Welcome to February everybody! Valentine’s Day approaches and it’s a perfect time to show yourself some TLC by treating yourself to a new book from the library. Peruse the titles below and secure your perfect match by clicking the link and placing a reserve. If you don’t see something on this list that interests you then come into the library to check out our Blind-Date-With-a-Book Display!
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen – Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast–unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
City of Savages by Lee Kelly – After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this thriller with a dual narrative.
Dearest: The 3rd Book in the Woodcutter Sisters Series by Alethea Kontis – When Friday Woodcutter, a kind and loving seamstress, stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?
Ensnared: The 3rd Book in the Splintered Series by A.G. Howard – Alyssa travels to Wonderland once again to free both her mother and Jeb, and to set right all that’s gone wrong.
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – When sixteen-year-old Avery West learns her family is part of a powerful and dangerous secret society, and that her own life is in danger, she must follow a trail of clues across Europe.
Kiss and Tell: The 3rd Book in the Truth or Dare Series by Jacqueline Green – High school seniors Tenley Reed, Sydney Morgan, and Emerson Cunningham follow clues that lead them to the killer behind a twisted game of truth or dare set in the isolated beach town of Echo Bay, Massachusetts.
Willowgrove: The 3rd Book in the Hemlock Trilogy by Kathleen Peacock – Mac and her boyfriend Kyle fight to unravel the conspiracy surrounding illegal experiments performed on werewolves at the secret asylum, Willowgrove.
Soulprint by Megan Miranda – Alina has spent her seventeen years imprisoned for the crimes of her past self, as shown by soul-fingerprinting when she was a newborn, but when a group of people with questionable motives helps her escape, she discovers she may not be as innocent as she believes and must wonder if she is fated to repeat her past.
Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards – When high school senior Piper Woods finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins, she is sure the book is too gruesome to be true, but when a student from the list dies, and although everyone thinks it is a suicide, she suspects something much worse, and her fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text daring her to make things right.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother’s job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town.
Countdown Zero: The 2nd Book in The Codename Conspiracy Series by Chris Rylander – Carson Fender returns to the Agency after receiving a note in his school lunch informing him that Agent Nineteen has three days left to live, and that there might be someone inside the Agency working against them.
Save Me by Jenny Elliott – Liberty, Oregon, high school senior Cara is more interested in whale watching than dating until she develops a strong bond with newcomer David who is hiding a devastating secret, and meanwhile her best friend, Rachel, has begun practicing witchcraft, and to top it off, she has a stalker.
Something True: The 3rd Book in the True Love Series by Kieran Scott – Eros, the Goddess of Love, in her guise as True, a modern-day New Jersey high school student, tries to match a third couple, the last one required for her to be reunited with her own true love, Orion, and return to Olympus.
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle – Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged ‘Rapture’ to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivan’s quest for the truth begins.
Hellhole by Gina Damico – Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil–and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn’t meet the devil’s demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.
Deadly Little Sins: The 3rd Book in the Prep School Confidential Series by Kara Taylor – After a summer of virtual house arrest in New York City, Anne Dowling finds herself back at Wheatley, where her favorite teacher and only adult ally, Ms. Cross, has disappeared and someone is determined to stop Anne from learning the truth about that and a gruesome murder.
Deep Sea by Annika Thor – Nearly four years after leaving Vienna to escape the Nazis, Stephie Steiner, now sixteen, and her sister Nellie, eleven, are still living in Sweden, worrying about their parents and striving to succeed in school, and at odds with each other despite theirmutual love.
Bet Your Life: The 2nd Book in the Jess Tennant Series by Jane Casey – Jess Tennant has now been living in a tiny town on the English seaside for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the traumatic events of last summer. But in the small hours of Halloween night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive. Jess might not have liked Seb much, but surely he didn’t deserve this. The police don’t seem to be taking the attack very seriously, but Jess can’t just let it go, and she takes matters into her own hands. As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb, who will stop at nothing to silence him?
Shutter by Courtney Alameda – Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachcromat, able to see ghosts in color and capture them on film, but when a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline’s infected with a curse known as a soulchain and if she’s unable to exorcise the entity in seven days, she’ll be destroyed, body and soul.
The Crimson Crown: The 4th Book in the Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – In the fourth and final novel in the Seven Realms series, Queen Raisa ‘ana Marianna and Han Alister join forces to right a thousand-year-old wrong.
A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne – Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain for as long as he can remember. Although he’s just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan’s big moment comes and his best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.Five years later, while Ewan is living at home and working a minimum wage job, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. A routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult… one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.
Sunset Ranch by A. Destiny and Emma Carlson Berne – Chloe can hardly believe it when she lands a summer job mucking stalls at one of the best dude ranches in Colorado. The summer only gets better when she meets Stephen. He’s funny, friendly, and hardworking–a welcome antidote to Chloe’s daily doses of Zach, the cocky, self-satisfied fellow ranch hand. When a trailer full of new colts arrives for training, Chloe is given the job of caring for them. She’s looking forward to seeing Stephen all the time, but then Zach is assigned to help with the training and Chloe’s plans for moonlight rides and watching sunsets are squashed. But as the summer continues and Chloe starts to see a different side of Zach as he works with the horses, she starts to wonder if maybe she judged him too harshly at first. Could there be something between them after all?
Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters – At high school beginning in 1989, shy, intelligent Triinu comes to realize that she’s a lesbian–and in love–just as her home state of Oregon is debating Measure 9, which would allow discrimination against gay people.
Rat Runners by Oisin McGann – Four young thieves, one simple mission: Steal a black-leather box from the daughter of a murdered scientist without anyone noticing. But WatchWorld controls London now, and the organization knows everything. Every major street is monitored with heat-sensitive and X-ray cameras. Microphones record voices from hundreds of feet away, and drones watch from the sky. Patrolling the streets are Safe-Guards–part human and part robot, they can see through walls, hear your heartbeat, and analyze your sweat. But staying hidden is what Nimmo, Scope, Manikin, and FX do best. Using the city’s blind spots, they navigate the criminal underworld until they’re caught in a rat run of murder and deceit that might not let them out alive.
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi – Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest does not seem to be in tune with the rest of her body, and after she discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets, Georgie is compelled to find the truth before she loses herself completely.
Frostfire: The 1st Book in The Kanin Chronicles Series by Amanda Hocking – Tracker Bryn Aven’s goal of becoming a member of the elite King’s Guard is threatened when she is sent to stop Konstantin, a fallen hero who she once secretly loved, who appears to be kidnapping changelings.
Remaking the John: The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet by Francesca DiPiazza – Across the globe and through the ages, people have invented–and reinvented–the toilet. Check out ancient Roman sewers, the first flush toilets, systems used in space travel, and ecologically friendly designs developed for an engineering contest.
A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me: A Memoir by Jason Schmidt – Jason Schmidt wasn’t surprised when he came home one day during his junior year of high school and found his father, Mark, crawling around in a giant pool of blood. Things like that had been happening a lot since Mark had been diagnosed with HIV, three years earlier. Jason’s life with Mark was full of secrets–about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights–people with normal lives–ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason’s home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything. A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn’t seem to have one?
Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived – How You Can Too by Jodee Blanco – Have you ever felt alone, as if no one understands what you’re going through, and that no matter how hard you try, you’re scared things may never get better? Do you wish your classmates would give you a break? There are brave teens who found the courage to stand up to their bullies and reclaim their lives. You’ll hear exactly how they did it.
Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice by Teri Kanefield – Offers an overview of crime and the American criminal justice system, using extensive examples of real cases to illustrate difficult questions about what is considered criminal and what punishment is appropriate for different types of crimes.
Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills – Offers a look into the lives of transgender people and how they came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities.
Hello From 2030: The Science of the Future and You by Jan Paul Schutten – Would you like to know the future? And, will it be what we think it will be, or will today’s predictions be laughably wrong? In Hello from 2030, middle graders get a peek at what’s coming just around the corner. In the year 2030, today’s kids will be grappling with issues adults are just starting to address now. No, not flying cars: real world conundrums like, what will 8 billion people eat? How can humans produce less trash? Which cool technologies will be used to figure all this out? And, how do people predict the future anyway? This book gives kids not only plenty to dream, argue, and think about, but also a first-hand look at futurology, the science of predicting the future.
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson – Provides background information on the design and development of the monsters, mythical animals, imaginary plants, and other fantasy beings featured in the Harry Potter films, including details on makeup, special effects, and animal performers.
Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner – An account of the 1965 Delano grape strike, led by activist César Chàvez, describes the causes of the strike, its impact on United States agriculture, and the formation of the United Farm Workers of America.
Life. Love. Beauty by Keegan Allen – A … photographer and writer–and a … film, television, and stage actor now counting millions of fans across the globe–Keegan Allen … tells a unique story with his photographs. On one hand, the book is a … candid view into the glamour and timelessness of Hollywood, a mysterious yet wildly alluring place. One the other hand, it is a blissfully unassuming portrait of ordinary life–the unknown young woman gazing dreamily from the balcony of her hotel room, or the old woman who walks the same street every morning in her pink bathrobe, just to stop and talk to a passerby.
In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber – Follow in the footsteps of amazing women who have the jobs of your dreams! This extensive and empowering career guide leads the way to a fulfilling professional life. Newly updated with seven additional cutting-edge careers! Go beyond the job description and get the scoop on what it’s really like to work as a senator, a marine biologist, an actress, and much, much more. This exciting guide gives the behind-the-scenes scoop on a wide variety of careers through nearly fifty intimate ‘day in the life’ profiles of women who excel in their fields. From magazine journalism to forensic science to the most relevant new careers for today’s young women, you’ll learn exactly what to expect and how to get ahead.
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist – Why was [Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor] Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: what went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here: disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided ‘grand gesture’ at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love–or at least a girlfriend–in all the wrong places.
Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know About Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick – This handy, to-the-point reference guide for video game development emphasizes the significance of storytelling and writing skills for creating today’s most popular, narratively-engrossing video games.
Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes by Amber J. Keyser – In Sneaker Century, follow sneaker fashions and the larger-than-life personalities behind the best known athletic shoe brands in history. Learn how teen sneakerheads became important style makers and drove the success of NIKE, Inc., and other shoe companies. Look behind the scenes at the labor-intensive process of manufacturing sneakers. Explore the sneaker frontier of the future–recycled shoes, earth-friendly initiatives, and high-fashion statements.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, as told by Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran – A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events.
Dragging Up the Dead: Ossuaries and Charnel Houses by Greg Roza – Explains how different peoples have placed dead bodies in charnel houses or exposed their bones in ossuaries, and describes some notable examples, including Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the Paris catacombs, and the remains of war dead.
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera, paintings by Raul Colon – This book showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.
Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith – A photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages 14-24, identifying as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning).
Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults – Exposed! by Julie Tibbott – An introduction to some of history’s most noteworthy and notorious secret societies and underground cults includes profiles of Opus Dei, the Freemasons, and the Skull and Bones.
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