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Day’s YA – I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU

Hey hey YA readers!

Emily here, your friendly neighborhood YA aficionado, with my thoughts on another SPECTACULAR book. I’ve been on a bit of a fairy tale/fantasy kick lately (as you could probably tell from my previous two posts, which I’m going to shamelessly plug here and here), so this brilliant piece of realistic fiction was a nice break from the spells and battles.

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
9781250129321

YouTubers Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are BFFs, YouTube stars, and now, authors. Their main characters, Ava and Gen, are best friends who are separated for the first time ever as they begin their freshman year in college—Ava is a film student at USC and Gen is studying journalism at Emerson College in Boston. On the surface, Dunn and Raskin’s novel is lighthearted and fast-paced, but it also tackles some heavier subjects. Ava is working on managing her mental health through a combination of therapists, medications, and support from her family and Gen. On the other side of the country, Gen is navigating through her own self-discovery as she comes to the realization that she is queer. Each girl misinterprets the other’s struggles at times and the two must figure out how to understand each other and the changes they’re going through while living on opposite coasts. Told through their emails and texts, I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU is an intimate exploration into the dynamics of two best friends as they take their first steps into adulthood. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – SKY IN THE DEEP

Hello to all my YA folks!

Welcome back to Day’s YA, where I share my candid responses to YA titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA. Today’s post features one of my all-time favorite upcoming titles. It’s got Viking warriors, brutal battles, a bit of heart, and a fierce female lead. Are you excited? Because you should be.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Available April 24, 2018
Also available in audio

Initial reaction: This book is so good I’m having trouble coming up with the words to tell you about it. Must process. Check back later.

Update: Okay, I think I’m good now. Here we go. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (11/7/17 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

A SELFIE AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Lara Williams
Pushcart Prize-nominated Lara Williams’ debut story collection is a candid, wry, and deeply moving examination of young women navigating the road map to contemporary adulthood and middle age. “A cleverly written, bracing, and so-readable navigation of modern matters of the heart.” — Booklist

CATALINA by Liska Jacobs
A magnetic, provocative debut novel chronicling a young woman’s downward spiral following the end of an affair. “Propulsive, feminist psychological fiction from an author to watch.” — Booklist

ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
“Science spectacularly collides with superhero tales and magic to form the background of Gardner’s often hilarious exploration of friendship, stereotypes, and gender identity. The themes of identity and self-discovery are strong but not overwhelming, and Gardner elevates this enjoyable urban fantasy with an appealing cast and well-crafted prose.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Scary Good SF & Fantasy

This October has some scary good sci-fi & fantasy coming to your library’s shelves:

THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera
“Rivera’s wonderfully intricate Asian-inspired epic fantasy debut introduces two young women bound by fate: Shizuka, whose uncle is the Emperor Yoshimoto, and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar, whose mother is Kharsa Burqila, the ruler of the Qorin. Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson
This specially packaged pocket-sized (4″ x 6″) edition of volume 2.5 of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series finds a newly raised Knight Radiant named Lift and her spren-companion Wyndle in Yeddaw in search of another Radiant (and the famous Yeddaw pancakes). readmoreremove

October Indie Next Selections + 2 Starred Reviews!

Both Annalee Newitz’s AUTONOMOUS and Carmen Maria Machado’s HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES have each received two starred reviews and will debut on the October Indie Next list!

 

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A phenomenal debut that’s sure to garner significant award attention… “–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

“Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

“Machado’s debut collection brings together eight stories that showcase her fluency in the bizarre, magical, and sharply frightening depths of the imagination…An exceptional and pungently inventive first book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

#thrillerthursday (08/31)

Welcome to #thrillerthursday on this very last day of August!

Kill the Heroes by David Thurlo

“This fast-paced mystery makes an easygoing read, spiced with plenty of humor… A solid southwestern mystery.”–Booklist

Dark River Rising by John Rogers

“A local criminal is found tortured to death, a snake stitched into his belly, and Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman fears that she’s about to be one-upped when Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene. But with the disappearance of a scientist from a government lab, she’s trading her local insight for his deep connections to solve both cases. Lots of in-house excitement for this debut from former corporate lawyer and college professor Johns.”–LJ, Pre-Pub Alert

 

Debut Spotlight (08/22/17)

LIVING THE DREAM by Lauren Berry

“Emma and Clem are relatable and hilarious, and their trials and tribulations keep the pages turning. Somber moments and sparks of clarity are cleverly woven into the narrative, adding depth and relevance to an authentic and satisfying novel.”–Publishers Weekly

Berry’s debut will make readers feel as though they are sitting on the couch chatting with their best girlfriend, waxing nostalgic about their younger years. There’s a quirky cast of relatable characters, from Emma’s ladies’-man DJ roommate and clichéd, horrible boss to Clementine’s coworker Ferocious T and her crazy wedding-planning friend…A cute and fun read, perfect for summer.”–Booklist

“Debut novelist Berry creates relatable characters who can laugh at themselves even when they fall down hard…”–Kirkus Reviews

Sneak Peek: September 2017 Indie Next List

The September 2017 Indie Next list includes 3 Macmillan titles!

[updated 8/23]

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

3 starred reviews! 

“This breathtaking…novel will do for motherhood what Gone Girl did for marriage. ‘A story requires two things: a great story to tell and the bravery to tell it,’ Joan observes. Wolas’ debut expertly checks off both boxes.”—Booklist, starred review

“Like John Irving’s The World According to Garp, this is a look at the life of a writer that will entertain many nonwriters. Like Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, it’s a sharp-eyed portrait of the artist as spouse and householder. From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Debut author Wolas’s sure hand applies layer upon layer of precisely meshed poetic and cinematic scenes to realize a life of such quiet majesty and original consideration of family interplay that she does the impossible. Readers not only will mourn coming to the end, they will feel compelled to start over to watch the miracle of this novel unfold again. Breathtaking.”—Library Journal, starred review

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang

“Action packed, taut with tension, and filled with memorable characters, this powerful debut displays the currents of history as they run through one small town, carrying away lives in their wake.”–Booklist

“A vivid, compelling portrayal of the heartbreaking price exacted for freedom.”–Kirkus Reviews

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith

“Smith follows the Lambda Literary Award–winning debut [insert] boy with a further display of transcendent talent for close-to-the bone articulation, celebrating the lives of “we citizens/ of an unpopular heaven// & low-attended crucifixions.” Poised at the bruising intersection of black and queer identity, poems such as “dear white america” (“I tried to love you, but you spent my brother’s funeral making plans for brunch”) lose no impact moving from spoken-word stage to page. Smith brilliantly metaphorizes the experience of receiving an HIV diagnosis in Lorca-esque fashion, as becoming “a book of antonyms” and leavens the gravity with moments of mordant wit. An erasure of Diana Ross lyrics leaves the message “if there’s a cure for this/ i want it,” capturing camp’s confrontation with the intolerable. Though visually and formally varied, the collection’s most striking pyrotechnics are rhetorical: “& he will say tonight, I want to take you/ how the police do, unarmed & sudden.” Describing a “down-low house party,” a speaker observes: “we say yo meaning let my body// be a falcon’s talon & your body be the soft innards of goats.” Luminous and piercing, this collection reassembles shattering realities into a shimmering and sharp mosaic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

RemarkableThe content as well as the writing is transcendent… VERDICT Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

 

 

#thrillerthursday (08/03/17)

Hey hey hey welcome to another #thrillerthursday! Today we’re talkin’ about:

Gone Gull by Donna Andrews

“In her 21st outing (after Die Like an Eagle), Meg is helping out her grandmother at the newly opened Biscuit Mountain Craft Center. A spate of vandalism at the center keeps Meg occupied while her irascible grandfather hunts for a rare and elusive gull. But then a dead body turns up. Fans will find all the beloved hallmarks of this award-winning series: fresh characters, an engaging puzzle, and delightful humor.”–Library Journal

“Witty prose and distinctive characters set this long-running series above the cozy pack.”–Publishers Weekly

Stasi Child by David Young

“Outstanding… Fans of Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko will welcome Müller.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

No Mortal Thing by Gerlad Seymour

“Now well into his seventies, Seymour keeps producing big novels peopled by large casts of conflicted characters… Seymour remains in fine form.”–Booklist

YA Debut Spotlight (7/18/17)

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

 
Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

“Ganger alternates between Bash’s and Birdie’s perspectives, and readers will be anxious for Birdie to realize Bash’s true identity, and for Bash to come forward to someone—anyone—with the truth. Bash’s friendship with the troubled Kyle, who does nothing but treat him poorly, is puzzling, fascinating, and yet painfully true to life. Hand to fans of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places.”–Booklist

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