We’ve been adding lots of great titles to the New Books Section at CA Library this week, along with eBooks and audiobooks available in the Sora digital reading app — here are some highlights in New Fiction:
The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 6) by Rick Riordan — Percy Jackson’s hope for a normal senior year is shattered as the gods present him with three quests, beginning with the retrieval of Zeus’s goblet, in order to get the necessary three letters of recommendation for college. “Following years of eager anticipation, Percy Jackson returns in this follow-up to 2009’s The Last Olympian that is well worth the wait” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
The Everlasting Road (The Floraverse, Book 2) by Wab Kinew — Losing herself in the Floraverse after the death of her brother, young Indigenous girl Bugz finds the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds blurring when she creates a Waawaate bot in honor of her brother that grows in powers beyond her control. “Plenty of thrills alongside thoughtful, poignant explorations of love and loss” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the Audiobook
Finding My Elf by David Valdes Greenwood — Single All the Way meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this festive rom-com. While home for winter break, Cameron takes a job as a Christmas elf and finally finds his “people” and possibly “the one” in the fakest consumerist nightmare place on Earth where he least expected it. “A holly-jolly rom-com filled with enough humor, heart, and holiday spirit to deliver an upbeat stocking stuffer” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
Gwen and Art Are Not In Love by Lex Croucher — Forced to spend the summer together at Camelot in the run up to their nuptials, Arthur and Gwendoline, betrothed since birth, discover they make better allies than enemies as they cover for each other so they can pursue their real romantic interests. “Croucher’s simultaneously sharp and subtle prose boasts delicious banter and a propulsive story populated by intersectionally diverse characters whose interactions feel fresh and vital through the novel’s climactic conclusion” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
The Headmaster’s List by Melissa de la Cruz — One of Us Is Lying meets Riverdale in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. Unable to remember anything about the car crash that killed a fellow elite prep school student, 18-year-old Spencer Sandoval goes to dangerous lengths to uncover the truth about what really happened. “A compelling thriller . . . with relatable teen protagonists and a satisfying conclusion” (School Library Journal).
I Feed Her To The Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea — Laure Mesny is a perfectionist with an axe to grind. Despite being constantly overlooked in the elite and cutthroat world of the Parisian ballet, she will do anything to prove that a Black girl can take center stage. To level the playing field, Laure ventures deep into the depths of the Catacombs and strikes a deal with a pulsating river of blood. “Gory, gripping, and visceral; examines how supernatural and systemic power unleash the monster within all of us” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook
Loveboat Forever (Loveboat, Taipei, Book 3) by Abigail Hing Wen — Return to the sparkling world of Loveboat on an entirely new, romantic, whirlwind adventure. In desperate need of a new image, 17-year-old music prodigy Pearl Wong attends Chien Tan, the Taipei summer program, but instead enters an extravagant world where there’s more awaiting her than she ever could’ve imagined — like a romantic entanglement with a mysterious suitor. “Pearl’s earnestness shines through her narration, taking readers with her on an eye-opening summer of self-examination and finding her roots” (Kirkus Reviews).
Murtagh (The Inheritance Cycle, Book 5) by Christopher Paolini — Master storyteller Christopher Paolini returns to the World of Eragon in this stunning epic fantasy set a year after the events of the Inheritance Cycle. Hated, alone and exiled to the outskirts of society, Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, must decide what he stands for in a world that has abandoned him when a new enemy emerges from the shadows of Alagaësia. “Two decades after the debut of Eragon, Paolini shows that there are still fresh tales to be told in this world” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
Reign (American Royals, Book 4) by Katharine McGee — A queen’s life hangs in the balance, and her siblings’ decisions — about what to do, and most of all, who to love— could change the course of history. Romance. Duty. Power . . . only one can triumph in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling American Royals series. “With elegance, saucy secrets, and forbidden love, American Royals is fast-paced and utterly charming” (Kendare Blake, author of the Three Dark Crowns series). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
Someone Is Always Watching by Kelley Armstrong — When their friend Gabrielle is found covered in blood in front of their dead principal, with no recollection of what happened, Blythe, Tucker, and Tanya soon discover their lives are a lie as the walls built around their real memories come crashing down. “Perfect for fans of Karen M. McManus and Holly Jackson, this rollercoaster ride will have readers wondering if people and memories can be trusted” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook