Though Safi and Iseult have different magical gifts -- Truthwitch Safi
sees truth or lies in speech, while Threadwitch Iseult sees human
-- they're bound together by fierce friendship. When the Twenty Year
Truce ends and the Witchlands erupt into war, three clashing empires all
seek to control Safi's valuable power, forcing Safi and Iseult to flee.
Pursued by a deadly Bloodwitch mercenary, the
girls set sail with Merik, a Windwitch privateer whose loyalties might
not align with their own. Alternating points of view add even more depth
to the compelling characters, intricate world-building, and
breathtaking adventure in this series debut.
A few months ago, Lucille's dad attacked her mom and was
institutionalized. A few weeks ago, Lucille's mom left and didn't come
back. Now, too scared
and too stubborn to ask for help, Lucille is stuck paying the bills and
taking care of her 10-year-old sister Wren. Thankfully, she's got her
best friend Eden to lean on. But even that relationship gets complicated
when Lucille begins to fall painfully, inconveniently
in love with Digby, Eden's twin brother. Pairing Lucille's poetic voice
with her tough situation, This Raging Light
is an emotionally charged story about strength, loss, and finding first love when you least expect it.
Drum major Liza and her high school marching band aren't on a Destiny
cruise ship for fun -- they're there to win the $25,000 Ship of Dreams
arts prize before school budget cuts force them to disband. Energetic
Liza feels upbeat about her band's chances... at least until her
ex-friend Demi shows up with an annoyingly talented dance team, and Liza
is distracted by confusing feelings for both bandmate
Russ AND former crush Lenny. Bursting with breezy romance and slapstick
humor, this comedy about competing to save beloved school activities is
perfect for fans of Prudence Chen's Nothing
Can Possibly Go Wrong.
It's the first day of classes at Opportunity High School, which means
that everyone is gathered in the auditorium when the shooting starts.
former student, has returned with a gun, and the next 54 minutes of
terror unspool from the perspective of four students: Autumn, Tyler's
sister; Sylv, her secret girlfriend; Tomás, Sylv's brother; and Claire,
Tyler's ex-girlfriend. Though this unflinching,
minute-by-minute account of a school shooting may be overwhelming for
some, those who are drawn to raw, all-too-realistic fiction won't be
able to put it down. For a broader range of reactions to similar events,
try the short story collection Violent
Asthmatic 15-year-old Marlow Green may be a petty criminal with a nose
for trouble, but he never expected to face a deal with the devil: he
into a fight and tried to help a girl. But this particular girl, Pan, is
an Engineer, part of a secret army who've sold their souls to the
arcane Devil's Engine in exchange for superpowers. And now that Marlow
knows about the Engineers, he has no choice but
join in their battle to prevent hell on earth. If you like your horror
stories overflowing with darkness, demons, and gritty action, don’t miss
this 1st book in the Devil's Engine series.
Never Getting Back Together?
From burnt bridges to the hope of reunion, these books for fans of
realistic romance all depict the angst and drama of dealing with
break-ups and exes.
Audrey Cuttler had no idea that dumping her boyfriend would make her
famous. But when her erstwhile beau, Evan, poured his heartbreak into a
catapulted his band to the big-time -- and, being that the song was
written about Audrey, it dragged her along for the ride. How will she
ever get a second chance at love now? Music lovers will appreciate the
(actual) song lyrics that open each chapter, and
readers who like great characters, snappy dialogue, and romance will
adore this hilarious novel.
Laura Amores, a 17-old Cuban-American living in Miami, is blissfully in
love with her girlfriend, Marlena. But after Laura is caught reading a
from Marlena during class, she's expelled from her Catholic high school
and kicked out of her mom's house. She moves in with a friend, gets a
job, and manages okay until Marlena, who's been sent back to Puerto
Rico, renounces her feelings for Laura and marries
a hometown boy. Heartbroken, Laura thinks that perhaps her life will be
easier if she pretends to be straight, too...but can she be happy living
a lie? This story's vibrantly described Miami setting, ample comic
relief, and infusion of Cuban culture make it
Min Green is awkward, sincere, romantic, and loves classic cinema; Ed
Stapleton has simple tastes (basketball, girls) and is crazy-popular.
may have been doomed from the start, but the story -- about how they got
together, the details of their forays into each other's worlds, and
yes, the reasons why they broke up -- is chock full of the indefinable
stuff that makes fans of artsy, offbeat fiction
swoon. Memorable characters, quirky situations, cynical humor, and
honest emotion make Why We Broke Up
a superb choice for fans of John Green's An Abundance of Katherines
(or Will Grayson, Will Grayson,
which Green co-authored with David Levithan).
Fiction. Now that she's finally 16, Chelsea could
a normal job. Instead, she lets her best friend talk her into one more
petticoat-wearing, tourist-wrangling summer as a junior interpreter
at Colonial Essex Village in Virginia. It's a decision that Chelsea
quickly begins to regret, especially after Ezra, the ex-boyfriend who
broke her heart, turns up at orientation. Dealing with Ezra becomes even
more complicated when Chelsea starts crushing
on Dan, one of the "farbs" (aka unskilled reenactors) at Civil War
Reenactmentland, the rival historical attraction across the street.
Smart, snarky humor and an unusual setting make Past
Perfect a charming read for history geeks and romance fans alike.
For a mere $100 via Paypal, high schooler Becca Williamson will create
drama, expose weakness, and generally do whatever it takes to break up a
After losing her best friend to a popular boyfriend and seeing her
sister abandoned at the altar, Becca knows the damage that love can do.
In her eyes, it's only practical to destroy the delusion of true love
sooner rather than later. A mysterious request to
break up the school's power couple, however, combined with a forbidden
romance of her own, leaves Becca questioning the wisdom of ruining
others' relationships and wondering if she might have been wrong about
love after all.