyable read. Check Our Catalog

May 23, 2013 by InkWeaver

3.5/5 stars

Butterflies. Delicate, beautiful, innocent...lethal. Convicted criminal Yelena knows all too well the fatal effects of Butterfly's Dust, a poison so calculatedly potent that its victim dies in convulsive seizures on the second day after ingestion – all without feeling a thing until the death hour. But this seems like a small price to pay for her life spared from the noose – the position of official food taster for the Commander of Ixia. Now bound to the kingdom by her daily dose of antidote, she soon becomes involved in a network of spies for Ixia's Chief of Security – a deadly assassin by the name of Valek – and an underground community of magic – a practice punishable by death in Ixia – in order to save the kingdom and return to her homeland. As a young adult novel with themes of trust, loyalty, and perseverance, this adventure–fantasy story is a wonderful read for both teenagers and adults. Check Our Catalog

Amber lives on a bus with her Mom, who drinks too much, and her very loyal dog Bobby Big Boy. She’s homeless and a self-proclaimed freak, but that doesn’t deter her unyielding optimism. She finds hope everywhere and along the way she lifts up those around her—from the old folks she visits at the nursing home to her autistic math genius best friend. Life’s tragedies keep coming at her and Amber struggles to keep her title as the Princess of Hope. If you’re feeling a little grumpy, read this because it’ll most likely cheer you up or at least make you smile. Check our Catalog

If your name is Katherine, then there’s a good chance that Colin will find you attractive. If your name is Katherine and you’ve dated Colin Singleton, then you’ve probably dumped him. Colin--a prodigy, but not a genius--has just been dumped by his nineteenth Katherine, so he and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip, but find themselves stuck in a small town in Tennessee. It is there that Colin begins working on a mathematical formula that will predict the outcome of any relationship. If you like math, read this book. If you don’t like math, skip over those parts because the rest of the story is great. Check Our Catalog



Fourteen-year-old June loves medieval history, Mozart, and fine art. She’s not a typical teenager and she doesn’t have many friends. Her closest friend is her Uncle Finn. To her, he’s the only person who fully understands her. When Finn dies of AIDS, she feels lost and broken. Her mother is keeping secrets about Finn and her sister is mean to her for reasons June doesn’t understand. It’s also 1987, a time when the disease came with a stigma. Then June strikes up a secret friendship with a man who knew Finn well and perhaps knew him better than anyone else. This friendship teaches June some important things about love and compassion. This book was not published as a young adult title, but would certainly be enjoyed and appreciated by teens as well as adults. Check Our Catalog

 

Hazel and Augustus share a sense of humor, sarcasm, wit, love, and cancer. And once Hazel shares her favorite book, Augustus shares that too. Both read the novel multiple times, finding it comforting and frustrating—it ends mid-sentence. They love it most because the main character has cancer, but it’s not a cancer book, just like Green’s novel isn’t a cancer book. While Hazel and Augustus are technically sick—Hazel needs an oxygen tank and Augustus has a prosthetic leg—they are still just teenagers who have crushes, have their hearts broken, fear fitting in, and are frustrated with adults. Together they decide on a plan to meet their favorite author and along the way they fall in love. This book is a sob fest. You will probably laugh out loud and will most certainly cry, but it’s worth it. The writing is wonderful and you will adore the characters. Warning: Don’t read the end of this book in public. Check Our Catalog

Mar 6, 2013 by jimj

Mahlia and Mouse are refugees in a dark, dystopic future America. The relative calm of their war-torn lives is shattered when they discover a wounded bioengineered war beast named Tool hunted by a squad of young war boys led by a psychopathic lieutenant. Mouse is captured by the squad and Mahlia faces an impossible decision: risk her life to save a friend or flee to freedom. A fast-moving adventure tale of love, loyalty and changes of heart. Check Our Catalog



Clay Jensen mysteriously receives a package of cassette tapes that contain recordings by Hannah Baker—a girl who recently committed suicide. The tapes outline the thirteen reasons, or people, who drove her to kill herself.  Clay is baffled to be on this “list” because he had a crush on Hannah and thought he was always nice to her. As Clay listens to the cassette tapes, he slowly learns how big events and even small events had lead to Hannah’s final act and how a seemingly perfect and beautiful girl was struggling underneath her smile.  This is a page turner—you want to know how one story leads to another and you certainly want to know how Clay, who seems perfectly nice and innocent, comes into the picture. Check Our Catalog

In the medieval land of Goredd, humans and dragons have been living peacefully together for forty years. There is no fighting or fire-breathing and the once-famous dragon-killing knights have been banished to the hills. But then a member of the royal family is murdered in a very dragon-like fashion and there are rumors of another assassination on the anniversary of the peace treaty. Seraphina Dombegh, the new assistant to the court composer, finds herself thrown into the middle of the investigations, sleuthing alongside Prince Lucian Kiggs and trying not to fall in love with him. She has some insights into the world of dragons and secrets that make her more valuable than anyone can imagine, but also put her in terrible danger. And if you fall in love with these characters (they are loveable!), don’t fret; the author is currently working on the sequel. Check our Catalog



Delaney Maxwell fell into a semi-frozen lake and was dead for eleven minutes before her best friend Dexter could save her. In those eleven minutes her life was changed forever.  She wakes up from a coma six days later with seemingly nothing wrong—but she has a strange new “ability.”  And this new ability has attracted a new friend, Troy Varga, who knows a thing or two about death. Now her parents think she could be a murderer, her doctors think she’s gone crazy, and Dexter, well, he’s finally seeing that their friendship could be something more. This suspenseful, supernatural romance will keep you on the edge of your seat. Check our Catalog



During the summer before his senior year Cullen Witter experiences some major life events—his cousin overdoses, his town becomes obsessed with a bird, he hooks up with his dream girl, and most importantly his little brother Gabriel goes missing. And while Cullen is grappling with the meaning of it all and having zombie daydreams, Benton Sage is having a crisis of faith half way around the world. The two plots inch closer and closer together until they merge and then the reader is in for an intriguing surprise. It’s no wonder this book won the 2012 Printz Award. Check our Catalog



Bev and Colby have been working on a post-high school plan since they were thirteen—they will travel around Europe for a year before considering college. Colby hopes that during this time he and Bev will become more than friends. But first, Colby and Bev’s all-girl, not-so-great-sounding rock band are going on a West Coast summer tour that ends up altering plans and relationships. Along the way, Colby and the girls try to document all of the trip’s memorable moments in an attempt to delay the inevitable: growing up and saying goodbye. Check our Catalog



Jan 17, 2013 by julier

The final volume in the Matched trilogy.  The Rising has begun with an epidemic which mutates into a pandemic. Cassia's sorting ability, Xander's Physic training and Ky's flying skills give them important roles to play.  The trio is separated for much of the book and experience the governmental upheavals in different ways making the short chapters that shift from one person to the other addictive reading as you learn things that the other characters are unaware of in nearly every chapter.  The ending provides a satisfying personal conclusion and an interesting and thought provoking conclusion to the social issues. Check Our Catalog

This is the first book in the Immortals series that follows Ever, a girl who can hear people’s thoughts and see dead people after surviving a horrific crash. Ever moves in with her aunt in fancy Laguna Beach and meets super good-looking and mysterious Damen, who silences her powers and seems to have abilities of his own. Is he a vampire? Maybe, maybe not! If you're a fan of Twilight, this might be a new series to try. Check Our Catalog

Nov 15, 2012 by julier

Jennifer Strange is having a busy week. So far she has been threatened with jail, two people have tried to kill her, she has received 58 marriage proposals, she has been outlawed by the king and she has discovered that she is the Last Dragonslayer. The real problem is that she is not entirely sure the dragon should be slain and she only has a couple of days to figure it all out. Jasper Fforde has a dry sense of humor that can turn the most mundane situation on its ear. If you are a fan of Terry Prachett or Daniel Pinkwater you should give Fforde a try. Check Our Catalog

Aug 6, 2012 by megana

A funny and frothy Jane Austen satire complete with feisty heroine (Althea Crawley) on the hunt for a wealthy husband amidst dimwitted stepsisters and boring suitors (Lord Boring among them). It's a mash-up of Austen characters and plotlines, complete with faux 19th century prose. An especially fun read if you've read any of Austen's novels or even seen some of the movies. Check Our Catalog



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