Monday, June 27, 2016

YA New Releases--June 28, 2016

Lots and lots of new releases this week, and some pretty good ones at that! We have:
  • two historical fiction
  • two contemporary GLBT titles
  • two mysteries
  • new additions to two popular series
  • another book by some YouTube people that I'll have to buy (sigh)
  • a high fantasy sequel
  • a contemporary romance
And I Darken (Kiersten White)
I much prefer the version with the warrior girl on the cover, but I loved this book! Lada knows her options as a girl and the only daughter of Vlad Dracul are limited. Good thing she's fierce as hell. Historical fiction, alternate history. Read my review.
Run (Kody Keplinger)
This one sounds like a contemporary Thelma & Louise! Sheltered Agnes helps her best friend, wild-girl Bo, who is on the run from the law. Very excited about this title! Dual narrative, Contemporary, GLBT.
Winning (Lara Deloza)
I'm not into the mean girls/anti-hero thing, so I don't think I would personally like this title. Alexandra Miles isn't nice, but she's more than capable of playing the part. With her sights set on becoming Homecoming Queen, Alexandra will let nothing stand in her way. But when Erin, a peppy and popular new girl, moves to town, Alexandra needs to kick her scheming into high gear. Contemporary, GLBT.
The Darkest Lie (Pintip Dunn)
I'm excited about this one, though it is only available in e-book and paperback. It's been six months since Cecelia's mom's suicide, and Cecelia's life has taken a dramatic turn. As a distraction, Cecelia starts working at a crisis prevention hotline. Mystery with romance.
A Season for Fireflies (Rebecca Maizel)
This book's description is a little confusing, but it sounds like a high school senior named Penny was hit by lightning and has no memory of the past year of her life. All she knows is that she was once a drama nerd and is now the school's queen bee. It sounds a bit like Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, which I totally loved! Contemporary, mystery.
Kian and Jc: Don't Try This At Home! (Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen)
Okay, seriously, who are these people? I have no clue, but I would imagine many of my students could tell me. From my cursory research on them, they are famous "YouTubers," and this book tells their story. Great if Girl, Online and The Amazing Book is Not On Fire are popular in your library, which they probably are. I'll buy it only because my students will ask me to. More power to these guys for making a pile of money by being prankster goofballs. Biography, maybe? Narrative nonfiction? Pure drivel?
The Darkest Magic (Morgan Rhodes)
Sequel to: A Book of Spirits and Thieves. This is a spin-off series of the popular Falling Kingdoms series. We only just received the first book in our library, but it did get two checkouts in the few weeks we had it before summer break. Both front covers are gorgeous, so I expect this series to be a hit with my many fantasy readers. I plan to read the first book when school starts back up in August. High fantasy.
Empire of Dust (Eleanor Herman)
Sequel to: Legacy of Kings. We just got the first book in our library, and three people checked it out in the last six weeks of school. I do like reading fantasy, and this one sounds pretty good. Set in ancient Macedonia, where sixteen-year old heir Alexander is destined to conquer the world. Add in a Persian princess, a royal assassin, and a murderer, and you've got a book that I plan to read. Historical fiction.
Sunny Side Up (Smale)
This is a Geek Girl Special Edition, which sounds like it means one of the in-between novels that are so popular right now. Sunny Side Up is Geek Girl, book 4.5. Book #5, Head Over Heels just came out in April. I don't know about y'all, but I am kind of burned out from all the decimal-point sequels and prequels. Still, this series is a hit with my middle school girls, so I guess I'll get this one, too. For now, it's only available as an e-book, so I'm hoping it is available on OverDrive. Chick lit.
Before We Go Extinct (Karen Rivers)
Ever since his best friend died right in front of him, JC (also called Sharky) has been holed up in his room watching shark documentaries and texting his dead best friend. Concerned, Sharky's mother sends him to stay with his dad on an remote island in Canada, where Sharky meets a girl and learns to live again. Since I was a kid, I have been obsessed with shark books and documentaries, so I would probably like this book for that reason alone. Contemporary romance, grief.
United As One (Pittacus Lore)
Lorien Legacies, book 7. Seriously, this series needs to end already. Seven books and a whopping fifteen Lost Files novellas later, this series is still somewhat popular in my library. So I guess I'll have to get this one, too. I really did like the first book, so perhaps I'm a bit too grumbly about this alien-invasion action story. More likely, I'm just skeptical that this will actually be the last book in this massively overdone series. Science fiction, action.
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