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Continued Series Fiction

After the Game by Abbi Glines (Field Party #3)
After being away for two years, Riley Young returns to Lawton, Alabama, with her fifteen-month-old daughter to help take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimers, even though it means she has to face the lies that forced her to leave town in the first place and a blossoming friendship with the high school football star Brady Higgens, who is dealing with his own family problems.

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac #4)

New York Times bestselling author Romina Russell's epic sci-fi fantasy series ZODIAC reaches its breathtaking conclusion with THIRTEEN RISING, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel. The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah Maas (Throne of Glass #6)

Chaol and Nesryn visit Antica hoping the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme can enable Chaol to walk again, and to persuade the rulers to ally with them to save Erilea.

Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee (Thousandth Floor #2)

A complicated web of lies threatens to destroy the teen residents of Manhattan's thousand-story supertower, as someone with revenge in mind watches their every move.

Apex by Mercedes Lackey (Hunter #3)

Joy must uncover a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Apex City--and lead her fellow Hunters to victory in the final confrontation with the dangerous Othersiders.

Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie (Burning Glass #2)

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland--and their love--with so many forces threatening to tear them apart? The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike most Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel what she's feeling as well. And with her relationship falling apart, Sonya isn't immune to her power's sinister temptations. Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned seeking revenge--and she won't be satisfied until Sonya has suffered for her mistakes.

Dire King by William Ritter (Jackaby #4)

In this conclusion to the Jackaby series, the eccentric detective and his assistant Abigail Rook find themselves in the middle of a war between magical worlds.

Speculative Fiction

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone--has never beat at all, in fact, but she'd always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king's heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she'll have to become a stepmother. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen's image, at her father's order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do--and who to be--to win back the only mother she's ever known...or else defeat her once and for all.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Mask of Shadows #1)

The gender fluid thief Sal Leon enters a competition to become a replacement member of the Left Hand--a quartet of the Queen's personal assassins--but must first survive the training and the contests while putting the reason for auditioning into motion--revenge.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons #1)

Diana, Princess of the Amazons, longs to prove herself to her warrior sisters. When the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal. Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer--a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, Diana and Alia will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic (Hibiscus Daughter #1)

Twins Iris and Malina have been born with a gleam--a unique way of using magic to manipulate beauty.

Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert (Quests of the Kings #1)

Across the realms, the kings' quests captivate the imaginations of nobles and commoners alike. These dangerous competitions pit the most daring adventurers against each other as they compete for riches and glory for their kingdoms. Plain and ordinary Natalie, a sixteen-year-old peasant girl, loves listening to stories about famous adventurers, but the thrilling action of the kings' quests seems far removed from her everyday life of mucking out stables and working every odd job she can find to support her siblings and disabled mother. However, after a violent run-in with Brago, a ruthless adventurer who believes Natalie is a threat to his mission, she is dragged unwillingly into the latest contest. On the run from Brago, Natalie seeks refuge with a rival adventurer, the legendary Sir Edris, and his squire, Reg. As they toil together to find the object all of the kings desire--an ancient golden harp--Natalie starts to feel safe with the fatherly knight. Yet, despite Edris's protection, Brago is never far behind. When one of Brago's cruel plots separates Natalie from her protectors, she must become as strong and cunning as the adventurers of old to save her friends and stay alive.

Realistic Fiction

Mosaic by Nina Berkhout

Twyla Jane Lee has one goal. To finish senior year so she can get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. But to graduate she needs to complete forty hours of community service, and that means helping out a rude and reclusive former Marine named Gabriel Finch.

Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (editor)

Follows ten teens who are left alone in the wilderness amid a three-day survival test.

She, Myself, and I by Emma Young

After an experimental brain transplant gives quadriplegic Rosa a new life, she begins to obsess over Sylvia, her donor, prompting a road trip of self-discovery and a surprising new romance.

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin

Luisa is ready for her life to start. Five minutes ago. And she could be on her way, as her extraordinary coding skills have landed her a finalist spot for a fellowship sponsored by Thomas Bell. Being chosen means funding, mentorship, and most importantly, freedom from her overbearing mother. Maybe Lu will even figure out how to control the rare condition that plagues her: whenever her emotions run high, her physical senses kick into overload, with waves of color, sound, taste, and touch flooding her body. But Luisa’s life is thrust into chaos as a deadly virus sweeps across the globe, killing thousands and sending her father into quarantine. When Lu receives a cryptic message from someone who might hold the key to stopping the epidemic, she knows she must do something to save her family--and the world.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

There's a box in the back of Audrey's closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she's never met, handed to her by the woman she's called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey's life--the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, consisting not only of the greatest family ever but of a snarky, loyal, sometimes infuriating best friend Rose, and a sweet, smart musician boyfriend, Julian. But when Audrey realizes that she's pregnant, she feels something--a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart--crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith

Matt Nolan is the high school drug dealer, deadbeat, and soon-to-be dropout according to everyone at his school. His vice principal is counting down the days until Mr. 60% (aka Matt) finally flunks out and is no longer his problem. What no one knows is the only reason Matt sells drugs is to take care of his uncle Jack, who is dying of cancer. Meet Amanda. The overly cheerful social outcast whose optimism makes Matt want to hurl. Stuck as partners during an after-school club (mandatory for Matt), it’s only a matter of time until Amanda discovers Matt’s secret. But Amanda is used to dealing with heartbreak, and she’s determined to help Matt find a way to give life 100 percent.

Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in constant pain, not only from a lingering leg injury, but also from her mother's death, which has devastated her family. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression. But then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with a carefree attitude and an amazing secret: he can't feel any pain. At first, Sam is jealous--what she would give not to feel the pain she's felt for the past year. But then she learns more about Eliot's medical condition ... and his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn't seem to care about anything--except maybe Sam. And as they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam's painful memories of the accident--memories that may hold a starling truth about what really happened that day ...

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

Introverted high school student, Vicky Decker, invents a social life on social media.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.

Backfield Boys by John Feinstein

When best friends Tom and Jason leave New York City for an elite, sports-focused boarding school in Virginia to play football, they find some coaches and teammates to be steeped in racism.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Rebelling against the role others believe she should conform to, Billie McCaffrey struggles with her feelings for two of her friends.

Historical Fiction

Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith

It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family--a family of friends who care.

Humor

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Esther Solar is determined to break a curse that has doomed her entire family to debilitating phobias, only to encounter a new fear she hadn't counted on: first love.

Mystery & Thrillers

Lost Causes by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz

They're the last people you'd ask to help with anything, much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict and the hot-tempered athlete. Lost causes. But with the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens' past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. In return, all they have to do is help find the killer who's turned their small town upside down.

Door to January by Gillian French

In this paranormal thriller, sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson has had nightmares since moving away from Bernier, Maine, her hometown. She goes back to Bernier in summer to face up to the reason she left in the first place. There's also a boy she's trying hard not to trust.

Thornhill by Pam Smy

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she's left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself. 2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past.

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Molly Mavity and Pepper Yusef are dealing with their own personal tragedies when they are tasked by an anonymous person with solving the decades-old murder of Ava Dryman, an East German teenager whose diary was published after her death.

Romance

Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Danielle knew how she wanted her future to go until she failed English and her one college application was rejected.

Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

When Everly's boyfriend dumps her for her best friend, she turns to therapy for solace, where she meets Gabe, a boy who is grappling with his own private issues.

Science Fiction

Consider by Kristy Acevaedo (Holo #1)

When mysterious holograms suddenly appear, heralding the end of the world, seventeen-year-old Alexandra Lucas must brave her anxiety disorder and make the ultimate decision for her friends, family, and the human race: to stay, or to go.

Contribute by Kristy Acevaedo (Holo #2)

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Lucas braves her anxiety and jumps through a vertex to the year 2359 where she joins forces with the Umbra, a secret organization, to warn people that the holograms are lying and that Earth still exists, but she is soon bewildered by the lack of outrage conveyed by some people when they learn the truth.

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast (Nahx Invasions #1)

Sixteen year-old Raven, injured and still grieving over her boyfriend's death by the invading Nahx, crosses paths with Eighth, a Nyx warrior who has deserted his unit and abandoned his directives, and as the world falls apart around them, the two learn to trust each other in order to survive.

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Word$ #1)

Preparing to deliver her Last Day speech to celebrate her new adulthood in a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, a 15-year-old girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, a decision that threatens to unravel the fabric of society.

Nonfiction

Cinegeek by Pluttark

An encyclopedia of fun, colorful tidbits about the most popular films! Imagine a list of the best romantic comedies without Hugh Grant! Or a tally of the most improbable fantasy flicks. Or even a ranking of giant movie monsters by size! In Cinegeek, messy, joyful, and 100% subjective appreciation of cinema comes into focus for the delight of moviegoers and pop culture fans everywhere!

More New YA: Historical Fiction & Humor

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Historical Fiction

Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down, then while fleeing home to safety, he finds a girl covered in ash who has no memory.

Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin

As autumn approaches Ilse Stern is thinking about her infatuation with Hermann Rød, and whether his determination to be a painter will interfere with their romance--but the reality of being Jewish in occupied Oslo is about to turn her whole world upside down, as the deportation of the Norwegian Jews begins.

Life Fantastic: A Novel in Three Acts by Liza Ketchum

In 1913, young Teresa dreams of leaving her life in Vermont and hitting the road to join a vaudeville troupe and sing in theaters across the country. Once she does, however, she finds the job and the country is not as glamorous as she once believed.

Wild Lily by K.M. Peyton

In 1921 Lily Gabriel is thirteen, motherless, and runs wild on Lockwood estate where her father is the gardener; Antony Sylvester is seventeen, motherless, and the spoiled son of the rich businessman who owns the estate; so when her friendship for Anthony suddenly turns into an impossible love there is bound to be heartbreak in the future--even before the airplane Antony got for his birthday leads to a disaster that will throw a shadow over both their lives.

When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina

This fictionalized account of a student uprising that began in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, unfolds through the first-person narratives of four young adults from different backgrounds whose lives intersect. An African student, Zanele, secretly organizes the protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree Act, which required the use of English and Afrikaans ("the language of the oppressors") in schools. Her apolitical friend Thabo heads a local gang, extorting money from an Indian store owner, whose daughter Meena, is sympathetic to the students. Meanwhile, Jack, a white Afrikaner, meets, befriends, and comes to love Zanele. Unlikely alliances develop and shift among the four protagonists, each of whom feels pressure from loved ones to conform to expectations.

Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Born in Nazi Germany in 1936, Max is raised as the perfect Aryan but questions his teachings upon learning that his friend Lukas, a Polish boy snatched from his home to be "Germanized," is secretly Jewish.

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

On her father's farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson's life consists of endless chores, rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Laura is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him--from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany--the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt

It's 1939 in Poland, and Arab knows that standing up for anyone--especially her Jewish family--only paints a target on her back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as an Aryan boy, lead her street gang, and sell whatever she can steal. But though Arab starts the war with the one goal of staying alive, others have different ideas for her. When a stranger asks for her help with a covert rescue mission, Arab has to make a choice. Trying to be a hero is a surefire way to get killed. But if she doesn't do it, who will?

Silent by David Mellon

This novel tells a girl who must pretend to be a male soldier to save her younger brothers during World War I.

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry "Monty" Montague and his best friend Percy find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen.

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

London, 1872. Seventeen-year-old heiress Leonora Somerville is preparing to be presented to society -- again. She's strikingly beautiful and going to be very rich, but Leo has a problem money can't solve. A curious speech disorder causes her to stutter but also allows her to imitate other people's voices flawlessly. Servants and ladies alike call her "Mad Miss Mimic" behind her back ... and watch as Leo unintentionally scares off one potential husband after another.

Humor

Spurt by Chris Miles

Eighth-grader Jack, a former reality television star and distressed at not reaching puberty, decides to "fake it until he makes it."

Surviving High School by Lele Pons

This is a novel, and the character "Lele Pons" is based on the real Vine superstar, Lele Pons, and the stories in this book were inspired by Lele's life and her Vines.

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Viahos

Fifteen-year-old Jackie is determined to reclaim her family's privacy and dignity by ending a reality television program about her father's terminal brain tumor.

Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton

High school senior Shannon Depola, who could use a popularity makeover, instead gets a beauty makeover as a contestant for a million dollars on the hidden-camera reality show, The Prom Queen Wannabees.

Outward Blonde by Trish Cook

Sixteen-year-old Lizzie Finkelstein is a hard-partying socialite who lives a charmed life with her mother in Manhattan. After a public drunken escapade results in both an arrest and an embarrassing viral video online, Lizzie's parents stage a late night intervention. Lizzie finds herself whisked away to Utah to learn a lesson or two about taking responsibility at Camp Smiley, a wilderness survival program for troubled kids. Camp Smiley is a far cry from Lizzie's high society life in New York. Without her stable of luxury hair/makeup items, her teacup Pomeranian, contact with the outside world or access to social media, Lizzie must face the harsh conditions of the outdoors. Grouped with troubled campers in which she's certain she has nothing in common (except Jack, who's pretty hot), Lizzie must now learn to dig her own toilet in the woods and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together before the camp will ever let her go back to her former existence. She has a choice: get with the program, or get out of there.

Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Because of his string of pranks, Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he agrees to mentor Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but no social skills. During Homecoming week, someone dressed as the school's Viking mascot starts destroying the homecoming floats, and Lawrence becomes suspect #1. As the situation spirals out of control, he realizes that Spencer may be his best friend -- the one he never knew he needed.

Kale, My Ex, and Other Things by Lisa Greenwald

Mia and her uber-loyal best friend unknowingly start a healthy smoothie business out of a mobile snow cone truck while catfishing the ex-boyfriend who wronged her.

Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand

Fifteen-year-old Marcus tries to uphold the honor of his beloved great-grandfather, aka Zachary the Stupendous, by performing a daring magic trick involving a disappearing shark.

My Brilliant Idea (And How it Caused My Downfall) by Stuart David

Fifteen-year-old Jack "The Jackdaw" Dawson is a young man with a serious plan. Daydreaming in class one day, he gets an idea so brilliant he knows it can't fail: an app that stops you from getting in trouble for daydreaming in class. But problems stand in his way. For one thing, his parents are determined to push him into a career of their choosing. What's more, Jack doesn't know the first thing about creating apps. Readers will root for Jack in this humorous story of a boy trying to scheme his way out from under the weight of his parents' expectations.

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Continued Series Fiction:

Dove Alight by Karen Bao (Dove Chronicles #3)

Shy, introverted Phaet Theta has gone from being a top student to an interplanetary fugitive to the reluctant but fierce leader of a revolution. With the Earthbound on their side, she and her friends finally have a chance at toppling the evil leaders who've held the Moon captive for decades. But as the death tolls rise, the cost of the war weighs heavily on Phaet, even as she's forced to lead her siblings and Wes, the love of her life, into terrible danger. Phaet started this war because she lost someone she loved. Will she have to lose another to end it?

Royal Tour by Amy Alward (Potion Diaries #2)

Since winning the Hunt and saving her new BFF, Princess Evelyn, Sam Kemi has been royally busy. Meanwhile, someone has tampered with her grandad's mind and she is the only one who can unlock his memories.

Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin (Stranje House #3)

It's 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war. Napoleon's invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane- for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind. Jane doesn't consider herself a mastermind. It's just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she's able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier (Silver #3)

Able to visit other people's dreams, Liv's troubles are just beginning. A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy

Battlemage by Taran Matharu (Summoner #3)

Fletcher and his classmates from Vocans Academy--including the elf Sylva and the dwarf Othello--travel through the ether, where they must pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. As he leads a small army of soldiers, Fletcher will face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher loves.

Seeker by Veronica Rossi (Riders #2)

After sealing Sebastian in a dark dimension with the demon Samrael, Daryl loses her visions and must rely on her instincts to lead the riders into a shadowy realm where she fears she may have to use evil powers in order to rescue him.

Umberland by Wendy Spinale (Everland #2)

Bella, Gwen, and the Lost Boys have escaped to Alnwick Castle, but it is not the safe haven they hoped it would be for the "cure" for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even worse--so the Duchess Alyssa and Maddox Hadder set out searching for the virus's origin, an extinct poisonous apple, supposedly from a tree at the center of a labyrinth hidden deep within Germany and guarded by monsters.

Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (Crown’s Game #2)

Vika struggles with dangers in her new role as the Imperial Enchanter while Pasha faces disputes about his legitimacy and Nikolai considers how far he is willing to go to return to the world.

Monstrous by Thomas Sniegoski (Savage #2)

The horrors that began in Savage continue in Boston as Sydney and her friends work to protect the city from the newly crazed rampage of animals and try to figure out the origin of the storm and its power.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (To All the Boys . . . #3)

While helping plan her father's wedding, senior Lara Jean struggles with choosing a college and questions how graduation is going to change her relationship with her boyfriend Peter.

Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd (Cage #3)

Cora pushes her mind and body to the limit in her attempt to escape Armstrong and the deranged sheriff keeping her there, while Mali and Leon attempt a mission to rescue Cassian and Nok's due date approaches.

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas (Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Feyre returns to the Spring Court on a reconnaissance mission about the invading king. As a spy, the future of the entire kingdom may rely on her ability to play her part perfectly, and her decisions about who to trust and which allies are best will decide the outcome of the coming war.

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #5)

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path.

Speculative Fiction

Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beatty (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)

Sage Fowler, the apprentice to a matchmaker, becomes a spy for the army to uncover a treasonous plot and finds herself entangled in a romance with a soldier.

Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (Windy City Magic #1)

Amber Sand has the magical ability to envision anyone's soul mate, but when Charlie Blitzman, the Chicago mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to Amber for help in finding his father's missing girlfriend, Amber sadly sees that Charlie is not destined for her.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Unable to control his ability to travel through time, Kale must deal with the effects of his time serving as a soldier in World War II and his desire to have a normal relationship with his father and Harper, the girl who used to live next door.

Black Witch by Laurie Frost (Black Witch Chronicles #1)

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people --including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians --is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits --if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

Reaper by Kyra Leigh

When Rosie dies in a car crash, she learns that before going to Paradise, she must return to earth as a reaper and collect three souls.

your name. by Makoto Shinkai

Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion.

Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

Chester has taken to the road, traveling from village to village desperately searching for his father, who has disappeared. One night while fiddling to earn a few coins, he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world, and that it’s illegal for him to interact with. He’s caught and sentenced to death for his crime. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to his will. But someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue and whisks Chester into the Hush, a shadowy nightmare mirror-world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill. Susanna, the Captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester. She needs him to pull off an elaborate plan that will take down the governing body that keeps her an outlaw and made her the fragment she is. Susanna needs him to exact her revenge, even if he dies doing it.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (Book #1)

Princess Evelayn, eighteen, of Éadrolan must rely on her newly acquired magical powers as war between the Light Kingdom and the Dark Kingdom rages.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (Book #1)

Tilla, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Kent, bands together with other outcasts in an attempt to prevent civil war and protect Lyriana, a sheltered, visiting princess whose life is in danger.

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell

For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney's AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach Flannery's favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong. The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything-- except Miss Sweeney's copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City-- and she's in trouble. So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart-- yet he's never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact, Flannery can't help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë's novel. Could it be?

Realistic Fiction

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe

Birdy Flynn carries a lot of secrets. The time boys tortured a cat and Birdy had to drown it in the river to stop it from suffering. The time Mrs. Cope, the teacher, touched Birdy. The gypsy girl at school who Birdy likes. But no one can know about any of these secrets. Because Birdy's other secret is that while she fights as good as the boys, she is a girl, and she doesn't always feel like a girl is supposed to. She's growing up in an imperfect family, and an imperfect world, and wants to become the person she was meant to be.

Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

Charlie and John are both gunning for the same scholarship to a private arts high school. For this coveted spot, they must compete in a fashion competition--and only one can win.

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Suigura

When her family moves to California, 16 year old Sana Kiyohara falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly obvious affair.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

It's bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town's end-of-summer fair. It's even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he's just left for football camp...with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there's more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There's more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she's always wanted to be. Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley---one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi

It was a normal Tuesday until Kai discovered a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail, from her older sister, Jen. "If you are reading this, I am already gone." Jen has committed suicide. Dealing with Jen's funeral and with their devastated parents, Kai is also searching for answers. Soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. When her parents send Kai to the Treehouse, a summer camp for grieving teens, she's not a happy camper. Then she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh... and fall in love.

Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie Nelson

This contemporary retelling of the The Great Gatsby follows Tanner McKay, a star on his public high school's debating team as he ambitiously pursues and wins a scholarship at the elite Bannerman Prep. Debate is Tanner's ticket out of a life of poverty and family drama--and into a new and better future. But when he's paired with the prep school playboy everyone calls the Duke, Tanner's plans seem doomed to fail. As he gets sucked into the Duke's flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge become addictive. Duke's castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple.

Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Both of sixteen-year-old Cammi's parents are stars in Mexico, but everything changes when her mother accepts a role in an American sitcom.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson

Wanting nothing more than to survive high school, Chris, the only stepchild in a social-climbing family, forges an unexpected romance with his stepsister's wealthy boyfriend before a new friend helps him learn to accept himself and his family.

Historical Fiction

Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

After being betrayed and cast out, Lady Magdalen and Steffan the Duke of Wolfberg must work together to reclaim their rightful titles.

Humor

Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Too shy to look for a prom date, Deacon decides to ask his grandmother to the event and when a video of their dancing goes viral, he finds his life taking an unforgettable turn.

Note Worthy by Riley Redgate

Feeling undervalued because of musical talents that place her outside the spotlight, Jordan disguises herself as a boy to gain entry into a competitive, all-male acappella group that is looking for a singer with her vocal range.

No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky

Civic-minded teen Gregor Maravilla attends an activist's summer camp where he participates in a charity competition that triggers a rivalry with a famous young actress whose choices encourage campers to sabotage each other.

Mystery & Thrillers

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

A girl with recurring memory loss chases down the boy she loves based on the one memory she is able to hold onto.

Violet Grenade by Veronica Scott

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn't long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam's approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam's secrets, Domino decides to leave. It'll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn't like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn't know about the person living inside Domino's mind.

Grit by Gillian French

It's summer in rural Maine; when 17-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn't raking berries with her sister during the day, she's drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry at night. But the fun is what's been keeping Darcy's mind off the things she can't forget: a disturbing secret she shares with Nell, the mysterious disappearance of her ex-best friend, and that hazy Fourth of July party that ended with Darcy drunk, flat on her back, and wondering how she let it get this far. Everything she has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface when she is nominated to be Bay Festival Princess.

Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

In a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition.

Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

In a future world where teenagers are taken, imprisoned, and forced to fight for their survival, well-behaved Cassie will do whatever it takes to save her rebellious twin sister from Death Row.

Romance

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Still obsessed with the boy band Fever Dream long after her friends lose interest, Grace unexpectedly meets band member Jes and embarks on an unlikely romance that leads her to confront complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Meet Oakley Ford -- teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls & and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down. Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett -- devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centred jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life, right?

Science Fiction

Exo Project by Andrew Deyong

When Matthew joins the Exo Project, which has the goal of securing a new home for humankind as the Earth's temperature rises, he meets Kiva, an exoplanet teenager with whom he feels a strong bond.

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

In a world where everyone is the same, Trigger 17 convinces Dahlia 16 that she is unique but this proves that both are flawed, which could lead to dire consequences for their entire genomes.

Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

At first glance, The Kite Runner didn’t really appeal to me. I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes, you just can’t help it. Let me tell you that looking past the cover is the best decision I ever made. The Kite Runner is the most heart wrenching, touching story I have ever read. It uses history as background information to tie in with a beautiful, yet tragic story about a little boy named Amir and his best friend Hassan. Amir and Hassan grew up with the same surroundings, but lived in entirely separate worlds. Amir lived with his wealthy father, Baba, while Hassan was the son of Baba’s servant. Yet, they grew up as best friends. They loved flying kites together as a part of a tradition in their home, Kabul, yet they had their ups and downs, as many friends do. Unfortunately, as a result of a traumatic incident, Amir and Hassan were forced to part ways. This leads to Amir’s journey of forgiving himself for the incident and making up for it many, many years later.

This novel was so well written and I could not put it down. Hosseini used a lot of description to help visualize the plot and also used a lot of symbolism, which kept me interested. A true “roller coaster of emotions,” I’d recommend The Kite Runner to any young adult who likes historical fiction, along with stories about friendship and forgiveness, as it is a main theme of the novel.

Reviewed by Brina Patel