New YA: April 22-30.
The Girl in the Park, by Mariah Fredericks:
First up, a big THANK YOU to Mariah Fredericks for writing a Bad Boy character who [SPOILER] does NOT have a Heart of Gold, and who does NOT get romantically involved with the protagonist. THANK YOU. SERIOUSLY. The scene in the stairwell? Is horrifying. And very, very well done.
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden), by Julie Kagawa:
On the bright side, while Kanin’s the personification of the Romantic Brooding Vampire, he and Allie do not get romantically involved. And once they parted ways, I got much more invested in the book—Allie starts to see that the whole vampire thing isn’t as black and white as she’d imagined, and even better, the action ramps up, and she gets seriously badass with her katana. So, no, I’m not singing from the hilltops about it, but I’ll definitely be reading the sequel.
Rebel Fire (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins), by Andrew Lane:
Fans of Death Cloud will be perfectly happy with Rebel Fire. It's got the same strengths—lots of genuinely thrilling action sequences (and, as in the first book, Lane shows the collateral damage of said action); a fun, twisty mystery with an especially creepy villain; and lots of a-ha! moments for Holmes fans (like seeing him first pick up a violin).
The Selection, by Kiera Cass:
America is infinitely slappable, as are BOTH love interests. (Duh. OF COURSE Maxon falls for her, so there's a love triangle!) The characters act more in keeping with what is convenient for the storyline—for instance, when America tries to warn Maxon about the super-duper bitchitude of one of the other contestants, he pulls the I'M ROYALTY AND YOU'RE NOT, THEREFORE YOU CAN'T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT routine, even though up until then, he'd sought out her opinion about stuff like that—than with their own personalities, and most of America's major decisions seem to be based more on who she's angry with at the time than in any sort of logic.
Shadows on the Moon, by Zoë Marriott
Spirit's Princess (Princesses of Myth), by Esther Friesner
The Story of Us, by Deb Caletti
Supergirl Mixtapes, by Meagan Brothers
Thumped, by Megan McCafferty
Unraveling, by Elizabeth Norris
Zero, by Tom Leveen
It's Our Prom (So Deal With It), by Julie Anne Peters
Masque of the Red Death, by Bethany Griffin:
While the atmosphere really is wonderfully done—Araby's narration fittingly shares that muffled, deadened quality—and I very much appreciated Griffin's writing, I can't say that Masque of the Red Death was an entirely enjoyable read. (Which isn't necessarily a necessity in a book, of course. But, you know. It's a factor in recommending it to other people.)
Purity, by Jackson Pearce
The Right & the Real, by Joëlle Anthony
All the Right Stuff, by Walter Dean Myers
Blood Born (Blood Prophecy Trilogy), by Jamie Manning
Breaking Beautiful, by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction, by Patrick Carman and Patrick Arrasmith