Teen Thursday: Love letters, staff faves & Susan Dennard’s latest!

LOVE LETTER TO THIS WEEKEND

love letters

Sunday, February 4 at 2 PM

Author Laura Creedle will be speaking & signing!!!

Here’s a bit about her book, The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily: When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, she’s intrigued — he seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful. When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person? This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park and creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

 

LOLA LOVES …

 

 

You know her face from our Facebook live streams! You know her literary picks from this blog. So, what is she loving this week? Lola loves … The Hazel Wood!

“Thriller, gothic, fantasy, coming-of-age, and mystery – The Hazel Wood is all of these and so much more.”

 

NEW RELEASES

 

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen: Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for an end to the violence that has claimed so many of their loved ones. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bone Lands, a country where magic is outlawed and the Elementae — those that can control earth, air, fire and water — are traitors, subject to torture … or worse. Before she is even crowned, Shalia discovers that she can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband’s irrational hatred of the Elementae and a dangerous rebellion led by her own brother, Shalia must harness her power and make an impossible choice: save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.

Wires and Nerves Vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer: The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve. Iko — an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder — has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bio-engineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth. And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages. Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.

This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell: One week. That’s all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future — decisions they had been fighting about for weeks. Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he’s run away, but Jessie doesn’t believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river — the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened. As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie and others speak up about the harassment Chris experienced and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie’s town who are infuriated by the suggestion that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’ character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: When Drix was convicted of a crime — one he didn’t commit — he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means. When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life. Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves — Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence — and each other to finally get what they deserve.

GET READY FOR A WITCHIN’ ADVENTURE

Sightwitch

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (available for pre-order): Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight — and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

SUSAN WILL BE AT BOOKPEOPLE SPEAKING AND SIGNING FEBRUARY 20 AT 7 PM!

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