Monday, June 6, 2016

YA New Releases--June 7, 2016

Wow, how did I end up with 12 spotlight YA novels this week? As usual, we have lots of contemporary romance, but this week, there are a whopping three GLBT titles and only one dystopia. Personally, I am most excited about interplanetary apocalypse Lotus and Thorn and the historical retelling, My Lady Jane (if only to see how Jane's story ends). It's finally June, so let's get ready to read by the pool!

You Know Me Well (David Levithan, Nina LaCour)
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other in class for the past year, but they do not know each other. One night, Kate spots Mark out unexpectedly in the city, and the two discover that even a stranger can know you better than your loved ones. Sounds a lot like Dash & Lily's Book of Dares and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, though it does not appear to be a romance between Mark and Kate, who are both gay. Contemporary romance, GLBT.
Ivory & Bone (Julie Eshbaugh)
A pre-history Pride & Prejudice? Seventeen-year old Kol only knows life as a hunter-gatherer and protecting his family. But when two new clans arrive, war may loom on the horizon. With the new clans are Lo and Mya, two girls who have been enemies and who both seem to have ulterior motives. Debut author tackles pre-history, a unique setting to today's YA market. Historial fiction, romance, fantasy.
My Lady Jane (Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows)
Billed as The Princess Bride meets Lady Jane Grey. I've seen tons of strong early praise for this historical fiction retelling of a real-life queen. Here's hoping this Lady Jane has a happier ending than the real Lady Jane. Historical fiction, retelling.
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame (Jenn P. Nguyen)
After a wild party, goal-oriented ice queen wakes up next to underachieving surfer boy Evan McKinley. Worried about her reputation, Taylor concocts a scheme to pretend that Evan is her boyfriend. This one has some decent reviews, but I personally couldn't get into it. I'm including it because I do think romance-loving high school girls will enjoy it. Contemporary romance.
All the Feels (Danika Stone)
Another geek-girl gets a life story. Ultimate fangirl Liv is devastated when her favorite character in the Starveil movies is killed off. In mourning, Liv decides to start an online campaign to bring the character back to life. This gets a lot of attention, to the point that it all gets pretty overwhelming. Liv travels with her best friend Xander to DragonCon to get away from all the hoopla. Both main characters are college freshmen. Contemporary romance.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies (Lindsay Ribar)
Pitched as Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow, and I do wonder how many teens will know the Twin Peaks reference--that series was popular before today's teens were even born. Early reviews praise this one as smart, fun, and unique. Magical realism.
Julia Vanishes (Catherine Egan)
In a city that has banned all magic, Julia has the ability to remain unseen. She's not invisible, but she easily stays out of view. Julia uses her ability as a thief and a spy. Fantasy, paranormal, mystery.
Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever (Rachel Toor)
Awww...I think rats are cute, and this book makes me want to get a rat for my library. Wodney Wat, perhaps? Misunderstood aims to change readers' opinions about the lowly rat. Narrative nonfiction, memoir.
Doreen (Ilana Manaster)
A modern-day retelling of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Lotus and Thorn (Sarah Wilson Etienne)
Plagued with Red Death, the planet Red Gabriel was abandoned by Earth 500 years ago. What's left is a desert apocalypse where the few remaining survivors scratch out a meager existence. Meet Leica, a 17-year old thief who is exiled to the desert and becomes part of a revolution. Science fiction, dystopia.
American Girls (Alison Umminger)
15-year Anna is fed up with life at home, so she "borrows" her stepmother's credit card and travels to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets and finds herself engrossed in researching the murderous Manson girls. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
True Letters From A Fictional Life (Kenneth Logan)
James Liddell is a star-athlete, a decent student, and the carefree boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa. But in reality, James is living a lie. There's a boy in his thoughts, and James is beginning to wonder if he will always have to live a lie. Realistic fiction, GLBT.


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