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New in Young Adult

We have some AMAZING new books in our Young Adult section that are sure to wow you!

Fridays with the Wizards by Jessica Day George

Princess Celie and her companions have made it home safely from the Glorious Arkower, and everything is back to normal now that the Eye of the Castle is where it belongs. With more magical griffins to care for, Celie, Lilah, and Rolf have their hands full. But when the dangerous ancient wizard Arkwright escapes the dungeon and goes missing within the Castle, no one can rest until he is found. Only Celie knows where he is most likely hiding–deep within the secret passageways behind the walls of their beloved Castle. With danger lurking behind every tapestry and under every trap door, Celie must find the wizard and save her family.

Readers will be swept away by another charming magical adventure featuring Princess Celie and her very special Castle.

The Game of Lives by James Dashner

Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life.

The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.

A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

Ali Bell and Cole Holland’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn’t through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedon’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while keeping hidden her own mission: kill the queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete withHephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Spoil the Movie! Read the Book First!

Movie adaptations of popular books have become so popular that sometimes moviegoers aren’t even aware that the movies they love are taken from amazing books. Here are just a few books that have movie adaptations being released this year. Trust us, you’ll want to read these first. Click on each title below to see the trailer for these upcoming films.

Paper Towns by John Green


In theaters July 24, 2015

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


In theaters September 18, 2015

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

The Martian by Andy Weir


In theaters October 2, 2015

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Mockingjay Pt 2 by Suzanne Collins


In theaters November 20, 2015

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Though she’s long been a part of the revolution, Katniss hasn’t known it. Now it seems that everyone has had a hand in the carefully laid plans but her.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the cost.

The Maze Runner Prequel is Out!

The prequel to James Dashner’s bestselling  Maze Runner trilogy- which we recommend to fans of the Hunger Games- came out last Tuesday. The Kill Order takes you to the time before Wicked was formed and before Thomas entered the Maze. We are in the aftermath of the sun flares, and the eastern United States is wracked with a strange disease of rage and lunacy. Mark and Trina are convinced there is a way to save mankind from this mutating madness, but the disease has suspicious origins….

The Final ‘Maze Runner’ Book Is Here

WILL ANYONE SURVIVE THE DEATH CURE? –This question gets asked at the bottom of the inside flap, and it gives us shivers! Get your copy of James Dashner’s final installment in the Maze Runner trilogy today. His books have grabbed readers’ attention for years, and Hunger Games fans have told me this series is a keeper for sure.

 

If You Liked the Hunger Games and Books On A Dystopian Future

…Try these books!

The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: In a not-too-distant world where third children are forbidden, a secret underground force made up of these “shadow children” fights for their place in society- and their lives.

Matched by Ally Condie: Cassia is fine with having everything chosen for her by the Society Officials, until she finds out a mistake in the system that shows her Match as someone different than before.

Possession by Elana Johnson: Another Utah author has done it again. While I’m a bit wary of Possession‘s similarities to Matched, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews. Why not give it a try?

The Alliance by Gerald Lund: In post-nuclear holocaust America, things are different from before. A new society, the Alliance, has arisen, and it seems like a pretty good deal to the scattered survivors because crime has been virtually eliminated. Literally. When Eric’s small band of survivors gets taken to the Alliance, he discovers those in charge embed a microchip in everyone’s brain to control emotion.

The Giver (and its sequels) by Lois Lowry

Uglies (and its sequels) by Scott Westerfield

The City of Ember (and its sequels) by Jeanne DuPrau

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Chicago society is divided into five factions that favor a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior makes a choice to align herself with one of them; the only problem is that she is different from everyone else. This book has been criticized for not being a true dystopian society book, but if you want to be greatly entertained and enjoy dystopian elements, you’ll like it.

The Maze Runner (and its sequel) by James Dashner

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: An older, less remembered novel of Haddix’s, Running Out of Time is not exactly dystopian, but a chilling idea of shattered reality. Jessie, 13, believes she lives in 1840, until a diptheria epidemic strikes the children in the little village she has lived in all her life, Jessie’s mother reveals the truth that it is, in fact, the 1990s, and Jessie lives in a sort of living history experiment. Jessie’s new mission is to break out, eluding the unethical people who run the facility, and find help for her community before it’s too late for the children. On her way she has to elude the people who want to keep the epidemic quiet and navigate the fast-paced 20th century.

PICTURES Mother & Me and 4/22 Book Signing

New pictures are up on Flickr from today’s Mother & Me party and the HUGE author book signing on April 22. Here are just a few… go to the Flickr link on the left side of the page  and click where it says to view more. We’d like to thank all of you who made these events possible! Thanks for participating and helping get it all together. We have a lot more events coming up where the store camera will be present… so stay tuned.

Mother and Me- April 30

HUGE Author Signing with

Jessica Day George, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, and James Dashner

April 22 at Mt. Logan Middle School

The Authors. From left- Jessica Day George, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, and James Dashner. They’re a lively bunch.

This is our friend Hannah. We’d like to give a special shout out to her. Out of all the people who traveled a great distance to meet some of their favorite authors, we think she’s the one who came from furthest away- California. Thanks, Hannah!

Go to our Flickr page (link to it is on the left) to see more!

They’re Coming!!!

HUGE book signing April 22

@ Mt. Logan Middle School

Come meet authors Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, James Dashner, & Jessica Day George.

Friday, April 22 @ 6pm

The authors will be speaking first, and a book signing will follow.

This is HUGE! It was originally planned at the Logan City Library and the planners had to move it to Mt. Logan Middle School because of the amazing response. Be sure to arrive early. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own copy- we will be selling books there.

Here is just a little bit about these talented authors. Click on their names to go to their website/blog. Most of them still say that the book signing is at the Logan Library, but it’s actually now at Mt. Logan Middle School.

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the author of Fablehaven, a series of books about the fascinating world of two siblings and their adventures on a magical reserve. His latest book, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, is the first of another great series we are proud to sell at the BookTable.

SHANNON HALE

Brief Bio from her blog: Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, two award-winning books for adults, and the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012). She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge and its sequel with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.


James Dashner

Author of the 13th Reality Series and the Maze Runner

About his latest addition to the 13th Reality Series: The Blade of Shattered Hope: Things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Tick’s being homeschooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chi’karda. But just as he begins to make progress, Mistress Jane reappears, now hideously scarred and much more powerful.

Ally Condie

From her blog: I’m Ally Condie, author of the MATCHED trilogy. MATCHED was released in November 2010, its sequel, CROSSED, will be released on November 1, 2011, and the third book will be released in November 2012. In my former life, I was a high school English teacher (and I still keep my license current, just in case!). In my current life, I write, read, run, and hang out with my three boys. I post on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and other days if the mood strikes me) and I’m on Twitter (@allycondie).

Jessica Day George

Author of Princess of the Midnight Ball and Dragonskin Slippers

As her website declares, for Jessica “It’s all about the books.” After going through an assortment of jobs that have taken her across the United States (One of which was at a wedding invitation activity- I’ll bet she has some great stories from that.), she is now the author of seven published novels. She has a way cute blog that we linked to on her name (click on any of the authors’ names to see their website).