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Kira is a Demon Slayer, the Prince’s bodyguard, and the only girl in the King’s army. In short, she doesn’t have a lot of friends. She’s a complete outcast, actually. But because of what makes people fear her, her ability to see the demons who kill and then possess innocent people, she will play an important role in saving her society. Demons are growing in strength, and the prince might be the fabled savior predicted by an ancient prophecy, so it’s all Kira can do to keep him safe and try to unravel the mystery of the prophecy. Rooted in really cool Asian mythology, this book gives a new spin on the female main character who has to save the world. Plus, it’s the first in a trilogy (of course) so you have more great stories to anticipate.
Sneak Peek! “People feared Kira. They called her the Demon Slayer to her face and much worse behind her back. It didn’t matter that she was a first cousin to the crown prince or that she’d saved his life from a demon attack. Ten years was long enough for most to forget what really happened and instead to believe the rumors that began soon after.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Ellen Oh)
Told in alternating viewpoints by two students at the same prestigious boarding school, separated by one year, this is a riveting read that will have you hooked by the end of the first chapter. Tim’s story is that of being an outcast, and finding forbidden love in the form of the girlfriend of the most popular guy in school. Duncan’s story is that of being given the story of Tim’s senior year – a gift from Tim to Duncan, left in the small dorm room they both were assigned to in their final year at Irving. Duncan dares to turn Tim’s story into his Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of the senior thesis in which every senior must define tragedy. Their lives are intertwined in more ways than one and Duncan must strive to understand why before he can move beyond Irving.
Sneak Peek! “As Duncan walked through the stone archway leading into the senior dorm, he had two things on his mind: what ‘treasure’ had been left behind for him and his Tragedy Paper. Well, maybe three things: he was also worried about which room he was going to get.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Elizabeth Laban)
He wakes up with no memory, no ID, alone in Penn Station with $10 and a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. With no idea who he is, he becomes Henry David – Hank – and does all he can think to do, make his way to Walden Pond, the setting of the book, the only possession he seems to have. Hank begins to understand that his mind is blocking his past from view, but he can’t imagine what trauma caused him to purposely stop himself from knowing his own past. As he sleeps in the woods near Walden Pond and tries to begin life over, memories come back in pieces and he fears the stranger he learns about – himself.
Sneak Peek! “The last thing I remember is now. Now, coming at me with heart-pounding fists. My eyes shoot open, and there is too much. Of everything. Blurred figures, moving. White lights. Muffled waves of sound. Voices. Music. Chaos.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Cal Armistead)