If theres one thing that can be said for certain about the new year, its this: were in for a whole bunch of excellent new books thatll fill up our TBR lists with exciting adventures, heartwarming romances, and bone-chilling scares. This years crop of new YA books is especially interesting, offering a wide range of genres and styles, suggesting thatat least at this point in the yearno single trend is emerging as bigger than any others. Were still seeing loads of thrillers, but were also seeing plenty of romcoms, plenty of adventure stories, as well as all kinds of creatures that go bump in the night. There are also a number of historicals, both fiction and non, delving into World War II. Winter 2020 YA books will thrill and delight.
The titles here include stand alone titles, series books (marked in a *), books from well-known YA authors, debut authors, and books thatll be blockbuster books as well as quieter titles. Both fiction and nonfiction are represented.
This collection of winter 2020 YA books isnt comprehensive, but its pretty darn close. These titles were pulled from a variety of publisher catalogs, and publication dates could shift slightly from whats been listed.
Grab your TBR and your favorite cuppa and prepare to spend these chilly (or, if youre in the Southern Hemisphere, sizzling) months enjoying some damn fine books. Descriptions come from Amazon because this is a huge list, and Ive but just started dipping my toe into these books myself.
Winter 2020 YA Books For Your TBR
19 Love Songs by David Levithan
A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.
A Valentines Day in the life ofEvery Days protagonist A.
A return to the characters ofTwo Boys Kissing.
19 Love Songs,fromNew York Timesbestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithans tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentines Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, theres something for every reader here.
Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentines Day, but all year round.
*All The Days Past, All The Days To Come by Mildred D. Taylor
In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century. Cassie Logan, first met inSong of the TreesandRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change. Rich, compelling storytelling is Ms. Taylors hallmark, and she fulfills expectations as she brings to a close the stirring family story that has absorbed her for over forty years. It is a story she was born to tell.
*Chosen by Kiersten White
Now that Nina has turned the Watchers Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, shes still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castleincluding her still-distant motherNina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, theyre not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watchers Council member and Leos mom.
And while Nina is dealing with the darknessinside, theres also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Seans demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isnt enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, its coming for the Slayer.
*City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler
After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest ofSolitons crew finally arrive atSolitons mysterious destination, the Harbora city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And theyre not alone.
Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka cant find a way to captureSolitonand return it to the Emperors spymaster before a year is up, her sisters Toris life will be forfeit.
But theres more to Toris life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperors iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secretthe power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though shes spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isokas fate on the line
Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson
Adam Moynihans lifeusedto be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother cant talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.
Jolene Timbers life isnothinglike the movies she lovesnot the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because shes been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each others throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love shes starving for.
Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when ones life begins to mend while the others spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.
Flowers In The Gutter by K. R. Gaddy
Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were classic outsiders: their clothes were different, their music was rebellious, and they werent afraid to fight. But they were also Germans living under Hitler, and any nonconformity could get them arrested or worse. As children in 1933, they saw their world change. Their earliest memories were of the Nazi rise to power and of their parents fighting Brownshirts in the streets, being sent to prison, or just disappearing.
As Hitlers grip tightened, these three found themselves trapped in a nation whose government contradicted everything they believed in. And by the time they were teenagers, the Nazis expected them to be part of the war machine. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean and hundreds like them said no. They grew bolder, painting anti-Nazi graffiti, distributing anti-war leaflets, and helping those persecuted by the Nazis. Their actions were always dangerous. The Gestapo pursued and arrested hundreds of Edelweiss Pirates. In World War IIs desperate final year, some Pirates joined in sabotage and armed resistance, risking the Third Reichs ultimate punishment. This is their story.
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
Lexis angry. And its getting worse.
If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, shes determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.But pushing fury down doesnt make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface waiting to erupt . . . And therell be fireworks when it does.
*A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Grey may be the heir, but he doesnt want anyone to know his secret. On the run since he destroyed Lilith, he has no desire to challenge Rhenuntil Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mothers violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?
The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.
Hostile Territory by Paul Greci
Josh and three other campers at Simon Lake are high up on a mountain when an earthquake hits. The rest of the camp is wiped out in a momentleaving Josh, Derrick, Brooke, and Shannon alone, hundreds of miles from the nearest town, with meager supplies, surrounded by dangerous Alaskan wildlife.
After a few days, its clear no rescue is coming, and distant military activity in the skies suggests this natural disaster has triggered a political one.
Josh and his fellow campers face a struggle for survival in their hike back hometo an America they might not recognize.
How To Speak Boy by Tiana Smith
Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They cant stand one another, either in competition or in real life.
But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other one is.
Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, whats the point of speech and debate if you cant say whats in your heart?
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Thats how long I was kept captive.
Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. And when I finally escaped, I prayed Id never see him again.
Now that Im home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they dont understand that dining out and shopping trips cant heal whats broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapybut writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that shouldve stayed buried. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happenedand will it break me forever?
Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
David Scheinman is the popular president of his senior class, battling cystic fibrosis.
Jamie Turner is a quiet sophomore, struggling with depression.
The pair soon realizes that theyre able to be more themselves with each other than they can be with anyone else, and their unlikely friendship starts to turn into something so much more.
But neither Jamie nor David can bring themselves to reveal the secrets that weigh most heavily on their heartsand their time for honesty may be running out.
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki from Bainbridge Island, Washington is disgusted when hes forced to become pen pals with Charlie Lvy of Paris, Franceagirl. He thought she was a boy. In spite of Alexs reluctance, their letters continue to fly across the Atlanticand along with them, the shared hopes and dreams of friendship. Until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi persecution of Jews force them to confront the darkest aspects of human nature.
From the desolation of an internment camp on the plains of Manzanar to the horrors of Auschwitz and the devastation of European battlefields, the only thing they can hold onto are the memories of their letters. But nothing can dispel the light between them.
A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
When theyre stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hateor their love.
When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, hes ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesnt care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out.
Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames.
Now with Trice living under the same roof, the wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. Beneath the angst, their growing attraction wont be denied. Through time, Trice brings Nandy out of her shell, and Nandy attempts to melt the ice thats taken Trices heart and being. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, itll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Our cousins have done this program, Sophie whispers. Best kept secret.Zerosupervision.
And just like that, Ever Wongs summer takes an unexpected turn.Gone isChien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
But not every student is quite what they seem:
Everis working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passionfor dance.
Rick Woois the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Evers existence whose perfection hides a secret.
Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessedSophie Haturns out to have more to her than meets the eye.
And under sexyXavier Yehs shell is buried a shameful truth hell never admit.
When these students lives collide, its guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.
The Map From Here To There by Emery Lord
Its senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing the rest of her life, Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to behow can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever?
The Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin
Everyone expected the kings daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.
It shouldnt be possible. Im Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we dont even get names. Dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.
But theres no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous than the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I dont?
*The Night Country by Melissa Albert
InThe Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learnThe Hazel Woodwas just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.
With Finchs help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmothers dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterlands survivorsand she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, andif he can find ita way back home
Oasis by Katya de Becerra
Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her fathers archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.
Their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, and shadeand mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question whats real and whats a mirage.
The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other, and they begin to wonder if theyve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave
One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
Come on, Bayview, you know youve missed this.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no ones been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
This time its not an app, thoughits a game.
Truth or Dare.
Phoebes the first target. If you choose not to play, its a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comesMaeveand she should know betteralways choose the dare.
But by the timeKnoxis about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, its that they cant count on the police for help. Or protection.
Simons gone, but someones determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, theres a whole new set of rules.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free
Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colors of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other cant give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you
*Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim
When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where shes been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception-and as her path intertwines with the son of the man shes plotting to bring down-the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one?
*Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel Jos Older
A house divided
Sierra and the shadowshapers have been split apart. Juan, Anthony, and Izzy are in jail, anxiously waiting to find out what will become of them. Back in Brooklyn, the other shadowshapers have been getting threatening messages from whisper wraiths, catching strangely shaped figures stalking them, and fending off random spirits. A war is brewing among the houses, and the very magic of the shadowshapers is at stake.
The fate of the worlds
Sierra is determined to protect her own in the coming conflict, even if that means keeping secrets from them. But a deal with Death by one of Sierras ancestors has far-reaching consequences in the battles of the present, and as old fates tangle with new powers, Sierra will have to harness the Deck of Worlds and confront her familys past if she has any hope of saving the future and everyone she loves. Only doing so will mean following the magic to places the shadowshapers have never gone before . . . and may never return from.
Stolen Justice by Lawrence Goldstone
Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote?
In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting and they were willing to kill to do so.
In this vivid portrait of the systematic suppression of the African American vote, critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow. Though this is a story of Americas past, Goldstone brilliantly draws direct links to todays creeping threats to suffrage in this important and, alas, timely book.
Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clays fathers gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv feels like shes the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.
With Livs mom suing Clays family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows shes not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from himjust like she refuses to give up on Jonah.
This powerful novel is a stunning exploration of tragedy, grief, compassion, and forgiveness.
Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning
When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where shell have to convince its coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her exandthe teammates of the girl she punched Every. Single. Day.
Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, hell make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the spring. But it will take more than just a flawless spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northlands halls, and behind that charismatic smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.
We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
Told in dual timelineshalf of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backwardWe Used to Be Friendsexplores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boys name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, theyre no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce theyre getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart,We Used to Be Friendstells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibaez
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximenas motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesas hand in marriage, its Ximenas duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atocs no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristcrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princesa, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revengeand her Condesa.
You Too? by Jane Gurtler
When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly acceptedmale classmates groping her at recess, harassment at workcame back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.
You Too?was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and serve as a reminder to readers that they, too, have a voice worthy of being heardand that only by listening and working together can we create change.
Beyond The Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer
It has always been Edas dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, shes convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.
Years later, her hold on the empire begins to crumble and her best friend unexpectedly grows sick and dies. Gnawed by guilt and betrayal, Eda embarks on a harrowing journey to confront the very god who gave her the kingdom in the first place. However, she soon discovers that hes trapped at the center of an otherworldly labyrinth and that her bargain with him is more complex than she ever could have imagined.
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.
Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything shes worked for.
*The Conference Of Birds by Ransom Riggs
Do you trust me?
An instant bestseller,A Map of Dayslaunched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.
Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portmans story continues as he takes a brave leap forward intoThe Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrines Peculiar Children series.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.
Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Olivas feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fevers history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But theres more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry
Veronica sees ghostsmore specifically, her mothers ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines that consumes her whole life and keeps Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting makes her wonder if there is something more going on.
Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it allincluding their lives?
Hope In The Mail by Wendelin Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen didnt grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, shes convinced that writing saved her life. Or, at least, saved her from a life of bitterness and despair. Writing helped her sort out what she thought and felt and wanted. And digging deep into fictional characters helped her understand the real people in her life better as well.
Wendelin shares what shes learnedabout writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story thats exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life. And she answers the age-old questionWhere do you get your ideas?by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels.
Hope in the Mailis a wildly inspirational read for anyone with a story to share.
*Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkersa vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.
Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder foranyonewith a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.
Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his ownone that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.
Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, its a complete disaster.
The members of Ninas haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend shed hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.
The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Ninas family is on the brink of some major upheaval.
Everything feels like its spiraling out of controlbut maybe control is overrated?
Me and Mr. Cigar by Gibby Haynes
Oscar and his dog have made a pretty good life for themselves, despite the fact that Oscars family has all but vanishedhis father is dead; his mother has a new boyfriend. His older sister, Rachel, fled five years ago . . . right after Mr. Cigar bit off her hand.
Despite the freak accident, Oscar knows his dog is no menace. Mr. Cigar is a loyal protector: a supernatural creature that can exact revenge, communicate telepathically, and manipulate car doors and windows with ease. So, when Rachelnow twenty-two and an artist living in New Yorkcalls out of the blue and claims shes being held hostage, Oscar sees an opportunity to make things right between them.
He races north, intent on both saving Rachel and fleeing the mysterious evil forces targeting his dog. And its only by embarking on this dual quest that Oscar starts to untangle his own life and understand the bizarre reality of Mr. Cigar.
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Loveis Wise
Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls.
This collection features forty-nine powerful poems, four of which are tribute poems inspired by the works of Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Phillis Wheatley.
This provocative collection will move every reader to reflect, respond-and act.
Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse
Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isnt reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship thats been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.
No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe its a simulation. Its up to Lake to help them remember.
When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that theyve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But times running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Tarens deciding whos worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.
*Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, theyve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.
Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? Thats all legal and encouraged.
In this years Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the resta champions daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionarys son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?
Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen
Its 1940, and Sarah Goldstein is hiding in plain sight as Ursula Haller, the Shirley Temple of Nazi high society. She helps the resistance by spying on Nazi generals at cocktail parties in Berlin, but she yearns to do more. Then the spy she works for, the Captain, gets word of a German doctor whos gone rogue in Central Africa. Rumors say the doctor is experimenting with a weapon of germ warfare so deadly it could wipe out entire cities. Its up to the Captain and Sarah to reach the doctor and seize this weaponknown as the Bleedingbefore the Nazis can use it to murder thousands. Joining them on their journey, in of the guise of a servant, is Clementine, a half-German, half-Senegalese girl, whose wit and ferocity are a perfect match for Sarahs. As they travel through the areas now known as the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, Clementines astute observations force Sarah to face a hard truth: that mass extermination didnt start with the Nazis.
This unbearably high-stakes thriller pushes Sarah to face the worst that humanity is capable ofand challenges her to find reasons to keep fighting.
*The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott
Agatha is a Hawk, brave and fierce, who protects her people by patrolling the high walls of their island home. She is proud of her job, though some in her clan whisper that it is meant to keep her out of the waybecause of the condition she was born with.Jaime, thoughtful and anxious, is an Angler, but he hates the sea. Worse, hes been chosen for a duty that the clan hasnt required for generations: to marry. The elders wont say why they have promised him to a girl in a neighboring clan, but there are rumors of approaching danger.When disaster strikes and the clan is kidnapped, it is up to Agatha and Jaime to travel across the haunted mainland of Scotia to Norveg, with help along the way from a clan of nomadic Highland bull riders and the many animals who are drawn to Agathas extraordinary gift of communication. Thrilling and dark yet rich with humor and compassion, this is the first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, written by a wonderful new voice in fantasy and introducing a welcome new kind of hero.
*The Hand On The Wall by Maureen Johnson
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevies greatest triumph . . .
She knows who Truly Devious is. Shes solved it. The greatest case of the century.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, its hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehowsomehowall these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, its time for Stevie to do something stupid. Its time to stay on the mountain and face the stormand a murderer.
*The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee
Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, shes responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension.
The goddess Guanyin and Genies boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but its really the Jade Emperor whos supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, hes gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperors negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isnt strength, but sacrifice.
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell.
At least, thats what she believes. Her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves mosther little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, shes confused, to say the least.
Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: shes in purgatory. If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, shell have to help five thousand souls figure out whats keeping them from moving on.
But one of Beas first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other peoples problems, she cant help but notice that hes kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, shes totally falling for him.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, shes finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Dels right behind her. Though he quickly realizes hes inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.
His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesnt believe any girl is worth the long game. But Dels not about to lose his dream girl, and thats where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers questionsabout sex ed.
With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He cant think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, itll all sort itself out. Right?
Rogue Princess by B. R. Myers
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.
All Aidan wanted was to borrow a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasnt the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!
Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.
Spellhacker by M. K. England
In Kyrkarta, magicknown as mazwas once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity thats tightly controlledand, of course, outrageously expensive.
Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative,highlyillegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, theyre driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplagueand possibly save the world.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burgers massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Peppers side. When he isnt trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twins shadow, hes busy working in his familys deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandmas iconic grilled cheese recipe, hell do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
Alls fair in love and cheese that is, until Pepper and Jacks spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while theyre publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, theyre also falling for each other in real life on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate people on the internet are shipping them?? their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals cant ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
*This Vicious Cureby Emily Suvada
Cats hacking skills werent enough to keep her from losing everythingher identity, her past, and now her freedom. Shes trapped and alone, but shes survived this long, and shes not giving up without a fight.
Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emergedone thats taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanitys future.
Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planets surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.
And this time, Cat cant afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if shes learned one thing, it is toPack. Light.Carry only what fits in a suitcase.
Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope!
Theres no room for any additionalbaggage.
Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before shes free. One year to avoid anythingor anyonethat could get in her way.
Then she meets Francine. And Kira.And Sean.
And everything changes.
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
For as long as she can remember, its been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasnt always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.
So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocationfollowing her mothers announcement that shes getting marriedRobin is devastated.
Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesnt understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesnt fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest toher mother.
Then one day Robins mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.
*Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Bthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, shes vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. Its not long before Anna falls completely under the Countesss spelland the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fianc, Anna realizes shes not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows its only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.
A Castle In The Clouds by Kerstin Gier, translated by Romy Fursland
Way up in the Swiss mountains, theres an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Years Eve Ball takes place and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways.
Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventureand at risk of losing not only her job, but also her heart.
Diamond City by Francesca Flores
Fierce and ambitious, Aina Sols as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.
Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.
DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.
To claim a future for herself in a world that doesnt want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracyand risk losing everything.
Full of action, romance and dark magic, book one of Francesca Flores breathtaking fantasy duology will leave readers eager for more!
Dont Read The Comments by Eric Smith
Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when shes playingReclaim the Sun, the years hottest online game. Divyabetter known as popular streaming gamer D1Vregularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the games vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, shes trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.
Gaming is basically Aaron Jerichos entire life. Much to his mothers frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape intoReclaim the Sunand with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.
At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worldsand the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aarons dreams and Divyas actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line
And she isnt going down without a fight.
How To Build A Heart by Maria Padian
All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzys moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from the help of her extended family in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. When Izzys hardworking mom moves their small family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new schooleven if Izzy is careful to keep her scholarship-student status hidden from her well-to-do classmates and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzys family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move into a brand-new house. Izzy isthis closeto the community and permanence shes been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.
How to Build a Heartis the story of Izzys journey to find her place in the world and her discovery that the choices we make and the people we love ultimately define us and bring us home.
Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani
Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. Shes bullied by the popular girls in school. Her parents ignore her. And shes also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Kyoto.
But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end.
Not exactly skilled at fightinganything, much less the dead, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji. They include Shiro, a kitsune with boy-band looks who is more flirtatious than helpful, and O-bei, a regal demon courtier with reasons of her own for getting involved.
As the confrontation with Shuten-doji draws nearer, the fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Can Kira save humankind? Or will the demon king succeed in bringing eternal darkness upon the world?
*The Storm of Life by Amy Rose Capetta
By turns thrilling, witty, and heartbreaking, this dramatic conclusion to the Brilliant Death duet transports us to a Vinalia on the verge of transformation and radiates with the electric power of love.
With her power over magic finally in hand, and her love for Cielo at last confessed, Teodora di Sangro should be on top of the world. But the country of Vinalia is in chaos as the dictator like Capo threatens to plunge them all into war and capture every strega in the landincluding Teo and Cielo.
Teo knows she cant take down the Capo alone. She must convince a small band of streghe who have been hiding in plain sight to join her in the cause. But as she struggles to bring them together, she discovers a far deadlier enemy than the Capo has been hunting her all along. Now everyoneespecially Cielois in danger. What lengths will Teo go to in order to unite her country and save the one she loves?
Wildfire by Carrie Mac
Annie and Pete have been best friends since they were little. They know each other better than anyone, and theyve been on more adventures than they can countthey even have a notebook filled with all the times theyve almost died. But theyalwayssurvive, because together, theyre invincible.
And theyve always been just friends. But lately, Annie has been thinking that maybe friendship is just the beginning, and shes been mentally replaying all the times they were almost something more.
Now theyre heading out on their next great quest: a ten-day backpacking trip through the mountains of Washington State, ending at Fire Camp, where theyll learn to fight the areas growing wildfire problem. The woods spark with the promise of adventure, but a freak climbing accident interrupts their progress, and as the wildfires close in and smoke envelops them, Annie and Pete wander farther from the trail. Carrie Macs gripping story of the power of unrequited love and the danger of the elements is harrowing, beautiful, and unforgettable.
Alice by Heart by Steven Sater
London, 1940. Amidst the rubble of the Blitz of World War II, fifteen-year-old Alice Spencer and her best friend, Alfred, are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. Sick with tuberculosis, Alfred is quarantined, with doctors saying he wont make it through the night. In her desperation to keep him holding on, Alice turns to their favorite pastime: recalling the book that bonded them, and telling the story that she knows by heartthe story ofAlice in Wonderland.
What follows is a stunning, fantastical journey that blends Alices two worlds: her war-ravaged homeland being held together by nurses and soldiers and Winston Churchill, and her beloved Wonderland, a welcome distraction from the bombs and the death, but a place where one rule always applies: the pages must keep turning. But then the lines between these two worlds begin to blur. Is that a militant Red Cross Nurse demanding that Alice getBACK. TO. HER. BED!, or is it the infamous Queen of Hearts sayingsomething about her head? Soon, Alice must decide whether to stay in Wonderland forever, or embrace the pain of reality if thats what it means to grow up.
*All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn GracesAll the Stars and Teethis a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie GarbersCaravaland Sarah J. Maass Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancerthe master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, its never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchys dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: hell help her prove shes fit to rule, if shell help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonderand more perilthan Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, shell need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stowaway she never expected or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller
Emilie de Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.
Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.
Emilie and Annette swap livesAnnette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physicians assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.
But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before its too late.
*Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.
But nothing is easy when youre a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America.
Whats more, this safe haven is not what it appearsas Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.
But she wont be in it alone.
Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come byand that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.
Watching Janes back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, its up to Katherine to keep hope aliveeven as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.
*Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theos blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.
Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.
The Kaiserins strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Sren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her hearts sister.
A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isnt so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ?
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another Astrokid, and finds himself falling head over heelsfast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.
*The King of Crows by Libba Bray
After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.
While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners help to do it.
Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowes estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crows plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.
But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.
In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe
The Queens Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz
Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovias deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why hes the Guilds most dangerous member and the Queens one and only assassin. Hes also bound to the Queen by an impossible vowto find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.
Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and auntsto become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day shell become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.
When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, theyre forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, theyll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, theyll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queens Secret series.
*Scammed by Kristen Simmons
Brynn Hilder is living a life she never dreamed possible: She lives in a mansion, getting a top-rate education at Vale Hall. She has friends and an almost-boyfriend. Anything she wants, she can have.
The only catch? To stay in this life, she has to help the director of Vale Hall take down the bad guys of Sikawa City by collecting secrets and running cons.
Getting everything she wantsandfighting evil doesnt seem like such a bad deal. The thing is, shes not so convinced anymore that Dr. Odin is really going after bad people after all. And the friends and almost-boyfriend that have made her life so different are all liars and con artistsso can she trust that any of it is real?
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie Leo Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?
But when Leos childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leos family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now hes the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leos life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.
Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell
What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland . . . with Captain Hook?
Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darlings life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.
Wendys only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. Afternearlymeeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.
So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isnt quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.
But when Captain Hook reveals somerather permanentand evil plans for Never Land, its up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.
Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson
What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you cant have?
Lane Jamisons life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiance: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lanes longtime secret crush. Now with Grey living in Lanes house, theres only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attractionan attraction made all the more forbidden by Greys long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lanes friend.
Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadienot to mention her desire to keep the peace at homeLane befriends Sadies older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metalworking artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.
Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of whatand whoshe wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.
What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka
Winning a scholarship to Californias most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reyes awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.
But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work-and warns her that shell lose the merit-based award if she doesnt improve.
Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesnt know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern masters work in progress, a portrait thats sold for a million dollars sight unseen.
Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teachers approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parkers girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principals office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions: Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if its true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true? Some girls want to rally for his expulsion and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidateas long as hes behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, lets face it, speakingat allto almost anyone) Jamies a choke artist. Theres no way hed ever knock on doors to ask people for their votesuntil he meets Maya.
Maya Rehmans having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems ispolitical canvassingwith some awkward dude she hardly knowsis beyond her.
Going door to door isnt exactly glamorous, but maybeits not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closerand so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.
Cloak of Night by Evelyn Skye
After the devastating Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick are truly alone in the fight to save their kingdom. Empress Aki is missing, and everyone else who could help them is a prisoner to Prince Gins mind control.
At least Sora understands what theyre up against. Or so she believes, until she overhears Gin bargaining with the god of war for immortality and learns that ryuu magic may be a more insidious danger than she realized.
Suddenly, the stakes are higher and even more personal for Soranot only mustshe stop a seemingly indestructible Prince Gin, butshe must also unravel the secrets of ryuu magic before it is too late for nearly everyoneshe loves.
Sora Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick face dangerous obstacles at every turn, but the greatest challenge may be discovering who they truly are and what, if anything, they are capable of.
The fate of a kingdom rests in their hands.
Full of dangerous action, heartbreaking romance, and incredible magicCloak of Nightis the exciting end to this thrilling duology.
*Hearts of Flame by Nicki Pau Preto
You are a daughter of queens.
The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders.
Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire.
Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while shes supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronykas sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she losteven if it means inciting the war herself.
Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin.
As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empireand determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far theyre willing to goand what theyre willing to lose in the process.
I pray you are able to pass through the flames.
If Only You Knew by Prerna Pickett
Corey has just been released from jail, and all he wants is a new beginning. But when his former gang comes knocking, Corey agrees to vandalize the home of Kent Hopper, the prosecutor who put him away.
To erase the guilt she carries from getting away with a crime, Tessa spends most of her nights riding her motorcycle. When she catches Corey destroying her fathers car, she doesnt see a criminal: She sees a way to finally right her own wrongs. So instead of turning Corey over to the police, she convinces her father to give Corey a second chance.
As Tessa and Corey spend more time with each other, it becomes difficult to ignore the pull between them. But theyre both keeping secrets, and when those secrets come to light, theyll each have to face their demons in order to have a future together.
Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal
Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divines will and guide the actions of the recipients. Its considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.
Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mobs now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.
To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of allProfeta itself.
The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate
When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars.
Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasnt had real friendsor trusted anyonein years. Even Ivy.
But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presenceexcept her sister.
When Autumn doesnt come home, Ivy just knows shes in trouble. Unable to escape the chilling feeling that something isnt right, Ivy follows a string of clues that bring her closer to rescuing her sister and closer to danger.
Autumn needs Ivy to find her before time runs out. But soon, both sisters realize that finding her also means untangling the secrets that lead to the truthabout where theyre hiding Autumn, and what Autumn has been hiding.
The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves
David Espinoza is tired of being messed with. When a video of him getting knocked down by a bullys slap goes viral at the end of junior year, David vows to use the summer to bulk up do what it takes to become a manand wow everyone when school starts again the fall.
Soon David is spending all his time and money at Iron Life, a nearby gym thats full of bodybuilders. Frustrated with his slow progress, his life eventually becomes all about his muscle gains. As it says on theIron Lifewall,What does notkillme makes me stronger.
As David falls into the dark side of the bodybuilding world, pursuing his ideal body at all costs, hell have to grapple with the fact that it could actually cost him everything.
Night Spinner by Addie Thorley
Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky Kings Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyera monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.
Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.
Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies hes stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard
Salma Bakkioui has always loved living in her suburban cul-de-sac, with her best friend Mariam next door, and her boyfriend Amir nearby. Then things start to change. Friends start to distance themselves. Mariams family moves when her fathers patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Even trusted teachers look the other way when hostile students threaten Salma at school.
After a terrorist bombing nearby, Islamaphobia tightens its grip around Salma and her family. Shockingly, she and Amir find themselves with few allies as they come under suspicion for the bombing. As Salma starts to investigate who is framing them, she uncovers a deadly secret conspiracy with suspicious ties to her new neighborsbut no one believes her. Salma must use her coding talent, wits, and faith to expose the truth and protect the only home shes ever knownbefore its too late.
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindberg by Candace Fleming
First human to cross the Atlantic via airplane; one of the first American media sensations; Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite; loner whose baby was kidnapped and murdered; champion of Eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding; tireless environmentalist. Charles Lindbergh was all of the above and more. Here is a rich, multi-faceted, utterly spellbinding biography about an American hero who was also a deeply flawed man. In this time where values Lindbergh held, like white Nationalism and America First, are once again on the rise, THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH is essential reading for teens and history fanatics alike.
*Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
18-year-old Parisian reporter Nathalie Baudin returns to hunt a new killer inSensational, the sequel to Jodie Lynn Zdroks riveting historical thrillerSpectacle.
The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several monthsso no one would notice if a few were missing, right? Maybebut someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Expositions most popular exhibits.
*Storm From The East by Joanna Hathaway
War has begun, and the days of Athans and Aurelias secret, summer romance feel a world away.
Led by Athans father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capitalwhere, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the wars onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.
When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, theyll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret theyre desperate to hide.
This Train Is Being Held by Isme Williams
Alexis a baseball player. A great one. His papi is pushing him to go pro, but Alex maybe wants to be a poet. Not that Papi would understand or allow that.
Isais a dancer. Shed love to go pro, if only her Havana-born mom werent dead set against itjust like shes dead set against her daughter falling for a Latino. And Isas privileged private-school lifewith her dad losing his job and her older brother struggling with mental illnessis falling apart. Not that shed ever tell that to Alex.
Fateand the New York City subwaybring Alex and Isa together. Is it enough to keep them together when they need each other most?
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
Rowena feels like her family is a frayed string of lights that someone needs to fix with electrical tape. After her mother died a few years ago, she and her sister, Ariana, drifted into their own corners of the world, each figuring out in their own separate ways how to exist in a world in which their mother is no longer alive.
But then Ariana disappears under the cover of night in the middle of a snowstorm, leaving no trace or tracks. When Row wakes up to a world of snow and her sisters empty bedroom, she is left to piece together the mystery behind where Ariana went and why, realizing along the way that she might be part of the reason Ariana is gone.
Haunting and evocativeand told in dual perspectivesTurtle Under Iceexamines two sisters frozen by grief as they search for a way to unthaw.
The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith
Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission. He believes he is ready to die for his country . . . until he meets Hana. Hana hasnt been the same since the day she was buried alive in a collapsed trench during a bomb raid. She wonders if it would have been better to have died that day . . . until she meets Taro.
A song will bring them together. The war will tear them apart. Is it possible to live an entire lifetime in eight short days?
Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.
A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? Shes made the United States gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. Shes on top of the world.
The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted mostbut not all the gymnasts are as supportive.
With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coachs ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldnt date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?
Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesnt need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, shes not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audreys determination be enough?
The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer
Jemima Kincaid is a feminist, and she thinksyoushould be one, too. Her private school is laden with problematic traditions, but the worst of all is prom. The guys have all the agency; the girls have to wait around for promposals (shes speaking heteronormatively because only the hetero kids evengo). In Jemimas (very opinionated) opinion, its positively medieval.
Then Jemima is named to Senior Triumvirate, alongside superstar athlete Andy and popular, manicured Gennifer, and the three must organize prom. Inspired by her feminist ideals and her desire to make a mark on the school, Jemima proposes a new structure. Theyll do a Last Chance Dance: every student privately submits a list of crushes to a website that pairs them with any mutual matches.
Meanwhile, Jemima finds herself embroiled in a secret romance that she craves and hates all at once. Her best friend, Jiyoon, has found romance of her own, but Jemima starts to suspect something else has caused the sudden rift between them. And is the new prom system really enough to extinguish the schools raging dumpster fire of toxic masculinity?
Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jades sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrews Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrews Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. Shell take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep schools hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg
Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the kings executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries shes not up to the role.
But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer.
But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and theyll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.
*Honor Bound by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but shes been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.
Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But theyll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behindbut in the wrong direction.
Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evilor stand and fight.
*The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
It was hard enough for Naomi to leave Leo, a fellow Final Six contestant, behind on a dying Earth. Now she doesnt know who to trust.
The International Space Training Camp continues to dodge every question about its past failed mission, and Naomi is suspicious that not everything is as it seems on her own mission to Europa. With just one shot at Jupiters moon, Naomi is determined to find out if there is dangerous alien life on Europabeforeshe and her crew get there.
Leo, back on Earth, has been working with renegade scientist Dr. Greta Wagner, who promises to fly him to space where he can dock with Naomis ship. And if Wagners hypothesis is right, it isnt apossibilityof coming in contact with extraterrestrial life on Europaits a definite, and its up to Leo to find and warn Naomi and the crew.
With questions piling up, everything gets more dangerous the closer that the mission gets to Europa. A storm threatens to interfere with Leos takeoff, a deadly entity makes itself known to the Final Six, and all questions the ISTC has been avoiding about the previous mission get answered in a terrifying way.
If the dream was to establish a new world for humans on Europathe Final Six are about to enter a nightmare.
Miss You Love You Hate You Bye by Abby Sher
Zoe and Hank (short for Hannah) have been inseparable since they met in elementary school. The leader of the pack, Zoe is effortlessly popular while Hank hides comfortably in her shadow. But when Zoes parents unexpectedly divorce, Zoes perfect facade starts cracking little by little. Sinking under the weight of her broken family, Zoe develops an eating disorder. Now she must rely on Hank for help.
Hank struggles to help Zoe; after all, she is used to agreeing, not leading. How can she help her best friend get better before its too late?
*Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
Will the princess save the beast?
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jayas little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out shell be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jayas annoyance, Greys brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. Theres simplyno wayshe and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale endingright?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows hes doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosettas International Academy, hes lived an isolated existenceuntil Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he cant shake the feeling that shes hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether its possible to write your own happy ending.
Solstice by Lorence Alison
When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance with her parents law school dreams.
But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. Theres barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival is trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.
And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.
Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaosand shes in a prime position to put together the clues to whoor whatis killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?
Check your privilege at the doorbefore it gets you killed. This is one vacation you cant escape.
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
Its been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends shes been secretly seeing someone.
Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but hes always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Beccas lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. Its the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.
Acting like the perfect couple isnt easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?
With A Star In My Hand by Margarita Engle
As a little boy, Rubn Daro loved to listen to his great uncle, a man who told tall tales in a booming, larger-than-life voice. Rubn quickly learned the magic of storytelling, and discovered the rapture and beauty of verse.
A restless and romantic soul, Rubn traveled across Central and South America seeking adventure and connection. As he discovered new places and new loves, he wrote poems to express his wild storm of feelings. But the traditional forms felt too restrictive. He began to improvise his own poetic forms so he could capture the entire world in his words. At the age of twenty-one, he published his first bookAzul, which heralded a vibrant new literary movement calledModernismothat blended poetry and prose into something magical.
Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
Liv Flemings father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that hes dead, though that doesnt mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.
But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her fathers absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Dougs sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, shes faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.
Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authoritiesor they can take matters into their own hands.
The Between by David Hofmeyr
Seventeen-year-old Ana Moon is having a rough week. It starts with a fight after school, then suspension, followed by mandatory psych visits. Still, Ana hopes therapy will help her with another problemthe disturbing feeling that someone, or something, is following her.
Then, during a shocking train crash, life goes from bad to bizarre. In the space of mere seconds, Anas best friend is gonetaken right in front of her eyes by an incredible, terrifying beast.
Seeking answers, Ana joins forces with the mysterious Malik and his covert clan to find her friend and return home. But theres a larger war under way, and unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows. If they hope to make it home, Ana and her friends must gather the strength to fightor face the collapse of the universe as they know it.
Jane Against The World by Karen Blumenthal
Tracing the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for womens rights, Blumenthal examines, in a straightforward tone, the root causes of the current debate around abortion and repercussions that have affected generations of American women.
This eye-opening book is the perfect tool to facilitate difficult discussions and awareness of a topic that is rarely touched on in school but affects each and every young person. Its also perfect for fans of Steve Sheinkin and Deborah Heiligman.
This journalistic look at the history of abortion and the landmark case of Roe v. Wade is an important and necessary book.
Rebelwings by Andrea Tang
Things just got weird for Prudence Wu.
One minute, shes cashing in on a routine smuggling deal. The next, shes escaping enforcers on the wings of what very much appears to be a sentient cybernetic dragon.
Pru is used to life throwing her some unpleasant surprisesshe goes to prep school, after all, and selling banned media across the border in a country with a ruthless corporate government obviously has its risks. But a cybernetic dragon? Thats new.
She tries to forget about the fact that the only reason shes not in jail is because some sort of robot saved her, and that shes going to have to get a new side job now that enforcers are on to her. So shes not exactly thrilled when Rebelwing shows up again.
Even worse, its become increasingly clear that the rogue machine has imprinted on her permanently, which means shed better figure out this whole piloting-a-dragon thingfast. Because Rebelwing just happens to be the ridiculously expensive weapon her government needs in a brewing war with its neighbor, and Prus the only one who can fly it.
Set in a wonderfully inventive near-future Washington, D.C., this hilarious, defiant debut sparkles with wit and wisdom, deftly exploring media consumption, personal freedoms, and the weight of one life as Pru, rather reluctantly, takes to the skies.
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. Shes kept mostly to herself. Shes been good.
But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her.
A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions.
About the blood in Bisous past, and on her hands as she stumbles home.
About broken boys and vicious wolves.
About girls lost in the woodsfrightened, but not alone.
*Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by Annie Prime
Red Mantleis the gripping conclusion to the critically acclaimed first two installments in the Red Abbey Chronicles,MaresiandNaondel. An epistolary novel,Red Mantleis told through the letters Maresi writes back to her friends and mentors at the Abbey. The novel continues the story of Maresi as she leaves the Abbey at Menos and returns home to the small, oppressed province of Rovas. There, Maresi is determined to spread the knowledge she has gained and start a schoolbut in the end, she will learn just as much as she teaches.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Theyve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow Kings power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and shes going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandras not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queenall while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the worlds population.
Seventeen-year-old Janelle Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanitys emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellies illegal library, hes duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. Theyre both breaking the rules for love of artand Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.
Elliesand humanitysfate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solutionthousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
*The Truth App by Jack Heath
Jarli likes to think hes an honest guy. Hes a big believer in telling the truth, no matter what. So he develops The Truth App, a mobile application that listens in on your conversations and can tell when someones lying. Then his app goes viral and, suddenly, Jarli is an internet sensation.
But, soon enough, Jarli realizes that being famous can be dangerousespecially when youve just exposed everyones deepest, darkest secrets. Now his entire town is out to get him; kids at school, teachers, the police, even his own family.
Also, an underground network of criminals has just added Jarli to their hit list. Sometimes, exposing the truth comes with a price
*Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins
As far as Ash knows, Dorothy has disappeared. The stowaway from 1913, the girl who Ash maybe possibly couldve loved: Shes gone. But what Ash doesnt know is that the girl he fell in love with has become Quinn Fox the very same person who is fated to kill him.
As Ash and his friends watch New Seattle fall to crime and decay, Quinn struggles to keep her hold on the bloodthirsty Black Cirkus. The two circle time and space, weaving strands of the past and present into a deadly knot.
When they finally collide, can they change the course of the future entirely?
*We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medios border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.
Carmen Santos is one of La Vozs best soldiers. She spent years undercover, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of a civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home shes ever known: La Vozs headquarters.
There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heartor fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?
*The Alcazar by Amy Ewing
Sera has finally recognized the true power of her Cerulean blood. But in order to return home, shell need help from Agnes, Leo, and their grandmotherthe only person with knowledge about the mysterious island of Braxos, where the Cerulean tether is anchored. Though the journey will be treacherous, Sera will risk anything to see her City again.
Meanwhile, the High Priestesss power has reached new heights in the City Above the Sky. And when Leela begins having visions of Sera,alive, she knows shes the key to saving the City. But to bring Sera home, Leela must channel the strength, courage, and curiosity that once got her friend exiled.
With the help of friends, family, and Cerulean magic, Leela and Sera could soon return to their normal lives. But when that time comes, will Leela be able to serve her City as blindly as she once did? And will Sera be able to leave everything and everyone shes grown to love on the planet behind?
All Invisible Things by Orlagh Collins
Ever since her mom died and her family moved to a new town four years ago, sixteen-year-old Vetty Lake has hidden her heart. Shed rather keep secrets than risk getting hurteven if that means not telling anyone that shes pretty sure shes bisexual.
But this summer, everything could change. Vetty and her family are moving back to her old neighborhood, right across the street from her childhood best friend Pez. Next to Pez, she always felt free and fearless. Reconnecting with him could be the link she needs to get back to her old self.
Vetty quickly discovers Pez isnt exactly the boy she once knew. He has a new group of friends, a glamorous sort-of-girlfriend named March, and a laptop full of secrets. And things get even more complicated when she feels a sudden spark with March.
As Vetty navigates her relationship with Pez and her own shifting feelings, one question looms: Does becoming the girl she longs to be mean losing the friendship that once was everything to her?
Anna K. by Jenny Lee
At seventeen, Anna K is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Annas brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lollys little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Stevens best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.
As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That isuntil the night she meets Alexia Count Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasnt, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof.
So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine.
Morning brings the realization that shes aloneand far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
Bone Criers Moon by Kathryn Purdie
Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlifelest they drain the light from the living.
Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become their matriarch, but first she must complete her rite of passage: to kill the boy shes destined to love.
Bastiens father was slain by a Bone Crier and hes been seeking revenge ever since. Now his vengeance must wait, as Ailesses ritual has begun and their fates are entwinedin life and in death.
*Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the familys ruin. Cordelias mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.
But Cordelias new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought beforethese demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powersand forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.
Every Reason We Shouldnt by Sara Fujimura
Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedys Olympic dreams have ended. Shes bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of trying to live up to expectations of being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashimauntil Jonah Choi starts training at her familys struggling rink.
Jonahs driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivias got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson
In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world.
Whether its hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist for her debut graphic novel,Nimona, Noelle captures the little and big moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own.
*The First Seven by Laura Pohl
Clover Martinez and The Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behindeven if they cant help but be a little homesick.
So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former planet, they hope against hope that it means other survivors. But as soon as they arrive, they realize somethings deeply wrong: strange crystal formations have popped up everywhere and theres some sort of barrier keeping them from leaving.
Seeking the origin of the formations and the reason for the barrier, the group discovers a colony of survivors hidden in the mountains. But the survivors arent who they seem
Havenfall by Sara Holland
Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worldseach with their own magictogether. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.
For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddies brother. Its where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And its where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.
But this summer, the impossible happensa dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. Shell do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than shes letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddieno one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .
If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
Tens of thousands of crows invading Auburn, Pennsylvania, is a problem for everyone in town except seventeen-year-old Leighton Barnes. For Leighton, its no stranger than her house, which inexplicably repairs itself every time her father loses his temper and breaks things.
Leighton doesnt have time for the crowsits her senior year, and acceptance to her dream college is finally within reach. But grabbing that lifeline means abandoning her sisters, a choice shes not ready to face.
With her fathers rage worsening and the town in chaos over the crows, Leighton allows herself a chance at happiness with Liam, her charming classmate, even though falling in love feels like a revolutionary act.
Balancing school, dating, and survival under the shadow of sixty thousand feathered wings starts to feel almost comfortable, but Leighton knows that this fragile equilibrium can only last so long before it shatters.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wishto be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope shell ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable ageher tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerls hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come truebut his help may cost her everything.
Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make
It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.
But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Izios brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefanias house for the German army.
With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal
Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm.
It is the way of the world.
Come close and tell us your dreams.
Sanna is a mermaid but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sannas people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and societys pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.
The Moment of Truth by Kasey West
At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she isa swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders dont agree.
So when a guy dressed as Hollywoods latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isnt amused. Instead, shes determined to make sure he doesnt bother her again.Only shes not sure exactly whoheis.
The swim meet isnt the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadleys ex-boyfriend and her best friends crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.
As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boys identity, she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herselflike she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isnt as happy as she pretends to be with her life choicesand that shes falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Will Tavares is the dream summer flinghes fun, affectionate, kindbut just when Ollie thinks hes found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairytale ending, and to complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes its the same school Will goes toexcept Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isnt the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closetedand, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isnt ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts coincidentally popping up in every area of Ollies life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
Open Fire by Amber Lough
In 1917, Russia is losing the war with Germany, soldiers are deserting in droves, and food shortages on the home front are pushing people to the brink of revolution. Seventeen-year-old Katya is politically conflicted, but she wants Russia to win the war. Working at a munitions factory seems like the most she can do to serve her countryuntil the government begins recruiting an all-female army battalion. Inspired, Katya enlists. Training with other brave women, she finds camaraderie and a deep sense of purpose. But when the womens battalion heads to the front, Katya has to confront the horrifying realities of war. Faced with heartbreak and disillusionment, she must reevaluate her commitment and decide where she stands.
The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown
Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak showuntil an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Janes death.
Isabel has lost an arm and a leg but gained a ghostly companion: Her dead twin is now her phantom limb. Haunted, altered, and alone for the first time, can Isabel build a new life thats truly her own?
The Twin by Natasha Preston
After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Ivy and Iris were split upIvy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their moms life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Devastated over Moms death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silencethe only person she will speak to is Ivy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesnt know what to do. Emmy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, theyre sisters. Twins.
Its a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivys friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iriss spell. Slowly, Ivy realizes shes being pushed out of her own life. But shes just being paranoid, right? And Moms accident was . . . just an accident. Right? Its not like sheor Dador Tylerare in any danger. . . .
The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet five hundred years ago, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isnt food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sisters life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isnt a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.
But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesnt want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didnt commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents death and mend their broken bond. But theyre pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elyseas time is upand before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.
*The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby
Popular Daphne Blake and ber-nerd Velma Dinkley are not friends. They arent enemies either, but they dont have any reason to speak to each other, and thats how they prefer it. The two girls grew up together theyd been best friends since pre-K but when they hit middle school, Daphne dropped Velma and never looked back.
These days, Daphnes deep in the popular crowd, daughter of the richest family in town, while Velmas an outsider, hiding from the world behind her thick glasses. When they run into each other in the halls of Crystal Cove High, they look the other way.
But then Daphnes best friend, Marcy who happens to be Velmas cousin goes missing. A century ago, there was a wave of disappearances in Crystal Cove, and many local people believe that supernatural forces were behind it. Now the whole town believes those same forces are back . . . and up to no good.
Daphne and Velma may be the only ones who can solve the mystery and save Marcy-if they can trust each other enough to try. Especially since the truth might be stranger-and scarier-than either girl can imagine . . .
*The Warriors Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Simon and Kestra are hurtling down paths ever farther from each other as the battle for control of Antora rages.
Simon, newly king of the Halderians, is pressed on all sides by royal duties. Harlyn Mindell is his betrothed and intended queen, but Simon cant give up hope for a life with Kestra.
Kestra, exiled, feels her magic growing and despite everyones warnings, she knows she must embrace it. That power is the key to the kingdoms future.
Both still strive to defeat the evil Lord Endrick, but danger awaits them on the murky road forward. And is a common enemy enough to help them survive or to carry them back to each other?
We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
Lena has never left the sealed-off city she calls home. The treacherous storm cloud surrounding the Dukes Forest prevents most from entering or leaving. But then Lenas deepest secret is revealedshe is a mage. And according to the law, all mages must die. With little other choice, she flees for her life, straight into the treacherous forest.
Constances family and friends believe her to be dead. She fled the Dukes Forest six years before, and no one believed shed survive outside the city walls. And even though she isnt sure if she can trust anybody back at court, shes intent on reclaiming her place as the dukes daughter and heir.
Lena and Constance meet for only a moment, but even after their paths diverge, the terrifying storm cloud keep them linked. A dark revelation lies at the heart of their connectionthe truth behind who cast the storm clouds spell. Only the girls can expose this secret and dispel the storm for good. . . but unveiling the truth could cost them everything.
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.
Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeableeven when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.
That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things thatdoesntchange on prom night.
When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt failsand their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.
*Wicked As You Wish Rin Chupeco
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck inArizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesnt even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesnt mindshe has secrets of her own. Namely, that shes a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalons most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
All Ekata wants is to stay aliveand the chance to prove herself as a scholar. Once Ekatas brother is finally named heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above, there will be nothing to keep her at home with her murderous family. Not her books or her experiments, not her familys icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness, and no one can find a cure.
In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brothers captivating warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from withoutand withinher ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for loveor for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her familys magic and power. And ifEkatais to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield them both.
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally,finallybecoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killers motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they dont stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.
28 Days by David Safier
Warsaw, 1942.Sixteen-year old Mira smuggles food into the Ghetto to keep herself and her family alive. When she discovers that the entire Ghetto is to be liquidatedkilled or resettled to concentration campsshe desperately tries to find a way to save her family.
She meets a group of young people who are planning the unthinkable: an uprising against the occupying forces. Mira joins the resistance fighters who, with minimal supplies and weapons, end up holding out for twenty-eight days, longer than anyone had thought possible.
Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Harley Milano has dreamed of becoming a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her heart and soul that she would be up there herself one day.
After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family, and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystre. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion, and collaboration. At the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her pastand reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.
Most Likely by Sarah Watson
Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness)have been friends since kindergarten. Now theyre in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But theres more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States.The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.
Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist whos secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one whos got everything figured outexcept how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe its Jordan, the groups resident journalist, who knows shes ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And dont overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.
This is the story of four best friends who have one anothers backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and successproving that great friendships can help young women achieve anythingeven a seat in the Oval Office.
A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
Evoking BeyoncsLemonadefor a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butlers heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals.A Phoenix First Must Burnwill take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines ofA Phoenix First Must Burnshine brightly. You will never forget them.
The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templetonby Richard Fifield
Tiffany Templeton is tough. She dresses exclusively in black, buys leather jackets that are several sizes too big, and never backs down from a fight. Shes known in her tiny Montana town as Tough Tiff, and after her shoplifting arrest and a stint in a reform school, the nickname is here to stay.
But when she comes back home, Tiffany may not be the same old Tough Tiff that everybody remembers. Her life is different now: her mother keeps her on an even shorter leash than before, she meets with a probation officer once a month, and shes still grieving her fathers recent death.
As Tiffany navigates her new life and learns who she wants to be, she must also contend with an overbearing best friend, the geriatric cast of a high-maintenance drama production, her first boyfriend, and a town full of eccentric neighborsnot to mention a dark secret shes been keeping about why the ex-football coach left town.
Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats
Wales, 1109. Three years ago, a warband raided Elens home. Her baby sister could not escape the flames. Her older sister fought back and almost killed the warbands leader, Owain ap Cadwgan, before being killed herself. Despite Elens own sexual assault at the hands of the raiders, she saw a chance to live and took it. She healed Owains wound and spun a lie:Owain ap Cadwgan, son of the king of Powys, cannot be killed, not by blade nor blow nor poison. Owain ap Cadwgan has the protection of Saint Elen, as long as he keeps her namesake safe from harm and near him always.
For three years, Elen has had plenty of food, clothes to wear, and a bed to sleep in that she shares with the man who brought that warband to her door. Then Owain abducts Nest, the wife of a Norman lord, and her three children, triggering full-out war. As war rages, and her careful lies threaten to unravel, Elen begins to look to Nest and see a different life if she can decide, once and for all, where her loyalties lie. J. Anderson Coatss evocative prose immerses the reader in a dark but ultimately affirming tale of power and survival.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendis National Book Award-winningStamped from the Beginningreveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideasand on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
*The Survivor by Bridget Tyler
Earth is uninhabitable. Tau is our home now.
With that terrifying message, Jo and her family learned the truth: They are trapped forever on Tau Ceti e.
But the planets current occupantsthe Sorroware not interested in sharing. The fragile peace Jo negotiated abruptly shatters, and soon a bloody battle is raging between the Sorrow and the Pioneers. As tensions rise, the survival of everyone Jo cares for seems less likely by the second.
When a betrayal that shocks Jo to her core threatens to wipe out both Sorrow and human life, Jo must find the strength to speak up once moreand bridge the gaps between all the warring factionsor lose forever the only home left to her.
We Are All His Creatures: Tales of P. T. Barnum, Greatest Showman by Deborah Noyes
Much has been written about P. T. Barnum legendary showman, entrepreneur, marketing genius, and one of the most famous nineteenth-century personalities. For those who lived in Barnums shadow, however, life was complex. P. T. Barnums two families his family at home, including his two wives and his daughters, and his family at work, including Little People, a giantess, an opera singer, and many sideshow entertainers suffered greatly from his cruelty and exploitation. Yet, at the same time, some of his performers, such as General Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton), became wealthy celebrities who were admired and feted by presidents and royalty. In this collection of interlinked stories illustrated with archival photographs, Deborah Noyes digs deep into what is known about the people in Barnums orbit and imagines their personal lives, putting front and center the complicated joy and pain of what it meant to be one of Barnums creatures.
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
You cant rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.
Its been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Laylas friendship imploded.
Nearly a month since Cleo realized theyll never be besties again.
Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. But pretending Layla doesnt exist isnt as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after shes assigned to be Laylas tutor. Despite budding friendships with other classmatesand a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named DomCleos turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.
Alternating between time lines of Then and Now,When You Were Everythingblends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love.
All The Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault
For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different.
One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. Its their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and shes not saying muchnot even to Ivy.
The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isnt convinced and realizes its up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettlingits clear that some people arent being honest about Ethans last night at Fabuland.IncludingMorgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover its a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill or else everyone dies.
Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how theyre all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captors ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly dont think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldnt bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation shes ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes.
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Gene understands storiescomic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the heroalwayswins.
But Gene doesnt get sports. As a kid, his friends called him Stick and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, its all anyone can talk about. The mens varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season thats been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.
Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything hes seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesnt know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragonss lives, but his own life as well.
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Everyone in Devils Lake knows the three golden Malloy sistersbut one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out.
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that nightnot even her sisters, Tessa and Lilly. All they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition.
Even though everyone is quick to jump to conclusions, Tessa is certain that her sisters killer wasnt Boyd, the boy next door whom theyve all loved in their own way. Still, there are too many details that dont add up, too many secrets tucked away in the past.
But no matter how fiercely Tessa searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth thats heartbreakingly simple.
*Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Make me a girl with a razor heart
Its been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each otherand the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.
The girls enroll in Ridgeview Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Menas thoughtsa woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.
And as the girls fight for freedom from their pastand freedom for the girls still at Innovationsthey must also face new questions about their existenceand what it means to be girls with razor hearts.
Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson
There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you cant escape what you are, what youve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.
Though Savannah RoseSparrow to her friends and familyis a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creedIm not the kind of girl who tellswill make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe.
But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever.
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting What to Say to a Hero speeches in her diary. Now that shes landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), shes sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-whos clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes alotmorecomplicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what its like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.
*Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
Wanted by the Regime. Destined to save the planet.
Laterre is on the brink of war. The Third Estate are rioting against the injustices of a corrupt system. The Patriarche, reeling from the murder of his only heir, makes brutal attempts to quash the unrest, while a new militant faction launches a series of deadly attacks.
And three outlaws find themselves pulled into the fray
Marcellus is now a traitor to his planet, willing to do anything to stop his grandfather from seizing control of Laterre, even if it means joining the Vangarde, a rebel group back from the dead.
Chatine is a prisoner on Bastille. Desperate to survive the harsh conditions of the moon, she becomes embroiled in the Vangardes dangerous attempt to free their infamous leader.
Alouette is a fugitive who has been lied to her entire life. Searching for the truth about her mysterious past, she soon finds herself hunted by the Regime for reasons shes only beginning to understand.
But when Laterre is threatened by the emergence of a deadly new weapon, these three renegades must risk everything, traveling to the far reaches of the System Divine and into the white hot center of a planet ready to ignite.
Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das
Violet Choudhury may be part of the popular clique at school, but as one of a handful of brown girls in a small Illinois town, all she really wants to do is blend in and disappear. Unfortunately for her, shes got a knack for seeing spirits, including the deadsomething shes tried to ignore all her life. But when the queen bee of Violets cheerleading squad ends up dead following a sex tape thats not as consensual as everyone wants to believe, Violets friends from the spirit world decide its the perfect time for Violet to test her skills and finally accept the legacy of spiritual fighters from whom shes descended. Her mission? Find the killer.
Or else shes next.
The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past thats stagnated her work and left her terrified shes losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons.
But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives.
Set in the North Carolina mountains,The Edge of Anythingexplores the transformative power of friendship and how it can help you find yourself and the goodness in life, even when everything feels broken.
Thorn by Intisar Khanani
Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future.
Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princessand Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.
But as Alyrra uncovers dangerous secrets about her new world, including a threat to the prince himself, she knows she cant remain silent forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds, and ultimately must decide who she is and what she stands for.
Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sisters memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a messageand what exactly shes trying to say.
We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul
Hopuonk, Massachusetts, 1999
Taylor Garlands good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. Shes homecoming queen, the life of every party, and shes on every boys most-wanted list.
People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume shell stay in town and have kids with the homecoming kingmaybe even be a dental hygienist if shes super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists offices. Also? Shes completely in love with her best friend, Susan.
Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.
Almost, Maine by John Cariani
Based on a popular play by the same name, John CarianisAlmost, Maineis a charming and romantic collection of YA stories that will have you thinking about love in an entirely new way.
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town thats so far north, its almost not in the United Statesits almost in Canada. And it almost doesnt exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So its just . . . Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almosts residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost and found. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
Hello Now by Jenny Valentine
Jude doesnt believe in love, or magic. Life is little more than ordinary. That is, until Judes mother loses her job and moves them to a little town by the sea to live with Henry Lakean eccentric old man with rooms to rent. Henry is odd, the town is dull, and worst of all, Jude feels out of place and alone.
So when Novo turns up in the house across the street, dressed all in black and looking unbearably handsome, Judes summer takes an immediate turn for the better. But Novo isnt all that he seems to beor maybe hes more than Jude can possibly understand. Novo is pure magicsomeone who can bend and stretch the bounds of time. Someone who wakes up in different places and at different points in history with utter regularity. He knows that each Now is fleeting, that each moment is only worth the energy it expends on itself, and that each experience he has will be lost to him before long.
But Jude and Novo form a bond that shifts reality for both of them. Jude begins to question what forever really meansonly to find out that Novo knows that forever isnt real. And when things go horribly wrong, Jude and Novo are faced with an impossible question that may change both of their lives irreparablywhat is worth sacrificing for love?
*Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette Ferrars.Ella Sommers. Which is the truth and which is the lie?
Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrongbetween Ella and Julietteblur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.
The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.
Look by Zan Romanoff
Things Lulu Shapiros 5,000 Flash followers dont know about her:
That the video of her with another girl was never supposed to go public.
That Owen definitely wasnt supposed to break up with her because of it.
That behind the carefully crafted selfies and scenes Lulu projects onto peoples screens, her life feels like a terrible, uncertain mess.
Then Lulu meets Cass. Cass isnt interested in looking at Lulus life, only in living in it. And The Hotela gorgeous space with an intriguing, Old Hollywood history and a trust-fund kid to restore itseems like the perfect, secret place for them to get to know each other. But just because Lulu has stepped out of the spotlight doesnt mean itll stop following her every move.
Lookis about what you present vs. who you really are, about real intimacy and manufactured intimacy and the blurring of that line. Its a deceptively glamorous, feminist, emotionally complex, utterly compelling, queer coming-of-age novel about falling in love and taking ownership of your own selfyour whole selfin the age of social media.
Music From Another World by Robin Talley
Its summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson cant be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammys only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milkuntil shes matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.
Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for otherslike helping her gay brother hide the truth from their momand the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what theyll stand forand who theyll rise against.
*Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
All is lost.
To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.
Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devilthe demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existeduntil now.
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvis sister, Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home shes ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvis sister, and find a mythical sword.
On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.
Torvi sets out to rescue a sister, but she may find its merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.
We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia
Nandans got a plan to make his junior year perfect, but hooking up with his friend Dave isnt part of itespecially because Nandan has never been into guys.
Still, Nandans willing to give a relationship with him a shot. But the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back.
Is breaking up with Davethe only person whos ever really gotten himworth feeling normal again?
We Are The Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Tomorrow, the Wildcat varsity field hockey squad will play the first game of their new season. But at tonights team sleepover, the girls are all about forging the bonds of trust, loyalty, and friendship necessary to win.
Everything hinges on the midnight initiation ceremonya beloved tradition and the only facet of being a Wildcat that the girls control. Until now.
Coacha handsome former college player revered and feared in equal measurechanges the plan and spins his team on a new adventure. One where they take a rival teams mascot for a joyride, crash a party in their pajamas, break into the high school for the perfect picture.
But as the girls slip out of their comfort zone, so do some long-held secrets. And just how far theyre willing to go for their team takes them allespecially Coachby surprise.
A testament to the strength and resilience of modern teenage girls,We Are the Wildcatswill have readers cheering.
The Year After You by Nina de Pass
New Years Eve, San Francisco.
The most promising party of the year ends in tragedy.
Georgina is gone and nothing will bring her back.
Nine months later, Caras mother decides a Swiss boarding school will be the fresh start Cara needs. Up in the Alps, Caras old life feels a million miles away. Nobody at Hope Hall knows her past and she intends to keep it that way.
Yet, as much as she keeps her distance, her new friends break down the walls she has so carefully built up especially the offbeat, straight-talking Hector, who understands how she feels better than anyone. But the closer Cara grows to Hector, the more her old life slips away.
Embracing life at Hope Hall means letting go of the past. With Georgina gone, how can Cara allow herself this second chance?