New YA: January 10.

Fault in our starsHardbacks out today:

Revealing Eden, by Victoria Foyt.
Amazon | Indiebound.

A Million Suns: Across the Universe #2, by Beth Revis.
Amazon | Indiebound

The Gathering Storm: Katerina #1, by Robin Bridges

While a broad strokes description of Katerina's world definitely sounds like a great setting in theory, in practice it didn't work so well, mainly because the details about the world and its political landscape were borderline incomprehensible. And I say that as someone wholoves political intrigue and world-building. Additionally, a lot of the world-building information was just airlifted in and dumped into conversation, which added to my problems with the believability of Katerina's voice.

Jessica Rules the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey.
Amazon | Indiebound

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green:

You know what got me about The Fault in Our Stars more than anything else? What made me, on more the one occasion, laugh out loud even while I was bawling**? It wasn't the witty banter or the poetry or the philosophizing or the mullings-over of mortality. It was Hazel's empathy.

Paperbacks out today:

Adios, Nirvana, by Conrad Wesselhoeft:

It’s beautifully written, full of music and poetry; anguish, guilt and anger; the rekindling of faith in one’s self and the determination of true friendship. Jonathan and his friends—his Thicks—are a whole lot like the guys from Freaks and Geeks, if Daniel Desario & Co. lived in Seattle and idolized Bukowski, Kerouac and Eddie Vedder.

Adios NirvanaDaughter of Xanadu, by Doris Jones Yang:

The historical details in this one were totally fascinating—and there's an EPIC battle scene—but the dialogue was weak and it dragged in parts and the romance fell so flat that it was more of a distraction than anything else. My complaints aside, it's probably a safe pick for readers looking for historical fiction starring a strong female character, and Tamora Pierce blurbed it, which is always a selling point.

Warped, by Maurissa Guibord.
Amazon | Indiebound

Throat, by R. A. Nelson.
Amazon | Indiebound

Teenie, by Christopher Grant.
Amazon | Indiebound

The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Amazon | Indiebound

Other Words for Love, by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal.
Amazon | Indiebound

First Date, by Krista McGee.
Amazon | Indiebound

The Demon Queen, by Richard Lewis.
Amazon | Indiebound

Badd, by Tim Tharp.
Amazon | Indiebound

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