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Title: Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

Summary: Jess and his family are black market smugglers who trade in the rarest and most dangerous of commodities: Books. The Great Library that rules over the world allows people to download and read things, of course, but very few people are allowed to actually own bound copies of books. In order to get an inside look at the mysterious agents who run the Great Library and it’s satellite locations all over the world, Jess is convinced by his father to apply for entry into the elite Library training program and soon he is on his way to Alexandria, Egypt. As he makes friends and enemies in his class and clashes with his surly, aggressive mentor, Jess begins to realize how seriously the Library takes its stance on the value of knowledge above everything else – including the lives of enemies, innocents and the trainees themselves. When his friend comes up with a radical idea that could change the way information is transmitted forever, Jess must decide what is more important: His family and the mission they have set before him, or exposing the secretive and deadly nature of the Library. Either decision will cost him greatly and be impossible to forgive.

One of the great intellectual tragedies in history was the legendary destruction of the Library of Alexandria. Although there are several different theories about what happened and when, what is not in doubt is that countless scrolls containing works by famous authors were lost forever. This imaginative and fast-paced tale imagines a world where the library not only survived, but managed to become the ruling entity of the entire world. Short communications before each chapter give you a sense of what’s to come and the larger scope of the story as you read, compelling you to keep turning the pages to see how it all works out. There is something here for almost every reader: Action, humor, romance and mystery. This thrilling adventure will leave you begging for the second installment of The Great Library series.

Who will like this book?: Fans of dystopian series like Divergent and The Hunger Games. People who love books.

If you like this, try this: The Archived by Victoria Schwab. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

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Zom-B

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Title: Zom-B

Author: Darren Shan

Summary: It begins in a remote village in Ireland.   Footage of vicious zombie attacks and brutal military responses goes viral.  B’s London-based gang of friends and family see the clips, but everyone seems to think it is some kind of hoax.  Some think it is a promo for an upcoming film, others theorize that it is a terrorist plot, or even the ultimate practical joke.  Life goes on for everyone in the rest of the world.

And, life for B means dealing with an abusive and racist father, protecting a battered mother, hanging tough in front of friends, and going to school.   Potential zombies aside, the biggest issue in B’s life is dealing with the urge to go against Dad’s bigotry.  Sometimes it is just easier to agree with him because an unhappy Dad is a violent one.  Unfortunately, it’s becoming evident that  B’s decision to just pretend to go along with Dad’s views is beginning to influence how B behaves towards kids from other racial backgrounds.  Even at school, B is receiving mixed messages about tolerance and B’s finding it hard to separate right from wrong.

However, that internal struggle is momentarily sidelined the day B’s school is attacked by zombies.  The attack is sudden, and B and a group of diverse students  must get over their shock and disbelief immediately if they are to escape the carnage.

Who will like this book?:  This incredibly fast-paced book is great for fans of action and, of course, zombies.  There are some graphic novel-type illustrations that further enhance Darren Shan’s creepy vision of the zombie apocalypse.   This addictive first of a proposed 12 book series already has the next three books in print and subsequent ones are scheduled to be released approximately three months apart.

If you like this, try this:  Of course continue on with the series!  But while you wait, get hooked on Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin series, Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series The Walking Dead, and Charlie Higson’s The Dead.

Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian

Hunger

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Title: Hunger

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Summary: Lisabeth can’t take it anymore. Her mother is never around, her friends are catty, all she does with her boyfriend anymore is fight and the Thin Voice in her head is constantly rattling off calories and corresponding exercise needs, as if she doesn’t know how fat she is. On the night Lisabeth decides to end it all, a delivery man shows up just in time to make her an offer: Die, or work for him. The figure in her room, of course, is that most powerful ‘delivery man,’ Death himself. Lisabeth accepts his offer, and is offered the job of Famine, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse.

As Lisabeth grows into her powers of destruction and witnesses the lives of people in pain, she begins to understand more about her own struggles with control. While this sounds like an obvious metaphor, author Kessler brings it to life in a fast-paced, original way that keeps the pages turning. Even if you hate to read, this book, the beginning of a series about the Four Horsemen, will hook you from page one.

Who will like this book? Readers who like books that combine realism and fantasy. People who are interested in how people endure and cope with eating disorders.

If you like this, try this: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack. Rage, also by Kessler. Two other, very different books with Death as a quirky character, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and the Sandman graphic novels of Neil Gaiman.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Pretty Little Liars

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Title: Pretty Little Liars

Author: Sara Shepard

Summary: In this series about four girls from Rosewood, PA, you will learn the true meaning of friendship. In 7th grade Alison DiLaurentis ruled the school and her best friends were right by her side. One night Alison disappears and her friends can’t believe it. They all personally think it was their fault she died. Three years later, the case is still unsolved and things have quieted down about it. The four former best friends – Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna – have drifted apart but must now come back together when they receive mysterious notes signed “A” and Alison’s case is reopened with a shocking discovery.

Who will like this book? This book is for readers who can handle mature themes. Also, if you like secret or sneaking around, you will like this book.

If you like this, read this: The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The Private series by Kate Brian. The Privilege series by Kate Brian. Also, you might also like the TV show Pretty Little Liars shown on ABC Family, Tuesday at 8/7 c.

Recommended by: Katie, Fairfield resident and avid reader

Epic

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Title: Epic

Author: Conor Kostick

Summary:There is no violence in Erik’s world, only Epic. The global online multiplayer game allows people to create avatars to fight against one another and settle grievances. But Epic is more than just a game. It’s politics. Run by Central Allocations, a group of the richest, most powerful players, they lead a corrupt system that dictates the lives of everyone else.

Fed up with the difficulties his family faces, Erik creates a new type of character. He creates a girl named Cindella with only beauty instead of the typical fighter/elf/magician. But there’s something special about Cindella. When she starts getting attention from NPs (and not for her looks), Eric knows he’s onto something. Teaming up with his group of friends, they set off to fight dragons, find treasure, and slay the corrupt Central Allocations once and for all.

Who will like this book?: Boys and girls who enjoy discovering virtual worlds will find Epic to be a must-read. It’s packed full of adventure and has the interesting twist of a male player with a female avatar. The game system is well described but you don’t need to be a technician to understand the way this excellent sci-fi novel works.

If you like this, you should try: Saga, the sequel to Epic. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde, 1/2 Prince(manhwa), The 39 Clues series, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Walls of the Universeby Paul Melko, The Game by Dianna Wynne Jones

Recommended by:ZZ, Fairfield resident and avid reader

The Last Olympian

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: In the final installment of this outstanding series, Percy and company must defend the island of Manhattan from the evil Kronos and the monster Typhon. The Last Olympian has the usual plot twists and turns, but the stakes are incredibly high: If Percy, Annabeth, Grover and the other demigods from Camp Half Blood lose the battle, civilization as they (and we) know it will unravel as the evil Titans take control.

If you haven’t read Percy yet, by gods, what are you waiting for! Begin with The Lightning Thief before the movie hits theatres.

Who will like this book?: Everybody! A great adventure series for guys and girls who don’t love to read, mythology buffs and everyone in between. This is also an outstanding series for teens and parents to share.

If you like this, try this: The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. The Mark of Solomon series by Elizabeth E. Wein. And it looks like there will be another Camp Half Blood series, featuring new campers, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

Inkdeath

Title: Inkdeath

Author:Cornelia Funke

Summary:In the final volume of the trilogy, Meggie is determined to save her father. Having escaped from the evil clutches of the Adderhead, whom is now immortal, Mo is finding himself getting deeper and deeper into the role of the Bluejay.

As he and the Black Prince continue to fight against the Adderhead’s reign of despair, more troubles are brewing within the Inkword. Mortorla is back and finds alliance in an old friend. Farid has yet to revive Dustfinger and is neglecting Meggie’s feelings. Fengolio has lost his ability to write, as Orpheus starts writing more devastating trails with Fengolio’s words. With everything falling apart in the Inkworld, Meggie’s desires to leave become more urgent…Too bad that it’s too late.

Who will like this book?: If you liked the first two of the trilogy, you’re bound to like this one. If you haven’t, then the Inkworld trilogy is meant for dreamers, who see the impossible and make it real. There’s plenty of fantasy, a good love plot, and viciousness within the heroes and villains alike.

If you like this, you should try: Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine, Goose Girlby Shannon Hale, anything by Dianna Wynne Jones, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan, and Maximum Ride by James Patterson.

Recommended by: ZZ, Fairfield resident and avid reader