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Friday Reads: Sci-Fi

Today’s #FridayReads are brand-new works from two of science fiction’s biggest names:

OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson
In the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series, the War of Reckoning comes to a sudden and destructive close as a new, far greater threat appears on the field of battle, kindled by the deadly Everstorm.

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu
This standalone military SF adventure from the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM explores what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Sneak Peek: May 2017 Indie Next List

The May 2017 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!indie next

BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“Here’s a gripping and memorable thriller about a family that moves into a house where, several years earlier, a double homicide took place. Lots of mysteries in this tricky story, lots of great characters, and one really cool narrative device: the story is told from the perspective of an observer, a sort of ‘invisible presence without corporeal substance,’ as the author describes it. On its surface a clever thriller, underneath a dark family drama, this is one haunting novel.” — Booklist

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Marilyn, Egypt & More: New Nonfiction

What do Marilyn Monroe, Ancient Egypt, an Alaskan pararescue jumper and the word “privilege” have in common? They’re all subjects of new nonfiction titles available now from Macmillan!

MARILYN IN MANHATTAN: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winder
A true love letter to Marilyn, and a joyous portrait of a city bursting with life and art, MARILYN IN MANHATTAN is a lively look at two American treasures: New York and Marilyn Monroe. “Winder is a gifted writer and Monroe a fascinating, complex subject; this book will prove nearly impossible to put down for the actress’s many fans.” — Publishers Weekly

THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT VOLUME 2: From the Great Pyramid to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom by John Romer
Drawing on a lifetime of research, archaeologist John Romer chronicles the history of Ancient Egypt from the building of the Great Pyramid through the rise and fall of the Middle Kingdom in the second volume of this expansive history of ancient Egypt. “This engaging recasting of ancient Egyptian civilization will provide an eye-opening text for both specialists and non-specialists who will no doubt eagerly await the next installment of this iconoclastic study.” — Library Journal

NEVER QUIT: From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ by Jimmy Settle & Don Rearden
The epic memoir of Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero Jimmy Settle. “This is classic military writing, and Settle’s stories will be readily enjoyed by those seeking to know more about this unusual military force. Older teens interested in the military will find much of value in Settle’s life story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Veteran’s Day 2016

In honor of Veteran’s Day we’d like to share with you these bestselling and recently published titles:

WAY OF THE REAPER: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper by Nicholas Irving, with Gary Brozek
A thrilling account of Nick “The Reaper” Irving’s 10 greatest sniper kill missions that provide insight into the art of being a sniper.

DAGGER 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan by Michael Golembesky
The thrilling true story of a Marine special forces unit in a battle for their lives in Afghanistan from the New York Times bestselling author of LEVEL ZERO HEROES.

FIGHTING BLIND: A Green Beret’s Story of Extraordinary Courage by Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice
The true story of Ivan Castro, a Green Beret who was blinded by mortar fire in combat and fought his way back to active duty with help from the Boston Marathon.

SEVEN DAYS OF INFAMY: Pearl Harbor Across the World by Nicholas Best
The fascinating details of the week surrounding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor—seven days that would change the world forever.

RELENTLESS STRIKE: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor
A New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback. The bestselling explosive secret history of Joint Special Operations Command—the powerful and secretive military organization responsible for America’s covert war on terror.

Check out more military books (both fiction and nonfiction) here, here, and here.

Come one, come all to Books for Teens 2017!

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Lucky for you, we’ve created not one, but TWO posters of our favorite teen reads for 2017! Download and print your copies (11×17 tabloid size) of BFT poster 1 & BFT poster 2.

Then, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys, including many of the titles mentioned below. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens 2017 titles here.

Now on to the books!

 

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Available January 30, 2018
Ages 12 to 19

Two starred reviews! Welcome to The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating, contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic, collection of fairy tales to save her mother… “A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

 

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Ages 14 to 19

Ava and Gen are two best friends heading off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two document every moment in a series of texts and emails to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

 

 

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18

A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee!

“[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review  

 

 

 

FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
Ages 12 to 18

“This fun paranormal romance, wrapped up in a circus-tent setting, is recommended where the genre and the author’s books are popular. Hand to fans of Twilight and MTV’s Teen Wolf.” — School Library Journal

 

THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt
Ages 13 to 19

“While the teens’ relationship is tested when details from Phoenix’s past coincide with Gretchen’s case, a host of diverse characters lend a hand and offer varying perspectives. [An] …eye-opening story. ” — Kirkus Reviews

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18

Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review

 

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
Ages 12 to 18

Two starred reviews and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee! THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER in this novel about a bullied teenager and an old man in a retirement home who bond over their mutual love of jazz music. “Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
Ages 13 to 18

In this second beautiful, lush fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Chokshi, Gauri, the princess of Bharata, must team up with her enemy kingdom’s prince Vikram to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. “Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections.” — School Library Journal, starred review

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

DREAM FOREVER by Kit Alloway (The Dream Walker Trilogy)
Ages 13 to 18

As the veil to the Dream becomes dangerously thin, Josh must stop it from tearing to save the world, in the conclusion to The Dream Walker Trilogy.

DREAMWORLD: Two Books in One: DREAMFIRE & DREAMFEVER by Kit Alloway (ages 13-18) is now available in trade paperback.

GIVE ME A K-I-L-L by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series #6)
Ages 14 to 18
Heather Wyatt just transferred from her old school, where she was a cheerleading star, and is eager to join the squad at Shadyside High. There’s only one other girl who stands in her way—rich, spoiled Devra Dalby, who is also trying out for the one open slot. The competition is anything but friendly—and it ends in murder.

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLERS: NIGHTMARES by R.L. Stine (ages 12-18) is now available in trade paperback.

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell
Ages 12 to 18
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! In this original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life. “The use of Wuthering Heights intensifies the impact of Flannery and Miss Sweeney’s corresponding journeys; even readers who haven’t read the classic will find significance in the parallels.” — Publishers Weekly

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (ages 13-19) is now available in trade paperback.

SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell
Ages 12 to 18
Charlie Bloom is happiest behind her camera, taking pictures of her former classmate Olly Samson’s new band, Fire&Lights. Soon, they’re the hottest boy band in the country and Charlie becomes caught between Olly and Fire&Lights’ gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West. As the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles on a secret about the band—and herself—hidden within the lyrics of their new #1 single. “Confronting the fickleness of fame and the damaging effects of rumors and harassment, Russell’s debut is highly relevant in an age of social media furors and the constant churn of news.” — Publishers Weekly

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Veteran’s Day 2015

In honor of Veteran’s Day we’d like to share with you these bestselling and recently published titles:

THE REAPER: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek
Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, this astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper, is a New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for TV. “Gripping…. Irving’s book is a focused, fast-paced tale that, like Irving, never loses sense of its mission.” — San Diego Union Tribune

MODERN AMERICAN SNIPERS: From The Legend to The Reaper—on the Battlefield with Special Operations Sniper by Chris Martin; with SOFREP
An inside look at today’s special operations sniper and an in depth look at the career of some of the most heroic patriots in recent American history. “A fascinating look at the contemporary training and warfare challenges faced by today’s military sharpshooters.” — New York Daily News

EXTREME OWNERSHIP: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Former battlefield leaders Willink and Babin explain the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. “The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch’s SIX SIGMA.” — Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning

RELENTLESS STRIKE: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command by Sean Naylor
Through exclusive interviews, reporter Naylor used his unique access to reveal how an organization designed in the 1980s for a very limited mission transformed itself after 9/11 to become the military’s premier weapon in the war against terrorism and how it continues to evolve today. “Naylor succeeds splendidly in showing how and why the Joint Special Operations Command evolved—and why it will remain a valuable weapon.” — Wall Street Journal readmoreremove

Starred Reviews for Exit Plan

Larry Bond's military thriller EXIT PLAN has already received two starred reviews! When a group of SEALs are forced to abandon their submarine, they're taken hostage in Iran. Escape goes from a desire to a requirement when they uncover an imminent plot against the United States.

In their starred review Publishers Weekly said,

"Set in 2013, this ripped from the headlines tale of SEAL adventures and global politics from bestseller Bond (RED STORM RISING with Tom Clancy) shows once again his absolute mastery of the military action novel. [...] Bond’s refusal to demonize most of the Iranians gives the characters a solid, real-life feel that cranks up both the tension and believability."

In their starred review Kirkus Reviews said,

"The writing is clear and crisp, the characters strong and deserving of sympathy. The reader may feel tempted to mentally wave a flag and chant “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” as our country takes extreme measures to preserve the peace, but Israelis and Iranians are also portrayed as strong, tough and generally principled patriots.

"Iran’s nuclear ambitions are prominent in the news. That makes this novel a perfectly timed, first-class read."

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