Beyond Normal (Scifi/Fantasy)


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Bound together. Worlds apart. Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. Sequel: Untold

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. Other books in the series: Independent StudyGraduation Day

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Other books in the Immortal Instruments series: City of AshesCity of GlassCity of Fallen AngelsCity of Lost SoulsCity of Heavenly Fire. The prequel series, Infernal Devices: Clockwork AngelClockwork PrinceClockwork Princess

Cracked by Eliza Crewe. Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, technically, she eats their soul.

Half Bad by Sally Green. In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch;or else he will die.

Splintered by A.G. Howard. A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse. Sequel: Unhinged

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama (manga). For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.  Spin off series: Before the FallNo RegretsJunior High (funny version)

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três' matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato (manga). Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth, the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin's veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret?

Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire (graphic novel).  A plague has killed almost everyone and is killing more every day, and the only ones immune to it are a group of hybrid animal-children. After his father's death, Gus, a nine-year-old boy-deer, desperately accepts the help offered by a big man who says he will take Gus to the Preserve, a safe place for the hybrid children.

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller.  Fast-forward to the near future. Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that provides universal access to technology, health care, and education to all American citizens. Like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is doing everything the decision-making app on her Lux tells her to. With hard work and Lux's help, she is accepted into Theden Academy, an elite boarding school funded by Gnosis. There, she will be trained to become a member of intellectuals who graduate to the upper echelons of society. But it doesn't take long for Rory to realize that not everything is as it seems at Theden.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood?

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London--working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Sequel: Her Dark Curiousity

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. by Laini Taylor. Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimeras who form the only family she has ever known. Other books in series: Days of Blood & StarlightDreams of Gods & Monsters

Reboot by Amy Tintera. Five years ago, Wren Connolly died. After 178 minutes, she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, but also less emotional. The longer Reboots are under, the less human they are when they return--making Wren 178 the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Sequel: Rebel

Updated: June 2014

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Non - Fiction

Inside Divergent: The Initiate's World by Cecilia Bernard.  Explore the world inside Divergent. Filled with exclusive photos, Inside Divergent explores the meaning of each faction in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Dauntless. Meet the initiates through their candid photos and profiles: Tris, Caleb, Molly, Christina, Peter, Al, and the others. The faction leaders are here, too: Four, Eric, Max, Jeanine, Natalie, Andrew, and Marcus.

Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days by John Knoll with J.W. Rinzler.  The single most comprehensive collection of Star Wars images--hundreds of which have never been seen before--Creating theWorlds of Star Wars: 365 Days is the only book that covers all six films. Visual effects supervisor John Knoll takes readers on a guided tour of the spectacular worlds created by George Lucas and his crew. Featuring 360-degree panoramic shots of sets and models, as well as concept art, props, film stills, digital effects, behind-the-scenes, and more.

Dead Strange: The Bizarre Truths behind 50 World-famous Mysteries by Matt Lamy.  This amazing collection of the weird and wonderful contains entries on everything from the bizarre to the horrific, and from the spooky to the just plain confounding. The book includes some of history's most astounding tales of the strange and supernatural, and tells in vivid detail the story behind the events and the people involved, the impact of particular myths and beliefs, and the latest investigations being undertaken in an attempt to find answers to the world's most baffling phenomena. From Loch Ness to Bigfoot, spontaneous combustion to Roswell, each entry is supported with sidebars related to pop culture, and comes with a wealth of photographs and fascinating illustrations.

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong. This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots, and more. Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running, and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there.

The Supervillain Field Manual: How to Conquer (Super) Friends and Incinerate People by King Oblivion PH.D. (as told to Matt D. Wilson). With so much good out there, the time is now to take off those henchmen training wheels and become a full-fledged supervillain! With lessons from the founder and overlord of the International Society of Supervillains (ISS), King Oblivion, Ph.D. will craft you step-by-step into a fine-tuned anti-hero.

MineCrafter: The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft & Other Building Games by Triump Books.  With Minecrafter , the unofficial comprehensive guide for this virtual world, beginners, experts, and general enthusiasts of Minecraft will learn how to get more out of their valuable playtime--how to build better structures and cooler worlds and how to cooperate more efficiently in multiplayer mode. This full-color book shares strategy from Minecraft 's top players, examines the creation of many of today's most impressive worlds, and provides a glimpse at what's to come in this ever-expanding universe. It also includes a bonus section on other building games, including Lego Universe.

Ghosts: Caught on Film -- Photographs of the Paranormal by Dr. Melvyn Willin. The book features early photographs from the Society for Psychical Research of psychics and mediums producing ectoplasm, ghost pictures and other paranormal phenomena as well as celebrated modern images such as the Hampton Court ghost. Other books in series: Ghosts Caught on Film 2, Photographs of the UnexplainedGhosts Caught on Film 3, Photographs of the SupernaturalMonsters Caught on FilmParanormal Caught on Film: Amazing Photographs of Ghosts, Poltergeists and Other Strange Phenomena

Updated: June 2014

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