New Video Games 8/23

Xbox 360

  • Battlefield 3

Xbox One

  • The Town of Light
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Rime
  • Portal Knights


  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Nier: Automata: Day One Edition
  • Stormblood Final Fantasy XIV


  • Just Dance 2017
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
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New YA books – 8/9

  • Invincible by Dawn Metcalf
  • Recreated by Colleen Houck
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  • Disruptor by Arwen Dayton
  • Incriminated by M.G. Reyes
  • Hostage by Rachel Brown
  • The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
  • Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • The Storm by Virginia Bergin
  • Beyond by Jason Chabot
  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Bolden Tonya
  • Night Magic by Jenna Black
  • Nightstruck by Jenna Black
  • The Sapphire Cutlass by Sharon Gosling
  • A Prince without a Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle
  • Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
  • Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan
  • The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
  • Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Relentless by Tera Childs
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
  • Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
  • Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
  • Vindicated by M.G. Reyes
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Anderson
  • The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White
  • Buried Heart by Kate Elliott
  • The Art of Starving by Sam Miller
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  • The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck
  • What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
  • The Dark Days Pact by Allison Goodman
  • No Good Deed by Kara Connolly
  • This Is Not the End by Chandler Baker
  • Ventures by Betsy Cornwell
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
  • The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
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Teen Review – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book from the perspective of an ordinary teenage boy, Greg Gaines. In a typical high school full of bullies and cliques, Greg figures the best way to get through his senior year is to keep an insanely low profile and to become acquaintances with just about everyone, making sure not just to stick to one friend group. However, Greg’s life changes entirely when his mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This book, which has been said to be “the funniest book you’ll ever read about death,” combines realistic scenarios with relatable characters, making it easy for the readers to connect with the story. The author, Jesse Andrews, does an incredible job bringing humor, heart, and fun to an authentic story of a leukemia fighter. I would recommend this book because it’s a great book to make you laugh and the plot is very fast-paced and compelling. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars would be a comparable novel to read if you enjoyed this book, as well as his An Abundance of Katherines. You may also enjoy If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

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Teen Review – A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

A Work in Progress is a heartfelt memoir written by Connor Franta at twenty-two years old. As a YouTuber, Franta has faced a plethora of struggles such as friend drama, sexuality, labels, finding happiness, and finding his true identity in the midst of all the madness—fairly common struggles in today’s society and relatable to a range of readers. Throughout the book, Franta recalls specific memories and events from his past to tell his story and follows with pieces of advice and wisdom he’s learned through the years. His compelling story and the artistic nature of the book draws readers deeper into his story. As an avid photographer as well, Franta also includes multiple photographs from his childhood to tell the story, as well as more recent photographs he’s taken on his adventures across the country. I would recommend this book because the advice given is relative to today’s world and makes you question the way you live your life. Are you truly happy? Are you living to your highest potential? This biography changes your perspective on the world and your outlook on life overall. If you enjoy this book, I would recommend Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, a novel full of great life advice and a similar feeling. Franta has also just released another book titled Note to Self, where he dives deeper into his individual struggles and how best to deal with them.


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