Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: YA October-December

2014We’re almost there! Welcome to the penultimate post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2014. Today I’m sharing the third and last part of my picks for books published for the YA crowd. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!

October

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Karen Akins – Loop (Science Fiction, St. Martin’s Griffin) At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self. But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

paolobacigalupi-thedoubtfactoryPaolo Bacigalupi – The Doubt Factory (Thriller, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
In this page-turning contemporary thriller, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped.

Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses–and his radical band of teen activists–is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

sarahbethdurst-chasingpowerSarah Beth Durst – Chasing Power (Fantasy, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Sixteen-year-old Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind—things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers—and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again . . . which would mean grave danger for them both.When she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel—a boy with the ability to teleport—he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family—and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive . . . or survive.

sarafarizan-tellmehowacrushshouldfeelSara Farizan – Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel (Contemporary, Algonquin Books)
High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.

bethanygriffin-thefallBethany Griffin – The Fall (Horror, Indigo)
For Madeline, the House of Usher is a nightmare to live in – but impossible to leave – in this brand new Gothic novel from Bethany Griffin, author of the Masque of the Red Death sequence.

Madeline and her twin brother Roderick have the Usher name, the Usher house – and the Usher disease. Something is wrong with the family’s blood – and it seems to have spread to the house itself. Sometimes Madeline even thinks that the house is alive . . . When Roderick is sent away to school, the house seems to want revenge on the one member of the Usher family left behind: Madeline herself.

A gorgeous, eerie, darkly Gothic tale, THE FALL is guaranteed to intrigue and enthrall its readers, winning legions of new fans for the talented Bethany Griffin. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Becca Fitzpatrick and Cassandra Clare.

andreahannah-ofscarsandstardustAndrea Hannah – Of Scars and Stardust (Contemporary, Flux)
Claire knows they’re after her. For two years, they’ve been hunting her.Two years ago, Claire Graham ran away from her hometown and a tragedy that still haunts her, even in New York City. But when she learns that her sister, Ella, has gone missing, Claire decides to return to Amble, Ohio, and face what happened there. And her involvement in it.Determined to find Ella, Claire turns to Grant Buchanan, the soft-spoken boy from her past who, like Claire, has secrets he guards closely. The two of them navigate their growing attraction while following clues that Ella left behind. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire tries to unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to prevent another tragedy. But not all things lost are meant to be found.

jamiekain-thegoodsisterJamie Kain – The Good Sister (Contemporary, St. Martin’s Griffin)
The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.

asking-gloryobrienshistoryofthefutureA.S. King – Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future (Contemporary, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
A must-read Printz Honor author’s masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and the future.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

christinalauren-sublimeChristina Lauren – Sublime (Fantasy, S&S Books for Young Readers)
True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read.When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

keklamagoon-howitwnetdownKekla Magoon – How It Went Down (Contemporary, Henry Holt and Co.)
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. By the day, new twists and turns further obscure the truth.Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and of the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.

jessicamartinez-kisskillvanishJessica Martinez – Kiss Kill Vanish (Contemporary, Katherine Tegen Books)
Valentina Cruz no longer exists.One moment she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Kiss Kill Vanish is a sizzling page-turner, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

cristinamoracho-altheaandoliverCristina Moracho – Althea & Oliver (Contemporary, Viking Young Readers)
What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

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Natalie C. Parker – Beware the Wild (Horror, HarperTeen)
It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp—the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out—not a bit of mud on her perfect sundress—and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance—and loner-boy Heath Durham might be the only one who believes her.As the wild swamp encroaches on their town, Sterling and Heath fight to free Phin…and discover that the most dangerous secrets are the ones we forget.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

chelseyphilpot-eveninparadiseChelsey Philpot – Even in Paradise (Contemporary, HarperCollins.)
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about her. Most people do…or think they do.Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she dives headfirst into the larger-than-life new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden…until now.

With inspiration drawn from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Chelsey Philpot’s moving debut novel perfectly captures the intensity, the thrill, and the heartbreak of our too-brief friendships and loves.

sararaasch-snowlikeashesSara Raasch – Snow Like Ashes (Fantasy, Balzer+Bray) A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Secretly training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter regain its source of magic and rise to power again.So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, and never has been, her own.Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.

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Tricia Sullivan – Shadow Boxer (Fantasy, Ravenstone)
Jade is a 17-year-old champion muay thai cage fighter, or she would be, if she could just keep a rein on her temper. When Jade gets into a fight with a Hollywood star, she is sent to train in Thailand and keep out of the spotlight. Mya is a ten-year-old refugee and a slave to shadowy crime lord Richard Fuller, who uses children like Mya to transport him to the mystical Thai forest, Himmapan, at the heart of his drugs and child-trafficking empire.When reporters threaten Fuller, he uses Mya to leave a young journalist, Shea, for dead in Himmapan. But Mya escapes into the mystical forest, where she rescues Shea and the two of them are transported to Jade’s gym in New Jersey.Jade is summoned to compete in a new cage fighting competition, and Shea suspects Fuller is involved. The three of them must work together to bring down Fuller before it is too late…

elissasussman-strayElissa Sussman – Stray (Fantasy, Greenwillow Books)
Princess Aislynn’s magical ability is powerful and uncontrollable, and at her academy’s Introduction Ball—where she hopes to be introduced to her beloved and begin a life of happily ever after—Aislynn makes a horrible mistake instead. According to The Path, the strict patriarchal doctrine of the land, Aislynn must now be redirected—her loving heart is removed and put in a cabinet, her royal ball gown is replaced with a simple purple robe, and she is assigned to a Princess Linnea as her fairy godmother. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale is part coming-of-age story, part fairy tale, part adventure, part sweet romance. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Includes a recipe for Fairy Godmother Bookbinder Bread.

bentripp-theaccidentalhighwaymanBen Tripp – The Accidental Highwayman (Fantasy, Tor Teen) The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp. This thrilling tale of dark magic and true love is the perfect story for fans of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, goblin attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….

catwinters-thecurefordreamingCat Winters – The Cure for Dreaming (Historical Fiction, Amulet Books)
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

November

manijabrownsmith-strangerRachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith – Stranger (Science Fiction, Viking Children’s Books)
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, “the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. “Las Anclas” now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

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Miriam Forster – Empire of Shadows (Fantasy, HarperTeen)
Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—an Order where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, Mara finds the boy she thought she’d lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew the dizzying capital city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake? Perfect for fans of romantic fantasies like The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Graceling, Empire of Shadows takes readers on a spellbinding journey into a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

ryangraudin-thewalledcityRyan Graudin – The Walled City (Thriller, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Maze Runner meets Legend in this realistic race against the clock to escape a lawless labyrinthThere are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels–or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

claudiagray-athousandpiecesofyouClaudia Gray – A Thousand Pieces of You (Science Fiction, HarperTeen)
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

lizdejager-vowedLiz de Jager – Vowed (Fantasy, Tor UK)
A Blackhart’s calling is to banish dark creatures that dwell beyond mortal sight. But Kit Blackhart is finding her new remit a challenge. Revealing the supernatural aspects to everyday crimes is rewarding but tough. Her latest case is to discover why children are disappearing from a London estate. But also, why is this completely off the radar for both press and police? Kit is also questioning how her parents died, years before, now she’s seen the Otherwhere and fought its fae agents. New friend Dante Alexander could help with the case and her questions, being part of a governmental unit for all things otherworldly. But her cousins want her to keep her family secrets, well, secret.It might be time to explore her dangerous affinity with magic, as questions lead to dangerous conclusions. Kit is realizing just how much creatures from the Otherwhere have infiltrated our society. And to what lengths they will go to remain within our world.

leavercurrie-creedTrisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie – Creed (Horror, Flux)
Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

emilymckay-thevaultEmily McKay – The Vault (Dystopian, Michael Joseph Books)
In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there’s only one choice resist or die.But fighting Ticks comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter. With Lily exposed to the Tick virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure and quickly. For with every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.Now their only choice is to split up in a race to save Lily and to save humanity.

chelseapitcher-thelastchangelingChelsea Pitcher – The Last Changeling (Fantasy, Flux)
Elora needs a sacrifice. What she gets is love.

Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”Enter seventeen-year-old Taylor, an exile in his own home. Unable to forgive himself for the accident that took his little brother’s life, he has spent the past year living in the carriage house above his parents’ garage to distance himself from his deteriorating family. When Taylor meets Elora, who he believes to be a runaway, he senses a kindred spirit and lets her crash in his room. Elora is overjoyed that she may have found her sacrifice so quickly . . . until she finds herself falling in love with Taylor.

danawalrath-likewateronstoneDana Walrath – Like Water on Stone (Historical Fiction, Delacorte Press)
It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen’s way. But when the Ottoman pashas set their plans to eliminate all Armenians in motion, neither twin has a choice.After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, Shahen and Sosi flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. Shahen keeps their parents’ fate a secret from his sisters. But the children are not alone. An eagle named Ardziv watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.

December

jayerobinbrown-noplacetofallJaya Robin Brown – No Place to Fall (Contemporary, HarperTeen)
Amber Vaughn is a good girl.She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends Friday nights hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. But when she learns about an audition at a prestigious arts school, Amber decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out. The more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between right and wrong, there’s a whole world of possibilities.No Place to Fall is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jandy Nelson, and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

lizczukas-toptencluesyourecluelessLiz Czukas – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless (Contemporary, HarperTeen)
Chloe is having the worst day of her life. She’s stuck working the early shift at GoodFoods Market, she accidentally crashed into a customer’s car with a grocery cart, and she is getting nowhere with her crush, Tyson.Oh, and she and her fellow teenage employees have been accused of stealing $10,000 from a charity donation box. Now they’re stuck in work jail (aka the break room) until the police arrive. And if they can’t prove their innocence, being locked in the same room for hours will be the least of their worries.…For Chloe, this is an epic disaster—but for readers, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is an irresistible combination of lighthearted romance and effortless humor. Fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Claire LaZebnik, and Stephanie Perkins will fall in love with this pitch-perfect paperback read about love, friendship, and how what starts as the worst day ever can end up being one of the best.

alexandramonir-suspicionAlexandra Monir – Suspicion (Horror, Delacorte Press)
A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery.“There’s something hidden in the maze.”Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake-including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope. Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself-and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving. Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.

michaelwilliams-diamondboyMichael Williams – Diamond Boy (Thriller, Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
A high-stakes, harrowing adventure set in the diamond fields of Southern Africa, from the critically acclaimed author of Now Is the Time for Running.“Diamonds for everyone.”That’s what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines himself, hoping find his girazi–the priceless that stone that could change his life forever. But when the government’s soldiers comes to Marange, Patson’s world is shattered.Set against the backdrop of President Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime in Zimbabwe, Diamond Boy is the story of young man who succumbs to greed but finds his way out through a transformative journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister, in search of freedom, and in search of himself.

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