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?

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).

Be sure to check out the playlist that Renee created for this book on 8Tracks

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Maas, S. (2015). A Court of Thorns and Roses. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

978-1619634442

Hardcover-$11.66 (Amazon)

This title is also available in Kindle and Audible formats

Awards/Honors: 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for YA Fantasy

 

Feyre must agree to live among the Fae to pay a debt and keep her family safe.

I love Sarah J. Maas and I couldn’t wait for this book to come out when I heard she was doing a version of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite Disney movie ever). I like that they are making more reimagined fairy tales because they are easier to relate to and the girls are stronger. -Samantha S., age 17

Let me tell you a story about a beauty and a beast. You’ve already heard that one? Trust me, you haven’t heard this one! Our “tale as old as time” has been revamped and it has more action and adventure than ever. Feyre’s family had it all and now they have nothing, so she spends her time hunting and looking for ways to provide for her father and sisters. In traditional fashion, she finds trouble in the eerie woods and is taken to a land of dangerous Fae to pay the price. Don’t be fooled, there are darker powers at work than the mere likes of Gaston.

A Court of Thorns and Roses has the fun, magical elements of our beloved Beauty and the Beast, but with a dark twist. Follow Feyre to the land of the Summer Court and help her break the curse. Face it, who doesn’t love a good fantasy?

Here is Sarah introducing you to this new series!