New Arrivals · Teen Fiction

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Imprison the sky

January 22, 2019
Gaughen, A. C., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
418 pages : map ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Reign the earth.
Aspasia, eighteen, an Elementae who controls air, gets caught in a battle between Cyrus, who forces her to capture slaves for market, and a queen whose husband experiments on Elementae.

Circle of shadows

January 18, 2019
Skye, Evelyn.
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2019.
451 pages. : map ; 24 cm.
"Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas--marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group--but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it's been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora's life forever--and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she's ever loved."--Provided by publisher

Unnatural disasters

January 17, 2019
Hirsch, Jeff, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone's phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened--something big. Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink--entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?"-- Provided by publisher.

The cold is in her bones

January 17, 2019
Van Arsdale, Peternelle, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
278 pages ; 24 cm
When Milla, sixteen, who has lived a sheltered life on a farm near a cursed village, finally makes a friend, she learns of her connection to the curse's originator.


January 17, 2019
Coccia, Paul, author.
[Custer, WA] : Orca Book Publishers, 2019.
123 pages ; 18 cm.
"In the gay community, a young, husky man is known as a "cub" Seventeen-year-old Theo fits the definition perfectly, but he is very self-conscious about his body. So when his best friend signs him up for a cooking competition at Heat, the city's newest trendy restaurant, Theo is nervous. He's confident in his baking ability, and dreams of opening his own bakery one day, but he's not a chef, and he hates being in the spotlight. As Theo survives round after round, he gains the admiration of both the audience and the restaurant owner, a sexy celebrity chef known as KCC. When the owner makes it clear he is more interested in what Theo might do outside the kitchen, Theo has to decide how far he is willing to go to launch his career."


January 17, 2019
Rodman, Sean, 1972- author.
[Custer, WA] : Orca Book Publishers, 2019.
120 pages ; 18 cm.
"Ryan Hale, aka Replay, is the most successful running  back in his high school's history. With university scouts making him offers he can't refuse, his future seems set. The problem is, Ryan would much rather go to film school. But his dad doesn't want to hear it. His teammates sure don't. He can't afford the application fees anyway. But then a solution appears when Markus, a strange exchange student with outrageous stories about mobsters and hackers, offers to pay Ryan to be his bodyguard. Things get complicated when Ryan realizes the stories may be closer to the truth than anyone imagined."

Famous in a small town

January 16, 2019
Mills, Emma, 1989- author.
312 pages ; 22 cm.
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. With her four best friends, she can weather any storm. But when Sophie's beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it's her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town's only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.


January 16, 2019
Armstrong, C. H. (Catherine H.), author.
303 pages ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave behind what little they had for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager: fitting in at school, dreaming of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers. Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family. As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her new friends let her down like the ones back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help her find a normal life?

Grain of rice

January 16, 2019
Tran-Davies, Nhung N., author.
Vancouver, B.C. : Tradewind Books, 2018.
167 pages ; 22 cm
"Thirteen-year-old Yen and her family have survived a war, famine and persecution. When a powerful flood ruins their village in rural Vietnam, matters only get worse. With the help of neighbors and family, they decide to take the ultimate risk on a chance for a better life."-- Provided by publisher.

The gilded wolves

January 15, 2019
Chokshi, Roshani, author.
388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

Echo north

January 15, 2019
Meyer, Joanna Ruth, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., [2019]
394 pages ; 22 cm
After her father disappears, Echo meets a wolf who promises to make sure her father is returned home safely if Echo agrees to live with the wolf in his enchanted house for one year.


January 15, 2019
Sim, Tara, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2019]
515 pages ; 22 cm
Colton, Daphne, and the others must choose between those striving to take down the world's clock towers so that time can run freely, and terrorists trying to bring back the lost god of time.

The similars

January 14, 2019
Hanover, Rebecca, author.
386 pages ; 22 cm
The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn't care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi--Oliver's exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

The accident

January 14, 2019
Klein, Glasko, 1990- author.
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, 2019.
89 pages ; 20 cm.
When a night with his friends ends in a devastating car accident, fifteen-year-old Daniel wishes he could do the night over again, so when he receives a mysterious offer giving him a chance to do just that, he eagerly accepts.

Let's go swimming on doomsday

January 14, 2019
Anderson, Natalie C., author.
454 pages ; 21 cm
"When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi's duplicity is discovered, he will be killed. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what's become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget."

My almost flawless Tokyo dream life

January 11, 2019
Cohn, Rachel, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, [2018]
346 pages ; 22 cm
On her sixteenth birthday, Elle Zoellner leaves the foster care system to live with the father she never knew in Tokyo, Japan.

In Paris with you

January 11, 2019
Beauvais, Clémentine, author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2019.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: France : Sarbacane, 2016 under the title, Songe a la douceur.
"Freely inspired by Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Eugene Onegin (1837) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin (1879)."
Ten years after they parted, Tatiana and Eugene meet again in the Paris Metro and begin to explore their past, when they might have fallen in love, as well as their possible future.

A sky for us alone

January 11, 2019
Russell, Kristin (Author)
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2019.
319 pages ; 22 cm
In Strickland County, a forgotten stretch of land in southern Appalachia, there isn't a lot of anything to go around. But when eighteen-year-old Harlowe Compton's brother is killed by the Praters, the family who controls everything from the mines to the law to the opioid trade, he wonders if the future will ever hold more than loss. With Tennessee, Harlowe feels for the first time that something good might happen, that he might have found the rarest thing of all: hope. Even as she struggles with the worst of the cards she's been dealt, Tennessee makes Harlowe believe that they can dare to forge their own path, if they only give it a shot. But as Harlowe searches for the answers behind his brother's death, his town's decay, and his family's dysfunction, he discovers truths about the people he loves and himself that are darker than he ever expected. Now, Harlowe realizes, there's no turning back.

96 words for love

January 11, 2019
Roy, Rachel, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
302 pages ; 24 cm.
"JIMMY Patterson Books."
While exploring her grandmother's past at an ashram in India with her cousin Anandi, seventeen-year-old Raya finds herself and, perhaps, true love in this modern retelling of the legend of Dushyanta and Shakuntala.

Even if I fall

January 11, 2019
Johnson, Abigail, 1980- author.
346 pages ; 22 cm
A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke's only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.When Brooke encounters Calvin's younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to...and so does Heath. No one else understands what it's like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they're meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she's willing to live with--her family's or Heath's. Because she can't heal one without hurting the other.

The field guide to the North American teenager

January 11, 2019
Philippe, Ben, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2019.
372 pages ; 22 cm
When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as clichés from "a bad 90s teen movie."

Undying : an Unearthed novel

January 11, 2019
Kaufman, Amie, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
"Trapped aboard the Undying's ancient spaceship and reeling from what they've learned there, scavenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanity's greed has unleashed"-- Provided by publisher.

The Girl King

January 10, 2019
Yu, Mimi, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
488 pages ; 22 cm
When their father names a male cousin as next ruler of the Empire of the First Flame, Lu must go on the run to reclaim her birthright, leaving her younger, timid sister, Min, to discover her own hidden power.

Inventing Victoria

January 10, 2019
Bolden, Tonya, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.

Our year of maybe

January 10, 2019
Solomon, Rachel Lynn, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
368 pages ; 22 cm
Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who's been on the kidney transplant list as long as she's known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she's a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can't help wondering if after the transplant, he'll love her back the way she's always wanted. But Peter's life post-transplant isn't what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he's now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie's world are calling to her--dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows--she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn't seem to feel the same connection. Peter fears he'll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn't sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

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