Recent Release #84: two mysteries and a romance

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Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

21897920Series: standalone
Genre: YA, contemporary, mystery/thriller
Release date: November 8th 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Length: 304 pages

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

Little note: You might know Michelle Krys from the Hexed series! I haven’t read it yet, but this sounds so good!


This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

23341252Series: standalone
Genre: YA, contemporary, mystery/thriller
Release date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Length: 320 pages

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

Little note: The thing that got me interested in this book is the cover. It’s so simple, yet extremely mysterious and detailed. I’m very curious to see if the book will live up to my (somewhat high) expectations!


Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston

Series: Panic #128587609
Genre: (NA), contemporary romance
Release date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Length: 240 pages

Welcome to Panic, a sultry Miami nightclub where bodies and hearts move to a beat that doesn’t stop at sunrise—the setting for “a magnificent story full of deep emotion” (Sawyer Bennett).

Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.

Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.

Little note: This one has been released a couple of days ago, but I had to share it. If you love romances with a little bad boy twist, I think this one will be perfect for you!

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Recent Release #83: Gemina & Everyone We’ve Been

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 Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu

29236299Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Genre: YA, sci-fy, dystopia
Release date: October 18th 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Length: 608 pages

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Little note: I know, shame on me for not having read the first book yet! But I think I will soon, because everyone is obsessed with these!


Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

28503698Series: standalone
Genre: YA, contemporary, mystery
Release date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Length: 400 pages

For fans of Jandy Nelson and Jenny Han comes a new novel that asks, can you possibly know the person you’re becoming if you don’t know the person you’ve been?

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

Little note: This sounds so mysterious and amazing! And I LOVE the cover! 😮

Recent Release #82: A Christmas book & a romance

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Hear Me Now by Lisa de Jong

S26836998eries: standalone
Genre: NA, romance
Release date: October 10th 2016
Publisher: –
Length: –

If you’re reading this letter, I’m already gone.

He told me he was going to do it, and I didn’t believe him. I told him I would follow, but he left anyway.

Sometimes, you love someone so much that living without them isn’t an option. Ty Wise was that person for me.

Maybe this is selfish. Maybe I should’ve stayed away when he asked.

Maybe he should’ve listened to what I told him.Life is full of maybes.

Do you think he can hear me now?

Little note: Lisa’s book “When It Rains” has crushed me multiple times. I love her writing and I seriously cannot wait to dive into this one. The plot sounds so mysterious but with full emotions. I’m already scared for my heart!


What Light by Jay Asher

29093326Series: standalone
Genre: YA, contemporary, Christmas, romance
Release date: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Length: 256 pages

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Little note: Yes, I know what you’re thinking … “CHRISTMAS?!” Shush, it’s never too early for Christmas 😀

Recent Release #81: #NOTREADYFORTHIS

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The Black Key by Amy Ewing

28512427Series: The Lone City #3)
Genre: YA, dystopia, sci-fy
Release date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: HarpenTeen
Length: 304 pages

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

Little note: UGH!!! I still need to read the sequel, but I remember LOVING the first one! I’m obsessed with the cover of The Black Key too! 😍


Nemesis by Anna Banks

27414431Series: Nemesis #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Release date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 368 pages

The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Little note: I remember seeing the cover many months ago and thinking ‘I NEED THIS’. And now it’s finally released!! WHOOHOO!

Recent Release #80

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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

23203252Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, historical
Release date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Length: 416 pages

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

“Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean.”
—Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

“Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the ‘chosen one’ archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself.”
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen