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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (13th - 26th April). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Dancing With the Devil by Katie Davis
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release date: April 15th
Mackenzie Douglas seems to have it all, but under the veneer of perfection lie the emotional scars of her childhood, inflicted by her father. Memories Mac long ago buried start to claw their way back to the surface, forcing her to confront a past she has done everything she can to forget.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 15th
Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of.

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15th
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal.

Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 15th
Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: April 15th
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship.

High and Dry by Sarah Skilton
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: April 15th
Blackmailed and framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 15th
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place.

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 15th
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. But Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: April 15th
Reagan O’Neill and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery are nursing broken hearts as Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: April 15th
Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight against New Eden. Joined by Jack and her brother, Lugh, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia.

Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Release date: April 15th
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 15th
Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed, discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her, and must learn to deal with her past loves face to face.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial
Release date: April 15th
Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 15th
Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming, but underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

You Only Live Once (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: April 15th
Filled to the brim with twisting paths and turns, this may end up being the best year of your life… or it may send you home to Hope Falls in tears. Whatever snap decisions you make, it’s going to be an unforgettable year.

Aqua by M.A. George
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: April 16th
When a random guy claims to know things about Layla’s father, a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt, Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: April 17th
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Publisher: Merit Press
Release date: April 18th
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame.


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Here is a selection of excerpts from new and upcoming young adult novels that have recently hit the web.

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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts and Revenge #1) by Katie Finn
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: May 13 2014
Devastated by being dumped, Gemma ends up in the Hamptons for the summer - but that adds new complications, especially the risk of her bumping into her ex-best friend, Hallie. Things take a twist when a case of mistaken identity causes Hallie, as well as her dreamy brother Josh, to think that Gemma is someone else. But how long will Gemma keep from being discovered?
To read an excerpt, click here.

Hungry by H.A. Swain
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: June 3 2014
In the future, food is no longer necessary. People take medications to stave off the hunger. According to Thalia’s parents, this is enough - but when Thalia starts to feel hunger, and meets a boy who is part of the underground movement to bring food back, she knows that not everyone is fortunate as she is, and the only way to really keep away hunger is to find real, nourishing food.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 1 2014
Clare knows her family is on the brink of disaster: from her, the overprotected baby, to Luke, a drug-addicted felon who is constantly being bailed out by their parents. Though Clare loves her eldest brother, life as his sister has never been easy - and when he is arrested again, new truths are uncovered that shake her knowledge of her family to her core. And then, her mother makes an unthinkable decision in order to protect him. Clare has to decide between cutting ties with her family for her own sake, or drowning along with them.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: April 10 2014
Theo has finally started to get her life back together. However, things are shattered when her old friend Donovan reappears, after four years of being kidnapped. Theo starts reliving memories of his abduction - and abductor - and though Donovan himself isn’t talking, and Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth about what happened might ruin everything she’s been working for. But keeping quiet could be worse.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Raging Star by Moira Young
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: May 13 2014
Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton. But when she finally meets him, he confounds her with his visions of a healed earth, a New Eden - for the few that can pay their way in. To Jack, the decision is clear: DeMalo needs to be taken down. Still uncertain, and keeping her connection of DeMalo a secret, Saba still determines to join the fight, leading an inexperienced guerrilla band against DeMalo and his trained militia.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Taken (The Taken #1) by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 29 2014
When sixteen-year-old Kara Agnew wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas n’ Sip, she has no idea how she ended up there. When she wanders home, though, she finds out the truth - she’s been missing for five years, but she hasn’t aged a day. Meanwhile, life has moved on without her: her boyfriend and best friend are living the life she thought she’d have, her parents have divorced and her loss turned her father into a conspiracy theory freak. Confused and lost, Kyra knows she has to learn the truth in order to move on.
To read an excerpt, click here.


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LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN SPY NOVELS
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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (6th - 12th April). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: April 8th
Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing which will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists. But first, they have a mystery to solve. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release date: April 8th
Sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs. The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expedition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary’s family. When the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary.

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected.

Burn Out (Burn Out #1) by Kristi Helvig
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release date: April 8th
One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 8th
Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

Great by Sara Benincasa
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 8th
In Sara Benincasa’s contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Incinerator (Crusher #2) by Niall Leonard
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
London ganglord The Guvnor is in hiding, and Finn Maguire has begun a new life running a boxing gym with his old friend and coach Delroy. But when Finn’s lawyer Nicky Hale vanishes overnight with all his money, Finn finds himself in hock to a loan shark with a vicious gang of enforcers.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1) by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.

The Klaatu Terminus (The Klaatu Diskos #3) by Pete Hautman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
Tucker, Lia, and Kosh must evade the pursuit of maggot-like Timesweeps, battle Master Gheen’s cult of Lambs, all while they puzzle out the enigmatic Boggsians as they search for one another and the secrets of the diskos. Where — and when — will it all end?

The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 8th
A meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County reignites the feud between two families when the toxic fire throws together good girl Victoria Whitfield and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale. Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin
Publisher: Philomel
Release date: April 8th
The Nethergrim, a beast of legend, has returned. Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. He and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: April 8th
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 8th
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. They are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known.

Swim That Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time.

Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
Aria believes she can save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with. Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

Troll Mountain: Episode 1 by Matthew Reilly
Publisher: Momentum Books
Release date: April 8th
When his sister is struck down by a deadly disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls.

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art’s Sake, that is being filmed at their high school. But then Luke—the creative force behind their vigilante poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show.

What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release date: April 8th
Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny’s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide.

The World Outside by Eva Wiseman
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. But Chanie has a beautiful voice and dreams of becoming an opera singer - a profession forbidden to a Hasidic girl. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her fundamentalist community.

Zom-B Mission (Zom-B #7) by Darren Shan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
B Smith and the other Angels are relieved to finally receive their first mission - to safely escort a group of human survivors from the zombie-infested streets of London to New Kirkham, a barricaded safe haven in the country. But after battling through crowds of undead monsters, B discovers that the survivors of the town aren’t the best of humanity.

The End of Never (Spitfire #2) by Tammy Turner
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Release date: April 9th
Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Peyton is too smart to fall for pickup lines. She knows crushing on her immortal admirer Kraven could get her heart broken. Or maybe even ripped out of her chest. Literally.

Deadfall (Agent 21 #4) by Chris Ryan
Publisher: Random House
Release date: April 10th
Zak Darke is sent on what seems like a straightforward surveillance op in South Africa but it soon turns into the toughest, most dangerous mission he has ever faced. An old enemy has teamed up with a terrifying gang of child soldiers and Zak is caught in the middle.

Goddess by Laura Powell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: April 10th
The Cult of Artemis is the only home Aura has ever known. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.

Hate by Alan Gibbons
Publisher: Indigo
Release date: April 10th
Eve’s older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that?

Mayday by Jonathan Friesen
Publisher: Speak
Release date: April 10th
Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. She won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t as clear-cut as she remembered.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: April 10th
Theo is better now. She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

The System (The Killables #3) by Gemma Malley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: April 10th
Everybody watches everyone else; nothing is hidden. And for those who fail to ‘update’ every fifteen minutes, the consequences are deadly. Evie and Raffy have escaped the City but they still fear for their lives. Now the only person who can help them is Frankie, the most popular girl in the world, watched every second by millions of people.

The Soul Healer (Silver Moon Saga #2) by Melissa Giorgio
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Release date: April 11th
It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. Now she wants to settle into a normal routine, but when her life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must survive her hardest challenges yet.


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YA INTERROBANG: ISSUE #22 (MARCH 23)
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- Author Marie Rutkoski talks The Winner’s Curse and living in France.
- Deborah Kreiser talks about Three Wishes and researching genies.
- Maureen Johnson explained the delayed release of the new Shades of London book.
- Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty) will release a Romeo & Juliet retelling in spring 2016.
- Game designer Kent Davis will foray into YA fiction with A Riddle in Ruby.
- Aisha Saeed’s debut novel Written in the Stars will hit shelves in 2015.
- Gena Showalter (Intertwined) has a new unnamed YA series coming from Harlequin Teen.
- The ABA announced the finalists for the 2014 Indies Choice Book Awards.
- The 2014 Inky Awards announced their longlist of nominees.
- The 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards announced their winners.
- The Hudson Valley YA Society will host a launch party for Emmy Laybourne’s Savage Drift.
- BookExpo America released its author preview list.
- NYC’s McNally Jackson will be hosting a launch party for Jennifer E. Smith’s The Geography of You and Me and a reading of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 series.
- In Dragonrage, editor Nicole Brinkley discusses rape culture and the importance of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
- In Once Upon A Tweet, Alison Ng finds the best of authors on this week’s social media.
- Keep up with upcoming YA releases.
- Keep up with recent cover releases.
- Keep up with recent excerpt releases.
- What’s on our list this week? Ten spy novels!

Next issue: April 20, 2014.



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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (March 30th - April 1st). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Cold Calls by Charles Benoit
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: April 1st
Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.” Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 1st
Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. But when a letter with the power to topple Kit’s convictions arrives, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 1st
I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling. I have a mission. Dorothy must die!

Foretold (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 1st
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? The sisters must stop Ragnarok — even if it might kill one of them.

Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 1st
A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Going Over by Beth Kephart
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: April 1st
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall – Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st
Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 1st
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family. To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: April 1st
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher.

Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr
Publisher: Urban Fey Press
Release date: April 1st 2014
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life.

The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 1st
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne of the Franco-British Empire, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve? Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician, come up with a plan.

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release date: April 1st
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.

Sekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: April 1st
Yulia’s father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: April 1st
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. But when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: April 1st
New Horizons summer camp promises a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release date: April 1st
Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket Montgomery is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st
Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. There’s one thing David knows for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Under Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: April 1st 2014
Desperate to learn what’s become of her father, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy. But Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy.

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Publisher: Speak
Release date: April 3rd
When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that – he decides to find out who did it.


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Do you have any recommendations for books with ghosts a la "the ghost and the goth" or "the secret life of sparrow delaney"?

Hi everybody! Editor Nicole here, happy to help answer all questions about ya lit whenever somebody should have them. However, I have read neither one of those books! However, here is a LIST of BOOKS with GHOSTIES in them. Some are book titles and some are series titles because I couldn’t remember how I was formatting halfway through but all will bring you GHOSTS.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
The Awakening by Marley Gibson
The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley
Ruined by Paula Morris
The Mediator by Meg Cabot
Shadow Falls by C.C. Hunter
Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

If I’m missing any, and I probably am, add them in reblogs and comments!



posted 2 weeks ago with 14 notes

Here is a selection of excerpts from new and upcoming young adult novels that have recently hit the web.

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The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeline #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: March 25th 2014
Princess Ko has been bluffing about her father’s disappearance in order to keep her kingdom together. But if she can’t produce him in a matter of weeks, the consequence could be a deadly war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt, she starts recruiting specially abled teens to crack the case of the missing royals of Cello - one of them being Elliot, determined to find his father and the only one aware where the royals actually are: trapped in the World.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 1st 2014
Her name is Amy Gumm. She’s from Kansas, and she knows the score on Oz: seen the movies, read the books and knows all the songs. But, when she is recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to make sure that Dorothy - the Dorothy - is killed for good, she finds that sometimes, maybe the Good Witches are not to be trusted, and nothing is as the story claims.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Hit by Melvin Burgess
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: April 4th 2014
A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It’s the ultimate high. At the ultimate price. Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish, his girlfriend’s over him, his brother’s gone. So what’s he got to lose? Everything, as it turns out.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: April 8th 2014
Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st 2014
When David’s brother was killed, he used anger as his outlet. But his parents got religious. David doesn’t know about a higher power, but he does know that as he gets closer to Bailey, the new girl in town, he feels happier. However, his parents are preparing for the Rush, the moment when they believe the faithful to God will be taken away - and they want him to do the same.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: February 25th 2014
Luc lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family — and must act when that family comes under attack.
To read an excerpt, click here.


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yainterrobang:

LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN NATIVE AMERICAN PROTAGONISTS
We thought about what to put here, but these ten Native American protagonists speak for themselves. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

[EDIT] Thanks to Crystal Brunelle for pointing out that Dragon Castle has a Slovakian protaganist. Our bad! We’ve replaced it with The Lesser Blessed.



LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN NATIVE AMERICAN PROTAGONISTS
We thought about what to put here, but these ten Native American protagonists speak for themselves. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

[EDIT] Thanks to Crystal Brunelle for pointing out that Dragon Castle has a Slovakian protaganist. Our bad! We’ve replaced it with The Lesser Blessed.