Two historical YA adventures lead the pack of releases this week, along with
comedy, horror and popular paranormal romance.
CODE NAME VERITY by
Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion Books)
October 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Captured by
the Gestapo, "Verity's" only choice is to reveal everything she knows about the
resistance, or face a grisly execution. She begins with how she became friends
with the pilot Maddie, and why she left her in the wreckage of the plane. Then
Maddie, alive and stranded, picks up the tale, revealing truths and twists in
Verity's version, weaving a story of danger, resolve and adventure that shows
how far friends will go to save each other.
"Outstanding in all its features—its warm, ebullient characterization; its
engagement with historical facts; its ingenious plot and dramatic suspense; and
its intelligent, vivid writing." --Horn Book Magazine Starred Review
GILT (The Royal Circle #1)
by Katherine Longshore (Viking Juvenile)
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard brings Kitty to Henry VIII's
court, she's thrust into a lavish world of gowns, jewels and parties... and
caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her
desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as
Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how
to remain a loyal friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be
her head. Full of historical detail, with less froth than the title and cover
suggest. "A substantive historical read, with just a few heaving bodices."
I REMEMBER by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas (Hyperion Books)
Geeky Freiburg High valedictorian, Kylie, wakes up graduation morning in a
strange room, a wedding ring on her finger, and lying next to cute senior, Max,
while his girlfriend, Lily, glares at them from the doorway. Kylie has no memory
of the previous twenty-four hours, but the tale emerges in the recollection of
the four misfits in Mexico, as they try to retrieve a missing laptop and get
back over the border in time for graduation. "The Hangover" for teens, this is
a light-hearted, quick reading romp filled with mayhem and mishaps, wacky
hijinks, and of course, romance.
New in Continuing Series
HEARTS (Vampire Kisses #
9) by Ellen Schreiber (Katherine Tegan Books) Raven knows she's always
wanted to be a vampire, and spend eternity in the arms of Alexander Sterling,
but meeting his sister "Stormy" forces her to take a good look at what that
would mean. Will she convince Alexander to finally turn her? This final chapter
of Vampire Kisses' nocturnal romance will keep all mortal and immortal hearts
TO THE DEATH (The Saga
of Larten Crepsley #4) by Darren Shan (Little Brown) After years of
wandering, Larten has finally found his way back to his vampire family. But
there are vampires determined to start a war with global implications and
casualties. Vampires who would betray Larten in the most cutting way.
AS DEAD AS
IT GETS (Bad GIrls Don't
Die #3) Katie Alender (Hyperion Books)
It's been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small's violent
death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal. But Alexis
realizes that her enemy isn't gone, and the powerful ghost's fate is tied to
hers in ways she couldn't possibly imagine.
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