Friday, November 17, 2017

week of 11/20/17

It's now the quieter weeks (and will be for the rest of the year) for Teen/YA book releases.  This week there's seven new and six reprints.  Hope however you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday that it's one of joy and peace.  
Happy Reading!

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Title: Not Now, Not Ever: A Novel, Author: Lily AndersonElliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.
1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mom's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and run away to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College—the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program, and her dream school. She’s also going to start over as Ever Lawrence: a new name for her new beginning. She’s even excited spend her summer with the other nerds and weirdos in the completion, like her socially-awkward roommate with neon-yellow hair, and a boy who seriously writes on a typewriter and is way cuter than is comfortable or acceptable.
The only problem with her excellent plan to secretly win the scholarship and a ticket to her future: her golden-child, super-genius cousin Isaiah has had the same idea, and has shown up at Rayevich smugly ready to steal her dreams and expose her fraud in the process.
This summer’s going to be great.
“Witty, romantic, and exuberantly geeky, Lily Anderson’s clever teen tribute to The Importance of Being Earnest is delightful. Readers will be wooed by sci-fi fangirl Elliot’s compelling struggle to remake her identity while discovering how to be true to herself. Brimming with a cast of standout characters and spot-on family dynamics, this is a flat-out joy of a book. Oscar Wilde would applaud—I certainly did! Bravo!” —Jenn Bennett, author of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and Alex, Approximately.

Also New in Hardcover

Title: The City of Sand, Author: Tianxia Bachang   Title: Siege of Shadows (Effigies Series #2), Author: Sarah Raughley  Title: The Temptation of Adam: A Novel, Author: Dave Connis 

New in Paperback

 Title: Here Skies Surround Us, Author: Melanie McFarlane  Title: Max Random And The Zombie 500, Author: Mark London Williams  Title: Consumed, Author: Abbie Rushton 

Former Hardcovers and Reprints

 Title: Bad Blood ((The Naturals #4)), Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes  Title: What the Dead Want, Author: Norah Olson  Title: Tone Deaf, Author: Olivia Rivers  Title: Poet Anderson ...Of Nightmares, Author: Tom DeLonge  Title: Fate of Flames (Effigies Series #1), Author: Sarah Raughley  Title: Michael Vey Shocking Collection Books 1-7: Michael Vey, Michael Vey 2, Michael Vey 3, Michael Vey 4, Michael Vey 5, Michael Vey 6, Michael Vey 7, Author: Richard Paul Evans 

Friday, November 10, 2017

week of 11/13/17

This week brings us 17 new books and nine reprints.  Great week for fans of thrillers, alternate history, dystopian and magic!  Happy Reading!!

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
Title: The Big Lie, Author: Julie MayhewIn a gripping novel set in present-day England under a Nazi regime, a sheltered teen questions what it means to be "good" — and how far she's willing to go to break the rules.
Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl — a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher M├Ądel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without? Haunting, intricate, and unforgettable, The Big Lie unflinchingly interrogates perceptions of revolution, feminism, sexuality, and protest. Back matter includes historical notes from the author discussing her reasons for writing an "alt-history" story and the power of speculative fiction.
"Mayhew explores the very unnerving scenario of a world in which the Nazi regime is still in power and thriving—and why...Terrifying and eerily timely, this is a difficult read—emotionally—for mature readers. An excellent choice for most YA shelves."—School Library Journal (starred review)

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
Title: Fragments of the Lost, Author: Megan MirandaFrom the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl's search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend's death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.
Jessa Whitworth knew she didn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But she couldn't deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.
His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.
But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.
Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?
"Intoxicating, well crafted, and suspenseful." —Booklist

Also Releasing in Hardcover

 Title: Flashtide: The sequel to Flashfall, Author: Jenny Moyer  Title: Seriously Hexed, Author: Tina Connolly  Title: Runebinder, Author: Alex R. Kahler  Title: Into the Black, Author: Ava Jae  Title: No Saints in Kansas, Author: Amy Brashear  
Title: Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, Author: Aly Raisman   Title: Being Fishkill, Author: Ruth Lehrer  Title: Kids Like Us, Author: Hilary Reyl  Title: What Girls Are Made Of, Author: Elana K. Arnold  Title: Good and Gone, Author: Megan Frazer Blakemore 

New in Paperback

Title: Any Way You Slice It, Author: Kristine Carlson Asselin  Title: Forever, Again, Author: Victoria Laurie  Title: Heavy Freight, Author: Sigmund Brouwer  Title: Kiska, Author: John Smelcer  Title: The Doorway God, Author: Tom Early 

Former Hardcovers and Reprints

 Title: Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms Series #5), Author: Morgan Rhodes  Scarlet  Title: Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel, Author: A. C. Gaughen  Title: Lion Heart: A Scarlet Novel, Author: A. C. Gaughen  
Title: Lost Stars, Author: Lisa Selin Davis  Title: The Memory Key, Author: Liana Liu  Title: Flashfall, Author: Jenny Moyer  Title: Symptoms of Being Human, Author: Jeff Garvin  Title: Bluescreen, Author: Dan Wells

Thursday, November 2, 2017

week of 11/6/17

This week brings us 25 new books and five reprints, with several that have had some of you waiting for months!  Where will you start?  Happy Reading!

Haven by Mary Lindsey
 Haven"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
"Dangerous, dark, and a definite page-turner. And the romance… Swoon!" — C.C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series

The November Girl by Lydia Kang
Title: The November Girl, Author: Lydia KangI am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.
"Absolutely stunning in its beauty! I've never read a book quite like The November Girl. You don't want to miss this unique and mesmerizing tale." – Pintip Dunn, NYT bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.

Also New in Hardcover

Title: The First to Know, Author: Abigail Johnson  Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw, Author: Michelle Hodkin  Title: Rosemarked, Author: Livia Blackburne  Title: Retribution Rails, Author: Erin Bowman  Title: War of the Cards, Author: Colleen Oakes   
Title: Body Parts, Author: Jessica Kapp  Title: Devil in Ohio, Author: Daria Polatin  Title: The Devil's Engine: Hellwalkers, Author: Alexander Gordon Smith  Title: This Mortal Coil, Author: Emily Suvada  Title: Alone, Author: Cyn Balog
 Title: Now Is Everything, Author: Amy Giles  Title: Victoria: Portrait of a Queen, Author: Catherine Reef  Title: The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold Series #2), Author: Traci Chee  Title: Here We Are Now, Author: Jasmine Warga  Title: Kat and Meg Conquer the World, Author: Anna Priemaza 
 Title: Frankie: A Novel, Author: Shivaun Plozza  Title: Eight Days on Planet Earth, Author: Cat Jordan  Title: I Never, Author: Laura Hopper  Title: The Closest I've Come, Author: Fred Aceves  Title: Greek Gods #squadgoals, Author: Courtney Carbone
New in Paperback

Title: Christmas at Saddle Creek (Saddle Creek Series #5), Author: Shelley Peterson  Title: I Like You Like This: A Novel, Author: Heather Cumiskey  Title: Caged, Author: Norah McClintock 

Former Hardcovers and Reprints

 Title: Saving Hamlet, Author: Molly Booth  Title: City of Bones: 10th Anniversary Edition, Author: Cassandra Clare  Title: Renegades, Author: Thomas Locke  Title: The Devil's Engine: Hellfighters, Author: Alexander Gordon Smith  Title: The Mystery of Hollow Places, Author: Rebecca Podos