What's Hot in KU
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One-Knight Stand by Julie Moffett
Geek Girls Rule!
My name is Angel Sinclair and I’m a spy. Well, I’m not actually a spy yet, but I’ve been tapped to train at a top-secret government facility where I’m honing my hacking and technical skills and discovering what it takes to be a top-notch undercover operative. I’m even learning to drive like James Bond. Scary, I know, given that I only have my learner's permit.
I thought my smarts would get me through, but being a spy is a lot harder than I expected. It involves a lot of teamwork, collaboration, and relationships with my peers, which is not my strong suit, but I’m working on it. Still, I thought I was holding my own until I was almost kidnapped, and my long-missing father reappeared, sending top officials in the National Security Agency into a panic.
My family is now being threatened by nefarious forces, and I can’t rely on the authorities to help me. It’s up to me to use what little spy training I’ve received to face a danger so mysterious and embedded, it would test the abilities of even a seasoned operative.
Even though this will be my first mission, I’m certain it will be the most important one of my life. But I can’t do it alone. Will I be able to step up to the challenge and convince my friends to follow me? Or will I fail to make the grade? I’m about to find out if I’ll succeed, or whether this will be my last stand.
If you enjoy spy and mystery adventures, you’ll like the White Knight Series by Julie Moffett, YA/NA Mystery and Mayhem Award-winning author and writer of the popular, geeky Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series.
The Prince by Jillian Dodd
Protecting the prince is easy. Falling in love with him while saving the world is . . . complicated.
From USA Today bestselling author Jillian Dodd comes the first book in a sizzling series filled with action and adventure. Fans of The Selection and The Hunger Games will discover a heart-pounding thrill ride of espionage and suspense set in glittering high society.
An eighteen-year-old covert agent is pulled out of training before graduation by Black X, an espionage group so secret even the President of the United States doesn't know it exists.
For her first mission, she must go undercover as the long-lost daughter of a recently deceased billionaire, infiltrate high society, and protect the Prince of Montrovia from assassination.But Prince Lorenzo is known as the Playboy Prince for a reason and his sensuality and charisma add a whole other level of complication to her mission.
She knows that her every move is being watched, but what she doesn't know is that the Prince is just a chess piece in a bigger game that will have world-wide ramifications. And that Blackwood Academy, the place she has called home for the past six years, has secrets of its own.
Greyson Gray: Camp Legend by B.C. Tweedt
Before he fought to save the United States, before he battled drones in the sky, before he fought terrorists on trains, helicopters, dirt bikes, horseback, or sinking cruise ships...he went to sports camp.
Kirkus Reviews declares it "always entertaining." Foreword Clarion Reviews calls it "just basic fun," and Publishers Weekly describes it as a "high-octane thrill fest." Be the first of your friends to discover the first adventure of the up-and-coming, award-winning, action-packed Greyson Gray Series that follows our young, admirable hero who dares to do what is right, no matter the costs.
Sports Camp has everything twelve-year-old Greyson Gray needs to distract him from his father's mysterious disappearance - intense athletic competition, weird friends, and a pretty girl. But when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist's sinister plot brewing in the observatory, a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend, he suddenly toils with two dueling worlds - one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and awkward romance. Spurred on by his father's words to do what's good no matter the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a daring and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.
Threaded with witty, sarcastic humor and gritty suspense, Camp Legend puts you in Greyson's shoes not only as he battles evil in thrilling chases, but also as he deals with his awkward first crush, menacing bullies, and the loss of his father. Parents will especially love Greyson's moral compass - his daring drive to do what is right even when it's hard. Many say this is a boy book, especially for boys ages 9-12 (preteen). While it's true that boys who enjoy spy or detective books with plenty of action and adventure, a dash of mystery and a heaping of humor will love this book, girls have proven to love it, too! They love the feisty and capable Sydney, the budding romance, and the horse chases along with everything else the boys like! Even adults enjoy the nostalgia, witty humor, and the light-hearted action. Prepare to laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters as the Greyson Gray Series begins with a bang.
Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand
Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.
Embassy Academy: Deadly First Day by Emily Kazmierski
Who knew that the first day at a new school could be deadly?
Embassy Academy, the elite private boarding school I’m being shipped off to wasn’t made for girls like me. Girls who are timid wallflowers.
It was made for bold, outspoken, cultured kids of the political elite. Rich. Privileged. Condescending.
Except for Ricardo, who looks at me like I'm a new flavor of ice cream he'd like to try, despite my cute bodyguard's disapproving stare. If only bratty girls and cute boys were my biggest problem.
When the academy's resident mean girl is killed on my very first day, their shimmering oasis becomes a pool of blood. The whispering gets louder. Quick glances become hard stares.
They’re looking for someone to blame. They’re looking at me.
Model Spy by Shannon Greenland
Girl genius, GiGi, hacked into the CIA and now she's in a lot of hot water!
A whiz with computers, she agrees to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn't have any family or many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn't hurt that he's super cute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government's main computer system.
But a few hours later, her whole life changes. She is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn't your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains orphaned teens to go undercover.
As if that wasn't overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well! And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she's sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself! But can she pull this off, or will she lose the only family she's come to know?
The Royal Spy by Cassie M. Shiels
I didn't go for him, I went to save our countries.
After my mother was assassinated my father wanted to protect me. He wanted me to grow up the opposite of a weak princess who cared only for filly dresses and trivial things.
Tossing aside my birthright, he made me a spy. His best spy. With a life full of fencing and secret identities, I wasn't prepared for my greatest challenge of all.
Acting the part of a princess.
Instead of lingering in the shadows unseen, I'm having tea with the queen and bantering with a prince.
Now that I've seen both sides I can't help but wonder if my life would be better as Katie the princess or Katie the spy?
And the time has come to make my choice.
Spies Like Me by Doug Solter
Can she bring these girls together? When she discovers her father's plane crash wasn't an accident, sixteen-year-old Emma wants to punish those responsible. Even if it means becoming a spy for a mysterious organization known as The Authority.
They want Emma to join the Gems...four young women who know how to handle themselves in dangerous situations. Like storming a mountain stronghold to stop terrorists from incinerating the world's food supply.
The Authority thinks Emma is the missing link to make this team work.
Emma thinks The Authority is her only chance for revenge.