Beach Reads: YA Thriller Edition

Finding the perfect beach read is different for every person. Some prefer a nice swoony romance with lots of fluff, and others might prefer a sweeping historical drama to curl up with during vacation. I have a tendency to gravitate towards thrillers in the summer, and YA fiction is bursting with excellent, heart-pounding stories to keep you on your toes. From a missing mother to a liar at an elite school to a mysterious ‘accident,’ here are four YA thrillers that would make a great beach read.

THE SAFEST LIES by Megan Miranda

The Safest Lies

Fans of Jennifer Donnelly and E. Lockhart will be captivated by this YA psychological mystery about a girl who must face her darkest fears—but can she outrun the past?

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.

Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

Young Adult Suspense [Crown Books for Young Readers, On Sale: May 24, 2016, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780553537512 / eISBN: 9780553537536]

BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten

Beware That Girl

For fans of We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the megawealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brien appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

Young Adult Suspense [Delacorte Press, On Sale: May 31, 2016, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780553507904 / eISBN: 9780553507928]

WITH MALICE by Eileen Cook

With Malice

In the tradition of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this gripping, addictive thriller will blow you away.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Two friends, an exotic foreign location, the potential for revenge and jealousy, and an accident that looks like it might have been murder. It didn’t matter what the truth was – what mattered was that it was fun to talk about.

A gripping and addictive read that grabs the reader and yanks them into a world where nothing is what it seems and where everyone is a suspect. You won’t believe how it ends.

Young Adult Suspense [HMH Books, On Sale: June 7, 2016, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780544805095 / eISBN: 9780544829305]


Never Missing, Never Found

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

Thriller | Young Adult Suspense [Random House Books for Young Readers, On Sale: June 28, 2016, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780553507645 / eISBN: 9780553507652]

Catching Up on Young Adult Series

Last year, I did a post on a few series with new books out, and it was so popular that I thought it was time for another. With so many great series in YA, keeping up with all of them is difficult. I can’t count the times I’ve read a first book and accidentally missed the sequel a year later, or even more common for me, missed the third or fourth book. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few sequels, third books, and final books in series that have recently released.

About THE SLEEPING PRINCE by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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The Last Star

The highly-anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling 5th Wave series

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.

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About THE HUNT by Megan Shepherd

The Hunt

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the second novel in this gripping and romantic YA series about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race—from Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of the Madman’s Daughter series.

They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

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About EXILE FOR DREAMERS by Kathleen Baldwin

Exile for Dreamers

EXILE FOR DREAMERS is the second captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure “completely original and totally engrossing.”

Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Her dreams bring nothing but death and grief. Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother, until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska and the Ghost, ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion of England. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

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RELENTLESS by Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs


Sometimes it takes a villain to do a hero’s job

Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…

Kenna is tired of being lied to-and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.

Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.

But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.

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Young Adult Musings: Connections Across Time

One of my favorite genres in YA is historical. With so many big historical figures being younger at the height of their fame and the rapid life progression in many historical societies (getting engaged/married younger, having kids early, etc.), the teen and young adult age is a perfect match for the protagonists. Beyond that, historical fiction offers a glimpse at a time period that present readers will never get to experience. Sometimes, historical fiction is our way of connecting to those lost to time and finding a shocking discovery that, though fashions, industries, and medical practices change, the emotions of living, the pain of loss, the excitement of new opportunities, the nervousness of a new relationship, are the same.

Here are three recent historical YA releases that offer a chance to learn something about history, receive a lesson on life, and a reminder that the spirit of humanity connects us all through time.


Anna And the Swallow Man

A stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel set in Poland during the Second World War perfect for readers of The Book Thief.

Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone.

And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see.

The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness.

Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.

Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.

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The Forbidden Orchid

The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family.

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she’d ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

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My Name Is Not Friday

Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua’s latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He’s taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name — Friday — and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel’s journey from freedom, to captivity, and back again.

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A Time for Romance and Chocolate

There are many components I love finding in a book: adventure of some sort, strong friendships, great writing, and, often, a super swoony romance. February is one of the perfect times of the year to sink into a book with a good love story going on, whether the romance is the primary part of the book or a minor storyline. While I usually have neutral feelings on Valentine’s Day itself, I can’t deny a significant amount of happiness at seeing all the chocolate on sale. With winter still continuing in the background of the second month of the year, one could happily spend a Saturday curled up inside a warm house with a heartwarming romance and a box of chocolates.

Here are a just a few options of newly released or soon to be released books featuring a powerful romance that might put you in a romantic mood.


The Shadow Queen

A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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The Raging Light

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

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Romancing the Nerd

Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates―popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge―dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.

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Young Adult Musings | Part 2: Most Anticipated 2016 Reads

The year has barely started, and I already can feel my wallet crying as I look at all the incredible books releasing this year. I read across most genres (fantasy, contemporary, horror, etc.), and it seems like this year will be stellar for all of them.

I’m always on the fence about preordering and buying on or near release day. I know preorders can be wonderful for the author and for sales numbers, but I also love walking in to an independent bookstore and finding the new releases fresh on the shelf. After looking at the second part of my most anticipated reads of the year, I may find myself trying out a new-to-me compromise where I preorder from the bookstore to make sure I get them the day of release, but also pick them up at the store, so I get the satisfaction of another visit. Regardless, this is one incredible year for new books!


Rebel of the Sands

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

REBEL OF THE SANDS reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

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The Word For Yes

At once honest and touching, Claire Needell’s debut novel is a moving look at date rape and its aftermath, at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.

The gap between the Russell sisters—Jan, Erika, and Melanie—widens as each day passes. Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.

And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.

The Word for Yes will inspire necessary conversation about a topical and important issue facing our society. The book includes a thoughtful author’s note that provides resources for readers.

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Burning Midnight

For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them. There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

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Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time-the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy – so far. Her mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn – or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her own reputation -and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s Firsts is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

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Heir to the Sky

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

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Most Anticipated Young Adult Reads in 2016 (Part 1)

People look forward to the new year for all sorts of reasons: a chance to start over, a time to focus on resolutions and goals, and even an opportunity to splurge on a fancy new planner or calendar. For me, I find the most new year’s happiness when looking at all the incredible books expected to release that year. For 2016, the YA market has an abundance of exciting upcoming books to look forward to.

From retellings that will spin the imagination to historicals that will make you wish for a time machine, here is Part 1 of my most anticipated 2016 young adult reads.



In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

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Thicker than Water

Perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins—a heartbreaking tale of family tragedy and drug addiction where sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcomes.

Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. Although CeCe is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the story is much more complicated. Cyrus wasn’t always a drug-addled monster. He used to be a successful athlete, but when an injury forced Cyrus off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence.

All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized an effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills. Only she never expected what happened next.

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Revenge and the Wild

True Grit meets True Blood in this delightfully dark and fantastical Western perfect for fans of Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s just perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Seven years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

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The Dark Days Club

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new novel — a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

Helen must make a choice: Save her reputation, or save the world.

London, 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George III. Her life should revolve around gowns, dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s maids disappears, she is drawn into the shadows of Regency London.

There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons that has infiltrated all levels of society. Carlston is not a man she should be anywhere near, especially with the taint of scandal that surrounds him. Yet he offers her help and the possibility of finally discovering the truth about the mysterious deaths of her parents.

Soon the two of them are investigating a terrifying conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into darkness. But can Helen trust a man whose own life is built on lies? And does she have the strength to face the dangers of this hidden world and her family’s legacy?

Set in the glittering social world of the Regency upper-crust, the Dark Days Club is a supernatural adventure that introduces New York Times best-selling author Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen Wrexhall—another heroine whom, like Eona, readers can take to their hearts.

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Beyond the Red

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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YA Musings – Part 2 of My Favorite YA Reads of 2015

Hi everyone! I’m back with Part 2 of some of my favorite YA reads this year. I’m always so nervous about these lists because I undoubtedly find new favorites in the middle of writing them or immediately after, while we’re still in the same year. Just in the two weeks since Part 1, I’ve already found another book or two I love. As fun as these lists are, this is a solid reminder that even if you’ve already read these or don’t see any to your taste, other fabulous books are still waiting.

HIT by Delilah S. Dawson

About HIT

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

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ROOK by Sharon Cameron

About ROOK

Who needs a wedding ring when you can pick up a sword? A remarkable and utterly inventive novel from Sharon Cameron, author of THE DARK UNWINDING, which

USA Today called “spellbindingly imaginative.”

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.


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ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter


A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue,

New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.

2. Her mother was murdered.

3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.


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The Revolution of Ivy

Beyond the fence. I am still alive. Barely.

My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president’s son, Bishop Lattimer-as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission-to kill Bishop.

Instead, I fell in love with him.

Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can’t outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates-especially Bishop’s.

And this time, it is not enough to just survive…

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Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


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Samantha Randolph | Favorite YA Reads of 2015

While I run when someone asks me what my favorite book is, I happily stand and talk if they ask what my favorite reads of the present calendar year are. Of
course, even narrowing the books in a time span of 365 days is rough, but I love
reflecting back on my year as a reader and remembering what books I enjoyed.

2015 has been a dynamite of a year for great reads, so this week’s column and
next week’s will be devoted to highlighting some of my favorite YA books of
2015. From surprising unreliable narrators to small towns that won’t let go to
humor and action at their best, here is part one of my most beloved 2015 books
that I will likely reread many, many times in the years to come.

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby


Bone Gap

“Bone Gap marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction’s most original voices. She is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical.”
—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

BONE GAP is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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FACELESS by Alyssa B. Sheinmel



While on a run one day, Maise gets into a terrible accident. A hot-burning
electrical fire consumes her, destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and
chin used to be, now there is . . . nothing.

She is lucky enough to qualify for a face transplant. But with someone else’s
features staring back at her in the mirror, Maise looks — and feels — like a
stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a
normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who
she was — a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her
boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognize herself.

From Alyssa Sheinmel, the acclaimed author of Second Star, comes a gripping
and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing
yourself, and the long, hard fight to find your way back.

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BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett


Blood And Salt

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

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A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl


A School For Brides

A Story of Maidens, Mystery, and Matrimony

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo,
Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the
feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off.
This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s
only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere,
and there are no men. Set in the same English town as
Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same
characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic
Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice

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DAMAGE DONE by Amanda Panitch


Damage Done

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and
of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus.
At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. And
her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the
hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to
protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes
notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she
thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased.
It’s only just beginning. . . .

In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, family
can be a real killer. For fans of We Were Liars and
readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave
clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

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Entangled Teen 12 Days of Kick-ass Christmas

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen’s 12 Days of Kick-ass Christmas Event! This event is going to be a blast!

Our authors are joining together to share some exclusive content with you all! There will be 2 teams: The Smart-Ass Team will post a good or swoon-worthy deleted scene or an excerpt and The Bad-Ass Team will post a villainous deleted scene or excerpt.

And the coolest part about this celebration of all things “Kick-Ass” is that the authors will be posting on each other’s blogs! The party starts on December 2nd and goes all the way to December 13th! We will wrap up the event with our monthly Twitter party on December 13th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST.

Each day of the Kick-Ass event will feature 2 posts from our amazing Entangled Teen Authors, along with an EPIC giveaway!

So, “How do I join in?” you ask? It’s easy! Just follow along with the tour and find the hidden word (it will be highlighted) in each post, and then fill out the Rafflecopter form.

What can I win?” you ask.

So many things. You can win one of 2 Kindles (each valued at $69, US Only). We’re also giving away 5 sets of 5 Entangled Teen Print Books (US Only), and 10 Entangled Teen eBooks (International)! As if that isn’t enough, we will be giving away more books, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble Gift Cards during the Twitter party! That means 2 people will win a kindle, 5 people will win 5 sets of our amazing print titles, and 10 people will win eBooks, and much more!

Let’s introduce you to the teams!

Team Smart-Ass

Kendra Highley

Rachel Harris

Karri Thompson (will be hijacking Two Chicks on Books for her post)

Danielle Ellison

Jolene Perry

Lea Nolan

Kelley York

Tiffany Truitt

Rebekah Purdy

Shea Berkley (will be hijacking Two Chicks on Books for her post)

Renee Collins

Tracy Clark

Team Bad-Ass

Christine Bell

Vivi Barnes

Princess Sophie (will be hijacking Two Chicks on Books for her post)

Cecily White

Victoria Scott

Sally Rigby aka Sara Hantz

Melissa West

Cindi Madsen

Lisa Burstein

Jus Accardo

Chloe Jacobs

Brooklyn Skye

And here’s the post schedule!

  • 12/2/2013 – Kendra Highley will host Rachel Harris with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/2/2013 – Rachel Harris will host Kendra Highley with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/3/2013 – Christine O’Neil will host Vivi Barnes with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/3/2013 – Vivi Barnes will host Christine O’Neil with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/4/2013 – Karri Thompson will host Danielle Ellison with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/4/2013 – Danielle Ellison will host Karri Thompson with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/5/2013 – Princess Sophie will host Cecily White with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/5/2013 – Cecily White will host Princess Sophie with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/6/2013 – Jolene Perry will host Lea Nolan with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/6/2013 – Lea Nolan will host Jolene Perry with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/7/2013 – Victoria Scott will host Sara Hantz with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/7/2013 – Sara Hantz will host Victoria Scott with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/8/2013 – Kelley York will host Tiffany Truitt with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/8/2013 – Tiffany Truitt will host Kelley York with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/9/2013 – Melissa West will host Cindi Madsen with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/9/2013 – Cindi Madsen will host Melissa West with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/10/2013 – Rebekah Purdy will host Shea Berkley with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/10/2013 – Shea Berkley will host Rebekah Purdy with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/11/2013 – Lisa Burstein will host Jus Accardo with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/11/2013 – Jus Accardo will host Lisa Burstein with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/12/2013 – Renee Collins will host Tracy Clark with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/12/2013 – Tracy Clark will host Renee Collins with a Smart-Ass post.
  • 12/13/2013 – Chloe Jacobs will host Brooklyn Skye with a Bad-Ass post.
  • 12/13/2013 – Brooklyn Skye will host Chloe Jacobs with a Bad-Ass post.

We’re super excited to share all of these awesome posts with you and make sure to follow along on twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #12DaysOfKickass!

Fresh Takes from Teen Shelves: Perfect Summer Reads

Summer contemporary reads, chilling thrillers and frothy romance lead off a heavy hitting line-up of most excellent vacation reads. Lots of paranormal, supernatural thrillers, and science fiction adventure round out the field. Enjoy!

Contemporary, Triller and Romance (i.e., non-paranormal)

THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen




Dessen’s stories make great reads for summer or any time. Emaline has a perfect boyfriend. She and Luke have been together all through high school. Then in the summer before college she meets sophisticated, exciting Theo, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film. Emaline begins to think she has bigger dreams than a small beach town can hold, but that means leaving her loving family and community. Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going? Contemporary, Romance (June 4; Viking Juvenile)


RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin




Rory’s summer job might have landed her among the beautiful and rich of East Hampton, but she is strictly “staff.” But Isabel Rule, her employer’s youngest daughter, decides it’s a summer for taking chances, and she’s taking Rory along for the ride. But will Rory’s own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rule’s picture perfect world ever be the same? Contemporary, Romance (June 4; Poppy)




She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must race against the clock to stay alive. A nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Thriller. (June 11; Henry Holt)




Pride and Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing is what it seems. Berry Fields is a regular teen sleuth, trailing cheaters and liars and too busy to think about romance, especially arrogant, and gorgeous Tanner Halston. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death. But Tanner is hard to ignore when he keeps popping up in her investigations. Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? Romance. Mystery. (June 11; EgmontUSA)
HOW (NOT) TO FIND A BOYFRIEND by Allyson Valentine




Sophomore Nora Fulbright might be the most popular new cheerleader at school, but she’s got a secret past as a nerd. She’s emerged into a social butterfly, even if it meant dumbing down her class schedule to fit in. But her plan backfires when funny, sweet and very cute Adam moves into town with his ultra-smarts and illegally cute dimple. Can she prove to everyone, including herself, that she can be both a butterfly and a nerd?  (June 13; Philomel)

Paranormal and Fantasy





In 1920s New York CIty, Anna Van Housen is a talented illusionist playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother and hiding her own very real supernatural gifts. Then her visions become darker, Anna is forced to rethink all she’s ever known. Are these frightening images of her mother in peril real, or just a trick? When a young man discovers her abilities and introduces her to a secret society who helps people with gifts like hers, magic, romance and intrigue mix, as Anna takes charge of her powers, and her own destiny. Historical Paranormal Romance (June 11; Balzer + Bray)




Rush offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace. Miki Jones pulled from her life, through space and time, into some kind of game where she and other teens are sent on missions to eliminate a terrifying alien race. There’s no practice runs, no training, and no way out. And it’s more than a game–what Miki and her teammates do determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. (June 11; Katherine Tegen Books)




Stephen King meets Sara Shepard in this deliciously creepy tale of identity and possession. When she’s found wander down a highway after being missing for a year, Annaliese only knows one thing: she’s not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Piece by piece, her fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape, unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past. (June 11; Harper Teen)
SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover




Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten the Earth. Then Piper discovers a universe–a sphere of gods and monsters–and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper struggles to find the answer to the secret kept from her since birth–her own identity. An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia by debut author P.J. Hoover. (June 18; Tor Teen)
INK by Amanda Sun




Tragedy sends Katie to live in Japan with her aunt, where she feels lost until she meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. When they’re near each other strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And drawing come to life. Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan, and once the truth comes out, no one will be safe. Paranormal Romance. First in a series. (June 25; Harlequin Teen)

New books from popular series/authors

TEMPEST REVEALED (Tempest #3) by Tracy Deebs (June 4; Walker)

ELEGY (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson (June 4; Haper Teen)

STORMBRINGERS (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory (June 4; Simon Pulse)

SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo (June 4; Henry Holt)

ABANDON (Possession #3) by Elana Johnson (June 4; Simon Pulse)

Rosemary Clement-Moore writes Young Adult books because she loves to read them.
Visit her webpage or blog to find out more about her award winning Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, and her gothic romance, THE SPLENDOR FALLS (now in paperback) and her latest: TEXAS GOTHIC.