Tuesday, August 2, 2016

YA New Releases--August 2, 2016

Once again, this is a big release week for YA. I'm sure some of you have already read the new Harry Potter, plus I've spotlighted 15 other new YAs this week. I am most excited about Jessica Brody's new book, which sounds like a YA take on Groundhog Day. There are also a couple of interesting titles for reluctant readers, as well as several sequels.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne)
This released on July 31, which happened to be my last day in the USA before returning home to China. Our flight left at 9AM on July 31, and I was skeptical that the airport would have it in their bookstores. They did! My students will be thrilled that they don't have to wait six months for "Harry Potter #8" to arrive in the library. I do hope that the play script format doesn't turn them off. I have to be honest here: It does make me reluctant to read it, even though I've already heard some great things about it. I need to buckle down and give it a try, I guess. I'd like to be able to tell my students that I wasn't a fan of the play format, either, but I still loved it. We'll see how it goes. Fantasy, playscript.

United (Melissa Landers)
Alienated, book 3. I absolutely loved the first book in this trilogy, and it is super-easy to booktalk with my 8th and 9th grade girls. This trilogy is about a human girl in love with an alien boy whose planet has a fragile alliance with the humans on earth. Science fiction, romance. Read my review of Alienated.

Radioactive (Vanessa Acton)
I have found no preliminary reviews for this title, and others in the series have few or no reviews. That's not usually a good sign for me, but I'm including it here because I think it would appeal to reluctant readers. At only 104 pages, this title could be included in booktalks about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and the consequences of nuclear testing. Pacific Island tourists start falling victim to mysterious accidents. Has the area really been cursed since nuclear testing occurred there decades ago? Mystery, reluctant readers.

The Beauty of Darkness (Mary Pearson)
At 688 pages, this final book in The Remnant Chronicles trilogy is significantly longer than the first two books. In the first book, Kiss of Deception, Princess Lia runs away from her marriage on the morning she is to be married. She doesn't know she is pursued by two people: the jilted prince and an assassin out to kill her. Goodreads ratings are also in the 4s for all three books in this series. Book One in this series, Kiss of Deception, is on sale for $2.99 on Kindle in August 2016. Fantasy.

Infinite Risk (Anne Aguirre)
Immortal Game, book 3. In book one, Mortal Danger, a mysterious boy gives a suicidal girl three wishes. Edie accepts the wishes and becomes one of the beautiful, popular girls. But there is more to the boy's plan than Edie knows. Fantasy, paranormal.

Enter Title Here (Rahul Kanakia)
Though I read this book in one sitting, I personally didn't love it. I had no warm fuzzies for the horrible main character, who steps on or sabotages anyone who might find themselves blocking her way. The story itself was interesting, but I could not relate at all to the extremely success-driven protagonist. Realistic fiction. Read my review here.

Recreated (Colleen Houck)
Sequel to: Reawakened. I loved Houck's Tiger's Curse series, but Reawakened fell flat for me. This is a fantasy story with a heavy dose of Egyptian mythology, romance, and angst, which means my sixth and seventh grade girls will eat it right up. Mythology, romance, adventure.

The Gilded Cage (Lucinda Gray)
Set in the 1820s. Sixteen-year old Katherine Randolph, a Virginia farm girl, moves to England's posh Walthingham Hall, a completely different world for Katherine. But her brother's accidental death looks like anything but an accident to Katherine. Mystery with romance.

Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More (M.R. Cordell)
The title is self-explanatory: this is a collection of little-known stories about women during the American Civil War. Narrative nonfiction.

Whatever, Or How Junior Year Became Totally F$@cked (S.J. Goslee)
Mike Tate, a slacker teen boy, discovers he is gay. I've seen several very positive early reviews of this title, which has been compared to The Perks of Being A Wallflower. I already know a couple of students I'll recommend this to. Contemporary fiction, GLBT.

Forever Doon (Carey Corp)
Doon, book 4. I do not know this series at all, but those covers are gorgeous and Goodreads reviews are pretty solid. Set in Scotland and loosely based on the musical Brigadoon. I plan to order the first two books for the library and see how they do. Fantasy romance.

On Guard (Patrick Jones)
Bounce series. Patrick Jones has a couple of new titles for reluctant readers out this week. Mercedes Morgan is a young female point guard with a bright future playing basketball in college. But when Mercedes's older sister falls in with a gang and lands in a coma after a drive-by shooting, Mercedes fears for the rest of her family, especially her little brother, who seems headed down the same wrong path. Realistic fiction, sports (basketball), reluctant readers.

At the Center (Patrick Jones)
Cody's basketball team has an almost-perfect record, thanks to a new player, Jayson, who recently moved from the inner-city to Cody's mostly-white high school. Jayson and their coach do not get along, and when Jayson is cut from the team, the school divides along racial lines. Realistic fiction, sports (basketball), reluctant readers.

Beneath Wandering Stars (Ashlee Cowles)
Awww...this one sounds so good! When Gabriela's soldier brother is borribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela vows to walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain in his honor. Problem is, that promise comes with strings attached--she must also walk with her brother's best friend, a boy she has despised all her life. Pair with Jessi Kirby's In Honor. Contemporary romance.

Finding Abbey Road (Kevin Emerson)
Exile, book 3. Contemporary romance about a student band from a PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High. Goodreads reviews on this series are a bit mixed, so you might want to check those out before purchasing. I do love the fact that this title features plenty of music and rock-n-roll references! Contemporary romance.

A Week of Mondays (Jessica Brody)
This reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day and Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall. Sixteen-year old Ellison Sparks has had a terrible day. She got a ticket, her school picture is terrible, she bombs at softball tryouts, and her boyfriend breaks up with her. Wishing to do it all over again and get it right, Ellison's wish is granted. She wakes up, and it's Monday morning once again. I loved Brody's 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, which was very popular with my library girls a few years ago. I definitely plan to get this for the library. Side note: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father is on sale for Kindle right now--it's $2.99 during August 2016. Light fantasy.

The Bad Decisions Playlist (Michael Rubens)
I'm loving all the male protagonist contemporary romances on this week's list! Sixteen-year old Austin just found out that his father--a rock star who allegedly died years ago--is very much alive. Austin, also a talented musician, finds himself overwhelmingly thrust into his father's orbit. Contemporary, humor, music.

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