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Jessie, Columbine Library

The outside world is full of dangerous hybrids: two souls in one body. Everyone starts out this way, but it can become very unstable as the two souls age and begin to disagree. Luckily, the citizens of America have worked hard to keep the population pure. In America, one soul eventually becomes dominant until the other fades away completely. And if a hybrid never settles? The government takes care of those unfortunate cases. 

Eva and Addie are two souls living in one body well beyond the standard age of settling. Addie is the dominant soul, the one that controls the body and does the talking, but Eva is always there in the backgroud. They pretend they are settled because it's far too risky to let on that Eva is still there. But when someone from school offers Eva a chance to grow stronger and eventually speak and move for herself, Addie and Eva have to make a very difficult and potentially deadly decision.

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is a great story of an alternate universe that feels like it could be real.

 

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Chandra, Belmar Library

Like Piddy's life isn't hard enough, what with her best friend moving away and Piddy having to go to a new school, now some girl she's never even met, Yaqui Delgado, wants to kick Piddy's ass. This book is a really realistic look at how one bully changes another teen's whole life. It made me remember my own bully from middle school, who, for some reason, thought she could make me finish her woodshop project for her. She got her just desserts when she threw it at me and it broke into pieces. I don't think she got an A in that class...

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Here are the titles the Lakewood Teen Advisory Board is reading now:

24 Hours by Greg Isles 
Every year a group kidnaps a kid, holds him / her for 24 hours and then collects the ransom.  This year things don't go according to plan when the kidnapped kid turns out to be a diabetic.

Shutout by Brendan Halpin
Amanda and Lena are best friends until Lena makes the varsity soccer team and Lena only the junior varsity.  Amanda begins to feel shut out of Lena's new life.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Hannah has finally realized her dream and joined the Manhattan Ballet company.  Handsome musician Jacob may put a kink in her plans.

Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen
John, Jack and Charles and entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica.  This leads them on a fantastical journey into the Arcipelago of Dreams, pursued by the forces of evil.

Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
Genetically engineered teens must evade capture by the corporation that made them if they want to survive.

 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Looking for something subversive to read?  Try one of these steampunk novels: 

        
 

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

 The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan is a compelling story of forbidden love, secrets and the lengths people will go to keep both. The Irving School is a prestigious boarding school; their motto is "enter here to be and find a friend." Every year the departing seniors leave a gift in their room - food, clothing, maybe booze - for the senior who inherits their room the next year. Duncan finds a surprising and intriguing gift: a stack of CD's that not only gives him the material he needs to write his tragedy paper (the grueling senior English thesis), but tells the story of Tim MacBeth. Tim transferred to the Irving School the last semester of the previous year. He was 17, an albino and shy. The last thing Tim expected was to find a friend let alone fall in love and perhaps, have that love returned.
If you liked 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then this is a must read book! 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

In a future Earth, giant human like creatures have invaded.  Humans retreat behind walls to live protected from these giants.  One day, the intelligent, 165 foot tall "Colossus Titan" appeared and breached these walls.  Mikasa and her friends must find a way to defend the remains of the human race.  This is my favorite Manga series of recent publication.  

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Chandra, Belmar Library

The third book in The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey comes out in a week! I am sooo excited!!! The first two books made me literally LOL. 

Tallulah Casey is a British teen who signs up for a performing arts camp, with visions of a summer spent being a star and kissing boys. Imagine her surprise when she finds that 1. there's no room for her in the dorms so she has to stay with a batty family who gives her squirrel slippers, 2. there are NO BOYS in her camp, and 3. the boys down the hill seem to be attending some sort of military school. Whilst coping with all of that, Tallulah is also coming to terms with her knobby knees and the fact that the boys caught her kissing a tree. 

In book two, Tallulah lands a major role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which would be an honor except she's playing Bottom, the fool who spends most of the play with a donkey's head. 

In the latest installment, she's doing her best to resist falling for the bad boy, while trying to land the lead in a new play. 

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Erin, Golden Library

Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage to the convent of St. Mortain, where the nuns still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. Ismae’s latest assignment takes her straight into the high court of 15th century Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of conspiracy and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

This book had everything: a strong heroine, a dashing hero, suspense, romance and intrigue. Ismae is a really engaging character who faces some tough choices. Will she follow her heart or her orders? If you like this one, check out the second in the series Dark Triumph.  

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Jessie, Columbine Library

Looking for something new to read? Of course you are! Try one of these ghost books:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: Hannah and her best friend Lillian (recently deceased) team up to investigate a series of gruesome murders.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: It's 1918 and San Fransisco is riddled with death, thanks to deadly influenza and World War I. Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and must consider if ghosts are real when her first love returns.

The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood: This is the first in The Paranormalists series. Jinx and Jackson have worked hard to start their ghost hunting business. The next step is, of course, finding some business. When a popular classmate asks them to investigate a haunting at her father's apartment, Jackson convinces Jinx to investigate, despite her skepticism. 

Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer: Tansy just moved for the millionth time, this time into her grandfather's old house. Everything is different here, including her passion for photography. When she looks through her camera lens, she sees people that aren't really there.

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki: Neil and his sister Bree, along with their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.

 

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Orleans starts with an intriguing question: what if Hurricane Katrina was only the beginning?

In this futuristic sci-fi story, the 2005 storm is followed by a series of increasingly devastating hurricanes. Living conditions become horrific for those who choose to stay on the Gulf Coast, and by 2025 the outbreak of a deadly plague called Delta Fever prompts the U.S. government to quarantine the entire region. Fast forward a few more decades, and the survivors in Orleans live in tribes according to blood type - a characteristic more important than any other, as blood type dictates one's susceptibility to Delta Fever.

When 15 year-old Fen's tribal leader, Lydia, dies just after giving birth, Fen commits herself to honoring Lydia's wish that her child make it to the Outer States - the place beyond the wall that separates Orleans from the U.S. Along the way she meets Daniel, a young scientist who illegally crossed the wall and believes he can find a cure to Delta Fever.

Orleans is told through alternating viewpoints, and though Fen's native dialect is tricky at first, it does not detract from the power of the story. This is a fast-paced adventure with compelling themes - climate change, racism, and human survival.

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