Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Maggie Stiefvater has quite a following in Hoover. I've only read one of her books, The Scorpio Races, but I enjoyed it immensely. Her most recent release is the third book in the current fan favorite, The Raven Cycle. Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the story of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys. If you're looking for a paranormal thriller steeped in Welsh mythology and brimming with romance, you've found what you're looking for. Just make sure you start with the first book. And, if you prefer to listen to your books, you're in luck. I have it on good authority that the audiobooks are amazing.
Clariel . . . At Last
When I started working at Hoover Public Library, the most popular teen series was Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy -- Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and Abhorsen. These fantasy books focus on necromancy, magical control of the dead. So, yeah, they're a bit creepy. Especially the audiobooks, which are read by Tim Curry. The public (and several of our staff members) continue to clamor for them, especially around this time of year. That's why we're so excited that the long-awaited prequel Clariel was published today, October 14, 2014! It takes place approximately 600 years before the birth of Sabriel. Here's a sneak peek of the plot:
Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it - a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city's confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest. But many forces conspire against Clariel's dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?