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Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the "New York Times "bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants--but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there...and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.
But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
"Black Ice" is "New York Times "bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous...

 

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Publication Date: October 9th, 2014
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
Page Count: 364 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?
 
Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

 

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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 279
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars, an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family. Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up--which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of her immortal relatives and their ancient mythological drama, so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic--and dangerous--complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

 

Life is surprisingly lonesome when you're the sixteen-year-old daughter of Egyptian gods. Isadora is the daughter of Osiris the god-King of the Afterlife and Isis, the god-Queen of Magic, the Afterlife and Motherhood. Isadora is very gifted, despite being born mortal. Isadora is a prophetic dreamer, she is an artist in her own right, a historian (yes, an Egyptian one), and overall highly intelligent. When Isis becomes pregnant with another child, Isadora begins to have strange dreams that foretell the downfall of her family and the death of the gods. However, she does not take them seriously and refuses to inform her mother. Her mother, knowing that something is amiss, sends Isadora to San Diego to live with her brother for the summer. In San Diego, Isadora's dreams keep getting worse and she ignores them, wanting to be free from being the daughter of a god. Isadora learns what it is like to have friends in San Diego and how to live like a "normal mortal" however, the more she ignores her dreams, the more danger she puts her family in. I enjoyed this book, loving Egyptian history and mythology. I would recommend this to one who appreciates the same. 
Carla from Books Inc. SFO T3

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Publication date: January 6th, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Page count: 336 pages

Timeless, beautiful, and haunting, spirals connect the four episodes of "The Ghosts of Heaven," the mesmerizing new novel from Printz Award winner Marcus Sedgwick. They are there in prehistory, when a girl picks up a charred stick and makes the first written signs; there tens of centuries later, hiding in the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who people call a witch; there in the halls of a Long Island hospital at the beginning of the 20th century, where a mad poet watches the oceans and knows the horrors it hides; and there in the far future, as an astronaut faces his destiny on the first spaceship sent from earth to colonize another world. Each of the characters in these mysterious linked stories embarks on a journey of discovery and survival; carried forward through the spiral of time, none will return to the same place.

 

Why we can't wait: Okay, it's no secret that we're huge fans of Marcus Sedgwick at Books Inc. His books are phenomenal and original, and Ghosts of Heaven doesn't look like it'll be any different. Spirals that connect ghosts of heaven? Characters from all eras in time? Yeah. This is going to be amazing. Plus, LOOK at that gorgeous cover!!
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

 

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti
Publication date: January 6th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page count: 416 pages

"Striking" is how Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series, describes "Monkey Wars."
A dark fable in the vein of "Animal Farm" and "Watership Down, " this action-packed page-turner is told entirely from warring monkeys' points of view and shines a light on the politics of power, the rise of tyrants, and the personal dilemmas that must be faced when your life is on the line.
When rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the dusty streets of Kolkata by a troop of power-hungry langur monkeys, Mico, a privileged langur, becomes entangled in the secrets that lie at the heart of his troop's leadership and is shocked at what he discovers. He feels compelled to help the few surviving rhesus, especially Papina, a young female he befriends, even though doing so goes against everything he's been taught. As more blood is spilled, Mico realizes that choosing between right and wrong won't be easy.
"* Includes a Note from the Author as well as information about specific monkey species.

 

Why we can't wait:
I'm just saying, warring monkey tribes? How does this NOT sound like an awesome book? Also some monkey romance? Okay that might be kind of weird, but right now I'm totally digging it. Either way, the politics of monkey tribes is definitely something I want to know about.
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

 
 

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Not many new releases this week, but the release of Cassie Clare's Bane Chronicles has us all freaking out!!! What are you the most excited for?


 

 

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot

by Caroline Carlson

 

Yer lookin' for an adventure unlike ar-ny other? Come ye aboard, unless ye be little girls--little girls aren't allowed-- WHAT?! What do you mean girls aren't allowed?

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of becoming a pirate though she finds that becoming a full-fledged member of the VNHLP (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) because she is a girl. Hilary is determined to prove those blasted pirates (and her father who extremely disapproves of villainy and pirates) completely WRONG. Hilary sets off with her trusty pilfered sword and her lawfully inherited Magical Gargoyle and answers a Pirate Want-Ad looking for able bodies to join a crew on a quest to unearth a treasure 'worth more than gold'. I say hop aboard the galleon called 'The Pigeon' and set sail on a magical quest for this treasure--but be ye forewarned--this treasure is not what it seems. The best pirates have always been women though there are some fearsome guy pirates as well. Recommend this to a little swashbuckler who is quite the defiant one.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 464 pages

In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey--and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him--and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught.

What we think: Okay, I've only just started Talon, but I'm LOVING it. The idea of dragonkind living amongst humans is a great concept. It's almost like Seraphina set in our world rather than an ancient and more fantastical one. As always, Julie's writing is phenomenal and I can't stop reading! I'll keep you updated, but I promise this is one you WANT to pick up!
Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

 

The BOOK BUSTERS MIDDLE READER BOOK CLUB (ages 8-12) will discuss Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
 
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.

The San Mateo Library presents storytime with the New York Times-bestselling author of Telephone and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Mac Barnett!

Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
San Mateo Library
55 West 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Historical fiction

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician--not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail. This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it's a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

 

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 464 pages
Genre: Fantasy & Magic

In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey--and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him--and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught.

 

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