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Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Best of 2017 has come and gone, now here are the most anticipated books of 2018, according to major media:
Entertainment Weekly50 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
One of the most anticipated debuts of the year — having set off an auction frenzy — THE HAZEL WOOD is a contemporary fantasy of an aggressively literary bent, centered on a 17-year-old whose mother is stolen away.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Crosley may have put essays aside for her 2015 novel THE CLASP, but she returns with her particular brand of sardonic wit in this new collection. The tone, she told EW, is “somewhere between jaded misanthrope and easily amused child.”

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What will James Comey reveal in this anticipated memoir? Publisher Flatiron Books isn’t giving much away, just saying that the former FBI director promises to give a vital lesson on sound leadership, drawing on his own experiences to provide a manual that certain world leaders desperately need.

USA Today10 big books to kick off 2018

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
What it’s about: In this twisty psychological thriller, a woman dumped by her rich husband is determined to prevent his remarriage to her “replacement.”
Why it’s hot: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which brought THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to the big screen, has picked up film rights for THE WIFE BETWEEN US.

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What it’s about:
The former FBI director, famously fired by President Trump in May, writes a book about leadership based on his own experiences and observations in government.
Why it’s hot: According to the publisher, Comey’s book will examine what “good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” The burning question: What will he say about Trump?

The Washington PostLeadership Books to Read in 2018

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
The former FBI director — fired by President Trump and now, some say, a Zen-like master of throwing subtle shade on Twitter and Instagram — inked what was reported to be a multi-million dollar book deal in August. The book’s publisher has said the book by Comey, also a former Justice Department official and lawyer, promises to give readers “unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.” Comey, who frequently uses social media to share quotations about character, justice, leadership and power, tweeted an image of the Statue of Liberty on Dec. 5, saying he was in New York to meet with his publisher, with the note: “Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady Liberty standing tall even in rough weather.”

InStyleBooks We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A Vietnam POW returns from overseas and opts to relocate his family to a remote area of Alaska, far removed from the threats of war-torn societies, for a fresh start. All seems well until his PTSD kicks in during the harsh winter and turns their tiny cabin dream into a living nightmare.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
If accolades from Steve Martin and David Sedaris are any indication, Sloane Crosley’s new collection of essays delivers, with hilarious takes on fertility, mingling with swingers, and her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo on Gossip Girl.

EsquireThe 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving has been paralyzed and locked in his own mind for nearly a decade, the result of a shooting in his small Texas town. In Stefan Merrill Block’s psychologically astute novel, the damaged people that surround Oliver try to piece together their own versions of what happened that night and since then, even as doctors prepare a new treatment that might help Oliver communicate again.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Here is one of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. So much world-building, so little space. If the novel’s heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Even in her fiction, Marilynne Robinson has a nonjudgmental, earnest way of writing about religion that could make an atheist long for spirituality. President Obama is a fan. In this essay collection theology and current events and philosophy take center stage, and it’s through the clarity of Robinson’s words that hope in times of political strife feels appropriate and urgent.

SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan
A heartbreaker of a book, Patrick Nathan’s debut novel captures the hell of adolescence under particularly dire circumstances: Colin is reeling from his father’s suicide even as he navigates coming of age as a gay teenager. As they are wont to do, sex and death dominate Colin’s thoughts as he makes his way, in agony but with an eye towards a hopeful future.

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
Look out, Angela Carter. There’s a new feminist fairy tale queen in town, and her imagination is as sharp as her wit. Ortberg, co-founder of the beloved website The Toast, takes her column “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” to new heights in this collection of twisted tales that will shock and delight you.

Elle19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
From the most widely read female writer in Turkey, here’s a novel that sees violence and nostalgia vie for one woman’s attention on one intense night. In Istanbul, a relatively minor crime—an attempted robbery—sparks a wave of memories as the wealthy Peri ponders an old photograph of her college friends. As terrorist attacks break out, the religious and cultural differences between the three women demand her attention in the fraught present.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many.

PEACH by Emma Glass
In the wake of a horrific sexual assault, titular protagonist Peach attempts to navigate a life that has tilted on its axis. As accounts of sexual assault and misconduct have arisen in recent months, our inability to reckon with such events and their aftermath has only become more clear. This short novel—under 100 pages—confronts the enormity with impressionistic grace.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
Wow, this crime novel just gave me my newest nightmare: Five colleagues go on a hike (first mistake), and one doesn’t return. Four different stories makes it hard for Agent Aaron Falk (whom we met in Harper’s debut, THE DRY) to discern the truth. Don’t read this one during the workweek.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Equipped with a heart and mind that seem more capacious than ours (though she might have a match in fan Barack Obama), Marilynne Robinson has made a career out of writing life-expanding novels and wonderings, like Pulitzer Prize–winning novel GILEAD. Soon, she’ll give us a new set of essays about faith, life, and culture. readmoreremove

First Novel Prize Longlist

The Center for Fiction recently announced the longlist for their First Novel Prize and six great Macmillan debuts made the list!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The Short List will be revealed on September 15 and the winner will be announced on December 8. See the full list of nominees here.

Fabulous FIND ME!

The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:

Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” The New York Times Book Review

“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)

“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” The Guardian

“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” The Boston Globe

“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.”Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”

“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed

Interviews with Laura van den Berg on NPR Weekend Edition and Salon.

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Teen Talk Tuesday! (2/17/15)

Just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat, here are this month’s new releases from St. Martin’s Griffin TEEN and Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

And don’t forget to join @earlyword today at 5pm EST (hashtag #ewyagc) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

DREAMFIRE by Kit Alloway
A young dream walker must save the world from certain destruction one dream at a time, in this riveting debut from an exciting new talent in young adult fiction. “A dark and exciting paranormal adventure that will keep patient genre fans up late.”
Kirkus Reviews

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (One of Kirkus Reviews‘ Brand-New Books You Shouldn’t Miss this week!)
A highly anticipated debut novel about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country.
“Like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, van den Berg’s debut novel presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements. Not everything is explained, and things take an increasingly surreal turn in the novel’s second half, but Joy’s quest, and her need to feel cared for, is heartbreakingly real and compellingly wrought. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
“YAs with a penchant for dark, subtly speculative fiction will be captivated by Joy and her struggles for selfhood and survival in a poisoned world.” — Booklist, starred review

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon (One of Kirkus Reviews‘ Brand-New Books You Shouldn’t Miss this week!)
A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, and an examination of the impossible double-binds of race seen through the eyes of eight-year-old Kenya Curtis. “A deft, knowing, bold, and witty debut.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe

“Tedlowe’s 2010 novel, Commuters, was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, so watch this hardcover breakout closely. The topic is timely. When literature professor Ellen’s legal ward, Michael, and army wife Lacey’s husband, Eddie, are both injured in Iraq, the two women met and bond at the Walter Reed Army Hospital.”Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Download a copy from Net Galley

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “We Are Pirates.”

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

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THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

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DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

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For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “We Are Pirates.”

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

Download a copy from Edelweiss

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

Download a copy from Edelweiss

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

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2014 Tri-State Book Buzz titles

AnneTriState2-editToday is the Tri-State Book Buzz where Anne presented all the glorious upcoming titles listed below! We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so here are the books she talked about:

Blockbuster Bestsellers
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (On Sale: Dec. 30)
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Women’s Fiction
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth (On Sale: Feb. 10)
BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (On Sale: Feb. 17)

Mystery Bestsellers
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt (On Sale: Feb. 17)
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer (On Sale: March 10)
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry (On Sale: March 31)

Mysteries
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan (On Sale: Jan. 13)
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman (On Sale: Jan. 20)
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (On Sale: Feb. 24)
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth (On Sale: Feb. 24)

Coming to a Theater Near You
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis (On Sale: Dec. 2)
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke (On Sale: Jan. 6)

Crazy, Weird & True!
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer (On Sale: Feb. 3)
LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER by Ander Monson (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Ahoy Matey!
WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Coming of Age
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (On Sale: Feb. 17)
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe (On Sale: March 3)
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis (On Sale: March 10)

The Teen Read of 2015
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers (On Sale: April 14)

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Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage

BFT15posterOMG you guys—it’s time for our annual list of teen and YA-OK titles! And of course we’re more excited than a basket of kittens in yarn to share our favorites with you!

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Now on to the books!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
Three words: O.M.G. Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

FEUDS by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #1)
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis, and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Cole, must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

TORN by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #2)
In the sequel to FEUDS, Davis meets another recovered patient who helps her find clues that could lead to a cure. Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity to compete in the Olympiads. Both will need to resist temptation and have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking in order for their love to survive.

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job.

THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GOOD SISTER by Jamie Kain
A stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.” — Booklist

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) is now available in Trade Paperback.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with four starred, rave reviews:

“It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rare seasonal treat.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.”School Library Journal, starred review

“This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect for a snug evening next to the fire.” Booklist, starred review

THE TERMINALS by Royce Scott Buckingham
The riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.

LOOP by Karen Akins
A thrilling new YA novel in which time traveler Bree Bennis accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s keeping his own set of secrets. “LOOP is time well spent.” — School Library Journal
A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

ETERNAL by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #2)
In the second YA romance in New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls spinoff series, Della is trying to prove herself as a paranormal investigator while being torn between her feelings for a powerful vampire and a sexy shapeshifter.

UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #3)
On Sale: October 27, 2015
The final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark trilogy! When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder—and clear her father’s name—she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to.

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Six Essential Debuts from LJ

Fun fact: Macmillan is publishing three of Library Journal’s six Winter 2015 debut novels recommended by the Pre-Pub Queen herself, Barbara Hoffert!

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Van den Berg’s first collection of stories was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; her second won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction. So the cognoscenti will be paying attention to her first novel, another example of the literary dystopian fiction that’s sweeping the country. Also sweeping the country, in van den Berg’s pages: an illness that leads to memory loss and death. But the ironically named Joy, who works nights at a Boston-area grocery store and drowns bad memories in cough syrup, is immune. That leads first to hospitalization (those curious doctors), then a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her. Heady stuff.

THE INFERNAL by Mark Doten
On Sale: February 17, 2015
A senior editor at Soho Press whose work has appeared in venues like Conjunctions and New York magazine, Doten augments our efforts to understand contemporary East-West anguish with a novel whose premise is particularly arresting. As the fighting in Iraq heats up, a badly burned boy appears near the Akkad Valley, and the U.S. government is worried about what he knows or might have seen. An interrogator sprung from prison and an exacting instrument of torture elicit from the boy an outpouring of voices (including those of Osama bin Laden and Condoleezza Rice) that together capture a world remade by the war on terror.

THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
On Sale: March 3, 2015
British author True is making eyes pop with this first novel about five women who meet in a therapy group, where they examine what it’s like to be married to sex addicts. (Maybe their husbands should be in therapy, too?) Gail, a distinguished judge, is getting letters from the latest girlfriend of her theology professor husband, who says he’s sworn off promiscuity. Hannah stumbled over her husband having sex with a male prostitute. Bridget’s husband is addicted to match-making websites, while Lizzy’s is a porn addict. And Flavia’s husband has just been arrested for groping a teenage girl, which means she might end the marriage.

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