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Day’s YA – ECHO NORTH

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

Spring is around the corner (or so they say…), but the setting in this fairy tale retelling is as frigid as they come. Bundle up!

ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
9781624147159
Ages 14 And Up
Available now from Page Street Kids

As a child, Echo Alkaev was brutally attacked by a wolf. Her scars from that day have made her an outcast, but Echo, ever the bookseller’s daughter, has always been able to find comfort in reading . . . until the day her father disappears and is presumed dead. Six months later, Echo finds him half-frozen in the woods, guarded by the very same wolf who scarred her years ago.

In exchange for her father’s freedom, Echo agrees to live with the wolf but to never look at him between midnight and dawn. During her year in captivity, Echo cares for the wolf’s magical castle, explores the enchanted library, and inevitably grows closer to the wolf. Those familiar with East of the Sun, West of the Moon will recognize the trope, but Meyer puts her own spin on it (#nospoilers).

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Spring 2019 YA Romance Roundup

Valentine’s Day might be over, but it’s always a good day for a little romance! Check out these sweet & steamy YA / NA romances coming from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books this spring!
And keep an eye out for the green download button! If you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) on Edelweiss for our e-galleys, you can follow these directions to get the process started!

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Marlowe just wants her life to go back to normal after having a heart transplant, but her mother is a self-proclaimed vegan warrior and now Marlowe is falling for the hot butcher’s apprentice next door. Marlowe’s “normal” might be a little more complicated than she bargained for…
“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Annie Mathers is America’s country music sweetheart. Clay Coolidge is a superstar and a troublemaker. The two find themselves playing a summer tour together where they must discover: Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?
“[The] romance is well-plotted and sweetly drawn: Readers (particularly those listening to the recent A Star is Born soundtrack on repeat) will delight in the story’s rhythm and musical backdrop . . . a good ol’ fashioned love story.”
Kirkus Reviews

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
A funny and irreverent #ownvoices YA romance about eighteen-year-old Maeve who has muscular dystrophy and who is also an average teen girl trying to figure out high school and first love with the hot guy starring in her senior film project.

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Two stars for TIN HEART!

Shivaun Plozza’s charming and romantic second novel, TIN HEART, has received two starred reviews!

“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd—or, as Marlowe puts it, “that moment when you’re standing in front of Bert’s Quality Butchers holding a speaker blasting ‘Meat Is Murder.’”” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Without didacticism, the text offers a glimpse into two sets of rare challenges: those faced by Marlowe, grappling with the fact that her life was restored by another’s death, and those faced by Carmen and her father, still grieving over 16-year-old Luis, whose organs were donated after a car accident. Readers will cheer for Marlowe’s bildungsroman—simultaneously unique and universal.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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#ThrillerThursday Excerpt from THE VANISHING MAN

Charles Finch has long captivated readers with his gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox series

Now in THE VANISHING MAN–the second in a prequel trilogy following THE WOMAN IN THE WATER–a young Charles Lenox is caught up in the case of a missing painting–a mystery with deeper secrets and wider consequences than he realized.

Read an exclusive excerpt from THE VANISHING MAN here!

Advance praise for THE VANISHING MAN:
“Fans of the series, which set the earlier Lenox novels in the 1860s, will know what’s coming in the detective’s personal and professional life, but that in no way decreases the pleasure of this account of his earlier life. Finch’s nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight.”Booklist, starred review

Kirkus’ Best YA of 2018

Kirkus Reviews just released their Best YA of 2018 lists and three Macmillan titles made the cut!

Best YA Fantasy of 2018:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
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.
“Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” —Kirkus Reviews

Best YA Mystery and Thriller of 2018:

HOME AND AWAY by Candice Montgomery
Friday Night Lights meets DEAR MARTIN in this thought-provoking coming-of-age story about family, identity, and forgiveness.
“A love letter to the intricacies of family and multitudinous black girlhood.”
Kirkus Reviews

SADIE by Courtney Summers
A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.
“A riveting tour de force.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Starred Review Round-up (11/28/18)

We’re seeing stars! Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

QUEEN VICTORIA: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Widow by Lucy Worsley 
Two starred reviews!
“Fans of biography and history, especially related to British history should find this fascinating reading. Those interested in Queen Victoria will find this to be a wonderful addition to the literature.”Library Journal, starred review

“The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in England shares her unique access to the quotidian history of English royals to treat us to another delightful story from the inside…. An utterly enjoyable account of Victoria’s familial relationships.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

THE GILDED WOLVES makes the Winter 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Winter 2019 Kid’s Indie Next List was announced yesterday and includes THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi in the Top Ten!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!
Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. readmoreremove

Steve Cavanagh Wins the 2018 CWA Gold Dagger Award

We’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to Steve Cavanagh, winner of the 2018 CWA Gold Dagger Award

Cavanagh’s award-winning series, featuring conman-turned-criminal-attorney Eddie Flynn, consistently garners starred reviews while delivering legal thrills and razor-sharp wit. The first two books are available now in the US, with THIRTEEN due next summer.

THE DEFENSE
“Cavanagh’s stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller—nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling lead.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PLEA
“Cavanagh’s fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller is bound to grip John Grisham and Michael Connelly fans with its unexpected turns.” Library Journal, starred review

“Criminally entertaining…Perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

And don’t miss the next book in the series THIRTEEN, coming out next year–This time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

Two Stars for ECHO NORTH!

We’re thrilled that Joanna Ruth Meyer’s YA fairy tale, ECHO NORTH, has received two starred reviews!

“In this reimagining of ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon,’ a young woman ostracized for the facial scars she received from a wolf attack finds new purpose when she bargains with that same wolf to save her father . . . A compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Echo’s story is epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page; every landscape in this alternate Siberia lives and breathes. Echo is fierce, and her love for the wolf is hard-earned and true. Readers will ache when it’s over and want to start all over again . . . A lush, captivating new twist on beloved fairy tales.”
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Nonfiction Picks (10/24/18)

A leading thinker in African-American culture, the greatest rivalry in college basketball history (GO HEELS!), the Wild West, and Opera… Check out today’s Nonfiction picks:

MAD SCENES AND EXIT ARIAS: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
by Heidi Waleson

“This engrossing study should find a place in both academic and metropolitan-area libraries and will be of extraordinary interest to opera lovers, arts administrators, and anyone invested in the future of the performing arts.”Library Journal, starred review

WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
by Jabari Asim

2 starred reviews!

“An insightful, compact volume featuring eight pivotal essays that redress African American history and culture as it’s commonly represented in America today…A highly accessible book that would serve high school and college classrooms well in continuing the conversation about civil rights and social justice.”–Library Journal, starred review

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