Teen Talk (8/21/2018 Edition)

Hey, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA and YA-OK 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!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio
Star Wars meets RED QUEEN and THE WRATH AND THE DAWN in this epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death.

“ . . . readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice.” —Kirkus Reviews

Ages 12 to 18
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN comes three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World: Death and Night, a tale of a dangerous partnership between night incarnate and the Lord of Death; Poison and Gold, a story of battling insecurities and finding love; and Rose and Sword, a mysterious tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of their wedding.

“Chokshi is in top form with the lush world-building and vivid language fans of this series have come to love.” —School Library Journal

THE RAGING ONES by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Ages 12 to 18
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds: Franny Bluefort, a tough city teen who dreams of a wealth she’s never known; Court Icefort, a wealthy ex-prisoner who longs for a life beyond the world that imprisoned him; and Mykal Kickfall, a rugged Hinterlander who fights for those he loves. All three will have to hide their shared bond of having dodged their deathdays as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space.

“A potently addictive blend of romance, fantasy, and science fiction full of unexpected twists.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
After graduating summa cum laude from Columbia, Eloise “Lou” Hansen finds herself with no job and no prospects, so she moves back to her childhood bedroom. Told from Lou’s point-of-view (via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures), SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Hilarious… Perfect for recent grads, mother-daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read this summer. All the heart eye emojis!” — Booklist, starred review

Ages 7 to 12
The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records. Plus, this year we celebrate the incredible “maker” movement with a special feature. Finally, you can jump into both the making and record-breaking action with a “Do Try This At Home” section. Challenge yourself and your family with ten fun record-breaking ideas you can attempt involving origami, balloon sculptures, Jenga towers and paper planes. Who knows, your creation might just make it into the record books!

And don’t miss these new titles from Entangled: Teen!

ECHOES by Alice Reeds
Ages 14 and up
They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to. Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most startling discovery. Something else is on the island with them. Something that won’t let them leave alive. ECHOES is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and above all finding hope in the face of the unknown.

Ages 14 and up
The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing. Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy and its now-defunct Project Pandora. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades? While Shannon seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen, except him. As for Hades? He simply wants revenge. They all seek answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.

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