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Book Talk Tuesday - The Winner’s Curse

Ten years ago, the Valorian army conquered the Herrani lands and took the Herrani people as slaves. Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is the only daughter of the Valorian general who led the invading armies, a rare music-lover in a society that celebrates only military victory. While out at the market one day, Kestrel happens upon a slave auction and, impressed by his defiant nature, impulsively purchases a young Herrani slave. After Arin enters Kestrel’s household, they are surprised to find that they have more in common than they ever would have thought. But Arin is hiding a dangerous secret, and a Valorian mistress and her Herrani slave can never truly be friends. Kestrel just might find that winning the auction was actually a curse.

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Favorite Books: Grave Mercy R.L. LaFevers

“Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?”

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Book Talk Tuesday - Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy

The year is 1982. Marina lives in Moscow, where her mother Sveta is the country’s prima ballerina. Marina herself is a rising star in the Soviet Union ballet. Marina and her family are living the good life in the harsh world of the Soviet Union, until Sveta begins having visions that reveal a horrible act perpetrated by the government. Suddenly, Sveta has disappeared into a state-run prison, and Marina and her father must flee to America to avoid the same fate. Now living in New York City, Marina begins studying at Julliard and attempting to put her life back together. But when she begins having visions like her mother’s, the life she and her father have begun building in America may fall apart.

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New teen books being added to the Indian Trails Library high school collection this week!


Forget Me - Morgan never minded her boyfriend Flynn’s dark and private nature. She found it mysterious and alluring. But now he’s dead, and she can’t move on. She feels much like her dying town, River’s End, with its overgrown amusement park and abandoned houses: once happy . . . now fading away. Hoping for some closure, Morgan uploads her only picture of Flynn to the social media site FriendShare along with a note to say good-bye. But she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as Evan Murphy. She’s never heard of Evan. A quick search reveals that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Same eyes, nose, jawline. Only this boy is very much alive. Digging through layers of secrets, Morgan questions everything she thought she knew about her town, her boyfriend, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies. (Putnam Juvenile)

Of Metal and Wishes - Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers—brutally. Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including the outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the ghost. As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen is torn between her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. Will she determine whom to trust before the factory explodes, taking her down with it? (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Servants of the Storm - A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started. (Simon Pulse)

Wordless In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words … much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help. By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back. (Flux)

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