Soaring Eagle 2019-2020-Voting now open!

Over the last few weeks we have shown you six of the ten Soaring Eagle nominees for 2019-2020. Hopefully you’ve read about at least one that sounds interesting to you but if not, we’ve got four more to show you. This week’s theme: series! The beautiful thing about a series is you get to see your favorite characters over the course of several books instead of just one. This makes getting attached to characters a little easier. Without further ado, here are our last four titles.

An Ember in the Ashes

By Sabaa Tahir

“As long as there is life, there is hope.”

Laia tries to live by these words, repeated by her grandmother, Nan, often as she was growing up.  But in the Martial Empire, hope is difficult to come by … because life, especially Laia’s life, is seen as cheap and exhaustible.

When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a deal with an underground group that is working against the Empire; she must spy on the Empire from within the walls of its martial training academy, putting her own life and her own freedom at stake.

There, Laia meets Elias, a young soldier who is training for the Empire’s most elite force, but who lacks the drive – or the ruthlessness – that his fellow soldiers possess.  In a battle to become the emperor’s “Blood Strike,” Elias must choose between what is expected of him and what his soul tells him to do … and his choice forces him to flee the Empire, with only Laia as his ally.

An Ember in the Ashes combines adventure, magic, intrigue and unspeakable cruelty in an epic tale of friendship and, ultimately, hope. This is the first title in a trilogy; the other titles are A Torch Against the Night and A Reaper at the Gates, both of which are available for checkout.

Defy the Stars

By Claudia Gray

What would the world look like if robots took over all jobs? Not just the jobs that humans don’t want to do, but all jobs.

An interstellar war has broken out between the planets, Genesis and Earth. Earth has pushed the laws of mankind, creating machines to do everything and essentially stripping humans of their humanity. On the flip side, Genesis has seen the evils of what mankind can do and has not advanced their technology in hundreds of years. With the Earth’s advanced tech, Genesis must do whatever they can to gain more time. Out of options, Genesis starts preparing to delay the war by launching the Masada Run: a mission that will kill almost everyone who participates. Noemi is willing to die for her planet and in three weeks she will be joining the Masada Run. She’s come to terms with her imminent demise, until by accident, she stumbles upon Abel. Abel is a mech, a robot, who was abandoned in space for years. The unlikely duo team up to delay the war, if not stop it entirely. As Noemi and Abel travel to the other inhabitable planets, they start to question how much of what their home planets told them is true and how much is a lie.

Defy the Stars is the first book in the trilogy; the other titles are Defy the Fates and Defy the Worlds, both are available for checkout.

Onyx & Ivory

By Mindee Arnett

Kate and Prince Corwin were once childhood friends, until the day Kate’s father tried to assassinate Corwin’s father. Since then Kate has been living in exile, working as a courier for the Relay, a group of riders tasked with delivering various items and information to other villages. Kate is always careful to make it back home before night falls and the nightdrakes come out to feast. On one errand Kate runs into a massacre: problem one, the only survivor is Corwin; problem two, the drakes attacked during the day. With the threat of the night creatures being able to attack during the day, Kate and Corwin must put their past aside before Rime falls.

Their friendship is also strained because of Kate’s secret: she is a wilder, a person who possesses forbidden magic. Magic she can use to help save Rime, if she doesn’t get caught

Onyx & Ivory is the first book of the Rime Chronicles. The second and final book, Shadow & Flame, is available for checkout.

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

On Monday, four teens meet with nothing in common, minus the fact that they all ended up in detention and watched Simon die. Now Yale-bound Bronwyn, homecoming princess Addy, all-American boy Cooper, and bad boy Nate are all being accused of conspiring against, and murdering, Simon.

The motive?

Simon runs “About That”, on online blog that exposes secrets you don’t want exposed, and on Tuesday he was going to post the next set of secrets, secrets about Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate. Secrets they all wish would never see the light of day. Simon wasn’t the only one who knew their secrets; the murderer knows them as well and won’t stop until the lives of the four are ruined forever.

Now the unlikely four must find the killer before one or all of them go to jail for a murder they didn’t commit… or did they?

One of Us is Lying is the first book in the Bayview High series. The second book, One of Us is Next just came out and is available for checkout.

There you have it: all ten Soaring Eagle Nominees. A reminder that voting for the Soaring Eagle Book Award is open now through March 15. You can vote at your public library or your school library. We hope that you found one book you are interested in reading. However, if you did not, stop by the library and we’ll hook you up with one you’ll love.

Soaring Eagle 2019-2020 Continue

Have you ever read an author that you really loved? You know- an author whose work you enjoy so much you can’t read just one of their books? Some authors just grab us with their writing style or characters. That’s why some authors show up on the Soaring Eagle list multiple times. This post will cover the three books by authors who have appeared on the list in the past.

 What If It’s Us

By Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us is the story of two boys; Arthur and Ben, who meet at the post office in New York City. Ben is a New York local who is trying to move on and return a package of things left behind by his ex. Having been hurt before, Ben doesn’t trust the universe.

Arthur is a theater kid who’s only in New York for the summer, interning with his family’s law firm. Being in the city that has places like Broadway, Times Square, and so much diversity and theater culture, it’s a dream opportunity; but with no one to explore it with, Arthur feels stuck. Looking for a sign from the universe on how to get out of his loop of the same daily grind, Arthur meets Ben.

They have an epic first meeting in the middle of a flash mob proposal at a New York post office. Meeting at a time when both boys are at their lowest, it feels like fate to Arthur, but before he can make a move, Ben disappears.

Arthur is left feeling like the universe just sent him a big wakeup call and opportunity. So, with that, Arthur makes it his mission to test fate and find Ben again…in the middle of New York City… with no name or contact information… before the end of summer.

 

In 2017-20 18 Becky Albertalli stole our hearts with Simon Vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda. To read either of these or her other titles check out our What’s Hot Now display in the Teen Room. We also have more by Adam Silvera on the regular shelves.

 

Little White Lies

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Sawyer Taft is 18 years old, and accustomed to life as she knows it:  she lives with her single mom in a rented apartment, goes to school, works as an auto mechanic, and deflects the regular advances of the “good ole’ boys” who live in her small Southern town.

She’s also accustomed to her mom falling in love every other week, and often leaving for days with her newest romantic interest. So, when her mom texts her that she is leaving once again, Sawyer thinks nothing of it.

That day, however, a well-dressed elderly woman – who is clearly out of place in Sawyer’s small town – shows up at her front door.  She introduces herself as Sawyer’s grandmother, her mom’s mom, and offers Sawyer half a million dollars to come live with her for a year … with a catch.

Sawyer must participate in “the season”  – a series of balls, charitable events, and other public appearances that go along with being one of high society’s debutante girls – a Southern tradition full of glamour, money, and prim & proper behavior … something Sawyer’s always struggled with.

We meet Sawyer and her other debutante friends in a jail cell, dressed to the nines in ballgowns and elbow gloves. What follows is the month-by-month backstory of family secrets, skeletons in the closet, and covered-up crimes that landed the four of them there.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes terrorized us in 2017-2018 with her book The Naturals, the first book in a series of four. Little White Lies is the first in the Debutantes series; the second book, Deadly Little Scandals, is also out and available for checkout.

 

Renegades

By Marissa Meyer

Renegades is the story of Nova, a girl in a world of exceptional people with exceptional powers. Born with the power to never sleep and to make everyone she touches fall asleep, Nova is amongst a group of hero prodigies.

The Renegades are a powerful group of superhumans who strive for peace and order; serving as heroes, police, and lawmakers in their dystopian world. Since childhood, Nova has held a grudge against the Renegades and has made it her mission to take them down. Training with her uncle and his villainous gang of superhumans called the Anarchists, Nova works to overthrow the Renegades.

Then, in the middle of a mission she meets Adrian, the adopted son of two famous Renegade council members. Little does she know that the two of them have met before, as Adrian also has a secret identity he’s hiding from the Renegades. When Nova starts to become closer with her new team, she struggles to understand what she’s truly fighting for and just where her loyalties lie.

 

2015-2016 introduced readers to Meyer’s first book, Cinder, a steampunky-cyborgy retelling of Cinderella and the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. Readers can find The Lunar Chronicles on our All Time Favorites display; her other books can be found on the regular shelves.

 

We hope that one of the books in this post has caught your attention; however, if none of these sound interesting to you, don’t worry; we have four more titles to share. Don’t forget voting opens February 15. If you haven’t read three or more of the titles, all of them can be found at your school and public library. Happy reading!