LegendbornMore Staff Picks +
After her mother's death, Bree enters an Early College program, despite still processing her grief. It's not long before she's pulled into a secret society, and is pushed by circumstance into dangerous tournaments. For fans of City of Bones and the Raven Boys, Legendborn puts a modern spin on Arthurian myth while exploring themes of power and heroism, challenging expectations, and racial prejudice. The cover art is gorgeous, and with that surprise ending, I cannot wait for the next book!
Just Last NightMore Staff Picks +
The story of four friends and how their lives are affected when tragedy strikes. Full of British slang and wit with a story that goes deep into grief and loss while also weaving a tale of love and romance. Oddly enough the two blended well and felt exceptionally realistic.
LoreMore Staff Picks +
If you like mythology, strong female leads, and action, Lore is the book for you! Every seven years, there's a hunt called the Agon. The Agon offers mortal descendants of gods the opportunity to claim their divinity by killing any of nine immortals, who are made mortal for one night. Lore Perseous has avoided the Agon for years and turned her back on her Greek heritage after a rival killed her family to gain divine powers and immortality. But, as the next hunt dawns over present-day NYC, she's confronted with a difficult decision when she stumbles across a long-lost childhood friend and one of the last of the original gods, who is gravely wounded. Will she keep running from her past, or will she rejoin the hunt?
A Shot at NormalMore Staff Picks +
I liked this story because it made me question a lot about my choices as a teen and as the mother of a soon-to-be teen. I love that there was a meaty story about life as well as a fun story about romance. The author did a good job of merging the two together to create a realistic fictional read.
Beyond the PondMore Staff Picks +
The depths of Ernest D’s imagination take him on a journey from the backyard pond to a fantastic world all his own. Where will your imagination take you?
The Mermaid From JejuMore Staff Picks +
This story drew me in and made me feel like I was alongside the characters. I got to be part of the heartbreak, the confusion, the perseverance, the loyalty, and the love of Goh Junja and it made me want to know more about her story and the story of others in Korea during the war. Very interesting and eye-opening read. I highly recommend reading the author's note at the end as well.
A Deadly EducationMore Staff Picks +
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms RaceMore Staff Picks +
You see cyberattacks on the news so frequently that it almost doesn't register as a threat anymore. After reading this book, you will know just how dangerous and out of control the underground world of cyberterrorism has become. Author Nicole Perlroth's 10 years of investigative reporting culminates in this eye opening book of a hidden arms race that has left the modern world on the precipice of total disaster. A must read for anyone living in the digital age.
One Last StopMore Staff Picks +
Cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moves to New York to finish college and escape her mom. Soon she’s waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many intriguing roommates. But then she meets Jane on the Q train, an open, electrifying young woman who seems too good to be real. As little clues start to pile up, August begins to wonder if it is too good to be true. One Last Stop leans into friendship, found families, and unexpected love as well as humor, banter, and pop culture references. I especially love the LGBTQ+ representation! One Last Stop is truly a magical, unforgettable heart-warming romance!
Shuggie BainMore Staff Picks +
A novel set in the tenement housing projects of Glasgow, Scotland in the 1980's, this novel follows Shuggie, an introverted young boy and his family. The weight of Shuggie's world is heavy, he is bullied constantly at school, his mother floats in and out of alcoholism, and his father is a self-involved taxi driver who is either absent or aggressive. However, despite it all, there is a wonderful beauty that exists between Shuggie and his mother, both painfully co-dependent and radically loving. I wept throughout this whole book at the dark reality of a life affected by poverty.