The second book in the Grisha trilogy, Siege and Storm finds Alina and Mal on a ship and on the run from the Darkling. It’s hard to keep her identity secret as they attempt to hide in a foreign land, but it’s not long before the Darkling reappears with a frightening new power. With help from an untrustworthy pioneer, Alina decides to return to Ravka and fight for her country. She struggles to be true to who she is as her power grows. Will she be truly alone with her power or will she sacrifice everything to save her country and those she loves?
In the first book in the Age of Legends fantasy trilogy, Armstrong introduces twin sisters Ashyn and Moria, who are the Seeker and Keeper of the town of Edgewood. Living next to the Forest of the Dead, a place where no living thing should be able to survive, they are tasked with protecting the town and putting angry spirits in the forest to rest. When an annual ritual is interrupted by murderous, legendary creatures, everyone in their entire town is slaughtered except for the children, and Ashyn and Moria become separated.
The last thing Chloe remembers is falling asleep in study hall in May. The next time she opens her eyes, snow is on the ground and six months of her life have somehow passed. Now at the top of her class and dating the school’s most popular jock, Chloe’s life has completely changed--and she needs to find out why. ~Debra Wischmeyer
Call Number: Teen Fiction RICHARDS, N.D.
The winner of the 2013 Printz Award, Midwinterblood is a wildly imaginative exploration of folk ritual, human connection, and enduring love. The book opens in 2073, when Eric Seven travels to the isolated island of Blessed. He is a reporter who has been assigned to uncover the secrets of a rare breed of orchid flower which seems to give the island’s inhabitants eternal youth. Nothing is as it first appears, however, and readers are taken farther and farther into the past through seven fantastic stories connected to this ethereally beautiful, but dang
Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live. The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You). But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month. This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak
In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer
Call Number: Teen Fiction THOMAS, S.
Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?
David “Burn” Burnett has had it in for Steven “Crash” Crashinsky since elementary school. David is positive the two are connected in the same way as Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort- one will have to die in order for the other to live. Crash recounts their entire twisted history, including on-and-off periods of friendship and fighting, rivalries over girls, and horrific family tragedies. All of this leads up to April 21st of the boys’ senior year of high school: the day David brings automatic rifles and explosives to school. This novel is
On the fantastical island of Thisby, people come from far and wide to watch the deadly Scorpio Races, run by anyone brave enough to try to tame and ride the man-eating water horses that come out of the surrounding ocean each autumn. Out of desperation, Kate “Puck” Connolly is riding her family horse this year; the first time a woman or a land horse has competed. Returning champion Sean Kendrick is riding, too, dreaming of independence from his employer for himself and his water horse.
Call Number: Teen Fiction GAUGHEN, A.C.
(This review is based off an Advance Reader’s Copy)