New YA: November 2-8.
The Naturals: Book 2 Killer Instinct, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
Fans of the first book won’t be disappointed: Killer Instinct has the same strengths (see above, and add a deeper exploration of what it means to be a Natural—these kids are all gifted, yes, but those gifts were all developed through extreme hardship) and weaknesses (see above, with bonus overuse of eyebrow arching and endless angsting about a been-there-done-that love triangle with a practically predestined ending) as The Naturals, so while there’s still nothing new here, it’s also still entirely entertaining.
Forbidden, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
The Walled City, by Ryan Graudin
Dangerous Deceptions (Palace of Spies), by Sarah Zettel:
It has brains, humor and heart, and it was such a joy to read that I followed my husband around the house with it, reading aloud. I never had any doubts that it would all turn out okay in the end, but there is still plenty of suspense (the climatic game of piquet!) and drama (a Bad Man kicks a pregnant lapdog!), so much so that I kept catching myself skimming ahead to be sure that everything really WOULD turn out happily.
Empire of Shadows, by Miriam Forster
Broken (The Avena Series), by Marianne Curley
Crashland: A Twinmaker Novel, by Sean Williams
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), by Michelle Hodkin
Visitors (Pathfinder), by Orson Scott Card
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School), by Gail Carriger
How We Fall, by Kate Brauning
True Fire, by Gary Meehan
Watched, by CJ Lyons
The Year of the Rat, by Clare Furniss