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  • Blogging, Internet, Rachel, Social Networking

    Recently on Tumblr…

    30.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Recently on Tumblr…

    The first trailer for The Legend of Korra Book 4 is out! Check out the trailer below (if you’re up to date with Book 3):

    We learned the science behind why old books smell so awesome:

    Image via Tumblr

    And we talked a bit about the strange things that get returned in library books…

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    You can follow us over on Tumblr at wellingtoncitylibraries.tumblr.com!


  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    26.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    Syndetics book coverWorn stories / Emily Spivack.
    Have you ever thought about what your clothes say about you?  Or rather what stories your clothes could tell?  That’s, kind of, the idea behind this book, each piece of clothing, especially your very favourites, are a mini memoir of you.  Spivak has chosen people to talk about their favourite item of clothing to create an intimate, highly personal telling of individual style or fashion.  I think it fits with the evolution of fashion that’s happening – from catwalk and magazine to street style and personal style blogs, from models to real people.  Spivak has also created the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog Threaded, so her book fits the intellectual-fashion movement that’s going on too (more on that in Women in Clothes and Why Fashion Matters).

    Also, if you want some real (librarian) person style, check out the library’s tumblr.  Every week (well, hopefully) you’ll find a librarian wardrobe post (and other Fashion Friday stuff too).  Here’s the lovely Francoise.

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  • Books, Grimm, New

    Upcoming Fiction

    24.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Upcoming Fiction

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDay 21, Kass Morgan. This is the sequel to The 100, published last year and now a TV series on TV2 at lunchtime on Saturdays. “It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries… or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.” (goodreads.com)

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsYOLO, Lauren Myracle. The friends from Ttyl, TTfn and L8r, g8r are back. “Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country. In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and… roller derby!” (goodreads.com)

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Perfectionists, Sara Shepard. “In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls — Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker — know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him — a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke… until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them. (goodreads.com)

    Aaand… continuing looking forward to 2015:

    I Was Here, Gayle Forman – the new book from the writer of If I Stay. This one is due out at the end of January, so we will order it soon.

    And on a slightly different but still related tack, 2015 is going to be a great year for books-to-movies again. For example: Paper Towns, based on the novel by John Green; Fallen (book by Lauren Kate), and of course Mockingjay Part 2 (Suzanne Collins).


  • Books, Lists, Rachel, Top 10

    Top 10: How to…

    23.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Top 10: How to…

    This week we’re going to learn a few things. Such as: how to sell toothpaste, how to steal a car (maybe not) and how to be a vampire. Wait, what?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to sell toothpaste, Leonie Thorpe

    Dom has left school and is about to launch into the real world. All his friends have their futures mapped out, but Dom is distinctly lukewarm about the prospect of doing a degree in science. Before he has to commit, however, there is the holiday job painting his dad’s offices. Dad is an award-winning creative in an ad firm, with possibly his greater success being his ability to look younger, and way, way cooler, than his 17-year-old son. Annoyed that his dad has beaten him to the stud earring, the bicep tatt, and the wardrobe, Dom decides to take on his dad on his own turf, an ad campaign. How hard can it be?” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to steal a car, Pete Hautman

    Fifteen-year-old, suburban high school student Kelleigh, who has her learner’s permit, recounts how she began stealing cars one summer, for reasons that seem unclear even to her.” (Syndetics)

     

     

     

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to ruin a summer vacation, Simone Elkeles

    “Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer-no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone… Goodbye pride, hello Israel.” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to (un)cage a girl, Francesca Lia Block

    A celebration of girls and women in a three part poetry collection that is powerful, hopeful, authentic, and universal.” (Syndetics)

     

     

     

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to say goodbye in robot, 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?” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to ditch your fairy, Justine Larbalestier

    In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers–a parking fairy–and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle’s shopping fairy.” (Syndetics)

     

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to save a life, Sara Zarr (also available as book on CD)

    “Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends–everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted–to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy–or as difficult–as it seems.” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to be popular : when you’re a social reject like me, Steph L, Meg Cabot

    “Steph Landry’s been top of her school’s unpopularity list ever since she spilt her red Super Big Gulp all over It Girl Lauren Moffat’s white D&G mini-skirt. But now Steph’s got a secret weapon – an ancient book, HOW TO BE POPULAR, which her soon-to-be step-grandmother once used to break into her A-crowd. All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book and wait for the partying begin. But as Steph’s about to discover, it’s easy to become popular – it’s less easy staying that way!” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to be a vampire : a fangs-on guide for the newly undead, Amy Gray

    “For those who join the decadent realm of the vampire, eternal life holds juicy perks–charm and strength, shape-shifting and flying, telepathy and super-powered senses. “How to Be a Vampire” is a comprehensive guide to the vampire lifestyle that quenches newcomers’ thirst for lore–and tasteful tips.” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow to take the ex out of ex-boyfriend, Janette Rallison

    Sixteen-year-old Giovanna Petrizzo finds it hard enough to fit in. Three years since her family moved to Texas, she’s still the newcomer. It doesn’t help matters when her twin brother, Dante, takes on the mayor’s son by running for class president. The least she could expect, though, would be for her boyfriend, Jesse, to support their cause. But Jesse’s apparent defection triggers Giovanna’s rash emotional side, and before she knows it, she’s turned Jesse from the boy of her dreams to the exboyfriend she dreams of winning back.” (adapted from Syndetics)


  • Not Library Related, Rachel, Vote!, Youth Politics

    Don’t forget to vote!

    19.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Don’t forget to vote!

    Vote in ballot boxToday is your last day to vote if you haven’t enrolled yet – and it’s easy! If you just turned 18 recently and haven’t enrolled yet, or for any other reason you’re not enrolled, it’s not too late. All you need to take with you is some ID, like a driver’s license, and you can enrol and vote on the spot! But you can only do this today, not tomorrow. If you are already enrolled, tomorrow is the voting day and it’s your last chance to vote in this year’s election. Here is a list of voting locations for both today and tomorrow: Information for voters: the who, when and where

    Your vote is worth exactly the same as anyone else’s, so your vote is tied for first place as the MOST important vote in this election! Check out this neat comic about how important your vote is: The most valuable vote in New Zealand

    And I know it can be so tricky to know who to vote for. Sometimes party policies are hidden under layers of publicity and personalities, and it can all get a bit confusing. But there are some great (and fun!) tools to help you work out who to vote for. On The Fence and Vote Compass are two tools which quiz you on what is most important to you, and they will tell you which parties most align with your own views. You might be surprised at the results!

    There is another interesting website called Ask Away which allows you to submit questions you want MPs to answer, then the MPs from different parties answer the questions so that you can see which party/parties you most agree with the answers to. And best of all, On The Fence and Ask Away were both created by design students from Massey University! Here is a neat interview with the designers: Getting voters off the fence

    So what are you waiting for? Go on and get off the fence and vote!


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Newly ordered fiction and looking forward to 2015

    17.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Newly ordered fiction and looking forward to 2015

    Visitors, Orson Scott Card – from the author of Ender’s Game comes the third in the Pathfinder series. Goodreads.com gives you a recap of the series without giving away very much at all: “In Pathfinder, Rigg joined forces with another teen with special talents on a quest to find Rigg’s sister and discover the true depth and significance of their powers. Then Rigg’s story continued in Ruins as he was tasked to decipher the paths of the past before the arrival of a destructive force with deadly intentions. Now, in Visitors, Rigg’s journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.”

    Laurinda, Alice Pung – Laurinda is the name of a school (an exclusive academy, even, which we love!) which is ruled by The Cabinet; three girls who control their classmates (and some of the teachers also). Lucy Lam is new to Laurinda, and finds herself having to suss out school politics, and being courted by The Cabinet. This sounds like a good position to be in (better to be courted than controlled, you’d think), but not if you want to retain your sense of who you are and what matters.

    A New Darkness, Joseph Delaney – if you enjoyed Joseph Delaney’s ‘Spook’ books (also called the Wardstone Chronicles) then you will be interested in this first book in a new trilogy – what happens to Tom Ward after his apprenticeship? “Tom Ward is the spook, the one person who can defend the county from ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and other bloodthirsty creatures of the dark. But he’s only seventeen, and his apprenticeship was cut short when his master died in battle. No one trusts Tom’s skill, not till he’s proven himself. And a fifteen-year-old girl named Jenny knows more about the three mysterious deaths in the county than Tom does. She is a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and she wants to be Tom’s first apprentice—even though a female spook is unheard of. Together, Tom and Jenny will uncover the grave danger heading straight toward the county, and they’ll team up with a witch assassin to confront it.” (goodreads.com)

    Incidentally, there will be a Tom Ward movie next year, called Seventh Son – see the details at imdb.com.

    What other things are we looking forward to in the further future? I’m excited about:

    Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman – the sequel to Seraphina which is due out in March next year.

    Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – the sequel to Steelheart – due January.

    Half Wild by Sally Green – sequel to Half Bad. Another March publication.

    Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein – a new historical novel by the author of Code Name Verity. Again, March!

    P.S. I (Rachel) am also excited about Half Wild, also Winter by Marissa Meyer (the next Lunar Chronicle after Cinder, Scarlet and Cress), the untitled fourth Raven Cycle book (Blue Lily, Lily Blue isn’t even out yet but I’m excited for the next one anyway) and a new John Green novel (!!!) The Racket is due out in December 2015! No further details though.

    We will let you know when we order interesting 2015 releases.


  • DVDs, dystopia, Fantasy, Lists, Rachel, Top 10

    Top 10: Spring flower girls

    16.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Top 10: Spring flower girls

    In the name of Spring (again), I bring you books featuring girls with flowery and botanical names. Violets, Daisys and Lilys, you’ll find them right here.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHow I Live Now, Meg Rosoff

    Fifteen-year-old Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she’s never even met. There she’ll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful. There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces. How will Daisy live then?'” (adapted from Syndetics)

    Featuring awesome protagonist Daisy. We also have the movie version on DVD, but it is R16 so you may have trouble reserving it with a young adult library card. Give us a call if you get stuck!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCinder, Marissa Meyer

    “Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.” (Syndetics)

    Cinder has one horrible step-sister, but her other, lovely step-sister is named Peony. We also have this book on CD, and Rebecca Soler does an incredible job of narrating all the unique characters.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsEmbrace, Jessica Shirvington

    Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend? Nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori, part angel and part human, and Violet is his eternal partner. Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…” (adapted from Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMarcelo In The Real World, Francisco X. Stork

    Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear–part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify–and he’s always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm’s mailroom in order to experience “the real world.” There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file — a picture of a girl with half a face — that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.” (adapted from Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

    Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSoulmates, Holly Bourne

    Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect match for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems. After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, they are left with an impossible choice: the end of the world, or a life without love?” (Syndetics)

    This one doubly wins because the author (Holly) has a botanical name too!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsVampire Academy, Richelle Mead

    “St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger… Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.” (Goodreads)

    If one’s not enough, we have the whole series here in our collection!

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsOn a Clear Day, Walter Dean Meyers

    Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources–and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?” (Syndetics)

    This one’s actually not out just yet, but you can still reserve it before its release in a couple of weeks.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFlora Segunda, Ysabeau Wilce

    Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever.” (Syndetics)

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Fault In Our Stars, John Green

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.” (Syndetics)

    I couldn’t make this list and NOT include Hazel Grace! It just couldn’t be done. We also have this as an audiobook on CD.

    There are plenty more books that could have made it onto this list – have you got any suggestions? Let us know in the comments!


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Project Runway

    12.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Project Runway

    Want to be a fashion designer? If you have dreams of having your own glamorous designer label, then you should check out this month’s Fashion and Beauty Popular Topics page – it’s a full edit of shiny new books all about getting started in the fashion biz. You can thank me later! (preferably in designer scarves and handbags, please).

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    Photo: fashiongonerogue


  • Books, Comedy, dystopia, Fantasy, GLBT, Mysteries, Nicola

    New Fiction

    11.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Fiction

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDonnel’s Promise, Anna Mackenzie

    “When Risha takes up her mother’s throne there is celebration — for some. In the murky world of politics, how can you know who to trust, when to fight, when to run? As war between the Five Duchies threatens everyone Risha loves, the hidden truth of Cattra’s legacy is revealed — but for Risha there is no time to learn to use her arcane talent, even less to save those sacrificed in her name.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: From a scarp of rock high on the slope above the citadel, Rosha gazed north. A spine of mountains steered her vision inland, across the hills and plains of LeMarc, the Elswater Sound a blue bite at the juncture of land and sea. Beyond that the distance defeated her.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe kiss of deception, Mary E. Pearson

    “A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
    She flees on her wedding day.
    She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
    She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
    She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
    The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
    Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: Journey’s end. The promise. The hope. Tell me again, Ama. About the light. I search my memories. A dream. A story. A blurred remembrance. I was smaller than you, child. The line between truth and sustenance unravels. The need. The hope. My own grandmother telling stories to fill me because there was nothing more.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe war of the four isles, Andrew McGahn

    “Nearly three years have passed since Dow Amber escaped the ruin of the Twelfth Kingdom. In that time, war has raged across the Four Isles, but Dow himself has been hidden away by his Twin Islands hosts, relegated to a backwater of the war in the company of the beguiling Cassandra. But when word reaches Dow that Ignella of the Cave has been imprisoned on the infamous Ship Kings dungeon-isle of Banishment, he can be patient no longer. He sets forth on an epic voyage that will take him halfway around the world — defying storm and monster, betrayal and despair — to the heart of the greatest battle of the age, and to the discovery at last of his true purpose upon the high seas.” (Syndetics summary)

    First lines: The War of the Four Isles – so called to set it apart from the Great War of eight decades earlier – was a complex and many-faceted affair, not easily summarised. But as this tale will mot join the war until the third year of the fighting, some account of the intervening years is required – and there not being the time nor space here to give that account in full, the merest summary must indeed suffice, and now follows.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSpark, Rachael Craw

    “Evie doesn’t have a choice. One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer. The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: The dream is always the same. I’m running through a forest at night, air like warm water, lapping at my skin, warming my lungs. Above me a canopy of branches filters the moonlight in black and white – a strobe effect exaggerating the feel of speed, the pumping of my arms and legs. I am strong. Powerful. Fearless.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsPlaylist for a broken heart, Cathy Hopkins

    “When Paige finds an old mix CD in a local charity shop, she can’t help but wonder about the boy who made it and the girl he was thinking of when he chose the songs. The tracks tell the story of a boy looking for his perfect girl, a girl to understand him, a story of being alone, being let down, misunderstood and not knowing where to turn. Following the clues of the music, Paige sets out to find the mysterious boy, going from gig to gig and band to band, hoping to track him down. But will who she finds at the end of the trail, be the boy she’s imagined?” (Goodreads)

    First lines: “Here we go,” whispered Allegra.
    I held my breath and waited for Mr Collins, our drama teacher, to read out who had got parts in the end-of-year play. Everyone who’d auditioned standing near the wooden stage in the school hall. It smelt of beeswax and lavender from the polish used by the cleaners who’d started the evening clear-up behind us. Please, please let me get Juliet, I prayed.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThrough to you, Lauren Barnholt

    “It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.”  Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. The note is not supposed to lead to anything. Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings. Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…” (adapted from Goodreads)

    First lines: This is how it ends:
    With me crying in a bathroom and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, cursing myself for being so stupid. I knew it was wrong, I knew it wasn’t going to end well, I knew I was putting myself in a situation where I was going to end up broken hearted.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe boy’s own manual to being a proper Jew, Eli Glasman

    “Yossi, at seventeen, feels as though his homosexuality makes him less of a Jew. Living as he does in Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community, he has a lot to hide. When non-religious rebel Josh turns up at school, Yossi is asked to look after him, and while Yossi educates Josh on the ancient traditions of their race, Josh does some educating of his own. Through their relationship, Yossi learns to see the laws of Judaism in a very new light. But when he and Josh are caught kissing in the bathhouse, Yossi’s life takes on a dramatic new turn, and he can ignore his new reality no longer.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: Reading an article online from one of New York’s Jewish newspapers, I found an advertisement offering a Jewish alternative to homosexuality. I followed the link and read through everything the website had to say. The administrator of the website was a guy named Rabbi Pilcer. It took me three weeks to get up the courage to send him an email asking if I could speak with him.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsA blind spot for boys, Justina Chen

    “Sixteen-year-old Shana Wilde is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it’s time to end the plague of Mr. Wrong, Wrong, and More Wrong. Enter Quattro, the undeniably cute lacrosse player who slams into Shana one morning in Seattle. Sparks don’t just fly; they ignite. And so does Shana’s interest. Right as she’s about to rethink her ban on boys, she receives crushing news: Her dad is going blind. Quattro is quickly forgotten, and Shana and her parents vow to make the most of the time her father has left to see. So they travel to Machu Picchu, and as they begin their trek, they run into none other than Quattro himself. But even as the trip unites them, Quattro pulls away mysteriously…” (Goodreads)

    First lines: If you want to see the world with fresh eyes, haul yourself off to the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market. At least that’s what Dad said twelve years ago when he brought me to the brick was studded with spat-out, stretched-thin, and air hardened wads of gum.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsZom-B Clans, Darren Shan

    “B’s first mission with the Angels –sentient, do-gooder zombies– went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B’s oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties–to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: When Becky Smith’s racist father told her to throw an innocent black boy to a pack of zombies, she did it because she had spent her whole life obeying his orders. Instantly horrified by what she had done, she told her father he was a monster and cut herself off from him.

    Played, Liz Fichera

    “He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.
    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.” (Goodreads)

    First lines: being the good daughter wasn’t easy. First there was the guilt that gnawed at my self-esteem like a leech whenever I didn’t live up to my parents’ expectations. That guilt could be triggered by the smallest of things. Like when I snapped at Mom before school because I was late and she didn’t appreciate my lipstick shade, and she looked back at me with wide eyes as if wondering whether I was her real daughter or an imposter from outer space.


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Upcoming Fiction

    10.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Upcoming Fiction

    This week we’ve ordered a new novel by the ever-popular Jessica Shirvington, a gothic-horror sequel, some steampunk (!), and a collection of Magnus Bane stories (among many more!).

    Corruption, Jessica Shirvington (November/December) – the sequel to Disruption. “Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt. Four weeks ago, Maggie’s world fell apart, when she finally found what she’d been looking for. And when Quentin, who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies. Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she’s not about to stay there. Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down. Not when there is still a chance she could win him back. In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do whatever it takes to show the world the truth. And the price for her quest?” (goodreads.com)

    Between the Spark and the Burn, April Genevieve Tucholke – the sequel to the quite-spooky Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. “The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry – until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own..” (goodreads.com)

    Waistcoats and Weaponry, Gail Carriger (November) – the third in the Finishing School series (steampunk!). “Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style – with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what – or who – they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.” (goodreads.com)

    The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare – more of Magnus Bane! This is the collection of stories about everyone’s favourite cat-eyed warlock that have previously been published as ebooks (we have some of them available on Overdrive). Cassandra Clare says: “Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.” (goodreads.com)


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