Archive for the ‘New Books’ Category
Did you tear through Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi fairy tales Cinder and Scarlet, and now you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next book in the series? The wait is almost over!! Book three in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress, will be released on February 4th! Check out the brand new book trailer above, and then click here to place a hold on a copy!
TONS of new YA books are on their way to our New Books shelves at all 3 DPL locations! A small sampling are pictured above, click any of them to place a hold! For even more new and upcoming YA books, visit our Check It Out page!
Author: Andrew Smith
What’s on the cover: A teen boy who has OBVIOUSLY just been in some kind of fight, because he has stitches over his eyebrow and a bloody nose. He’s wearing a sweater with a crest on it, a dress shirt, and a tie. He also has a backpack slung over one shoulder.
What I think it’s about: Judging by his outfit I’d say he goes to private school, and I’m guessing he’s getting bullied there based on his battered face.
Do I want to read it?: YES! I immediately want to know what happened to him. It’s an intriguing cover!
What the blurb says: “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.”
Final verdict: Okay, so his face probably looks like that because of rugby. I’m still intrigued though, so I’ll be picking up a copy of this one!
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando is a really fun book about the ups and downs of having a roommate and leaving home for the first time. Elizabeth and Lauren live 3,000 miles away from each other, but they’ve just been assigned to live together in the freshman dorms at UC Berkeley. Elizabeth, an only child eager for a roomie to be BFFs with, emails Lauren right away to settle who is bringing what to their new home. Lauren, big sister to five siblings and desperate for a room to herself, is less than pleased to hear that she’s been assigned a roommate. Though their friendship gets off to a rocky start because of this, they keep emailing back-and-forth all summer and eventually help each other deal with all the things that will come along with going off to college: leaving behind your family, making new friends, and trying to have long-distance relationships.
The story is told in alternating chapters from Elizabeth and Lauren’s POVs, much like Will Grayson, Will Grayson or Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This was a light and quick read; I think I may have breezed through it in one sitting! Though sometimes things get a little too soap opera-ish (especially Elizabeth’s story), I really enjoyed the format and watching Elizabeth and Lauren’s friendship evolve over time. If you enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and are looking for more books about leaving for college, Roomies is a good pick.
We have TONS of new YA books coming your way soon! In addition to the ones pictured above, you can find even more on our Check It Out page. If you don’t want to wait to find one on the shelves, click the cover to place a hold!
I thought I was totally over vampire books, but then Holly Black had to come along and write the awesome The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The existence of vampires is not a secret; they are talked about on social networks and livestreams of their fabulous parties are THE THING to watch at night. People feel safe because most vampires have been trapped in quarrantine zones called Coldtowns. But there are still rogue vampires out there lurking in the night, and when a human is bitten by one they go “Cold”, starting to crave the taste of human blood that will then turn them into a vampire.
The story starts when seventeen-year-old Tana, who has been out partying with friends all night and passed out in a bathtub, wakes up to find that everyone at the party has been brutally murdered by a pack of vampires. The scene is gruesome, and Tana is quick to discover that only one other person is still alive: her ex-boyfriend Aidan, who has been bitten by one of the vampires. Tana rescues him and decides that the only way to save him is to head for the nearest Coldtown, hoping that the humans there can keep Aidan from turning and that the bounty she’ll earn for the weakened vampire she caught will earn her a way out.
In a time when vampire books are nearly inescapable, I though The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was unique and exciting. I love Tana and the fact that despite her near-paralyzing fear she’s the one rescuing the boy instead of being some kind of damsel in distress. Of course a little romance gets thrown into the mix, but it doesn’t take over the story at all and it plays out in a way that feels realistic. If you’re looking for a different take on vampires and don’t mind some gore (that first chapter, yikes), I highly recommend picking this one up.