Book Review: The Library of Fates


The Library of Fates

Aditi Khorana

Set in the fictional city of Shalingar, a war-mongering Macedonian emperor named Sikander has come to claim the hand of Princess Amrita in an attempt by her father to save his kingdom from being overrrun by Sikander’s men. Amrita is presented with a gift, an oracle. The oracle, a girl named Thala, tells Amrita that Sikander is not to be trusted, he will ruin the kingdom… and Oracles cannot lie. Then, true to Thala’s word, things suddenly go south very quickly for her, her family, and her kingdom. Amrita is left with only Thala by her side, but Thala tells her something that changes everything. There is a place where anyone can change their destiny, it is The Library of All Things, and if they can find a way to trick the Keeper of the library into letting them enter, Amrita can undo everything.

This book was charming to read, and felt like a story that deserved to be told out loud, like one of the many parables that is told within its pages. Amrita is well developed, as are the other characters, and it makes the story largely plot-driven, which is a bit of a welcome reprieve from character-driven, drama-loaded stories that tend to dominate Young Adult literature (which, if that’s your thing- awesome! This might not be the book you’re looking for then). The events that unfold around her are magical, and while larger plot points were easy to figure out, it didn’t detract from the story in anyway because there were still many things that were unpredictable which led to those moments. This is a standalone book, and a world that deserves to be revisited, and hopefully it will be in the future.

Amrita is largely likeable, even if her self-preservation instincts are slow (so painfully slow) to kick in when there is life-threatening danger happening in the book. She is a character that begins a journey of re-discovery when she loses all the pieces of her identity that make her unique, and the answers and eventual decisions she finds and makes are poignant and difficult, but truly the right thing to do. The romance in the book, while an important element of the resolution, is not overdone or cloying, but does feel a little unrealistic (but this is fantasy, and purely this librarian’s opinion).

The Library of Fates is a perfect read for someone looking for a fantasy story that breaks the mold of white characters and European folklore as its basis. It is also a great read for someone who wants a book that can standalone, as well as for readers who like to read aloud. This librarian highly recommends reading it together with someone (friend, family member, stranger on the bus…maybe not that last one).

Happy reading!

tl;dr: Grades 7+, plot driven fantasy set in fictitious Middle East following Princess Amrita’s journey to rewrite the fates of her murdered/betrayed family and friends by finding the mysterious Library of All Things. Light romance.




Speed Read Picks

Looking for something to read, and fast? Look no further! The following books are on display in the teen section of the library, and are ready for you to check them out!


22752127The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

“Struggling through his senior year of high school, where he is targeted by bullies because of his father’s extreme faith, Dill teams up with fellow outcast Lydia, who is determined to escape their tiny town by pursuing a career in fashion, and Travis whose obsession with an epic book series and a fangirl turns his reality into real-life fantasy.”

18718848Mosquitoland by David Arnold

“After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the ‘wastelands’ of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes  a  few  turns  she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.”

wasp-coverArchivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

“Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-lost ghost of his former partner, and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for 400 years…

Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one, that she won’t survive the trip to the underworld, that the brutal life she has escaped might be better than where she is going. There is only one way to find out.”

51Q0w0XnijL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Crank by Ellen Hopkins

“Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul – her life.”

the-may-queen-murdersThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

“When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.”

81GUJCr23RLTrish Trash 1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel

“Fifteen-(Earth)-year-old Trish “Trash” Nupindju dreams of derby stardom. When you come from a multiracial family of poor moisture farmers on Mars, making the local hover derby team seems like the only way out. But when Trish finally gets (AKA sneaks into) a tryout, will this “fresh meat” have what it takes to make the cut? And then when a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep, how will that change what Trish had planned for her future?”

The_Giver_first_edition_1993The Giver by Lois Lowry

“Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. What choices will he make with this newly discovered truth?”

18049007When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

“Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.”

how-it-went-downHow It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.”


August Programming

August is here, and it’s not just the weather heating up! Our first ever Summer Spark Challenge is getting fierce, and will be ending on August 25 at 5 pm. Make sure you have your challenges submitted before then. Winners will be notified over the weekend. Similarly, our Summer Reading Challenge will end on August 25 at 5 pm, and all participants are invited to a Pizza Party at the library on August 28!

Without further adieu, here are the programs for this August!

Teen Summer Programming!

This year there are three ways teens can have fun at The Field Library: Summer Reading, Summer Spark Challenge, and Summer Teen Programming!

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading 2017The Summer Reading Challenge at the library has started. Read books and earn fabulous prizes!

The teen who reads the most pages will win a $50 Amazon gift card, and the teen who spends the most time reading will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

How do you submit your reading?

This is a little different than how things are run in the Children’s Room. This year, you have 3 options. You can:

  1. Email me –
  2. Text me – 914-734-5119
  3. Tell me in-person!

You must give me the title of the book you read, the author of the book, how many pages, and how long it took you to read the book.  If you didn’t read the most pages or for the longest amount of time, fear not, there are still f a b u l o u s prizes you’ll be eligible for winning.

Prizes (that are not Amazon gift cards)

Everyone who reads books will earn entries to put towards different Prize Packs.

1 book = 2 entries
100 pages = 1 entry
1 hour of reading = 1 entry

Movie Prize Pack
movie tickets to a local theater

Snack Prize Pack chips

Art Prize Pack
kneaded eraser
water color palette

Shonen Prize Pack
One Punch Man 
Naruto keychain
Full Metal Alchemist pocket watch

Shojo Prize Pack 
Yuri on Ice 
Sailor Moon keychain
Cardcaptor Sakura pocket watch

Gaming Prize Pack
$20 gift card to Gamestop
Legend of Zelda keychain

Summer Spark Challenge

Summer Spark Challenge Weeks - Facebook

If reading isn’t inherently your thing, that’s cool! That’s why the Summer Spark Challenge was created-  an alternative to Summer Reading.

Here’s how it works: complete challenges, earn points. Top score wins a $100 Amazon gift card. 2nd place wins a $50 Amazon gift card. 3rd and 4th place wins a $25 Amazon gift card.
Every week for eight weeks, a series of 6 challenges will be released on the website, Monday mornings at 9am. They will also be posted in the Teen Section, as well as brief overviews on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Challenges range in topic from solving puzzles to going on a nature scavenger hunt.

You can submit your challenges in-person, over Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or email. For full rules and challenge submission requirements, check out our Summer Spark Challenge Rules page.

Teen Summer Programming



July 3
Gaming Mondays: Mario Kart!
Nutrition Room

Come see who’s the best racer at this Gaming Monday event! Teen players are welcome to attend, including players who are entering 6th grade in the fall.


22July 18
Anime & Manga Club: Attack on Titan!

For new watchers, or otaku-type fans of the show, join other teens in the Gallery to watch this exciting anime!  [Content warning: this anime does contain violence]


Taken from wikipedia:

Over 101 years before the beginning of the story on an alternate world, giant human-shaped creatures called Titans suddenly appeared and nearly wiped out humanity, devouring them without remorse or reason. What remains of humanity now resides within three enormous curtain walls: the outermost is Wall Maria; the middle wall is Wall Rose, and the innermost is Wall Sheena. Inside these walls, humanity has lived in uneasy peace for one hundred years; many people growing up without ever having seen a Titan. This all changes when one day, a giant 60-meter (200 ft)-tall Colossus Titan mysteriously appears after a strike of lightning and breaches the outer wall of the Shiganshina district, a town at Wall Maria, allowing the smaller Titans to invade the district.


July 24
Tie Dye!

Space is limited to this program for 12 participants. We provide the dye, you provide the shirt. Sign up at the reference desk, call 914-737-0010, or email to register for this program.

July 25
Design Your Own Fidget Spinner
Teen Section

Have you ever wondered about how to design something to be 3d printed? In this program, 8 teens will learn how to use Tinkercad to design their own fidget spinner that will be printed out for them at no cost!  Space is limited, so register in advance at the reference desk, by calling 914-737-0010, or emailing

July 31
DIY Tin Can Lanterns
Teen Section

Join teen librarian Sarah and learn how to make beautiful luminaries out of tin cans this summer! All supplies are provided, and this program is on a first-come first-served basis.(This program may move to the Nutrition Room due to noise issues).

Some August Programs to be aware of:

There will be a solar eclipse in August, so come to The Field Library to participate in a viewing party!

We’ll also make and play some life-size games, watch some more Yuri on Ice and have crafting and cooking programs. Watch this space for updates.


Happy reading,

It’s that time of year! The time… for surveys!

If you have (or haven’t) attended a teen program in the last year, your opinion matters! Sarah’s job as teen librarian for The Field Library is to provide programming that you all want to attend–she can create programs that meet your expectations only if she knows what you want.  Here’s where you come in: If you’re a teenager that uses The Field Library, please fill out this survey so that you can get the programs you want for the next year.

June is (finally) here!

Snapchat-322761311June is here, and so are the new Chromeboxes and iPads in the Teen Zone! Brand new chairs and tables too! You can also expect to see iMacs within the coming week, so watch our Twitter (@field_teens) or our Snapchat (fieldteens) for updates on that and other upcoming events in the Teen Space.

Programming is also going to be kicked up a notch with programs happening on Mondays AND Tuesdays. Pop-up programs will also be occurring in the teen space. Our last two were May 4th– Star Wars perler beads craft, and also a Tissue Paper Flower making pop-up craft. You can see the results of that program on display for this month’s LGBT Pride Book Display in the teen space.




Programs for the upcoming month kick off with an ACT Prep course on Saturday June 3 from 11-1 in the Teen Zone. If you’d like to come, but haven’t signed up yet, please call! You must bring your own calculator and pencil for this study session.  We will have more SAT and ACT Prep sessions in the fall.

Join the peer powered Educate-Make-A-Difference team on this day to learn about what you need to know in order to pass the ACT Exam with flying colors!



Gaming Mondays, the first Monday of every month, returns with June’s featured game: Rocket League!

Teens that would like to play this high-octane game must show up in the Nutrition Room on Monday, June 5 at 3. This program goes from 3-5, and snacks will be provided! Requests for July and August’s games are being taken now.

When this program has completed, within the next 24 hours, teens are welcome to check out the game and bring it come to play. (Did you know we have a Video Game collection now?)

June Flyers

June’s first Tuesday program is great for any teen that’s feeling a little stressed out with upcoming State tests, Regents exams, and the end-of-school crunch. Make your own putty, perfect to help de-stress by mashing, kneading, and squishing!

All materials are provided, and putty is made on a first-come, first-served basis (or until materials run out). Meet in the Teen Zone on June 6 from 3-5 for this program!




Monday, June 12, and Tuesday June 20 are The Field Library’s two Battle of the Books General Interest meetings.

Are you going into grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 this fall? Are you a reader? Are you competitive? Do you like making new friends and free snacks? If you answered “Yes!” to any of those questions, Battle of the Books is for you!

Join The Field Library’s two coaches, Sarah and Petya, in the Gallery from 3-5 as they discuss the books for this year’s Battle, when, and where it’s going to be held, as well as practice times for the team.

All team members will get a shirt for the event too!
Sign-up for the team will open on June 12.


Tuesday June 13 will be a Teen Crafternoon! Interested teens can show up in the Teen Zone from 3-5 and make Pride Pins out of felt.

Minor sewing skills will be used and are easily learned. Materials are provided, and pins can be made until 5, or the felt runs out. Whichever comes first.

Teens who want to participate in this program are welcome to make more than one pin too. No sign-up is required, either.


Monday June 19 is the third Monday of the June. This is when The Field Library’s Anime & Manga club will meet!

June’s theme will be a redo of a previously cancelled one (Teen Librarian Sarah was out sick with a plague of some sort). The ever-popular Fruits Basket anime will be watched, and teens that attend will learn how to make the delicious snack onigiri!

Interested teens should come to the Gallery on June 19 from 3:30-5 to watch this endearing anime and smack on these yummy treats!
If you would like to attend and have an allergy concern, please contact Sarah either by phone 914-862-3290, or by email


Our last official June Program is a teen request via Snapchat (fieldteens, add us) for Make Your Own Ice Cream!

Teens that want to make their own ice cream can come to this program on June 26 from 3-5 in the Teen Zone. Materials are provided, and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign-up is not required, but highly encouraged.

May Teen Programming @ The Field Library

April is coming to a close, and despite it being “the cruelest month” we had some excellent programming! Looking ahead to May, there are lots of things to do at the library in the teen section.

5/1  Gaming Mondays
continues with Retro Gaming Mortal Kombat! Join Teen Librarian Sarah from 3:00-5:00 in the Nutrition Room for this fun opportunity to play against your friends and enjoy snacks! Special thanks to one of our patrons for volunteering their game to make this happen.


5/8  Cooking
in May! Now that the weather is finally warming up, keep cool with these cold food recipes you’ll learn to whip up from scratch: salsa, guacamole, and gazpacho! Sign-up in advance is required. This program will go from 3:00-5:00; all materials are provided.


5/15  Anime & Manga Club
will meet this month in The Gallery from 3:00-5:00. This month will focus on historical anime, pre-Astro Boy anime, and the development of the style as we know it today. Snacks will be provided!


105/22  Project Prom is kicking off its first year with a free hair tutorial program held at the Empire Beauty School in Peekskill, NY. This program is open to only 12 high school participants; preference given to those going to junior or senior prom. Participants will learn how to do different braiding and up-do styles at the Empire Beauty School Salon from 3:00-4:30. Sign up is required.


Build-A-Business social media posterAdditionally, we are hosting our first ever Build A Business series of programs on 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, and 6/2. This is a four session program where America’s financial system, banking, business basics and planning, and budgeting are all explained! Snacks are provided to all participants, and on the last day there will be a pizza party celebration. Sign up is required.

April Programming!

April 2017


Gaming Mondays! 

April 3, 2017 ~ 3:30-5:15 ~ Nutrition Room

Come to this Super Smash Bros. Tournament and compete against other teens to see who the best player is! The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Game Stop!




3Earth Day
DIY Seed Bombs

April 10, 2017 ~ 3:30-6 ~ YA Section

In celebration of Earth Day 2017, make seed bombs, learn about different native wild flowers to our region, and what “guerrilla gardening” means. Participants can make as many seed bombs as they like, then take them home the next day due to is a 24 hr drying period .

Instructions will be given out on proper use of the seed bombs.

5Anime & Manga Club

April 17, 2017 ~ 3:30-5 ~ The Gallery

This month’s meeting will consist of drawing chibis and watching a few episodes of the Shojo Anime “Shugo Chara”. Materials will be provided, as will snacks! Recommendations for future animes to watch are always welcome, email Sarah at to let her know which ones you want to see!


4 Black Out Poetry

April 24 ~ 3:30-6 ~ YA Section

April is National Poetry Month (if you didn’t already know) and participants in this program will be shown how to create a unique kind of  found poetry called “Black Out Poetry”. Teens will have the opportunity  to display their poems in the YA Section if they choose to do so, they may also choose to take their work home. Snacks and materials will be provided!

Did you hear the news?

20170215_114050Pokemon GO! is receiving an update this week that has 80 new pokemon!

To help you catch em all, The Field Library will be having lure modules active daily during library hours, especially after school finishes, on days when Sarah is working.

Once the update is released, come in and share your catches, enter to win a 3-d printed badge made for your team, and (most importantly) stick around for the lure modules we’ll be placing!

Share your favorite catches with Sarah, compare strategies with other players, and have fun!

Happy poke-hunting,

There might even be snacks on the day of the release, so don’t miss out!


Day 14 of 14: Upcoming YA Romance

These 2017 releases of YA Romance novels are sure to have you sighing, laughing, and falling in love on your own. Which ones are you excited for? Make sure to come in and place your holds on these titles!

30312860Always and Forever, Lara Jean

by Jenny Han
April 2017

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi*

by Sandhya Menon
May 2017

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

32078787Once and for All

by Sarah Dessen
June 2017

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


Thank you for reading all of these book lists, and for joining me on this journey to finding niche YA Romance novels. You can read other recommended reading lists here. What did you think of this challenge overall? Were there any categories you wanted to see that weren’t included? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Reading!

*= I’m reallyreallyreally excited for this one