Teen Fantasy

What are you reading this summer? Here's some Teen Fantasy that Rita has recommended lately:

Nikki Beckett, who has just spent the past six months in the underworld having the life force sucked out of her by an immortal, has returned to the Surface for another six months before she's banished back to the underworld for eternity.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. They have trained all their life for the battle ahead because only one can inherit the crown and she must kill her sisters in order to do so.  A dark world of magic resides in this book with a touch of romance.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (eBook and eAudiobook)                                                                     In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. This novel is the first in a series.

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything, pairing everyone with best choice: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia when she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect! But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well? This is the first book in a trilogy. It’s The Hunger Games meets The Giver.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien. This is the first book in an action-packed series of seven books.

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.  The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Shiverby Maggie Stiefvater (eBook and eAudiobook
Grace has always been intrigued by the wolves in the woods behind her house, but these aren’t normal wolves, they are lycanthropes. These werewolves don’t change with the full moon though, they spend winters as wolves, each year spending more and more time as wolves. There has always been one wolf that Grace has been drawn to more than any of the others, the one with yellow eyes, and when one day after an attack in the woods, Grace finds an injured boy on her porch she knows that it is her wolf. Sam has the same yellow eyes as her wolf. They quickly fall in love, however their love is faced with a ticking clock, when will Sam turn into a wolf forever? Told in alternating chapters this book has a rich mythology, romance and lots of dramatic tension.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into Beauties where their only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or she will never become pretty at all. It soon becomes clear that the government is doing a lot more than just making people pretty. This is the first book in a series of four.


OC Public Libraries Best of 2016: The Best We Read from Previous Years

So many books, so little time! Even Library staff can't get to all the latest and greatest titles when they're brand new, so we're also sharing OC Public Libraries Top 5 Books Read in 2016 (any publication date):

1. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman 
Although it's a few years old already, this charming Swedish tale of a neighborhood's curmudgeon and the young family that breaks through his crusty shell has really taken off in 2016. 

2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr 
This powerful, intricate, and ultimately uplifting World War II saga won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015, and continues to be a book group favorite. 

3. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
Hannah is well-loved for her contemporary fiction, and this venture into historical fiction has paid off; her story of two sisters encompasses the epic panorama of war as well as the intimate history and strength of women. With a movie adaptation coming soon, the popularity of The Nightingale should continue.

4. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
At once old fashioned and thoroughly modern, Tartt's massive saga of loss, grief, and the power of art is a love it or hate it ride through prep school, desert hallucinations, and organized crime.

5. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Brief but powerful, this is both a literary exploration of America's racial history and a deeply personal letter to the author's son about the risks and potential of having a black body in America. It's beautifully written (and read by the author on audio), and an important, if heartbreaking, read.


OC Public Libraries Best of 2016: Teen Fiction

These are OC Public Libraries' Staff favorites for Teen Fiction in 2016!

Top 3 Teen Fiction
  1.  If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo
  2. The Sun is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon
  3. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare (compact disc, eAudiobook)


OC Public Libraries Best of 2016: Children's Books

OC Public Libraries staff have voted, and these are our most loved Children's titles published in 2016:

Top 3 Children's Books

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down – Jeff Kinney
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jack Thorne / J.K. Rowling (eBook)
  3. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys (compact disc, eBook, eAudiobook)