New YA books (and series!)

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti

Tessa’s mother has died and their house no longer feels like a home. Tessa’s dad initiates a road trip to Tessa’s grandmother’s small coastal town and, there, Tessa meets Henry Lark and begins to hope again.

the last forever

Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine

Set in 1972, this book tells the story of Red Porter and his mother who have to figure out a way to make a go of it after Red’s father and idol passes away. The family’s gas station/mechanic shop/convenience store feels like both something to hold onto and a symbol of everything about living in the racist south that Red discovers he might need to either escape from or help to correct.

seeing red

Silver People by Margarita Engle

This is the story of the building of the Panama Canal and the people who suffered back-breaking labor, discrimination, and segregation to accomplish one of the greatest feats of modern engineering.

silver people

The Hit by Melvin Burgess

How bad would your life have to be to choose a drug that will give you the most amazing high, followed by death? For Adam, it’s about that bad.  He’s considering it. He takes one…

the hit

Smack by Melvin Burgess

A subtle but harrowing tale of the downward spiral of drug addiction.


Across the Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

The islands of New Pacifica are all that remains from the devastation of war. Now, the aristocrats in charge are threatened by rebels and a drug that makes its victims lose their minds. Hope comes in the form of a mysterious spy, the Wild Poppy who, it turns out, is posing as an airhead aristocrat herself. Based on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

across the star-swept sea

The Slanted Worlds (Book 2 in the Obsidian Mirror series) by Catherine Fisher

The Obsidian Mirror is the prize that everyone is fighting for based on a power that no one really understands. Time travel, faeries, magic, and intrigue all combine to make Jake, Sarah, and Oberon the conductors of an electric adventure.

the slanted worlds

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Nikki has rescued Jack in this third and final installment of the Everneath series but, in the process, has started to become an Everliving herself, the very people she has wanted to destroy. Will Nikki spend the rest of time in the underworld with a queen who wants her destroyed or can Cole convince her to join him in fighting for human survival, even if it means her own life?


Curtsies and Conspiracies (sequel to Etiguette and Espionage) by Gail Carriger

In this steampunk setting, finishing school has turned out to be spy school and Sophronia’s own spy training is serving her well to uncover a conspiracy with dire implications for both humans and supernaturals.

Curtsies and Conspiracies

Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

This last in the six-book series has the teens of Perdido Beach going head to head with the mutant daughter of Diana, Gaia. Gaia is bent on complete control and destruction, making this a fight not only for the Perdido Beach survivors to save themselves but also the rest of the world.

Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Otto and his friends at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education are now confronted with Cypher, a ruthless villain plotting to take over the world in this second book of the H.I.V.E. series. 

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Rogue members of Otto’s biggest nemisis organization have kidnapped two of his friends in this continuing high-adventure saga of the multi-talented and multi-trouble attracting students at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education.

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour has arrived for Otto and his H.I.V.E. friends when the most powerful supervillains take control of a weapons program. Otto himself is now at serious risk as the body Overlord must use to complete his domination plans. It will be up to Nero to prevent that from happening.

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dr. Nero is still fighting the forces that oppose him and Otto and his team are in Siberia on a training exercise with a traitor in their midst. It looks like the time has come for full-on civil war.

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Returner’s Wealth (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Micah entered the dangerous wyrmeweald as an intruder and soon learns the treachery of the place and the dangers of and to its inhabitants. But, along with the beautiful Thrace, Micah becomes a defender of the place they both love, intent on saving the dragon-like creatures who are threatened there.

Returner’s Wealth

Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

While believing themselves protected from winter and the evil kith outside their cave, Micah, Eli, and Thrace are hunted by an assassin and may find that nowhere in this once magnificent wilderness is or can ever be truly safe again.

Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Once beautiful lands have become barren, littered with the bone trails of the slain. The time has come for a war on every front, everyone from kith to wyrme to human preparing for the fights of their lives.

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Tula Bane was not intended to survive a severe beating but here she is on a remote space station trying to make her way among alien life forms and to get revenge on those who wanted her dead. But things are not as they seem and the galaxy has rules of its own. And, just because someone is human, does that mean that have anything in common with her at all?

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

Nicolo can play just about anything on his clarinet, a new instrument to the master musicians of Venice and, therefore, both a fascination and a threat. But the clarinet is magical and Nicolo needs to know just how it works and what the talent he possesses may mean for his life,his love, his career and the intriguing plots that spring up around him.

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

The Whatnot (companion to The Peculiar) by Stefan Bachmann

In this second steampunk adventure by teen writer Stefan Bachmann, Hettie has been pulled through a door into faerie land and her brother Bartholomew Kettle is determined to find her with the help of Pikey Thomas who will do just about anything to escape the life he has lived so far.

The Whatnot  by Stefan Bachmann

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe

Daisy’s life is focused on making no waves so that her parents can focus all their attention on her autistic brother. Even though Daisy is a talented trumpet player, the constraints on her time and freedom weigh heavily. As her brother’s behavior gets more out of control, Daisy is caught between her guilt and the anticipation of relief, her good-girl persona and her desires.

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe


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