Monday, June 01, 2015

May Book Haul | 2015

Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Published: September 18, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Published: September 3, 2013 by Little, Brown Books
When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

Title: Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: October 7, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Target
The Greek and Roman demigods must simultaneously prevent the Earth Mother, Gaea, from waking and stop war from breaking out at Camp Half-Blood.

Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published: May 5, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Rachelle must protect the king's bastard son while searching for the weapons that will save her world from endless night.
Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: September 10, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole word is a Simon Snow fan . . . But for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Published: March 1, 2012 by Amulet Books
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
Title: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: September 14, 2008 by Scholastic Press
Source: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
In a future North America, where the rules of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: September 1, 2009 by Scholastic Press
Source: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Title: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press
Source: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

Title: Four: A Divergent Story Collection
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: July 8, 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.
Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: July 8, 2014 by St. Martin's Press
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Title: Every Day (Every Day, #1)
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Title: Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)
Author: Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
Published: October 2, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
In the beginning, there was an apple—and then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won’t he?
Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
Eleanor . . . Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough . . . Eleanor.

Park . . . He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises . . . Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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