Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Corey, Holly, and Savitri have been best friends since childhood (well Corey and Holly are twins - so they've been friends since birth) and spend their time freerunning, using the city of Chicago as their jungle gym.  Everything changes when a random shooter approaches Corey and Holly's car, injuring Holly and killing Corey.  Now Holly and Savitri are trying to hold on to one another, while searching for Corey's killer, but their friendship - and perhaps Holly's sanity - seem to be unraveling.  Told through a combination of words and black and white drawings Chasing Shadows deals with tragedy, friendship, grief, and sanity in a way that is genuine, hard, and compelling. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Books: Transport You Through Space and Time, Bigger on the Inside ... OMG, a book is a TARDIS!

Feed by MT Anderson     YA ANDERSON
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Doctor Who Episode: The Long Game - Series 1 (Eccleston)
Why they go together: Both include and inundation of media and brain implantations.

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes     YA BARNES
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. Forgotten as soon as you turn away. That's why they make the perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated. 16-year-old Claire was missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and 17-year-old Nix must remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are--because no one else can really see them.

Doctor Who Episode: Day of the Moon - Series 6 (Smith)
Why they go together: Both have beings that people forget as soon as they turn away.

The Diviners by Libba Bray     YA BRAY
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Doctor Who Episodes: Daleks In Manhattan - Series 3 (Tennant), The Unicorn and the Wasp - Series 4 (Tennant), The Angels Take Manhattan - Series 7 (Smith)
Why they go together: The first two episodes have mysterious happenings in the Big Apple, and the third episode deals with a 1920s murder (and real life) mystery.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card     YA CARD
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity.  Is Ender the general Earth needs?

Doctor Who Episode: Planet of the Ood - Series 4 (Tennant)
Why they go together: Looking at alien races and their intentions.

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer     YA COLFER
 Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.

Doctor Who Episode: The Next Doctor (Tennant)
Why they go together: Characters from a past time, both left in unfortunate circumstances deal with futuristic knowledge and must help protect the human race from earth changing threats.

Source: Book Riot

"You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room's the greatest arsenal we could have - arm yourselves!" - The Doctor (2006)

Tempest by Julie Cross     YA CROSS
After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

Doctor Who Episode: Father's Day  - Series 1 (Eccleston)
Why they go together: Death of a loved one and time travel, allowing characters to reclaim time together.

BZRK by Michael Grant    YA GRANT
On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong's Nexus Humanus. On the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK. Twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity's free will. It's time to choose sides.

Doctor Who Episode: Rise of the Cybermen - Series 2 (Tennant)
Why they go together: Humanity, warfare, and whether or not "upgrading" is really better.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad     YA HARSTAD
In 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Doctor Who Episode: Waters of Mars (Tennant)
Why they go together:  Out in space, trapped with long forgotten horror and too far from Earth for any hope of rescue.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis     YA REVIS
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up, fifty years too soon, to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

Doctor Who Episode: 42 - Series 3 (Tennant)
Why they go together: Saving passengers trapped on a spaceship.

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman     YA SHUSTERMAN
When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.  

Doctor Who Episode: Nightmare in Silver - Series 7 (Smith)
Why they go together: Horrors, expected and unexpected, at a place that is supposed to be full of life and fun.

Variant by Robison Wells     YA WELLS
After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico's Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.

Doctor Who Episode: School Reunion - Series 2 (Tennant)
Why they go together: Sinister goings on at prestigious, well to do, academies.
Source: Wikipedia
"We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one." - Doctor Who
Are there any books that you think go great with a Doctor Who episode?  We'd love to hear your additions to the list!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

New YA Books at the Library This Week (11/4 - 11/8)

The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes     YA BARNES
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it's not a skill that she's ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases. But there's more at risk than a few unsolved homicides-especially when she's sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts to survive.

Freakboy by Kristin Clark     YA CLARK
From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong--why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him?  Or is Brendan just a freak? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan's relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell     YA CORIELL
Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she's known) decides to complete the dead girl's bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed--a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy--particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself.

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts     YA COUTTS
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week's time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn't how to save the world--the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family--all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore     YA FIORE
If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She's been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father's barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she's accepted to Taste Test , a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can't wait to leave her humble hometown behind. Once she's on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from a fellow contestant becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn't figure out who, she could be chopped for good.

Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek     YA KOCEK
As if starting high school weren't bad enough, Reyna Fey has to do so at a new school without her best friends. Reyna's plan is to keep her head down, help her father recover from the car accident that almost took his life, and maybe even make some friends. And then Olive Barton notices her. Olive is not exactly the kind of new friend Reyna has in mind. The boys make fun of her, the girls want to fight her, and Olive seems to welcome the challenge. There's something about Olive that Reyna can't help but like. But when Reyna learns Olive's secret, she must decide whether it's better to be good friends with an outcast or fake friends with the popular kids.

Overpowered by Mark Kruger     YA KRUGER
The world's safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way. Nica is accustomed to traveling the globe, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she's in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There's even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents. Then there's Jackson Winters, who went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash. Secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and her friends discover they now have abilities best described as "super," they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

Sick by Tom Leveen     YA LEVEEN
Brian and his friends are the misfits and the troublemakers; the ones who jump their high school's fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they're the only ones with a chance of surviving. The virus turns Brian's classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don't die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department; far from Brian's sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won't be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce     YA PEARCE
Kai and Ginny grew up together. Now they're seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together. But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora--a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough. If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved--and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?

This Is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky     YA POLSKY
Sophie has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother's bipolar disorder: monitoring medication, making sure the rent is paid, rushing home after school instead of spending time with friends, and keeping secrets from everyone. But when a suicide attempt lands Sophie's mother in the hospital, Sophie no longer has to watch over her. She moves in a family shes been estranged from for the past five years. Rolling her suitcase across town to her family's house is easy. What's harder is figuring out how to rebuild her life. And as her mother's release approaches and the old obligations loom, Sophie finds herself torn between her responsibilities toward her mother and her desire to live her own life.

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron     YA SKOVRON
Sixteen-year-old Boy's never left home. When you're the son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride, it's tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it's important they maintain a low profile. Boy's only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he's a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can't escape his demons;both literal and figurative.

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig     YA WENDIG
Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow -- and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables. But Cael's tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. And he's worried about losing Gwennie -- his first mate and the love of his life -- forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry -- angry that their lot in life will never get better. Cael's ready to make his own luck . . . even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.

The story of Saiunkoku. 1 by Sai Yukino
The Story of Saiunkoku. 1 by Sai Yukino     YA MANGA YUKINO
The new emperor of Saiunkoku is a disaster so the Council of Elders singles out a princess, whose family has hit hard times, to be his consort in exchange for money in the hope that she will reform him.


Friday, November 1, 2013

New YA Books in the Library This Week (10/28 - 11/01)

Burning by Elana K. Arnold     YA ARNOLD
Ben: Set to leave Gypsum, Nevada for San Diego, where he's got a scholarship at the University of California. It's good timing since the gypsum mine is closing, shutting the whole town down with it.  But his best friends are staying, so to make them happy, he goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.
Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes.

Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham     YA BINGHAM
Jane Arrowood, otherwise known as Shark Girl, has been living with just one arm for over a year. Now she's searching for a new normal.  Her dream of becoming an artist is on the line, and everything now seems out of reach, including her gorgeous, kind tutor, Max Shannon. While a perfectly nice guy from her science class is clearly interested in Jane -- removing her fear that no one ever would want a one-armed girl -- Jane can't stop thinking about Max. But is his interest romantic? Or does he just feel sorry for her?

The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler     YA GENSLER
At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and seances are all the rage - even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seek to bridge the gap to the spirit world. Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave--or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant     YA GRANT
The entire BZRK cell--including Noah and Sadie--has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent's mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets--secrets that Lear, BZRK's mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect. The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray     YA GRAY
A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him. As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Gris Grimly   
A tale of science and morality, of love and loss, of hope and despair, the account of Victor Frankenstein's terrifying experiments into the very nature of life and death still echoes two hundred years after its original composition.  From the bones and flesh of the original, Gris Grimly has cut and stitched Mary Shelley's text to his own artwork, creating something entirely new: a stunningly original remix both classic and contemporary, sinister and seductive, heart stopping and heartbreaking.

The Rules by Stacey Kade     YA KADE
1. Never trust anyone. 2. Remember they are always searching. 3. Don't get involved. 4. Keep your head down. 5. Don't fall in love. Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) "project." But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate     YA KATE
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before. But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance--a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands.

Reality Boy by A.S. King     YA KING
Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he's still haunted by his rage-filled youth--which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle--and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that...until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Second Impact by David Klass     YA KLASS
Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for the school newspaper's sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog chronicling the season from each of their perspectives. When Jerry's best friend on the team takes a hit too hard and gets hurt, Carla wonders publicly if injury in the game comes at too high a cost in a player's life--but not everyone in Kendall wants to hear it...

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi     YA MAFI
"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time"and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry     YA MCGARRY
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces her to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself going to a school that doesn't understand her. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does.... Ryan Stone is the town golden boy--with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams--and his life--for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan     YA MCGOWAN
A secret society of young women make up Elizabeth I's most trusted royal guard. Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets, until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she's whisked away to the court of the Queen and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor. Meg's natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can't deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it's hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive-and protect the crown?

Now I'll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor     YA NAYLOR
Alice McKinley is going to college and everything is about to change. Stoically, nervously, Alice puts her best foot forward...and steps into the rest of her life. Just how crazy will college life get? Will her dream of becoming a psychologist come true? And with so many miles between them, will Alice and Patrick stay together...or is there a hot, mysterious stranger in her future? As Alice well knows, life isn't always so predictable, and there are more than a few curveballs waiting to be thrown her way. The grand finale.  Everything you've ever wanted to know about Alice McKinley will be revealed. 

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez     306.874 RODRIGUEZ
The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines. Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers. Gaby had ambitions that didn't include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she lived down to others' expectations? These questions sparked Gaby's school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever.

This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker     YA ROECKER
This is not a story of forgiveness... The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club's heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone. They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away. Enter the W.A.R.--the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge. Only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman     YA SHULMAN
Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo's bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself! His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray--and one very famous time machine. And when Leo's adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention.

Birds of prey. Volume 1, Trouble in mind by Duane Swierczynski
Birds of Prey. Trouble in Mind Volume 1 by Duane Swierczynski     YA GRAPHIC SWIERCZYNSKI
When heroic teammates Starling and Black Canary face being exposed, and are drawn into conflict with terrorists for hire and killers in stealth suits, they recruit the help of Katana and Poison Ivy to help them save Gotham.

Until Death Do Us Part 1 and Part 2 by Hiroshi Takashige    
Haruka Touyama is a twelve-year-old girl with incredible precognitive abilities. But her accuracy in predicting the future has made her a target for any number of greedy corporations. After she is taken from her family, Haruka uses her gift to seek out someone who can help her escape and fixes upon a blind man making his way through the busy streets of Tokyo. Though it may seem an odd choice, Haruka's powers have not led her wrong. Haruka knows she will always be pursued and begs the mystery swordsman to keep her safe..."until death do us part."

Arata, the legend. 1 by Yuu Watase
Arata, the Legend. 1 by Yuu Watase     YA MANGA WATASE
In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, Arata has the unfortunate honor of being the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan. This means he has to pretend to be a girl or face death if his true gender is discovered! On the day of his inauguration, an assassination plot forces him to flee--and he somehow winds up in modern-day Japan! Meanwhile, a boy named Arata Hinohara gets sucked into the first Arata's world and finds himself dealing with people after his life!