Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Queens Rising

Image result for 9780008245986By: Rebecca Ross
Location: FIC ROS
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Queens Rising#1

An intricate tale of love, loyalty and revenge...

The book also felt like a standalone, which was a refreshing change. So if you like castles, worlds that vaguely remind you of ancient Ireland, libraries + books, battles, warrior queens, hints of magic, and strong friendships, then this will probably be another fun read!- Cait- Goodreads.com

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


"Oooh man. This has some of the loveliest, most visual writing I've ever laid eyes upon. Like... every sentence.... every paragraph... was crafted so perfectly. I feel so inspired."- Brittany- Goodreads.com

House of Echoes

Image result for 9780804178136By: Brendan Duffy
Location: FIC DUF
Genre: Gothic Horror Mystery

“Tragedies might be bursts of misery, but regret was forever.” 
“Ben knew that no matter how far you run, you're still yourself when you get there.”


In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family's dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it's just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven's chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn't the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village's haunting saga is far from over.


“Duffy expertly builds suspense, leaving readers eager to know what happens while simultaneously dreading the outcome. This creepy page-turner will appeal to fans of Stephen King and anyone who loves a good ghost story.”—Library Journal


 

An Unkindness of Ghosts

By: Rivers Soloman
Image result for 9781617755880Location: FIC SOL
Genre: LGBT- SciFi/Fantasy

“Pretty was a strange thing to concern oneself over. Pretty was subjective and fallacious.”

"...It is one of those rare finds that pulls you in—body and soul—after a mere page or two. Aster was magnificent as the protagonist. Such an odd character, but one I couldn’t help but love.

The story takes place on a giant spaceship, one that’s been traveling for about 1,000 years. Solomon brilliantly used this ship as a microcosm for greater society. She expertly spoke volumes about human nature, gender, the stratification of people by economic status" Basia- Goodreads.com

Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for stories told around the cookfire.

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, who they consider to be less than human.

When the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some quarter-century before, Aster retraces her mother's footsteps. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war, Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

P is for Pearl

By: Eliza Henry Jones
Image result for P is for PearlLocation: FIC JON
Genre: Young Adult- mental health


'P is for Pearl is a complex, authentic exploration of grief, friendship, mental illness, family and love, sensitively written by a writer whose voice will resonate with teen readers.' - Books+Publishing

Overall P is for Pearl is a beautiful read on so many levels. Every word on the page has been crafted to be savored again and again. With themes as varied as trauma, grief, mental illness, friendship, contemplation and the ever-changing definition of family, it is not hard to be swept up.- Michael

From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about our families, and what it means to belong.

Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn P. Pearson has become very good at not thinking about the awful things that have happened to her family. She has also become used to people talking about her dead mum. Or not talking about her and just looking at Gwen sympathetically.

And it's easy not to think about awful things when there are wild beaches to run along, best friends Loretta and Gordon to hang out with - and a stepbrother to take revenge on.

But following a strange disturbance at the cafe where she works, Gwen is forced to confront what happened to her family all those years ago. And she slowly comes to realise that people aren't as they first appear and that like her, everyone has a story to tell.



“My mum would dress herself up in scarves and nothing else and dance around the backyard.
Sometimes she’d light a fire. Or climb a tree. She’d whistle and sing and yell at me to join her until everything inside me hurt with the effort of refusing her.

She was a whirlwind. A rushing, spinning impossibility.

She called me by my middle name and always told me that I was destined for great things, and even back then I knew that I’d disappoint her. I knew that I was exceptionally ordinary. I just didn’t know how to tell her and then, quite suddenly, it was too late to tell her anything.”
 

Macbeth

By: Jo Nesbo
Location: FIC NES
Image result for 9781781090268Genre: Retelling, thriller, mystery

Series: Hogarth Shakespeare 

Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo's Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships. Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.


He’s the best cop they’ve got.

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.

He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.

But a man like him won’t get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his.

Unless he kills for it.



"Nesbo puts his personal touches on Macbeth focusing on political ambition, greed, murder, and police procedures and corruption. I thought Nesbo’s re-telling was clever, entertaining and intelligent. Nesbo's Macbeth was well written and well thought out. I can’t imagine how much work it took to write such a re-telling. I think he pulled off the re-telling brilliantly.

I believe fans of Shakespeare's Macbeth will appreciate this book and also people who have not read Shakespeare's Macbeth will enjoy Nesbo's re-telling. In other words, I do not believe you need to be familiar with the original work to enjoy this version."- Debra


The Poet X

Image result for the poet xBy: Elizabeth Acevedo
Location: FIC ACE
Genre: Slam Poetry  Coming of Age

"A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart!! Highly recommended!" Laurie


This was breathtaking. I literally felt like I had to read quicker to match the pace of the poetry because I was scared it would slip away from me.
Xiomara is a 15 year old girl just trying to get her shit together. She digests everything through poetry - it's a beautiful perspective on the world.
She questions everything, from boys, to church to bullshit creepy men hitting on a minor.
Read this book. It's beautiful- Katie


A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

Only Child

By: Rhiannon Navin
Image result for 9781509855599Location: FIC NAV
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

New Zealand has only had one school shooting in 1923 in Waikino- 2 were killed and six injured. In this country we do not have any fears that when we send our kids to school they will be shot, like in  the USA. I am so thankful for our gun laws as I sit in the library of our school

’I will step onto my soapbox now and say that instead of once again just offering “thoughts and prayers,” every politician should read this book and enact meaningful gun reform laws NOW! And for readers, while the book can be disturbing to read, it is one not to be missed"- Tucker

For readers of Room and The Girls, a dazzling, tenderhearted debut about healing, family, and the exquisite wisdom of children, narrated by a seven-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours

“Lonely is when you want to be with someone instead, and it's a sad feeling. Alone doesn't have to be bad, because you can feel good when you're alone. We decided we both like that sometimes, to be alone.” 

"Zach, at only 6 years old, understands more about the human heart than the broken adults around him. His hope and optimism . . . will have every reader cheering him on, and believing in happy endings even in the face of tragedy -- Washington Post" 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Image result for 9781471407147By: Samira Ahmed
Location: FIC AHM
Genre:Young adult fiction, contemporary.

“These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us.”
― Samira Ahmed, Love, Hate & Other Filters 


Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a "suitable" Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City--and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she's only known from afar. There's the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya's last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?
"Islamophobia is so present in our society today that I find it important to have teen books with Muslim main characters that can give us their opinion on the issue and make us understand how they feel living in a world in which they are often seen as ‘‘other’’, ‘‘illegal’’ and even ‘‘terrorist’’.

This is then a story that matters. Maya, the seventeen-year-old Muslim-American heroine of this book, matters. Her voice is strong and her feelings are true. She sheds light where is needed and welcomes us, the reader, into her life with open arms. She is kind and patient, even when the world seems to be against her. She is important"- Lola.


"Love, Hate and Other Filters is, in a lot of ways, two books in one. It's the story of an independent, creative girl determined to live life her own way, despite expectations and customs to the contrary, and it's a look at how all of her brashness is powerless in the face of love she doesn't feel entitled to. In that way, it feels like a typical YA book, and Samira Ahmed really lets you into Maya's heart and mind.

At the same time, this is a book about the prejudice Muslims face in our country, especially since 9/11. It tells of the fears Muslims have when they hear of an incident, how they hope against hope the perpetrator wasn't a Muslim so it won't cause people to look differently or angrily at them, even though they have nothing to do with what happened. It's also a story about how hard it is to decide whether to give in to your fears, to let them control you, or to fight them head on." Larry H



My Worst book Ever!

Image result for 9780500650905
By: Allan Ahlberg
Location: PIC AHL
Genre: Cute

My Worst Book Ever is a clever and amusing introduction to the process of writing books.

Image result for 9780500650905Picture books are such good fun and so is making them— but who knew there were so many things that could go wrong.

This is the story of a picture book doomed from the very start. Allan has a good idea for a book about a crocodile, but every time he sits down to write, he’s interrupted. The manuscript gets soaked in coffee, nibbled by snails, and when Bruce gets started on the pictures, he gets overexcited and draws a hippo, not a crocodile, at which point the publishers get overexcited too—they want a dinosaur and experiment with all kinds of different fonts. Allan and Bruce finally think they’ve straightened things out, when the book goes off to the printer and—you guessed it—the trouble really starts.

Landscape with an Invisible Hand

Image result for 9780763699505BY: M.T.Anderson
Location: FIC  AND
Genre: Sci/Fi- Dystopia

...this was beautiful and difficult and ultimately hopeful in just the best way"- Renate

 National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth - but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem "classic" Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Some-one to Love

Image result for 9781489242259By: Melissa De La Cruz
Location: FIC DE
Genre: Romance, Eating Disorders

I hate mirrors.

Glass is dangerous.

Water is dangerous.

Windows are dangerous.

Anything that reflects me back at myself is a threat.


No.1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz's powerful new novel depicts one teen's battle with self-doubt and bulimia, and shows that the struggle to find someone to love starts with oneself

Olivia "Liv" Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor, and Liv will be making public appearances with her family. Liv has an image to uphold — to her maybe-boyfriend, to the new friends who suddenly welcome her into their circle, and to the public who love to find fault on social media. Everyone is looking.

Liv's sunny, charming facade hides a dark inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up to get there. No matter what she has to lose to do it. Liv is working for the day that what she sees in the mirror is worthy...worthy of confidence. Worthy of success. Worthy of love. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, placing her body and soul at risk, Liv herself has to realise what she has to live for.


"I have a love / hate relationship with this book. On the one hand I really loved it, but on the other hand I can understand how problematic this is and can be detrimental for people suffering from eating disorders, self harm and associated mental health conditions. I'd approach this one with caution."-Laura 

Markswoman

Image result for 9780062564542By: Rati Mehrotra
Location: FIC MEH
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Asiana #1

COVERLOVE

"The pacing in this book picks up momentum with every chapter. I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was a massive cliffhanger..." Sinead

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of a handful of sisterhoods of highly trained elite warriors. Armed with blades whose metal is imbued with magic and guided by a strict code of conduct, the Orders are sworn to keep the peace and protect the people of Asiana. Kyra has pledged to do so—yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her murdered family.

When Tamsyn, the powerful and dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. She is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof.

Kyra escapes through one of the strange Transport Hubs that are the remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past and finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of a desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman whose skill with a blade is unmatched. He understands the desperation of Kyra’s quest to prove Tamsyn’s guilt, and as the two grow closer, training daily on the windswept dunes of Khur, both begin to question their commitment to their Orders. But what they don’t yet realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is thin . . . as thin as the blade of a knife.

The impossible vastness of us

Image result for 9781489239235By: Samantha Young
Location:FIC YOU
Genre: Romance

I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

Samantha Young wrote a beautiful, emotional, and addicting YA book. It was a sweet romance, but it was more that that. It focused on growth, family and friendships. The characters were diverse and the subject matter wasn’t light and fluffy. This coming of age YA hooked me from start to finish.  Christy

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancĂ© and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…
 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

15:17 to Paris

Image result for 15:17 to paris book coverBy:Four Heroes
Location: NF 920- Movies
Genre: Real amazing true story of crazy bravery

The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes

‘Because of their courage, because of their quick thinking, because of their teamwork…a lot of people were saved and a real calamity was averted. They represent the very best of America, American character and you know, it’s these kinds of young people who make me extraordinarily optimistic and hopeful about our future.’
Barack Obama, President of the United States

The 15:17 to Paris is the amazing true story of friendship and bravery, and of near tragedy averted by three heroic young men who found the unity and strength inside themselves when they – and 500 other innocent travelers – needed it most.

It's just like any other train ride to Paris-until it isn't. When three American soldiers discover a terrorist plot on their train, it quickly becomes obvious that they will need to rely upon their training in order to thwart the plot before the lives of 500 people are in peril. A routine trip through Europe has transformed into anything but a vacation when these men are tasked with the unthinkable-stopping a heinous act in its tracks. 

Their friendship was forged as they came of age together in California: going to church, playing paintball, teaching each other to swear, and sticking together when they got in trouble at school. Years later, that friendship would give all of them the courage to stand in the path of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organisations. 

 

 

Red Sparrow

By: Jason Matthews
Location: FIC Mat
Image result for 9781471166129Genre: Thriller, spy, espionage

“Za dvumya zaitsami pogonish’sya ne odnogo ne poimaesh, he thought. If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.”

Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, the country she loved, as the twists and turns of a betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel.

American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information.

Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?
 

"Maybe we Americans were just a little bit hasty when we said that we won the Cold War? ‘Cause it’s seeming more and more like that we were really just leading at halftime. The point is that I was in the mood for a good spy vs. spy novel, and this one delivered. It won the 2014 Edgar Award for best first novel, and the author Jason Matthews is reportedly a former CIA officer who had over 30 years of service. The book is filled with the kind of details about spy operations that just feel authentic, but it never devolves into a Tom Clancy-style recitation of hardware and proper procedures because it’s got plenty of human drama as well."- Kemper

WaR, Wizards and Robots

Image result for 9780141365961By: Will.I.Am and Brian Johnson 
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: SCI FI/Fantasy

"We're from the projects - East L.A. On welfare the majority of our lives. A lot of my friends are dead and in prison, just like any urban person that comes from areas like I'm from. But my grandma was super-grandma. Ain't nobody mess with our family in my neighborhood because everybody loved my grandma. She was the one that prayed for everybody. We were one of the first families in the projects. And I moved them out. Music allowed me"

Who would have thought-  that Will.I.Am would write a book!
When you read his bio- it will not surprise you at all. he is The Man!!

William James Adams Jr., known professionally as will.i.am, is an American musician and actor. He is best known as a founding member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am has also released four solo albums. 
Born: 15 March 1975 (age 43 years), 
Height: 1.77 m
Full name: William James Adams Jr.



When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring's world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father's hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards' age-old foes.

But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth's destruction in the future.
Ada, Geller and the robots must learn to work together to change the past and secure the future. But they don't have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth... 

"Robots destroying medieval castles, wizards hiding for centuries in caves, time travelling robots protecting the planet from aliens from another universe - welcome to the mind of the multi-talented will.i.am. It shouldn't work but somehow it does. It's a competent and complex sci-fi adventure story that I would highly recommend to all who are interested in wizards, robots, technology and the like."- Julie- Goodreads.com

Friday, May 4, 2018

Amelia Westlake

By: Erin Gough
Location: FIC GOU
Image result for 9781760127152Genre: Young Adult LGBT

Two very different girls, and one giant hoax that could change – or ruin – everything.

Harriet Price has the perfect life: she's a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she risks it all by creating a hoax to expose the school's many problems – with help from notorious bad-girl Will Everheart, no less – Harriet tells herself it's because she's seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating.

But as Will and Harriet's campaign heats up, it gets harder for them to remain sworn enemies – and to avoid being caught. As tensions burn throughout the school, how far will they go to keep their mission – and their feelings for each other – a secret?


"A thoughtful exploration of topical issues wrapped in a delicious package of surprising twists and messy relationships. It all worked. "- Trisha

Robots VS Fairies

By: Dominik Parisen and Navah Wolfe
Image result for 9781481462358Location: FIC  ROB
Genre: Short Stories- Sci Fi and Fantasy

Cover coolness alert!!!!

Who will win- Fantasy or Sci- Fi? Its a battle!
It is also an awesome discussion to have in your library office!

This is a  unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.
Featuring an incredible line-up of authors including John Scalzi, Catherynne M. Valente, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, Robots vs. Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mash-up across genres.  


“We knew this day would come. We tried to warn the others. It was obvious either the sharp rate of our technological advancement would lead to the robot singularity claiming lordship over all, or that the fairies would finally grow tired of our reckless destruction of the natural world and take it back from us.”

Tin Heart

By: Shivaun Plozza
Image result for 9780143786276Location: FIC PLO
Genre: Young Adult- illness

"Make sure you bring a lot of tissues because you will laugh too hard at Marlowe's obscenely over-the-top family and then you will cry over how unfair life is sometimes and how much it must desperately suck to only be alive because someone else died. all the feeeelings"- Karina- Goodreads.com

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer ‘The Dying Girl’.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn…


"I told him I might dress like a girl because girls are cool, but sometimes I dress like a boy because boys are cool, and sometimes I'm a shark because they're cool too."

The Three Little Pugs and the Big Bad Cat

Image result for 9781848695764By: Becky Davies
Location: FIC DAV
Genre: Picture Book of Cuteness

This is adorable! Picture Books are the best!
Image result for 9781848695764

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Tyranny of Petticoats

A Tyranny of Petticoats : 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls - Jessica SpotswoodBy: Edited By Jessica Spotswood
Location: FIC SPO
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Feminism



Sparrow

By: Scot Gardner
Location: FIC GAR
Image result for 9781760294472Genre: Adventure- Survival

One, two, three, breath.

When a juvenile detention exercise off the coast of the Kimberley goes wrong, sixteen-year-old Sparrow must swim to shore. There are sharks and crocs around him but the monsters he fears most live in the dark spaces in his mind.

He's swimming away from his prison life and towards a desolate, rocky coastland and the hollow promise of freedom. He'll eat or be eaten, kill or be killed.

With no voice, no family and the odds stacked against him, Sparrow has nothing left to lose. But to survive he'll need something more potent than desperation, something more dangerous than a makeshift knife.

Hope.


"Sparrow is in juvenile detention, and on an exercise off the Kimberley coast when the boat taking his group back to the mainland catches fire. In a split instant and despite the fear of saltwater crocodiles and sharks, he decides to escape. Reaching the shore and eluding his pursuers, Sparrow has to survive on his wits and determination not to go back. As the reader follows him in his quest for survival in what could be a hostile and unforgiving landscape, we also learn the life that Sparrow is so desperate to escape, and that the wilderness doesn't hold as many threats as his past. Weaving in themes of survival, resilience and environmental awareness, this is an interesting and powerful novel for readers 13+ Lindy Jones"

Killfile

31307992By: Christopher Farnsworth
Location: FIC FAR
Genre: Thriller- Suspense
Series: John Smith #1

“Fast, fun, and frenetic. A whip-smart edge-of-your-seat thriller.” — Ernest Cline, author of Armada and Ready Player One

The author of The Eternal World seamlessly combines history, biotechnology, action and adventure in this high-concept thriller.

John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other peoples thoughts. He hears the the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can’t let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the Agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check—and himself out of trouble.

But now Smith is unexpectedly plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee—a tech whiz kid named Eli Preston—and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property he’s stolen. Before John can probe Preston’s mind, his identity is compromised and he’s on a run for his life with Sloan’s young associate, Kelsey.

Hunted by shadowy enemies with deep resources and unknown motives, John and Kelsey must go off the grid. John knows their only hope for survival is using his powers to their fullest—even if means putting his own sanity at risk.
  



“Part James Bond, part Jason Bourne, part Professor X, only smarter, wittier, and can run faster. Adrenaline action at its mind-reading best. Christopher Farnsworth’s KILLFILE unleashes the greatest weapon ever: the human mind.” — Beau Smith

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Hazel Wood

Image result for 9780141388663By: Melissa Albert
Location: FIC ALB
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Hazel Wood #1

This is what the author says about her book..

Hello, and thank you! The book was inspired by my obsession with classic portal fantasy, fairy tales, and contemporary-set fantasies like The Magicians; by an image I had in my head of a fairy-tale character breaking into the real world; and by my infatuation with general spec-fic weirdness: doors to the unknown, books that might be cursed, stories that live and breathe...- Melissa

A bewitching debut YA thriller crossed with the darkest of fairytales . . .

“She talked like a woman who knew more books than people.”

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate - the Hazel Wood - Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey's left undone, fear the rising of the sun.  

Red Ribbon

Image result for 9781471406560By: Lucy Adlington
Location:FIC ADL
Genre: Historic Fiction- War

I feel that this book is a brilliant example of showing that hope and friendship is possible in even the darkest of places, even in the monstrosity that was the Holocaust, which destroyed the lives of millions of people. So, to all the readers and dreamers out there, don't give up hope. -- Grace, aged 14 

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might have all been friends together. But this was Birchwood.

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz.

Every dress she makes could be the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival.

Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive.

Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive?

Will she fight for herself alone, or will she trust the importance of an ever-deepening friendship with Rose?

One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud - a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope.


"In Auschwitz, teenagers Ella and Rose survive because they create clothes for the Commandant's wife. Despite the dark situation, the friends' compassion, friendship and humanity win out"
 -Candis Magazine 
" A terrific read and a great story of endurance and survival " -School Librarian