New Books – April 2010

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Book Three). Kelley Armstrong. Y Armstrong.
Fifteen-year-old Chloe, a necromancer, struggles to understand her feelings for werewolf Derek and his sorcerer brother, Simon, while seeking a way to enter the headquarters of the sinister Edison Group and rescue her aunt Lauren and friend Rachelle.

The River. Mary Jane Beaufrand. Y Beaufrand.
Teenager Ronnie’s life is transformed by the murder of a ten-year-old neighbor for whom she babysat, and who had helped Ronnie adjust to living at a country inn on the banks of the Santiam River in Hoodoo, Oregon.

The Body Finder. Kimberly Derting. Y Derting.
High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.

Happyface. Stephen Emond. Y Emond.
After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.

Runaway Storm. D. Knobbe. Y Knobbe.
Nate has made his kayaking dream come true as he goes to the sparsely populated islands off the coast of Vancouver. He doesn’t care that his parents don’t know where he is. But encounters with runaways, the police, a crazed drug smuggler and a Goth girl who tried to rescue him make Nate’s options not look good. Will be be able to save himself and the Goth girl?

Flash Burnout. L.K. Madigan. Y Madigan.
“Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake’s world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. ‘That’s my mom!’ gasps Marissa. Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to gget a laugh, not sure where to focus. Contrast. Shannon, Blake’s GF. Total. Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them both in one shot?”–dust cover flap.

Finnikin of the Rock. Melina Marchetta. Y Marchetta.
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

Dirty Little Secrets. C.J. Omololu. Y Omololu.
When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother’s compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

Punkzilla. Adam Rapp. Y Rapp.
“Punkzilla” is on a mission to see his older brother “P”, before “P” dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time.

Shadow Souls (The Vampire Diaries, The Return: Vol. 2). L.J. Smith. Y Smith.
Eighteen-year-old Elena Gilbert journeys to the Dark Dimension with Damon and Matt in hopes of rescuing her vampire boyfriend, Stefan Salvatore, from imprisonment, and once again they face the sinister Shinichis.

Borderline. Allan Stratton. Y Stratton.
Despite the strained relationship between them, teenaged Sami Sabiri risks his life to uncover the truth when his father is implicated in a terrorist plot.

A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen’s Thief series, Book Four). Megan Whalen Turner. Y Turner.
Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sophos, an unwilling prince, tries to save his country from being destroyed by rebellion and exploited by the conniving Mede empire.

Voices of Dragons. Carrie Vaughn. Y Vaughn.
In a parallel world where humans and dragons live in a state of cold war, seventeen-year-old Kay and her dragon friend, Artegal, struggle to find a way to show that dragons and humans can co-exist.

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