Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

 Librarian M has the latest in the Future Perfect series from Neal Shusterman!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The second book in the  Future Perfect series by Neal Shusterman continues the intrigue of the first book and ups the ante with a couple of new characters. First, there’s Greyson Tolliver, who was happy to breeze along in his safe, boring life until it turns out he has a higher calling. And then there’s the Thunderhead, from whom we heard from briefly in Scythe, who has a prominent voice in this new book. The Thunderhead has a plan for humanity, but it might not be the same as humanity’s plan for itself.

Of course, Citra and Rowan are still featured prominently. Citra is allied with her mentor Scythe Curie and Rowan has a new self-imposed mission of ending the lives of the scythes he deems unworthy. The plot builds to an exciting conclusion which I did not see coming. If you’ve read and liked Scythe, you’ll definitely want to continue the story with Thunderhead.

More to read:

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Up and Coming: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Quick Pick Friday: Get a Jump on Your Weekend Reading

Breakfast Club Week: The Criminal



Monday, January 15, 2018

Always Available: New E-Audio from Hoopla

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are always available once you've downloaded the Hoopla App or visited the collection through our website.

These are available today! Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions are from the catalog:

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles edited by Natalie C. Parker
You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance by Simone Biles

Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

Runebinder by A.R. Kahler

Magic is risen.When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.But they are losing.

Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tom‡s and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Brand New Titles for Checkout on E-Audio

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are brand new on Overdrive!

Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions from the catalog:

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
The 2017 National Book Award For Young People Recipient:
Perfect for fans of NBC's "This Is Us," Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra.

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....

Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Up and Coming: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

 Librarian M kicks off the new year with the newest from Maureen Johnson!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Release date:  Jan. 16, 2018

Stevie has been invited to attend prestigious Ellingham Academy, where she is determined to solve the cold case of the kidnapping of Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter and the murder of the wife and a student. It all happened in 1936, but Stevie is obsessed with studying crime and is sure she can make some headway on this case.

This is a great boarding school mystery with all sorts of twists and turns and, of course, a fresh murder for Stevie to investigate. Check it out if you are into mysteries, but be forewarned: you may notice that the pages are running out before everything is solved. This is book one in a new series so there will be more adventures at Ellingham Academy in the future.


More to read:

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Up and Coming: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Up and Coming: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Read This, Watch That: Fog of London Edition

Post Card Fridays: Buongiorno Italy

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Top Tens of 2017: Nico's Faves

This month we're taking a look back at some of our favorite titles of the year. Every year there are so many amazing books hitting our shelves and we hope to highlight a few ones that we'll be sure to remember even after the year is over.

Nico finishes out our book lists with a look at her faves: 

The Hate U Give  by Angie Thomas (see our posts about this title here)
This book features a narrator who is so vivid and true that I am certain to be thinking of her words for years to come. Starr is  super smart and funny with a love of pop culture and sneakers. She is also a witness to a terrible crime which changes the way she is as a student, a friend, a daughter and a citizen of her community. It is beautifully written and there are so many reasons it's one of the biggest books of the year.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (see our posts on this title here)
Dimple and Rishi's relationship starts with her throwing her iced coffee on him and it grows and grows from there. It is romantic and snappy and I never wanted it to end.

Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (see our full review here)
I love a book with a girl narrator that is unabashedly funny. I was laughing out loud at a coffee shop over some of Desi's "flailures." Desi's story is seriously funny, but it's also got a seriously big heart and I loved Desi and her dad's relationship probably best of all.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (see our posts on this title)
Jade is a collage artist with dreams of travel. She is used to keeping her head down and putting in the work. Going to a mentorship she's not thrilled with seems like just one more thing she has to get through. Jade is a strong and thoughtful narrator. Getting to see her find ways to speak up for and get the respect and rewards for her art and her work makes Piecing Me Together an inspiring and memorable book.

The Reader: Sea of Ink and Gold by Traci Chee (see full review here)
Sefia is a young woman on the run in a world where people tell their stories instead of writing them down. But in this exciting fantasy that plays with the format of the actual book you're reading (there's a book in a book and the story sometimes bleeds the ink it's written on) Sefia is determined to find out why her people have been kept from having books and why her parents died with one in their protection. This book has such cool world building and some major reveals that will make you happy you can go out and grab book 2.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (see our posts about this book)
How did it take me so long to get to this book?! First of all, I love a book that takes place in one day and I adore romances where the characters fall for each other as they walk around and talk (When Dimple Met Rishi does this too) and this is an INCREDIBLY romantic combination of the two. Do not miss Daniel and Natasha!

 We are Okay by Nina LaCour (see our full review here)
I have loved Nina LaCour's books for years, but this might be my favorite ever. It's not a super long book, but every word of Marin's lonely year cuts you to the quick. The writing in We are Okay just knocked me out.

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (see our full review here)
This is a twisty can't-put-down mystery. Flynn thought he was the one keeping secrets, but it turns out that his (former) girlfriend had an extremely long list of things she didn't mention to him and they may have led to a murder. Smart, funny and cinematic, this one was definitely one I passed around to my friends.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds' books are always lyrical and flowing off the page and into your brain, but Long Way Down's sparse verses take this to a new level. Will is hurting, his brother is dead and someone needs to pay. But one elevator ride stands between Will and his next move, one elevator ride where he is visited by those who are already gone from his life because of the rules he's trying to live by. Reynolds writes the lives of teens in a truer way than almost anyone out there and this feels like the book of his heart, sharp, raw and impossible to miss.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (see our full review)
Sometimes we need a true magical romp and My Lady Jane delivers this in spades. I loved the conceit of retelling history the way it should have gone and the having the interjections of the three authors peppering the story is super charming. There are going to be more historical and literary Janes given this treatment and I can't wait to read them. If you're looking for clever and fun with a dash of romance and magic, look no further.