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Book Trailer of the Week– Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 19, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 12, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Music

High Fantasy Reads for Teens

High Fantasy fiction is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction and is usually defined as stories that have an epic quality about them, have tons of action and adventure, and are set in a made up world that may also have fantastical creatures.  If this sounds like your kind of book, then check out some of our suggestions below!

 

AmuletSamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand by Brian Stroud

YA STROUD, J.

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

SabrielSabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

EragonEragon by Christopher Paolini

YA PAOLINI, C.

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.

GirlofFireThornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

YA CARSON, R.

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

ThroneGlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

YA HARTMAN, R.

In a world of the kingdom of Goredd, where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

FinnikinFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

YA MARCHETTA, M.

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

shadowandboneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

DemonKingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

YA CHIMA, C.

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

TerrierTerrier by Tamora Pierce

YA PIERCE, T.

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

FallingKingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

Grave mercyGrave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

YA LAFEVERS, R.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

EonEon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman

YA GOODMAN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

WeeFreeMenThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

YA PRATCHETT, T.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

ThiefThe Thief by Megan Whelan Turner

YA TURNER, M.

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

NamingThe Naming by Alison Croggon

YA CROGGON, A.

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

LastDragonslayerThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer–and Big Magic.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 10, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 5, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

 

FatBoyvCheerleadersFat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

AuRevoirFat kidStupid Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-Likes

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

Read-a-Likes

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

YA GREGORY, P.

 

 

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenThis song will save your lifeDJ Rising

Read-a-Likes

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley

YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia

YA MAIA, L.

 

OutNowhereOut of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

NowTimeRunningGoodBraiderKick

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

YA YEE, L.

CurveballPersonalEffectsAfterEli

Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Code NameCallMeByNameSummerofKings

Read-a-Likes

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan

YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee

YA SF LEE, F.

Blood Red RoadWhyIFightSoulbound

Read-a-Likes

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

Read-a-Likes

The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman

YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles

YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadMorgue and MePicturePerfect

Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin

YA ALPHIN, E.

 

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

ThroneGlassOrphanQueenFalsePrince

Read-a-Likes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

 

OtherSideDarkRiverBetweenUsRuined

Read-a-Likes

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck

YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris

YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley

YA BUCKLEY, M.

 

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human

Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

RotRuinenclaveEveryOtherDay

Read-a-Likes

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

InsigniaFor the Winz

Read-a-Likes

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben

YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

Read-a-Likes

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci

YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto

YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

SecretHourGatheringDarkDaughterSmokeBone

Read-a-Likes

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

 

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

clockwork scarabgreatterriblebeautygirlsteelcorset

Read-a-Likes

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

YA WESTERFELD, S.

FangirlOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

Read-a-Likes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

ThisDarkEndeavorOriginDrFranklin

Read-a-Likes

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury

YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker

YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyOpenRoadSummerRockStarSuperstar

Read-a-Likes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain

YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons WhyPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

Read-a-Likes

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

YA POLISNER, G.

 

StoryofOwenThe Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersLastDragonslayerFirstKill

Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill

YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson

YA WILSON, R.

saywhatyouwillUnlikelyHeroWaitingForYou

Read-a-Likes

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White

YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

Read-a-Likes

Evernight by Claudia Gray

YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran

YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

YA WOON, Y.

 

IllGiveYouSunI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy

YA JANDY, A.

WillGraysonNoParkingBeatleMeets

Read-a-Likes

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

YA SF ZHANG, K.

HostStartersSoulprint

Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price

YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell

YA ISBELL, T.

AshesPulse5th Wave

Read-a-Likes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

 

Book Trailer of the Week– Undertow by Michael Buckley

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 22, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Angelic Teen Novels

Enjoy reading novels where angels feature prominently in the story?  Check out some of our supernatural suggestions below!

aneglburnAngel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

YA WEATHERLY, L.

In a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality, a ruthless teenaged assassin of angels falls in love with a half-angel half-human girl, with devastating consequences.

angelinmypocketAn Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

YA COOPER, I.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

AngelfireAngelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

YA MOULTON, C.

A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers–monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell.

AngelfallAngelfall by Susan Ee

YA Ee, S.

While trying to escape their apartment after the angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world, Penryn meets Raffe, an angel whose wings have been cut off by the angels who kidnapped Penryn’s sister, Paige.

LailahLailah by Nikki Kelly

YA KELLY, N.

While struggling to understand her own identity, Lailah is torn between an injured vampire and a rogue angel who appears in her dreams.

ImmortalCityImmortal City by Scott Speer

YA SPEER, S.

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest Angel in the city, soon he’ll be a full Guardian and people will pay for him to save them. Then he falls for Maddy who likes him for who he is and not for his celebrity, but a serial killer targeting the Guardians is on the loose and Jackson just might be his next target.

DevineInterventionDevine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough

YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

To graduate from heaven’s soul rehabilitation program for wayward teenagers, guardian angel Jerome Hancock must keep sixteen-year-old Heidi Devine safe, but when he accidentally lets her down, Jerome has only twenty-four hours before Heidi’s soul dissolves forever.

EmbraceEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington

YA SHIRVINGTON, J.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s world is turned upside down when she falls for the sexy and aloof Lincoln and discovers he is part angel and part human. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path because the wrong decision could cost not only her life but her eternity.

UnearthlyUnearthly by Cynthia Hand

YA HAND, C.

Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner’s purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.

Level2Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

YA APPELHANS, L.

Seventeen-year-old Felicia Ward is dead and spending her time in the hive reliving her happy memories–but when Julian, a dark memory from her past, breaks into the hive and demands that she come with him, she discovers that even the afterlife is more complicated and dangerous then she dreamed.

HaloHalo by Alexandra Adornetto

YA ADORNETTO, A.

When three angels are sent to Earth to do good, Bethany, the youngest and least experienced, finds herself attracted to a human boy, and the others fear she will not be strong enough to fight evil unless the power of love can help her.

KindredKindred by Tammar Stein

YA STEIN, T.

Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil deliver assignments to eighteen-year-old fraternal twins Miriam and Moses.

BeautifulDarkA Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

YA DAVIES, J.

When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity–and destiny–begin to emerge.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

KissedByAngelKissed By An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

YA CHANDLER, E.

Falling in love with Tristan, Ivy believes that she has met the boy of her dreams, until he tragically dies, destroying her belief in angels and preventing him from helping her as her new celestial guardian.

MeridianMeridian by Amber Kizer

YA KIZER, A.

On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian is whisked off to her great-aunt’s home in Revelation, Colorado, where she learns that she is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead, and must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them.

HushHushHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

YA FITZPATRICK, B.

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 20, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 15, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 8, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Book Trailer of the Week– Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 24, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance