New YA: October 1-11.

New hardbacks:

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.


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