Jun 16, 2014

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

the basics

Title: Talker 25
Author: Joshua McCune
Series: Talker 25
- Talker 25 (April 2014)
- Untitled (release date)
- Untitled
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goodreads summary

It's a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune's debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

Jun 8, 2014

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

the basics

Title: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #1
- Mistborn: The Final Empire (July 2006)
- The Well of Ascension (August 2007)
- The Hero of Ages (October 2008)
- The Alloy of Law (November 2011)
- Shadows of Self (2014)
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goodreads summary

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Anderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Jun 7, 2014

Death Sworn Leah Cypess

the basics

Title: Death Sworn
Author: Leah Cypess
Series: Death Sworn #1
- Death Sworn (March 2014)
- Untitled (2015)
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goodreads summary

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.
Katie Fatiga @ I Teach YA is saving yet more lives today with her recap of Death Sworn!

Half Bad by Sally Green

the basics

Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Series: Half Life Trilogy
- Half Bad (March 2014)
- Half Wild (2015)
- Untitled (?)
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goodreads summary

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.
This recap was written by our wonderful sidekick, Katie Fatiga @ I Teach YA! Thank you!

Jun 6, 2014

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

the basics

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
- Throne of Glass (August 2012)
- Crown of Midnight (September 2013)
- Heir of Fire (August 2014)
- Untitled (2015)
- Untitled (2016)
- Untitled (2017)
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goodreads summary

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

Jun 4, 2014

After the End by Amy Plum

the basics

Title: After rhe End
Author: Amy Plum
Series: After rhe End #1
- After the End (May 2014)
- unknown (unknown)
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goodreads summary

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

May 26, 2014

Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow

the basics

Title: TimeRiders
Author: Alex Scarrow
Series: TimeRiders #2
- TimeRiders (February 2010)
- Day of the Predator (August 2010)
- The Doomsday Code (February 2011)
- The Eternal War (July 2011)
- Gates of Rome (January 2012)
- City of Shadows (August 2012)
- The Pirate Kings (February 2013)
- The Mayan Prophecy (August 2013)
- The Infinity Cage (August 2014)
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summary

When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly—and until now—undiscovered species of predator.

Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs—and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality?