Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Brand New Titles for Checkout on E-Audio

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are brand new on Overdrive!

Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions from the catalog:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Catharine, a talented baker, wants to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.
Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. 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.

When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest -- though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

More to read:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Champion by Marie Lu

Teen Review: Cinder by All TAB Author Marissa Meyer

Legend by Marie Lu


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Always Available: New E Audio Books on Hoopla

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are always available once you've downloaded the Hoopla App or visited the collection through our website.

These are available today! Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions are from the catalog: 

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder, who's just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody's really listening to her -- if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic -- while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious -- and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Eight years after being kidnapped, Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father's Presidency or the nation.

More to read:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Always Available: New E Audio Books on Hoopla

Brand New Titles for Checkout on E-Audio

Always Available: E Audio Books on Hoopla

Friday, January 6, 2017

Up and Coming: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Release Date: January 17, 2017

Griffin's best friend, first boyfriend and favorite person ever is Theo, a boy who he thought was his endgame, but now he has to deliver a Eulogy for him. He feels like there is no one on the planet who knows what he's going through. But, he doesn't take into account Theo's current boyfriend, Jackson. When Theo was around, Griffin hated the very idea of Jackson, but now, he can't deny that getting to know someone who also loved Theo might help him deal with the pain of losing him.

History is All You Left Me is a raw and personal look at loss, but it also deals with the fact that every person you meet has a different idea about who you are. Silvera's writing is gorgeous and like with his previous book, More Happy Than Not, the structure of the book helps unveil the story to the reader. If you like realistic fiction with a voice you haven't heard before, you should meet Griffin and be prepared to have him break your heart when his story rings true.

More to read:
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Up and Coming: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

This debut author will be appearing at NoVA Teen Book Festival on March 11, make sure you mark your calendar!

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Up until last week, January was Flynn's girlfriend. Then they broke up, so it didn't seem weird when we he didn't hear from her for a few days. That is, until he came home to find two police cars in his yard.

January's parents haven't seen her in days. The police think it's just a typical case of a teenager hiding with friends to show her parents she's annoyed with them. But nothing about the situation feels typical to Flynn. When he starts to retrace January's last known steps, it seems that everyone he talks to has a different version of events and none of them match up with what he thought was happening. But, going to the police with his findings may make them look closer at him and the break up that he's been glossing over because it will reveal secrets he won't be able to take back. But, as time passes and January still doesn't appear, how can he leave any lead unfollowed?

Roehrig has a background in TV and film, which gives this page turner a definite cinematic feeling. Last Seen Leaving is a tense mystery complete with red herrings and twists that the reader will not see coming. It might even make you say "Woah!" out loud when riding the bus which could accidentally scare your seatmate (hypothetically, of course).

More to read:

Endangered by Lamar Giles

Thriller for your Tuesday: Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Up and Coming: Fake ID by Lamar Giles

The Cipher by John C. Ford

Fandom Fridays: Hey Marshmallows, it's Veronica Mars


Friday, December 30, 2016

Faves of 2016: Nico's Picks

From now til the end of the year, we're counting down some of our favorite books of the year. Today, Nico's wrapping things up.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (see our posts here)
This is a book about finding your way even when the world around you is chaotic. Nora is figuring out life after high school in the midst of the Summer of Sam and an increasingly dangerous family situation. I  loved the voice and the pacing of this book SO much. Truly truly truly an un-put-downable page turner.

Archie: Vol. One, The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish  (see our full review here)
This is such a fun reboot of the classic series with gorgeous art. It was recommended to me by a teen and I will now be watching out for all the new volumes.

Bone Gap by (see our posts here)
I am late on this and a couple other selections on my top ten. The world building in this is magical and unsettling. Entering this book felt like being woven into another world for a bit.

Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K. Johnston 
Hermione is one of my favorite narrators of the year. She is someone who people look up to and the kind of person who makes lifelong friends easily. She's also someone who was sexually assaulted at camp and is dealing with the fallout of the incident. This book felt very real and important.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (see our full review here)
Super fast and engaging start of a new series about the members of a track team. Also, as usual, Reynolds gives all his characters the kinds of problems and family issues that real teens will identify with.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (see our full posts here)
Despite the fact that I normally read contemporary realistic fic, Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite authors. She writes historical fiction in a way that is immediate and alive.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (see our full review here)
This was a debut that just knocked me out. The structure of the book is so unusual and well done that it was unlike anything else I read this year. Silvera only reveals what he wants to and it means that the reader is basically held hostage by this book from page one to the last page because you have to know what is going to happen next.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
This had some of my favorite world building of any book I've read recently. This quest to find family, friendship and to reclaim your own powers is so exciting and cinematic that if it doesn't get turned in to a movie SOON, I don't know what Hollywood is thinking!

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (see our full review here)
John Corey Whaley writes some of my favorite characters ever. I love the friendships and the Star Trek: The Next Generation. This is one that I know I will reread often.
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (see our full review here)
I am a huge fan of both of these authors and reading this was a highlight of my summer. In the course of one week this book contains  broken hearts, amazing kisses,gallery openings, picnics and two new friends who are about to have the best week ever.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Faves of 2016: Kady's Best

 From now until the end of the year we're counting down some of our favorite books of the year. Here are ten of Kady's faves:

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
The follow up to Court of Rose and Thorns finds Feyre once again fighting for her life in the fairy realm and discovering that her true enemies, friends and lovers might not be who she thought they were.

9. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has traveled through space and time on her father's magical time traveling ship. Now he wants to go to the one place she can't follow- 1868 Honolulu, to save the life of her mother who died giving birth to her.

8.Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Lou has failed at the one thing in life she's ever been good at- swimming. Now redemption is being offered in the form of some popular boys who need her help to win a Britian's Got Talent-esque reality show. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Georgia Nicholson.

A personal struggle to survive and rise above set during the notorious New York City summer of 1971. Heat waves, blackouts and a serial killer are the least of Nora's troubles.

6. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The tale of three outcasts who have found family with each other, marking time and making plans until they graduate high school and can leave all of their problems behind in their small close-minded town. But sometimes problems follow you no matter where you go.

5. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Another home run slam dunk from my favorite writer of creepy YA and of mysterious loner boys with a hard exterior and hearts of gold.

4. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Available for the first time in the US, this Australian novel centers around Dan who has just had his entire life collapse around him as he tries to pick himself back up. Be sure to check the absolutely satisfying companion novel, Wild Life, which has been around in the US since 2014.

3. The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
You don't know when it will happen, just that it will. At some point during your teenage years you will be called to the Gray Land where the fairies live. Once there you will have one day to evade, escape and survive as every fairy, creature, and sometimes even the landscape itself tries to kill you. Live or die, you get sent back, landing in the exact same place you left, just 3 minutes later in earth's timeline.

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world where disease, accidents and death no longer exist. The only way to die is for a Scythe to reap you. When two ordinary teens are chosen as apprentice Scythes they get a glimpse into a hidden world, only to find out that only one of them will actually become a scythe, while the other will be reaped.

1. Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K. Johnston
This is a hard book to read at times, about a hard subject, so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before you pick it up. That being said, it's also an incredibly rewarding read and a rich portrait of one girl's struggle to learn how to live with trauma.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Faves of 2016: Megan's Picks

 From now til the end of the year, we're counting down some of our favorite books of the year. Today we are showcasing Megan's picks.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
An incredibly important book about what it is like to live in America when you feel outside of and persecuted by mainstream society. As a librarian I don’t own many books and I buy even fewer new books. When I finished Between the World and Me I immediately picked up my phone to order it, as it’s a text I know I’ll want to revisit over and over.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’m all about a bad ass girl who can appreciate an extra frilly dress and this series about a lady assassin has all that, plus non-annoying romances. Basically it’s everything you could want from high fantasy.

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
Princess Adrienne is tired of waiting around for a prince to save her. So she takes her dragon, makes a new friend, and sets off on adventure of her own. A really fun new look at classic fairytales.

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
A book for the theater nerds! Emma is getting her shot at impressing her long time crush by being unexpectedly promoted to stage manager on her school’s production of Hamlet. The most unexpected part of the job, however,  is having to balance her high school play with time traveling trips  back the Shakespeare’s England and the Globe theater.
A fun look at how amazing your first few months of college life can be when you’re living on your own for the first time and meeting people from completely different life circumstances.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I absolutely love fairytale. This one features a cranky and completely flawed main character, which makes me like her much more than your standard perfect fairytale heroine. There’s a ton of focus on female friendships ,which is always appreciated, and just enough romance to keep it interesting.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (see our full review here)
What if the villain isn’t actually villainous? This graphic novel is amazing adventure following a shape shifter and her mad scientist of a boss as they attempt to prove that not every hero is heroic.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
This book made me happy and hopeful in the best possible way as it documents the growing friendship of a trans girl and a boy who struggles with mental illness, who find out they are not quite so alone in the world. 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three sisters, each with a special gift, are raised to be queen of their island nation, but only one can actually assume the crown. To do so she much murder her two sisters using her particular gift. On the night of the girl’s 16th birthday the game begins, but each sister is hiding a secret that could lead to her downfall. This fantasy novel takes sibling rivalry to a whole other level and I absolutely couldn’t put it down. After a surprise twist and a cliffhanger of an ending, I’m anxiously awaiting the 2nd book in this series.

Undertow by Michael Buckley
This was suggested to me with the description of Twilight, but with mermaids" and it not only completely lived up to that description, but also hooked (some pun intended) me immediately.