New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.
Check out this week’s fantasy titles!
|Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .
Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
|And a Hidden Treasure…
|Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Other titles you may like:
- Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce
Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
The Maximum Ride series focuses on a group of six very special kids. As babies, they were part of a scientific experiment conducted at the School, where their DNA was grafted together with avian DNA. The result: along with other varied powers each of them now has wings.
The Angel Experiment opens several years after they had escaped from the School. Unable to live normal lives, the six of them (led by Max) have lived as a family, safely in seclusion from the rest of the world. That safety is broken when the youngest of the flock, Angel, is kidnapped by Erasers. Erasers are another School experiment, humans crossed with wolves and raised as brutal hunters.
Max and the others vow to save Angel, and set out on a rescue mission where they not only encounter danger at every turn, but start to learn more about who they are and where they came from. This new found knowledge leads them from the School in Death Valley across the country to New York in search of answers.
The writing of the book is a little choppy, with the short 2-3 pages chapters. However, this is easily overlooked as Patterson quickly lures you in with action and plot twists; and of course, leaves you with so many unanswered questions at the end that you just have to pick up the next book.
Darkside by Tom Becker
“The darkening son, I can feel the darkening…”
Jonathan Starling is used to being on his own, going unnoticed by almost everyone around him. His mother disappeared before he was old enough to remember her and his father, Alain, spends the majority of his time locked away in his study, suffering periodic episodes, claiming he can feel “the darkening” that is coming. With only his neighbor Mrs. Elwood to keep an eye on him, London is Jonathan’s playground.
One night, while alone in his house after another one of his father’s breakdowns, Jonathan hears an intruder downstairs. He runs hiding in his father’s study barricading the door while something scratches violently trying to get in. The next day at the library he is almost kidnapped by a strange woman and two sinister looking men.
When Alain hears of these events sends his son to seek out Carnegie, the only one who would be able to protect him. However, Carnegie lives in a part of London that most people have never noticed…and are better off for it. Called Darkside, it is home to the city’s most dangerous and undesirable people and creatures, none of whom should ever be trusted. With people who will stop at nothing to capture him, will Jonathan be able to find safety a place like Darkside? And more importantly, exactly who is after him?
This is a great book for fans of Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series. Becker has created a spine chilling world, filled with things that go bump in the night. Originally published in England, Darkside is the first in a series; the sequel Lifeblood is also currently available.