• Rite of Rejection

    For the record, this is a dystopian novel. And having Hunger Games and Divergent play big for so long, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to invest in another future society that’s gone to pot. But since the author was so nice and gave me the book, I plunged in. And I’m glad I did:)

    First, I loved the premise of the book–a future society uses a machine to predict a person’s tendencies while still a teen, to weed out people who will harm the society in the future. I’d not seen such an idea explored and it’s pretty scary if you really think about it.

    There were five primary characters–Rebecca, Eric, Elizabeth, Daniel, and Molly. While I felt Molly wasn’t well developed, the author did a good job at evolving the others, particularly the main protagonist, Rebecca, from a naive sixteen-year-old who wouldn’t think of hurting a flea, into a character resolved to sacrifice herself in order to change society. That’s quite a span to bridge but I thought Ms. Negovetich did it in a way that was believable, even including Becca’s first true love, with all the challenges that holds, in the process.

    That said, the plot felt too predictable for the first half of the book. Kids are sent to the PIT (a prison-like facility) because a machine predicts they will become criminals in the future. Enter sixteen-year-old Rebecca who, despite how unlikely it seems, gets sent to PIT. Of course the first half of the book is about how she and her compatriots try to break out…which is of course foiled.

    IMO the book shines after this, and Ms. Negovetich’s brilliance is revealed for she takes Rebecca and her adoptive family of other teenage PIT convicts (Elizabeth and Daniel) and plants for them the opportunity to make a statement about what society outside the PIT walls doesn’t know. In so doing, Rebecca is set up as the agent of change.

    One complaint I had was the plot shift with this person (sorry, no spoilers) betraying the group seemed a bit sudden and I felt like it came out of the blue without enough lead in to make the moment more gripping. I feel like if the author had developed that a bit more, I would have felt personally betrayed and livid at the person. But I came away from it as more of a fact that Rebecca and friends must deal with but not feeling it myself–it was more a surprise in an academic sense than experientially.

    Overall, this was a great first novel by a debut author! If I could have had such a strong start…LOL! Look for Ms. Negovetich to refine her storytelling and become a force. If you like dystopian with a hint of romance thrown in, I think you’ll enjoy Rite of Rejection.
  • Tied Up In You

    TIED UP IN YOU begins with Jackson visiting best friend Malina after a long time apart (he was on a lot of away games playing hockey). This first scene steals your attention easily, as it's fun and playful and everything I thought how best friends interact. These two aren't just playing at being best friends; they totally are! I love that the author was able to do this and to pull us right into their friendship.

    And after they accidentally kissed and found they're starting to have feelings for the other, I love the uncertainty and ambivalence they go through. The double date scene was hilarious, and I love how it ended.

    I felt like the book was divided into two parts. The first part was before they got together, and the second part was after. In the second part, conflict came in the form of conflicting schedules and trying to make time for each other, to care for what the other wants, etc. The author showed this all perfectly well and you can't help but cringe during their first big quarrel when both said things they didn't mean. The grand gesture from Jackson surely showed his sincerity at wanting to make things up with Malina, but

    1) I know he's smart. If I remember right, he or she said that Jackson's very good in math. Yet, nothing was made mention of how he was with code. Because being good with math doesn't equate to being good with codes. So, I don't see how he was able to do what he did (or got as far as he did) without contacting Troy.
    2) Regarding his application, I hope it's what he wanted and not just because Malina wanted him to do so. If he doesn't want it, it doesn't bode well in the long run.

    That said, the above points didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Overall, TIED UP INTO YOU is a great read, perfect if you're looking for a lighthearted, contemporary young adult romance.
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT should have been boring. I mean, an entire story that happens within 24 hours, about two teens serendipitously meeting in an airport just because the girl was 4 minutes late? I'm happy to report that it is anything but boring. A big factor is the author's writing style, which is engaging and lyrical and somehow able to hold your attention while making you eager to read onward.

    **Spoiler Alert***

    Despite the title, THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is more than a romance. It's about a daughter's relationship with her father, the complications that arise when said father cheated on her mother and decided to create a new family elsewhere. I thought the author captured Hadley's feelings quite well, as this happened when she was already a teen. How do you face your father after he'd broken your trust? Your family? The world that you knew? How do you move on together?

    ***End of Spoiler Alert***

    It also mentions or touch on probabilities in the way we used to in our everyday life. Like, in Hadley's case, IF she hadn't been delayed, IF her dress hadn't needed repair, IF She hadn't been angry at her mom, she wouldn't have been late for her flight. Then she wouldn't have met Oliver.

    Hadley grew a lot throughout the course of the novel. Perhaps it's Oliver's influence, perhaps she's tired of being angry at her father, perhaps it's because she realized Charlotte wasn't the ogre of her mind. And perhaps also some realization about her parents that she hadn't allowed herself to think about thus far.

    The story also has twists and turns that I didn't expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm a bit confused by Oliver though. He has his own issues, but I thought he blew hot and cold throughout the course of the book. No wonder Hadley's confused! Well, perhaps he is confused, too.

    Overall, this is a great read. I can't wait to see it in theaters! I wonder how they'll do it because this isn't really an action plot, but more character-driven.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Heartbreak Cure

by Amanda Ashby
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"Worth a read!"

The Heartbreak Cure is sweet young adult contemporary romance of friends becoming lovers. I love Cat's faith in Alex; she never wavered even when he doubted himself. He had a tough life and he'd been doing all he can to turn his life around. I love that he had a great support system in his grandmother and Cat and Joe (his boss and landlord). He was also flexible enough to change his concepts when he needed to. Sometimes, all someone needs is a break, and I wish the world were open-minded and generous enough to give these breaks to people who need them. Sometimes, life isn't fair, and when that happens, how does one go forward? Fortunately, that didn't happen to Alex.

Cat is a great friend. She's also quite perceptive in the way she sees through Alex's façade to the person beneath. But perhaps that's because she knew Alex from when they were both younger. I love that she's loyal even in the face of adversity, and that she's willing to stand by her friend. I absolutely love the angst in this story, because Cat needed a fake boyfriend and she latched onto Alex to help her, but what she didn't know is that Alex has had a crush on her for a long time! And because he didn't feel himself worthy of her, so he kept his feelings to himself and swore not to get involved with her for real.

There's also a wonderful message here about believing in yourself, but it also helps of course for someone to believe in you. Also, opportunities abound; it may not be what you want, but it's best to open your eyes to see what you can actually attain. And sometimes, a stepping stone may be what you need for the meantime to get to where you envision yourself ultimately to be.

The Heartbreak Cure is a very enjoyable read; well worth the time spent reading it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

An Enchantment of Ravens

by Margaret Rogerson
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"Absolute page turner!"

Wow! An Enchantment of Ravens is an amazing book with a most fascinating story to tell. Young readers and adults alike will be enchanted as the author sweeps them along into her world of the fair ones. She builds upon the original material available about the fairy, added a twist here and there and made the new resulting mythology her own. Take note though that her fairies are not those cute, cuddly, little winged creatures. I'll leave you to discover what they're like. I was both fascinated and repulsed by the description of the fae (though truly, I should've known, because why else would they use glamor? But I hadn't really thought about it) and I couldn't help but think that it doesn't bode well for our intrepid heroine.

Yet, at the same time, I was rooting for her and Rook, the autumn prince. He was different from the others (or, the heroine seems to think so) and I couldn't help but wish they'd get their HEA. However, the obstacles they're facing appears insurmountable, not least of which was the difference in their races--he a fae and she a mortal. Is an HEA in the offing or not? You'll have to read to find out.

The worldbuilding was incredible. Get this--our heroine lives in Whimsy, a place of eternal summer, a place where the fae can go to indulge their desire and craving for Craft. What is Craft? Craft is anything humans can do and the fair ones can't, like cooking, writing or painting. Isabel, the heroine, is a portrait painter, and her services are much sought after, being a master of her Craft at such a young age. Then there's the fae world and--well, I'll leave you to discover the rest.

One thing though that I can't understand (maybe I missed it or it wasn't explained properly) was how and why the Alder King became such.

That said, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Definitely a pageturner! Get this or you'll regret it. The story is complete in itself (I'm glad there's no cliffhanger!) and I'd love to hear more of their adventures in a sequel, if there is one.


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REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Four Times Broken

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"Four Times Broken"

When I requested this book, I had high hopes. The synopsis completely grabbed me. However, the execution was lacking, which is disappointing because this is one of my favorite genres. I found myself taking breaks from this story, wondering if I would add this to my DNF list (which is a pretty small list). I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the characters, whether good or bad. I could not make myself become invested in the characters or the plot. The dialogue was a bit stilted so it didn't quite flow. "Four Times Broken" has potential to be better, but for me it fell flat.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

by Sariah Wilson
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"Absolute page turner!"

This book is amazing! I love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back because it's funny and it has so much heart! I love the way Sariah Wilson turns the fairy tale on its head and made this story her own. We gain so much insight into Ella (why she loves to clean) and we even see her playing Fairy Godmother. Instead of the evil stepmother, we have an evil mother and a loving stepfather. But most of all, this is the story of the ugly stepsister, who's not really ugly (inside and out) and is maybe ugly only because she thought herself so.

I love Mattie's voice as the narrator; her personality really shines through. She's snarky but not too much, just enough to be witty and to win this reader's heart. I love how strong she is, how she held on to her integrity when asked to do something she knew to be wrong or against her principles. She had her moments of doubts, true, but in the end, she couldn't not be true to herself. Her insecurities stem from her mother's abandonment, and I love her growth throughout the story (Ella helped, of course), the realization that she shouldn't look at herself from other people's eyes, but through her own. There's romance, sure. After all, Jake Kingston was also the catalyst for Mattie running for senior class president and other changes, but in the end, this story is about Mattie's growth and her changing relationships with her mother, stepsister and Jake.

I absolutely love the bonus content, too, where we see several events from Jake's point of view! I love how this gave the story even more depth, but we don't need to read a scene-by-scene from Jake's POV, only the important parts, which is the best. And the first two lines? Huge squee!

This is by far the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read of Cinderella's story, and it's not even about Cinderella. And there's a sequel. I Can. Not. Wait. Bring it on!


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

"Great start to a series!"

This was an interesting story of a young girl, who is an angel that has berm separated from her light. The current users intend to use her for nefarious purposes and Roxie has to get her light back! It's essential that she gets it back and she has friends who are going to help her do just that! I enjoyed this story so much!I have to know what happens next! I can't believe I didn't know about this series sooner!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Love, Life and the List

by Kasie West
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"Very enjoyable!"

Kasie West is on my auto-read list, although after her last two releases, I'd almost given up on reading a book from her that I truly loved (The one I love best was P.S. I Like You). However, I'm happy that I gave this book a chance! I really enjoyed reading Love, Life and the List. It's more than a young adult romance; it's about Abby's growth as she navigates through life, things she realizes about herself, her relationships with the people around her and the pain of growing up.

When Abby was rejected to display her art at the museum and was told she needed heart and depth, she decided to have more life experiences, believing this would help her growth. For this, she started a list of traits she wished to acquire, traits espoused by the people around her. I was inspired! I thought it's an amazing idea, and I wanted to have my own Heart List. As for Abby, I really do think she grew as she went through her list; it forces her to become more aware of other people, like the Tree Guy, and to go out of her comfort zone to experience life.

I love Abby's relationship with her Dad, who's the best email writer in the world. I thought it's great she has a supportive dad, that even though he's always so far away, he makes time for her whenever he could. Her Grandpa is just wonderful too; he's basically the stable male influence in her life, and it's funny how they're so alike in their love for sarcasm. Abby's relationship with her Mom is a bit trickier, but then, I think our relationships with our moms are all like that. Added to which, Abby's mom suffered from some mental illness, and I like how the author treated it with respect, like the way Abby and her family didn't discount it (as so many do) but did their best to help. My psychology professor used to say there's no such thing as normal, only degrees of abnormality. So…

Another thing I like is Abby's friendship with Lacey. Part of growing up, as I mentioned earlier, is to experience new things, and this includes making new friends. You can't have too many friends! Though of course, it's always best to choose friends with care. Good for Abby that her friendship with Lacey gave her the emotional support just when she needed it most. This brought me back to my own high school days…which is a trip best made alone. :)

Lastly, I love Abby's friendship with Cooper. From their every scene, you can see that they're truly best friends, the kind that knew each other soul-deep. However, Abby is also in love with Cooper and had even told him about this last summer, only to have her brush it off to save face when she realized Cooper didn't return her feelings. So this summer is all about Abby trying to get over Cooper, while said boy is chasing another girl and even matchmaking Abby with another boy called Elliot. I have to admit that by 50% of the book, I was so frustrated with Cooper that I want Abby to end up with Elliot. (He's a nice guy. Mom and Grandpa approved.) I thought this part of the plot (Will she or won't she? With Cooper, I mean) just dragged on and on and on… If some scenes were cut, I think this book would've been a lot better.

Abby's voice as a narrator is engaging and makes for easy reading, and it was really interesting to learn about painting and her struggles as an artist.

Overall, Love, Life, and the List is a very enjoyable read, and I'm sure lots of young adults would find themselves relating with Abby. As for the adults, it's a great catalyst for a trip down memory lane.


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Allusive Aftershock

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"Slightly Intriguing"

I was intrigued by the synopsis, however the story wasn't as appealing as the synopsis. Court was absolutely adorable and you root for him to get the girl in the end, but Adela will drive you crazy in the beginning. Adela has her head on straight, except when it comes to Max who is really all about himself. Max has the capability to irritate you to no end. The romance between Court and Adela was very sweet, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall, not a bad book, but not the best book you've ever read either.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Lucky in Love

by Kasie West
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"Well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict"

Any Kasie West story is a good story, with well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict. Topics of racism and prejudice were raised as a side note (the hero Seth is Vietnamese), but nothing really happened in that context.

While the story deals with Maddie's winning the lottery and the resulting consequences of her actions realistically, this just isn't my cup of tea. That said, LUCKY IN LOVE is still a great read.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Just One of the Boys

by Leah and Kate Rooper
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"Surpassed expectations and more!"

It's no secret (in my family, anyway) that I love the movie, She's the Man, which is sort of based on Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's Plays. When I read the blurb for JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, which is kinda like the plot of She's the Man, naturally I just have to read it, and I'm happy to inform that it surpassed my expectations and more.

I love retellings, but there's nothing I hate more than retellings that faithfully follow the original such that I can predict/know exactly what's going to happen next. I mean, flesh it out, deviate a little, stamp your own mark!

With JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, when I first started reading, especially when Alice masquerades as her brother, I have to admit I was imagining Viola (Amanda Bynes) saying those lines, doing those actions, etc especially that first scene in the locker room. But soon after, miracle of miracles, Viola "turned" into Al/Alice, the story was taking me places I'd never gone before, and making me excited to know what's going to happen to Al/Alice and Hayden. I love how the authors made this story their own; their characters were fleshed-out, three-dimensional individuals with their own goals and motivations. I love how Al and Hayden became very good friends, and the time apart as Hayden dealt with the fact that Al is really Alice was believable. I couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop until I reached the last page with a satisfied sigh.

If you love hockey and romantic comedies and best friends becoming more, you definitely shouldn't miss this!


REVIEW BY Silver   

The Impossible Vastness of Us

by Samantha Young
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"Hooked me in from the first page!"

The Impossible Vastness of Us is a beautiful, heartfelt and deeply emotional book. The author hooked me in from the first page and didn't let go until the last. (And maybe not even then.) I almost didn't pick up this book; so glad that I did! I can't put this book down!

Characters:

The characters here complex, with layers upon layers to them. Sooo many secrets! I absolutely adored India. She's strong, so humanly flawed and relatable. I know how it feels to be uprooted and dumped smack dab in a new school where you don't know anybody. Add in a stepsister who doesn't really like her, and let's not forget Finn (swoon), and India has her work cut out for her. I was rooting for her all the way.

Plus factor:

Another thing I like about this book (and really, most YA books) is that aside from romantic love, there are usually themes of family and friendship.

Overall:

Definitely, read it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Coming Up for Air

by Miranda Kenneally
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"Worth a read!"

Reading COMING UP FOR AIR gives me mixed feelings, which I'll detail for you later. Overall, it's a breath of fresh air (hah!) that discusses a subject most books shy away from or skirts around the edges: sex. We adults, especially the parents, might not agree at the existence of such a book, but I think teens need to read something like this. Sure, it discusses hookups and its prevalence in society (especially colleges and maybe the older teens in high school, especially athletes) and how it impacts the teens and young adults, but at the same time, through the characters' realizations, they realize that hookups are meaningless, and at the end of it, sex is meaningful because it's with someone you care about. (Okay, that's my take away from the book, don't beat me if you don't agree).

That said, I think this book is suited only for older teens and beyond.

Maggie, the heroine, is feeling left out, because she hasn't had a relationship and hasn't made out with a guy because all her time is packed with swimming and eating and homework (okay, I added the last one), while all her three friends have had hookups or relationships (or trying to have one). So, she wants to have some experience before college. She wants to make out with a guy! And she targeted best friend Levi for that. In time, she realizes that everyone develops at his/her own pace, and that life experiences come when you're ready for it. I think that's a great message for teens today, who feel the pressure from their friends, etc.

Okay, the mixed feelings. While I think this book is good for older teens to read, I am not so comfortable with reading about heavy teenage make out sessions. There's nothing crass here; the action is not detailed nor are explicit words used, but they still make me uneasy. So, maybe adults shouldn't read this?

Also, there's not much conflict/tension here. Or maybe I just can't relate to teenage situations anymore.

Overall, I think it's worth a read by older teens.


REVIEW BY cutetechie   

Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven
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"Very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!"

I have to admit, I was a bit irritated by the slow unfolding of the events. It's taking too long a time for Libby and Jack to meet. At least for me. And all the backstory interspersed between the present scenes...I felt that it slows down the story.

However, I admire Libby. She's plus-size, and while the media and her classmates ridicule her for her weight, I thought she's accepting of her body and she didn't let it stop her from doing anything or going after what she wanted. Sure, she also has fears about her weight and how her classmates would see her, and in that, she's very relatable. But at the end of it, I thought Libby has a great sense of self-worth. While Libby's weight and body size is a common problem girls faced in this thin-obsessed society, Jack's situation is more rare. It's the first I'd heard of someone not being able to recognize faces that excessively. I really feel for him and for all the misunderstandings that arise because of his problem.

Yet, these two people's paths intertwined and they became unlikely friends and more. I love their interactions, and I thought both these characters grew over the course of the book.

Definitely a very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!


REVIEW BY Chloe   

Caraval

by Stephanie Garber
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"Enchanting and Totally Satisfying"

Caraval swept me away to this exotic, wonderful setting that is the circus. There's not a lot of books with the circus as the setting, yet I remember going to circuses as a kid, and this made me very excited to pick this book up.

It more than lives up to expectations! It's magical, captivating; seriously, I love it so much I don't want to put the book down! I can't wait for the next book.

Oh wait, my review isn't done yet.

I absolutely adore Scarlett and Julian. Scarlett is relatable, especially with her doubts and insecurities, because when have we not experience those ourselves? Yet, what makes her admirable is her conscious will to be brave, to do what needs to be done. I also love her relationship with her sister Tella, especially as I don't have a sister. Reading this makes me wish I had badgered my parents for a sister when I was younger! (too late now) And Julian? Swoon, swoon. 'Nuff said.

The world of Caraval is amazing, luring me in and making me want to stay longer. Love the magical elements especially, and I hope we get to see more of the world in the next books. But my absolute love are the twists and turns in this book. I love authors who can surprise me with things I should've seen coming but didn't. Can't wait to experience more of that in the next books! (I hope.)


REVIEW BY Silver   

180 Seconds

by Jessica Park
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"Amazing read!"

I love this book! It resonated in me, especially the growth and realizations that Allison goes through. It's a sweet love story that's very emotional, and I find myself reaching for the tissues a lot of times throughout the book. Not all the time though, as there were other moments that were funny and had me laughing out loud.

Love Allison and Esben together--their romance is sweet and adorable. A noteworthy secondary character is the dad who adopted Allison when she was 16. My eyes grew misty from the love and support he gave her. I wish more dads were like that (thinking about kids who were abandoned by their dads)!

I've read books where social media brings tragic repercussions to the characters, but here it's the opposite. While it's true social media can do lots of good, there are also the bad, and it's great to see that balanced here.

Overall, an amazing read you shouldn't miss out on!


REVIEW BY Chloe   

Our Dark Duet

by Victoria Schwab
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"Amazing! Pageturner!"

Victoria Schwab is just amazing! There's no other word to describe her. She writes riveting, dark fantasy stories that are realistic, and grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go till the end. Probably not even then.

Kate and August are unforgettable characters; they grow and develop as characters over the course of the series. The pacing is fast, and there's so much packed into the book that it could've been much longer without losing its impact and still keep the readers fascinated and intrigued. And the ending...well, it grips me hard. But I probably won't have it any other way.

Overall, a great, satisfying read! If you haven't read it yet, you should!! I might reread the entire series.


Roar
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks―storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

The Dark Hour
Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the "normal" world. The only time she isn't safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that's why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he's from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

Tell Me Three Things
What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Sunset Rising
Born a slave inside a secret government biodome, Sunny O’Donnell becomes the victim in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with Jack Kenner, a man she considers an enemy, and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.

Readers Favorite 2015 Gold Book Award Winner

“…a heart stopping ride until the very end. Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.” – Readers Favorite

“The ease and imagery of S.M. McEachern's writing style is so captivating you are truly sucked into the story. This book has it all....love story, good vs evil, drama, suspense......definitely a book you can't put down!” – Midwest Book Review

A Mortal Song
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.

An Enchantment of Ravens
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

The Fading Dusk
In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic. Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars. Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds?

Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

Crooked Kingdom
The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets?a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Fire And Ice
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Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him.
As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

These Vicious Masks
Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can't make her want to live up to society's expectations. She'd much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in becoming the world's first female doctor. But everything changes the night she meets Sebastian Braddock – not only is the reclusive lord both vexing and surprisingly attractive, he's also quite possibly mad, and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Evelyn wakes up to discover that Rose has disappeared, she immediately suspects Sebastian.

But then she discovers that Sebastian's strange tales of special powers are actually true, and that Rose's kidnappers have worse in mind for her than simply ruining her reputation. Surrounded by secrets, lies, and unprecedented danger, Evelyn has no choice but to trust Sebastian, yet she can't help but worry that Sebastian's secrets are the most dangerous of all…

Coming Up for Air
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie's focus and free time is spent swimming. She's not only striving to earn scholarships―she's training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team, and cheers her on. But Levi's already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it's not until Maggie's away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the "typical" high school experience she's missed by being in the pool.

No one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

Starr Gone
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.

You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.

The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.

Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No... More.

Allusive Aftershock
What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max—her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet—hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

By Your Side
An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Queen of Always
If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it's that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress' health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics―between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter's reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she's ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Caraval
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

Just One of the Boys
Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons.But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality...even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates...

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush title proves that wonderful things can happen when you’re brave enough to go after your dream. Dream hockey player, that is! Warning--a few locker room scenes are included...

Josie's Coat
A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.

That dream again.

Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.

A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.

Don't Kiss the Messenger
For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. This modern Cyrano de Bergerac retelling will make you laugh, swoon, and fall in love.

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel
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?

Fans of genre-blending, romance, and action will love this Regency-era alternate history novel filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains—the third in the Stranje House series. Don’t miss the first two books: A School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers.

Stacy's Song
Stacy's talent and love for music forces her to make hard choices. Life is risky, but she must learn to make important decisions on her own. Stacy Nelson, warm-hearted with a sense of humor, is a tall, skinny teenager, sometimes called "giraffe" by other kids. She's an average student with a lot of extracurricular interests. Her good friend Karen wants Stacy to practice with her and try out for cheerleading. Liz Norris asks Stacy to join a band that she and her brother Michael are starting, but Stacy has reservations. Her first meeting with Michael Norris is stormy, yet she is drawn in by his outstanding musical ability and joins the band. Stacy always wants to please everyone, but fails to think about who she is and what she really wants. After making the cheerleading squad, Greg Lawson, captain of the football team, becomes interested in Stacy. He is easy-going and charming, just the opposite of Michael. They start dating, and Stacy is suddenly popular in and out of school. As a cheerleader, she is accepted by the in-crowd. She tries to relax and enjoy this new lifestyle. When Stacy has difficulty meeting all of her commitments and her grades fall, her father is displeased and insists she quit the band. Stacy feels torn-wanting to please her father without letting down the other band members. Ultimately, while dealing with family and peer pressure, she must decide what is best for her.

A School For Unusual Girls
"...kept me reading until late into the night...completely original - and totally engrossing - world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries."
- Meg Cabot, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

"...enticing from the first sentence...gender stereotypes are turned upside down..."
- New York Times Book Review

"Spellbinding! ...a beautifully written tale of adventure, intrigue, and romance...a true page-turner!"
- Rachel Hawthorne, NYT Bestselling Author

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

P.S. I Like You
Signed, sealed, delivered...

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters -- sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she's kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can't always be spelled out...

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.

The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress
It's been a week since 17-year-old Zoe Jabril found out her best friend is a Guardian Angel, her boyfriend is a Nephilim, and a fellow classmate is a Fairy. What makes Zoe so special? She’s destined to unify Enlightens to battle evil—that is, if Demons don’t kill her first.

With "Project: Enlightens Unite" underway, Zoe learns the history of the area wolf pack and realizes she's in a race against time to get her newly discovered talents under control. Despite struggling to fight a mysterious attraction to her new neighbor, rescue her boyfriend from Demons, and travel into Fairyland to convince the Summer King to join the fight, Zoe must still attend high school classes so her nosy parents don’t suspect anything is out of the ordinary before Demons can mount another attack.

Zoe will need all the help she can get, from the most unlikely of sources, if she’s to save her boyfriend's life and prevent the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.

Triumph of Chaos
After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a
terrifying choice.

180 Seconds
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

Everything, Everything
The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It's an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

Starfall
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics--she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia--and is certain she returns his feelings--but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

The Volk Advent
An orphaned Siberian teen loses her job and home on Christmas Eve. Left on the streets to freeze, Faina flees to an abandoned castle for shelter. At the castle, she discovers the animal-torn body of a local recluse. No wonder Eurasian wolves are not recommended for the first-time pet owner. Can a girl with no past, preserve her future from accusations of murderer and a pack of escaped wolves?

Angelstone (Dark Angel #2)
After escaping from the Hollows and the Michaelea lightwarriors, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

Alyx and Israel are driven further apart as Israel continues to obsess over making Adere human and Alyx hides two secrets from him: that he may be part-demon and that she may be carrying his child, a tri-blood keye that can be used to unlock Hell.

Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.

Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?

The Revenge Artist
Evelyn Hernandez is a high school junior who reads Shakespeare for fun, sews her own dresses, and keeps a sketch journal of her daily life. When Varsity quarterback Garvey Valenzuela breaks her heart, she sends him to the emergency room with a busted hand.

Add black magic to her resume...

Evelyn embarks on a dark journey of revenge when she discovers she has the power to make bad things happen by drawing them. Her emotional pain, isolation, and self-hatred lead her down a self-destructive path with dire consequences.

Coral and Bone
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Holding Up the Universe
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

Tied Up In You
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her...or wanting to kiss her again.

Problem is, things have been a little...awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.

Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.

Alex, Approximately
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent half of her junior year falling for a sensitive film geek she only knows online as “Alex.” Two coasts separate them until she moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist trap, the oddball Cavern Palace Museum. Or that she’s being tormented daily by Porter Roth, a smart-alecky yet irritatingly hot museum security guard. But when Porter and Bailey are locked in the museum overnight, Bailey is forced to choose whether she should cling to a dreamy fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex. Approximately.