Debuts

Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!

BABY TEETH is a July 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Zoje Stage’s BABY TEETH is #4 on the July 2018 LibraryReads list!

One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2018 with THREE starred reviews!

“WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN meets GONE GIRL meets THE OMEN. Interested? That might be the best way to describe Zoje Stage’s highly anticipated debut novel, BABY TEETHa twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble.” Entertainment Weekly

“Deliciously creepy… The author keeps the suspense taut by alternating chapters between Hanna and Suzette, offering a terrifying glimpse into the inner thoughts of a budding sociopath.” Library Journal, starred review

“Stage’s deviously fun debut takes child-rearing anxiety to demented new heights. Stage expertly crafts this creepy, can’t-put-it-down thriller into a fearless exploration of parenting and marriage that finds the cracks in unconditional love.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stage fuses horror with domestic suspense to paint an unflinching portrait of childhood psychopathy and maternal regret.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: July 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the July 2018 Indie Next List!

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. “Li vividly depicts the lives of her characters and gives the narrative a few satisfying turns, resulting in a memorable debut. ” — Publishers Weekly

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Superstars

Weekend, here we come with these multi-starred #FridayReads in tow:

THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Headley’s fourth novel is a stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we ‘other’ those different from ourselves. A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor, Headley’s novel prompts examination of how people create or become monsters.”Booklist, starred review

“Headley recasts the geography of a place that’s most contemporary, a suburb of cul-de-sacs and playgrounds, meant to be a community but full of people who live their own isolated lives, while up on the bordering mountain of which the brochures boast, strange things are afoot… There’s not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
“Embracing the [apocalyptic fiction] genre but somehow transcending it, Ma creates a truly engrossing and believable anti-Utopian world… [An] extraordinary debut.” — Booklist, starred review

“A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JUST A SHOT AWAY: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont by Saul Austerlitz
“Austerlitz offers a blistering exploration of the deadly confluence of racism, stoned naïveté, biker belligerence, and rockstar obliviousness…at the Rolling Stones’ infamously disastrous concert in Altamont, California. This is a deeply researched and colorfully written account of the disastrous symbolic end to the 1960s.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A carefully constructed examination of an incident that changed the course of popular history.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Library Journal Debut Spotlight – L. Penelope

L. Penelope, author of SONG OF BLOOD & STONE (available now from St. Martin’s Press), was interviewed in last month’s issue of Library Journal.

In the interview, Penelope discussed her writing process…

“I’m a plotter, but my road map is very loose and allows for plenty of detours along the way.”

…her favorite books from when she was a child…

“Growing up I read widely. My favorites ranged from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s THE SECRET GARDEN and A LITTLE PRINCESS to Virginia Hamilton’s ‘Justice Trilogy.'”

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Teen Talk Tuesday (5/16/2018 Edition)

Happy Wednesday, YA librarians, and welcome to this special *Wednesday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick CARAVAL, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella. After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

“The pacing is impeccable, with urgency increasing to an almost breathless point as Tella runs from clue to clue, while bittersweet truths and devastating betrayals unfold.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

” . . . a tour de force of imagination.” —Kirkus readmoreremove

THE SILENT PATIENT Now Available on Net Galley!

Get your hands on the THE SILENT PATIENT (Celadon Books, February 5,2019), the debut that, according to your librarian pals, is the “‘IT’ thriller of 2019,” “Masterful,” and “Set[s] the bar for psychological thrillers.”


Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas.

One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. 

 

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

Advance Praise
“That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing—I quite literally couldn’t put it down. I told myself I’d just dip in; eleven hours later—it’s now 5:47 a.m.—I’ve finished it, absolutely dazzled.” —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

Request your copy from  Net Galley TODAY.

Sneak Peek: June 2018 Indie Next List

Three Macmillan titles made the June 2018 Indie Next List!

SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
One of Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks! “Roberts’ latest polished novel delivers all the literary touchstones her fans have come to expect, including high-stakes suspense, a generous dollop of romance, a thoughtful exploration of the strong bonds of family and friendship that women create for themselves, and, of course, some HGTV fixer-upper moments. As a significant bonus, the book’s chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control.” — Booklist readmoreremove

BFYA 2019 Nominee: THE HAZEL WOOD

Congratulations to our nominee for YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list: THE HAZEL WOOD!!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert 
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 12 to 18

Welcome to THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

You can view the full list of nominees here.

Booklist Mystery Month 2018, Our Agatha Award Winner & #ThrillerThursday Picks

First, a HUGE congratulations to Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, which won the 2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!

It’s Mystery Month over at Booklist, and Bill Ott named 3 of our books The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018 (for books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018):

Top 10 Crime Novels

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
The latest in Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak series may be the best yet. The former Orphan X has cut his ties with the deep-cover Orphan Program and has reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, helping those with nowhere else to turn. Now, though, he’s out to avenge the death of his former mentor, but can he do so without putting at risk a young woman he rescued from the program? The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. As the character of Smoak becomes steadily more complex, the humanity at the core of the man emerges forcefully.

Best Debuts

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her dead father, Frank, who was also a cop: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she turns to Frank’s notebooks when she attempts to solve several murders in her small Ohio town. Roxane is a wonderfully rich character, deeply flawed but absolutely dogged in her pursuit of the truth. Sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. readmoreremove

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