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Monday, June 6, 2016

Cover Reveals - Young Adult (78)

After the Fall by Kate Hart
Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her best friend Matt... and his brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt's bed on sleepless night, but nothing ever happens. He doesn't even seem to realize she's a girl, except when he thinks she's a damsel in distress who needs his rescue. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. Having been assaulted by a classmate, she needs Matt's friendship to get through the aftermath, plus the stresses of growing up poor and trying to get into college.

She ends up finding comfort of a different kind in Andrew's arms. But when Matt catches on to the secret relationship, his overreaction changes everything. After the fall, it's Matt who's in distress, and it falls to Raychel to rescue them both.

You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
An illustrated YA novel about a Deaf teen artist who must decide between being painted into obscurity or getting caught after she finds herself locked in a graffiti war with an opponent who takes it a step too far.

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith
In this breathless and beautifully crafted tale, twelve-year-old Neen Marrey must separate town gossip from town lore to learn the truth about her mother—and herself.

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self—not a child, but not quite grown up—can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen?

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
When Rani’s father leaves her mother for another woman, Rani shaves her head in mourning. This act of rebellion propels her onto the stage as a hip-hop performer and into a romantic relationship with an older man. Losing herself just as she finds herself, Rani discovers her need to speak out against those who would silence her—no matter the danger.

Aluta by Adwoa Badoe
For eighteen-year-old Charlotte, university life is better than she’d ever dreamed — a sophisticated and generous roommate, the camaraderie of dorm living, parties, clubs and boyfriends. Most of all, Charlotte is exposed to new ideas, and in 1981 Ghana, this may be the most exciting – and most dangerous — adventure of all.

A heartfelt story told with uncompromising honesty, about what happens when youthful idealism meets the harsh realities of power.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth—both in terms of what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
A fresh, humorous, and timely YA novel about two teens conceived via in vitro fertilization who go in search for answers about their donor.

Milo has two great moms, but he's never known what it's like to have a dad. When Milo's doctor suggests asking his biological father to undergo genetic testing to shed some light on Milo's extreme allergies, he realizes this is a golden opportunity to find the man he's always wondered about.

Hollis's mom Leigh hasn't been the same since her other mom, Pam, passed away seven years ago. But suddenly, Leigh seems happy—giddy, even—by the thought of reconnecting with Hollis's half-brother Milo. Hollis and Milo were conceived using the same sperm donor. They met once, years ago, before Pam died.

Now Milo has reached out to Hollis to help him find their donor. Along the way, they locate three other donor siblings, and they discover the true meaning of the other F-word: family.

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

“I plead the blood.”Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

A 40-something man with a terminal brain tumor puts his life for sale on eBay. The story follows those bidding on his life, his 15-year old daughter Jackie's effort to save her father's dignity, and the brain tumor itself, which is consuming its hosts memories. The novel explores the right-to-die issue and the voyeuristic underbelly of reality TV, seen through the lens of a family in turmoil.

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry
Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.

But now, at sixteen, it’s time to leave Earth, and he’s forced to face what he must leave behind in exchange for an uncertain future. When the news hits that another ship is already headed to colonize Mars, and the NeoLuddite terrorist group beings threatening the Mars One project, the mission’s purpose is called into question. Is this all worth it?

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt
What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear?

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. And now she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Ninety seconds can change a life — not just the place you live, but the person others think you are. Phoenix Flores-Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta. He became that person — the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoid.

Ninety seconds can change a life — so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

Told in alternating first person points of view, The Radius of Us is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over. Most importantly, The Radius of Us shows how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.
Fiding What's Real by Emma Harrison

Cecilia Montgomery has been found. Two weeks after going on the run--and running away from a life that was carefully constructed for the past 10 years--Cecelia finds herself in the middle of a media firestorm. Before she can blink, Cecilia is on a morning news show with her parents, explaining away her two-week-long disappearance. Afterwards, Cecilia threatens to leave again, and mom drops the bomb. She plans to run for President. She’s going to announce in a few days. If she bails again, well, they do still have Jasper in custody on bogus "kidnapping" charges...

Suddenly Cecilia stuck yet again, forced into a public persona she had no part in creating. But her friends from Sweet Briar still have her back. After creating another clever diversion, Fiona, Britta and Jasper help smuggle her back to Sweet Briar. After thinking she actually might have gotten her way, a reporter accosts her asking, “Cecilia! What do you think of your mother setting up her campaign quarters her in Sweet Briar?” Yup. Her mother has found her yet again--and officially announces her candidacy for Presidency in the town square.

Meanwhile, Fiona becomes a bit obsessed with the fame she achieves from being Cecilia Montgomery’s best friend, and even Jasper gets caught up in the benefits of dating her. A million Instagram followers! Front page photos! Soon Cecilia starts to wonder if they want to hang out with her, or if they want to benefit from hanging out with her. All she wanted was a small, anonymous life, but now things seem to be spiraling out of control. To counterbalance it all, Cecilia accepts an invite to hang out with a crew vastly different from her own, and is exposed to a whole new world of partying, drinking and not caring.

As she grows more disappointed in the people who supposedly care about her, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into the party scene. Can Cecelia ever find her perfect ending, or will her escape prove to be more of a trap than she ever thought possible?

Whenever I'm with You by Lydia Sharp

A missing boy.
A road trip into the Alaskan wilderness.
A week that will change everything...

After Gabi’s parents’ divorce, she moves to Alaska with her dad. At first, it feels like banishment—but there she meets Kai. He welcomes her into his life, sharing his family, his friends, and his warmth.

But as winter approaches, Kai pulls away for seemingly no reason at all. He's quiet, withdrawn. Then one day, he disappears.

Kai’s twin brother, Hunter, believes Kai’s retracing their missing father’s steps in the wilderness north of Anchorage. There’s a blizzard on the way, and Kai is alone out there. Gabi's frustration over his emotional distance quickly turns to serious concern. This is the boy who saved her from the dark. She can't lose him to it.

So Gabi and Hunter agree to head out together on a wild journey north—a trip that will challenge them physically and emotionally, as they try to convince the boy they love to return home.

Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again . . .

Thus begins Chandler Baker's second twisty-turny retelling of a familiar tale, once again set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

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