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  • hot ya summer 2016

     

    If you are looking for some new YA fiction to read this summer, look no further! Whether you are a fan of historical, contemporary, or fantasy, any of these titles are sure to appeal. Best of all, each has been garnering rave reviews from critics and readers alike. As for me, I will be reading all three books as soon as I can get my hands on them.

    For the perfect beachy yet substantive contemporary read, try TELL ME THREE THINGS by Juile Buxbaum.

    After gaining a stepmother and moving cross-country, Jessie is feeling lost. During her first week in Los Angeles, she receives an email from Somebody/Nobody (SN) offering help for surviving her new prep school. After coming to rely on SN, she wants to meet. But will reality live up to her idea of SN?

    If you are in the mood for entertaining historical fiction with a revisionist twist, get your hands on a copy of MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

    Part comedy, part fantasy, and part romance, MY LADY JANE is not what you would expect from a Lady Jane retelling. Jane does become engaged to a stranger in his conspiracy to dethrone her cousin, but this Jane doesn’t have to worry about that, because sometimes history itself needs a little retelling.

    If fantasy is more your thing, Victoria Schwab has a new urban fantasy called THIS SAVAGE SONG coming out on July 5, which is supposed to be fantastic.

    In a divided city at war with monsters, Kate wants to be like her father, who is paid to police the street. Like his father, August wants to be merciful and protect the innocent in a larger role, except for one problem - he is one of the monsters. When Kate discovers his secret the two are forced to flee the city or die.

    And on that ominous note, happy reading!

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    Find them in the catalog: 

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON

    FALLEN FOUNDER: THE LIFE OF AARON BURR

    LADIES OF LIBERTY 

  • YA Dec 2016 01

     

    How can it be December already? I don’t know about you but I am still trying to read all the great October and November releases. December can be slower than the fall, but don’t write this year off yet! From Stacey Lee to E.K. Johnson, there are some exciting new YA releases coming to finish off the year. In order of the ones I am most excited about:  

    SECRET OF A HEART NOTE
    by Stacey Lee
    (December 27)

    This fantasy debut from historical author Stacey Lee promises to be a funny and romantic coming-of-age story. I’ve wanted to try this author and this is more my cup-of-tea than her previous books.

    From the publisher:

    As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

    EVER THE HUNTED
    by Erin Summerhill
    (December 27)

    This is the first book in a new fantasy series by debut YA author Erin Summerhill and is said to be a page-turner and a true classic fantasy with a mission and warring kingdoms. I can’t wait! (plus, Erin will be at the Library on December 29 to talk about and sign her book). 

    From the publisher:

    Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

    SPINDLE(A Thousand Nights #2)
    by E.K. Johnston
    (December 6)  

    This beautifully written, rich retelling of Sleeping Beauty is the second book in the Thousand Nights series but the two books do not need to be read in order of publication. This is perfect for me, because this is the retelling that is calling my name.  

    From the publisher:

    It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

    MIND GAMES(Lock & Mori #2)
    by Heather W. Petty
    (December 6)

    This modern-day Sherlock Holmes trilogy offers complex whodunit mysteries and a fast pace, perfect for fans of the hit BBC television series. After reading the Sherlock-inspired Every series by Ellie Marney, I’ve needed a book to fill the Sherlock-shaped void in my life.

    From the publisher:

    Mori’s abusive father is behind bars…and she has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing on her doorstep, and the police are receiving anonymous tips suggesting that Mori—not her father—is the Regent’s Park killer. To make matters worse, the police are beginning to believe them. With the clock ticking, Mori will discover just how far she is willing to go to make sure that justice is served, and no one—not even Lock—will be able to stop her.  

    Be sure not to miss…

    CRYSTAL STORM (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes

    RULES OF THE GAME (Endgame #3) by James Frey

    Find these and other brand new YA titles in the Teen Corner in the First Floor Reference Wing!

  • YA Jan 2017

     

    I am excited that it’s a new year and that there are a lot more new YA releases in January! There are a plethora of fantasy novels in particular by both debut and established authors coming out this month that I can’t wait to try.

    CARAVAL
    by Stephanie Garber  
    (January 31)

    This book about Caraval, an annual magic show which includes the audience as participants, promises to exceed the demands of its lofty premise.

    From the publisher:

    Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.

    THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM
    by Elise Kova
    (January 3)

    This high fantasy/steampunk novel is a breath of fresh air in the prominently fantasy-light YA market. The world-building alone between the Dragon King and the five guilds promises to be worth your time.

    From the publisher:

    Engineer turned organ thief Arianna fights against her world’s Dragon oppressors with her magical skills and unscrupulous morals. Before she can slaughter a wounded Dragon during a routine heist, he offers her a wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the only Guild standing against the Dragon King. What should be a simple airship ride across the world is quickly filled with assassins, monsters, and a rebellion that exposes Arianna’s deepest secrets.

    WIRES AND NERVE
    by Marissa Meyer
    (January 31)

    I loved Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, and I like graphic novels, so this is a no-brainer. The fact that Iko finally gets her own book is icing on the cake! I CAN. NOT. WAIT.

    From the publisher:

    When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

    WINDWITCH
    (The Witchlands #2)
    by Susan Dennard
    (January 10)

    A sequel that lives up to a strong first book? Count me on that bandwagon. There isn’t a better time to pick up this fantasy series about witches.

    From the publisher:

    After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

    CARVE THE MARK
    by Veronica Roth
    (January 17)

    With even better chemistry and notably developed writing, fans of the Divergent series are sure to devour Roth’s newest sci-fi novel.

    From the publisher:

    Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners.  

    Be sure not to miss…

    WAYFARER (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken (January 3)

    ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard  (January 10)

    FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake  (January 10)  

    Find these and other brand new YA titles in the Teen Corner in the First Floor Reference Wing!

  • Hot YA October

     

    What is it with fall and new YA? Year after year, the most anticipated YA releases of the year fall in the fall, and year after year, I languish away waiting for them. But *drumroll* fall is finally upon us, and the wait is over! From Amie Kaufman, to Marie Lu and Jennifer Niven, here are a few of the most anticipated books releasing this month.

    GEMINA
    by Amie Kaufman
    (October 18)

    Gah, I’m so excited for this book! ILLUMINAE, the first book in the series, was one of my favorite reads of 2015. I would describe this series as The Walking Dead in space. It’s written in a unique, unconventional format which is great for reluctant readers.

    From the publisher:

    When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

    Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, GEMINA raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

    THE MIDNIGHT STAR
    by Marie Lu
    (October 11)

    This is the final book in the Young Elites series, and responses from early readers agree that it couldn’t conclude in a more satisfying way!

    From the publisher:

    Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

    Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

    WHAT LIGHT
    by Jay Asher
    (October 11)

    From the author of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY this book is supposed to be both sweet and profound.

    From the publisher:

    Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

    WHAT LIGHT is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

    GLITTER
    by Aprilynne Pike
    (October 25)

    I’ve heard great things about this mashup of Marie Antoinette and Breaking Bad, which is perfect for older teens. Best of all Aprilynne is visiting the library on her release tour on October 27.

    From the publisher:

    When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates. Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

    But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

    HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE
    by Jennifer Niven
    (October 4)  

    Early readers are calling Niven’s second foray into teens and mental illness brave and fantastic.  

    From the publisher:  

    Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him…So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

    Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

    Make sure not to miss:

    THE BLACK KEYby Amy Ewing (October 4)  

    AERIE by Maria Dahvana Headley (October 4)

    Find these and other great, brand new YA titles in the Teen Corner in the first floor reference wing!