New eBooks Available In Sora!

We’re always adding new eBooks and Audiobooks to the CA Library collection in Sora, especially as the school year winds down — CA Library may be closed for the summer, but our digital library is open 24/7!

Take a look at the latest eBooks available in your Sora account, including these great titles:

"The Healer's Apprentice" (ebook) coverThe Healer’s Apprentice (Hagenheim, Book 1) by Melanie Dickerson — In this story loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, seventeen-year-old Rose, a healer’s apprentice, falls in love with the betrothed Lord Hamlin, who is seeking the sorcerer who cursed his future bride.

“Dickerson combines fairy tale ambience (an unkind stepmother, a rat-filled dungeon, a caricature of a bad guy) with historical touches like herbal remedies, musical instruments, and architectural details to create a colorful and convincing atmosphere” (Publishers Weekly). 

"The Heartbreakers" (ebook) coverThe Heartbreakers (Book 1) by Ali Novak — When her triplet sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, eighteen-year-old Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. But when she starts spending time with the lead singer of Cara’s favorite band, will Stella resent him for taking her attention away from her sister — or will he help Stella find the courage to live her own life?

“A fun summer romance that doesn’t shy away from the deeper issues of family, illness, and self-discovery” (School Library Journal). 

"If He Had Been with Me" (ebook) coverIf He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin — A #Booktok viral sensation, this love story spans the history of two teenagers’ lives and all the moments when if one little thing had been different, their futures would have been together instead of apart. Also available as an Audiobook

“This sweet, authentic love story depicts complex characters dealing with complex issues . . . all recounted through the eyes of budding writer Autumn” (Booklist). 

"If Only I Had Told Her" (ebook) coverIf Only I Had Told Her by Laura Nowlin — An intensely emotional and gripping companion novel to Nowlin’s bestselling novel If He Had Been With Me about the love that both breaks and heals us. Perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover and Jenny Han. Also available as an Audiobook

“Nowlin is unafraid to explore the gritty sides of sadness, grief, regret, and mental health struggles, resulting in a deeply affecting and worthwhile novel” (Booklist). 

"The New Girl" (ebook) coverThe New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto — From the BookTok viral author of The Obsession comes a new YA thriller for fans of Gossip Girl. A transfer student and scholarship recipient, sophomore Lia Setiawan is angered when she discovers a cheating ring, but by the time she finds a dead body and shuts down the campus drug dealer, she fears she might be the biggest snake in the Draycott Academy nest of vipers. Also available as an Audiobook

“Equal parts drama, humor, and angst, this boarding school thriller also delves into themes of racism and justice . . . .recommended for fans of Karen M. McManus’s One of Us Is Lying and Holly Jackson’s Good Girl, Bad Blood” (School Library Journal). 

"Six Months Later" (ebook) coverSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards — She has everything she ever wanted, except her memory… When Chloe falls asleep in study hall, it’s the middle of May. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground, and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Also available as an Audiobook

“This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page” (School Library Journal). 

"Seven Dirty Secrets" (ebook) coverSeven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richard — On her eighteenth birthday, Cleo is given clues for a mysterious scavenger hunt that sends her around Columbus, Ohio, and through her past relationship with Declan, who drowned on a group rafting trip the previous year. Also available as an audiobook

“Richards’ knack for blending exciting, nail-biting plots with realistic and engaging characters results in yet another riveting page-turner” (Booklist). 

"Talon" (ebook) coverTalon (The Talon Saga, Book 1) by Julie Kagawa — Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they are positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Also available as an Audiobook

“Readers who appreciate a good old-fashioned love triangle will enjoy this first installment of this modern-day fantasy” (School Library Journal). 

"That's Not My Name" (ebook) coverThat’s Not My Name by Megan Lally — A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Natalie D. Richards! Told in two voices, a seventeen-year-old battered and bruised girl struggles to remember who she or the man claiming to be her father is while seventeen-year-old Drew stops at nothing to find his missing girlfriend.

“The two immersive storylines bring to life the trials and frustrations each main character faces . . . a thrilling delight right up to the unexpected and bittersweet conclusion” (Kirkus Reviews). 

"Unfamiliar" (ebook) coverUnfamiliar (Book 1) by Haley Newsome — Based on the wildly popular webcomic from Tapas, Unfamiliar is an endearing and whimsical story full of magical mayhem, offbeat outsiders, and the power of friendships and found family. Young kitchen witch Planchette gets an incredible deal on a new house in a magical town. Turns out, there’s a reason: it’s haunted! After unsuccessfully attempting to get these unwanted ghosts to leave, she realizes the only thing to do is to help them with their problems.

“Newsome’s worldbuilding cleverly toes the line between sweet and eerie, and the creator’s playful, exaggerated cartoonlike style handily conveys the more harrowing story elements” (School Library Journal). 

New Bestsellers at CA Library!

Check out some of the latest books, eBooks and audiobooks at CA Library, all of which have spent some time on the New York Times bestsellers list!

The bad ones The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert — Teenage Nora uncovers dangerous secrets and eerie local lore surrounding disappearances in her small town, where a teacher and three high school students, including her best friend, go missing.

“The romance is subtle but sweet, the supernatural creep factor is extreme, and there are secrets aplenty in this compelling and eerie tale” (Booklist).

Heartless hunter

Heartless Hunter (Crimson Moth, Book 1) by Kristen Ciccarelli — In a world where witches face persecution, Rune leads a double life, masquerading as a socialite during the day and transforming into the vigilante known as the Crimson Moth by night, and forms a complicated alliance with the witch hunter Gideon Sharpe, blurring the lines between love and danger.

“Great for fans of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series and Bridgerton, both the show and books” (School Library Journal). Get the Audiobook

I hope this doesn't find you I Hope This Doesn’t Find You by Ann Liang — Channeling her frustrations into email drafts — ones that she’d never send — seemingly perfect Sadie Wen finds her carefully crafted, conflict-free life turned upside down when the email is sent out accidentally, and the only person growing to appreciate the “real” Sadie is the only boy she’s sworn to hate. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

“Full of giggles, snark, and sweetness: Rom-com lovers, I hope this does find you” (Kirkus Reviews). 

Infinity alchemist Infinity Alchemist (Book 1) by Kacen Callender — Discovered practicing alchemy by apprentice Ramsay Thorne, Ash must help her find a sacred text of extraordinary power — a journey that forces him to discover his own definition of true power and how far he will go to seize it. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

“Occasionally alternating viewpoints, political intrigue, a fascinating magic system, and heart-pounding action propel the plot . . . resulting in a refreshingly affirming and tender standout fantasy” (Publishers Weekly). 

The prisoner's throne : a novel of Elfhame The Prisoner’s Throne (Stolen Heir, Book 2) by Holly Black — Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires. With a new war looming on the horizon and treachery lurking in every corner, neither Oak’s guile nor his wit will be enough to keep everyone he loves alive. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

Snowglobe Snowglobe by Soyoung Park — Enclosed under a vast dome, Snowglobe is the last place on Earth that’s warm. Outside is a frozen wasteland, and every day, citizens face the icy world to get to their jobs at the power plant, where they produce the energy Snowglobe needs. The residents of Snowglobe have everything: fame, fortune, and above all, safety from the desolation outside their walls. In exchange, their lives are broadcast to the less fortunate outside, who watch eagerly, hoping for the chance to one day become actors themselves. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

“This debut, a dystopian thriller with a reality-TV twist, is perfect for fans of Squid Game or Snowpiercer” (Booklist). 

A tempest of tea A Tempest of Tea (Blood and Tea, Book 1) by Hafsah Faizal — When her prestigious tearoom is threatened, criminal mastermind and collector of secrets Arthie Casimir must make a devil’s bargain with an adversary to infiltrate the dark and glittering vampire society of Athereum to pull off a heist that turns into a fight to save the world.

“Sweet danger abides in this heist novel perfect for fans of Faizal’s first duology and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows” (School Library Journal).

With a little luck With A Little Luck by Marissa Meyer — When a mysterious 20-sided dice gives him the gift of good luck, Jude feels invincible until he loses the magic dice, which forces him to step into the spotlight to win the true girl of his dreams. Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook

“Sweet and slightly magical, this romance is guaranteed to please fans and newcomers alike” (School Library Journal). 

Where the dark stands still Where The Dark Stands Still by A.B. Poranek — When attempting to rid herself of magic, seventeen-year-old Liska is captured by the demon warden of the spirit-wood who offers her one year of servitude in exchange for any wish, but she soon discovers the sinister truth at the heart of their deal.

“Readers will be rewarded with a well-written tearjerker featuring a fully fleshed-out magic system with pagan roots. Dark, devastating, and gothic” (Kirkus Reviews).

Where sleeping girls lie Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé — Starting her junior year of high school at the prestigious Alfred Nobel Academy, Sade Hussein decides to investigate when her roommate Elizabeth goes missing and is plunged into a world of dark secrets — ones that rival even her own.

“Àbíké-Íyímídé employs exceptionally perceptive character dynamics rendered via beautifully twisty prose to deliver a searing indictment of sexual violence and the lengths to which corrupt institutions will go to discredit and silence survivors” (Kirkus Reviews).

Outstanding Books!

Every five years, the Young Adult Library Services Association publishes its list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound & Lifelong Learners:

“A YALSA committee of public, secondary school, and academic librarians selects the list. Revised every five years as a tool for several audiences (students preparing for college, educators, librarians, and parents) it offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning. Use it to round out your reading as you prepare for college entrance exams and courses, to strengthen your knowledge in a variety of subject areas and enhance appreciation for different cultures and times.”

The 2024 list includes a wide selection of young adult and adult titles — fiction and nonfiction — covering a variety of genres and topics. It’s too long to include here (you can find many of the titles in the CA Library catalog), but here are some highlights — with links to eBook and audiobook copies in the CA Library Sora collection — ranked by popularity:

1) "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store" (ebook) coverThe Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride — “A murder mystery locked inside a Great American Novel . . . Charming, smart, heart-blistering, and heart-healing.” —Danez Smith, The New York Times Book Review 

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2) "Demon Copperhead" (ebook) coverDemon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver — “May be the best novel of [the year] . . . Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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3) "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" (ebook) coverTomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin — “Dozens of Literary Gamers will cherish the world [Zevin’s] lovingly conjured. Meanwhile, everyone else will wonder what took them so long to recognize in video games the beauty and drama and pain of human creation.” —Tom Bissell, The New York Times

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4) "The Boys in the Boat" (ebook) coverThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown — “An exciting blend of history and Olympic sport. I was drawn in as much by the personal stories as I was by the Olympic glory. A must read for anyone looking to be inspired!” —Luke McGee, USA Rowing Men’s National Team Coach

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5) "Babel" (ebook) coverBabel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang — “Ambitious and powerful while displaying a deep love of language and literature…Dark academia as it should be.” —Kirkus Reviews

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6) "Crying in H Mart" (ebook) coverCrying In H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner — “A warm and wholehearted work of literature, an honest and detailed account of grief over time, studded with moments of hope, humor, beauty, and clear-eyed observation.” —The Seattle Times

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7) "The Song of Achilles" (ebook) coverThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller — “A masterly vision of the drama, valor, and tragedy of the Trojan War. Readers who loved Mary Renault’s epic novels will be thrilled with Miller’s portrayal of ancient Greece.” —Library Journal

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8) "Educated" (ebook) coverEducated: A Memoir by Tara Westover — “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” —Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review

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9) "Born a Crime" (ebook) coverBorn a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah — “Noah’s childhood stories are told with all the hilarity and intellect that characterizes his comedy, while illuminating a dark and brutal period in South Africa’s history that must never be forgotten.” —Esquire

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10) "Black Cake" (ebook) coverBlack Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson — “Wilkerson uses one Caribbean American family’s extraordinary tale to probe universal issues of identity and how the lives we live and the choices we make leave ‘a trail of potential consequences’ that pass down through generations.” —Booklist

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These are just a few of the 400 eBooks and/or audiobook titles included in the Outstanding Books collection in Sora — click here to browse the entire collection!