We have a lot of exciting new releases this week, including the first volume in Rick Riordan’s new series about the Norse gods of Asgard, the companion book to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and an interesting new release from Patrick Ness that focuses on those forgotten side characters often found in “chosen one” fiction. Check out these titles, and more, in the list below and search for your favorite titles in our catalog. Also make sure to check out our upcoming teen programs here! Happy Reading!
The Sword of Summer: The 1st Book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series by Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
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 worshipped by mountain lions.
Sky Key: The 2nd Book in the Endgame Series by James Frey – Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – Near the turn of the nineteenth century, Dr. Thornhollow helps teenaged Grace Mae escape from the Boston asylum where she was sent after becoming pregnant by rape, and takes her to Ohio where they put her intelligence and remarkable memory to use in trying to catch murderers.
The Sleepwalker: The 9th Book in the Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore – When a distressed twelve-year-old calls to blame his father for an airliner explosion, CHERUB agents are sent to investigate.
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith – Livia can enter other people’s bodies through their dreams, an ability that makes her an invaluable and dangerous spy for her kingdom.
The White Rose: The 2nd Book in the Lost City Series by Amy Ewing – After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death, so along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.
The Detour by S.A. Bodeen – Seventeen-year-old Livvy Flynn, a bestselling author of YA fiction, is kidnapped by a woman and her apparently manic daughter who have no intention of letting her go.
Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers – High school geeks Lula and Rory share everything, they have no secrets from each other. Lula knows that Rory is gay and he understands why she worships the mother who walked out on her. Then Lula discovers that Rory has been having an affair with his middle-aged boss. When Lula disappears in the middle of the night, Rory is left alone.
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jocabus – A troubled American teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other–dark, dangerous, and attractive–urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen – Ashley is offered the chance to have weight-loss surgery by her exacting grandmother, who promises to provide tuition to her dream college in return.
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel – When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means.
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern – When Emily sees her developmentally disabled classmate Belinda being attacked, she does nothing at all. Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel – Maisie is a normal sixteen-year-old, until an electrical fire caused by a lightning strike leaves her with severe burns, her face partially destroyed–she is lucky enough to get a full face transplant but she soon discovers how much her looks shaped her own identity and her relationship with those around her, including her boyfriend.
Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blackmore – A straight-A student in a family of free-spirted artists must come to terms with the hard truths about those she loves most.
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat – Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating–but when when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone’s world is shattered forever.
Sanctuary by Jennifer McKissack – After the sudden death of her aunt, Cecilia Cross is forced to return to the old mansion on a remote island off the coast of Maine, ironically named Sanctuary, the place where her father and sister died, and from which her mother was committed to an insane asylum soon after–and it is also a place of dark secrets, haunted by the ghosts of its original owners, and inhabited by her vicious uncle.
A Mad Zombie Party: The 4th Book in the White Rabbit Chronicles Series by Gena Showalter – Kat Parker’s spirit returns, insisting Frosty the Ice Man partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks — the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death. But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti – Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.
Modern Monsters by Kelley York – Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went… And wished he hadn’t. Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie’s best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon. But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…
Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier – When her only friend transfers to a different high school, April braces for the worst year of her life, until she meets a charismatic boy named Jonah, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. When his health declines, April must make an impossible choice: stick with the boy she loves or let him go so they can both heal.
Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast – When the cage of the damned is open, the Furies send their only son, Alek, to try to bring those souls back. Meanwhile Eva is hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.
Endgame: The Complete Training Diaries by James Frey – Before they were players…before the calling…they trained to be selected as the one to save their ancient bloodline– and win Endgame. In this collection of Training Diaries novellas, follow Marcus, Chiyoko, Sarah, Alice, Aisling, Baitsakhan, Jago, An, Shari, Kala, Maccabee, and Hilal through sacrifices and betrayals, broken hearts and broken bones, as they shed their normal lives and transform into the Players they were meant to be.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part One by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, and Michael Heisler – When the Fire Nation begins to believe that the country will perish if Zuko stays in power, Avatar Aang and his friends must protect the ruler.
Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin – Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far – the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against Darth Vader and his evil master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes wrong, Han and Leia must think fast to make their escape – while Luke comes face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital – and dangerous – secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke?
Daredevil, Volume 2: West-Case Scenario by Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, and Chris Samnee – Original Sin tie-in! When Matt learns something about his past that’s too terrible to accept, he seeks out his mother – only to find her in more trouble than he could possibly have imagined. It’s the untold story of how Matt Murdock’s mother became Sister Maggie, as her biggest sin is finally revealed! Then, Daredevil braves the wilds of Wakanda, takes on a new case with a killer opposition and faces the Purple Children! One of DD’s oldest foes has unleashed a force that he can’t fight without being swallowed by his darkest moods and thoughts. Collects: Daredevil 1.50, 6-11.
Naruto, Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto – In the vacuum after Kaguya’s defeat, Sasuke tries to take complete control, forcing Naruto to change his friend’s mind and forge a lasting peace.
Toriko, Volume 30 by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro – The Age of Gourmet is over. More than eighteen months after Meteor Spice destroyed much of the Human World, people struggle to find new food sources. The former President’s Full-Course Meal, the Billion Bird, would provide enough food to feed the world—if the fowl didn’t taste so foul! Can Toriko and friends turn this ugly duckling into the swan of cuisine?
All book descriptions were pulled from our catalog.