Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Meyer, M. (2012). Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1). New York, NY: Feiwel & Friends.

978-0312641894

Paperback-$5.64 (Amazon)

This title is also available in Hardcover, Kindle, CD, and Audible formats

Awards/Honors: 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee; 2012 Goodreads Choice Nominee for YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi

 

A teenage cyborg finds herself in an unlikely alliance while trying to help find a cure to a deadly plague that only impacts Earthlings.

This is Cinderella like you’ve never seen before. Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing who gets stuck in the service of her self-entitled stepmother since cyborgs can’t be independent without approval. After being blamed for her sweet younger stepsister contracting a deadly plague, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her to be part of an experiment for testing plague vaccines. Cinder’s time in the palace hospital wing garners her attention from Prince Kai himself, but a power struggle with the Queen of Luna will test their bond. Will her past come back to haunt her or does the key to Earth’s safety lie within Cinder?

Ready Player One

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Cline, E. (2012). Ready Player One. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.

978-0307887443

Paperback-$8.37 (Amazon)

This title is also available in Hardcover and Kindle formats

Awards/Honors: 2012 Prometheus Award for Best Novel; 2012 ALA Alex Award; 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee; 2015 Green Mountain Book Award Nominee

 

 

Society chooses to live their lives in a virtual reality world. When the creator passes away, a competition decides the fate of the virtual world.

I would rather play video games than read, but my aunt told me this book was about video games and I ended up really liking it. I will probably still stick to my games though. -Nathan L., Age 13

What if the key to saving your own reality could only be found in a virtual one?

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Ready player one? For those of you who think your video-gaming skills will save the world one day, you may be right. In a futuristic world Wade Watts has determined that living in his virtual reality game is better than living in the real world. When the creator of the OASIS (a virtual utopia) dies and leaves the keys to his fortune hidden in the game, it is every gamer for himself. Gamers rely on skills from vintage games and there are plenty of easter eggs to be found, but can Wade find the keys before OASIS is lost to the enemy?

The Orphan Queen

Meadows, J. (2015). The Orphan Queen. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
978-0062317384
Hardcover-$12.59 (Amazon)
This title is also available in Kindle format

An orphaned princess will do whatever it takes to get her kingdom back.

Wilhelmina is the rightful heir to the Vermilion Throne in Aecor. Unfortunately, nobody but her group of orphans (known as the Ospreys) know that she is alive since the majority of the Court was killed in the One Night’s War a decade ago. Now she and her Ospreys must find a way to infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom and restore her to her throne. The task is a difficult one with wraith magic seeping into the mirrored kingdom. Will Wilhelmina be able to accomplish her task before the Court becomes too suspicious of her forged history?

The Wrath and the Dawn

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Ahdieh, R. (2015). The Wrath and the Dawn. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

978-0399171611

Hardcover-$11.44 (Amazon)

This title is also available in Kindle and Audible formats

Awards/Honors: Nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for YA Fiction; Junior Library Guild Selection; Indie Next List Top 10 Pick

 

A young woman seeks to end the pattern of murders of each of the king’s new brides.

Khalid is the young Caliph of Khorasan with a deep dark secret and is feared by his people. Each day he takes a new bride and each morning she is executed. Shahrzad is the next bride in line and she vows to break the cycle after her best friend met the same horrible fate. Will her charm and wisdom help her make it through the dawn?

The Wrath and the Dawn is filled with a beautifully colorful culture and sprinkled with magic. Ahdieh masterfully weaves her tale with plenty of mystery and some well-placed cliffhangers. This book is a fantastic retelling of the classic A Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights).

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The Wicked + The Divine (vol. 1: The Faust Act)

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Gillen, K. & McKelvie, J. (2014). The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics Inc.

978-1632150196

Paperback-$6.09 (Amazon)

Awards/Honors: Best Comic at the 2014 British Comic Awards; Nominated for the 2015 Eisner Awards

 

Twelve gods incarnate as human icons every 90 years, but being in the limelight also makes them targets.

Graphic novels are my favorite because the pictures really help me understand what is happening in the story. -Isaac R., age 14

The Wicked + The Divine is graphic in more ways than one. The colored illustrations convey the tone and emotions on each page. The characters are diverse in race and sexuality. Each one is drawn to fit his or her personality. It is also graphic in content, using quite a bit of foul language and talk about sex. Of course, that is something you might expect from a storyline about a group of twelve gods that are personified every ninety years and are reincarnated in new bodies every two years during that time.

The gods generally come back as pop stars and celebrities to take advantage of the notoriety. They incite pure adoration as well as fear (face it, when someone can make your head explode with a snap of their fingers you are going to watch your back). In this first installment, a young fangirl named Laura must help Luci (Lucifer) after she is framed for killing a judge. A lot can happen when you get yourself tangled up with the wicked and the divine.