New YA: June 22-28.
The Stepsister's Tale, by Tracy Barrett:
Kirkus gave The Stepsister’s Tale a starred review, and while I wouldn’t go THAT far—the romance wasn’t particularly satisfying (or even necessary, for that matter); the prince is a two-dimensional twit; and the various attitude adjustments were almost cartoonishly sudden—it’s got loads more strengths than weaknesses, and is, as I said, a solid read.
Defector: A Variants Novel, by Susanne Winnacker
The Black Butterfly, by Shirley Reva Vernick
Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn
Drowned (A Drowned Novel), by Nichola Reilly
In the End (In the After), by Demitria Lunetta
License to Spill (Pretenders), by Lisi Harrison
Summoned, by Anne M. Pillsworth
The Things You Kiss Goodbye, by Leslie Connor
WARP Book 2: The Hangman's Revolution, by Eoin Colfer
New paperbacks (that I've read):
I Hunt Killers, by Barry Lyga:
Obviously, if you don't like 'em dark, this is not going to be the book for you. If you find the premise of Dexter—a vigilante serial killer—totally horrifying, then this is probably not going to be the book for you. Like your stories comfortably black and white? Bothered by heroes who aren't really sure if heroism is the route to take, who aren't sure that they belong on the right side of the law? Squeamish? Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.
Like I said, I loved it.
Pinned, by Sharon Flake:
My favorite thing about it? Beyond the distinctly different voices, the thoughtfulness about the various kinds of 'smart', the fact that Flake DIDN'T go the tired Oh-I'll-Tutor-You-And-We'll-Fall-In-Love route, and the honesty about how sometimes we're forced to give up the things we love? My favorite thing is that Autumn—like Link Larkin in Hairspray*—wants Adonis, PERIOD. Not because she "sees the person in the wheelchair", or anything like that. She wants him AS IS, and there is NO QUESTION about that, ever.