It may still be months until Season 4 of “Sherlock” airs, but luckily we don’t have to wait nearly as long for the latest escapades of another of our favorite detectives: R.F. Jackaby. The third installment of the series that has been widely hailed as a compelling combination of both “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock Holmes” has arrived, and it’s just as good (if not better) than the first two books.
The fifth book in Chris Colfer’s magical #1 “New York Times” bestselling “Land of Stories” series takes you on “An Author’s Odyssey”! Fifteen-year-old Conner Bailey must venture into his own short stories to recruit help saving the fairy tale world and all who live there. With the aid of his twin sister, Alex, he encounters pirates, cyborgs, superheroes, and more. However, it’s a race against time, as the Masked Man and other dark forces are moving to destroy everyone and everything in the fairy tale world, and the villains have no qualms turning on each other to claim power. “An Author’s Odyssey” is a tour de force of the imagination, with a wonderful message about writing and the power of creativity, in a series that is perfect for fans of tales with a twist.
The life of college junior Megan revolves around soccer, but her dreams of becoming a professional are threatened when her mother secretly registers her to be a Bluebonnet debutante – the most elite debut for young ladies in all of Texas. To avoid causing family strife, she attempts to conform to Bluebonnet’s exacting standards while finishing her soccer season. Being a part of both isn’t easy, especially when you throw in some catty colleagues and two very handsome boys.
When 82-year-old Evie Snow dies peacefully in her sleep, she finds herself back at her former apartment building in her younger years and unable to reach her personal heaven. Upon discovering that her soul is too heavy to move on to the afterlife, Evie realizes she must unburden the secrets of her past life that have weighed her down for over 50 years.
Tara Krishnan’s junior year of high school isn’t off to a great start: her best friend is spending the year studying abroad, meaning that Tara will be left alone to navigate the clique-filled halls of Brierly, where she’s never quite felt she fit in with her wealthy, mostly white classmates. To make things more interesting, NASA has just intercepted a message from outer space confirming that there’s life on other planets. In fact, the world soon realizes that Terra Nova, as it’s called, may be almost exactly like Earth – even down to the people that inhabit it.
Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives – they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…
Graham and his best friend, Roxy, are nerds. Uber nerds. Together, they obsess about “Harry Potter”, video games, and comics – especially their favorite series, “The Althena Chronicles”. When the reclusive creator of Althena announces that he’s appearing at New York Comic Con, Graham knows he and Roxy have to go – and that it’s the perfect place to tell her that he loves her.
Fans of Philip Reeve’s futuristic “Mortal Engines” quartet or “Larklight” trilogy will be glad to know the author is back with a new steampunk odyssey, which takes place in a future where passengers ride trains (that have their own personalities and consciousness) between worlds. At the beginning of “Railhead”, Zen Starling is just a petty thief who loves to ride the rails when he can. Before long he’s caught up in a swirl of events that will not only change his life but will also alter the course of civilization.
Wylie doesn’t expect to fall for a guy at her brother’s going away party – she’s here to spend time with her brother Joshua, not make small talk – but she especially doesn’t expect to fall for a guy who can fly and lives on an island where teenagers never grow up. When the mysterious Phinn whisks away both Wylie and her two brothers to Minor Island, the Dalton siblings are in for an experience they’ll never forget.
Abe Sora has ALS, and he’s going to die, and soon. Unlike in many other YA novels that feature a terminally ill protagonist, there’s no hope for remission or salvation. In “Last Leaves Falling”, Abe struggles to find a new normal in a life where he won’t go to college, or play baseball, or walk, or fall in love, or…anything. Two new friends he meets in an online chatroom bring a feeling of belonging that he thought he’d lost forever, but even the joy he finds there doesn’t change the fact that he hasn’t got much time left.