It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar.
Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle …
Claire Legrand - Some Kind of HappinessExpected publication: May 17, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Realistic Fiction Pages: 374 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: 4/5
THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)
Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.
Matthew Quick - Every Exquisite ThingExpected publication: May 31, 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 272 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens.
As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.
Darcy Woods - Summer of SupernovasExpected publication: May 10, 2016 by Crown BFYR Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 352 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: (Frankly, it broke the star meter. Love ya, Darcy. ;) ) But, anyway, 4.5/5.
As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart.
Debut author Darcy Woods explores love in all its complexities and how to best honor the loved ones who have passed before us, in a novel packed with both humor and heart.
T.R. Ragan - FuriousExpected publication: March 22, 2016 by Thomas & Mercer Genres: Adult, Thriller Pages: 305 Find on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | The Book Depository Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger…and she trades victimhood for vengeance. Frustrated with the law’s efforts, she takes action to rescue her children—and wreaks havoc on the brutal criminals who tore them from her. With her family and newfound allies at her side, Faith descends into the hellish underworld of human trafficking, determined to make those who prey on the innocent pray for mercy. The forces she's up against have already proven that their ruthlessness knows no bounds. And there's nothing they won't do to turn Faith's crusade into a suicide mission. But they're …
Liz Braswell - Once Upon A Dream (Twisted Tales #2)Expected publication: April 5, 2016 by Disney Press Genres: Retellings, Romance, Young Adult Pages: 448 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: 2.5/5
What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.
It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out…
Jesse Andrews - The HatersExpected publication: April 5, 2016 by Amulet Books Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 352 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: 2/5
From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.
Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’…
Rachel Hawkins - Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)Published: April 8, 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 345 Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, t…
Lexy Baker - InstalovePublished: March 8, 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark Genres: Contemporary, New Adult Pages: 250 Find on:Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository Rating: 1/5
Sparks fly in this New Adult romance of celebrity love on a college campus!
A month after losing her mother, Avery Edwards arrives on campus alone and shattered, hoping only to make it through the year and stay under the radar. Until she meets Declan Hargrove, ex-teen heartthrob and campus celebrity, who just so happens to be her Resident Advisor. With dark hair and striking blue eyes, Declan definitely lives up to the rumors.
Unfortunately, so does his reputation.
The night before Avery arrived on campus, Declan was caught with his pants down. Literally. The "Stairwell Video", as everyone dubs the sex tape, only makes Declan more desirable on campus, while it turns the girl into an instant pariah. Livid at the double standard, Avery does everything she can to stay away from him, which is easier said than done since t…
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - The Smell of Other People's HousesPublished: February 23, 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 240 Find on: Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository Rating: 3/5
In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.
Four very different lives are about to become entangled.
Lucy D. Briand - Magnetic ShiftExpected publication: April 12, 2016 by Spencer Hill Press Genres: Science Fiction,Young Adult Pages: 260 Find on: Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository
Rating: N/A. (It's a sad, sad DNF.)
The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.
Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.
When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.
David Levithan & Nina LaCour - You Know Me WellExpected publication: June 7, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Young Adult Pages: 256 Find on:Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository Rating: 3.5/5
Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed…
Alexandra Coutts - Young Widows ClubPublished: November 10, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 304 Find on: Amazon, Goodreads, Book Depository Rating: 3/5
Seventeen-year-old Tamsen Baird didn’t set out to become a teenage widow. All she did was fall in love and get married. But when her nineteen-year-old husband, Noah, dies suddenly in the middle of the night, her whole life changes. Now Tam is forced to return to the existence she thought she’d left behind—beginning with moving back home and finishing high school. But in order to overcome her loss and find her way forward, she’ll need to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined. She’ll need to open herself up to living—and even loving—again.
In Young Widows Club, Alexandra Coutts depicts a teenager whose struggle with grief and disappointment is heartbreakingly real and, in the end, powerfully uplifting.