New YA: October 1-11.
Death Coming Up the Hill, by Chris Crowe:
It’s the story of a loving son, brother and boyfriend, over the course of a year in which the world lost a whole lot of sons, brothers and boyfriends. Ashe is just one among thousands—one story, one life—but in focusing so closely on him, his loved ones, his motivations and struggles as well as theirs, it makes the fact that each one of the syllables in the book represents another boy, another family, another life, that much more powerful.
H2O, by Virginia Bergin
Emergent (A Beta Novel), by Rachel Cohn
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel, by Sara Farizan
Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands Book 3), by Sarah Fine
The Young Elites, by Marie Lu
The Fall, by Bethany Griffin
Zom-B: Family, by Darren Shan
Althea and Oliver, by Cristina Moracho
Perfectly Good White Boy, by Carrie Mesrobian
Lark Ascending (The Skylark Trilogy), by Meagan Spooner
Fat & Bones: And Other Stories, by Larissa Theule and Adam S. Doyle
This Is How It Ends, by Jen Nadol
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Love and Other Unknown Variables, by Shannon Lee Alexander
Hit, by Lorie Ann Grover
The Good Sister, by Jamie Kain
Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy), by Alyxandra Harvey
Lailah (The Styclar Saga), by Nikki Kelly
Kiss Kill Vanish, by Jessica Martinez
The Invisible: A Brokenhearted Novel, by Amelia Kahaney
Unraveled (Crewel World), by Gennifer Albin
The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, by Colleen Gleason
Exquisite Captive (The Dark Caravan Cycle), by Heather Demetrios
Second Thoughts (The Sententia), by Cara Bertrand
The Diamond Thief, by Sharon Gosling
New paperbacks (that I've read):
The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Naturals was a one-sitting book for me: I sat down, I started reading, and I didn’t look up again until it was all over. She doesn’t cover any new ground*, but Barnes combines a super premise—a young team of forensic X-Men spar, snipe, study and smooch—with smart, funny, easy-going narration, and unless a reader goes in looking for the next Code Name Verity, Octavian Nothing or Chime, I can’t imagine anyone walking away disappointed.
The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel (Stoker & Holmes Novels), by Colleen Gleason:
It’s fun, it’s smart, and despite the familiar components, it’s a solidly entertaining steampunk adventure. Most notably, it has a much stronger focus on the relationship between the girls than on any of the various romantic entanglements, and there’s a thought-provoking thread about feminism, and about cultural assumptions about gender roles: how “appropriate” conduct is defined by worldview.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters: I haven't written about this one at length, as I want to revisit it to see if my lack of engagement with it was about ME or about THE BOOK.