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Highly Anticipating - Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Expected Publication Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 624 pages

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...
Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Why we can't wait: NEW LIBBA BRAY WE WANTS IT NOW!

Review - Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy and Magic

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Magonia is perfectly weird in all the right ways. Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, this is the perfect book for fans of weird science fiction. Turns out, Aza Ray’s mysterious lung disease isn’t a disease at all. Aza Ray isn’t from this world. She’s from a world in the sky. A world that’s approaching war, a war in which Aza Ray is the strongest weapon Magonia has. Magonia is a fast-paced adventure about embracing yourself and finding power hidden deep within. A masterfully told tale set in the clouds amongst a world that humans will never see.  Brilliant, breathtaking, and utterly magical, Magonia is the kind of story you immerse yourself in and never forget.
Anna, Not Your Mother's Book Club Coordinator

Highly Anticipating - Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Expected Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 336 pages


In the vein of "The Outsiders" and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road, " blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.
The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.
And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

Why we can't wait: Um, excuse me, Mad Max meets The Outsiders? Yeah I'm sold. Will there be a Furiosa too?!??

Review - Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Social issues, dating, LGBTQI

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out--without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story--wrapped in a geek romance--is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

I love Simon. He is such a funny, earnest guy with a very strong penchant for Oreos. Second, I honestly did not believe that I would enjoy this book as much as I did. All the characters were so authentic that several times through the book I was like, "I know this person! I was friends with this person! I WAS this person!" Despite the fact that I have never been blackmailed into staying in the closet while trying hard not to fall for someone I've only talked to online and failing miserably at it, I was with Simon throughout the entirety of the book. Just read it because it talks about a lot of important stuff about growing up, how to deal with your friends and high school drama (both theatrical and real) all while being very entertaining.
Ren from SFO T2


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