The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Book Two

By Suzanne Collins

Plot: “It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.” -Publisher Continue reading “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

Shielded

By Kaylynn Flanders

Plot: “The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans. As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s-her brother’s-magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace. Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong-the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.” -Publisher Continue reading “Shielded”

An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson

Plot: “Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s work. But when she receives her first royal patron – Rook, the autumn prince – she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival.” -Publisher Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens”

Unearthed

Book One

By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Plot: “When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance. In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…” -Publisher Continue reading “Unearthed”

Watch Us Rise

By Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Plot: Young writers Jasmine and Chelsea have had enough. They are done with the way girls and women are being treated across the world, even at their “progressive” school. They decide that their voices matter, and start the Write Like a Girl club and blog. Their poems and writing catch the attention and gratitude of hundreds of people, until their male principal decides that the girls are being a little too disruptive… Continue reading “Watch Us Rise”

The Hunger Games

Book One

By Suzanne Collins

Plot: Every year, one “Tribute” is selected from the 13 districts of Panem by the Capitol, who forces the children to fight to the death in an arena. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister is chosen, Katniss volunteers to take her place and has to fight for her life with only a few supplies and her own survival skills. Continue reading “The Hunger Games”

I am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Plot: Many years ago, Libby and May work together to create a comic masterpiece about Princess X, the ninja princess who lives in a haunted house. A couple years later, Libby dies in a car crash… or does she? A long time after her best friend dies, May glimpses a sticker with Princess X’s familiar face on it. How is that possible? Soon, May has to team up with a new friend to find out if Libby is still alive and how to help her. Continue reading “I am Princess X”

Spill Zone

By Scott Westerfield

Book One Cover

Plot: “Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.The Spill claimed Addison’s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn’t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone’s twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death—or worse.” -Publisher Continue reading “Spill Zone”

Challenger Deep

By Neal Shusterman

Plot: Caden Bosch is a 15 year old kid who is slowly descending deeper into mental illness. He has lost his grip on reality, in two places at once. Sometimes he is visiting a pirate ship heading to the deepest part of the ocean, and sometimes he is participating in the real world. Will he ever recover? Continue reading “Challenger Deep”