Recently received: April 16.
I haven't done one of these posts since the end of February, so I've got a LOT to cover—so much that I'm going to break them all up into three posts. Yikes.
The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller
Road trip turned psychological thriller!
Protip from someone who has watched a LOT of horror movies: IF YOU MEET A COUPLE OF DUDES AT A PARTY, DON'T GO ON AN IMPROMPTU ROADTRIP WITH THEM. NO MATTER HOW DREAMY THEY ARE, DON'T DO ITTTTTTTTTT. Anyway, while I'm smh at the life choices of the protagonist, I TOTALLY WANT TO READ IT, so. That's good.
Positively Beautiful, by Wendy Mills
Girl's mother has cancer; girl struggles with deciding whether or not to get DNA testing to see if she is likely to follow. Also, she takes flying lessons... and maybe steals a plane to visit a girl she meets online? Or something? Sometimes flap copy is FRUSTRATINGLY VAGUE. Then again, when it's not vague, it can be spoilery. SIGH. LIFE IS HARD.
When Reason Breaks, by Cindy L. Rodriguez:
This is one of at LEAST three YA books that deal with suicide due out this month, and the one I’m most likely to pick up, both for the Emily Dickinson theme and for the exploration of two very different manifestations of depression: fury and apathy.
Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kae Myers
Matriarch devises competition to decide which family member will inherit her fortune. Sounds like a action thriller with bonus family secrets and lies and drama. Which are all things I am down with.
Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee:
Samantha and Annamae—a Chinese-American girl and a runaway slave—team up and travel the 1849 Oregon Trail in search of their pasts and their futures. I haven't seen a whole lot of successful westerns recently, so my fingers are double-crossed about this one.
The Cake House, by Latifah Salom
Published for the adult market, but it looks like there'll be crossover appeal. One of the blurbs calls it a "suburban-gothic literary thriller". Which, YES PLEASE.
Anything Could Happen, by Will Walton
Set in a small town, a contemporary realistic about a boy who's in love with his straight best friend.
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great, by Jessie Hartland
Comic-style biography of Mr. Apple by the author of Bon Appétit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child.
Duplicity, by N. K. Traver
A seventeen-year-old bad boy hacker contends with a mirror reflection that has not only started moving on its own, but that also appears to want to take control of his life. WHAT.
We Will Be Crashing Shortly, by Hollis Gillespie
Sequel to Unaccompanied Minor, which YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
A Work of Art, by Melody Maysonet
A girl's father is arrested for something horrible. Desperate to save him, she spends the money she's got earmarked for art school on his defense... and then memories of her childhood start to surface, suggesting that he could be guilty after all.
Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman
I... still haven't read Seraphina. I bought it way back when, but I still haven't read it. I KNOWWWWW. BUT DRAGONS MAKE ME CRYYYYYYYYY.
The Crow of Connemara, by Stephen Leigh
Celtic-themed fantasy about a Chicago-based Irish-American musician who goes to Ireland and tangles with the fae.