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)
Eighteen year old Allyson is an organized and cautious high school senior on a European summer tour. In London, she meets the enigmatic Willem, a young Shakespearean actor who lives for spontaneous world-traveling. Allyson throws caution to the wind when Willem asks her if she wants to visit Paris with him, for ‘just one day’. This one day transforms Allyson’s young life as she confronts her fears, falls in love, and begins to view the world as a maturing adult instead of a self-restrained adolescent.
The Impossible Knife of Memory is the heartbreaking story of a young teen who is struggling to cope with her father’s PTSD. 17-year-old Hayley and her father, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, have been on the move for the past five years trying to escape her father’s demons. When they finally settle down in his hometown, Hayley has a chance at a normal life. But how long will it last? ~Debra Wischmeyer
This final book in Lu’s Legend trilogy has all of the intrigue, action, and danger found in the first two volumes. June has been chosen by new Elector Anden to serve as one of three Princeps-Elect, his closest government advisors. Meanwhile, Day is acting as a commander in the military, but suffering from severe headaches and black-outs as a result of the experimental tests run on him by the government. Day and June have not seen each other since the conclusion of Prodigy, and now June is urgently requesting to see Day. However, despite his continued love for her, th