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    Cover lookalikes

    14.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Cover lookalikes

    Every so often we see these and go “hang on, haven’t I seen that before?” and sometimes you have indeed seen it before! Occasionally the same stock photo gets used on different book covers, and it’s a bit surreal seeing them next to one another. Such as: After the Moment & 172 Hours on the Moon (which we spotted in 2012).

    The ones we found recently just use remarkably similar typographic styles and techniques without using the same stock image. We found:

    Cover courtesy of Syndetics Cover courtesy of Syndetics Cover courtesy of Syndetics

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (we featured this in last week’s newly ordered books post!)

    Between the spark and the burn, April Genevieve Tucholke
    “Seventeen-year-old Violet is looking for the boy she fell in love with last summer, the charismatic liar River West Redding, but as she scours the country for him, she begins to wonder who she’s really chasing– and who she really loves” (Publisher description)

    Shades of Earth, Beth Revis (Across the universe #3)
    “Leaving the walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind, Amy and Elder are ready to build a home on Centauri-Earth. But they must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together.” (Library catalogue)

    Have you spotted any cover cousins recently?


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Newly Ordered YA Fiction

    08.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Newly Ordered YA Fiction

    This week there are new books from 2011 Printz Award and Printz Honor winners (= illustrious YA book award), and one from a very busy Holly Black.

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black. The queen of dark fairies returns! Who doesn’t love a creepy fairy story? “Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does… As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?” (goodreads.com)

    Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A S King. “Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities – but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way… until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions – and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying. A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.” (goodreads.com) Also, A S King was given a Printz Honor for her book Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

    The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi, who won the 2011 Printz Award with Ship Breaker. In The Doubt Factory, Alix is being stalked by a boy who says that everything she thinks she knows about her life is untrue. Her father is in fact the head of the Doubt Factory, a company that covers up the work of corporations that will stop at nothing for profit. He is the bad guy, and the bad guy hounding her, the mysterious Moses, may in fact be a kind of radical freedom-fighting hero. Will Alix blow the whistle on the father she loves, and help Moses’ quest for the truth to be revealed?


  • Books, dystopia, Lists, Rachel

    Reading Rainbow

    07.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Reading Rainbow

    One of each colour!

    Syndetics book coverThe extra, Kathryn Lasky

    “The year is 1940. Lilo, 15, and her family are Gypsies (Romani) who have been rounded up by the Nazis and sent to the Maxglan internment camp. It is there that Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s favorite film director, selects Lilo and her mother to serve as extras in her new movie, Tiefland. As shooting of the film begins, Riefenstahl quickly emerges as a beautiful but feral and very, very dangerous woman. As for the extras, they’re little more than slaves who are living not in a cinematic dreamworld but, instead, in a waking nightmare. Aside from her mother, the only bright spot in Lilo’s life is the boy Django, a brilliant survivor and indispensable information-gatherer. But even he can’t know what their fate will be when the filming concludes. Could it be freedom?” (Booklist)

    Syndetics book coverLove in revolution, B.R. Collins

    Esteya is fifteen. As war rumbles closer, Esteya’s brother – an important figure in the Revolutionary Communist Party – is able to protect their family from the worst of the privations of war. Then Esteya meets an extraordinary girl, Skizi, an outcast, shunned by all. But Esteya and Skizi are drawn to each other. Slowly and wonderfully love blossoms and then Esteya’s family are betrayed and forcibly taken away. Skizi disappears. Esteya is left deserted, heartbroken and in terrible danger. But she must find a way to escape – and to find Skizi.

    Syndetics book coverHappyface, Stephen Emond

    “Enter Happyface’s journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy after he moves to a new town.” (Syndetics summary)

     

     

     

    Syndetics book coverThe mark of the dragonfly, Jaleigh Johnson

    “In the future and on a ruined planet, orphaned Piper lives alone, making her living from mending the scraps she finds after the deadly meteor showers and dust storms that beleaguer the towns on the outskirts of civilization. She has an almost magical ability to fix things, and sometimes they will work only for her. One day Piper finds a young girl who is silent, amnesiac, and in terror of the man who hunts her. Marked by the tattoo of a dragonfly, the girl can’t hide until Piper spirits her away and, with the help of Gee, the stowaway girls find a safe home on steam train 401, hurtling through the hostile countryside towards King Aron’s kingdom.” (Adapted from School Library Journal)

    Syndetics book coverLittle blue lies, Chris Lynch

    “Oliver and Junie’s relationship thrives on lies. Together they are glib, sarcastic, and rarely serious, but they’re in love. That is, they used to be, because Junie broke up with Oliver and now she’s gone, possibly on the run from the local mob boss, the One Who Knows. Still desperately in love with her, Oliver wants to find and protect Junie, but how can he help someone who doesn’t want to be found?” (School Library Journal)

    Syndetics book coverA creature of moonlight, Rebecca Hahn

    “Marni, a young flower seller who has been living in exile, must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and a life with the father she has never known–a wild dragon.” (Library catalogue)

     

     

    Syndetics book coverShade, Jeri Smith-Ready

    “Sixteen-year-old Aura of Baltimore, Maryland, reluctantly works at her aunt’s law firm helping ghosts with wrongful death cases file suits in hopes of moving on, but it becomes personal when her boyfriend, a promising musician, dies and persistently haunts her.” (Syndetics summary)


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: October 2014

    02.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: October 2014

    The Maze Runner recently opened at a movie theatre near you, and it’s currently the second most requested young adult title at Wellington City Libraries. Reserve it now if you haven’t already! Other recent movies include The Giver and If I Stay. We also have a huge collection of books that aren’t movies… yet 😉 Have a look at our new books displays the next time you’re in the library these holidays, or browse through our new books blog posts.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
    2. The Maze Runner, James Dashner [new and yet oldish]
    3. Minecraft: construction handbook [down 1]
    4. The Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [up 2]
    5. Minecraft: combat handbook [down 1]
    6=. Four: a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [down 3]
    6=. If I Stay, Gayle Forman [down 1]
    8. The Giver, Lois Lowry [up 2]
    9. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
    10. Divergent, Veronica Roth [down 3]


  • Books, Comedy, Fantasy, New, Nicola

    New fiction

    01.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on New fiction

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsLike no other, Una LaMarche

    Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They’ve spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did. When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up? (Goodreads)

    First lines: There’s a story my mother tells about the night my grandmother got lifted up by the wind. After the first time I heard it, when I was about four, I would demand it constantly, sometimes every night.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsOne past midnight, Jessica Shirvington

    For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?(Goodreads)

    First lines: I am a liar. Not compulsive. Simply required. I am two people. Neither better than the other, no superpowers, no mystical destinies, no two-places-at-one-time mechanism – but two people. My physical attributes, my memory and my name follow me. For the past eighteen years, everything else, everything, about me is different.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsShimmer, Paula Weston

    Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated. She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim – a 140-year-old half-angel – whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all. But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all. It’s a race against time – and history. And it may already be too late.(Goodreads)

    First lines: There’s a lot I don’t know about my life. But here’s what I do know. Eleven days ago I was living in Pandanus Beach with my best friend, Maggie, holding down a job at the library, grieving for my twin brother Jude. I thought I was a backpacker; I thought I’d watched Jude die in a crumpled mess of metal and petrol and dust.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSummer scandal, Marilyn Kaye

    Experience the swinging sixties in the second book in this brand-new teen series. It’s the summer of 1964 and the four Gloss interns are back in New York. Sherry is working at Gloss when she gets involved in the civil rights movement and finds herself falling in love with someone she never expected to, Donna is caught up in the world of high fashion and Upper East Side rich kids, Pamela is desperate to become an actress, no matter what it takes, and Allison is finding out that going steady with a teen heart-throb isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The girls are discovering that following your heart sometimes means that you can’t follow your dreams. (Goodreads)

    First lines: Sitting behind her desk, Sherry Forrester looked down at the photo of the four grinning young men with shaggy hairstyles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The Beatles. There hadn’t been a music phenomenon like this since Elvis Presley.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTrapped, Isla Whitcroft

    Have you ever thought of working for a famous celebrity in the south of France, in a yacht? 16-year-old Cate Carlisle lands a glamorous summer job, working for a famous supermodel Nancy Kyle. But the temperature rises, and Cate finds herself in the middle of a very mysterious conspiracy as she discovers smuggled animals with a terrifying fate ahead of them… (Goodreads)

    First lines: Deep down, below sea level, was a room so secret that only five people in the entire world knew of its existence. Carefully regulated artificial daylight, air supply and temperature made it perfect for long-term survival and indeed the walls of the room were lined with animal cages of varying sizes, stacked high on top of one another.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTrial by fire, Josephine Angelini

    This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.
    Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe. What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.(Goodreads)

    First lines: Lily Proctor ducked into the girls’ room, already yanking back her rebellious hair. Aiming for the toilet through a blur of tears, she vomited until her knees shook.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRemembrance, Theresa Breslin

    Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon, the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive – and nothing will ever be the same again.

    First lines:
    “It’s not quite respectable.”
    Charlotte took off her cape, hung it on the hall stand and faced her mother’s disapproving look.
    “It is a Red Cross uniform, Mother, and we are at war. I’m not trying to look respectable. I’m trying to be useful.”

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWild, Alex Mallory

    The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…
    Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion. Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

    First lines: There’s a secluded camp deep in the heart of Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s not a summer escape. There’s no tent here. This is a living space. Comfortable. Tidy. Laundry hangs on a line, and Brendan Walsh sits in the open, scraping a hide.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAre you seeing me? Darren Groth

    Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been a year since they watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they’re seeking to create the perfect memory. For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of his favourite things: mythical sea monsters, Jackie Chan movies and the study of earthquakes. For Justine, it’s a chance to reconcile the decision to ‘free’ her twin, to see who she is without her boyfriend, Marc – and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs. But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble … (Goodreads)

    First lines: Perry is standing on the far side of the metal detector, feet planted on the red stripe. Beads of sweat dot his forehead. His right leg twitches, keeping pace with some inaudible rhythm.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsHunted, Charlie Higson

    The sickness struck everyone over fourteen. First it twisted their minds. Next it ravaged their bodies. Now they roam the streets – Crazed and hungry.The others had promised that the countryside would be safer than the city. They were wrong. Now Ella’s all-alone except for her silent rescuer, Scarface – and she’s not even sure if he’s a kid or a grown-up. Back in London, Ed’s determined to find her. But getting out of town’s never been more dangerous- because coming in the other direction is every SICKO in the country. It’s like they’re being called towards the capital and nothing is going to stop them…(Goodreads)

    First lines: His teeth sank into the boy’s neck and he felt a warm spurt of blood fill his mouth. A deep calm came over him. The chattering in his head fell silent. The fidgeting and the twitching in his arms and legs stopped. The deep itch dulled.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsChorus, Emma Trevayne

    The dream is all white from a memory that is too real, and its melody has continued to haunt Alpha, even though she has moved as far away from temptation as possible. Eight years after she was exposed to her first and only addictive musical track from the Corp, Alpha has established a new life with a band of her own in a city that has given her the space she was seeking, Los Angeles.
    However, it only takes one urgent call to bring Alpha back home to Anthem, the older brother who raised her as well as a revolution, and Omega, her twin brother whose contrasting personality makes her feel whole. As Alpha spends more time in the Web, she notices that the number of people who look sickly and addicted seems to be rising. With Anthem’s health declining, Alpha and her friends will have to dig deeper into the mainframe than ever before in order to find the root of the Corp’s re-emergence.(Goodreads)

    First lines: It’s white, everywhere. Walls, floor, teeth. The woman’s smile is the last thing I see before my eyes close, the unbearable sound taking over my ears, my head, the whole world. Unbearable because it’s too beautiful, too much. Why wouldn’t anyone keep this sound of sunlight and polished wood and a gentle voice to themselves?

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRebel, Amy Tintera

    Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything. Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.
    With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left… (Goodreads)

    First lines: Wren was silent. She stood completely still next to me, staring straight ahead with that look she got sometimes, like she was either happy or plotting to kill someone. Either way, I loved that look.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsComplicit, Stephanie Kuehn

    Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else. But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie. Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell. (Goodreads)

    First lines: My phone is ringing. It’s 3:29. In the morning. The phone keeps ringing. Or not ringing really – the Monk song I have programmed is what’s playing, and the notes, the beat, sound sort of sad, sort of mournful, against the bleak-black December night.

    Book cover courtesy of Syndetics100 sideways miles, Andrew Smith

    Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.
    Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

    First lines: Look: I do not know where I actually came from. I wonder, I suspect, but I do not know. I am not the only one who sometimes thinks I came from the pages of a book my father wrote. Maybe it’s like that for all boys of a certain -or uncertain-age: We feel as though there are no choices we’d made through all those miles and miles behind us that hadn’t been scripted by our fathers, and that our futures are only a matter of flipping the next page that was written head of us.



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