YA Spotlight (7/25/22)

June and July brought us some atmospheric and addicting YA novels. Check out all the titles below to which we said a big happy pub day!

NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS by Tori Bovalino

“In Bovalino’s tantalizing horror novel, a retelling of Christina Rossetti’s GOBLIN MARKET told in alternating past and present perspectives, 17-year-old asexual, white-cued Louisa Wickett-Stevens uncovers sinister family secrets about their terrifying history.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

STEALING INFINITY by Alyson Noël

“A 17-year-old girl attends a school for unusual thieves in this YA novel…An entertaining time-traveling tale with a spirited hero.”–Kirkus Reviews

OUR CROOKED HEARTS by Melissa Albert

THIS VICIOUS GRACE by Emily Thiede

“Thiede weaves political intrigue, power struggles, and faith with intense romance in this immersive series opener.”–Publishers Weekly

THE CHARMED LIST by Julie Abe

“Fans of the romance genre will recognize tropes including hate-to-love, there’s only one bed, and more in this cozy and engrossing story about second chances and new beginnings.”–School Library Journal

WAKE THE BONES by Elizabeth Kilcoyne

2 starred reviews!

“Told in the third-person, the novel’s poetic language is atmospheric and evocative. Grounding depictions of the natural world are as vivid and lush as the descriptions of haunting horrors that are beautiful in their gruesomeness . . . In Kilcoyne, YA horror has found a new standard-bearer.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Using an ominous third-person perspective, grisly horror elements, and distinct setting, Kilcoyne delivers an exceptional examination of life, death, and grief teeming with beauty and menace.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

WIND DAUGHTER by Joanna Ruth Meyer

“Old, wild magic is tearing the world apart, and a 17-year-old girl is the only one who can bind it…A rich, romantic tale of identity, agency, and love.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

DISARMING DAKOTA by Sumeya E. Alington

For fans of SHE’S WITH ME and FIGHT FOR HER, a modern, gritty tale of star-crossed lovers—the tattooed bad boy with a record and an eye for trouble meets a sharp-witted, broken-hearted girl. Can they both leave their pasts behind and find a future together?

HEAT WAVE: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

“The last installment of the Extraordinaries trilogy is everything a devoted fan could want: dramatic, action-packed, sentimental, and steamy…A touching, utterly satisfying conclusion.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE COMEDIENNE’S GUIDE TO PRIDE by Hayli Thomson

“Thomson’s laugh-out-loud debut, buoyed by the teens’ heartwarming romance and Taylor’s sardonic, aspiring-comic voice, deftly intertwines the sometimes conflicting paths to chasing one’s dreams and being oneself.”–Publishers Weekly

LONG STORY SHORT by Serena Kaylor

“Kaylor’s debut novel gives socially struggling individuals and theater lovers a space to feel seen…For the introverted and theater fans alike, this is a must-read summer camp romp.”–School Library Journal, starred review

ACCOMPLISHED: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain

“Quain uses the source material’s infrastructure to establish the narrative’s stakes and emotional gravity while skillfully setting it apart from its Austenian roots.”–School Library Journal

BEATING HEART BABY by Lio Min

3 starred reviews!

“A lyrical, rhythmic, and promising debut, this queer romance is a hit.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Min’s personal-feeling prose epitomizes the current age, in which lifelong bonds are forged through computer screens and group chats, emphasizing connection in its myriad forms.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It’s an epic tale of queer validation, filtered through the light of the California sun and Sailor Moon, and an essential read for anyone searching for a blueprint of their soul.”–Book Page, starred review

THE VALKYRIE’S DAUGHTER by Tiana Warner

A thrilling, intricate, and romantic LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own.

BEATING HEART BABY by Lio Min; 9781250819093; available now.
WAKE THE BONES by Elizabeth Kilcoyne; 9781250790835; available now.
LONG STORY SHORT by Serena Kaylor; 9781250818416; available now.
NOT GOOD FOR MAIDENS by Tori Bovalino; 9781645674665; available now.
THE CHARMED LIST by Julie Abe; 9781250830104; available now.
HEAT WAVE: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune; 9781250203755; available now.
STEALING INFINITY by Alyson Noël; 9781649371508; available now.
ACCOMPLISHED: A Georgie Darcy Novel by Amanda Quain; 9781250817815; available now.
THIS VICIOUS GRACE by Emily Thiede; 9781250794055; available now.
DISARMING DAKOTA by Sumeya E. Alington; 9781990259005; available now.
WIND DAUGHTER by Joanna Ruth Meyer; 9781645674368; available now.
THE COMEDIENNE’S GUIDE TO PRIDE by Hayli Thomson; 9781645675365; available now.
THE VALKYRIE’S DAUGHTER by Tiana Warner; 9781649371485; available now.

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