Posted April 30--"Lots of New YA Books Releasing This Tuesday!"
Posted May 2--"New Releases for Middle School--May 3, 2016"
It turns out that these posts were really popular with my readers, so I thought I would write up the lists again this week. It does take me awhile to write these posts, so I can't guarantee I will be able to post new release summaries every week. But researching the new releases helps me in my own library job, too, so I am going to really try to keep up with it.
Here's this week's YA list (I will post the middle grade list on Monday). Enjoy!
|The Inquisition (Taran Matharu)|
This is Book 2 in the Summoner Trilogy. The first book, The Novice, is popular especially with students who love Rhodes' Falling Kingdoms series and Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series. The trilogy follows a boy who discovers that he has the ability to summon demons. He travels to Adept Military Academy to train in the art of summoning.
|The Countdown (Kimberly Derting)|
Book #3 in The Taking series. In The Taking, 16-year old Kyra wakes up behind a dumpster with no memory of how she got there or where she's been. It turns out that five years have passed, but Kyra has not aged one day. With help from her former boyfriend's brother, Kyra is determined to find out what happened to her the night she disappeared. Click here to get The Taking (book #1 in this series) for $1.99 on Kindle!
|Even If the Sky Falls (Mia Garcia)|
Debut author Mia Garcia tells the story of Julie, a girl who ditches her falling-apart life to help build houses in New Orleans. One night, she dons fairy wings and heads into Mardi Gras, where she meets Miles, a cute boy with his own circumstances. With a hurricane bearing down on the festivities, Julie and Miles must work together in order to survive.
|Flannery (Lisa Moore)|
Flannery, a high school girl with family problems and unrequited love for a graffiti artist, invents a love potion that is rumored to actually work. I totally want to read this! The early reviews are very positive.
|Highly Illogical Behavior (John Corey Whaley)|
Sixteen-year old Solomon is agoraphobic and hasn't left the house in three years. Determined to get into a top college psychology program, Lisa decides to make "fixing" Solomon her project.
|Everland (Wendy Spinale)|
A steampunk/dystopian twist on Peter Pan. Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey, have survived the plague that killed most of London's adults. Determined to find a cure, Captain Hook snatches children off the street to experiment on them, and they never return. When Joanna is kidnapped, Gwen goes after her, with the help of a mysterious boy named Pete.
|Love Blind (C. Desir and Jolene Perry)|
Haley is losing her vision, and she is terrified. But when she meets Kyle, a boy who mumbles and has fears of his own, she and Kyle help each other tackle their lists of greatest fears, one by one.
|The Last Time We Were Us (Leah Konen)|
This one reminds me a bit of Elkeles' Leaving Paradise. Liz Grant is looking forward to a summer of parties and friends and cute boys. But when her former best friend, a boy whose crimes caused serious injuries, is released from juvie early, Liz's carefree summer takes a serious turn.
|The Disappearance of Ember Crow (Ambelin Kwaymullina)|
Sequel to: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. Book #2 in The Tribe trilogy. Paranormal dystopia that looks pretty good, but I have no idea how to explain that summary in two sentences!
|Jerkbait (Mia Siegert)|
Tristan isn't close to his twin brother Robbie--until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room so Robbie doesn't hurt himself again, Tristan learns that his brother, the ice-hockey prodigy, is really a gay teen juggling his budding professional sports career with the fear of coming out in that environment.