Wednesday, September 3, 2008

October 2009

The Vampire is Just Not That Into You
By Vlad Mezrich

Are you in love with a vampire? Are you worried that you might not be his (blood) type? Do you wonder whether that cold stare means he isn’t interested . . . or if it’s because he’s been dead for three centuries (nothing personal)? Have you tried to coax him out of his crypt with a flash of your neck or a near-death situation that requires him to save you at the very last possible moment? Have you ever considered what it will be like to introduce him to your mother?

Even though your vampire’s skin is transfixingly translucent, he can still be very hard to read. Sometimes he’s simply holding back his true feelings, resisting the urge to bite you in the chance that one day you will truly love him. And other times . . . well, he’s just not that into you.

How can you tell? Undead dating specialist Vlad Mezrich has all the answers, utilizing quizzes, Top Ten lists, language analysis, real-life (and real-death) testimonials, and fancy charts to show you what you need to do in order to get your vampire and keep him forever. Once you go vamp, you never decamp – so let this eternally rewarding book show you the way to the vampire of your dreams.


How to Say Goodbye In Robot
by Natalie Standiford

New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?


The Van Alen Legacy
A Blue Bloods Novel
By Melissa de la Cruz

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

by Sarah Beth Durst

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of ICE.

Bad Apple
By Laura Ruby

More information coming soon!



Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

High school sophomore Nora Grey is irritated to find herself partnered in biology class with a "tall, dark and annoying" senior named Patch. But their barbed exchanges only showcase their undeniable chemistry, and Nora soon finds herself lured toward Patch's shadowy past, frequently enlisting her best friend Vee to help uncover his secrets.

Then, a vindictive young man from a nearby private school begins stalking Nora. He's been double-crossed, and he wants payback. Nora goes to the police, but they don't believe her. Alone and vulnerable, she turns to the only person she believes can help her - Patch. But when she discovers scars on his back, she realizes she may be in more danger than she bargained for: Patch, a fallen angel banished to Earth, has crossed centuries on a single-minded mission to get his wings back. But for his wish to come true, someone must die...and Nora may be the perfect sacrifice.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Legacy
by Tom Sniegoski

What if your deadbeat dad was a superhero?

What if you found out your deadbeat father is a superhero? Would you leave your small-town life to take up the mantle of a father you never knew? For 18-year-old Lucas, the choice is an easy one: he’s not going to leave behind his mother and his comfortable life for a father who’s never shown any interest in him. But his father—known officially as billionaire Clayton Hartwell, and secretly as the vigilante superhero The Raptor—tells Lucas that as he is dying, evil is growing, and the world needs Lucas to become the new Raptor. When Lucas’s mother is killed by mysterious warriors, he realizes that his father is right. Once in Seraph City, Lucas is stunned by the amount of poverty and crime. But after observing his father’s “heroic” behavior up close, Lucas is left wondering about the line between good and evil. And eventually, he must decide whether to take a stand against the one man who loves him in order to defend a world that desperately needs him.


Lady Macbeth's Daughter
By Lisa Klein

Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her parents, the bloody tyrant Macbeth and his wife. Instead she is raised by three strange sisters deep in the Wychelm Woods and the moors of Scotland. When she discovers that she has the Second Sight, she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees- or to change it.

Ature she foresees--or to change it.

Girl in the Arena
By Lise Haines

It's a fight to the death - on live TV - when a gladiator's daughter steps into the arena

Lyn is a neo-gladiator's daughter, through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family. Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules - and the GSA - can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn's seventh father, he also captures Lyn's dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him... For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Lise Haines' debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence - a modern world that's disturbingly easy to imagine.


Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Gifted Book 3
By Marilyn Kate

These students look like the others, but each of them has a special supernatural attribute that marks them out. You could call it a skill, a talent or a disadvantage, but each of these students is unique - they're gifted. Shy, dreamy Emily's premonitions aren't always quite right, and the gifted class usually don't take her seriously. But as Emily's visions get clearer, her classmates are forced to listen to her - before it's too late...

Gifted Series:
Meadowbrook Middle School, which looks an ordinary, suburban school that could be anywhere in the world. And there’s nothing particularly unusual about most of the students. They range in age, from 11 to 14. They’re all reasonably intelligent. They have the common interests – some like sports, some are into music, they play video games, they watch TV, all the normal activities. Among the student body, there are the usual cliques – the jocks, the loners, the brains, the girls who think they’re too cool. At first glance, you wouldn’t think there was anything special about Meadowbrook.

But appearances can be deceiving. And among the 350 students, there are nine who aren’t exactly ordinary. I’ll introduce them to you.
Meet Amanda. She’s pretty, she wears great clothes, and she’s considered to be a ‘queen bee’, one of the most popular girls at school. Unfortunately, she’s also one of the meanest girls. But Amanda has a very interesting reason for behaving badly to other people. She has to be mean – or she’ll end up somewhere she doesn’t want to be.
Jenna wears black, and she tends to look a little scary. Some kids think she’s a criminal, a juvenile delinquent, and they’re not completely wrong. She’s dealing with a lot of personal problems, and one of those problems is something very unusual . . .
Ken looks like the kind of boy who has it all. He’s smart, he’s athletic, he’s good-looking. Yes, Ken has a lot of outstanding qualities, but he’s also got something he doesn’t want. A special, unique quality that’s driving him crazy . . .
Tracey is the kind of girl you have to feel sorry for. She’s shy, she’s nervous, and she seems to have a serious inferiority complex. Nobody seems to notice her, and for a very good reason . ..
Charles is in a wheelchair. He’s never been able to walk, and he’s pretty angry about that. But being in a wheelchair doesn’t stop him from doing anything he wants. Charles has developed a special compensation for his disability . . .
Sarah has curly black hair, a heart-shaped face, and the sweetest smile you ever saw. She’s kind, and gentle, and well-behaved. But she’s also the most dangerous girl in the whole school. Maybe in the whole world . . .
Martin is small for his age. He’s also very skinny. And he doesn’t have a great personality either. He gets teased and bullied a lot by other students. But some of them have learned that this isn’t a very good idea. Because when Martin gets teased, something very odd happens to him . . .
Emily is a day-dreamer, and teachers often scold her for not paying attention. But if they knew what Emily was dreaming about, they might have a little more respect for her . . .
Carter is a total mystery. Nobody knows anything about him. Like the others in this group, there may be something very special about him. But so far, he hasn’t offered a clue as to why he too should be considered.

Looking Glass Wars BK 3
Frank Beddor

The epic trilogy conclusion! Find out what becomes Alyss, Redd, (super sexy) Hatter Madigan, (ulta hot) Dodge Anders, Bibwit, Molly, and all the rest of the "heroic, passionate, monstrous, vengeful denizens of this parallel world as they battle each other" in ArchEnemy!

King Arch had been successful in sapping Wonderland - including Alyss and Redd - of Imagination. Now the two enemy queens are forced to come together in an attempt to reclaim Wonderland and their imaginative powers. Hatter M is AWOL as he escorts his daughter, Molly, to our world, leaving her in the care of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll). It appears that the caterpillar oracles are in cahoots with Arch, but we learn they are manipulating him to save the Heart Crystal, also know as 'Everqueen"--the source of imaginative power.

The Heart Crystal’s power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. There is some comfort in the fact that the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd’s overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles.
Page-turning and complex, this culmination of the Wonderland saga is intensely satisfying.


Beautiful Dead Book 2
Eden Maguire

There's been no sign of the Beautiful Dead for weeks. Darina achingly misses Phoenix all over again. But surely he will return with the rest of the Beautiful Dead as so much still remains unresolved. It's been ten months since Arizona drowned in Hartmann Lake. Suicide, it would seem. But something doesn't add up. Drowning herself in a hidden-away lake does not sound like strong, confident, Arizona: Ellerton High School's high-maintenance drama queen. Darina needs to help Arizona the way she helped Jonas. But time is running out ...

Hold Still
by Nina LaCour

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction

Dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

by Julia Golding

Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal in order to unite their lands. And he's not too pleased, either. They hate each other on sight. So, when Tashi and Ramil are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape - from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure help them or betray them to the enemy?


Dreams of the Dead
The Waking BK 1
Thomas Randall

Starting over in a place that's haunted by death...

Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.


The Luxe Bk 4
by Anna Godbersen

The stunning conclusion to the series that started with the New York Times bestseller The Luxe.

The Book of the Maidservant
by Rebecca Burnhouse

Johanna is a servant girl to Dame Margery Kempe, a renowned medieval holy woman. Dame Margery feels the suffering the Virgin Mary felt for her son but cares little for the misery she sees every day. When she announces that Johanna will accompany her on a pilgrimage to Rome, the suffering truly begins. After walking all day, Johanna must fetch water, wash clothes, and cook for the entire party of pilgrims. Then arguing breaks out between Dame Margery and the other travelers, and Johanna is caught in the middle. As the fighting escalates, Dame Margery turns her back on the whole group, including Johanna. Abandoned in a foreign land where she doesn’t even speak the language, the young maidservant must find her own way to Rome.


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